Hilary’s Fun Boston Studio
Name: Hilary Location: Back Bay/South End — Boston, Massachusetts My couch, purchased from Zonal Furniture (R.I.P.) in Hayes Valley in San Francisco, California is oddly my pride and joy. I mean, who wouldn’t love a couch made from sustainable materials, delivered by local neighborhood drivers, sold by a Canadian ex-pat from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan? Maybe it’s become my pride and joy because it fits perfectly in my tiny rental studio apartment in Boston, where I live now.
Apr 30, 2016
Creative DIY Room Dividing Idea: The Tent Bedroom
Can you spot the amazingly adorable, easily doable, room divider situation in this Oakland loft? It’s a simple idea, but also incredibly smart storage-wise. And the result isn’t just a fresh room divider idea for an open-space loft, it’s an idea that could help divide space or add additional storage in a studio apartment or bedroom.
Apr 30, 2016
This Sustainable “Earthship” Home Cost Less Than $10k to Build
Name: Taylor and Steph Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California Size: 560 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned Some people dream of living off the land, going off grid, building a home by hand — getting closer to nature and being more sustainable. Taylor and Steph (Find them on Instagram: @nomadic.roots) have done just that.
Apr 30, 2016
How Do I Choose the Right Coffee Table?
For some, the choice of what type of coffee table is easy; an intuitive design decision. Or, maybe it’s even been decided for you, if it’s been inherited from a roommate, partner or family member. For others, any number of variables—from unusual living room layouts to oversized furniture to kids or pets—can confuse the issue. Do you need a coffee table to set stuff down on while you watch TV or entertain friends? Or does the room feel too open or naked without it?
Apr 30, 2016
Before & After: A DIY Laundry Room Dream
Yasmin hit all of the magic words with this project: DIY, IKEA, Storage. And while it may seem counterintuitive to open up your laundry room to the world, it works wonders for Yasmin’s space. From Yasmin: The laundry situation was not very glamorous before. A stacked Washer and Dryer in a tiny dark closet, with no built in storage space. The potential was great. We ripped out those ugly brown doors that were keeping the space so closed.
Apr 30, 2016
A Simple (but Beautiful) Wedding-Day Brunch
From Apartment Therapy → A Simple & Natural Bridal Brunch
Apr 30, 2016
Make Your Own Facial Oil
(Image credit: Quentin Bacon) From The Kitchn → A Nourishing Homemade Facial Oil
Apr 29, 2016
5 Fresh Flowers That Are Great for Drying
Preserved flowers keep on giving. The long-lasting, low-maintenance loveliness these preserved blooms offer might sway those looking for the never-ending flower.
Apr 29, 2016
Before & After: Christelle’s Light, Airy & Functional Kitchen
Before: My previous kitchen was outdated and nonfunctional. I had a –very!– red textured backsplash with mahogany cupboards, two different styles of floor (red and black tiles and wood parquet) that visually shrunk the space. Lots of different heights and depths among the cupboards created an overall sense of confusion.
Apr 29, 2016
14 Tips for Building Your Own Vertical Garden
Apr 29, 2016
Get to Know Your Dishwasher
(Image credit: Ashley Poskin) From The Kitchn → 10 Important Things You Should Know About Your Dishwasher
Apr 29, 2016
Try this Easy (and Free!) Fix When Your Furniture Feels Too Small for the Room
Upgrading to a bigger space? Good on you! You’ll love waking up every morning without the guarantee of smashing your shins on the foot of the bed as you walk around it. But you might find your old stuff looks a little, well, small in that new, more spacious apartment.
Apr 29, 2016
Relaxed Design Inspiration from Awesome Australian Homes
Is it just me, or has there been extra awesomeness in our recent house tours coming from Australia? Their success is no doubt due in part to our talented photographers capturing these spaces, but these homes seem to have an effortless, breezy sense of fun in them which makes them memorable. Lots of colors, fun patterns, interesting shapes and more aren’t restricted to just kids rooms.
Apr 28, 2016
Let’s Talk About Spring Garlic
(Image credit: Erin Alderson) From The Kitchn → Why Spring Garlic Is the Best Garlic
Apr 28, 2016
8 Stylish Dining Sets for Tiny Outdoor Spaces
We rounded up eight outdoor furniture sets that can each seat two people for a quaint meal outside (on even the smallest of balconies).
Apr 28, 2016
Don’t Be a Square: Living Rooms Expertly Rocking Round Coffee Tables
Break out of the box when considering a coffee table. Round coffee tables bring a lovely organic softness to a room, and can help visually balance a space that has harsh straight lines. They look particularly great when contrasted with a boxy sectional, but round coffee tables can look good in a variety of different living room seating arrangements. Peruse these photos of living rooms getting round coffee tables right and use them as inspiration for your own space.
