drab to fab…
making a rental feel like home

Whether it’s your first real place after college, temporary digs after moving to a new city, or you just prefer renting to owning, looking at the plain white walls and expanse of blah design that dominates most rental apartments can be enough to make anyone feel like they’re living in the drab zone. But you don’t have to sacrifice personal style just because you signed a lease, not a mortgage. Rentals can feel  like a plain box that you can’t do anything to, but that’s not the case. Of course, check with your landlord or rental company before doing anything, and decide for yourself what level of work you’re willing to undertake when you move out. Continue reading

summer sleep…
making your bed for a cool night


Summertime and the livin’ is… warm. By the time July rolls around, most of us have swapped out our winter bedding in favor of lighter covers. Sure, that could be as simple as putting away the heavy duvet and wool blankets, but we still want our summer bedding to feel as rich and luxurious as it did all winter long. We just want it to be cooler.

Take the chance to do a little summer swap. Pack up the dark colors and heavy fabrics until cooler weather returns. Instead top your bed with a lightweight cotton or linen blanket (for the occasional chilly summer night). While you’re at it, change out to all-cotton percale or jersey sheets for a cooler night’s sleep. Continue reading

you say bright, your partner says white…
living with a colorphobe


You say tomato, they say tomahto… you love vibrant, bright, exuberant color, your other half prefers all things neutral. If your live-in partner is beholden to beige and a subtle, dark khaki accent is as far they’re willing to go, but you crave chocolate and turquoise, is it time to call the whole thing off?

Nah, it’s just time to compromise a bit. Fortunately, that can be easy. Continue reading