Get on With It: Things You Should Stop Overthinking
There’s reason to believe that people who over-think things may be more creative. But, man, you’re not doing yourself any favors by dwelling on that email you need to send. The best thing you can do to combat overthinking is simple: Take action! Make a decision or just do the thing you’re turning over about in your head. Here are eight things I know I’ve personally gotten my brain stuck on before… Which clothes to purge and donate.
Nov 30, 2015
The Psychology of Why We Prefer Expensive Things
It’s hard to ignore the stigma of what’s cheap. We’ve been trained over the years to equate price with value. When faced with two options–for a chair or maybe a picture frame–our minds are hard-wired to think of the more expensive option as being of better quality or more beautifully designed. That is, of course, not always the case.
Nov 30, 2015
Holiday Hosting: Guest Room Must-Haves
If you’re lucky enough to have a guest room, chances are good that you’ll be hosting someone there this holiday season. Of course you want your guests to be comfortable, but even the most dedicated hosts sometimes forget a few things. Before your guests arrive, take a look at this checklist of six guest room must-haves to make their stay as enjoyable as possible. Blankets. Probably the biggest potential source of discomfort for your guests is your home’s temperature.
Nov 30, 2015
Cindy’s Minimalist Moroccan Apartment
Name: Cindy Location: Marrakesh, Morocco I am a Southern Girl Gone Global. I loved my home in Nashville; but when my children left the nest, I decided to fly away, too. And landed in Africa. I enjoy Marrakesh—a multicultural, mysterious mesh of Arab, Berber, and French influences in kaleidoscope colors. Here I teach English and write about my adventures on four continents. Living abroad means living light because one day I’ll go home toting the same four suitcases I brought.
Nov 30, 2015
9 Smart Design Ideas For Your Studio Apartment
Though there are some downsides to living in a studio apartment — not having as much space for your stuff, feeling like you’re living in your bedroom — it can be a cozy and fun living experience, too. Stick to these design tricks when decorating a studio apartment and you’ll love studio living. Don’t have a bedroom but do have a closet you can fit a bed into? Or is there a way to drape curtains around your bed to create a private bed nook?
Nov 30, 2015
Nuria and Ricardo’s Modern Toronto Apartment Filled With Natural Light
Name: Nuria Montblanch and Ricardo Duque Location: Little Portugal — Toronto, Ontario Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented After meeting in Europe and living in the UK for a several years, Nuria and Ricardo decided to move to Canada. They first landed in Nuria’s hometown of Montreal and stayed just long enough to begin collecting furniture from local estate sales and markets.
Nov 30, 2015
11 Smoothie Recipes for A Post-Holiday Boost
(Image credit: Emily Han) From The Kitchn → 11 Refreshing Smoothie Recipes for Your Post-Holiday Restart
Nov 30, 2015
Julie’s Black, White & Green Home
Name: Julie Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand I absolutely love my home. After traveling around the world with hubby and two small kids and living in Ireland and England we moved back to my hometown into this cute little 1920s art deco home. It’s little at only 140 square meters (1500 square feet), IT WORKS PERFECTLY for our growing family and everyone has their own space. It’s also a sun trap and cosy in winter with our wood burner.
Nov 29, 2015
Where To Find DIY Space In Big Cities?
Q: A year ago I became a Southern transplant to NYC. Gone are my days of garages, basements, decks, and driveways in and on which to do all the DIY projects my heart desires. Heck, I barely even have space to store power tools in the tiny apartment I share with roommates. My question is this: does anyone know of any shared spaces in NYC (preferably Manhattan) where similarly spatially challenged folks can go to work on their DIY projects?
Nov 29, 2015
Before & After: Megan & Sam’s Bathroom Gut Job
When Megan and Sam bought their New Orleans Victorian two years ago, they decided to tackle a complete bathroom renovation on their own. Thankfully, Sam has a lot of construction and renovation work under his belt, so the job was familiar terrain. Here’s what Megan had to say about the project: After ripping out all the ugly brown and beige tile on the floor and walls (and one trip to the hospital for stitches–always wear work gloves!
