Now that January is over, most of the buzz about New Year's resolutions has faded away. But that's no excuse to let your goals fall by the wayside. There are lots of ways to use your phone to help you stay on track... so today I'm sharing nine of my favorite free apps that will help you maintain your goals now that we're well into 2018.
Every January, people across the globe make a goal of living a more simple and clutter-free life. We all have our take on being minimalist and how best to achieve it. Here are five blogs you should be reading to help you on your way!
Bedrooms are meant to be a place of rest and relaxation, but for many of us, our bedrooms do double duty as sitting areas, nurseries, living rooms, storage, etc. No matter your situation, finding little ways to help yourself relax and get enough sleep could be as easy as getting rid of some things and keeping others. Of course, you know yourself best, so not everything on this list may apply to you. However, it couldn't hurt to try, and maybe you'll find a new way to relax into a good night's sleep!
Alright, so I'm going to level with you: this is a blog post about my love of a rolling toolbox. I know. Weird, right?
See, about two months ago, we kicked off a yearlong partnership of blog posts with The Home Depot, and I was lucky enough to get invited down to Atlanta to check out their headquarters, meet some of the staff, and get a first-hand look at their product testing lab. It was a great time...
Mid-Century Modernism is ubiquitous - from Ikea to West Elm, Architectural Digest to Houzz, the sleek, clean style remains atop interior design charts almost ten years after its resurgence began (often accredited to the onset of Mad Men in 2007). This article provides a crash course in the movement's important figures, as well as some tips on how to get the mid-century look in your home without paying a fortune.
Heads up: this is not a post about how our family doesn't watch TV. We are a busy family, like any other, but we do love to watch our favorite shows and sports. Instead, I want to share how our family manages to enjoy television with out spending a ton of money on cable TV service each month.
We decided to cut the cord nine years ago, and haven't looked back. We've had to adapt our methods as networks and subscriptions have changed, but I don't think we missed anything we have really wanted to watch. Here is how we do it today.
For my family, when the alarm clock goes off, we hit the ground running to school and work. In the busy act of getting out the door, my morning is much more calming if I do these five simple things to clean my house the night before.
Getting back into healthy eating and exercise can be HARD...but not impossible. The reality is: these need to be habits and lifestyle changes if you're going to make progress. Setting goals is never a bad thing, but you want to make sure they become routines so you don't lose steam. So! Here are 5 simple tips that can make getting out of bed and working out less daunting, plus a free printable to help make goal-setting simple.
You can download it for free
Whose Style is That? Louis XIV or Donald Trump? An Interior Design Guide to the New President
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?
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.
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.
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.
As the internet’s authority on ugly oversized houses, I am frequently asked about my views on tiny houses, mostly by people who hate them.
To get my manifesto started: I love tiny houses with all my heart because, above all, they are a symbol of change.
The tiny house movement is a symbol of moving towards a more sustainable way of life in the wake of the McMansion era of old. It isn’t just smug hipsters moving into tiny houses, it’s everyday people who simply want to live with less. In America, the vehement reaction to the tiny house is to be expected, as Americans love the cleverness of their design and their roguish mission, but at the same time balk at the idea of having less stuff. Of all the editorials against tiny houses, the most common topic of their ire is the thought of tossing out most of their belongings.
However, those who attack the tiny house movement don't understand that the move to live in smaller dwellings is ultimately a good thing, and that their smug editorials do more harm than good to the cause of living more efficiently, with a smaller environmental footprint.
Since cutting the ties with cable/satellite several years ago, we've become devotes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. (Yes, all three.) It's gotten so
bad good that on the rare occasions when we do watch something on regular TV, the hubs invariably offers an aggrieved huff having to suffer through commercials. Although, considering
Perhaps you've got your own design, craft, or lifestyle blog and would like to see it grow. Or maybe, you're interested in starting your own and you'd like to do things well from the get go. Or maybe, you really just love Curbly and would like to know a little more about how things work behind the scenes.
Whatever the reason, check out Bruno's post about how we create an editorial calendar for Curbly every month. And see how we use a...
We are less than a week away from Christmas. The trees are up, carols fill the airwaves, and gifts are being wrapped...but there's simply no way it's gonna be a white Christmas at my house.
You see right now here in Cape Town, South Africa the weather is a little shy of a 110 degrees, the surfs high and our pristine beaches are covered with tanned bodies flocking to 'The Fairest Cape'. 'Cause it's summer.
This month we're talking about cleaning and organization, so we're doing a few surveys to get an idea of how clean and organized you guys are (or aren't). Our first one, today, is about how often you do the little recurring maintenance things that make cleaning such an annoying (and important) chore.
Read on to cast your vote!
For Bedroom Month here on Curbly, we're exploring your sleeping habits in a series called "Sleeper Survey," (see the first and second installments). Today we're digging a little deeper into your bedroom tendencies, with some questions that we hope will push your buttons (just a little bit) and spark some good discussions. Read on to cast your vote!
It's Bedroom Month here on Curbly, so we're exploring your sleeping habits in a series called "Sleeper Survey," in which we engage in a little dialogue about the average Curbly Reader's boudoir. This time, we're curious what goes on in your bedroom before and while you sleeping? Do you watch TV? Or books and magazines only? Does your room need to be super dark, or do you prefer a little glow? Read on to cast your vote and see the results so far!
There is a secret I've been hiding. It is large, and it is dirty, and might even be in violation of a few state and federal laws. But hiding it doesn't make it any less real, so I've decided to just come out with it:
This is my basement.
And before you get any weird ideas; no, it's not full of dead bodies (dead mice, maybe). When I said state and federal laws I meant city and county building codes. But just because your basement isn't as bad as a murderer's doesn't mean it isn't really, really bad. Anyway, if that's the standard you're holding yourself to, you have bigger problems to deal with.
This week, Linsi from RedefineHome answers some of our best reader-submitted questions.
Happy Monday fellow design lovers. Last week, I put out a request for your design dilemmas and today I’m here to help.
Thank you to everyone who submitted questions, I wish I could have answered them all, and so I hope we get to do this again sometime…
The first question is from dantimdad:
My home is gradually being remodeled. Since I love mid-century modern, it's being set back to it's 60's roots. My question comes from a gift of 8 franciscan starburst salad plates. I can't fathom paying the prices being asked for the rest of the set except for a few key serving pieces. What currently available dishes would you think would coordinate well with this pattern and not break the bank? BTW, I will be building an MCM china cabinet soon to hold the dishes.
I’ve always believed in having a basic collection of white plates and servingware and playing it up with colorful, pattered dishes and linens. I think this concept works perfectly with your Franciscan collection because you definitely want them to be the star (pardon the pun) of the show.