Sarah’s Tiny Slice of the Countryside, Just Outside London
Name: Sarah Location: Petersham, England I am a Fashion Editor and live with my boyfriend and five year old twins in a little three bedroomed cottage in Petersham, Richmond, just outside London. It’s small, but super-cosy and homely. We have a little front garden, and a tiny courtyard garden at the back (one of the smallest gardens I’ve ever seen!). I love cushions, rugs, lamps, pictures and generally lots of ‘cosy clutter’. My style is a bit mix and match I suppose.
Apr 30, 2015
Paula & Paul’s Lively London Home and Studio
Name: Paula Benson and Paul West Location: Islington; London, UK Years lived in: 8 years; Owned We first got a glimpse of Paula and Paul’s flat in their House Call not long after the completion of a project to turn their old bedroom into a great work/life balance studio. Since then the graphic designer couple have been busy attacking another major project on the upper floor.
Apr 30, 2015
Before & After: Blank Balcony to Stylish Sanctuary for $200
Iris wanted to better enjoy her balcony, but it took time to furnish on a budget. She ended up with a stylish space worth waiting for: From Iris: Ever since moving to sunny California from the Windy City of Chicago, I’ve always wanted to create a space in my apartment balcony to enjoy the beautiful weather and views outside. I wanted a sanctuary where my boyfriend and I can kick our feet up and relax with a glass of wine.
Apr 30, 2015
How To Make These 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → How To Make 2-Ingredient Banana Pancakes
Apr 30, 2015
The Kitchn’s Beer School Starts Monday!
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → Brew Your First Batch of Beer in The Kitchn’s Beer School!
Apr 30, 2015
Ashley & Emily’s First Chicago Apartment
Name: Ashley Gerou & Emily Drake Location: Lakeview; Chicago, Illinois Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Cousins Ashley and Emily grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and attended college in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. After graduating from separate schools, they moved to Chicago. Now they rent a condo together in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. The ladies’ personalities shine in their own rooms.
Apr 29, 2015
Selling Your Home: 3 Investments to Get Your Best Possible Price
Yep, these things will require you to spend some cash up front but won’t it be worth it when your house sells faster and for more money? Try these three tiered ideas that let you invest a little or a lot. This is the minimum you can do to make sure both the inside and outside of your home are sparkling clean and pretty. It’s your first, best way to tell your potential buyer that this is somewhere they want to be.
Apr 29, 2015
Before & After: Autumn & Justin’s Bedroom Grows Up
It’s not uncommon to work on every room in your home before you get to your bedroom since it’s a room guests often don’t see. This was the case with Autumn and Justin whose Michigan home we toured last year. They felt great about the rest of their home, but really wanted a “grown up” master bedroom. Seems like they saved the best for last… Ta da! Lighter, brighter and with a soothing, calm vibe.
Apr 29, 2015
The Kitchn Cookbook Won a James Beard Award!
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → The Kitchn Cookbook Wins a James Beard Award!
Apr 29, 2015
10 Fresh Ideas for Your Kitchen Herb Garden
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Fresh Ideas for Herb Gardens in the Kitchen
Apr 28, 2015
A Visit to The White House Kitchen
Apr 27, 2015
Before & After: Bar Cart Goes Black & Gold
A vintage cart from a friend came with a challenge that Monica readily accepted: try to make it modern. See how she did after the jump! From Monica: A good friend of mine passed along an old, brassy, rickety cart with the challenge to revamp it and modernize it. We immediately agreed it would make an awesome bar cart for my new Milwaukee apartment! Challenge accepted. I started by removing the trays and setting them aside. I spent a nice day outside with gloves, a cloth and a can of Brasso.
Apr 27, 2015
Bright Colors & Cozy Textures in West Hollywood
Name: Simran Winkelstern Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, California Size: 750 square feet- 1 bedroom + 1 bath Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rent Simran’s home is a one bedroom in a gorgeous triplex right in West Hollywood, filled with welcoming charm. She’s placed plenty of importance on comfort and livability, but her design talent and personal style are what bring this space to life. Simran believes that, when designing a home, you need to consider both practicality and style.
Apr 27, 2015
5 Reasons To Collect (& Use!) Vintage Kitchen Tools
(Image credit: Kristin Appenbrink) From The Kitchn → 5 Reasons Why I Collect (and Actually Use!) Vintage Kitchen Tools
Apr 27, 2015
Natacha and Joshua’s Berkeley Home Full of DIY Furniture
Name: Natacha Location: Berkeley, California I am a part-time designer (furniture, ceramist and interior), and I just moved in with my long-time boyfriend Joshua, who is currently studying at UC Berkeley. We met in San Francisco, while I was in school in France and when I moved back to the Bay we decided to move to Berkeley. We found this lovely small apartment right by the campus. It’s a landmark building, built in 1902 (which means it lived through tough earthquakes!
