Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election, but she’s still advocating for one of her campaign’s core tenets — increasing opportunities for women and girls. “Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that yes, the future is female,” Clinton said.
Decor pieces that are usually reserved for birthdays and bridal showers don’t have to be torn down once the guests leave — they can instead be a colorful source of happy party vibes all year round! We were inspired by our Watercolor Painting Online Class and the general nationwide obsession with dreamy watercolor designs to put our painterly skills to use in a fun lantern display. Keep scrolling to see how we put it all together! Materials (included in our Watercolor Painting Class Kit): – watercolor paper pad – paint palette – paintbrushes – watercolors (in 7 colors) – painter’s tape Additional Materials (not included in kit): – plain white paper lanterns – jar or glass for water – paper towel Grab your watercolor supplies and a few plain white lanterns and lets get started! First off, follow the instructions that come with your paper lanterns to open them up. Next, let’s break out those paints! Gather a cup or jar of clean water and a paper towel and squeeze out a small amount of each color paint into a separate section of your plastic palette.
Katie Loves …freezing time with dried flower projects like this rustic coaster set made with wood slices and epoxy. See the full how-to on The Crafted Life. Photo: The Crafted Life
Quick game of trivia: In the past two years, what was the most-watched television program in the U.K.? “I am NOT a great baker,” said Director of Events Francesca Andreani, “and watching this show has actually taught me a ton.
Laurie March shares professional tips on using trendy metallics in room design. Watch to get inspired for your own home! Also on Yahoo Makers: The Trendy New Metal in Interior Design Isn’t Stainless Steel How to Paint a Metallic Finish on a Wedding Cake 12 Ways to Reinvent a Dated Accent Wall and Bring it Back on Trend Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest
By Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Most people naturally gravitate toward sunny spots — curling up on the couch near a window, sitting at a desk in a sun-soaked office, or lounging near a table lamp to read a good book. Nordic know-how There’s a reason the Scandinavian interior design trend is so prominent. Mirror, mirror on the wall If you have a smaller space to work with, mirrors are a terrific solution. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Layered lighting In rooms with fewer windows, like kitchens, the key to creating a bright ambiance is layering lighting.
If you’ve got a thing for French house music — or just dig funky furniture with a cool backstory — this is the chair of your dreams. French Touch, designed by Juliette Mutzke-Felippelli for Los Angeles-based design studio Joogii is an acrylic “ghost” chair inspired by Daft Punk and other French house music of the ’90s. By the way, it comes with its own playlist.
Most people would be thrilled to find an apartment with a washer and dryer, a full-size refrigerator, a large flat-screen TV, plenty of storage space, and a specially designed spa tub. Yahoo Makers took a couple of curious canines to visit a much touted luxury pet suite in a model home at a new housing development in Camarillo, Calif., called Hannover Village at the Park.
A couple weeks ago the internet was blowing up over this “mermaid pillow.” Everyone was astonished that the sequins could move to reveal a shiny silver side or a matte navy side. I mean, it’s pretty cool and moving the fabric around is pretty addictive, but I thought we all wore dresses like this to dances in high school — or was that just me? #addictedtosequins #addictedtobeingbeyonce When this video was going around Facebook, my co-worker Maddie showed it to me and said, “Uh, Kelly, don’t we have this fabric upstairs?”
On a list of the most vital supplies that any home should have to make it a home, blank index cards probably wouldn’t be on it. Consider these three ways in which you could use an index card to improve your life and home in 2016. In it, the author shares the title of a book all about using the mighty index card in your financial planning (The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated, a book claiming “everything you need to know about managing your money could fit on an index card.”), which looks like it could be useful in of itself. It could definitely challenge you to focus on which financial goals are most important to you.
