Felicia & Douglas’ Warm, Mid-Century Modern Condo
Name: Douglas and Felicia GreenfieldOccupation: Douglas, professor; Felicia, social workerLocation: Queen Village — Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 1 Felicia and Douglas weren’t looking to buy a place when this light-filled condo became available in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. However, long before Felicia met Douglas, she had attended parties in this very space.
Dec 16, 2010
Roman, Milo & Luca’s Bedroom of Nooks
Names: Roman, Milo, LucaAges: 9, 5 and 2Location: Bel Air, CARoom size: 11′ x 12′ (roughly) With a two-bedroom house and three young boys to accomodate, Irwin Miller had to get creative. His innovative use of all the nooks, recesses and alcoves results in a comfortable, efficient room that gives all three brothers their own place as well as an inspiring shared space.
Dec 16, 2010
Laura’s Ultra Cheerful Design
Name: LauraLocation: Financial District — Manhattan, New YorkSize: 693 square feet — one bedroomYears lived in: 1 month While the Financial District can often seem dark and ominous — especially this time of year — Laura managed to foster a bright and uplifting aura in her home. The colors are cheerful. The design lines are crisp and meticulous. It’s a totally cute place!
Dec 15, 2010
Rob & Barb’s Loft Story
Name: Rob and Barb Location: SoMa — San Francisco, CaliforniaSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 1 — owned For Rob and Barb, it was loft-love at first sight. After months of seeing places in their price range that made them cringe, they happened upon this light-filled gem. The only problem was the small army of other folks who felt the same way. After riding the emotional rollercoaster of a bidding war and a very slow moving bank, their offer was accepted Christmas week of 2009.
Dec 14, 2010
Orna & Reid Willis’ Worldly Live-Work Loft
Name: Orna of Designs by Orna and Reid Willis with their daughter Nina and puppy EstherLocation: Northern Liberties — Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSize: 2,950 square feet — 3 bedrooms Years lived in: 6 — own Being an artist certainly gives you an advantage in the realm of design. Artists already have an eye for design and color, so it’s only natural for their homes to be large pieces of art.
Dec 14, 2010
The Wheelers’ Fresh Eclectic Home
Name: Christina, Tom, Luca (7 years old), Amelia (3 years old) and Peaches the bulldog (7 months old)Location: Studio City — Los Angeles, CASize: Large 3 bedroom + 2 bathroom home. Years lived in: 2 years- rent Christina Malpero-Wheeler is a dear friend of interior designer Evan Harrison, who was featured in a a house tour last month. Christina and her adorable family reside in traditional American two story home, complete with a pool and guest house.
Dec 10, 2010
Wash Dishes and Clothes at the Same Time to Save Money
If you don’t subscribe to the “every little bit counts” idea for saving money and living green, we suggest you turn away now. This tip is going to have such a small dent in your monthly hot water bills that it almost won’t seem worth it. In fact, we wouldn’t even suggest it to you—but it is so. incredibly. easy. to do.
Dec 10, 2010
Alexis and Rob’s BoMo House in the Hills
Name: Alexis Tjian, Robert Madison, Stella, Virgil & ZitoLocation: El Cerrito, CaliforniaSize: 1,200 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned As the Associate Photo Editor of Dwell Magazine, Alexis is no stranger to good design. Her husband Rob, a general contractor, is no stranger to making design a reality. This enviable combination is harmoniously displayed in their El Cerrito home, where authentic mid-century charm is enhanced by modern colors and textures.
Dec 9, 2010
Jan & Jerry’s Global Decor in the Eastern Columbia Building
Name: Jan McCarthy and Jerry McCarthy Location: Eastern Columbia Building – Downtown Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1650 Square FeetYears lived in: 3 1/2 Years This lovely home belongs to the parents of one of my good friends. Jan and Jerry’s loft is in the Eastern Columbia building. The industrial building is one of my favorite loft spaces in downtown Los Angeles and is known for the Kelly Wearstler designs in the public areas.
