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…
If Twister was your favorite childhood game, then the Karmasheetra will be your favorite adult game. You and your partner can learn the sacred Karma Sutra positions with this helpful bed cheat sheet as your guide. Pink for your parts, blue for his. Or whatever you’re into. Just have fun and try not to pull a muscle. We’re not as flexible as we were when we were eight.
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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It was bound to happen. You got older. You got wiser. “The Crow” and the “Pulp Fiction” posters that were tacked up in your college living room made way for the more sophisticated framed skylines from Ikea and machine-printed canvases from Urban Outfitters in the living room of your early twenties. And that brings us to your first adult apartment, where your focus has shifted from filling space to investing in pieces that will not only last through a move, but also give visitors a taste of your style – not to mention create a comfortable and inspiring place to call home.
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I’m reading a book about Marie Antoinette and I can’t decide if I want to be her best friend or if she was basically an 18th century version of The Real Housewives of Versailles. Maybe both? One thing’s clear though: this queen had an amazing sense of style. Her palaces were filled with sumptuous fabrics, rich colors, and intricately detailed decorations. Here are some modern day pieces to bring a little Antoinette opulence into your home… Keep reading »
Nobody has filing cabinets anymore. I mean, well, most people don’t! Who has papers, after all, when everything’s stored conveniently on hard drives? But that doesn’t mean you should throw your bulky home filing systems away just yet. They can be handily re-purposed as raw surfaces for the kitchen or living room. Shown here, a filing cabinet with the addition of a cutting board on top, and a towel rack drilled into the side, turns into a great kitchen cutting and storage surface. [Apartment Therapy]
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.
Sure signs you’re in a responsible grownup’s apartment: there’s an actual bed frame, not just a mattress and a box spring; there’s the good, soft, thick kind of toilet paper in the bathroom; and there is a set of coasters on the coffee table. Everyone knows cup rings scream “stuck in adolescence.” Project the air of maturity we know you possess to all future house guests with this chic and earthy set of clay and glass coasters by potter Kelly Brooks. Pretty and functional, hooray!