Before & After: Broken Wardrobe Gets a Worldly Weathering
Marlane spotted this broken wardrobe at a thrift store. She decided with a little love, it could be a solid replacement for an IKEA piece. From Marlane: I got this 1930s wardrobe for $50 at my local thrift, broken pieces and all. It seemed like the wardrobe had once been dropped, but other than that it was in good condition. Definitely old, but not a priceless antique. When I got it home, it was a lot more broken than it had looked!
Feb 28, 2015
Julie’s 700 Square Foot Art Deco Minneapolis Apartment
Name: Julie Carroll Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota I live in a classic 700 square foot Art Deco apartment in Minneapolis. The building was constructed in the early 1930s and maintains much of the original charm (cast iron radiators, porcelain farm sink, crystal door knobs, and the ornate brass light fixtures.) I was drawn to the beauty and opulent architecture of this otherwise modest space. My interior styling is inspired by my Minnesota/Scandinavian heritage.
Feb 28, 2015
Before & After: How to Turn a Dining Room (Or Any Room!) Into a Guest Room Someone Would Actually Want to Stay In
Writer and editor Melanie Warner Spencer’s apartment in Uptown New Orleans is filled with charm, but no guest bedroom. So she’s come up with a way to transform her dining area into an inviting space a guest would actually want to stay in — and has tips and ideas you could steal for your own home.
Feb 28, 2015
5 Really Great Reasons to Float The Furniture in Your Living Room
Are you struggling with how to fit your furniture in the living room, and can’t for the life of you come up with a good layout? You might need to “float” your furniture — or pull everything out from the wall and create an island of sorts comprising your sofa, chairs and tables — and anchor it all with an area rug. What decorating magic is this do you ask? And how will you know if this is the answer?
Feb 27, 2015
Sarah’s Crisp and Clever Small Space in Chicago
Name: Sarah Location: Lakeview – Chicago, IL After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Art & Design, I risked a move to the bustling city of Chicago to begin my pursuit towards a career in fashion. I only planned on staying a few short years, but, five years on, I’m still a happy resident of the ever chic and fashion-forward Windy City.
Feb 27, 2015
How to Be Your Own Professional Organizer: 10 Top Tips from the Pros
We can all use a little organizing reminder every now and again; I know I do. I always start out with the best intentions, and then they fall by the wayside shortly thereafter. I’ve gathered 10 tips used by professional organizers— just to scan over — whenever I need a little help getting back on track: 1. Get Ready The Night Before.
Feb 27, 2015
5 Strategies For Eating More Fruits & Vegetables During the Winter
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 5 Ways to Eat a Lot More Fruits and Vegetables in the Winter
Feb 27, 2015
9 Rugless Rooms That Rock
It’s always interesting when homeowners make an unexpected choice in their spaces. In these nine rooms, one might expect to see a rug, yet these decorators have chosen to forgo one. It’s a slightly more subtle, sparse look that really lets the rest of the room shine. Take a look. So, tell us. What do you think about this look? Would you (do you) sport a bare floor?
Feb 26, 2015
Design & Life Trend: Bringing Back Breakfast
How do you eat your breakfast in the morning? Rushing around, throwing some cereal in a bowl while you watch the news? Drinking a cup of coffee while you run out the door? We spotted both a design and life trend while perusing the exhibits and booths at Ambiente this year — the idea of making breakfast a more enjoyed and well-designed way to start each day. We all enjoy a different type of breakfast — but the most important thing is the “enjoy” bit.
Feb 26, 2015
Ideas to Steal from This Dreamy Luxe Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 5 Things We Can Learn from This Dreamy Luxe Kitchen
Feb 26, 2015
Before & After: A Living Room Goes from Ho-Hum to Happy
When Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! moved into her home, the basic features were solid: a wall of windows, a brick fireplace, and plenty of space. But the room seemed too dark for her taste, and the furnishings didn’t feel quite right. Fast forward a few years, and it feels like a completely different room. The white walls instantly brightened the room, while all the accents and accessories keep the room colorful and happy.
