Drink Local: Sexy Tap Water Is In
Whether you want to impress your guests or take it with you, tap water’s presentation vessels have gotten a lot sexier these days. Perhaps it’s the refreshing knowledge of drinking local water. Or maybe we are all just getting in touch with the style-mavens inside. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Aug 31, 2010
Alison & Joe’s Suburban Mid-Century Thrift
Name: Alison and JoeLocation: Plainfield, IllinoisSize: 1,800 square feetYears lived in: 3 months Alison and Joe have only lived in their house for about three months but you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The way their suburban home is so completely and tastefully decorated it looks like they’ve lived in their house for three years.
Aug 30, 2010
Help! My Microwave Turntable Won’t Spin
Repairs are expensive. New microwaves are cheap. But you don’t have to spend a dime on either. If your microwave turntable stopped spinning, here’s an easy way to try and fix it.And all you need is some warm, soapy water and your own two hands.
Aug 30, 2010
Mary & Eric’s Harrison West Transformation
Name: Mary & Eric Martineau (and Bogart the dog) Location: Harrison West — Columbus, OhioSize: 1,620 square feetYears lived in: 2 owned for 3½ Creative reuse is nothing new to Mary Martineau. As owner of Short North gallery Transformations, she used decoupage and paint to rework ordinary pieces of used furniture into functional works of art.
Aug 27, 2010
Extra-Special Treat: How To Make Homemade Mallomars
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Mallomars. The name alone is almost enough to trigger a blissful sugar coma. This confection of graham cracker and marshmallow, dipped in chocolate, is a seasonal item from Nabisco and only available in the colder chocolate-friendly winter months. Which means that those of us who need a mid-year fix are forced
Aug 27, 2010
Computers in the Kitchen: 5 Well-Designed Home Offices
Unless you have a separate room in your house designated as the office, the kitchen can be a good place for one. We’re increasingly bringing our computers and iPads into the kitchen anyway. And several of these work stations could easily convert to extra counter space if you’re having a party or need to roll out some sugar cookies.We love the look of a built-in office with plenty of storage and overhead cabinets.
Aug 27, 2010
How To Refurbish a Vintage Stove Knob in 5 Easy Steps
What felt like the find of a lifetime, I came across an ad for a vintage apartment-sized O’Keefe and Merritt stove. It was in amazingly great shape for its age and all the knobs were intact and not stripped of their original black text markings. That is…until the stove was moved during renovations and I
Aug 27, 2010
Kevin Sharkey’s High Over the Hudson
Name: Kevin Sharkey, decorating editorial director of Martha Stewart LivingLocation: Far West Village — New York, New YorkSize: 2,500 square feetYears lived in: 2 After 18 months of renovations, Kevin Sharkey was so pleased to have his apartment complete for the September issue of Martha Stewart Living that he invited Apartment Therapy editors for a private tour! The contemporary space is high over the Hudson in one of the Richard Meier towers on the West Side Highway.
Aug 26, 2010
How To Determine A Fair Rental Price
This subject has been on my mind lately as I wrap up a renovation in the second apartment of the home I bought last year. I am preparing to put the apartment on the rental market within the next few weeks and have been thinking about the best way to price it.What not to do is take your actual monthly mortgage plus expenses such as yard maintenance, and charge half of that cost to a future tenant (assuming the space is comparable.
Aug 26, 2010
Gift for the Geek Who Likes to Cook?
Q: As someone who lives with a bona fide geek boyfriend (computer programmer) who also happens to be as geeky gifted in the kitchen and cooks for us daily, I was wondering if you’d offer me any cooking/kitchen related gifts that might bridge the two worlds for the sake of his birthday present. • Read
Aug 26, 2010
Help! My Microwave Turntable Won’t Spin
Repairs are expensive. New microwaves are cheap. But you don’t have to spend a dime on either. If your microwave turntable stopped spinning, here’s an easy way to try and fix it. And all you need is some warm, soapy water and your own two hands.You don’t have to be an appliance expert to troubleshoot a seemingly broken microwave turntable. You might find that all your little Zappy needs is a checkup and a good, thorough cleaning.
Aug 25, 2010
10 Conversations You Should Have With Your Roommate Before Moving In
They often call getting married and moving in together as “taking the plunge,” but if you ask us, moving in with someone you know and love is a lot less scary than moving in with a stranger. Don’t go into the roommate interview unprepared; we’ve got the questions to consider before you both sign the lease.
