How To Make Fireflies That Really Light Up
Remember when you were a kid how magical it was when the summer sun finally set at the end of the day and the fireflies came out and you never wanted to come inside even though your older sister told you your house was built on a graveyard and the zombies would come out at night? Well, here’s a super quick craft to help your kids feel a little bit of that magic. These fireflies are super easy to make. Just pop a flameless LED tealight into a plastic Easter egg.
May 31, 2011
Simon, Levi & Josie’s Shared Bedroom
Names & Ages: Simon (4) Levi (3) and Josie (7 months) Location: Seattle, WA Room size: 95 square feet This month has been all about Small Spaces at Ohdeedoh and this Room Tour is the perfect example of not letting small spaces deter you from creative possibility. Rebekah and her husband knew they needed to fit their three children into one space (with little sister on the way!) so they made it work.
May 27, 2011
Just Cool Enough: Desk Fans Instead of the AC
When you share an office with another, whether it’s your home office or in a work office, chances are the AC is either too cold or too hot for one person. Sometimes a desk fan can offer some level of comfort for hotter temps without going to to the extreme of a cold blasting AC, especially in spring and early summer…Dyson Desk FanThe fan, called the Dyson Air Multiplier fan, does away with the blades used in common desk fans.
May 26, 2011
Gina’s Vintage Bohemian Home Atop the Shop
Name: Gina, Nathan and Taylor, Winston and Steven (the cats), Lucy (the dog)Location: Santa Barbara, CA Size: 1500 Square FeetYears lived in: 7 Months— Rent Gina Comin has created an eclectic and warm home that she shares with her boyfriend and son, which just happens to be located above her fun and eccentric vintage store Cominichi’s. With artwork, jewelry, antiques and furniture from around the world, her home is both inviting and the ultimate bohemian abode.
May 25, 2011
Inspiration Gallery: Edible Gardens in Every Shape and Size
It’s no secret that we love our edible garden. The joy it brings when we harvest something—even one tiny cherry tomato at a time—is so simple and pure. To look at a beautiful garden and know that it provides sustenance and nourishment, too? Well, that’s just the best. Here are ten of our favorite inspiring
May 25, 2011
Sarah & Clay’s Playful Yet Elegant Home
Name: Clay Ferguson (aka FERG), vinyl toy designer and owner of toy companies Playge and Jamungo, his wife, artist Sarah Ferguson, their daughter, Georgia and delightful dog, Blackie.Location: Hyde Park — Austin, TexasSize: 1200 square feet Years lived in: Owned 2 years We love a sleek, modern-looking home, but don’t love a space that seems too serious to be enjoyed.
May 24, 2011
Sarah &amp Craig’s Jamaica Plain Treetop Treasure
Name: Sarah, Craig, and son, Maceo Location: Jamaica Plain — Boston, MASize: 1099 square feetYears lived in: 8 — own It’s fun enough to be around one homeowner who beams with delight and pride for her home. But when it’s a couple and it’s apparent that they equally love their home and they genuinely share an aesthetic without much need for compromise, it’s even sweeter. Such is the case at Sarah and Craig’s delightful treetop home.
May 24, 2011
Create A Snack Station
I’m in love with this clever idea to create a snack station because I’ve done the same thing at my house. Instead of hunting for snacks at the last minute and possibly reaching for something less than healthful, I have a tray of individual sized portions of food that I want my kids to snack
May 24, 2011
Before & After: The Pretty Painted Sofa Makeover
A few months back I busted out some fabric spray paint and painted a pretty chevron on my carpet. Although the looks are alright, there’s a new trend sweeping around the internet that will most likely yield better results. See that sofa up there? It’s about to get painted — with house paint.Over at Fabric Bliss a vintage sofa was purchased for the small price of $45. It had great bones but those flowers just had to go.
May 23, 2011
My Room: Mabel
A common problem with a solution! Check out the cute and functional space Bridget & Bill created for their daughter Mabel: When we first learned we were having a baby, everyone asked when we were going to move from our 1-bedroom downtown San Francisco apartment. But we love our apartment and were looking forward to sharing the space with our new baby girl. So we decided to stay and carve out a tiny baby nursery from our (relatively) large living room.
