Nancy Mims’ Playful and Patterned Home
Name: Nancy Mims, co-founder, designer and creative director of Mod Green Pod, her husband, Rodney Gibbs, her two delightful children (ages 4 and 9), and their very old cat, Fuzzy WeaselLocation: Hyde Park — Austin, TexasSize: 1,700 square feetYears lived in: 6 — owned Nancy and her great organic fabric designs are no strangers to Apartment Therapy — we’ve previously featured her style and her approach to creating healthy materials for the modern home.
Nov 30, 2010
How to Replace Your Oven Light
Our baking escapades are amateur, at best. We usually leave the oven light on the entire time we’re baking (Yes, it’s OK to do that!) to check and make sure everything is rising and browning like it should. Needless to say, we’re absolutely lost when that little bulb burns out.
Nov 30, 2010
Jesse & Leia’s Inspired Americana Bungalow
Name: Jesse Keenan, Leia Everett, and our two kitties Libby and Nola Location: Santa Barbara, California Size: 585 Square Feet Years lived in: 4 years After a relaxing drive up to Santa Barbara, I visited the home of an endearing young couple living in a bungalow community. The row of homes was so quaint and pristine, I felt like I was in a time warp going back many years to when neighbors still borrowed a cup of sugar.
Nov 29, 2010
7 Places To Hang A Stocking Other Than From A Fireplace
Although we haven’t conduced an official study of how many folks have a fireplace and how many don’t, we’re going to guess that more people are looking for creative ways to hang their stocking during the holidays than not. We happen to be part of that crowd, so without further ado, here’s 7 festive ways to display your stockings!1. Ladders: Vintage, worn or broken ladders are easy to come by at estate sales, auctions, antique stores and Craigslist.
Nov 29, 2010
dbO Home: Handcrafted Pottery & Stoneware
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Perfect for the official first day of gift shopping season. Dana Brandwein Oates founded dbO Home out of “a desire to make things.” Her handmade porcelain and stoneware is simple, practical, and personal. She makes a total of 12 pottery collections, each with its own distinct identity. • Read the full
Nov 29, 2010
Sonja’s Salon de Silver Lake
Name: Sonja TeriLocation: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CASize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years Last week we previewed Sonja’s Silver Lake apartment’s home office and studio over at Unplggd, and now we’re back with the rest of her stylish apartment for a full tour. Filled with a colorful and harmonious assortment of artwork, prints, sculptures and photographs, the quintessential Silver Lake apartment is a glamorous extension of Sonja’s love of the arts.
Nov 26, 2010
Color Combo: Olive Green and Sky Blue
Green and blue is an all-time favorite combo of ours. It can go very springy, but darken it up a bit and tame it down with dark olive greens and dusty blues:The kitchen up top exemplifies this color combo, with muddy green cabinetry and crisp blue walls.
Nov 26, 2010
Special Silver for Holiday Feasts
If you have a weakness for super-specific silver and a love of presentation, the holidays are the perfect time to bust out your awesome- if rarely used- serving pieces. And if you don’t happen to have a cranberry spoon or cookie tongs on hand, they can often be found for under $20… • Read the
Nov 24, 2010
A House-Wide Cabinet of Curiosities
Name: Family of Three plus one adorable service dogLocation: Providence, Rhode IslandSize: 3000 square feetYears lived in: 3 — owned You get to see plenty of streamlined, minimalist spaces on Apartment Therapy. This isn’t one of them. This is a home that feels more like a delightful, giant cabinet of curiosity. This place isn’t shy about reflecting the stories, experiences and history of those who are lucky enough to live here.
Nov 23, 2010
Aaron’s Astor Tower Apartment
Name: Aaron and Rob + pets, Jan and Ira Katz & Simon Le BoneLocation: Gold Coast — Chicago, ILSize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 3 — owned I met Aaron through a mutual friend a couple of months ago and when he mentioned that he lives in the Astor Tower condominiums, I’m afraid I overreacted. I LOVE Bertrand Goldberg’s buildings and so of course I started pestering Aaron about a house tour. After a bit of cajoling, he agreed.
Nov 23, 2010
What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?
A long and narrow bedroom can be a nightmare for furniture arrangement. A great way to utilize the space is by placing the bed on a shorter wall, leaving room for furniture at the foot of the bed. Maybe even a sofa!I’ve always wanted a bench at the foot of my bed, but haven’t found the right one for the right price yet. I do, however, have a spare sofa that is small enough to fit perfectly at the foot of the bed.
