Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic Transformations
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: A Trashed Curbside Dresser2. Before & After: An Unexpected Upholstery Project3. Before & After: Faux Snakeskin Table4. Before & After: Dresser Makeover5. Before & After: From Trash to Silk Screened Style BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Ottoman Transformation7. Before & After: Salvaging a DIY Dresser Gone Wrong8. Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an Hour9. Before & After: Restoring a Solid Wood Desk10.
Dec 30, 2012
Our Favorite Creative Spaces
What inspires you? This year we took you into hundreds of stylish homes all over the globe, where people live, sleep, eat, work, and create. From an artist’s home studio to an at-home indoor/outdoor gardening room, here are some of our favorite creative spaces of 2012.FIRST ROW:1. Artist Sarah Hazel’s home studio2. From From Aya & Trevor’s Sophisticated Contemporary Condo3. Jules & Henry’s ‘Modern Menagerie’ Loft4.
Dec 29, 2012
Before & After: That Was a What?
Here at Apartment Therapy, we can’t get enough of Before & Afters… it’s always exciting to see something salvaged from the garbage become something lovely and shiny and useful. We salute all you DIYers out there, but we have to say we’re especially impressed with the people who are able to see special potential in a piece — and turn it into something totally different and totally useful.
Dec 28, 2012
Cozy Roommates: Shared Bedrooms
Whether siblings need to bunk together due to space constraints or because they want to, sharing a bedroom is often a convenient solution. Not only does it save space, it teaches them to share space. One of the biggest challenges to designing a space that most likely is shared by children of different ages is creating a restful and inspiring bedroom that fits all their varying needs.
Dec 28, 2012
Small Style: Solutions for Families in Small Homes
We write about families in all sizes of homes, but our heart will always be in small homes and helping to make them the most livable, happy, organized spaces. Which means we’re constantly on the hunt for smart ideas and solutions for stylish small space family living.
Dec 27, 2012
Before & After: A Year of Outdoor Projects
Are you tired of it getting dark at 5 PM every day? I know I am, but we’re in luck: this year’s Winter Solstice fell on December 21st, which means that the days are getting longer, and that summer will come again, and that this is a perfect time to start thinking about sunny days and outdoor projects. Here are 10 of our favorite outdoor-space transformations from 2012.TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Bare Patio Turned Luxurious Cabana2. Jane and Justin’s Backyard Before & After3.
Dec 26, 2012
Our Favorite Living Rooms
FIRST ROW:1. Tommy & Todd’s Bohemian Chic Collection2. Caitlin’s Small, Stylish San Francisco Home3. Maria’s Glamorous Fashion-Inspired Flat4. Adir & Marcello’s Worldly Retreat5. Alexandra & Eliot’s 1890’s Farmhouse SECOND ROW:6. Nick’s Grad School Digs7. & 8. Wendy & Gavin’s Bright Beach Cottage9. Dean’s Stylish & Social Greystone10. Blythe’s Bohemian West Hollywood Cottage THIRD ROW:11. Marina Replicates Her Boston Home12.
Dec 26, 2012
Get Set: The Year’s Best Dining Tables
Balancing your plate on your lap and eating over the kitchen sink may work for awhile but at some point you’ll feel better about life if you eat at a proper table. While it may seem like a waste of space, especially in a small apartment, a dining table can become an essential piece of furniture, used for meals, crafts and even serving as a work station. Check out this roundup of dining tables big and small to see if there’s one that will fit in your home.
Dec 24, 2012
Before & After: Transform Your Space with Color
Here at Apartment Therapy, we love a good Before and After. We’re also big fans of bold color. Check out these 10 Before & Afters from 2012 that demonstrate the transforming power of color.TOP ROW:1. Before & After: An Elegant Bedroom Redo2. Before & After: Bold Color in the Kitchen3. Before & After: Dated Family Room Lightens Up4. Before & After: An Almost-Black Guest Bedroom5. Before & After: Family Room from Dark to Light BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: A Colorful Guest Room Makeover7.
Dec 23, 2012
Nighty Night: Kids’ Sleep Solutions for Small Homes
What are the biggest pieces of furniture in your home? Likely your beds. And your kids’ beds too. Especially if you live in a small home, you are acutely aware how much space beds can take up. Throughout the past year we’ve had interesting discussions about kids’ beds and shared creative ways for bunking up.
