Apartment Therapy Archive - March 2014
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Noelle’s Labor of Love
Name: Noelle Shumer Location: Toledo, Ohio Our home is a one story, 824 square foot, built in the mid 1950s, total labor of L-O-V-E. We purchased it nine years ago (and it’s currently for sale) and have spent that time updating and making it ours. I don’t think I have a specific “style” when it comes to decor, but I tend to find myself drawn towards modern + clean lined furnishings yet eclectic, vintage accessories.
Mar 16, 2014
Before & After: Vickiann’s DIY Real Brick Wall
Remember when we gave you eight awesome ways to “fake” architectural details if your home didn’t come with charming elements built right in? Well if you own a home, have the adventurous DIY spirit and don’t want to fake it — if you want to add your own actual architectural detail — you’re going to want to pay attention to the project Vickiann tackled. Vickiann of My Crappy House is no professional bricklayer.
Mar 16, 2014
HGTV Star Danielle Colding Layers Generations of Influence
Name: Danielle Colding Location: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: Almost 2 years; Rented “Everything in here is from so many generations,” explains Danielle as I ooh and aah at an apartment packed with style and sentiment. At every turn there is a beautiful something and a story attached to it. Danielle is not afraid to let me know that for her, “more is more” when it comes to creating a home you want to come home to.
Mar 16, 2014
Break the Ice: 8 Tips for Creating a Chattier, Cozier, Comfier Living Room
How do you create a room that encourages conversation when you entertain guests? By spending time crafting a sitting area that maximizes comfort, feels cozy and welcoming and puts guests at ease so they can be their charming and witty selves. We’ve got ideas on how to increase conversation and coziness in your living room and seating areas — even some tips you can easily try this weekend. So what sort of gatherings will these tips prove most beneficial for? Well, not a big party.
Mar 16, 2014
Before & After: A Beat-up Bathroom Cabinet is Saved From the Trash
Armelle lives in Shanghai and runs Tsai Yun Studio with her friend Catherine. They collect and up-cycle old Chinese furniture that comes from many of the old houses that get torn down to build high-rise buildings. In the process of renovating her apartment, when Armelle spotted this old cabinet that was destined for the trash, she knew it could be the perfect addition to her sons’ bathroom.
Mar 16, 2014
Lindsay’s Lovely Southern Vintage Home
Name: Lindsay George Location: Nashville, Tennessee My home was built in 1910 in the Victorian style. It is in the 12South neighborhood of Nashville (aka, the best neighborhood in Nashville!). I have lived here for three years, and during this time I have worked to completely restore and rehab the house. It is approximately 2400 square feet. I renovated the bathrooms, kitchen, added an upstairs, and updated the porch and exterior.
Mar 15, 2014
Before & After: A Narrow Galley Kitchen Gets an Urban Update
When first-time homebuyers Nadine and John Paul bought a century home that was split into a duplex, they decided to rent out the bottom half and live in the top half. Now with a little additional money to spend on their new purchase, they decided to tackle the kitchen first, which was tiny, uninspiring and not at all luxurious. From Nadine: My partner, John Paul, is a carpenter by trade and owns a business building custom furniture.
Mar 15, 2014
Simple & Sophisticated: Black, White and Wood Inspiration
We hear often that many folks are paralyzed about how to start decorating their home. We don’t blame you; there are a lot of things to think about/consider/decide. If you’ve been living in a blank or boring room for too long, what you might need is a narrow set of guidelines to stick to so you can get started. And a limiting but still fabulous palette is just the way to go.
Mar 15, 2014
Banish Boring: 10 Unexpected & Unusual Bathroom Details to Steal
Though I’ve managed to add a cute shower curtain, other than that, my bathroom in my apartment does not have much else going for it. I think “boring” would be an accurate descriptor. But when you’re staring at a tiny space (that you’re not allowed to paint the walls in), sometimes you forget there are other things you can do in a space to spice it up. Thankfully I found some interesting and inspiring ideas in real homes to consider.
Mar 15, 2014
Before & After: Rita’s From Rusty to Cherished Cart
Rita was on the hunt for a project where she could turn something unloved into something that could be used, cherished and enjoyed. Rita knew an old, rusted kitchen cart that once belonged to her great-grandmother (that had just been collecting dust in her basement) was the perfect project to tackle to give her space that extra something special. From Rita: I started by using WD40 on the wheels before applying Jasco’s Rust Converter and sanding it down.