Katie Loves …the uncomplicated design of this shelf made from the upcycled remains of a wide leather belt! Ronja Lotte shows your how it’s done (in German and in English!) on her blog Nur-Noch. Photo: Ronja Lott
No matter what kind of home you have (big, small, apartment, etc), there IS a way to make a mudroom in it! Watch and see as an expert shows you how. Also on Yahoo Makers: Mudroom Makeover Ideas That Will Knock Your Boots Off 8 Closets That Were Turned Into Something Totally Different 13 Creative Ways to Use Pegboard Around the House Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest
Dirty laundry is a stain on our chore list and the dirtiest little secret of all is the way your washing it could be all wrong! But don’t fret, we’ve found some great tips for washday. Also on Yahoo Makers: 12 Ways You’re Doing Laundry Wrong You Can’t Live Without these 4 Laundry Hacks Make a Year’s Worth of Laundry Detergent for $20 Related video on Yahoo Makers: Let Yahoo Makers inspire you every day! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest
Related: Our Favorite Pieces of Wall Art Aren’t All Paintings This is why, despite the peeling squares of linoleum and mustard-yellow laminate countertops in our kitchen, the main floor bathroom was the first room in our house to get a full makeover. As was the case with opening up our floor plan, the goal in redoing this bathroom was to do as much as we could ourselves and keep the price tag reasonable. Not my bathroom, though I would happily take it.
Off all of the schemes I’ve seen, this one, described by former biology teacher turned outdoor enthusiast and YouTuber Bob Hansler, seems the most efficient. There’s obviously a lot of set-up involved.
A little store-bought puff pastry, some cinnamon sugar, and a creative twist, and brunch goes from ho-hum to yum! 1 package puff pastry, 2 sheets ½ stick unsalted butter, melted ½ cup cinnamon sugar Pastry brush Set oven to 400°. 1. Brush the edge where the pastry sheets overlap with butter, to seal the seam.
Food coloring seems to find its way into most kids’ foods and decorated pastries these days, and though it can go a long way toward making treats and sweets look more appealing, we don’t love the idea of frequent chemical consumption.
The List’s Ariel Wesler shows us how to achieve a clean, modern home design with Cody Carpenter of Architectural Concrete Interiors. Watch and get inspired to use this industrial material in a bunch of new ways. Also on Yahoo Makers: Artist’s Beautiful Concrete Shoes Will Stop You in Your Tracks Not Sure How to Work with Concrete? It’s Easier than You Think!
Katie Loves …the step-by-step instructions that Fall for DIY wrote for us so we could make these dazzling semi-precious stone soaps. Once you’ve mastered the process, these are easily customizable with different scents and shapes. Photo: Fall for DIY
Humans, unfortunately, do not hibernate, but this time of the year it’s so cold and forbidding that chances are good that you’re spending a lot of time in your bedroom anyway. Which might have gotten you thinking about wanting to make this space the best it can possibly be. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few things that will add a little newness and a little extra style to your space, a mix of sale items and special, one-of-a-kind pieces that will set you back less than $50. Above: Lilac bedding, $9.90 - $45.90 from Zara Home.
Then fold the fabric in half and place your old tee on top. At this point, pin the fabric and cut, leaving a small seam allowance of about one inch.
Are you looking for a fun and easy craft your child can make this Presidents’ Day? Related story on Yahoo Makers: 5 Kids’ Clutter Clean-Up Solutions Although our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, never actually lived in it, his parents occupied this famous landmark and played hosts to the President there on occasion. It is a symbol of Presidents’ Day and a great starting point for a little creative time with the kids. Related story on Yahoo Makers: A Perfect Doodle Desk for Kids Materials: Chocolate Twizzlers White frosting in a squeeze tube Hershey chocolate bar Tootsie Roll Wooden slab Black card stock Tools: Utility knife Hot glue gun Instructions: 1. Cut the chocolate Twizzlers into the same length, to serve as ‘logs.’ Use the frosting to glue them together one on top of the other to make a wall panel (you can do this laying them down on the table instead stacking them).
The internet’s Purveyor of Truth Nicole Skyes recently took a common beauty hack to the cleaners. Many claim that lipstick can be used as a concealer in lieu of actual concealer, so Skyes once again turned her face into a testing lab and tried out two different shades of lipstick. Although other videos show the hack working wondrously, Skye has called wack on this supposedly simple beauty fix. Watch to see why!
“Cooking is the No. 1 way you’re polluting your home … You’re basically living in this toxic soup.”
“People (myself included) like cooking with gas! It’s one of the few energy uses that inspires brand loyalty to the fuel consumed.”
“It’s time to start making new buildings all-electric and switching out all those existing gas appliances, including gas stoves.”
“If you're looking for personal ways to protect the environment and your health right now, you have much bigger fish to fry.”
“Market-based solutions have not achieved their desired goals, thus new ways of thinking need to emerge.”