It Looks Like A Boring Box In A Room. But What Came Out Of It Blew My Mind!

Looks can be deceiving… so make sure to never underestimate someone’s creativity. Take this box for example. It seems like it’s just a normal chest, right? What it really is will leave your jaw on the floor. You won’t see this one coming. I know didn’t.


It’s an entire room in a box! If I could find a way to stuff an entire apartment in a box, I’d be set πŸ˜‰


Don’t Think A Table Can Blow Your Mind? Think Again, Because These Are Simply Unbelievable!

Most people don’t have the time, skill or budget to perfectly design and Feng Shui their own home. However, don’t give up if a well-designed apartment or home is your goal! An impressive interior design scheme can be accomplished simply if you have a creative focus piece, like one of these tables. These pieces of furniture are so incredible, you could design a whole room around them…

1. Sparkling Crystal Table
creative-table-design-1-22. Octopus Table
creative-table-design-23. CATable
creative-table-design-7-24. Ocean Sand Work Desk
creative-table-design-6-25. Swingset Table
creative-table-design-56. Liquid Glacial Table
creative-table-design-4-27. The Pond Table
creative-table-design-15-18. Fusion Table (Billiards/Dining)
creative-table-design-14-29. Coffee Table Kitty Hammock
creative-table-design-12-210. Nautilus Table
creative-table-design-10-111. Cat Grass Table
creative-table-design-3-213. Photo Album Coffee Table

How to Grow Cacti Indoors

Cacti make beautiful houseplants that add character to any home. But perhaps the best part about cacti is that they are virtually impossible to kill. With a bit of soil, sunlight and minimal water they will happily grow and flower for years, which makes them a great plant for beginning gardeners and even those with notoriously brown thumbs.


Step 1

Change your cactus’ soil. Unless you know when the cactus you purchased was potted, its a good idea to re-pot it as soon as you buy it. A cactus that is potted in quality soil does not need any fertilizer at all. Quality cactus soil should be composed of one part potting mix, one part washed sand, and one part coarse gravel. If your cactus does not grow or flower for a long while, it is a sign that its soil needs to be changed once again.


Step 2

Water your cactus. House cacti need very little water–as little as one watering per month. To tell if your cactus needs water, insert a pencil all the way to the bottom of the soil. If moist soil clings to it, it is not yet time to water. Cactus soil should be allowed to completely dry out before it is watered again. Tap water is not good for cacti. If possible, use collected rainwater to water your cactus. Rain water causes chemical reactions in the soil that will provide most of the nutrients that it needs to thrive in its pot. If rain water is not available, use distilled water or tap water that has white vinegar added to it (one capful of white vinegar per five gallons of tap water). Never water your cacti with cold water. Bottom water your cactus by letting it sit in a saucer full of water, and do not let any water get on its flesh or roots. Cacti grow for only a few months out of the year, and when they are resting they need virtually no water. Different cacti have different growing seasons although most grow in the spring and fall and rest in the winter and summer. It is important not to over-water your cactus when it is resting. Research your particular variety of cacti to get to know its growing and resting cycles.


Step 3

Place your cactus near a brightly lit window where it will receive sunlight for most of the day. However, if your cactus develops yellow or brown spots, it is a sign that is receiving too much light. To remedy the problem, simply move it to a spot that receives less light. If it turns a lighter green, it needs more light. Use its colors to help you find a balance.

5 best Ikea hacks that anyone could do

There’s nothin like a good IKEA hack! IKEA is so accessible β€” anybody could stroll in there and buy a BEKVAM or two β€” but its Scandinavian design is deceptively simple. With a little ingenuity a box, or a table, or a stool from IKEA could become pretty much anything. Here’s proof.

Glass Table

IKEA DESK before-1

IKEA desk turned console

Wooden Bench

an ikea table turned bar cart before

an ikea table turned bar cart after





ikea club chairs

black and white ikea hacked club chairsWall Planter

planter makeover before

planter makeover after

6 ways to customize your rented spaces with ease!

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This is such a great question, and one that is near and dear to me, because I RENT TOO!!! πŸ™‚ In fact, I’ve rented a house or apartment since the day I moved out of my parents home almost 17 years ago! Yikes! Now I’m really dating myself!

As renters, we’re constantly looking for reversible design solutions to blah apartments, and I’m right there with you! All this personal experience makes me quite the expert when it comes to temporary design, so I’ve compiled my list of sure fire ways to customize your rented spaces with ease!

1) Paint – Oooh! I know, the dreaded word for renters across the globe! But seriously you guys – IT’S. JUST. PAINT. Your home should reflect YOU, and not some cookie cutter landlord’s idea of you. Since you may live there for a few years or more, you may as well create a space that inspires you by choosing a soothing hue. If painting the whole room is too intimidating, start with an accent wall for a subtle punch!

2) Temporary Wallpapers – In the last several years, many products have been created just for those of us who rent – and one of my favs is temporary wallpapers! These sticky designs are easy to install and stay on like a charm! When you’re ready to move, simply peel them off the wall where there wont be any trace that they were ever there! Check out,, or even etsy for some super cool temporary paper designs!


3) Creative Storage -One of my biggest dilemmas in renting is where to put all my awkward belongings and equipment. I love using bed risers (less than $10!) that elevate the bed frame so that I may store funky things with all that space – and make my bed look waaaay cooler than it normally did at a regular height. I swear by an ottoman as opposed to a coffee table, as I find the added covered storage is perfect for my blankets, cookbooks, or pet supplies – and also serve as extra seating for my guests during parties. Last but not least – Invest in COVERED storage! Purchase a TV stand that has doors rather than those open kind that reveal your entire DVD collection, your gaming consoles and all those crazy wires and cords. Closed side tables, night stands, and credenzas are also great options to hide things like books, photos, cookware or bulk purchases!

4) Lighting – I have absolutely no good reason why apartments and rented spaces seem to really drop the ball on this particular necessity, but overhead lighting realllllllllly seems to be hard to find in most rooms. To combat this problem, invest in a few great floor lamps with architectural interest like this:


not something cheap and tacky like this:


…and make sure to get some great table lamps for your living room and bedroom as well!

5) Add plants – Never underestimate the power of a beautiful living tree in your home! This is my cheapest and all time favorite thing to add to a space and I love the way a plant can take up some vertical real estate! Try a selection of indoor house trees like the fiddle fig leaf tree, an areca palm, or even a funky cactus!

6) Art – if you’ve decided that you just can’t paint (some of you are so stubborn, I know!) then invest in some large colorful prints! They will take up a lot of wall space and give you some design direction in terms of color and style! Hang either one GINORMOUS piece, three poster sized prints hung close together, or create a cool installation with a collection of smaller framed art Just don’t be afraid to put a tiny little nail hole in the wall because they are SUPER easy to repair!

When all else fails, remember to keep your space CLEAN! I can not tell you the benefits of a tidy and well organized space – and to others – cleanliness translates as a well put together home. I hope these ideas really get you thinking and can help you create the home of your dreams – even if it’s not your dream home!

Modern & Unusual Fireplaces That Break The Mold

MY GOODNESS!!! Mother nature is sure giving all my friends in the mainland a run for their money this week! I know I live in Hawaii now, but I grew up in Oklahoma – where it is currently 14 friggin’ degrees outside (nowwww you see why I moved to Hawaii?!)!! I have to say though, I sure do miss the warm nights snuggled around the fireplace with my family in our jammies and socks – and it inspired me to find some AWESOME fireplaces that I think break the mold and keep you out of the cold all winter long! Check these lil gems out!

















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