My brother and his girlfriend are visiting me in Nashville this week, and I’m so excited (and honestly, a little nervous) to host my first real live house guests. I mean, I’ve had friends crash on my couch for a night or two at various apartments, but I’ve never really had people fly to a new city and stay with me — and for a whole week too! I’m dedicated to being the best host I can be, so I’ve been eagerly compiling bits of advice for having house guests, and polling the other Frisky ladies for their favorite hosting tips. Check out our top 10 after the jump, and feel free to add your own tips in the comments! Keep reading »
My home office is so poorly lit that all of my video chats with far-flung friends start off with them saying something along the lines of, “Oh it’s so nice to see…umm…a vague outline of your face!” Obviously I need a new desk lamp. I’ve been scouring thrift stores for cheap options, and let me tell you, there are a hell of a lot of ugly lamp shades in this world. Luckily they don’t have to stay that way. Click through for 10 DIY ways to spruce up a lamp shade!
Julie and her boyfriend Evan both own a ton of records, and when they moved in together and blended their collections, their vinyl library got even bigger. Awesome, right? The only problem: it can be tough to figure out how to organize and store all those heavy LPs. I scouted out 10 different vinyl storage options for Julie and anyone else who’s looking for a good way to store their records (including my boyfriend and me, as our collection is currently housed in a giant cardboard box in the hall closet). There’s a style, size, and price point for everyone, so click through to find the best home for your beloved vinyl!
So you guys may remember The Ugly Desk, which I bought on a whim and de-uglified with a couple coats of teal paint. Ready for part two of the saga? The Ugly Desk came with an Ugly Chair, pictured above. This chair might actually be uglier than the desk — the style and fabric are very mid-90s accounting firm conference room, which is not exactly the vibe I go for in my home decorating scheme. I’ve kept it this long because it’s surprisingly comfy and a good height for the desk. So here’s my question: is this chair worth an attempted makeover? I was thinking of trying to recover the seat and back with a cute fabric (maybe polka dots?), and I could even spray paint the legs and armrests if I was feeling really crafty. Keep reading »
I gave away three-quarters of my sunglasses when I moved, but I still have a substantial
hoarding problem collection. If you love sunglasses as much as I do, then you know they’re not just accessories, but works of art that deserve to be displayed! Looking for a fun way to store (and show off) your sunnies that doesn’t involve tossing them on the coffee table? Click on the gallery for 7 cute, easy DIY ideas…
This Weekend Project isn’t so much a project as one-step tip that will help you organize the terrifying jungle of cords that are bundled up behind your desk and TV stand. Collect bread tags and label cords at each end to cut out all that time you spend trying to figure out where in the hell your monitor cord ends and your modem cord begins. So simple. So brilliant. [Apartment Therapy]
It’s finally that time of year: stores are starting to fill with beautiful spring flowers. Do you have something beautiful to display your blooms? If your definition of beautiful is SPARKLY (as mine is), then you’ll want to check out these super cute DIY glitter vases. In three easy steps, transform a plain ol’ jar or simple glass vase into a shimmering statement piece. [The Sweetest Occasion]
I’m not a big fan of a lot of the text-based decorating trends that Pinterest obsesses over (ahem, “Live, Laugh, Love” wall decals, I’m looking at you), but when I saw these cute DIY shower stickers, I must admit I was thoroughly charmed. I think it’s because, like many people, I do some of my best thinking while I’m lathering up. I’d love to decorate my bathroom tiles with snippets of poetry, math equations, and other words and pictures to rev up my brain in the morning. Plus, this tutorial couldn’t be easier–all you need is a vinyl shower curtain, scissors, and a Sharpie! [Love Maegan]
You wouldn’t be able to tell by the weather, but it is officially spring! For me, the new season means filling my house with fresh flowers and potted plants to celebrate the end of dull, dead winter. If you’re looking for a pot or planter to house your spring blooms, look no further than Etsy, which has a ton of awesome handmade and vintage options. Click through to check out 10 of my favorites for every style and budget…
You know that giant wall of flawlessly folded, neatly stacked towels at Bed Bath & Beyond? The one that makes you feel like maybe there is some kind of order in this crazy, unpredictable world we live in? Well, as you can see, those perfectly folded towels aren’t perfectly folded at all–it’s just one towel crammed into a folded towel-shaped facade! Did you just gasp? Me too. Hopefully Amelia understands that I will need to take the rest of the day off to emotionally process this devastating news. [Neatorama]