Rachel & Marc’s Bright, Beautiful London Home
Name: Rachel, Marc and daughter Freya (2) Location: Chiswick, West London, United KingdomSize: 2250 square feetYears lived in: 2, owned Rachel and Marc are no strangers to renovation; the couple have refurbished and sold several properties in the UK in the past few years. So when it came time to buy their own home, they knew were looking for a project.
Mar 30, 2012
An Art-Filled Dome Home
Keith describes his style as a “stew of modern (the geodesic dome/IKEA kitchen) meets contemporary (we have a lot of contemporary art) meets folk (that hand-made thing is big on our list).” • Art-filled Dome Home Apartment Therapy
Mar 30, 2012
Easter Egg Hunts for Apartment Dwellers
I have many happy memories of hunting for candy-filled eggs in our backyard with my sisters on Easter morning. I want my son to enjoy the same fun, but it’s not quite the same when you live in an apartment.We actually do have a teeny backyard, but at this time of year it’s just an empty slab of concrete – not ideal for concealing anything – and most of our friends here in New York don’t have any outdoor space.
Mar 30, 2012
Sex, Sleep and Rock & Roll: 17 Musicians’ Bedrooms
image:13a5b1303beed73bb71bad482856885e2764aee1 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Is there anything sexier than a girl who knows her way around a guitar? Or a guy who can write a song? I mean, really write a song? I have to admit, I’ve always crushed out on musicians, because apart from having enviable talent, they’re just cool. They tend to follow the beat of their own drum, sometimes to a fault.
Mar 30, 2012
Using Two Blankets on One Bed
My guy and I are both blanket tuggers resulting in a middle-of-the-night tug o’ war. Up until a recent Europe trip, I never even considered using separate blankets in bed the way Scandinavians do. • Two Blankets on One Bed Apartment Therapy
Mar 30, 2012
Update Your Bedroom with Modern Florals
Florals soften things up and, of course, remind folks of that favorite time of year, spring. But how do you add floral patterns into your home and not make it look outdated? Easy. Update your bedroom with florals in a modern way. • Modern Florals Apartment Therapy
Mar 29, 2012
Cheeky, Snarky & Downright Fun Bedding
When it comes to home design, I usually prefer a very buttoned-up and tailored approach. But if there’s one place where I might loosen up a bit and add a little punch of tongue-in-cheek humor, it’s the bedroom.Livening up your private retreat with an unexpected pattern or whimsical design adds a uniquely personal touch which may encourage you to shake off the stress of the day and relax, or perhaps spark some playful passion. But what do you think — clever or never?
Mar 29, 2012
Before & After: New Life for an Old Light
Fusty light fixtures are a surefire way to show that you haven’t freshened up your decor in a while. A long while, in some cases. When Kristine, the talented Aussie behind The Painted Hive, wanted to brighten up a little nook off her parents’ master bedroom (a “retreat” for her mum), she knew this fixture needed a serious makeover.It’s hard to believe it’s the same wall sconce!
Mar 29, 2012
Creating a No-Stress Bedroom
When it comes to decorating, the bedroom is always my favorite part. Maybe because it was the first room in which I was allowed to flex my personal design freedom, but also because it is just that — very personal. • No-Stress Bedroom Apartment Therapy
Mar 29, 2012
Going Big with Art in Kids Rooms
I’m making some updates to my son’s room including changing the current artwork. I think it’s time to go big. As I think about exactly what I want to hang on the wall, I turn to reader rooms with big art for inspiration. • Big Art in Kids Rooms Apartment Therapy
Mar 28, 2012
Before & After: Vintage Nightstands Get a Crisp, Clean Makeover
After taking a break from furniture refinishing for a year to have a lovely baby, Cathy decided to get back in the game when she found these wooden nightstands listed for sale online. Solidly built but not very attractive, these nightstands were crying out for a makeover.Cathy sanded everything down to remove the old finish before using her paint sprayer to cover the bases in Benjamin Moore Moon Rise. She chose to retain the original wood tones of the top, staining it with Minwax Red Oak.
