We've all seen those over-the-door shoe organizers — you know, the ones made of canvas or plastic with all the little pockets for you to stuff your shoes in. Although we here at Apartment Therapy personally prefer other ways to store shoes, we've come to realize that over the door shoe organizers have a myriad of uses that have nothing to do with footwear. Here are a few of our favorites.
Once we bit the bullet and ordered a sleeper sofa for our guest room, I started thinking: how many nights in a hotel would this same amount of money buy? Would we actually come out ahead by paying for our guests' lodging instead of a piece of furniture?
Faced with an unfortunate bathroom, a lot of people immediately think of renovating. But if you're renting, or just on a tight budget, there is an easier way to elevate your bathing space: add a little art.
You might not be able to change a lot of things in your small kitchen, but you can do the next best thing: give the illusion of larger, more open, space. Breathe better, and move about with ease, with these six suggestions:
"Aside from that... It's really great." I was at a party last week when the discussion turned to our current living situations. One friend had seven roommates at one point and another lived in a place not much bigger than a shoebox. There were terrible landlords, rodents and buildings being converted to near hotels thanks to the rent control loophole that is Airbnb. But aside from all of that...
With a new baby on the way in the family (not my baby!), we've been tucking away favorite children's books and St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia for the little one. We only have a couple more months to wait until the baby's triumphant arrival, but it's gotten me thinking about more long-term keepsakes...
When I started Apartment Therapy as a design service in NYC in 2001, I quickly noticed that if I helped someone to improve their home, but their refrigerator was empty, progress halted. In other words, no matter how lovely I was able to get a home to look, if my clients didn't come home to cook and eat, everything got cold and dusty. This got me thinking about the importance of cooking in the making of a home...
Humans are a weird bunch. We love security and safety. Familiarity and comfort. But we also shrivel without freedom and excitement. Adventure and novelty. We need the mix of both. And when you've been too comfortable, too static with your home's look for too long — it can affect you. Unchanging interiors breed restlessness. They grow discontent with first your home, next your life. Design ruts aren't just boring — they're dangerous. Here's how to bust that rut and shake up your style.
With the holidays around the calendar corner, you might find yourself hosting or being a guest at a great many dinner parties and get-togethers. Do you know the best ways to getting the party started and keeping a great conversation going? Do you always have everyone in stitches? Share your secrets to help those who are on the shy side out!
We've provided no shortage of information on how to get a better night's sleep, with plenty of advice on how to outfit your bedroom to be the perfect rest place. But what about when you're on vacation? Or traveling for work? Or even staying the night at a friend's house? How do you make sure you give yourself a good night's sleep then? We've got some ideas.