Growing up, my family never had candles because my parents generally understood that my brothers and I would use any open flames in the house to set our youngest brother on fire. Also my dad hated any smell that wasn’t whale bones or microwaved hominy. Recently I’ve decided that hey, I’m an adult, I have a cute house, I like pretty smells — maybe it’s time to give the whole candle thing a try. So I consulted my candle-loving friends, I rearranged my shelves, I spent a small fortune, and guess what? I have three candles burning right now, as I write this. I think I’ve officially become a candle person. Here’s what I’ve learned along the way … Keep reading »
Believe it or not, redecorating your home doesn’t need to be a massive and expensive project. Simple touches like adding a decorative tray or changing your pillow cases can have dramatic effects. To help you get inspired, we pulled together 14 easy decorating ideas that will update your home without breaking your budget. In fact, most of these projects are completely free…and the rest weigh in at under $10.
1. Rearrange your furniture. This may sound simple, but rearranging furniture is a great (and free!) way to completely change the look and feel of your home. If you always find yourself climbing over an ottoman, move your couch back to create a passing lane. Is it too cramped? Try moving your side table to another room that’s more spacious. Read more …
A kitschy kitchen is what I aspire to. Dinner conversation will cease to be dull with this pencil salt and pepper mill, perfect for the literary set. You got an “A” in English, but now you will earn top marks in seasoning. This shaker set will give even your most lowbrow dinners an air of sophistication. Just twist the eraser, season liberally and let the witty banter ensue.
Everything is yummier in cute little cups. These genius silicone cups allow you to make tapas style servings of everything! Start dreaming of muffins, crustless quiche, pot pie, and individual apple crumbles — or let your imagination run wild. Drooling yet? No need to use butter, make a dozen, or scrub a pan. These puppies go right in the dishwasher. [$9.95, Crate & Barrel]
The great thing about shopping for a foodie is that there is always some new gadget, gizmo, or simple tool that makes cooking easier. If she’s the type of chick who loves to bake her own bread, make sausage from scratch, and doesn’t think cheese should be anything but freshly grated, here are 10 gifts that will bring a smile to her flour-dusted face.
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Themed pencil sets add a wonderfully retro feel to any desk, nightstand, or bookbag, and they also make fantastic stocking stuffers. We scoured Etsy shops for the nerdiest writing implements and settled on these 9 sets, decorated with references both helpful (chemical element symbols) and not-so-helpful (assorted quotes from “The Big Lebowski”). Write on…