Cedrick and Sunny’s Dark & Dramatic 1938 Toronto Bungalow
Name: Cedrick and Sunny Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada We moved into this 1938 bungalow in mid-town Toronto’s East End in September and immediately tore up the old shag carpet to reveal original oak floors. The house has lots of original character, from the original wood burning fireplace to leaded windows to dark wood paneling throughout the dining room and we love the tension of vintage. Mid-century modern furnishings against traditional details.
May 31, 2015
Erin Personalizes Her Generic Apartment With Thrift Finds & Colorful Textiles
Name: Erin Location: Denver, Colorado My husband and I moved to Denver from Chicago almost 2 years ago. It was an adjustment going from big city life to a smaller town vibe with the necessity of a car. But, we love the sunshine, mountains and west/southwest decor style. I have quickly adopted a love for western textiles and ceramics. We have also been MCM fans for years and many of our pieces are from thrift shops, flea markets and estate sales.
May 30, 2015
4 Picnic Ideas: From Day Drunk to After Dark
There’s no wrong way to picnic, so here are four very right ways to go about dining out-of-doors. From the Fancy Pants Tea Party-Style Picnic to the Adults-Only Midnight Picnic Jamboree, and from the Classy Drunk to the Everything-Free Feast, there’s a style for every picnicker… Do Day Drinking Right Of course Apartment Therapy does not condone outdoor alcohol consumption where prohibited… but if you’re going to spike your picnic, do it with style.
May 30, 2015
Our Best Advice for First-Time Decorators
It’s that time of year when a lot of people are graduating, and striking out on their own, and moving into their first real ‘adult’ home or apartment. It’s an exciting, and maybe also a little intimidating, time, full of possibilities and pitfalls. Here are a few of the things that I wish I had known when I was a fledgling decorator, all those years ago. 1. Don’t buy everything all at once.
May 29, 2015
Kristin & Derek’s Musical Laurel Canyon Lodge
Name: Kristin, Derek, and their children, Jackson and Luella Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, CA Size: 1500 square feet Years lived in: 6 years; Owned Nestled amidst the storied hills of Laurel Canyon, Kristin and Derek’s rustic home is every bit as charming as you can imagine. Laurel Canyon is famous for its past musical residents,- Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, David Crosby, Graham Nash, the list goes on and on.
May 29, 2015
Cloth vs. Paper Towels
From Apartment Therapy → The Great Debate: Cloth or Paper Towels?
May 29, 2015
Before & After: A Boring Bedroom Goes Bold
Project by: Lisa of Lisa Zager Interiors Location: Nashville, Tennessee The designer says: This bedroom was re-done for a 10-year-old boy, who loved bold patterns and colors. We wanted this space to be very graphic and modern for him, something he can grow up in, with a hint of sophisticated style. The juxtoposition of bold black and whites against his neon, bright colored toys and accents in the room is one of our favorite elements.
May 29, 2015
Recipe: Thai Iced Tea
(Image credit: Kelli Foster) From The Kitchn → How To Make Thai Iced Tea
May 29, 2015
Before & After: Backyard Blank Slate Becomes Outdoor Oasis
Project by: SHIFT_DESIGN Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Client: Family of six When you live in a city, there’s perhaps no other luxury quite as coveted as outdoor space. This family had a long, narrow plot behind their home in Philly with lots of potential and they hired a design studio to transform the space into a lush escape from city life complete with saltwater pool, outdoor shower and fire-pit.
May 28, 2015
A Marie Kondo Swap: Turn Your Decluttering into a Party
Chances are, you’ve heard of Marie Kondo by now. Her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, seems to be everywhere these days. If you haven’t heard of Kondo’s philosophy, in a nutshell, it promotes cleansing your life of all the things that don’t give you joy. In the spirit of spring cleaning, my friends and I recently had a Marie Kondo party to collectively motivate ourselves to clean out, tidy up, and share some joy.
May 28, 2015
DIY Coffee-Filter Flowers
May 28, 2015
Before & After: Garden Shed Turned Colorful Home Office
When Jelena wanted to create a place to work from home, she turned to the garden shed. Using colorful and fun coworking spaces as her inspiration, she transformed this storage space into an energizing place to get stuff done. From Jelena: Looking for a solution to solve that problem I resorted to the Internet and came across a few solutions that I could adapt to my own situation.
May 28, 2015
Find Your Kitchen Style Based On Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → Discover the Kitchen Style for Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type
May 28, 2015
Before & After: Discarded Dollhouse to Stylish Storage
Sam spotted this dollhouse on the street, and even though she had no homeless dolls, she decided to rescue the shelter and turn it into storage. From Sam: I didn’t really want a house-shaped storage cabinet, so after a lot of hammering from my (lack of) arm muscles, my project was starting to take shape. Next step was to give this baby a good coating of white paint. It’s crazy how big of a difference a bit of paint can make! Next step: pizzazz.
