Summer moving season is in full swing, and coming up with a new techorating scheme (yup, techorating = tech + decorating) might be the last thing on your mind during a busy move. But since you’re already switching service contracts and working with a brand new space, moving is actually the perfect time to upgrade your equipment, invest in faster service, and put a new techoration plan into place. Plus, a few small changes can add up to big utility savings in the long run. To make it easy on stressed-out movers, we’ve rounded up our top techorating tips to improve your move.
Looking for a phone that's as beautiful as your decor? You're in luck. VTech had such a great response from their last giveaway that they are giving another lucky reader a colorful prize pack containing the FoneDeco system with a cordless base, four accessory handsets and a handy wireless speaker with speakerphone and Bluetooth functionality—each in the color of your choice.
The last step in expert styling is killer presentation, that dream mix of effortless and next-level that makes a good idea look great. We might have that knack when it comes to mixing textile patterns or assembling a quirk-tastic gallery wall, but it can be hard to know how to show those skills off — especially if your creative talents are more DIY than HTML. Enter Squarespace, our favorite platform for turning bright ideas and hard work into beautiful websites. From blogs to businesses, there's a format for every purpose — I'm building my wedding website on Squarespace right now! — and they're all practically foolproof.
Psst, we have a great secret for hosting your next dinner party: Stop fussing.
The best get-togethers aren't about polishing the silver salad forks or breaking out the fancy dishes everyone's afraid to touch; they're about creating a welcome, relaxed vibe for your favorite people — and that means breaking the entertaining rules that we think we need to follow. That's why we love shopping HomeGoods' entertaining aisles: They're stocked with surprising, unique finds (at killer values!) that make our table feel like, well, our table. Plus, since the stock is ever-changing, it's like a brand new store each time.
After a recent hotel check-in, I tried what I thought was a light switch, and was taken aback when instead the floor to ceiling shades automatically swept open with perfect grace, exposing a majestic city view and bathing the room in natural light. What a simple, luxurious detail – I had to have it for my home! Thankfully, with Hunter Douglas motorized shades from Décorview, this home tech upgrade is no longer just for hotel rooms or the super-rich.
When Megan and her family bought their new home, the whole house was painted lime green. They quickly painted everything white, so they would have a blank slate. But now that they've moved in and are making it their own, it's time to add color to enliven and warm up the space. Like many families, they spend most of their time around the dining table. Painting the whole wall would have been a big undertaking, and might have overwhelmed the space. See how Megan painted just part of the wall with a simple stripe of bold color.
Sometimes a final squeeze of lemon juice or sprinkle of salt is what makes a dish really sing, and the same principle goes for decorating: the perfect pop — of color, pattern, light, or texture — can make all the difference. HomeGoods knows what we're talking about. Its stores are stocked with surprising and unique furniture, accents and accessories, all at prices that won't sabotage your wallet. With savings like these, you can give each corner of your space a new way to shine.
Megan and Chris have 3 small children and a new home. They've been a little lukewarm on the large, unusual window in their kids' playroom. But one of our favorite tricks at Apartment Therapy is to take an unusual detail and use paint to turn it into a beautiful focal point. All it took was one Saturday afternoon and a can of Glidden paint for Megan to transform the space with color in an unexpected place.
There are not enough happy-dance gifs on the Internet to convey our excitement about Apartment Therapy's game-changing new feature, Color Search: Thanks to our partnership with Sherwin-Williams, you can now scan our thousands of House Tour photos by color! (Search terms are so 2013, don't you think?)
Whether you're debating an orange bedroom or wondering what colors look best in a blue dining room, Color Search will show you real-life homes that play with the same palettes — up to five colors in one search. It's a fun new way to look at our fabulous House Tours, and it takes the guess work out of finding your favorite colors.
Prize: The chair of your dreams From: Joybird Value: $950 - $1,499
Our friends at Joybird are giving away custom chairs to three lucky Apartment Therapy readers! Winners will get to choose their favorite chair from Joybird’s extensive collection of mid-century modern designs and make it their own by customizing upholstery and finishes.