Before & After: The Converted Closet Floating Desk Home Office
Coltography’s closet home office was already a space efficient and streamlined affair, with cables and wires thoughtfully routed through the wall from PC to a trio of wall-mounted screens. But with improvement in mind, this industrious gent set out to eke out even more usable desk space with an impressive modification merging desk with computer… As a person with a tiny room, I have used my closet as my desk space.
Oct 11, 2013
Before & After: Old Entertainment Center Turned Fresh Toy Storage
Would you pay $100 for this old entertainment center? I probably wouldn’t, but Kim had a vision and a motivation: “Our two year old daughter was taking over the house with all her toys. I had to come up with a toy storage solution.” The white paint updates this piece by decades and the pink adds an understated but sweet touch for her daughter. Kim spent about $180 on this project – $100 for the furniture, $40 for paint and another $40 for the crystal knobs.
Oct 11, 2013
Get Inspired by These Bold-Yet-Subtle Pastel Floor Tiles
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Look! Gorgeous Pastel Kitchen Floor Tiles.
Oct 11, 2013
Before & After: The Great Rooftop Grossness Rectification Project
When Jessica bought her first place in Brooklyn earlier this year, it came with a grotty tar wall on the roof. Obviously this was not the outdoor oasis she had in mind. Read on to see her solution. Once again, IKEA saves the day. From Jessica: Apparently, someone in Sweden has the same problem, since Ikea makes these acacia wall panels in its Applaro series. They could be drilled right over our tar wall, with space for drainage and not that much gruntwork.
Oct 10, 2013
Before & After: A Happy Hutch
When Samaa spotted this old hutch at her local thrift store, she says, “it was positively flirting with me.” We’re guessing that their relationship has blossomed into a full-blown love affair. She patched, primed, painted and sealed the wood and gave the hardware a polish as well. Instead of wallpaper for the interior, the pattern is actually a well-chosen stencil.
Oct 10, 2013
10 Tips to Do Less and Get More Out of Your Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen Less Often, and Enjoy it Way More.
Oct 10, 2013
Before & After: This Sofa Goes Ticky Ticky Boom!
When Sarah bought her first home, her mum got her this sofa to celebrate. 27 years later, it was time for a little refresh. Check out Sarah’s handiwork. She chose to reupholster in a beautiful, double-width ticking stripe fabric in classic blue and white, an inspired choice. Says Sarah, “This was my first attempt at buttoning and not sure if the stripes made it easier or harder, they did make my eyes go funny after a while though.” Thank you Sarah!
Oct 9, 2013
Past or Present, Street Food is Delicious
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Snapshots of Street Food from the Past
Oct 9, 2013
Heather & Jeff’s Art (and Dog) Friendly Modern Eclectic
Name: Heather and Jeff LaHaise Location: Wales Garden; Columbia, South Carolina Size: 2,600 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Owned Heather and Jeff LaHaise, along with their son Walker (a high school freshman) and dogs Charlotte and Teeny, are surrounded by art. Heather is an artist herself, and her appreciation for art and design shows in every room. The LaHaise family uses every inch of their 2,600 square foot home, built in 1920 and revamped for a modern lifestyle.
Oct 8, 2013
Before & After: A Novelist’s Home Office Takes a Step Up
What happens when you find yourself in need of an area to call an “office”, but the layout and/or space inside your home doesn’t offer delineated work and live boundaries? That’s the issue general contractor Tim Logsdon faced when helping set up a home office in Atlanta, Georgia for a novelist who needed somewhere to write.
Oct 8, 2013
A High & Low Kitchen Shopping Recap
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From the Kitchn → High & Low Shopping: One Small Purchase and One Investment Purchase for My Kitchen.
Oct 8, 2013
Before & After: A Kent Coffey Rescue Mission
Interior Designer Tracy has a soft spot for mid century furniture, especially those pieces that seem unsalvageable. One day, she spotted this Kent Coffey chest outside her local Salvation Army. The piece had been sitting in the store for so long that they had parked it next to the dumpster. Obviously, she couldn’t pass up a rescue mission like this. After three rounds with paint stripper and hours of sanding, the true naked (and gorgeous) wood underneath was revealed.
