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  • How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet — And More!

    You might be as deft with a polish brush as an experienced manicurist, but we all make flubs once in a while. Here’s what to do when your polish winds up anywhere but your nails. If it spills on your carpet: Carefully blot up excess polish, and then, using an eye dropper, apply a small amount of acetone to the stain. Blot immediately and repeat until no more of the stain can be removed. To banish ...

  • 7 Pro Tricks that Make Painting Infinitely Easier

    Painting your home — or even just one room — can be completely daunting, but there’s no denying the transformative power of a new wall color. To make the process simpler (and, dare we say, more fun), we turned to Paintzen‘s  resident paint guru Kristen Chuber to tell us all about her trustiest painting hacks. Here are seven of her need-to-know tips: 1. Clean your walls, but don’t make it a huge un...

  • 6 Reasons You Should Make Your Bed Every Day

    We get it. It’s easy to roll out of bed each morning and leave a crumpled pile of sheets in your wake. But the truth is, when you dedicate an extra minute or two each morning to smooth your covers and prop up your pillows, the reward is far greater than the effort required. And here’s why: 1. It helps keep things clean. Making the bed won’t keep dust way (drat!). But by covering your sheets and ma...

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  • 5 Inexpensive Upgrades That Can Increase Your Home’s Value

    According to Trulia, you don’t have to spend a fortune on upgrades to see the value of your home increase. In fact, some of the most effective changes come in under a thousand bucks. Just don’t try to DIY it all yourself though, you just may end up regretting it. Spiff Up Your Walkway  Or add one, if your home doesn’t already have a path leading to the front door. Walkways make guests and home buy...

  • 6 Mistakes You’re Making When Hanging Curtains

    Whether it’s elegant draperies or a simple swath of fabric, every window needs the perfect complement. 1. Not Measuring Correctly The first thing you should do is measure your windows and make adjustments depending on how you want to hang the window treatments. It will save you another trip to the store if your curtains and rods are the right size. 2. Hanging Curtains Too Low Hang curtain rods and...

  • 9 Storage Tricks That Will Keep Your Counters Totally Clear

    Dream. Come. True. ​ HANG COOKING UTENSILS RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED THEM. Crocks of spoons and spatulas can certainly be stylish, but they get in the way. In this Scandinavian-inspired kitchen designed by Susan Serra, a few choice utensils hang neatly over the stove. DEDICATE A CABINET AS AN “APPLIANCE GARAGE.” Your coffeepot, toaster, and even stand mixer will likely always command some countertop re...

  • 9 Minor Tweaks That Make Your Kitchen Feel Remodeled

    Want a new kitchen but don’t want to spend the money or time necessary on a major renovation? Forget the idea of the “right” kitchen and improve your space with some “right now” partial remodeling ideas. In her new e-book Kelly’s Kitchen Savvy: Solutions for Partial Kitchen Remodels (available for Kindle on Amazon.com), certified master kitchen and bath designer and certified interior designer Kel...

  • 10 Things Every Extra-Prepared Host Always Has on Hand

    With a thoughtful stash of supplies, you’ll always throw the bash of the season. 1. BEAUTIFUL SERVING WARE. “You can use prepackaged or quick service items from your high-end grocer in a pinch,” says Jessica Kielblock, a senior event planner for D’Amico Catering. “But displaying them on your own platters with beautiful garnishes will make them feel special.” 2. DELECTABLE DRY SNACKS. “Nuts, snack ...

  • 8 Genius Ways to Use File Organizers All Over Your House

    That means your closet, kitchen, vanity — you name it! Keep Gift Bags Orderly     The key to repurposing these bags is keeping them wrinkle-free” and when they’re thrown into a pile in the back of your closet, that’s not very likely. Use a file organizer to keep them upright instead. Tidy Up Baking Trays     Even though muffin tins and cookie sheets result in sweet, sweet treats, let’s be honest: ...

  • 11 Supremely Stylish Ways to Organize Your Home

    Get ready to drool over these high-design with storage solutions. ADD A SLEEK FLOATING SHELF Designer Summer Thorntonmixes different styles to create a gilded floral bathroom. The results? A modern floating shelf almost disappears into the beautiful wallpaper, creating a seamless place to store bathtub essentials (books, candles, the works). OPT FOR ANTIQUE STORAGE An antique pot rack in thiselega...

  • This Mom Reclaimed Her Kids’ Playroom and the Result Is Stunning

    Walking through her front door, Aniko — blogger behind Place of My Taste — probably felt more like she was headed into a war zone than her own home. And her family’s weapon of choice? Toys. Loads of ’em. Years ago she had given up her home’s living room, creating a playroom for her kids instead. But then six years went by, and the set-up just wasn’t working for the family anymore (and their feet w...

  • Lasagna Grilled Cheese Bites Are a Mega Party Pleaser

    When you’re throwing a party and aren’t serving dinner, there’s a delicate balance to maintain. You want to have snacks that are hearty enough that your guests stomachs won’t grumble, but not so much effort that you’re spending the entire party in the kitchen. You need Lasagna Grilled Cheese Bites. They’re the mashup of two glorious foods you’ve loved since your “Ma, what’s for dinner?” days, whic...

  • This Cafe Opens Its Doors to Stray Dogs Every Night

    And customers wouldn’t have it any other way. In Greece, there’s a cafe that serves coffee by day and offers a warm shelter for stray dogs by night. The pup-friendly place is called Hott Spott, located on the island of Lesbos, and it’s helping to make the lives of the more than one million homeless dogs in the country (according to Greek charities) just a little better. It all started this past Ju...

  • These Cake Batter Christmas Cookies Take 15 Minutes to Make

    You bet that includes baking time. Baking doesn’t exactly allow for spontaneity. You’ve gotta be calculated when you bake, which doesn’t bode so well with the free spirits running (around) the kitchen. But we have discovered some holiday cookie shortcuts that we can’t get enough of this year. These might have the best workaround of all: boxed cake mix. Replacing flour and sugar with cake batter yi...

