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Smart or Silly: Scentsicles

Do you have an artificial tree this year? We’ve already told you about a simple way to mimic the smell of a fresh cut tree, but there may be an even easier way fake the scent.

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How Much Garland Should You Buy?

If you love the look of garlands on a Christmas tree, but are concerned about having enough to wrap your conifer from top to bottom keep the number nine in mind. On average for every foot of tree, you’ll need 9 feet of garland to wrap it fully. So that means a 5-foot tree will take 45 feet of garland, […]

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Now Available from Birchbox—Home Goods

Have you jumped on the subscription box bandwagon? (We covered 8 of our favorite gifts of the month here.) Birchbox is one of the companies that has been around the longest (and gotten a lot of buzz), and now, in time for the holidays, they are launching a fun “pop up shop” with a home and entertaining box. The home […]

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Make Inexpensive Wall Art With Fabric

If you’re looking for an easy way to update your space, consider this trick for creating a custom piece of wall art. Simply take a piece of patterned fabric that you like and use it to cover a pre-stretched artist’s canvas. Use a staple gun to secure the fabric to the canvas. It’s takes a few minutes to assemble and […]

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An Easy Way to Hang Small Items

If you’re attempting to hang something small like a surge protector or a small picture frame on your wall. Use this trick from American Woodworker to make sure you drill in the right spot. Simply photo copy the back of the piece you are hanging, and tape it to the wall where you want to hang it. That way you’ll get […]

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Need Shorter Curtains? Head to the Dry Cleaner

Curtains come in a variety of lengths from about 63 inches to 144 inches, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find panels that are the perfect height for your windows. If you need to have them shortened (and you aren’t very handy with the sewing machine), head to your local dry cleaner. Just like they can do quick alterations and fix […]

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DIY Wall Hooks

If you’re in the mood for a little DIY project this weekend, why not try this idea from Apartment Therapy? You can either hit up your local architectural salvage or an estate sale for vintage door knobs. Then with a little bit of paint (or you can leave them plain), they can be transformed into clever hooks for coats, jewelry, […]

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Turn Mateless Mittens into Art

If you’re ending the season with a stack of mateless mittens, turn them into art for your entry way or mud room. Simply cut pieces of felt  to fit inside plain frames, and glue your mittens in the middle. You can also use mateless mittens to store sunglasses. How do you put them to use?

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IKEA’s Expedit Goes Red

Just in time for Valentine’s Day IKEA has updated their ever-popular Expedit bookcase line to include this bright red lacquered version. I love color as much as the next girl, but I think this statement making bookcase might be a bit too much for me, it would help if I could see it in a room. Tell me what you […]

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