7 Times Painted Wood Looked Good
We know that some of you have very…err…strong opinions about painting wood furniture, but the owners of these dramatic before and after projects might disagree with all you naysayers. Especially on damaged or cheap wood, a coat or two of paint is an easy, cost-effective and super-cute strategy to refresh tired pieces. Watch me prove it seven times. Claire’s campaign nightstands got a new blue and a new purpose in another room.
Jan 31, 2015
Amy’s 900 Square Foot Cottage Packed With Character
Name: Amy Location: Atlantic Beach, Florida This mid-fifties, concrete-block cottage is located in a walkable, beachside neighborhood of eclectic homes in Northeast Florida. Its 900-square feet pack in lots of character: beamed ceilings, a painted brick fireplace, and plenty of built-in shelving.
Jan 31, 2015
Beautifully Organized: Collections
What’s the difference between collecting and clutter? I ask myself that question often as I’m guilty of buying multiples of (too) many things. You can avoid clutter status by putting your beautiful collections on display. Here are 16 examples of great collections—including my own tea cup collection!
Jan 31, 2015
How to Hang a Large, Heavy Rug on The Wall
Malcolm and his parents have been all over the world, collecting souvenirs like this Brazilian rug. When he moved away from home, Malcolm took it with him and initially hung it behind his bed as a pseudo headboard, then decided to find a more permanent home on the wall as art. The rug is pretty big, and somewhat heavy. Which raises the question: how does one hang it?
Jan 31, 2015
Brigitte’s Real Deal Apartment in Brooklyn
Name: Brigitte Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY I moved into this space in 2008, so I’ve had a solid 6 years to settle in and make it my own. The look was initially far more minimal, but over time became increasingly dense and layered. I attribute this less to my design sensibility and more to my lack of self-control. Whenever I come across a unique piece of art or an interesting object I think, “I can find a spot for that!”.
Jan 30, 2015
14 Ways Coconut Oil Can Be Used Around the Home
Of course cooking with coconut oil is great, but there are so many other ways you use it around the house — just think of it as an all-purpose product!
Jan 30, 2015
Before & After: Kids Rocker Rocks the Color Blocking
This children’s rocker had definitely seen better days… like during the bygone decades when marbled vinyl was a thing. Charlotte plans to reupholster a lot this year, and thought she’d literally start small and tackle this kids chair. See how she did: From Charlotte: I’ve had this yellow vinyl rocking chair in the basement for… a while. But 2015 is going to be the year of upholstery for me so I decided to start out on this little piece.
Jan 30, 2015
5 Things You Need to Know About Guacamole
(Image credit: Sara Kate Gillingham) From The Kitchn → 5 Important Things You Should Know About Guacamole
Jan 30, 2015
Jessica & Milo’s 400 Square Foot Studio (Filled with Interesting Stuff!)
Name: Jessica & Milo Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY My boyfriend and I moved into this space less than a year ago from two separate (much larger) apartments. We knew it was going to be time to downsize when our existing sofa couldn’t even fit through the door! Our new space is around 400 square feet and is technically a studio, though we’ve designed a curtain divider that splits up the space nicely.
Jan 29, 2015
5 New Yorkers Who Made the Most of Seriously Small Apartments
I never fail to be impressed by the ingenuity of city dwellers living in itty bitty teeny tiny spaces. Especially now that I’m shopping for apartments in New York, and all I can think is… where do you put the furniture? Here are five apartments belonging to real New Yorkers who have solved that problem in creative ways, and managed to squeeze a lot of living out of a little space. I really like what Linsey’s done with a fairly typical New York studio layout.
