Violet’s Small, Sloped, Splendid Space
Name: Violet KathleneAge: 2 Weeks, 2 DaysLocation: Central PennsylvaniaRoom size: 12′ x 7′ How to create a cohesive, beautiful nursery in a small room with sloped ceilings? Planning. Violet’s mom, Lauren, gathered inspiration, made a plan and recruited family to pull off some terrific DIY projects. The result is this fresh, dreamy space filled with light and soft touches. It melds modern and classic pieces into a contemporary space that feels timeless at the same time.
May 28, 2010
Kitchen Spice Storage Framed In Chalk
Although the Spring Cure came to a close last week we came across one made over space that just couldn’t wait until the Fall to share. Kitchen spices have never looked so good with this fun chalkboard frame treatment! • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
May 28, 2010
Lanz, Michael and Brent’s Evolving History House (Part 2)
Name: Lanz Brooks with roommates Michael and BrentLocation: Hayes Valley, San FranciscoSize: 4,000 square feetYears lived in: Lanz for 4½ years (Michael since 1994) Last Thursday, we had a glimpse into half of Lanz, Michael and Brent’s amazing Hayes Valley home with Part 1 of their House Tour. The first part focused on the first floor of their two story Hayes Valley apartment and many of the common areas.
May 27, 2010
The Easy Way to Clean Blenders
We still can’t get over the “duh!” moment when Gwyneth Paltrow, of all people, showed us how to protect our bathroom counters from hot hair styling tools with silicone pot holders. Click through for yet another I-feel-so-dumb-for-not-thinking-of-this-myself tip for washing out your blender after a smoothie binge. • Read the full post at Unplggd
May 27, 2010
Cameron & Matt’s Bright and Chic Modern
Name: Cameron Saless & Matthew AllardLocation: West Hollywood, CaliforniaSize: 1,600 square feetYears lived in: One year We vividly remember the day when we were forwarded pics of Matt and Cameron’s home. We were in the midst of a frenzied loop of Facebook, GoFugYourself and Dlisted, when we immediately stopped what we were doing. Our eyes were drawn to the blend of beautiful modern pieces mixed with playful colors and a cozy touch that can’t be beat.
May 26, 2010
Debbie Upgrades to Mid-Century
Name: Debbie MillmanLocation: ChelseaSize: 1,600 square feet — 2 bedroom with backyardYears lived in: 16 Debbie was in the mood for a change but wasn’t sure how to go about it. As Debbie recalls, Susan replied, “Well, if we are going to get new furniture, maybe we should get new floors, and if we get new floors maybe we should get…an entire new everything!” When Debbie asked what she should do with all her old furniture, Susan replied, “Curbside!
May 26, 2010
Today’s Small Kitchens: Andrea, Catherine, Julia, Helen
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Andrea’s Fresh and Modern New York Kitchen• Catherine’s Modern Entertaining Kitchen in Seattle• Julia’s Efficient Brooklyn Studio Kitchen• Helen’s Eclectic Yet Calming Philadelphia Kitchen
May 25, 2010
Randal’s ‘Miniature English Country House’
Name: Randal DawkinsLocation: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC This is my small apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I am an antiques buyer for a Manhattan firm and an interior designer. My aesthetic is a layered look — filled with antiques and art of many periods and styles. I like to consider my apartment my miniature English country house.Thanks Randal!• HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here• Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy?
May 24, 2010
Best Dish Racks & Where to Find Them
If you don’t own a dishwasher, invest in a good dish rack—it can mean the difference between whether or not you enjoy doing the dishes. No, really…it sounds like hyperbole, but we’ve been through the experience of upgrading from a cheap model to a nice one and it changed the way we felt about our daily dish-washing chores.
May 24, 2010
6 Ways to Clean with Olive Oil
There’s almost nothing we like more than fresh bread dipped in olive oil, and it’s definitely a staple in most of our cooking. But this lovely oil has household uses that reach beyond the kitchen.
May 24, 2010
Tina’s Port Douglas Cottage
Name: Tina, Matthew & Pablo Location: Port Douglas, QLD, Australia Size: 98 square meters [1060 square feet]Years lived in: 3 years, owned Artist Tina and her chef husband Matthew live in a beachside cottage in Port Douglas with their toddler Pablo. Living half the year in one of Australia’s most beautiful holiday destinations and the other half in Berlin, they make good use of their home by renting it out as a holiday rental when they’re not there.
