Juhi, Jayant and Aksh’s Beautiful Bangalore
Name: Juhi, Jayant and Aksh PrabhuLocation: Bangalore, IndiaSize: 1,400 square feetYears Lived In: 5 months When Juhi sent us photos of her family’s recently renovated home in Bangalore, asking us if we wanted to feature it as a house tour, we jumped on it! We’ve found the homes we’ve featured from India to be especially beautiful in their use of vivid colour and this one is no exception.
Mar 26, 2010
5 Ways To Start A Fire In The Kitchen…and Put It Out
When we go back to the root of all technology, evolution and development, one of the very first things discovered… was fire. The kitchen is a great place to start fires (hopefully intentional) and there’s several great ways to get things going, here’s a few of our favorites — along with a few words of
Mar 26, 2010
Making the Move: When Do You Start Packing?
Earlier this week we shared our future plans to move to a new apartment, starting with removing art from the walls as a symbolic first step of transitioning from one space to another. But upon coming home, Emily noted, “We still have over a month to move…no need to start packing already!” Was this a case of pre-packing-elation?My reply was simply, “It’s never to early to start packing.
Mar 25, 2010
The Do’s and Dont’s Of Porch Lights
In the same way a few well-placed lamps can revitalize a room, neighborhoods get a face lift when given the proper lighting. A well-lit, bright street is far more more welcoming than a dark row of creaky houses—but does that make it safer? Is it mother-nature-friendly? Should you leave your porch light on all night? DON’T leave the light on all night. It’s not green. DO set any overnight nights to a 1/2 power dimmer setting.
Mar 25, 2010
The Kitchen Pantry: A Brief History
Regardless of your kitchen size you most likely have a pantry. This might be as small as a shelf in a cupboard or as large as a walk-in closet. It is where we keep the foods and supplies used most often. The history of the pantry, or kitchen storage, is an interesting reflection of what
Mar 25, 2010
Philip & Leong’s Live / Work City Space
Name: Philip Leeming & Leong Ong of FallsLocation: East VillageSize: under 600 square feetYears lived in: 9 years — rented The apartment that Philip and Leong call home during the week is in the heart of the East Village — just east of Astor Place on Saint Marks. In addition to being their weekday home, the apartment functions as hub of the couple’s fashion line Falls — it functions as their design studio but also hosts meetings, photo shoots and model castings.
Mar 24, 2010
Top 5: Eco-Friendly Cutting Board Materials
Recycled paper, flax, and cork are just some of the materials that comprise eco-friendly cutting boards. Here’s a list of five materials worth keeping an eye out for, along with examples that are beautiful, durable, and in many cases, quite affordable. With so many options, there’s sure to be a cutting board to suit every
Mar 24, 2010
Trish’s North Portland Nest
Name: Trish Grantham (along with Pablo the dog and Georgia & Arlo the cats)Location: Portland, OregonSize: 900 Sq FtYears lived in: One Month (yep, ONE MONTH!) Portland artist, Trish Grantham lives on the ground floor of a pretty amazing house in North Portland. Inside her living space, collections abound. Outside is a large fenced backyard that makes the house feel removed from the tightly packed neighborhood it is set in.
Mar 23, 2010
Floral Accessories to Brighten Up the Kitchen
Around here we love flowers in the kitchen. There’s nothing quite like the color and energy that fresh flowers bring to a room. But of course it’s tough to keep flowers around all the time, so why not consider a longer-lasting solution: kitchen accessories with floral motifs. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Mar 22, 2010
5 Fabulous Under-The-Counter Refrigerators & Freezers
In small spaces, sometimes having a large luxury fridge isn’t always an option. Even though they seem insanely small for those of us used to stocking our chill chests to the limit, they’re exactly what’s needed in small spaces across the country. Plus, they are pretty darn cute — in fact, if they had cheeks,
Mar 19, 2010
A Dish Rack Roundup for Those Without Dishwashers
image:c84021f80fda910089179bddfbc543795157296c w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher, well, aren’t you spiffy. I, on the other hand, can’t remember the last time a machine did my dishes for me. I guess living in an old San Francisco apartment has its sacrifices.
