Easy & Beautiful: 9 DIY Projects to DYE For
See what I did there?? Dye, while a little scary (it’s permanent! it stains things!) can also be a great way to get big results from your DIY projects with a minimum of effort. Here are nine DIYs perfect for transforming your favorite textiles with a little color. Above: From Livet Hemma, instructions for adding a little color to a plain old white IKEA duvet. (Use Google Translate to get directions in English.
May 31, 2016
Why So Serious? Playful Design Trends We’re Spotting: Neon, 80s Influences, Toys & More
It’s halfway through 2016 and I’ve already spotted stand-out design trends in beautiful homes. But I’m not just referring to common colors, patterns and materials. This year, I’m spotting elements that infuse playfulness into interiors. Add some playfulness into your rooms today with these fresh and fun decor trends. Neon isn’t a new idea for interiors, but the ways that I’ve been spotting them in interiors recently is fresh.
May 31, 2016
15 Ingenious Indoor Garden Ideas to Steal
No patio? No problem. You can still build a lush summer garden inside your four walls, no matter how much living space you have.
May 31, 2016
Design Evolution: See a Tiny Patio Change Over 5 Years
The Tiny Canal Cottage is 1920s Craftsman-style house near the Venice Beach Canals in Southern California. Because the home itself is only 362 square feet, most of the furniture is built into the space, so they don’t move furniture around on a whim. That leaves the outdoor space as Whitney’s design playground, where she switches things up as needed.
May 31, 2016
Before & After: A Camper Gets Family Road Trip Ready
Road tripping across the country sounds dreamy enough, but Becka’s gorgeously renovated camper makes the whole excursion so glamorous! From Becka: My husband and I decided that we wanted to invest in memories with our son before he started school so we purchased an older, used 5th wheel RV and gave it a big makeover to take on a cross country trip this summer (that we are currently on!) I want to inspire people to think outside of the box and see the potential in the older RV’s.
May 31, 2016
3 Non-Edible Picnic Essentials
(Image credit: Erika Tracy) From The Kitchn → 3 Things You Should Always Take to a Picnic
May 31, 2016
Get the Look: A Modern London Flat Kitchen
May 31, 2016
Reflections on Tea & Tradition in the Soviet Union
(Image credit: Margarita Gokun Silver) From The Kitchn → I Tried to Erase My Soviet Past, but Tea Brought Me Back
May 31, 2016
5 Souvenirs To Bring Home That Will Boost Your Entertaining Game
(Image credit: Danielle Rubi-Dentzel) From The Kitchn → 5 Entertaining Souvenirs I Bring Home from My Travels
May 30, 2016
What Are Families’ Biggest Barriers to Eating Dinner at Home?
Many families struggle with making dinner at home, and thanks to a recent study, we are starting to understand why. From Apartment Therapy → Can You Guess the Biggest Barriers to Eating Dinner at Home?
May 30, 2016
DIY Inspiration: Mid-Century Shell Chair Updates & Upgrades
We love the classic Eames shell chairs for all their beautiful simplicity, but even the most classic and beautiful things in life can sometimes use an upgrade. Whether you’ve got an original in need of restoration or a knockoff that could use some jazzing-up, there’s a project here to suit your chair — and your style. Print out a banana leaf pattern, decoupage it to the seat, paint the legs coral, and voila—tropical chair!
May 30, 2016
Before & After: Bye Bye to ’80s Builder Grade Tile
When Alexia purchased her first house, she got all of the freedom and joy that come with homeownership as well as some very ’80s bathroom tile. With a trip to IKEA, some lucky finds and some smartly shopped tile, Alexia was able to create a soothing space on a budget. From Alexia: My house is from the early 1980s, the bathroom was carpeted when I moved in (I stripped and sanded) and the ‘before’ tiles were the original builders décor.
May 30, 2016
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Bedroom From Scratch: Glam Getaway Inspiration
Have you ever stayed in one of those boutique hotels that had just the right vibe – a perfect balance of stylish and cozy, where you slept well every night and also kind of wanted to hang out there all day? One of our new goals is to make home feel that way, too. Especially the bedroom. After all, it’s the room in your home that is really all for you.
May 30, 2016
Smart Kitchen Upgrades from 5 Renters
May 30, 2016
10 Tea Mugs & Sets Perfect for Tea Time
(Image credit: Anthropologie) From The Kitchn → 10 Tea Mugs & Sets Perfect for an Afternoon Break
May 30, 2016
Before & After: A Discarded Designer Chair
I was driving by the intersection of 16th and South Van Ness in San Francisco one day when I spotted what looked like an Eero Saarinen side chair (with metal legs) in a pile of discarded furniture. I turned my car around to take a closer look, and turns out it IS an authentic Knoll Saarinen side chair(!!!). The upholstery was in poor condition with rips and stains, but other than that, the chair looked like it’s in a solid condition.