Dec 7, 2010
Legos for Food-Lovers: Village Bakery & Green Grocer
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) A departure from our regular food programming for one moment to indulge our childhood adoration of LEGOs. LEGO is reaching out to grown-up food-lovers right now with some seriously fun food-related sets. How about your own holiday bakery? Or a French-style city block complete with green grocer? Oh the fun we
Dec 7, 2010
Kelly & Greg’s Chez Glamouramous
Name: Kelly & GregLocation: Brooklyn — New York, NYSize: 1,300 square feetYears lived in: 6 months — rented As a fashion blogger and photographer combo, Kelly and Greg have a special knack for revealing the glamourous in the unassuming. Behind the doors of their simple and sleek modern apartment lies a whimsical, elegant and diverse collection of finds that is telling of the couple’s adventures in taste-making. “You’re just in time!
Dec 6, 2010
Phil & Hali’s Quintessential Loft
Name: Hali & Philip DurhamProfession: Architect – www.studiodurham.comLocation: Soulard — St. Louis, MOSize: overall building 9,600 square feet, Residence 5,400 square feetYears lived in: 7 — owned It never hurts to be an award-winning architect. Most people in Saint Louis pass decrepit warehouses for years, writing them off as mere evidence of urban blight.
Dec 3, 2010
Chris & Kenny’s Blend of Prints
Name: Chris Sewell and Kenny Osehan, proprietors of the Presidio Motel and on-site shop, the Supply RoomLocation: Santa Barbara, CaliforniaSize: 900 square feet — 1 bed + 1 bathYears lived in: 2½ I met Chris and Kenny while in Santa Barbara photographing their friend’s home, Jesse & Leia’s Inspired Americana Bungalow. I have a theory — people with beautiful homes have friends with stylish pads (which proved to be the case with Jesse and Leia).
Dec 3, 2010
How To Hang a Poster Like a Grownup
Jason and J.R.’s Well-Connected Home Many people associate posters with bachelor pads, dorm rooms, or childhood bedrooms. But posters can also be collectible, artistic, or meaningful additions to a space. Here are a few thoughts on hanging a poster in your home as a grownup: Vanessa’s New Oakland DigsFrame it. That is, treat it with the level of care you wish for it to project in your home. That might mean framing it behind glass.
Dec 3, 2010
Make An Upcycled Casserole Cozy For Holiday Meals To Go
Bathroom towels are usually the go-to item for transporting a hot casserole or side dish to or from a party. That’s all well and good, but why not put that sweater hiding in the back of your closet to use? Check out this quick and simple way to deliver a dish in style that even
Dec 2, 2010
5 Simple Ways to Make Your House Less Depressing
It’s a proven fact that our home plays a significant part in how we feel emotionally. Although if not kept up it can make us physically sick, it can also make you a little down in the dumps. Having a healthy space is key and aside from participating in the Apartment Therapy Home Cure, you can check out these ideas on lightening the mood at home!
Dec 1, 2010
5 Tips for Creating Space for a Big Tree in a Small Home
Today is December first! For many people, the end of this past weekend also marked the day when they put up their holiday decor. The other night, I stopped by the home of a friend who’d proudly put up her tree. Despite the small footprint of her living room, the addition felt homey rather than crowded. If you’re determined to put up a full-sized tree, here’s a few ideas to make sure that you and your decor can coexist in peace!
Dec 1, 2010
Lainey & Nella’s Pretty Place
Names: Lainey & NellaLocation: FloridaRoom size: 13’x13′ Readers of Kelle Hampton’s blog, Enjoying The Small Things, have come to love Kelle and her daughters, Lainey and Nella. True to her blog’s name, Kelle delights in little details, and her daughters’ shared room is a study in simple and beautiful pleasures.Enjoying The Small Things has a huge and fiercely devoted following.