Jan 29, 2015
A Plain Oak Kitchen Goes Luxe
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) When Chantal of Devane Design started in on her client’s oak-filled Twin Cities kitchen, she knew it was going to take a major update. From The Kitchn → Before & After: A Plain Oak Kitchen Gets a Luxe Upgrade
Jan 29, 2015
5 Tips for Keeping Your Counters Clutter Free
From Apartment Therapy → 5 No-Fail Tips for Uncluttered Counters All Year Long Messy, cluttered counters are just less functional than clear, organized ones. Here are five ways to keep your counters in order all year long!
Jan 29, 2015
Moving Math: An Easy Equation to Help You Decide If It’s Time to Pack Up
Everyone knows that moving is the worst, but sometimes your current place just isn’t doing it for you anymore. So should you to go through the trouble of uprooting your life to get an apartment upgrade? Get a reality check with this common sense equation. Let’s think about it like this: Basically, it means you should consider the benefits of a new place against not only the old place, but also the hassle and cost of the moving process itself.
Jan 29, 2015
Before & After: IKEA Bed Frame Turned Chaise
A $20 IKEA “as-is” bed frame had served its purpose, but Kerry decided to give it a new use. By adding cushions and wrapping the mattress, she now has a sweet reading spot: From Kerry: I’ve had this ultra bland Lillehammer IKEA twin bed frame for several years. I’d gotten it in the ‘As Is’ section for only $20 to help stage our home when we sold it.
Jan 29, 2015
Theresa & Marjo’s “Nice & Squishy” West Coast Home
Name: Theresa & Marjo Location: Atwater Village, CA The house was built in 1928 and there are so many parts that we want to gently tear down and rebuild. We did, however, decided to renovate the kitchen and that was a 6 week journey partly due to our committing to the idea of an all-white kitchen. It’s the first room in our house that we renovated and has become our proudest home project.
Jan 28, 2015
A Bright, Cheery $500 Kitchen Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → The “Just Isn’t Me” $500 Kitchen Makeover Even though there was nothing wrong with this kitchen, the owner did a few small, easy changes to make it more her style.
Jan 28, 2015
Duffy’s Vibrant East Austin Home
Name: Duffy Stone, owner and designer at Studio Duffy + Cat, Gummo Location: East Austin; Austin, Texas Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented After seeing her House Call from a few months back, I knew this home needed a full tour. Known for her work around town, Duffy Stone has a knack for creating eye-catching environments. Her home was certainly no exception. Filled with color and intriguing objects, my eyes were drawn to every inch of every room.
Jan 28, 2015
Karie & Rob’s Sweet Shelter in Asheville
Name: Karie & Rob of Shelter Collective Location: West Asheville, NC My husband and I moved into our home about three years ago. We love the location because we are only 2 blocks from a bustling street with coffee shops, restaurants and music venues, 4 blocks from our design studio, Shelter Collective, but it still has a quiet, rural feel because there is a large field and community garden behind our house.
Jan 27, 2015
Kelley & Matt’s Harmoniously Thrifted Downtown Loft
Name: Kelley Bozarth, an environmental graphic designer, + Matthew Deal, a digital marketer Location: Downtown Salisbury, North Carolina Size: 1250 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; rented Living with a significant other for the first time, Kelley and Matt were pleasantly surprised to see how well their thrifted finds and hand-me-downs blended together. With their wedding on the horizon, Kelley and Matt have made this downtown rental into a home.
Jan 27, 2015
7 Helpful Tips for Moving Everything You Own Without Losing Your Mind
Moving is maddening. Not only is it painful physically, it’s a mental exercise in mindfulness trying to keep everything organized as you completely uproot your whole life. If home is the peaceful place you can retreat to when the world gets hard, having to dismantle it can leave you free-floating in a sea of stress. There’s really only one way through a move (do it) but these eight tips might help you from losing your mind in the process. Like, seriously write it down.
Jan 27, 2015
A DIY $20 Custom Range Hood
From Apartment Therapy → How to Build a Custom Range Hood for $20 Yes, you read that correctly! Here’s how to build your own custom range hood for a whopping $20. Now you have no excuse not to try it.
