Alison & Jeff’s Happening Home
Name: Alison & Jeff AllenLocation: Minneapolis, MinnesotaSize: Rental House, 1,200 Square FeetYears lived in: 1 year, 4 months We’ve seen a great number of homes over the years. Some big, some small, some round and some without walls. This home nestled in the northern nook of the Midwest is one that instantly feels like home and oozes family and comfort while still feeling fresh in their retro, Mid-Century stylings.
Feb 26, 2010
How To Hang Plates
We love the look of plates hung on the wall. It’s a great way to use a treasured but incomplete set of vintage dishes inherited from friends or family, to display your “only use once a year” dishes and free up cupboard space, or just show off a collection of single plates scrounged from thrift
Feb 26, 2010
Stefanie & Luke’s Brooklyn Limestone
Name: Stefanie & Luke (Mr. & Mrs. Limestone)Location: Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn Size: 1,800 square feetYears lived in: 3 years You may be familiar with Brooklyn Limestone, the blog penned by Stefanie documenting her adventures in renovation and decoration. She has incredible picture tutorials of the crafty projects she does herself, and thorough photographic evidence of the complete transformation her home has made from beginning to end.
Feb 24, 2010
Adorn, Rather Than Hide Your Cables!
Normally we offer a variety of options or techniques to hide the eyesore of cable/wire clutter. But what if you’ve got an awkwardly positioned outlet and a cable or wire is just something you have to live with? Instead of hiding it, why not make it something more visually amusing/pleasant, as shown here with this adornment by PA-Design.The design also reminds us of Shunsuke Umiyama’s vine inspired Midori AC Adaptor.
Feb 24, 2010
Emily & Nate’s Cozy Cocoon
Name: Emily & NateLocation: Jamaica Plain, MassachusettsSize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1½ years – rented As an avid fan, Emily (a graphic designer) knows her Apartment Therapy stuff. Within minutes of walking through her door, Emily tells me that she’s pretty sure that the layout of her place is exactly the same as another house tour I recently posted. And funny enough, this other tour was also home to a Nate.
Feb 23, 2010
How To Pickle Just About Anything
Last summer my mother taught me our family recipe for dill pickles (great-grandma’s recipe is pictured). Here’s a step-by-step guide to pickling. This recipe is for dill pickles, but once you have this down (and trust me, it’s easier than you think), you can adapt the general process to jelly-making and more. • Read the
Feb 23, 2010
Ann & Dabney’s Splendid Blended Storefront Conversion
(Welcome to Ann & Dabney from St. Louis, a tag team of bloggers trying out for a place as Apartment Therapy House Tour Contributors. Enjoy their work!)Name: Ann & Dabney Location: St. Louis, MissouriSize: 3700 square feet (including home & workspace)Years lived in: 6 months When we were looking to move to Saint Louis, we looked at a lot of houses in the city, but it was in an old butcher shop turned hardware store turned office that we found our perfect renovation project.
Feb 22, 2010
Before & After: Marie’s Budget Bathroom Makeover
We recently came across this inexpensive bathroom makeover on our Apartment Therapy SF flickr Pool. Marie and her husband Aaron moved into their Menlo Park apartment about a year and a half ago. While their initial decorating tended toward neutral colors and traditional furnishings, Marie felt a need to brighten things up by making her bathroom a bit fresher and younger. See Marie’s less than $50 makeover after the jump.
Feb 22, 2010
Using Kensington’s Car Mount as a Kitchen Aid
Our new apartment has some pretty archaic kitchenware. So old, we can’t quite figure out how to use the timer on the oven. While we could just look at the clock and determine how long something needs to be on the stovetop or in the cooker, we tend to get distracted easily and realize only
Feb 22, 2010
The Brick House
Name: Morgan, Jeremy, Iggy Pup Location: Hemet, California Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 2 years There’s the common adage of taking lemons and making lemonade. We think Morgan and Jeremy have taken their situation a step further (their living situation “a careful balance between want and need”), squeezing out champagne from their modest, post-war Hemet home.
Feb 19, 2010
Stefan’s Inspired & Eclectic Studio
Name: Stefan of ArchitectDesignLocation: Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington DCSize: studio 475 square foot studio, ownedYears lived in: 2½ years Most people may think that being a collector of beautiful things is incompatible with dwelling in a studio apartment, but Stefan shows that big style can exist in small spaces.
Feb 18, 2010
Don’t Forget To Label Your Fuse Box
It doesn’t matter what you call it, fuse box, breaker box, circuit breaker box, all that matters is that it’s labeled. It doesn’t matter if you rent or own, when the power goes out, or diy projects are in progress, it’s best to be prepared.We’ve spent many an hour yelling back and forth across the house while trying to find the right breaker to turn off, “How about now?” ….”No!”Does that sound familiar?
Feb 17, 2010
How To Buy and Store Bulk Foods
Looking for a way to significantly reduce packaging waste? A visit to your local bulk bin offers this, plus the opportunity to save money, to buy only what you need, and to try new foods with minimal investment. Here’s how to go about scooping and and storing… • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Feb 17, 2010
How To Remove Pomegranate Stains
My son loves to eat pomegranate seeds probably for the same reason I do — that sweet juice that gushes into your mouth (a la Freshen Up gum) when you bite into them. But they stain like the dickens! Here’s one way to remove those stubborn red stains without using bleach. • Read the full
Feb 16, 2010
Inspiration for Creating a Kitchen Display
Creating a display with your everyday kitchen items is a great way to maximize storage and decoration all at once • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Feb 12, 2010
Vanessa’s New Oakland Digs
Name: Vanessa JeschkeLocation: Lake Merritt, Oakland, CASize: 1,000 square feet, 2 bedroomYears lived in: 3.5 months We discovered the home of Apartment Therapy reader Vanessa on flickr, and approached her about doing a house tour. Her clean aesthetic with careful attention to detail and cheerful vignettes throughout her home called out to us immediately. She was in the process of moving when we spoke to her in November, and promised to let us in once she was settled.