May 21, 2010
Today’s Cool Kitchens: Carin, Brittany, Shannon, Kevin
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Carin’s Light, Bright Vermont Kitchen• Brittany’s New Bright White Portland Kitchen• Shannon’s Labour of Love Kitchen in Ottawa• Kevin and Kelly’s Overhauled Victorian Kitchen in Virginia
May 21, 2010
Lanz, Michael and Brent’s Evolving History House (Part I)
Name: Lanz Brooks with roommates Michael and BrentLocation: Hayes Valley, San FranciscoSize: 4,000 square feetYears lived in: Lanz for 4½ years (Michael since 1994) The home of roommates Lanz, Michael and Brent is one of those rare San Francisco apartments that actually predates the earthquake and fire of 1906 that nearly destroyed the entire city.
May 20, 2010
Matthew Mau’s Creative Loft in the Chapman Building
Name: Matthew MauProfession: Graphic Designer by day and DJ by nightLocation: Downtown Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 845 Square FeetType: Studio Loft Years lived in: 2 Years I met Matthew through school and was visiting him at his downtown loft talking about websites. As he was talking to me, I was looking around and couldn’t help but be distracted by his designer’s eye for decor. His personal space is a close replica of his interests and personality.
May 19, 2010
Gorgeous Built-In Appliances From Miele
Miele has just unveiled two beautiful series of appliances, which are set to match the interior decor of your kitchen. One series is called Fire and one is called Ice, and it’s safe to say that they look gorgeous. • Read the full post at Unplggd
May 19, 2010
Jenn Ski’s Not So Unhappy Hipster Home
Name: Jenn SkiLocation: Bedford, New HampshireSize: 2,400 square feetYears lived in: 2½ years — ownedWho else lives there: My husband Al and cat FloydThe mid-century modern aesthetic gets lots of air play here on Apartment Therapy and seems to be the coveted style among hipsters. This interior design style which often includes sparse furnishings and straight lines is often austere.
May 18, 2010
Plant Pest Remedies Straight from the Kitchen
You would be surprised how many household items can come to your aid when plants find themselves under attack from pests and disease. You’ll find a list of ten items after the jump, just to give you an idea of what can be used before one resorts to a store-bought chemical or pesticide. Have you
May 18, 2010
Today’s Small Cool Kitchens: Robert, Inés, & Matt
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Robert’s Delightfully Designed New York Kitchen• Inés’ Opened-Up Barcelona Kitchen• Matt’s New Beginning Kitchen in Boston
May 17, 2010
Modern Table Linens: Smart Sources
Textiles are a fast and easy way to update a table, and there’s a lot of good stuff out there—particularly if you love modern and contemporary design. From simple Scandinavian patterns to organic cotton tablecloths to spun vinyl placemats, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite designers, stores, and distributors in the field.
May 17, 2010
James and Julie’s Bernal Beauty
Name: Julie, James, and Possum (dog)Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco Size: 1,275 square feet; 2 bedroom, one bathYears lived in: Eight Julie and James don’t consider themselves “hard-core DIYers.” And yet—wait for it… they demolished the kitchen all by themselves. That little tidbit alone should give you some idea of these two: their rare blend of enviable talent and genuine humility.
May 13, 2010
The Better Marriage Blanket Banishes Bedroom Flatulence
So we’re just going to get right to the point with this post, because no graceful intro or set up can counterbalance the idea behind this new product. It’s called the “Better Marriage Blanket” and that’s only because calling it “The Fart Trapping Blanket” seems well… too obvious.The Better Marriage Blanket retails between $29.99 and $59.99 (Twin-King) and is available in white and beige shades.
May 13, 2010
Sandy & Joe’s Bewitching Home
Name: Sandy Chilewich & Joe SultanLocation: East 50’s, NYCSize: 1,500 square feet — 2 ½ bedroomsYears lived in: 4 years Rent or Own: Own Who else lives here? Our youngest son, Harry (15 years old) This is the home that Chilewich built. If you don’t know Chilewich, here’s a quick rundown. After a successful career in fashion, Sandy Chilewich took her love for textiles and entered the design world. She first gained accolades with the now iconic Raybowls.
May 12, 2010
How to Paint White Stair Risers & Keep Them Clean
White risers can do a lot to brighten a staircase, as evidenced in the entryway above. However, like white floors, pretty and bright doesn’t always equal maintenance-free…but it doesn’t have to equal nightmare either. Here’s how to make them work. I recently completed the risers in our entry hall, and I can tell you first hand that like most painting projects, preparation and the right paint is everything.