Feb 26, 2015
How Not To Embarrass People Who Use Your Bathroom
Dignity first!
Feb 25, 2015
IKEA Hack: The Best BILLY Built-Ins of All Time
Transforming IKEA furniture — and especially the BILLY bookshelf — has been done before. But when I saw this hack, I was truly impressed. Prepare to have a bunch of superlatives spewed your way, because it’s really that good… Gwen from The Makerista recently redecorated her friend Laura’s living room and, as part of the project, brought someone in to create these remarkable “custom” library shelves, using the IKEA Billy as the base.
Feb 25, 2015
4 Lessons Learned From Cooking On an Electric Stove
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) Emma’s a better cook because of her time with an electric stove, but she also won’t miss it when she moves. From The Kitchn → 4 Lessons I Learned From My Electric Stove
Feb 25, 2015
Kera’s Modern Cultural Family Home in Abu Dhabi
Today, we continue our collaborative series curated by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of Aphrochic for Apartment Therapy. They handpick homes from around the world to share that capture the culture and style that they celebrate in their book, Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul.
Feb 23, 2015
Before & After: Cabinet Gets a Cool Mint Makeover
This little mid century cabinet had seen a shabby paint job. Nicole decided to fix it up and add a little more functionality to it. From Nicole: This cabinet was badly painted and beaten up. It previously had a door on the right side from what I could tell because there were notches and holes from hinges. The drawer and legs were the best features of this piece and I knew with a little love it could be great.
Feb 23, 2015
Before & After: From Pink to Perfect Bedroom Makeover
Have I got a doozy of a before & after for you today. Have you ever purchased a house or moved into a rental that comes with plenty of the previous owner’s ‘character’? For Lidy and her family that meant acquiring a bright fuschia bedroom when they purchased their home near Calgary, Canada. It takes a strong vision and sense of style to transform a room like this into something so modern and cool. Above is how the room looked when they decided to purchase the house.
Feb 23, 2015
Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? How to Set Up Your Home & Routines to Best Fit Your Life
I’ve been reading about the designation of Highly Sensitive People (and greatly identifying with it). Highly Sensitive People are particularly aware of and affected by stimuli in their environment— things ranging from physical objects, light, and sound, to unseen things like others’ moods. The designation was first put forth by San Francisco clinical psychologist Elaine Aron, PhD, and there’s a self-test here.
Feb 23, 2015
How To Make Kitchen Cleaner Using Citrus Peels
(Image credit: Gina Eykemans) From The Kitchn → How To Make an All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner Using Citrus Peels
Feb 23, 2015
Top House Slippers: Haflinger, Glerups & Two More
Armor Lux teamed up with Madewell to produce these really nice versions of their classic slipper. With temperatures dropping like they are, a solid pair of house slippers is a great thing to have. I’ve been gifted sheepskin slippers a few times in my life, but they don’t have any structure and quickly become uncomfortable to use every day. We rounded up four sturdy house slipper brands to keep you warm all winter long.
Feb 23, 2015
Adventure, Antiques & Art in an Arlington Apartment
Name: Alisa Rabinovich and Jared Thomson Location: Arlington, Virginia Size: 900 square feet Lived in: Seven months; Rented Alisa and Jared haven’t lived in their apartment very long, but nevertheless, the small space has years of history inside. Alisa, owner of Fleurs Boutique in Arlington, has collected art, textiles, antique furniture, and lots and lots of books from all over Europe and the United States.
Feb 22, 2015
Taylor’s Majorly Multi-Functional Mini Home
Name: Taylor Location: Upper West Side – Manhattan, NYC I moved into a studio apartment in August. It was a very nice space with good fixtures and great floors, BUT small for someone who works from home and needs the space to have clients come in (yoga & massage) as well as a home office to run my graphic design business. Not to mention.. actually live here and feel at home.