Oct 7, 2013
The Lazy Cook’s Guide to Maintaining Wooden Cutting Boards
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → How To Oil and Maintain Wooden Cutting Boards in 5 Minutes a Month.
Oct 7, 2013
Before & After: A Super-Chic DIY Accent Wall? We’re On Board
Angela was looking for a way to create a classic accent wall to add interest to her dining room. Turns out, the answer was as close as the local Home Depot. Angela and her husband created their plank wall by custom cutting their boards and then using paneling nails to attach them to the wall. Angela says, “I truly don’t think there is one spot in our old home that is actually level.
Oct 4, 2013
Believe It: A Disco Ball Pizza Oven (and It Spins!)
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 4 Words I Never Thought I’d Say Together: Disco Ball Pizza Oven.
Oct 4, 2013
Before & After: IKEA EXPEDIT Transformed Into Rustic TV Console
Who hasn’t owned an IKEA EXPEDIT shelving unit at one time or another? These shelves are to storage like Keds and Vans are to sneakers: basic, affordable, and available in plain white. But maybe you’ve had one for awhile now and are itching to change things up and customize it with a little more character beyond the plain old white finish. Check out how one EXPEDIT owner hacked his cabinet into something with more rugged character.
Oct 3, 2013
Before & After: A Mudcloth Masterpiece
Emily spent ages searching Craigslist for the perfect vintage sofa: carved wood details, large enough for 3 people, affordable. Just when she thought it was a lost cause, she came across this beauty for only 100 smackers. Says Emily, “I emailed as fast as my fingers could manage.” After a week of hunting through Harlem for the perfect mudcloth, she dropped off the bag of fabric at her local Brooklyn upholsterer. Less than a month later, her masterpiece was ready to take home!
Oct 3, 2013
The Neat-Freak Solution to Storing Kitchen Cleaners
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Two Ways To Store Dish Soap and Other Kitchen Cleaners (Besides by the Sink).
Oct 3, 2013
Before & After: Dull, Lifeless Space to Colorful Playroom
Homeowner Kathleen would be the first to say that this room in her house was just kind of sad. It was intended as a playroom for her kids, ages 6 and 9, and as a place for the family to hang out together. With paint, some new furniture and colorful accessories she was able to breathe life into the room to make it a vibrant, stimulating part of the home. She even found a way to make the big brown couch work in the space.
Oct 2, 2013
Before & After: Wendy’s Armoire Makeover
Wendy loved this jewelry armoire because it was a family hand-me-down but she wanted to give it a new life, so she took on her very first furniture redo. It’s a doozy! Want to see her results? Read on. It took Wendy six weeks to complete her makeover and not just because she was a newbie. From the outside to the hardware to the lining, there wasn’t an inch of this piece that didn’t get an upgrade. Now it’s a family heirloom that Wendy can enjoy on her own terms.
Oct 2, 2013
Real-Life Storage Solutions: Pots & Pans
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 15 Ways to Store Your Pots and Pans (All From Our Kitchen Tours!)
Oct 2, 2013
Before & After: Mid-Century for a New Century
Joy’d been stalking Craigslist for months in search of the perfect armchair for her living room, but finally struck gold at her favorite thrift store (and by gold…we mean orangey-brown) for a mere 17 clams. Says Joy, “I like to think that it found me. Atrocious orange? Check. Disintegrating foam? Check. Beautiful bones? Check. Check.
Oct 1, 2013
A Genius Space-Saving Idea in the Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → A Kitchen Space Saver: The Door-Mount Cutting Board from Rev-A-Shelf
Oct 1, 2013
DIY Lighting Ideas: 15 Nightlight Projects for Grown-Ups
There are plenty of reasons for an adult to have nightlights in the house. Some use them to avoid tripping during late night trips to the bathroom, or to illuminate the path to a midnight snack in the kitchen. And, yeah, OK? Some of us might still be a little afraid of falling asleep in the dark. Whatever the reason for the all-night soft lighting, nightlight options aren’t limited to the fairy and fire truck options in the kids’ aisle.
