Interview: Kitchen Crasher Alison Victoria
Interior Designer and host of DIY Network’s “Kitchen Crashers,” Alison Victoria has a lot going her way. She tells us the most important areas to address in a kitchen, the coolest tech she’s designed into her projects and the old-school way she stays organized to meet her goals. • Kitchen Crasher Alison Victoria Apartment
Jan 31, 2012
Non-Edible Uses For Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has amazing health benefits, adds a subtle richness to foods and doesn’t break down at high temperatures. But, it’s also great outside the kitchen! Here’s some of the ways you can use it around the house. • Non-Edible Uses For Coconut Oil Apartment Therapy
Jan 31, 2012
At the Office With Tommy Chambers
Name:Tommy Chambers InteriorsLocation: West Hollywood, CaliforniaSize/Room: 1,250 square feet Years lived in: 10 years A couple of weeks ago, we got a peek inside the home of Tommy Chambers, where he puts his skills to personal use in his own abode. Next door to his flat is another apartment which houses his interior design business. Mirroring an identical elongated floor plan, this office is a root of inspiration.
Jan 30, 2012
Who Has Your Brand Loyalty?
When it comes to most things I buy for my home, I am pretty flexible. But with certain products I am very brand loyal (even when my budget tells me to be otherwise). Do you have brand loyalty with certain household products? • Who Has Your Brand Loyalty? Apartment Therapy
Jan 30, 2012
What is Your Housework Worth?
When I was a kid, I always got stuck doing dishes while my brother and cousins climbed trees outside. My grandma told me it was women’s work and I told her that was a bunch of hooey. Yet here I am, many years later, a part-time homemaker. Truth be told, I agreed to the arrangement.
Jan 30, 2012
Heather’s Charming Modern Farmhouse Brooklyn Loft
Name: Heather Chontos, Kodie (12) and Zana (3), and dog MarvinLocation: Clinton Hill — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 1000 square feetYears lived in: 3 years — rent If this post title seems to have a lot of adjectives to describe the home, we felt it only fitting consider the creative woman renting this space happens to wear a lot of hats herself.
Jan 27, 2012
Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table
With a $20 price tag and simple design, the Lack table from IKEA is just screaming for customization. Ssshh … listen carefully. Can you hear it? Please, dear DIY diva, take me from a cookie cutter cheap-o table to a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of furniture! Lucky for you, little table, Lizzie heard your pleas. Oh, humble IKEA Lack coffee table. How we do love to see what clever DIYers can do to enhance your simple little design.
Jan 27, 2012
Dorie’s Dynamite Kitchen Redo
This kitchen was a total disaster when owner Dorie bought her 1916 bungalow in Mesa, Arizona. Check out her gorgeous kitchen after the remodel… • Dorie’s Dynamite Kitchen Redo Apartment Therapy
Jan 27, 2012
Do Certain Colors Feel “Cleaner”?
Upon hearing this question, our minds probably jump to white. It’s a color commonly used in messy areas, but after two years of living in an all-white apartment, I realized that white kitchens and bathrooms also mean constant cleaning since white shows every molecule of dirt. • Do Certain Colors Feel “Cleaner”? Apartment Therapy
Jan 27, 2012
Remove Candle Wax from Anything
The bad news is that there is no quick and easy way to remove candle wax from anything. The good news is that with patience, elbow grease and a little knowledge, you can remove wax from just about everything. • Remove Candle Wax from Anything Apartment Therapy
Jan 26, 2012
Valentine’s Garden Recipes
Second only to Christmas, Valentines Day is a baking holiday. This year, I’m trying out a different kind of baking: garden baking. Not for human consumption, they still let you mix and blend and get your hands dirty and are perfect for a heartfelt DIY valentine. • Valentine’s Garden Recipes Apartment Therapy
Jan 26, 2012
How To Get Marks Off Your Plates
Pulling out my cheap(ish) white dinner plates for a party this weekend I was once again irked by the little grey scratch marks that have cropped up over the years. I did a little web surfing and found someone who had successfully tackled this very problem with an easy solution. • How To Get Marks
Jan 25, 2012
A Bright Kids Bathroom Refresh
Bathrooms are something of a catch-22 when it comes to remodeling. On one hand, unless it is one solely intended for guests, not many people see it besides you and your family. But on the other hand, since it tends to be the room where contemplation occurs most naturally, thoughts often drift to how much better it could look with a bit of work.
