Before & After: The Year’s Most Colorful Transformations
Sometimes a little color can make a big difference. Read on to see some of our favorite colorful makeovers from 2013. To see the ‘afters’, click on the links for each project. (Hint: clicking each link with the scroll wheel of your mouse will open it in a new window.) Enjoy! TOP ROW: 1. Before & After: Plain Jane Entryway Now Pops with Pattern & Color 2. Before & After: A Dressed-Up Dresser 3. Before & After: An Old Chest Gets a Big Change 4.
Dec 26, 2013
Sonja Rasula + The Unique Space
Name: Sonja Rasula, Founder of UNIQUE USA Location: The Unique Space // 1275 E 6th Street, LA CA 90021 //Los Angeles Arts District Size: 18,000 square feet Years lived in: I’ve been renovating the space for the past four months, and we just opened in December! Welcome to the Los Angeles Art District’s newest neighbor, The Unique Space! It’s 18,000 square feet of raw warehouse space, completely renovated and redesigned by the incomparable Sonja Rasula.
Dec 20, 2013
Stephen & Antwann’s Cool, Clever Home
Name: Stephen Stocker and Antwann Nourse Location: Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Two items I spotted at Stephen and Antwann’s home: A book by Nate Berkus and a painting of the Superman “S”. So what do you get when you cross Superman with Nate Berkus?
Dec 20, 2013
A Bright, Happy Vintage Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Jeanee’s Sunny Vintage Kitchen
Dec 20, 2013
9 Cheap, Chic Classics from IKEA
Dec 20, 2013
Before & After: This London Renovation Flip Gets Fresh
Kris’ apartment in Brixton is an LA style bungalow bang in the middle of downtown South London. Kris renovated it to sell, and, after seeing the after pics, we can see why it was such a hot commodity. What a difference! We’re especially loving the new, glowy flooring and bright, white open feeling. From Kris: The goal was to bring the space to life. It was an old bungalow with no light or life.
Dec 19, 2013
An Italian Family Christmas
(Image credit: Ilva Beretta) From The Kitchn → My Family’s Christmas in Italy
Dec 19, 2013
Before & After: From Dark and Dated to a Daring Dyed Sofa
Due to some rowdy cats, Lizzie was in need of a new slipcover for her IKEA Kivik loveseat and chaise. Instead of shelling out close to 200 smackers, she decided to try a different route: dyeing. She began with a plain white IKEA slipcover ($50), and took a chance on a bathtub dye job since she doesn’t have a washer. To give the back cusions some definition and polish, she decided on tufting (so smart!).
Dec 18, 2013
Have Far Away Loved Ones? Send Cookies
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 4 Tips for Mailing Cookies
Dec 18, 2013
Jane and Rob’s Inspiring London Townhouse
Name: Jane Kellock, co-founder of The Women’s Room Blog, with Robert Soar, Jack (age 19), and Flo (age 17). Location: Stoke Newington, Hackney, London Size: 4 bedroom terraced house Years lived in: 20, owned When Jane and Rob moved into their terraced townhouse in Stoke Newington twenty years ago, there was only one restaurant on the high street. They clearly chose their area well as now it is one of the most creative, bustling and interesting parts of London.
Dec 17, 2013
Before & After: A Color-Lovers’ Cabinet
99% of the time, a great-but-rundown piece of furniture inspires a before & after project, but color-lover Gretchen was so obsessed with Martha Stewart’s “Plumage” paint that she was plotting this makeover long before she came across this project-ready, thrift store cabinet. Wow! That bold blue against the tile floor is just perfection. How’d she pull it off? From Gretchen: See more at Boxy Colonial. Thank you Gretchen!
Dec 17, 2013
Before & After: These Dated Kitchen Cabinets Get Light and Bright
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Before & After: These Dated Kitchen Cabinets Get Light and Bright
Dec 17, 2013
Christmas Craft: Mini Holiday Wreaths
From Apartment Therapy → Christmas Craft: Mini Holiday Wreaths
Dec 17, 2013
Jessica and Scott’s East Coast Eclectic Nest
Name: Jessica, Scott and Bryan Davis Location: Millburn, New Jersey Size: 2,100 square feet, including basement (1,400 square feet above ground) Years lived in: 1 year Jessica, Scott and Bryan relocated from sunny California to Millburn, New Jersey last fall. Their home has quickly been transformed into an inviting and cozy dwelling. Jessica is an interior designer and founder of Nest Studio.
Dec 16, 2013
Before & After: Marvelously Moody Dark Fireplace Wall
Derona had been putting off painting her fireplace wall for ages and we’re so glad she got around to it. The simple change made a dramatic difference you have to see to believe. From Derona: When the post Style Inspiration: Dressing Up Your Mantel, was published on this very site featuring a fireplace wall that was painted black, I took it as a sign and, after being encouraged by a fellow commenter on the piece, I headed to the DIY store.