Nov 29, 2015
A Happy, Colorful Home in Australia
Name: Jen Clark and Kirstie Innes-Will, George and Bob the dogs, and Ruby the cat Location: Preston; Victoria, Australia Size: 200 square meters (2,153 square feet) Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented When I first entered the home of graphic designer Jen and her partner, Kirstie, a senior editor at Black Inc. Books, I was greeted by their two dogs: the photogenic and well-behaved greyhound, George, and a small, white terrier called Bob.
Nov 29, 2015
Sofia’s Swedish “Art Nouveau” Home
Name: Sofia Location: Stockholm, Sweden We live in a white Art Nouveau house from 1907 in Stockholm. It’s drafty and high maintenance, but we adore it! In my profession as an Interior Decorator (Tretow Deco) this house provides me with all the creative challenge I need – I constantly move things around and create little vignettes, it’s my favorite thing! The style is very Scandinavian and classical with a bohemian/rustic touch.
Nov 28, 2015
5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room
Your living room is a place for connecting with friends, spending time with family, relaxing by yourself and more. What it shouldn’t be is a place for any of these five things. Take a look at this list and banish any of these if they’ve been taking place in your living space. Do you start apologizing for a mess, for the pet hair, for the unfinished DIY projects, for the sofa that isn’t quite your dream sofa yet?
Nov 28, 2015
3 Important Ways to Make Next Year the Best Yet
There’s something so intoxicating about the turn of the calendar into a new year. It’s a blank slate and a fresh start. A time to reflect on lessons learned in the past and make ambitious promises to yourself about the new year. How can you — any of us — really ensure not just a great year, but perhaps one of the best years ever? Focus on these three things now and in the new year. The world is hectic. Scary. Overwhelming.
Nov 28, 2015
Annie’s “Evolving Aesthetic”
Name: Annie Location: Brooklyn, New York I just moved to Brooklyn after 10 years in Los Angeles, a cabin in Colorado, and a few years of wandering. My belongings sat in storage for almost two years before moving here. When I finally did open up that locker, I purged so much. It has been so refreshing to only hold onto to the things I really love and start over. My space has three tiny bedrooms and one shared living space.
Nov 27, 2015
Don’t Stress the Cooking Mess
(Image credit: Rachel Joy Barehl) From The Kitchn → 6 Tips to Reduce Stress from the Mess That Cooking Makes
Nov 27, 2015
Neryl and Tim’s Modern Vintage Family Home
Name: Neryl Walker and Tim Haynes and daughter, Ivy Lee Location: Balaclava; Victoria, Australia Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 10 years; Owned Neryl and Tim’s 1950s house is the perfect backdrop for their various collections of vintage nostalgia, magazines, packaging, furniture, flea market finds, and artwork created either by the couple or their friends. They have kept many of the original 1950s features plus some of those added in the 1970s.
Nov 26, 2015
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The Space Planning & Measuring Tips You Need
Have you ever bought a sofa, accent chair or table that looked wonderful in the store (or on Pinterest) but lost its charm once you brought it home? If the color and style were right, the problem may have been that the piece of furniture simply wasn’t the right scale for the room.
Nov 26, 2015
Kristy’s Family Friendly Home
Name: Kristy Location: Morningside — Edina, Minnesota We bought our 1928 Dutch Colonial home about five years ago. We were relocating back to the Twin Cities from Boston and I was five months pregnant with our son, Harrison. The moment that I stepped foot into the house and saw light pouring in through the living room windows, I knew this was our home. All the great built-ins further sealed the deal.
Nov 26, 2015
5 Stovetop Sides for Your Thanksgiving Meal
(Image credit: Melissa Ryan) From The Kitchn → 5 Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Make on the Stovetop (Not in the Oven)
Nov 26, 2015
Before & After: A Claustrophobic Kitchen Gets Brighter and Lighter
Jeremy and Elizabeth’s West Los Angeles townhouse has a lot to offer: high ceilings, a large roof deck, and loads of space. The pair likes to entertain and cook, so they spend a lot of time in their kitchen, which until recently had a few drawbacks. Cabinets over the range meant that there was no ventilation for the stove top, and they also prevented natural light from the kitchen window from passing through into the dining room.
