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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 »

Want: The Perfect Calendar For Cat-Loving Book Nerds

Does your love for books rival your love for cats wearing costumes? Have you been yearning for a way to combine these two interests while also keeping track of important dates? Then you definitely need to order a Puss In Books wall calendar, which features an adorable cat dressed up in adorable costumes corresponding to 12 different quotes from classic literature. From Alice in Wonderland to Pride and Prejudice to Hamlet, there’s a quote (and a cat costume) for everyone. Calendars are $19 each, with $1 from each sale donated to Feline Rescue, a no-kill shelter. I’m planning to just buy a dozen of these and be done with my holiday shopping, because I can’t think of a single one of my friends who wouldn’t appreciate the sight of a cat dressed like a pig next to a quote from Animal Farm. Magical. [Puss In Books Calendar]

13 Halloween Decorations That Are Truly Terrifying

If you want to decorate your house for Halloween, hang up a few fake cobwebs, plop a pumpkin on your porch, and call it a day. If you want to scare the shit out of your Halloween party guests and any costumed children who dare approach your house in search of candy, you’ll probably want to employ some of the following truly scary Halloween decorations, most of which are fairly easy to recreate on your own (fair warning: you might want to head to Goodwill and stock up on creepy dolls now). Click on the gallery, IF YOU DARE. And if you do end up using any of these decoration ideas, please don’t invite me over. Thanks.

Random Home Inspiration: Geometry Class

Home Inspiration Geometry

As soon as I saw this amazing pie chart rug, I suddenly wanted to decorate my entire house with geometry-inspired pieces. And then maybe invite over my high school math teacher and be like, “See, I do appreciate the beauty of Fibonacci’s golden spiral! Especially when I’m drinking coffee out of it.” Get all the details on where to find these rad pieces after the jump! Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: How To Buy Art When You’re Not Rich

How To Buy Art When You're Not Rich

If you’re a twenty- or thirty-something, “start an art collection” probably ranks somewhere between “buy a French winery” and “become a Bond villain” on your list of cool-but-unrealistic life goals. But guess what? Contrary to popular belief, buying a beautiful piece of art is not a luxury relegated to the super-rich. It’s actually totally doable, no matter your budget or level of knowledge. I recruited Jessica Breedlove Latham and Lindsay Jordan Kretchun, co-founders of Portland’s Duplex gallery and design collective, to clear up some of the common misconceptions about buying art. After reading their thoughts on the subject, I went to a fine arts fair over the weekend and snapped up two beautiful prints and a small painting from local artists. My grand total was $70, and I guarantee you I will treasure these pieces for much, much longer than a similarly priced dress or pair of shoes. Read on to get inspired… Keep reading »

Etsy Spotlight: The Only Motivational Poster You Need

Squeezable stress balls and “Hang in there!” kitten posters are all fine and good, but what you really need in your office is a reminder of why you’re there, and who could better sum up the work/life balance than Parks & Rec‘s resident entrepreneur Tom Haverford? This gorgeous typography print of Tom’s wise words, “Sometimes you gotta work a little so you can ball a lot,” would look so fly hung up in a cubicle, framed in a corner office, or even tacked on the wall in a dorm room. Because no matter where you are in life, these words are always true. [$40, Paper Chat]

The Downside Of Getting Married? You’ll Probably Have To Sell Your Custom-Made Leather Vagina Couch

Vagina Couch Craigslist Ad

It’s a familiar love story: Boy pays $20,000 for a custom leather couch adorned with giant vaginas. Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Girl demands boy get rid of vagina couch. Boy begrudgingly posts vagina couch on Craigslist for $4,000. Sigh. No one ever said marriage was easy. [Huffington Post]

Thanks, I Made It Myself: 10 Ways To Paint A Plain Dresser

Got a drab dresser in dire need of a makeover? Turns out all it takes is a few coats of paint to turn that boring old bureau into an eye-catching work of art. Whether your style tends toward funky, modern, feminine, or retro, click through to check out 10 gorgeously painted dressers to inspire your next DIY project…

Life Dream Status: A $15 Million Retro Sci-Fi Apartment

Sci Fi Apartment

The internet is making fun of this ridiculous $15 million Park Avenue apartment that’s been decorated to look like the set of a 1960s’ sci-fi TV show, but I am completely smitten. I mean, how fun would it be to have guests say “Beam me up, Scotty!” when they board the private elevator, or using the built-in phone consoles to call your favorite takeout place and say, “Chow mein delivered in 20 minutes. Make it so!”? The answer is $15 million worth of fun. See another photo of the interior of this “Star Trek”-inspired real estate gem after the jump! [Gothamist] Keep reading »

An Ode To Commander Riker
Commander Riker
Winona's got Commander Riker on her mind and in her heart. Read More »
Stoned Patrick Stewart
Stoned Patrick Stewart Teaches His Girlfriend How To Act
Captain Picard gets high and teaches an acting lesson. Read More »

Things I Need In My Life Right Now: Japanese Bread Beds

Japanese Bread Beds

Amelia sent me a link to these crazy-amazing Japanese “bread beds” this morning, and I’ve spent every second since trying to figure out how I can replace all of the furniture in my house with different plush pastries. So far I’m pretty set on swapping out my bed for a few toast cushions, the couch for a giant creamhorn, and the recliner can definitely be tossed out on the street in favor of a human-sized hamburger bun. Yep, my carb-heavy living room is finally coming together… [Laughing Squid]

Do Not Want: Picnic Pants
Now you can eat potato salad off your crotch! Read More »
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