  • 8 Times Benches Proved They’re the Most Versatile Piece of Furniture

    So much hidden potential! Hide Important Papers File cabinets aren’t cute — it’s a simple truth. Which is why we’d swap ours out for a white bench with a pretty floral cushion on top (like this one!) any day. Just add file folders to keep your most valuable papers out of sight. Corral Toys in Bins Provide a place for your little ones to sit when they have friends over (and a place to put toys away...

  • What Your Style of Dishware Says About You

    If you think about it, you spend a lot of time starring at the dishes you pile at least one (if not more) meals on every day. And this is why their color and pattern (or lack thereof!) make quite a powerful statement about who you are as a person. Plain White  You’re the ultimate foodie. Why else would you select plates that allow all of the meals you whip up to take center stage? You don’t want a...

  • 15 Photos That Prove Pink and Green Is the Best Color Combo Ever

    We’re suckers for color around here – whether those rainbow hues slather our walls or coat an entire city. And while we don’t claim to play favorites, we must say there is something particularly alluring about a pink and green pairing. Don’t you agree? (No? Well then, can we interest you in blue instead?) 1. IF YOU LIVED IN THIS BUILDING YOU MIGHT JUST BE THE HAPPIEST PERSON ON THE PLANET. 2. PREP...

  • If Your Dining Room Has a Mirror, You Might Eat Healthier

    Couldn’t hurt to try it — mirrors always look so lovely, too. Eating better normally involves some degree of work, like reading nutritional labels and counting calories. But wouldn’t it be nice if eating healthier could be effortless? According to a recent study from the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab in the Journal of the Association of Consumer Research, it can be. While eating that extra...

  • This Pet “Bunk Bed” Has Your Dog’s Name All Over It

    Now he can sleep in your bed without, you know, actually sleeping in your bed. Dogs might be our best friends, but they certainly aren’t the most hygienic ones. Sorry, pups who like to cuddle under the covers, it’s true — and research shows that having a pet in bedcan keep you up at night, too. But what if just don’t want to banish your furry pal to the floor? Enter: this fit-for-pup-princess hybr...

  • 9 Things You Should Resolve to Finally Get Rid of This Year

    You’re done with this stuff. Seriously. Raise your hand if you’re guilty of hanging onto something (or someone) even though you know it’s not in your best interest. We’ve all been there, but enough is enough. Here are the items you should toss, habits you should quit, and friendships you should reconsider as you head into a fresh new year: 1. ELECTRONICS YOU RETIRED YEARS AGO. Instead of holding o...

  • 17 Coastal Decor Ideas for a Beachy, Breezy Home

    Even if you don’t have a beach house (or boat), these ideas can still make your home feel like a seaside retreat. NAUTICAL MAPS For the walls of the “map room” in this Southampton home, artist Lori Barnaby painted a nautical chart of Long Island in the style of a blueprint. “In keeping with the theme,” says designer Kim Coleman, “the blues of the sofa, chairs, rug, and accessories create an aquati...

  • 7 Things in Your Closet You Should Get Rid of Immediately

    Here’s the truth: You don’t need more clothing. You need less. Do you ever find yourself staring at your closet full of clothes and feeling like you’ve got absolutely nothing to wear? During those dark times, it might seem like the only logical course of action is to go shopping — inject a little newness into that tired, old wardrobe of yours — but shopping is the last thing you should do. The ver...

  • 7 Brilliant Tricks That Will Change How You Eat Fruit

    A peeler is hardly the only tool you have in your arsenal. KEEP APPLES FRESH USING A RUBBER BAND Once you’ve sliced the apple, put a rubber band around it to hold the apple together. It’ll keep the apple from oxidizing, AKA turning that dingy brown color. HULL A STRAWBERRY USING A STRAW It’s no opening Champagne with a saber, but hulling a strawberry with a straw makes for a pretty decent party tr...

  • 9 Genius Everyday Uses for Tennis Balls

    Forget dryer sheets. These court-side staples just might be the most versatile item in your home.​ There are a lot more ways to recycle your old tennis ball than letting your pup chase after it — or in most cases, chew it to shreds. So when it’s time for your tennis balls to retire from the game, try one of these brilliant ideas. 1. REMOVE SCUFF MARKS ON THE FLOOR. Home improvement pro Ron Hazelto...

  • 12 Over-the-Top Amenities at the World’s Best Hotels

    When you’re on a dream vacation, it’s not unheard-of to expect majorly luxurious perks. While investigating some of the world’s most premiere destinations, we discovered some serious cutting-edge amenities, too. Get ready to start daydreaming. 12) The Butler Service at the St. Regis New York Whether it’s at their iconic flagship in New York City or at one of it’s 36 locations around the world, one...

  • 8 Serious Reasons You Need to Declutter, Once and for All

    Piles of junk aren’t doing your physical or mental health any favors.​​ Piles of unopened mail, dirty (or, err, clean) clothes, and long-forgotten toys are some of the most common clutter culprits in any home. And while they might seem all sweet and innocent (everyone has extra stuff!) too much junk can actually be harmful to your health. Here’s why you should ditch the odds and ends that are maki...

  • 7 Totally Different Ways to Organize All Your Spices

    Because somehow, home cooks’ spice storage needs are always very particular. STORE SPICES LIKE A SCIENTIST Who says test tubes have to stay in the lab? Since kitchens are pretty much the home’s experiment center, we think they’re just as appropriate for your various flavors of salt. USE A WOODEN PALLET Isn’t it amazing that a coat of black paint takes an average pallet from rustic to sleek almost ...

  • 9 Romantic Valentine’s Day Table Ideas

    If you want to wow your valentine with a romantic dinner, we have some advice: Don’t overlook the table decor… especially the flowers. A few fresh blooms just may be the secret to the best V-Day ever. The black and white striped runner adds a whimsical touch to this table, but it’s the multi-colored roses that really steal the show. Red and white flowers are a Valentine’s Day go-to for a reason: T...

  • The Actual Lifespan of 7 Common Household Furnishings

    Contrary to popular belief, your stuff won’t last forever.​ You know when you need to replace your milk and your makeup, but your home decor won’t last forever, either. While they aren’t as clear cut as the ones you’ll find on your groceries, expiration dates do exist for your furniture and accessories. And according to Apartment Therapy, few people know what they are. In fact, 54% think furniture...

