Alisha’s Bright White Guest Cottage
Name: Alisha, Graham & Finley Irwin Location: Fairfax, CA Size: 320 square foot studio cottage with loft Years lived in: newly built guest cottage behind our home Rented or Owned: owned When Alisha and her husband were ready to renovate their tiny guest house they decided on two things: to keep it as low impact and green as possible and to infuse it with their happy, bright, vintage style.
Jul 29, 2010
Graham’s Fabric Fabulous Nursery
Name: Graham Age: 7 weeks Location: Michigan Room size: 10’x10′ At first glance you might not guess that this creative, colorful space is primarily a mix of Ikea and diy projects, but it’s true. Amy and her husband Andy transformed a guest bedroom into a bright, perky, modern space for their newborn son, Graham, and we’re entranced by the results.
Jul 29, 2010
How to Find The Right Emergency Power Generator
You might not think you need one. But as soon as the TV screen flashes to darkness and the time on your cable box begins to blink “12:00,” you’re going to wish you’d spent your tax refund on an emergency power generator instead of that cruise to Cancun. The next time you’ve got the extra cash, turn to this online Generator Finder guide to help choose the right one for your needs—even if you live in an apartment.
Jul 29, 2010
Top 5 Water Filtration Solutions
Seeing as bottled water isn’t doing much to help the environment these days, we set out to find the best water filter solutions to help curb our carbon footprint. Here’s our list of the top 5 water filtration products on the market today. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Jul 29, 2010
5 Stylish Espresso Machines & Coffee Makers
While getting a coffee syphon or using that old French press that you’ve got somewhere in your kitchen is probably the best way of infusing coffee, there is something quite sexy and appealing about having a nice, good-looking coffee maker or espresso machine in your kitchen. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Jul 28, 2010
Place Your Bed On an Angle Without the Awkwardness
Many rooms just mandate a bed on an angle. Placing it against the walls makes the space feel stale and sticking it straight out into the room might take up all of the available floor space. So when we ran across Jonas’ bedroom from yesterday’s Hollywood Regency Homestead tour, we wanted to make sure to highlight that it can be done and the end result is fabulous!
Jul 27, 2010
Jonas’ Modern Hollywood Regency Homestead
Name: Jonas Location: Brookside, Kansas City, MissouriStyle: Dutch Colonial Years lived in: 4 On the drive to photograph Jonas’ home, I had geared myself up for the “nice but non-creative” that is usually found in neighborhoods of this age. His home resides just south of Kansas City in an area that’s trying to make a shift from old money to new young blood.
Jul 26, 2010
Introducing Ikea Duktig Play Food
Oh no they didn’t! Oh yes, they did! While we fear for the livelihoods of Etsy felt food makers (and the morale of felt food amateurs such as ourselves), Ikea’s new Duktig play food – cute and super affordable – will be very welcome in the kitchens and pantries of toddlers and preschoolers around the
Jul 26, 2010
Emily’s Light & Bright Shabby Chic
Name: Emily Location: Ukrainian Village, ChicagoSize: 1,000 sfYears lived in: Just over one year When I wrote the post about Emily’s welcoming guest room earlier this month, I knew I had to see the rest of her apartment. Luckily, Emily was willing to have us all over for a House Tour! And just as I expected, the rest of her home is decorated with her cute, light, bright, and mostly DIY shabby chic style.
Jul 23, 2010
How Low Can You Go…With Your Art
Artwork hung too high may be the worst thing in the world my biggest design pet peeve. If you’re questioning the height of your artwork, sticking to the principle of “better too low than too high” will probably serve you well. But is there such a thing as too low?Well, that of course depends on who it’s with, where it’s placed, and how that place is used.Visually, I think low hung art can almost always work as long as it’s in a group.
Jul 22, 2010
Use Bar Soap To Beat The Bite
If asked to design the perfect world, many would eliminate the presence of the mosquito. We’re sure they serve some purpose on the food chain, but right now, they’re just pissing us off. Every time we turn around we have a new bite! To beat the bite, try a basic bar of soap for quick relief instead of pricey over the counter products.
Jul 22, 2010
Fancying Up Your Dishwasher With Cabinet Fronts
Some of the expensive dishwashers have these great fronts that seem to blend into the rest of the cabinetry. While if you have the money, you can get yourself one of these, we found found that hacking your own dishwasher a lot cheaper, since the only things you need to buy are some cabinet fronts.