Nov 23, 2010
Modern Salt Cellars
Yesterday we looked at the salt cellars that appeared on Medieval and Renaissance tables. While ornate, bejeweled metalwork is out of style for storing salt these days, there are plenty of appealing modern options that go beyond the simple shaker. Many of these can go from the kitchen workstation straight to the table, or can
Nov 23, 2010
Allison’s Playful Chinoiserie Modern
Name: Allison and her cats, Pooh Bear and LBA.Location: Cleveland Park, Washington, DCSize: One bedroom, about 850 square feet. The apartment is split into two levels, which helps it feel a bit roomier.Years lived in: 2.5, rented If there’s one thing I learned about Allison from visiting her lovely home, it’s that she is way too modest about her DIY skills. Walking in, my first impression was that her home felt very “put together,” in the best possible sense.
Nov 22, 2010
Modern Thanksgiving Table: Get the Look
If you’re still shopping for Thanksgiving table setting ideas, or you’re on the hunt for pieces that will last through the winter entertaining season, here you go. Our guide to modern tabletop includes options for linens, dishes, glassware, flatware, and centerpieces. • Read the full post on Marketplace
Nov 22, 2010
Best Sources for China, Glassware, & More
This Thursday, families across America will be bringing out their best dishes and setting the Thanksgiving table. In case you’re in need of some new wine glasses, a tablecloth, or even a whole new set of china before the big day, we’ve rounded up 12 of our best table setting source lists. • Read the
Nov 22, 2010
The Browns’ Cottage Novella
Name: Jess, Erio, Stella & Tiger Brown (& Shorty the dog)Location: West Petaluma — CASize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 7 — Owned While some peoples homes speak pages about them, the Browns’ home is a vintage encyclopedia set. A set that is hued in the colors of the Sahara desert at sunset, with well worn tea stained pages that only the passage of time and care can create.
Nov 19, 2010
10 Little Things To Do Before Guests Come Over
There’s nothing worse than being at someone’s home and not being able to find an extra roll of toilet paper when it’s needed. Check out our list of things to do before company comes for 10 ideas that will help make your guests’ stay memorable for all the right reasons. Over the years there are little things we’ve noticed while attending parties (and hosting our own) that make guests feel more comfortable while they’re in your space.
Nov 19, 2010
Making Space: Radiator Toppers
Radiators can take up quite a bit of space in a small apartment. But do you know what helps? Resting a shelf on top. Make sure you aren’t storing books or flammable objects there, but think of it as a warming side table where you can perch a cup of joe when you’re curled up on the sofa! Here are a few examples:In the warmer months, of course, the shelf can be used in any way you please.
Nov 19, 2010
How To Preserve and Over-Winter Your Outdoor Herbs
I can’t bear to leave my herbs outside, plus nothing is better than having fresh herbs all winter long. I’m looking forward to sage and rosemary in my Thanksgiving stuffing, fresh basil pesto when I need a pick-me-up during the coldest storm in January, and oregano and thyme in a hearty soup for a cozy
Nov 19, 2010
John’s New York City Interior with a California Garden
Name: John Saint-DenisLocation: Hancock Park – Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1500 Square FeetYears lived in: 5 years John wanted to reduce his carbon footprint by moving in a multi-unit building. He found his current fourplex and decided to purchase the property with a few friends, who would each keep one of the units. It had the potential for John’s ideal blending of styles, a classic Upper East Side Manhattan layout with a California garden, but needed a complete overhaul.
Nov 18, 2010
Caitlin’s Art Deco Apartment with a Parisian Flair
Name: Caitlin MurrayLocation: Beverly Hills — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 700 square feet — 1 bed, 1 bathYears lived in: 6 months I met Caitlin a few quarters into design school and immediately knew she had an inherent talent for interior design. When apartment hunting, Caitlin scouted out units with strong architectural features, knowing it would be much easier to complement a well-designed rental space.
Nov 17, 2010
A Perfect Balance: Gray and Orange
The saying “opposites attract” goes well beyond human relationships — and the affair between orange and gray mingling to create a stunning balance is a perfect example. Depending on the tones, the duo can be youthful and whimsical, eclectic and bold, moody and sophisticated, or masculine and sleek, and any combo in between!
Nov 17, 2010
Laundry Organization For Small Spaces
Laundry is a time consuming task that has a tendency to build up and become overwhelming. If you live in a small space, laundry procrastination can take over large areas of valuable space making your apartment feel cramped and chaotic. We all know the simple solution to this problem: do your laundry every week! But busy schedules always seem to get in the way of regular household chores.
