3 Things Keeping You from an Ultra-Clean Bathroom
An immaculate bathroom is hard to find. Considering how much time you spend in your bathroom everyday, keeping it clean and fresh can have a real impact on how you feel. Unfortunately, even after you spend hours cleaning, bathrooms have a tendency to get grimy fast.
Jun 14, 2017
Hurry! Southwest’s Birthday Sale Has Flights Starting at $39
If you’re starting to think about fall travel, you’re in luck. Southwest Airlines is celebrating its 46th birthday, and you get the gift. But the sale ends soon, so snag your flights now. The sale is for destinations across the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and one way fares start at just $39. The prices are good on trips between August 22 and December 16, and yes, there are blackout dates that apply (sorry, Thanksgiving travelers).
Jun 14, 2017
Before & After: A Flat is “Dated, Dark and Unloved” No More!
As a first time home buyer, Adam had his work cut out for him with his investment property. But with some serious willpower and skill, he created a lively and efficacious space that bears little resemblance to its former self. From Adam: Before we renovated the flat was very dated, dark and unloved. The existing layout was very impractical with the hallway/circulation space taking up a large amount of space. The flat consisted of a single bedroom, kitchen, living room, cupboard and bathroom.
Jun 14, 2017
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How to Choose the Right Rug: Color, Style, and Staying Power
Knowing where to start when you’re choosing a rug can be tricky. In the end, it will come down to personal taste, but when you’re just trying to jump in, there are a few standard starting points that will help you. Since it can be overwhelming to sort through all the options on the market, our friends at Macy’s have culled from their collections a few recommendations that demonstrate how each one works.
Jun 14, 2017
Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Arm Knitting
Oversized knit blankets crafted from chunky yarn and PVC-pipe needles have been floating around Pinterest for a few years now. And while the finished projects looked amazing, I couldn’t bring myself to buy supplies that would take up any more space in my apartment. But now that needle-free arm knitting has hit the DIY scene, I’m 100% on board with giant knit everything.
Jun 14, 2017
The Lessons I Learned from My 10-Square-Foot Kitchen
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Jun 14, 2017
A Unique Statement Wall Idea That’s Clever, Cheap & Chic
Everything about Aysu Sener‘s Dutch home is lovely. The color palette is warm and welcoming. A mix of textures adds an atmosphere of coziness. And of course, there’s Aysu’s beautiful macramé work. Upon closer reflection, though, the genius of Aysu’s interior design skills reveals itself. Her organic modern living room holds a secret: The statement wall behind the couch is show-stopping, unique and deceptively simple to recreate.
Jun 14, 2017
This Brooklyn Apartment is the Best Craigslist Find, Ever
Name: Melissa, Chad and Bleau the Great Dane Location: Brooklyn, New York The basics: 1 year, rented | 1,800 square feet Melissa’s Brooklyn apartment has soaring ceilings, modern industrial vibes and an enviable outdoor space. They’ve created a space that is perfect for hosting all manner of shindigs, relaxing after work, or relaxing all day (if you happen to be a Great Dane).
Jun 13, 2017
3 Easy Ways to DIY Your Own Backyard Fire Pit
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Jun 13, 2017
Audrey Hepburn’s Personal Belongings Hit The Auction Block
If you have a few extra thousand dollars lying around and an Audrey Hepburn-sized hole in your celebrity memorabilia collection, you’ll want to get your paddle ready, because some of the beloved actor’s personal belongings are hitting the auction block this fall.
Jun 13, 2017
Before & After: New Life for a Grim Brooklyn Bathroom
Some renovations are a long time in coming. In 2005, Felix got the opportunity to buy an apartment in the Williamsburg building where she’d been living for the past three years. She jumped on the chance, choosing an apartment with the exact same layout as the one she’d been living in on the fifth floor, just two floors down. The third-floor apartment came with a location that was much more convenient, and a bathroom that, while spacious, was also, in Felix’s words, a bit grim.