Jan 27, 2015
How To Repair Small Cracks In Your Butcher Block
(Image credit: Coco Morante) From The Kitchn → How To Repair Small Cracks In Your Butcher Block
Jan 27, 2015
Before & After: Family Heirloom Finds New Life
After facing decades of moves and time in storage, Sheila decided to restore this chair her husband’s parents bought in the 60s. It’s now ready to take on another 50 years: From Sheila: My husband’s parents bought this chair around 1960 shortly after they were married. It eventually landed in my husband’s childhood room and then followed him as he grew up. During most of our life together the chair was stored away.
Jan 27, 2015
Which Chicken Broth Wins the Taste Test?
(Image credit: Christine Gallary) The Kitchn tried 5 brands of low-sodium chicken broth. Check out which one won the taste test: From The Kitchn → We Tried 5 Brands of Chicken Broth, and Here Is the Winner
Jan 27, 2015
5 Ways to Tame Your Linen Collection
Jan 27, 2015
Funny Valentine’s Day Cards (Straight from Pop Culture)
You may not have Carrie Brownstein, Kanye, or Eleven wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day in person, but these cards are the next best thing… “You’re the Fred to My Carrie” Card, from Drunk Girl Designs; $10 (lead image) “You are the Kim to my Kanye”, from The Card Architect; $7.50.
Jan 26, 2015
Your Blizzard Prep Shopping List
(Image credit: Cambria Bold) The Northeast is getting an estimated 2 feet of snow. Are you ready? From The Kitchn → Here’s What You Really Need to Stock up on for the Blizzard
Jan 26, 2015
Before & After: Cabinet Gets “Cabin Fever”
A simple shoe cabinet was becoming a dumping ground for recycling— and not much style. Jeremy decided to use temporary wallpaper to transform this little corner into something more rustic mid-century: From Jeremy: I bought the shoe cabinet from Wayfair to, obviously, reign in our (fab) shoe collection. While it’s been great and done its job admirably, it’s not very attractive (and it ends being a place to dump our recycling!).
Jan 26, 2015
9 Ways to Maximize Cabinet Space
From Apartment Therapy → 9 Ways To Make Existing Storage Cabinets More Space Efficient When adding storage space just isn’t an option, try these ways that help you organize and maximize the space you already have!
Jan 26, 2015
10 Ways to Use Vodka as a Cleaner
Jan 26, 2015
Jessica & Zak’s Bright & Bold Brooklyn Apartment
Name: Jessica & Zak Location: Brooklyn, New York My husband Zak and I have a 1200 square foot home in Brooklyn, New York. We are both creative people (I am a designer and art director, he is a cinematographer). We love industrial, modern and traditional styles and our home is an eclectic mix of these things. Thanks, Jessica & Zak! • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.
Jan 25, 2015
Before & After: Vintage Sofa Gets a Girly Glam Makeover
Many might have passed over this sad vintage sofa, but not Janet. She had glam plans for this junk shop find, including a BIG seat refresh: That oversized seat cushion makes it all the more glamorous, don’t you think? From Janet: I found a fabulous, battered, worn out vintage French Louis XV-style sofa at a local junk shop. So I stripped it down, sanded and painted the woodwork and reupholstered, with a little help from YouTube and my Dad.
Jan 25, 2015
5 No-Fail Tips for Uncluttered Counters All Year Long
Countertop space is precious, and clutter stands in the way of glorious, wide-open spaces that help you function in the kitchen. When stuff is everywhere, you have to move it every time you wipe the counters. You sacrifice precious prep space. And that same stuff subtly clouds your thinking and saps attention from the task at hand. When you banish clutter from the kitchen, you’re more likely to use the room as intended, make dinner, and eat at home.
