The Cheerful Curb Appeal Idea That’s Trending on Pinterest

Nothing says "welcome home" like a smart exterior. Though if your curb appeal could use some punching up, there's a relatively simple and effective way to change that, and it's currently trending on Pinterest. Today, the Pinterest 100—the company's 2018 trend report—was released, and we spied this tried and true trick for updating your home: … Continue reading The Cheerful Curb Appeal Idea That’s Trending on Pinterest

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We’re Head-Over-Heels for This Showstopping Decor Trend Taking Over Pinterest

Statement ceilings are having a moment and it's not hard to see why. According to Pinterest's end-of-the-year report, pins of statement ceiling are up +310% and show no signs of slowing into the new year. Bold, chic and more affordable at times than say, painting an entire room, upgrading a ceiling with wallpaper, paint, or … Continue reading We’re Head-Over-Heels for This Showstopping Decor Trend Taking Over Pinterest

The Burdens Posed by Invisible Physical and Mental Illnesses

I look healthy. My friend, whom I’ll call Gail, also looks healthy. The difference is that I suffer from a physical illness and she suffers from a mental illness: depression. The similarity is that both of our conditions are invisible to others. Despite the different source of our illnesses, our lives are parallel in several ways. … Continue reading The Burdens Posed by Invisible Physical and Mental Illnesses

Holiday House Tour 2017

I don’t know why I’m always compelled to start these holiday house tour posts by type-shouting “SMILING’S MY FAVORITE” but there I’ve already gone and done it. ‘Tis the season. Moving on. Here’s how we decked our proverbial halls for Christmas this year. As you may heard in last week’s podcast, we’re continuing last year’s mission … Continue reading Holiday House Tour 2017

A Toronto Designer’s Rainbow Renovation — House Tour

Name: Tiffany Pratt Location: The Beaches — Toronto, Canada Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 8 years, renting For as long as she can remember, Tiffany has had a deep affinity for color. As a designer and stylist, she uses it to create bright and beautiful spaces. She loves evoking thought, inspiration and delight … Continue reading A Toronto Designer’s Rainbow Renovation — House Tour

Easy Ways to Tell Whether You’re an Inadvertent Narcissist

It’s become very popular to use psychological principles to try to identify who’s a narcissist. As this is not a flattering term at all, it’s far more difficult to take an honest look at yourself to see if the term applies to you. An inadvertent narcissist is a person who behaves in highly egocentric and … Continue reading Easy Ways to Tell Whether You’re an Inadvertent Narcissist

The Best Christmas String Lights — Annual Guide 2017

This year we brought Christmas string lights into our test lab for the first time ever, and our staff had a blast voting on their favorites. They overwhelmingly chose the super affordable retro Frosted Lights from Crate & Barrel, while I picked my favorite, Twinkly Starry LED String Lights from Restoration Hardware, which are stunning … Continue reading The Best Christmas String Lights — Annual Guide 2017