Before & After: Doubling the Storage Space in a NYC Kitchen
When Jessica and her husband, David, moved from Westchester to New York City for work, they were lucky to find a spacious apartment in Hudson Heights with a breathtaking view of the Hudson river and the George Washington Bridge. One thing about the apartment that wasn’t so great: the kitchen. It was in decent shape, but its layout — a single row of cabinets and appliances, arranged along a single wall — left a lot to be desired when it came to counter space and storage.
Jun 18, 2017
Why Decluttering is Worth It: 6 Reasons You’ll Love Living with Less
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting into a decluttering groove, of riding the high of letting go of things, of piling the back of the car high with bulging bags bound for anywhere but the over-full garage. But that’s not the end of it. Once the excitement subsides, you’re left with a space that has, well, space and you’ll begin enjoying the benefits of a life with less.
Jun 18, 2017
What We’re Loving From Zara Home’s Colorful Sale
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Jun 18, 2017
When Your Hanging Space Just Isn’t Cutting It
Some people live in homes with walk-in closets with nearly absurd amounts of hanging space. Others live in old, quirky apartments with one closet 24 inches wide. If you are less than blessed when it comes to hanging space, you may be scratching your head about where to put all your clothes. But there are solutions — and we’ve got plenty of them here. Here are ten ways to buy (or DIY!) your way to closet bliss.
Jun 18, 2017
Before & After: Embracing Minimalism in a Tiny Bedroom
Susan’s teeny-tiny rental room didn’t offer much in the way of space or storage, but it did have a window to some of San Francisco’s charms. With some carefully calculated minimilasim, Susan was able to turn the room into a peaceful space, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. From Susan: I moved to San Francisco with a couple of suitcases and found a room that barely fit a bed and didn’t have a closet.
Jun 18, 2017
Don’t Be a Wallflower: Why You Should Consider “Floating” Your Bed
Here at Apartment Therapy, we like to encourage design solutions that break the rules. A few months ago, Eleanor caused a bit of a stir by saying that, yes, it is totally fine to put your bed on a wall right in front of a window. But what if — what if you didn’t put your bed on a wall at all? Floating the sofa is a pretty common choice in living rooms, which tend to be larger and have multiple traffic paths that need to be considered.
Jun 18, 2017
The Amazon Reviews For This Expensive Candle Are Priceless
While useful when deciding between vacuums or whether that book is as good as everyone says it is, Amazon’s customer reviews can also be a true source of hilarity and joy. For the Tom Dixon candle in Water, the category is the latter, and they have us drowning in tears of laughter. As if to inspire satire, the product description reads: Water lends its understated blend of watermelon and amber musk to deliver the sharp clarity of maritime freshness in your home.
Jun 18, 2017
A Beaut of a Beachside Australian Bungalow
Name: Nicole and her family Location: Austinmer, Australia The basics: 1 year, rented Nicole describes Austinmer as, “a hidden coastal village tucked between the mountains and the seas only an hour south of Sydney.” If that doesn’t get you packing your bags, Nicole’s breezy bungalow will have you hoping on a plane.
Jun 17, 2017
Major Clutter Buster: A Clever Way to Conceal Lots of Ugly Stuff
While our dream homes are clutter-free sanctuaries that would make Marie Kondo proud, our real homes are where we store our mismatched bedding sets, bulk paper towels from Costco, and Backstreet Boys CDs from circa 1999. To keep all of this mess out of sight and give the illusion of an organized home, try one of our favorite DIY clutter concealers. Curtains, roller shades, no-sew table skirts—these are the easiest ways to keep the chaos under wraps.
Jun 17, 2017
Home Offices So Beautiful, Work Will Never Feel Like a Chore
It’s not just how you work, but also where you work that’s important. Here at Apartment Therapy, we understand the influence that your physical environment can have on your state of mind, and that’s particularly true for the place where you work—whether that work is writing, or catching up on business, or just composing a few emails.