Jun 13, 2017
I Tried This Innovative Silicone Sponge & Here’s How It Went
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Jun 13, 2017
Interior Decorator Natasha Habermann Picks Her Marketplace Favorites
When it comes to home decor, I have no problem gathering general inspiration (“warm minimalism seems good”), but getting to step two and creating a cohesive look (“how did I end up with so much black?”) is a whole different story. That’s why I’m grateful that interior decorators like Natasha Habermann exist.
Jun 13, 2017
PSA: Your Old VHS Tapes Are Degrading Right Now
While the nostalgic look of vintage videotapes is turning up on everything from Instagram filters to entire digital video apps providing clips with the “camcorder treatment,” experts warn the reel deal is disintegrating forever in basements and attics everywhere, and right now. Because my dad was always a bleeding-edge adopter of technology, we were one of the first families on our block to own a VCR and camcorder back in the early 1980s.
Jun 13, 2017
Brilliant IKEA Hacks for Big Blank Walls
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Finding affordable art that you actually like is one of the hardest parts of furnishing a home. And once you finally find the pieces, you realize that frames cost even more than the art itself (yikes!). As per usual, IKEA (combined with brilliant bloggers around the web) saves the day with wall decor DIYs and art-hanging hacks that are totally within budget. You can kiss those blank walls buh-bye.
Jun 13, 2017
Before & After: A DIY Home Upgrade Under a Time Crunch
Tyler and his family were about to make the move into a house built in the 1950s when they realized that it would need some upgrades in order to be suitable for their young daughter. Two weeks of intense DIY fixes later, they’re home was not only livable, but totally adorable! From Tyler: Our boss’s father recently passed away.
Jun 13, 2017
This $2 Lunch Idea Is Perfect for Bringing Lunch to the Office
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Jun 13, 2017
Introducing the Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge
We love giving you, our Apartment Therapy readers, a behind the scenes sneak peek into the design process. It’s not that often we get to see how products go from inspiration to in store, but we jump at the chance to lift the veil whenever we can. So that’s why we are thrilled to announce an exciting experiment thought up by the wonderful people behind Dash & Albert: The Annie Selke Rug Design Challenge.
Jun 12, 2017
A Casually Cool & Comfortable Apartment, Decorated “Piece by Piece”
Name: Will and Jaz the cat Location: Westport — Kansas City, Missouri The basics: 2 years, rented | 500 square feet Will’s apartment has a casual cool that is endlessly inviting. Full of funky art and fantastic finds, it feels like a twist on classic Americana. We’re totally ready to stop on by for a beer on the balcony! Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I stumbled upon this little gem on Craigslist.
Jun 12, 2017
This Is the Easiest Herb You Can Grow Indoors
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Jun 12, 2017
7 Compact & Good-Looking Indoor Composting Bins for Your Kitchen
Want to be less wasteful but don’t know where to start? It might be time to try composting. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, food scraps and yard waste make up about 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and all of it should be composted instead. Composting has a lot of great benefits like reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and reducing methane emissions from landfills.
Jun 12, 2017
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Interior Define
With a slogan like "Beautiful design. Customized by you. Accessibly priced." the values of Interior Define are music to our design-loving ears.
Jun 12, 2017
Before & After: From an Outdated Hot Tub Shed to Chic Bedroom Escape
Tricia and Jason banded together to turn a bare bones, former loan office turned hot tub shed into an exceedingly cute guest house. They went slightly over budget, but they managed to turn this entire thing around in five weeks without any outside help! From Tricia and Jason: Our once-dilapidated, unused garden shed sits awkwardly off the side of the house close to our front porch.
Jun 12, 2017
Bye Bye Bad Bathroom: High-Impact Rental Upgrades
There are plenty of changes you can make to your bathroom that will have a big impact — even if you're a renter not an owner.