Dec 1, 2010
Wean Cubes Make Baby Food On The Go Eco-Friendly
If you’re traveling during the holidays (or any time of the year), you may be thinking about how best to transport food for your infant. These eco-friendly glass containers from Wean Green are perfect for homemade foods now or snack and finger foods when they’re older. Plus it doesn’t hurt that they’re oh so pretty!
Dec 1, 2010
Nancy Mims’ Playful and Patterned Home
Name: Nancy Mims, co-founder, designer and creative director of Mod Green Pod, her husband, Rodney Gibbs, her two delightful children (ages 4 and 9), and their very old cat, Fuzzy WeaselLocation: Hyde Park — Austin, TexasSize: 1,700 square feetYears lived in: 6 — owned Nancy and her great organic fabric designs are no strangers to Apartment Therapy — we’ve previously featured her style and her approach to creating healthy materials for the modern home.
Nov 30, 2010
How to Replace Your Oven Light
Our baking escapades are amateur, at best. We usually leave the oven light on the entire time we’re baking (Yes, it’s OK to do that!) to check and make sure everything is rising and browning like it should. Needless to say, we’re absolutely lost when that little bulb burns out.
Nov 30, 2010
Jesse & Leia’s Inspired Americana Bungalow
Name: Jesse Keenan, Leia Everett, and our two kitties Libby and Nola Location: Santa Barbara, California Size: 585 Square Feet Years lived in: 4 years After a relaxing drive up to Santa Barbara, I visited the home of an endearing young couple living in a bungalow community. The row of homes was so quaint and pristine, I felt like I was in a time warp going back many years to when neighbors still borrowed a cup of sugar.
Nov 29, 2010
7 Places To Hang A Stocking Other Than From A Fireplace
Although we haven’t conduced an official study of how many folks have a fireplace and how many don’t, we’re going to guess that more people are looking for creative ways to hang their stocking during the holidays than not. We happen to be part of that crowd, so without further ado, here’s 7 festive ways to display your stockings!1. Ladders: Vintage, worn or broken ladders are easy to come by at estate sales, auctions, antique stores and Craigslist.
Nov 29, 2010
dbO Home: Handcrafted Pottery & Stoneware
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Perfect for the official first day of gift shopping season. Dana Brandwein Oates founded dbO Home out of “a desire to make things.” Her handmade porcelain and stoneware is simple, practical, and personal. She makes a total of 12 pottery collections, each with its own distinct identity. • Read the full
Nov 29, 2010
Sonja’s Salon de Silver Lake
Name: Sonja TeriLocation: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CASize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years Last week we previewed Sonja’s Silver Lake apartment’s home office and studio over at Unplggd, and now we’re back with the rest of her stylish apartment for a full tour. Filled with a colorful and harmonious assortment of artwork, prints, sculptures and photographs, the quintessential Silver Lake apartment is a glamorous extension of Sonja’s love of the arts.
Nov 26, 2010
Color Combo: Olive Green and Sky Blue
Green and blue is an all-time favorite combo of ours. It can go very springy, but darken it up a bit and tame it down with dark olive greens and dusty blues:The kitchen up top exemplifies this color combo, with muddy green cabinetry and crisp blue walls.
Nov 26, 2010
Special Silver for Holiday Feasts
If you have a weakness for super-specific silver and a love of presentation, the holidays are the perfect time to bust out your awesome- if rarely used- serving pieces. And if you don’t happen to have a cranberry spoon or cookie tongs on hand, they can often be found for under $20… • Read the
Nov 24, 2010
A House-Wide Cabinet of Curiosities
Name: Family of Three plus one adorable service dogLocation: Providence, Rhode IslandSize: 3000 square feetYears lived in: 3 — owned You get to see plenty of streamlined, minimalist spaces on Apartment Therapy. This isn’t one of them. This is a home that feels more like a delightful, giant cabinet of curiosity. This place isn’t shy about reflecting the stories, experiences and history of those who are lucky enough to live here.