Jan 25, 2012
Before & After: Entertainment Center Turned French Play Kitchen
When Ann Marie decided to take on a project for her son’s school auction, she was lucky to find this old entertainment system for free on Craigslist. After some hard work and for only a $15 investment in supplies, she transformed this unwanted piece into a showstopping French kitchen that any child would love.
Jan 25, 2012
Play Kitchen in the Kitchen
Kids love to imitate their parents. This is never more true than when cooking or baking. So it makes perfect sense to have a play kitchen located in the actual kitchen somewhere. Here, a built-in wine storage area became the perfect play kitchen location. • Play Kitchen in the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
Jan 25, 2012
Emily’s Mighty Modern Mini Home
Name: EmilyLocation: Covington, Kentucky Although I can’t actually live here, working on this mini home for the past few months certainly makes it feel like I could curl up on the tiny couch and call it home. The idea of a renovating and decorating a dollhouse was interesting to me because it allowed me to decorate rooms and transform spaces in days rather than weeks/months and to be honest, I was looking for a project with a little more instant gratification.
Jan 24, 2012
Handling Smoke Detector False Alarms
False smoke alarms happen to everyone at least once–whether you’re a skilled home chef, a frozen pizza in the oven type of cook, or someone who likes a hot, steamy shower. Here are a few ways to shut them up safely. • Smoke Detector False Alarms Apartment Therapy
Jan 24, 2012
Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture
What happens to all that great old wood once a bowling alley closes? In this happy ending, it gets a new life as handcrafted furniture. • Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture Apartment Therapy
Jan 24, 2012
Carolyn’s Bohemian Glam
Name: Carolyn MillerLocation: Hancock Park — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 2700 square feetYears lived in: 5 1/2 years — rented Born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Carolyn has a love for all that this bustling city encompasses, from the diversity and culture to the helicopters and constant sounds buzzing all around. As a writer and filmmaker, Carolyn does a lot of work from home — she’s created her surroundings to be a place of inspiration.
Jan 23, 2012
Kitchen Flooring Choices
If there’s one room in your home where flooring really matters, it’s the kitchen. Aside from aesthetics, the material you choose needs to be durable, comfortable to stand on and easy to clean! We’ve put together six of our favorites as a good place to start. • Kitchen Flooring Choices Apartment Therapy
Jan 23, 2012
2 Tips for Easy Breakfast Clean Up
Two things I love for breakfast are a cafe au lait and scrambled eggs. Two things I hate are cleaning the pan I use for warming the milk and the one I use for cooking the eggs. My mornings used to a be a dishwashing battle until I discovered two tricks that make clean up
Jan 23, 2012
Sam & Anne’s Colorful Modern Mix
Name: Music industry executive Sam, designer Anne & Vizsla pup Indiana Location: Bouldin — Austin, Texas Size: 2400 square feet Years lived in: 2 — owned You could say that creativity’s been in the center of Sam and Anne’s relationship from the beginning, when one of their first conversations centered around their mutual love of design.
Jan 20, 2012
Are You Ready for Open Shelving?
Open shelving projects a simple attitude that we’d love to have in our kitchen, but how do you know if you’re ready to take the plunge? We’ve got four ways to tell if you’re ready for open kitchen shelving this year.• Are You Ready for Open Shelving?
Jan 20, 2012
Before & After: A 1940’s Kitchen
A green floor, walls and ceiling is what Linn and her husband faced when they purchased their 1940’s bungalow last year. A month of hard work resulted in this modern update… • Before & After: A 1940’s Kitchen Apartment Therapy
Jan 20, 2012
How To Stop Annoying Smoke Detector False Alarms
“You know you’re a bad cook when you use the smoke detector as a kitchen timer.” Har har. Real funny, guys. The reality is the false smoke alarm thing happens to everyone at least once—whether you’re a skilled home chef, a frozen pizza in the oven type of cook, or someone who likes a hot, steamy shower. Here are a few ways to shut the thing up safely. Whenever you’re tampering with a safety device, you want to tread lightly.
