10 Modern Home Decor Stores (That Aren’t IKEA)

Don’t get me wrong. I love IKEA. Many of the core pieces in my home came from the Swedish retailer, and of course, the prices are hard to beat. However, when I’m ready to trade up my BESTA media cabinet, my many hacked RAST chests and my well-loved LOHALS rug for furnishings I didn’t build myself, there is a wide world of home decor purveyors out there for my—and your—picking. If you find yourself wanting a little upgrade but aren’t sure where to start looking, let this list of 10 modern shops (both online and brick-and-mortar) be your guide. (далее…)

Before and After: From Perfectly Fine Bath to Spa-Like Space

I’ll confess: I got a bit confused when I first saw this bathroom photo. Marble(ish) tiles, white wainscoting, seaglass green walls, elegant sink/vanity, and cute little Jacuzzi? That’s the «after», right? Nope! Of course, once I got to the real after photos, everything became clear. It’s a totally new look! (далее…)

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Built-ins on a Budget: DIY Ways To Get the Look Without a High Pricetag

For those of us who love homes with character and architectural interest, built-ins are highly coveted features. Shelving units, cabinets, benches and desks that have been built right into the walls show an attention to detail that newer homes often lack. But don’t worry! You can still get the look in a brand-new house (or even a rental) without an expensive renovation. The secret formula? Just mix affordable furniture with some DIY magic. (далее…)

More new books

Friday I featured a must-have book and today I thought I would share a few others you may want to add to your Christmas list. The first one will get you wanting to have lots of get-togethers and get your craft on. Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table is a book that is bound to start those creative juices flowing and you may just want to start heading to your nearest florist now.

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Cool Job Perks: Microsoft Built Its Employees a Treehouse

Microsoft has a penchant for building whimsical offices with nods to childhood nostalgia. Just take their Vienna headquarters, for example: it features bright colors and an indoor slide. Now the Seattle-area-based software giant has taken things one step further by constructing a fully functional treehouse on its five hundred acre Redmond, Washington campus. (далее…)