Important Things to Know About Yourself Before You Buy, DIY or Decorate Anything
No matter whether you’re starting with a blank slate or wanting to add something new to your existing space, if you’re thinking about buying, DIYing or doing some decorating, look inward to pinpoint these five things about yourself — it’ll not only give you decorating direction, it’ll save you from future home headaches. How do you actually use your home? Like, use use it?
Oct 31, 2015
Amandine & Mihalis’ Quirky Industrial Exoticism in a Renovated Brooklyn Warehouse
Name: Amandine Isnard & Mihalis Gripiotis and Aristos Location: Williamsburg; Brooklyn, NY Size: 2,800 square feet Years lived in: 7 years; Rented Amandine is the Head of Product Development for Eve Lom, a European niche luxury beauty brand, and Mihalis is a journalist and the founder of the art-house film production company IFFI Productions. Their Brooklyn house was decorated to look like a film set, and as a result, has been used as a studio for various film projects.
Oct 31, 2015
17 Ways to Use Wax Paper at Home
Oct 30, 2015
Pattern Inspiration: Gallery of Traditional Rugs & Carpets in Real-Life Homes
Jenn & Hunter’s Historic Landmark Apartment Traditional rugs are traditional for a reason. Even though they are densely patterned and filled with a multitude of colors, they somehow still manage to go with everything. I’ve rounded up a bunch of rooms from our House Tours that feature these gorgeous rugs—pale, bright, deep, rich, red, blue, yellow: you name it, they’re all here.
Oct 30, 2015
What Does Your Favorite Halloween Candy Say About You?
From The Kitchn → This Is What Your Favorite Halloween Candy Says About You
Oct 30, 2015
Emily and Zack’s Warehouse “Without Excess”
Name: Emily and Zack Location: Fishtown —Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Back in June, my husband Zack and I made an unexpected decision: we left our two-bedroom apartment in the posh Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of downtown Philadelphia to call a one-bedroom Fishtown flat home. We weren’t planning on moving when our previous landlord approached us about renewing our lease for a third year. But as it goes, one conversation led to another, and we began itching for a new experience.
Oct 29, 2015
I Bought a Dishwasher for My Rental Apartment: Was it Worth It?
This past winter I fell on ice and broke my wrist. As you can imagine, this made many things more difficult, including housekeeping. My husband and I (and now our two kids) have lived in the same rental apartment sans dishwasher for eight years. My husband had been campaigning for one for years, but I had resisted for two reasons: 1) why invest money in a rental apartment and 2) why give up valuable cabinet space in our already small kitchen.
Oct 29, 2015
The Best Ways to Fake a Bright Room (When You Don’t Have Enough Windows)
Wish you had a living room, bedroom, kitchen or some other room flooded with natural light…but you’re stuck dealing with a few dinky windows that just aren’t getting the job done? There are decorative elements you can add to your home that can help fake more natural light in your dark rooms; try one or more to fake the feel of a room flooded with natural light.
Oct 29, 2015
5 Modern Kitchen Countertops to Consider
Oct 29, 2015
Pierce’s Vibrant & Playful Montréal Pad
Name: Pierce Atkinson Location: St. Henri; Montréal, Canada Size: Approximately 900 square feet Years lived in: Almost 2 years; Rented Pierce is someone who is not afraid to take risks in life, especially when it comes to style and design. Following the best design advice he’s ever received—decorate for “You Do You”—Pierce has filled his apartment with what he is attracted to the most: color, patterns, and quirk.
Oct 29, 2015
Amazing Dog & Cat Halloween Costumes from Instagram
Lick or treat! Pet owners nailed it this year, with dog and cat costumes touching upon politics, the 1980s, and pop culture. And all the dogs are, of course, thrilled to be there and wearing masks, fake ears, wigs, and who knows what else. Enjoy the pet parade! Above, Oliver the Golden Doodle channels a certain 80s sitcom. “It’s your world. Let’s paint some happy little trees!” courtesy of brookesphynx. Ace Ventura, Pet Detective! Costume and hairstyling by k9_closet.
Oct 29, 2015
Wardrobe Purgatory: Where to Store Your Worn (But Not Dirty) Clothes
My messiest spot is most definitely the closet. Because laundry is the bane of my existence, I try to get as many wears as I can out of things like jeans and sweaters (a.k.a. the entirety of my fall/winter wardrobe) before they have to be washed and put back away with the clean clothes on the shelves. The jeans and sweaters inevitably end up resting in piles on the furniture around the closet and bedroom. Unsightly, to be sure.
Oct 28, 2015
10 DIY Makeup Organizer Ideas
No matter how clean it may be, a cluttered bathroom always looks messy. Whip it into shape and put everything in its place with one of these easy DIY makeup organizers. 1. DIY Skateboard Makeup Shelf by a pair & a spare Kick-push your makeup into the right space with this fine-looking recycled skateboard shelf. 2. Leather Makeup Brush Holder by hello natural Having a hard time keeping your brushes close? DIY this easy, chic holder in leather—or your favorite heavy duty fabric. 3.
