Since starting Apartment Therapy, I've always felt it's good to do everything you can to make your home comfortable and clean (in as little time as possible), and that air and water quality were fundamental. Living in New York City, I've never had a problem with the water, but when I started to drink cold filtered water I loved the difference. Particularly when making coffee or tea, filtered water really seemed to improve the taste. Years later, this is what I've learned.
It’s not hyperbole to say that home is the one place in the world that you (hopefully) feel your safest, most private and comfortable. While having that “stuff” damaged and the hassle of real-world things like insurance is certainly a bummer, the tragedy is having your safest place violated, damaged — sometimes even gone. If you ever find yourself in the situation of knowing someone whose house has flooded, burned down, been broken into or even infested...here’s what to do and how to help.
Though there are many things we can do to cool off during hot summer days, nights can be tricky because, well, we're asleep and can't do much! But sweaty, insomniac nights of tossing, turning, and throwing off damp sheets with an angry flourish are so frustrating- and the days that follow can be pretty bad themselves. Here are a few ways to make those hot summer nights a bit cooler.
Want to get out of your lease early? You need to play it smart. Whatever the reason you need to leave, we can help you navigate the tricky business of breaking your lease before things get ugly and expensive. Try these five things.
Prize: Saatva Luxury Firm Mattress Set (including foundation and frame) Value: $1,400 From:Saatva
In an ideal world, you and your mattress would never have to part— you could work hard, play hard and Netflix hard all from the confines of your bed (I know, I know: some of us lucky ones already do). Being a social butterfly is nice and all, but lying around in bed all day is priceless.
Trying as hard as you can but just can't seem to manage to leave the house on time to get to work, an event or well, anywhere? The punctual-ly challenged aren't destined to be late for the rest of their lives; they need only steal these five secrets from people who always manage to leave their house at the time they set out to. The best part? These "secrets" are so simple they're hardly secret; they're things anyone can do to set themselves up for starting the day off on the on-time foot.
I used to be a serial plant murderer. Walking the halls and rooms of my home was a disturbing graveyard tour of dried-out plant husks and yellowed, drooping leaves. Sad empty pots calling attention to themselves and my infinitely black thumb. But fast forward to today, and I'm practically a botanist compared to my old life.
Name: Rebecca Rosenfelt & Michael Yamartino Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Years hosting on Airbnb: 6 years
When Rebecca and Michael were apartment hunting, they never saw themselves in a big modern lofty space. So when they first saw this light-flooded Bernal Heights home, they couldn't picture themselves living there. But then they fell in love with the bright and airy space, and they realized they could personalize the apartment to suit them. Sure enough, their mix of traditional and eclectic furnishings are a surprisingly perfect fit for the contemporary space. Their home is clean and simple, but also cozy and welcoming, for the couple and for their many Airbnb guests.
I'm a white wine drinker usually, but last week I had friends over who love red wine, and we all dove in. Sure enough, within the first hour I had red wine spattered on my dress-shirt from a cork that popped in the wrong way. Not so long ago a friend spilled red wine on my new white linen chair in the living room. Ugh. It looked awful, but with a little smart work, all was okay. Due to this, I've gotten pretty good at getting these stains out and have some info here to help you. Enjoy and please add your own remarks.
We all want to be healthier (with as little actual effort as possible), so why not let your home give you a hand? Setting up the conditions for good health will make it so much simpler to follow through and make real, positive changes in how you feel. It's so easy.