Your home is filled with sights, sounds, and scents. Which ones should you select to build positive relationships among the members of your family? This is the third article in a three part series about using home design to enhance family ties.
Consider the colors you put on your walls, furniture, and floors. Colors that aren’t very saturated but are pretty bright will put you and your family in a positive mood – and when we’re in good moods, we’re more likely to get along with others. We’re also better at problem solving and more creative. Brightness is just what it sounds like–baby blue is brighter than navy blue. Saturation is a little trickier–it is how pure a color is–kelly green is more saturated than olive green. Sage-y greens have the levels of saturation and brightness best for building relationships–but there are blues and many other colors that also set the right tone. Read more…
Okay, so maybe it’s a bit weird that I love the smell of Ambient Hand’s Lime Cilantro candles so much. After all, you’d think that the combined power of lime and cilantro together would make your house smell like the kitchen at Chipotle. But somehow these candles manage to make everything smell sweet — not cloyingly so — and fresh. And they come three to a pack, which means you can spread ‘em out and get your whole apartment smelling great in no time. So mix up a margarita and light one (or three) up.
If you’re like me, your last attempt at a Do-It-Yourself picture frame involved macaroni and Elmer’s glue during the Reagan years. I think it’s time we gave it another go, don’t you? And luckily for us there’s this new thing called the internet to help us find inspiration. Check out these creative ideas that utilize materials like yarn, branches, and even old gift cards–and save your pasta for dinner…
Spending last week in Los Angeles gave me a major case of real estate envy. Imagine having more than 400 square feet to decorate! Speaking of decorating, I was also super inspired by the laid back look of the shops in Silverlake, with their vaguely ’70s beach-meets-desert vibe. I can’t wait to buy some succulents at the farmer’s market this weekend and, once I have some extra cash, add some more SoCal cool to my East Coast digs. Above are some pieces that would do the trick — find out where to get them after the jump!
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After a long day of writing and editing at The Frisky, I like to take a nice long soak in a bathtub. I drink a glass of wine, put on some music or a podcast, and read a book. I party hard. Occasionally I even take pictures of my feet poking out amongst the bubbles and post them on Facebook because I like to live on the edge and play with electronics near water. In short, my nighttime soaks come with a lot of easily damageable accessories — gadgets, books, and precious, precious wine — and I need a safe place to set everything while I stew. Hence, I’m itching to buy this Umbra bamboo and chrome bathtub caddy — there’s even a place to rest my book upright! That’s awesome, as I’m supposed to be relaxing and holding a book requires effort. Sold.
One of our favorite stylish living blogs is the amazing Design*Sponge. (Newbies, heed this warning before you visit the site — you will fall down an interior design rabbit hole. Don’t blame us if you suddenly find three hours have passed, you haven’t eaten or peed, let alone accomplished anything at work.) Started by Grace Bonney, the site is an impeccably curated collection of amazing homes, cool decor advice, and other aspects of living a stylish life. And now fans can add an even more tangible piece of the Design*Sponge aesthetic to their own pads in the form of Bonney’s new book, Design*Sponge at Home. When you’re not busy thumbing through the pages and drooling over the many cool spaces that are featured, there are tons of fun DIY projects to attempt. This book has a permanent spot on our night table.
Here are three ways to put this skull and
crossbones cross-utensils dinner plate to good use:
1.Mount it on the wall to add a little goth style to your kitchen.
2. If you are poisoning someone, serve them a big pile of food on this plate, wait until they’ve eaten enough to reveal the image, and then say, “Yeah I just poisoned you.”
3. Give it as a gift to a friend who has questionable cooking skills.
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There’s nothing worse than a tangled mass of necklaces and earrings crammed in a box. Do your lovely accessories justice with these unique jewelry display ideas that range from understated (a pretty vintage frame) to eye-catching (antlers, anyone?). The best part: you can make them all yourself for just a few bucks (no pun intended). Keep reading »
Chances are, if you’re the kind of woman who kept every issue of Domino magazine, set Design*Sponge as her homepage, and has more than four pillows on her bed, you’ve lusted for a Philippe Stark Ghost chair. Crafted out of modern polycarbonate, the Louis XV Ghost chair was modeled after a baroque design — and costs upwards of $400 … womp womp. Luckily, the design has been knocked off so that common gals like ourselves can get the look at a more reasonable price. There are a number of options available on Amazon, but we’re partial to the Dymas style; its stately arms allow us to sit like queens.