Архив автора: Katie Holdefehr

The Best Water Filters at Every Price Point — Annual Guide 2017

When investing in a healthy home, one of the most important purchases you can make is a water filter. Not only is filtered water better for you, but making tap water taste fresher might just inspire you to stay hydrated. With these concerns in mind, we’ve updated our list of top water filters, presenting a range of price points and different filtration methods. Whether you’re a small-space dweller, a renter, or the head of a big water-guzzling family, there’s a solution here that will work for you. (далее…)

8 Houseplants that Can Survive Urban Apartments, Low Light and Under-Watering

Ever since a friend recommended that I start following The Sill, a Brooklyn-based plant company, on Instagram, I’ve been hooked. Besides knowing how to curate some seriously good-looking plant porn, they also seem to know a thing or two about caring for monstera, and oxalis, and pothos—and their weekly workshops prove it. So when I wanted to find out the ultimate apartment plants, I turned to The Sill to round up a list of favorites. (далее…)

The Best Things You Can Do to Your Bathroom for Under $100

Bathrooms usually need the most work, but simple sounding changes can quickly tally into a 4-figure bill. When your budget’s not ready for a remodel, set your sights on smaller DIYs you can tackle yourself. Grab a Benjamin and a basic tool kit—here are 7 projects to easily take on this weekend. (далее…)

The Plant Doctors Are In: Welcome to Tula House, Brooklyn’s Mobile Greenhouse

Feeling stuck in a full-time advertising gig, Christan Summers traded her day job for days spent selling succulents out of a «greenhouse on wheels» (that’s the Tulita truck, above) and making house calls to sick fiddle leaf fig trees. Launched in collaboration with Ivan Martinez, the Brooklyn-based plant company Tula House was born in April 2016, and one year later, business is, well, blooming. In between visits to bamboo plants and designing a local backyard, Christan chatted with me about growing a business and the one plant she’d take with her to a deserted island. (далее…)

One Gallon Challenge: Top 10 Things You Can Do with Just One Can of Paint

For something that costs, on average, about $30, a single gallon of paint holds an astonishing amount of potential. Just one can is enough to transform your kitchen cabinets, make over an armoire, or add style to an entire staircase. The concept is so simple, and the results so stunning (take a gander at the 10 ideas that follow), I’m tempted to go grab a gallon myself. (далее…)

Major Clutter Buster: A Clever Way to Conceal So Much Ugly Stuff

While our dream homes are clutter-free sanctuaries that would make Marie Kondo proud, our real homes are where we store our mismatched bedding sets, bulk paper towels from Costco, and Backstreet Boys CDs from circa 1999. To keep all of this mess out of sight and give the illusion of an organized home, try one of our favorite DIY clutter concealers. Curtains, roller shades, no-sew table skirts—these are the easiest ways to keep the chaos under wraps. (далее…)

So Long, Popcorn Ceilings: 8 Transformative Overhead Architectural Hacks

So, your rental apartment or newly-built home didn’t come with coffered ceilings or pressed tin tiles? Set your sights above that unsightly popcorn or drop ceilings you’ve been dealt. All eight of these ceiling hacks will lend architectural interest to a boring room—whether you channel intricate European plasterwork or rustic exposed wood beams is entirely up to you. (далее…)

Unexpected Art: 10 Things You’ve Never Thought About Framing (But Should!)

If you assume you can’t afford to deck the walls in your apartment, you may just need to think outside the art gallery. Craft supply stores, thrift shops and your own closet seem like unlikely places to find wall decor, but all it takes to transform common objects into art is a fresh frame of mind—and some inexpensive frames. (далее…)

Find Free Art: 7 Secret Sources for Photos, Illustrations and Patterns

After you shell out cash for furniture, rugs, sconces and duvet covers, the thought of paying even more for artwork is overwhelming. We hear you! But if you aren’t artistic enough to draw or paint your own art, adorn those empty walls with free photos, illustrations and patterns that are up for grab online. Here are seven of our favorite, less-than-well-known sources to score free images. (далее…)

DIY Ideas for Framing Big Art on a Small Budget

This past fall, I went on a quest for a simple frame for a long 14-by-50-inch map. After quickly realizing there was no way a store-bought frame would fit these odd dimensions, I emailed a local NYC framing company for a quote. A couple days later, there it was in my inbox: a whopping $782.09 cost estimate. As much as I value supporting local businesses, there was no way I could do it. So then how do you make a big statement without completely destroying your budget? Follow the lead of the thrifty crafters that follow, and build your own. (далее…)

