Design Infographics & Cheat Sheets
I’m super visual, so when someone draws something for me, I process it ten times faster. Take, for instance, this illustration on how to set a dinner table. • Design Infographics Apartment Therapy
Jul 31, 2012
Before & After: Family-Friendly Deck
It started with a splinter. We’d long neglected the worn, ugly deck off our master bedroom. It contained two chaise lounges, a plant, and a sand table for our toddler, but was still bare and underutilized. Then I got a nasty splinter from it — my third in as many days — and I realized we couldn’t ignore it any longer.It wasn’t a rash decision, so much as an acknowledgment that the deck needed repair.
Jul 31, 2012
How to Photograph Food: Part I
Food makes the best subject, especially for beginners. Why? It doesn’t move, it doesn’t talk back or give you attitude, it arrives on time and when you are done making art out of it, you can feast! • Photographing Food Apartment Therapy
Jul 30, 2012
A Bar Cart Made from Pipe
Approached with a request to create a custom bar cart, Nancy decided to use their shared love of DIY pipe shelving as her inspiration. • DIY Bar Cart from Pipe Apartment Therapy
Jul 30, 2012
Are You Ready to Cut the Cable Cord?
With streaming media, there’s never been more options for watching your favorite shows without paying for cable or satellite. Making the transition can be easy… • Ready to Cut Cable? Apartment Therapy
Jul 28, 2012
Battling Clutter (Or Not)
We all fight a crusade with clutter. But is this constant crusade actually a healthy way of approaching one’s home? Or is it better to make peace with a little bit of mess? • Battling Clutter (Or Not) Apartment Therapy
Jul 27, 2012
Going Automatic and the Lost Connection to Process
Life where I’m house sitting is fully automated with kitchen appliances I don’t have. But I’ve noticed there’s a connection to process that gets lost when everything is automated or made ultra-convenient. • Lost Connection to Progress Apartment Therapy
Jul 27, 2012
12 of the Best Outdoor Dining Tables
Midsummer may seem late to buy outdoor furniture but it’s actually kind of perfect because retailers are starting to discount it. We’ve rounded up 12 of the best outdoor dining table options — 6 for small spaces and 6 for spreading out. • Best Outdoor Dining Tables Apartment Therapy
Jul 26, 2012
Tips for a Well Organized Kitchen
Whether you’ve just moved into a new space, are settling into a summer rental, or are just frustrated with your kitchen, here are some ideas to help you arrange your kitchen for maximum cooking and cleaning efficiency. • A Well Organized Kitchen Apartment Therapy
Jul 26, 2012
Sofa Buying Tips Down to the Bones
Buying a new sofa is always a little bit stressful and we we sometimes forget to look at these important features: how well it’s made, how long it will last and if the cost reflects its quality. • Sofa Buying Tips Apartment Therapy
Jul 25, 2012
9 Steps To Arranging A Well-Organized Kitchen
Whether you’ve just moved into a new space, are settling into a summer rental, or are just frustrated with your kitchen, here are some ideas to help you arrange your kitchen for maximum cooking and cleaning efficiency that will making mucking about in the space a lot more fun.Start with what you have: You may love them, you may hate them, but unless you’ve got the money for a full scale renovation, your sink, stove and refrigerator aren’t going anywhere.
Jul 25, 2012
Before & After: Wine Red Painted Console
A client recently asked if I could paint over furniture — he was sick of the look, but the piece was functional and he didn’t want to throw it out. Why not?You could take your furniture to a shop and have it sanded and sprayed and spritzed in a dust-free environment and perhaps it would last for all time, but that sounds a lot like expensive restoration to me. Or for Plan B, try this:Give your sideboard a light sanding (220 grit), dust it off and paint over it in an oil-based paint.
Jul 25, 2012
Before & After: Vintage Bed Makeover Fit for a Teen
It is clear from the photo above that Lesli has the kind of yard sale luck that most of us can only dream about, even on our best day. When she arrived at a local yard sale, she immediately saw the perfect bed for her daughter, a bed that had somehow been overlooked by antique hunters earlier in the day. When she saw the price tag, a whopping $25, she paid immediately and accepted the help of the seller to load up her car.
Jul 25, 2012
Managing Housework When You’re Sick
I’ve been sick for less than 24 hours, and already my apartment is trashed. What will this place look like by the time I’m well? I have a few tricks for how to cope, but really I’d love to hear your advice • Housework When You’re Sick Apartment Therapy
Jul 25, 2012
10 Steps To More Happiness at Home
It’s amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home.
Jul 23, 2012
5 Places You Should Be Using Recessed Electrical Outlets in Your Home
Just like suitcases with wheels, recessed power outlets are one of those “I can’t believe it wasn’t around ’til now” inventions. But even if you know they exist, you might not know how to use them. Here are five places around any home, apartment or loft where you should install this space-saving electrical hardware.Recessed outlet hardware has a faceplate that is set deeper into the wall than a regular outlet.
