Before & After: 10 Wallet-Friendly Kitchen Renovations
In 2014, our Before & Afters proved again and again that you don’t need a ton of cash to have a fresh new kitchen. Here are ten of this year’s best budget kitchen remodels. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup! From December 21 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.
Dec 28, 2014
Our Favorite Kitchens
The kitchen, moreso than any other space in the house, needs to be clean and functional… but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. These kitchens are some of our favorites of 2014, not least because they managed to pack a whole lot of personality into a very utilitarian space. Take a look. Open the slideshow to see all the spaces. Love these rooms and want to see more? Click the links below the photos in the gallery to see the full tour of each house.
Dec 27, 2014
Before & After: Kids’ Furniture Refreshers
Parents are proven problem-solvers and potential-seers. That’s why some of our most amazing Before & After furniture transformations are for nursery and kids’ rooms. Let’s look back at some of 2014’s best rescues and restorations: Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 26, 2014
Before & After: Whole Room Transformations
We love a good Before and After… and nothing is quite as excited as seeing an entire space go from drab to fab. From all the great projects we featured in 2014, here are the best whole-room transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 26, 2014
Petite and Perfect: Our Best ‘Under 1000 Square Foot’ House Calls of the Year
You know we love to celebrate small abodes, and we especially love it when our readers show us just how much style they can cram into a home under 1000 square feet. These petite House Calls prove once and for all just how much large living you can do in a small space.
Dec 24, 2014
Style Sneak Peeks: Our Favorite House Calls of the Year
Do you enjoy getting small peeks into the gorgeous and inspiring homes of folks around the world? So do we! Which is why we always appreciate so many of you generously inviting us into your homes for sneak peeks of your home’s style. It was hard to choose, but we rounded up our favorite house calls of the year that left us wanting a better look! Click the slideshow above to see all the photos. Want to see more of these homes?
Dec 24, 2014
Before & After: A Year of IKEA Hacks
Nothing stirs the DIY spirit like a good IKEA hack. IKEA is so accessible — anybody could stroll in there and buy a BEKVAM or two — but its Scandinavian design is deceptively simple. With a little ingenuity a box, or a table, or a stool from IKEA could become pretty much anything. Here’s proof. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions.
Dec 24, 2014
Jeremy and Douglas’ 750 Square Feet Modern Minneapolis Home
Name: Jeremy Stadelman Gauthier and Douglas Gauthier Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota I take up residence in the Soo Line Building in Downtown Minneapolis with my husband, Douglas, and our chorgi, Ms. Nola. We arrived here in August from Northern California and, well, we haven’t looked back. Along with everything else Minneapolis has to offer, we’re learning to navigate an eight mile skyway system downtown, connected to our building.
Dec 20, 2014
Before & After: A Former Dumping Ground Turned Inviting Guest Room
Amanda had a tiny extra room that wasn’t much more than a dumping ground for “old clothes, holiday decorations, paperwork, and hockey gear,” becoming pretty unusable. But with a guest visit on the horizon, she gave herself the challenge of transforming it into a room a guest could enjoy staying in! From Amanda: To brighten the room and add some life, I brought in color with the pillows and ottomans from Target.
Dec 20, 2014
Frances & Dom’s Handcrafted Home
Name: Frances and Dom Rogers Location: Abingdon — Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 8 years; Owned Everywhere you look inside this family home are delightful details that have been created by homeowner Frances’ artistic hand: From the murals that adorn the kitchen walls and breakfast bar, to the mosaics lovingly made from salvaged pebbles, to paintings, ceramics, woodwork, textiles and more.
Dec 19, 2014
Recipe: Nutella Hot Chocolate
(Image credit: Maureen Petrosky) From The Kitchn → Recipe: Nutella Hot Chocolate
Dec 19, 2014
Here’s How to Make a Candle Out of a Clementine
From Apartment Therapy → How To Make a Clementine Candle Turn cute little clementines into festive candles to grace your holiday table! All you need are some kitchen tools and matches to tackle this fun project.
