Have you ever bought a sofa, accent chair or table that looked wonderful in the store (or on Pinterest) but lost its charm once you brought it home? If the color and style were right, the problem may have been that the piece of furniture simply wasn’t the right scale for the room. Whether you're building a new home, remodeling an existing room or simply rearranging furniture, even the most straightforward parts of space planning can get complicated quickly – and is best done with a plan in mind. Before you start doing any heavy lifting, consider these space planning and measuring tips.
As home gawkers here at Apartment Therapy, we're pretty obsessed with the idea of staying in someone's home and seeing how they live. Having stayed as guests recently in a few Airbnb homes across the country (hello, perfect cottage in Santa Barbara – miss you already!) we've come to recognize that becoming an Airbnb host may not seem as easy as being an Airbnb guest. If you're like us, then you have some questions. What's it like to be a host? What are the tricks and tips to being successful? What do we really need to know to get started? To get some real answers to our questions, we reached out to a few local LA hosts to get the inside scoop on how to host on Airbnb.
Name: Francis Location: Hell's Kitchen; New York, NY Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; rented Time Hosting on Airbnb: 3 Months
As a youngster growing up in Greece, Francis says that he was enchanted by Liza Minnelli's classic "New York, New York" - and always dreamed of living there. True to his dream, he became a professional ballet dancer, studied in Europe, and then finally packed two suitcases and a few thousand dollars and set out across the ocean.
Francis now lives in a dream apartment just a few blocks from Times Square, complete with a backyard barbecue and cozy outdoor breakfast nook draped in ivy. He's made some nuanced but jaw-dropping renovations to his rental home, and the effect is modern, expansive, and cozy.
Prize: A luxury firm mattress set (any size) including foundation and frame. Value: $1400 From:Saatva
‘Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for family, thankful for holiday twists on your fave drinks (hello spiced, mulled wine!) and thankful for a good night’s sleep. That’s right, I’m taking it there: a good mattress is one of many things to appreciate this holiday season.
Name: Michael Location: Bed-Stuy; Brooklyn, NY Size: 630 square feet (1400 square feet with backyard) Years lived in: 1 years in apartment; 4 years in the same building; rented Years Hosting on Airbnb: 1 Year
Michael is an architect and a designer, and you can tell the minute you walk in the door. Down to the hidden stitching on his collaboratively designed couch, everything in his Brooklyn apartment is hand-sewn, stylish and welcoming.
Name: Joey, aka "Joey the Cat" Location: Mission District of San Francisco, CA Size: 747 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned Years hosting on Airbnb: Over 5 years
The moment you walk into "Joey the Cat's" Mission District loft, you feel like you were just granted access to a secret world where you're allowed to have fun, even though you are a fully grown adult. It's sophisticated, it's modern, it's bold, and right in front of the big beautiful front windows is a giant skeeball machine right out of your childhood.
Name: Alex Location: Noe Valley, San Francisco Size: 1,738 square feet Years lived in: 17 years; owned Years hosting on Airbnb: 2 1/2 years
Alex's two-story home is situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in Noe Valley. From his upper balcony you can see a stunning view of the city, and on a clear day you can spy both the Bay Bridge and Twin Peaks. With a hot tub on the lower deck off the master bedroom, and a hammock off the upper deck opening off of the dining area, it's an ideal spot and an oasis for any traveler looking to retreat from the bustle of the city.
This will be my first December being single in years. I LOVE the holidays, and always love throwing parties, but I don't want to be the only single girl in a sea of couples. I'd love to throw a holiday party to cheer myself up—is it rude to invite my friends without their significant others?
Nothing says "welcome home" like a lingering, unwanted smell. Ok, so we know that a trash can isn't going to end up smelling like fresh baked cookies, but is it too much to ask that it not stink up our entire home? It either seems like we're going through half-filled trash bags at an alarming rate just to take that thing to the curb, or holding our noses in the kitchen until we figure out the smelly culprit. Here are a few seriously simple ways to get rid of whatever that kitchen smell is.
Prize: Two $400 credits to Minted.com Value: $400 each From: Minted
I love a lot of things about the holiday season — the food, the presents, the parties — but my favorite is the way it makes you feel the love. Call me old-fashioned, but when most of our communication involves emails and emojis, actual cards (in the actual mail!) from family and friends mean a lot. But I'm not so old-fashioned that I love handwriting a zillion (approximately) greetings. Enter Minted.
You probably know Minted as a dreamy design marketplace that connects you with the world's best artists — but did you know that it's not just for stationery? Minted also offers a wide selection of art prints, digital products and home decor, including one-of-a-kind creations you can craft with your artist! From cards to collages and beyond, it's got your holiday cheer covered. And it's giving two lucky AT readers $400 each in Minted credit to help spread it!