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
Hot Tip: Deter Cats From Your Christmas Tree With Citrus
Cats and christmas trees are like salt and chocolate: they just belong together. If you have a furry feline who insists on scoping out your living room from half way up your Blue Spruce, here’s an easy way to keep them grounded for good! Try placing citrus peels like oranges and lemons under your tree skirt. In general most cats detest citrus and will keep their distance. As an added bonus, it will make your living quarters smell lovely and won’t harm anyone (albeit 2 or 4 legs).
Nov 30, 2010
5 Places to Hang Your Ornaments — Other than on a Tree
For some, putting up a Christmas tree just isn’t on the agenda. You might not have enough time to deal with the set up and take down, or you possibly don’t have the space. Whatever the reason may be, we love the look of shiny ornaments on strings hanging throughout your home. Here’s 5 places you might not have thought of to implement the idea!1. Windows Just like the photo above, windows are a great place to show off your sparkly ornaments.
Nov 30, 2010
IKEA Hack: Train Table
Are your kids drawn to the train table at the bookstore like moths to a flame? It’s easy to see why. The low table is a perfect height and the large surface can hold a ton of toys. Before buying a new train table, look around your house to see if you’ve got the makings of one laying around.We found this great idea over at Ikea Hacker. It’s the ubiquitous IKEA Lack shelf with an interior door affixed to the top. This easily gives a piece of storage furniture an additional use.
Nov 30, 2010
How To: Hide Your TV Monitor with Style
While working on the Big Book of Small Cool Spaces, I was in and out of some amazing small homes. While most of the pictures and ideas went straight into the book, there a few that I got to blog from the cutting room floor. This idea is the most elegant solution for a television that I’ve seen to date. I don’t even have a television, but if I did, I’d do it like this….
Nov 30, 2010
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Fresh New Ways To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays
People have been decorating their homes for the holidays for centuries and although it might seem like all the ideas have been played out and are a little tired, that doesn’t mean you can’t twist them up and come up with fresh takes on something classic. Check out these tips to teach you to use what you have, scavenge what you need and make your home unique and beautiful for the season ahead.
Nov 30, 2010
The Secrets Behind Great Small Spaces
Everyone has a bit of a different take on small space living: it’s all about purging your stuff. No, it’s all about organizing your stuff. Wait, it’s all about storing your stuff! But one thing is for sure: you know an amazing small space when you see it. Small spaces are king on Re-Nest. Yes, we love them for their lower energy and heating bills, and yes, we love them because they force us to edit, organize, and reduce our accumulation of stuff.
Nov 30, 2010
Be a Good Neighbor with Proper Christmas Light Etiquette
Good news: It’s now OK to start putting up your holiday decorations. Both etiquette experts and your neighbors agree that the day after Thanksgiving (also known as Black Friday and “Blow Your Paycheck Day”) is the first day that the sight of holiday lights doesn’t throw them into an “OMG-it’s-not-Christmas-yet” tizzy. But do you know when to take them down? We’ve got the answer, plus a few other holiday light etiquette tips, when you read more.
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
Wood Fireplace Alternatives
If you want chestnuts roasting on an open fire this winter season, but don’t have a fireplace to do the cooking, there are plenty of alternatives out there. So when Jack Frost starts nipping at your nose, you can get warm next to your virtual fireplace which simulates the sounds of a crackling flames. Isn’t technology grand?Many people are unaware that a wood-burning fire is mostly decorative, and its heating properties are essentially worthless.
Nov 29, 2010
Tip: Forget Ribbon and Make Outdoor Bows From Metal
Although spicing up your outside areas can be a nice touch, ribbons and other ornamental creations can get a little soggy when it comes to rain, sleet and snow. So forget the typical and think outside the box with a little plumber’s strapping tape that’ll last from year to year!Although some parts of the country are blessed with wonderful weather through the holiday months, many places just aren’t so lucky.
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
Placing Your Christmas Tree: 5 Things to Consider
Christmas trees are such a fun tradition—they bring families together, bring out the child in everyone, and give you pride in your home. If you find yourself in the market for a tree, you’ll also find yourself wondering where to place it in your space. If you live in a single family dwelling, you probably have more choices than those living in apartments. Either way, there’s a perfect place for a tree in your home. Read on for five things to consider.
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
Emily & Erick’s Modern Eclectic British Eccentric Bungalow
Name: Emily and Erick Henson, plus Ella, 11 and Johnny, 8. Also Gracie, the French Bulldog and Cub and Betty, the cats.Location: Highland Park — Los Angeles, CASize: 702 square feet (to be precise!) plus approximately 150 sf in converted garage.2 beds, 1 bath (Jack and Jill style, between the bedrooms.
Nov 24, 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
Small Space Solutions: Making Guests Comfortable WITHOUT a Guestroom
Just because you don’t have a guest room, doesn’t mean that your guests should be treated as afterthoughts. Yes, there are all kinds of Martha Stewart type things you can do for your guests, but the bottom line is this – your guests should be made to feel welcome. This is true whether you have a bona-fide guest room, a pullout sofa, an air mattress or just a designated spot for sleeping on the living room floor.
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
Flickering Lights Could Be Signs of a Bigger Problem
A flickering light in the house tells us one thing: It’s time to buy a new bulb. But if you’re finding that your kitchen light is nearly always on strobe mode—or that it sporadically flickers in a light show with the living room lights—it could be a sign of a bigger problem.If a new bulb—or tightening the one you have—fixes the problem, you probably have nothing to worry about.
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
Four Fabulous DIY Sewing Kits
You know how it goes – you’re traveling away from home, wearing your favorite shirt/pants/skirt when suddenly a button pops/zipper breaks/seam splits. If only you had a sewing kit!I’m a big fan of the sewing kit. In fact, I carry a miniature kit in my bag at all times. Whether for yourself or as a gift, putting together a sewing kit is easy and thoughtful.
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
In Search of the Perfect Small Space Dining Set
As someone who spent 6 months shopping for the perfect round 30-inch table to fit in my kitchen, I know how hard it can be to find a good small dining set. (I eventually scored an irregularly small Saarinenesque set off craigslist.) From that experience, I gathered a list of bookmarks for small dining sets — here are 12 sources and styles.
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
Donna & Lyla’s Tiled Wonder
Name: Donna Mingo, Lyla TurnerLocation: South St. Louis, MissouriSize: 1850 square feetYears lived in: 2 years — owned Cheerful yellow tile greets you in the entryway of Donna and Lyla’s Saint Louis home. It’s a fitting introduction to a house filled with both color and decorative original details, but the real show stopper is in the kitchen. The room’s walls and ceiling are covered with a milky green glass tile called Vitrolite.
Nov 18, 2010
How To Repot an Orchid
There is nothing more satisfying than watching an orchid send out its flowering spike — knowing that when you see the glorious blooms, it was you that helped it thrive to do so. And while we’ve shown you how to repot your houseplants before, orchids, well they’re a different sort of breed. Unlike your typical houseplant, potting orchids in soil will lead to root rot and one dead plant! Orchids are either terrestrial or epiphytic.
Nov 18, 2010
Matthew and Emma’s Eco Environment
Name: Matthew and Emma McGregor-MentoLocation: New York, NYSize: 650 sq/ftYears lived in: 6 months When Matthew and Emma bought their 6th floor apartment in the East Village, they knew they wanted it to be filled with natural living things and to convey the sense that “nature was taking the apartment back, like a small plant growing from a crack in the sidewalk.
Nov 18, 2010
7 Seating Options For Small Spaces
Even if you can cram 100 people into your tiny apartment for a party, it doesn’t mean you have room for 10 to sit down to dinner together. If you’re lacking seating, here’s a few ways to help your guests find a place to land!1. Folding Chairs: When extra seating is needed, folding chairs always seem to come to the rescue. They can be plain or they can be elaborate in design, but one thing is for sure, we appreciate their ability to tuck out of sight when not in use!
Nov 18, 2010
Modern Kitchens: High and Low
New kitchen systems vary widely in price, depending on materials, types of fittings, and (most significantly) whether they’re custom made or off-the-shelf. Here’s a guide to several modern styles, from the top of the line to basic budget options.Going the custom route costs more, but it also allows you to choose exactly what you want in terms of storage and style.
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
Do You Leave the Washer Door Open or Closed?
There are some questions in life that—when opened up for advice from well-meaning family, friends and Google searches—will always give you conflicting answers. Should your baby sleep on his back or his stomach? Does the cheese course come before or after dessert? And, our personal favorite, should we leave the door to the washing machine open or closed after we finish a load?The truth is that there’s no right answer.
Nov 17, 2010
Kat’s Salvage Style
Name: KatLocation: Reno, Nevada When we moved to Reno, Nevada from Oakland, California, I was hoping to purchase an old ramshackle barn and restore it into a rad loft, in the style we were accustomed to living. However, due to our great desire to take advantage of Mr. Obama’s phat tax credit for first time home buyers, our selections were limited by time constraints (the tax credit expired at the end of April).
Nov 17, 2010
How Do You Serve: Family Style or Buffet?
When it comes to a big holiday meal there are two ways of serving the food – family style, with every dish spread out on the table and diners passing the food around, and buffet style, with all the food set up on a table or counter and guests serving themselves. How do you roll in your house?This Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a buffet year in my house. With seven place settings around our little table, it’s going to be a tight fit with little room leftover for serving dishes.
Nov 17, 2010
Using a Rice Cooker As a Slow Cooker
No matter where you are and what you are doing, there’s always a way to hack something in your kitchen so that you can prepare almost any dish. While a rice cooker isn’t really made to be used as a slow cooker, it can double as one if you don’t have anything else that will do the job.Recently, I had bought a gigantic pork roast that I planned on cooking. Currently I live in Asia, and our apartment doesn’t have an oven.
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