Jan 20, 2012
A Mini Facelift for your Kitchen
As home entertaining has loosened up over the years, the kitchen has become the gathering place of many houses. If your kitchen is feeling like it should be hidden due to its frightful appearance here are a few small changes you can make to give your kitchen a mini facelift. • A Mini Facelift for
Jan 19, 2012
Rainbow Themed Kids’ Party
A few months before our daughter was to turn one, I saw a poster with the phrase, “There’s no rainbow without a little rain.” That’s when I knew that Scout had to have a rainbow party… • Rainbow Themed Kids’ Party Apartment Therapy
Jan 19, 2012
Tricks for Dealing With a Hairy Home
Whether the hair in your home is your own or belongs to your pet, dealing with shedding hair is a challenge. Here, some tips on how to deal with it… • Dealing With a Hairy Home Apartment Therapy
Jan 18, 2012
Adrianna & Paul’s Eclectic Perfection Home
Name: Adrianna Lopez and Paul Olson Location: Belmont Shore, – Long Beach, California Size: 1600 square feet Years lived in: 2 1/2 years I met Adrianna through a friend who shared a few pictures of her stylish home. I was blown away by the cultured aesthetic and attention to detail. When I met Adrianna in person, her fun personality matched the aesthetic and I couldn’t believe that this was her first try at interior design.
Jan 17, 2012
Before & After: IKEA Trondheim Madeover With O’verlays
It’s a rare home that doesn’t have a little IKEA in it. Hacking IKEA furniture has become a sport for design-loving nuts such as ourselves. There’s no shortage of creativity and ingenuity but we also like to see the simple hacks that give a lot of bang for the buck. If you haven’t yet heard of O’verlays, jump below and take a look at what they can do.
Jan 17, 2012
You Can Do It: 100% Realistic Budgeting Tips & Resources
Budgeting is one my least favorite subjects. One, because I am one of those right brained people who avoids math and numbers at all costs and two, because I was never taught how to make a proper and realistic budget. But, whether or not it’s in our comfort zone, we inevitably hunker down and try to crunch numbers and make a plan.
Jan 13, 2012
Christopher Alexander on Kitchens
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language, has been used for decades by architects, designers, and homeowners to help create a home life that is comfortable, delightful, and functional. While I’ve referred to the book often in my practice as an architect, I’ve never set out specifically in search of how the
Jan 13, 2012
Bright & Light Kitchens
White serves as the perfect backdrop in kitchens and makes the most of the great light from the outside. Take a look at how using natural light and a white palette can be beneficial in any size kitchen. • Bright & Light Kitchens Apartment Therapy
Jan 13, 2012
A Quick History of Forks
The youngest member of the flatware family, the fork has only become an essential utensil in the last couple hundred years — after all, who needs a fork when you have fingers, aka the perfect tools for picking up morsels? • Fork This: A Quick History of Forks Apartment Therapy
Jan 13, 2012
Scott’s Modern Heritage in Ottawa
Name: ScottLocation: Ottawa, CanadaSize: 1200 square feetYears lived in: 6 years; rented Scott is a lucky guy; the place he calls home is one of the most beautiful and iconic apartment buildings in Canada’s capital. Hovering on the edge of the downtown core, The Windsor Arms was built in the Art Nouveau style and features leaded stained-glass windows, Belgian tiles, wood-burning fireplaces and an enviable entrance hall.
Jan 12, 2012
Elizabeth’s Urban Artist Retreat
Name: Elizabeth DuvivierLocation: Providence, Rhode IslandSize: 1,200 square feetYears lived in: 5 months — rented Elizabeth’s 2-bedroom apartment embodies all the those ephemeral qualities that transform an empty shell of space into a real home — it’s artful, personal, comfortable and above all, designed for actually living.
Jan 12, 2012
An 1890’s Farmhouse in Los Feliz
Alexandra and Eliot’s house was built in the 1890’s and is the first original home in Los Feliz. Now surrounded by a residential city block of homes and apartment complexes, the Angles have the ideal hidden getaway. Completing the modern farmhouse with a gorgeous “sleeping” barn and front yard, these savvy designers added plenty of
Jan 12, 2012
Alexandra & Eliot’s 1890’s Farmhouse
Name: Alexandra & Eliot Angle (shared with their daughter and their puppy) Location: Los Feliz — Los Angeles, CA Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 2 years — Own Alexandra and Eliot’s house was built in the 1890’s, and is the first original home in Los Feliz. Now surrounded by a residential city block of homes and apartment complexes, the Angles have the ideal hidden getaway.
