My mother always taught me that it’s good manners to put a coaster under your drink so as not to destroy furniture. So, yes, I grew up to be a coaster freak. I have them in all shapes in sizes, in every room, whether they are necessary or not. Nobody wants to risk getting a coffee ring on their favorite table. Feel confident setting down hot or cold drinks on this loaf of toast coasters. The best thing since sliced bread — not only will they protect your furniture, but they will also never get stale.
I just recently discovered the joys of tea, and oh how I love sipping English Breakfast in the morning and a soothing vanilla blend at night. What I don’t love? Taking out the soggy tea bag and leaving drips everywhere. That’s why I’m so excited about this ingenious — and cute! — tea dam cup, which has a separate little section for the tea bag. It also allows you to refill your cup to get multiple uses out of bags of strong tea. So long, wet counters and tea-stained clothes! [$10.25, Whole Latte Love]
Re-decorating should be just as fun, cheap, and easy as changing up your nail polish. Well guess what — it can be. Try these five quick and cost-effective color-friendly tips to give your home some new life.
Inspired by legendary scientist Marie Curie, designer Pani Jurek created this chandelier out of test tubes and plywood. It’s clever, yes, but it’s also surprisingly beautiful. On its own it resembles a classic crystal chandelier, but the tubes can be filled with colored liquids or even fresh-cut flowers to create totally different looks. So smart. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to secure a copyright for my Bunsen burner candelabra. [Via Design Milk]
January is New Year, New You month here at The Frisky, and one of our resolutions was to take some teeny tiny steps to be more fabulous. Next up? Let’s give our living spaces the fabulous treatment too. Here are 50 easy, affordable ways to make your living space better reflect your fabulous self…
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]