Mar 18, 2010
Roast Your Own Coffee Beans With A Drill!
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’ve probably looked into roasting your own coffee beans at some point or the other. Well, Tim Eggers is a coffee nut and he used $10, a soup can, and a drill to jury-rig his own coffee bean roaster, now that’s cool! • Read the full post at Unplggd
Mar 18, 2010
Lauren’s First Solo Flight
Name: Lauren Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan Size: 800 square feet studio rental converted to a temporary one-bedroom Years lived in: Less than a year After a couple of years of ‘roommating’ in New York City, Lauren leaped out on her own and rented a studio apartment. Fortunately, it was large enough to put up some temporary walls and create a generous looking one-bedroom. Within a couple of months, it looked like it had been lived in for years! Lauren is a talented designer.
Mar 17, 2010
5 Places To Put A Compost Bin In A Small Kitchen
Many of us are all for composting, even if we don’t have a lick of outdoor space to call our own. Some have the luxury of slightly larger kitchens or cabinet space, but others are doing good if they can open their oven and refrigerator doors at the same time. If your kitchen feels a little small, here are five places to place a compost bin!
Mar 17, 2010
Jay & Melissa’s Neutral Mid-Century Reno
Name: Jay & MelissaLocation: Manchester, New HampshireSize: 1,250 square feetYears lived in: Owned – 6 yearsWho else lives there: Dogs Brady and Cali and Cats Mama, Tony, and Pepper Jay and Melissa made an offer on this two family on Manchester’s South side six years ago only to find out through Melissa’s mom that the home had been built by her grandfather in 1950.
Mar 16, 2010
5 Places To Put A Compost Bin In A Small Kitchen
Many of us are all for composting, even if we don’t have a lick of outdoor space to call our own. Some have the luxury of slightly larger kitchens of cabinet space, but others are doing good if they can open their oven and refrigerator doors at the same time. If your kitchen feels a little small, here’s 5 places to place a compost bin and a few of our favorite resources for making it happen!1.
Mar 16, 2010
10 Best Places to Sit a Microwave
A few weeks ago we asked where your small appliances live — the counter or the cabinet. One of those small appliances is the microwave, which many think can only live on a counter, but that’s not the case. The microwave has plenty of placement options. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Mar 16, 2010
A Chef’s Green & Serene Kitchen
Designed for a local executive chef and his family of four, this kitchen was intended to be a true chef’s kitchen – but rather than be flashy, the space was to be green and serene. The back of the house is now flooded with natural light, the room dotted with natural materials and there are
Mar 15, 2010
Johnny & Stacie’s Super Sweet Loft
Name: Johnny & Stacie SlocumLocation: St. Paul, MinnesotaSize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 You may remember Johnny and Stacie’s loft from a house call that we published in January. We were thrilled when they agreed to share some more photos of their converted warehouse space with us. It simply is a home that makes us happy – cheerful, sunny and special – we’re glad to take a longer look.
Mar 12, 2010
Jenika and Robert’s 1944 Bungalow Renovation
Name: Jenika and RobertLocation: Westchester, CaliforniaSize: 1,000 square feetYears lived in: 2 months Jenika and her boyfriend, Robert, had been living in Los Angeles for 4 years and desperately wanted to have a house of their own. Knowing how expensive real estate is in Los Angeles, they knew that they would have to find a great fixer. Jenika and Robert, with the help of her parents, purchased a small home in Westchester that needed a lot of work.
Mar 12, 2010
Shevon’s Kitchen Renovation
Are you ready for an amazing transformation and modernization? Check out Shevon’s recent kitchen renovation! She wrote and told us a little bit about the project: “My boyfriend and I moved into our little home 6 months ago… • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Mar 12, 2010
Hollister & Porter’s Williamsburg Safari
Name: Hollister Hovey & Porter HoveyLocation: Williamsburg, BrooklynSize: 1,400 square feetYears lived in: rented, 4½: years A few misconceptions about the Hoveys. They are not big-game hunters from the 1930’s. They are sisters from Kansas City with the given names Hollister and Porter. They are not taxidermists. Hollister works in PR and Porter for a management consulting firm. They are not hoarders. They are collectors of awesomeness.