Nov 25, 2015
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How To Host On Airbnb
As home gawkers here at Apartment Therapy, we’re pretty obsessed with the idea of staying in someone’s home and seeing how they live. Having stayed as guests recently in a few Airbnb homes across the country (hello, perfect cottage in Santa Barbara – miss you already!) we’ve come to recognize that becoming an Airbnb host may not seem as easy as being an Airbnb guest. If you’re like us, then you have some questions. What’s it like to be a host?
Nov 25, 2015
Before & After: An Apartment With “Great Bones” Gets a Much Needed Update
When I moved into my first one-bedroom (rental) apartment I knew I had a lot of work to do. The previous tenants left it in pretty bad shape and it was hard to see the final vision through all the clutter. But, I knew the place had great bones and I couldn’t ignore the 7 windows that wrapped around the whole place letting in a ton of sunlight. I loved the open floor plan and for a Beacon Hill place, it was a great size just around 600 square feet.
Nov 25, 2015
The Last Minute Thanksgiving Timeline
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From The Kitchn → A Last-Minute, No-Sweat Timeline for Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 25, 2015
Bryan’s “Comfortable & Stylish” Mid Century Cleveland Apartment
Name: Bryan Location: Gateway District — Cleveland, Ohio My partner and I recently moved to Downtown Cleveland from San Francisco—my partner had a job opportunity that we simply couldn’t turn down. All of our San Francisco friends thought we were crazy. We were just excited to experience seasons and to stop paying apartment rents that were verging on the criminal.
Nov 24, 2015
Before & After: A “Blank Canvas” Office Gets a Hip New Look
I moved small my app development to Cowork.rs Gowanus a couple of months ago. The coworking space just opened, and I was inspired by the potential of a new space and ‘blank canvas.’ All of the furniture is new while most of the office decoration was stuff I had on hand.
Nov 24, 2015
A Step by Step Guide to Cooking a Frozen Turkey
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → How To Cook a Frozen Turkey
Nov 24, 2015
8 TED Talks That Will Help You Get Through the Holidays
Are you prepared for the holidays? For traffic jams, holiday travel, potlucks, screaming kids, wrapping gifts, nosy family members? Take some to watch a handful of these TED talks on subjects like listening, happiness, mindfulness and more…they just might help you keep things in perspective, save your sanity and perhaps even survive the holidays this year.
Nov 23, 2015
Anna’s Small “Eclectic Glam” Apartment
Name: Anna Location: Oak Park, Illinois For a few long months after I moved into my apartment last winter, I dreaded coming home each night. I’d just lost a spacious dream apartment in a devastating breakup. I’d lost the sunny windows and the working fireplace. And I’d lost the man I’d planned to come home to for the rest of my life. “I live here now,” I repeated aloud as I paced the short hallway between my new living room and bedroom.
Nov 23, 2015
DIY Gift Idea: Salt Dough Ornaments
Nov 23, 2015
The Types of Friends You Should Bring Shopping
Admittedly, most of the time I prefer to shop alone. But I do recognize that there are huge perks to bringing a friend along for the ride. And who you bring on a shopping trip really depends on what you’re looking for. This is the friend whose home and wardrobe are always put together, because she just has a gift for great style. If you’re lucky, she’s also got a great grip on your taste, too. Great for: When you’re shopping leisurely for something new.
Nov 23, 2015
The Secret Weapon That’s Going to Help You Thrive During Your Next Move
Moving is tough. Uprooting your life. Disturbing your routines. Not to mention having to put everything you own into boxes (and then into vehicles and then out of vehicles and into a new place). That’s why the next time you move, whether it’s in a few months or a few years, you should consider this small trick that might help you survive it with your sanity intact.
Nov 23, 2015
Sophie’s Modern Vintage Mix in Western Australia
Name: Luke and Sophie Doyle and their dog, Chester Location: Melville, Western Australia Size: 450 square meters (4,843 square feet) Years lived in: 3 years; Owned Sophie is a marketing adviser for an agricultural company by day, but it is her role as Creative Director for her business, Design Horde, that is her true passion.
Nov 23, 2015
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Win: A Super Luxe Mattress from Saatva!
