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Weekend DIY: chic upcycled storage

Take a time out this weekend to create additional storage for your rental that’s chic and eco-friendly. If there is one thing urban apartment renters could use more of, it’s storage space. And we don’t mean a plethora of cardboard boxes stacked in the living room but rather stylish, creative storage solutions that don’t cost [...]

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Holiday décor for the space challenged

Christmas is a time of presents, lovely decorations and joyous atmosphere. Don’t let the fact that you’re not living in a fancy mansion drag you down. You can still have your merry little Christmas in your small apartment, without spending your entire household budget on it. Maybe even start a tradition with a do-it-yourself project. [...]

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To DIY or not to DIY? Know when to call a pro

Not all projects are for amateurs. Avoid unnecessary risks to yourself and the property by knowing when to call a professional. DIY channels and websites are hot right now. With materials and resources widely available, many renters are rolling up their sleeves, flicking on their TVs and attempting to execute some rather complex home makeovers. [...]

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Get your Los apartment ready for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in L.A. We may not get real snow but we surely know how to make up for it with tons of lights and glittering decorations. Wonderful events take over the city: glamorous parades including Marina del Ray’s 50th boat parade and the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, [...]

5 Creative holiday card displays

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5 Creative holiday card displays

Show off how much you’re loved with these creative holiday card holders. In the digital age, there is something special about getting holiday cards in the mail. That old school process of selecting (or making) a card, writing a cute note, buying stamps and sending cards out to friends seems all but forgotten these days. [...]

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Best snowman ever, snow or no snow

Okay, so we’ve been blessed with some great weather and terrific cityscape but snow is obviously a rarity around here. Unless you’re headed for Lake Tahoe, the chances of seeing giant snowflakes falling from the San Francisco sky are extremely slim. Then again, we can’t have a proper Christmas without a funny-looking, carrot-nosed plump man, [...]

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How to avoid getting lost in clutter

There are some days when I’d sure love some extra help around the house. How’s a girl supposed to deal with all that cleaning, doing dishes and vacuuming when there’s so much fun beyond those apartment doors? Most of the time we have to resort to clever tricks to keep our homes neat and clean, [...]

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DIY pillows add comfort to every space

Homemade decorative pillows bring a personalized, warm cozy feeling to every room in your home. Not to mention that these projects are fun to do on a lazy evening or weekend. Pillows: fluffy, stylish, cuddly, textured, warming. They do so much in such a small amount of space. What’s better, pillows are a really easy [...]

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Weekend DIY: sealing concrete floors

Transform the shoddy wall-to-wall carpet of your rental into hip, sleek flooring in just one weekend. Want to give your apartment a visual overhaul without spending tons of cash? Changing up the flooring could be the solution that you’re seeking. Underneath the carpet lies a series of flooring materials that you can likely remove to [...]

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Outdoor décor that frightens, delights, and never bores

Greet your guests with seriously low cost, high impact Halloween decorations. Don’t miss the opportunity to make a great first impression by greeting your guests with fun Halloween décor for your exterior spaces. We’ve selected DIY crafts that won’t break the bank, saving you plenty of cash for food, drinks, and your costume. If your [...]

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5 steps to create your perfect home office

To all the working ladies out there: mothers, writers, students, designers and everybody in between, how do you keep your workspace at home welcoming and inspiring to make you get the job done? What essential steps did you take to create the work or study space? Here are a few suggestions from us:  1. Avoid [...]

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Design options for the space-challenged

If you live in a a studio apartment, a dinky one-bedroom, a tiny guesthouse, or a prison cell, your number one challenge is always space: space to cook, space to sleep, space for storage… sometimes just space to breathe. Check out these design ideas that can help you squeeze every last bit of space possible [...]

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DIY indoor gardening: self-watering soda bottle planter

Even if you have a brown thumb (and I know I certainly do), there’s an easy way to grow plants indoors that requires very little set-up time and virtually no downstream maintenance. You may have already done this DIY project in school when you were a kid, but if not allow me to introduce to [...]

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Repurposed stuff can become awesome furniture

I must be the coolest chick on the block if repurposed furniture is the hot trend of the moment.  Taking something you already have or can find inexpensively, and transforming it into something entirely different and usable is integral to the “going green” movement.  As it turns out, I’ve been repurposing things for as long [...]

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Awaken inspired by creative headboards

Start a new day feeling fresh and inspired with headboards that are a step out of the ordinary. Ho-hum headboards simply beckon a ho-hum day. But when your bedroom, particularly your bed, receives a creative boost from a makeover, your mornings will certainly start to look a little brighter. Tap into your ability to see [...]

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6 DIY home goods for easy entertaining

Entertain guests with one-of-a-kind DIY crafts that reflect your taste and your personality. There are so many DIY projects floating around the web these days, why not pick out a few that will leave an excellent impression on guests while simultaneously making your home feel more like, well, your home? We’ve trekked the web for [...]

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DIY indoor gardening: self-watering soda bottle planter

Even if you have a brown thumb (and I know I certainly do), there’s an easy way to grow plants indoors that requires very little set-up time and virtually no downstream maintenance. You may have already done this DIY project in school when you were a kid, but if not allow me to introduce to [...]

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IKEA Hack: File under “why didn’t I think of that?”

Here’s one of those DIY ideas that leaves me slamming my head against the closet door in agony, feeling like the stupidest person in the world. OK, not really. But I do channel Charlie Brown just a bit when I see a brilliant concept like IKEA Hackers, whose “it’s so brilliant that it’s obvious” design [...]

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Home décor from the runway to your apartment

Transfer high-fashion ideas from your favorite designers into stellar styles for your home. Spring is all about eyelets, those adorable little peek-a-boo holes that we are seeing in dresses, skirts, and blouses everywhere. The design is dainty, ultra-feminine, and tons of fun. Increase the fun factor with bright colors and neons when possible. Eyelet lace [...]

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DIY projects that your bro roommates will love

Does that shorten to “bromates” or “broommates”… neither one looks right. I’ll tell you what does look right though – every single one of these simple, quick DIY projects that if you can pull them off, will elevate you to the top of the bromigo heap. DIY kegerator. Let’s get the party started, indeed! Bros [...]

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