Mar 15, 2014
Before & After: A Tiny London Terrace Gets a Dose of Spring
Who’s ready for spring? Nora is. She was excited about having some outside space in her new London flat until she saw this terrace. But she invested a little cash and a lot of love and got this space ready for some sunny days. Now we love this cute, color blocked space. Nora pullled up the tiles and laid artificial grass, painted the grey cracked walls a nice bright white and scrubbed up the railings and spray painted all of the furniture fun colors!
Mar 14, 2014
A Southwest Modern Arizona Abode
Name: Jeremy Briddell Location: Phoenix, Arizona Size: 780 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented Jeremy has an MFA in ceramics from Arizona State University. He’s had exhibitions all over the country, and won the Emerging Artist Award from the American Crafts Council in 2001. His ceramics are stunning — structured and delicate, with a beautifully contrasting rough, organic texture. Not surprisingly, his home has the same quality.
Mar 14, 2014
Be Bold: Unusual Color Combinations that Work
Bold paint colors in your home are not for the timid, but if you love to surround yourself with color, then here are some combos you may want to try. Don’t limit yourself to the walls — try bringing some bold color to your furniture, floors, ceiling, or trim for some interesting color play in your space. And if you’re thinking about joining the color adventures but hesitating, start with a smaller room like a powder room, den, laundry room, etc., and feel it out. TOP ROW: 1.
Mar 13, 2014
The One Thing Almost Everyone Gets Wrong When Moving Into a New Home
After getting the key and walking into your new, calm, and empty apartment, what’s the first thing you do to make it your own? Move in the sofa? Pack the fridge with groceries? There are a thousand right answers and, according to one designer, one very wrong one. Most people take advantage of an empty apartment to paint the walls before they ever move in, but waiting to paint after you’ve settled in a bit makes for a more cohesive space.
Mar 13, 2014
First Look: 12 Favorites from IKEA’s New PS 2014 Collection
The editors in NYC got the chance to go see the new IKEA PS 2014 Collection this morning, and it’s an amazing one. Created by 14 young designers from around the globe, its focus is on solutions for small space living – in IKEA’s words “to live more simply and do more with the space you have”.
Mar 13, 2014
A Bright & Airy 400 Square Foot West Village Studio
Name: Jacqueline Rousseau Location: West Village, NYC Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Rented After living in the UK for nearly a decade, Jacqueline returned stateside with a blank slate. To the envy of her friends and fellow New Yorkers like myself, Jacqueline settled into a sun-filled studio in the West Village. A white Ektorp lounge chair left by a previous tenant was the jumping-off point for what has developed into a very comfortable place to live and work.
Mar 13, 2014
Before & After: A Faux Fireplace Gets One Inexpensive and Easy Update
Sometimes making a big change can be a fairly simple process if you have the guts to take the leap. When Tanya and her partner purchased their home, the dated, faux stone fireplace combined with “sauna wood” accents just wasn’t her cup of tea, so she made one easy, inexpensive change that had a huge impact. The brick got a thick coat of primer + paint in one (semi-gloss finish) and she spray painted those old gold vents with a high heat enamel spray paint in matte black.
Mar 13, 2014
Quick Tip: Easily Peel a Clementine
(Image credit: Jennifer Hunter) From The Kitchn → Video: How to Unroll a Clementine
Mar 13, 2014
A Detail-Driven Kitchen Before & After
From Apartment Therapy → A Detail-Driven Kitchen Before & After
Mar 13, 2014
Easy & Cheap St. Patrick’s Day Crafts You Can Make Before the Weekend
Whether you’re throwing an impromptu party or just trying to avoid getting pinched, it’s not too late to get a little green. Try out one of these easy crafts that celebrates St. Patrick’s day and decorate your table, mantel, patio, or yourself with some Irish spirit. TOP ROW: 1. Tunnel Fringe Garland | Julep from Minted 2. Clay Pot Planters | The Merrythought 3. Crepe Paper Shamrock Streamers | Studio DIY 4. St. Patrick’s Day Confetti Poppers | Haute Chocolate 5.
