TRUE STORY: after reading this Offbeat Home post, I was cruising Amazon for the perfect rainbow shower head for our home (we went with this one) when I spied the Fireflies In My Room light. I needed something to make my cart add up to more than $25 to score free shipping, so I giddily added it. We've featured the Uncle Milton Moon In My Room numerous times on Offbeat Families, and I've always kind of wanted one — since the fireflies light is made by the same people I figured I'd probably love it. Right? Right.
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I am the former editor of Offbeat Families, and owner/photographer at Stephanie Kaloi Photography in Portland, OR. I also spend a fair bit of time blogging here. We can be BFFs on Twitter and Google+.
Have you guys noticed that lately everyone is OBSESSED with showing off how colorful their homes are? You know what I'm talking about — if I see one more photo of a super colorful living room or painted-against-the-lease-rules apartment, I actually might scream. Few design trends move to me the point of nausea (although octopi are getting close), but colorful living spaces might be it. Here are five reasons why you should go ahead and 86 all the color from your life and return your home to its intended state: beige.
I'll go ahead and admit it: I love a good bargain. I think most people do, but I take it a step further. I scour the internet for Ebay stores and vintage shops that have great clothing at decent (we're talking $12.99 or less, minus shipping) prices. I love Internet window shopping, but there's no way I'm going to pay anything over $15 for a piece of clothing unless it's really fucking awesome and unique, or I have somewhere fancy to be.
Enter: thrift stores, otherwise known as my home away from home. If you're not sure where your local shops are, ThriftShopper might be your new best friend. Since I'm something of a seasoned pro (I'd say at this point, around 85% of my clothing was thrifted), here are a few tricks of the trade that I've picked up…
I live in Oregon, and we've officially moved into the COLD COLD SO COLD months. The other day I was rooting around in the kitchen for something hearty but easy, something that could be made in ten minutes or less. We had a ton of leftover steamed white rice from dinner the night before that I planned to incorporate, but I wasn't sure what else to mix in.
HOLY MOLY am I in love with this: the Rambler Socket from designer Meysam Movahedi has 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet) of extension cord that can be stored inside your wall. When you need to use it for something like drying your hair or vacuuming across the room, you just open it up and plug in — and when you're finished, back in the wall the cord goes!
Reader Emma recently shared a link to this set of rainbow flatware from Fiesta, and I TOTALLY get why she was so stoked about it — how happy would you be to open up your silverware drawer and see these smiling up at you? Just knowing this set existed had me wondering what ELSE in the world might be rainbow-adorned, designed for you to eat with it, and not made of plastic — and here's what I found.