Weekend Chores: Relax & Celebrate!
Day 22: Friday, January 31 Assignment: Enjoy your first weekend in your “Cured” home The January Cure is just coming to an end and, honestly, I’m already missing it. My work on Cure is one of the best parts of my job, thanks to all of you. I’m so inspired by all the positivity, support and energy and awed by the amazing amount of work you’ve put into your homes on top of already busy lives.
Jan 31, 2014
Tara’s Cure: Parties Are About Fun, Not Perfection
By the time the guests arrived for my January Cure cocktail party, I had already had a full day of cleaning, hanging curtains, running to the liquor store, picking up a tablecloth, and whipping up dips and hors d’oeurves. Sure, my project wasn’t done, and my place wasn’t totally spotless, but I was dressed, composed, and ready to entertain. Taking some tips from my go-to vintage entertaining book, I kept it simple, with tried and true dip recipes, cheese, and charcuterie.
Jan 31, 2014
Phil and Annette’s Prospect Park Home
Name: Annette and Phil Englander Location: Brooklyn, New York Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 22 years; Owned Husband and wife duo Phil and Annette share a Brooklyn home that beautifully displays their collective creative skills. Phil, a cabinet maker, has thoughtfully constructed custom built pieces that add to what makes the home unique. Annette, an artist as well, paints using a technique for adding color to silk.
Jan 31, 2014
Dabney’s Cure: A Clean, Organized Basement
This was a squeaker and I just finished my basement reorganization – with one day to spare until the end of the month. Last time we chatted, I had stalled a bit. But this past weekend I busted a move and did a ton of more work in the dungeon. To refresh your memory, this is what it looked like before. Want to see what I got done? The first thing I did was buy another dehumidifier for the north wing of the basement, and I am so glad I did.
Jan 31, 2014
Julia’s Cure: Chaotic to Calm Closet & Drawers
Well, I sort of wish I had a bunch of hot-to-trot “After” pics to show you of Elfa systems and snappy storage boxes, but this closet clean out was a pretty utilitarian affair. Once I reviewed the contents, I realized this closet is like our basement (we don’t have one), so my goal became to find everything a clearly-labelled home, and to see the floor. Yes, seeing the floor of the closet was a big moment for me. Here’s the after. I know, so not sexy, but so much better.
Jan 31, 2014
Cow Hollow Home Gets a Pro Makeover
Name: Broderick St. Location: Cow Hollow; San Francisco, California Size: Approximately 7580 square feet About: Remodeled in 2013. 7 bed, 7 full baths/2 half baths. My interior design firm just completed a project that I am practically drooling over. Our client gave me the ok to photograph the completed project and share it with you, so we can all drool together! The property is going for a cool $11.
Jan 31, 2014
Before & After: “Lost” Family Living Room to Found
Nicole Lanteri worked with this family of five to transform this long, narrow space into a beautiful room that is inviting and much more functional. Nicole says the key was to rethink the layout and size of the furniture to create a cohesive feel in this multi-purpose family room.
Jan 31, 2014
Before & After: This Petite Powder Room Gets Prettified on a Budget
We’ll forgive Christina for her blurry “before” snap because we’re so excited to show off her results. Her little powder room is only 3 feet by 6 feet so it was a tricky room to work in, but just look at all that great potential. The narrow room looks so much bigger and brighter with the white walls, grey tile and new rustic-chic details. Here’s how it all came together on a major budget: We were able to do the whole remodel for around $500 because it was 100% DIY.
Jan 31, 2014
The 60 Minute Quick House Clean
Jan 31, 2014
The Last Lap: Gather Some Goodies
Day 22: Thursday, January 30 Assignment: Make a list and pick up the supplies for your get-together this weekend You are headed toward the assignment finish line. After a month’s worth of intense work on your home, its finally time to start thinking about what you want to have on hand (food, drinks, treats, flowers!) for relaxing with your friends and family at your end-of-cure get together.
Jan 30, 2014
For Your Inspiration Board: 10 Ideas for Defining Space with Colorblocked Walls
We’re glad to see the colorblock paint trend continue into 2014. Paint is always a great way to add interest to a room without major commitment or a big budget and colorblocking takes it to the next level by adding unique interest to your space. The possibilities are endless, it really depends how creative you want to be.
Jan 30, 2014
Cruz’s Modern Geometric Masterpiece
Name: Cruz Stanton Barros Location: Murrieta, California Room Size: 13′ x 10′ When I learned that Priscila Barros, editor-in-chief of Babiekins Magazine was pregnant, I knew that an amazing nursery was in the works. By combining modern geometric patterns with warm colors and textures, she and decorator Amy Fjeldsted created a cozy vibe for her son Cruz that is perfectly on trend.
