What’s Old Is New Again: Kitchen Trend
Everythingin the design world is cyclical. The hottest trend in kitchen design that I’ve been spotting more and more frequently these days is a perfect example of this phenomenon… •Old New Kitchen Trend Apartment Therapy
May 31, 2013
5 Budget Kitchen Upgrades You Can Make This Weekend
Happy weekend! If you’re the sort who relaxes by doing projects around the house, one of these low-cost kitchen upgrades might be just the thing for you. Ranged in order from least to most ambitious, here are 5 kitchen pick-me-ups that you can have done before Monday. 1. Change your hardware. For a little money and not much work at all, you can update the look of your kitchen by switching out the hardware.
May 31, 2013
Cocktail: Honey Bourbon Lemonade
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)Memorial Day weekend is the official summer kick-off. Grab a pitcher and join me in turning summer’s favorite staple — lemonade! — into the perfect cocktail for happy hour. • Cocktail: Honey Bourbon Lemonade The Kitchn
May 31, 2013
16 Best Sleeper Sofas & Sofa Beds 2013
Need an extra bedroom but don’t have a room? For all you city folks looking for a perfect sleeper sofa we offer you our updated 2013 roundup of our top picks at high and low prices. There is reader intelligence and a fit for everyone here, including one with style. Enjoy!
May 30, 2013
A Beautiful ‘Discontinued’ Kitchen
(Image credit: Jill Slater)Sophie and Michael live in an eclectically decorated brownstone in Brooklyn. Their kitchen, like much of their home, is full of a lot of “great deals.” Almost everything in their kitchen was found on sale… • A ‘Discontinued’ Kitchen The Kitchn
May 30, 2013
Art Appreciation: In-Person vs. Online
If you’re lucky enough to own works of art, did you buy them after seeing them online, in real life, or both? How did the two purchasing experiences compare? Were you pleasantly surprised when you saw your purchase in person for the first time? Were you disappointed by a piece once it was out of the gallery context?
May 30, 2013
A Digital Dilemma: Family and Event Photo Albums & Books
I’m finally assembling a photo book from my wedding, which happened this time last year (the first anniversary is paper, so it’s cool, my parents haven’t printed their choices of photos from that day either). Working on a photo book has gotten me thinking about what it means to have a tangible compilation of important photos versus one that only lives on your computer.I love revisiting my parents’ photo albums.
May 30, 2013
Jacey & Grant’s Modern Eclectic House
Name: Jacey Duprie & Grant Leavitt Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, CA Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: Less than 1 year; Rented Once you enter this inviting Spanish style home, you will never want to leave. Jacey and Grant have transormed their home into the ideal spot for them to entertain, work, and live along with their two adorable English bulldogs, William and Polly.
May 30, 2013
Recipe: Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) • Recipe: Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies The Kitchn
May 30, 2013
How To Make a 2 Ingredient Home Electronics Cleaner
If you had the choice between paying $13.00 or $1.50 for the exact same product, I don’t think there would be any hesitation, you’d opt for the cheaper option. That’s what got me inspired to make my very own household cleaner for electronics after my name brand cleaner finally ran out this weekend…It was really my better half who got me wondering about a no-chemical, affordable DIY cleaning solution to replace the more expensive store bought option.
May 29, 2013
Neon in the Kitchen
If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your kitchen, nothing quite does it like a dose of neon. Neon accessories for the table make a bold statement, so a little goes a long way. These eight finds are affordable at $50 and under. • Neon in the Kitchen Apartment Therapy
May 29, 2013
10 DIY Kitchen Projects
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) • 10 DIY Kitchen Projects The Kitchn
May 29, 2013
A Sophisticated Family Home in California
Name: Annah Zafrani – SVP Media Promotions, Universal Pictures & Co-owner of Loren Stewart, and Benny Zafrani – Owner of Honeydew Intimates Location: Valley Village — Los Angeles, California Size: 2,500 square feet Years lived in: 11 years When Annah and Benny decided to start a family, they also decided to move to the Valley into a family-friendly neighborhood. They found a new home with a great floor plan with a logical flow, located on a quiet tree lined street.
