Chip & Joanna’s Spring Collection for Target Is a Breath of Fresh Air
While the end of Fixer Upper may have dashed our dreams of getting our very own shiplap makeover courtesy of Chip and Joanna, their collection with Target has been one way we can emulate the duo’s farmhouse chic aesthetic. Their collaboration with Target was first announced in September of last year, and this is the second time the line has undergone a “refresh” with seasonally-pegged items.
Feb 16, 2018
A Pop Art-Filled Loft in Portland’s Pearl District
Name: Myisha and Armon Moore Location: Pearl District — Portland, Oregon Size: 996 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting Our home is a blend of both of our personalities. Armon is a Creative Director and I ( Myisha) am a Digital Brand Manager. Armon loves to play with color and I love storytelling through design. Pop art definitely speaks to us both; it’s fun, whimsical and most importantly, it provides a feeling of sunshine/brightness to the grey skies of Portland, Oregon.
Feb 16, 2018
Mini IKEA Dollhouse Furniture is What’s Missing in Your Life Right Now
Dollhouses are experiencing a revival right now, as busy people turn to them as a type of therapy, lovingly spending hours designing and crafting decor, albeit on a small scale. We’ve had our eye on some of the envy-inducing, jaw-dropping miniature houses out there. So imagine our glee when we stumbled on a cache of little IKEA furniture and decor to make all of our tiny Scandinavian dreams come true.
Feb 15, 2018
Here’s How Long You Can Leave Wet Clothes in the Washer, According to a Laundry Expert
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Now Airbnb Can Help You Refinance Your Mortgage
For the first time, Airbnb hosts can now count their home-sharing earnings as additional income when refinancing their mortgage at three national lenders: Citizens Bank, Better Mortgage, and Quicken Loans (the company behind that Rocket Mortgage app you see each Super Bowl). That may sound trivial, but like Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal. Refinancing a mortgage isn’t exactly easy; it’s almost as tedious as taking one out in the first place.
Feb 15, 2018
Stop Making These 5 Storage Mistakes in Your Small Space
One of the most pressing challenges of living in a small home is: where are you gonna put all your stuff?
Feb 15, 2018
Why You Should Save Your Spent Coffee Grounds
If you’re a coffee-drinker, you generate a generous amount of coffee grounds each day. Definitely don’t toss them down the literal drain (coffee grounds are among the biggest offenders when it comes to drain-clogging kitchen scraps), but don’t toss them in the garbage either! Here are several ways you can use the grounds, even after you’ve run water through them for your morning brew. Use them to scrub pots and pans.
Feb 15, 2018
A Childhood Home’s New Boho Glow in Colorado Springs
Name: Arianna Danielson, my husband, our 2 children, and 2 mini Schnauzers Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado Size: 4,000 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, rent-to-own This home is actually my childhood home! My parents owned this house for 22 years and were ready for a change and to downsize. This home has a lot of sentimental value and I have so many fond memories growing up here, and when my parents decided to move, my husband and I jumped on it.
Feb 15, 2018
Here’s What 8 of the Healthiest People Do First Thing In the Morning
Even if you aren’t a self-proclaimed “morning person,” creating a solid AM routine can set the tone for your day. If right now that “routine” includes 30 minutes struggling with the snooze button, followed by guzzling coffee while simultaneously blow drying your hair and responding to your email, you might be ready to switch things up. Who better to borrow some inspiration from than some of the healthiest people out there?
Feb 15, 2018
Date Night In? Michelle Obama Curated The Perfect Playlist
If you’re staying in with your sweetheart tonight, there’s one less thing you’ll have to think about. Because thankfully, Michelle Obama already curated the perfect romantic playlist for you. Well, it’s for Barack, but it’s on Spotify for all to enjoy. Happy #ValentinesDay to my one and only, @BarackObama. To celebrate the occasion, I’m dedicating a little Valentine’s Day playlist to you! Click the link in my bio to hear the playlist.
Feb 14, 2018
If You’re Having a Tough Valentine’s Day, Elizabeth Gilbert Has Some Inspiring Words For You
While it might seem like everyone is happy and in love on Valentine’s Day, many are sad or lonely or grieving. If pink hearts and red roses aren’t in the cards for you today and that’s got you down, writer Elizabeth Gilbert has some words of encouragement. The Big Magic and Eat Pray Love author took to Instagram on Wednesday to share the love, despite having lost her partner, Rayya Elias, to cancer in January.
Feb 14, 2018
Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent Are Expecting A Boy
Congratulations are in order to one of our favorite design couples. Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent announced today that their family of three will soon be four. The pair, who posted a video to Instagram that looked like it was footage for a promo for their TLC design show, Nate & Jeremiah By Design, turned out to be a baby announcement.
Feb 14, 2018
This Michigan Home For Sale Is a Pure Late ’70s Time Capsule
Every once in a while you stumble across a real estate listing so unique, so exquisite that it must be shared. This beaut is located in Sturgis, Michigan and it is a sprawling gem of late ’70s opulence, perfectly crystallized in amber. What makes this property feel like such a find is that so many of its vintage elements are making a comeback. Crystals! Velvet! Animal patterns!
Feb 14, 2018
Is This The Thing That (Finally) Gets You To Change Your Air Filter?
Some things are just plain old hard to remember, especially when it comes to ongoing home maintenance. I’m not talking about doing the dishes or laundry regularly, but the stuff that only needs doing every once in awhile, like cleaning your ceiling fan blades or washing windows. Which is why I love the idea of an air filter that tells you exactly when it’s time to swap it out. My air filter gets a workout.
Feb 14, 2018
The “Thrift Store” Tip That Forever Changed the Way I Declutter
The pleasure of a perpetually less-cluttered house is worth the possibility that I might need to buy something again, someday.
Feb 14, 2018
A Genius Hack To Double the Light in Your Dark Room
Because not all rooms are blessed with good light.
Feb 14, 2018
Why Going to IKEA Is Actually a Great Date Option (Really!)
I asked a woman out to dinner, to a place I’d been wanting to try. As is often the case with New York dates, we began talking logistics. The IKEA closest to me is a trek from my apartment. Hopping in a cab feels unadventurous when the Brooklyn behemoth painstakingly made sure it’s accessible by ferry. Without knowing this woman long enough to tempt a Gilligan’s Island-level fate, we chose the next best option: riding our bikes.
Feb 14, 2018
Before and After: An Unbelievable $5K Kitchen Renovation
This kitchen has an enviable amount of storage, but that same storage — the hanging cabinets — make the room feel a bit claustrophobic and dark, and make the counters less accessible than would be ideal.
Feb 14, 2018
We’re in Bog Love With These AI-Created Candy Heart Messages
In her latest project to train a neural network, Janelle Shane challenged the AI to generate new messages for candy hearts — just in time for Valentine’s Day. And while she left off the steamier, NSFW versions (though you can request them through this form), the AI-created candy hearts are deliciously dorky. In a long-term relationship, Dad-joke, pet-name kind of way.
Feb 14, 2018
This Question May Be the Key to Harmony & Love at Home
Whether you make reservations for romantic candlelit dinners, have plans to use your hoarded bath bomb for a luxurious bath for one, or you turn your nose up at the insufferable commercial appropriation of a holiday you loathe, Valentine’s Day might cause you to consider how you express your affection to those you love. Asking your partner, your child, your friends, and other loved ones one simple question can give you insight about how to make them feel loved and special all year long.
Feb 14, 2018
A Retro Catskills Cabin Becomes Home Away from Home
Name: Lauren Zaser and Ryan Oskin Location: Big Indian, New York Size: 2,300 square feet Years lived in: 5 months, owned Originally built in the 1950s, my boyfriend, Ryan, and I put our ’70s modern twist on the house. Filled with big windows, wide plank oak floors and bluestone fireplaces, we instantly knew we had to make this house our own. Surrounded by about five acres of woods with a small creek running on the side you can really feel peaceful seclusion away from busy city life.
Feb 14, 2018
My Best Valentine’s Day Ever Should Have Been the Worst
“There’s a pot pie in the oven made by a guy named Cookie Puss, who works at the hardware store. It’s 7 degrees outside. We have plastic hanging over the kitchen doorway to block the dust from the sander. There’s beer, and Kid Rock on the radio. We make Pigpen look clean. It’s our Detroit Valentine’s day.
Feb 14, 2018
7 Times Chloe Kim Was Super Relatable
Chloe Kim is on everyone’s minds today, as the 17 year old snowboarder just took the gold for Team USA in the women’s half-pipe competition. But when she’s not on the slopes, she’s a regular teen who is super relatable. Here are seven tweets that show Chloe is actually all of us. Our favorite show pic.twitter.com/FHfGZlQ9Zp — Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) October 16, 2017 Ummm… you good? pic.twitter.
Feb 13, 2018
Namaste Inside: 17 Things to Add to Your Wishlist If You Hate Leaving Your House
Let’s face it, leaving the house can be pretty overrated. For those of us who are more into staying in, home is not only where the heart is, it’s also where we are, like, all of the time. If you’re looking to channel your indoorsy side, look no further than this wishlist of items to help you truly embody your inner homebody, conveniently categorized and all available to order from the comfort of your couch.
Feb 13, 2018
Before and After: A Shabby, Barely-There Bathroom Gets Its Due
This bathroom was an afterthought—the cottage didn’t have a bathroom for decades!—and it’s finally gotten the love and attention that every room should have. Watch it go from “the cheapest materials available,” exterior paneling (!), and a very casually laid linoleum floor to a bright, inviting room full of mid-century modern charm . . . It’s so cute now!
Feb 13, 2018
Two Studios, Two Cities, Same Stuff: A Chicagoan Comes Home
I recently moved back to my home after living in San Francisco for the past two and a half years.
Feb 13, 2018
Should You Keep Photos of Your Ex After a Divorce?
Breakups are hard. Scratch that. Breakups are awful. Not only are you faced with the grief of the loss of a partner, you’re left with all the mementos of the relationship—photos and other visual reminders—to figure out what to do with. But what to do when the reminders of your failed relationship are still relevant to other people, most specifically, children?