Mar 28, 2012
Chandeliers in the Bedroom
Lately we’ve been seeing lots of unexpected lighting choices in the bedroom — and we’ve found that ditching the standard ceiling fan/light combo or boring flush mount fixture can work miracles with the overall feel of your space. • Chandeliers in the Bedroom Apartment Therapy
Mar 28, 2012
Sleep Personality: Are You a Log or a Feather?
The world is comprised of two kinds of sleepers: the logs and the feathers. I’m here to share a little wisdom with all the feathers of the world on something that has made a big difference in my quality of sleep. • Sleep Advice Apartment Therapy
Mar 27, 2012
Hosting Help: Tips for Sleeping Comfortably on an Air Mattress
I live in a one bedroom apartment with no pull-out couch, so whenever guests come to stay, either they or I usually end up sleeping on my inflatable air mattress. Due to these adventures, I have collected a list of tips and tricks to make the night more bearable (and perhaps even comfortable) if you’re sleeping on an inflatable.See below for my list, and of course add your own.1. If you haven’t yet purchased an inflatable mattress and are planning to, splurge and get the double.
Mar 27, 2012
Relaxing Bedrooms from Our House Tours
While keeping colors light and cool and keeping furniture sparse are definitely ways to add serenity to your bedroom, they aren’t the only things you can do to create a relaxing bedroom, as these gorgeous examples from our house tours show. • Relaxing Bedrooms Apartment Therapy
Mar 27, 2012
Elizabeth & Brent’s Rented Luxury
Name: Elizabeth Krueger & Brent SandersLocation: Ukrainian Village — Chicago, IllinoisSize: 1,250 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years — rented The downturn in the housing market has left many high end, new construction apartments and condos sitting empty.
Mar 26, 2012
10 Ideas for Non-Traditional Headboards
Nothing quickens the DIY spirit like a headboard. The web is full of creative ideas for what to do with the end of your bed; here, we round up some of the best ones. • Non-Traditional Headboards Apartment Therapy
Mar 26, 2012
Before & After: IKEA Circus Tent
Crystal loved the price and concept of IKEA’s CIRKUSTÄLT play tent, but she wasn’t a fan of the loud primary colors especially to use in her daughter’s softer-hued bedroom. She picked out fabric she did like and got busy with her sewing machine…Voila! She used the same “bones” of the tent, but completely new fabric that is more her style.
Mar 26, 2012
Make a Statement with Big Bedroom Art
Your bed doesn’t have to be the biggest design element in the bedroom. Large art packs a correspondingly big punch and immediately works as a focal point and visual anchor. • Big Bedroom Art Apartment Therapy
Mar 26, 2012
Before & After: An Elegant Bedroom Redo
When the folks at Fixing It Fancy bought their home in Hudson, Wisconsin, they knew they had a lot of work ahead of them. They powered through the wood-paneled home room-by-room. Here’s a look at what they dreamed up in their bedroom… They began with tearing down the wood paneled walls. They decided on keeping the panel on the ceiling and painting it white, which really gave a nice, open and airy quality to a once claustrophobic room.
Mar 23, 2012
Kitchen Reno That Stays True to the Home’s Roots
These homeowners did a great job of updating their dated 1960s kitchen while keeping the design true to the home’s midcentury roots. Take a look. • True to the Roots Reno Apartment Therapy
Mar 23, 2012
Before & After: Updating Dad’s Childhood Beds for the Next Generation
When Alisha and her husband decided the time had come to rearrange all the bedrooms in their house to better suit the needs of their growing family, they were lucky enough to have some old family favorites to help set up a new room for their toddler son that could double as a guest room when necessary. Alisha knew she wanted to reuse the beds that had belonged to her husband when he was a child, but also knew they needed an update to fit with her vision.
Mar 23, 2012
Do You Have Communal Dinners in Your Building?
