Deidre’s Brand New Tiny House at the River
Name: Deidre Location: Riverfront in the Berkshires This is my newly built home, transformed from a dilapidated, very sad house to a modified Whidbey Tumbleweed “tiny house” set at the river on a very quiet street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It includes two bedrooms and a wonderful contemporary wood stove. Everything is crisp and clean; I used a warm Benjamin Moore Barren Plain gray paint throughout.
Jul 31, 2014
Before & After: A DIY Dream Kitchen
When Erin moved into her home, the kitchen looked like this: fluorescent lighting, dark wood cabinetry, beat up laminate countertop, and a fake brick backsplash. Not cute. So she got rid of the bad (laminate!) and kept the good (that cute rug) and made some major DIY upgrades that gave her kitchen both the look and functionality she needed. From Erin: With its galley layout and wall-to-wall upper cabinetry, work space was virtually nonexistent.
Jul 31, 2014
7 Small, Stylish Eating Spots
From Apartment Therapy → 7 Small, Stylish Eating Spots Still need inspiration on how to fit a spot for eating into your small space? We found seven solutions that not only work in small homes, but they’re actually quite simple, stylish ideas that anyone could use.
Jul 31, 2014
The Creamy (Healthy) Ice Cream Recipe You Need Now
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient!
Jul 31, 2014
Avoid Food Waste 8 Ways
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans) From The Kitchn → 8 Essential Tips for Avoiding Food Waste
Jul 31, 2014
5 Tips for Decorating with Fresh Herbs
Jul 31, 2014
Viv’s London Mews Apartment
Name: Viv Location: South East London, UK We live in a 2 bed apartment in South East London, in a converted mews development (used to be a dairy mews in 1880’s). We love it for the interesting layout, tall ceilings in the bedrooms and quirky features like a weird column in the middle of the lounge! We painted everything Farrow and Ball (Cornforth white in the lounge, Downpipe in the hallway, Plummet in the master bedroom and Theresa’s Green in the baby nursery).
Jul 30, 2014
The Awkward Files: When (and How) to Say No to Hosting Houseguests
If your couch is sagging under the weight of too many surfers this summer, you may need a refresh on the basics of guest/host protocol. Read on for our take on when to welcome guests into your home and how to just say no. Disclaimer: It’s your home, so you’re free to invite (or not invite) anyone, regardless of what we think. But, if you’re looking for a few suggested guidelines, here you go.
Jul 30, 2014
10 Tips When You Need to Squeeze Out a Little More Space
From Apartment Therapy → 10 Tips When You Need to Squeeze Out a Little More Space If you feel like you’ve maxed out all your storage but you still have things that need a home, this post is for you. Here are ten often-overlooked spots where you can squeeze a little extra storage out of a small space.
Jul 30, 2014
Before & After: A Damaged Dresser Gets a Dramatic Upgrade
Sara loves to reuse furniture so when she got this damaged dresser from her mom, she knew it had the potential for a gorgeous redo. Wow! That is one handsome dresser. The darker color and sleek new pulls really elevate the look and feel of its basic shape. Sara even tells us that the mirror in the picture used to belong to her great grandmother. Way to keep it in the family and use what you have, Sara. See more at Architecture and a little bit more. Thank you Sara!
Jul 30, 2014
The Made In America Project
Name: Micha Thomas and Jaime Lawson of The Made In America Project Location: Laurel Canyon- Los Angeles, California Size: Converted sunroom into a home office 400 Square Feet Years lived in: barely a year, rented Merging their backgrounds in public relations and the fashion industry, Micha and Jaime have created The Made In America Project, which offers a badge of certification to 100% American-made products.
Jul 30, 2014
Here’s How To Clean Your Butcher Block
(Image credit: Erika Tracy) From The Kitchn → How To Clean Butcher Block Countertops
Jul 30, 2014
Smart Ways to Make a Rental Kitchen Work
Jul 30, 2014
Put Down the Paintbrush: 10 Ways to Add Color Without Painting
Are you a color-lover adrift on an ocean of white? Living in a rental where you’re not allowed to paint doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with brilliant hues. Here are ten easy ways to add color without ever picking up a paintbrush. 1. Go for big, colorful art. An oversized piece (like the one in the bedroom above, from Okologi, or the living room pictured up top, from Sköna Hem, via Design Milk) instantly brightens a room. 2. Hang a colorful tapestry on the wall.
Jul 29, 2014
A Mid-Century Kitchen Gets Restored
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Kitchen Before & After: A Kitchen Goes Back to Its Mid-Century Roots
Jul 29, 2014
Chris and Amber’s Old + New Renovated Home
Name: Chris and Amber Earl Location: North Hollywood, CA Size: 1,190 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Amber met Chris at a mutual friend’s BBQ and she admits it took her forever to notice him but once she did she was done for. Chris grew up in Papua New Guinea and is a talented woodworker and chef and Amber is a fashion rep who grew up in SoCal.
