Top 10 Items that Update Instantly


Does your dwelling need a little updating? Canadian House & Home suggests 10 items that will freshen up dated interiors instantly. 


  1. three-dimensional modern mobile
  2. bistro chair(s)
  3. text artwork
  4. patchwork rug
  5. modern four-poster canopy bed
  6. vintage glass bottles
  7. woven storage baskets
  8. painterly fabrics
  9. weathered hutch
  10. oversized pendant light fixture

To see examples of each of these elements, follow this link to H & H. Keep in mind that although many of the sited pieces are expensive, replicating these looks can be very inexpensive! Continue Reading

How to Rid Your Home of Lingering Food Smells.

Curbly has certainly featured its share of techniques to add pleasant scents to your home and person (here, here, here, here, and here), but there are those time when your home is ALREADY aroma-ed, and you’d actually rather give it the old neutralize rather than cover it up.


To that end, Apartment Therapy offers these solutions and others:

  • Simmer a pot of half vinegar and half water
  • Simmer a pot of water with lemon and orange peels
  • Leave a dish of vinegar out on the counter overnight
  • Saturate cotton balls with vanilla extract and let sit in a dish overnight

Cool. Continue Reading

Keep Your ‘Fridge Fresh with Salt-Packed Citrus Peels.

Um…the fridge funk. Everyone gets it, no one wants it, and that box of baking soda your grandma (and I) told you to keep in there doesn’t always kill it entirely.

As a fresh alternative, Paulina sent in this idea to TipNut: simply cut the fruit out of an orange (lemon, lime, tangelo, what have you) and fill the rind with salt. “The salt absorbs stale and nasty odors while the [orange peel’ releases a
fresh, orange smell.” Continue Reading

How to Pick A Christmas Tree

created on: 12/08/08

It’s arguably the biggest Christmas decoration you’ll put up and
it’ll be around for weeks, so how do you choose a good one? Well,
according to professional forester Steve Nix, like this:

Perform a “freshness test”
Take hold of a branch and pull your hand toward you, allowing the
branch to slip through your fingers. Most, if not all, of the needles
should stay on the tree.

Lifting and dropping the tree on a hard surface should not result in a
shower of green needles. Continue Reading

Diy Air Purifier.

“The EPA has noted that indoor air can be almost ten times worse than the air outside. Thus, air purification has rapidly become a multi-billion dollar industry. While a small, no-frills air cleaner for your personal space can be had for less than $100, a state-of-the-art medical-grade air purifier aimed at microbiological abatement can cost over $1000. For those who wish to breathe in healthier air without spending a lot of money, read the directions below on how to create your own air purifier from inexpensive materials.” Continue Reading