May 28, 2015
Before & After: Builder Basic to Functional Focal Point
After three years of living in this “builder basic” house, the homeowners hired Krista to help personalize it. On the agenda was adding some style to this blank 2-story wall. Now that fireplace is really a focal point: From Krista: The homeowners decided when buying their custom home to hold back on upgrades until they lived in the space which allowed them to truly understand how they lived in it and what they would need.
May 27, 2015
20 Accessories for Picnic Perfection
May 27, 2015
Sarah & Jeremy’s Quirky ’70s-Inspired New Orleans Apartment
Name: Sarah Smith & Jeremy Ballard Location: Carrollton; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 7 years; Rented When Sarah and Jeremy met in Savannah, Georgia, they bonded over a shared love of collecting vintage toys, oddball objects and natural specimens. She was studying painting at Savannah College of Art and Design and he was a glassblower working at a new studio in town. Their dates consisted of hunting for treasures in thrift stores and junk shops.
May 27, 2015
7 Kitchen Storage Spots You Haven’t Tried
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 7 Kitchen Storage Spots You May Be Missing
May 27, 2015
Faith’s Marble Countertops: One Year Later
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → My Experience of Living With Marble Countertops: One Year Later
May 26, 2015
Before & After: IKEA KALLAX to Modular Credenza
IKEA’s KALLAX storage is so versatile as is, that it just makes hacks all that more wonderful. Astral wanted closed storage for her craft room and office, but also needed it to be modular in case her space requirements changed. The after adds a little height and a lot of personality: From Astral: The plan was to make a modular credenza for storage.
May 25, 2015
DIY Moth-Repellent Sachet
May 25, 2015
Shannon and Alexis’ First Apartment in Paris
Name: Shannon and Alexis Location: 13th arrondissement, Paris, France Size: 35 square meters (377 square feet) Shannon, an American expat who has made Paris her permanent home, writes a blog about what it’s like to live in the city. I met her during my sojurn in Paris last year, and she graciously agreed to give me a tour of her lovely home, a diminutive 35 m2 apartment on one of Paris’ most charming streets. From Shannon: I met Alexis in Italy back in 2006 during business school.
May 25, 2015
Recipe: White Chocolate Birthday Popcorn
(Image credit: Jackie Alpers) From The Kitchn → Recipe: Birthday Cake Popcorn
May 25, 2015
Before & After: Melinda & Mark Update Their Outdoor Space
When Mark and Melinda bought their home in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles in 1999, the backyard was littered with uneven, rocky terrain. The expansive backyard provided a multi-level outdoor area that boasted a killer view of the city, but, naturally, some safety concerns arose as their family began to grow. A few landscaping tricks and fixes added just enough structure to create the perfect backyard jungle, perfect for playing or hosting friends on a warm Summer evening.
May 25, 2015
Before & After: A Bold His and Hers Office Compromise
From Veerta: I am an Interior Designer with my own company, Motiani Design, but this project is a little more special to me, because it’s actually my home. I moved in with my boyfriend about six months ago, and naturally of course, we immediately started having decor battles! We needed to convert a portion of HIS penthouse bachelor pad in Marina Del Rey to OUR “his and hers home office” ASAP.
May 24, 2015
Bola’s Bright and Airy San Francisco Home
Name: Bola Location: San Francisco, California Our home is a 1,250 sq ft flat in the heart of San Francisco. Just a stone’s throw from Golden Gate Park and up and coming Divisadero street, our lovely home was built in 1913 and with all the Edwardian charm you find in San Francisco. Narrow hallways lead to boxed rooms with heavy molding and thick hardwood floors. Bright airy rooms allow lots of greenery to thrive in every room.
May 24, 2015
Doris and Jon’s Vintage-Contemporary Victorian
Name: Doris Lee, husband Jon and son Jak Location: West London, UK Size: 1,245 square feet Years lived in: 5 years This high-ceilinged Victorian terrace on a quiet road in West London is home to interior designer and blogger Doris Lee, husband Jon and their five-year-old son Jak.
May 24, 2015
Before & After: For Her Next Trick, Letisha Saws a Table in Half
What to do if you have a coffee table, but would like a console table? Make like a magician and saw it in half! See how Letisha pulled this one out of her hat: From Letisha: Boy Oh! Boy! Was this a fun project. The best part is I got to cut a table in half. I found a pretty cool coffee table at my local thrift store for $35. I knew it had the perfect line for the console table I wanted to build. This project really can be summed up in 5 steps.
May 24, 2015
Allison’s Architecturally Charming Row Home
Name: Allison Location: Upper Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland I’m located in Baltimore, Maryland and my house is an old row home in Upper Fells Point that I bought in 2013. It is 1800 square feet. We named our house Wolfehaus after the street it’s on — South Wolfe. It’s a three bedroom that I share with a couple good friends, three great rescue pups, and one grumpy princess cat. I’ve lived in this home for two years now.
