An Abigail Ahern-Inspired Living Room Filled with Thrifted Treasures
Name & Location: Nicola in Leeds, United Kingdom My Favorite Room: Living Room Specs: 215 square feet, owned Nicola’s living room if full of deep, dark colors, funky textures and the sort of textiles and fabrics you just want to snuggle up and get cozy. With a fun mix of thrifted and new purchases, the space has a ton of personality that complements the Victorian architecture of the home. All of the elements work together to make a perfectly welcoming family living room.
Feb 28, 2017
This Is How Much You Should Budget to Spend on Groceries
(Image credit: Alicia Macias) From Kitchn → This Is How Much You Should Spend on Food and Groceries
Feb 28, 2017
Find the Right Pendant Light For Your Style (and Budget!)
There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to personal style, and lighting is no exception. For every design preference, we have your pendant light counterpart: are you bohemian and all-natural? Industrial and hard-edged? Just thrifty and know how to grab a good deal when you see it? With the huge selection available, there’s no wrong answer (only many, many great options). Have your ideal vision in mind?
Feb 28, 2017
An Easy Upgrade for an IKEA Kitchen Cart
Ahhhh, the beloved IKEA Forhoja kitchen cart. Useful, sturdy and if we’re being honest, a little bland. But hey! Sometimes that’s what you want in a kitchen cart. Mylinh was looking for something with a little more pizzaz, so she decided to add some dreamy romance to this classic work horse. With this easy and inexpensive project you can adapt it to your style and in endless ways.
Feb 28, 2017
Ready to Live Longer? This Study Suggests It’s Time to Turn Over a New Leaf.
From Apartment Therapy → Want to Live Longer?
Feb 28, 2017
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How To Clean Your Hardwood Floors Year Round: A Quick Guide for Parents, Pet Owners, and Humans in General
Hardwood floors are so easy to keep clean. That is, as long as your floors never come into contact with paw prints, soccer cleats, tracked-in mud, spills, or humans in general. If your hardwoods do come in contact with, you know, life, our friends at Bona® have made a gentle but powerful deep cleaner that’s designed for quick year-round cleaning whenever you can find a minute in between dog walks, picking cereal up off the floor, and/or just living your real life.
Feb 28, 2017
Married Interior Designers Find Their Sweet Spot in a Historic Home
Name: Tracy, Jason and Lucy the Chihuahua Location: Historic Village — Zionsville, Indiana Tracy and Jason have a bright, clean and modern aesthetic that makes their 1890s historic home sing. After moving around for a bit their new home has beautiful hardwood floors, enviable amounts of natural light all in a seriously quaint small town. After a year in their space the home looks curated yet warm and is still a work in progress.
Feb 27, 2017
So Your Bedroom’s Not Much Bigger Than Your Bed: Here’s How to Make it Work
Teeny tiny bedroom got you down? Fear not. We're here to help.
Feb 27, 2017
Before & After: A Tiny Bathroom Gets a Stylish Space-Maximizing Makeover
Shara’s old bathroom, while not totally on the cutting edge of design trends, was still pretty cute and seemingly livable. Turns out there were some structural issues with the bathroom (discovered during a kitchen remodel), so Shara jumped at the opportunity to rethink and upgrade the small space. She switched around the layout, built her own beautiful wooden vanity and added some sleek design elements that turned the bathroom into a spa-like space of serenity.
Feb 27, 2017
5 Questions You Should Always Ask Before Buying a Big Appliance
(Image credit: Cathy Pyle) From Kitchn → The 5 Questions You Should Always Ask Before Buying a Big Appliance
Feb 27, 2017
Plagued With Dated Mirrored Walls? 5 Design Ideas to Make Them Work
Sometime a few decades back, it seems that designers cottoned onto the fact that mirrors are (er, make that can be) fantastic for interiors. They reflect light, thus making a space look brighter and larger. There’s also a certain shiny-glam factor to them, owing to the fact that traditionally, glass is an expensive finish to splash about. That all being said, there can definitely be too much of a good thing, especially when mirrors are concerned.
Feb 27, 2017
High & Low: Build a Transitional Modern Living Room On Any Budget
It’s up for debate for sure but I think for many, the living room—especially for apartment or condo dwellers—is the most used space in their home. It’s where you relax, entertain, get some work done and maybe even have a bite in front of the T.V. Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t do all that and still have a stylish and functional living room.
Feb 27, 2017
You Need This One Cleaning Tool in Your Kitchen
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → The One Cleaning Tool You Really Need in Your Kitchen
Feb 27, 2017
Meg Ryan’s SoHo Loft is For Sale for $10.9 Million
Meg Ryan’s moving on from her spacious New York City loft. Peek inside the When Harry Met Sally star’s SoHo space. In 2013, Ryan purchased the property from The Simpsons star Hank Azaria for $8 million, and she’s given it a bit of a facelift in the four years since. The 4,100 square foot loft comprises the entire fifth floor of a building built in the 1880s. The apartment has two bedrooms plus an additional sleeping area with French doors and three bathrooms.
Feb 26, 2017
The (Scratch-&-Sniff) Wallpaper in this Austin Home is Everything
Design by: Veronica Koltuniak of Verokolt Architect: Ben May Design Home Builder: Bryer Construction and Installation, LLC Location: Austin, Texas Scratch-n-sniff wallpaper isn’t usually the first jumping off point in a design plan, but when Veronica Koltuniak of Verokolt lucked out with such a cool client—a self-confirmed bachelor who prefers a home filled with friends, music and late night jam sessions—requesting such rarities, she couldn’t believe her luck.
Feb 26, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: A Real-Life Rental Before & After in Philadelphia
It’s a funny thing what happens when you move into a new home. All of a sudden, the furniture pieces that worked so well for you in your previous abode just don’t feel…right anymore. Sure, some things transition seamlessly, but others end up feeling too small or too basic in the new space. Vijay Nathan—Apartment Therapy Media’s Product Manager—and his wife Anita would certainly agree. If you’ve been following along with the couple’s rental loft 2.
Feb 26, 2017
If Unicorns Were Household Items, They’d Look Like This
As a close watcher of trends in the design world, I will say that there’s a lot out there that is very beautiful, but few things that feel really new. There are always exceptions, though, like these iridescent homewares (and accessories). They feel different and futuristic and maybe even a little bit magical, the perfect thing for taking your home, and your style, to the next level. Above: Definitely a bit pricey, but watch for sales.
Feb 26, 2017
Instant Art: 3 Easy Ideas for Floating Glass Frames
Floating frames are having a moment. There’s something so eye-catching about seeing a photograph, feather or message suspended in midair—and the fact that it’s one of the simplest framing techniques (no matting necessary) makes it even more popular. If you want to add more art to your home, but don’t have time for yet another project to procrastinate on completing, turn to these three ideas that take less than 5 minutes to make.
Feb 26, 2017
7 Real Homes that Master the Art of Organization
It’s easy to spend an entire day clicking through photos of gorgeous houses and apartments and finding decor inspiration, but what about when it comes to organizing? There are beautiful, clever ways to store your things that you may not have even thought of yet.
Feb 26, 2017
How Real Couples Spend Their Sundays
Every week, it feels like Monday through Friday takes forever. Then when the weekend gets here, it whizzes by so fast it’s like it never even happened. You spend the whole week working, maybe go out on Saturday night, and then before you know it, it’s Sunday evening and it’s time to go to sleep and do it all over again. That’s why, for many people, it’s important to make every Sunday a good one—whether that means doing something fun, or being super productive.
Feb 25, 2017
Tommy Hilfiger’s Florida Home is a Pop Art Acid Trip
If you’d expect all-American designer Tommy Hilfiger’s home to be a preppy paradise, you’d be wrong. The Golden Beach, Florida mansion just came on the market this week, and you have got to see the inside. Golden Beach, for those unfamiliar, is halfway between Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Feb 25, 2017
Relaxed Sophistication in a Madrid Apartment
Name: Virginia Location: Madrid, Spain The goals of the redesign of our duplex penthouse in the western area of Madrid were to achieve spacious rooms, and bring natural light to areas that did not have it, such as the hall. Another one of the goals was to connect the exterior with the interior through large windows in the kitchen and living room that overlook the terrace that the apartment has on the ground floor.
Feb 24, 2017
10 Little Things I Always Do for Houseguests
(Image credit: Sophie Timothy) From Kitchn → 10 Little Things I Do for Houseguests
Feb 24, 2017
Sneak Peek: Our Newest Collaboration with Interior Define!
Here’s a sneak peek of the one, the only Ms. Chesterfield. I’ve been sitting on another secret for WAY too long. I’m thrilled that I can FINALLY share our newest collaboration with Interior Define with all of you. Ready for 2017, here’s my interpretation of the iconic Chesterfield sofa: a sleeker, sexier and more modern version, and she’s called Ms. Chesterfield.
Feb 24, 2017
This Furniture Show Is Entirely Devoted to Cats
Cat lovers, you have to check this out right meow. This new design show in Singapore is totally devoted to furniture that’s exclusively for felines. Aptly named 9 Lives, the show includes practical and aesthetically pleasing furniture exclusively for our feline friends. The show features nine designers (one for each of the lives) who “express their take on furniture design for cats for urban, compact living spaces.
Feb 24, 2017
Budget Basics: Our Favorite Vintage Mosaic Floor Tiles for the Bathroom
We love the look of a vintage-style mosaic tile floor in the bathroom. Like all true design classics, it matches with pretty much anything, and never really goes out of style. Compared to a lot of other options, it’s quite inexpensive — and when it comes to patterns, your choices are almost limitless. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Victorian Basketweave Black and White Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $70.99 for a box of 10 from Overstock 2.
Feb 24, 2017
Get the Look For Less: An Iconic Milo Baughman Accent Chair
Want to save over $800? Ok, I’m getting ahead of myself. This isn’t the first time I’ve sung the praises of Milo Baughman and his impressive body of work. His long term collaboration with Thayer Coggin produced some hugely popular modern designs, many of which are still hunted down and coveted to this day. And even while surrounded by it’s fellow sleek, chrome counterparts, the 1188 dining chair definitely still stands out.
Feb 24, 2017
Mandatory “Me Time”: How to Make Room for Your Hobbies on the Weekend
If you’re lucky, your weekends are designated “me time.” Those are the days you get to unwind from work and delve into hobbies, passions, or side projects that take us out of the daily grind and let us flex our interests and creativity. But, you know, sometimes life gets in the way. You were supposed to practice with that fancy new camera lens you bought, but then a mountain of laundry beckoned.
Feb 24, 2017
11 Things You Can Do for a Good Night
(Image credit: Emily Billings) From Kitchn → 11 Things to Do for a Good Night
Feb 24, 2017
Before & After: An Outdated Kitchen Goes For Cool Color Contrast
Any way you slice it, committing to a design upgrade can be hard and more than a little bit scary. After living a few years with a kitchen she did not particularly love, Havalah finally decided to pull the trigger on a kitchen makeover. After committing to doing the whole upgrade on their own, she had to settle on a look and feel for the space as well as the best way to accomplish it. The final result is clean and sophisticated while remaining kid friendly and welcoming.
Feb 24, 2017
Is This Miracle Buckwheat Pillow Really The Last Pillow You’ll Ever Buy? We Tested One to Find Out
I’ve been on a quest for the perfect pillow for years. My mattress game is on point, but the same cannot be said about my pillows. I’ve tried memory foam, contoured memory foam, down varieties (not for me…too much fluffing), down-alternative, gel-fiber, polyester fluff—you name it, I’ve slept on it.
Feb 24, 2017
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The Five-Star Collection Your Bathroom Deserves
Have you ever stayed in a hotel and noticed that everything in the bathroom just felt so much better? I’m talking towels the size of bed sheets and softer than silk. Buttery tub mats and bath rugs that your feet melt right into. Bathrobes that would bring a whole new meaning to lazy Sunday. Well it’s high time to bring that luxe treatment to your own bathroom.
Feb 24, 2017
The Kitchen Gadget That Sold Me on Kitchen Gadgets
I love gadgets, but not usually in the kitchen. Kitchen gadgets are often fads that come and go. Everything I find, however, comes with a good recommendation and this one came from a friend in LA, who emailed me with this crazy happy recommendation: “Maxwell! This thing is so exciting to use and it makes chopping so fun. I use mine almost every day.” Was she being paid to tell me this? Turns out, no — she genuinely loves this thing. So I got one and checked it out.
Feb 23, 2017
Sofa Drama: How West Elm’s Peggy Went from Popular to Discontinued to Refund-Worthy in Under a Week
West Elm’s Peggy sofa has been the source of much controversy this week. Here’s how the affordable mid-century style option went from popular pick to discontinued in just about six days. It all started when Anna Hezel’s piece, Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much?, was published on The Awl last Thursday. In it, she details how she and her partner bought the Peggy after moving in together.
Feb 23, 2017
A “Mid-Century Rainbow Bohemian Cottage” in California
Name: Rachelle Location: Berkeley, California Welcome to my mid-century rainbow bohemian cottage in the Berkeley hills! I’ve lived in the Bay Area for over fifteen years, and do a lot of hiking. When the opportunity came about to move a block away from some of my favorite trails, I was thrilled! The cottage is about 525 square feet, and sits behind the main house.
Feb 23, 2017
I Tested 17 Talenti Gelato Flavors and Ranked Them
(Image credit: Talenti Gelato) From Kitchn → I Tried 17 Talenti Gelato Flavors and Ranked Them
Feb 23, 2017
Build it on a Budget: Furnish a Living Room for Under $800
Back when I made the coveted transition from dorm to first college apartment, my living room consisted of a Walmart futon, curbside coffee table, and my roommate’s gigantic, cheetah print shoe chair lovingly transported from Long Island. And even though I’m well into early adulthood, I’m still slowly but surely building up to having a fully furnished, grown up apartment.
Feb 23, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: We Compared 3 Internet Designer Concepts for a Real-Life Rental Loft
Moving into a new place can be a fun adventure. It can also be a little daunting when you realize a hefty amount of the furniture you had in your previous home just doesn’t work anymore and you aren’t sure where to start the refresh process. Such was the case for one of Apartment Therapy’s Product Managers, Vijay Nathan and his wife Anita.
Feb 23, 2017
For Every Room in the House: What We’re Loving from the New Room & Board Catalog
Room & Board’s new catalog is here and we’ve just pored through its pages to find all of the treasures. With a modern spin put on classic mid-century and arts and crafts designs, the catalog shows off how the brand makes it possible for a broad array of different design tastes to be satisfied with their collections, making it easy to find something you love for every room of your house.
Feb 23, 2017
On Sale For Under $50: Little Decorating Luxuries
If spending so much time inside this season has you feeling like your home could use refresh, look no further. When opening the windows is out of the question, treating your space to a little something new can offset the winter blahs like nothing else. Here are eleven things we’re loving right now, that just happen to also be on sale for under $50.
Feb 23, 2017