adding some jazz to our music room

Adding Some Jazz to Our Music Room

We moved into a new apartment just a few weeks ago. And though,thankfully, we unpacked right away and felt at home pretty quickly, we still have a list of projects we'd like to get to in order for this apartment to really feel like home.

a starter herb garden for an apartment bound gardening newbie

A Starter Herb Garden For An Apartment-Bound Gardening Newbie!

I've always loved the idea of growing my own, fresh herbs. But i have to admit, I've also been very hesitant and too cautious to get started. But, as the year came to a close I decided to add "growing my own herbs" to my resolution list for 2018.And so, I asked a handful of questions here on Hometalk's DIY forum to help me get started- and I got some fantastic advice! (Thank you!!!) I finally felt confident enough to go ahead!- I decided to start small with 2 spices that I use pretty frequently: Mint, and Oregano ( not to mention, they both add some really nice aromas).

a clock that tells it as it is

A Clock That Tells It As It Is!

I need to begin by giving a big THANK YOU to the Hometalk Community! I was a bit nervous about starting this project, I wasn't so comfortable with some of the materials, a bit of a newbie. I asked you guys for help on the DIY forum and got such great advice, it gave me the confidence to give it a go, so thank you!!

no longer afraid to give stencils a try

No Longer Afraid To Give Stencils A Try!

We live in a small, city apartment. It has what we fondly refer to as “character”. And we love it, but it’s very old. Very. And, though overall, it adds certain vintage charm, there is definitely room for some softening touches. We’ve wanted to do something about our bathroom since we moved in. It’s tiled about halfway up and then painted the rest of the way up, no charm or cheer at all.
I’ve been toying with the idea of using a stencil in there for some time, but the idea of ruining it was too daunting for me. I’ve played around with stencil crafts before and have never had consistent success (bleed throughs, blurred lines, not level). The idea of painting the walls and it coming out looking messy, was too unnerving to me.

a magazine holder for our small bathroom , bathroom ideas, crafts, how to, organizing, storage ideas

A Magazine Holder For Our Small Bathroom!

We recently inherited a year’s worth of New Yorker magazines. And where better to store this stash than the bathroom? But how?!

need bookends no problem bedrisers to the rescue , crafts, home decor, mason jars, pallet, shelving ideas, storage ideas

Need Bookends? No Problem, Bedrisers To The Rescue!

We have a bit of an awkward space in our apartment’s hallway. It is kind of narrow, but wide enough that left alone, it would feel oddly empty. Recently, we found a great solution- a floating bookshelf! Which is terrific except for one overlooked problem: our books were falling over the sides. We knew we needed to find a solution when, in the middle of the night, we were rudely awakened by the foreboding and distinct “thump thump thump” of a selection of our books crashing to the floor.

my tricky kitchen is no match for these organizing hacks , how to, kitchen design, organizing, repurposing upcycling, storage ideas

My Tricky Kitchen Is No Match For These Organizing Hacks!

We recently moved into a new apartment. And though we are excited about it, it needs a lot of love and quite a few tweaks. If there is one thing I have learned from my fellow Hometalkers it is that nothing is impossible. There has to be creative alternatives to even the toughest of conundrums.
The first thing we noticed in the kitchen was lots of cabinet space! In our haste however, we somehow overlooked the big problem: most of the cabinets are really really really high up!! I am on the shorter side at 5”3 and my husband is not much taller. My sister and her 6”3 husband generously offered to help us organize but unless they moved in full time, we were going to have to figure out some long term solutions.
So far we have come up with a few and are still on the market for some more.

our magic solution cleaning is about to become a lot easier, cleaning tips, how to

Our Magic Solution...Cleaning Is About To Become A Lot Easier!

Growing up, my contribution was generally in the kitchen and so, I found myself pretty blissfully unaware of all the elbow grease that goes into cleaning those tough spots that I would never even think to approach.
But there I was, I had moved halfway across the world, newly married, and for the first time ever responsible for my very own apartment.
Thankfully my husband is very tuned in to what needs to be done to keep our home shipshape. But nonetheless, I wanted to contribute.
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Hillela G.
Hillela G.
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