May 29, 2016
A First Foray Into Decorating With Lots of Color, IKEA and Fun
Name: R (1.5 years) Location: Denver, Colorado So I’m not a decorator…like at all. But before the birth of my first child, I wanted to do a nursery. We didn’t know the gender so the room needed to be neutral. I got a lot of ideas & inspiration from Apartment Therapy including all the IKEA hacks: shelves, bookshelves & cart. But I got most of my inspiration from this post.
May 28, 2016
Before & After: IKEA + Wallpaper = A Match Made In Closet Upgrade Heaven
We’re all about the goings-on inside of your closet, but sometimes the outside needs a little love and attention. Anne hits all of the functionality & beauty buttons with her new closet. She not only had the closet fixed to fit the space and her needs, she added some gorgeous color and pattern to her spare room. From Anne: My old closets had ugly doors, and too much space behind walls. I wanted to open up the access and have sliding doors.
May 28, 2016
This Weekend: Get a Brand New Bathroom For Practically Pennies
Short of a renovation, there’s not a lot you can do to make bathrooms feel brand spankin’ new and sparkling, deep down in its bones. Your moves are limited. You can declutter the medicine cabinet, keep the room clean, or buy a new shower curtain and towels — but those are largely superficial moves that look good but don’t address the heart of darkness in your bathroom — the corners and crevices where problems start, and mold and grime linger.
May 28, 2016
The History of Subway Tile
Subway tile is riding a wave of enormous popularity right now, but it’s been around for a long time. Read on for the story behind America’s most beloved tile.
May 27, 2016
15 Lunches That Will Bowl You Over
(Image credit: Faith Durand) From The Kitchn → 15 Dishes That Prove Lunch Is Better in a Bowl
May 27, 2016
Before & After: A White & Bright Living Room
Aniko’s living room certainly wasn’t awful, but it didn’t feel like her. With a little white paint, some stylish DIY action and an excellent pink rug she totally lightened up the space and gave it a ton of character. From Aniko: Our poor little family room went through multiple stages since we’ve lived in the house. I tried decorating it many different ways, but we haven’t done any major projects in the room.
May 27, 2016
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Bedroom From Scratch: Boho Getaway Inspiration
At Apartment Therapy, we feel strongly that your home should reflect your personality. And nowhere is that more crucial than in your bedroom. After all, it’s where you begin and end each day, it’s your most inner retreat from the outside world, and it’s where you can truly be you. Lately, we’ve been getting our design and decor inspiration from our travels – not only different cultures and experiences, but from the fabulous hotels and B&Bs we stay in along the way.
May 27, 2016
3 Different 1-Ingredient Ways to Fancy Up Your Lemonade
(Image credit: Jenny Huang) From The Kitchn → 3 Ways to Fancy Up Lemonade with Just 1 Ingredient
May 27, 2016
Before & After: A Drab, Beige Wall Gets a Bold, DIY Upgrade
When Paige and Thorben moved into their San Francisco apartment, they knew they were going to stay put for a while. And though they were renting, the couple made it a goal to customize their apartment to their liking—something they could call home and be proud of. Throughout the years, they’ve tackled many ambitious projects: building a Murphy bed, custom shelving, and “hacking” their kitchen lighting.
May 26, 2016
A DIY Shared Bedroom Space For Two Kiddos, Complete With Closet Play Loft
Name: Sofia and Charlie (5 and 3) Location: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada After finding out that I was unexpectedly pregnant with a third child, creating a combined room for my daughter (5) and my son (3) became a necessity. The room is small, long, and narrow and with both a bed and a crib in it there was little space to play. We decided to re-purpose an unused closet into a special play space.
May 26, 2016
Before & After: A New York Apartment Dream Come True
This Before & After is all about the pursuit of a beautiful dream. When they bought their co-op in Manhattan, Laura and Peter had a dream, the same dream that animates the hopes of millions of New Yorkers: an in-unit washer and dryer. In pursuit of their dream, they intentionally bought in a building that allowed retrofits of washer and dryer connections.
May 26, 2016
7 Tips for Eating Well When You’re on a Tight Budget
If you’re low on cash and want to eat well, what are your options?
May 26, 2016
Avoid These Mistakes When Cooking on a Charcoal Grill
(Image credit: Kristin Teig) From The Kitchn → 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking on a Charcoal Grill
May 26, 2016
Before & After: A Sleek Kitchen Overhaul
Meredith moved into a lovely mid century modern home with a decidedly not mid century style kitchen. Ten weeks of living through a renovation with three kids led to a gorgeous, window-grate free update. From Meredith: My husband and I bought this dated, yet lovely mid century modern home in River Forest, Illinois in September 2015 and immediately saw its potential to be something great. He is an architect in Chicago and I am a stay-at-home mom of three with a background in fashion and styling.