Jun 12, 2017
The Real Low-Down on Murphy Beds from People Who Use Them Every Night
I know Murphy beds have a reputation for being a smart choice when space is limited. But are they comfy? Are they hard to fold up and down? Do you have to sacrifice comfort for convenience? I decided to ask the best experts on Murphy beds to answer those questions and more: Three people who actually sleep in a Murphy bed every night. Editor Emily Graff lives in a patterned and pretty 550-square-foot Greenwich Village studio.
Jun 12, 2017
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Don’t Tell Anyone, but There’s an Awesome New Source for Vintage Finds Online
You know how you feel about that amazing new restaurant you stumbled across last weekend? The one that you really want to tell all your friends about but also secretly want to keep to yourself so you don’t ever end up having to wait two hours for a brunch table once the secret’s out?
Jun 12, 2017
Huge News: You Might Be Able to Amazon Your IKEA Starting in 2018
That Amazon Prime membership may become even more valuable soon: IKEA just announced that it’s going to start selling its products on websites other than its own beginning in 2018.
Jun 11, 2017
Before & After: An Old Shed is Totally Transformed Into a Chic Blogging Studio
When Charlotte first bought her home it came with a shed that she wasn’t quite sure what to do with. After landing on turning it into a workspace rather than a catch-all, she set about giving the space a major facelift while making sure it could serve as a workable space year-round. From Charlotte: Our historic home in Southport, Connecticut was built in the mid 1800s and has two exterior buildings. One is a large old barn and then this second space was a bit more of a head scratcher.
Jun 11, 2017
Before & After: A Fantastic IKEA Hack in a Cozy, Cocoon-Like Bedroom
Malcolm’s bedroom had seen better days. He decided to strip away all of the ’80s chintz and adopt a look more in keeping with the home’s Victorian roots. After putting in the work on a super impressive IKEA hack, going with a dark wall color and uncovering one gorgeous detail, he has a dramatic yet cozy bedroom.
Jun 11, 2017
Trendspotting: Medallion Tiles
Though white subway tile still reigns supreme in kitchens and baths, but on the floor, it’s another story. If you can’t help but notice that your Pinterest and Instagram feeds have a lot of medallion-style floor tiles lately, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone. Studio McGee‘s take on the trend (above) is the focal point of a seriously impressive kitchen makeover (the counters were originally black and very glossy).
Jun 11, 2017
The Shift in Thrift: Goodwill Steps Up to Compete with For-Profit Resale Shops
Good news, tag-popping shoppers: the thrill of the bargain hunt has officially become a massive moneymaker in the post-post-recession era, with e-commerce websites, peer-to-peer apps, and for-profit brick and mortar retailers all competing with charity shops to innovate resale shopping.
Jun 11, 2017
Travel the Globe on Foot with Denmark’s Walkable World Map
Exploring the entire world on foot sounds like an impossible feat, especially considering the fact that water covers nearly 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. Even for a mermaid, we’d venture to say that making a trip around the globe without the assistance of modern transportation is asking for a bit much. Luckily though, morphing into a half-human, half-sea creature isn’t necessary to get the exploratory deed done, thanks to this spectacular walkable world map in Denmark.
Jun 11, 2017
A Smart & Stylish New Bedroom for “Black-ish” Star Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi, who stars on ABC’s Black-ish (and an upcoming spin-off called College-ish) is living the dream—but she is also living at home, so she wanted her bedroom to reflect her personal style and to work as a functional place to study, conduct business and unwind. Because of her busy schedule, Yara turned to the online design service, Laurel & Wolf, to help make her goal of an organized and stylish bedroom a reality. Yara opened up her new bedroom for a room tour. Check it out.
Jun 11, 2017
A Textile Designer’s Vintage-Modern Home
Name: Mili, her husband and their dog Location: Dallas, Texas The basics: 2 years, owned | 2,300 square feet Mili’s home has a mid-century flair that is perfectly balanced with global finds and accented with gorgeous textiles from her own line. After a kitchen and dining room remodel, the home is now open and inviting. Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: It’s a 1979 ranch style home in Dallas, Texas.