  • DIYs That Make Laundry Much Easier

    These upgrades could change the way you tackle this chore. STACKED BASKETS Sorting is a breeze when your baskets are piled neatly. This blogger uses the stack as chore cue for her family — when her kids’ bins are full with folded clothes, they know to come grab it. Get the tutorial at Infarrantly Creative » LAUNDRY COMMAND CENTER Hang small shelves and bins vertically, so everything you need — fro...

  • 6 Basic Wines Everyone Should Know

    Wine isn’t the easiest beverage to jump into. With all the different grapes, the indecipherable labels, and the weird rituals of swirling and sniffing, it can be a bit overwhelming. But just like you wouldn’t cannonball into the deep end on the first day of swim class, you don’t have to dive head first into a bottle of Burgundy you can barely read. There are plenty of easy-drinking varietals to st...

  • How to Organize All of the Media in Your House

          Even the nearly obsolete stuff (we like our DVD collection, OK?). SAVE SPACE BY SLIMMING DOWN Face it: You don’t need every single DVD box — especially if you’re already strapped on space in your media center. So transfer your movies into protective sleeves to turn a stack into a fraction of the size without tossing your favorite flicks. CONCEAL PHONE CHARGING CORDS Cut back on cord clutter ...

  • 7 Things You Should Clean Every Single Day

    We know what you’re thinking: “Another thing to add to my to-do list?!” But trust us when we say there’s a method behind our madness — these chores will make a huge difference in your home in the long run. Hand Towels They might not look dirty, but dish towels were deemed the most contaminated spot in the kitchen in a USDA-funded study. And the same goes for the small towels in your bathroom, acco...

  • Bathtime Couldn’t Be More Convenient With This Innovative Tub

    A bath enthusiast without a bathtub is like a burger without a bun — that is to say: incomplete. It’s a pain point you’ve likely encountered checking into a hotel room where a shower was the only option. And, if experts are right, it’s a problem that could persist with many hotels moving toward shower-only bathroom designs. German designer Carina Deuschl has dreamed up a solution: The XTEND, a col...

  • The Foolproof Rules for Picking a Perfect Lampshade

    When it comes to your decor, it’s amazing how the little choices — like lampshades — can make all the difference. We asked interior designer Lauren Liess, author of Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, to get specific on all things shady. Start by learning which shape is best for your room or design, and then consider size and fabric. Lauren’s rubric will guide your selection: Shape: Bell “If y...

  • This Family of 5 Stores All Their Clothes in One Huge Closet

      They’ve found a “family closet” makes their lives more manageable. Would you try one? Between parenting and homeschooling three kids, remodeling their Alabama house from top to bottom, and chronicling it all on their popular blog, The Handmade Home, Ashley and Jamin Mills felt the need to simplfiy their daily life. One non-traditional thing they tried? The “family closet,” — one of the most intr...

  • 11 Weird Facts About Coffee Every Starbucks Addict Should Know

    1. Most energy drinks don’t contain as much caffeine as a Starbucks coffee. Don’t believe anyone who tells you those expensive energy drinks have more bang than a cup of coffee. A 16-ounce Monster has about 150 milligrams of caffeine — half the amount of caffeine in a standard Starbucks grandé-sized coffee. 2. It’s really easy to get low-key addicted to coffee. As little as 100 milligrams of caffe...

  • These Skinny Pineapple Cheesecake Bars Taste Like Summer

    At only 130 calories, you can happily indulge and forget it’s winter. I don’t know about you, but I’m desperately craving sunshine as we face some of the coldest days so far this winter.  Don’t get me wrong: I love the snow and snuggling up next to the fire, but there’s just something about sipping a piña colada on the beach — fancy drink umbrella and all — that makes me wish summer didn’t feel so...

  • This Tiny Home’s Kitchen Could Feed a Crowd

    When M.J. Boyle, the blogger behind My Empty Nest, decided to build a small home to live in after her kids graduate from college and move out of her house, she went all in. It took 15 months of hard work, but when she finished her tiny Sherwood, Oregon abode was the definition of guest-approved: It has a spare bedroom for sleepovers and a full kitchen for home-cooked meals. Not convinced? Perhaps ...

  • 12 Baking Tricks That Make Food Prep So Much Easier

    These are sure to make you seem like the best pastry chef around. (Because you are.) 1. Make your own buttermilk using regular milk and lemon juice.  Never buy buttermilk again with this trick! Using a 1-cup measuring cup, add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar. Fill the remainder of the cup with plain milk. Let it sit for five minutes and you have DIY buttermilk that will always get the job d...

  • How to Decorate With Quilts — Without Looking Old-Fashioned

    Grandma’s handmade quilt absolutely has a place in your modern home.​ While quilts may remind you of sleeping at your grandmother’s or bucolic summers spent horseback riding and playing in the barn, “they’re anything but dated,” Anne Hepfer of Anne Hepfer Designs tells ELLEDecor.com. And we couldn’t agree more. Still, it can be hard to mix a beloved, vintage quilt into your space without it beginn...

  • 7 Steps to Creating Your Dream Bathroom

    Blogger Lauren of Bless’er House remodeled a bathroom in her home that’s normally reserved for her daughter, Olivia, but since guests often use it, she wanted to give it a clean, neutral look. Here’s her bathroom before the renovation. Not wanting to “girlify it up too much,” Lauren decided to mix feminine and masculine pieces in the bathroom to create a nice balance. Her goal? Incorporate delicat...

  • 3 Rules for Taking Care of Houseplants in Winter

    During winter months, the growth of most houseplants slows down. Apart from plants that keep growing, it is best to reduce watering until the spring. Let the compost dry out before adding tepid water and drain away the excess so the pot doesn’t stand in water. There is no need to feed a plant that is resting. 1. MOVE PLANTS AWAY FROM RADIATORS. Houseplants like an even temperature and not an overh...

  • A Forgettable Family Room Gets a Sophisticated Second Chance

    When interior designer Stacey Cohen first saw the dark fireplace and oversized built-in cabinets in the family room of her clients’s home, she knew she had her work cut out for her. The fireplace sat at an awkward angle, but moving it could have resulted in mechanical complications, and the built-ins completely overwhelmed the space. Both fixtures left the room feeling disjointed and thrown togeth...

