Before & After: A Wood Feature Wall Warms Up a Seattle Home
Project by: Sarah and Nick Karakaian of Nestrs LLC Location: Seattle, Washington Sarah’s sister found herself with a lovely, slightly imperfect home in Seattle. She called in the pros, aka Sarah and Nick, to help give her house some simple sophistication. A lucky find in the form of a brick wall, a few smart paint choices and a mix of DIY and shopped furniture pieces helped to create a warm and modern home.
Sep 30, 2017
This Couple Built a Tiny A-Frame in Montana for Just $700
Along with our love affair with everything mid-century right now, A-frame cabins have resurged in popularity — and one couple in Missoula figured out how to get the look for a lot less by building a tiny home in the iconic style. It’s giving us cabin fever, in the best possible way.
Sep 30, 2017
Would You Rent Your Furniture? New Startups Are Betting On It
Two new companies are betting on modern efficiency and our collective premium on the value of our time by breathing new life into an old decorating concept: renting, or renting to buy, our furniture.
Sep 30, 2017
Best Ergonomic Stools
I recently made the switch to an adjustable standing desk in my office, and it has made a world of difference. That said, I soon realized that my regular desk chair just wasn’t going to cut it anymore. With a more active desk I needed a more active seating option — and it turns out that the medical community agrees. Active seating — specifically ergonomic stools — helps to strengthen core and back muscles, while allowing the spine to achieve its natural curve.
Sep 30, 2017
Basic to Bougie: 10 Things Design-Obsessed Dog Lovers Need in Their Home
You love design, you love your dog, it’s only natural that you’d want great looking, modern pet pieces at home, right? Well, lucky for you (and Fido), the Internet delivers with a plethora of stylish dog beds, bowls and beyond. From basic dog treat jars to totally bougie acrylic and brass feeders (thanks Jonathan Adler!), here are 10 fabulous things for your home and fur baby. Let’s start with the most five-star piece of the bunch….
Sep 30, 2017
This Asterisk-Shaped Shipping Container Home Is Heading for the Desert
By now there’s plenty of evidence that shipping containers can make for some absolutely beautiful residences, but in case you’re not hip to how cool it can actually be to live inside of the bulky structures, have a look-see at this concept shipping container home in Joshua Tree, California and try not to marvel at the modern, sleek renderings.
Sep 30, 2017
We’ve Accepted that Hat Galleries are a Thing. Here’s How to Make One
Our hats are off (sorry) to this popular and DIY-able decor.
Sep 30, 2017
Before & After: This Office Stepped Back in Time (In a Very Stylish Way)
Darren and Catherine’s client wanted their new office space to be welcoming, interesting and a reflection of their interests. Going from bland basic office white to a bold orange gave the space an immediate jolt of personality, and then the team layered on vintage and flea market finds, colorful industrial furniture and funky patterns. From Darren & Catherine: The new Senior Dean wanted his office to be a warm and inviting space for students, families and faculty.
Sep 30, 2017
Katy Perry Lists Her Runyon Canyon Home for $9.5 Million
California Gurl Katy Perry is on the move. The pop star and recent VMAs host has listed her Hollywood Hills home atop the city’s popular hiking spot, Runyon Canyon. Variety reports that it’s one of two properties the singer is unloading, since they failed to sell off market with a rumored combined asking price of $15 million. This one is the larger of the two, and boasts 7,416 square feet, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two half baths on 2.33 acres.
Sep 30, 2017
Here Are The Most Dog Friendly Cities in the US
It’s no secret that modern Americans love our doggos — to the tune of 89 million dog-owning households — and that we sometimes (always?) base decisions around whether or not the dog can tag along. But where, exactly, is the most dog-obsessed city in the country? According to the methodology in this new research from WalletHub, which ranked the 100 most populated U.S.
Sep 30, 2017
This Weekend: Easily Eliminate Years of Buildup in Your Bathroom
When I think of bathroom buildup, I think of grout first, and all the ick that accumulates in between the tiles. Tackling those lines is a major chore, requiring a ton of elbow grease and most likely a stiff brush. Turns out there’s a second spot that also gets gross, but, in this case, couldn’t be easier to clean. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how painless this particular weekend project will be — there’s no scrubbing required!