Sep 30, 2013
Amy’s “Back to Her Roots” Workspace: The Studio of Stitch & Hammer
Name: Amy Tremper of Stitch & Hammer Location: Boulder, Colorado Size: 350 square feet Years lived in: 8 months; Rented Everyone meet Amy, owner and founder of Stitch & Hammer, a leather goods shop based out of Boulder, Colorado. What started as a desire to reconnect with her family heritage led to a serious side project and quickly (and perhaps somewhat unexpectedly) evolved into an established and fast growing business.
Sep 30, 2013
Before & After: This Granny Chair Gets Graphic
Erin’s neighbor was moving out of the state and she wanted to help fill her new, bigger home with furniture. When she spotted this chair at a garage sale for only $45, she knew that with a little work, this chair could be the perfect going away present. From Erin: With a little spray paint for the frame and a fun black and white bold fabric for the cushions, this chair screams for attention now. And our friend absolutely loved it! Want to copy her look?
Sep 30, 2013
Teressa and Ryan’s Fresh & Friendly Home
Name: Teressa and Ryan Johnson Location: Boulevard Park, Seattle, Washington Size: 770 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; rented Teressa and Ryan’s home is a tiny wonderland of sorts. Theresa is the owner of Cashmere Floral Designs in Seattle, and her beautifully arranged designs are peppered throughout the space, adding a natural warmth to their DIY home. Nestled on a quiet street in Boulevard Park, the house is small but perfectly styled, warm and friendly.
Sep 30, 2013
Feeling Bad? Make (or Just Ogle) These Breaking Bad Themed Desserts & Cocktails
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 8 Breaking Bad Desserts & Cocktails You Should Make For the Finale.
Sep 30, 2013
Before & After: Amy’s Dumpster-Diving Digs
Amy says, “Great things happen when you are willing to haul your neighbors’ discarded trash down the street at 8am in your PJs while they drive to work in their swanky cars.” Want to see what she means? Read on… Amy’s about to start her own creative business so she needed a great space to inspire her. With her limited budget ($200), she was able to fill in the gaps of her scavenging with a few key IKEA pieces and some DIY initiative.
Sep 29, 2013
Adam’s DIY Ode To Ornamentalism in Philadelphia
Name: Adam Wallacavage Location: South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 3000 square feet Years Lived In: 13; Owned Stepping inside Adam’s home is akin to stepping inside a set designer’s brain. Everywhere you look, it’s a creative smorgasbord for the eyes. But what makes this place even more spectacular is the fact that Adam’s home is composed of his own creations, most of which he crafted with his own two hands.
Sep 27, 2013
Before & After: This Bench Goes Global
Jessica picked up this bench for $10 several years ago, but it wasn’t until a trip to India that she found the perfect fabric to complete her project (and get a lovely souvenir from her travels). When she stumbled upon this beautiful gold leaf print, she knew it would be perfect for the bench. She also sanded and painted the frame to compliment the new design. Jessica says, “All told I spent about $45 on this bench and I love the way it looks in my entry!
Sep 27, 2013
Textured and Patterned Plastic Rugs Perfect for the Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The Perfect Kitchen Throw Rug: Swedish Plastic Floor Mats from Plasitca.
Sep 27, 2013
Erik & Maaike’s Tranquil Country Cottage
Name: Maaike, Erik and Harper Bernstrom Location: Middletown, Rhode Island Size: 2500 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; owned It’s hard not to fall in love with the bucolic land along Aquidneck Island’s Eastern shore. Stone walls line winding roads covered by canopies of green.
Sep 26, 2013
A Floating Kitchen in Amsterdam
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Wendelien’s Floating Kitchen
Sep 26, 2013
Before & After: From Castoff to Charming
Heidi had been storing these bland 90’s era stools, hand-me-downs from a relative, for years but it took her daughter’s room makeover to finally put these blank canvas stools to use. See how she punched up their personality. From Heidi: I first painted them a raspberry pink color. I created the gold dipped effect by spray painting a taped off portion of each stool leg.The whole project cost about $10 and only took a couple of hours. It fits perfectly in her themed room and I LOVE it!