Two friends and I all live on one floor of an apartment building — or, one script away from our own sitcom. This allows us the benefits of having a roommate — including communal dinners. • Communal Dinners Apartment Therapy
Mar 23, 2012
Make Any Rental More Energy Efficient
Think that because you don’t own, you have no control over your home’s energy use? Not true! Here’s our ultimate guide; full of links to quick, easy and yes, even inexpensive, ways to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your bills. • Energy Efficient Rentals Apartment Therapy
Mar 22, 2012
Before & After: A 24-Hour Boy to Girl Bedroom Makeover
Many of the ‘Befores’ of our Before and After posts are hopeless spaces where any bit of attention would be a marked improvement. But sometimes the room itself is fine and it is the needs of the occupant that dictate the change. In this case, a little sister was moving into her big brother’s room. To make things interesting, the makeover was a birthday surprise and had to be completed in just one day. The suspense is killing me!Voila!
Mar 22, 2012
Before & After: Drab Dresser Makeover
When David found this drab little dresser, he immediately had a vision of a kid-friendly makeover involving chalkboard paint. That plan lasted right up until he had a conversation with his sister, a mom of three who was not a fan of the idea of chalk dust anywhere near her kids clean clothes. David immediately switched gears and came up with a wonderful backup plan involving vintage graphics he found online.
Mar 22, 2012
Making an Adult Apartment on a Budget
You’ve finally moved into the first place that you care about and want to make it a real home, but then you start adding up the costs. With patience, research, and unconventional shopping you can turn your first adult apartment into a beauty on a budget. • Adult Apartment on a Budget Apartment Therapy
Mar 22, 2012
Callen & Eli’s Artful Treehouse
Name: Callen & Eli Location: Austin, Texas Size: 800 sq ft, open floorplan Years lived in: 2 months Art can be therapeutic and transformative. You realize that shortly after stepping into Callen and Eli’s delightful studio space. The cheery open floorplan among the trees is filled with vintage treasures, handmade objects, and a very agreeable sense of relaxation. It’s art therapy done right.Callen has always possessed a connection to the arts.
Mar 21, 2012
10 Sleek Platform Beds Under $1000
image:6e39ce032d3a9b896f18e05b0ee3b663a65a5b73 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Platform beds: sleek places to sleep that don’t take up a lot of space, have an airy, simple sort of feel to them and don’t require you to have a box spring! They also have an unexpected benefit to their simplicity: they’re usually quite affordable.
Mar 21, 2012
Storage Solutions for Closet-less Rooms
So you’ve found your perfect apartment. The only problem is – there’s no closet. What to do? You could keep looking…or you could avail yourself of one of these clever solutions. • Storage Without a Closet Apartment Therapy
Mar 21, 2012
InspiringCopper Lighting
Oh, how I love copper pendants. They look good all over the home; in kitchens, dining and living rooms. Here are some shopping suggestions and style inspiration… • Inspiring Copper Lighting Apartment Therapy
Mar 21, 2012
Before & After: IKEA Changing Table Into Home Office Desk
Like many of us, Weiya was searching for an affordable solution for her storage woes, searching for a piece which could work as a landing strip for her personal belongings (keys, diaper bag, etc), while also provide additional storage underneath, and surface area for her laptop.
Mar 20, 2012
Tech & Tips for a 21st Century Tag Sale
Now that the weather’s gotten warmer we’ve decided to do some spring cleaning, which for us almost always ends in getting rid of some junk. We’ve tried the following tips over the years and have got it down pat. • Tech Tag Sale Tips Apartment Therapy
Mar 20, 2012
If Only I Hadn’t Already Signed the Lease: 10 Things To Always Check Moving Into an Apartment
Everyone has moving horror stories, but there are just some things you don’t think to check until you’ve already signed a lease. Here’s 10 things that should be on everyone’s “must-check” list. 1. Hallway/Doorway Size: Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with great architecture lines of square footage, but sometimes (Even if you buy small furniture) things simply don’t fit in awkward hallways.
Mar 20, 2012
Easy Instructions for Making Curtains
Curtains are one of the easiest ways to give a room a face-lift. But pre-made panels can often be cost prohibitive or an improper fit for oddly sized windows, and that’s when DIYing comes in. • Making Curtains Apartment Therapy
Mar 20, 2012
Multipurpose Rooms that Work
Living well in close quarters requires efficient furniture placement. These studios, one-bedroom apartments, and one house show how you can make your home’s spatial quirks and shortcomings work in your favor. • Multipurpose Rooms Apartment Therapy
Mar 19, 2012
Brian & Kerry’s Brewery Loft
Name: Brian & Kerry Grabowski Location: Jamaica Plain — Boston, Massachusetts Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 4.5 — owned Entering Brian & Kerry’s loft, the first thing you see is the courtyard. It’s hard to miss an entire wall of windows that reaches up to the 18-foot ceilings. “In the winter, it’s like living in a snow globe,” Brian reminisces, “…when it actually snows.