Dec 23, 2012
5 Days Left to Win a Patrón Cocktail Party!
Patrón Tequila is trying to find out what makes us happiest with the Happiness Experiment. Answer a few questions and you could win a cocktail party for you and your friends, sponsored by Patrón! • Win a Patrón Cocktail Party Apartment Therapy
Dec 20, 2012
The Very Best Toffee in the Country!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) This year we put out the call for great toffee suggestions and submissions from around the country and received ten amazing toffees to sample. After intense tasting in our offices over two days, everyone voted. • Best Toffee! The Kitchn
Dec 20, 2012
Before & After: A Year of IKEA Hacks
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign Chest2. Before & After: IKEA Changing Table into Home Office Desk3. Before & After: The DIY IKEA Office Organizer4. Before & After: Bet You Can’t Guess What This IKEA Malm was Converted Into5. Before & After: IKEA Malm Gets an Upholstered Ombre Makeover BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Anna’s Take on the IKEA Rast7. Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table8. Before & After: IKEA Granas Table Gets a Rustic Makeover9.
Dec 19, 2012
Let Your Inner Neatnik Out of the Closet: Storage & Organizational Tools
A cluttered and disorganized closet can be a test of patience … not to mention a real hazard. If you’ve ever experienced an overflowing closet, like an avalanche of stuff when you open the door, you know what I’m talking about. Over the past year we wrote a number of posts to help you release your inner neatnik — here are 10 of our favorites.
Dec 19, 2012
Dehumidifiers For Basement Rooms & Damp Apartments
image:079fee72cedf w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Most of our readers are probably suffering from the adverse effects of winter’s cold and dry air right now (see our humidifier roundup). But conversely, there’s one thing that anyone living in a humid environment will appreciate: a good dehumidifier.
Dec 18, 2012
Think Thin: Slim Desks for Small Spaces
When I first moved into my apartment back in March, I was excited by the prospect of actually having enough space to fit a desk in the living room. After moving in the coffee table, the couch, an oversized chair, and a couple of lamps, only a small corner was left to possibly fit a desk. Since then I’ve been making do with the couch, dining table and kitchen bar.
Dec 18, 2012
The Art of Gift Wrapping
Gift wrapping is not just paper bags and adhesive bows. It can be a real art, from the Japanese craft of furoshiki to the homespun embellishments of fabric bows and washi tape. This season, LA-based paper and ribbon company Midori Ribbon shows a few techniques (with videos!) for wrapping commonly shaped items.Learn how to shape pleats for a round present, make a stylish floppy bow out of leftover gift wrap, create Japanese seamless wrapping and more, all on the LA Times’ site.
Dec 18, 2012
15 Alternative Christmas Trees
Whether you’re short on space, away from home for the holidays or just looking to decorate in a more innovative fashion this year, there are times when the standard tree just won’t do…Enter the alternative Christmas tree — 15 creative ideas for adding cool to your yule this year. Some of these trees are 3-dimensional, and some are flat. Some are quick and easy, while others may require a few tools to assemble.
Dec 17, 2012
Like a Little Drama? 10 Sources for Dramatic Modern Pieces
We love modern pieces that go a little over the top. You can use the pieces sparingly, mixed in with other styles like in this dining room, or go balls to wall and outfit your entire home in the look. • Sources for Dramatic Modern Apartment Therapy
Dec 17, 2012
Time to Declutter: Smart Things To Do with Old Cables & Chargers
If you don’t have a drawer full of old phone chargers and antiquated tech, then you must not be living in the 21st century. With the short life cycle of most tech, it’s almost impossible to not end up with 10 chargers and cords for devices you no longer use. Good news: they can be reused or recycled.Whatever you do, don’t just throw this stuff away. Cords and cables can be just as hazardous as other ewaste if not handled properly. Here are three things you can do:1.
Dec 17, 2012
Practicing Mindfulness At Home
Mindfulness, “an accepting and kind attitude toward yourself and your present moment experience,” is being embraced everywhere these days. Here are a few tips on how to integrate the practice of mindfulness into your home. • Mindfulness at Home Apartment Therapy
Dec 17, 2012
10 Favorite Champagnes Under $60
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Looking for some Champagne to buy for the holiday season? Do you need help to navigate the different brands on offer? Wherever your tastes fall, read on for our recommendations: • Champagnes Under $60 The Kitchn
Dec 14, 2012
Trendspotting: Animals on Kitchenware
Foxes may be the new trend, but there’s a whole animal kingdom out there — and they’re all trying to make their way into your kitchen. From dinnerware to linens, check out this selection of animals on kitchenware. • Animals on Kitchenware Apartment Therapy
Dec 14, 2012
Classic Family Board Games in Electronic Editions for the Holidays
Times have changed for family games. With iPads, iPods, and smartphones abound, the old family card and boardgame standbys like Monopoly and Uno face some serious competition. Is there no middle ground between great family living room classics and Farmville?I just recently helped my mother upgrade her smartphone, and as an avid Scrabble family growing up, I set her up with Words With Friends so we could keep in touch over tiles and triple word scores.
