No Excuses: 3 DIY Projects Too Easy NOT to Make in 2017
When we moved to our Canadian home in the middle of the winter, furniture-less and looking for indoor weekend activities, we turned to Home Depot and online tutorials and decided to make some stuff. Here are three surprisingly easy and effective projects we think you should try at home in 2017 — you can see them in our recent house tour. This is by far the easiest DIY we tackled. It takes all of two steps: screwing a bracket to the wall and wrapping a pendant light around it.
Dec 31, 2016
Unlock Your Ingenuity: 7 Ways to Be Your Most Creative Self
Maybe you feel like you’re not a creative person in general, or maybe you just need a little bit of a push to find the solution you’re seeking—either way, there are plenty of small things you can do to be more creative. It might not feel like it, but the brilliant thoughts and ideas you’re looking for are already in your head, waiting to be put down on paper, you just can’t see them yet.
Dec 31, 2016
What Was Your Favorite Kitchen of 2016?
From Apartment Therapy → Readers’ Choice: Tell Us Your Favorite Kitchen of the Year!
Dec 31, 2016
A Chicago Couple’s “So Us” Vintage & Modern Mix
It seems like a constant challenge to find space for art supplies, music equipment, books and records, but this couple loves using their home to showcase their passions.
Dec 30, 2016
Video: An Uplifting Makeover for the Holidays
Dec 30, 2016
Head Over Heels with Someone New? How To Keep Your Friends in Focus, Too
The honeymoon period of a new relationship is great—you’re getting to know your partner and getting closer with them, and every date gives you those same butterfly feelings. But in the “not so great” camp? Getting so caught up in spending time with your partner that you forget to spend time with your friends. It doesn’t always happen, and it’s usually not intentional, but when it does happen it can really negatively impact your friendships.
Dec 30, 2016
10 Classy Champagne Flutes Under $10
From Apartment Therapy → Budget Basics: 10 Beautiful Champagne Flutes Under $10
Dec 30, 2016
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye: 2016 Trends That Are Maxing Out (But We Still Love Them Anyway)
In terms of decor, 2016 had something for everyone. Artful bohemian? Global textiles and/or tropical prints were your heroes. Classic glam? There was so.much.glam to go around this year. I took stock of 10 of my favorite design trends from the past 12 months that I’m just not ready to see go just yet.
Dec 30, 2016
Eyesore No More: Our 10 Favorite Kitchen Transformations of 2016
Sure, we might all want to freshen our living room or bedroom, but no room can get dated, dingy, and even dangerous as quickly as a kitchen can. These 10 amazing makeovers, ranging from $200 DIYs to splashy professional jobs, show the power of paint, paring down, and—for crying out loud—new cabinets.
Dec 29, 2016
A Quick & Easy Way to Steam-Clean Your Microwave
From Apartment Therapy → How To (Steam!
Dec 29, 2016
What’s Your Type? Fonts and their Furniture Doppelgangers
It started, as things so often do, with a Comic Sans joke. From there, our team Slack chat was abuzz with fonts and furniture (and decor) comparisons. Below are a few highly scientific, internationally renowned design (graphic): design (furniture) analogies from the creative minds of Apartment Therapy Editorial. Poor, poor Comic Sans. It just can’t catch a break! It has become the internet’s favorite whipping boy, shorthand for outdated taste and mom vibes.
Dec 29, 2016
Is Renting Art the New Way to Buy Art?
I once bought a painting that seemed to be everything I had been looking for in a long search for art to hang above my sofa. I specifically wanted a blue-and-purple watercolor and was overjoyed when I found just the piece. But when I brought it home, in the different light of my living room, against the color of my walls, suddenly the blue and purple weren’t the right shade of blue and purple, and the large painting wasn’t as oversized as it should have been for the space.
Dec 28, 2016
Same Space, Whole New Look: Our Favorite Room Transformations of the Year
Warning: If winter has you stuck inside, growing increasingly sick of your same four walls (while grateful to have walls, of course), these 10 incredible redesigns might push you into a repainting, redecorating, cabin-fevered frenzy. Whether you’re considering slapping on a coat of paint or are ready to gut the place, there’s at least one project here that’s sure to inspire.
