Archives for June 2015

10 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Room More

outdoor thumbStep up the comfiness and convenience of your porch, patio or yard to make time spent outdoors even better

Hanging out in a backyard haven is a wonderful way to savor warm weather. But what about those less-than-pleasant aspects of outdoor time, like bugs, rain and blazing-hot sun? Here are 10 tips to help make the time you spend in your outdoor rooms more comfortable.

The Most Common Remodeling Mistakes

If you’re considering a remodel, take a look at this inforgrpahic courtesy of FIXr for some great tips.


21 Things Only People Living With Kids Will Understand

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 12.48.16 PMStrange smells, crowded beds, ruined furniture — here’s what cohabiting with little monsters really feels like

There’s rarely a dull moment when living with small children. My kids have doodled on our white walls with colored markers. They’ve stood in our living room and peed all over the carpet. I’ve found toys stuffed inside my shoes in the morning. I’ve held out my hands in bed trying to catch my son’s throw-up, hoping to save our mattress from his forfeited dinner. And I once discovered that my 3-year-old son had turned our sofa into an imaginary garbage dump, piling it head high with trash, torn-up tissue, small toys, puzzle pieces, dirty socks and anything else he could find.

This should give you just a slight idea of what it’s like living with kids. Below, with help from Los Angeles illustrator Molly Brandenburg, we’ve compiled 21 other situations that people living with kids will totally understand. If you’ve got kids, I’m sure you’ve got your own stories, and I invite you to share them in the Comments below. If you don’t have kids but know people who do, please buy them a beer or bottle of wine or a babysitter or nanny, or contribute to their kid’s college fund. Above all, if you visit their house, just don’t mind the mess.

15 Refreshing Ideas for a Bathroom Makeover

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 12.45.39 PMThese days there are more ways than ever to give your bath a splash of style

From statement mirrors and sculptural tubs to bright hues and indoor-outdoor showers, bathroom design has come a long way from the basic choices of years past. If you’re thinking of changing things up in your master bath or powder room, see if one of these of-the-moment design ideas inspires you.


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15 Summery Decorating Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.50.41 AMTransport yourself seaside with a bit of paint or a few airy accessories

Summer brings with it the urge to simplify and relax — schedules, wardrobe and the home all get a bit more laid-back at this time of year. To help your home embrace that easy, breezy beach house feeling, give one (or more) of these 15 budget-friendly ideas a try.

9 Ways to Boost Your All-White Color Scheme

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.47.50 AMGrays, seafoam, metal, wood and more help embolden a white-on-white look so it doesn’t leave you cold

Love the look of fresh white but don’t want to feel like you live in a cold, minimalist compound? Here’s how to boost white to get a livable, inviting look that feels airy, open and full of personality.

Counter Intuitive: Magnetic Racks

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 3.04.24 PMUse the power of magnetism to corral your knives, tools, gadgets and more

Looking for more counter space without remodeling the kitchen? A cool way to display kids’ artwork without remodeling the fridge?

The cheap and easy answer is not magic, it’s magnets. Specifically, magnetic strips, racks and tape that offer clever, good-looking solutions for storage, organization and clutter busting.

Bathroom Planning: Which Vanity Will Work for You?

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 2.55.08 PMVanities can be smart centerpieces and offer tons of storage. See which design would best suit your bathroom

It used to be that the bathtub — be it a Victorian roll-top or a fabulous plunge pool — was the star attraction of our bathrooms. But today the vanity, in all its different guises, is heading to the top of our wish lists — and it’s easy to see why. From traditional designs to sleek basin-and-cupboard combos, there’s certainly no shortage of styles to pique your fancy, while flexible storage solutions help create a well-organized room for your daily routine. Bathroom clutter, begone.