The Design Office’s Vintage Modern Workspace
Name: The Design OfficeLocation: Downtown Providence, Rhode IslandSize: 750 square feetYears occupied: 4.5 — rentedWhile working from home offers many benefits like a short commute and being able to spend all day in pajamas, it can also get a bit lonely.
Feb 29, 2012
Looking Like Your Home
I look like my home. As more and more “lifestyle brands” emerge to outfit homes and people with a single design perspective, the idea of a having a shared look with your home seems pervasive.• Looking Like Your Home Apartment Therapy
Feb 29, 2012
Ode to an Old Plaid Sofa
Dear Beaten-Up, Broken-Down, Ugly Old Plaid Couch: Thank you. As long as I’ve had a couch, you have been my couch. Your ugly, unmatchable plaid-ness has been my curse and my great joy. Now that the time has finally come to replace you, I find I can barely bring myself to do it. What will my living room be without you? What will I be without you? We’ve been through so much together. When my proud parents brought me home from the hospital, you were there.
Feb 29, 2012
Restoring a Solid Wood Desk
Rhonda has the kind of friends we all need — friends who give away beautiful solid wood desks on Facebook. Desks like the one above that have strong bones despite the visible wear and tear caused by years of hard use. Rhonda and her husband knew this desk would shine up to a become a showpiece in their home, and boy were they right!Rhonda’s husband took charge of this project, removing all of the old chipped veneer before sanding the wood smooth.
Feb 29, 2012
A White Kitchen Gets Color
When Lee moved into his apartment rental, the kitchen was stark white and sterile. Check out what some color and black and white self adhesive floor tiles can do… • White Kitchen Gets Color Apartment Therapy
Feb 29, 2012
Nicolas & Fabienne’s Quirky and Colorful London Home
Name: Nicolas, Fabienne, daughters Juliette (13) and Capucine (9 1/2), Burmese cats Won Ton and Dim Sum, and Old English Sheepdog puppy BoweeLocation: Clapham/Battersea, London, United KingdomSize: 2310 square feetYears lived in: 1 1/2 years; owned As French transplants to London, Nicholas and Fabienne describe their style as “a bit different” to that of the average British person.
Feb 28, 2012
Tips for Installing a Door Pull
While adding a pull can seem like a minor home project, if not done correctly, it can quickly make your head ache. Follow these simple steps to learn from my mistakes… • Install a Door Pull Apartment Therapy
Feb 28, 2012
How To Fix Dents in Wooden Floors & Furniture (With an Iron!)
Many years ago a teacher told me that you could steam out a dent in a piece of wood (one where the wood fibers had been compressed, not where they had been removed) using a wet rag and an iron. This technique was meant for unfinished wood, but unfortunately, most of the wood we deal with in our homes has some sort of finish on it. With some research I learned that this technique can work with finished wood but it depends greatly on the type of finish you are dealing with.
Feb 28, 2012
Emily’s Essential Cookbooks
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I live in a small apartment and thus have a one in, one out policy for cookbooks. Here are five cookbooks that continue to make the cut… • Emily’s Essential Cookbooks The Kitchn
Feb 28, 2012
The Meaning of the American Sofa
I’m about to purchase my first couch so this story about the American sofa came at the right time. The sofa, it says, is ‘home base, North Star, study carrel, dining booth and royal throne rolled into one.’ • Meaning of the Sofa Apartment Therapy
Feb 28, 2012
10 DIY Ideas for Wine Crates
Wine crates have earned their place as a DIY mainstay. Here are 10 inspiring ideas for how to use them from our archives… • Wine Crate DIYs Apartment Therapy
Feb 27, 2012
Ikea’s “How to Build” YouTube Channel
For anyone who’s struggled trying to assemble IKEA furniture, your prayers have been answered. IKEA has launched a “How to Build” YouTube channel. • IKEA Video “How Tos” Apartment Therapy
Feb 27, 2012
David & John’s Deco Meets Modern
Name: David & JohnLocation: West Village, New York City The apartment blends two distinct tastes, into a cohesive style: The traditional taste of John based on the Art Deco style of the building and David’s modern tastes.John, a Philadelphia born lawyer, with fairly traditional taste in interior design had lived in this West Village Art Deco condominium for fifteen years.
Feb 24, 2012
Celesta & Sean’s Eclectic (Fun!) First Home
Name: Sean and Celesta CarterLocation: Tampa, FLSize: 1,640 square feetYears lived in: 5 — owned We found Celesta and Sean through their incredible shop Paper Street Market in St. Petersburg, Florida. We’ve been going to St. Pete for years, and are always interested in what stores pop up in its ever-evolving downtown area . Paper Street is definitely one of our new favorites. It’s an eclectic blend of Florida circus posters, industrial signage, and vintage furniture.