Dec 16, 2013
Last Minutes Gifts for Your Favorite Cook
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From The Kitchn → Last Minutes Gifts for Your Favorite Cook
Dec 16, 2013
A Brooklyn Kitchen Budget Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → A Brooklyn Kitchen Budget Makeover
Dec 16, 2013
A Pretty, Petite Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Our New Obsession: A Pretty, Petite Kitchen (Image credits: Colin Price via Brick + Mortar)
Dec 13, 2013
What’s Your Big Kitchen Design Mistake?
From Apartment Therapy → What’s Your Biggest Kitchen Design Mistake?
Dec 13, 2013
Before & After: Kate’s Tree Trunk Table
Kate was decorating a forest themed bedroom for her son, so she began (where else?) at the woodpile. Step 1: “scream at creepy-crawlies.” After selecting her log, she let it dry in the sun for several days and then got to work sanding, sanding and more sanding until it was smooth. The final step was a coat of wax to give it a nice glow. See more at Kate’s Creative Space. Thank you Kate!
Dec 12, 2013
Under $15: Stocking Stuffers for the Cook
(Image credit: The Kitchn) From The Kitchn → Under $15: Stocking Stuffers for the Cook
Dec 12, 2013
Before & After: A 1980s Kitchen Gets a Fresh, New Look
From Apartment Therapy → Budget Before & After: 1980s Kitchen Ditches Its Dated Past
Dec 12, 2013
How To Start Making Your Own Holiday Traditions Right Now
This year, I’ve been asking myself, “What are you waiting for?”. A lot of people my age get stressed out at the holidays because either we’re not where we thought we would be by now, or we’re not where our parents thought we would be.
Dec 11, 2013
Before & After: White IKEA SIGURD Bench Gets a Colorful Makeover
Benches have to be the most versatile piece of furniture ever. Even in the tiniest apartment, there’s room to move a bench around to the foot of the bed, along the entryway, or pulled up to a dining room table. And then there’s the endless ways to customize: starting with just four legs and a seat top, like this affordable plain white SIGURD bench from IKEA, anyone can create the perfect piece to finish off a tricky room.
Dec 11, 2013
West Elm Comes to London
The news in London this Fall has been all about the launch of J.Crew, but for those who prefer to shop for their home rather than their closet, another exciting shop has come across the pond! West Elm just launched a brand new store on Tottenham Court Road, the main drag for super sized furniture stores. The highly anticipated hip branch of the Williams-Sonoma group opened last Thursday.
Dec 11, 2013
Wooden Doll Prams and Strollers: A Long-Lasting Gift
My sister and I had a doll stroller we shared. We took that thing everywhere — there are countless photos of us pushing it in the house, in the front garden, out the back. Even as many favorite dolls came and went, together we loved our stroller for years. Do you have a doll-loving little-y in your house? Perhaps this would be a great option for a treasured gift? 10 fantastic wood strollers and prams after the jump! 1.
Dec 10, 2013
Enjoy the Holidays at Home: 9 Things to Do Around the House Just for Fun
‘Tis the season of good cheer, twinkling lights, family and friends. ‘Tis also the season of packed shopping centres, endless parties, and, strangely but almost invariably, a million professional deadlines. Look, I like December as much as the next person– it’s fun and festive and all that, but no one ever said it was easy.
Dec 10, 2013
30 Homemade Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas
Go homemade! Not only can you get exactly the look you want, but it makes gift giving more personal. Here are thirty fabulous homemade holiday gift wrap ideas to make the people on your holiday list feel extra special without breaking the bank. 1. Foil Baking Gift Wrap: Hey Look 2. Raid Your Craft Stash Gift Wrap: A Lovely Lark 3. Polka Dot & Yarn Gift Wrap: Cotton & Flax 4. Neon Bow Gift Wrap: How About Orange 5. Pom Pom Gift Wrap: Katie’s Pencil Box 6.
Dec 10, 2013
Before & After: Basic Side Table Gets Some Rawr!
Avery paints murals and furniture professionally, but it was time to let her kids in on the fun. They chose this side table to jazz up and the kids both inspired the new theme (dinosaurs!) and lent a hand in the painting. Rawr indeed! Avery gives us the scoop on how her family spent their afternoon giving this basic table some kid-friendly personality: My husband and I have been quite busy lately. (Aren’t we all?
Dec 10, 2013
Budget Before & After: 1980s Kitchen Ditches Its Dated Past
Annie’s Sydney townhouse had a seriously circa-1980 kitchen when she and her husband moved in three years ago. But, it was their first home purchase and didn’t have a budget to completely redo the kitchen, so they decided to give it a minor update that would freshen up the space but stay in keeping with the feel of the place. This kitchen is a great example of small changes making a large impact. A few cosmetic tweaks later, it feels instantly updated.