Prize: A luxury firm mattress set (any size) including foundation and frame. Value: $1400 From: Saatva ‘Tis the season to be thankful. Thankful for family, thankful for holiday twists on your fave drinks (hello spiced, mulled wine!) and thankful for a good night’s sleep. That’s right, I’m taking it there: a good mattress is one of many things to appreciate this holiday season. Enter to win a luxe firm mattress set!
Nov 23, 2015
The Perfect Thanksgiving Day Soundtrack
(Image credit: shutterstock) shutterstock From The Kitchn → A Playlist for the Four Stages of Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23, 2015
Margaux’s Treasure-Filled Los Angeles Home
Name: Margaux Location: Echo Park — Los Angeles, California We have a beautiful sun filled apartment in Echo Park, LA. The house itself is an Arts and Crafts/Craftsman bungalow type, originally built as a triplex in a historic neighborhood full of beautiful old Victorians and Arts and Crafts homes.
Nov 22, 2015
The 10 Commandments of a Clean & Happy Fridge
The difference between an organized fridge and a messy, stinky, ugly one is simple: Focus, discipline and a strong foundation of good ideas. We’ve collected ten excellent guiding principles for keeping your refrigerator clean, healthy and happy, and they’re all right here for you to implement at home. Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40°F (5°C) or below. If it doesn’t come with a label, give it one. Add dates for extra credit.
Nov 22, 2015
Heidi and Ben’s Bohemian, Artistic Rental in Australia
Name: Ben and Heidi Yardley and their cat, Nico Location: North Melbourne; Victoria, Australia Size: 2500 square feet Years lived in: 5 years; Rented Heidi and Ben’s home is located down a quaint cobblestone lane that’s slightly overgrown with trees and shrubs. As you enter through the gate, it’s like stepping back in time or traveling to Europe.
Nov 22, 2015
Style Quiz: Which Animal is Your Decorating Patronus?
Do you have trouble pinning down your style profile into “organic modern” or “classic glam”? Maybe you need to re-frame your forays into style introspection and start to think about it the Harry Potter way: What’s your Patronus? Take our quiz to determine which animal you have the most in common with in regards to your taste and habits when you’re decorating. Keep track of your answers and meet us at the bottom of the post to tally it up. A. Pinterest B.
Nov 19, 2015
Decorating with Wood: 10 Warm, Woodsy Rooms & Details from Real Homes
Can you have too much of a good thing? Apparently not. These 10 homes from our House Tours prove that seriously woodsy rooms can still look modern, rustic and everything in between. There’s a lot to love about Shena and George’s Formerly Blighted, Beautifully Salvaged New Orleans Home, including the wood-indulgent kitchen (at top) and the beautiful stairs (above).
Nov 19, 2015
Who Cooks the Thanksgiving Meal in Your Family?
From Apartment Therapy → On Thanksgiving and Gender Politics: Who Cooks the Meal in Your Family?
Nov 19, 2015
Heather’s ‘Masculine and Funky” London Flat
Name: Heather Location: Clerkenwell — London, England I moved to London with a few suitcases of clothes and not one home item. I thought it would be fun to start over, as designing my own places have been fun projects and my style evolves quickly. I was looking for charm and character and lots of light. I was flexible on the location, as long as it was fairly central London.
Nov 19, 2015
One Shelf, 5 Ways: The Endlessly Versatile LACK Wall Shelf Unit
The LACK wall shelf is a much more versatile piece than you might think. By twisting and turning and stacking it, you can put this $49 shelf to work in your home in myriad ways.
Nov 19, 2015
Sarah & Tony’s ‘Relaxed Rustic’ Home in Western Australia
Name: Tony and Sarah Howell and their sons, Oliver and Reeve Location: Gracetown, Western Australia Size: 320 square meters (3,444 square feet) Years lived in: 16; Owned Between the dense natural bush and one of the main surfing breaks in South Western Australia lies a home full of peace and serenity. Sarah, who owns a home decor business sourcing treasures from around the world, and Tony, regarded as one of Australia’s best chefs, have built a home that is as beautiful as it is inviting.
Nov 19, 2015