Jul 22, 2010
Converting a Bi-Fold Door
I’ve never been a fan of the bi-fold doors on our bedroom closet. My biggest complaint is that when the doors are open, as you see in the second photo, portions of the closet are almost inaccessible. And with two vain men sharing one small closet, we need all the space we can get! Rather than install new doors I decided to convert these bi-fold doors into swing-out doors.
Jul 21, 2010
Before & After: Michael’s Missoni Bench!
Michael found a vintage Steelcase bench from the 60s and decided to replace the ripped vinyl upholsery — with Missoni! Michael chose a thoughtful mix of Missoni Kew and Missoni Claremont to totally transform and update the steel bench.Missoni upholstery-weight fabric is not cheap — but it elevated the bench to great heights!After purchasing the Missoni textiles from Amara, Michael hired a local upholsterer to do the magic.
Jul 21, 2010
Jennifer’s Maison Une
Welcome to Kate from the Pacific Northwest; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!Name: JenniferLocation: Rio Dell, CaliforniaSize: 1850 square feetYears lived in: 28 Fondly referred to as Masion Un (which means House One in French), this home seems almost hidden among the lush, overgrown plants, orchard, pond and alluring views all vying for attention over the five acre sprawl.
Jul 20, 2010
Fancying Up Your Dishwasher With Cabinet Fronts
Some of the expensive dishwashers have these great fronts that seem to blend into the rest of the cabinetry. While if you have the money, you can get yourself one of these, we found found that hacking your own dishwasher a lot cheaper, since the only things you need to buy are some cabinet fronts.You can use any kind of cabinet fronts that you like, but they need to match your current kitchen cabinets. Once you’ve chosen those, it’s time to start hacking!
Jul 20, 2010
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The Inside Man: James’ Treehouse Bedroom
Name: James OmedoLocation: Atlanta, GeorgiaStyle: Cool, calm bedroom in the trees Say hello to James, the last of five guys that I’m visiting this summer! I’ve teamed up with Valspar Paint to help James redo the bedroom he shares with his wife in Atlanta. James is an art director and a teacher, and he lives in the city with his wife and their soon to be one-year-old son, Elliot.
Jul 20, 2010
Beautiful Kitchen from Reclaimed Materials
George Ramos creates beautiful kitchens and built-ins from reclaimed wood (whenever possible). So when it came time for this cabinet maker to make his own kitchen, it’s only natural that it would be a standout project: cabinets from reclaimed Douglas fir and socially conscious sourced mahogany counters. The results are stunning. • Read the full
Jul 20, 2010
Beach House Beauty on the Texas Coast
Name: Susan Castor Collection “Beach House”Location: Port Aransas, TexasSize:3980 square feet — 6 bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms The Gulf Coast is all over the news these days, but it’s rarely linked with design and decor. Today we’re bringing you news from the Texas Gulf Coast of a lighter, fresher sort. On a recent trip to Port Aransas, we unexpectedly discovered a beautiful custom-built (and eco-friendly) vacation home open for tours at Cinnamon Shore.
Jul 16, 2010
Sands of Time: The Hourglass’s Uncertain History
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Jul 15, 2010
Popsicles – Etsy Roundup
Decorating with popsicles seems apropos in the heat of the summer. Etsy is full of mouthwatering inspiration for your homes, your parties or even for decorating yourself. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Jul 15, 2010
3 Easy Ways To Dress Up A Metal Bed Frame
Metal framed beds often get a bad wrap, and not without due cause. Pillows are always slouching through the headboard bars, and metal is certainly no match in comfort with its plush upholstered counterparts. Thankfully there are a few easy ways to work around their flaws or change their look without breaking the bank.
Jul 13, 2010
5 Ways To Turn On Lights When You’re Not Home
One of the best ways to protect your home while you’re away is to appear you never left. Leaving a light on in the front window doesn’t cut it any longer and sometimes you need a little extra believability to help others think you’re still home (though anti-social) while away on vacation.Here’s a few of our favorite choices for making your home a little brighter when you’re away. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list?
Jul 13, 2010
Eli & Jennifer’s Brought Back to Life Brownstone
Welcome to Beth from New York; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!Names: Eli and JenniferLocation: Clinton Hill / Bedford Stuyvesant border —Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 16 feet wide by 45 feet deep, 5 floorsYears lived in: 1 year lived in (and still no couch) It is hard to imagine that Eli and Jennifer’s Brooklyn brownstone was on its way to disrepair when Eli acquired it a couple of years ago.
