Though the holidays are supposed to be a relaxing, fun time, for many of us they end up being stress-fests. Between shopping for gifts, preparing holiday meals and treats, and managing family interactions, it can be too easy to end the year feeling worn-out and frazzled. But that's where self-care comes in. Taking the time to give yourself a break can make a huge difference, and if that break takes the form of a hot bath for you, you can incorporate the rejuvenating scent of evergreens via these Christmas tree bath salts. Or package these bath salts up with some other bath luxuries, and give them as a gift!
Bathrooms can be boring. And they often are. But they don't have to be! A bathroom is a great place to start if you'd like to add some personality to your home. Click through to check out ten easy tips and tricks for adding some serious character to your bathroom.
There are many olive oil uses beyond what you might normally think of (cooking!). It's an incredibly versatile substance that you can put to good use in a lot of interesting situations. Here's how ...
Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.
From incredible small space makeovers to the best of the best, we've shared quite a few amazing bathroom re-dos. But wouldn't you know it? People just seem to keep renovating! If you're on the edge, looking down at your own bathroom remodel, we've got ten new makeovers that are sure to inspire that leap of home-renovation-faith!
Alternatively titled "The Evolution of an Oak Vanity", this builder-grade vanity goes through a brief shabby chic phase before finally settling into a barnwood door-inspired groove! Check out both "afters" below.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
This week we've paired up with the folks at Moen to give away one of their new Twist Showerheads. The Twist is an innovative little gadget, a handheld shower that lets you switch between four spray settings easily, with the flick of your thumb. We got one to try out in our shower, and loved in (especially for bathing the little one).
Read on to find out how to enter the giveaway, and to hear what I thought about the review unit we tested out.
From low-budget, quick-fixes to full blown renovations, we're counting down our top ten bathroom makeovers of 2011. Check out our picks below and let us know which memorable makeover is your favorite!
Ahhh, the 80s: the decade where style went to die. Also, the decade when this bathroom was first imagined, complete with a pastel pink, blue, and white color scheme. Hold on to this image for a moment before you check out the "After" of this unbelievable makeover, because really, it's pretty unbelievable. Okay. Ready? Go!
Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea. All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame. Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box. No cutting, gluing, sealing, or drilling required. BAM...
Our guest bathroom was in sorry shape- cracked floor tiles, vanity falling apart, even the toilet wasn't salvageable. So, we knew it was due for a major overhaul.
Here's what we planned:
- Retile the floor: It was obvious that the subfloor was uneven causing the tiles to break apart. We needed to remove all the tile and put down concrete board to provide a nice, even surface.
- New vanity: The bathroom vanity was original to the house, and 25...
My mother has a picture of me at about 9 months old getting a bath in the kitchen sink. It could very well be Phillippe Malouin’s mother has a similar picture of him at home too, which ultimately served as inspiration for the designer’s ‘The Unit’.
The Eris by Victory Spa has a window to the world. Why would you want a window in your bathtub? To illuminate your bubble time, of course. Referred to as ‘chromotherapy’, the light is said to elevate you mood–that along with the spa’s cascading waterfall, which ‘massage[s] the neck and shoulders intensifying an indulgent bathing experience.’
"Is it difficult to find enthusiasm about cleaning the bathroom? Are you living in a place that someone else rented or owned before you? If you said yes to both, try not to think about what may have happened in your bathroom before you moved in....Here are five inexpensive things you can do to make your bathroom truly feel like it is yours. Doing these will not make the room look new but it will make it feel much more new to you."
- Replace the...
Splatgirl shares her totally amazing and DIY'd bathroom on Apartment Therapy:
Hello! I would love to share my bathroom. I designed and DIY'd this room from scratch. It includes a poured concrete Japanese soaking tub, concrete countertops and a 9 1/2 foot tall tile mosaic shower wall. It has his and hers vanities and a double shower with ceiling mount rain heads...
As far as bathrooms go, it was done very inexpensively and incorporates some...
You know your shower isn't functioning properly when it spurts and sputters, or your forced to rinse yourself with a minimal trickle.
The traditional technique is to unscrew the showerhead, and soak in CLR for a few minutes, then scrub away any buildup with a toothbrush, as suggested in this tip from Real Simple.
But, to avoid the drama of removing your showerhead, simply fill a plastic sandwich bag with white vinegar, and tape it...
"The intention here is to provide the basic data on how to make soap from the most basic materials. There are many fancier soap recipes which make better soaps, as long as you have all the ingredients.
A small plastic dishpan, about 10″ x 12″
A glass or enamel 2-quart saucepan
1 can of lye (sodium hydroxide), 12 ounces
3 pounds of lard
Plastic gloves [really; use eye-protection too]
Learn the a couple of basic soap making...
An orderly configuration of water drops, Generate’s groovy 23.6" by 15.75" bath mat will not only keep you upright on a slippery bathroom floor, the distributor also claims it provides a foot massage as you towel down. It’s a little pricey at 49 bucks, but considering it provides a two-fer, maybe it’s worth it.