Dec 14, 2012
10 Beautiful Serving Pitchers
If you’re hosting a dinner party or having cocktails with friends, there’s nothing like a pitcher to save you from running back and forth from the kitchen. The following 10 vessels will do the job and look great on anyone’s table or bar cart. • 10 Beautiful Serving Pitchers Apartment Therapy
Dec 14, 2012
18 Cookie Recipes for the Holidays
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) There are spicy cookies with candied orange slices, and molasses cookies with a sugary lemon glaze. Toffee chocolate chip bars and peanut butter-espresso blossoms — all in this list of our very own favorite recipes for this high season of holiday cookie baking. • 18 Cookie Recipes The Kitchn
Dec 14, 2012
15 Affordable, Indulgent Gifts for Cooks
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It’s easy to find a luxurious cooking gift when you have $100 to spend, but how about when you have $20? Here are 15 small, indulgent gifts sure to be appreciated by the cooks on your shopping list — and they’re all $30 and under. • Affordable, Indulgent Gifts The
Dec 13, 2012
Tips for Creating a Mindful Home
Mindfulness is being embraced everywhere these days, from the Kindergarten classroom to company retreats. What is mindfulness, exactly? Susan Smalley, Ph.D., and Diana Winston, co-authors of Fully Present, say that mindfulness is “an accepting and kind attitude toward yourself and your present moment experience.” One that will change your relationship to life. Sounds enticing, huh? Here are a few tips on how to integrate the practice of mindfulness into your home. 1.
Dec 13, 2012
The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Organizing Your Whole Move
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Dec 13, 2012
Linda’s Fashionably Modest Condo
Name: Linda, pharmacist and fashion and food blogger of NomNomBlingBling, and dog ManduLocation: McLean, VirginiaSize: 903 square feetYears lived in: 1 year; own Working as a pharmacist by day but a fashion blogger in her spare time, Linda describes her home style aesthetic as being much like her fashion sense: a mix between high and low, elegant and modest.
Dec 13, 2012
O Christmas Tree: Tips for Removing Tree Sap from Carpeting
There is no substitute for a lovely, real Christmas tree: the lovely pine aroma, the glittering feel of having a living, beautiful thing in your home. Despite their loveliness, trees require a lot of care, even after they are chopped down. Besides the obvious shedding of needles, they also leave another little gift of their own: sticky tree sap. Here are a few tips for cleaning tree sap off of carpet and household items.Sap is sort of like removing gum. There are a few ways to handle it.
Dec 13, 2012
A West Village Kitchen Makeover
When designer Carly Yates set out to redo this West Village kitchen, she had her work cut out for her. Carly presented her renovation at our last Apartment Therapy Design Evening in New York; if you weren’t able to make it, here are all the details. • NYC Kitchen Makeover Apartment Therapy
Dec 13, 2012
15 Useful & Inspiring Gifts for New Cooks
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Gifts for new cooks should be practical, yet inspirational, something to not only outfit them for successful cooking, but also get them excited about doing it! Here are 10 ideas sure to inspire and delight. • Inspiring Gifts for New Cooks The Kitchn
Dec 13, 2012
10 Gifts for Coffee Lovers
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Coffee lovers encompass a range of obsessions: it’s about the bean, the flavor, the caffeine, the ritual, the process, the experience. Whatever your coffee lover’s particular focus, we have a gift idea for you. • 10 Gifts for Coffee Lovers The Kitchn
Dec 12, 2012
Bottle Openers for Design Lovers
Don’t know what to get your friends this holiday? Well, if they drink at all, they may appreciate using one of these beautiful, design-y bottle openers which will make popping the top off their favorite beverage that much more satisfying. • Design-y Bottle Openers Apartment Therapy
Dec 12, 2012
Before & After: Refinishing an MCM Dresser
Reeves was privileged enough to have this dresser fall into her lap when her uncle decided it no longer fit his lifestyle. He in turn had been given the dresser by her dad many years before, so Reeves now has a piece of family history in her home.Sadly, this dresser had seen some heavy use over the years, use that left its mark. Reeves sanded the entire dresser, then restained the piece with Rustoleum Dark Walnut.