Jul 23, 2012
Travel Tip: Put a Phone Number On Your Kid
A few months ago, I took my youngest to an amusement park with a large group of friends and their moms. As we all gathered at the front entrance with a gaggle of 5 – 7 year olds, I noticed one mom writing her cell number on her child’s arm. Brilliant idea! For kids who aren’t ready to remember a phone number, it’s a simple way to keep an emergency number visible in case she gets lost.
Jul 23, 2012
White Walls & Wood Open Shelving
One of my very favorite looks in the kitchen is white walls and wood open shelving. This timeless combination is clean and modern but still warm and natural. • White Walls & Wood Shelving Apartment Therapy
Jul 23, 2012
A Roundup of Food Tents
I lived in Australia for several years and attended many a picnic or BBQ. At every outdoor meal, food was covered with mesh domes or tents to keep the pesky flies away. • Food Tent Roundup Apartment Therapy
Jul 20, 2012
Tips For Successful House Swaps
If you’re new to home exchanges, this summer might be the perfect time to give it a shot. Here are some tips to help get you started. • Tips for House Swaps Apartment Therapy
Jul 20, 2012
11 Ways To Make Routines Work For You
It took me a long time to realize that routines are freeing. When you know what has to be done and in what order, your mind performs the tasks automatically, freeing you to mull over more important things. • Make Routines Work Apartment Therapy
Jul 19, 2012
Why Do We Stop Liking Something Once It Becomes Popular?
I’m constantly seeing decor darlings that are now routinely dissed. Why? Because they’re “everywhere” or because we’re “so sick of seeing them.” • When Designs Are Popular Apartment Therapy
Jul 19, 2012
DIY Idea: Turn Old Chairs Into A Bench
Before you ditch those beat-up dining chairs with the broken seats, consider turning them into a bench! Here are four great examples… • Turn Old Chairs Into A Bench Apartment Therapy
Jul 18, 2012
A 127 sq. foot “Tiny House”
Christopher always wanted to own a home in the mountains but never realized how near the possibility was until he started reading about the “Tiny House Movement”. • A 127 sq. foot “Tiny House” Apartment Therapy
Jul 18, 2012
Make the Most of Summer
Summer is in full swing. It’ll be gone before you know it, so don’t let it pass you by without taking full advantage of all of its little treasures. Here are 20 posts to help you make the most of it. • Make the Most of Summer Apartment Therapy
Jul 17, 2012
What’s Your DIY Personality?
What type of DIY planner are you? I’ve seen some people go to extremes, while others just “throw something together” — beautifully I might add. Here are some of the design types I’ve encountered. • What’s Your DIY Personality? Apartment Therapy
Jul 17, 2012
Stores with Great Blogs
Designers and retailers are embracing blogging — some are jumping on the DIY bandwagon while others use their blog as a venue for showing off new designs and providing design inspiration. Here are some of our favorite retail blogs this year… • Stores with Great Blogs Apartment Therapy
Jul 16, 2012
SnapDot Turns Any Photo Into Stipple Style Illustration
Love that Wall Street Journal stipple-style illustration? The results are not exactly as beautiful as Kevin Sprouls fine illustrations, but the SnapDot app does a decent facsimile using stippling algorithm to convert any photo into a stipple drawing, even color! SnapDot gives your iPhone the ability to draw professionally with the ideal fine art format: dots!
Jul 16, 2012
Keep Bugs Out of Your Food
Tips for keeping away bugs and other pests from your food while dining outdoors are always welcome. I recently came across an easy DIY idea using things you probably already have at home. • Keep Bugs Out of Food Apartment Therapy
Jul 16, 2012
Before & After: Adding Color and Texture to a Concrete Patio
Cindy and her husband loved the outdoor possibilities offered by their large patio, but didn’t love the boring grey expanse of concrete. With this shady spot offering a respite from soaring temperatures, Cindy knew she had to turn it into a more colorful, welcoming space for her family.After using a power washer to clean the patio furniture, she painted the metal chairs with brown spray paint to create some needed contrast.
Jul 13, 2012
Travel Guide Roundup
Whether you’re planning your far away vacation or your summer stay-cation, these guides will help you get from point A to point B and find some unique haunts along the way. • Travel Guide Roundup Apartment Therapy
Jul 13, 2012
Sharing Your Home on the Internet
Why are we compelled to invite thousands of strangers into our homes? And why do we feel so strongly about others’ homes, folks that we’ve never met and likely never will? • Sharing on the Internet Apartment Therapy
Jul 13, 2012
5 Places To Shop For IKEA When There Isn’t One Around
One of the shopping staples for many households across the country is IKEA. That’s all well and good unless you’re one of the sad souls (myself included) who doesn’t have one nearby. The closest one to me is a solid 6 hours drive and although I’ve done it in the past, but more eco-friendly options have surfaced. 1. Craigslist: What can’t you find on Craigslist?
Jul 12, 2012
256GB of Hard Drive Space: Is it Enough?
If you’re considering purchasing a new Macbook that features SSD storage, you may be wondering if the standard 256GB space is going to cut it. I’ve crunched some numbers to help you determine if it’s enough for you. • Is 256GB Enough? Apartment Therapy
Jul 12, 2012
Before & After: From Crummy To Fabulous Faux Bois Concrete Floors
What happens when carpet isn’t an option and your hardwood flooring has been discontinued? Well, if you’re Mandi Grubler, you head to the hardware store and come home with a few cans of paint. See how she schooled this concrete floor into submission.Mandi is always willing to roll up her sleeves and test the DIY waters for the rest of us. This time around, she’s painting the concrete floor in her daughter’s room.
Jul 12, 2012
Merging Styles in Whitley Heights, LA
Kristina and Tyler have been slowly merging styles in their Spanish-style house in the Whitley Heights area of LA. They call their style: “fun/eclectic/colorful, clean and modern.” • Merging Styles in LA Apartment Therapy
Jul 12, 2012
Best Tips for Packing Lightly
Whether you’re trying to avoid checked bag fees or heavy lifting, packing lightly doesn’t have to be difficult. Especially in summer, a few tips can help you limit your luggage. • Tips for Packing Lightly Apartment Therapy
Jul 11, 2012
Before & After: Updated Bamboo Etageres
When Mel first saw this pair of bamboo shelving units in her Habitat for Humanity store, she passed them by without purchasing. She then spent the rest of the night worrying that someone else would have snapped them up; thankfully they were still at the store when she returned the following day. With their glass shelves and ornate lines, Mel just knew these pieces were perfect for a makeover.
Jul 11, 2012
Make Life Saner with 15 Crazy Tricks
While some of the things I’m suggesting might sound insane or perhaps a little (okay, a lot) OCD, they’re tricks that work, and hey, isn’t that really the bottom line? • Make Lifer Saner Apartment Therapy
Jul 11, 2012
10 Places to Shop for “Happy Modern” Products
Happy modern style takes the best of mid-century and modern design and adds a liberal dollop of color and personality. Check out our list of 10 of happy modern resources along with a slideshow of our favorite products. • “Happy Modern” Sources Apartment Therapy
Jul 10, 2012
10 Simple DIY Wall Ideas
Even if you think you don’t have an artistic bone if your body you can still create some pretty beautiful pieces with a little creativity and the some basic materials. Here are 10 wall art ideas from simple enough that anyone can do. • 10 Simple DIY Wall Ideas Apartment Therapy
Jul 10, 2012
Ideas for Converting 2 Bedroom into a 3 Bedroom?
Q: I’m about to move into a beautiful new apartment in my ideal location, but to keep within my budget, I had to be a bit more creative about splitting a 2-bedroom apartment into a 3-bedroom space. Because after all, the more the merrier — but really, the more roommates, the less rent!The building didn’t even have a floor plan available for this particular apartment, so I sketched it roughly myself.
Jul 10, 2012
How Would You Spend a Day with a Decorator?
What if you won a free day with a decorator of your choosing? How would you use the time? Shopping? Sketching layouts? Big picture or single project? I know what mine would be: choosing rugs, paint colors, fabrics and lighting. • Spend a Day with a Decorator Apartment Therapy
Jul 9, 2012
Before & After: Urban Outfitters Inspired Nightstands
Meagan, of the blog Craft Habit, recently acquired a pair of hand-me-down Ikea nightstands, but really had her heart set on the GiGi nightstand from Urban Outfitters that, at $150 a piece, was out of her price range. So, set on having more minty fresh goods in her house, she transformed the IKEA pieces into such a good match, we’d be hard-pressed to decide which version we like better.
Jul 9, 2012
Joshua’s Vintage Daydream
Name: Joshua Alvarenga (and his cat Valentino)Location: Hollywood – Los Angeles, CASize: 700 square feetYears lived in: 1 year – rented One of my favorite things about a home is when the owner brings out the best in the architecture and original design of the structure. Joshua has collected furniture and personal treasures that are wonderful and cozy but that also allow us to enjoy the Spanish style of the building itself.
Jul 9, 2012
How To Kill Weed Seeds in the Garden
Here’s another gardening video from our friend Ben Gould. In this one, he gives us a one minute tip for killing weed seeds. • How To Kill Weed Seeds Apartment Therapy
Jul 9, 2012
Tips For Choosing Wall Colors
I’ve seen more people agonize over the perfect wall color than the perfect sofa. It’s harder to visualize, and that’s scary. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ease the process. • Choosing Wall Color Apartment Therapy
Jul 6, 2012
Before & After: A Tin-Foiled Nightstand
Silver metallic furniture pieces have been on the scene for a while now and don’t seem to be heading out anytime soon. Mandi wanted to try her hand at creating one without a trusty silver spray can in hand but using a common kitchen goods instead. See what she pulled off after the jump…At first I was skeptical, but by the end of her tutorial I was thoroughly impressed. She didn’t just glue on some tin foil and call it a day (which probably wouldn’t do the trick).
Jul 6, 2012