  • The Grown-Up Way to Decorate for Valentine’s Day

    Get in the mood for romance with unexpectedly elegant Valentine’s Day decor STRAIGHTFORWARD WREATHS You don’t need an over-the-top wreath stuffed to the brim with red and pink flowers to bring the V-day spirit to your front door. This subtle X and O wreath does the trick just fine without any overly romantic kitsch. BOLD HEART Take those construction paper hearts to the next level with this geomet...

  • What the Pillows on Your Bed Say About You

    The last thought you probably have when your head hits the pillow at night is not likely to be, “Hey, I wonder what my pillow says about me?” But like all choices that have to do with your home, the number — and even types — of pillows you use can say a lot about your personality. Don’t believe us? Just think of the difference in the kind of person who sleeps on a single pillow they’ve had since c...

  • This Family Traded Mattresses for Monkey Bars

    They have no TV, no chairs — and no hang-ups about their unconventional (ergonomic!) home. aty Bowman doesn’t believe in plopping down on a couch — or anywhere. “Most people drive to the gym to exercise,” says Katy, a biomechanist and the author of Don’t Just Sit There, a work-life wellness guide. “I prefer to put movement into my life all day.” So what does a life of constant motion look like? Fo...

  • The 14 Edible Plants Your Indoor Garden Needs

    We’re talking more than just herbs here. When the weather outside is frightful, nothing sounds worse than heading out into the cold for a grocery run. Even though you’re likely growing your favorite herbs inside, you can’t make a meal out of just basil and rosemary. Indeed, it might be time to expand your indoor garden. We’re with Pound Place, a financial site based in the U.K., on making your win...

  • 10 Ways to Get More Storage Out of Your Coffee Table

    Whether you DIY or buy, this piece of furniture is the ultimate multitasker. Flip Top A lift-up tabletop not only adds extra space underneath, but can also double as a (stylish) TV tray table. Double Decker  This glass and brass piece looks elegant and stylish Printer’s Tray  A vintage letterpress table can showcase tiny collections – think seashells, matchbox cars and jewelry – while looking enti...

  • 9 Ways to Squeeze Furniture Into Small Spaces

    These crafty homeowners made the most of what they had.​ SKINNY CONSOLE Create a custom table that’s as narrow as your room demands with dining table legs and few boards. Get the tutorial at Shanty 2 Chic » ARMCHAIR PERCH This unassuming project stands in for an end table, and offers just enough room for your evening cup of tea. Get the tutorial at Francois et Moi » FLAT PLATE RACK If a cabinet or...

  • 10 Ways to Love Your Not-So-Perfect Home

    Try these strategies whenever you start wishing you could change everything. ​ We all have our household gripes: The bathroom faucet drips, the closets are too small, and remodeling that dated kitchen won’t make it onto the list (again) this year. But whether you’ve just moved into an new, unfamiliar house, or you’re simply tired from years of living in a space that never quite suited you, there a...

  • 12 Tips for Decorating With Collections

    Designer, collector and intrepid shopper, Susan Ferrier knows how to finish a rooms with a handful of treasures. “Saturation of a collection into one room, devoted to its study, is always striking and strong,” says Ferrier. “The ultimate library of books and curiosities to stimulate the mind and emotions.” Within her projects and her own Atlanta home she incorporates collections seamlessly, adding...

  • 13 Ways to Get the Classic Country Look

    It’s not just about rustic finishes and classic antiques. HANG LIGHTS LOW Your dining room table and chandelier should be closer than you may think. Hang fixtures 32 to 38 inches from top of table. If your light source takes up less than 1/4 the width of the table, opt for two identical fixtures splitting the center of the table. KEEP CENTERPIECES AT ARM’S LENGTH Place your elbow on a table. A cen...

  • 6 Charming Crafts You Can Make With Vintage Silverware

    Turn thrift-store spoons and forks into something that shows off their style. CORRAL YOUR KEYS Key rings can often be utilitarian, but these fun accessories bring antique style to your daily commute. DIY JEWELRY A vintage spoon’s intricate details shouldn’t hide in a drawer. Bend the handle around your fingers to enjoy the designs all day long. Get the tutorial at The Merry Thought » PROP UP PLACE...

  • 16 Genius Tricks You Never Thought to Try in the Kitchen

    1. USE TWO PLATES TO SAFELY CUT A LOT OF LITTLE TOMATOES AT ONCE. JANE MAYNARD Lay the tomatoes you wish to slice in half on a small plate. Place another plate on top and then run a very sharp knife through the gap between the two plates, holding the top plate securely with your other hand. Voila! Tons of tomatoes cut at one time with all 10 fingers accounted for! 2. SERVE ICE CREAM WITH A KNIFE, ...

  • 8 Simple Ways to Soundproof Your Home

    You already know that a peaceful home is a happy home. While that likely means choosing your furniture, lighting, and home fabrics based on their comfort quotient, there’s one thing that’s easy to overlook — soundproofing. Nothing zaps your zen quite as quickly as the sound of noisy neighbors above you, or honking cars outside. But we know what you’re thinking: soundproofing equipment is pretty ug...

  • Good News: Big Cushy Chairs Are Key to Creativity

    That over-priced-but-super-comfortable living room chair you bought awhile back might actually be the reason you’ve felt so inspired of late. And it sounds like you might want to drag it into your home office instead. You see, according to a new study, a whopping 84% of senior-level managers say environment is key when it comes to creativity — and comfort is too. The study, which was conducted by ...

  • 10 Magical Ways to Decorate With Feathers

    Make a design statement in your home with these pretty plumes. ​​ FEATHER-PATTERNED LAMPSHADE A navy lampshade gets a new pattern with the addition of falling feathers cut from copper contact paper. FEATHER WALL HANGING Fluffy feathers in white, tan, and brown become a boho-chic wall hanging when tied to a small branch with twine. Get the tutorial at Dream Book Design. FEATHER-STAMPED BLANKET A pi...

  • This Weird, Foldable Sofa Can Mold to Many Shapes

    It looks like a ridiculously comfortable taco.​ It’s a total game-changer for your Netflix binges: Meet the foldable couch called the Blandito. Made by the Italian company Oradaria Design, this “transformable pad for lazy living” tucks into different shapes perfect for reading, snuggling, or napping. And by the looks of it, it would be pretty hard to leave. The designers envisioned the prototype (...

