First it was the painting I accidentally knocked off the wall (and for some odd reason didn't rehang right away). Then it was the Halloween decorations I managed to take down but not put back into storage. When I noticed that my junk drawer was too full to stuff my scissors back into, I just set them on top of my counter and walked away.
The monthly delivery of House Beautiful is one of the only good reasons I check the mail. Lately I've been particularly jazzed about the new Editor in Chief, Sophie Donelson, who brings a fresh, youthful look to what's considered America's most established design mag – and the go-to spot for the best paint colors.
This month's issue features A-list event designer Bryan Rafanelli's tips for a holiday tablescape in your own home. Inspired by Bryan's gorgeous spread, Sophie invited Apartment Therapy to her lovely family home while she set up her own holiday party table. The result is both stunning and achievable – and shows how easy it is to translate high design inspo into real life. Here's how Sophie did it, in her own words.
Your living room is a place for connecting with friends, spending time with family, relaxing by yourself and more. What it shouldn't be is a place for any of these five things. Take a look at this list and banish any of these if they've been taking place in your living space.
This season is a great time to take stock of your bathroom vanity. Before all the holiday parties have you primping, gather up your products and supplies and do a little clean sweep. The desired result? An elegant, clean and organized space to get ready in.
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.
Moving is tough. Uprooting your life. Disturbing your routines. Not to mention having to put everything you own into boxes (and then into vehicles and then out of vehicles and into a new place). That's why the next time you move, whether it's in a few months or a few years, you should consider this small trick that might help you survive it with your sanity intact.
Do you have a small, dedicated room that you enter into from your front door, that pleasantly greets guests, that houses all the things you need for the day? Yeah me neither. What I do have is a front door that deposits me and my guests directly into my living room and a list of every day items that continually threaten to take over the entire home. Here are the best ideas for folks who want to contain clutter and have a space that greets guests, even if their home didn't come with a separate, distinct space known as the "entryway" or a really small entryway.
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‘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.
The difference between an organized fridge and a messy, stinky, ugly one is simple: Focus, discipline and a strong foundation of good ideas. We've collected ten excellent guiding principles for keeping your refrigerator clean, healthy and happy, and they're all right here for you to implement at home.