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Cute! Engraved Rolling Pins Will Make Your Baked Goods So Much Prettier

Cat Rolling Pins

Zuzia Kozerska, a Polish designer, makes kitschy rolling pins engraved with just about every design under the sun. Guess what’s on my wish list now? You can use them to bake cookies covered in dinosaurs, mustaches, robots, or even a custom design of your choice. Naturally, I’m an especially big fan of the cat design, but her Etsy shop has about a million other nifty options as well. While $40+ is a bit pricy for a rolling pin, you can’t deny your baking will be totally unique. [22 Words]

6 Tips For A Simple Seasonal Purge-Fest

6 Tips For A Simple Seasonal Purge-Fest

After a long and seemingly endless winter, the time has finally come to turn off that dry heat, shed your woolies and start spending time outside the confines of your home. However, before you all run out to soak up the sun, it would be very smart to give your home a good refresh to welcome the new season. And for those of you living in warm climes, you have no excuse – the start of spring is the perfect time to clean up and reorganize your closets, your bedding, you name it.

To help you get started, here are six simple tips for beginning the season with a very clean slate: Keep reading »

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How To Put A Duvet On A Comforter: 8 Possible Tips & Tricks

making the bed

Whatever day during childhood my parents taught me how to put a duvet on a comforter, I must have been off picking my nose. Or they never taught me at all. Yes, let’s blame my parents for my lack of domestic skills.

I’m almost 30 years old and terribly ashamed that I cannot completely make the bed by myself. No matter which method I try, my comforter always ends up haphazardly shoved inside the duvet, lumpy and irascible as if it’s sticking to itself on purpose. Invariably I get so frustrated that I give up and have long-depended on roommates and boyfriends to work their magic with my bedding. Or I just sleep under a lumpy comforter for several weeks and grouse about it.

Earlier this week, after trying and failing to make the bed after doing the laundry, I complained on Facebook and Twitter about not being able to get the duvet on the comforter properly. I appear to have tapped into a sore spot for many a failing househusband/housewife — man oh man, did people have a lot of tips/slightly questionable advice to share. Here’s what I heard:  Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Emily Matchar, Author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity

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QA Emily Matchar Homeward Bound

One upon a time, the phrase “domestic diva” referred to Martha Stewart and stereotypes of 1950′s housewives. But you may have noticed recently that all your friends are knitting and growing their own kale. Your cousin is raising chickens in her backyard. Your mom is making her own pickles and selling them on Etsy. And everyone is wondering why you aren’t baking your own bread yet.  (“It’s so easy!”)  Congratulations, you have been hit by New Domesticity, an aughties phenomenon in which traditional homemaking tasks experience a revival in the hopes of saving money, eating fresher, improving health, and cutting the government out of your personal life.

Journalist Emily Matchar always loved reading blogs, especially the do-it-yourself (DIY) and homesteading genres. She was surprised to see a lot of middle-class professionals, including Third and Forth Wave feminists (not the likeliest group to embrace washing their laundry by hand), taking on pioneer woman-style chores and calling it a feminist choice. Matchar got curious what was going on. Why would people milk their own cows if they could just buy milk at the store?  Why would parents refuse to vaccinate their children? Were women who quit their jobs to devote themselves full-time to growing nearly all their family’s food could really be serious? Quickly Matchar fell down a rabbit hole where answers only lead to more questions.  There are liberal Earth mamas, conservative Mormon housewives and even some pioneering dudes who read the same blogs about DIY homemaking tips — and they are everywhere. In her new book, Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing The New Domesticity speaks to a bunch of these folks and paints a fascinating portrait of this new twisty-turn in feminism.

I spoke with Matchar over the phone in Hong Kong, where she is currently living about New Domesticity, traditional gender roles, and the pleasures of breaking your bed. (Apparently, it really is so easy.)  Our conversation, after the jump:

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Thanks, I Made It Myself: DIY “Wallpapered” Kitchen Shelves

DIY wallpapering shelves

When you are a renter and also kinda lazy, your humble abode can feel like it’s not really your home.  That’s how I feel, at least. My tea towels hang from the stove but there isn’t much I can do about the color of the walls or the tiles on the  bathroom floor. That “generic home space” thing hasn’t changed since college.

This weekend, I took matters into my own hands.  My kitchen cupboards have one section with “open shelving” thanks to a broken cabinet door that has not been replaced.  I love the open shelving, where we put all our glasses and some of our bowls.  But the white cabinets and shelves have never been much to look at.  So I bought some fancy crafting paper at an art shop and “wallpapered” them myself.

Here’s how I did it, after the jump: Keep reading »

New App From IKEA Puts Furniture Directly In Your Home

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IKEA is one of my favorite places in this world. Everything is colorful and beautiful, the prices are good, and HELLO,  Swedish meatballs. However, if you don’t feel quite so strongly about IKEA and would rather avoid a few extra trips to their labyrinthine stores, this new app may be just what you have been waiting for. It’s an augmented reality app that allows you to use your phone to picture IKEA’s furniture in your home. Instead of focusing on the width and length of your purchases, you can get a visual representation of how it will actually look. The furniture appears in 3D over your room so that you can see if the couch is too big or even if the color isn’t quite right. The future is here, people! Or, as IKEA would say, schmergenflergenblerg. [CNBC] [Image via IKEA]

Beware The Attack Cat

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Beware the angry beast! He crouches, ready to pound on bare ankles and dangly shoelaces. Just, you know, not when he’s busy wedged inside a Soap.com box, licking his bum. Warn your guests about Fluffy’s killer impulses with this goofy orange rug, which is perfect as a welcome mat. Seriously, he’s a totally vicious attack cat … even if the only thing he’s attacked lately is a houseplant. [$19, Urban Outfitters]

Ooh La La, Your Pillows Are Trés Chic

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It’s not every morning a girl is lucky enough to wake up next to a Frenchman waiting with a cafe au lait and a warm croissant. But I can dream, can’t I? These chic cotton and machine washable bed pillows from Mod Cloth will get me partway there … and if it doesn’t work out with your latest paramour, maybe you could write “Au Revoir” in permanent marker on the other side? [$29.99, ModCloth]

Gnome Sweet Gnome

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Lawn gnomes are so 2011. This portly porcelain pal is an indoor gnome; he sits atop a pile of books as as reads and glows. He’ll make his home anyplace in your apartment that needs some atmospheric lighting. Now if you could just find neon flashing pink flamingoes so he is not so lonely. [$54.99, ModCloth]

Thirsty, Thirsty Hippos

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If you’re anything like me, you need a jolt to get you through the morning. Usually I favor caffeine but this mug with a hippo at the bottom will work, too. I can totally see myself sucking down a cup of joe and shrieking, “Oh my God, there’s a hippo in my coffee!” (There’s also an octopus mug if you favor deep sea beasts.) Try not to spill on yourself and enjoy. [$10.95, Neatoshop]

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