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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 »

Show Us Your … Favorite Room!

Do you have a special room or space in your home or apartment that feels truly peaceful or makes you really happy? We want to see it! All next week we’ll be opening up our homes to you, and sharing some of our favorite spaces, and we’d love to see where you live, too! {encode=”julie@thefrisky.com” title=”Send us a pic”} of your favorite room — and tell us what makes it special — and we’ll include it in a mega-slideshow of Frisky readers; homes. Don’t be shy! Your apartment doesn’t need to be ready for the cover of House Beautiful (trust us, ours aren’t either) — we just want to know what makes your living space all about you. Email photos to {encode=”julie@thefrisky.com” title=”julie@thefrisky.com”} with the subject “My Favorite Room.” Keep reading »

This Candle Holder Is For The Birds

There’s so many ways to decorate with tea lights — from floating them in a bowl of water to illuminating fancy schmancy candle holders from Crate + Barrel. We prefer this fun canary from CB2 (Crate + Barrel’s funkier younger sister). It’s a pop of bright Tweetie Bird yellow to perk up any room of your house when it’s not lit, making it a conversation piece in its own right. But for your sake, we hope you don’t own any cats!

[$7.95 CB2]

We All Scream For (Cold!) Ice Cream

Jamie Oliver might not approve of noshing ice cream straight from the pint. Then again, Aunt Flo never visits Jamie once a month, does she? With the summer months fast approaching, a girl’s got to do her best to keep Cherry Garcia from melting into a drippy, sticky mess. But this ingenious ice cream pint chiller will keep your cold carton encased in aluminum while you stuff your face — and save you the trouble of washing an extra bowl. It’s perfect for those nights when ice cream won’t last outside the freezer longer than Britney’s Vegas marriage. (Tampons and “The Notebook” DVD sold separately.)

[$19.95 Bisou Boutique]

Are You Guilty Of Housesnarking?

I’ll admit: I ended a friendship based on their comments about a chair cushion.

It was my housewarming party: 15 people swirling through my new apartment among perfectly-fluffed throw pillows and newly painted lavender walls. I’d pulled things together in two weeks, just before my birthday so that I could celebrate the new place and my new age together.

My friend walked in, gave me a hug and as she looked over my shoulder towards the apartment she whispered: “It’s cute! But so small.” She grabbed some wine and plopped onto one of my newly upholstered seats. “Can you believe Amy reupholstered those herself?” asked my lovely friend Katie. “Um, yes,” said the friend. “They’re pretty light on padding. I’m guessing it was a rush job.” Read more… Keep reading »

A Stitch In Time

Feeling crafty but intimidated by Superglue (eek) or knitting needles (oh my)? Fret not, friends! Crafting 101 is as simple as picking up a needle and thread and embroidering a hella cool design on a throw pillow or T-shirt. Sublime Stiching: Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart has instructions and diagrams for 35 stiches, including a temporary tattoo for a shirt sleeve or wine bottles on your apron! There’s even dozens of reusable iron-on transfers to funkify your threads. Make your home-ec teacher proud and hop on the embroidery train. (You can always learn to knit later!)

[$24.95 Buy Olympia]

How To Get Your Boyfriend To Give You Flowers

How do you get your boyfriend or hubby to buy you flowers? It’s easy. Just get yourself a gorgeous vase, like this geometric Carnaby vase by designer Jonathan Adler, and lament how it’s sitting there empty! This glossy porcelain vase would be perfect as a centerpiece on your bedroom dresser, or anywhere else that could use a pop of color. And Jonathan Adler’s even got accompanying coffee mugs and trays, if you want to get really matchy-matchy. Adorable!

[$68.00 Jonathan Adler]

Bowled Over By Your Generosity

Is your dishware looking worse for wear? Relegate those chipped IKEA bowls to feeding Fluffy her cat food and splurge on cute new dishware from Fish’s Eddy. These clementine-orange bowls and mugs will perk up any breakfast cereal or afternoon cup of tea with punchy polka dots and stripes. The best part is that 5 percent of the proceeds will go to the Food Bank for New York City, which provides 400,000 meals a day to New Yorkers in need. That’s all the more reason to buy Fish’s Eddy’s whole Food Bank set!

[$524.00 Fish's Eddy]

Nesting: I’m Back, Baby! Check Out How I’ve Decorated My New Bedroom

It took three months, 612 moving boxes (or thereabouts), and the very last smidgen of my sanity, but this weekend I moved out of my parents’ house (where I’d been staying after a bad breakup) and back to New York City in a “single girl” apartment again.

I’m baaaaaaaack, bitches!

However, moving into a new apartment during a rainstorm is not something I would recommend. Just a little advice from me to you. Keep reading »

Taste The Rainbow

Don’t you want to taste the rainbow? This set of three Crate & Barrel stoneware dishes in red, yellow and robin’s egg blue will be just the pop of color you need among all the other “blah” metal pots and pans in your cabinets. And when your cookware is this cute, there’s no need to dirty another dish when you want to show off your culinary talents. Whether you’re mixing up a casserole or baking a loaf of banana bread, everything in the kitchen is more fun in color.

[$29.95 Crate & Barrel]
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