Apr 28, 2016
Before & After: A Rad Plaid Office Chair
Mix together a dash of plaid, a scoop of inspiration and a sprinkle of You Tube and you have the recipe for a gorgeous office chair upgrade. From Steph: A friend gifted me a great old desk that her mom had found on the curb years ago and everybody knows if you give a girl a desk…she is going to need a chair. I found this chair at a local Goodwill and knew it was the one. Even though the vinyl was cracked, I lived with it for a few months until I found a remnant I liked.
Apr 28, 2016
A Peek Inside Paisley Park, Prince’s Minnesota Recording Studio
Quite unassuming from the outside, you’d hardly guess this building was the creative refuge of The Purple One. But at Paisley Park in suburban Minnesota, Prince recorded nearly 30 albums. Take a look inside: 55,000 square feet on nine acres, Paisley Park was completed in 1988 and houses four recording studios, a video editing suite, and a 12,500 square foot soundstage.
Apr 28, 2016
5 Mushroom Mistakes to Avoid
(Image credit: Kelli Foster) From The Kitchn → 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying, Storing, and Cooking Mushrooms
Apr 28, 2016
Why One Kitchn Writer is Saying Farewell To Her Blender
(Image credit: Kristin Appenbrink) From The Kitchn → I Am Getting Rid of My Blender, and Here’s Why
Apr 27, 2016
9 Ways to Use a Magnetic Knife Rack (That Don’t Involve Knives)
Here’s a whole slew of ways people have used magnetic knife racks to make organizing easy.
Apr 27, 2016
Pieces of Financial Advice I Wish I’d Heard Sooner
This spring will mark ten years since I graduated from university, and once I pick myself up off the floor where I have fallen due the shock of realizing that, I will tell you all about what I’ve learned during that time. Between moving to a new country, getting my first real job, changing careers, moving apartments, and dealing with a host of other Life Stuff, I’ve learned a lot about financial health in the past decade.
Apr 27, 2016
New Ways to Style Your Bed’s “End Zone”
I don’t think the foot of the bed is an ignored space as much as it’s a space most people don’t know what to do with. You could drop in a bench, add a couple books or pretty things on it and call it a day. Or if you’re up for something a little more out-of-the-box, you could try one of these ideas. Above, a pair of chairs angled for conversation at the end of the bed in this modern farmhouse on Style Me Pretty Living.
Apr 27, 2016
Before & After: A Bold & Bright ( But Not Too Tropical) Wyoming Kitchen
When we bought our little Laramie, Wyoming bungalow, we knew with a little work we could take the bland kitchen up a notch with some imagination, rearranging, and color. Given that the main floor is was so small (642 square feet), revitalizing the kitchen improved the vibe of the whole house.
Apr 27, 2016
A Brief History of Spring Cleaning
Apr 27, 2016
21 Ways to Get Your Greens In This Spring
(Image credit: Erin Alderson) From The Kitchn → 21 Ways to Eat All the Green Things This Spring
Apr 27, 2016
Steph’s Silver Lake Happy Place
Name: Steph Location: Silverlake — Los Angeles, California I moved into this studio apartment in Silver Lake, CA about a year and a half ago after some very tough years financially. My friend was moving to the Bay Area with her now soon to be husband so I was able to get the apartment before it went on the market. I figured that since she had so many great life experiences in this place that maybe some of those positive vibes would stick around in the space.
Apr 26, 2016
An IKEA Hack of Epic Heights: A Sky-High Stacked Bookcase from KALLAX Shelves
There’s one particular feature of Girolamo & Alex’s San Francisco house tour that demands your attention and piques your curiosity: The black bookcase that stretches all the way from the floor to the loft’s enviably tall ceiling. Look a little closer, and you’ll see that this grand bookcase is actually three $149 KALLAX shelving units stacked together (if they look familiar, the KALLAX is IKEA’s latest model to replace the popular EXPEDIT shelves).
Apr 26, 2016
Before & After: Outdated Home Office Turned Inspiring Modern Workspace
Emily juggles a successful creative business as well as her family of four so having a space to work at home is crucial. She had a large enough room to work in, but it was dated and not necessarily the most functional. First, Emily worked with a professional organizer to help edit her current work space. Add some of her signature cheerful DIY style and this uninspiring room was transformed into a bright and fresh space that will keep her organized with no shortage of creative inspiration.
Apr 26, 2016
Make Your Own Sea Salt Bath Soak
(Image credit: Quentin Bacon) From The Kitchn → A Homemade Bath Soak with Pink Salt & Roses
Apr 26, 2016
21 Ways to Use Lemons Around the House
Lemons are an ace all-natural cleaning agent to use around the house. Here are 21 ways to use them.
Apr 26, 2016
Before & After: A 1950s Kitchen Finally Gets New Cabinets & A New Modern Look
When Elise and Ben bought their Mount Washington house, the kitchen looked like this. They used this sad kitchen for five years until they finally updated it. The end result is modernized, but still captures the spirit and integrity of the storied older house. Using IKEA cabinets to keep the costs down, they were able to upgrade and personalize the look with Calcutta marble and Schoolhouse Electric hardware for all the cabinets.