Jan 30, 2014
Go for the Gold: 15 Gold Leaf DIY Projects
The extreme cold temperatures gripping much of the country this winter have many of us going a little stir crazy (yes, I am hands down one of them!). Fortunately, the Winter Olympics are right around the corner, which will at least offer up some entertainment in my self-imposed house confinement. In the spirit of the Olympics, here are 15 gold-medal worthy DIY projects to try your hand at while taking in a few skiing or figure skating events. 1. Gold Leafed Ikea Desk Hack from Style Me Pretty.
Jan 30, 2014
Laura Lee’s Bright & Playful Basement Studio
Name: Laura Lee Gulledge Location: Flatlands, Brooklyn, New York Size: Basement Studio Years lived in: 6 months; rented Laura Lee Gulledge is no stranger to having her house featured (see Time Out New York and Houzz), but two apartments later she was faced with a new challenge: a far away Brooklyn neighborhood and an underground studio. “Bright” and “basement” are not often used in the same sentence, though Laura Lee’s space proves otherwise.
Jan 30, 2014
How To Remove Pet Hair From Furniture, Floors, and More
We've got some smart and simple ways to remove pet hair from furniture, floors, clothes and more.
Jan 30, 2014
Get Crafty: 10 DIY Valentine’s Day Projects
Last year we rounded up 20 DIY Valentine’s Day projects that were festive and wouldn’t break the bank. This year we found 10 more ideas that will make anyone feel special, whether you are planning a dinner for two, a big party, or you just want to add a little seasonal love to your home. TOP ROW: 1. Conversation Heart Pinãtas, DIY from Studio DIY 2. Wooden Spoon Love Notes, DIY from Radmegan 3. Valentine’s Day Cake Topper, DIY from Goldmine 4.
Jan 30, 2014
Before & After: Chest Goes On A Strict Diet
Fabio and his wife were planning to get rid of this chest of drawers so they put it in their hallway until they got a chance to cart it away. But it proved so handy to have a place to drop keys and other odds and ends, that they decided to make one big change and keep it after all. Do you have an inkling on this one? What a great way to make what you already have work in your space. Great job, you guys. Thank you Fabio!
Jan 30, 2014
How Much Did it Cost to Reupholster Your Couch?
For February’s “Project Month,” we’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much that something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. We’ll report back with your “reader intelligence” next month. If you can, let us know the type of couch or sofa you have (length? is there tufting?
Jan 30, 2014
7 Great Cooking Podcasts
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → 7 Food Podcast That Make Cleaning Your Kitchen Fun
Jan 30, 2014
10 Inspiring Appliance Garages
Jan 30, 2014
Natasha’s Urban Glam Apartment
Name: Natasha Location: Gramercy Park – Manhattan, NY Apartment Therapy has been an inspiration as I have been renovating and decorating my new 1 BR apartment in New York’s Gramercy area. I have lived in the apartment for about half a year now. It’s a relatively small space, about 630 square feet, and like many New York apartments, only has windows only on one side.
Jan 29, 2014
What’s The Deal With Verdigris?
It’s unstable, reactive and even toxic but that hasn’t tempered our obsession with the fragile beauty of Verdigris. If you’ve seen an old, rusty penny, you’ve seen verdigris in nature; it’s the greenish-blue patina that forms on copper, bronze or brass when it’s exposed to moisture. Just take a look at this artist’s reproduction of what a brand new Statue of Liberty must have looked like. Statue of Liberty, copper construction.
Jan 29, 2014
Small Space Storage: 8 Ways to Go Vertical
I live in a one bedroom loft apartment where the only built-in storage is in the kitchen. There wasn’t a closet or a single bathroom cabinet when we moved in, so I had to get creative with my storage solutions. I am lucky to have high ceilings, which allows me to have vertical storage pieces in even the narrowest of corners. Here are a few of my favorite finds for when you need a lot of storage in a tiny space. 1. The Grid Tower is perfect for a tight bathroom space. CB2, $199 2.
Jan 29, 2014
Kneeland Co. Textile Studio + Mercado
Name: Joanna Williams, Owner of Kneeland Co. Textile Studio and Kneeland Co. Mercado Location: Atwater Village, Los Angeles, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 6 months It’s hard to imagine that Joanna moved into this space just 6 months ago. She has quickly created a beautiful workspace filled with bright colors, fun textures, and bohemian pieces from Mexico, Morocco, and all over the world. It already looks as if she’s been here for years.
Jan 29, 2014
Make It Organized: 10 DIY Wall Shelving & Storage Ideas
One of the best ways to maximize storage in a small space is to go vertical with your storage. And what better way to accomplish that than with some stylish, handmade shelving? From gold and glam to rustic and industrial, here are ten stylish options to add some storage space to your home. TOP ROW: 1. Minty Gold Shelf Inspiration 2. Under $50: DIY Threaded Rope Shelves 3. How to Make a Modern Pegboard Shelving System 4. DIY Honeycomb Shelves from Reclaimed Wood 5.
