Whether you have too much furniture or constantly find great pieces at garage sales, it's easy to get a hold of furniture that is a little beat up or ugly but still has a lot of potential. That potential, of course, is what makes the piece perfect for upcycling.
Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up nine great examples of upcycled furniture to inspire you to take up your own restoration project. Whether you want to turn an armoire into a bird cage or come up with your own idea of what to do with your beat up old coffee table, you won't want to miss this one.
Chef Boyardee may not be gourmet food in a can, but the real Chef Boiardi was a famous chef who prepared food for presidents and patrons alike. And he's just one of the many icons we see every time we visit a grocery store. Who are these smiling faces on our favorite foods?
What's weirder than a gourmet chef becoming forever associated with pasta in bland tomato sauce? How about a woman that never existed and seems to change at least once every decade to appeal to the modern housemaker? Betty Crocker is only one such imaginary person used as a brand mascot.
Christmas is always a magical time, but Christmas at Hogwarts is just about as magical as it gets and while you may not be able to visit the castle in real life, you can at least bring a little of its spirit home with you thiss holiday thanks to Epbot.com.
These great geeks made an incredible Christmas display that Dumbledore himself would find impressive by concocting a tree inside a cauldron that is not only topped with owls, but surrounded by floating candles.
You can learn to make your own enchanted candles at the link, but it's up to you to find a bunch of amazing Potter ornaments for your own tree.
It's the most wonderful time of the year? Not for everyone and this delightful Awkward Family Photos post captures the ugly side of the holidays from crying babes to sleeping grandparents. The pictures are not only funny, but they're also a great way to make yourself feel better about your own insane family and awful Christmas photos.
Of course, the post also reminds us of one more thing: painfully bad photos can be good for something -even if it's just for a good laugh.
So if you have any awkward Christmas photos of your own, be sure to share them in the comments.
We're right at the peak of decorating season and if your doors are looking a little bare, then you'll want to visit Homes and Hues, where we rounded up 13 great tutorials on making your own cool wreaths. From yarn-wrapped (above) to gumdrops (below), you can make a wreath from all kinds of fun holiday goodies.
There's even a fun wreath made with a scarf you could give someone as a gift and decoration in one!
It's that time of year again. That's right, eggnog time! If you've been waiting all year to get your hands on the sweet, creamy, spicy treat then you won't want to settle for just drinking it from a glass. For another tasty eggnog option, try making your own deep fried eggnog squares complete with a sweet rum glaze. Best of all, it's easy and quick to make, so you don't even have to suffer patiently while your creation sits cooking.
Many comic book readers won't recognize Black Maraih -that's probably because she has only made one appearance since 1982. Her disappearance makes sense though when you consider that she's an over-the-top stereotype of both blacks and the overweight. Of course, she wasn't the only offensive character to ever grace the pages of comics.
This great TopTenz article does a wonderful job rounding up ten of the most offensively stereotypical comic book characters of all time and the results are equally fascinating and discomforting.
Want a PS4? How about a $100 gift shop for the NeatoShop? Then head over to Tee Hunter where you can win these prizes and more in their awesome XMas Giveaway. The site will be dolling out over $1500 worth of prizes and we'd love to have some of our readers snag some of them, so go enter the contest today.
Last year, people got pretty darn excited when they heard that Disneyland's Jungle Cruise was going to take on a fun holiday twist for the first time ever. Unfortunately, after experiencing the ride, many visitors (myself included) were more than a little disappointed to find out the "Jingle Cruise" mostly consisted of a changed ride script and a spruced up waiting area.
This year though, Disney went all out on the ride, trimming the trees and decking the hippos. Since most of you probably won't get to experience the update yourselves, here's a fun video showing that when it comes to Christmas, even animals can enjoy a visit from Santa -even if it's just to get the chance to munch on one of his famous reindeer.
Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful for those with frustrating family members, but whatever drama exploded at your family's holiday dinner, this letter featured on Awkward Family Photos might just make you feel better about your own flesh and blood.
It's pretty easy to start hating Marney just from her family letter, but when you see this interview with her, you might become a little more sympathetic, not necessarily because she defends herself well, but because she comes off looking more than a little bit cuckoo -just like some of your beloved family members.
For most people, a coffee table is something to set your drinks and magazines on, and a good coffee table is one that looks good with your couch, entertainment center and other furniture. But coffee tables can be a work of art.
Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the coolest coffee tables out there, ranging from nature-inspired to interactive electronic devices.
These may or may not match your interior design plan, but they're beautiful enough to stand alone and still impress your visitors for years to come.
Thanksgiving is great, but cooking a turkey takes hours. If you can't handle the wait time (or if you just can't get enough junk food), you can always try cooking a hot dog turkey, aka a Hot Durkey. Oscar Meyer created this crazy concoction that helps pack in all those holiday calories in a fraction of the time. Be sure to garnish it well to make the celebration feel complete.
Or if you're really lazy you can just grab a few bags of potato chips.
Every kid wants a picture with the characters when they visit Disney World, but Jennifer Rouch's 3-year-old daughter Lane manages to actually fit in with the stories she matches with the help of her mother's amazing costumes.
Jennifer makes all of the costumes from scratch and some of them are utterly amazing. The mother didn't just want to make cute photos that would make internet candy for Disney fans. -She actually came up with the idea after she noticed that her daughter was becoming increasingly shy.
Since Jennifer and Lane visit Disney World regularly, the mother thought that letting her daughter dress up like Disney characters might make her more comfortable around new people. The efforts paid off as little Lane certainly looks cozy playing with her favorite characters.
Geek girls have a unique set of organizational needs -combining all those girly possessions like hair ties and makeup with all those geeky items like electronics and gaming goodies. Over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up six handy tips that can help us nerdettes store our stuff in simplicity.
From using convention badges to hold up your hair accessories to organizing your unused cables with empty toilet paper holders, these handy dandy tips might be useful for some girls and some geeks, but for most geeky girls. Have any other organization tips for the nerd gals out there? Share them in the comments here.
We here at Neatorama love cats, but like most people, we aren't exactly thrilled to look at their litter boxes day in and day out. If you live in a small space though, it's pretty hard to get away from the box though...until now.
The Katio is a new invention that lets you store your litter box outside of a window. It's weight tested to hold up to 300 pounds, so your fluffy friend will stay safe and its easier to clean because you don't have to bend over to get to the box.
When a homeowner in Portugal wanted to combine two apartments into one, he hired Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos to renovate the space -including adding a staircase to connect the two units. While the entire remodel looks wonderful, the staircase designed by the architects is the rea highlight.
The U-shaped staircase has thick, white balustrades, which contrast drastically with the 3D, geometric floor in the foyer where the staircase sits. The white and black walls of the room and wooden stairs further accentuate the color palate, creating a warm, vivid space that's lively and inviting.
Roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato cassarole and pumpkin pie are all delicious, but eating them every Thanksgiving can get old. If you're looking to try something new this holiday, check out this Homes and Hues article that features 16 different ways to cook your turkey and your sides.
From setting a massive fire around your turkey to grating and serving your brussel sprouts raw, these cooking techniques might not be traditional, but they are certainly delicious and sure to garner praise from your surprised guests. There are even great alternatives to having pie for dessert like pumpkin Jell-O or apple pie ice cream.
This apartment in Paris is probably smaller than your bedroom, but given how little space it offers, it provides the resident with a surprsingly large number of amenities. With only 86 square feet, the residence includes a private bedding area, a wardrobe, a two-person table, a kitchenette, a cabinet, a bookcase and a full bathroom.
Each of these comforts is hidden behind a sliding modular wall that makes the apartment look both comfortable and modern.
The problem with most fire pits is that when you aren't using them, they take up a lot of space. The clunky designs are nice to have, but they're hardly handy when your kids want to run in the yard. This cool Hole Fire Pit by Italian design firm AK47 let you have your yard and burn it too. The pit can be installed in any yard and aside from having a sturdy metal lid that lets you walk over it, it also has a grill attachment so you can grill up some snacks when you are using the fire pit.
This firepit is sure to rule them all, or at least to wow them all. The impressive steel design featuring the inscription on the One Ring is available for sale on Etsy for $500. The black finish is tempered to withstand high temperatures, so your wonderful piece will stay in great condition for years to come.
Just about every Harry Potter fan has wished, at one point or another, that they could attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While muggles still can't take any courses in magic from the school, you can at least enjoy the feeling of staying in the school's famous dormitories thanks to the Georgian House in London, which has converted two of its rooms into Harry Potter dreamsuites.