May 23, 2011
Before & After: Toy Box
It takes a little imagination sometimes when you see a tired little piece like this at a garage sale or flea market. But Carrie at Fine & Handy had the vision and turned it into a sweet piece for her daughter:A little pink paint, new knobs for the sliding doors, and two adorable painted birds transform the old toy box. The end result is wonderful and makes us want to run out and scavenge for a unique piece of furniture like this one.For more on the before and after, head to Fine & Handy.
May 23, 2011
Before & After: Derek & Jennifer’s Subtle Kitchen Upgrade
A little over a year ago I shared with you the house tour of Derek & Jennifer’s Dashing Digs. It’s an homage to mid-century furniture that they found on craigslist and got amazing deals on. Even though their apartment is fancy and quintessential city dwelling; they’re actually very budget conscious, which is why their subtle budget friendly kitchen renovation is inspiring.
May 23, 2011
Replacement Cushions For IKEA Ektorp Sofa?
Q: I’m trying to find replacement cushions for our IKEA Ektorp sofa. The back cushions especially have completely lost their support in the 3 years we’ve owned it. IKEA doesn’t sell replacement cushions and I don’t believe they are covered by the 10 year warranty.Sent by ErinEditor: Leave your suggestions for Erin in the comments – thanks!• Got a question?
May 23, 2011
A Space Saving Vertical Salad Garden
There is something so satisfying about growing and eating your own food. If you think you don’t have the space, think again! This vertical salad garden by Anne Phillips at Go Green Gardeners is less than a meter wide and 1.5 meters tall. Here’s what’s involved: • Read the full post at Re-Nest
May 23, 2011
Oliver’s Crafty Crib
Name: OliverAge: 9 monthsLocation: Brooklyn, NYRoom Size: 11′ x 14′ Can you imagine what the nursery of the first born son of Parents Magazine Lifestyle Director Amanda Kingloff would look like? Well, it’s even better. Modern and vintage, fresh and playful, colorful and light, this room exudes happiness. And even though it was featured in the June issue of the magazine, there’s nothing staged, stiff, or pretentious about it. It’s a real space for a real baby.
May 20, 2011
Before & After: Faux Marble Countertops & Backsplash
Danika found herself in a spot that many renters and homeowners can relate to — her countertops were dated, and a “real” renovation wasn’t in the cards. Fortunately she has some impressive painting skills, and her kitchen has seen one good-looking makeover.While in my mind “faux” can often immediately go to “tacky,” these results prove that categorization to be unfair.
May 20, 2011
Ava’s Bohemian Bedroom
Name: AvaAge: 6 yearsLocation: New JerseyRoom size: 14′ x 13′ Recently, we featured a fabulous white nursery designed for Sebastian, the young son of one of the founders of Sissy + Marley, a boutique baby planner and design service firm. And now, they’re back with a fantastic tour of a bedroom that they designed for their little six-year-old client, Ava. The room mixes bohemian chic with girly pink for startlingly beautiful results.
May 19, 2011
Tips for Choosing Grout: Tiled Bathroom & Kitchen Floors
When tiling a kitchen or bathroom floor many people spend days agonizing over the choice of tiles: What kind of tile (e.g., ceramic or glass); what shape (e.g., hex or penny round); and what color (neutral or colorful). Selecting the grout that will divide and frame the tiles is often a mere afterthought. But grout deserves more attention and respect… … says David Goodman, a tile contractor for This Old House.
May 17, 2011
Ten Things You Need to Know about Apartment Therapy
It’s ICFF week here in New York, and design is in the air. I’ve had the honor of hosting a number of events already, including two Design Evenings in which I interviewed Danny Seo and Todd Bracher. I was fascinated to discover that their paths, not unlike mine, were far from the straight and sensible paths that most parents wish for.
May 17, 2011
Disposable Dinnerware: 9 Alternatives to Plastic
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to starting thinking about picnics and outdoor cookouts! Fortunately there are now greener alternatives when it comes to disposable dinnerware. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
May 17, 2011
Tej’s Remodel of a 1960’s Santa Monica Condo
Name: Tej SundherLocation: Santa Monica, CaliforniaSize: 1,800 square feetYears lived in: 2 years Anyone who has ever purchased a earlier era home with the intent to transform it to a more modern dwelling can relate to this story. Worn old carpet and pink wallpaper didn’t discourage Tej and his designer friend, Cozette, from seeing the vision of what could be.
