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The 60-30-10 Color Rule

If you admire the beautiful bedrooms featured in decorating magazines or pinned on Pinterest, but your own bedroom is entirely neutral because you …

How to Decorate a Bathroom Without Clutter

I think we can all agree that the bathroom can pose significant “decorating” challenges to the layperson. Would you agree? It’s typically such a …

Interior Design

20 Tips to Turn Your Bedroom Into a Bohemian Paradise

Throughout the past couple years, we’ve seen the bohemian style flickering on the edges of our vision. Homes filled with houseplants, wicker chair …

Luxury Living Room Ideas to Wow Everyone on New Year’s Eve

In case you haven’t noticed, New Year’s Eve is really right around the corner. In fact, you can almost see it! And you’re probably going to have a …

How To Plot A Novel

I often said that writers are of two types.<p>There is the architect, which is one type. The architect, as if designing a building, lays out the entire …

George R.R. Martin

The 10 Paint Colors Designers Always Use

There's a reason they turn to these shades over and over again.<p>With hundreds of shades to choose from, go straight to the best. These tried-and-true …

25 Blue Paints That Will Speak to Your Soul

Interior designers are feeling this hue, and it's a wonderful thing.<p>Blue is the world's favorite color, and perhaps the most versatile. The color can appear akin to a misty gray or a lagoon blue-green and everything in between, but one thing remains consistent: it's stunning. It works equally well …

9 tricks to give your home a low-cost luxury makeover

When it comes to our home’s interior, most of us rely on surfing Google, house magazines, and a little of our own design nous to provide tips to …

Home Decorating

40 Lavender Rooms That Will Sweep You Right Off Your Feet

Add a touch of femininity to your home by adding a bout of pastel purple to a bedroom, accent wall or even inside the office. Lavender rooms have the …

Interior Design

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Podcasting

HOUSE TOUR: A Hollywood Hills Home Gets A Complete Makeover

When TV producer Jamie Tarses turns to her friend Pamela Shamshiri of Commune Design for advice, a small renovation blossoms into a top-to-bottom transformation—and an even deeper bond.<p>Here's a novel way to complete a major home renovation: Talk about paint colors and room configurations every …

Before & After: A Blah Powder Room Gets a Moody Makeover

Bold colors and a ceiling surprise make for an inspiring transformation.<p><i>This Hometalk makeover is courtesy of Sabrina at Pink Little Notebook.</i><p>"We didn't have a large budget dedicated to this space. However, it didn't stop us from creating a stylish powder room with huge impact—thanks to a bunch of …

13 Common Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Don't pass on seemingly small add-ons and storage features, like additional drawer dividers, or cabinet storage solutions like pantry pullouts and lazy Susans. These storage solutions will increase your kitchen storage efficiency, and are much more costly to add on if you decide you need them down …

Kitchens

4 Great Gifts for Tech Savvy Writers

Black Friday 2015 Edition<p>Despite the stereotype of the unshaven, chain-smoking Luddite typing away on an old Smith Corona in a darkened room, most …

Sensual and Curvaceous Enignum Canopy Bed by Joseph Walsh

There is something about canopy beds that I really love. I guess it’s the feeling of softness from the fabrics, the feeling of being secured in the …

Learn to Love Your Closet, Big or Small

Closets are as varied as people themselves, I think. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the full-room-sized to the tiny shared wardrobe, and …

Let yourself cry: Jennifer Niven's inspirational top writing tips

I was lucky enough to grow up with a writer mom, who taught me that I could be or do anything I wanted to be or do, and for as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a writer. This was in spite of the fact that I saw first hand how hard it could be. Even during the toughest, saddest times …

Women writers: Start promoting your work like men do

For six years, I worked as co-editor-in-chief at a small literary journal in the Northwest, <i>Crab Creek Review.</i><p>If I had to make one general statement about what I most learned at the press as an editor, the big revelation was that men and women submit their work differently.<p>Here is what I noticed:<p>If …

Poetry

Using Tricks From Other Writers

Even after 20 years as a journalist and three published novels, I still get stuck; my crappy first drafts still fill me with despair; I’m still …

Why I Came Clean About Writing Porn

About two years ago, I started writing erotic novels under the pseudonym of Charlene McSuede. Just to make things clear, these are not your run of the mill Harlequin Romance type books with a few steamy, but relatively vanilla scenes. These books are hardcore bondage and spanking fiction and for a …

Two Steps to Create a Successful Poly Relationship or Open Marriage

Recently I got an email from a slightly panicked gentleman. He had read one of my articles on compersion and given his wife a "golden ticket" when she was away on business. They had a hot searing late night conversation after she'd arrived at the hotel. The whole idea of her cashing in a golden …

Are Authors Anything Like the Characters They Write?

"Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. This is a work of fiction and are either products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner."<p>Legally every published book should have the above proviso. Every fiction writer I know is happy to have the statement …

From first draft to book launch: how to publish a novel

Finishing your first draft is a major milestone, and here are your next six steps in your quest to publish a novel.<br>You’ve finished writing the first …

Writing

Tips for Novelizing True Events

Our guest today is Kathryn Craft, the author of two novels from Sourcebooks: <i>The Art of Falling</i> and <i>The Far End of Happy</i>. Her work as a freelance …

Writing

How to Publish Short Fiction

<b>A.) Write a story.</b><p><b>B.) Revise the hell out of it.</b> Like twenty times. Revise like a poet. Test every word to make sure it is needed. Read it aloud. Revise again.<p><b>C.) Read short stories.</b> You want to read the journals and magazines that publish short fiction to see where your work would fit. You want to …