Pin Now, Design Later: If We Had a Beach Condo, Here’s What It’d Look Like
Project by: Krista Watterworth Location: Jupiter, Florida Jupiter, Florida, is home to pristine beaches, year-round sunshine, tropical flora and fauna, and unfortunately, some outdated, not-so-pretty condos (trust me, I’m a nearby resident, I know.
Dec 21, 2016
Tips for Decorating the Perfect Christmas Tree
As we’ve seen from her two Halloween decor tours, crafter and blogger Jennifer Perkins takes decorating for the holidays very seriously. And by very seriously, I mean incredibly bold, brassy, colorful and over-the-top! It should come as no surprise that she’s a master at outfitting the crown jewel of Christmas decor: the tree. In fact, she has over 100 trees, so she definitely knows what she’s talking about. Let her decor ideas inspire your own last-minute holiday touches.
Dec 21, 2016
A Low Stress Guide to A Happy & Special Hanukkah: 8 Ideas for 8 Nights
(Image credit: blueeyes/Shutterstock) From Kitchn → A Low-Key Plan for Making Hanukkah Special: 8 Ideas for 8 Nights
Dec 21, 2016
Win Your Office Holiday Gift Exchange: Boozy Baileys Chocolate Mug Cake Kit
Stumped on what to bring for your office secret Santa or white elephant gift exchange? Don’t just bring another coffee mug—make a mug cake kit! It’s super simple, under $10, and when you add a nip of Baileys, you’re sure to win at the holidays. A mug Cellophane bag Baileys nip Baker’s twine Ribbon Spoon Recipe card (one per page / four per page) Recipe dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt) 1.
Dec 21, 2016
A Sunny California Home for a Family of Seattle Transplants
Name: Jennifer Location: Temecula, California I just recently relocated to Southern Cali from the Seattle area. I moved here with my husband and two youngest kids (12 and 5). With three kids already out of the house, we decided to finish raising our brood in a drastically different way. From a 2,500 square foot custom farm house in the great NW, to a 1,600 square foot stucco in a neighborhood that we transformed from a cloned tract house to a mock Palm Springs Spanish Modern.
Dec 20, 2016
19 Kid-Friendly Holiday Recipes
(Image credit: Emma Christensen) From Kitchn → 19 Holiday Recipes to Make with Your Kids
Dec 20, 2016
We Bet You Don’t Know: Origins of 5 Classic Christmas Traditions
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Colorful lights on every street corner, the scent of pine filling the air, all kinds of holiday cheer being passed around. But do you ever find yourself wondering why we do the things we do in the holiday season? Where did all of these traditions come from? Well, pull up a chair and grab a mug of spiced cider (or, you know, mulled wine). We have five classic Christmas traditions to share—and how they got started.
Dec 20, 2016
A Credenza for Every Budget
Loyalists to the Apartment Therapy Marketplace know that tons of great new stuff is added every day. But since we live in a busy world, you might not get the chance to check for new listings as much as you’d like. That’s where I come in. I spend a good amount of time digging through the latest uploads each day, and am more than happy to spread the love when it comes to great deals.
Dec 20, 2016
Tom Dixon Reveals New Info About His Top Secret IKEA Collection
British designer Tom Dixon just revealed new details about his 2017 collection for IKEA. Here’s what we know: Back in June, IKEA announced that they’d be launching collaborations with Hay and Tom Dixon in 2017. While we actually got to see some of the Hay designs—including their take on the classic FRAKTA bag—all we learned about the Dixon collection was that it included an aluminum-framed sofa and that the collaboration was focusing on the “ever-changing home.
Dec 20, 2016
10 Thoughts on a Happy Home Life, Scandi-Style (As Told By a Londoner Living in Malmö)
As we head into the scary winter months, our admiration for everything Scandinavian seems to grow exponentially with each degree the temperature drops. How does Sweden rank among the happiest countries when it has such dark, cold winters? In search of some answers, we turned to Niki Brantmark, the blogger behind My Scandinavian Home, who lives in a townhouse by the sea in southern Sweden.
Dec 20, 2016
Everything You Need to Know About Not Going Broke When Using an Apartment Broker
If you’re new to the apartment hunt, the idea of using a broker might be a very confusing concept—especially so if you’re moving from a lower-demand rental market to a bustling (and crowded) one like those in NYC or San Francisco.
Dec 20, 2016
Want to Decorate…as a Career? Things to Consider from a Pro
You’ve decorated your own home. You’ve helped friends and family decorate their homes. Is 2017 the year you finally take some steps toward decorating as a career? There’s a ton to learn about the field of interior design and decorating (much more than can fit in a single post), but while you might be mulling over whether you should go back to school or take out a business loan, consider a few things first.
Dec 20, 2016
These 5 Affordable Kitchen Transformations Will Amaze You
From Apartment Therapy → 5 Breathtaking Affordable Kitchen Transformations
Dec 20, 2016
5 Ways to Add the Color of he Year to Your Kitchen
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 5 Ways to Green Up Your Kitchen
Dec 20, 2016
Holiday Traditions from Around the World to Try at Home
We all have our holiday traditions—from special recipes to fun activities, everyone has an interesting take on celebrating, and that’s not just limited to differences between families. Around the world, different countries and cultures have unique and beautiful holiday traditions to learn about.
Dec 20, 2016
The Joy of “Usmas”: Real Couples Share Stories of a Holiday Just for Two
With all the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be hard to actually enjoy the holidays. Between traveling, seeing family, gift shopping, hosting and attending dinners and parties and more, there’s so much potential for stress to bog you down. It can be especially difficult when you’re part of a couple, because that usually means doubling everything—double the travel and family visits, double the dinners and parties to attend, and of course, more gifts to buy.
Dec 19, 2016
Before & After: An Attic Turned Functional and Fabulous Closet
IKEA Pax wardrobes can be a godsend for creating closet space out of nothing and here is an exquisite example of how they can not only provide a massive amount of storage but appear like they were built just for your space.
Dec 19, 2016
Seven Habits To Learn From Ridiculously Creative Renters
Gifted renters understand how to make wonderful homes in temporary dwellings, and squeeze seriously stylish and functional spaces out of nothing special. They make it look easy, but exactly how do they do it, you ask? Here are the habits of some seriously creative renters. True creativity comes when we see common objects in a new light, and can put them to use in fresh ways.
Dec 19, 2016
10 Gifts to Help Kick Off a Healthy New Year
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 10 Gifts for a Healthy New Year
Dec 19, 2016
Cheers! The New Year’s Memo 2017
Dec 19, 2016
Join the January Cure for Your Best Year Yet
There is nothing like the start of a new year to get your home (and life!) in good shape – and Apartment Therapy wants to make it as painless as possible. If you are ready to make 2017 your best year yet, I have a plan. Sign up for the free group project we call the January Cure and I’ll send you do-able, one-manageable-step-at-a-time assignments throughout the rest of the month, designed to help you create a cleaner, more organized and peaceful home.
Dec 19, 2016
How to Survive Holiday Party Burnout
Floating from party to party isn't easy when you're not a social butterfly.
Dec 19, 2016
11 Last-Minute Decorating Ideas for Christmas
Dec 19, 2016
12 Totally Crafty & Charming Ways to Shake Up Gift Giving
From Kitchn → 12 Cute & Crafty Ways to Dress Up Gifts
Dec 19, 2016
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Win: A Clean Start To 2017 with a BISSELL CrossWave
Prize: One CrossWave All-In-One Multi-Surface Cleaner From: Bissell Value: $249.99 Maybe 2016 turned out to be a messy year. But hey, there’s a brand new one right around the corner! Bissell is helping to kick it off with a clean start by giving two readers a CrossWave All-In-One Multi-Surface Cleaner. It’s basically a combined vacuum and mop that lets you deep clean all your floors (and rugs) in one quick swoosh.
Dec 19, 2016
A London Bachelor Pad Gets a Warm, Modern Makeover
Project by: Katy Stevenson Bretton of Katy SB Design Location: London, United Kingdom When a bachelor musician approached Katy Stevenson Bretton of Katy SB Design to transform his East London home into a warm, inviting retreat, it was music to the designer’s ears. Playing off the bones of the house, she incorporated industrial nods throughout, seen in brick walls and Edison bulb light fixtures.
Dec 18, 2016
Colorful Bathroom Tiles Are Coming Back (& They’re Inspired by This Unexpected Decade)
Looking at pictures of vintage bathrooms and kitchens is one of my favorite hobbies, and lately, I’ve been noticing something very interesting: When it comes to style and over-the-top glamour, nothing beats ’20s bathrooms. Sure, the ’80s were wild, but bathrooms from 1920s are… something else. Let’s take a look at these Art Deco beauties. Above: This Art Deco style bath from 1929 is the perfect embodiment (in bathroom form) of the Roaring Twenties.
Dec 18, 2016
Before & After: A Striking Yet Simple Fireplace Makeover
The size and scale of this fireplace is striking which means that changing its look has a big impact on this space. The homeowners also opted for a new wall paint color. Together, these changes give off a whole new vibe. Take a look: From Christina: I am not a big DIY person so I spoke to the amazing contractor Adrian at Craftsman Construction that we worked with on this project, about how they were able to change the multi-colored stone fireplace into the clean white look that we finished with.
Dec 18, 2016
65 Inspiring Kitchen Island Ideas
Dec 18, 2016
The Modern Holiday Tabletop That Looks Good Any Time of Year
As the holidays quickly approach, getting your dinner table set (and styled) will certainly be on your to-do list. If you’re looking for a fresh twist on a time-old tradition, look no further. Sarah Ashley Schiear, of Salt House, shares her simple tips on decorating your tabletop from fork to plate — and more. And best of all? It’s affordable…sleek…and can be used any time and any season. (So no need to buy all new things you’ll only use once or twice a year).
Dec 17, 2016
10 Natural Cleaning Recipes Everyone Should Know by Heart
Is your cleaning mantra “When in doubt, douse it in bleach”? While you might feel confident your house is sanitary and squeaky clean, you can’t always trust that your health isn’t suffering—the problem with many household chemical cleaners is that they’re actually toxic to your health. Instead, you might want to try borrowing a greener, cleaner recipe from your grandmother.
Dec 16, 2016
A California Ranch Home That Takes Style Inspo From Valley of the Dolls
Name: David Location: Verdugo Woodlands — Glendale, California We bought our 1962 Ranch-style house in 2012. We were only the third owners. We were immediately drawn to the privacy, and great flow of the 2,600 square foot, two bedroom, three bath house which was built for entertaining. All the entertaining spaces open to the kidney shaped swimming pool and patio. The house hadn’t been redecorated since 1975.
Dec 16, 2016
The Sanity Saving Power of Saying No This Holiday Season
(Image credit: Erin Wengrovius) From Kitchn → The Power of Saying No
Dec 16, 2016
Look We Love: This is the New Scandinavian
If you make a habit of following design blogs, then you’re probably quite familiar with the look that a lot of Scandinavian interiors have: white walls, light floors, minimal furnishings, neutral tones. But lately, the Scandinavians, ever the design innovators, have been shaking things up a little, with new textures, new shapes, and even a little bit of color. This is the New Scandinavian look, with all the design cred of the old, plus a little something extra.
Dec 16, 2016
Excess Baggage: What to Ditch When Your Bags Are Overweight
You may have packed lightly and organized on the way to your destination, but it never fails: excess baggage follows you home from vacation like a lost puppy. You invested time in finding all those sand dollars, and there was this perfect little gift in the window of the most adorable shop ever, begging to be taken home to Mom. Now, these perfect little gifts laugh mischievously as you stare at your suitcase in dismay. But that’s not the only problem. Your bags are overweight.
Dec 16, 2016
Before & After: Dining Room Mural Makeover for “Elegance on a Budget”
We’ve seen Natalie’s 19th century home before and this time she’s tackling her dining room. Not happy to just strip the floors and replace the chandelier, she put her artistic talents to good use and painted something gorgeous on the walls. From Natalie: My husband and I bought a circa 1870s house in Pittsburgh nearly three years ago. The house has a wonderful lived-in feeling and great bones, but it needed an infusion of style.
Dec 16, 2016
Tiny House Fever Hits the Olympics
Finding a place to crash during the Olympics may not be the easiest task, unless you happen to be part of the games or know someone in the host city who’s willing to let you couch surf for the duration of the festivities. Does either of those scenarios apply to you? If so, congratulations, you lucky son of a gun (and yes, we are totally jealous).
Dec 16, 2016
The Secret to a Full & Fabulous Christmas Tree Look
Dan and Yves live in a gorgeous home in Chelsea that they’ve created a chic, farmhouse-style vibe in. They’ve done a great job decorating their small space for the holidays, and their Christmas tree is the crowning piece of decorating glory, a truly full and fabulous tree. Yves and Dan describe how they decorated the Christmas tree in their small but chic Chelsea rental: We always decorate our tree in layers.
Dec 16, 2016
10 Gifts for the Best Baker in Your Life
(Image credit: Susanna Hopler) From Kitchn → 10 Gifts for the Cook Who Loves to Bake
Dec 16, 2016
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Heat Up the Party (Without Overheating the House)
Everyone wants to throw the hottest holiday party — just not literally. But between the oven crammed with deliciousness, the party guests filling your living room, and the heat cranked up against the snow outside, things can get toasty this time of year. Never fear: Whether you’re serving a feast for 12 or ringing in the New Year with 30 of your nearest and dearest, we’ve got one simple trick for keeping your house the perfect temp.
Dec 16, 2016
A Beautiful, Fixer-Upper Bungalow
Name: Brett Location: Oakland, California My home is a 1900 Craftsman that has been a true labor of love. The house was a complete fixer upper when my husband and I bought it earlier this year and we’ve spent nearly half the year completely renovating the entire thing. My husband and I had been talking about moving from San Francisco to Oakland for a few months and just so happened to stumble upon our house at the right place and the right time.
Dec 15, 2016
5 Adorable Ways to Package Cookies for Gift Giving
(Image credit: Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio) From Kitchn → 5 Cute & Easy Ways to Package Cookies for Gifting
Dec 15, 2016