Clever Hacks Using Inexpensive IKEA Rugs

Whether you’re partial to the sturdy sisal OLSTED or the cozy RENS sheepskin, IKEA rugs are ideal for projects that call for a hardworking textile. Designed to survive a daily parade of dirty shoes, it’s no wonder these rugs can be stitched, glued and stapled into ultra-durable bags, benches and pillows. These DIYs may not take long to put together, but we’re betting they’ll last for years. (далее…)

Bring the Outdoors In: 10 Naturally Gorgeous DIY Projects

If you’re itching to get outside this summer (seriously, who isn’t?), help bridge the time between nature walks by bringing the most beautiful parts of the outdoors inside. With a little DIY inspiration, garden blooms turn into wall hangings, a slice from a fallen tree becomes a side table, collected leaves transform into art. Grab a few basics from the crafts supply store and finds provided by Mother Nature—and your home will look like a nature sanctuary in one afternoon. (далее…)

Venus Flytrap Bait: The World’s Cutest Butterfly Dog Costume

Now, this is what we call a couple’s costume. You get a cute-yet-creepy Venus Flytrap Fascinator, your pooch gets a sweet set of monarch wings to go along with it. Crafted from lightweight felt that’s looped right onto your pet’s harness, this is a costume your dog won’t mind prancing around in. (далее…)

Easy Rustic DIYs Joanna Gaines Would Totally Approve Of

If you’ve spent the past couple years binge watching episode after episode of Fixer Upper—ohh-ing over the house transformations and ahh-ing over the impossible adorableness of Joanna and Chip—then these DIYs are for you. Cue the reclaimed wood and call in the shiplap, because each of these projects shows farmhouse style at its most fabulous. (далее…)

5 Common Bedroom Design Dilemmas That Could Be Costing You Sleep

If you spend every night tossing and turning, it may be because there are negative environmental factors you’re so used to ignoring, you no longer even notice them. Whether the culprit’s a duvet insert that inevitably shifts to the bottom of the bed or a pesky streetlight shining outside your bedroom window, there are simple design solutions to solve these common problems—and help you catch just a few more Zzzs. (далее…)

No Drilling Required: Renter-Friendly Window Treatments That Don’t Damage Walls

Most of the time, I’m okay with skirting around a landlord’s rules and will happily drill holes to hang art and curtains. However, every now and then, you meet a landlord who’s such a stickler, you wouldn’t even dare bring a drill into the apartment. If you find yourself in such a situation, these damage-free ideas for hanging curtains will help you keep your privacy—and your security deposit. (далее…)

Surefire Ways to Kill a Houseplant in 10 Days or Less

Plants are fickle. They’re hot, they’re cold, then they’re dying of thirst, and now they’re drowning. And they never communicate their needs clearly—they just expect you to guess. To decode all the finicky things your plant is trying to tell you, but can’t seem to find the words, we’ve decoded their top ten complaints. Time to air grievances. (далее…)

Super Stylish, Space-Saving DIYs Every Studio Apartment Needs

Living in a studio apartment presents some unique challenges—your bed is always right there, your kitchen is practically non-existent, and let’s not even get started on entertaining—but it also opens up opportunities for creative solutions. Rather than buy ready-made furniture or shelves that were designed for a much larger home, DIY perfectly proportioned decor and you might find that your place feels less crowded. Find inspiration in the stylish DIYs that follow, but don’t be afraid to tailor them to fit your space. (далее…)

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Arm Knitting

Oversized knit blankets crafted from chunky yarn and PVC-pipe needles have been floating around Pinterest for a few years now. And while the finished projects looked amazing, I couldn’t bring myself to buy supplies that would take up any more space in my apartment. But now that needle-free arm knitting has hit the DIY scene, I’m 100% on board with giant knit everything. To guide our foray into needle-free knitting, we’ve rounded up answers to the most-asked questions and sources for stocking up on, then using, enormous yarn. (далее…)

Calling All Renters: Easy & Reversible Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom (This Weekend!)

