Doing the washing is probably my least favourite household chore. I think it's because it's so monotonous: Separate clothes, wash them and hang them on the line. It was only recently that I discovered this is not the way everyone does their laundry, and that there is actually quite an art to doing laundry well. I hadn't really given my process a lot of thought until I mentioned that I had trouble keeping my white pillowcases white and people suggested a hot water soak. Someone suggested that I should add vinegar and scented oil to the mix for delicious smelling pillowcases. I thought lint was just part of washing until I found out that you're not supposed to wash your towels with your clothes! Who knew!?! So now I'm on a mission to master the fine art of green clothes washing and I'm collecting tips. If you're using grey water safe detergent you can use your clothes washing water in the garden. You can make your own laundry detergent Cold water washing works for all general washing.
Wouldn't it be neat if there was some sort of laundry fairy? This laundry fairy would quietly tiptoe into your home while you're asleep, pull all of your dirty clothes out of the hamper, and magically wash, dry and fold it all. Since the laundry fairy is still just a dream, here are 11 tips for making your laundry day a little easier. You can use a product specifically designed for stains, like Shout or a Tide pen, or you can pour a small drop of laundry detergent on the stain. Presorting your laundry will help eliminate the red-sock-in-a-load-of-whites mistake. Forget about the dryer! Hang those jeans to dry. Keep a can of tennis balls around for drying down-filled items. Soak an old towel or flour cloth in your favorite liquid fabric softener, wring out excess and let dry. While you're working through that box of dryer sheets before you make your own, you can give the used sheets a little extra life. Borax is a natural laundry booster and it also softens hard water. There are a whole host of other uses for Borax outside the laundry room, too. Of course the best way to lighten the load on laundry day is to wear your clothes a little longer.
We've noticed a trend, lately, of large dining tables smack in the middle of kitchens. We've seen many a dinette set or breakfast table worked into a kitchen space, but we're seeing more and more full dining setups in the center of this often utilitarian space. Whether we have previously failed to take note of this bold furniture placement in rooms, or if it is a new trend toward merging the kitchen and dining areas, we think we like it. Being able to claim neither a full kitchen nor a dining room, we are quite envious of the opportunity to work with large, even oversized furniture. Kim has documented her entire kitchen remodel over at Desire To Inspire, and we were interested to see her choice of a large dining table for six, directly in the middle of her newly open kitchen. We didn't expect to see such a dominant piece, afraid it might disrupt the flow of the kitchen, but we absolutely love it. She has worked a great, large seating arrangement into a warm and inviting kitchen and seems to still have plenty of room to navigate while cooking. Perhaps we're looking a little harder now, but we came across another great example of a sizable dining table in the kitchen in the March issue of Livingetc. The dining chairs are upholstered in a colorful floral, which brings a bright upholstered accent to a stainless, modern kitchen. It seems to add a sense of community and entertainment to the kitchen.
Q: We want a rug to pull our living room together and give it a cozy feeling, but we are on an extremely tight budget. Will this brown HERRUP rug from IKEA work in my living room that is basically all solids? And where should we put it? I was thinking right in front of the couch, but there is also that area in front of the fireplace, between the tv and the chair/ottoman. If you have any other rug suggestions, I would love to hear them. I really do like the HERRUP rug a lot, I just don't want our living room to feel too dark and/or boring. Editor: Leave your suggestions for EEB0423 in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
As we look forward to Fall and all of its coziness, we want to shake things up a bit, make the bedroom even better. Not only does adding pattern to a room add warmth and pizazz, but if you do it in the form of a bedspread, sheet or rug, it's something totally removable. So when you get tired of it, you can just retire it for a season until you're ready for it again. Mix large scale patterns with small ones so it doesn't get overwhelming. Palette: choose fabrics and patterns that are part of the same color palette and you'll have a much better time creating a cohesive look. The pattern might be white and white in the form of stripes on the bedding, or different textures on a rug or pillow. Are you over faux bois yet? If not, you're in luck. Look what a little pattern did to this bathroom Take a look at this and see if you don't feel like going really bold. Finally some of our favorite tips for mixing and matching patterns.
NAME: MeganLOCATION: Woodstock, New York COLOR INSPIRATION: Nature and the contrast of pop art. GO TO MEGAN'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
Looking to make your home office greener? Well, this store may help you make some appropriate environmentally-friendly choices. We're suspicious of the term 'Green,' especially when it comes to a store. When we first clicked over to The Green Office, we wondered how much of it would be hype or faux green. We instantly liked their indicator system, which gives you a snapshot of each product's 'Greeness.' The selection of products is extensive, from envelopes to electronics. It's not so much that the products are made or marketed to be green, but sold from a green point-of-view. While they sell traditional office products as well as greener choices, each is clearly defined through their green rating system. If a choice offers no environmental savings, it is marked 'Conventional product.' It also promotes recycling with its extensive list of recycling centers, and has a newly founded blog to promote environmental issues.
Round coffee tables are so easy and low-maintenance. When you need an open floor plan, round coffee tables can be temporarily pushed aside or placed next to the sofa, without a crooked angle in sight. They move easily for cleaning and are excellent for small spaces where mobile furniture makes for a quick shift from party mode to office mode. In addition to round coffee tables, oval and organic shapes work nicely in situations where the conventional square or rectangle won't do.
You can hide your TV, display it like a piece of artwork, skip the surround sound, or go all out. Luckily with the right furniture, you can make your media room look less like a sports bar and more like the perfect place to curl up and watch your favorite show. After the jump we take a look at the 10 best looking media rooms we've found this month.....
Greycork is a furniture company based in Rhode Island, and they are crowdfunding their flat pack living room that's an alternative to IKEA. The collection has a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, and includes a chaise, three-seater sofa, bookcase, and coffee and side tables. Made from ash, fiberboard, and polyester upholstery, the pieces ship for free and assemble in four minutes or less.
We blinked, and checked the price again when we saw that this Modern platform bed from England's Habitat is just $50. The owner says 'Must sell fast' so someone should borrow a truck and get over there pretty darn quickly. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..