May 26, 2016
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Our Secret to Soaking Up the Sun Inside (While Still Staying Cool)
Oh, summer sunshine. You make us smile, you make us crave iced coffee … you make us sweat like pro athletes. It’s even true at home: Throwing back the curtains on a beautiful day makes for a lovely sun-drenched setting, but it can also seriously scorch your space (and your AC bill). Eventually, those cheerful rays might even fade the rugs and furniture in their path.
May 26, 2016
Remodeling Secrets: Tips For Installing Encaustic Cement Tile
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! Cement tile is a Pinterest dream come to life. Installing it, however, can be tricky if you don’t plan ahead and do your research. If you’ve laid ceramic tile before, you’re headed in the right direction — but there is still much more to learn before you start.
May 26, 2016
How to Choose the Right Grout for Tile Jobs
All this week we’re talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley’s recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! So you’re well under way on your bathroom renovation, but it’s time to choose a grout. While this step may seem unimportant in comparison to the bigger pieces of the renovation, the material and color of the grout can have a huge impact on your bathroom’s design and function.
May 26, 2016
3 Smart Tips for Being a Great Host
May 26, 2016
24 Sides That Outshine The Main Dish
(Image credit: Nealey Dozier) From The Kitchn → 24 Side Dishes That Are More Popular than the Main Dish
May 26, 2016
Reno Reveal: A Major DIY Bathroom Redo (Done Just in the Nick of Time!)
Phew. This project was a squeaker. Ashley found out she was pregnant after the renovation was planned and wound up photographing the final space at about thirty-seven weeks. I think she’s pretty happy she didn’t bring her new baby daughter home while the paint was still drying. Take a look at the finished space!
May 25, 2016
Kimberly’s Beautifully Blue & Totally Funky Phoenix Home
Name: Kimberly Location: Arcadia — Phoenix, Arizona My boyfriend Jose and I (as well as our dog, bb, and cat, leopold) live in this cozy mid-century modern Ralph Haver patio home in sunny Phoenix, AZ. Ralph Haver was a well known mid century modern architect here in Phoenix in the 50s and 60s. The home was built in the 60s and features funky perforated and paneled walls as well as a round kitchen! silversmithRachel Simmons Thanks, Kimberly!
May 25, 2016
When Home Buyers Contact Sellers Directly: Has This Worked for You? Or ON You?
Hi, Erin. I’m the buyer who saw and bid on your apartment earlier this month. So began an email I received last spring from a guy I’ll call Chris. My little condo was on the market, listed with a nice agent at a regular real estate firm. Brokers and apartment hunters had been tramping through the place daily, kicking me out to peer in the fridge and disparage my spiral staircase. After some weeks, two buyers were interested. A bidding war (or at least a scuffle) was afoot.
May 25, 2016
10 Recipes, 4-Ingredients, Easy Snacking Bliss
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From The Kitchn → 10 Insanely Easy 4-Ingredient Snack Recipes
May 25, 2016
5 Chores You Should Never (Ever) Skip
Whenever you’re pressed for time, don’t let all your chores and cleaning duties slip into disarray. Keep your house functioning by being choosy with the chores you skip and the ones you tackle.
May 25, 2016
Before & After: A Chaise Gets Updated With Not One, Not Two, But Three New Textiles
The good eyes over at Mignonne Decor were able to overlook the 90s sitcom floral pattern of this chaise and see it for its true potential. They not only re upholstered this bad boy, they used a total unique mix of textiles to do so! From Johnelle: Mignonne Decor is a furniture and design shop based in Berkeley CA. We specialize in transforming the old and unwanted into fun and funky statement pieces! We reupholster, re-stain, repaint and repair, all in house.
May 25, 2016
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Love Makes a Family: Create a Lifebook Gallery Wall to Welcome a New Family Member
We know parents struggle selecting a nursery theme. Circus animals? Spaceships? Flowers? But what if the nursery’s theme was the reason for existing in the first place: the kids themselves? We thought on that for a while and came up with an idea we’re excited to share! Our inspiration came from “lifebooks,” the collections of photos and mementos parents create to tell the complete story of their adoptive children, but it will work well with all infants.
May 25, 2016
How I Moved & Refinished This Clawfoot Tub (And Lived To Tell The Tale)
There are two groups of people when it comes to cast iron tubs: those who believe in their preservation, and those who believe in the almighty sledgehammer. If you’re the latter, this post is not for you. For those of you who believe in preservation and love a good soak in a nice, deep tub, we think that tub should look its best. Here’s how we took ours from an eyesore to eye candy.
May 25, 2016
Maximize Your Tiny Outdoor Space This Summer
May 25, 2016
Plan A Dreamy California Tea Party
(Image credit: Danielle Rubi-Dentzel) From The Kitchn → A California Tea Party: The Party Plan and Menu
May 25, 2016