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10 luxe DIY gifts made from old sweaters

<b>From purses and pet beds to mufflers and mittens, these upcycled sweater projects are super cute AND eco-friendly.</b><p>More than any other category of …


So Fresh, So Clean: You Need These DIY Toilet Bombs In Your Life

Your bathroom will thank you.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>· 1 cup baking soda<p>· 1/4 cup citric acid<p>· Bowl<p>· Spoon<p>· 1 tablespoon dish soap<p>· Ice cube tray<p>1. Stir together the baking soda and citric acid in a bowl until combined.<p>2. Slowly stir in the dish soap until the mixture resembles wet sand.<p>3. Divide …


7 Types of Fruit Trees You Can Grow in Your Living Room

There are decorative house plants and then there are edible plants that you tend to in a tiny kitchen garden. But what about in between?<p>If you're looking for an indoor plant that's both decorative <i>and</i> edible, look to the world of fruit trees! <b>While many grow to be enormous in the wild and are native</b> …

12 Things You Shouldn't Throw Away After Christmas

Wait! Those burnt-out lights don't belong in the trash.<p>Wait! Those burnt-out lights don't belong in the trash.


28 Genius Edible Holiday Gifts (with Semi-Handy Wrapping Tips)

<b>Things an edible gift will always do:</b> warm hearts, fill bellies, fuel holiday travel, get shared, spark conversation, inspire your loved ones to start making their own granola (or hot sauce or challah or macaroons), and disappear, leaving only happy memories.<p>Here are 28 Genius Recipes—along with</i> …

Your 30-Second Etiquette Guide to Gifting

Am I allowed to regift? Do I have to bring my host(ess) a gift? Columnist Ben Schott answers all your etiquette questions.<p><i>Writer and Bon Appétit contributor Ben Schott knows his manners. In his (succinct) column, the author of Schott’s Original Miscellany offers up his essential etiquette for the</i> …


The secret to being a great football coach has nothing to do with football

With the new college football season upon us, fans across the country are hoping their team could be the one crowned national champion on January 11 2016 in Glendale, Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium. Of course, who is ultimately successful will depend a lot on the talents of their …

College Football

10 Ideas to Steal from English Cottage Gardens

The best cottage gardens look like they planted themselves. They didn’t, of course. But the design principles they follow are simple.<p>The English …


How to Make Refreshing, Bubbly Homemade Sodas

Seasonal fruit and some soda water are all you need to get your bubble fix at home.<p>When we're in the mood for a treat, few things are more appealing than a tall, ice-filled glass of homemade soda. We like it loads more than the canned stuff not just because it's healthier, but also because it just</i> …


20 Pieces of Convertible Furniture You’ll Actually Use

Convertible furniture may get a bad rap for being ugly, cheap, or hard to use, but there are still plenty of stylish and functional pieces to go with. And the below 20 items are proof of that. Whether you’re living in a studio apartment or are looking to consolidate your current stash, here are …

9 Cheap Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel Luxurious

Create your own spa-like oasis without spending a fortune.<p><b>1. Think fluffy</b><p>If you're going to splurge <i>anywhere</i> in your bathroom, update your towels and bath rug first. A soft, fluffy, neutral-colored towel goes a long way if you're trying to turn your basic bathroom into a spa-like oasis. Not sure …

Interior Design

How To Cook An Egg Inside Out And Pull Off The Ultimate Practical Yolk

Today in Things You Never Knew You Needed To Know And Probably Don't Need To Know But Still Kind Of Want To Know news, we learn to boil an egg inside out. That's right, folks! While we're all accustomed to a yellow yolk encircled by gummy whites, this trick will put the egg's thing down, flip it …

10 Healthy Alternatives to Your Morning Coffee

Anyone trying to give up coffee or lessen your caffeine intake? We understand this may be sacrilegious for some of you and life without coffee is not worth living, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up and add some variety to your morning (or afternoon) cup of joe. If you’re looking for an …

33 Ways Spray Paint Can Make Your Stuff Look More Expensive

It's basically the Midas touch in a can.