Jul 12, 2010
Randal’s Regal Rooms
Name: Randal DawkinsLocation: North Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 700 square feet (approximately 490 square feet pictured)Years lived in: 6 We first featured the apartment that Randal coined his “miniature country house” during our Small Cool Contest. Though situated in Brooklyn, Randal is spot-on with his description.
Jul 12, 2010
How to Choose Between Gas & Electric Stoves
It’s been a long-standing legend that “real” cooks use gas-powered stoves. But before you go empty your appliance budget on a new one, you might want to consider if an electric stove better suits your needs. The truth is, when compared on seven different categories, the electric stove wins over gas four times. Click through to discover when it’s better to have an electric stove and decide—finally!—what’s right for your kitchen.
Jul 12, 2010
Eating Outdoors: Everything You Need For An Eco Picnic!
Picnics and barbecues are the food highlights of the summer, whether on your deck, in your back yard, at the park or on the beach. They’re a great way to enjoy some of the freshest moments of the season. Having all the right tools make going on a picnic super easy, so we’ve made a
Jul 12, 2010
14 Home Hacks for Your Dishwasher
By now you know that your hair dryer and your microwave can do way more around the house than frizz your locks and zap your coffee. But did you know your dishwasher has some multi-tasking skills of its own? Check out our list of 14 home hacks for your dishwasher.
Jul 9, 2010
Katie’s Flea Market Fabulous Small Space
Welcome to Beth from San Francisco; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!Name: Katie KuhnLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaSize: 500 square feetYears lived in: 2 years — rented After graduating from University of Virginia in 2003, Katie moved from Charlottesville to San Francisco where she’s had several positions as a buyer for retailers like Banana Republic, Pottery Barn and GAP brand.
Jul 8, 2010
Agritourism: Vacation on a Working Farm or Vineyard
Agritourism, a style of vacation that typically takes place on a farm, ranch or vineyard, is a chance for guests to get local, communal experience. Fresh, seasonal food is usually the main draw at a tourist farm, where guests are looking for an authentic country life experience without the traditional tourist trappings. • Read the
Jul 8, 2010
Mike & Maddie’s Sweet Nothings
Name: Mike & Maddie WitterLocation: Upper West Side, NYCSize: under 500 square feetYears lived in: 2 This couple of acclaimed public school educators have learned a thing or two themselves during the process of decorating their small bi-level apartment. Because of their high marks in our Small Cool Contest, we decided to get a closer look at this charming home.There is a great mix of antiques and new pieces happening here.
Jul 7, 2010
5 Around-the-Campfire Desserts
Just because you don’t have access to a traditional stove or a stocked pantry on a camping trip is no reason to to skip dessert! Here are five ideas for a sweet treat that will have your kids singing your praises around the campfire. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Jul 7, 2010
Heather’s Comfortably Glamorous Family Home
Welcome to Brandon & Leah from Portland; a blogging duo trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as House Tour Contributors. Enjoy their work!Name: Heather, Douglas, Gabrielle and ZoeLocation: Portland, OregonSize: 3500 square feetYears lived in: 6Heather’s cozy family ranch was custom built in 1960, in the historic Argay Terrace neighborhood of Portland.
Jul 6, 2010
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Choosing Outdoor Paint Colors Based on Architecture
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Jul 6, 2010
A Plastic Cup We Approve Of
Over the past month, my husband and I have been road testing these insulated plastic cups. They come with a screw on lid and a solid straw that can be used time and time again. They’re BPA-free and now blogger approved as we’ve used them for everything from iced tea to frozen frappuccino (even when
Jul 2, 2010
Alicia’s “Flea Market Faboosh”
Name: Alicia PeatLocation: San Francisco, California (Inner Richmond District)Size: 1,000 square feet (2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms)Years lived in: 3 years Alicia tells us the story of her colorful San Francisco home in her own words: “My house. Even after 3 years, it is still pretty awesome to say ‘my house;’ as in I own it. I knew the moment I walked in that this was the place.
Jul 1, 2010
Amanda’s Retrolicious Headquarters
Name: Amanda RamsdenLocation: Sterling, VirginaSize: 1,600 square feet — 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bathYears lived in: 5½ Amanda lives nestled away outside of the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC. She gets the simplicity and calm vibes of the DC suburbs, but for her interiors, she embraced the loud, colorful, artistic mashup that encompasses the District.
Jul 1, 2010