Apr 26, 2015
6 Ways to Design a Home That Constantly Boosts Your Creativity
Want to be rolling around in creative inspiration on the regular at home? You need only put effort into cultivating creativity with your decor choices. Yes, a little thought into how you arrange your home and what you put in it can affect how creative you feel as you live in it — and we’ve got some tips that could help you design a space that boosts your creative levels high. Pick out furniture that can take a beating. That you can dance on. Put coffee cups on without a coaster.
Apr 26, 2015
Suna’s Dramatically Colored Santa Cruz Dream Home
Name: Suna Location: Santa Cruz, California I have lived here for eight years. When my realtor showed me the house my heart stopped. It had fallen out of escrow and was suddenly back on the market. Despite its quite grandiose exterior (Victorian Italianate style) it is actually a very comfortable family home. The rooms have wonderful proportions and 12-foot ceilings. Fortunately, the necessary modernizations have left the house reasonably intact.
Apr 25, 2015
Before & After: Rattan Chair Goes Chippendale
Sarah scooped up this basic rattan chair for $10, but thought it could use a little more interest. She tried her hand at recreating a classic pattern for the chair back; see how it came out: From Sarah: After finding a plain rattan chair for $10 at the thrift shop, we transformed the boring back into a Chinese Chippendale inspired design. Using thinner dowel rods from the home improvement store, we measured, cut and secured them in place to create the Chippendale look.
Apr 25, 2015
Kitchen Before & After: Going All White
Apr 24, 2015
Before & After: Nasty Old Carpet Turned Up to 11
What to do when you have a nasty old rug that you can’t replace? Sarah decided to paint hers, using a technique she usually reserves for getting paint out of the carpet! From Sarah: I needed a way to bring some rock-n-roll attitude into this music room, and I couldn’t afford to replace the nasty old beige carpet.
Apr 24, 2015
5 Worries That Shouldn’t Stop You From Brewing Your Own Beer
(Image credit: Melissa Ryan) From The Kitchn → 5 Concerns You Might Have About Brewing Beer (and Our Answers!)
Apr 24, 2015
What to Know About Growing Mint
Apr 23, 2015
Before & After: From Futon to Fun & Functional Guest Bed
Kristi’s guest bedroom is a walk-through room, so a regular bed just doesn’t work. But neither was this plain futon, so she decided to build something more functional. So stylish, and we love that it’s on casters! From Kristi: Our guest bedroom is a small room, and a walk through from the kitchen to the back of the house, so a traditional full-sized bed wouldn’t work.
Apr 23, 2015
Mother’s Day Gifts for New (& New-ish) Moms
All mothers deserve to be feted on Mother’s Day and especially new and new-ish moms whose children are too young to really show their appreciation for 4am feedings, wiped noses and hundreds of diaper changes. Here are ten gift ideas to welcome these moms to the club: Some days it feels like everything is a blur. This journal will help her remember how she spent her days without being a burden → Mom’s One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, $9.
Apr 23, 2015
Abby’s Cozy Capitol Hill Nest
Name: Abby Greenawalt, photographer Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Size: 550 square feet Years lived in: Rented 8 years We first got a peek at Abby’s style in her house call last year, where she showed off her bold use of color and her comfortable, cozy selection of furnishings in her third floor apartment. The extra bedroom of her tiny space had been serving as a sublet where friends and more helped share her apartment over the years.
Apr 23, 2015
Before & After: Dad’s Collection Turned Patterned Penny Tile Floor
Amanda’s late father collected over 10,000 pennies in his lifetime. She turned those cents into a gorgeous patterned floor inspired by Paris. From Amanda: Ever since visiting Parisian cafes, we’ve always had a thing for hex or penny-tiled floors. It just so happens that my late father left a collection of over 10,000 actual pennies. Four years ago, I started packing my carry-on full of them each time flew across the country to visit my Mom.
Apr 23, 2015
Ina Garten’s Best Dinner Party Advice
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → We Asked Ina Garten for Her Best Dinner Party Advice
Apr 23, 2015
Takeaways from Tiny Kitchens
Apr 22, 2015
Why Modern Cities Are So Ugly…and What We Can Do to Fix Them
We tend to think of beauty as being mostly subjective. But if you were to ask a random sampling of 100 people what the most beautiful cities in the world are, you’d probably get a lot of very similar answers. A lot of people might name San Francisco, or Paris, or Prague. But you probably wouldn’t garner a lot of votes for Frankfurt, Germany, or Houston, Texas. What makes certain cities more beautiful than others? And why is it that newer cities often tend to be the ugliest of all?
Apr 22, 2015
The Breakup Guide: 4 Basics to Help You Get Your Home and Sanity Back
Nothing I can say here is gonna make your breakup not suck. Sorry. But there are some little tricks that will ease the sting and help you get back to normal (or better than normal!) faster. You already know this stuff in your heart, but you probably need to hear it anyway. If you’re living together, you need to stop. No excuses.
Apr 21, 2015
Working From Home? 10 Things You Can Do to Keep Work and Home Separate
Recently, Adrienne wrote a post on 10 Things to Do in 10 Minutes Before Work to Make Coming Home Much Nicer. As someone who works from home, I know that it can often be difficult to draw the work/home line. So if you work from home, here are 10 things that you can do to clearly delineate your time. 1. Keep set hours.