10 Easy DIYs That Prove You Should Gild Everything

Whether you need last-minute New Year's Eve decorations or just want more gold in your life, we've got you covered with these 10 easy projects.<p><b>1. Gilded Ombre Flutes</b><p><i>Francoise et Moi</i><p>This five-minute DIY will make your New Year's party — or any celebration, for that matter! — at least ten times …


23 Unexpected Ways To Transform An Unused Closet

No cranny left behind.

Interior Design

10 3-Minute DIY Salad Dressings You'll LOVE

These are so simple, we're not sure you could even call them recipes.<p>Shutterstock<p>Sure, you like the <i>idea</i> of homemade salad dressing. Who wouldn't want to top their salads with a French or Asian dressing that tastes amazing and is free of scary ingredients? The only problem is that some dressing …


How to Make Homemade Cheez-Its

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Samantha</i> <i>Seneviratne from Love, Cake shows us how to make our favorite baked cheese crackers at home.</i><p>It’s 8 PM and the kids just went to sleep. Not …

11 Clever Uses for Safety Pins

There are lots of reasons to keep a stash of these tiny tools around. This article originally appeared on<p>Sure, safety pins are helpful for fixing a dropped hem or ripped seam in a pinch, but you already knew that. Here are some more ways they can solve problems all over the …


Design Solutions: Lighting the garden

<b>Garden lighting needs to do two things:</b> <br>• it needs to perform a function;<br>• and it needs to be very discreet and not become a major feature of the …


6 Indoor Herbs (And Vegetables) You Should Grow This Winter

Image source: Flickr<p>Just because the weather has turned colder doesn’t mean that you have to give up on freshly picked homegrown produce. There are …

15 Kitchen DIYs That Take One Hour Or Less

Want to spruce up your kitchen but don't have much time on your hands? These 15 super-simple DIY projects take less than an hour to complete.<p><b>1. Repaint your mugs</b><p><i>This Heart of Mine</i><p>Are you the unfortunate owner of a set of mugs you just can't fall in love with? Unless they're a priceless family …

9 DIYs for Your Coziest Fall Living Room EVER

These little additions will help you make your living space an even comfier place.<p>It's time to curl up with a good book and some hot chocolate. These little additions will help you make your living space an even comfier place.

Living Rooms

80 Beautiful Bathroom Designs That Will Inspire Relaxation

Relax and refresh with one of these designer-approved rooms.<p>Whether you're thinking of your powder room, master bath, or ensuite, our favorite designer looks will inspire you to spruce up your space. Don't stop there — take a look at these stunning bedroom and living room designs that are full of …

Interior Design

9 Cleaners You Can Make Yourself

The key ingredients you need just might be hiding in your pantry.<p>These mix-it-yourself cleaners use environmentally friendly ingredients — like baking soda and vinegar — and are quite inexpensive. If you've run out of your favorite cleaning solution, don't run to the store; try one of these …

Lemon Juice

8 Secrets of Personal Organizers

Learn from the pros; their ingenious ideas for ditching clutter will save you time, money, and stress.<p>There's no right way to organize your home. Whatever strategy you choose just has to work with your lifestyle, habits and tastes. But there are a few tried-and-true strategies that can enhance the …

How To Fake A Lived-In Look For Your Housewarming Party

Planning a housewarming party but worry your house still looks new-space sterile? Here are 8 quick, easy tips to give guests the impression that you've already made this home your own.<p><i>Passports & Pancakes</i><p><b>1. Don't think "perfect"—think YOU</b><p>It's a housewarming party, not a photo shoot—your guests are …

Home Decorating

Hasselback Potatoes

Although impressive-looking, these potatoes couldn't be simpler. The finishing touch? A coating of sage butter.

13 Problems Easily Solved With Tension Rods

Thanks to their skinny, adjustable shape, theyre super helpful around the house.<p>Thanks to their skinny, adjustable shape, they're super helpful around the house.


17 Indoor Herb Garden Ideas That'll Perk Up Your Kitchen

Click and grow? Don't mind if we do!<p>A lack of outdoor space shouldn't stop a green thumb. Grow your basil and parsley right by the stove using one of these inventive solutions.