Mar 16, 2012
Adding Color With Pillows & Throws
Whether you’re a renter, a color-phobe, or a restless decorator, pillows and throws are one oft he fastest and easiest way to add color into your home. • Colorful Pillows & Throws Apartment Therapy
Mar 16, 2012
Before & After: Rescuing a Damaged Veneer Table
Katie picked up this bruised and battered table from her favorite thrift store for the unbelievable price of $16.91. Despite the peeling veneer and the damaged finish, Katie knew this table was solidly built and had a lot of life left in it.With no way to fix the damaged veneer on the edge, Katie was forced to remove it using a damp cloth and a hot iron. She then used lacquer remover and sanding to take off the finish and the gold foil design on the top.
Mar 16, 2012
Two Couples, One Beach Cottage
In 2008, we featured Serena and Mason in their San Francisco Outer Sunset rental, and last week Refinery29 showed the bungalow’s new renters: Rachel and Jay. • Two Couples, One Cottage Apartment Therapy
Mar 16, 2012
The No-Entryway Entry
Most of us don’t come home to a big foyer, but there are ways to make the best of what you have. With some strategic purchases and placements, walls or odd-shaped hallways can function as stylish and efficient entries. • No-Entryway Entry Apartment Therapy
Mar 15, 2012
Books for Nurturing Little Foodies
Reading and eating rank high on our list of gratifying family activities, so we love it when the two intersect. I’m talking about books and food. Check out some of our favorite food books for kids: • Books for Little Foodies Apartment Therapy
Mar 15, 2012
Before & After: Handsome Navy Nightstands
Jonathan Lo, who is no stranger to DIY, interior design, and making things beautiful, is at it again with these painted nightstands. As an addition to his handmade (of course) headboard, he wanted a sleek pair of end tables to contrast the weathered look of the bed. I think he achieved his goal…This crisp and classic navy blue adds such a handsome appeal to these nightstands. Often folks will cringe at the thought of painting any wood, whatsoever.
Mar 14, 2012
Vintage & Retro Appliances Source List
There are a lot more appliance options than the ubiquitous stainless steel. Check out these suppliers for vintage and retro-style appliances… • Retro Appliance Sources Apartment Therapy
Mar 14, 2012
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Jeff’s Top Tips for Outdoor Spaces
One of the more overlooked areas of my clients homes is their outdoor space. If you’re able to create outdoor living spaces (weather permitting) you can virtually add square footage and additional rooms to your home. Add an outdoor room, and watch your living space grow before your very eyes. Who doesn’t like that trick? It’s like adding a 2nd family room or dining room to your home. Here are a few ways to create the perfect outdoor design.
Mar 14, 2012
What to Do When You Can’t Hang Artwork
It’s the one thing absolutely no one wants to see on their new lease: the no-nails-in-the-wall clause. Though it’s a rare occurrence, it does pop up occasionally. What’s an art-loving renter to do… • Can’t Hang Artwork Apartment Therapy
Mar 14, 2012
Dean’s Stylish & Social Greystone
Name: Dean Fisher (and Bunny, a corgi-beagle mix) Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois Size: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom Years lived in: 1.5 — rented One of the first things Dean said to me was, “I love old things.” A glance around her apartment will confirm this statement, as the eye readily falls on vintage furniture, taxidermy, and old copies of National Geographic. The place is full of antique treasures, but make no mistake: this is no fusty lair.
Mar 13, 2012
Mismatched Prints on Stair Risers
I spotted this staircase with mismatched swatches of wallpaper applied to the base of each step on the cover of the spring catalog for Serena and Lilly. Here’s the design details that made this look work… • Mismatched Stair Risers Apartment Therapy
Mar 13, 2012