Breaking up is hard to do but if you've fallen out of love with an item in your home, it may be time to bite the bullet and end that relationship already. Here's our take as to when you should give your unloved pieces the heave ho and make room for something new in your life.
Name: Mark and Emily (and Kally the cat) Location: East Village; New York, New York Size: 330 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented
Emily and Mark's East Village apartment may be small, but it's bursting with light and color. They make small space living look easy — somehow they've managed to squeeze all the things that two people need to live (and work!) into 330 square feet, and still create a cozy, beautiful home.
Welcome to "The A Line"! In every episode of this new video series, we visit two homes that have an identical floorplan- and see how their inhabitants use the same space in different ways.
In this episode, we visit a historic grand apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. What used to be one lavish building with twenty grandiose apartments- with ballrooms, libraries, and servant's quarters- is now divided into more than a hundred oddly-shaped but gorgeous modern NYC apartments with historic detailing.
Today we visit two of these apartments, both with exactly the same floor plan. The first is occupied by Christin and AJ, a young couple making their first home together, and the second by DJ, an independent filmmaker. Presenting the same challenge of an oddly-shaped floor plan, how were these two homes brilliantly arranged to suit their occupants' unique needs?
Trying as hard as you can but just can't seem to manage to leave the house on time to get to work, an event or well, anywhere? The punctual-ly challenged aren't destined to be late for the rest of their lives; they need only steal these five secrets from people who always manage to leave their house at the time they set out to. The best part? These "secrets" are so simple they're hardly secret; they're things anyone can do to set themselves up for starting the day off on the on-time foot.
Hotels, especially extended-stay hotels, can be great places to turn for small space inspiration. Like a studio apartment, they have to squeeze a bevvy of functions: living, sleeping, working playing — into a single, not-large space. Zoku, an Amsterdam hotel design for traveling professionals, does an admirable job of fitting it all in.
I used to be a serial plant murderer. Walking the halls and rooms of my home was a disturbing graveyard tour of dried-out plant husks and yellowed, drooping leaves. Sad empty pots calling attention to themselves and my infinitely black thumb. But fast forward to today, and I'm practically a botanist compared to my old life.
Name: Rebecca Rosenfelt & Michael Yamartino Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Years hosting on Airbnb: 6 years
When Rebecca and Michael were apartment hunting, they never saw themselves in a big modern lofty space. So when they first saw this light-flooded Bernal Heights home, they couldn't picture themselves living there. But then they fell in love with the bright and airy space, and they realized they could personalize the apartment to suit them. Sure enough, their mix of traditional and eclectic furnishings are a surprisingly perfect fit for the contemporary space. Their home is clean and simple, but also cozy and welcoming, for the couple and for their many Airbnb guests.
Q: Help! I've been looking everywhere for a sofa that my two lovely cats won't totally destroy! Because of their clawing and fur, it needs to be leather. Because of their history of throwing up a hair ball (or two) on my previous couches, it needs to be pigmented leather (very stain resistant)...
I just moved into a new apartment last month and I recently met my next door neighbor and sparks flew. We've actually chatted quite a bit over the last few weeks and even hung out on our building's roof one night. You can probably already tell that I have a huge crush on him. But getting involved with my neighbor seems like a bad idea since I know I'll be living here for at least 11 more months (and hopefully way longer). What if something goes wrong and I'm stuck awkwardly seeing him in the hallway every day? But at the same time, it also seems dumb to not go for it since I think he's a really great guy. What would you do?
We've featured tons of kitchen makeovers over the years, and they remain some of our favorite posts. These “Before & After” reveals are inspirational, provide tons of design ideas, and — of course — are good instant gratification. They also come in a range of budgets, constantly reminding us that change is within reach, no matter how much you want to spend. Here are twenty projects submitted by readers, organized by cost: