Design Lovers Mix Their Style & Stuff in Brooklyn
Name: Zachary Ioannucci Location: Greenpoint — Brooklyn, NY Size: 1000 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting I live with my boyfriend Travis. We’re both into interior design and I’m sure we both wish we could start over again and do that. The furniture is a mix of his and mine. Nothing was really planned. We just went forward with what we already had/found and built around that. Also, fun fact — we had seen twenty six apartments before seeing this one.
Nov 30, 2017
How to Avoid the Great Christmas Tree Shortage of 2017
If you’re the type of holiday decorator for whom it’s a real tree or none at all, then get thee to the nearest nursery, stat. Experts are predicting a Christmas tree shortage this year, thanks to the impact of the Great Recession on tree farms starting nearly a decade ago.
Nov 30, 2017
Anne Hathaway Picks Up a Connecticut Colonial Holiday Home for $2.79 Million
Like something straight out of a storybook.
Nov 30, 2017
The “Lost Art Form” Meghan Markle Says Should Make a Comeback
In a world of overflowing inboxes, communication is often instant, nearly constant, and usually “urgent.” And brief, if we’re lucky, because the daily struggle to get to inbox zero is all too real. Sure, you can get your flirt on via text or email, or send off a quick thank you or congratulations, but what happens when you want to communicate in a more personal, romantic, lengthy or memorable way?
Nov 30, 2017
Diane Keaton’s New Home is Very Diane Keaton
How many times a day do you stop what you’re doing in order to wonder where in the world Diane Keaton hangs her many hats? What kind of furniture is she sitting on when she sips either the red or white varietals of her wine, The Keaton? Well, thanks to a feature in Wine Spectator, our Diane-design related questions have been answered. A serial house flipper and Pinterest enthusiast, it’s no surprise that her home is a stunner.
Nov 29, 2017
Everyone On Pinterest Is Obsessed With This (Slightly Ridiculous) Holiday Decor Idea (& We Don’t Hate It)
In a day and age when social media and inspiration-heavy sites like Pinterest make you feel like everything you create for your home or how you decorate for the holidays has to be (literally) picture perfect and super chic, there are rays of hope that sometimes the internet is up for something slightly ridiculous. Case in point: the recent obsession with not-the-least-bit-elegant-but-maybe-pretty-great giant balloon Christmas lights.
Nov 29, 2017
The Small Appliances We’d Bring to a Deserted Island
The “stranded island test” is a good way to think about the products you use that you really, truly love. I asked the Apartment Therapy editors what one small appliance they’d bring along if we were all whisked away to an island in the middle of nowhere (where electric outlets may or may not exist, but that part isn’t supposed to matter).
Nov 29, 2017
An Author & Artist’s “Modern Adult Meets Fun Child” Brooklyn Reno
Name: Rajiv Fernandez Location: Brooklyn, New York Size: 540 square feet Years lived in: 3 years I am a freelance architect, artist and children’s author. I founded my company Lil’ Icon in 2017 that does design to make you think and wink. The premise for my design company is evident in the apartment — sophisticated in base palette with pops of fun in the accessories. I originally hail from Iowa and moved to NYC for grad school 10 years ago.
Nov 29, 2017
Before & After: A 100-Year-Old House Gets a New Life
I love old houses, and I love a good Before and After, so I particularly love this story about a small-town Texas home that was lovingly and painstakingly restored. In Texas, where land is cheaper and new construction is common, many homeowners prefer building a brand-new house to dealing with the quirks of an old one. But one homeowner fell in love with a 1920s cottage in the small historical district of small-town Hillsboro, Texas, and became determined to bring it back to life.
Nov 29, 2017
Study Proves Renters Can be Wealthier than Buyers (Really!)
How many times have you heard that renters are “just throwing their money away”? Well that’s not true, for a few reasons. First, owning a home is expensive. There’s a mortgage — which, in the early years, is more taxes and interest than actual equity (i.e. the first few years of owning a home is also throwing a lot of money away; I broke down my actual mortgage payment in this post, if you’re interested in reading more about that).
Nov 29, 2017
10 Essential IKEA Pieces for Small Living Rooms
These get our vote for stylish space savers.
Nov 29, 2017
Before & After: A Galley Kitchen Gets a Bright, Modern Update
The galley kitchen of this Brooklyn apartment wasn’t in terrible shape, especially compared to some kitchens we’ve seen. But the builder-blah ’90s color scheme made the space seem dark and dated, and the wide-set floor tiles left lots of room for grout, which means lots of room for collecting dirt.
Nov 29, 2017
Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Christmas Tree
For anyone who’s ever excitedly bought a tree that turned out to be a serious needle dropper/too heavy to carry up the stairs/completely devoid of any festive scents — this buying guide is for you. Aesthetics are one thing, but there is so, so much more to consider. You know the deal: you walk onto a Christmas tree lot, find a tree that seems like it’ll fit in your home for the right price and boom, you’re done.
Nov 29, 2017
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Call it the drugstore tax: When you stock up on anything from toothpaste to shampoo, you’re not just paying for what’s inside — you’re also paying for the packaging, the brand names that are on it, and the store you’re buying it from. The more steps in the chain, the steeper the price. Public Goods delivers quality bathroom products made of healthy ingredients in just two steps: their factories, then you.
Nov 29, 2017
Recent Study Finds Millennials Are Bad Neighbors But I’m Not Buying It
Millennials get a bad rap. We killed chain restaurants, doorbells and, if you take this recent study at face value, we’re killing neighborly love. But not according to me. The team at Safe Home surveyed 1,000 Americans to discover how close we are to the people that live near us.
Nov 29, 2017
This Is The IKEA FRAKTA Holiday Hack We Should’ve Seen Coming
It’s been an eventful year for IKEA’s humble, hardworking blue bag. So we really should’ve seen this holiday themed hack coming. The FRAKTA fracas started when Balenciaga released their $2,100 leather “knockoff” of the 99 cent tote. IKEA then responded with a pretty hilarious print ad on how to spot the real thing.
Nov 28, 2017
The 10 Commandments of a Clean & Happy Closet
It’s way too easy to let closets get out of control. After all, you can just close the door on the mess. But whether you’re getting something out or putting something away, being greeted by an orderly closet is an instant mood booster. Not to mention you actually know where stuff is can get to it! Here are ten strong suggestions for how to keep your closet in check. Keep a small laundry basket or even a paper bag in your closet to toss in clothes that don’t make you feel great.
Nov 28, 2017
Target’s Bed & Bath Section is 40% Off Today Only
Cyber Monday might be over but it appears the awesome online sales are only just beginning. Case in point: For today only, Target is offering a whopping 40% off of every item from their bed and bath department. This means that everything from bath towels to sink organizers to pillow shams and mattress pads are majorly marked down until midnight, so you can upgrade some of your home essentials without breaking your holiday budget.
Nov 28, 2017
Not Done Shopping? Here Are The Cyber Week Sales That Are Still Going
It’s been a marathon shopping weekend, what with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. But if you missed some sales, don’t fret—plenty of retailers have extended their discounts anywhere from one day to a whole month, so there’s still time to snag a steal. Today, Target launched daily deals that run through Saturday, December 2.
Nov 28, 2017
Giving Tuesday: Home Gifts That Give Back
Today is Giving Tuesday, the charitable equivalent of the holiday shopping season. There are many worthy non profits and organizations that would love your dollars (in many cases, donations are doubled or tripled, and are tax deductible), but if you also want to give back while doing a little retail therapy, we certainly can’t blame you. Here is some stylish home decor that does good for great causes.
Nov 28, 2017
Before & After: A Subtle Yet Significant Bathroom Upgrade
About $100 can make a huge difference.
Nov 28, 2017
The Biggest Misconception First-Time Buyers Have About Making an Offer on a Home
Making an offer on a home isn’t like sliding a sticky note across the table. Your offer as a buyer is so much more than just a dollar amount. There’s no question that sale price is crucial, but it’s far from being the only important factor when making an offer on a home.
Nov 28, 2017
Prince Harry Proposed at Home While Cooking Chicken, and More From The Couple’s BBC Interview
If you’ve been as obsessed with the royal engagement news today as several of us around here are, you’re going to want to watch this. The BBC sat down with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their Kensington Palace cottage and got the details of the engagement, what it was like meeting the Queen, and more. Their first ever joint interview follows in the footsteps of William and Kate, who gave one to the BBC after their engagement in 2010.
Nov 27, 2017
Did Keith Urban Buy This $39M NYC Townhouse for Nicole Kidman?
Update 12/6/17: the house is still on the market. Earlier this month, we reported that an Upper East Side townhouse where Michael Jackson once lived had hit the market for a pop royalty sized price tag of $39 million. If the rumors are true, this pedigreed pad has some new owners—Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. Australian gossip magazine Woman’s Day reports that a source close to the Tennessee-based A-listers says Keith bought the property because Nicole wants to do theater.
Nov 27, 2017
These Are the World’s 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in
Have you ever thought about just up and moving to a new city halfway across the globe? If you’re not just fantasizing and you’re really considering a major move, you may want to consider which cities have a super high cost of living first. Each year, The Economist releases their Worldwide Cost of Living Report which determines the most—and least—expensive cities around the globe. This year, the report ranked the most expensive city as Singapore.
Nov 27, 2017
You’re Not Crazy: USPS Is Allegedly Reporting They Delivered Packages When They Haven’t
Have you ever sat at home all day, waiting for a package that was promised to arrive before 8pm only to have it not show up? Did you get an email saying that it had been delivered, despite all evidence to the contrary? It’s not just you and it isn’t just bad luck—according to CBS Atlanta it’s, well, kind of a conspiracy. Toss on your tin-foil hat and let’s dig in.
Nov 27, 2017
This Tiny Denver Home Makes Downsizing Look Good
Name: Austin Klapesky Location: Denver, Colorado “This tiny house was one of the biggest challenges of my life. Going from a 1,500-square-foot house to 400 is a challenge to say the least,” writes Austin Klapesky. “When I purchased it, it was a disaster. Great bones, but every surface needed rebuilding. We went down to the brick walls and dirt floors. As I was designing it, I had to really challenge myself to think small scale yet smart and efficient.
Nov 27, 2017
5 Life-Changing Home Habits You Should Start in Your New Apartment
Sometimes moving into a new apartment is just the push you need to start over. It’s a clean slate—your new home is clean and empty, and as you move in, you have the power to decide where everything goes and what you want your home to be like.
Nov 27, 2017
Here’s How Twitter Reacted to the News of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Engagement
Earlier today, it was announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged, and that they’ll be getting married next spring. As when any big news breaks, Twitter had feelings. Here are some of the best reactions to the happy news. Related: Here’s Where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Live Clarence House posted the official announcement on their Twitter, where it’s already had over 26,000 retweets and over 60,000 favorites.
Nov 27, 2017
Cyber Monday is a Great Day to Buy a Vacuum
Vacuums aren’t really fun to buy. Sure, you’re happy to have one that makes the chore of vacuuming quicker and easier, but few of us relish plunking down our hard-earned cash for one. But if it’s time to upgrade, why not do it on a day when they’re heavily discounted? Just because you tuned out for Black Friday doesn’t mean you missed out on all the deals.
Nov 27, 2017
Save Your Money & Make Your Own Beautiful Gift Wrap This Year
14 ideas for low-cost, low-key (but gorgeous) wrapping.
Nov 27, 2017
West Elm’s Cyber Monday Sale: Our Picks Under $100
Cyber Monday is upon us and some major home retailers are rolling out all new deals, just for the day. We’re rounding up some of our favorite finds from West Elm that are under $100, perfect for giving as gifts or maybe as a treat for your own home this holiday season. For Cyber Monday, West Elm is offering up to 70 percent off select items, as well as free shipping with code FREERIDE (though it excludes furniture and rugs).
Nov 27, 2017
Here’s Where Newly Engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Will Live
It’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. Clarence House (aka Prince Charles) announced the news Monday morning, saying that the royal and the American actress will be wed in Spring 2018.
Nov 27, 2017
H&M Home’s Cyber Monday Sale: Our Picks Under $20
Cyber Monday is upon us and some major home retailers are rolling out all new deals, just for the day. We’re rounding up some of our favorite finds from H&M Home that are under $20, perfect for giving as gifts or maybe as a treat for your own home this holiday season. This year for Cyber Monday, H&M is offering a whopping 30% off everything in store and online, plus free shipping with code 9054. The 30% off will be automatically applied at checkout.
Nov 27, 2017
Anthropologie’s Cyber Monday Sale: Our Picks Under $100
Cyber Monday is upon us and some major home retailers are rolling out all new deals, just for the day. We’re rounding up some of our favorite finds from Anthropologie that are under $100, perfect for giving as gifts or maybe as a treat for your own home this holiday season. This year for Cyber Monday, Anthropologie is offering 20% off full price items plus free shipping over $100. Here’s what we’re loving that’s $100 and under (get that free shipping!
Nov 27, 2017
Before and After: An Incredible DIY Makeover for Rental Kitchen Cabinets
When Puno Puno (yes, you read that right, her name is Puno Lauren Puno!) and Daniel Chin Yee moved into their Downtown Los Angeles loft earlier this year, they knew they’d found their dream home. First, because of all the added space (their previous apartment was a modest 600 square feet to this loft’s 1,500). And secondly, because of the huge amount of light pouring in from the wall-to wall, industrial-height windows that line their corner unit.
Nov 27, 2017
6 Genius Things You Don’t Have in Your Bathroom, But Should
As a society, we’re constantly trying to make our lives easier, speed up everyday tasks and find products to hack our routines. While we’re constantly on the hunt for new technology that can multitask for us (honestly if you told me 10 years ago that someday I’d talk to my lightbulbs, I wouldn’t have believed you), there are plenty of affordable products already on the market that can change your life—or at least your life in the bathroom.
Nov 27, 2017
Amazon’s Cyber Monday Sale: Our Picks Under $50
Cyber Monday is upon us and some major home retailers are rolling out all new deals, just for the day. We’re rounding up some of our favorite finds from Amazon that are under $50, perfect for giving as gifts or maybe as a treat for your own home this holiday season. As we reported earlier this month, the retail giant launched their Black Friday hub on November 1, complete with 50 days of deals (which you can shop right here).
Nov 27, 2017
The 2017 Mega List of Cyber Monday Deals
Veteran bargain hunters know that Black Friday is huge for in-store deals, but Cyber Monday often brings the biggest savings for online shopping. We scoured the internet for the best deals for Cyber Week and we’ll be compiling them right here. Plus, a little holiday shopping eases the transition back into the real world from a long weekend (it’ll be our little secret). If you’re looking for our editors’ picks on what we’re loving, click on the shops in bold below.
Nov 27, 2017
Wayfair’s Cyber Monday Sale: Our Picks Under $100
Cyber Monday is upon us and some major home retailers are rolling out all new deals, just for the day. We’re rounding up some of our favorite finds from Wayfair that are under $100, perfect for giving as gifts or maybe as a treat for your own home this holiday season. Wayfair is transitioning their Black Friday Blowout into—you guessed it—a Cyber Monday Blowout.
Nov 26, 2017
Urban Outfitters’ Cyber Monday Sale: Our Picks Under $50
Cyber Monday is upon us and some major home retailers are rolling out all new deals, just for the day. We’re rounding up some of our favorite finds from Urban Outfitters under $50, perfect for giving as gifts or maybe as a treat for your own home this holiday season. Urban Outfitters is offering a blanket discount on purchases for Cyber Monday—$15 off orders $75 or more, and $50 off orders of $150 or more, and you have until November 28 at 7 am to take advantage of the deal.
Nov 26, 2017
John Lennon’s Former Surrey Home is On The Market
Good news, rock fans: John Lennon’s former home is on the market in Surrey, Southwest England for $11.7 million. The Beatle purchased the home in 1964 with his first wife, Cynthia Lennon, selling it in 1968 when the couple split. The home sits on 1.5 acres on St George’s Hill Estate, a highly sought after residential estate that includes golf and tennis clubs and gorgeous landscaping. The home itself has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths and has been meticulously updated.
Nov 26, 2017
This Son Built His Aging Dad a Chic and Sustainable Tiny House
Eco-friendly independence, in a stylish package.
Nov 26, 2017
20 Beautiful Home Gifts on Etsy, All Under $50
Now that we've made it painfully easy for you, get to shoppin'.
Nov 26, 2017
This Mindful Question May Be the Key to a Clean Home & Organized Life
Nothing, of course, can lengthen our finite days. But I love finding ways to feel like I’ve gotten more time — to feel less rushed and distracted and more on top of it and productive. One way I try to do this is by shedding unnecessary time-eaters from my family’s days (limiting after-school activities and only attending the birthday parties of close friends, for example). Another way I eke time from my day is to ask myself one simple question.
Nov 26, 2017
Grab Some Alone Time With This Quirky Privacy Chair
For most adults with busy lives, it’s a privilege to be able to whisk oneself away from present company. Thankfully, Ukrainian design studio MZPA just made the act of finding some quiet space a lot easier with its super comfy, pro-privacy chair named “The Planet.” Reflective of its celestial-inspired moniker, the chair is shaped like an orb with a huge opening that gives the sitter the sensation of being the sole occupant of their very own world.
Nov 26, 2017
The Best and Most Beautiful Jewelry on Etsy
Did you know that you can find incredibly stylish, modern jewelry on Etsy? You can, if you just know where to look. We’ve rounded up a few of the best pieces, to save you the trouble of hunting. Any one of these would make an excellent gift for a friend or loved one, or even for yourself — we’re not telling. It’s always nice to have a few statement necklaces to reach for to add a little something else to an outfit, and this geometric piece fits the bill perfectly.
Nov 25, 2017
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Pre-Approval
Before you can even start looking at homes, you need to know how much money you have to spend. Obtaining a pre-approval letter — a verification from a mortgage company that they’re willing to give you a loan — is both a great way to set your budget and to show sellers that you’re serious about making an offer. Read on for an overview of the pre-approval process.
Nov 25, 2017