  • This Is the Color You’re Going to See Everywhere This Year

    Ever notice how many designers rely on decorating with white these days? Well, if you’re the type of person who looks at white as a blank canvas, not a finished piece, then listen up! We’re excited to introduce you to the next big color trend that’s poised to take over homes everywhere in 2016: Mint. Admittedly, this light green hue was everywhere a few years ago, but it is about to make a comebac...

  • 6 Things You Should Never Clean With Vinegar

    This kitchen staple is handy around the house — just not in these spots. We’re huge fans of having vinegar in our cleaning arsenal. It’s great at lifting stains, freshening laundry, cleaning windows, and much more. Plus, it’s inexpensive and all-natural. But vinegar is also acidic, which means that you can’t quite use it everywhere. Skip it on these spots: 1. GRANITE AND MARBLE COUNTERTOPS “The ac...

  • These Foods Could Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep

    It seems we’re a nation of insomniacs. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least occasional sleeplessness, and 22% experience it every (or almost every) night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But what if all it took to improve your zzz’s was a few changes in your eating habits? The definitely scientific answer isn’t quite there yet — NSF chairman Christopher Drake, Ph.D. is c...

  • 5 Kinds of Kitchen Trash Your Garden Will Love

    The next time you’re baking or making a cup of coffee, don’t throw away the scraps. The health benefits of chocolate are clear: It can lower the risk of heart disease and can decrease bad cholesterol. But many gardeners don’t realize that chocolate husks, along with a few other waste products from the kitchen, are also good for the garden. 1. CHOCOLATE HUSKS Though it’s not something you’ll find i...

  • 10 Ways to Organize All of Your Cleaning Supplies

    Trust us, this will make your chore list so much easier to tackle. THROW THEM ON A CART This rolling cart means you can pull your products with you from room to room — instead of having to take multiple trips to corral all your essentials. Even better: You can stash it out of sight when you’re done GET CREATIVE Sure, this organizer was designed for shoes, but it’s just as savvy when used for spray...

  • You Won’t Believe What This Paris Apartment Used to Look Like

    Just because you’re short on space, doesn’t mean your home should be short on style. That’s especially true when you live in super-chic Paris. Which is why this 235-square-foot apartment was in desperate need of a makeover — and a new wall color, stat. In fact, the bright blue walls actually made it difficult to see the potential in this space that already suffered from awkwardly sloping walls and...

  • These Brilliant Panels Will Change the Way You Garden

    Apartment dwellers can stop looking for that elusive backyard. With spring just a few days away, it’s time to get started on those gardening projects. Thanks to this clever new design from Korean design firm OA Lab, city dwellers can now take part in this seasonal ritual. Architect Jungmin Nam’s Pocket Panels were conceived as part of a building design for a kindergarten in Seoul. Made of fibergla...

  • Look Inside 12 Absurdly Luxurious Bathrooms Owned by Celebrities

    You know you wanna. ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY’S BATHROOM JESSICA SIMPSON AND JENNIFER LAWRENCE’S BATHROOM No, they don’t share it. Both women lived in this property. KYLIE JENNER’S BATHROOM LADY GAGA’S BATHROOM MARILYN MONROE’S BATHROOM LENA DUNHAM’S BATHROOM JENNIFER LOPEZ’S BATHROOM HEIDI KLUM’S BATHROOM SUZANNE SOMERS’S BATHROOM SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR AND FREDDIE PRINZE JR.’S BATHROOM CÉLINE DIO...

  • Your Backyard Needs This Amazing Hammock-Rocking Chair

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  • The New Neutrals: What Are They and How Do You Decorate With Them?

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  • 14 Paint Colors That Make Your Small Space Feel Bigger

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  • 8 Gardening Apps Every Green Thumb Should Know

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  • 8 Things in Your Home That Are Secretly Stressing You Out

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  • 10 Everyday Household Items That Make Perfect Seedling Starters

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    This oil substitute is your shortcut to one decadent dessert. A Kansas City chef believes he’s found the key to what he calls “chocolate nirvana.” Hint: It involves a condiment usually reserved for sandwiches. In a recent column for the Kansas City Star, Jasper J. Mirabile, Jr., the second-generation owner of a family-run Italian restaurant, explained the secret to his mother’s belovedchocolate ca...

  • 6 Healthy Reasons to Drink More Coffee

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  • Secrets of the Perfect White Kitchen

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  • Feeling Lazy? Your Cluttered Desk Might Be to Blame

    So that’s why you’re always too exhausted to go to happy hour. If you’re constantly turning down plans to meet up with friends after work, ditching your spin class at the last minute, or ordering takeout instead of making a fresh dinner at home, your disorganized desk might be to blame. According to research from Princeton University, visual clutter competes with your brain’s ability to pay attent...

  • 10 Things You Should Do in Your Kitchen Tonight to Make Tomorrow Better

    This goes way beyond setting the timer on your coffee pot.​ Weekdays seem to pass in the blink of an eye — from time-crunched mornings to energy-zapped evenings, they can feel like a whirlwind. But, if you take (just a little) time in your kitchen space to try these chaos-saving tips, your following 24 hours will run much more smoothly. 1. Prep dinner for tomorrow — and leave instructions for the ...

  • The 4-Ingredient Recipe That Makes Flowers Last Longer

    This expert-approved blend is a must for fresh-cut blooms. ​ Professional florists all agree — skipping floral food is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to cut flowers. Even the most basic of grocery store bouquets come with the tiny packets. But when springtime rolls around and there’s plenty of fresh blooms in the backyard, what’s a recreational gardener to do? Making your o...

  • 4 Springtime Color Schemes to Try at Home

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  • 10 Gorgeous Hotels That Starred in Films

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  • Inside a Double-Height Apartment That Embraces Both Pattern and Colour

    Master of the mix Katie Ridder brings a soaring Greenwich Village duplex down to earth with her signature moves.​ LIVING ROOM Vintage chairs and modern customised upholstered multiplies the seating capacity in this living room. Living Room Sofa The embroidered purple pillow is a vintage find. Home Bar Stark’s China Lack wallpaper adds a chic note to a built-in bar unit, painted in Farrow & Ball’s ...