The suites each feature four beds and are adorned with all kinds of fun Hogwarts-inspired accessories like spell books, trunks, potion bottles and cauldrons. It's a perfect place to stay after you finish exploring the Warner Bros studio where the films were shot and King's Cross Stations' infamous platform 9 3/4.
I'm one of those people who loves holiday decorations, but hates the process of putting them up only to take them down a few weeks later. That's why I love the fact that Christmas decorations are starting to sneak their way into Halloween ones and vice versa.
These days, there are some great ways to decorate your house for Halloween that will still look seasonal if you leave them up until New Year's Day -and amazingly, not all of them are related to The Nightmare Before Christmas either!
Ready to party this Halloween? Then head over to Homes and Hues, where you can learn how to make a fun disco ball with nothing more than a pumpkin, a flashlight, string and either a screwdriver or a drill. The effect is particularly cool if you happen to have access to a flashlight with a strobe effect on it.
388 square feet isn't much, but with a clever renovation by Karin Matz, this Swedish apartment still feels surprisingly airy and roomy. The secret is the combined closet/bed/kitchen/storage area at the heart of the space that was actually inspired by popular Ikea designs.
The apartment sat largely unused for the last 50 years, even after the owner started a renovation 20 years ago, but had to stop the process due to a health problem. Now the property is a prime piece of real estate in the heart of Stockholm.
Got a great picture of your Halloween costume from this year or from Halloweens long ago? Then head over to Instagram and enter your costume in our NeatoShop costume contest. Just tag your image with @NeatoShop and you could win four tees from the NeatoShop. The contest ends at midnight PST on Halloween night, so upload your pic today!
What distinguishes a cheap whiskey from a good one? How long they've been barrel aged and what kind of wood was used in the barrels are the two main differences as a fine oak barel can help filter the whiskey while adding a more complex flavor profile. But the team from Time & Oak realized that there has to be a faster way to filter out those impurities and enhance the flavor.
After a number of prototypes, they created Whiskey Elements, a small oak stick that can be used to filter and flavor a cheap bottle so it tastes like a quality bottle of booze.
Are you ready for Halloween yet? Don't worry if you're not -there's still plenty of time left to get ready. Even if you put things off as long as possible though, you can still create a great DIY Halloween costume in no time. Here are a few ideas in case you have to make your own Halloween costume last minute.
Silent Movie Stars
Here's an easy one for men or women. All you need is a black and white suit or dress (if it's 1920's style all the better), some gray cream makeup and some black eyeliner and black eye shadow to add some accents. To really sell the concept, it helps to bring along a title card too like this couple from Shrimp Salad Circus did.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Just about every gal has a sleeveless black dress. Add a tiara, some long black gloves, a chunky necklace, a tiara and a long cigarette holder (available at most costume stores) and you have a Holly Golightly costume. Of course, you need to have some serious hair styling skills to pull this one off as well as Redditor CampingIsIntense.
You may not be able to paint like her, but you can easily look like Frida with only minimal effort. Just grab a peasant blouse, put your hair up with a few flowers and then draw in a bit of a unibrow. Megan Rose shows how simple it is.
For red-headed male fans of art, you can always go as Vincent Van Gogh. Paint a few thick, impressionist brush strokes on a jacket, sport a collarless button up shirt and then apply a some broad streaks of makeup along your neck and face to complete the look. This cool costume was created by a friend of Redditor josh1510.
If you don't have any time to get tulle, but have crepe or tissue paper available, then consider making a pinata costume. Glue strips of the paper to a body suit and trim to make frills. For more detailed instructions, don't miss this post by Camille Styles.
What do you use to carve your pumpkins? If you still use regular kitchen knives and a spoon, maybe you should try something a little different this year. You don't even need to buy fancy pumpkin carving tools -there's plenty of stuff around your home that you can use instead.
From power tools to spaghetti, you'll be surprised what you can use to decorate your Jack-O-Lantern. There's even a great way to make your pumpkin last longer so it doesn't become a mold-laden biohazard.
The Bluesmart suitcase is the ultimate combination of tech and travel. The suitcase uses Bluetooth connectivity to ensure your bag is tracked if you check it and that it is light enough to be used as a carry-on if you so choose. The reinforced materials protect laptops and tablets and the suicase even features a battery so you can charge your portable electronics while you travel.