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    July 3, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Tool Safety 101
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2wcezg

    How to properly guard your fingers when using a hammer. Important safety info for everyone!


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    July 1, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Pink Marble Bath

    Photo from Coco Kelley


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    June 29, 2015
    Design Plans For Platform Beds

    There is just something about platform beds- I think they make a bedroom look especially luxurious. Having your mattress lower to the floor and situated on a beautifully designed platform just looks so much better than traditional metal bed frame. If you are particularly handy, check out this post by Sarah Lyons at Decoist for platform bed plans. I especially love the minimalist ones!

    -Floating platform bed design- Thanks go to our friends from DIYNetwork for this inspiring design.

    -DIY Queen platform bed- Another traditional bed design comes to us from Shanty-2-Chic. This rustic idea is great for a sophisticated room and evokes a sense of warmth and comfort.

    -Contemporary style platform bed-  thanks to DIYLife you can learn how to make it at an affordable cost.

    Photo Credit: Jackie ModernMiami


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    June 25, 2015
    How To Get Nail Polish Out Of Anything

    I live in a house of women. Me, my sister, my mom, and my grandma all live under one roof with my dad. Even all our pets are females. I also love painting my nails, and have a pretty impressive collection of nail polish, if I may say so. Needless to say, accidents happen. I’ve spilled nail polish on carpets, sheets- basically no surface is safe. That’s why I depend on articles like this one by Taylor at Stain Removal 101. Here’s how to get rid of nail polish stains from any sort of fabric:

    Washable fabric and clothing: Blot the fabric with acetone. Rinse with cool water. Repeat as needed until no more nail polish comes up. Then pretreat the area with a stain remover and throw it in the washer.

    Upholstery: Blot off as much as you can without further spreading it. Apply acetone using an eyedropper. Immediately blot with a paper towel or white cloth. Repeat as needed. If more remains, use a dry cleaning solvent.

    Photo Credit: Gerry Lauzon 


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    June 24, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Beautiful Entry Way

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Luxury Bathroom

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    June 15, 2015
    Making Your Coffee Table Look Fabulous

    Honestly, I’d never quite understood the purpose of coffee tables. I don’t like how low they are, I seem to always be banging my leg on them, and I don’t drink much coffee. Plus, I’ve never really known what to put on them. I can style a bookshelf like a pro with books and knick-knacks, but coffee tables leave me completely dumbfounded. That’s why I love this post by Kim at Tidbits and Twine. Here are some of her ideas for making your coffee table a beautiful part of your living room:

    -Try putting things in all four corners. This is great if you prefer a busier look and have lots of decorative elements you want to use.

    -Or, try a contained grouping. Place your decorative items on a serving tray in the center of the table.

    -Keep it sweet and simple. Sometimes, less is more. A simple vase of flowers can work wonders.

    -Group things with varying heights and textures.

    Photo Credit: Constanza 


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    June 12, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Wall Paint Inspiration
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2tqx38

    Good ideas to add color and personality to your home!


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    June 8, 2015
    Furnishing Your First Apartment On A Budget

    Even though things are looking up for college grads, there are still millions of them out there with no job and thousands of dollars in debt. The ones that don’t move back in with their parents have to face stagnant wages and inflated rent prices. That’s why it’s important now, more than ever, to look for ways to save. Once you save for an apartment deposit, you run into the problem of how to afford furnishings, let alone décor that lets you express yourself. Check out this post by Julia Welling at SheFinds for tips on saving big when moving out:

    -Sign up for store rewards cards before making any purchases

    -Hit up local thrift stores. Be patient and you will most likely find something you love that is affordable.

    -Get creative with your space. A curtain + pressure rod = instant (CHEAP) room divider. Especially helpful for studio apartment dwellers.

    Photo Credit: Rob Young 


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    June 5, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: How To Clean Stainless Steel
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2mdqvq

    Give your kitchen and bathroom an extra shine with these tips.


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