Dec 12, 2012
Before & After: A Modern Bathroom Update in the West Village
You may have seen the kitchen in this West Village apartment, which got a modern update courtesy of designer Carly Yates. One of the apartment’s bathrooms also got a much-needed facelift. Check out the transformation after the jump.This bathroom renovation is all about the details. Lots of clever choices keep the room spacious, modern, and very functional. From Carly: The large and light feeling of the bathroom was achieved by wall mounted fixtures that allow the tile to flow underneath.
Dec 12, 2012
Christine’s Traditional N’East Style Abode
Name: Christine Mitchell and Ted AdamsLocation: Cambridgeport, MassachusettsSize: 850 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 years, rented Style blogger Christine Mitchell of N’East Style has an aesthetic all her own. Inspired by her upbringing in New England, her blog is filled with the lifestyle, fashion and folklore of the region, along with her unique hand-drawn illustrations. Her home reflects both her upbringing and the style she embodies.
Dec 12, 2012
A Toy Designer and Mom Shares Her 6 Favorite Online Toy Shops
As a toy designer and a parent, this time of year is fraught with not only finding the usual Christmas gifts, but finding gifts that I admire both as a designer and a mom. It can be a tall order. I have high expectations! Until recently I felt like I had most of the control over what my daughter would play with. These days, as she approaches the ripe old age of 4, I’m realizing my hold on our curated collection of toys is slipping fast.
Dec 12, 2012
Before & After: A Renovated Cabin Reveal
When Sarah and her husband first spotted this cabin it was in need of a major facelift. They fell in love with the structure and the land and only saw the potential this little beach gem had to offer. Follow me after the jump to see their vision come to life…Living full-time in a very colorful LA home, Sarah wanted their cabin getaway to be bright, white and fairly spartan. She and her hubs gutted the entire cabin and did all the work themselves.
Dec 12, 2012
10 Superb Food Splurges
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) What to get the cook who has everything? Or the cook who lives in a small space? Not another gadget to clutter up the cupboard, surely. What about something edible? Something delicious? Today we’re hitting the splurges! • 10 Superb Food Splurges The Kitchn
Dec 12, 2012
Little Pot Guard Critters
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) These cute little pot props help a boiling pot to let off steam. Say hello to the Little Pot Critters! • Pot Guard Critters The Kitchn
Dec 11, 2012
21st Century Microwaves
Microwaves from 20 years ago still basically look like the microwaves of today. However, there are new models equipped with updated technology to help you cook better than ever before in an instant.. • 21st Century Microwaves Apartment Therapy
Dec 11, 2012
Before & After: A Studio Facelift in Brooklyn
In a small space, just a few changes can make a big difference. The owner of this Brooklyn Heights studio knew she wanted to update her kitchen (and add a dishwasher!), so she turned to designer Sarah Zames, owner of Brooklyn design firm General Assembly. Under Sarah’s guidance, a few small updates came together to make a big impact. Check out the finished product…Ta-da!
Dec 11, 2012
A Make-Your-Own Kombucha Kit
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We probably all have at least one friend who can’t seem to get through a day without downing a bottle of kombucha. This holiday season, give them the gift that truly keeps on giving: a kit to brew batch after batch of their very own kombucha. • DIY Kombucha Gift Kit
Dec 11, 2012
Make Yourself a Beer Advent Calendar!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Forget cheap chocolate. Forget Christmas ornaments. What about an advent calendar of delicious tasty craft beers?! Now this is the kind of advent calendar I can get behind. • Beer Advent Calendar The Kitchn
Dec 10, 2012
Sue & Graeme’s Eclectic Victorian Townhouse
Name: Sue Huey & Graeme FraserLocation: Brighton, East Sussex, UK Years lived in: 4 years; Owned Located in the very heart of central Brighton, Sue and Graeme’s Victorian townhouse is a refuge of tranquility, just yards from the city’s main shopping street. Sue, a trend forecaster and mother to Iris and Harper, has amassed a varied collection of antiques and curios, which are grouped decoratively throughout the house.
Dec 10, 2012
Bon Appétit’s 50 Best Food Picks
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Remember back in August when we told you that Bon Appétit would be launching its Seal of Approval in the December 2012 issue? That time has come. Curious to see what made the list? • Bon Appétit’s 50 Best The Kitchn
Dec 7, 2012