Sep 30, 2017
Before & After: A Basic IKEA Desk Gets Some Personality
After spotting this bright pink, approachably Boho IKEA hack on the internet superhighway, we knew we had to share it with you. After hitting up the IKEA ‘as is’/clearance section, Becky and Kelsey (aka The Sorry Girls) knew they could make something out of this compact, but slightly boring desk situation. They snatched it up, took it home and worked their DIY magic! From Becky and Kelsey: We started by priming then painting our set pink.
Sep 29, 2017
We Have Proof: All You Need for a Clean Home is 10 Minutes a Day
We’re all busy, but we can probably all spare 10 minutes or so, right? Just a few minutes a day is all you need to keep your home clean and in order—and if you don’t believe it, we’ve got proof. The guide you need to turn you into a believer? “Simply Clean,” a new book out this year by Becky Rapinchuk (aka Clean Mama).
Sep 29, 2017
Before & After: A Condo in a Former Church Gets a Modern Update
Project by: Barbara of Galyean Vail Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Barbara’s clients’ condo in a former church was naturally architecturally interesting, but needed a cohesive style that could highlight the more enviable aspects of the home. She worked with them to bring in color, play up the natural lights and sprinkle in sophisticated accessories to create a cohesively stylish home.
Sep 29, 2017
Is Aldi (Yes, the Budget Grocer) The Next Decor Haven?
When I moved to a small town and first encountered an Aldi, I did not understand it. There was, like, one employee working? And you had to pay a quarter for a cart (you get back the quarter, but still, good to know beforehand in case you don’t normally have change on you)? After a couple more visits, however, I was in love, and Aldi is now my favorite grocery store. It’s chock-full of incredibly low-priced food, wine and beyond, and the selection changes constantly.
Sep 29, 2017
Here’s How Much Extra Cash You’d Have If Rent Were Affordable
Imagine, if you will, that you only had to pay the recommended maximum of 30% of your income on rent. For a family earning $100,000, that would be $2,500 a month. Not exactly chump change, to be sure — but still not enough to afford even a median-priced two-bedroom apartment in cities like New York, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, or Los Angeles (places where a six-figure salary doesn’t stretch like it used to).
Sep 29, 2017
Style in a Flash: 12 Bold Entryway Projects to Try This Weekend
Entryway in need of some TLC? We have a dozen ideas to try on for size.
Sep 29, 2017
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Sep 29, 2017
Before & After: 3 Days, $200 and a Bold New Bathroom Look
With a wedding on the horizon, Cali knew that she didn’t have a ton of extra money lying around but also wanted to give her bathroom a bit of an upgrade before hosting guests. A well-timed bridal shower gift, a rich dark paint color and three days later, she found herself with a sleek and sexy new bathroom. From Cali: We have wanted to fix up this bathroom since I moved in five years ago.
Sep 29, 2017
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Inspired Innovations for a Smarter Kitchen
The kitchen is the home’s powerhouse of innovation. It’s the lab where you test new ingredients, try new recipes, and taste new flavors. When that spark of cooking inspiration strikes, having a kitchen that’s prepped and ready will help you bring that new dish to fruition. We’ve combed through years of kitchen tips and boiled it all down to a handful of recurring solutions that people have used to create spaces where anything is possible.
Sep 29, 2017
Beyoncé Sells Her Midtown Pad For $10M
Bey and Jay have been quite the busy real estate moguls as of late. The most recent deal? Queen B recently unloaded a Midtown apartment for a cool $9.95 million. The NY Post reported Thursday that sources say that “the sale happened really quickly. They were hard to reach — there was so much going on.
Sep 29, 2017
This Is What Your Coffee Order Says About You
(Image credit: Charity Burggraaf) From Kitchn → What Your Coffee Order Says About You null
Sep 29, 2017
New Study Reveals How To Avoid Bringing Home Bedbugs
Nothing strikes terror into the hearts of millions like one simple word: bedbugs. Thankfully, new research published yesterday reveals how to avoid bringing the creatures home with you, and therefore infesting your apartment. Instances of bedbugs have been on the rise, in part because of increased international travel. The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, has found that there are some things you can do to prevent the pests from coming home with you.