Jun 17, 2017
Before & After: Meh Marble & Woeful Wallpaper Get the Boot in This Library Transformation
Normally, wallpaper and marble are two elements we can’t get enough of. But in the case of the library in the home Debra planned to flip, it was all a little too much. With a gray paint and a pretty ingenious update to the flooring, this room did a total 180. From Debra: This space was the first thing you saw upon entering the house — and the worst.
Jun 17, 2017
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5 Light and Airy Furniture Pieces for a Year-Round Summer Feel
We are leaning way into the joy of trading rain boots for flip-flops and sweaters for tank tops. So into it, that we want to keep those cheerful, flirty vibes going all year long. Structube’s summer collection captures that spirit exactly, with pieces that are airy and nonchalant and won’t break the bank. Here are some of favorite finds… 1. This Pretty-In-Pink Loveseat, $399 Peonies, coral, a summer sunset…nothing says summer like pink.
Jun 17, 2017
A Bold, Contemporary and Cozy Brooklyn Brownstone
Name: Talia Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant — Brooklyn, New York The basics: 1 year, owned | 1,350 square feet After living in the smaller unit for a few year, Talia and her son moved down into the larger unit of their Brooklyn brownstone. Super bright and kid (and cat) friendly, the space feels stylish yet unintimidating. Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our apartment is on the garden and parlor floor of an old Brooklyn Brownstone.
Jun 16, 2017
Smart Cleaning Advice That Only Messy People Could Give
If you’re a messy person looking to making cleaning and organizing a little less painful—and, you know, incorporate it into your regular routine—who better to get advice from than people who face the same challenges and have found ways to make it work? We asked self-admitted messy people to share their shortcuts and what helps them (along with combing through a few super helpful Reddit threads—this one and this one, to be exact).
Jun 16, 2017
The Fundamentals of Space Planning Your Bedroom
So you just moved in (that, or you’re itching to move some things around in your existing home). Now what? I don’t know about you, but I’m always so excited at the prospects of a blank canvas floor plan, until I actually have to start making decisions on where to put everything. I start questioning everything! Is my rug the right size? Should my sofa go against the wall or float in the room? Do my nightstands have to match?
Jun 16, 2017
Before & After: A Bland Bedroom Gets a Breezy New Look
Rosanna’s wanted to make the most of the natural light in her guest bedroom and used the One Room Challenge as a great excuse to do so. With a mere six weeks of time and fifteen hundred dollars, she was able to give the space a light and airy look, that played to the room’s strengths. The result is a guest room that is welcoming, breezy and full of thoughtful small touches.
Jun 16, 2017
Huge News: Amazon Is Buying Whole Foods
Amazon is going for grocery domination. The company announced Friday morning that they plan to buy Whole Foods in a deal worth $13.7 billion. The deal is expected to go through in the second half of 2017. The story is still developing but CNBC is reporting that according to a statement from Amazon, Whole Foods’ CEO John Mackey will remain on as the leader of the Austin, Texas based grocery chain, and that all of its locations will continue to operate under the Whole Foods name.
Jun 16, 2017
10 Drawer Hacks That Will Change the Way You Organize Your Entire Wardrobe
Rethinking the way you use your drawers—along with a little help from some clever products and DIYs like these—can make your dresser totally manageable.
Jun 16, 2017
This Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Recall Is a Huge (Dangerous) Bummer
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Jun 16, 2017
Daily Marketplace Deals: Leather Sofas, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Moroccan Rugs
We spend our days scouring the Marketplace for gems you can’t find anywhere else. Buy and sell with over 200,000 neighbors that love quality home furnishings and good design. Sometimes it seems like Netflix was invented to spend your weekends sprawled out on a buttery leather sofa like this one. Quality cowhide and clean lines make up the modern silhouette of the Madison Sofa. Available for $1699 (delivery included in the price!) from HipVan.