Jan 29, 2014
The Cure Email Inbox: Reader Before & After Projects from the January Cure
The Cure “graduating class” of January 2014 is a kickass bunch. They scrubbed floors, cleaned out closets and whipped their wayward fridges into shape. At this point, the sight of an overflowing outbox doesn’t scare them one bit. And, in addition to all of this homekeeping frenzy, they managed to pull off (at least) one project from their wish list too.
Jan 29, 2014
Mark’s Comfortable Contemporary in Houston
Name: Mark Salvie, plus roommates Rob and Jeff and dog Bubs Location: The Heights; Houston, Texas Size: 2,188 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned Mark is the guy with all the cool stuff. Everywhere you turn, there is something interesting to look at. The thing about Mark’s house, though, is that it doesn’t feel cluttered or crowded. It is, as Goldilocks would say, just right.
Jan 29, 2014
How to Make a Cloud Nursery Mobile
I’ve had this idea for a cloud mobile tutorial for months now, but there was always something more pressing to do (I should clarify that, in most cases, neither the mobile nor the more pressing matter was accomplished). This was actually a very easy little project, I’m surprised to say. You never know, when you delve into something new, whether it will go as planned or end up in the unfinished pile in the corner of the closet (along with the partially knitted baby blanket).
Jan 29, 2014
5 Things To Know If You’re Having FiOS Installed
This past summer my husband and I were excited to learn that Verizon’s high-speed, fiber-optic, internet/phone/tv FiOS service had become available to our building and we were quick to sign up. Having suffered through many tedious cable and internet installations over the years, I was expecting pretty much the same rigamarole, but there were a few twists to the process you might want to know about if you’re on the brink of making the switch yourself.
Jan 29, 2014
Final Stretch: The 60 Minute Quick Clean
Day 20: Wednesday, January 29 Assignment: Give your place a quick once over to get ready for your gathering 60 minutes or so is all it takes. An hour to refresh and renew all the hard work you’ve done this month is your assignment for today. You’ve done some good deep cleaning and decluttering, room by room, so now you can do an overall “spruce up” to get things in shape without a huge outlay of time, anytime.
Jan 29, 2014
Timeless vs. Trendy: Decorating with Darts
It’s tough to keep a room feeling fresh and quirky while staying away from things that are a little too trendy. Case in point: my “Keep Calm” poster felt whimsical four years ago, and now I’m itching to replace it. This time, I’m looking to more timeless sources of fun — like the classic pub game of darts. Darts and dartboards have been hanging around bars in the US and UK for centuries, entertaining competitive patrons.
Jan 29, 2014
Organization Inspiration: Family Entryways from Our House Tours
When you have kids, it can seem like there’s a never-ending supply of items that need to be stored near the door: bags, coats, seasonal accessories, outdoor toys, shoes…the list goes on and on. Whether your entryway is large or small, there are plenty of ways to keep the mess at bay. Here are some entryways from our house tours to give you some ideas as to how to make the most of your own space. Top Row: 1.
Jan 29, 2014
Elisabeth’s Cure: Living Rooms & Loving Life
Nothing gives me motivation to spruce up the house like sending out invitations! In preparation for a small birthday party with a few girlfriends, I’ve nearly turned this house upside down. I rearranged the furniture in both living spaces, swapped out a coffee table and some pillows, and got new lamps. Thanks to the Cure, there is also new greenery.
Jan 29, 2014
Before & After: Melissa’s Magic Transforming Chair
Sometimes a chair is just a chair, but if you’re Melissa, you look at this broken dining chair and see another piece of furniture entirely. Bravo! Melissa didn’t get stuck on its original function so she could see a table where a chair used to be. She simply removed the cushion, cut off the broken back, added a hardwood top cut to size and gave the whole thing a coat of bright white. We love it and, more importantly, so does Melissa.
Jan 29, 2014
Get Warm, Glowy, Unlacquered Brass In Your Kitchen Today
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The Look of Unlacquered Brass for Less: Tips to De-Lacquer It Yourself!
Jan 29, 2014
Match IKEA Cabinet Doors to Your Kitchen Style!
From Apartment Therapy → Match IKEA Cabinet Doors to Your Kitchen Style!
Jan 29, 2014
Can I Make a Crib Mattress Work with an IKEA Children’s Bed?
Q: My daughter turns two in a few weeks, and her birthday gift is a big-girl bed. Based on reading the toddler bed vs. twin bed debate on Apartment Therapy, we decided to go with a big kid bed from IKEA. Specifically, we chose this super-cute one. There’s only one little problem. IKEA kids’ beds are peculiarly shaped. They’re really long, which is great for a growing kid, but it also means you have to buy an IKEA mattress and bedding to fit.