Mar 12, 2014
Robin and Jeff’s Light-Filled Home in Georgetown
Name: Robin and Jeff Jones Location: Georgetown; Washington, DC Size: 2,500 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Owned Robin opened her house up to us on the first spring-like day of this endless winter, and how appropriate: the colors and light of the place whoosh past you like April, comin’ in hot. Better than Christmas in July, what we’ve got here is more like May Day in March. But the house is much more than a few well-chosen, cheery colors.
Mar 12, 2014
A New Look for an Old Windsor Chair
These $5 Windsor chairs are just about in every thrift store I stop into. This one had a nice simple silhouette and narrow tapered spindles. I’ve been swooning over modern shaker style furniture for some time now and it was finally time to stop wanting and start doing. I was planning on spray painting the whole chair neon yellow, but as I started, I notice the beautiful gradient and continued to paint only the front half of the seat.
Mar 12, 2014
Before & After: Naomi’s Beautiful British Bathroom
Naomi moved into her Edwardian UK home a year ago and has spent nearly the whole time planning renovations to her small bathroom. Her biggest goal? An easy-to-clean space with minimal areas for dust to gather. We hear you, Naomi. She introduced a little luxury with a sink crafted from Welsh slate, an extra wide bath, and stainless steel towel warmers which she tells us were worth every penny. She kept the walls and ceiling bright white and fell for those grey tiles, “the moment I saw them.
Mar 12, 2014
9 Dining Room Sideboard Alternatives
Mar 12, 2014
Before & After: Gossip Bench Breakdown
Carithanne says, “Who knows how long this chair sat abandoned in a forgotten basement before my dad rescued it for our next restoration project?” This particular piece was extra exciting because of its classic mid-century design, complete with a production date on the bottom from 1953! The upholstery needed a total overhaul after more than 60 years, but this piece had solid maple bones just waiting for the right person to come along and give it some TLC.
Mar 11, 2014
Jane’s Patterned Family Pad in London
Name: Jane and Alex Bonsor, and children Cosmo, Hope and Albert Location: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom Size: 2,600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned A black-and-white-tiled entrance is typical of many houses in London, and a charming design signature of this city. In the case of Jane Bonsor’s Notting Hill home, however, it also gives a clue as to what you’ll find inside: a whole lot of bold pattern. You might remember Jane’s home from her recent House Call.
Mar 11, 2014
Before & After: It’s All About the Details in this Kitchen Makeover
Kimberly of Swoonworthy and her partner Wayne did a great job renovating their old kitchen, but Kimberly wasn’t entirely happy with the results. She is a girl who requires more drama from her interiors. A couple of simple DIY projects later, she’s added some glitz and glamor to this space. And here it is, in all its sparkling glory.
Mar 11, 2014
How Many Clocks Should I Have and Where Should I Put Them?
Time management, of course, aims to help us make the most of our time. As the cornerstone of time management, clocks can help us stay in control of our time. Let’s take a closer look at how you can place clocks in your home most strategically. How Many Clocks Should You Have?
Mar 10, 2014
Shelley’s Loft Full of Collected Treasures
Name: Shelley Gainer Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 1100 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; owned The first place place that popped into my head after getting my Apartment Therapy gig was the beautiful loft of my friend (and former boss!) Shelley. This is as authentic as it gets for a loft, folks. The building was converted from a warehouse into lofts in 2003, featuring wood beams, brick walls, metal warehouse doors, concrete floors and huge windows.
Mar 10, 2014
Before & After: A Cramped Kitchen Gets a Big Change
Architectural designer Teddy desperately needed to update this kitchen but had major budgetary restrictions. No matter. See how just $300 worth of supplies made a huge difference. Wow, what a difference. We love how, even though all the major elements are the same (cabinets, backsplash, countertop), the color change and the addition of small details totally transformed this space.
Mar 10, 2014
How to Clean Coffee Stains From Your Mugs
(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong) From The Kitchn → The Best Way to Remove Old Coffee Stains form Mugs & Carafes
Mar 10, 2014
Before & After: From Boring Bathroom to Bold!
Looking for the inspiration + resources to transform a boring bathroom into something that wows? Darlene Chimaliro and Caty Tillman of Studio MOD(ish) were tasked with adding some personality to a boring condo for a young fun couple. The two bathrooms were transformed, each to match the style of either spouse. The guest bathroom — dramatic and over-the-top — was designed to reflect the wife’s bold tastes, and Darlene and Caty shared the resources they used to create this look.