May 29, 2013
Off the Shelf vs. Do it Yourself: Riveted Metal Table Lamps
TargetCirca LightingAll in all, this version ran me about $34, including the lampshade. I didn’t have any of the materials (except the tin) to begin with, but you might find an old lamp to disassemble and re-use. I think it’s also possible to do this project with faux rivets. If you don’t want to invest in a rivet tool, glue down the metal instead, and insert some small 4mm brads to get a similar studded look.
May 29, 2013
The Do’s and Dont’s of Resting Audio Speakers on the Floor
Maybe you hate the way audio speaker stands look. Maybe you’re scared your pets/child will knock them down and damage your precious speakers. Or maybe you’re going for a college-chic aesthetic with everything from your mattress to your TV on the floor. Whatever the reason, plenty of people place their audio speakers on the floor. Here’s why you might want to reconsider… DO recognize audio speakers are most effective at ear-level.
May 29, 2013
Past & Present Styles Mix in a San Francisco Home
Name: Janel Holiday Huff, Interior Designer and Principal of Janel Holiday Interior Design, and Jim, Freelance Maverick Design Curator and Captain of soon to be opened Blu Dot Showroom in San Francisco Location: San Francisco, California Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 6 1/2 years Janel and Jim’s home is feminine, or maybe it’s eclectic, and/or Mid-Century modern — I would say it really can’t be defined by one particular style.
May 29, 2013
Before & After: My Teeny Tiny English Balcony Upgrade
Watson, my French bulldog, approves of the new front balcony furniture and window boxes filled with herbs. I have a notorious black thumb, so the plants were my biggest hesitation, as I hate the idea of making the investment in something that I have been known to kill in a matter of weeks. So I consulted my friends who love to garden and they recommended the heartiest of herbs, which include thyme and rosemary (also a few of my favorites when cooking).
May 29, 2013
Feeding Table Scraps to Pets: Dos & Don’ts
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)If you’re an animal lover, you’ve no doubt shared morsels of “people” food with your pets. Feeding table scraps to animals can even be a good way to prevent food waste. But before you give in to those imploring eyes, it’s important to consider safety. • Feeding Table Scraps to Pets
May 29, 2013
Beth & Jeff’s Whimsical Vintage-Inspired Home
Name: Beth, Jeff, Ruby, and Fiona Location: Bixby Knolls, Long Beach, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; OwnedSet back off of a quiet street in Bixby Knolls is Beth and Jeff’s lovingly crafted one-story 1920s home, shared with daughters Ruby, 4, and Fiona, 9 months. But it wasn’t always so quaint. When they purchased the home six years ago, it was dilapidated and in desperate need of TLC.
May 28, 2013
10 Organic Modern Mobiles & Wind Chimes
Lazy days on the patio, sipping a cool drink, reading a good book: these are some of my favorite summer pleasures. Why not add listening to the breeze to the mix? Here are some favorite organic modern mobiles that will make that breeze even sweeter.
May 28, 2013
Before & After: Kitchen Banquette
The target for one of Tonya’s recent projects was a blank corner of her kitchen that needed seating beyond just the high chair that usually lived there. Check out what she was able to do with this little corner in just one weekend. •Kitchen Banquette Apartment Therapy
May 28, 2013
Before & After: Kitchen Banquette from Scratch
Tonya lives in a “fantastically old” house that’s filled to the brim with home improvement projects. The target for one of these projects was a blank corner of her kitchen that needed seating beyond just the high chair that usually lived there. Check out what she was able to do with this little corner in just one weekend.  The idea seemed logical and simple and kind of a no-brainer.
May 28, 2013
Stockholm Dining Set
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)Yesterday I checked out the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, an annual trade show highlighting what’s new in design. A big reveal at this year’s show was the brand-new Stockholm dining table and chairs from IKEA! • New from IKEA The Kitchn
May 28, 2013
Resources & Recommendations: Setting Up Your Own Backyard Cinema
Is there any finer excuse to have friends over than dining together al fresco under the stars? Yes…sending out invites for dinner and a movie, screened in your very own backyard (tip: match the movie to the meal)!
May 27, 2013
How To Really Enjoy a Day Off
A day off is a gift and in today’s hard-working world, a thing to be savored. For some of us, that means a recuperating and revitalizing opportunity — a day without any goals beyond recharging batteries. For others, the idea of an “extra” day to accomplish a home-based goal, whether crafting, cleaning, decorating or renovating is simply too good to let pass by.
