If you and your significant other have a similar style for your home, consider yourselves lucky. You'll never be that couple arguing passionately in the aisles at IKEA over which bedside lamp you'd rather wake up to in the morning. But if that second couple does sound like you and your beloved, here's a bit of advice: Remember rule #1...
Name: Echo Kao Location: Toy District; Los Angeles, CA Size: 870 square feet Years lived in: 1 years; Owned
I knew that Echo was a talented industrial designer, but I was still surprised to learn that every night when she went home she was carefully crafting her own furniture. Her life and her work go hand-in-hand, which is reflected perfectly in the fact that her home has three(!) work spaces for her to spread out in. Stepping up to her loft from the chaotic street below in Los Angeles's Toy District, visitors are greeted with a calm, deliberate space that showcases the owner's amazing talent as well as a curated collection of local art.
Moving into your first apartment (or your 50th)? If you're in the mood for DIY projects but want to put your time, energy and money into making items for your home you know you'll use not just in your first apartment but all your future homes, invest in these types of DIY projects (we include examples of each). They're small, accessible but most of all flexible — so they'll look good and function in your first home as well as be usable in many homes to come.
You've probably been hearing a lot about low price Amazon-challenger Jet and wondering if it lives up to the hype, especially if you're an Amazon Prime member thinking of defecting. I'm not an economist and, frankly, not terrific with numbers, but I do consider myself a savvy shopper and wanted to compare, for myself, the two services. Here's what I learned after spending some time comparing the two.
'Tis the season... to be outside. It seems like everyone is spending their weekends out on the patio, soaking up the sunshine and just enjoying the view. And they're all sharing their adventures online, which makes for excellent opportunities to peek into some of our online neighbors' backyards and check out what their outdoor spaces look like.
Name: Nathan Michael Location: Chicago, Wicker Park, IL Size: 2,250 square feet Years lived in: 1 years; Rented Years hosting on Airbnb: Going on 1 year
Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in Chicago's historic Ukrainian Village is Nathan's bright and beautiful three-story home. On first entering his home, I was struck by the bold architectural elements (check out that staircase!) and gorgeous interior. Nathan is a native Texan and his southwestern roots shine through in his relaxed and welcoming décor and his warm mix of earth tones and rustic vintage treasures.
Q: We are in the process of remodeling the lower level of our split level home, which was formerly a barrel-themed bar. The carpet down there was bright red, and is also on the stairs leading up to the kitchen. We have hardwood floors throughout our house, aside from the kitchen, which has large square tiles, and the bar downstairs. The plan is to use some sort of tile downstairs (I'm leaning towards a porcelain that looks like wood), but I have no idea what to do with the steps. The other steps in our house are wooden, but I feel like it would look bizarre to have 3 different types of flooring in such a small space...
My significant other and I are getting married, and will be moving 3,000 miles across the country a few months later. We are desperately trying to downsize our belongings in order to minimize moving costs. How do we handle a wedding registry? The last thing we want is more items to move, and honestly we already have all of the possessions we need. Non-material gifts would be better for us. I don’t feel comfortable directly asking for any gift (I’m Southern and so are many of my guests), but to be blunt: any money donations would be greatly appreciated to help offset moving costs. This is a potentially awkward topic— how do I approach this without offending my guests?
Signed, Nomad Newlywed
Yellow kitchens can be cheerful and sunny or they can leave you feeling kinda queasy. Katrin, who blogs at Taking Notes, found herself with an acid bright kitchen that fell firmly into the latter camp. But armed with a paint brush and various shades of white and grey paint, she has worked a magical transformation.
Famed Italian architect Renzo Piano has designed many a building and quite a few museums. His most prolific structure, though, is sandcastles. Lucky for us, there's still some summer left to put his expertise into practice.