Oct 28, 2015
Your Guide to Carving a Pumpkin
Oct 28, 2015
Kersten and Kim’s Brightened Family House
Name: Kersten & Kim McFarland and their children, Christian and Grace Location: Maylands, Western Australia Size: 170 square meters (1,830 square feet) Years lived in: Two years; Owned When Kim and Kersten first stumbled upon their 1950s cottage, they could see its potential right away. The location was enviable, boasting both a nearby river and views of the city, and they knew with some careful planning, they could turn the small, dark house into the light, bright family home that it is today.
Oct 28, 2015
Best Tiny Travel Trailers: From Airstream to Teardrop
We’re rounding up some of the smallest, coolest trailers we could find. Although we would have loved to test each and every one of these, the list is more of a general overview — these are small travel trailers that look good, received good marks in our cursory research, and represent a range of prices and styles. For more detailed information, follow the links below. This Upland, California, company does a good job with the classic teardrop trailer.
Oct 28, 2015
10 Cooking Tricks That Will Rock Your World
(Image credit: Leela Cyd) From The Kitchn → 10 Cooking Tricks That Changed Everything for Us
Oct 28, 2015
The Difference Between Dinner and Supper
From Apartment Therapy → Why Do People in the South Call Lunch ‘Dinner’ and Dinner ‘Supper’?
Oct 27, 2015
Allie and Travis’ Sunny and Spacious Oakland Home
Name: Allie & Travis Hackett-Camacho and their dog, Brody Location: Lynn-Highland Park; Oakland, CA Size: 1,300 square feet Years lived in: 3.5 years; Rented Allie may look familiar to Apartment Therapy readers, as her twin sister Caitlin’s home—Caitlin & Dave’s Oakland Apartment of Wonder & Oddities—was recently featured.
Oct 27, 2015
7 Tips to Turn You Into a Grocery Store Influencer
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 7 Tips for Influencing What Goes on Grocery Store Shelves
Oct 27, 2015
Before You Remodel: 6 Tile Trends You Should Know
I have see the future of tile and it makes me want to renovate my bathroom or kitchen…again. At Cersaie last month, which is *the* bath and tile show, I had a chance to see lots and lots and lots of examples of what’s next in that world. Here are some of the trends I saw: As technology improves, ceramic tile makers find new methods to create tile that looks and feels like completely different material.
Oct 26, 2015
3 Design Destinations in Stockholm, Sweden
I’m writing this post on a Sunday evening, having just returned from a four-day trip to Stockholm. It was my first visit to the Swedish capital and, as is my wont, I aimed to fill my short time in the city with design-centric museums, galleries, and attractions. In this major center for Scandinavian style, it wasn’t difficult. If you’ve got a jaunt to this fascinating town in your future, read on for three ideas on how to fill your time there.
Oct 26, 2015
Shena and George’s Formerly Blighted, Beautifully Salvaged New Orleans Home
Name: Shena Troia & George Peake Location: Marigny; New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned Just three years ago, Shena and George’s New Orleans home was the embodiment of urban blight. The house, built in 1850 as guest quarters for the Masonic Lodge next door, was on the city’s list of neglected properties slated for demolition. Graffiti covered the exterior walls, weeds were growing out of the roof, and all but two sets of doors were missing.
Oct 26, 2015
The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake
Name: Miranda Lake Location: Uptown — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 2,400 square feet including the studio Years lived in: 15 years; owned Stepping onto the grounds of Miranda Lake’s New Orleans home feels like being transported into the whimsical world she depicts in her artwork.
Oct 26, 2015
Cut Down Your Cooking Time With These 10 Tips
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 10 Tips to Help You Cook Faster
Oct 26, 2015
Savannah’s Beautifully Blended Style
Name: Savannah, Mike, Finn the cat and Nori the 3-legged Pit bull Location: Verdun, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Our apartment is on the ground floor of a triplex in the ever-evolving neighbourhood of Verdun. We probably visited about 30 apartments in the area before falling in love with this one. We were looking for a place that was pretty spacious because we both work from home and would be spending the majority of our time in the space.
Oct 25, 2015
How To Be the Best Trick-or-Treating House on the Block
Do you love Halloween? There’s the slight chill in the air, candy, fall treats and fun decor. But perhaps the best part of Halloween is getting to see all the creative costumes! If you plan on staying close to home this Halloween holiday and want to be the best trick-or-treating house on the block, considering doing these five things.
Oct 25, 2015
Jen and Dave’s Fixer-Upper Turned Colorful, Plant-Filled Austin Home
Name: Jen & Dave Figueroa and their two rescue greyhounds, Ike and Louise Location: Austin, Texas Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned A little over a year ago, Jen and Dave bought a house that was in desperate need of some love. The house sits on a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood in South Austin, and when they bought it, it had old carpet, beige walls, and all the hallmarks of a fixer-upper.
