Forget Resolutions: Embrace a Yearly Mantra Instead
I am awesome at sticking to New Year’s resolutions. For about two weeks. Then my resolve softens followed by a predictable petering out of whatever habit I was trying to form, a short bout of self-recrimination and, finally, a return to the former status quo. So a few years ago I ditched the idea of resolutions and came up with something better…a mantra. The first mantra I adopted was very simple: Use it.
Dec 31, 2015
The Year’s Smallest Homes from Reader House Calls
much Above: We spend a lot of time decorating the space and we’re really proud of our new home. Our place reflects our personalities and passions. See more → Ana and Fabiano’s Cozy Canadian Home Despite our place being small, we love having friends over. We love grilling lakeside at the complex’s pool and then ending the night in our unit. We’ve squeezed as many as 15 friends in, piled on our sectional sofa and gathering around our small dining room table.
Dec 31, 2015
12 Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve From Save to Splurge
(Image credit: Jayme Henderson) From The Kitchn → 12 Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve to Fit Any Budget
Dec 31, 2015
Erin’s Warm and Colorful Los Angeles Loft
Name: Erin Location: Downtown — Los Angeles, California Mehmet Bozatli and Erin Eisinger say that despite their strong personalities, they find a natural harmony when collaborating — which they do often. Both work in the creative industries (he as an architect and developer, Erin as an interaction and service designer), and they co-founded their first joint venture —FourByNorth Studios— in Istanbul, Turkey, nearly six years ago.
Dec 30, 2015
Before & After: A Living Room Gets “Light and Bright”
This little corner recess in my rental apartment living room had gone through many changes over the years. That is until I found this gel fuel fireplace that was within my budget. Once it was delivered and put in its place, I realized it looked very small and toy like. My dad built a small hearth for it to sit on and the bookcases to fill in the empty space on either side. I was quite happy with the outcome, at the time.
Dec 30, 2015
The Kitchn’s Top Soups and Stews of 2015
(Image credit: Melissa Ryan) From The Kitchn → The Hearty Soups and Stews We Loved in 2015
Dec 30, 2015
Before & After: A Marine Inspired Bathroom Update
This family bathroom was original to the 1925 house – in which I grew up – and was basically unchanged except for an extremely rudimentary shower addition my grandfather had put in about 25 years ago.
Dec 29, 2015
The Top Mistakes To Avoid When Making Your Favorite Recipes
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → The Top Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Favorite Recipes
Dec 29, 2015
Nicole’s “Mixed-and-Matched” Loft
Name: Nicole Location: East Downtown — Albuquerque, New Mexico Located in the former Main Hall of the historic 1914 built Albuquerque High School, this loft apartment occupies a former administration room. As a designer, the architecture, detail and character of the campus drew me in, and the space itself provides a perfect canvas for creativity. Three things that inspire me are light, life, and color.
Dec 28, 2015
Before & After: Bland Bookshelves Become a Crisp Credenza
I love to build things and have built all kinds of shelving, but I admit I’m all for a shortcut that makes my life easier (and in this case cheaper). These $10 garage sale bookshelves I found are solid wood, well-built and side by side were the perfect size to create a credenza. There is no way I could have built them myself for $10, the wood alone would have cost at least $50, not to mention the time and labor.
Dec 28, 2015
6 Tips to Help You Become a Master Kitchen Improviser
(Image credit: Lucy Hewett) From The Kitchn → 6 Ways to Become a Fearless Improviser in the Kitchen
Dec 28, 2015
Decorating Choices That Make Your Home Look Cleaner Than It Actually Is
This isn't about practical storage or clutter, but the decorating choices we make that contribute to either a sense of disorder or calm.
Dec 27, 2015
Alex & Carla’s Timeless Traditional, Revamped
Name: Alexander & Carla Zidarevich and their dogs, Sadie and Rocco Location: Willard-Homewood; North Minneapolis, Minnesota Size: 1600 square feet Years lived in: 6.5 years; Owned After moving to Minneapolis from Michigan, Alex and Carla lived downtown in a modern space that they quickly outgrew. The couple discussed their home aspirations and agreed their ideal would be something historic with tons of personality. Not long after, they found it: a 1924 Dutch Colonial in need of some love.
Dec 25, 2015
Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets A New Park View
Buying an apartment in New York would have to be one of the most stressful things you can do in life (and I’m a mother of two!) After missing out on two other apartments in our search for a new home we were quick to pounce when we saw this one. When we first walked into the apartment we saw straight through the bad lighting and dark wood. The space had so much potential, with lots of windows and high ceilings and a view facing Prospect Park.
Dec 25, 2015
This Dip Will Make You A Party Superstar
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → This Dip Will Be More Popular than You at Your Next Party
Dec 25, 2015
Molly’s Happy Place Home
Name: Molly Location: Austin, Texas My apartment is a tiny (500 square foot) one bedroom in the heart of my favorite neighborhood in Austin. I made location my priority during my apartment search, so I sacrificed a few things like size and amenities. This apartment has been a true testament to the idea that you can make any space a home with the right furnishings, art, and embarrassing amount of tchotchkes. My home is a happy place for me.
