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There's little in life that's more satisfying than the crunch of fresh veggies grown right outside your door! Whether you're a gardening newbie or have a seasoned green thumb, raised beds are a great way to make that happen.
Meredith Skyer
You don’t need lots of space or even a seasoned green thumb to have a totally insta-worthy greenspace. You just have to think small. A DIY terrarium lets you create an entire garden — a whole mini ecosystem, even — within the walls of a glass container. Plus, it’s super easy to make and care for. Win!
Meredith Skyer
The next time you see a great deal on plain kitchen towels, you should snatch them up. (Thank you, Ikea!) Why? Because it's easy to upgrade inexpensive linens with some DIY action. There are tons of ways to dress them up, from paint stamping to embroidery to iron-on appliques. Here are five of our favorite ways to bring new life to plain dish rags.
Camryn Rabideau
If your hometown was turned into a miniature terrarium, what would it look like? That was one of the challenges on this week's episode of Making It (which, in case you haven't heard, is our favorite new crafting competition show). Check out our take on the terrarium challenge — can you tell we borrowed a little inspiration from contestant Amber?
Bluprint
Take a page out of this: Whether you have a small collection or one that rivals that of the local library, your bookcases can and should be a focal point of your home. (Just type #shelfie into Instagram and you'll see what we mean.) From bookshelves that are perfectly color-coordinated, to monochromatic ones overflowing with greenery, to overcrowded shelves that somehow still look flawless, the possibilities for this one utilitarian piece are seemingly endless. Here, some of our favorite ways to take your cases from simple storage to simply gorgeous.
Brigitt Earley
Did you catch the premiere of Making It this week? We were so inspired by the Faster Craft challenge that we just had to make our own. We borrowed a little inspiration from contestant Amber to make a taxidermy-style unicorn head made entirely of felt. What can we say? Unicorns are definitely our spirit animal.
Bluprint
Home may be where the heart is, but it's also where you can show off your style in a big way. So when it's looking outdated, you feel it. Whether you're ready for a big remodel or just have the time to hang up some new art, start by exploring these hot home trends. Happy decorating!
Camryn Rabideau
Picture this: A beautiful, serene meditation room that's outfitted with flickering candles and fragrant flowers and soft pillows. A place where you're instantly calmed and ready to just breathe and relax. Sound lovely but not, well, realistic? You might be surprised to learn that you don't actually need more space to create an area dedicated to meditation — you just need intention and a little creativity.
Kelsey L. Munger
No sewing machine? No big deal! You can hem and embellish curtains without sewing a stitch. And you can do it in an afternoon.
Sherri Sylvester
There are two kinds of people: those who love fresh flowers and those who love them but immediately lament how short-lived they are, and therefore, kind of can't bear to bring them home.
Wendy Rose Gould
Whether you want to slice it onto your sushi or steep it into tea, this super-nutritious root veggie is an awesome thing to have on hand. And it's about time you stop buying it, and start growing it! Ginger really is the perfect indoor potted herb: It’s very low-maintenance, loves partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing. Besides, it's delicious!
Meredith Skyer
Nothing makes our hearts flutter like seeing our kiddos sink their teeth into a new project. But sometimes the paints, feathers, pom poms and tubes of glitter can be a little overwhelming without some proper wrangling. So we rounded up a handful of kid-friendly spaces that intrigue, inspire and — most importantly — help our littler makers' creativity blossom.
Alexis Methven
Black thumb? Think again. Edible landscape designer Lauri Kranz believes you can and should plant a veggie garden, stat. An educator and author (watch for her book, A Garden Can Be Anywhere, in the spring of 2019), Kranz knows that growing your own food is way more than a hobby. We chatted with her to learn why now is the best possible time to get your hands dirty.
Elaine Lipson
On NBC's Making It, you'll see judge Simon Doonan lend his super-smart insights to all the makers trying to take home the win for their next-level crafting skills. As an author, tastemaker and the creative behind so many jaw-dropping window displays at Barney's, he has plenty of advice to give — which is also why we sat down with him to find out what he loves about the show, what it's like working with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, and what piece of advice he has for aspiring crafters.
Elaine Lipson
Calling Simon Doonan a window dresser is like calling Beyonce is a "singer" — and understatement is definitely not this multi-talented artist's thing. He goes big, lending his flair to everything from the legendary Barney's New York window displays to the Obama holiday White House. This July, you'll see him as a judge for NBC's new creative competition show, Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
Elaine Lipson
Succulents are beautiful, versatile and oh-so-trendy right now. They come in every shape and color and make your home or garden look straight-outta-Pinterest. The only problem? You just can't get enough! Enter the power of nature: With the know-how below, you can actually replant parts of your existing succulents to grow new ones.
Meredith Skyer
Summer = abundance. Long days, bowls filled with fresh fruit, and gardens overflowing with vines, plants, and flowers. If you've got a bumper crop of the latter — or a neighbor who doesn't mind sharing — here's how to create an arrangement that will add color and fragrance to your home.
Chelsea Fuss
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