Sep 29, 2017
How to Make a Bold Bed Statement With Just Fabric
In small studios, it’s common to hide or disguise a bed to save space. Stanley Lewis took another route. Instead of masking it, he opted to make it the centerpiece of his 500-square-foot studio. Rather than tucking it in the corner, he chose to celebrate it and make it the highlight of the room. There’s no expensive custom bed frame or headboard here, though. Most impressively, he did it all with just a mattress, a box spring, and fabric!
Sep 29, 2017
Joanna Gaines Is Sharing Sneak Peeks of New Furniture On Instagram
Good news for Gaines super fans: Joanna is sharing sneak peeks of her new line of furniture for Magnolia Home over on Instagram right now. Jo is currently in High Point, North Carolina setting up High Point furniture market, and she’s sharing quite a few looks at new items coming to the Magnolia Home brand. Magnolia Home is sold at their store in Waco, Texas, and at select retailers (the rugs and pillows debuted at Pier 1 earlier this year). “I am so excited about all the new pieces!
Sep 28, 2017
Your “Treat Yourself” Mentality Is Making You Sick
(Image credit: Pexels) From Kitchn → When Our “Normal” Is Way Too Much null
Sep 28, 2017
Toss Your Allen Wrenches: IKEA Buys TaskRabbit
Huge news from Sweden today, as sources say that IKEA has purchased TaskRabbit, according to Recode. TaskRabbit, one of the biggest players in the gig economy where people offer their time and services as housecleaners, movers, furniture assemblers, and the like, will “become an independent subsidiary within Ikea and CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot and its staff would remain,” sources also told Recode.
Sep 28, 2017
Amazon Announces Echo Spot, The Cutest Smart Home Device Yet
It looks like a Magic 8 ball.
Sep 28, 2017
The Best Under $30 Buys From Amazon For Your Kitchen
Struggling with a not-so-stylish kitchen? Have a space you love, but want to tap attractive products to round it out aesthetically? Whichever situation you relate to most, sprucing up your counters and cabinets with goods that will make your kitchen look and operate better is a winning strategy (especially when any piece item is super affordable).
Sep 28, 2017
Never Miss a Text: This Airline Is Offering Free In-Flight Messaging
Exciting news, frequent fliers. You won’t have to miss out on messages while you’re in the air, thanks to one airline’s new free in-flight messaging. Delta CEO Ed Bastian announced on CBS This Morning Wednesday that the company will offer a free in-flight messaging service starting this weekend. It means that passengers can use use iMessage, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger on planes with wifi—without paying for internet service.
Sep 28, 2017
Before & After: From Scraggly Old Yard to Beautiful Oasis
The previous owners of Karin’s home had used the backyard as something of a doggy dumping ground. After some much needed clean up, Karin called in the professionals to help lay pavers and stone, before attacking the planting herself. Add in a shed and a re-done deck and you have a totally transformed backyard oasis. From Karin: I purchased my house in December, from people who were using the yard as a “doggie daycare”.
Sep 28, 2017
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Win: $2,000 Toward the Tile Upgrade of Your Dreams
Prize: A gift card to spend on the tile of your dreams! From: Fireclay Tile Value: $2,000 Tiling a kitchen or bathroom is such a dramatic way to personalize the home’s hardest working rooms. But the actual process of choosing and installing tile? Easier said than done. Enter Fireclay Tile, the California-based, sustainability-committed company that’s changing how we think about tile.
Sep 28, 2017
How I Really Organized My Kitchen Without a Single Drawer
(Image credit: Cambria Bold) From Kitchn → How I Organized My Kitchen Without a Single Drawer null
Sep 28, 2017
This IKEA Vending Machine Stocks Kitchen Gadgets
For its latest move, IKEA is thinking inside the box. The Swedish retailer has set up a vending machine at a Stockholm subway station, and nope, there’s not a meatball in sight. Instead, the machine at Hötorget station carries small kitchen items like a garlic press, an egg slicer, and other tools.
