Handy Self-Watering Planters Will Help Keep Your Plants Alive

August 17, 2018

Although it seems so straightforward, watering your houseplants can be a surprisingly tricky chore. For a lot of people, the issue isn’t remembering to fill up the watering can once or twice a week—it’s figuring out how much water your plants really need. Enter self-watering planters.

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Tina Knowles Lawson Once Accidentally Bought Two Picassos

August 17, 2018

Tina Knowles Lawson, who is known for her corny jokes on Instagram (but may also be recognized as the mom of powerhouse entertainers Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Solange Ferguson), recently shared her extensive art collection with Kimberly Drew for Vanity Fair’s September issue.

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8 Etsy Picks From In-House Trend Expert (And Making It Judge) Dayna Isom Johnson

August 17, 2018

If you’re looking for someone to judge a first-of-its-kind craft show, it would be hard to find a better contender than Dayna Isom Johnson. On NBC’s Making It, Isom Johnson works with Barneys’ creative ambassador Simon Doonan to judge the contestants crafts for both creativity and skill. And if getting to watch Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman goof around on TV sounds too good to be true, her day job is a close second.

As Etsy’s in-house trend expert, she is constantly shopping and scanning the site’s marketplace for the next big thing. Her trend guides have the added benefit of making Etsy’s some 45 million listings (yes, really) a bit more digestible for the rest of us. And while we can’t all be professional trend experts, we can shop like one. Here are eight Etsy finds she’s loving—picked out just for our readers.

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Modern Marriage: 6 Things to Choose Instead of a Diamond Engagement Ring

August 17, 2018

Engagement rings are a huge investment. In 2017 the average amount spent on an engagement ring was $6,351. Even without the looming expenses of a wedding on the horizon, that’s a huge chunk of change.

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Joanna Gaines’ New Wall Treatment Is a Huge Departure from Shiplap

August 17, 2018

Joanna Gaines is continuing her takeover of all things home decor. The “Fixer Upper” star and Magnolia magnate just released four new patterns of wall coverings, and we’re guessing you’ll be slapping them up on your walls before you can say “shiplap.”

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AncestryDNA Is Currently 40% Off Through Monday, August 20

August 17, 2018

Ancestry.com got started as a place where you could create family trees with the support of public records like census data as well as other amateur genealogists who are doing overlapping research. But these days, they’ve gone high tech. Ancestry now sells DNA tests that are designed to enhance your research. But you don’t have to be interested in family trees to be curious about your own DNA makeup.

No matter what reason you might want to learn more, if you aren’t one of the 10 million people who have already taken a test, now might be the time. AncestryDNA is currently 40 percent off as part of their summer sale through Monday, August 20.

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The One Big Drawback to Beautiful Walk-In Showers

August 17, 2018

I’m sure you’ve seen them—the elegant, modern showers that, with no door to separate them from the rest of the space, seem to meld seamlessly with the rest of the bathroom. This is a very popular setup right now, and one that has lots of advantages—but it also has one big disadvantage. Can you guess what it is?

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13 Reasons to Embrace Above the Bed Storage

August 17, 2018

I’m always interested in what the kids these days are doing in their dorm rooms. Yes, I realize that statement makes me sound like a geriatric. But seriously, were there ever so many dorm-dedicated brands and options ten—even five—years ago? I look at Instagram, lookbooks and big box circulars longingly. But you know what? There are some great storage ideas and products for the rest of us disguised in all that college ‘ish. Ya feel? Er, I mean, case in point: this Simple by Design Over the Bed Space Saver. While it reminds me a little bit of those kinda creepy over-the-toilet cabinets, I have to admit, it’s a good idea to put all that blank wall space to work. With a coupon, this one from Kohl’s would set you back about $50 bucks, and you can’t put a price on organization, people. Believe me. I might not do a unit like this in my own space, but seeing it got me to thinking, what could I be doing for more storage in my bedroom above my bed? Art is great, but it isn’t exactly holding my collection of vases. Or houseplants for that matter.

Feast your eyes on the simple, single over bed shelf above. It’s basically just a slab of wood lacquered white, and yet, it’s a plant stand, an interchangeable art ledge, and a place to drape string lights when you want a little ambiance. Brilliant!

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Our Best Thrifting Tips for National Thrift Shop Day

August 17, 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been six years since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis captured the zeitgeist of mainstream tag-popping and bin-scouring with their runaway hit song, Thrift Shop. But while hippies and hipsters come and go, the joy of thrift shopping and treasure hunting is forever—so I rounded up some of my favorite tips for National Thrift Shopping Day, culled from my decade of prior experience as the editor of budget living magazine Shoestring. Get out there and rock those come-ups like a pro.

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Before and After: Behold the Transformative Power of White Paint

August 17, 2018

The “Paint It White” philosophy gets a bad rap sometimes, but it can be a great method for unifying disparate elements while emphasizing texture and form. In this home, white paint was used judiciously to update a living room fireplace, with wonderful results.

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