Decorating a rental can be tough, but we're often so focused on wrestling with the rooms we can't do much about — such as the kitchen and bathroom — that we ignore those we can. The bedroom, for example, is rife with possibilities for quick and easy upgrades. Read on for five ways to make your rental bedroom shine.
Name:Emily North Location: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Size: Approximately 600 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Rented
Emily North is a multimedia artist and her colorful home is a great reflection of that. In a one-bedroom apartment with an open kitchen and living room floor plan, she works with blocks of color to designate areas and brighten up the original details of a rental.
You probably have big plans to celebrate America's birthday today and you might even be participating in some traditions that have been in place since the very first Independence Day. Way back in 1776, John Adams made a few suggestions for future Independence Day celebrations that sound pretty familiar (and if you happen to drink a few beers at some point today, we have no doubt our forefathers would have heartily endorsed that, too). Here's why we do what we do on the Fourth of July.
When Danielle's side yard was about to be paved over by management, she saved as many plants as she could. She then looked to her apartment's small, enclosed patio, transforming it into an outdoor oasis:
With this weekend being a holiday, we thought we'd skip giving you a new assignment and instead ask for your Weekend Projects feedback (as well as give you the chance to catch up on any missed projects or work on your own home-bettering plans). This weekend, share in the comments of this post (or take to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) to tell us how Weekend Projects have been working for you.
Q: Hi! I respectfully submit my design conundrum to the hive mind: My husband and I bought our first house last year. It's a 1923 bungalow that was gutted to the studs and modernized in 1986. Naturally, we have a lot of questionable builder-grade 80s finishes to contend with, and our goal is to renovate this house back to a more period-appropriate style. I'm confident with the design choices we've made, but I'm stuck on the room we've designated as the master bedroom...
Kata started her project with the very simple IKEA NORNÄS side table. Her handful of DIY additions to this plain pine table turned it into a cute and functional bar cart. Not near an IKEA? No problem. These DIY additions could be borrowed to turn any vintage or affordable table into your own bar cart.
It remains to be seen whether downsizing and minimalism are going to be a cultural shift or just a cultural fad, but these ideas are certainly in the air and on a lot of minds. If you're feeling a tug toward simplicity and paring down, here are some excellent TED Talks to watch on these topics from people who are already "walking the walk."
When you're clicking around the internet with inspiration in mind, you sometimes come across those great photos that make you gasp. But why? Can you pinpoint exactly what you like about a beautiful picture so you can recreate that element in your own space? It's probably one of these things.
We love summer because we can be outside all day long, but on the really hot days it's hard to stay out for too long without some relief! These outdoor water play tables are the perfect solution for days when you can't get to a pool, and they will keep your little one occupied for hours.