Before & After: Lucite Bathroom Stool
Most bathrooms are small, wet places, so choosing appropriate furniture is often a challenge. Learn from Jenny, who took a flea market lucite stool and fixed it up to work in her bathroom.Jenny from Little Green Notebook spotted this scratched up stool at a flea market and decided to use it as a seat for when she’s bathing her kids.For wet or messy locales, laminated fabric is a great alternative.
May 31, 2012
Veronica & Keith’s DIY Kitchen
Chicagoans Veronica & Keith love design and they love DIY. Both are evident in their home including their dark-walled kitchen with handpainted rugs and vintage shutters. • Veronica & Keith’s Home Apartment Therapy
May 31, 2012
Design Evening with Tina Roth Eisenberg aka SwissMiss
If you missed our Design Evening in NYC with Tina Roth Eisenberg, you can read the full transcript to learn about how she got started and the 8 things she really believes in.. • An Evening with SwissMiss Apartment Therapy
May 30, 2012
A Marital Mashup Dream Kitchen
This month our contributors have been fantasizing about their dream kitchens. This one represents a mashup of Regina and her husband who started in very different places. • Marital Mashup Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 30, 2012
Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Americans kicked off summer this weekend, but the Brits are preparing to kick it off during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. Here’s a round up of essentials for celebrating stateside. • Diamond Jubilee Essentials Apartment Therapy
May 29, 2012
How Can I Tell if an Apartment Has Adequate Soundproofing Before Moving In?
Q: I currently live in a rental with no soundproofing at all (no exaggeration). I didn’t realize how bad it was until after I moved in. While I’ve lived in other apartments with varying levels of soundproofing, this apartment is far worse than anything I thought possible.
May 29, 2012
How To Make a Book Cover Disguise For Your Wireless Router
My philosophy about technology in the home is akin to a strict private school headmaster’s opinion about children: technology should neither be seen nor heard until required/requested. Even though Apple’s Airport router is fairly benign aesthetically, I prefer to keep the wireless router tucked inside a floating shelf, next to other blinking light culprits like the cable modem and home security system, a trio of otherwise mismatched clutter if left out all together.
May 29, 2012
Matt & Leah’s Modern Menagerie
Name: Matt and Leah (and eight furry cat children)Location: Austin, TexasSize: 2055 square feetYears lived in: Owned 2 years Let’s just get this out of the way: Matt and Leah have eight cats. They also have a gorgeous modern Austin home and enviable tastes, but you’re about to experience a lot of adorable photos of cats perched on modern furniture.
May 28, 2012
Where To Skimp In a Kitchen Renovation
Renovating any room can be costly and especially the kitchen. I have a few ideas for where you can find a bargain when you’re building something better. • Where To Skimp in the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 25, 2012
A Kitchen Redo Two Years in the Making
Over the past two years I have been working on my kitchen. It’s the most expensive room to remodel in the house, so I’ve been doing it piece by piece as I can afford it. • Two Year Kitchen Redo Apartment Therapy
May 25, 2012
Inspiration from British Kitchens
Despite the not-always-glowing reviews that British cooking sometimes evokes (or at least used to evoke), British kitchens are something to take inspiration from. Here’s a gallery of them to peruse… • British Kitchens Apartment Therapy
May 24, 2012
“Eat” Art for the Kitchen
Art in the kitchen can be fun to play around with. If you’re looking for something a little tongue-in-cheek and literal to add to the place where you make food, you might be searching for a clear directive to hang on your wall: Eat. • “Eat” Art for the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 24, 2012
Before & After: Upgrading a Builder’s Grade Kitchen
When Kalie and Travis moved into their house a year ago, they knew they had a lot of things to change to make it feel like home. Thrilled to finally have an outlet for their passion for decorating, they have been gradually implementing their big plans in their self-defined little house.They changed out the light wood floors for dark, and installed new custom cabinets built by a friend.