Dec 19, 2014
15 Food-Filled Calendars for 2015
Dec 19, 2014
5 Greens-and-Candles Table Settings
Dec 19, 2014
The Amazing Victorian Kitchen Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → The “Va Va Voom Victorian” Kitchen Makeover This 1880s townhouse underwent a major renovation, and the kitchen and dining room were torn down and rebuilt completely. The results? Charming and all dressed in pink!
Dec 18, 2014
The Nutella Taste Test
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → The Nutella Taste Test: We Tried Every Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread and Ranked Them
Dec 18, 2014
Join Us to Get Organized in 2015: The January Cure
Do you want 2015 to be your best year yet? We believe that when your home is under control, fresh, clean and organized, good things happen throughout your life. If you are ready to really get your place back in shape (and reap the rewards for the whole rest of year) the very best way is one manageable step at a time, during our once-a-year-only January Cure. By the end of the month, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home. We can do this – together!
Dec 17, 2014
Here’s Why We Put Oranges in Stockings at Christmas
(Image credit: ziashusha) shutterstock From The Kitchn → Here’s Why We Put Oranges in Stockings at Christmas
Dec 17, 2014
Before & After: A Cheap Chair Gets a Chic Update
Luann spent just $40 on this thrift store chair and a great deal on discounted fabric to boot, but you’d never know it. Check out the expensive-looking (and, dare we say, nature-inspired) final results. From Luann: The finish was worn down on the arms and gunked up with…gunk? I sanded the wood completely down and stained and polyed it. I got a good deal from a fabric outlet on this fabric which is, in my opinion, perfect for this MCM chair.
Dec 16, 2014
Homemade Gift: Linen Potholders
From Apartment Therapy → Homemade Holiday Gift Idea! Sew These Linen Potholders Here’s how to make cute but still practical linen potholders — the perfect homemade holiday gift!
Dec 16, 2014
Weird Things People Do in the Shower
Your shower may have been designed purely for washing your skin and hair — but that doesn’t mean that’s all that goes on there. For the sake of science, and for the sake of writing an Apartment Therapy post about weird things people do in the shower, I took an informal survey of co-workers and friends (and did some cursory internet searches), which turned up all kinds of showertime activities that have nothing to do with bathing. Here are seven of the most unusual. Do laundry.
Dec 16, 2014
Recipe: Butternut Squash & Sausage Lasagna
(Image credit: Sarah E Crowder) From The Kitchn → Recipe: Butternut Squash & Sausage Lasagna
Dec 16, 2014
Andy Moves Back to His Childhood Building in Brooklyn
Name: Andy Location: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York My home is a 600-sq. ft. parlor floor apartment in a mid-1800s townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. It has two bedrooms—I use one as an office—and a spacious, newly renovated backyard. I actually was raised in the upstairs duplex apartment (my family has since moved away), and two years ago, after 14 years of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I moved into this former rental unit.
Dec 16, 2014
The Secret of Beautifully Decorated Cookies Is a Cheap Squeeze Bottle
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → The Secret of Beautifully Decorated Cookies Is a Cheap Squeeze Bottle
Dec 16, 2014
5 Ways to Quickly Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is
From Apartment Therapy → 5 Tips: How To Quickly Make Your House Look Cleaner Than It Is Company showing up in just a few minutes? Here are a few tips and tricks to make your house presentable in a short amount of time so that you’re guest-worthy.
Dec 15, 2014
Before & After: Guest Room Gets Ready for New Resident
A lot of people have guest rooms that really just function as glorified storage spaces that collect the flotsam and jetsam of our lives. Sure they host visitors from time to time, and might serve as a quiet work space when needed, but rarely do they serve as the heart of the home. This was all about to change for Emily, who needed to convert this bonus space into a specific purpose. See what she did…. There was a good reason for the redo: namely, a brand new edition to the family!
Dec 15, 2014
The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving a Houseful of People
As much as we welcome extended visits with family and friends, many introverts can attest to the fact that sometimes the nonstop noise and people stimulation can be draining — regardless of how much we love our loved ones and enjoy being with them. Sometimes we need to catch a breather or we find ourselves running on empty. Here are a few tips on how to recharge if you get your energy from being alone (but you are currently surrounded by people).