Feb 24, 2012
Color Inspiration in Palm Springs
This past holiday weekend, I took the two hour trek to the midcentury resort town of Palm Springs to soak in some rays, relax, and bask in an oasis of color inspiration. • Palm Springs Color Apartment Therapy
Feb 24, 2012
Before & After: Empty Corner to Comfy Back Porch Seating
Courtney and her husband are lucky enough to have a wonderful outdoor deck, but weren’t sure how to best use this odd empty corner. Inspiration struck and they decided to construct an outdoor day bed to provide some much needed lounging space for a party or a quiet afternoon. Using a combination of new and reclaimed wood, they built a custom seating area to fill up that empty corner.
Feb 24, 2012
A Soothing Mix of Styles in Austin
It’s all about details and materials in this Austin home. Expanding the tiny galley kitchen into an adjacent hallway opened up the space and created room for feeding a family and entertaining guests. • Mix of Styles in Austin Apartment Therapy
Feb 24, 2012
Never Wake Up Late Using the Multiple Alarms Technique
When it comes to absolutely waking up for an important date, taking a chance on missing your alarm clock is not an option. But by setting up multiple alarms and customizing the alarms themselves, you can wake up in stages and make it to that appointment that just can’t be missed.1.
Feb 23, 2012
A Home Made of Shipping Containers
This 2,200 sq. ft. single family home in the countryside of France is comprised of 8 shipping containers that have been adapted to comply with local building regulations. • Shipping Container Home Apartment Therapy
Feb 23, 2012
How To: Create A Reclaimed Wood Wall
I’d been scheming to create a reclaimed planked wall for several years, and finally got my chance when the talented couple behind Ashley & Robert’s Streamlined Bohemian asked me to help them design their new Georgetown chocolate shop.The goal for their shop, Fleurir Hand Grown Chocolates, was to create a vibe that was both clean and rustic.
Feb 23, 2012
Guy & Karen’s Modern Family Home
Family is definitely the essence of this modern home. Karen and Guy designed it but the kids have also added their own personality to the space. • Guy & Karen’s Home Apartment Therapy
Feb 23, 2012
“Hide” Your Dining Table On The Wall!
Determined to host dinner parties in their tiny space, Josh and Lauren came up with an idea that allowed them to have an instant dining room. • Table on the Wall – Apartment Therapy
Feb 22, 2012
Instantly Improve Your Photos
Whether you’re photographing your child, a project or just shooting for fun, you can dramatically change the look of your photographs instantly — you just have to know where to go in your home. • Improve Your Photos Apartment Therapy
Feb 22, 2012
Chad’s Guest House & Reinvented Garage
Name: Chad Peacock & Dutch The DogLocation: Larchmont — Los Angeles, CASize: Approx. 1,000 square feetYears lived in: 6 months — rent Chad and his adorable dog Dutch, moved into their new guest house merely half a year ago. When deciding to rent the space, it was conditional based on his access to the empty garage. Knowing that he wanted to repurpose the entire space is what sold him on the lease.
Feb 21, 2012
Tablet Apps to Simplify Tax Time
It’s time to start putting together the tax paperwork for 2011. Here are some free tablet apps to help you have a smoother filing. • Tax Time Apps Apartment Therapy
Feb 21, 2012
Cleaning Baseboards With Fabric Softner
Even though my house might not reflect it sometimes, I actually greatly enjoy cleaning. That said, I loathe cleaning baseboards. That is, until I learned this quick tip to use a fabric softener sheet.
Feb 21, 2012
Before & After: Restoring a Craigslist Dresser
Back when she moved into her new condo, Michelle decided the time had come to replace the IKEA dresser in her bedroom, a dresser purchased back when she was in middle school! After scouring Craiglist and thrift stores for months, she finally found the perfect piece for her new home, and picked it up for only $50 delivered.
Feb 17, 2012
Light & Bright Updated Kitchen
We love it when readers send us their projects to be featured. Kelly emailed us about her fabulous kitchen makeover, taking it from the dark and dated room you see here to a bright and updated space…• Updated Kitchen – ApartmentTherapy
Feb 17, 2012
DIY Kitchen Projects from Our Tours
Need some inspiration for your kitchen? Check out these great ideas from our house tours. Projects include giving your cabinets and counters a facelift, and finding new uses for old furniture and spaces.• DIY Projects – Apartment Therapy
Feb 17, 2012
Kitchen Footwear: Dansko Clogs
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I spent this past weekend cooking for a large party, which meant 8-hour stretches on my feet on a hard kitchen floor. Yet at the end, I had very little back and leg pain thanks to my trusty Dansko clogs. • Dansko Clogs – TheKitchn
Feb 17, 2012
Vintage Inspired Refrigerators
Over the last decade we’ve seen the trend of slick stainless steel appliances take over American kitchens. While that might make for a modern streamlined look, we’re finding the warm feel of these vintage inspired refrigerators a refreshing change. • Vintage Inspired Refrigerators Apartment Therapy
Feb 16, 2012
Dishwasher Loading Rules
Have you ever been at a dinner party where the host kicked you out of the kitchen and then argued amongst the guests about which dish loading system was the best? I have… • Dishwasher Loading Rules Apartment Therapy
Feb 16, 2012
Quick Cleaning Tip: Keep Baseboards Cleaner With Fabric Softner
Even though my house might not reflect it sometimes (hey, I’m human too), I actually greatly enjoy cleaning. That said, I loathe cleaning baseboards. Sure to do them right it involves buckets and cleaners, rags and… ugh. Just ugh.Forget all that drama and do this less than desirable task far less with the help of a fabric softener sheet.Remember when we talked about some tricks and tips on taking care of a home with pets?
