Where to Find Scandinavian Style Staples Even If You’re Not in the Nordic Countries

Scandinavian Style Staples

Perusing online tours of beautiful Scandinavian homes can be an addictive, and envy-inducing, pastime. Though you may not be able to import their high ceilings, period features, or masonry heaters (those cylindrical white corner fireplaces that I endlessly covet), you can certainly create your own replica of the Scandinavian look with the right furnishings. Figuring out where to find certain pieces can be tricky, so I'll round up some popular Scandinavian-style pieces, and tell you where you can buy them in the US.      Continue Reading

Vintage Eye Candy: 70s Interiors That’ll Make You Say, “Groovy, Baby!”

1970s interior design
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The distinct colors, shapes, and textures of the 1970s give interiors from that era a unique energy. Currently, the decade's distinct vibe is coming back, and influencing current trends in a big way. Yes, 70s style might be considered over-the-top now, but comb through examples from that era and you will find pieces and inspiration that will bring new liveliness to your space all while fitting in to your current decor. Keep scrolling for some rad eye candy!            Continue Reading

What I Learned About Interior Design from Living with a Video Game Designer

My husband designs video games for a living, and over the years, I've realized that video game design and interior design actually have a surprising amount of overlap. Room designers and game designers are both designing experiences for people to interact with, and though they may have very different end goals, some of the principles are the same.                 

 Even though I'm not a gamer myself, I have played the games my husband has worked on, and we're not talking about Tetris here. Continue Reading

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tiny Porch this Summer

If you've ever lived in an apartment or a really tiny house, you probably understand the struggle of a tiny outdoor space. Generally, tiny porches are the only type of porches you'll find with an apartment. While a tiny porch is better than no porch at all, sometimes you have to get creative with the small space you have with small balcony furniture and space saving solutions. Luckily, I've rounded up a bunch of ways to make the most of your tiny porch this summer, including DIYs, storage solutions and just plain cute pieces to add to your porch.  Continue Reading

Yes, You Can Use a Paint Sprayer Indoors: Our Spare Room Makeover Proves It

Painting a room with an indoor paint sprayer sames time and results in a more consistent finish. Here's how we used one to transform a spare bedroom.

Cozy Den Makeover Using a Paint Sprayer Indoors
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One of my favorite things about interior design and home improvement is discovering tools that help us do our job better. Painting is one of those jobs. We paint things all the time – walls, furniture, floors, baskets. Why? Because nothing transforms a space (or an object) quite like paint does.                 Continue Reading

A Quick Start Guide For the Soft-Core Minimalist

Simple desk, minimalist workspace

It’s tempting to think of minimalism as a “must do” trend. There’s been so much chatter online, in books, and on podcasts about it lately – it’s seemingly on everyone’s mind. Minimalism is getting maximum exposure! For those new to the concept, it’s also all too easy to peek at any of that material and feel immediately overwhelmed.         

 Ironically, it’s that overwhelming feeling that is usually what starts people down this path AND is the leading cause of falling right back off. Continue Reading

17 Ways to Introduce this Trending Pattern into Your Home

Selection from the Unmagic Eye Exhibition by Spencer Harrison and Billie Justice Thomson; Photo by Bri Hammond
Selection from the Unmagic Eye Exhibition by Spencer Harrison and Billie Justice Thomson; Photo by Bri Hammond

The home decor world is operating mostly in throwback-mode right now. What used to be tacky is now tasteful, and looking dated doesn’t matter as much. Walk into any big box store like Target, West Elm, or CB2, and you’ll see interpretations of designs and color schemes that originally surfaced over 30-40 years ago. From the resurgence of treatments like terrazzo to the re-introduction of wicker, what’s old is new again. Continue Reading

The Wabi-Sabi Home: Learn to Embrace Imperfection and Authenticity

Wabi-sabi home

I used to own this cup and saucer set. It was white with a yellow border – I found it at the thrift store. The handle of the cup was comfortable, and the saucer large. I loved it. I loved it in a way that it seemed to make my coffee taste better in the morning. One day, my yellow cup met a fate that many ceramic dishes face. It was dropped, and the cup cracked. Continue Reading

How to Create a Home that Won’t Hurt Your Back

Back Pain Relief At Home

Have you ever dealt with an achy-breaky back? If you haven't had the misfortune yet, I hate to say it, but you probably will. Not-so-fun fact: About 80% of Americans will deal with back pain at some point in their lives. For some, it's just a pulled muscle, but for others, it's much worse. As you age, it's the little movements and activities that lead to spinal disc deterioration. But it's not all bad news! From furniture placement to purchasing the right kind of tools, you can structure the layout and function of your home to keep your spine healthy. Continue Reading

7 Cheap and Easy Home Office Improvements

Working from home can be a curse and a blessing. The curse part is that you're at home and home things are always beckoning you away from work, and vice versa. One sure thing is that if you have a room to call your own, you need to make it an attractive and efficient space where you want to spend time. And if you've just blown the budget on a new furnace, don't worry, these tricks cost practically nothing. Continue Reading