May 16, 2011
10 Planters & Container Gardens for Beginners
If you’re a novice gardener and you’re not yet sure of your cultivation skills, a kit can be a good way to get started. Look for all-in-one container gardens that come with planters, soil, and instructions, or shop around and ask your local garden supply store for recommendations. Here are 10 unique planters and kits we like.
May 16, 2011
Pretty Party Idea: Host An Ice Cream Social
With summer on everyone’s mind (seriously, will it ever get here?), thoughts of warm days and cool ice cream just sound divine. Instead of dishing out a complicated party theme, just stick to the basics and host an ice cream social instead. This one is beautifl and even has a few vegetables thrown in for
May 16, 2011
Darby & Justin Rejuvenate an Outdated Kitchen
One look at this kitchen sends me back to the early 1980s, when I was a wee lad ambling about the kitchen in my parent’s Indiana home. This kitchen reminds me a lot of my childhood kitchen, complete with dark wood paneling and yellow appliances. A lot has changed since the 80s… and now it’s time for this kitchen to get with the times, too.Looking at the before photo, it would be easy to think that this kitchen was beyond help.
May 13, 2011
Eserro’s New Garden365 Mobile Planter
Similar to Food Map Containers, these brand new polyethylene tubs are large enough to hold an entire small garden. Canadian company Eserro just launched these portable planters as part of their Garden365 series — the tubs are designed to be wheeled from sunroom to outdoor patio, depending on the season • Read the full post
May 13, 2011
Jon’s Absolute Art Anarchy
Name: Jon H.Location: Long Beach, CaliforniaSize: 880 square feetYears lived in: 7 years 880 square feet seems like ample space for one person to call home. But what if you’re someone with a passion…no, nix that…an obsession for collecting art?
May 12, 2011
Inspiring Cakes & Cupcakes from Coco Cake
It’s been a while since we checked in with Lyndsay of Coco Cake, but every time we do we’re rewarded with the next best thing to seeing and eating these sweets in person: eye candy. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
May 12, 2011
Before & After: Casey Decorates His New Digs
When Casey bought a condo in the Minneapolis loft building where he had been renting, he transferred his luxurious style to his new home. Luckily for us, he had the foresight to snap some before pics so we could witness the transformation …Casey’s Loft Life house tour was a highlight of my summer house tours last year. When I heard from Casey that he was moving to a new, larger unit in the same building, I was anxious to see how he would transfer his style to his new home.
May 10, 2011
Emma’s Eclectic Handmade Home
Name: Emma Age: 2 Location: Melbourne, Australia Room size: 11×13 ft Cinti Gonzalez owns an adorable kid-centric shop called My Poppet full of an eclectic mix of handmade items (made by her!), vintage and other unique finds for kids. It’s no surprise that the nursery she created for her daughter, Emma, is the perfect reflection of those same things that she loves.
May 10, 2011
Amazing Out-of-the-Ordinary Refrigerator Designs
I’ve griped about my tiny under-counter fridge in the past, so I’ll spare you my litany of complaints today. Suffice it to say; while a regular old Frigidaire would set my heart to palpitating with desire, these dreamboats have me positively swooning! • Read the full post at Apartment Therapy
May 10, 2011
From Junk To Funk In Donna’s Handmade Home
Name: Donna WilliamsLocation: British Columbia, CanadaSize: 1800 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned If you compare DIY to karate (stay with me now), then Donna Williams would be a 10th degree black belt. This single mom is a “Pallet Princess” from the North who isn’t afraid of power tools or realistic timelines for home improvement projects.
May 9, 2011
Before & After: A Dining Room Goes from Bland to Grand
When looking at the many before and after posts here at Apartment Therapy, it’s easy to think that everyone makes these amazing transformations over a long weekend. Truth be told, most of the projects we see take much longer. This dining room makeover, for instance, took four years of collecting appropriate pieces to go from bland to grand.Elisabeth over at bova goods developed this new look for her dining room over a span of four years.