Jul 29, 2014
Before & After: A Thrift Store Cabinet Goes Glam
Leslie says,”When I saw this dull brown cabinet in the thrift store, it begged for glam.” Well, glam it up she did. Good eye, Leslie! Those mirrored panels really show off those door details. From Leslie: After primer and paint, I used a couple of packages of mirrored tiles from the big box hardware store. The top was a fake slate formica that totally dated the piece. I used a mitre saw, moldings and pewter appliance pulls to fabricate a new top that resembles a gallery tray.
Jul 29, 2014
How Long Do Eggs Last?
(Image credit: Akanit Hengsawat) shutterstock From The Kitchn → How Long Can You Keep Eggs?
Jul 29, 2014
Before & After: A 40-Year-Old Nightstand Gets A Youthful New Look
Several years ago, Rita found this unfortunate looking, 40-year-old nightstand in her mother’s basement and adopted it. She tells us it wasn’t much to look at to begin with and it’s certainly taken a beating since, so she decided it was finally time to give this neglected piece of furniture a facelift. Didn’t see that one coming! We’re loving the punch of personality Rita gave this little table.
Jul 28, 2014
Better Grilled Pizza Starts Here
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 5 Tips for Better Grilled Pizza
Jul 28, 2014
A Basic Cooler’s Modern DIY Upgrade
From Apartment Therapy → A Basic Cooler’s Modern DIY Upgrade
Jul 28, 2014
Before & After: A Breakfast Nook Gets a Bold Blue Look Under $600
Project by: Lauren N. Sellers/Trust the Vision Decor Location: Yardley, Pennsylvania You know those beige breakfast nooks that sometimes show up in the corners of otherwise lovely homes? Don’t start your day off boring when you can surround yourself with bold. Designer Lauren N. Sellers of Trust the Vision Decor turned this nook into an exciting place to drink morning coffee with only $600 and just over a week of time.
Jul 27, 2014
Aileen’s Light & Bright DIY Decor
Name: Aileen Allen Location: Edmonds, Washington My husband and I rent a 1200 square foot apartment in Edmonds, Washington — a little beach town about half an hour north of Seattle. Our decorating budget is pretty small, so our home is mostly filled with DIY projects that we’ve done and pieces from thrift stores and antique malls. My favorite room is our living room…it’s the one that gets the most light, and the room that we’ve done the most to.
Jul 27, 2014
Before & After: A Simple Side Table Goes Gold & Bold!
You know we’ve got bar cart fever over here at Apartment Therapy these days, but not everyone gets lucky and comes across bar carts that can be revamped. So you just might love this DIY project that turns a simple side table into a bar cart — and uses an unexpected material you might have around the house!
Jul 27, 2014
Charlotte’s Budget Beauty
Name: Charlotte Location: Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania We live in a one bedroom apartment in a 16-story building (older but well maintained) just a block and a half from Rittenhouse Square and catty-corner from the most wonderful Philly bakery, Metropolitan. I live with my boyfriend. We are two students, so we are incredibly budget conscious. Our style is eclectic: mid-century (or imitation) with warmer, older accents from flea markets, ebay, etsy and hand-me-downs.
Jul 26, 2014
6 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Overnight Guests Feel at Home
When we moved from Atlanta to Tallahassee, we were glad to discover that our new location was an ideal spot for friends from Georgia to come over for a little getaway. With some of the country’s top beaches just a couple of hours away from us, friends love to come and visit for a few days of catching up and catching some sun and surf. Here are a few ways I’ve found to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Have sleeping arrangements ready before guests arrive.
Jul 25, 2014
Lessons for a Healthy Home from “French Women”
From Apartment Therapy → Lessons for a Healthy Home from “French Women” I’ve been reading French Women Don’t Get Fat and its sequel, A French Woman For All Seasons… A recent experience made me think that these same lessons could also apply to your home.
Jul 25, 2014
Car Camping Essentials
Jul 25, 2014
Before & After: A Catch-All Laundry Room Gets Beautiful and Functional
Not everyone is brave enough to show off their laundry room like Anna. Hers was the room that accumulated all of the extra “I-don’t-quite-know-what-to-do-with-this-right-now-so-I’m-going-to-leave-it-here-and-forget-all-about-it.” Finally enough was enough and Anna decided her laundry room should be functional for, you know, actual laundry. These were Anna’s goals: •A surface to sort and fold laundry comfortably. •A place to hang ironing.