Aug 25, 2010
Kate & Clifton Show Their Stuff
Name: Kate Bingaman-Burt & Clifton BurtLocation: Portland, OregonSize: 600 square feetYears lived in: 2 Kate and Clifton have done an amazing job showing off the items they’ve collected while maintaining a great live/work space in their small lofted apartment. You may be familiar with Kate’s art-project-turned-book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, a collection of ink drawings cataloging many of her daily purchases.
Aug 24, 2010
10 Oven Tips that Cut Costs and Keep You Cool
It’s hot. Really hot down here in the south. But as we’re still recovering from the blow of last month’s power bill, we know better than to turn that AC down even just a notch. Instead, we’re keeping cool by using our oven more efficiently when we cook, saving money and bringing down the temp in our home at the same time. Check out what you can do to cut costs and keep cool.
Aug 23, 2010
Jon & Tyke’s Modern Cabin
Name: Tyke O’Brien and Jon LeaverLocation: Topanga Canyon, CaliforniaSize: 1,700 square feet — 2 bedrooms Years lived in: 3 — ownedWho else lives here? Our son, Monty (almost 2 year old) and our cat, Tiny. And there’s a coyote named Jeff who sometimes mills around outside. When we last saw Jon and Tyke in their Topanga Canyon Casa it was cozy and warm, filled with wood and deep rich colors and patterns.
Aug 20, 2010
Software That We Use Daily: Improving Computer Life
From Gmail to Microsoft Word, here are our favorite computer software. We use these programs daily and have generally try to keep them updated as much as possible. While it can get costly for some of them, they are definitely worth keeping.1. Microsoft OfficeNo matter what people say, I’ve gotten to used to using MS Office, especially MS Word. Even though some people dislike it, I find that it works well, no matter what I plan on writing.
Aug 20, 2010
Luxury Range Hoods That Will Set Your Kitchen Apart
In our experience, we’ve found that most kitchens will set themselves apart with one or two luxury appliances, whether they’re espresso machines or swanky range hoods. A hood is a good luxury appliance to get, as it is quite prominent in most kitchens, and will set the tone for the rest of the appliances and
Aug 20, 2010
Amna & Paul Paint It Bold
Name: Amna & Paul WerdelLocation: Adams Morgan — Washington DCSize: 750 square feetYears lived in: 2 — rented Take a good look, because these are some of the last pictures snapped of Amna and Paul’s Adams Morgan gem before it goes under the knife…or the sledge hammer as it were. Their turn of the century building is being turned into condos, and part of the process is a major renovation of all the units.
Aug 19, 2010
DIY Training Chopsticks
Last night we had a special dinner with all four grandparents. Everyone was using chopsticks and of course the kids wanted to use them as well so we quickly made two pairs of training chopsticks.
Aug 19, 2010
Great Open Kitchen Shelving That Will Inspire You
Sara Kate and I have been talking about redoing the kitchen at my family’s country place the low budget way — by ourselves. Mainly, our plans consist of ripping all the old IKEA cabinets out and replacing them with a really nice stove and restaurant quality open shelving. We’re both ready for open shelving, partially
Aug 18, 2010
Emily Henderson’s Super Stylish Design Star Digs
Emily Henderson is a professional prop stylist, so it comes as no surprise that her own home is very lovely to look at — her talent for creating beautiful rooms is wonderfully apparent and for HGTV viewers, familiar. Her design skills are on display on HGTV’s Design Star, where she has made it very far in the competition, currently she is one of the final two contestants.
Aug 17, 2010
How To DIY a Penny Covered Kitchen Countertop
Michael sent us an email over the weekend. He told us that he was inspired by the article about Standard Hotel’s floor of pennies and decided to do his apartment countertop in the same unusual “material”. • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Aug 17, 2010
Lindsay & Jeremy’s Mindfully Merged Space
Name: Lindsay & JeremyLocation: Capitol Hill — Washington, DCSize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1 As anyone who’s ever lived with a significant other can tell you, there’s an art to compromise. When Lindsay and Jeremy moved in together four years ago, they found themselves confronted with the challenge of creating a space that reflected their mutual interests (books, movies, music) without losing sight of their individual aesthetics (geek chic for him, granny chic for her).
Aug 16, 2010
How to Turn a 27″ iMac into a Game Console Display
If you’re a console gamer who’s fortunate enough to have the pleasure of owning a 27″ iMac, at one point or another you’ve probably leaned back in your swivel chair, taken a look at your massive screen, and wondered what it would be like to play some Modern Warfare 2 on that bad boy. Or perhaps you’re a college student/gamer moving into a tiny dorm room, looking for a way to save some space.
