Here's Proof That Mirrored Walls and Doors Can Actually Look Good

You’ve seen them, I know you have. The sad, mirrored walls, or maybe sliding closet doors, the ones that were intended to be signs of disco-era extravagance but that can now read a a little sad and tawdry. They’re all over a certain kind of ’70s and ’80s condo. I always thought that mirrored walls were just plain bad. I thought that until I started doing research for this post, and discovered that actually, mirrored walls can look very nice. It’s a design idea that’s very often misunderstood. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

7 Smart Space-Savers To Steal From Tiny Houseboats

If you want to know about rhinestones and country music, ask Dolly Parton. For insight into small spaces and storage, go straight to boat owners and people who live year-round on houseboats. They’ve got tons of solutions to suit even the tiniest spaces, and we could all stand to pick their brains for a minute or two. Here are seven products you regularly find on boats that even land lovers can put to good use at home. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Drying Racks Spare Your Clothes and Save Energy on Laundry Day

When I first moved to Chicago, the cold, winter shock of a shared basement laundry room was there to greet me. I had to go outside and up and down those narrow, icy wooden steps for every laundry trip. I said, nope, no thank you, then I quickly dragged our butts to IKEA to buy a drying rack. Besides saving quarters, and helping sweaters keep their shape, it also meant I was being green. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Before and After: We Love This No-Reno Bedroom Makeover

This bedroom, pre-makeover, was very relatable: an assortment of cozy fabrics in interesting patterns, a jury-rigged reading light, and a bit of fun thanks to the dartboard. Relatable, but not up to the high standards of its resident, who’s been passionate about interior design since childhood. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

7 Unexpected Uses for Basic Elmer's Glue

Though many chalkboards and overhead projectors have been replaced by white boards and giant touchscreen monitors, some things at school remain the same. I know because I have three kids in school and guess what: Although the purple-dyed see-where-you-put-it glue sticks are popular, good old fashioned white Elmer’s glue still has a solid place on school supply shopping lists. But even if you don’t have kids, you should pick some up while it’s on sale during back-to-school season, because here are seven unexpected uses. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

How To Sew by Hand: 6 Helpful Stitches for Home Sewing Projects

There are many amazing DIY projects that require a bit of sewing, but that doesn’t mean you have to run right out and purchase a sewing machine! Much can be done by hand, so we’ve rounded up six common stitches that can be used on a myriad of projects for home decor, complete with step-by-step photo tutorials. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Triple Threat Everyone Should Try In the Bedroom

This is what you call a triple threat: 1) it’s a multi-functional piece of furniture; 2) it’s a clever means of storage; and 3) it can divide a room. These multi-functional headboard walls still keep air and light circulated, without closing off space entirely. They can also save a lot of space. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The $14 Trick to Making Any Piece of Furniture More Functional

If you live in a tiny apartment where a single space serves multiple purposes (your bedroom is your living room is your dining room, right?), the best thing you can do for your furniture is to make it mobile. Adding a fresh set of wheels to tables, bar carts and kitchen islands lets them slide from one side of the apartment to another, filling in wherever they’re needed most. Here’s how to turn those pinch-hitting pieces into veritable MVPs. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Great Planters You Won't Believe Came from the Dollar Store

While it’s fun to shop for planters on Etsy and West Elm (there are sooooo many good ones out there), those suckers can really add up, especially if you’ve got an entire jungle growing in your living room. Here’s an idea: Supplement your pricier buys with cheaper items from dollar stores, which are chock full of items that can be transformed into nontraditional, but great-looking, homes for your plant friends. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

9 One-Hour Ways To Boost Your Living Room This Weekend

Time is a precious commodity just about everyone wishes they had more of. While we don’t have any tips for increasing the number of hours in a day, we do have some quick room refreshers that will transform your living room so fast they will make you feel like you have more hours in a day. At the very least, they will improve the quality of your hours, and isn’t quality over quantity what we’re all striving for? READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico