Greg & Brian’s Decadent Deco Moderne Condo
Name: Greg, Brian and their dog Mr. BiggsLocation: Mission District — San Francisco, CaliforniaSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned Furthering the line of luxury and comfort, Greg and Brian provide choice accommodations for everyone in their home, not just themselves.
Mar 31, 2011
How To Turn a Tapered Lamp Shade into a Drum Shade
I recently bought a set of five cheap lamps from a big box store. The price was right, but I wasn’t loving the tapered shades. Purchase five new drum shades? Not on my budget. Then it hit me. A tapered shade is pretty much half a drum shade, isn’t it? Chop off the top ring, extend the spokes, flip it upside down, and for 3 bucks plus the cost of fabric, you have a drum shade!
Mar 31, 2011
Before & After: Sara’s Cute Coat Closet
Closets are often the spaces that get neglected in even the most stylish and organized of homes. As I get ready to start my spring cleaning, I’m pulling some inspiration from Sara’s coat closet transformation.After seeing what Sara over at Russet Street Reno did with paint and an old vegetable bin, I’m not surprised to see that she was able to transform her coat closet from plain to cute with a just a little color.
Mar 31, 2011
A Gallery of Case Study Beds
The elegant lines of George Nelson’s Case Study bed have ensured its place as a modern classic, with many clean-lined successors also on the market. One big plus of these beds is their versatility — they look sculptural when adorned only with minimal bedding, but are also a good canvas for artsy, bright bedding. As these bedrooms show, as long as you don’t cover up their shape, Case Study beds look good in almost any bedroom.
Mar 31, 2011
Old-School Recipe: Make Your Own Strawberry Milk!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) After I made this crazy hot pink Valentine’s confection, one of the comments on the strawberry milk required for the cake was, “Why not make your own?” Now that was a great idea! Creamy, smooth and straight from the diner of my dreams, a glass of chilled, pink, and homemade strawberry
Mar 30, 2011
Chris & Saule’s Clean Eclectic Family Home
Name: Saule & Chris and their three young childrenLocation: Frederick, MarylandSize: 2,800 square feet — 4 bedroomsYears lived in: 9 — owned (and still changing it every day) My first thought on walking through Saule’s door was, “how on earth does this stylish woman keep her house looking this perfect with three young kids and a busy career?” She and Chris have mastered the art of balancing interesting and unique accents with durable, practical materials.
Mar 29, 2011
Awesome Salvaged Kitchen by WhyDesign
Ever wonder what a kitchen made from almost entirely recycled materials would look like? Design team, WhyDesign, cooked up just that using flea market finds and deconstructed goods. Take glimpse at their creation, and find out how they did it! • Read the full post at Re-Nest
Mar 28, 2011
Marlous & Pim’s Sunny Dutch Home
Name: Marlous Snijder & Pim Van de VisLocation: Veenendaal, The NetherlandsSize: 1,600 square feetYears lived in: 6 months — owned Apartment Therapy is in dire need of some more international house tours and I’m determined to change that. What better home to start with than a bright, sunny dwelling in The Netherlands? Marlous & Pim have styled their home with perfection. This Dutch couple’s home needs to be shared with the world!
Mar 25, 2011
Before & After: Over the Stairs Mudroom
This family may not have a big entryway but they have a wide staircase which they turned into a mudroom of sorts with tons of storage for every family member. See how great it looks now:Even seeing other people get organized makes me feel good. I imagine these cubbies will fill up a lot more over time and not look quite as pretty, but what a great way to maximize this space along the stairs.
Mar 25, 2011
Tips for Defrosting Things Quick!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Freezing food is a great way to conserve and plan for easy dinners, however, it doesn’t make for a spontaneous cooking experience. Read on for a few tips that take defrosting beyond waiting hours and nuking it in the microwave. Read the full post at: The Kitchn
Mar 25, 2011
Before & After: An Architect Adjusted Facade
So much of the successful end result of design projects depends on the ability to take risks and think “outside the box” when in the planning stages. Being able to consider the idea of making one big shift opens up many possibilities. This was the case with the story of the redesign of the entrance and facade single family home in Chicago…… featured in the current issue of Chicago Home + Garden.
Mar 25, 2011
Marlous & Pim’s Sunny Dutch Home
A sunny kitchen in a sunny home in the Netherlands! • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
Mar 25, 2011
Philip & Leona’s Wide Open Loft
Name: Philip Sumner and Leona LaurieLocation: Downtown — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 2,000 square feet (800 square foot addition is in the works)Years lived in: 7 months — rent Philip and Leona have put their stamp on this converted garment district loft. Within seven short months they have built and defined rooms, installed wood paneling throughout, added wood floors upstairs, painted the walls and re-built the staircase (three times to get it right).
Mar 24, 2011
Cupcakes In a Jar! The Latest Cupcake Craze
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) A friend informed us recently that cupcakes in a jar are the hot thing right now. They’ve been seen on The Today Show and in O Magazine. Really, we said. We haven’t even seen these things. What are they? Cupcakes in a jar, it turns out, are like the illicit love
Mar 24, 2011
Benjamin’s Modern Glam Bachelor Pad
Name: Benjamin CottrellLocation: South Loop — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 900 square feetYears lived in: 3 years — rented When Benjamin handed me his business card I noticed that the title under his name says Life Stylist. Well if Benjamin can make my life feel as stylish and lux as his home, I’m sold! The first thing I noticed when I walked into Benjamin’s one bedroom apartment was the fabric wall.
Mar 23, 2011
There’s An App For That: Retractable Kitchen Island
While we’re not sure exactly why anyone would need a retractable kitchen island, it certainly is cool that it’s possible. And even cooler for you iPhone users out there is that the mechanism for such an island can be controlled by your mobile device. Yup, there’s an app for that. • Read the full post
Mar 23, 2011
How To Repair Chipped China
I love delicate porcelain. What I don’t love are the moments right after you accidentally chip one of your prized possessions. But before writing them off completely, I thought I’d see if there was anyway I could salvage my beauties. While I realize they will never be 100% perfect again, my attempt at salvaging them
Mar 23, 2011
KOR Introduces New Stainless Steel Vida Water Bottle
The KOR water bottles, which first launched their ONE bottle in 2008, showcased two new lines last week, the Delta and the Vida. Like the ONE bottle, the Delta is also made of Eastman Tritan, a BPA-free co-polyester material, but the Delta is lighter, and the cap and the spout come apart which makes for
Mar 22, 2011
Before & After: Alana’s Painted Kitchen Cabinets
Faced with two sets of mismatched cabinets in her otherwise dreamy kitchen, Alana decided to paint the lower deck of cabinetry to complement the upper deck. After a lengthy color selection process, Alana dived into the project and the results are gorgeous!The upper deck cabinets in Alana’s kitchen are the vintage windowpane variety that were original to her bungalow — but the lower cabinets are all new.
Mar 21, 2011
7 Ways to Clean Your Home with Baking Soda
If you are a natural cleaning products aficionado, then you are probably familiar with the benefits of baking soda as a disinfectant: it’s environmentally friendly, effective, inexpensive and healthier then the chemical-laden products on the market. But we were amazed at just how many things baking soda can do in your home.
Mar 21, 2011
An Affordable Heart Shaped Tea Set
I was never the set kind of girl. I didn’t have small parties in my bedroom with my stuffed animals or pretend to eat fake cookies with my Cabbage Patch doll, though this set makes me wish I had! Forget those “safe plastic sets” as the price is perfect for a starter play set —
Mar 21, 2011
Carrie’s Glamorous Bungalow
Name: Carrie Miller KerwinOccupation: Interior Designer with Massucco Warner Miller Interior DesignLocation: San Anselmo, CaliforniaSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned Carrie’s bungalow may be a mere 1,100 square feet, but it feels palatial. Her style is refined, yet playful —mirroring her own personality. An interior designer by trade, Carrie’s home is edited to perfection which in turn makes each room feel spacious and grand.
Mar 17, 2011
Flexible Bedroom Staple: Daybeds
image:87e5fe5a55c8a6f671e0699357450e9b7bf35f59 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Oh, to have a guest room! Instead, many of us have an office, a studio, a nursery or another dedicated space in our homes (if we’re lucky enough to have the extra square footage, that is).
Mar 16, 2011
Melamine Mania: Fun, Durable (and Safe?) Tableware
I love melamine tableware because it is free of BPA (Bisphenol A), is dishwasher-safe, and is virtually unbreakable. And it is so bright and cheery! Melamine, which had its heyday in the 1950s, has been popping up in kitchens everywhere in the form of plates, cups, trays and storage containers. But what exactly is melamine
Mar 16, 2011
Honeyed Cereale Toast from David Lebovitz
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) David Lebovitz’s eponymous blog is one of the wittiest, insightful, delicious food blogs around. Join us in digging into a simple, yet extraordinary, way of eating toast. Warning: This breakfast might become your favorite any-time-of-day-I’m-feeling-slightly-peckish snack. Read the full post at: The Kitchn
Mar 15, 2011
Joi & David’s A+ Illusion of Luxury
Name: Joi and David SveziaLocation: Highland, IllinoisSize: 1073 square feetYears lived in: 5.5 — owned Hollywood and Palm Springs, meet Highland, Illinois. All courtesy of Joi “David Hicks” Svezia. Behind an unassuming door in the small town about an hour outside St. Louis, teachers Joi (that’s pronounced Joey by the way, not Joy) and David live a glamorous existence.
Mar 14, 2011
Before & After: AJ Takes His Bedroom from Drab to Fab
After living with this bedroom for awhile, AJ decided it was a little drab. He started the room’s makeover by changing out the bedding and it all went fabulous from there…AJ blogged about his recent bedroom update at Handjobs (For the Home). The overhaul has been an ongoing process. AJ started with a new bedspread, which went a long way in improving the room. But he didn’t stop there.
Mar 14, 2011
Good-Looking Laundry Hampers
image:009c5ed66e7dfaa898ec5c0e2bae1efde65a605f w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" It’s that time again. We have Spring cleaning on the brain, and the best way to make sure things stay clean is to ensure that everything has a place where it belongs. We rounded up 10 hampers from sleek to textural, monochromatic to colorful, that we think are good-looking even if the dirty clothes don’t always make it inside.
Mar 14, 2011
Terrific Tea Cozies!
Having been raised by a Brit it is no surprise that I am an avid tea drinker. I can and do easily consume several pots throughout the day, especially during the winter months. But no matter what time of year I need my tea to be toasty, and nothing keeps the pot hot like a
Mar 14, 2011
Stephen and Jessica’s Artfully Arranged Home and Studio
Name: Stephen Eichhorn and Jessica PaulsonPets: 2 toy poodles, Francis and Lulu; 2 cats, Poncho and KevinLocation: Ukrainian Village; Chicago, IllinoisSize: Roughly 2,000 sq ft (1,200 living space & 800 studio space); Single family home built in 1895Years lived in: 6 months, rented It’s no surprise that Stephen and Jessica listed the phrase “Always be Knolling” as a source of inspiration.
Mar 11, 2011
Before & After: A Raised Garden Bed
During the last year, we focused mainly on fixing up the inside of our house. But 2011 is all about the outside, and we got to work before the holidays so we could eat out of our first food-producing garden come early spring. So far, so good. Take a look! • Read the full post
Mar 11, 2011
Marcus & Irene’s Hong Kong Warehouse
Name: Irene Capriz & Marcus Foley Location: Hong Kong Size: 3300 square feet — 1 bedroom Type: Warehouse Years lived in: 1 It’s not often that you get to know a home before its inhabitants but this was the case a couple of weeks ago when we set off on our first house swapping adventure. With much anticipation we arrived in front of a rather unattractive, industrial building.
Mar 10, 2011
Easy Feng Shui with Augmented Reality App Review
Did you know that whenever you rearrange a room to eliminate clutter and make yourself feel better that you’re essentially practicing Feng Shui? Yep, it’s true; Feng Shui has a rep as one of those woo-woo things that you can either buy into or not, but it’s actually just the practice of making positive changes to your environment to produce positive changes in your life.
Mar 10, 2011
Before & After: From Concrete To Faux Wood Flooring
What happens when water invades your living room and you have to take the carpet out? Well in this case you do great things while staying within a budget. Curious to see what this boring concrete floor looks like now?Over at the blog TwentysixFiftyeight there’s been some serious transformations happening. After having to remove the carpet in their home due to some unforeseen water issues, Merritt and Cris were left with a slightly uneven, yes solid concrete slab.
Mar 10, 2011
Before & After: Chicago Bungalow Kitchen
Jarret and Catherine of Bungalow Bungahigh had a classic renovation story play out when rehabbing the kitchen in their Chicago home. What could go wrong, did, and the job took much longer than initially expected. But, I’m sure you’ll agree the results are worth it — just check out the after: • Read the full
Mar 10, 2011
Katherine’s Meticulous Work in Progress
Name: Katherine & AlbertLocation: Prospect Heights — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 4-story limestone building. Phase 1: one-floor, 938 square feet. Phase 2: 2-floor, 3-bedroom, 1,876 square feet (tenants live on the other two of the floors)Years Lived In: 3 Katherine, a stylist, is very particular about, and sensitive to, her immediate environment.
Mar 9, 2011
David & Megan’s Storefront Live/Work Loft
Name: David Handschuh & Megan Ross + Arrow the dogLocation: Bucktown — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 1,500 square feetYears lived in: 1½ — rented One of the things I love about shooting House Tours is seeing all the places people call home. From two flats to high rises, I’ve seen every kind of permutation of living quarters possible. Or, at least I thought so. David and Megan’s tour was my first time in a converted storefront space.
Mar 8, 2011
The Boys of Bushwick
Name: Michael Stout, Joshua Lekwa & Walter ReplogleLocation: Bushwick — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 8½ — rented What do you get when you put a designer, a comedian and an architect in an industrial loft with a notorious reputation? Inspired living!
Mar 8, 2011
Before & After: Using Childrens Books as Art
I recently had the idea to replace the photographs which hung above my couch with several images from one of my favorite picture books, Caps for Sale. Five dollars for the book, a few cuts with an X-ACTO, and I have six beautiful images that add new life to the room.Since I already had the frames, this was a very cheap and easy way to do a quick change to the room.
Mar 8, 2011
Steven’s Relocated Beach Cottage
Name: Steven ShortridgeLocation: Venice, CaliforniaSize: 800 Square FeetYears lived in: 14 Steven Shortridge’s home was part of a larger house, which was relocated to Venice in 1937. He kept many of the original architectural details and built-ins and also added modern elements to fit his lifestyle. Choosing a bright bright orange for his dining room and kitchen was definitely a bold move, but Steven felt it was just the right color for the space.
Mar 7, 2011
How To: Make a Clementine Candle
Kicking off our new series of How To Videos, here’s a fully filmic version of one of most popular winter posts about how to turn the skin of a yummy clementine into a dinner party show stopper. • See the video at Apartment Therapy
Mar 7, 2011
Product Review: Boskke Sky Planter
It’s cold and rainy here in Seattle, but today my kitchen just got a little bit brighter. I’ve been intrigued by the Boskke Sky Planter after reading about it on Re-Nest a while back and last week my husband surprised me with a planter of my own. See how we installed it and my initial
Mar 7, 2011
Install a Shower Timer, Save Thousands of Gallons of Water
Did you know that reducing your daily shower time by a single minute will save a whopping thousand gallons of water in a year? Installing a shower timer in your bathroom is the easiest way to keep track of your time spent under the water. We’ve collected some of the best on the market, and shared them along with some water-saving tips below.According to the EPA, Americans use an average of 100 gallons of water each day. A shower uses 2.
Mar 3, 2011
Uptown Glamour at Manhattan House by Celerie Kemble
Name: Celerie KembleLocation: Upper East Side — New York, New YorkSize: 1,861-square-feet — 2-bedroom condo The recent renovation of the Manhattan House buffs an already treasured architectural gem. Giving Celerie Kemble the opportunity to design and create an extravagant two-bedroom residence brings to life the ultimate urban living experience.
Mar 2, 2011
Pros & Cons: Faux Leather Furniture
There are many reasons to buy faux leather furniture. It’s cheaper and animal friendly. And, there are many reason not to buy faux leather furniture. Real leather ages well and looks more expensive (because it is). If you’re thinking about buying new furniture and you’re torn between faux and real leather, here are a list of some of the pros and cons. Faux leather comes in many forms and some are better than others.
Mar 2, 2011
Ann & Bart’s Patiently Furnished Home
Name: Ann DeOtte & Bart Kaufman Location: Capitol Hill — Seattle, Washington Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 1 — rent Large windows with treetop views, high ceilings and gorgeous wooden floors; Ann and Bart certainly lucked out with their home in one of Seattle’s oldest buildings. But an open plan space has its own set of issues. The first is figuring out how to let the architecture shine while still creating a sense of coziness in Seattle’s damp and dismal days.
Mar 1, 2011