Mar 10, 2010
Ta Da! Turning Brass Into Silver
Although we’ve been hearing rumours that brass and bronze are back, many of us still prefer the clean cool look of silver. But, what if you fall in love with a bronze something? Now what? We found this tip that will turn your brass object into silver faster than you can say Abracadabra!According to this post we found on new blog The Modness (and Madness) of 9251, all it takes is a can of KleanStrip KS-3 Premium stripper.
Mar 10, 2010
Inspiration: Bright Green in the Kitchen
We recently talked about super bright kitchens that incorporate several different colors, but what about focusing on one majorly bright color? We’re realizing that we’re big fans of green (it used to be just kelly green) and we like that we’re no longer just fans of one shade. We’re equal opportunity green lovers. • Read
Mar 10, 2010
All Kinds of Yellow Kitchens
We’ve featured yellow accents for the kitchen, but how about a wall-to-wall yellow kitchen? Seems like an obvious choice − sunny, bright and appetizing. But it’s also a surprisingly versatile color. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Mar 8, 2010
Creating More Work Surface in the Kitchen
If you have a frustratingly small kitchen, chances are you’re always looking for a way to gain more work surface. Here are some of our favorite solutions and inspirations for creating that sought after space. Do you have any tips for freeing up counter space or hacking a small kitchen situation? • Read the full
Mar 5, 2010
Emily and Meeko’s Sunny First Apartment
Name: Emily Baker & Meeko MendezLocation: North Beach, San FranciscoSize: 850 square feetYears lived in: almost 1 year Emily and Meeko, just married last October, moved into their first apartment together in North Beach about a year ago. As exciting as that was, combining lives, stuff and styles into a small apartment proved to be challenging as both were moving from much larger spaces they shared with roommates.
Mar 4, 2010
Julie’s Jubilant Loft
Name: Julie Simonson & Wilbur (6-month-old chocolate cockapoo puppy)Location: Old City — Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaSize: 1,223 square feetYears lived in: 2½ Julie is a Philadelphia Native. She moved to Los Angeles for several years and has vacationed in Vermont for much of her life. She eventually returned back to the city of brotherly love, bringing with her treasures from around the country that help make this loft Julie’s Jubilant Loft.
Mar 4, 2010
How Do I Remove Water Stains from a Poster Print?
Q: Maybe someone can help me with this tragedy? This is my beloved Superflat exhibit print poster. Eight years ago I got it mounted, but when I moved to NY I didn’t ship it out and stored it in my parents’ basement. Now I’ve moved back and discovered they had a flood one year and this poor print got some water damage. Is there any way I can remove the stains without damaging the print? I was thinking of a Mr.
Mar 4, 2010
Transforming a Small 1970s Kitchen
A 1970s kitchen is transformed into something more modern. Since the budget was limited, the resources used were from Lowe’s, Home Depot, and a discount flooring showroom. The challenge was to create a designer aesthetic using moderate-cost materials. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Mar 4, 2010
How to Clean Scuff Marks from TrafficMaster Allure?
Q: We have TrafficMaster Dimensions Allure flooring installed in a bathroom. We have some scuff marks and some dulling in some areas. What do you recommend in caring for this type floor? Is there a particular cleaner? Can you use wax of any kind. We are happy with the flooring but need your advice on the questions above.Sent by RobertEditor – We’re going to first quote the Allure owner manual to advise you to never use a wax on the TrafficMaster surface.
Mar 3, 2010
Blue Plate Special: Blue and White Tableware
Lately, it seems there’s a display of blue and white china in just about every store we enter and every magazine we open. You might say it’s making a comeback, but the truth is, it never went away. From traditional English patterns dating back to the 18th century to contemporary Dutch porcelain tagged with graffiti,
Mar 2, 2010