Aug 16, 2010
Feeding Your Family On Vacation
Now that I have kids, food while we’re on vacation is my biggest anxiety. On longer trips that we drive to, I’d rather not have the kids eat every single meal out. So to make sure they eat healthy, at least some of the time, I do some meal prep in advance. • Read the
Aug 12, 2010
Chris’ Industrial “Dreamer’s Dream” Loft
Name: Christopher Cushingham Location: Downtown Los Angeles, California Size: 780 Square Feet Years lived in: 6 months Large windows are a valued element to loft living. Chris worked as a residential window cleaner growing up, which helped develop his appreciation for unique and expansive windows. In fact, these industrial windows and the generous natural light they provide sold him on this particular loft.
Aug 11, 2010
In Search of the Perfect Market Bag: 12 Sources
When you make a lot of trips to the farmers market, it helps to have a good market bag — one that holds the right amount of produce, lasts, and is comfortable to carry. Depending on your needs, here are 12 sources for classic styles, compact models, and bags designed with special features.
Aug 9, 2010
Terminology: Turn the AC “Down” or “Up” to Get Cooler?
Being a writer by trade—with more than a few writer friends—we’ll often get caught in discussions about semantics. Things like whether it’s proper to say “done” or “finished,” for example. But recently we got caught up in an Unplggd-worthy battle of meaning: When you want it to be cooler, do you turn the air conditioner “up” or turn it “down?”You say po-TAY-to, I say po-TAH-to. You say turn it up, I say turn it down.
Aug 9, 2010
Sarika’s Studio Apartment
Name: SarikaLocation: Lower East Side — New York, New York My studio apartment is smack dab in the middle of New York City’s Lower East Side — a neighborhood that recently topped a list of best places to live for the “young, single and cash-strapped.” Fitting the bill on all three of those things, and zeroing in on the last item (working on a reporter’s budget here!
Aug 6, 2010
5 Tricks For Learning To Live With Ugly Wall Color
In all of our travels across the country and all of our rental apartments and homes I’ve only had the chance to paint in a few spaces. The problem is, by the time you’ve spent enough time in your space to get the feel for light and how it effects color — it’s time to move! We’ve lived with some of the uuuugliest walls ever for most of our lives and we’ve learned a few tricks to work around them.
Aug 6, 2010
Cheap & Simple Ways to Update an Old Bose SoundDock
Today, we welcome the newest Unplggd contributor, Vivian Kim. Hailing from San Francisco, Vivian is a self-described “geek at heart”, gamer and musician with a love for tech and DIY. Please tell her what you think of her first post here at Unplggd!So you’ve had your Series 1 Bose SoundDock iPod speakers for a number of years–it still sounds great, and for being released in 2004, the design still manages to stand the test of time.
Aug 6, 2010
The Easy (and Quick!) Way to Fix TV Burn-In
We admitted in yesterday’s 5 Things You Should Check on Your HDTV Right Now that burn-in isn’t the problem it used to be (mostly thanks to newer TVs with pixel-shifting features). But that doesn’t mean it’s obsolete. Thankfully, the burn-in cure is quick and painless—and you probably already have all the necessary tools. Check out the solution (and a great prevention idea called the “100-hours rule”) under the jump.
Aug 5, 2010
Kate & Cameron Surrounded by Art
Name: Kate & CameronLocation: Carroll Gardens — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 850 square feet — 1 bedroomYears lived in: 10 months Kate and Cameron are very in sync when it comes to style. They married a year ago, and moved into this great apartment soon thereafter. Buying furniture was easy as they both knew they wanted simple and efficient pieces.
Aug 4, 2010
Dan & Sarah’s Bright Modern Cottage
Name: Dan & Sarah Herchenroether Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 1,176 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years Dan used all his experience as an architect and whole lot of elbow grease to transform a small cottage on a quiet street away from the tourist hustle and bustle of Newport, Rhode Island from drab and dated (think tons of wood paneling) into a sweet and contemporary family home.
Aug 3, 2010
Nicole’s So Haute Home
Name: Nicole GibbonsLocation: HarlemSize: 650 square feetYears lived in: 3.5 years We love peeking inside the homes of designers and other creative professionals, and our latest House Tour comes courtesy of Nicole Gibbons, who is the brains and the beauty behind one of our favorite interior design blogs So Haute.
Aug 2, 2010
5 Things To Do 2 Weeks Before You Move
Moving is a stressful time no matter how prepared you are for it but you can save yourself a little headache by taking care of a few things in advance. Not only will completing this short list make your move go smoother, it will give you peace of mind that you will make it through, no matter how many stairs you have to climb or how hot it is outside!1.
Aug 2, 2010