Dec 24, 2015
Best of Before & After: DIY Furniture Makeovers
Furniture DIYs are just right. They’re not as risky as a DIY reno, but they are daunting enough that when they turn out awesomely, you can be really, really proud. Your finished piece is all you—your vision, your aesthetic choices, and your blood, sweat, and tears—and it’ll probably be among your most prized possessions. From beginnings that were humble at best and destined-for-the-trash-heap at worst, here are our favorite furniture makeover beauties of 2015.
Dec 24, 2015
Before & After: A 1929 cottage makeover in Cape Town
After a frustrating and unsuccessful 10-month hunt for a new house, I offered my Facebook friends a reward if they’d bring me a lead that converted into my new home. A local talk radio station picked up the story and put me on air to ask about my unconventional home search methods. I got a few dodgy calls from listeners (one man just wanted to take me out for a drink!) before a woman texted me to say she had a ‘kind of magic’ home she thought I might like.
Dec 24, 2015
5 Questions to Help You Build Your Own Traditions For The Holidays
(Image credit: Cambria Bold) From The Kitchn → 5 Questions to Help You Create Your Own Holiday Traditions
Dec 24, 2015
Lesley’s Home With an “Offbeat Edge”
Name: Lesley Location: Pasadena, California I’m an interior stylist and art director in Pasadena, California (soon to be in Waco, Texas). My current apartment is a cute little 750 square feet space that I share with my PhD student husband and adorable toddler son. As a designer, my strength is curating existing elements and arranging them from a unique design perspective so the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
Dec 23, 2015
Before & After: A Bright First Home
We wound up buying our first home in Edmonds. The home’s previous owners ran an old folks living facility. Once the house was foreclosed on the owners abandoned ship and squatters settled in. We purchased this fixer upper in February of 2015. Short on cash my husband and his father took on the work themselves. My husband would work his day job from 5am to 1pm and then head up to the house and work into the wee hours of the night.
Dec 23, 2015
5 Tips to Ease The Stress of Holiday Entertaining
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 5 Smart Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining
Dec 23, 2015
Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet: Join the January Cure and Get Organized
There is nothing like the start of a new year to kick yourself into gear and make changes that last. And no, I’m not talking about resolutions, which have a sneaky way of fading along with the holiday glow. I’m talking about taking just one month and investing some effort (21 do-able assignments in total throughout January) toward a cleaner, more organized and more peaceful home.
Dec 22, 2015
Ashlee’s Happy & Bright Chicago Apartment
Name: Ashlee Location: Roscoe Village — Chicago, Illinois I want to submit my apartment because I’m freaking obsessed with it. It’s a 2-bed unit in an old turn-of-the-century smokehouse in Roscoe Village. My landlord lives in the front unit and is the former drummer for 90’s power pop band, Material Issue, and he’s always plodding around doing cool things to the building.
Dec 22, 2015
DIY 3D Paper Reindeer Head (Just in time for Christmas!)
If you’re looking for a non traditional holiday DIY (that you could totally leave up year round), look no further than this stunning paper reindeer. It should take you about 3 days (on and off) and come in under $30, so get cutting! Glue Stick Double-Sided Tape 100 lb Cardstock Paper Ruler (with sharp edge) X-acto Knife / Scissors Instructions Download template. Print template out on 100 lb cardstock paper (using the paper color of your choice!
Dec 22, 2015
Before & After: An Out-of-Date, Awkward Bathroom Gets A Refresh
While I’ll never say no to drama, sometimes a subtle, relaxing makeover is in order. Jordan and Anton took their awkwardly laid out bathroom and turned it into a timeless retreat (plus storage!). Check it out… Thank you, Jordan and Anton!
Dec 22, 2015
Tips for Hosting The Best Christmas (or Anytime) Tamale Party
(Image credit: Melissa Ryan) From The Kitchn → A Christmas Tamale Party Menu
Dec 22, 2015
Yolandi’s “Perfect Fit” Apartment
Name: Yolandi Location: Johannesburg, South Africa After returning from a six month sabbatical from our busy lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, about four years ago, my husband & I were looking for a place with a little garden. The idea was to find a spot where we could live for six months or a year until we found our first ‘grown up home’. The über convenient location of this second floor, 180m² (1,937 square feet) corner apartment is a big plus.
Dec 21, 2015
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Dec 21, 2015
10 Cookies to Serve (or Eat) While Decorating The Christmas Tree
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 10 Cookies to Eat While Trimming Your Tree
Dec 21, 2015
Madeleine’s “Tree House Apartment”
Name: Madeleine Location: Elizabeth — Charlotte, North Carolina I live in the guesthouse of a house in Charlotte, North Carolina. The space is only 423 square feet – but it’s a big 423 square feet. Curated with items that I’ve collected over the years – my tiny one bedroom apartment puts a giant proud mama type of grin on my face. I exclaimed “YES!