May 23, 2012
Modern Luxe at ICFF
One of the design trends we noticed at ICFF this year: rich materials, like gold and marble, used in new, unexpected ways, for a look that’s clean but luxurious like this glass mortar and pestle. • Modern Luxe at ICFF Apartment Therapy
May 23, 2012
Kitchen Inspiration from Restaurants
Restaurants know that an enjoyable meal starts with the atmosphere. If you’re looking to bring a bit of that philosophy into your kitchen, check out some inspiring ideas from restaurants… • Inspiration from Restaurants Apartment Therapy
May 23, 2012
Pendant Lights in the Kitchen
Bold looks for kitchen lights are having a moment. More and more, we are seeing bright colors and large industrial-style looks that previously would have been relegated to other rooms. • Pendant Lights in the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 22, 2012
One Couple’s All White Kitchen Remodel
When Ashley and Greg purchased their home they knew a kitchen remodel was in their future. They designed and built a beautiful, modern, and functional space that makes you wonder – is this even the same house?! • All White Kitchen Remodel Apartment Therapy
May 22, 2012
Keeping Books in the Kitchen
The kitchen is not just for cooking anymore. For most people, it’s where the majority of their time is spent, sharing meals, doing family projects, and entertaining. And, as it turns out, it’s the place where some are storing their book collections. • Keeping Books in the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 21, 2012
A Gallery of Pegboard Inspiration
Years later, we are still fans of Julia Child’s pegboard full of pots and pans: it’s practical for small spaces, and keeps your cooking tools at an arm’s reach. For those of you who are thinking of building your own, check out these great examples… • Pegboard Inspiration Apartment Therapy
May 18, 2012
“The World’s Ugliest Condo” Reno Reveal
Dabney has been documenting the renovation of what she dubs “the world’s ugliest condo”. Today she reveals the fresh, renovated kitchen… • Kitchen Renovation Reveal Apartment Therapy
May 18, 2012
10 Vibrant & Colorful Kitchens to Inspire
Tired of white, gray, and steel kitchens? If you just want to take a visual vacation and walk on the wild side of kitchen design, we’ve pulled together ten tantalizing kitchens that will brighten your day. • 10 Vibrant Kitchens Apartment Therapy
May 17, 2012
Before & After: Red Paint to Mahogany Dresser
When Sarah picked up this painted dresser for $25, she knew the bright red paint and mismatched knobs had to go. Since the red paint wasn’t quite her thing, she immediately covered the dresser with a coat of citri-strip. Once that round of stripper revealed the mahogany beneath the paint, she knew her makeover would be both more complicated and more satisfying.After stripping the entire dresser down to the underlying wood, Sarah pretreated the base and then stained with Minwax Dark Walnut.
May 17, 2012
Change Up Your Kitchen Storage
Could a new kitchen look be as easy as changing your kitchen storage style? If the way you’ve organized your kitchen’s wares was instinctual — you just started with what you know — then it might be time to reevaluate. • Change Up Your Storage Apartment Therapy
May 17, 2012
Ruthie’s Really Fantastic Fixer Upper
Name: RuthieLocation: Nashville, Tennessee My boy and I bought our 100 yr old Victorian fixer upper home 8 yearrs ago, 2 months before we were married, in a neighborhood called East Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee.We were totally broke, but I have always been one that has had to be in a aesthetically pleasing and feel good environment, so I immediately got busy scouring flea markets, garage sales and antique malls.
May 16, 2012
A Minimalist DIY Cork Trivet
We’ve seen many DIY projects featuring corks, but the effect is often shabby chic or country kitchen. This DIY cork trivet is simple, easy and would fit in with a more minimalist look. • DIY Cork Trivet Apartment Therapy
May 16, 2012
The Benefits of Painting Citrus Tree Trunks
Of all the wonders I saw last week in Tuscany, perhaps the strangest was a courtyard full of blue-painted citrus trees. It is truly the mark of a beautiful landscape that something that might look tacky in the city seemed just-right… • Painting Citrus Trees Apartment Therapy
May 16, 2012
Why You Should Switch Your Cell Phone to Military Time
Thinking of “fourteen hundred hours” as 2 o’clock will take some getting used to, but there’s one really good reason to switch your cell phone to military time: You’ll never make an afternoon alarm mistake ever again.Have you ever woken up late one morning to find your 6 a.m. cell phone alarm was actually set to go off at 6 p.m. that night? It’s an easy (and far too common) mistake to make.
May 15, 2012
Dated Kitchen Goes All White
Here’s a great example of how paint and new cabinet hardware can easily and inexpensively upgrade a kitchen. Now the room looks bright and brand new — with a budget of only $1000. • Dated Kitchen Goes White Apartment Therapy
May 15, 2012
10 Handmade Cutting Boards
You can find many useful cooking gadgets and doodads, but a handmade wood cutting board makes for a beautiful and purposeful kitchen accessory. • Handmade Cutting Boards Apartment Therapy
May 14, 2012
Tile Trends: Two Ends of the Spectrum
Recently I found myself discussing tile trends with a salesperson at my favorite tile showroom. There’s big news in the tile world. Well, big and little. • Tile Trends Apartment Therapy
May 14, 2012
Inspiration: Wallpapered Kitchens
Looking to add some pattern or color to your kitchen? Wallpaper as an accent wall, backsplash, or even a kitchen island can make a real statement. Here are 10 kitchens to inspire you: • Wallpapered Kitchens Apartment Therapy
May 11, 2012
Advice for a Clutter-Free Kitchen
With the rise in open space floorplans, having a neat and tidy kitchen has become increasingly important. Here are our best tips for keeping your kitchen clutter-free and ready for meal prep. • Clutter Free Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 11, 2012
Before & After: A Kitchen Opens Up
This 80’s kitchen was in need of updated appliances, cabinetry, and an overall space adjustment. By taking extra space from rooms adjacent to the kitchen, the kitchen was opened up for a light and bright gourmet chef’s kitchen. • A Kitchen Opens Up Apartment Therapy
May 10, 2012
Room By Room I’m Turning Into My Mom
Abby recently wrote about “grownup houses” and it made me realize that I do live in a grownup house – one an awful lot like the house where I was raised. And it hit me: for better and for worse, I am turning into my mom one room at a time. • Turning Into My
May 10, 2012
10 Brands of US Made Kitchen Cabinetry
At High Point Market last month I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much furniture is still made in the US including kitchen cabinetry. Here are 10 made in the USA companies: • Made in the USA Cabinetry Apartment Therapy
May 9, 2012
A Roundup of Kitchens with Black Accents
Shiny or matte, black can make a big impact on a room. Here are ten examples of black fixtures, walls, and cabinets to inspire, whether you’re looking to add a little or a lot of black to your kitchen. • Black Kitchen Accents Apartment Therapy
May 9, 2012
5 Tips for Keeping Cut Branches Fresh
One of the lovely things about spring is the opportunity to use gorgeous, fragrant branches as decor in the home. Here are five tips to help keep yours fresh as long as possible, because spring is already too short as it is.1 Make an inch long slit in the bottom of each branch and then tap the ends of the branches with a hammer. This allows water to be absorbed more easily and will extend the life of your branches.