Oct 25, 2015
Alexandra’s Lakefront NOLA Apartment
Name: Alexandra and Aaron, Hank the dog and Ben the cat Location: Slidell, Louisiana When I got a job as a meteorologist at a New Orleans television station, I was thrilled to move home to the vibrant and unique city where I grew up. Shortly after, my soon-to-be husband joined me from his hometown in Texas. He’s more of a small-town person and preferred to live a little removed from the city.
Oct 24, 2015
The Mysterious History of the Fourth Meal – and Why it Might Be Coming Back
Most of us eat three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But this isn’t true all over the world, and it hasn’t always been the case even in America. Several historical references make mention of a mysterious fourth meal — a second or ‘reve’ supper. Although we may think of our standard of three meals as the norm, it’s not just hobbits who eat more than three meals a day.
Oct 23, 2015
Don’t Sabotage Your Day Before It Even Begins
Are you doing things that unintentionally make yourself have a bad day…before the day even really starts? Cut out these four things from your life and home and you might find your days start off on the right foot more often. Walking into a messy room is a bummer any time of the day, but particularly so first thing in the morning.
Oct 23, 2015
The Secret to a Timeless Kitchen
Oct 23, 2015
Life (AKA Food) Lessons From The Gilmore Girls
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 12 Things I’ve Learned About Food from Watching Gilmore Girls
Oct 23, 2015
Style Recipe: Mix IKEA & Vintage for the Perfect Dining Room
There’s no one-size fits all recipe for a room, of course. But if you’re stuck trying to get that luxe-y, lived-in look in your dining room on an affordable budget, can we suggest one of our favorite combinations? The dining room is the perfect place to play with furniture because there are no time constraints on getting it “finished.” Start with what you have (a table and 4-ish chairs, maybe?
Oct 22, 2015
Rebecca and Gareth’s Cozy Home Inspired by Family Cottages
Name: Rebecca and Gareth Smith and their dog, Penny, and cat, Bobby Location: Etobicoke; Toronto, Ontario Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned Rebecca and Gareth were a classic case of opposites attracting, but over the years they have learned to adapt to each other’s lifestyles and tastes—and it actually turns out that they have a lot more in common than they realized at first glance.
Oct 22, 2015
10 Uses for Cheesecloth This Halloween
Whether you’re planning a chic Halloween soirée or a tricked-out kitschy celebration, we’ve rounded up some fun ways to incorporate cheesecloth into your decor. Stop by the craft store and pick up a few yards, because this textured, airy fabric is sure to add just the right amount of drama to any party! 1. Design Love Fest This gorgeous table is draped with just the right amount of drama. Corpse Bride?
Oct 21, 2015
Celebrate Pumpkin Season With These Delicious Recipes
(Image credit: Emily Han) From The Kitchn → 20 Recipes to Celebrate Pumpkin Season
Oct 21, 2015
Why Do People in the South Call Lunch ‘Dinner’ and Dinner ‘Supper’?
I grew up in the South, and that means I had a grandma who was an excellent cook, but it also means that, throughout my childhood, I was exceedingly confused about what the word ‘dinner’ meant. Most people I knew used dinner to refer to the evening meal and lunch for the mid-day one, but at grandma’s dinner happened at noon and there was another meal, supper, in the evening. Were my relatives trying to confuse me? What, exactly, did it all mean?
Oct 20, 2015
Avoid Refreezing These 5 Foods
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 5 Foods You Should Never Refreeze
Oct 20, 2015
8 Things You Need for a Successful Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party
The Halloween holiday inches ever more closely, and you might be looking for a way to supercharge the season with a classic activity that’s fun for all ages. Here are eight things you’ll want to have on hand to throw a great and successful Halloween pumpkin carving party. Carve pumpkins too early (and don’t do any tricks to make them last longer), and you’ll have rotted, deflated pumpkins by the time the big trick-or-treating night comes around.
Oct 19, 2015
Erika & Charl’s Open and Welcoming Warehouse
Name: Erika and Charl Location: Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia The space is very similar to both our offices, which personally makes me feel so comfortable in my day-to-day. We moved in with Charl’s dining table – a refurbished monastery window which my dad broke immediately trying to get it inside – we since restored it with a huge glass shower window, which I personally think has made it look even better; and his black leather couches, my cow hide, plus our various bits.
Oct 19, 2015
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How To Get An Infinite Closet
Do you dream about having a bigger closet? Obviously. Well, did you know that there’s a seriously easy way to have an infinite closet? Meet your new best friend, MakeSpace – the storage service that picks up and redelivers your goodies with just a push of a button.
Oct 19, 2015
The Kitchn Taste Test: Cheddar Cheese
(Image credit: Kelli Foster) From The Kitchn → The Cheddar Cheese Taste Test: We Tried 8 Brands and Here’s Our Favorite
Oct 19, 2015