- A couple weeks ago, I threw my son a Batman party. While I was racing around the house to get things ready, I went to our "party drawer" to rummage for last minute items that I might have forgotten. This got me thinking about putting together the most basic party kit to use for literally any occasion. This kit would have all the essentials that sometimes tend to slip my mind, and could be used over and over again. And thus, "The Ready for Anything At-Home Party Kit" was born. Now that I think about it, this would make a great gift for someone you know who loves to throw a good party. - Jacinda Boneau Read More »from 7 Awesome Ideas for an At-Home Party Kit
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Adorable creatures will celebrate my progress, too.It's officially the first day of spring, and you know what that means: Let the annual foray into decluttering officially commence! As usual, you start with the best of intentions: This is the year you're going to give the house a complete cleaning from top to bottom. It's warming up outside, and you know you stashed away some lightweight sweaters 10 years ago that could definitely pass as retro at this point. You're finally going to find them! And it's not just going to be a physical cleaning, either. No, this is the year you cleanse your entire life. Now let's get to it!
Stage 1: Motivation
Okay, what needs to get done here. I should probably make a list-lists help people stay on track, right? Wait, maybe there's an app for total spring cleaning domination. If there isn't, someone should really invent one. Wait, am I onto something here?
[Checks the app store]
Fine, so a ton of otherRead More »from The 9 Emotional Stages of Spring Cleaning
- Use Astrology to Drive Your Life Forward!
Do you amble along in life hoping your luck will change? Waiting for a magic moment to improve a situation can be dispiriting. Instead, try to see your life as a vehicle: Let your Sun sign help you get behind the steering wheel and make your life go where you want!
Aries has no problem kick-starting themselves ... but they're not always the best at following through. As a result, their life can become a series of half-finished projects. If they can see things through to the end, their morale will soar as a result -- and suddenly other areas in their lives will kick into gear as well.
Taurus has a habit of burrowing down rather than striding forward, so they can find themselves in paralysis mode more easily than most. They tend to hold onto what they know, even if it isn't what they want. But once they realize they're more powerful than they think and rev up their inner motor, they're off and running!
Gemini can become so scattered, they end up running around in circles all theRead More »from Use Astrology to Drive Your Life Forward!
- domino magazine | At Home – Thu, Mar 20, 2014 11:42 AM EDT
Photographer Deborah Jaffe had the enviable problem of too much furniture-but she had no clue which pieces were right for the living room in her new L.A. home. domino stylist Allison Tick shows her the power of simple rearranging to create a winning setup, in three trial-and-error steps.
• My view, my fireplace and my TV all face different directions.
• I bought a floral statement sofa-what on earth will go with it?
• I want to combine Asian, mod and a David Hicks vibe in a noncrazy way.
• There are two tricky nooks that feel like dead space.
First floor plan
• Can take in the view from the sofa.
• The daybed leaves the view unobstructed.
• The console table and upholstered chair help define the nooks.
• My photographs get prime real estate in the nooks.
Cons:Read More »from This Winning Living Room Setup Will Have You Rearranging ASAP
• The placement of the daybed is annoying because you can't lean back against anything.
• The carpet feels too small.
Ready for spring? Start by refreshing your table with crisp linens, potted blooms, and a pop of bright colors.
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For many of us, it's a fact of life: We have too much stuff and not enough places to tuck it away. But there is a remedy. By integrating stylish storage solutions into your decor, you can organize and stow all the things that accumulate in your living room but still keep them close at hand. Plus, these pieces will spruce up your space. Read on―a happier, more orderly life awaits.
1. Divide and Conquer
Separate rooms visually while increasing your storage capacity with a freestanding bookcase. Despite the unit's large size, the open construction allows light to flow through so the shelves don't weigh down the room. Choose a style that blends with your furnishings, and remember to add pretty touches, such as vases of flowers.
2. Work the RoomRead More »from Tidy Up! 4 Easy, Stylish Storage Solutions
Integrating a desk into your living room can solve a variety of organizing challenges. Use it as a bill-paying center, a place where the kids can do homework and still feel part of the
By Emily Lugg, Cheapism.com
There is such a thing as free money when it comes to paying for college -- if you know where to look. Between merit-based scholarships and grants for students in financial need, there is an abundance of college scholarships available to both rising and current students. A little time and dedication may pay off in the form of funding for a significant portion of your college tuition. Just remember that grants and scholarships are free, whereas loans must be paid back.
Contact your high school guidance counselor. If you are an upcoming first-year student, make a date with your high school guidance counselor. He or she can point you towards the best resources for identifying scholarships you may be eligible for based on your geographic region, grades, and achievements. The counselor may also have historical data on specific grants and scholarships that indicate previous students'Read More »from 7 Steps to Landing a College Scholarship
Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report, leading designers are taking a less-is-more approach to decorating this spring.Out with the winter wreaths and in with the pastel-colored eggs, right? Not so fast. According to the latest
Marc Thee, co-founder and design principal of Florida-based Marc-Michaels Interior Design Inc., says he’s actually started to loathe decorative objects that serve no purpose.
“I put my Miami house on the market and had to go through and take away things I loved,” he says. “But after I took out some of my stuff, the house looked so fresh, so new, so light and airy.”
For a spring-clean look in your home right now, here are three trends to trash, along with a few items you’ll definitely want to hang on to this season.
Ditch heavy drapes. Embrace sheer metallics. Metallics were a big trend in winter, and they’re only going to gain popularity this spring. Thee says that while the trend was previously limited to lamps and accessories, metallics are now seen in windowRead More »from Spring Decorating Trends to Trash and to Try
See before and after photos from some of our favorite house remodels and renovations.
Missing: a sense of openness
Before: Open Craftsman remodel
When this homeowner returned to her native California from New York, she missed the openness of her family's former loft back East.
So she knocked down a few walls (including those surrounding the former dining room, above) of her Oakland Craftsman-style home to create a more spacious feeling.
Combined kitchen, dining area, living space
After: Open Craftsman remodel
The ground floor of the once single-story house is now essentially one combined kitchen, dining area, living space, and home office, with bedrooms in an upstairs addition.
Mission: keep the 1960s vibe
Before: Retro ranch
Obsessed with retro style, the homeowners of this Arizona ranch were determined to keep the 1960s vibe of the house, but with their own spin.
Accomplished on a tight budget
After: Retro ranch
Keeping on a tight budget, they replaced the back wall of the house with windows to open up the space, and decorated inside with a mix of new andRead More »from 7 Amazing Home Makeovers
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