  • 10 Tuxedo-Inspired Desserts

    Because your Oscars party spread should be totally award-worthy. And these would pair perfectlywith one of our festive champagne cocktails. WHITE AND DARK CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE CAKE BARS Gooey, fudgy, and super creamy, these bars are the best way to indulge while you remember how grateful you are that you don’t have to squeeze into a teeny, tiny dress on Oscar night. Get the recipe from Averie Co...

  • The Powerful Ways Colour Can Alter Your Mind

    There’s a reason behind that aversion to yellow, that continual gravitation towards black, or why blue and white is a perennial favorite. Certain hues trigger instinctual reactions and can affect our moods in the most subtle ways. This infographic from UK-based fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott breaks down the meaning behind 8 colors and the ways in which they affect our psyche. Some explanations...

  • Salt Lamps May Be the Secret to Feeling Happier At Home

    Your home decor choices are important, of course — but for more than just looks. While certain design decisions may be unintentionally making you cranky (we’re looking at you, cluttered entryways), others can be seriously beneficial to your health. Sound too good to be true? Allow us to introduce you to salt lamps (or re-introduce you, as the case may be). Chunks of pure Himalayan salt are placed ...

  • How the Color of Your Bedroom Affects Your Life

    When picking your bedroom decor, don’t go off just looks — if you want to get more sleep or have more sex, that is. A survey conducted by Travelodge revealed that certain shades can stimulate or relax sleepers, and their effects last beyond nighttime. After polling 2,000 Brits on their evening habits, the hotel chain found some surprising (and slightly wacky) results. Check out their findings, and...

  • 11 Charming Ways to Decorate with Milk Glass

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  • 11 Quick Fixes for Your Most Common Messes

    The next time you groan “Not again!” after another little mess, take heart — you’ll be prepared to fix it. The fastest solutions to life’s most common whoopsies may not be what you’d expect, but stock up on these few essentials and you’re golden. 1 Stuck gum on your shoe If you took a misstep, you probably know you should freeze gum with an ice cube, then try to scrape it off. But if that doesn’t ...

  • 10 Morning Mood Boosters That Guarantee a Better Day

    Start your a.m. off right with these easy tricks. Have you ever noticed that what happens during the morning hours often sets the tone for the rest of the day? When things go smoothly, you tend to feel more relaxed and ready to face whatever the day may bring. However, when things get bumpy before you’ve even managed to get dressed, you’re more likely to remain grumpy until bedtime. While some has...

  • 29 Dining Etiquette Tips You Need to Know Before Your Next Vacation

    Here’s how not to be a rude tourist. If you’ve clicked on this article, chances are you’re a savvy world traveler. But unless you’re a savvy world traveler and an etiquette expert, you likely don’t know, say, where it’s appropriate to add a tip to your bill in Europe or that it’s rude to bring your host an even number of flowers in Poland. That’s where the lovely people over at The Restaurant Choi...

  • A Blinding Blue Office Becomes a Sweet Little Girl Getaway

    There are certain paint colors that you just can’t unsee. They’re the shades that deter even the most open-minded house hunter, call for wearing sunglasses indoors, and incite homeowners to use a grenade when remodeling (well, they wish, anyway). This hyper-electric blue, which coated the office in blogger Heather’s newly purchased house, is one of those shades. But Heather, who blogs at The Heath...

  • Take a Tour of the World’s Most Expensive Hotel

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  • This Isn’t a Glass House, But It Isn’t a Tree House Either

    We love a good tree house – and this proposal for a new home is one of our favorites. Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov designed the “Tree In The House,” a cylindrical glass home built around a fir tree, back in 2013, but an investor backed out, making it impossible to construct. Now that glass and solar panel manufacturers have expressed interest in the project, Almassov’s vision may become a reali...

  • 6 Ways to Overhaul Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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  • Inside a Tiny House That Actually Has Room for Guests

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  • An 18th-Century Barn Gets a Thoroughly Modern Makeover

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  • 7 of the Biggest Cooking Mistakes You’re Making in the Kitchen

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  • 6 Secrets for Creating Professional-Looking Flower Arrangements

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  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

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  • 8 Mistakes You’re Making When Cleaning Your Gadgets

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  • This Trick for Cleaning a Iron Pan Will Save Your Sanity

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  • 17 Honest Names for All the Things Around Your House

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  • 9 New Rules for Decluttering a Kid’s Room — And Keeping It That Way

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  • 9 Things Science Says Your Home Needs If You Want to Be Happy

    Consider this your excuse to treat yourself to fresh flowers on the regular. Just because your home is stylish and clean doesn’t mean you’re living your happiest life possible. Bummer, we know. But according to science, these are the colors, scents, and accessories you should feature in your home to improve your chances for complete and utter happiness: 1. Green or yellow walls Out of the entire r...

  • 3 So-Cute Ways to Make Over Big, Boring Closet Doors

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  • 6 Times Benches Proved They’re the Most Versatile Furniture

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  • 8 Things People With Spotless Bathrooms Do Every Day

    If the bathroom is your least favorite space in your entire home to clean, we hear you. It’s messy, germy, and sometimes smelly. But what if we told you by adopting a few daily habits you can actually clean this room less often and it will be way easier? These are a few of the things people with clean bathrooms do every day:   1. They make a point of emptying the trash can. Even the smallest amoun...

  • 5 Genius Ways to Use File Organizers All Over Your House

      That means your closet, kitchen, vanity — you name it. Keep Gift Bags Orderly The key to repurposing these bags is keeping them wrinkle-free — and when they’re thrown into a pile in the back of your closet, that’s not very likely. Use a file organizer to keep them upright instead. Tidy Up Baking Trays Even though muffin tins and cookie sheets result in sweet, sweet treats, let’s be honest: These...

  • How to Clean Your Coffeemaker

      When you think about the germiest spots in your kitchen, you probably don’t think your coffee pot is one of the worst. But, a 2011 NSF study found just that: People don’t consider their coffeemaker a hot bed for bacteria and mold, but surprise! It totally is. In fact, the study found that your coffeemaker’s reservoir probably has a higher germ count than some spots in your bathroom — we’re talki...