Feb 11, 2010
How To Make A Super-Sized Octopus Cake
We’re in love with colorful cakes today and have one more to share with you. We made this giant 3 and a half foot cake for our husband’s birthday kids, yeah, that’s it, kids — and it was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. It’s not as hard as you might think! Click through
Feb 11, 2010
Stephen & Todd’s Fantastic Mr. Farmhouse
Name: Stephen Ellwood and Todd CarrLocation: Cornwallville, New YorkSize: 1,600 square feetYears lived in: 1½ To Stephen and Todd this 1900 fieldstone farmhouse is not a labor of love — it’s just pure love. Sure they have doors that lead to nowhere, but they also have a wood burning stove, an outdoor tub and a barn for a pottery studio. Not to mention an incredibly cute Brussels Griffon named Vernon.
Feb 10, 2010
Product Guide: BPA-Free Canned Foods
Our recent list of Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA included avoiding canned foods, the vast majority of which contain BPA in their linings. However, there do exist a handful of companies and products that are – or at least intend to be – BPA-free. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Feb 10, 2010
How To Start a Home Worm Composting System
It all begins with the soil. Worms are the great transformers of landscape through eating and digesting. They can consume a patch of stones and over time turn it into a fertile field. With indoor worm composters, these creatures can take your coffee grinds, lettuce scraps and apple cores and turn them into fertilizer castings
Feb 9, 2010
Michael & Danijela’s Modern Minimal Milwaukee Home
(Welcome to Elizabeth from Milwaukee, one of the bloggers trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!)Name: Michael & DanijelaLocation: Milwaukee, WisconsinSize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 Newlyweds Michael and Danijela still seem a little surprised by their home and location. Young, design-loving, tech-savvy, Eurocentric professionals, they might seem more at home in a hip, downtown warehouse convert.
Feb 8, 2010
Kitchen Command Centers
Our new home office is housed in the kitchen — and we love it. We face the living room windows and front door (great feng shui). Not to mention the space feels cozy and in the center of it all. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Feb 8, 2010
Erik & Smith’s Historic Hideaway
(Welcome to Smith from Chicago, one of the bloggers trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work – comments welcome!
Feb 5, 2010
How To Make Pizzadillas
Mid-way through congratulating ourselves (and alerting Merriam Webster) that we’d invented a new food and coined a word, we learned that we are the 1,256,339th person to make pizzadillas from leftover tortillas and that “pizzadilla” entered the esteemed OED in 1444. Anyone who hasn’t tried this quick, kid-friendly snack, read on for the simple how-to.
Feb 5, 2010
105 Year-Old Converted Barn On Bainbridge Island
Name: Stephen and Katie Sloan (plus Peter, Anna, and Evi) Location: Bainbridge Island, WAProperty Type: Converted Dairy Barn Size: 2400 square feet (3 bedrooms, 2 bath)Years lived in: 5 Resting on half an acre of pastoral countryside on beautiful Bainbridge Island is a distinctively charming home that was once a dairy barn. Originally constructed in 1905 and converted in 1980, this home beautifully integrates original rustic elements with comfortable modern touches.
Feb 4, 2010
Hunter’s First Home: An Exercise in DIY
Name: Hunter TerritoLocation: Baton Rouge, LouisianaSize: 1,100 Square FeetYears lived in: 5 Months Hunter purchased his first home in September of 2009. For two months, he spent nights and weekends scraping, painting, sanding, refinishing and more. Featured as a House Call — Hunter’s Dramatic DIY — in November, we were so impressed we asked if he would be interested in a full House Tour— and Hunter threw a party.
Feb 4, 2010
Aerogel Becomes Affordable as a Home Insulator
Dr. Peter Tsou of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory once said, “you could take a two- or three-bedroom house, insulate it with aerogel, and you could heat the house with a candle. But eventually the house would become too hot.” So why haven’t we all been spraying our buildings with the stuff? Unfortunately, for the past 75 years aerogel has been way too expensive, but that’s all about to change.
Feb 4, 2010
4 Homemade Clamp Ideas
If you are taking on some small projects around the house but don’t necessarily have a shop full of tools, it might come in handy to have a few alternatives if you find yourself in need of clamps.Clamps can be useful for holding things in place while your hands are busy with other parts of a project. They’re also handy when you’re gluing something that needs to be held together for an extended period while the glue sets up.
Feb 3, 2010
Christine & Vijay’s Charming Urban Farmhouse
Name: Christine & Vijay ChitnisLocation: Providence, Rhode IslandSize: 1,684 square feet, 3 bedroomsYears lived in: 1 The home of Providence writer, blogger, crafter and Fall Colors finalist, Christine Chitnis and her husband, Vijay, does resemble a typical New England farmhouse: it’s over 100 years old and their fridge is filled with eggs freshly laid by the chickens that roam their backyard — the only thing missing is the rural setting.
Feb 2, 2010
James’ Bernal Heights Re-Make/Re-Model
Name: James NestorLocation: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CASize: 930 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 years, owned We were elated that James Nestor agreed to do a house tour of his amazing home. Initially, he seemed surprised that we’d want to showcase his diminutive, but unique Bernal Heights digs, but we were able to detect the deserved pride he has for his place, a house that he transformed from an unlivable dump into an inviting, visually-appealing, and space-efficient home.
Feb 2, 2010
Amy & Stephane’s Minimalism Meets Hoarding
(Welcome to Abby from Toronto, one of the bloggers trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work – comments welcome!
Feb 1, 2010