Feb 22, 2015
Before & After: Goodwill Finds Go Floral
Steph snagged three of these chairs for cheap at Goodwill. She happened to have some fabric—another Goodwill find— just waiting for them. See how they look now: From Steph: When the kids went back to school, I knew it was time for a new project. These chairs were 50% off at Goodwill so I bought all three. I thought about upholstering each in a different vintage fabric, but decided to use some yardage I had found a few weeks earlier at another Goodwill.
Feb 20, 2015
Not in Love with Your Rental Kitchen? 10 Easy Ways to Improve It
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → 10 Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen (Even a Rental!)
Feb 20, 2015
Brooke & Adam’s Sweet Simple Life
Name: Brooke (of Fresh Bib) & Adam (of Fish Fotography) Location: Dallas, Texas In an effort to work from home (photographer and designer) we moved to a small mid-century modern home that had one owner and zero updates since it was built in 1957. Over a long summer, we added a second floor to house our photography and sewing studios, while gutting the kitchen and 2.5 baths. My husband demolished our kitchen on our 9th wedding anniversary. I cried.
Feb 19, 2015
How To Buy and Season a Wok
(Image credit: Dar1930) shutterstock From The Kitchn → How To Buy and Season a New Wok
Feb 19, 2015
UK Style: 5 Particularly British Design Lessons I’ve Learned
I’ve been living in London for nearly a decade now, having moved here from Canada as a bright-eyed university graduate, in search of tea and adventure. Through my friendships and work as an interior designer (not to mention my work for Apartment Therapy— I love a good House Tour snoop), I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited into countless English homes over the years, from Cornwall to Yorkshire and nearly every county in between.
Feb 19, 2015
Shades of Grey (with Paint Names) from Real Homes
Choosing grey paint is a cinch. You only have a few…thousand choices. Check out some real homes with grey walls and see what colors and brands they used as a starting point for your own paint project.
Feb 19, 2015
Before & After: Former Laundry Room Becomes Functional Kitchen
If Stephanie’s kitchen layout looks a little lacking, that’s because it used to be a laundry room. Thankfully, she had some friends to help her reimagine the space and make it more functional. From Stephanie: This kitchen was a laundry room originally and part of a cozy little apartment. It was difficult to hide things like fuse boxes, verizon hubs, etc. Also layout was a bit of a challenge.
Feb 19, 2015
Darrin’s Super Compact Bachelor Pad in Singapore
Name: Darrin Location: Changi, Singapore When it was time to get myself a bachelor pad, I opted for a 495 sq ft apartment in the eastern part of Singapore. When I received the keys to my place, what separated the living room and the sole bedroom were three sliding glass panels. Working with my interior designers, I conveyed my ideal, which was to have a centerpiece console that could accommodate and display my 400-plus vinyl collection.
Feb 18, 2015
Before & After: An Easy, Colorful & Affordable Rental-Friendly Backsplash
Andrea’s rental kitchen was lacking a backsplash… and personality. Enter Etsy with a colorful (and temporary!) solution that complements her space. From Andrea: I had been looking for an answer to my rental kitchen woes for over a year when I found these removable wall/tile decals by Bleucoin on Etsy. I was instantly inspired to refresh my dark and boring galley kitchen with them.
Feb 18, 2015
5 Things to Do in the Kitchen When You Wake Up
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → 5 Things to Do in the Kitchen First Thing in the Morning
Feb 18, 2015
Michelle’s Grown-Up Look
Name: Michelle Location: Los Angeles, CA I’ve lived in my rental apartment for almost 5 years (I’m the building manager) and hadn’t changed much of the hand-me-down furniture that i scrapped together when i moved in. I recently turned 30 and took a look around and realized the place didn’t fit me anymore- I had grown out of the look and style of the entire place. I then started on a mission to re-design the entire place!
Feb 17, 2015
Pro Florist Tips for Gorgeous DIY Flower Arrangements
Imagine delivering a handmade bouquet filled with vibrant, fragrant, seasonal flowers. Too expensive? Not more expensive than the Internet. Too complicated? Nope. We can do it!