Jul 25, 2014
How To Make the Most of Typical Rental Features: The Only Bathroom is Through the Bedroom
Once upon a time, I was flat-hunting in London and found an adorable one. The location was convenient and the space bright and sunny. The problem? The bathroom was located off the bedroom, meaning that guests would have to go past my bed in order to use it. Here’s how to make the most of this sometimes awkward layout: Though I immediately discounted that flat, I’ve since discovered that this layout isn’t as ridiculous (or rare) as I once thought.
Jul 25, 2014
These Plastic-Free Straws are Reusable
(Image credit: West Elm) From The Kitchn → 5 Reusable Plastic-Free Straws
Jul 25, 2014
10 Stunning Standout Kitchens
Jul 25, 2014
Before & After: A Dated Desk Gets a Fresh, Clean Look
When Tessa found this desk in the free section of Craigslist, she knew it was meant to come home with her. She said, “I liked the lines of it a lot and the non-existent price tag, if not the color and Hannah Montana stickers.” She was able to change an unused nook into a whole home office! So smart! From Tessa: I’m a Furniture Designer working from home and just moved into a new place with my friends.
Jul 24, 2014
10 Ways to Be Happier at Home
From Apartment Therapy → 10 Ways to Be Happier at Home Here are five ideas to help you tweak your space so it’s more comfy, inviting and happy, plus five ways help you have a more positive outlook so you’ll enjoy spending time in your space no matter what.
Jul 24, 2014
Make These Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles for Summer Mornings
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → Recipe: Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles
Jul 24, 2014
What to Do About This Awkward Space Above the Fridge?
From Apartment Therapy → What to Do About the Awkward Space Above the Fridge?
Jul 24, 2014
Make 7 Days of Salads on Sunday
(Image credit: Christine Gallary) From The Kitchn → 5 Tips for Making a Week’s Worth of Salads on Sunday
Jul 23, 2014
5 “French Women” Strategies for a Healthy Home
I’ve been reading French Women Don’t Get Fat and its sequel, A French Woman For All Seasons, as part of the research for a piece I’m writing. The lessons of the books are simple: take pleasure in what you eat; eat everything — in season and of the best quality you can find — in moderation; drink water; move a little every day; and, play to your unique strengths. A recent experience made me think that these same lessons could also apply to your home.
Jul 23, 2014
A Good Reminder: Rotate Your Kitchen Plates
From Apartment Therapy → A Good Reminder: Rotate Your Kitchen Plates While our “favorite” eight plates are used and abused, we have four pristine place settings collecting dust at the bottom of the stack. The easy solution to our household imbalance? Flip the stack.
Jul 23, 2014
Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno
When Julie’s family arrived at their new home in Ottawa, Ontario this gem was waiting in the driveway. The metal frames had been left over from a renovation and had been rusting outside for quite a while. But brave Julie took one look at the pile of rubble and immediately thought, “I can do something with that!” From Julie: I have been working with reclaimed wood for a while now and I love the wood and metal combination so I got to work.
Jul 23, 2014
What Should I Store in Airtight Containers?
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → Which Pantry Items Should I Keep in Airtight Containers?
Jul 23, 2014
The Proper Way to Set the Table
Jul 23, 2014
How to Organize Your Refrigerator
(Image credit: Abby Stone) From The Kitchn → The Best Way to Organize Your Refrigerator
Jul 22, 2014
The 8 Things You Should Always Buy at a Flea Market or Garage Sale
From Apartment Therapy → The 8 Things You Should Always Buy at a Flea Market or Garage Sale One of our favorite warm-weather activities is browsing for second-hand treasures. We’ve made some mistakes to be sure, but we’ve never regretted taking home these eight items and neither will you.
Jul 22, 2014
Change Your Space, Change Your Outlook: 10 Ways to Be Happier at Home
You could change your home or you could simply change how you feel about your home. Why not try a little of both? Here are five ideas to help you tweak your space so it’s more comfy, inviting and happy, plus five ways help you have a more positive outlook so you’ll enjoy spending time in your space no matter what. Change the lighting. We say it all the time: if you want your home to have a golden glow, good lighting is the easiest and fastest way to get there.
Jul 22, 2014
Nobody Wants to Be the Noisy Neighbor: Tips for Keeping Your Sound Down
If there’s anything worse than having a noisy neighbor, it’s realizing that you are the noisy neighbor. Nobody goes around intending to be overheard by strangers, but then one day a neighbor knocks on your door and complains about the sound of your footsteps on his ceiling or says he can hear you singing to your cat, and then there’s nothing to do but tiptoe around in socks and worry that all your neighbors hate you.
Jul 22, 2014
Jocelyn’s Modern Manhattan Loft
Name: Jocelyn Location: Tribeca, Manhattan, New York Size: 2,000 square feet indoors Years lived in: 5.5 years; owned Jocelyn and her husband purchased a loft from a long time resident artist with great creative flair, but who made design choices that were very different than their own. Let the scraping begin.
Jul 22, 2014