Apr 21, 2015
10 Things To Know About Your Dishwasher
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin) From The Kitchn → 10 Important Things You Should Know About Your Dishwasher
Apr 21, 2015
Stanley’s Americana Studio
Name: Stanley Location: Washington, DC I live in a new studio apartment in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. The apartment is 525 square feet in a modern design building that I have furnished with a mixture of Shaker furniture pieces and American folk art. I love the juxtaposition of the sleek architecture of the building with the colorful handcrafted art and furniture.
Apr 20, 2015
How to Create a “Bedroom” in a Studio Apartment
Either by choice or by the vagaries of fate, you have found yourself living in a studio apartment. That’s it. Just one room. And maybe you’re cool with that, but you don’t feel like looking at your bed all day long. Or you need a little privacy for when houseguests stay, or you just want to create a little separation between the parts of your apartment devoted to sleeping and waking. Apartment Therapy has a few ideas.
Apr 20, 2015
Your Messy Room Might be the Sign of a Brilliant Mind
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” Albert Einstein once famously asked. Conventional wisdom holds that it’s easier to work, and to create, in a space that’s neat and tidy — but what if the opposite were true? A recent study by psychologist Kathleen Vohs, at the University of Minnesota, tested the effects of different kinds of working environments on human behavior.
Apr 20, 2015
Maureen & Lui’s “Moved Down the Street” Massachusetts Home
Name: Maureen Location: Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts If Maureen’s expert and liberal use of bold wall colors and sophisticated look seem familiar, it may be because we featured her style in a home tour a few years ago: Maureen & Lui’s Pondside Lily Pad. Well there’s a new addition to the family — and they also moved down the street to a new house! Enjoy this sneak peek of their new house’s style. We have recently moved down the street to a new home.
Apr 19, 2015
A Gallery of Inspiring Small Bedrooms
Just because your bedroom is itty-bitty doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. We’ve searched the web for the most attractive tiny bedrooms out there and have rounded them up here to inspire your own small space. Above: This bedroom (from La Maison D’Anna G.) is about as small as they come, but a soothing paint color and simple linens make it relaxing and beautiful.
Apr 19, 2015
Mike’s Creative 1932 Craftsman Bungalow
Name: Mike Location: San Antonio, Texas The house was only the second one I ever looked at and though it needed a lot of work, it spoke to me right away. My dad and I did all the renovation — a complete gut — over the next year and a half. When we weren’t actually working on the house itself I was designing and building furniture for it.
Apr 18, 2015
Before & After: Amy & Corey’s All White New Kitchen
Amy Pigliacampo and her husband Corey Szopinski purchased their Echo Park home two years ago. Their house is a very modern prefab design from Sunia Home, which came with a raw material lined kitchen and open floorpan. “We always knew that we would need to redesign the kitchen. It looked cool, but lacked the functionality we needed for our growing family. Our kitchen is the most heavily used area in our home since we cook and eat at home most of the time.
Apr 17, 2015
Before & After: From Everyday IKEA Billy Bookcases to Beautiful Built-ins
Love the library look of rows and rows of arched bookshelves? Me too. Since I always try to do my home decor projects on the cheap, I spent a little time with Google this week to see what I could come up with, and boy did I score big-time. I stumbled upon this years-old post from Little Green Notebook that I just had to share. Jenny started with some regular IKEA Billy bookshelves (hello old friend) and wound up with this. Wow. Just wow. And this actually seems surprisingly easy.
Apr 17, 2015
15 Lab-Inspired Kitchens
(Image credit: Lizzie Ford) From The Kitchn → 15 Kitchens That Want to Go Back to Their High School’s Science Lab
Apr 17, 2015
Matthew & Anna’s Corktown Curiosities
Name: Matthew Milia and Anna Burch of Frontier Ruckus Location: Corktown; Detroit, Michiagn Size: 2-bedroom apartment Years lived in: 1 year; Rented Matthew keeps close watch over me while I photograph his apartment. He takes turns peering around corners and sliding out of view of the camera’s lens. He explains, “I like to do this thing where I make people uncomfortable, but also charm them at the same time.” I hesitate before responding.
Apr 16, 2015
Before & After: Fireplace Gets a Spanish-Style Restoration
The previous owners had covered Lesley’s plaster fireplace with faux stone and a mantel. She decided to restore it with nods to her home’s Spanish and Art Deco styles. From Lesley: We bought our first home two years ago. It’s in a neighborhood full of period revival homes from the 1920s-40s. Ours is not Spanish or Tudor but has some elements of both styles.
Apr 16, 2015
10 Rooms that Make Black Walls Work
I recently visited a friend and was immediately struck by their dark walls and what a great, dramatic backdrop they created for the space. While black walls do have the opposite effect on a room than the brightening, space-creating feeling that comes with white, the serious drama they create is often worth the trade. 1. A black wall is the perfect backdrop for architectural details like this white arched doorway in Cate’s Cozy San Francisco Nest, via Apartment Therapy 2.
Apr 16, 2015