  • This Creative Mom Transformed Her Kid’s Room Into a Storybook Land

      Her goal? To encourage her daughter to read more.​ While some children simply can’t stop reading, others need a lot of encouragement to break open a book. So when it came to her 2-year-old daughter Chloe, Kerry Wright wasn’t taking any chances — she decided to create a magical, mystical, storybook- inspired bedroom for her child. “I wanted something that was timeless,” Wright wrote in a Bored Pa...

  • 7 Things You Should Clean Every Single Day

    Yes, we said every. single. day. (Sorry!) We know what you’re thinking: “Another thing to add to my to-do list?!” But trust us when we say there’s a method behind our madness — namely these chores will make a huge difference in your home in the long run. Hand Towels They might not look dirty, but dish towels were deemed the most contaminated spot in the kitchen in a USDA-funded study. And the same...

  • 8 Suprising Ways to Use Hairspray at Home

    We’ve all got a can of this beauty staple lying around — even if you’re too lazy to spritz your ‘do everyday. But having these handy household tricks in your back pocket will ensure that it never goes to waste. 1. Preserve dried roses. There’s nothing more fleeting than the beauty of a bloom, but a little spray can help you outwit mother nature (sort of). “”After the flowers have dried, a spritz w...

  • Try This Trick to Fight Fingerprints on Stainless Steel

    You probably beamed with pride the day your stainless steel fridge, dishwasher, or microwave was installed. It was just so sleek, modern, and shiny — the stuff kitchen dreams are made of. But the bubble likely burst a few days later when you realized how often you’d have to clean that sucker to keep it gleaming. Stainless steel appliances look high-end and polished in a kitchen, but they’re also k...

  • What Your Style of Dishware Says About You

    You are what you eat on, apparently.​​ If you think about it, you spend a lot of time staring at the dishes you pile at least one (if not more) meals on every day. And this is why their color and pattern (or lack thereof!) make quite a powerful statement about your personality. Plain White You’re the ultimate foodie. Why else would you select plates that allow all of the meals you whip up to take ...

  • 10 Things in Your House That Are Making You Tired

    If you find yourself yawning through your days without a clue as to why, your home might be the culprit. Apparently, your home decor, appliances, and lifestyle choices can all affect your state of mind and how restful your night’s sleep is. Watch out for these household items that may be negatively affecting your zzz’s and making you feel tired the next day:   1. Your Clutter Sure, you’re resting ...

  • How to Quickly Clean Your Oven

      1. Remove the racks and drip pans, and clean them with a damp paper towel. Wipe down all surfaces inside your oven. 2. If you see a small bit of burned-on gunk, remove with a nonabrasive scrubber. Use a scrub brush to clean the racks, dry, and put back in. Heloise Hint: If something spills over while baking, pour table salt on it, and when the oven is cool, you will have a much quicker cleanup. ...

  • How to Clean a Red Wine Stain

      Fabric 1. Sponge the spot with cool water or soak for about 30 minutes in a basin of cool water. 2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover. 3. Launder. If it’s safe for the fabric, add chlorine bleach to the wash. Upholstery 1. Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible. 2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water. 3. Using a clean white cloth, spon...

  • 7 Things You Should Never Store in Your Bathroom

      Makeup As a rule of thumb, makeup should be stored at room temperature— making the ever-changing temp in your bathroom (from sweltering when someone’s showering to cool when it’s not in use) not ideal. Perhaps this is just another reason you need that gorgeous vanity for your bedroom? Medicine We know, we know: It’s called a “”medicine”” cabinet. But really, your prescription should stay far awa...

  • 8 Hacks to Make Your Kitchen Friendlier for Your Kids

    And, as a result, make your life way easier too. Dedicate a Drawer to Kid Dishes If you want your kiddos to learn how to fend for themselves (and then pick up afterwards too!), choose one drawer to store all of their stuff. That way they never have to ask you where things belong before taking initiative. Keep Glasses Within Reach Now this is what we call an excellent use of magnets — just make sur...

  • The Cleaning Trick You Should Steal From Buddist Monks

    Here’s something you might wish your entire family would willingly adopt: Each day, after morning prayers, Buddhist monks set aside exactly 20 minutes for cleaning — a practice that’s called “soji.”But there’s a catch: When time is up, they just stop — even if the job isn’t done. The monks aren’t exactly using this time to finally wade through that pile of dusty magazines or clean leftover out of ...

  • The “Oops!” Guide to Upcycling Common Collectibles

      Celebrate the beauty of so-called cast-offs with these second-chance crafts.​​ Oops! You cracked your teapot. For a picture-perfect display, wrap a 6-inch piece of artistic wire around the knob of a teapot lid, leaving about an inch of excess wire. Use needle-nose pliers to curl the end into a double loop and place photo between loops. Oops! Your book is beyond repair. If the spine is salvageabl...

  • How to Transform Your Attic Into a Dream Storage Space

    Invest in some smart finishes and you can unleash so much potential.​ Tuck Away Your Things, Chicly Nothing is worse than heaving your stuff all the way up to the attic, then letting it sit out in plain sight. What’s the point? Instead, utilize rolling doors to make it easy to stash items out of the way — in style. Create a Craft-Lover’s Heaven If you’re all about DIY projects, you probably have m...

  • 9 Rules for Not Ruining Your Plastic Food Containers

    Your stash of plastic food containers are what make so-easy leftover dinners on exhausting weekdays a blessed reality. But as handy as they are, they can also take quite a beating from daily use. Keep your tubs in tip-top shape by doing this: 1. Be careful with the microwave. Yes, we know. But this quick-cook appliance might damage plastic tubs that aren’t deemed “”microwave safe.”” Sharon Franke,...

  • 6 Tricks to Turn an Unfinished Attic Into a Savvy Storage Space

      Sure, it’s not the prettiest room, but it’s about to become one of your favorites anyway. Make Your Wall Work Harder Instead of piling all of your boxes in the middle, use the space between your trusses. Then, the remainder floor space can hold big ticket items, like that Christmas tree you refuse to take apart. Create a Smart Stair System Half of the hassle with attics is trying to heave all of...