Sep 26, 2013
A Grad Student’s Cozy 400 Square Foot Studio Apartment
Name: Emily Ardoin and Basha the cat Location: North University; Austin, Texas Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: Rented; 1 year This isn’t Emily’s forever home. It’s not even her few years home. This tiny studio Emily Ardoin is renting is only her home while she attends graduate school at the University of Texas for Historic Preservation.
Sep 25, 2013
Before & After: An Open-Concept Dining Space Gets Defined
Jennifer and John loved their new home’s open floor plan, but they didn’t love the lack of a defined dining area. So they set out to create a dining space with personality and punch. For the walls, they chose a muted yellow (Dried Plantain by Behr) which, Jennifer says, “makes us happy and hungry!
Sep 25, 2013
Make Today, Eat Any Day: How To Freeze Cookie Dough
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → How To Freeze Cookie Dough
Sep 25, 2013
Grainne and Ian’s Characterful Collection in Edinburgh
Name: Grainne, Ian, Tait, and Otto Location: Edinburgh; Scotland Size: 4 Bedroom Edwardian Terrace Years lived in: 8 years; Owned The moment Grainne and Ian clapped eyes on this 1910 Edwardian terraced house, they knew it was the family home they had been waiting for.
Sep 24, 2013
Before & After: Kate Crushes Her Chair Makeover
Kate stumbled upon these two dilapidated chairs at her local Goodwill for…wait for it… $14.99 for both. Spoiler alert: she sure got her money’s worth. Want to see these chairs now? Kate says, “as I started to peel away the faded ashes of rose velour, the foam basically fell off the seats and backs and disintegrated into a cloud of dust.” Obviously new foam and fabric was in order: I fell in love with this bold 50’s inspired floral pattern.
Sep 24, 2013
10 Dessert Recipes You Can and Should Commit to Memory
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Desserts To Know By Heart
Sep 24, 2013
Monique Lavie’s Minimal and Modern
Name: Monique Lavie, her boyfriend Matt Woodward, and Elsa the Boxer Location: Travis Heights; Austin, Texas Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: Owned; 6 months It’s completely enviable when someone can successfully pull off a super simple, clean, minimal look without their place looking empty.
Sep 23, 2013
Before & After: From Trailer Trash to Trailer Treasure
Michelle and her husband go camping every year with a big group of friends, but they were getting tired of their tent, so they found a rundown vintage trailer and fixed it up. Michelle says, “We had no idea how much fun it was going to be.” From Michelle: We would work on it at night after the kids were in bed, and it took us about 4 months from start to finish. We have three girls so we painted it pink (obviously!).
Sep 23, 2013
A Visit To Terence Conran’s Old Apartment
During my travels in England and France this month, I was very nicely invited by Terence Conran’s team to meet them all and see their offices at Shad Thames as well as Terence Conran’s old apartment on top. This part of London was largely re-developed with Conran’s help in the early 90’s, and he moved all of his offices here at the same time. He lived here as well until recently. Here’s a little eye candy for you!
Sep 23, 2013
Bold Colors Meet Mid-Century in an Arizona Townhouse
Name: Lalita Adkins Location: Phoenix, Arizona Size: 2,2000 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Owned Five years ago, Lalita moved into her husband’s townhouse while they were still dating. Before she got her hands on it, she says it was a bachelor pad, with occasional traces of the ghosts of girlfriends past. As a lifelong design lover, Lalita recognized the possibilities in the unique and open layout of the home.
Sep 23, 2013
Quick Tip for Keeping Chopped Fruit From Turning Brown
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The Best Way to Keep Chopped Fruit From Turning Brown
Sep 23, 2013
Before & After: Ashley’s New Headboard
Ashley’s a DIY fanatic and she had so many ideas that she couldn’t commit to a headboard so she found a clever solution to both her blank wall and her need for variety. A customizable headboard! Smart! Says Ashley, “Now whenever I get an itch for change, I can easily update it with whatever style or trend I love at the time!” Want to steal her look? Ashley shares the whole project at her blog, Sugar & Cloth. Thank you Ashley!
Sep 20, 2013
Quick & Delicious: Mozzacado Sandwich
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → Lunch Recipe: Mozzacado Sandwich
Sep 20, 2013