The other night I was curled up under a blanket, sipping hot cocoa, flipping through a magazine and basically having the best fall lifestyle. But then I realized something was missing: FALL CANDLES. I was still burning my light, fruity, summer candles, and therefore my house was not reaching its full fall vibes potential, which is so not OK with me. It’s time for yummy fall scents like balsam wood, cinnamon, pumpkin, juniper, cranberry, and hot buttered rum. Click through to check out some of The Frisky staff’s favorite scents of the season. The best part? These fall candles don’t just smell good, they look good too!
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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 »
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…
Bold black and white stripes are a huge fashion trend right now, but I think they look even better decorating your house than they do hanging in your closet. Whether you choose a throw pillow, ottoman, shower curtain, or cute kitchen accessories, these chic stripes add an edgy, graphic feel to any space. Mix and match with bold colors and patterns for an upscale designer look. Here are 6 fabulous black and white striped pieces to get you started… Keep reading »
Living in a dorm is an important milestone of college life, but it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing experience. Case in point: one of my friend’s freshman year dorm room had a giant drain in the middle of the floor, like an easy-to-hose-out dog kennel for humans. Charming, right? Last year, my coworkers compiled this great list of dorm decorating tips, and this year I wanted to go a bit more in-depth, focusing on a few ways you can make your dorm look a little more home-y, and a little less dorm-y. Click on the gallery to check out 5 easy upgrades!
One of my weaknesses has always been eccentric little shops with tapestries hung in the front window and oh-my-God-are-those-real human skulls displayed on shelves. Bonus points if there is a woman behind the counter who resembles a character from “Hocus Pocus.” I could spend hours smelling all the essential oils and digging through the assortment of weird, witchy merchandise. I recently bought a porcelain palmistry palm statue for my desk at just this type of curiosity shop, and I thought it might be fun to round up some other home decorating pieces with a similar vibe. Get all the shopping details after the jump! Keep reading »
I am of the mind that there is no such thing as an ugly bookshelf. As long as it has books on it, preferably a few old ones that I can open and smell shamelessly, any collection of books — whether messy or organized, displayed on an antique or an IKEA — is beautiful. That being said, there is definitely such a thing as a bookshelf that is even more awesome than usual. I scoured the internet and found 10 examples of not-so-average bookshelves that I want in my house, like, now. Click on the gallery to check ‘em out!
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!
When I was 15 my dad took me to the furniture store so I could get my very own desk. I chose the finest particleboard corner desk my $50 budget would allow, and for the next 13 years, I sat at that desk to to write high school essays, and then college papers, and then blog entries, and then my book. When we moved to Nashville and sold all our furniture, I finally said goodbye to my trusty corner desk, and when we signed the lease on our new house, I decided that my real, grown-up home office deserved a real, grown-up desk.
My vision for my new desk was exactly the opposite of my small, flimsy, wood-like corner desk: I wanted something big, modern, and streamlined. When I found a massive gray and metal industrial-style table on Craigslist for $40 I impulsively bought it, mostly because the people were willing to deliver. But after it had been unloaded and I’d handed them a couple $20s, I had a terrible realization: this desk was really ugly. Keep reading »