Apr 26, 2016
8 Examples of Plants in the Kitchen
Apr 26, 2016
Cut Down on Your Vegetable Waste With This 10 Minute Trick
(Image credit: Rachel Joy Barehl) From The Kitchn → This 10-Minute Technique Means You’ll Never Waste Vegetables Again
Apr 26, 2016
One Incredibly Easy Way to Deal With an Unchangeable Home Feature
Unless you designed and built your entire home yourself, chances are that no matter how much you love where you live, there’s something about the space you wish you could change (but, due to lots of reasons you might not be able to). I’ve written before about how to deal with home things you hate, but this might be the easiest advice to take yet.
Apr 26, 2016
Tara’s “Bit Seventies, a Little Scandinavian, Kinda Bohemian” New York Duplex
Name: Tara Location: Upper West Side — New York, New York Our NYC duplex apartment occupies the garden level and rear parlor of an UWS brownstone. It is home to my husband, myself and our two kids, and also home to our design studio Oddopolis.
Apr 25, 2016
20 Delicious Passover-Friendly Recipes
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → 20 Delicious Recipes for Your Passover Table
Apr 25, 2016
12 Creative (Non-Boozy) Ways to Use a Wine Rack
If you find yourself in the possession of a wine rack with no wine to rack in it, get familiar with these 12 ways you can repurpose a bottle rack for something other than booze.
Apr 25, 2016
Before & After: Maria’s Custom Cabinet Kitchen
I often think of custom made cabinets as a luxury, but for Maria, they’re a necessity. There’s no IKEA in Serbia, so Maria had to do all of the measurements and design herself, the result is a cool & sleek European kitchen. From Maria: I bought this one bedroom in July 2015 and had only month to renovate it. All major demolition, plumbing and electric work was done by contractors. By the time they left the place, I was almost broke.
Apr 25, 2016
4 Small-Scale Improvements You Can Make to Your Kitchen Right Now
From Apartment Therapy → Stopgap Remodeling Moves To Tide You Over Until Your Big Kitchen Renovation
Apr 25, 2016
The Brooklyn Bread Lab Breaks Down The 4 Essential Bread Rules
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 4 Rules of Bread, According to The Brooklyn Bread Lab
Apr 25, 2016
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5 Easy Ways To Refresh Your Home
It’s spring! Time to vacuum your feather duster, alphabetize your spice rack, and de-scale that power-washer, right? Maybe not. We stopped by HomeSense to see what’s in store and realized that, in lieu of spring cleaning, a rapid spring refresh can be as little as 30 minutes away. Here’s how to do it. Pendants can pack a significant style punch. Consider a new pendant lamp to add ambient lighting to your space or swap out tabletop task lighting for a pendant.
Apr 25, 2016
The Secret History of the Closet
You probably think of a closet as a little room where you hang up your clothes. But for much of its history, the closet has served a completely different purpose entirely. Come back with me, if you will, to the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages having a bedroom was a bit of a privilege — most common folks slept either on the floor of the great hall of the manor where they lived, or in the single room that served them as kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedroom all in one.
Apr 24, 2016
Before & After: A 1920s Kitchen Gets a Clean & Classic Upgrade
My brother and I purchased a 1924 multi-family home just under a year ago. The house was in great shape but definitely needed some aesthetic updates and both kitchens needed a complete overhaul. It was important to me to keep the kitchen era-appropriate while incorporating a modern color palette and materials. We demoed the day after Thanksgiving and took the whole room down to the studs. My dad did all of the electrical work and plumbing and we hired a team to install the drywall.
Apr 24, 2016
5 Easy Tips Keeping Kitchen Counters Uncluttered
When you banish clutter from the kitchen, you’re more likely to use the room as intended, make dinner, and eat at home. Here are 5 tips to help you.
Apr 24, 2016
Is There Anything I Can Do to Make This Small Room Look or Feel Bigger?
Small rooms can feel stifling. But you don’t have to knock a wall down to make a room feel and look larger than it actually is. There are design choices—both subtle and bold—that can actually make a room feel or look bigger than it is. Today’s Frequently Asked Home question: Is there anything I can do to make this small room look or feel bigger? Pick light wall colors that will expand the space.
Apr 24, 2016
Kristiana’s Fun & Functional Montreal Loft
Name: Kristiana Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada I live in a teeny, tiny 502 square foot loft in the St-Henri neighbourhood of Montreal. My building, which used to be a tobacco factory, is almost 100 years old. While living downtown is certainly convenient, small space living definitely has some challenges! My interior style is all about being functional in my small space. I’ve taken advantage of the walls as much as possible, and created storage where I had none.
Apr 23, 2016