Trisha’s Suburban Twin Cities Style
Name: Trisha Location: Edina, Minnesota We moved from a row house in Chicago to this light-filled, 5,000 s.f. home in Edina, MN a little over two years ago. The location is excellent — within 5 minutes, we can walk to the grocery store, grab a coffee, pick up our dry cleaning and even see a movie in an indie theater if we so choose. We have small backyards which forces everyone on our street to their front yards, making our neighborhood very social.
Jun 30, 2014
How to Move From A Gas to Electric Stove
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans) From The Kitchn → Moving From Gas to an Electric Stove: What I’ve Learned So Far
Jun 30, 2014
Before & After: A Facebook Find Goes Floral
Dena bought this chair on Facebook of all places (the Buy/Sell/Trade pages) for $40 bucks because she just couldn’t resist the shape. Dena, you have quite the eye. Not only did you spot the sexy shape of that beat-up chair, you picked this risky fabric. Two risks that certainly paid off gloriously. Great job! Dena says: I removed the frame and stripped ‘er down, sewed up the new fabric using the old as a template and secured it with staples and tack strips.
Jun 30, 2014
Art and Cooking Are More Alike Than You Think
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → French Artist Sandrine Follère on How Art & Cooking Are Alike
Jun 30, 2014
Before & After: A DIY Kitchen Renovation Under $1,500
From Apartment Therapy → Before & After: A DIY Kitchen Renovation Under $1,500
Jun 30, 2014
Erin’s Charming Former Sea Captain’s Coastal Colonial Home
Name: Erin Buterick Location: Tuckerton, NJ My husband Paul and I live in a 1910 colonial situated in the historic fishing village of Tuckerton, New Jersey. When we bought it, we were aware of the fact that it was originally built by the local sea captain, not until a little while later did we learn that the sea captain was in fact a woman. Her name was Virgina and she went by ‘Captain Ginny.
Jun 29, 2014
Before & After: A Compact, Updated Kitchen for a Family of 5
Think you’ve got to rearrange all the walls and rip out everything to have a completely brand new kitchen? Designer Leslie Price shows in this small kitchen that smart choices and fresh paint make a huge difference. Leslie Price My clients had a very dated kitchen, but with three kids and the oldest going off to college in two years, they wanted to do a budget friendly remodel using the existing kitchen cabinets and footprint of the space.
Jun 29, 2014
Whitney’s Traditional Meets Glamour Austin Apartment
Name: Whitney Walker, who runs her online shop Farrington Lane and does design and marketing for Bay Hill Design, and her husband Location: Deep Eddy Neighborhood, Austin, Texas Size: 735 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1 year Whitney and her husband’s apartment — one half of a tucked away duplex in an Austin neighborhood near downtown — is pretty small.
Jun 29, 2014
Before & After: An Amazing & Cheery Up-Cycled Recycling Center
Tired of seeing stinky stacks of recycling take up residence in the corners of your cramped kitchen? So was Claire. In fact she had been dreaming of finding a structure that could contain her recycling bins stylishly. So when she came across this kind of rough but sturdy and free cabinet in an alley a few blocks from her apartment, she got creative to give it a new modern and functional look! Even more impressive? She made this transformation for exactly ZERO dollars. See how after the jump.
Jun 29, 2014
Maria’s Playful & Polka Dot Home
Name: Maria Location: Washington, DC Coming by this place was a happy surprise. I was looking for something close to work, in another area of the city — where things are smaller and more expensive. When the house I had my eye on did not work out, I decided to branch out and found this apartment. I fell in love with how big and bright it is. I move every few years for work, so that poses opportunities and challenges.
Jun 28, 2014
Before & After: A Corner Work Space Gets a Striped & DIY Update
Amy’s home office functioned just fine before. But, being located in a corner of her living room, she didn’t want it to feel temporary or look blah. So she tackled a considerable amount of mini and large DIY projects to add some stylish detail to this small corner. From Amy: To make it more functional, I added shelves above the desk to increase storage space. Keeping with the theme of gold accents, I spray painted the brackets gold in addition to some of the other desk decor.
Jun 28, 2014
DIY Faux Card Catalog Cabinet
Do you love the look of card catalog cabinets but hate how impractical the storage is? So did Michelle and her husband Nate of the blog Decor and the Dog (dog Ike pictured above!). So they designed a cabinet that would offer more storage flexibility but give the look of a faux card catalog cabinet. And they’ve shared the instructions on how to make your own!
Jun 28, 2014
Before & After: From Trash Heap to Shabby Chic!
This table with its great and unique shape was destined for the trash. It had a water-damaged top and was definitely taking the description “shabby chic” a little too far! But a clean-up and a refresh makes it a perfect addition to any stylish room. From Karen: This table was a garbage day find and in dire need of repair and TLC. We removed the water damaged particle board table top and replaced it with a new piece of wood.