Jun 10, 2017
IKEA Looks to NASA & Mars for Small Space Inspiration
IKEA’s latest collaboration is out of this world—literally. The Swedish retailer is partnering with the folks at NASA and Lund University to help create space saving furniture for space travel, as well as here on Earth. The exciting collaboration was announced at the company’s annual Democratic Design Day at their headquarters in Älmhult, Sweden.
Jun 10, 2017
EmergencyBnB: An Altruistic Spin on Airbnb
EmergencyBnB operates a lot like Airbnb: you enter a zip code, review descriptions and host profiles, and choose a short-term stay option. The difference? No money is exchanged. The hosts on EmergencyBnB offer up their spaces free of charge to refugees and victims of domestic violence. The site is currently operating throughout the U.S., Europe, and beyond. Take a look at this citizenship in action.
Jun 10, 2017
How the World Does Laundry
No matter where you live, laundry is probably a big part of your routine. In fact, according to a new study by Nielsen, globally 67 percent of people said they do laundry at least twice per week, and another 31 percent said they do laundry every day. But despite similarities in how often people around the world clean their clothes, there are some differences in how they do their laundry (if they even do it themselves at all).
Jun 9, 2017
5 Tiny Homes Under $80,000 That Will Totally Make You Want to Downsize
Have you ever dreamed of what it’s like to live in a tiny home? I hadn’t before, because living in a cramped Brooklyn apartment feels challenging enough. But, after combing through listings to see what the tiny house market is like, I feel like I get the tiny homes thing now. These houses are the cutest, plus they seem totally functional in terms of space and storage, and they’re way more affordable than a regular home.
Jun 9, 2017
A Pretty in Pink Freshman Year Dorm Room
Name: Cara, her roommate, 2 suite-mates and 9 plants Location: Baltimore, Maryland The basics: 8 months, rented | 286 square feet At first glance, you would have a hard time sussing out the fact that Cara’s room is actually in a dorm. The bright colors and cute accents are a far cry from the white cinderblock and bunk beds most often associated with freshman year. Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This is my freshman-year dorm room.
Jun 9, 2017
Splurge, Save, Steal: Plush and Stylish Vintage Rugs
Every design element needs it’s counterpart: for every shiny hardwood floor, your toes are probably also craving comfort from the right rug. Aside from the obvious underfoot plushness, rugs are essential for bringing fresh texture into a room, and a nice burst of color or pattern that you might not want on your walls. There are a ton of beautiful vintage rugs on the Marketplace, but these three stood out for being great deals (and yes, a well-deserved #treatyourself moment).
Jun 9, 2017
These Are the Best Home Finds at Costco (Membership Not Required!)
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Jun 9, 2017
The Prettiest Patios on the Internet (And How to Get the Look)
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Jun 9, 2017
IKEA’s Newest Fashion Designer Collaborations Might Be Its Edgiest Yet
More news coming out of Älmhult from IKEA’s annual Democratic Design Day has us excited for the future of fashion meets furniture. The Swedish retailer announced its latest collaborations with fashion designers and we have some sneak peeks at the upcoming collections. First up is the OMEDELBAR collection from Swedish fashion activist and stylist Bea Åkerlund.
Jun 9, 2017
Before & After: A Striking, Hand-Drawn DIY Wall is the Star of a Guest Bedroom Makeover
Nancy’s second bedroom was in need of a little oomph, and oomph it received! With a hand-drawn wall treatment, colors and patterns and incredible furniture finds, the space went full force glam. From Nancy: Before, we used our small second bedroom for storage and to hold our treadmill. It was a complete waste of space, and in NYC that is completely unheard of. It’s a pretty narrow room, but it has good bones with its pre-war moldings and original hardwood floors.
Jun 9, 2017