Feb 17, 2015
6 Ways To Make a Large Space Feel More Intimate
Living in a small space can be quite a design challenge (which is why we’re here, right?). But you embrace it, settle in, and before long, you’re a small-space-living expert! You know just how to entertain guests in a studio, make an office double as a nursery, or carve storage out of just about anything. So what’s one to do when you move out of the charming little apartment and into a house?
Feb 17, 2015
Before & After: A Broken Heart Gets Mended
After hauling this unusual but beat-up chair frame around for 15 years, Tami finally found the inspiration to fix up this old broken heart (-shaped chair!). From Tami: Many years ago (15 to be exact) I was driving my son to school, after dropping him off and looping the block I saw this skeleton of a chair next to the trash. I stopped to pick it up, thinking I would take it on as a project. Well after lugging it around for many moves, neither my skills or budget matched up.
Feb 17, 2015
Jenn & Hunter’s Historic Landmark Apartment
Name: Jennifer Laskey + Hunter Hall (and Kitty Capone + Niblet) Jennifer is the Creator/ Owner of RedLight Special Events, Weddings by Jennifer Laskey & Salvage Beauty Design Co. and Hunter is the Creator/Managing Partner of Archetype Hospitality & Development, LLC. Location: Los Feliz; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 6.
Feb 17, 2015
Before & After: A Dingy Apartment Gets Some L.A. Style
Los Angeles-based designer Patrick Cain sent us these photos of a dingy, neglected South Central apartment that he transformed into a stylish home. Patrick upgraded nearly everything about the apartment, with the goal of creating a look that was equal parts industrial and midcentury, with a little bit of L.A. style in the mix. Patrick owns a fourplex, near USC, that’s over 100 years old.
Feb 17, 2015
7 Ingredients for a Timeless Kitchen
Feb 17, 2015
5 Tips for Organizing a Tiny Freezer
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → The 5 Best Tips for Organizing a Tiny Freezer
Feb 17, 2015
IKEA’s GROLAND Island in 10 Real Kitchens
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Peeks at IKEA’s GROLAND Island at Work in the Kitchen
Feb 16, 2015
Jack’s Small Stylish Space in Chicago
Name: Jack Location: Chicago, IL My apartment is in an amazing vintage building in Lakeview that used to be owned by the Roosevelt family. There is no lack of character, which is one of the best parts aside from great lakeside location. Although it’s a smaller unit (roughly 450 sf) as a result of the chopped up floor plans when it was converted to a rental building, it’s very efficient.
Feb 15, 2015
Before & After: From Balustrade to IKEA Built-In Storage
Ewa and husband Andrew approached their new home’s balustrade in an interesting way. With only a tiny hall closet, they could benefit from some additional storage. See what they did with a trip to IKEA: From Ewa: My husband and I moved into this VA townhouse late summer. We knew we would be removing wall to wall carpeting before our furniture was to arrive in only 4 weeks. We had little time and not a huge budget. We decided to DIY the floors.
Feb 15, 2015
Lisa’s Comfy 1960s Home
Name: Lisa Location: Maryland Welcome to my fresh, comfy and magical mid century home! Built in 1961, this home has been through many updates over the years, including my own recent enhancements since purchasing the home in July 2014. I love the central location in the wonderful waterfront community of Olde Severna Park which allows my daughters and I and our dogs Mojo and FJ, quick walking access to restaurants, our community walking trail and our beautiful beach on the Severna River.
Feb 14, 2015
Before & After: Sad Headboard Gets a Happy Makeover
This old headboard was glamorous once, but it was in bad shape when Eri found it. She decided to give it a beautiful refresh, with a happy, colorful twist: From Eri: This headboard was found about a year ago in a bad condition begging for help. It had this disgusting old varnish that just made it look dead. It was stripped with paint remover, then used Annie Sloan paint and wax to add some patina and refinish the wood.
Feb 14, 2015