May 27, 2013
Kate & Chad’s Art-Filled Dwelling
Name: Kate Korroch, adjunct faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and art and culture critic, and Chad Jewsbury, front end web developer at GrouponLocation: Ravenswood; Chicago, IllinoisSize: 800 square feetYears lived in: 9 months; Rented Art leads the way in Kate and Chad’s colorful and curated Chicago home. Working with a simple, open layout, with white walls as their canvas, the couple bases their apartment design on what matters to them most.
May 27, 2013
Space Savers for Small Bedrooms: 9 Sources for Modern Wall Beds
Whether you call it a Murphy bed or a wall bed, these folding sleeping quarters are great for small spaces. While there are plenty of options for wall beds out there, many of them look cheap or old fashioned. We sorted through all the options and found nine great resources for modern, high-design Murphy beds. California Closets — That’s right, California closets is about more than clothes storage. They also have a nice selection of modern wall beds (shown above).
May 25, 2013
Danielle’s Charming and Classic Chicago Walk-Up
Name: Danielle Moss (and Buddy) Location: Lincoln Park; Chicago, Illinois Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: almost 1 year; rented Danielle Moss leads a hectic life. As a co-founder of The Everygirl, a popular website dedicated to career-driven women, the owner of her own graphic design and photography business, and the writer behind the blog Breakfast at Toast, it’s a wonder that she has time to think about interior design at all.
May 24, 2013
100 DIY Ideas for the 3-Day Weekend
It’s the start of the first three day weekend of the summer, so in keeping with (and expanding upon!) recent Apartment Therapy tradition, we put together a big list of DIY projects to consider for the days ahead. From crafting to cleaning, renovating to relaxing, there is an idea here for everyone – 100 to be exact! Join Us on Pinterest:Apartment Therapy Learn to make your pics prettier: How To Instantly Improve Your Photos Give your dining chairs a new (tufted!
May 24, 2013
Maker Tour: Jana Kinsman of Bike a Bee
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)Jana is an illustrator, beekeeper and graphic designer in Chicago. Her latest project,Bike a Bee, is a reflection of her generosity and aims to contribute local honey to the city’s farmers markets, while also creating community collaboration. • Maker Tour: Bike a Bee The Kitchn
May 24, 2013
Smart Sandboxing: 3 Simple Items To Make Sand Play a Little Easier
She was a tad late, but spring is finally in full swing down in Charleston, and we are taking advantage of every opportunity to enjoy it outdoors. The sandbox has become a favorite hangout for my daughter, and I’ve learned a few tricks to make our sandy experiences a bit more enjoyable. Keeping three simple items nearby is the key to smart sand play.The water hose is something we don’t often think of when playing in the sand.
May 24, 2013
Why I Became a 1-Gallon Homebrewer
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) • 1-Gallon Homebrewer The Kitchn
May 24, 2013
Before & After: Emily Henderson Transforms a Senior’s Studio Space
Here at Apartment Therapy, we talk a lot about small spaces, but we don’t often get a chance to look at design for a group of people who often find themselves living in smaller spaces — senior citizens. That’s why we’re so excited to share this Before and After with you. Designer Emily Henderson partnered with Sunrise Senior Living to make over the home of Fran Ferguson, an 81-year-old military widow, grandmother of 8, and all-around active, creative lady.
May 23, 2013
Lessons Learned from Andi’s Kitchen Reno
Andi’s kitchen reno is finally complete. We’ve been there every step of the way and in this final installment of their Renovation Diary, Andi (and bf Dean) share what they’ve learned along the way. • Andi’s Lessons Learned Apartment Therapy
May 23, 2013
Monica & Austin’s Charming Bungalow
Name: Austin White, Monica Rodgers and children, Manon and Shaw  Location: Kingston, Rhode Island Size: 1,850 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned It all started with a ship captain in the 1920’s. He translated his passion for the seafaring life into a nautical-inspired Arts and Crafts home.