Nov 23, 2010
Aaron’s Astor Tower Apartment
Name: Aaron and Rob + pets, Jan and Ira Katz & Simon Le BoneLocation: Gold Coast — Chicago, ILSize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 3 — owned I met Aaron through a mutual friend a couple of months ago and when he mentioned that he lives in the Astor Tower condominiums, I’m afraid I overreacted. I LOVE Bertrand Goldberg’s buildings and so of course I started pestering Aaron about a house tour. After a bit of cajoling, he agreed.
Nov 23, 2010
What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?
A long and narrow bedroom can be a nightmare for furniture arrangement. A great way to utilize the space is by placing the bed on a shorter wall, leaving room for furniture at the foot of the bed. Maybe even a sofa!I’ve always wanted a bench at the foot of my bed, but haven’t found the right one for the right price yet. I do, however, have a spare sofa that is small enough to fit perfectly at the foot of the bed.
Nov 23, 2010
Modern Salt Cellars
Yesterday we looked at the salt cellars that appeared on Medieval and Renaissance tables. While ornate, bejeweled metalwork is out of style for storing salt these days, there are plenty of appealing modern options that go beyond the simple shaker. Many of these can go from the kitchen workstation straight to the table, or can
Nov 23, 2010
Allison’s Playful Chinoiserie Modern
Name: Allison and her cats, Pooh Bear and LBA.Location: Cleveland Park, Washington, DCSize: One bedroom, about 850 square feet. The apartment is split into two levels, which helps it feel a bit roomier.Years lived in: 2.5, rented If there’s one thing I learned about Allison from visiting her lovely home, it’s that she is way too modest about her DIY skills. Walking in, my first impression was that her home felt very “put together,” in the best possible sense.
Nov 22, 2010
Modern Thanksgiving Table: Get the Look
If you’re still shopping for Thanksgiving table setting ideas, or you’re on the hunt for pieces that will last through the winter entertaining season, here you go. Our guide to modern tabletop includes options for linens, dishes, glassware, flatware, and centerpieces. • Read the full post on Marketplace
Nov 22, 2010
Best Sources for China, Glassware, & More
This Thursday, families across America will be bringing out their best dishes and setting the Thanksgiving table. In case you’re in need of some new wine glasses, a tablecloth, or even a whole new set of china before the big day, we’ve rounded up 12 of our best table setting source lists. • Read the
Nov 22, 2010
The Browns’ Cottage Novella
Name: Jess, Erio, Stella & Tiger Brown (& Shorty the dog)Location: West Petaluma — CASize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 7 — Owned While some peoples homes speak pages about them, the Browns’ home is a vintage encyclopedia set. A set that is hued in the colors of the Sahara desert at sunset, with well worn tea stained pages that only the passage of time and care can create.
Nov 19, 2010
10 Little Things To Do Before Guests Come Over
There’s nothing worse than being at someone’s home and not being able to find an extra roll of toilet paper when it’s needed. Check out our list of things to do before company comes for 10 ideas that will help make your guests’ stay memorable for all the right reasons. Over the years there are little things we’ve noticed while attending parties (and hosting our own) that make guests feel more comfortable while they’re in your space.
Nov 19, 2010
How To Preserve and Over-Winter Your Outdoor Herbs
I can’t bear to leave my herbs outside, plus nothing is better than having fresh herbs all winter long. I’m looking forward to sage and rosemary in my Thanksgiving stuffing, fresh basil pesto when I need a pick-me-up during the coldest storm in January, and oregano and thyme in a hearty soup for a cozy
Nov 19, 2010
John’s New York City Interior with a California Garden
Name: John Saint-DenisLocation: Hancock Park – Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1500 Square FeetYears lived in: 5 years John wanted to reduce his carbon footprint by moving in a multi-unit building. He found his current fourplex and decided to purchase the property with a few friends, who would each keep one of the units. It had the potential for John’s ideal blending of styles, a classic Upper East Side Manhattan layout with a California garden, but needed a complete overhaul.
