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Splurge/Save/Steal: Tufted Beds

onsidering we spend almost a third of our lives sleeping, your bed should be a place you love. Lest you think that’s all riding on the right mattress, comfy pillows, and a warm blanket, I submit that the right bed is just as crucial a piece in this slumber puzzle. Intricately carved headboards aren’t my favorite for the simple fact that when I sit up against it, the pattern hurts the back of my head. Spindle headboards? Forget about it—my pillow starts to ooze between the slats, giving me a rather uneven place to lay my head. No headboard? What are you, a cave man?

Personally, I’m a fan of the fabric headboard for the simple fact that it’s like a pillow for your pillow. But you don’t necessarily need to spend a lot to get a lot of comfort. Take a look at these three beds at three very different price points.

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DIY Wednesday: Ikea Dresser Hack

I knew I had to redeem myself after my last DIY Wednesday. It was, to put it mildly, an #epicfail. So this week, I decided to go big. I decided to involve power tools. I decided to build something from scratch Ikea. And then I decided to make it better.

Here’s the backstory you didn’t ask for and don’t care about: I’m getting married in November, at which point my fiancé will be moving in with me. My place is, admittedly, not the biggest. And like most lovable hoarders, I’ve filled every closet, cabinet, and drawer over the four years I’ve lived there. But now that another human will be sharing my space, it’s time to purge to make some room for him and his stuff. But you know what’s way easier than throwing away clothes and knick-knacks to empty out drawers? Buying more drawers.

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DIY Wednesday: Floral Paperweight

This is part of a regular series in which I attempt (operative word) D.I.Y. projects and bring you, dear reader, the results. The good. The bad. And the hideous. I’ll offer step-by-step instructions so that you can D.I.Y. along with me.

Can you believe it was only a month ago that we were frantically knitting scarves on our arms to prepare for the Arctic blast bearing down on us? Now, the trees are blooming, restaurant patios are packed to the gills, and men are once again treating us to the sight of their bare toes. Ah, spring.

But more than just exposed male phalanges, this season also brings colorful new blooms to our floral shops. On a recent visit to Central Market, I espied a bouquet of beautiful ranunculus that I decided to treat myself to. Because I am an adult with a job and I can choose to spend my money on whatever I deem essential. Like a kid who puts a bug in a jar in an attempt to keep it forever (kids do that, right?), I decided to mimic a dandelion paperweight how-to that I’d seen with a few ranunculus blossoms.

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Splurge/Save: Clean-Lined Dressers

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect dresser-cum-nightstand for a few months now. Perhaps you’ll even be seeing one in a future DIY Wednesday post (that’s what we in the business call a TEASE). Thanks to the hours I’ve spent searching the Internet at work research I’ve been doing of late, I’ve noticed some repetition in styles at a variety of price points. Granted, it’s hard to completely reinvent the wheel when it comes to a rectangular frame housing drawers. But some are so similar that it seems silly to spend the extra hundreds of bucks that the higher-end stores command. Take these two five-drawer dressers, for instance.

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Top Five Pins This Week

I like to think our Pinterest page tells a little story. This week’s popular pins start off rather gray—and I mean that as a compliment. Perhaps everyone’s been binging on House of Cards season 3 and getting inspired by the all-neutral-errthing color palette (I mean, can we talk about Claire’s amazing wardrobe?), or maybe it’s just the gray weather we’ve been having. But things start out pretty dramatic.

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D.I.Y. Wednesday: Shamrock Marshmallows

This is part of a regular series in which I attempt (operative word) D.I.Y. projects and bring you, dear reader, the results. The good. The bad. And the hideous. I’ll offer step-by-step instructions so that you can D.I.Y. along with me.

Saint Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, and you know what that means…

Actually, I’m not really sure what that means. This isn’t really a holiday you have to prepare for, as it doesn’t really involve anything but wearing green and heavy drinking. It’s not like you need to prepare a big meal or get the members of your family St. Patrick’s Day presents, right? If you do, my family’s been doing things very wrong.

Still, maybe you want to celebrate the day with a special treat. Something festive that your friends can enjoy, or at least, ingest in an effort to soak up some of the booze from their stomachs. In that case, I’ve got just the thing for you. Say it with me: traditional St. Patrick’s Day Homemade Shamrock Marshmallows!

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Preview the New Arteriors Showroom

Yesterday, we got a sneak peek of the long-awaited Arteriors showroom that opens to the public tomorrow in the Design District. Over the past eight months, the Arteriors team has been giving the 5,000-square-foot space on Dragon Street, once home to John Gregory Studios, a complete facelift. “We looked for this space for 2.5 years,” said Arteriors founder and creative director Mark Moussa.

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D.I.Y. Wednesday: Making an Arm Scarf

This is the first in a regular series in which I attempt (operative word) D.I.Y. projects and bring you, dear reader, the results. The good. The bad. And the hideous. I’ll offer step-by-step instructions so that you can D.I.Y. along with me.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s completely disgusting outside. And cue the sad trombone: It’s going to get worse. Like, in a matter of hours. Maybe you optimistically left the house this morning sans your I-live-in-a-frozen-tundra gear, because the temperature was a balmy 50 degrees. But now you’re checking the forecast and realizing that by the time you leave work, it’s going to be considerably more miserable. Well, if you happen to have two skeins of yarn at your desk, because who doesn’t, boy are you in luck! You’ve got just enough time to churn out a “30-minute arm scarf,” like I did yesterday. Or, in my case, an “hour-and-a-half arm scarf,” which has considerably less of a ring to it.

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