Jan 25, 2015
Ajenda’s Polished Second-Hand Chic Style
Name: Ajenda Location: Houston, Texas My husband and I moved into our 700 square foot apartment 6 months ago. We both were used to having space, in the home and out, but we were determined to have a wonderful experience. We love our little apartment and always refer to it as our home not apartment. I strongly believe in thrifting and haven’t paid over $100 for almost anything in our apartment, there is just one exception.
Jan 24, 2015
Before & After: Hideous Hood Goes from Ick to Slick for $20
Erica’s kitchen sported a pretty standard, run-of-the-mill range hood — the type we’ve seen a million times over in build grade homes and rentals across the country.
Jan 24, 2015
Try This the Next Time You Get a Compliment on Your Home
You know that confidence is key when you’re getting dressed in the morning or giving a work presentation, so why do so many people lack confidence in the choices they’ve made in their homes? The next time someone admires your decor, try this. I’ve recently noticed that almost every time I give someone a compliment, they immediately start telling me what’s wrong with their space and what they plan to change. Whyyyyy?
Jan 23, 2015
Your Friday Cocktail: Lemongrass, Lime & Thai Basil Mojito
(Image credit: Michelle Peters-Jones) From The Kitchn → Recipe: Lemongrass, Lime & Thai Basil Mojito
Jan 23, 2015
An East London Kitchen’s Stunning Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → An East London Kitchen’s Stunning Makeover The kitchen in Sam’s new house couldn’t have been much worse. There were mice everywhere, the units were filthy, the cooker was condemned by the gasman, and the back door could only be opened with a crowbar.
Jan 23, 2015
3 New Takes on the Hanging Fruit Basket
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 3 Fresh Takes on the Hanging Fruit Basket
Jan 23, 2015
Emily’s Small & Cozy Space
Name: Emily Location: Kettering, Ohio I live in a one bedroom in building with four apartments, an older building on the outskirts of an expensive area in the Dayton, Ohio area. It’s a quiet and nice area, within walking distance of Dorothy Lane Market, a classy 24/7 grocery, a Starbucks and other small shops. Its close proximity to my work, church and friends enticed me, and the affordable rent sold me.
Jan 22, 2015
Before & After: A 1930s Kitchen Gets a DIY Renovation
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → Before & After: A 1930s Kitchen Gets a DIY Remodel
Jan 22, 2015
Before & After: 1940s Family Chair Gets Rescued
When Rachel found this chair in her parents’ garage, she just had to save it. Once belonging to her great uncle in the 1940s, this former home for mice had such stunning arms, it needed a new lease on life. From Rachel: I found this chair in my parents’ outdoor garage a couple of years ago. I was immediately drawn to it because, just look at those gorgeous arms! It looked like it had been a house for mice for a while.
Jan 22, 2015
A Creative $1400 Kitchen Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → The “See You Later, Princess” Kitchen Makeover Making over the kitchen in this purple-and-pink themed house with a tiny budget required some smart, creative decisions!
Jan 22, 2015
Tegan & Dan’s Renewed East Vancouver Gem
Name: Dan, resident engineer at Vancouver’s The Space Studios; Tegan, co-creator of Treasures and Travels Location: Mount Pleasant; Vancouver, British Columbia Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Located in the heart of Mount Pleasant, Tegan and Dan stumbled upon this tucked away corner unit in one of Vancouver’s finest heritage buildings.
Jan 22, 2015
A Dust-Free DIY Bar Idea
From Apartment Therapy → A Dust-Free DIY Bar Idea
Jan 22, 2015
Jeremy & David’s Design Lovers’ Den
Name: Jeremy & David Location: San Rafael, CA David and I (Jeremy) are a couple who recently purchased a 954 square foot, two bed – two bath condo in beautiful Marin County (twenty minutes North of “quirky” San Francisco) to be closer to our families.
Jan 21, 2015
5 Expert Tips for Perfect Ramen
(Image credit: Christine Gallary) From The Kitchn → 5 Expert Tips for Making the Perfect Bowl of Ramen
Jan 21, 2015