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Etsy Spotlight: 9 Nerdy Pencil Sets

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…

Buying Guide: How To Shop For All Kinds Of Candles

Let’s be honest: Shopping for candles is a fairly thoughtless task. If we do spend more than 3 seconds mulling over whether to buy one candle over another, it’s mainly for scent reasons. But whether it was a taper that dripped all over the table or a pillar that burned so unevenly that you’d think it was placed at a 90 degree angle, we’ve all gotten ripped off in this department. And even if it’s a question of $5, it’s $5 more than we’d like to lose on a purchase.

It doesn’t have to be that way. These tried-and-true simple shopping tips will reliably guide you to a quality candle … at any price point. Read more…

Etsy Spotlight: Artsy Espresso Cups

There are few experiences more delightful than sipping espresso from a cute little espresso cup. Even if you don’t have an espresso machine, cute little espresso cups can be used for all kinds of fun things: holding candles or q-tips, as prep bowls for baking, or even as teeny tiny flower vases. Here are six artsy espresso cups to brighten up your kitchen (or bathroom, or bedroom, wherever)…

Decor Tips That’ll Make Your Family Stop Fighting

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…

Get Your Sheet On

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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.

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Craft Time: DIY Picture Frames

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…

Home Style Inspiration: Southern California Cool

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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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Black Walls: How To Make Colors Pop In A Room

October 23, 2011

The Best Way To Get Your Art Collection Started

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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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Home Style Inspiration: Marie Antoinette

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 »

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