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Home Inspiration: 11 Colorful End Tables

I don’t know about you, but my bedside tables are boring.  Theose cheap Ikea tables were a great find six years ago, but after updating my bedside lamps, I find them depressing. These colorful beside tables put a much-needed smile on my face. Who knows, maybe all my end tables need is a fresh coat… More »


Etsy Spotlight: 10 Doormats That Make A Statement

I was so taken with this brilliant curling iron reminder doormat (which is unfortunately sold out currently) that I decided to track down some other Etsy offerings for clever doormats. Because after all, your doormat can do much more than just keep mud out of your house. It can greet your guests! Scare off unwanted visitors! More »


Home Inspiration: Trays For $40 Or Less!

Jessica and I have a shared passion for trays, which probably stems from our shared phobia of germs. Trays are basically a cute way of telling others to CONTAIN THEIR MESS. These easy to clean trays can be used to serve food, organize makeup, collect papers, and protect furniture.  I have four: a small tray… More »


Home Inspiration: Wine Racks For $50 Or Less

The “proper way” to store wine — butt up — originated out of a need to keep natural corks moist. Natural corks can dry and shrink over time allowing air into the bottle, oxidizing and spoiling the wine. Many wineries use screw tops and synthetic corks to minimize the risk, and let’s be honest, wine… More »


Home Inspiration: 15 Perfect Porch Situations

One of my favorite things about living in the south is the way people here take porches (and sitting on them) REALLY seriously. I have become something of a porch sitting evangelist since moving here, spending every free minute in my wicker chair and telling anyone who is stressed out, “Sounds like you could use a few… More »


Watch This Father Sing “Home” With His Daughter And Fight To Bring His Mother Home

Jorge Narvaez became an online sensation a few years ago when he sang a cover of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on YouTube with his daughter Alexa. Now, he’s back in the spotlight with both of his daughters — this time, to spread the word in support of family reunification. … More »


10 Very Basic Tips For First Time Homebuyers

As of about a week ago, Nick and I are officially homeowners. Yay! Buying our own place was cool and exciting and also possibly the most stressful thing I’ve ever done. Here are 10 things I learned along the way, that I wish someone had told me before we even started… … More »


Home Inspiration: 12 Tasteful Table Lamps For $50 Or Less

The secret to a sophisticated but affordable living space is pretty pillows and tasteful lamps. These types of functional home décor can polish off the most minimalistic space. This weekend, I ventured out on a mission to update my pathetic $10 bedside lamps with something a little chicer on a budget of $60. Instead of aMore »


Home Inspiration: 20 Gorgeous Gallery Walls

One of the things I’m most excited about in regards to owning my own home is that I can put as many poorly planned nail holes in the wall as I want, without worrying about disapproving looks from my landlord. The walls of our current house have stayed largely empty (so depressing) because we knew… More »


Home Inspiration: Pretty Patterned Pillow Combinations

It is finally starting to warm up here in NYC and I personally can’t wait for the bright colors of budding spring. Tulips! Daffodils! Peonies! Since I lack a garden, I brighten things up and give the inside of my apartment a mini-makeover with colorful throw pillows instead. Play interior decorator by mixing and matching different colors… More »


Thanks, I Made It Myself: 10 Eye-Catching DIY Mirrors

There are about a million interior designer-approved reasons to add a fun mirror to your home decor — it makes your space look bigger, catches light, reflects cool paint colors, and allows you to check your lipstick while lounging sultrily on the couch (as you do). All of these benefits get even better when you… More »


Home Inspiration: Taming My Office Trouble Spots With TJ Maxx

When TJ Maxx got in touch and asked if I’d like to be part of their Spring Organization Challenge, I jumped at the chance. The mission: pick out a few items from the TJ Maxx/Marshalls home goods section to help organize a messy spot in my own home. There was no question in my mind… More »


Home Inspiration: 15 Beautiful Bathtubs

As part of my home-buying process, I’m collecting home design inspiration photos like Celine Dion collects giant mansions. Last week, I drooled over dreamy kitchens. This week, it’s bathrooms — more specifically, bathtubs. Here are 15 fairytale bathtubs to inspire you (“ooh I want that!”) and depress you (“there is no way in hell I could ever afford… More »


Home Inspiration: 15 Dreamy Kitchens To Drool Over

I don’t want to jinx anything, but Nick and I miiiiiiiight be buying a house soon. Like, really soon. The house in question is a super cute ’50s cottage in Nashville. It’s pretty perfect, although the kitchen needs some updates, which is why all of a sudden “kitchen makeovers” and “cool kitchen renovations” have become my internet… More »


Nesting: 10 Lovely Lanterns For Under $20

There is something mystical about lanterns. Their intricate details and soft glowing lights remind me of fairy tales and exotic adventures, and they enhance any indoor and outdoor spaces better than pricey scented candles. So why isn’t every bookshelf, mantel, and side table decorated with a lantern? No idea. Let’s fix that. Here a variety… More »


Home Inspiration: Pretty Tea Cups

Sipping tea from a proper tea cup always feels so relaxing, cozy, and a little glamorous (even though I’m usually wearing my boyfriend’s basketball shorts and watching trashy reality shows during my “tea time”). A pretty cup and saucer not only encourage you to take your tea time a bit more seriously (pinkies up, ladies!),… More »


13 Glassware Sets To Class Up Your Cocktails

Although we all strive to make the perfect cocktail, few of us can truly be called mixologists. No need to pretend you know how to make a Hemingway Daiquiri. The next time you host a cocktail party try a simple punch served up in one of these beautiful glasses. … More »


Thanks, I Made It Myself: 8 Awesome DIY Vases

Who wants to spend $300 on a fancy vase when it’s bound to get knocked over during a dance party or minor earthquake? Just grab a basic vase (or any glass or ceramic container, really) from a thrift shop and use one of these fun, simple DIY ideas to make it your own. Your next… More »


Thanks, I Made It Myself: Cute Coasters

Cute coasters are a cheap, easy way to spruce up your table top and prevent those dreaded moisture rings your mom always flipped out about. Making your own coasters is even better, because they’re also a conversation piece. Can’t think of anything to talk about with your party guests or your awkward friend who invited herself over… More »


Home Inspiration: 15 Super Cozy Bed Situations

Pardon my French, but it’s fucking cold outside. I think most of us in the path of this vicious polar vortex are wishing we could curl up in a warm, cozy bed and not get up until sometime around May. Instead, we’re sitting at work dreading the frigid blast that awaits us when we leave. Sigh. What better time… More »


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