Karen's Color Explosion House Tour Name: Karen Racicot, actor and artist Location: Parkdale, Toronto Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 7 years, owned Flamboyant French actor/artist Karen Racicot emphasizes the use of bold colors in every aspect of her style, right down to her hot pink Brita water filter. As an extensive world traveller, jewelry designer and painter, she set out to create a vibrant “living jewelry box” with her Westside condo. The endless colored glass ornaments, lampshades and wall hangings are the widest collection of treasures one could imagine under one roof — and not a single one comes without a tale of adventure. Two of the four walls are made of glass and encompassed by a wrap-around balcony, allowing for the day’s light to bring this multitude of vibrant detail to life. Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: Colourful, eclectic, artistic, world. Inspiration: Southeast Asia, India & Mexico. Favorite Element: The 5 sliding doors that lead to the balcony, and my red Arne Jacobsen chair. Thanks, Karen!
8 Free Ways to Instantly Make Your Living Room Look a Little Bit Better Sometimes it's not about the grand, sweeping changes to a room. Occasionally, just a few smart moves can make a room in your home the tiniest bit better. And what better than a little extra time on the weekend to effect a small but meaningful change? If you're on a budget, you'll appreciate that all these little efforts cost zero dollars. 1. Clean the baseboards, blinds and windows These three small spots accumulate dust, dirt and grime throughout the year, but they're not usually on anyone's list of regular cleaning spots. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. (Image credits: Bethany Nauert)
Workin’ It: 15 DIY Desks You Can Build To continue on our organization kick (all month long, get ready!), we turn our attention to DIY desks. We’ve shown you a few wall-mounted ones, a handful of standing ones, and now it’s about 15 ways use shelves, file cabinets, and old doors to create your own custom workspace. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. What does your desk look like? COMO HACER PAPEL DE ARROZ EN CASA El papel de arroz es un producto típico de la zona de Vietnan, que se puede utilizar fresco (recién hecho) o bien deshidratado, en este último caso antes de usarlo se lo debe hidratar. Esta última opción es la habitual para quien desea consumir este producto, ya que se puede conseguir un paquete de papel de arroz seco en un comercio que tenga este producto importado (tal es el caso de los mercados chinos). En realidad hay muy poca información sobre esta preparación, al punto de que, es bastante difícil conseguir una receta en la red para hacerla en casa. Aquí expongo una receta que obtuve personalmente planteando un experimento científico, en virtud de mis conocimientos de química de los alimentos y de la poca información que pude recolectar. A mi entender un papel de arroz es un gel moldeado plano, sobre un lienzo tensado y cocinado al vapor. Se debe preparar una masa líquida viscosa parecida a la de los creps. Receta rápida: Para 8 papeles chicos de 18cm de diámetro
Operation Organize: Creative Storage Solutions Ah, life as a twenty-something. Whether you’re a college student, a recent graduate, or a newlywed nesting in your first place together, chances are you’re not in the most spacious of living quarters at this point in your life. And while a dorm room, small apartment, or starter home can actually be quite cozy, living in a petite space means that you have to get creative with your storage. My husband and I recently found out that we are expecting our first baby! As you can imagine we are over-the-moon excited, but that also means that it’s time to clean out all the odds and ends we had lying around our extra bedroom to make room for baby. So, before I share some of my favorite design inspo, I have three storage tips to keep in mind… 1. No one likes staring at cardboard boxes or ugly plastic storage bins. 2. My second storage tip is to make use of spaces that you can’t see. 3. It’s important to be strategic when organizing your storage. And now for some design inspiration… xo Ilana Team LC
31 Household Products You'll Never Have To Buy Again How To Keep A Clean House & Free Yourself From The Chains Of Drudgery You need to know yourself well enough to know your weaknesses to over come them. Most of us are a bit of many of these personality types. I know I am. Here are some personality types and a few suggestions: The Administrator is a systematic team player. The Creative person will balk at the lists and think they're boring. The Impulsive person REALLY needs this list and schedule! The Independent person needs to focus a bit on organizing with other members of your family. The Insightful person is driven by their mood. The Perfectionist is my personal favorite. The Procrastinators. Result-Oriented people are made for these schedules! Social people are, well, social. And finally, the Undisciplined person is bored by details and can't seem to stay on track. For all personalities: We need to remember that we are not 'cleaning', we are preparing. We will be working less and doing more.