  • The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

    Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them. If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between “Sunshine Yellow” and “Daylight Yellow” than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn’t a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room’s mood and impacts how your furniture looks. Don’t do these, say the pros: Mistake #1: Painting a ceiling...

  • 9 Things Parents With Tidy Playrooms Do Every Day

    There’s a reason why kids love the playroom, but so many parents despise it: Somehow, no matter how often you pick it up, it’s always a mess. If we just hit a nerve with you, try these tricks that people with neat playrooms do every day: 1. They make picking up post-dinner a family affair. Including everyone helps kids gain instruction and encouragement from parents — plus, there’s a better chance...

  • Are Pink Bathrooms Making a Comeback?

    America was obsessed with pink bathrooms in the 1950s. Of the 20 million new homes built between 1946 and 1966, approximately 5 million had at least one Pepto-hued lavatory, according to Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation. The country was already in love with cheerful shades like seafoam green, chartreuse and candy apple red — colors that fell in line with the nation’s post-war optimism and often show...

  • How to Clear Dirty Drains

    Take a few minutes to freshen drains (not unclog them) and keep them free-flowing with an homemade vinegar solution. This is especially good for seldom-used sinks and showers, like in a guest bathroom. 1. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt. 2. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by 1 cup heated vinegar. It will foam and bubble. 3. Let it stand for 15 minutes (longer does not wor...

  • 8 Things You’re Probably Cleaning Wrong in the Kitchen

    Sometimes things that look clean aren’t as clean as they could be — we know, sad. Perhaps your current practices are adding serious wear and tear over time. Or maybe your technique just doesn’t get rid of little things that your eyes don’t notice. Either way, we’re here to offer some serious insight (and solutions!) to these problem spots: 1. You’re not hand-washing some glassware. If you just tos...

  • 9 Things People With Sparkling Clean Homes Do Every Sunday

    There’s a fine line we all balance with Sunday chores: Do too much and you’ll end up feeling like you wasted away your free time, but do too little and the following week will probably feel like total chaos. Our advice? Take up just a few of these tricks from people who always have stunningly clean homes for the best of both worlds:   1. They tell themselves they only have to dust for 10 minutes. ...

  • What Your Houseguests Won’t Tell You

    If you haven’t gone into the guest bedroom since you stored last season’s clothes, it’s time for a quick makeover. Here are tips to fix any faux pas, just in time for your next weekend visitors. From: House Beautiful The giant bouquet is overpowering. Don’t overwhelm a tiny table with a large bouquet. Just a few buds will give guests enough room to place their essentials — and won’t bring on an on...

  • 3 Quick Fixes for Your Wood Furniture’s Peskiest Problems

    THE PROBLEM: White Rings THE FIX: These form when moisture from a drippy glass or a hot dish gets trapped in the finish. To remove a long-standing stain, place a towel on top and press with a warm, dry iron for five to 10 seconds — this will soften the finish enough to release the moisture. (For in-the-moment fixes, use one of our winners.) THE PROBLEM: Sticky Stains THE FIX: Candle wax and crayon...

  • 11 Smart Things Pro Organizers Do Every Morning

    Professional organizers — though they swear they’re not perfect! — tend to be the type of people who just have it together (it’s kinda their job, after all). So we wondered what smart tricks they used for tackling one of the most harried parts of the day – the morning routine. Steal their habits, and get out the door on time (finally!): 1. They make their beds. Research has shown that this simple ...

  • Guess How Many Hours a Week We Used to Spend Cleaning in the 1950s?

    We all know that household life in the 1950s was more arduous, with no gadgets such as washing machines or dishwashers to lighten the load. However, we were shocked to discover that housework in the 1950s took a whopping 57 hours a week on average — divided into 42 hours of “general housework” plus 15 to 20 hours of “deep cleaning.” And, according to Currys PC World, which commissioned the researc...

  • 6 Ways to Organize All of Your Most Important Paperwork

    Color Code Your Folders Not only is this system pretty to look at, but it’ll also make hunting through papers way faster — all you have to do is look for the red folders when you want to find your tax info or medical docs. Separate School Memories Don’t let sentimental items get mixed up on your desk. Dedicate a bin to each of your children and divide it up by school age — preschool, middle school...

  • One Mom Kondo’d Her Daughter’s Room — And the Results Are Mesmerizing

    If you love a good home reno show, then you’re really going to be pleased when you see what magic Theresa Edwards worked on her 9-year-old daughter’s bedroom. After deciding that enough junk was, well, enough, Theresa tried out the KonMari method of tidying up — a cleaning and de-cluttering philosophy created by best-selling author and organizing guru Mari Kondo. There are many components to KonMa...

  • The 4 Commandments of Beautiful Wood Floors

    Everyone thinks wood floors are delicate and require special TLC, but nothing could be further from the truth. A polyurethane (not wax)-finished wood floor is a cinch to maintain, if you follow just a few easy guidelines. 1. Take your shoes off. I am a firm believer in taking my shoes off as soon as I come in the door, and thankfully, my husband is, too. This simple act goes a long way to eliminat...

  • Picking the Best Blinds and Shades

      Blinds vs. shades The main difference is in the material: Blinds are usually made from wood, metal or a composite, so they have a harder look; shades are fabric-based, giving rooms a softer feel. Things to consider Light and privacy: Blinds tilt to let the sun in or keep it out; when they’re closed, you lose light. Shades have fabric options that are room-darkening or light-filtering, giving you...

  • The Powerful Ways Color Can Alter Your Mind Without You Realizing It

    There’s a reason behind that aversion to yellow, that continual gravitation towards black, or why blue and white is a perennial favorite. Certain hues trigger instinctual reactions and can affect our moods in the most subtle ways. This infographic from UK-based fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott breaks down the meaning behind eight colors and the ways in which they affect our psyche. Some explanat...

  • 4 Inventive Tools That Could Change How You Clean and Organize

    For 20 years, Joy Mangano has been developing innovative, problem-solving products for the busy consumer and her home. Good Housekeeping and Joy Mangano have been partners from the very beginning, and many of Joy’s products have earned our Good Housekeeping Seal Here are a few of our favorites: Huggable Hangers These sturdy flocked hangers started a hanger revolution that many others have copied. ...

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