Feb 15, 2012
A Unique ‘Garden House’ in Tokyo
Most of us think of a house as a set of walls that contain an interior space. But on a tiny lot in Japan, architect Ryue Nishizawa has designed a house that blurs the distinction between indoors and out. • ‘Garden House’ in Tokyo – Apartment Therapy
Feb 15, 2012
Before & After: Family Room from Dark to Light
Wood panelling doesn’t always do great favors for a space and this room is an example of that. With heavy furniture this room was a dark and oppressive space, but with some brighter furnishings and white paint the room is completely transformed.The wood panelling really brought down the mood of this room, but I do love the look of panelling on ceilings, so we kept that and painted it out white.
Feb 15, 2012
The Tulip Table and the Banquette
Isn’t it wonderful when two come together and just click? We’re not talking Valentines here, but furniture. Saarinen’s Tulip Table and banquette seating, specifically. Just look how happy these two are together: • The Tulip Table and the Banquette Apartment Therapy
Feb 15, 2012
Wendy & Gavin’s Bright White Cottage
Name: Wendy Withers + Gavin Lester, their two sons Boots + Oscar, two dogs Olive + Bear Location: Mar Vista — Los Angeles, CA Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 years — own Wendy and Gavin share this incredible and cozy cottage with their two boys and two dogs. They have built a joyous home full of artwork and inspiration, designed with traditional and eclectic elements; an adorable family home. Raising a baby and toddler can keep you on your toes.
Feb 14, 2012
10 Pretty Humidifiers
I returned from Costa Rica this morning and was immediately struck by the dry air in New England. I turned my humidifier to ‘full blast’ in my bedroom. Mine is not much to look at but it sure does work well, so it got me thinking, are there well designed units out there? Why yes,
Feb 14, 2012
How To Choose Fresh Cut Flowers
Learning how to choose the right cut flowers is the first step in creating an arrangement that will stay fresh and vibrant longer. If you’re skipping the florist for Valentine’s Day, here are a few tips for picking something up yourself. • How To Choose Fresh Cut Flowers Apartment Therapy
Feb 14, 2012
Resources for Customizing IKEA
IKEA furniture is great but we always love it even more when it has been altered. In addition to the usual DIYing we see, there’s a whole industry of aftermarket add-ons for customizing IKEA furniture… • Resources for Customizing Ikea Apartment Therapy
Feb 13, 2012
DIY Artwork from Our Tours
Looking for a little more art to hang and want to try creating it on your own? Look no further than our very own house tours — some of the best DIY artwork ideas occupy these homes! • DIY Artwork Apartment Therapy
Feb 13, 2012
Before & After: Thrift Store Dresser Gets a Coastal Makeover
When Tammy picked up this dresser, it was already painted a soft blue and the drawer fronts were already sanded down to the bare wood- clearly this was someone’s unfinished DIY project. Never one to back down from a challenge, Tammy immediately had a vision of a coastal vibe dresser honoring her family’s annual summer trip to the beaches of North Carolina.Tammy left the blue paint on the frame of the dresser, but sanded down the top to match the bare drawer fronts.
Feb 11, 2012
5 Essential Painting Tools
Painting a room is something that most everyone has done or will do at some point. Here are five tools that will make your next painting project more successful. • 5 Essential Painting Tools Apartment Therapy
Feb 10, 2012
Paint Personalized Dinner Napkins
Previously we wrote about making a set of personalized dishes. If dishes are too big of a commitment for you, how about a stack of painted cloth napkins? • Paint Personalized Dinner Napkins Apartment Therapy
Feb 10, 2012
Sarah Pinneo’s Tips for Cooking with Kids
Sarah Pinneo is a food writer, mom and novelist (Julia’s Child, Plume 2012). The book is a comedic story about a foodie mompreneur who starts her own organic toddler food company. Sarah dropped by to share a few tips she’s learned along the way. • Tips for Cooking with Kids Apartment Therapy
Feb 9, 2012
How to Clean Copper Naturally
Cleaning your copper kitchen tools naturally is easy. No need for harsh chemicals or special solutions. Here’s our easy step-by-step pictorial instructions… • How To Clean Copper Naturally Apartment Therapy
Feb 9, 2012
What Americans Want in a Home
When you think of your dream home — what words come to mind? Soaring ceilings, an amazing view, a large lot or vintage charm? According to a recent study, the most popular feature for the American dream home is energy efficiency. Surprised? • What Americans Want in a Home Apartment Therapy
Feb 8, 2012