Nov 17, 2010
Hunter & Casie’s “Redneck Modern” Eichler Home
Name: Hunter Wimmer (Design Educator) & Casie Permenter (Civil Engineer) and Marty the Cranky CatLocation: Concord, CaliforniaSize: 1,800 square feet + 200 square feet atriumYears lived in: 3 — owned On a blazingly hot 4th of July holiday, my wife and I moved from West Oakland to the suburbs of Concord to tackle a labor of love: a 1963 Eichler-built home in pretty rough, but somewhat original shape.
Nov 16, 2010
Best Online Sources for Coffee Connoisseurs
The web has made it a lot easier for small businesses to reach bigger potential audiences — just look at the world of small-batch artisan coffee. While Starbucks might seem like they have a store on every block, people who want something different definitely have options.
Nov 15, 2010
How To Make a DIY Grill Cover
Cold weather is right around the corner and that means the grill will be getting a lot less use. If, like me, you don’t have any place other than the balcony to store the grill over the winter months why not make a DIY cover for it? Oilcloth, which is available in an impressive array of patterns and colors, will make a cute little hideaway for your grill while it’s not in use. And with this how-to, you’ll have it together in no time!
Nov 12, 2010
5 Low Cost Big Impact DIY Branch Centerpieces
With fall in full swing, we have officially reached the point where some of our trees have lost all of their leaves. As beautiful as changing leaves are, there is something magical about bare branches. So, this season as I look for ways to bring nature to the table while celebrating with family and friends, I’m looking to all things branch.
Nov 12, 2010
Steven Arroyo’s Think Tank
Name: Steven Arroyo, restaurateur Location: Hancock Park — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 2,100 square feet — 2 beds, 2 bathsYears lived in: 1 year I had the pleasure of meeting Steven for the first time in his home. I immediately picked up on his strong demeanor and disciplined, yet multifaceted sense of style. With more than a few successful restaurants under his belt — Cobras & Matadors, Church & State, Sgt.
Nov 11, 2010
Mary and Tom’s Hip & Historic Haven
Name: Mary Visconti and Tom CaldwellLocation: the Loop — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 2,000 square feetYears lived in: 4 — Owned As a lifelong Chicagoan, I’ve often been curious about the Manhattan Building, the 1891 landmark that’s the city’s oldest surviving steel frame building. Designed by William Le Baron Jenney, the 16-story historic skyscraper features gorgeous bay windows and a prime view of the Harold Washington Library.
Nov 11, 2010
Preserving Your Herbs: Choosing The Best Spice Jars
Ever realize that you have 4 different containers of cinnamon or cream of tartar lurking in the back of a cabinet? Maybe 3 of them unwittingly fell off the lazy susan, but still…there’s got to be a better way to organize and preserve what we have so that we make the most of what we
Nov 11, 2010
Deborah’s Modern Shabby Chic Home
Name: Deborah Strauss, Lizzie the bird and Bentley the dogLocation: North Hyde Park — Austin, Texas Size: 1,570 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned Who says you have to fill a modern architecture home with contemporary or Mid-Century Modern furnishings? We found an Austin resident who furnished her modern house with a medley of shabby chic, French-inspired decor and eclectic items in a careful mix that seems both exciting, relaxing and just perfect.
Nov 10, 2010
Meri Meri Party Supplies
Meri Meri is a small company that’s been turning out spectacular paper products for the last 20 years, and their partyware makes it easy to host a visually cohesive kids party sans licensed TV characters. Items can be purchased a la carte or grab a themed party pack including invitations and thank you notes, cupcake
Nov 10, 2010
Dana’s DIY Modern Casual Home
Name: Dana & Steve Miller along with sons Layne & Everett Location: Cincinnati, OhioSize: 2500 sq ft – 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath homeYears lived in: 2.5 — owned When Dana and her husband Steve bought their new construction home a few years ago, they were certain they could bring their own casual style to this boring builder’s home. And have they ever succeeded!
Nov 9, 2010
Tips For Hosting Parties For Families With Children When You Don’t Have Any
I don’t have children, but they weave their way into my life in many ways and are always welcome in my home, especially when we entertain. But how do we retain our sanity? Do we baby proof the space? Is there a box of goldfish crackers stashed in the back of our pantry for just such an occasion?
