For thoughtful, practical gifts the groom will love (and actually use), consider these handsome home accents and accessories. Whether he's a whiskey drinker, a sports fanatic, or a practical businessman, we've rounded up a variety of sophisticated gifts he's sure to appreciate. With items for his desk, the kitchen, and the living room, here are 10 unique gifts to buy for the groom!
Although your kitchen is meant for cooking, it's great for crafts, too. With a little DIY magic, you can spruce up your space with everything from painted tea towels to ombré chairs. The recipes (or in this case projects) are easy enough to tackle over the weekend and won't break the bank. With over 10 to choose from, there's bound to be something for the "heart of your home."
Have a few hours to spare? Consider a simple bedroom DIY. Without spending a lot of money, you can revamp your space on the fly with a homemade project that is anything but kitschy. Roll up your sleeves with DIYs like tufted headboards and graphic art — it's time to satisfy your craft fix!
This weekend, take your DIY skills beyond the craft room into your living room! Always on the lookout for new ways to spruce up our space, we found homemade projects that will freshen up your digs in no time. Whether you're looking to fill your walls with art or add a few custom pillows, let your creativity roll with it. Even if your living room isn't due for a little something new, these projects can be easily adapted to any space. So what are you waiting for? Check out the 24 options that leave those daunting DIY rumors behind.
Hey, girl, the time has finally come for your first apartment — congrats! While being granted your new set of keys is exciting (just don't lose them!), the list of essentials can be rather overwhelming. Making style the main priority (as always), we set out to prove that you can do it on a budget. Sticking with necessities — like plates that aren't paper — we found you ways to save without sacrificing style. And for the times when only the best will do? Well, we found those options, too. Sure, welcome the hand-me-downs, but with a little savvy shopping and this guide, you can furnish your apartment with enough cash to spare for that security deposit.
Woven from Belgian flax and finished with a simple hemstitch, these Stone-Washed Belgian Linen Napkins ($36, originally $40) would be a great buy even if they weren't on sale.
The supersoft fabric also comes in a spectrum of moody pastel tones (20 to be exact), making them more versatile than you might think. Plus, the stone wash ensures that they get even softer over time. We're tempted to buy a set in lilac, mauve, and orchid for an ombré effect that works especially well with gray earthenware.
Tell us, which color would you be tempted to bring home?
Not every bride is especially crafty, but with an abundance of easy-to-follow tutorials that yield impressive results, every bride can be! Whether you're looking for creative solutions for table numbers or still need a breathtaking backdrop for exchanging vows, we've pulled together some stylish options you won't want to miss. With difficulty levels ranging from simple day-of assemblage to slightly more laborious projects, you're destined to find something that suits your DIY capabilities.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
A salvage yard may not be the first place you turn to for decor, but once you get over the intimidation factor, this might become your new favorite decor destination. Looking past the visual noise and getting creative with the possibilities, a salvage yard, stocked with used furniture and architectural fixtures, is a great place to discover unique, affordable pieces for your home. Whether you're looking to undertake a weekend DIY, score an impressive deal, or style your home with something one-of-a-kind, a salvage yard has what you need. Click through to see what kind of finds are waiting for you, along with our salvage shopping tips. You'll be a pro in no time!
If you're still stumped about what to get mom this Mother's Day, you're in luck! Turns out, getting a gift on the fly can be just as thoughtful as a present you took weeks to plan. Trust us. Keep reading to get the skinny on our three go-to gifts for mom (that won't require overnight shipping)!
Think of it as a riff on the tried-and-true Mother's Day bouquet — only this one won't wilt after a few days. While you could pick up something stunning like this geometric vessel, you could also get away with shopping your shelves. Glass punch bowls, vases, and even wineglasses can look just as cool. For tips and an easy how-to, check out our terrarium DIY!
Gift Baskets (Done Right!)
I know what you're thinking, but replace the cellophane and granny basket visual with a more modern, lidded version filled with foolproof home goods. One-stop shops like Target or Cost Plus World Market will guarantee you a good-looking basket and the fixings. Tea towels, wrapped soaps, neutral picture frames, and a beautifully packaged candle will never steer you astray.
Decorator in a Box
For the mom who wants to redecorate a room or has a design conundrum, consider buying her a gift certificate for Decorator in a Box to slip into a Mother's Day card. Decorator Annie Pauza offers a virtual design service that's more affordable than hiring a traditional interior designer. It's great for moms who need creative help but don't mind doing the leg work. Starting at $350, you can purchase a design plan for an entire room (complete with a decor shopping list, layout, swatches, etc.) or you can pick a single service, a la carte item for something like paint color selections or window treatment design starting at just $50.
If you're stressed about the sticker shock and time commitment associated with this type of gift, don't be. Peruse coffee-table tomes filled with photography or vintage botanical prints and snip something for mom. Ikea carries a range of affordable frames with clean lines that look good with any type of art. Use the mat that is sold with the frame or pop into craft stores like Michaels for a custom job that won't cost a fortune.
As the season of alfresco dining gets under way, we're on the hunt for outdoor entertaining essentials (at a fraction of the cost). Patterned linens, charming serve ware, stylish lighting options — these affordable must haves will carry you through Spring and beyond. Planning to host a few get-togethers during the warmer months? Take a look at our favorite deals and steals on outdoor entertaining items!