When the editors of Pottery Barn's Inside & Out blog challenged me to style some of their new outdoor accessories at home, I knew my barren yard would be put to the test. I'd been aching to create an outdoor space where I could sip cocktails while catching up with friends, but my commitment-phobe tendencies always ruled out traditional dining sets or gigantic loungers. Small, dispersed trees in my yard made stringing lights nearly impossible. I started with four leather Mexican patio chairs and an unflattering floodlight, but with the help of some accessories and simple styling tricks, I managed to turn my outdoor fantasy into a reality. Keep reading for tips on how to tackle this in just a day!
If your bare walls are giving you the blues, Instagram is here to help! We've sifted through the well of hashtags to bring you the best wall decor ideas to get inspired by. Keep reading for fresh ideas and don't forget to hashtag your own home decor-related pics with #casasnap!
When your favorite bling just doesn't have the same sparkle, instead of purchasing expensive cleaning solutions or bucking out for a professional scrubbing, try this easy DIY jewelry cleaner. Using ingredients you already have in your pantry, this concoction costs pennies to make and doesn't use any harsh chemicals — just the power of science. And you can give your old toothbrush a new life by gently scrubbing jewels postsoak. Before you know it, your special gems will be dazzling.
If your kids have regular household responsibilities, then you've already conquered half the battle. Now holding them accountable for those responsibilities is the next step. Keep your tots on task with a clever chore chart that turns even the most mundane of tasks into a game. We've found nine unique ways — from a smartphone app to a DIY reward system — to keep your family functioning efficiently.
If you're like us, chances are you've got Gatsby fever! Between the crystals, gilded furniture, and pearly white interiors, this film has a visual power that's hard to deny. Set to kick off Cannes Film Festival today, we're celebrating by counting down our favorite deco-driven moments from The Great Gatsby set design and showing you our picks for getting the look at 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
If you've ever purchased an old wooden dresser from Craigslist for the express purpose of turning it into something fabulous, you're not alone. With a little DIY ingenuity, even the most unattractive dressers can become the focal point of a room. Keep reading for 10 solutions for tricking out dated dressers, and let us know which one inspires you the most!
A dried mango addiction is no laughing matter to your wallet. A small container can run you almost $10! That's just insane when a fresh mango costs about $2. Aside from costing too much at the health-food store, some dried mango is made with added sugar or preservatives. Save triply on money, calories, and chemicals by making your own homemade chewy treat.
There's nothing worse than standing in front of your front door shuffling through your keys to find the right one. Instead of wasting time (and carrying around boring keys), give them a coat of paint to stay organized and look chic. This life hack tip already caught our attention, so we figured it was a great DIY to try. And even if you're not crafty, you can easily transform your set of keys into a cool and personalized collection. Just make sure to keep a list reminding yourself which color key fits which lock. Here are a few tips for decorating your keys:
- Go through your key ring, sorting keys into a pile of ones that are used daily, another pile for those that aren't used as often, and a pile to ditch.
- The easiest way to paint your keys is to coat them with fingernail polish. But, while trying this, we discovered that only saturated colors or glitter polishes really worked and that keys needed several coats to be brilliantly shiny. Pick your favorite dark shade or glitter polish, paint the top side of a key, let it dry, and continue coating until you're happy with the results.
- Another fun way to paint your keys is by using spray paint, which allows you to get a bit crafty. Use strips of painter's tape to create designs, or even letters on the top of the keys — or simply leave as is for a solid pop of color. Tape the bottom of the key to a piece of cardboard, covering the entire base. Take outdoors and give it a quick spray. Once dry, remove the tape, and you've got a really cool set of keys.
Have you tried painting your keys? Leave a comment sharing which method worked best for you!