Nov 9, 2010
Eco-Friendly Tablecloths
I feel that in recent years tablecloths have sort of gone out of style and become something associated more with a stuffy older relative rather than with a hip host or hostess. So I’ve pulled together a little selection of modern tablecloths for inspired holiday table settings. The selection includes tablecloths made of recycled or
Nov 8, 2010
8 Stylish Eco Friendly Placemats
Stylish and eco-friendly placemats can be difficult to find, which is why I typically sew my own from organic cotton or linen. But with more options and materials available—from wool felt to silicone to block-printed organic cotton—the following shops offer a variety of price points and represent different shades of “green.” • Read the full
Nov 5, 2010
Mirror Images: Are There Really “Skinny Mirrors” and “Fat Mirrors”?
A girlfriend of mine recently referred to her “fat mirror” (one that made her look wider and shorter) and her “skinny mirror” (one that elongated her frame). Is this a red flag for some major body image dysmorphia or is she on to something? For me, buying a mirror has always been about its frame and its shape. It never occurred to me that some mirrored reflections could be more accurate than others. And, really, who cares? What matters is what is on the inside, right?
Nov 4, 2010
Sous Vide On A Budget: Hack Your Slow Cooker
It’s getting colder, so we’ve been craving hot comfort food. The best way to achieve those comfort foods — with the slow cooker! Now, there’s another cooking method we can easily master with the slow cooker. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Nov 4, 2010
How To Clean Silver With Baking Soda & Aluminum Foil
I’ve been trying out some green cleaning tips to get rid of those icky “lock them under the sink” chemicals and I found a new favorite. This tip for cleaning your silverware is quick, easy, uses things from around the kitchen, and it works! Yay! • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Nov 3, 2010
Evan & Greg’s Small Cool Downtown LA Loft
Name: Evan Harrison, Greg Gasawski & their schnauzer BugLocation: Downtown — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 850 square feetYears lived in: 2 — rentEvan (who is currently seeking new work with a designer or showroom) and Greg (a law student at Southwestern Law) submitted their home to the Small Cool Contest on Apartment Therapy earlier this year.
Nov 2, 2010
Before & After: Crazy Quilt Dining Chairs
Ashley sent in the results of her just-completed upholstery project &mdash and it’s crazy! This afternoon I re-covered a set of four dining room chairs that my husband and I received from his GREAT grandmother, all the way across the Atlantic from Bermuda. It’s a lovely set — but the fabric in which they arrived was dirtied and dingy and was in desperate need of a change.
Nov 2, 2010
How to Clean Electric Stove Burners
Does your pot frequently runneth over? Are your stove burners caked with spots from former tenants? Do you set off the smoke alarm before you even begin to cook? It might be time to give those stove burners a good cleaning. Here’s how. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Nov 2, 2010
Darian’s Darling Glam Den
Name: Darian DarlingLocation: Queens, New YorkSize: 800 square feetYears lived in: 2½ — rented Taking a break from her busy and glamourous entourage duties on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, lifestyle blogger, makeup artist and nightlife hostess, Darian Darling, graciously gave us a peek into her glittering abode. A direct reflection of her glitzy and engaging personality, Darian’s unique and inspirational home is full of eye-candy in every corner.
Nov 1, 2010
Dragan & Elissa’s Eclectic Energy
Name: Dragan & ElissaLocation: Dallas, TexasSize: 1,100 square feet — 2 bedrooms, 1 bathYears lived in: 4 years — rented The creative energy that flows through Dragan and Elissa’s home is invigorating. As your eyes dart from one piece to the next, they will tell you that many of the items in their home are original, handcrafted by them or members of their family. Then, the envy for their creative genes ensues.
Nov 1, 2010
The Best Paperless Invitations
I was raised to believe in the old-fashioned, inherent thoughtfulness of the hand-written note. In fact, “Santa” still leaves thank-you notes in my stocking every Christmas so that I have no excuse not to write them. I am 30. However, when it comes to party invitations, I have to admit I always go online. With features like guest tracking, easy one-click RSVPs, and pot-luck sign ups, it’s easy for both my guests and me to plan for the event!
Nov 1, 2010
Explaining the “Ghosts” That Power On Your Appliances
The spookiest thing to happen in our house this past Halloween weekend was a toaster oven that mysteriously turned itself on. Was it a visit from a long deceased Bagel-Bites-loving ancestor? Probably not. It turns out that it’s part of a sporadic phenomenon that popularly plagues small appliances like toasters, microwaves and coffee makers. Has it ever happened to you?
Nov 1, 2010