Nov 18, 2010
Caitlin’s Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair
Name: Caitlin MurrayLocation: Beverly Hills — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 700 square feet — 1 bed, 1 bathYears lived in: 6 months I met Caitlin a few quarters into design school and immediately knew she had an inherent talent for interior design. When apartment hunting, Caitlin scouted out units with strong architectural features, knowing it would be much easier to complement a well-designed rental space.
Nov 17, 2010
A Perfect Balance: Gray and Orange
The saying “opposites attract” goes well beyond human relationships — and the affair between orange and gray mingling to create a stunning balance is a perfect example. Depending on the tones, the duo can be youthful and whimsical, eclectic and bold, moody and sophisticated, or masculine and sleek, and any combo in between!
Nov 17, 2010
Laundry Organization For Small Spaces
Laundry is a time consuming task that has a tendency to build up and become overwhelming. If you live in a small space, laundry procrastination can take over large areas of valuable space making your apartment feel cramped and chaotic. We all know the simple solution to this problem: do your laundry every week! But busy schedules always seem to get in the way of regular household chores.
Nov 17, 2010
Hunter & Casie’s “Redneck Modern” Eichler Home
Name: Hunter Wimmer (Design Educator) & Casie Permenter (Civil Engineer) and Marty the Cranky CatLocation: Concord, CaliforniaSize: 1,800 square feet + 200 square feet atriumYears lived in: 3 — owned On a blazingly hot 4th of July holiday, my wife and I moved from West Oakland to the suburbs of Concord to tackle a labor of love: a 1963 Eichler-built home in pretty rough, but somewhat original shape.
Nov 16, 2010
Best Online Sources for Coffee Connoisseurs
The web has made it a lot easier for small businesses to reach bigger potential audiences — just look at the world of small-batch artisan coffee. While Starbucks might seem like they have a store on every block, people who want something different definitely have options.
Nov 15, 2010
How To Make a DIY Grill Cover
Cold weather is right around the corner and that means the grill will be getting a lot less use. If, like me, you don’t have any place other than the balcony to store the grill over the winter months why not make a DIY cover for it? Oilcloth, which is available in an impressive array of patterns and colors, will make a cute little hideaway for your grill while it’s not in use. And with this how-to, you’ll have it together in no time!
Nov 12, 2010
Steven Arroyo’s Think Tank
Name: Steven Arroyo, restaurateur Location: Hancock Park — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 2,100 square feet — 2 beds, 2 bathsYears lived in: 1 year I had the pleasure of meeting Steven for the first time in his home. I immediately picked up on his strong demeanor and disciplined, yet multifaceted sense of style. With more than a few successful restaurants under his belt — Cobras & Matadors, Church & State, Sgt.
Nov 11, 2010
Mary and Tom’s Hip & Historic Haven
Name: Mary Visconti and Tom CaldwellLocation: the Loop — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 2,000 square feetYears lived in: 4 — Owned As a lifelong Chicagoan, I’ve often been curious about the Manhattan Building, the 1891 landmark that’s the city’s oldest surviving steel frame building. Designed by William Le Baron Jenney, the 16-story historic skyscraper features gorgeous bay windows and a prime view of the Harold Washington Library.
Nov 11, 2010
Preserving Your Herbs: Choosing The Best Spice Jars
Ever realize that you have 4 different containers of cinnamon or cream of tartar lurking in the back of a cabinet? Maybe 3 of them unwittingly fell off the lazy susan, but still…there’s got to be a better way to organize and preserve what we have so that we make the most of what we
Nov 11, 2010
Deborah’s Modern Shabby Chic Home
Name: Deborah Strauss, Lizzie the bird and Bentley the dogLocation: North Hyde Park — Austin, Texas Size: 1,570 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned Who says you have to fill a modern architecture home with contemporary or Mid-Century Modern furnishings? We found an Austin resident who furnished her modern house with a medley of shabby chic, French-inspired decor and eclectic items in a careful mix that seems both exciting, relaxing and just perfect.
Nov 10, 2010