Mar 9, 2014
Dan and Elizabeth’s Americana Inspired Home
Name: Dan and Elizabeth Good Location: Church Hill; Richmond, Virginia Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: 9 months; Rented There is something truly inspiring about being in a home that loves the city it is in. Dan and Elizabeth love the city of Richmond, and it shows in all the details of their cozy apartment in the Church Hill neighborhood. They live only blocks away from St.
Mar 9, 2014
Before & After: A Year-Long Living Room Transformation
You know how earlier today we shared real advice about how to be patient and take your time when decorating a home? This Before & After perfectly highlights that idea. See this living room go from full of uninspiring hand-me-down furniture to a living room that, after taking the time to discover their tastes, is now a sophisticated, lovely space that matches their personality!
Mar 8, 2014
Design Dilemma Solved: 7 Ways to Add Visual Height to a Room
Something feeling “off” about one of your rooms? It could be the space is a little too heavy on the low-end. You might need a visual weight adjustment. Relocating certain design details high-up in a space can create a more sophisticated, balanced room. There are ideas you can try that will take only a little time to tackle, and there are some that might take the afternoon. You decide what your room might need and how much time you have this weekend!
Mar 8, 2014
Before & After: Meredith’s Blinds Get a Beautiful, Budget Makeover
Meredith was looking to spice up the boring blinds in her daughter’s room. She wanted to add a pop of color without breaking the bank, so she got really crafty with something that’s probably hanging around your junk drawer right now. Duct tape to the rescue! What a clever and thrifty idea. Bravo. From Meredith: I started to look into painting the blinds but found that incredibly cumbersome and messy. I decided I could be a lot more in control if I used duct tape.
Mar 7, 2014
An Easy Way to Clean a Greasy Stovetop
(Image credit: Lucy Hewett) From The Kitchn → How To Clean a Greasy Stovetop With Just Soap and Water
Mar 7, 2014
Before & After: Bari’s Bathroom Gets a Bold Makeover
Bari has been working with a local design firm to decorate her home in Philadelphia, and the most recent space to be completed was her guest bathroom. She loved the original clawfoot tub, but she wanted to make the walls more fun since it’s the bathroom everyone uses when they come over. From Bari: The wallpaper is dark and bold, but the hot pink ceiling really is a great contrast, and plays well off of the black/white striped floor.
Mar 6, 2014
Before & After: This Dreary Dresser Gets a Big Change
Charlotte’s youngest child’s room doubles as the guest room, so her new changing table needed to fit with its funky aesthetic. This $40 dresser from Craigslist fit the bill: solid construction, the right height, and good storage space. It just needed a little update. From Charlotte: I double checked for any maker’s marks or signs of antiquity before giving it a coat of Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue chalk paint.
Mar 6, 2014
What Do Your Egg Choices Say About Your Personality?
(Image credit: Nealey Dozier) From The Kitchn → The Egg Personality Test: What Your Style of Egg Says About You
Mar 6, 2014
11 Industrial-Style Kitchens
Mar 6, 2014
Before & After: Natalie’s New, Blue Chair Special
Natalie’s been rockin’ this chair for about a year — she picked it up at a yard sale for only 10 bucks. But when the already-worn seat fabric began to develop huge tears, she knew it was time for a revamp. She ditched the old, ripped fabric in favor of two different ikat prints. She stripped and sanded the wood frame and then stained it a warm, deep brown.
Mar 5, 2014
What Every Cook Should Know: 10 Breakfast Survival Skills
(Image credit: Sabra Krock) From The Kitchn → 10 Breakfast Survival Skills Every Cook Should Know
Mar 5, 2014
5 Ways to Cut Down on Dirty Dishes
Mar 5, 2014
Before & After: Erin’s Inherited Dresser
Erin inherited her grandparents’ dresser set but due to 30 years of wear and tear, it needed some love. Cut to: she’s ankle deep in supplies with no idea how to proceed and ready to throw in the towel. We’re so glad she persevered because, well, check out her results. It took a year and lots of help from her dad (who even brought his palm sander across five states to give to her), but she was able to strip, sand, stain and clear coat this beauty.
Mar 4, 2014
A Kitchen Gets Charming
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Kitchen Before & After: A Sparse Kitchen Gets a Charming Overhaul
Mar 4, 2014