Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We're sharing our best quick tips - for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home - to save you time and money. Click through for today's helpful hint, and links to tons more.... A quick dusting of TALCUM POWDER will silence those creaks and squeaks. Simply dust it on and help work it into the cracks with an old paint brush. You can also use powdered graphite, but talcum powder is inexpensive and there's a good chance you already have it on hand.
Want to take a short break from our Fall Colors Contest voting? Tired of looking at good looking interiors and want to refresh your eyes with design choices from the flipside of the spectrum? Well then, we've got a site for you: The Ugly Couch Contest! The Ugly Couch Contest is down to 20 Ugly Couch semi-finalists, all vying for a grand prize of $5,000 for a living room makeover.
Do you like the soft cradle of Agape's Spoon Tub? Well, G.P Benedini has now designed a new version, called the Spoon XL. This tub is similar in overall length and width to the original Spoon, but its shape is much round-ier. The concave bowl of the tub is supposed to be shaped for maximum comfort. It certainly looks comfortable from this photo above. Like its predecessor, this tub is made of the very dense Exmar, which is made to retain the heat in the tub.
'...Consider the space known as the guest bedroom. First calculate the cost of constructing an additional 300 square feet. How many times per year is the guest bedroom used? In terms of cost-to-benefit ratio, it might be logical to invest that same amount of money in the bank, use the interst to house the occasional visitor in the local bed-and-breakfast, and retain the capital for other uses.' What a good way to consider any extra space in the home. Helps one realize the true cost of all that spare square footage in many homes. How many homes have guest bedrooms that go unused but for a few times a year? Just another case for the small home. I highly recommend the book quoted here: The Rammed Earth House by David Easton. Make sure to check out the entry called Small is Beautiful.
Got art? Sofas, rugs and artwork are some of the toughest challenges when furnishing an apartment. Despite it's K-Mart name, Art/asap does a great job, and works with a lot of interior designers.... And when we say attractive, we mean it. This is not edgy, gritty art or anything that will grow old with grace or accumulate terrific value. This is well done, attractive art that could really dress up your walls. Art/asap was started in 1995 by a designer looking frustrated with the affordable art market. What he or she has created is a very attractive art gallery for framed prints and photography roughly between $200-$500. Art/asap is also a very large gallery, with a database of over 100,000 images, and they also specialize in matting and framing so this really becomes one-stop-shopping at trade prices. Their gallery on 50th street is small, and they do rely on their online presence to show the bulk of their collection.
What if you live in a small, dark apartment? There are ways to lighten the space and open it up. Click below to see them.... In general, light walls make a small room feel larger. There are exceptions to this rule: a dark accent wall can bring definition and scale to a small space and bright colors can definitely help to enliven a small room. Unless you're going for a cloistered, cozy feeling avoid dark chocolate browns on all four walls. If you can paint the floor white, it's a good trick for making a small space appear larger. By painting white floors and white walls, he was able to make a very small space seem open and airy. You can make a window appear larger by flanking it with floor-length curtains that visually extend into the wall. Don't fill the room with too much furniture, and choose pieces with a small footprint that are visually lightweight. Low-profile furniture or pieces with legs will make a room seem larger.
'Living room = sofa' is a classic equation that's so ingrained in our decorative consciousness that it's hard to break free. Sometimes sofas aren't what you deep down need or want for your space. You might use your living room in an entirely different way that isn't conducive to a single linear piece of furniture. The sitting area above, from My Scandinavian Home, eschews the sofa in favor of a ring of armchairs, which are more conducive to conversation and games in a way that linear sofas just aren't. These amazing lounge chairs from seen in Casa Vogue give plenty of room to spread out relax and not bump up against the person next to you. Frank Roop designed this classic and elegant living room, with nary a sofa in sight. The arrangement packs in lots of seating and uses less floor space than a traditional sofa. Artist Aldo Chaparro channels his inner Bohemian with this living room set up that's relaxed and informal.
While we don't know if we'd be able to spend the whole day standing at our desks, we do like John Knox's vision. His entire desk is made of salvaged wood he's found laying around on the streets, and in one case, his basement. John Knox writes: 'Part Ikea-hack. Part cradle-to-cradle design project. This Rumsfeld-modern standing desk features an alley found desktop cut to size and mounted on two long stored in the basement Ikea sawhorses. Two adjustable wing shelves are salvaged lumber from a spouse rejected over sized trundle project. Note the attached'pen ...on a chain', arguably the greatest office efficiency device invented since the pencil sharpener. Love how the adjustable winged shelves are able to hold extra office gizmos when needed. Those sawhorses provide good desktop and printer storage as well. 'Oh and are you wondering why it's called the Rumsfeld? According to John,'Rumsfeld also approved placing detainees in 'Stress positions,' such as standing for up to 4 hours, though he apparently found this approach unimpressive. Rumsfeld, who works at a stand-up desk, scrawled on the memo, 'I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours? D.R.'.
My son is a LEGO fanatic and we were both pleasantly surprised when we visited the LEGO Web site and discovered the LEGO club. The LEGO Club gives kids a chance to upload their latest creations in addition to connecting with other LEGO fans. Your child will also get LEGO building tips, their own page with a customizable avatar.
Whenever friends visit my apartment, they remark it's a 'Happy place' exhibiting a love of color. Here are a few playful tech accessories currently on my Pinterest wish list for a future home office update project.... The Drawstring Lamp: These eco-friendly lamps are made from sunscreen materials originally used for curtains in big glass windows. The result is glowing orbs of light in vivid colors, perfect for secondary overhead lighting in a home office. Ballo Portable Speaker: Continuing my love of the round, the Ballo is a portable speaker that looks like a microphone without the handle. The Ballo was designed to attach to portable audio devices to amplify sound via 3.5mm jack wire and is available in a variety of fun colors to suit just about any style. Colorful Cables: Eastern Collective mixes technology and textiles to add some variety to your standard connection cables collection. The 3-6 feet cable is available for Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, in a variety of connections. A bonus is these cables should outlast regular ones, thanks to the additional durability of material wrapped around each cable. Laptop Decals and Skins: Decals and skins offer an opportunity to break from the herd and personalize your laptop, so I couldn't leave them out of this roundup. Various companies like Society 6 and Gelaskin sell a variety of full size skins, while Etsy has countless smaller decals available for embellishing laptops.
Q: I have a 6' x 9' room in the corner of my apartment, and I'm just not sure how to make best use of the space. The room has a stunning view, and lots of beautiful sunlight, but obviously, not a lot of square footage. The idea my husband and I are currently considering is making it a relaxing space to enjoy the view. I taped out the space for two lounge chairs, but I fear it's too crowded, especially if we also added a light fixture and accent table. Another idea is to make it an arts and crafts space for the kids, but does making this room a workspace 'Waste' the view? What other ideas should we consider for this room? The second shows the view from this room into the adjacent living room, and the third shows the orientation of the room relative to the rest of the apartment. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Theresa in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
On the Country Living site, we ran across photos of an unusual library set up - one in which the shelving catches your eye before its contents, thanks to a coat of a very.... ...fearlessly vibrant paint color, Benjamin Moore's Prairie Green. The built in shelves are fairly basic in their form, but feature a few unique details and touches - dentil molding cornices and, one of our favorite things, framed artwork hung on bookshelves. The painted woodwork theme is continues throughout the room, with the glossy grey painted floor boards, a yellow Windsor chair and a blue-washed round table base. See more of this colorful home in this Country Living slideshow.