I am one of those people who doesn’t mind messiness as long as I don’t see it. This is why many of my drawers are stuffed with receipts and knick knacks, my bathroom cabinets are horrifically disorganized, and the top of my TV has never known the sweet touch of a dust rag. This is also why I love carpet — dirt, hair, dust, and a multitude of other slovenly sins can just be crammed down into it until you get around to vacuum. Out of sight, out of mind. Gross? Maybe, but it’s the truth. Keep reading »
Ottomans aren’t getting the attention they deserve for being, um, brilliant. They provide extra seating, act as a footrest, and add interest to a room, plus, some even have storage options! Need a convenient place to put a drink? Top it with a tray. Unlike a couch, beautiful ottomans can be found for as little as $60. If you’re itching for an update, consider these furniture finds.
If you currently live in a big city and your last name isn’t Hearst or Rockefeller, there’s a good chance that you already live in a box — a really expensive box, at that. For me, I can’t tell you how many times my parents tell me the type of house I could afford in my hometown for the same amount I’m paying each month in rent in Los Angeles. (Hint: The same mortgage could probably land me a 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom abode with a screened-in porch and fenced backyard. I looked it up on Howard Hanna and nearly choked on my second cup of coffee.)
With that in mind, it’s no wonder so many people are embracing the pre-fab lifestyle by bucking money-saving traditions of fourth-floor walk-ups and random Craigslist roommates in favor of a true hybrid way of living. Not only does it save a shit-ton of money and space, but I’m guessing it decreases your carbon footprint by, like, generations. Still not convinced? Then take a look at what some talented and resourceful individuals made into a home by using a $2k portable storage unit as their framework.
If anyone needs me, I’ll be on the phone with PODS. [APlus.com]
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 of paint…
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! Nail an obscure movie reference! Inspire a nostalgic reminiscing session! Make the UPS guy erupt in a fit of giggles! Click through for 9 more doormats that make a big statement.
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 hours on the porch!” (And no, I’m really not sure how I have any friends left either.) My new place has a front porch, but it’s barely big enough for a plastic folding chair, which is making me lust after grander porch setups — not to mention porch SWINGS — like whoa. Care to join me in my lusting? Pour yourself a glass of iced tea and click through to enjoy some premium porch porn (AKA pictures of really pretty porches).