Dec 20, 2015
5 Pieces of Advice from Interior Designers that We All Need to Hear
It’s great to be able to turn to the experts for decorating advice, but they happen to think there’s somebody else more qualified to design your home: You. Here are five interior designers who, by all accounts, know their shit. They make full-time work of putting together the most beautiful homes on the planet, and their best advice for all of us boils down to just the thing we all need to hear: You do you. “A happy home is one where you feel good. It’s a home that works.
Dec 20, 2015
Kerstin & Andy’s Colorful and Happy Family Home in Australia
Name: Kerstin and Andy, their children, Iggy and June, and Yella the dog Location: West Preston — Melbourne, Australia Size: 170 square meters (1,830 square feet) Years lived in: 8 years; Owned I recently stumbled across Kerstin via Instagram, thanks to a comment she left on a mutual friend’s photo.
Dec 20, 2015
Holly & Ryan’s Home “Filled With Creative Energy”
Name: Holly & Ryan Location: Peterborough — Ontario, Canada With the support of my husband Ryan, we are raising our two daughters and German Shepherd Dublin in a 1300 square feet bungalow. I grew up in Peterborough and two years ago we moved back to be closer to our families. I am an artist and work from my studio located in our basement. My husband commutes to Toronto and works from home part-time. When we saw this house we knew it was the one for us.
Dec 19, 2015
Lynn & Adam’s Assemblage in St. Joe
Name: Lynn Serulla and Adam Kuehl and their dog, Oscar Location: St. Joseph, Michigan Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented Lynn and Adam’s home is a gathering place for people and things. When the second-story apartment isn’t filled with friends, reminders of them are still evident. Artwork from friends is on display in each room. Lynn and Adam have a personal connection to each piece of furniture, every trinket and even the plants. Everything has a story.
Dec 19, 2015
Simple Last-Minute Holiday Centerpiece Ideas
Don't let the holiday countdown stress you out–we're here to help you make the most of it!
Dec 19, 2015
Before & After: A $5 Find Gets a Sleek New Look
We needed some extra storage space in our new house and when I spotted this piece that was the perfect size for just 5 bucks, I purchased it with the idea of turning it into something completely different. At first I was a bit reluctant to take the legs off because they were the cutest part of the thing but couldn’t really change the style if I kept them so, off they went. I then removed the moldings and the doorknob and suddenly the piece was a blank canvas.
Dec 19, 2015
An Easy Way to Clean Pine Needles from the Floor
Pine needles are part of the deal that comes with bringing a real, living tree into your living room over the holidays – hell, even fake trees shed their tinsel. But that doesn’t make the resulting mess any less annoying to deal with, especially when the tree seems to be shedding everywhere.
Dec 19, 2015
Jenni & Esai’s Michigan Home Full of Geometric Patterns
Name: Jenni and Esai Location: Heritage Hill — Grand Rapids, Michigan Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented Jenni and Esai’s apartment is a loop. The living room leads into the kitchen/dining room, which flows into the bedroom/office/nook, which is open to the living room. While photographing the space, I notice chevron curtains, art pieces featuring triangles, a striped blanket, a striped rug, a parallelogram rug, a diamond rug, and lots of circles.
Dec 18, 2015
Before & After: A Craigslist Chair Gets a Little Shimmer
I have been teaching myself to reupholster furniture. When I found this sturdy vintage arm chair with cane sides on Craigslist for $15 I knew it could be a gem. The chair has a wonderful horsehair cushion and did not require any new batting. I cleaned it up, applied Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Old White, lightly distressed the edges, and put a couple coats of wax on the frame.
Dec 18, 2015
In Praise of Buttermilk
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → Buttermilk: The Peerless Dairy Queen
Dec 18, 2015
Mel’s Brooklyn Apartment With A Private Urban Jungle
Name: Mel Location: Carroll Gardens — Brooklyn, New York My boyfriend Shant and I moved into our one bedroom apartment a year ago after living separately in two very different spaces. He was in a two bedroom (same building as we live in now), and I was in a one bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Dec 17, 2015
Before & After: A Turquoise Chair Gets a Tropical Print Makeover
When I first looked over a few snapshots of Adrien and Jon’s house in anticipation of shooting their House Tour, I immediately latched onto the palm frond chair. I had been looking for the perfect palm fabric for a personal project and begged Adrien to reveal her source. I was soon on my way to downtown L.A. to scoop up some of the Tommy Bahama (yup, that’s right) Swaying Palms fabric from Michael Levine.
Dec 17, 2015
4 Ways to Put Your Sunroom to Work
Sunrooms are like bit players of a home. They don’t get top billing on the floor plan, like the living room and bedrooms do. But they’re important, still. They can be decorated and redecorated to serve a million different uses. Just check out these house tours for inspiration. Why waste that gorgeous sunlight on anything else? The sunroom in Irene & Evan’s Los Angeles home makes for a great spot to curl up with family, or to entertain and serve up cocktails.
Dec 17, 2015
5 Simple and Impressive Homemade Holiday Food Gifts
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From The Kitchn → 5 Easy and Elegant Holiday Food Gifts
Dec 17, 2015