Jan 11, 2012
How Long Should You Keep Electronics and Appliance Packaging?
All it took was two episodes of “Hoarders” and I knew that the next morning I was going to…had to…go downstairs to clean out our apartment basement storage area. Hidden downstairs was a slowly expanding Jenga pile of boxes, the majority of them empty, but all kept under the presumption I’d need them later for moving or resale. It was time to get serious and clean house for 2012…The biggest source of empty boxes were for electronics and appliances.
Jan 10, 2012
A Peek Into Sibylle’s DIY “Funkytime” Home
Name: Sibylle and family Location: Montreal, Canada Size: 680 square feet Years lived in: 6 months — rented After posting about Sibylle’s incredible dining room transformation in Before & After: Tiny Bedroom Turned Lovely Dining Room back in October 2011 and getting lost on her fabulous DIY and design blog Funkytime, I put two and two together and figured the rest of her home must be just as amazing as what I had already seen. What do you know, I was right!
Jan 9, 2012
Before & After: $60 Galley Kitchen Transformation
Dana and her boyfriend Ryan love their beach getaway at Cape May, but nothing could make them love its outdated galley kitchen. From the mixed wood tones to the plastic backsplash, this 1980s kitchen was not the rustic coastal kitchen they knew their vacation home deserved. Despite the tiny budget, they managed to make big changes that capture the relaxed attitude every beach home should exude.
Jan 9, 2012
Mitch’s Creative Take on a Classic Space
Name: Mitchell White Location: Livingston, Tennessee Size: 1100 square feet Years lived in: 5 — rented Mitch’s house is in the heart of a very small town in rural Tennessee, but he himself has traveled the world — and his home reflects that. An accomplished artist and teacher, he brings a classic, timeless look to a very old home with beautiful bones.
Jan 6, 2012
Hide Awkward Electronics With Oversize Art
The cable for my building comes in a weird location half way up the wall in the kitchen. It’s awkward and problematic. If I would have seen this cool project a few years back I might have been inspired to do something about it before now. Don’t hate the problematic wires and modems, embrace them — oh yeah, and cover them up with giant artwork!Back in 2009 (that’s like a decade in cat years!) over at Mamamekko, this great oversize artwork was featured.
Jan 6, 2012
Adir & Marcello’s Worldly Retreat
Name: Adir Abergel and Marcello Freire Location: Mar Vista – Los Angeles, California Size: 1600 square feet Years lived in: 5 years Adir and Marcello’s home truly feels like a getaway retreat. The entire living room opens up to a fantastic outdoor area with intimate seating and hot tub. It is no surprise that they love to entertain and often stay at home versus leaving their very inviting house. Adir and Marcello’s collection of artwork is incredible.
Jan 5, 2012
It’s Hot In the Kitchen: Best of Kitchen Tech
In most homes, people tend to gravitate towards the kitchen, as it’s the area where we all eat and catch up on the day’s work. Over the past year, we’ve had some pretty interesting posts about the kitchen and everything held within, and they vary from the technologically simple, to the incredibly complex. Join us
Jan 5, 2012
Sarah’s Supremely Stylish West Village Home
Name: SarahLocation: West Village — NY, NYSize: 650 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 — rented Sarah is one of those enviable people who make the act of creating a very stylish home look effortless. While all of us who work on our homes know how much time, effort and research goes into a space that looks comfortably chic, when it’s done with this much panache, all thoughts of hard work fall away… Sarah describes her apartment as classic modern.
Jan 4, 2012
Before &amp After: DIY Dining Table Rehab
Though this thrift store dining table was missing a leaf and had obviously seen some hard use in the past, the classic lines and solid wood construction were just crying out for a little TLC to become a showpiece in someone’s home. Priced at only $15, this table was a steal despite the problems with the fininsh on the tabletop. Though this makeover does involve some paint, the wood purists among you should also be happy with the final result.
Jan 4, 2012
A Spanish Style Meets Mid C Home
Designer:Kate Strickland of West Haddon HallLocation: Los Angeles, California Kate sent us images and info on a recent project: This Spanish style house with dramatic vaulted ceilings celebrates a delicious mix of styles in the interior, designed by Los Angeles-based firm West Haddon Hall. Filled with original Mid-Century Modern pieces in wood and neutral tones, it is enlivened with vibrant Moroccan rugs and Turkish pillows.
Jan 4, 2012