Jan 28, 2014
How To Organize Digital Photos
Raise your hand if you’re like me and your downloaded photo files are a huge, unorganized, hot mess. Yeah, I thought so. Although the digital age has made it so convenient to capture all the moments in life that you want to remember, this also means that there are way more photos to organize and keep track of.
Jan 28, 2014
Bridgid Coulter Design
Name: Bridgid Coulter Location: My Design Studio/Showroom, 1419 5th Street, Santa Monica, California, 90401 Size: Entire Space: 900 square feet; Textiles Showroom: approx 450 square feet Years occupied: Since 2009 Bridgid Coulter is not just an interior designer and textile designer — she has also opened a showroom in Santa Monica offering home decor, vintage finds and design services.
Jan 28, 2014
Renter’s Solutions: Working With Whatever Wall Color You’ve Got
I don’t know about you, but all the places I’ve lived as a renter have been painted an awkward, almost-yellow taupe. I first encountered it on all the walls of my rooms in college, so I call it “dorm yellow”. Despite over five years of living with it (and knowing it could be worse!), I haven’t figured out how to decorate with sandy yellow walls. Happily for me, and all of us in this situation, there are a bunch of renter-friendly solutions to yucky walls!
Jan 28, 2014
What to Do During the Polar Vortex: A Domestic Choose Your Own Adventure
This week much of the US has dipped to subzero temps, and the attendant office and school closings find many of us at home, wrenched from our weekday routines, and stuck inside. Depending on your living situation and your job, this could mean a fun day at home or an exceptionally challenging work situation. Here are some different scenarios and how to make the most of them. If you are home alone and your office is closed for the day… Lucky you!
Jan 28, 2014
12 Things Every Home Should Have
Every home should be different, expressing the individuality and personality of the owner in its own way, but I believe there are a few things that every home should have. These are essentials, classics and key ingredients that make up the foundation of a good home, and if you are just starting out they make a useful checklist for setting up in a new space. Could you add to this list? You sure could, but 12 is a nice even number for the purposes of this post.
Jan 28, 2014
A Gift to Yourself: Hang that Artwork!
Day 19: Tuesday, January 28 Assignment: Hang the artwork you chose earlier this month Can you believe how quickly this month has flown by? It seems like yesterday that we were choosing artwork to hang waaaaaay off at nearly the end of the Cure (aka today!). Getting this piece of artwork up on the wall is one of the lasting gifts of the Cure – a new spot in your home that I hope will bring you happiness whenever you look at it.
Jan 28, 2014
IKEA’s Frosta Stool is Back!: A Retrospective of Projects & Hacks
Did you hear? IKEA reissued the popular Frosta stool, available again in the U.S. starting February 1st. Which means it’s time to resurrect our favorite hacks and paint jobs for this beloved and now-classic piece of budget-friendly furniture. While the new versions will be in pastel instead of plain birch, there’s still plenty of work to do to make them your own. Here’s inspiration and some ideas from over the years…. A starry-eyed surprise from Home Story.
Jan 28, 2014
Taming Toys: Tips to Keep Your Home from Looking Like a Toy Store Explosion
Last week I wrote about the how and why of my mission to tackle toys in my home. It’s important to me to find a healthy balance between adult and children’s things in our home as well as to provide an environment for my daughters that encourages imagination and exploration. Whenever I face a parenting dilemma, one of my first instincts is to ask for the advice of other mothers, so I checked in with some of my favorite design-conscious moms on how they tame toys in their home.
Jan 28, 2014
Chris & Meg’s Darling City Cottage in Toronto
Name: Chris MacDonald (tattoo artist) & Meg Tilston (furniture designer) Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 7 years; owned Tattoo artist Chris McDonald and furniture designer Meg Tilston knew they’d found the perfect home when they first saw this tiny cottage in Toronto.
Jan 28, 2014
Buy or DIY: Arts & Crafts Supply Storage
Whether or not you are a crafty person, chances are your kids are little creators and you’ve built up a stash of arts and crafts supplies. Crayons, paints, markers, scissors, and myriad papers can get out of control quickly, though. Here are a few simple ideas that could help you keep all those materials in check. 1. Paint Can Pyramid, seen on Better Homes & Gardens.
Jan 28, 2014
Before & After: Vintage Table Becomes Medical Miracle
Victoria’s bathroom needed storage— namely a perfectly sized table on which to keep frequently-used stuff handy, and off the sink counter. She got what she needed in the form of an antique medical table found in the basement of an estate sale, and priced at a whopping ten dollars. The original enamel paint was in bad shape and flaking off in big sections. Victoria took to it with a wire brush, then eventually a power grinder.
Jan 28, 2014