Dec 15, 2014
Kimberlee’s Sweet Petite in South Australia
Name: Kimberlee Brown (& Chuck Bass the British Blue) Location: Beulah Park, South Australia Size: 82 square metres (883 square feet) Years lived in: 3 years; Owned I love this fresh, bright home Kimberlee has made so warm and inviting. An original single-fronted bluestone cottage with tin roof on a beautiful quiet tree-lined street, the home has been completely renovated and updated for modern living.
Dec 15, 2014
Before & After: A Clunky Console Goes Glam
Since Shehzeen picked up this media console for free, anything she did was gonna be added value. Even so, we never thought it could look this good. From Shehzeen: I had it for about two years before I decided that it needed a bit of a facelift; it was way too dark for me suddenly. I painted it over in a white, added some gold to the legs, installed them asymmetrically and I think I’m sufficiently thrilled. See more at The Desi Wonder Woman. Thank you Shehzeen!
Dec 15, 2014
Alex’s Uptown New Orleans Nest
Name: Alex Geriner of Doorman Designs Location: New Orleans, Louisiana I’m a furniture designer, craftsman, and entrepreneur who lives in the quaint bustling neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans. My one bedroom apartment is an 1,100 square foot “shotgun” style layout nestled on the second floor of a bright and sunny Victorian home. The place was a diamond in the rough that needed some work when I moved in two years ago but it was love at first site!
Dec 14, 2014
The 6 Elements to an Irresistibly Inviting Seating Arrangement
Want your guests sinking into your living room furniture cushions to soak up each other’s delightful conversation instead of crowding in your kitchen or awkwardly standing around? Focus on your seating arrangements and add these six elements to make future entertaining in your home smooth, cozy and natural. Guests don’t want to shimmy through tight squeezes or step over stools to get to seating. They want it to feel like getting cozy is natural and easy to find.
Dec 14, 2014
Before & After: A 1950’s Living Room Renovation
This summer, my husband and I bought our first home. Having been living in a big flat with high ceilings and sprawling open plan living for the past five years, the reality of what we could afford as our first step on the property ladder hit us like a DIY toolkit in the face.
Dec 12, 2014
10 Little Kitchen Luxuries Under $35
Dec 12, 2014
21 Unique & Stylish Dining Chairs
Dec 12, 2014
A Major Ranch-Style Kitchen Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → The “Under $11,000 Overhaul” Kitchen Makeover This dark, dated kitchen was given fresh, new life by opening up the space, installing smartly designed cabinets, and brightening it up.
Dec 11, 2014
Before & After: The Mingo Masterpiece
Tanya did something amazing to find exactly what she was looking for: she asked. She posted a want ad to her local classifieds and lo and behold, someone was looking to unload this beauty. We bet the seller wants it back now! Check out the transformation. From Tanya: I wanted it so much, I didn’t even haggle (she was asking $250). I saved up, and then spent $400 on a professional upholstery job. Years later, this is still a favorite chair.
Dec 11, 2014
Easy Homemade Custom Coasters
From Apartment Therapy → Homemade Holiday Gift Idea!: Make Easy Custom Coasters With just a few tools, you can make your own custom coasters out of any print or photo you like, and they’re perfect as holiday gifts.
Dec 10, 2014
Dos and Don’ts: 7 Ways to Be The Perfect Party Guest
Are you a good party guest? Here are three party guest habits to avoid — and four to adopt — to ensure you’ll be invited back year after year. 1. Show up right on time. For most people it’s second nature to show up at least 15 minutes late to a big gathering, but the perpetually punctual may have trouble with this.
Dec 10, 2014
18 Ways to Shake Up The Look of Your Bedroom
Your bedroom will be looking badass in no time.
Dec 10, 2014
Tyler & Matthias’ Lofty Cottage
Name: Tyler Antrup and Matthias Helfen Location: St Roch; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned Tyler and Matthias’ cottage, shared by kitty Bruce and pitbull rescue Omie Wise, is hard to miss when coming up their street. The Crayola-esque hues make the house stand out amongst the neighbors, many of which are in pre-renovation state.
Dec 10, 2014
18 Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → 18 Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange
Dec 9, 2014