Dec 10, 2013
Holiday Inspiration: Book Christmas Trees
The talented ladies at my local public library created a few charming book trees out of a seldom-used set of reference books, a string of lights, and an old, unreadable book. Perhaps you have similar supplies around the house? Your collection of Babysitters’ Club book would make a perky, pastel tree, while the complete works of James Patterson would create a huge and darkly dramatic tree, full of ominous titles such as 1st To Die and Cross Fire.
Dec 10, 2013
Before & After: Lisa’s Brooklyn Kitchen Makeover on a Budget
This is Lisa’s old kitchen — complete with tiny old stove, wonky old cabinets, and a backsplash in a particularly delightful shade of green. And then there’s the part you don’t see: hiding behind the sink cabinet is a big hole in the wall. This past summer, after having lived in the apartment for a year (and with her fancé about to move in), Lisa decided that it was time for a change.
Dec 9, 2013
How to Sew a Table Runner
Dec 6, 2013
The Best Present for a Gift Exchange: A Mystery Box of… Something
A White Elephant gift exchange is my favorite kind of holiday party. Every guest shows up with a gift in a decided price range (usually $10 or $20), and then guests take turns choosing from the wrapped gifts, not knowing what’s inside each one. Of course, you usually know what’s inside the gift you brought… unless you buy a box of something from one of these mystery shops.
Dec 5, 2013
DIY Craft Supply Spotlight: Felt Products, Tools & Projects
There is something so wholesome, tangible and satisfying about felt. Not only is it warm and comforting, it’s also majorly colorful and energizing as well. Which might just make it the world’s perfect fabric for wintertime. Projects and ideas abound, and this is your guide. Here are some products and projects that will give you the warm fuzzies: These cute boxes were made using inexpensive stiffened felt (called E-Z Felt) found at a major craft supply store.
Dec 5, 2013
Christine’s Festive DC Table
Name: Christine Mitchell Location: Petworth; Washington, DC Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented On a silvery (and very cold) November afternoon, Christine Mitchell invited me over for what was not an official “Friendsgiving,” but by the time I left, it felt like it had been. She’d gathered a group of DC creatives to be there for the shoot, and to talk a bit about their work that furnishes her house.
Dec 4, 2013
Rugs in the Kitchen: Over-Designed or Functional?
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Rugs in the Kitchen: Over-Designed or Functional?
Dec 4, 2013
Before & After: Leslie’s New, Hue-Happy Hutch
Leslie found this neglected 1960’s hutch in a thrift store — shoved in a corner and piled with stuff. She could see its potential — how well made it was but she didn’t like the dull brown wood. Says Leslie, “Colors are my thing, and I could see this fantastic piece could use some cheering up.” Wow! Cheerful, indeed. Leslie’s color-blocking choices sure aren’t for the faint of heart. She’s proven herself a true color-lover.
Dec 3, 2013
This Groovy ’70s Kitchen Gets a Modern Makeover
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → This Groovy 70’s Kitchen Gets a Modern Makeover
Dec 3, 2013
Lauren’s Idyllic Home in Silver Lake
Name: Lauren Spencer King and Ava Location: Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Rented Lauren was living in Paris when a dear friend from Los Angeles told her about the apartments right across the street from hers and how she dreamed of Lauren living there. Lauren didn’t think too much of it at the time.
Dec 2, 2013
A Banana Tree Grows in Brooklyn
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton) From The Kitchn → A Banana Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Dec 2, 2013
Good Things Come in Small Packages: Gifts Under $10
Secret santas exchanges, office holiday parties, a little token for the the helpful neighbor next door…sometimes something small but special is in order. Here are our 10 picks for ultra inexpensive (all under $10!) goodies that are fun to give and even more fun to receive.
Nov 28, 2013
30 Last-Minute DIY Craft Projects for Thanksgiving Dinner
The title pretty much says it all folks— here are 30 of the best DIY craft projects that you still have lots of time to do. These little things will elevate your Thanksgiving dinner table, so your family and guests will say “Bravo!
Nov 27, 2013
Warm Industrial Style Meets Vintage in an Arizona Condo
Name: Jevon Lake Location: Central Phoenix, Arizona Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Owned When Jevon was hunting for a home five years ago, his agents brought him to a unit in a Mid-century condominium community. The unit was a slow moving project by a local designer, not yet on the market, and Jevon immediately fell in love with it. A deal was struck and Jevon lived in a hotel for about a month, while consulting on the finished design.
Nov 27, 2013
Before & After: Plain-Jane Lampshade Goes One-of-a-Kind With Balsa
Jamie took one look at this plain lamp and imagined a world where it was a cool, woven statement piece. Want to see how this creative chica did it? Jamie says: Balsa wood is a crafting miracle. That’s pretty much all you need for this shady craft. I used 7 strips of balsa wood and painted them with in different shades of watered down brown acrylic paint. I cut the wood with scissors and hot glued it to my plain white shade. It’s that easy! See more DIY goodness at C.R.A.F.T.
Nov 27, 2013