Rental bathrooms are notoriously plagued by ugly (or just plain dated) design decisions. The good news is, there are some simple, reversible ways to cover up what you hate most about this room and add your own style to the space. Introducing color and pattern where you can, and choosing attractive storage lets you put your own touch on a temporary home. (далее…)

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Plant Owners Make

Christan Summers and Ivan Martinez—the brilliant plant whisperers behind the Brooklyn-based plant company Tula House—know a thing or two about raising plants in the big city. And because they spend several days each week greeting prospective plant owners at their Bushwick showroom and from their roaming plant truck, they’re well-versed in the common pitfalls of urban plant care. To help us figure out what’s ailing our oxalis and stressing our spider plants, we asked the Tula House duo for the five things we’re most likely doing wrong—and how to fix them. (далее…)

IKEA Hacks to Rescue Cluttered Entryways

No matter if you have a non-existent entryway or a spacious foyer, this is one of those spots where clutter seems to pile up without anyone even noticing. Lucky for us, we can always count on IKEA as an endless source of inspiration for team clutter control. Add one of these hacks or upgrades to your entryway and you’ll gain some extra storage space that also makes a great first impression. (далее…)

5 Bedroom Design Mistakes You Might Be Making (& Their Fast Fixes)

Because our bedrooms aren’t typically on public display, their designs are often overlooked as we’re busy renovating our kitchens and sprucing up our living rooms. But even if we only use our bedrooms as a spot to sleep, we’ll still end up spending one-third of our lives here. To give this room the attention it deserves, we’ve ID’d some bedroom design mistakes you can fix before your head hits the pillow. (далее…)

Brilliant IKEA Hacks for Big Blank Walls

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Finding affordable art that you actually like is one of the hardest parts of furnishing a home. And once you finally find the pieces, you realize that frames cost even more than the art itself (yikes!). As per usual, IKEA (combined with brilliant bloggers around the web) saves the day with wall decor DIYs and art-hanging hacks that are totally within budget. You can kiss those blank walls buh-bye. (далее…)

High-Impact DIY Upgrades to Transform a Rental Living Room

If the living room is the room where you do the max amount of living (whether to you that means a party of 10 or binge watching Netflix for 10 hours), it’s important to make this room feel like a reflection of you. Even if you live in a rental, there are plenty of ways to personalize this space, without spending more than a month’s worth of rent, and without sacrificing your security deposit. (далее…)

How To Label Absolutely Everything in Your Home

If your happy place is walking around with a P-Touch label maker, assigning a tag to every notebook, binder and bin around the house, here’s how to bring your organization game up to speed. From printed fabric tags to Cricut vinyl canister labels, these modern DIY labels put a name to every last place in your home. (далее…)

Secret Storage: The 3′ x 7′ Space You’re Probably Overlooking

If you live in a small apartment, you’ve likely complained once (or twice) about the lack of closet space. But there’s a big, blank three-by-seven-foot space you’re likely overlooking: the back of the door. By adding hooks, installing pegboards and securing baskets, you can craft a customized organizing system in a spot you’ve barely even noticed before. (далее…)

DIY Desks You Can Make In Less Than a Minute (Seriously!)

Need a desk ASAP, or looking for a way to squeeze another workspace into your home? Most of these desks are so simple to assemble, the inspiration image alone is all the how-to you’ll need. First, pick a base—wood or metal sawhorses, storage cabinets, and trestle legs will all do the trick—then select a work surface, such as plywood or plexiglass. (Just be sure your base is sturdy enough to support the weight of whatever top you choose). Put the two together, and you have a desk you can assemble in under a minute. (далее…)

IKEA for Grownups: 5 Next-Level Scandinavian Shops

Although we would never want to put an age limit on shopping at everyone’s favorite Swedish superstore, a new study by the lending company Earnest found that IKEA’s popularity tends to drop off at around age 34. While definitely not the case for everyone, you may find yourself feeling like the affordable, functional pieces you picked up 10 years ago were great for the twenty-something you, but now you’re wondering, «What’s next?». If you’re ready to expand your shopping horizons, but are still hooked on Scandinavian style, you’re going to love these five online shops. (далее…)

The No-Soil, Zero-Maintenance Method for Growing Houseplants

We’ve finally found a solution for people who love houseplants, but don’t love when their feline roommates treat the fiddle leaf fig like their own personal litter box. Here are 15 herbs and houseplants that can grow hydroponically, meaning they can survive without potting soil, in just a vase full of water. Not only is this dirt-free method pet-friendly and low-maintenance, but it also happens to produce some stunning arrangements. (далее…)

How To Make Your Outdoor Space Feel Like Another Room In Your Home (for Less than $100)

As soon as summer hits, you may feel the urge to move everything you own outside so you can live under the sun and stars. Utilizing whatever outdoor area you have is especially important when you call a small space home, because it can give you the dining room, living room, or reading nook your place typically lacks. Whether you have a balcony, a rooftop, or an entire backyard to work with, these $100-or-less details will make it feel like an extension of your home. (далее…)