Jun 16, 2017
Don’t Let Bloodsuckers Keep You Inside: Our Best Mosquito Repellent Strategies
I live in Florida and I know very well how bugs can ruin both special outdoor events and perfectly ordinary daily moments. Just last week our s’mores summer kickoff was cut short by suuuuuper pesky gnats that insisted on hovering near our eyelashes and noses and we’ve endured more than one car ride with mosquitoes buzzing around in the van while my daughter screams in fear of being eaten alive (they do seem to feast on her especially, poor thing).
Jun 16, 2017
The Ultimate 20-Minute-Only Secret to a Clean Kitchen
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Jun 16, 2017
A Colorful, Cultivated and Comfortable Family Home
Name: Courtney and her family Location: Ross, California The basics: 7 years, owned (recently sold) | 2,800 square feet Courtney decorated her home with usability in mind, which you might not immediately guess given how stunning it is. Beautifully thought out, the space balances curated style with a life with children and all that entails. Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This was our family home for seven years.
Jun 15, 2017
Before & After: The Power of a New Color Palette
Older homes deserve to be celebrated. They usually have a bit more character, were often made with better materials and they just have that sense of history that makes you feel a part of something bigger. These qualities were especially true for The Cardinal House, a home that was renovated by Lanie and Brent, the very talented husband-and-wife team behind the Kansas City-based RootedKC.
Jun 15, 2017
6 Secrets for Getting Out of a Rut (That These Badass, Creative Women Know)
Colorful art and patterned textiles aren’t the only things I find myself envying while looking through the house tours we share. When I read about women kicking ass in creative careers and living in stylish, authentic homes, I want to know what they know. About design…and about navigating artistic lives. Seeing that these women have both careers and homes bursting with creativity, I want to know their secrets to getting out of a creative rut.
Jun 15, 2017
Inside Hilary Swank’s Former $12 Million West Village Townhouse
This gorgeous and swanky townhouse on Charles Street in the West Village happens to have a Hollywood connection. Can you guess? (Okay, it was previously owned by Hilary Swank.) Just down the road from Bon Jovi’s $17 million duplex, 33 Charles might not have posh amenities and celebrity neighbors, but it does have a little bit more West Village charm.
Jun 15, 2017
This Is the One Store Professional Organizers Love to Hate
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Jun 15, 2017
The Small Safety Risk Too Many People Are Taking at Home: Some Quick Facts About Home Burglaries
Many homeowners will tell you that securing their home is a top priority, however, that doesn’t mean home invasions aren’t a very real threat for Americans. According to a new survey by Eyewitness Surveillance—a commercial surveillance company based in Maryland—a burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, resulting in a startling 2.5 million home intrusions reported every year.
Jun 15, 2017
Before & After: A 25-Square-Foot Kitchen Gets a Serious Upgrade
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Jun 15, 2017
Zillow’s ‘Instant Offers’ Promises a Quick Sell, But at What Cost?
Selling a home is, by most accounts, a costly, complex, pain in the basement. That’s why a handful of companies, including real estate heavyweight Zillow, are trying to harness technology to make it quicker, easier and cheaper. Zillow announced in May that it’s testing a service called Instant Offers in Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., that allows homeowners to solicit bids from investors who can close quickly and pay in cash.
Jun 15, 2017
Before & After: A Dramatic Living Room Makeover Three Years in the Making
Lauren’s living room was dark and dated, and distinctly not her style. She gave renovating the space the old college try when she first moved in, but with other spaces in the home needing her energy and attention she wasn’t able to fully finish it. Enter one of the most valuable tools available to DIYers everywhere — a good friend. From Lauren: When we bought the house, the living room was dark and, to put it frankly, “depressing.
Jun 15, 2017
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Ariel and Dillon’s “Newlybed” Bedroom
After five years of long-distance, New Yorkers Ariel and Dillon are co-habitating for the first time. The couple is always on the move, whether they’re shopping Brooklyn farmers’ markets on the weekends or escaping the city for slow weekends on the Jersey Shore. And life is about to get even more hectic: They’re moving!
Jun 15, 2017
Why I Don’t Worry About Keeping Things Neat
(Image credit: Hayley Kessner) From Kitchn → Why I Don’t Worry About Keeping Things Neat and Tidy null
Jun 15, 2017
In Praise of Drunk Cleaning
I have always hated to iron. So imagine my surprise when a co-worker told me that the most relaxing part of his day was coming home, drinking a beer or two, and doing a little ironing. As someone who deeply detests ironing, I would never have dreamed of anyone finding it relaxing. As the daughter of two strict teetotalers, I would never have dreamed of mixing drinking and household chores. This was my first introduction to the wonderful world of drunk cleaning.
Jun 14, 2017
A Designer and Her Dogs Show Off Their Digs in Austin
Name: Jennifer Location: East Austin — Austin, Texas The basics: 1 year, rented | 1,500 square feet Jennifer and her dogs have put down roots in this lovely Austin home. Jennifer is a designer by trade, and her ability to mix high and low, make bold choices work and balance a space is truly on display here. Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in a great neighborhood on Austin’s eastside.
Jun 14, 2017
You’ve Earned It: 10 Real Life Merit Badges for When Life Gets Busy
Some days I’m a boss lady beast, working from sunrise to sunrise getting shit done with perfect posture while I eat three square meals. Other days, I’m amazed if I can even get out of bed and remember to wash off my makeup at the end of the day. All that is to say: Sometimes life gets away from you. Accomplishment keeps you going on those days when you have it together.
Jun 14, 2017
This House Is For Sale: Look Inside Bon Jovi’s $17 Million NYC Duplex
Who says you can’t go home? Jon Bon Jovi certainly has had a few of them in New York City in recent years. And he is currently on the move again, proving he’s not one to never say goodbye. The West Village duplex is on the market for $17.25 million. Located in the celeb favorite 150 Charles Street, Bon Jovi purchased the place in 2015 for $12.88 million, after selling his penthouse loft in Soho for $34 million, according to 6sqft.
Jun 14, 2017
The Worst Way to Organize Your Spices (& How to Fix It)
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Jun 14, 2017
A 1,500-Square-Foot Houston Home with Timeless Updates
Relaxing on a porch swing, sipping sweet tea under a large shade tree… Sounds completely dreamy to me, which is why I absolutely adore this charming single family home in historic Houston Heights. It’s spacious while still feeling cozy, with a balanced mix of vintage charm and modern updates and serene outdoor space for days. This is a quintessentially storybook family home, complete with porch swing, shade tree, breakfast nook and huge backyard.
Jun 14, 2017
Rent is Still Too Damn High, And People Are Working Too Damn Hard
The stats are in, and they confirm what we already knew: the rent is still too damn high, and people are working too damn hard to (ahem) “live the dream” — or just make ends meet. According to new research, there’s not a single state, county, or metro area in which a simple two-bedroom rental is affordable to a person working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, at the local statutory minimum wage.
Jun 14, 2017
It’s Time to Introduce Your Plants to Their Vintage Soulmate
I will never claim to have a green thumb. My local plant shop knows better than to try and sell me anything less than the most resilient greenery, and more than once I’ve tried to make dry leaves look gloomily intentional. Despite my lack of gardening skills, I love to dig through plant-packed homes on Instagram and drool over the inventive ways people have thought to display their collection.
Jun 14, 2017
Instant Architecture: The Best Ceiling Medallions to Dress Up Your Space
There’s no denying that appeal that architectural moldings can add to a space. And one of the easiest ways to get the look — with hardly any work at all — is with a ceiling medallion. Modern ceiling medallions, made of plastic or resin, are quite lightweight and can be attached with just adhesive (and maybe a few screws). If you’re looking to transform the look of your home, look no further than this list of 15 stylish options.
Jun 14, 2017
See 12 Stylish Goods for Sale From Your Neighbors
It’s hump day but don’t distress. If your week is feeling a little long, take part in some retail therapy. These fresh Marketplace listings are priced to move. Take a look, make an offer and don’t forget to list your own. The Marketplace is open to all, selling quality home goods and furnishings.
Jun 14, 2017