14 DIY V-Day Decor Ideas You Didn’t Know You Needed

Valentine’s Day has never been the most exciting celebration, especially when compared to the holiday season just-passed (and after all, it often wavers year-to-year depending on romantic status), but it does bridge the gap between January blues and th…

Valentine’s Day has never been the most exciting celebration, especially when compared to the holiday season just-passed (and after all, it often wavers year-to-year depending on romantic status), but it does bridge the gap between January blues and the promise of Spring. As a kid, my mom made Valentine's Day baskets for us: mine with pink nailpolish and mini boxes of Nerds, my brother’s with red socks and heart-shaped Reese’s cups. As an adult, I usually have a glass of wine (or two) and screen Call Me By Your Name alone on my couch, but I feel like there must be a middle ground between the two..

So this year, I propose we all give Valentine’s Day its due. Whether you’re celebrating Gal-entine’s Day (my personal favorite iteration of the holiday), a long-term love, or a new flame—go all out with some DIY decor. Decor for Valentine’s Day, you ask? Why yes, because the only sure-fire way to get in the mood for a lovey-dovey day is to set the mood for a lovey-dovey day. Plus, we all need something to do and look forward to, right?

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My New Favorite Hack to Get the Bathroom Sparkling Clean

I have been known to attack the bathtub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser at a moment’s notice (and by “known,” I mean about five people in total). Still, it could be said that I have found my calling in an unplanned scrub session. This usually involves no…

I have been known to attack the bathtub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser at a moment’s notice (and by “known,” I mean about five people in total). Still, it could be said that I have found my calling in an unplanned scrub session. This usually involves not putting my hair up first (“I’m just going to get this one smudge”), forgetting to change out of my ~good sweatpants~, and becoming entirely so sweaty during a commercial break that I end up missing the rest of The Bachelor because I now need to clean myself in the room I just cleaned. Phewf.

While I really love the effectiveness of a Magic Eraser on soap scum, I really don’t love the mostly single-use-ness of it (they disintegrate quite quickly while using), and I really, selfishly, don’t love how much physical labor is involved. I swapped the eraser out with baking soda and vinegar a while back (truly, just as effective), but I was still searching for the “lazy girl” way out of scrubbing.

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11 Ways to Hang Art Without Nails (Hello, Renters)

For people living in a rental, it can be really hard to feel “settled in.” You can’t make any major adjustments to the space—despite how dated the bathroom tile is or how much you hate the blinding light fixtures in the living room—and anything you cho…

For people living in a rental, it can be really hard to feel "settled in." You can't make any major adjustments to the space—despite how dated the bathroom tile is or how much you hate the blinding light fixtures in the living room—and anything you choose to do has to totally be un-doable whenever you move out.

Hanging wall art is one of the easiest ways to make your space feel more lived-in and cozy, but there's just one problem: Spackling is a total hassle. While it's not the most difficult thing you'll have to do when you move out, it's time-consuming and something you'll totally dread when the time comes, so sometimes it's better to just avoid doing it entirely. These options not only leave your wall spackle-free, but they also make your wall art a little easier to change out—perfect for indecisive decorators like myself.

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10 Flowers to Look Forward to Planting This Spring

Ah, springtime! The time to toss off that blanket you’ve been curled up in all winter, open the windows to let in fresh air, and best of all, start planning out your gardens (or window boxes or planters). Personally, my favorite part of spring is watch…

Ah, springtime! The time to toss off that blanket you’ve been curled up in all winter, open the windows to let in fresh air, and best of all, start planning out your gardens (or window boxes or planters). Personally, my favorite part of spring is watching all my plants come back to life, and if you’re ready to see your gardens bursting with new greenery, now’s the time to start thinking about what you want to plant for the growing season.

Some flowers, such as daffodils and tulips, need to be sown in the fall if they’re going to bloom in the spring, but even if you missed the boat on those, there are plenty of other beautiful blooms that can be planted in March, April, or May. If you’re planning for warmer months ahead, here are some of our favorites.

