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How Moving (And Redecorating!) Changed My Life

It began, as so many great New York love stories do, with an ad on Craigslist. I wasn’t seeking a man, but an apartment, and this one sounded ideal: A charming studio in a former carriage house located in the heart of Chelsea. And then, two words that can stop any city girl’s heart: Courtyard garden.

“It’s like living in Europe,” the ad promised. I clicked on the photos and swooned at the sight of exposed brick and hardwood floors. After e-mailing the realtor, I announced to my friends with great solemnity. “I found the place where I am going to live.”

The last time I’d had that feeling was when I glimpsed my old apartment, a roomy one-bedroom in Astoria, Queens. I saw sweet black-and-white checkered kitchen tile, six large windows, abundant sunlight. “This is it,” I said and it was, for a while. Read more… Keep reading »

Nesting: I’m Doing This Decorating Thing Backwards

Home Decorating On A Budget
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Decorate a cute place even if you're a broke-ass mofo. Read More »

Decorating my soon-to-be new bedroom in my new “single again!” apartment has been some of the most fun I’ve had in months. (Boy, have I needed it.) These days instead of whittling away the working hours clicking around Bluefly, I’m all over Crate and Barrel, Pier 1, and the W Hotel store websites.

Interior design is a new interest of mine, but it’s mostly confined to Apartment Therapy lust. When it comes to actually decorating, I’m about as bamboozled as I am by parallel parking and trigonometry. Keep reading »

Nesting: How Do I Decorate A (Very) Small Bedroom?

Good news, critters! While living with my nearly-70-year-old parents in the ‘burbs has been a “Fox News”-laden blast for the past three months, it’s time for me to leave the nest. Yes, your girl Jessica is packing up her Louboutins and moving back to New York City. Yay! Keep reading »

Get Stuffed At Your Next BBQ

We’re psyched for spring for a number of reasons; warm weather brings bare legs, iced coffee, peonies, and, perhaps most importantly, the desire to fire up the grill. (Though we live in New York City, we purposefully collect a few friends with backyards and/or roof decks for such things.) A simple burger may be acceptable to serve at a barbecue, but we’d rather, to quote Emeril Lagasse, take things up a notch by stuffing our burgers with cheese, mushrooms, and other yumminess. Too bad every time we’ve tried it’s been a horrible mess. Not anymore! Williams-Sonoma’s Stuffed Hamburger Press makes the whole process neat and simple. Now can they come up with a way to stuff hot dogs please?

[$12.00 Williams-Sonoma]

10 Cleaning-Obsessed Celebrities

We always giggle when we see magazine spreads about how stars are just like us. Yes, they may have been caught by the paparazzi whie pumping gas or buying a gallon of milk but what about how they really act the rest of the time?

Turns out, some of them are just like us. Well, those of us who are obsessed with cleaning. When we heard Johnny Weir proclaim on “The Today Show” that vacuuming is his favorite activity, we started snooping around. Who else in Hollywood is a clean freak? Read on for 10 of our favorite cleaning-obsessed celebrities. Read more… Keep reading »

Made With Love

We know you’re cookin’ up something this Valentine’s Day and with these heart-shaped mixing bowls, you can make sure you do something in the kitchen, too! The pink, white and red set from Target might evoke the colors of February 14, but they’ll look funky-cute as you bake all year round. Plus, they fit inside one another like nesting dolls, so they won’t take up tons of space. Now, who wants a cupcake?

[$14.99 Target]

9 Must-Haves For The Kitchen Novice

I am a complete kitchen ignoramus, but I have fanciful dreams of becoming a top chef. I may have to lower my expectations just a tad but I am still determined to learn how to cook. After the jump some stylish and affordable cooking supplies to get me started.

Love Wine? Frisky Readers Get $10 Off First Order With Lot18.com!

At this point, I would not be surprised to discover that I have wine running through my veins rather than blood. It has been my drink of choice for years, but my taste level has thankfully become more discerning — no more Two Buck Chuck or Yellowtail Shiraz, and definitely no Franzia. For people who are really serious about wine, trying new blends is a bit of a sport or a hobby, the way shopping can be for the fashion obsessed. Unfortunately, your local wine shop probably doesn’t get too many new things on a regular basis, and even when they do, they’re probably charging up the yin-yang for anything that’s especially premium. That’s why Lot18.com is any wino’s wet dream. Shopping online for wine is nothing new, but Lot18.com uses the online sample sale model of fashion sites like Gilt and Rue La La, offering members access to amazing wines at much lower prices than what you’d pay in stores. Each sale lasts for only a limited time, but they happen often; it’s like walking into your favorite boutique and discovering there’s a whole new rack of clothes in the sale section. Can you tell I’m obsessed? Currently, I am coveting the 2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon. We’re going to have a great time together as soon as this pesky sabbatical is over. But enough about me — Lot18.com is generously offering the first 1000 Frisky readers who register with the site a $10 credit towards their first purchase. Just click here, register, and shop away. Cheers! [Lot18.com: $10 Credit for Frisky Readers!] Keep reading »

Boys Make Passes At Girls With Rocks Glasses

Whips, gloves, and high heels, these cocktail glasses aren’t shy! If you need a little liquid courage to make your move, why not add some kink to your clink with this sexy set designed by Sandy Glaze? Bonus points if you can actually bring home a naked friend for each of the four glasses!

[$28.00 Sin In Linen]

Never Oversleep And Miss Your Flight Again

Even though we’re not lucky enough to go on a resort vacation this winter, we’re still willing to help you enjoy your time away. Sam Hecht’s Jetlag Alarm Clock is so small and easy to operate that you’ll wake up in time for your sightseeing activities and your flight home. This cool clock, which is half the size of a passport, keeps time on one side and your alarm time on the other. And there’s a lock so the clock stays set, even in your luggage. You don’t have to fiddle with the hotel alarm clock or risk your smartphone losing battery power in the middle of the night. You’re welcome. Now, don’t forget to send us a postcard!

[$40.00 A+R]
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