May 23, 2013
10 Low-Budget Pantry Staples
(Image credit: Emma Christensen)Many meals are grab-what-you-can endeavors or thrown together affairs. In these instances, it’s nice to have a well-rounded pantry to supplement and build a meal from not a whole lot. Here are 10 of our own low-budget pantry staples. • 10 Pantry Staples The Kitchn
May 23, 2013
10 Adjustable Height Tables
Living in a small space often means giving up a dining table in favor of extra floor space for other furniture. Thanks to a crop of height adjustable tables, you’re no longer forced to eat with your plate balanced precariously on your lap. • 10 Adjustable Height Tables Apartment Therapy
May 23, 2013
Eileen’s Beachside Oasis Kitchen
(Image credit: Leela Cyd)Eileenand her husband Mark live about a block from the beach in Venice, California. The proximity to the ocean and access to bountiful fresh produce is the best part about her modern, cozy 250-square-foot kitchen. • Eileen’s Beachside Kitchen The Kitchn
May 22, 2013
The Ultimate Used Furniture Cleaning Kit
With the season of flea markets and antique fairs now upon us, I’m prepping for the summer influx of secondhand furniture finds and putting together the ultimate used furniture cleaning kit. With most of these household items already in your kitchen, you’ll be ready to get any grimy piece sparkling in no time.  Baking soda. Mixed with water, baking soda forms a paste that polishes silver, lifts coffee and tea stains from ceramic and porcelain, and removes mildew and grime.
May 22, 2013
My Small Home: Skipping the Baby Bathtub
My bathroom is ridiculously tiny. A very pregnant visitor once asked if she could use the bathroom. “You can try.” We do have a full bath, but no room to house a baby bathtub. When my son was born 5 years ago and now with my daughter, we made do with other products suited to small homes. Here they are… With my son I used a foldable bath sling similar to this one above by Summer Infant.
May 22, 2013
10 Designs Tips for Small Spaces
I’ve been so inspired by Small Cool 2013 that I’ve even begun visiting the archives to get more ideas. Here are some of my favorite small space tricks, drawn from last year’s Small Cool entries. • Designs Tips for Small Spaces Apartment Therapy
May 22, 2013
10 Picnic-Ready Salads to Eat Outside
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)Food just tastes better outside, doesn’t it? With Memorial Day next week, we feel the outdoor eating season is officially open. Here are ten of our favorite seasonal salads to pack up and take on a picnic. • 10 Picnic-Ready Salads to Eat Outside The Kitchn
May 21, 2013
Summer Supplies: Modern Grills
With Memorial Day coming up I’m thinking about summer grilling and weekend parties. That means it’s time to shop for summer entertaining essentials, starting with a fun modern grill. •Modern Grills Apartment Therapy
May 21, 2013
Moving In Together: What Do You Do With The Ex-Boyfriend/Girlfriend Box?
I was first introduced to the concept of the ex-boyfriend (or girlfriend) box by the one and only Lorelai Gilmore. She advised her daughter Rory to throw all the mementos from her just-ended relationship into a box. That way, Rory wouldn’t have to look at them, but someday, when she was old and grey, she could go through all her old boyfriend boxes and think, “My, what an interesting life I’ve had.” Does that work in real-life, or just in Stars Hollow?
May 21, 2013
Marisa and Peter’s Playfully Eclectic Home
Name: Marisa Vitale and Peter James Location: Venice Beach, California Size: 1250 square feet Years lived in: 3 Years; Owned Marisa and Peter are a couple of world travelers with a serious case of wanderlust. Beloved souvenirs abound throughout their sunny, airy, one-story, Venice Beach home. Their home’s newest decor, however, speaks not to globetrotting, but to an entirely different sort of adventure, -that of first-time parenthood…times two!
May 21, 2013
Hide That Remote! 5 Pretty Storage Boxes
Advances in technology are making excessive wires and cables slowly go the way of the buffalo but, the remote? It looks like we may be stuck with that one for a while. So if you can’t beat it, hide it! (Along with those goofy 3D glasses that seem to come along with every new TV.) We’ve rounded up a few options that you won’t mind leaving out based on the average size TV remote (7.5”) though you may want to check them against your own. 1.
May 21, 2013
What To Order at a Bad Bar
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)What do you drink when you’re stuck in a tired airport lounge, or at a restaurant hundreds of miles away from an artisanal cocktail menu, eyeing a bartender who doesn’t look old enough to drink? Here 25 food writers share their safety drinks: • What To Order at a Bad Bar
May 21, 2013