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How I Turned My Hallway Into a Dining Room

I am utterly devoted to taking dinner in the living room. I turn the TV on, let my meal grow cold by the time I find the perfect show, and hunch over the coffee table to spoon pasta in my mouth, eyes glazed over. It’s not the most refined picture, no, …

I am utterly devoted to taking dinner in the living room. I turn the TV on, let my meal grow cold by the time I find the perfect show, and hunch over the coffee table to spoon pasta in my mouth, eyes glazed over. It’s not the most refined picture, no, but it’s worked quite well for me so far. I think the main reason I’ve never liked sitting at the table to eat by myself is because I’ve never had a kitchen or dining room I loved.

My current “dining room” is really the size of a breakfast nook, and is directly off of my galley kitchen. It’s approximately 5x7’, and since it’s the only way to get from the living room to the bathroom, it functions more as a natural hallway. Being that I’ve never been one to eat at the table unless I really had to, I also never gave this space much thought. A year after moving into this apartment, though, it was ready for my attention.

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How to DIY the Easiest Art From… Leftover Cardboard

The other day I finally mustered the energy to break down and tie up all the cardboard boxes I had acquired over the course of about two months (bear in mind this was also the holiday season!) and I kid you not, my back was aching by the end of it. I m…

The other day I finally mustered the energy to break down and tie up all the cardboard boxes I had acquired over the course of about two months (bear in mind this was also the holiday season!) and I kid you not, my back was aching by the end of it. I made several trips out to the recycling can, identity concealed by my hat, mask, and sunglasses—mortified by the consumption that clearly went on in my home. I scurried back and forth (probably making myself look more suspect) with my bundles of paper and twine, feeling guilty all the while.

Usually, I’ll reuse leftover boxes as floor or table protection while doing a DIY project, and that does help me sleep better at night. However, I recently came across an even better way to repurpose cardboard: art! Yes, art!

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The Quarantine Hobby That Got Me Through the Year

I don’t think I’m alone when I say 2020 has been hard.

As someone diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, my thoughts are prone to excessive worry even in typical, pandemic-free years. So when I lost my job due to COVID-19, watched case numbers r…

I don’t think I’m alone when I say 2020 has been hard.

As someone diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, my thoughts are prone to excessive worry even in typical, pandemic-free years. So when I lost my job due to COVID-19, watched case numbers rise, and compulsively followed every development of the election, this year served me a layer-cake of anxiety on a silver platter.

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How to Make a Christmas Stocking from Literally Any Fabric You Have

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Food52’s Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wi…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Food52's Resident Design Wiz), Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shows us how to DIY a Christmas stocking—up-cycling all the bits of old fabric she has lying around.


The holidays are my favorite time of year for so many reasons, but certainly because of the opportunity to share homemade and handmade gifts with loved ones. And because I love anything that serves multiple purposes, I love thinking of new ways to repurpose my stash of fabrics remnants (a happy bonus of being an upholsterer): into gift-wrapping through the year, but also, in the holidays, into handmade gifts.

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All the Ways to Clean Silver: Ranked from Worst to Best

If you’re lucky enough to have inherited a set of silver flatware or invested in some ornate candlesticks, you know that its shine can begin to dull and tarnish in as little as a few months. This is actually because household silver (used for jew…

If you’re lucky enough to have inherited a set of silver flatware or invested in some ornate candlesticks, you know that its shine can begin to dull and tarnish in as little as a few months. This is actually because household silver (used for jewelry, platters, tea sets, etc.) is a composite of pure silver, which is very soft, and other, stronger metals like copper to create a long-lasting final product.

Tarnish on sterling silver can appear in the form of a yellow-gray or almost black film on the surface of an item, but unlike rust which eats away at metal, tarnish is easily dealt with. Sterling silver, like many other metals, just requires a bit of upkeep to maintain a mirror-like shine. 

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This Year’s Biggest Christmas Decor Trend Is Hiding in the Produce Section

I’ve seen lots of tree trends bubble to the surface this year—tree collars in place of more traditional tree skirts, forgoing ornaments altogether to let fir and lights, well, shine, and to no one’s surprise, lots and lots of Scandinavian-inspired trim…

I’ve seen lots of tree trends bubble to the surface this year—tree collars in place of more traditional tree skirts, forgoing ornaments altogether to let fir and lights, well, shine, and to no one’s surprise, lots and lots of Scandinavian-inspired trimmings. The most popular embellishment (by far), though? Dried orange slices.

It seems like every influencer, DIYer, designer, classmate from high school, friend’s mother, and social acquaintance I follow has raided the produce section, and turned their citrus into jerky for the purpose of seasonal decor—and I love it.

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