Jun 28, 2014
How To Eat Deliciously on a Low-Sodium Diet
(Image credit: Jessica Goldman Foung) From The Kitchn → Sodium Savvy: 6 Tips for Eating Well on a Low-Sodium Diet
Jun 27, 2014
A Stylish Home Makeover by Jessica Davis
Project by: Jessica Davis Location: Short Hills, NJ From designer Jessica: The client wanted to revamp three rooms in her home, but there were certain things she wanted to keep and not change. The living room received the largest change-up. I added a seating/game area in a cozy corner and updated most of the pieces, only keeping just a few key antiques and reupholstering an existing chair.
Jun 27, 2014
Elena’s Crete Cave
Name: Elena Location: Crete, Greece My house is an old traditional mansion whose renovation was completed in 2007 with lots of love and passion. It combines a traditional way of living with luxury and modern amenities. What I love most about my house is the “katoi”— a cave from natural rock that was used as living space many years ago, and as storage of agricultural products much later. Today it’s a studio of 60 square metres.
Jun 27, 2014
Before & After: A Mid-Century Mess Gets a Makeover
Nicole’s Mid-Century cabinet was in rough shape with badly worn wood veneer and a dark, brittle interior covered in scuff marks. She really turned this one around. After damaging the veneer while removing the handle, Nicole rallied and came up with a unique solution to hide the damage: a chic leather pull. Great idea! From Nicole: The legs were in fantastic shape and the door had a nice grain. We sanded and oiled the door and legs.
Jun 27, 2014
The Big Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables
(Image credit: Cambria Bold) From The Kitchn → The Kitchn’s Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables
Jun 27, 2014
How To Choose Paint Colors with Confidence
Jun 27, 2014
This Magic Summer Sauce Only Needs 3 Ingredients
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → 3-Ingredient Recipe: Magic Summer Sauce
Jun 26, 2014
Before & After: A New Old Dresser
After some clever bundling (genius Craigslist strategy alert!), Elaine scored this all-wood dresser for just $5. She wanted to give her 5-year-old son’s bedroom a grown-up update and so she got to work making this dated dresser little-boy worthy. Such a great color choice! Teal chalk paint really gives this piece a matte modern look and brings out those killer details.
Jun 26, 2014
Christine’s First Real Grownup Home
Name: Christine Donnelly Location: Toronto, ON I bought this small house (about 1,000 square feet) on my own 6 years ago in an up-and-coming (read: rough and tumble) area called Parkdale, in Toronto’s west end. Having grown up in public housing I spent my childhood living and playing in huge stretches of run-down apartment buildings. For me, the idea of living in a “real” house one day seemed like an impossible dream.
Jun 25, 2014
Disguise a Kitchen Soffit Like This
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Ways to Disguise a Kitchen Soffit
Jun 25, 2014
Colorful Chairs in the Dining Room
Jun 25, 2014
Before & After: A Secondhand Stage Gets a Global-Inspired Update
This table is beat-up for a very charming reason: for years it was the well-loved stage for Denny’s girls to dance and play on. He tells us they really helped with its “rustic patina.” Well, the girls have moved out so this table got a well-earned retirement makeover. Now that it’s just Denny and his wife April (they describe themselves as “two very relaxed cats”), it was time to transform the table into something more finished.
Jun 25, 2014
Kitchen Renovations: Readers Share Best Decisions & Biggest Regrets
From Apartment Therapy → Kitchen Renovations: Readers Share Best Decisions & Biggest Regrets
Jun 25, 2014
Emily & Jonnie’s Style Collage Apartment
Name: Emily & Jonnie Coutu of Hundred Acre Design Location: Worcester, MA My husband Jonnie and I have been renting our 1100 square foot pre-war apartment in Worcester, MA for 5 years. We chose it for its architectural details, high ceilings and large windows, and didn’t mind that it was lacking in some amenities such as a dishwasher, central air and in-unit laundry. As an architectural designer, original moldings trump modern conveniences every time!
Jun 24, 2014
A Sneak Peek at IKEA’s New 2015 Collections
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Sweden with a group of editors, writers, photographers and journalists from all over the world for a one-of-a-kind visit with IKEA’s creative teams. Called “Democratic Design Days”, it was an opportunity to learn about their work processes and to get an early sneak peek at some of what they have in store for us in the year to come. They plan to launch multiple collections on a rolling basis starting this fall and continuing throughout 2015.
Jun 24, 2014
Before & After: An Old Dresser Gets a Refresh (In a New Room)
This 1916 dresser was looking a little worse for wear when Karen picked it up at a thrift store, but she knew that she could make it work for her in an unexpected place. Karen says: I purchased a very old dresser (dated 1916) for $62.50 at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and knew it had a new purpose ahead of it. It took a bit of work, but with some paint, new knobs, a towel bar, and an IKEA butcher block top, this dresser is the life of the kitchen! Win! See more at Year of Serendipidy.