Dec 28, 2016
7 Tricks to Learn from Creative Renters
From Apartment Therapy → Seven Habits To Learn From Ridiculously Creative Renters
Dec 28, 2016
Goal (Dis)oriented: Why I’m Setting Intentions for 2017 Instead of Resolutions
I’ve been setting New Year’s goals and resolutions for like, forever. Every December 31, I sit down to craft a super long list of things I want to achieve in the New Year. Every year, I tick a few things off my list, which feels incredible, but the things I don’t accomplish make me feel like I didn’t do enough. (Sound familiar?) Instead, for 2017, I’m doing things a little differently—opting for New Year’s intentions instead.
Dec 28, 2016
Festive New Year’s Eve Party Decorations
From Apartment Therapy → Pop! Fizz! Clink!
Dec 28, 2016
How Much Did You Spend on Marble Countertops?
From Apartment Therapy → How Much Did Your Marble Countertops Really Cost, and Was it Worth It?
Dec 27, 2016
Mindful Money: Habits to Encourage Abundance & Help You Hang on to More of Your Money
When it comes to making more money, we tend to focus on working hard, landing that new job or getting that promotion—often overlooking how powerful our thoughts are at manifesting our reality. When you change your relationship with money, you might find that you’re able to hang on to more of it. Here, I’m sharing four of my favorite money habits that will help keep you in an abundant state of mind. Anytime money flows into your life, feel gratitude for it.
Dec 27, 2016
Get Inspired to DIY: Our Favorite Before & After Furniture Transformations of the Year
Who among us hasn’t dragged home a $5 garage sale chair or a battered bookshelf left on the curb, convinced that we could make something out of it? Whether by painstakingly restoring it to its former glory or by giving it a major makeover, we just know something special is lurking beneath the cobwebs, scratches, or worse.
Dec 26, 2016
Bounce Back from the Holidays: The Year’s Best Posts on Budgeting & Saving Money
When it comes to our finances, most of the big picture comes from an accumulation of tiny decisions. This goes both ways: money leaking out through inconsequential expenditures or money being squirreled away in small increments and multiplying for big dividends over the long run. Here are some ways to focus purposefully on not spending money unnecessarily, spending it wisely when it’s time to make purchases, and saving it wherever possible.
Dec 26, 2016
9 Party Hosting Mistakes to Avoid
Dec 26, 2016
3 Ways to Survive Holiday Party Burnout
Dec 26, 2016
Get Yourself a Present: The Best After-Christmas Sales
The presents may be unwrapped, but some of the best deals are just starting. The last week of the year is a time when retailers want to clear their inventory for new merchandise, and we reap the benefits. We gathered the best after-Christmas sales from around the internet and put them all right here, for your bargain hunting convenience.
Dec 26, 2016
A Small Space in Chelsea Decked Out for Christmas
Dan and Yves share approximately 750 square feet in Chelsea, and though they don’t live in a mansion, their home is big on style. Having lived in their rental for six years, their home is “contemporary mixed with touches of farmhouse chic.” It’s no surprise that their home decorated for the holidays is just as warm and eclectic as their space any other day of the year.
Dec 25, 2016
In Vino Veritas: The 9 Most Wine-Obsessed Moments of 2016
After much contemplation, we are still having trouble thinking of a moment in which wine wasn’t winning, and this year has been no exception. The much talked about beverage is arguably the cool kid of boozy drinks. As if they’d been stored in a cellar until optimal maturation, the multitude of wine-inspired ideas that continually gushed forth in 2016 prove that nearly everyone and everything wants to be associated with wine.
Dec 24, 2016
Before & After: A Storage-Friendly Bathroom Makeover for Under $800
Ashley wanted a bathroom update that was stylish, full of storage and helped maximize the space of her small bathroom. By pulling in a surprising piece of furniture and painting the space a calming color, she created a bathroom that blends form and function. From Ashley: The tiny half bathroom connected to the master bedroom was original to the 1972 house and in desperate need of an update.
Dec 24, 2016
The Year’s Most Impressive Bathroom Transformations: Best of Before & Afters
A dreary bathroom seems dirty no matter how clean it actually is, so giving it a fresh coat of white paint, additional lighting, and sparkling tiles can completely transform the look and feel of the room, all while making the weekly cleaning feel less Sisyphean.