May 8, 2012
Granite Alternative: Elements by Durcon
In the past ten years it seems that every single kitchen rehab saw the installation of granite countertops. Not only is granite getting a bit tired, it’s also not a very eco-conscious option. Enter Elements to save the day. • Granite Alternative Apartment Therapy
May 8, 2012
Kitchen-Themed Artwork
Themed art can easily be cheesy, but when done right it’s pretty charming. Here are 10 examples of the latter for the kitchen – a few include conversions and recipes so they’re useful too! • Kitchen-Themed Artwork Apartment Therapy
May 7, 2012
Trend Watch: Bi-Color Kitchen Cabinets
Are two colors on your cabinets better than one? It’s a growing trend that has strong design pluses going for it and worth considering for anyone planning a reno or cabinet makeover. • Trend: Bi-Color Cabinets Apartment Therapy
May 7, 2012
Is There a Formula to Determine if a Sofa Will Fit in the Elevator?
Q: Ugh. Just moved across country.. and then found our sofa would not fit in the elevator nor the up the stairs (and taking the elevator ceiling out was not an option either). Now, I’m replacing the sofa and really paranoid that I’ll make the same mistake.. YIKES!!Scouring the internet, I’m seeing lots of measure this and that. but I’m trying to find the “formula” of how to measure the elevator clearance etc.
May 7, 2012
Inside The Lovely Studio Of Adore Vintage
Name: Rodellee Bas- owner of Adore Vintage Location: Fashion District – Downtown Los Angeles, CASize: 300 square feetYears worked in: 2 months Rodellee moved into her downtown workspace just a couple months ago, as she’s expanded the audience of her online vintage shop. She needed to have an official space to get all her e-commerce shoots done, and a place to have shoppers actually come in to try things on.
May 4, 2012
Backyard Chicken Keeping in LA
The trend toward keeping backyard livestock in urban areas seems only to be growing. We’ve featured plenty of chicken coop designs in the past, but we loved this homemade coop in a small backyard in LA so much that we wanted to share the story. • Backyard Chicken Keeping Apartment Therapy
May 4, 2012
Before & After: From IKEA Basic to a Vintage-Look Card Catalog
Vintage card catalogs can be found for a pretty penny, but Kristen from The Painted Hive devised an amazing, inexpensive DIY using — you guessed it — an IKEA product.Kristine wanted an old card catalog, but didn’t want to fork over the large amount of cash that they often sell for. So she got creative, and used IKEA’s MOPPE mini chest of drawers (which replaced the ‘FIRA‘ and for some reason can only currently be found at the UK site).
May 4, 2012
Installing Cabinet Door Inserts for a Fresh Look
When faced with builder-grade or dated cabinets, the first impulse of many new homeowners is to rip them out and start fresh or paint them. Another option for an inexpensive cabinet face lift is replacing the cabinet door inserts. • Cabinet Door Inserts Apartment Therapy
May 4, 2012
DIY Ideas for Adding Pops of Neon
Are you sick of the neon color trend yet? We’re not either! Here are ten projects we’ve recently spied that have great potential for adding some hip pops of neon to your space, that you can make yourself. • Add Pops of Neon Apartment Therapy
May 3, 2012
10 Snapshots You Should Keep in Your Phone’s Photo Album
You might already use your email or notes apps on your smartphone to keep track of little everyday reminders. But your camera app and photo album can be just as useful as a memory aid. Here are a few things that can easily be remembered with a quick snap of your camera phone’s shutter button: • A reminder of where you parked. Parking in the city is no joke. • Your printer cartridges. Make sure you can see the refill numbers. • Your family members’ clothing sizes.
May 2, 2012
A Window Box Made from Wood Shims
Window boxes are great for adding plant life in small spaces. But what if your planter is DOA (dull on arrival)? Here’s a project to create one in under 2 hours. • DIY Window Box Apartment Therapy
May 2, 2012