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4 Ways to Perk Up Your Winter Wear

by M.E. Russell

Liven up you gloves and hats with these DIY fashion tips.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it's easy to feel like you're stuck in a rut. The parties are over, the celebrations are done. The winter has you feeling all "bleghh," but it doesn't have to be that way. If you have the mid-winter blues, a great place to start is by mixing things up. It's still cold outside, but that's no excuse to be blah. We have four quick and easy ways for you to perk up your winter accessories!

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Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President

by Kate Wagner
Kate Wagner is the founder and editor of McMansion Hell, a web site for people who love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst. Photo: Sam Horine

If I had a dollar for every time I received a request to take on Donald Trump's interior design, I'd have enough to buy coffee for quite a few weeks - no small feat. 

As the Internet's chosen McMansion taxonomist, I have spent a lot of time with tacky. After spending so much time with tacky that my fingers have started to stick together at the mere thought of a grand estate, here is my thesis: 99% of McMansion decor is inspired by people like Donald Trump. As Fran Lebowitz so elegantly put it, "Donald Trump is a poor person's idea of a rich person." It's a pretty simple system, really: gold = rich. Columns = rich because banks have columns. Chandeliers = rich because they're big and shiny. You catch my drift. 

We as people have been fascinated by the dwellings of celebrities since the dawn of celebrities, who, back in the day, were usually royalty or the Pope. Donald Trump's Manhattan penthouse apartment is a particularly interesting (and recursive) instance where a celebrity decorates based on the taste of previous celebrities. In this case, King Louis XIV and King Louis XV of 17th and 18th century France. Luckily, the world was spared from the continuation of the heavily ornate Rococo style for a couple centuries thanks to the French Revolution. Then the 80s happened, and Donald Trump came with them. A fun guessing game to play is: Is it the French Palace of Versailles or a Donald Trump apartment?

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How to: Turn a Baking Rack Into a Modern Grid Organizer

by Lidy Dipert

How-to: Turn a Cooling Rack Into a Grid Organizer

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I find myself going into this weird funk. Our home felt like it was going to burst at the seams with all the stuff we had accumulated. The last couple weeks I've been on major purge mode to help get things feeling peaceful once more. Plus it doesn't hurt to be more organized!  This simple project is all about making life easier when it comes to rearranging the home. And all it takes...

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My Favorite Organizational Apps that Will Get Every Part of Your Life in Order

by Faith Towers
My Favorite Organizational Apps To Get Every Part of Your Life In Order
Photo:  JComp

Apps are a part of our daily lives in so many ways - they help us get places, work out and they even remind us about appointments. And today I'm here to share even more ways that you can use your phone to organize every aspect of your life. Read on to check out my favorite organizational apps that will help you get your life in order.   

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Home Decor Hack: How to Transform Any Vase into a Savings Bank

by M.E. Russell

 

Transform any vase or jar into a coin bank.

 

On my New Year's Resolutions list, there are always some standards: Drink more water, eat out less, exercise more, and save money. I have gotten pretty good at most of these things (with the exception of eating out less - does ordering more takeout count?), but I could always stand to save more money. Holding onto loose change is my go-to method for putting a little bit of dough away every day, but there's always the question of what to keep all those loose pennies in. If you don't feel like buying a porcelain piggy, you can turn any vase, jar, or container into a DIY savings bank in a few quick steps.    

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How to: Get Organized With This Colorful Wooden Crate Cart

by Faith Towers
How-To: Get Organized With This Colorful Wine Crate Cart
Photo: Faith Towers

I don't know about you, but storage is one thing that I can never get enough of. Especially cute storage. So today I'm sharing a project with you that I made to create some mobile storage for my home office. It's a stacking, rolling storage cart that can hold all of those odds and ends that you just don't know what to do with.   

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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.

Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.  

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How to: Purrfectly Simple DIY Cat Bed

by M.E. Russell

Make It! DIY Cat Bed

I love my cat. I'm not shy about admitting that (I even mention it in my bio). I'm also not ashamed to say I think she's the best cat in the world. Her name is Donut, but I also refer to her as "Angel Face" or "Precious Baby Kitty" (which drives my fiancé crazy, I'm sure). The cat drinks filtered water and has a basket full of toys. She's one of the more spoiled cats out there, and leads a pretty cushy life (as evidenced by this plushy DIY cat bed I made especially for her).          

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Words to Live By: 10 Free Typographic Downloads to Inspire You This Year

by Lidy Dipert

Happy New Year! What better way to kickstart 2017 than focusing ahead on positive and encouraging words that anyone can live by? I'm not big on resolutions (even though I still make them year after year), because I feel I usually end up just setting myself up for failure. So instead, I'm focusing on new ways of looking at the day to day.

Round-Up: Words to Live By

 These ten quotes will be sure to start any day on the right foot and remind you to just smile and enjoy this new year, one day at a time. Best part is, you can download these free printables to place anywhere you need some extra motivation.   

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Five New Year's Commitments that Will Make Your Home a Happy Place

by Lidy Dipert

New Year's Resolutions for the Home

When I think of "home," I always start with a visual picture: the layout, the colors, and all the "stuff" that makes it so unique. But, of course, my real concept of home doesn't have anything to do with the physical structure or the things that sit inside it.  Home is a sense of peace and rest I experience by myself and with my family. And it's the place where I nurture relationships, and build community. And if I'm doing things right, it's the place that helps me stay sane. So this year, I'm giving my home a new commitment, and all my 2017 commitments are actually New Year's resolutions for the home. 

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