Jun 24, 2014
We Investigate: Coffee in Sweden
(Image credit: Anna Brones) From The Kitchn → Coffee Around the World: How Swedes Drink Coffee
Jun 24, 2014
Stylish Metal Dining Chairs Under $250
From Apartment Therapy → Stylish Metal Dining Chairs Under $250
Jun 24, 2014
The Best Ways to Store Your Flour
(Image credit: Atelier_A) From The Kitchn → A Complete Guide to Flour Storage
Jun 23, 2014
12 Things You Only Do at Home When Alone
Home alone time is a precious commodity, and scarce for many of us. With your roommate, kids, or partner out of town, you suddenly find yourself in your house or apartment with nothing but the sweet, sweet sound of silence. After you stop grinning from ear to ear, get busy doing the stuff that makes you feel good, for no other reason than it makes you feel good. Take full advantage. Walk Around Naked: Unless you grew up in a non-naked family, this is at the top of most people’s lists.
Jun 23, 2014
Before & After: A Minty Fresh Dresser Refresh
Breanna jumped at the chance to buy this lovely little dresser on Craigslist for $25 because she was “obsessed” with its beautiful shape and the cute claw feet. We’re obsessed with the fresh update she gave it. What a lovely, summery new look. From Breanna: I completed the transformation using a gorgeous mint color and some Rub ‘n Buff for the trim. I debated keeping the old hardware but couldn’t pass up these gold and glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.
Jun 23, 2014
Dark Blue Dining Rooms
Jun 23, 2014
Sara’s Scandinavian-Style Downtown Brooklyn Condo
Name: Sara Sjorgen Location: Brooklyn, New York My home in downtown Brooklyn is used as a second home for myself, friends and family who consider New York their home for part of the year. I personally spend a few weeks every year in the city for business, and chose this location because of the interesting neighborhoods and its proximity to Manhattan and the rest of the city.
Jun 22, 2014
Before & After: A Bright, Budget-Friendly DIY Kitchen Makeover Under $1500
Tanya and her husband have been slowly updating and decorating their house on a small budget, just completing a remodel of their kitchen. In their previous home, they played it safe with design, concerned about resale. But in this home they did whatever they wanted, making some pretty dramatic changes in the kitchen that brightened and modernized the small space.
Jun 22, 2014
Before & After: A New Bold Butcher Block Island
Kendra started her own business in 2011, REmix Design, a perfect way to use her interior design skills plus her passion for home design and working with tools. She loves saving furniture that “has seen better days.” She mixes old with new, rusty and shiny and this $10 table turned butcher block island is a perfect example! From Kendra: I took it home and immediately began tearing off the metal top with the help of my dad.
Jun 22, 2014
Baiyina’s Eclectic Minimalism in Miracle Mile
Name: Baiyina Hughley Location: Miracle Mile, Los Angeles, California I live in an 800 square foot 1930s apartment in Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. I love how sunny the space is, the great views and the sound of birds chirping and lawns being mowed — it’s my own private oasis of calm in the city. My style is elegant eclectic minimalism, influenced by a long-time passion of flea market shopping yet refined by ability to finally restrain myself from impulse buying.
Jun 21, 2014
Before & After: A Kitchen Gets a Dramatic Transformation with Paint & Hardware Under $700
Have you ever hated the outdated look of a room so much that you wanted to paint every single surface? Tasha didn’t love her kitchen, and paint on every nearly single surface (along with some new hardware and furniture) helps transform it into a completely new space! Tasha says: Our kitchen was functional and in good condition, but outdated in style. We totally transformed it into a space that we love for under $700, including new hardware and furniture.
Jun 21, 2014
Tips for Sticking to Your Budget: Getting Clothes Shopping Under Control
Sometimes getting a bargain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are tons of tips out there for getting a deal on your clothes shopping — shop off season for coats and swimsuits, swing by the store on a Wednesday morning to scope out the new markdowns, use the department store’s extra percentage off coupon, etc.
Jun 20, 2014
10 LED Under-Cabinet Lights
Jun 20, 2014
Don’t Put These Things in the Dishwasher
(Image credit: lightpoet/ shutterstock ) From The Kitchn → 11 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Put in the Dishwasher
Jun 20, 2014
Check Out This Pantry Hidden Behind a Sliding Barn Door!
From Apartment Therapy → Check Out This Pantry Hidden Behind a Sliding Barn Door!
Jun 20, 2014
Try a Pastry Tip to Pit Your Summer Cherries
(Image credit: Christine Gallary) From The Kitchn → No Cherry Pitter? Use a Pastry Tip
Jun 19, 2014
6 Household Rules That Finally Make Sense
Jun 19, 2014