How I Made My Custom Desktop! A few months ago I found myself incredibly irritated with the layout of my office. I didn't have very much space to cut my fabric and I felt like my corner desk was taking up a lot of unnecessary space. I often found myself cutting fabric on the dining room table, ironing in the hallway, and sewing in my office. I was spread out everywhere and completely disorganized. I wanted to repaint my office, but I wasn't sure if I wanted a light or dark gray. Once I had my wall color picked out, it all snowballed from there. I wanted a long desktop space along the wall where I could sew, use my computer, and have storage and workspace on the desktop. I bought three 2x8x12 pine boards from Lowes. My room is a little over 10 feet wide, so I had Lowes trim the 12ft boards down to size. Now for the tedious part - sanding, staining, and sealing. In the photo on the left you can see how I propped all the boards up on paint cans so I could sand, stain, and seal off the ground. 1. 2. Cheers!
The Easiest Pillow Cover Ever This is the easiest pillow cover ever. No measuring! No sewing! I used pinking shears to cut the fabric so it wouldn’t fray. Then fold the top down to the center. Fold both ends like the picture. Bring one side over the top of the pillow. Then the other side. Now tie the ends in a square knot. Ta-Da! I love the knot. And it looks great on the loveseat. It even looks great on the back if I want to switch sides. I’m linking to these awesome blog parties: Air Your Laundry Friday at Freckled LaundryTutorial Tuesday at Hope StudiosTip Me Tuesday at Tip JunkieGet Your Craft On at Today’s Creative BlogShow Me What Ya Got at Not Just a HousewifeTutorials and Tips Tuesday at The Stories of A2ZWhatever Goes Wednesday at Someday CraftsTransformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic CottageHookin Up With HOH at House of HepworthsHow To’s Day at The Lettered CottagePoint of View Pillow Link Party at Gwenny Penny
Operation Organize: Tips for Organizing Your Craft Supplies Hi everyone, it’s Ilana. Spring-cleaning season is upon us, and as the resident DIY expert at the LC headquarters, Lauren asked me to share a few creative and inexpensive solutions for storing your craft supplies. Crafting can get a little messy—that’s practically a given. But when you’re not cutting or gluing or sanding or beading, there’s no reason that your materials can’t be kept tidy. I find that if my supplies are neatly organized, I’m more likely to use them. For beads and pins… I use a weekly pill planner like the ones you’d find at any drugstore. For yarn… I saw this trick in an issue of Real Simple magazine and couldn’t wait to test it out. For odds and ends… I rely on ball or mason jars. Do you have any of your own tips when it comes to organizing craft supplies? Share them in the comments! xo Ilana Photos: Ilana Saul for LaurenConrad.com
Hanging Diamond Decor project, photos, and tutorial contributed by Kathleen of Snowdrop & Co. Now that June is upon us, it’s beginning to really feel like summer. These hanging diamond ornaments are a great way to offset that summer heat – don’t they remind you of ice cubes floating mid-air? These DIY metallic diamonds are fun to hang as an overhead table centrepiece or for photo backdrops, but you could easily leave off the string for modern tabletop décor. Materials: Box of strawsSilver muffler tape (available at hardware stores and some dollar stores)Washi/masking tapeWooden skewerCotton stringScissorsMeasuring tapeAdditional string/thread if desired (for hanging completed diamonds) Step 1: Cut your straws to the desired lengths. six 7 1/2″ straws (long)six 5 3/4″ straws (medium)twelve 3 3/4″ straws (short) If you want to replicate the other diamonds in the photo, the medium five-sided diamond used: five 6 1/4″ strawsfive 5 1/2″ strawsten 3 1/2″ straws And the smallest five-sided diamond used:
7 Ways You’re Making House Cleaning Harder Than It Has To Be Cleaning the house not on your list of favorite ways to spend your time? You might want to check and see if you're unintentionally making things worse on yourself. From spending more time on cleaning tasks than you need to, to just not being efficient, peruse this list of seven things you could be doing that's making it harder to keep your house clean, and see if you can eliminate one to make cleaning the house easier or faster! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. How are you making keeping your home clean more difficult than it has to be? (Image credits: Kim Lucian)