As a closet nerd, I have many paper-bound books. But as an artist and visual merchandiser, a messy bookcase gives me borderline-intense anxiety. My home library contains many (Ok, mostly) books with brightly-multi-colored-eye-catching-neon spines (because I do judge books by their covers-- literally, not metaphorically), but looking at the books displayed all together in disarray stressed me out and makes me feel like I'm at an underground rave in 1980s London...Read more
4th of July's all fun and games until... Actually, until nothing-- 4th of July's just all fun and games. To turn your backyard BBQ into a patriotic party, all you really need is a coat of paint (or an account on PayPal!). Etsy's full of Americana decor you can buy, but if you're feeling crafty, use the eco-cheapo tricks below and DIY your way to red, white, and blue garland and games, candles and centerpieces....Read more
When I was looking for something to use as bookends, I found some old Julius Caesar busts at a thrift shop for $1. The price was right and I loved them, but when I put them on display I felt like my interior decorator was my dad (and that's a bad thing). So I popped open some spray paint, painted them bright blue, and now it looks like my bookcase was styled by Elle Decor.
Painted figurines are an awesome way to add a slash of color to your decor, and they're a super...Read more
My first "adult" apartment was essentially a cave. It wasn't underground, per-say, it was more sunken-into-the-ground-and-also-nooked-up-againest-a-"cliff"-aka-the-parking-lot. The point is, it was really, really dark and a bear could comfortably hibernate in it.
So, as newly minted adults do, I went to...Read more
Whether your thumb is green or black, you can have a flourishing, Thumbelina-sized garden in your home with a terrarium. The goldfish of botany, these eco-beauties are super easy to maintain and are sold in customizable kits your can DIY or in DIFY (Do-It-For-You) ready-made, ready-to-display biodomes.
As you can see...Read more
Did you play an instrument when you were a kid? I played clarinet in the middle school band (because it got me out of class), then piano (because my parents made me), then took voice lessons (because it was harder for my music teacher to tell when I didn't practice singing than it was for her to notice I never practiced piano). Needless to say, I've...Read more
I'm about to blow your mind. Ready? Magazines, newspaper, book pages, sheet music, and maps are all just-- wait for it-- paper. So are envelopes, gift tags, party decorations, and a billon other things you buy. Boom. That info probably just rocked your world, so I'll give you a second to...Read more
If you're an inattentive cook like I am, you likely have some scorched pots, warped pans, and dented colanders in your kitchen (how did it get dented?!) that you can use for this DIY. And if you have an attention span longer than 10 seconds...Read more