May 9, 2011
High & Low: Popsicle Molds, Ice Cream Makers & More
Looking forward to a season of ice cream, popsicles, milkshakes, and more? Check out our guide to the best high and low options for specialty tools. It covers popsicle molds, ice cream machines, blenders, juicers, and cream whippers — everything you need for a sweet, cool summer.
May 9, 2011
Smash Cake Gallery: 10 Ways To Annihilate A Birthday Cake, Cupcake Or Donut
You can make the prettiest party decor and diy the cutest invitations, but when it comes right down to it, what folks really want to see at early year birthday parties is a child covered in cake. Don’t believe us? Check out these Ohdeedoh birthdays with oh-so-memorable cake smash-mash-get-it-all-over-you moments! • Read the full post
May 9, 2011
How to Operate Your Computer Without a Mouse
Last night we were confronted with a predicament we never could have imagined possible: we went to use our desktop computer and our mouse was gone! Immediately we remembered that we had brought the mouse to school for a presentation but left it there overnight. But what were we to do? Our laptop was also at school which left us only with our iPhone. It was quite a paralyzing experience to be sure! But not for long.
May 6, 2011
Tips for Making a Meal for a New Mom
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Mother’s Day weekend seems a particularly good time to to revisit a popular question from our readers: My friend just had a baby — what kind of meal should I take? A friend of mine just had her very first child last night, and so this question is on my mind
May 6, 2011
Before & After: From Shelving To Sensational Seating
Oh IKEA, where would our homes be without you? You offer us one product and the world turns it into 100 new designs and custom pieces for their home. This room is no different and this window area is about to go from drab to chalkboard fabulous!They’ve been busy getting organized at Repurposed Playground and although this transformation is similar to ones we’ve seen in the past, there are a few ideas to glean from this set-up that are perfect for any home.
May 5, 2011
Technological Range Hoods: The Best in Air Evacuation
When you have extra money in your budget for a luxury appliance, then you should consider getting a high-end range hood. Once people have bought a range hood, it’s rare that they change it before moving. The best range hoods have got LED lights and all sorts of features that put them a step above
May 5, 2011
Why You Should Give Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook a Chance
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I’m not what you’d call a celebrity-obsessed person, so when I heard that Gwyneth Paltrow was releasing a cookbook, I admit I rolled my eyes a little. Who needs to be told how to cook by someone who probably has an army of assistants cooking for her? But then I actually
May 4, 2011
Before & After: Brightening Up the Kitchen Cabinets
We’ve seen the transformational power of paint here at Apartment Therapy many, many times. And yet I am still awed when I see that, with a little paint on the cabinetry, an entire kitchen can be transformed …Kimberly, over at Restoration House, has slowly been rehabbing her kitchen over the past five years. She had already added a backsplash, switched out the countertop, and traded out the old appliances for new stainless steel units.
May 4, 2011
Gardening 101: Separating Seedlings
Vegetable and herb seedlings are often sold in a clump in a small container. One of the biggest mistakes beginning gardeners make is planting the whole clump instead of separating out the individual plants. Teasing the plants apart before planting helps get them off to a healthy start. • Read the full post at Re-Nest
May 4, 2011
Amy & Keith’s Candy-Coated Dollhouse
Name: Amy & Keith + cats Biggie & KittyLocation: Downtown Toronto — Ontario, CanadaSize: About 1500 square feetYears lived in: Amy 10, Keith 5 — Rented Welcome to Amy and Keith’s downtown Toronto live/work space. From the moment you enter their vibrant front hall, it’s clear that this is no conventional home. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think you have stumbled onto a John Waters set!
May 3, 2011
Chris Savoy’s California Contemporary Home
Name: Chris SavoyLocation: Hollywood — Los Angeles, CASize: 2,450 square feet- 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathYears lived in: 6 months- own Chris Savoy’s home is a half a year old, stunning in design and custom built to enjoy the warm Los Angeles climate. The open floor plan that seamlessly joins the back yard to the center of the home offers a bohemian feel, while the decor and fixtures are simplistic and minimal.
May 2, 2011