Laura spent seven years using this room, with its high ceilings and statement fireplace, as a family room. But considering its pass-through and access to the kitchen, she found a new purpose for the space that felt more natural.
Name: Caroline and Jose Vasquez-Corbalan of Paloma's Nest Location: Austin Texas Size: 1,000 square feet plus 600 square feet of studio/office space in the back. Years lived in: 10 years
Caroline and Jose embody the true spirit of creativity. They spent their first date drawing furniture design ideas on the back of their dinner napkins — after realizing they both shared the same dream of wanting to make things for a living. Years later, Caroline and Jose are still creating, most recently building two incredible outdoor studio spaces for themselves and by themselves. Come take a look inside a home and workspace built by heart and hand.
Interior designer Lauren Liess had clients with a brand-new dining room looking for a stylish and personal upgrade. The family had a bold, cheerful style (and some budding Picassos!), so she came up with the perfect solution: a kids' art wall! More
On the floorplan, it's listed as "Auxiliary Room," a vague definition that falls far short of inspiration. What to do with this space, with no windows, no definition, and to be honest, no saving grace? Not to worry. Enter gentleman designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, who manages to turn slightly vague into totally specific. Through the lens of the talented Mr. Smyth, it's part Kasbah but pure Kismet. And it stole the show at Hearst's Designer Visions. More
Ama found this shelving system at a garage sale for $50. It took her a year to figure out where this wood-veneer credenza would fit in her home. See where it ended up after a beautiful budget transformation:
This little corner of the kitchen was a busy place — it got used for breakfast, lunch, homework, kids' crafts… the nexus of a busy household with kids. One thing the little nook wasn't? Well, it wasn't very pretty. More
A someone who thoroughly enjoys a nice cocktail every now and then, one of my favorite parts of our Apartment Therapy House Tours is seeing how other people store and display their liquor. After all, those bottles are just too pretty to hide away. From at-home bars to trays to the top of an old dresser, our House Tour homeowners all had their own stylish solutions. More
If you're like me, your dining room is probably pulling double (or maybe triple) duty; it's a puzzle room turned home office turned craft room turned game room. Besides all that, it's also the place where family and friends come together to share meals and share life together. So make it a place you'd like to be. From our House Tours, here are some dining rooms that inspired us in 2012. More