Sep 27, 2017
Two “Makers at Heart” Fill Their Almost 100-Year-Old Home With Smart & Savvy DIY Projects
Name: Heather, Jeff and their son, Reeve Location: Point Breeze —Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The basics: Owned — 1,693 square feet Heather and her husband have created an utterly enchanting, totally individual space. Heather purchased the home in her 20s and has since made updates to turn the space into a creative and colorful home for a family of three.
Sep 27, 2017
These Are the Best Things You Aren’t Buying at Costco
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) From Kitchn → The Best Things You Aren’t Buying at Costco, According to Our Readers null
Sep 27, 2017
How To Buy Your First Home: A No Nonsense Step-by-Step Guide
You know want to buy a home — you’re just not sure where to begin. And no wonder: Buying your first home can be a long, intimidating process, full of gross stuff like math, legal documents, and cutthroat competition. But have no fear: First-time buyers just like you do it all the time, and we’ll walk you through the process. First, you’ve got to make sure you’re emotionally and financially ready to buy a home.
Sep 27, 2017
Ellen Pompeo’s Mid-Century Hollywood Hills Home is for Sale
From TV doctor to real-life interior designer: Ellen Pompeo is collecting quite the real estate portfolio in her real life off-screen from Grey’s Anatomy, and an adept decorator’s eye to go with it. Back in May, we shared a peek inside Pompeo’s modern makeover of a Sag Harbor barn, and now the affable, design-obsessed actress has put her mid-century home in Hollywood Hills on the market for $1.995 million.
Sep 27, 2017
Study Says: These Are the Impulse Buys You Need to Watch Out for When Stressed
From Apartment Therapy → These Are the Impulse Buys You Need to Watch Out For When Stressed, Study Says null
Sep 27, 2017
We Tested Three Methods for Removing Coffee Stains and This One Won Out
Are you a frequent coffee drinker? Then you’ve probably also experienced the struggle of getting a coffee stain out of your favorite shirt—nothing like a big brown spot in the middle of an otherwise perfectly crisp white shirt to make you dread doing the laundry (not to mention, paranoid about coffee cup lids and too-full mugs). But while getting out coffee stains can be a struggle, there are products and cleaning solutions out there that can help.
Sep 27, 2017
How Much Are You Really Saving When You Wash in Cold Water? Or Power Down Your Laptop?
Decreasing the amount of energy you expend at home isn’t just good for the environment—it can be good for your bank account, too. According to a study from SaveOnEnergy, the average American spends a whopping $1,460 a year on electricity and $421 on natural gas; numbers that are expected to rise by 2 percent in 2018. Luckily, there are plenty of simple ways to reduce your daily energy use.
Sep 27, 2017
Will & Grace’s Set Decorator Tells Us All About the Show’s New (Old) Set
In case you haven’t heard, Will & Grace returns to NBC on Thursday, September 28, a full eleven years after its finale. We’re ducking back into the familiar lives of Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen over a decade later, and it’s no surprise that their spaces have changed. We talked with the show’s set decorator, Peter Gurski, and he answered some of our most burning questions.
Sep 27, 2017
We Reviewed IKEA Sofas IRL. These Are the Most Comfortable
With over 20 styles in dozens of configurations, we set out to review 13 of the retailer's most popular models. Read on to see which were the most comfortable.
Sep 27, 2017
Before & After: A Cozy and Minimal Master Bedroom
Amy saw how the previous owners had set up the master bedroom and decided to go in the exact opposite direction. She created a room that is both cozy and clean, despite having a fairly small footprint. From Amy: The previous owners let their two young daughters share the master bedroom since it was the largest room in the house, hence the bright color palette! And while I love me a little feminine flare, this room was just overkill.
Sep 27, 2017
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No More Fetching: Keep All Your Pet’s Stuff Together in One Place
Anyone who lives with dogs knows who’s really the master of the house. You can, however, take back some control in your home by reining in all their stuff. Stepping on a soggy, drool-drenched tennis ball is no way to start your morning. Instead of letting your house go to the dogs, keep it together by keeping all their toys and treats in one tidy spot. All it takes are a few easy-to-install organizers from Command™ Brand.
Sep 27, 2017