May 23, 2015
Saadia, Kip & Betsy’s Brooklyn Base
Name: Kip & Saadia McConville Location: Park Slope; Brooklyn, New York Size: Approximately 500 sq ft Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rent Saadia and her husband Kip (not pictured) love to travel, whether it’s within the United States or internationally. They have a love of adventure and trying new things that is infectious. A look through their apartment demonstrates this through decor picked up along the way.
May 23, 2015
Before & After: Dated Laundry Room Gets Dotty
We love when people add some style to utilitarian spaces. Alisha’s laundry room was making the chore even more of a drag, so with a weekend and $100, she gave the space a refresh. From Alisha: With 2 kids under 2 we do a lot of laundry – and our drab, impractical laundry room was making laundry a chore. By removing/painting the dated wood cabinets and adding a simple pattern this room brightened right up!
May 23, 2015
100+ DIY Project Ideas & Activities for Memorial Day Weekend
It’s a 3-day weekend, which means there’s both time to relax and get some stuff done around your home. Whether you’d like to do something artsy-craftsy, or knock off some household chores from your to-do list, here are tons of DIY projects, activities and decorating ideas to choose from. Dig deep and have a great holiday!
May 22, 2015
Turn a Vintage Ice Bucket into a Compost Bin
From Apartment Therapy → How to Hack a Compost Bin from a Vintage Ice Bucket
May 22, 2015
10 Tips For Creating A More Kid-Friendly Home (For Non-Parents)
Your definition of what it means to be a good host will more than likely change a few times over the course of your lifetime. If you’re at that stage of life when everyone around you seems to be having babies, you might want to consider changing things up a bit — not only to be a better host, but also to protect your favorite things from being broken, squished, or colored on.
May 22, 2015
Before & After: Table Reveals Its Mid-Century Self
Sarah bought this table without seeing it in person. Though it was in rough shape and under decades of paint, she discovered something lovely when she stripped it: From Sarah: I’d been looking for a furniture makeover project for a while, and I found this beat up, dirty little end table on a local trash and treasure website. The photo of it was dim, and the table was covered in grime and a mound office supplies.
May 22, 2015
The Golden Rule of Washing Dishes: Do You Follow It?
(Image credit: KPG Payless2) shutterstock From The Kitchn → Do You Believe in the Golden Rule of Washing Dishes?
May 22, 2015
Make a Bouquet of Paper Roses
May 21, 2015
11 Ways to Squeeze a Little Extra Storage Out of a Small Bedroom
Dealing with a tiny bedroom can be a bit overwhelming — how are you supposed to sleep in there and fit all your stuff in there, too? Try out one of these 11 solutions. Above: Baskets under the bed are a great place to stash extra stuff — and unlike the traditional under bed boxes, they’re nice enough to look at all the time. Photo from Foster House.
May 21, 2015
5 Secrets of the Best Dinner Party Hosts
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → 5 Signs Your Dinner Host Is Very Good at Their Job
May 21, 2015
Remember These? Home Rituals That No Longer Exist Because of Technology
I’m not one to linger on the good ‘ol days of yore, wishing for simpler times and a past where change plays no part. But the advancement of smart phones and other devices inevitably alter our lives — sometimes for better, sometimes for worse, and sometimes without us realizing it. What were once comfortable rituals that grounded and provided structure to our home life have gone by the wayside. Instead we get the information and entertainment we need, right when we need them.
May 21, 2015
DIY Terrarium Tutorial
May 20, 2015
6 Things You Can Eliminate from Your Closet Right Now
Making a little extra space in your closet doesn't have to involve a lot of hand-wringing and soul-searching.
May 20, 2015
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These are the Tips to Make Moving Easier
As far as domestic chores go, moving is like deep-cleaning the refrigerator, organizing the closets and clearing out the garage in one fell swoop — not a simple task. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be easier. We’re here to help.
May 20, 2015
10 Dinner Table Discussions Beyond “How Was Your Day?”
(Image credit: Lucy Hewett) From The Kitchn → 10 Questions to Ask Your Partner at the Dinner Table
May 20, 2015
It’s Wedding Shower Season!
May 19, 2015
Before & After: Coffee Cart Gets Shelved
If you’re a caffeine junkie, coffee stations are a great way to streamline your morning. Yet, Anna wasn’t jiving with her java setup. So she gave this area a free makeover by removing things and shopping her home: From Anna: The original look of our coffee station wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either. I loved the bar cart, but the wood surfaces, brown mirror, wooden objects, and wood floor was just too much brown!
May 19, 2015
Vertical-Gardening Resources
May 18, 2015