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Home Style Stealer: A Simple Kitchen With Retro Accents

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Whoa, did I just fall down the Design*Sponge rabbit hole. When it came to selecting a kitchen for today’s Home Style Stealer — a new feature we’ve launched as part of 7 Days To A Prettier Place week — I ignored appliances because this is about decorating, not remodeling. Most of us are stuck with the stoves, refrigerators, and counter space that we’ve got. So, with that in mind, I found a space that’s quirky but functional, with elements that could be replicated in your kitchen, no matter the size. Click on through this slideshow to see how to get the look!

Baby, It’s Time For A Cool Down

What to do when it’s hotter than a witch’s tit but running the air has already caused your electricity bill to skyrocket? Allow us to suggest investing in a chic fan that won’t kill your abode’s ambiance. This sweet retro style electric fan comes in a dozen colors and won’t break the bank like that pesky air conditioning. Hot, er, cool!

[$49.99 Amazon]

Home Style Stealer: An Eclectic And Slightly Boho Living Room!

So far during 7 Days To A Prettier Place week, we’ve already show you how to copycat a girly and modern home office and a serene and tranquil bedroom. Moving on to the living room — arguably the center of any home, regardless of size — I wanted to steal the style of something a littttttle more eclectic. I gave myself a serious challenge with this room, so while it’s not exact, I think I got the vibe right on. It’s all about lots of colorful throw pillows, a faux Persion rug, some modern-ish pieces of furniture, and that dang deer head. Keep reading »

“Elimination Communication” — When Children Poop In Public

This weekend, a friend of mine posted the following on her Facebook wall:

Just witnessed a new low in parenting. We were waiting in line for the ferry when the dad in front of us announced his kid had to go to the bathroom. Instead of, oh, I dunno, going to one of the many port-a-potties in the area, the mom whipped out her own port-a-potty and sat the kid down in it. Right there!

This experience, as it turned out, was not an aberration. Further research on her part, and then mine because I was utterly fascinated, revealed that “kids pooping and peeing in public” is a trend in potty-training called “elimination communication.” Keep reading »

Home Style Stealer: A Sleek Home Office With Pops Of Color!

One of our favorite pastimes is drooling over what we call “interior design porn,” fantasizing about the day in which we, too, will have, say, a sunroom in our massive palatial estate. Until then, however, we aspire to spruce up the homes we’ve got, which is why all this week, we’ll be showing you how to prettify your place. One of the features we’ll be kickstarting with is a home decor twist on “Style Stealer,” in which we attempt to replicate the look and feel of rooms we think look super cozy and chic — but at a fraction of the cost of what the original owner probably paid. After the jump, find out how to get the look of this sleek and bright home office! Keep reading »

Frame Your Favorite Book

Some books mean so much to us — and have such pretty covers — that we want to draw more attention to them beyond just lining them up on a book shelf. This clever book picture frame as both a way to store your favorite tomes and display them as wall art. And wouldn’t the easy access come in handy the next time you have a desperate need to quote, say, Atticus Finch’s advice to Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird or read a sex scene out loud from Jackie Collins’ Lucky? Okay, maybe that last one is just something we would do — during a dinner party, for example — but you get the point. What books would you frame?

[$20.00 Uncommon Goods]
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