Dec 24, 2016
Jazz Up That Mason Jar & Make it Feel Gift-Worthy
(Image credit: Maria Siriano) From Kitchn → 5 Ways to Make a Mason Jar Feel Gift-Worthy
Dec 23, 2016
6 Instagram Must-Follows for the Bullet Journal Obsessed
If you’ve caught the bullet journaling bug and now just can’t stop hunting for layout inspiration, follow these seven bullet journal-obsessed Instagrammers stat. Each feed is brimming with enviable bullet journal photos that will without a doubt get your creative juices flowing and help get your life totally organized. Italian bullet journalist Roberta Ranieri’s feed is filled with beautiful BuJo eye candy. Her layouts are simple, beautiful, and filled with creative doodles.
Dec 23, 2016
17 Make-Ahead Meal Ideas to Take Some Stress Off of Christmas Dinner
(Image credit: Laura Volo) From Kitchn → 17 Make-Ahead Recipes for Christmas Dinner
Dec 23, 2016
Matthew and Rick’s Fantastically Festive Home
Name: Matthew & Rick Location: Toronto, Ontario Designed by Toronto-based interior design firm Heirloom & Knot, and decked out for the holidays, this glamorous space strikes the right balance between festive geode-inspired décor & regency styled furnishings. The home of newlyweds Rick and Matthew Bettencourt has been furnished over time & curated with mementos that have a sense of personal history.
Dec 22, 2016
11 Perfect Little Stocking Stuffers for Under $18
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 11 Stocking Stuffers for $18 or Less
Dec 22, 2016
Modern Cabins I’d Love to Curl Up In
Humans don’t hibernate, but you might be tempted to when you see these four gorgeous modern cabins. Generally, coziness isn’t a quality that we associate with modern architecture, but these four buildings manage to defy that expectation, presenting a refuge from the elements that’s as design-forward as it is warm and welcoming.
Dec 22, 2016
7 Signs that Buying an Income Property Might Be the Right Choice for You
If you are considering purchasing a home, you have likely already read everything you can get your hands on espousing the pros and cons of owning your own home. Rent vs. Buy has become one of the big debates of our time, but what do you do if you are solidly on team Buy, but the numbers just don’t add up? Read on for signs that a small multifamily property (meaning a duplex, triplex or fourplex) may be an option for you.
Dec 22, 2016
10 DIY Christmas Trees That Are Totally Tree-less
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → 10 Ways to DIY a Christmas Tree Out of Things That Are Not Trees
Dec 22, 2016
Navy is the New Black
Let’s start by getting one thing out of the way: this is very painful for me. As a lifelong, tried-and-true, loyal devotee to the cult of Basically Only Accenting With Black, it’s understandably hard for me to accept that another shade could be taking its place. But the design world has spoken, and navy is expected to leave its mark on 2017 in a big way. And wouldn’t you know it, I’ve warmed up to the look.
Dec 21, 2016
Before & After: A Non-Profit Cafe Gets Its First Facelift in 10 Years
Right before Thanksgiving we posed a question to readers — “If you had $200 to surprise someone with a gift, what would that gift be, and to whom would you give it?” Brigid Barjaktarevic’s response — some supplies to spruce up her non-profit workplace — caught our eye. We thought we could do more than just provide paint as the gift; we wanted to go all in on an Apartment Therapy makeover.
Dec 21, 2016
No More Travel Envy: 7 Ways to Make a Vacation Happen on a Budget
Sometimes I feel like I can’t log into social media without being launched headfirst into an ocean of travel envy. There’s always at least one friend Snapchatting European museums or idyllic beaches while I’m sitting at home, saving up my pennies and making more plans for my own set of adventures—which in turn tends to lead to extensive research on how to make those sorts of grand adventures more affordable.
Dec 21, 2016
A 1960s Kitchen Gets a $200 Makeover
From Apartment Therapy → Before & After: A 1960s Kitchen Opens Up for Under $200
Dec 21, 2016
How To Decorate for Christmas With Only a Trip to the Grocery Store
Sure, there’s the requisite nativity scene, the ornaments that have been passed down from your great-grandparents, and the Griswold family inspired display of twinkling lights outside. But sometimes all you need is a trip to the grocery store to deck out your house for the holidays (especially if you’ve been procrastinating putting anything up!).
Dec 21, 2016