May 11, 2010
Remy’s Uber Elegant Play Kitchen
We’ve featured some amazing play kitchens and we love them all. But a gasp may have escaped our throat when we saw Pilar’s exquisite diy kitchen that looks like it belongs within the pages of House Beautiful (or on The Kitchn, of course!). • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
May 11, 2010
Patricia’s Second Greatest Home
Name: PatriciaLocation: Greenwich VillageSize: 2,000 square feet loft — 1bedroom Years lived in: 2½ Patricia thought all those new, crisp white condos going up all over the city would go poorly with her and her husband’s female artist dominated impressionist paintings. So, they searched for an apartment that was all on one floor and had a significant history.
May 10, 2010
Julie & Iker’s Marina City Heaven
Name: Julie Michiels and Iker GilLocation: Marina City, ChicagoSize: 725 square feet + 225 square foot balconyYears lived in: 5 Designers and architects always have the best apartments, but rarely do they get to live in one of the iconic buildings that informed their careers. Julie and Iker are among the lucky ones and call the Chicago landmark of Bertrand Goldberg’s Marina City home.
May 10, 2010
Best Sources for Small Kitchen Organization
When you’re short on cupboard space, a combination of wall-mounted racks with smart cabinet organizers can make a tiny kitchen more functional. Here’s our list of best sources for pot racks, drawer organizers, cabinet space-savers, and food storage.
May 10, 2010
Jim’s Earthy Garden Apartment
Name: Jim WilliamsLocation: Andersonville, ChicagoSize: 1,000 square feetYears lived in: 2 Garden apartments in Chicago can often be dark, cavernous spaces. They are — after all — a few steps below street level. By keeping his wall colors and furniture in light earth tones, Jim has managed to make this garden apartment seem bright and open.
May 7, 2010
“H” is for Harper’s Room
Name: HarperAge: 18 monthsLocation: Gig Harbor, Wa. “Choose things that you love, and it will come together,” says Harper’s mom. And this room certainly has come together- not in a forced, overly planned way, but in an organic way with lots of special touches from mom and dad.
May 7, 2010
Reclaimed Wood In Kitchens
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) The kitchen is one of those rooms in the home that can easily lose its personality in favor of “cleaner” selections with slick surfaces. But it turns out that finishes with some age and character to them tend to make a space feel more personal. • Read the full post at
May 7, 2010
Jennifer’s Bright and Airy Mish Mash
Name: Jennifer (of The Little Things), James, Laine and Harley Johner (plus 2 dogs, a cat and a bunny)Location: Acreage (30 minutes north of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada)Size: 1,544 square feet (main floor)Years lived in: almost 4 years You might remember Jennifer’s lovely turquoise and yellow kitchen we posted a couple of months ago. After seeing this room in the house, we couldn’t wait to see more and Jen was happy to oblige.
May 6, 2010
Ingrid’s Wood and Wool Wonderland
Name: Ingrid Jansen (living with husband Henk, son Minne and daughter Pippa
Location: Dordrecht, the Netherlands 
Size: 160 m² Years lived in: almost 7Like many of you, we’ve been obsessed with wood and wool’s crocheted stools practically since Ingrid Jansen decided to share them with the world. In fact, they’ve got pride of place on our inspiration board for our dream home.
May 5, 2010
Nine by Design Heads West
Name: Bob and Courtney NovogratzLocation: West VillageSize: 6000 square feetYears lived in: 1 Bob and Cortney were lay architects and interior designers for years out of necessity. They kept buying abandoned lots in marginal neighborhoods and turning them into incredible homes. And in order to keep costs down, they figured out how to do nearly every aspect of the project themselves. It was DIY on a massive scale.
May 5, 2010
Brian’s Serenely Styled Sanctuary
Name: Brian H. AndriolaLocation: San Francisco, CASize: 800 s.f.Years lived in: 1 year Upon first glance, it isn’t hard to understand how Brian Andriola has made quite a successful career for himself as a prop stylist. Brian’s home is a culmination of beautiful furniture, art, and accessories accumulated over many years. The provenance and character of each piece is more important than whether it “goes” with the decor, and the result is a whimsical and welcoming home.
May 4, 2010
How to Shop for a Coffee Maker
There are almost as many different kinds of coffee makers out there as there are types of coffee. Drip brewers are most common in the US, and they’re great for making your basic, everyday cuppa Joe, while pod systems, espresso machines, and French presses are popular options for more specialized kinds of coffee.
May 3, 2010
Baby Diner Banishes Flying Meal Plates Forever
Back in January we featured the Lil’ Diner Plate Holder, but the clamp was more than a little off-putting. The same idea has been a little more refined and now we have the Baby Diner — a suction cup mechanism that sticks the plate to the table and is 100% childproof. Don’t believe us —
May 3, 2010