Feb 13, 2018
Kristen Bell Relaxes With Organization Photos And We So Relate
Stress can kill you, so it’s important to indulge in self care and relax on a regular basis. For some, that means meditating or taking a bath, but for relatable human Kristen Bell, it means scrolling through images of organized spaces. Bell shared on her Instagram Story this weekend that browsing organization porn is her favorite Saturday morning ritual. And we totally get it. Her drug of choice? @lifeinjeneral. And we can see why.
Feb 12, 2018
Nordstrom’s New Home Collection Gives Back to Good Causes
Shopping really can do some good. Nordstrom announced Monday that its in house charitable brand, Treasure & Bond, is branching out into the home category. The give-back brand, which was previously focused solely on apparel, introduced tabletop and decor items this season, including ceramic dishware, artisanal cheese boards and textured glass pieces, as well as bedding, textiles, stylish throws and pillows, with pricing that ranges from $15-$199.
Feb 12, 2018
These Are The Hottest Neighborhoods In Each City, According To a New Real Estate Study
Real estate brokerage Redfin this month announced its hottest neighborhoods in the U.S. — and an astounding nine of the top 10 are in the San Jose, Calif., metro area. The only outlier is just up the road in San Francisco, and every last one had a median sale price of over $1 million in December. Perhaps self-conscious about how absurd that all appears, Redfin threw a nice bone to those of us who aren’t in the market for a million-dollar home in Northern California.
Feb 12, 2018
6 Essential IKEA Pieces That’ll Help You Take Control of Your Shoepocalypse
One of the most common questions we see around Apartment Therapy from readers revolves around shoe storage. No matter if they have a small space or a sprawling home, there never seem to be enough space for shoes (at least in a way that looks good and is easy to maneuver). Of course, baskets throw in a closet or near the front door is a fast and cheap fix, but who really wants to dig through a dirty tangle of tennis shoes and boots every time you’re running out the door?
Feb 12, 2018
Polly Pocket Is Staging a Tiny-Sized Comeback
You’ve got to love a comeback. After making a splash this summer for being a cash queen, Polly Pocket is officially back in business. BuzzFeed reports that the compact toys will once again be available to own, love and cherish—starting this very summer. The Polly Pocket compacts were first launched in 1989 and quickly became staples on the slumber party scene. Each toy came with a Polly doll and a new, incredibly small habitat for her to reign over.
Feb 12, 2018
Check Out This Sleek One-Bedroom Retreat in South Park Slope
The thing about turn-of-the-century, pre-war apartments? Along with their vintage architectural details, they have turn-of-the-century, pre-war floor plans, finishes and decay. So instead, for those whose idea of charm includes fresh materials and modern conveniences, this new Brooklyn building could be for you.
Feb 12, 2018
Before and After: The Show-Stopping Magic of Amazing Tile
Those of you who are absolutely sick of white bathrooms with white floors, white walls, and white fixtures are going to LOVE this renovation. However, all you fans of black sinks are in for some heartbreak . . . This is an astounding makeover! The geometric tile is completely irresistible, and I love the playful choice to apply it to the floor and one wall. The mid-century modern vanity and fascinating tub pop against the blue backdrop; the hues are perfectly complementary.
Feb 12, 2018
An Industrial Eclectic Bachelor Pad in Texas
Name: Matthew Minor Location: Fort Worth, TX Size: 895 square feet Years lived in: 3 months, renting I moved to Fort Worth, my hometown, after 10 years in NYC. To make a leap this big, I needed to be excited about my home. When I was in Texas for Easter, my mom and I were driving and I saw what looked like a warehouse being advertised as lofts. After seeing inside, I knew where I was going to live.
Feb 12, 2018
The $500 Reason Why You Should Put Food Coloring in Your Toilet
If you’re planning on picking up some green food coloring for your St. Patrick’s Day beer, get a head start on it now. Because it turns out food coloring is a pretty useful tool outside of the kitchen, too. If you suspect that your toilet might be leaking, food coloring or any other type of dye can help. Because it’s wasteful and costs money.
Feb 12, 2018
This Iceland-Inspired Tiny House Packs a Lot of Style Into 320 Square Feet
At the beginning of the year, Zillow compiled a list of US cities with the worst housing shortage crises, which predictably included the Los Angeles area. Like other large metropolitan centers, the city has struggled to accommodate its population, despite building homes at a faster pace. Fortunately, designers are developing innovative solutions to the widespread problem like Plús Hús, a tiny home from Santa Monica, California-based design studio Minarc.
Feb 11, 2018
This New Japanese Home Collection Is a Fresh Take on Minimalism
Minimalism doesn’t have to be boring, and this new home collection from Nendo is just that. Muted colors and clean lines mix with surprising elements to create a gorgeous and fascinating new take on common objects. Award winning Japanese designer Oki Soto of Nendo released his series of new designs for 2018. His collection for Zens is characteristically streamlined and intriguing—a mix of furniture, home and kitchen accessories.
Feb 11, 2018
There’s a Two Bedroom Apartment Hidden Inside This Crane
Amsterdam has a distinctive architecture style, but we can guarantee that this giant crane-turned-residence sticks out among the city’s livable structures – in a good way. Typically, old construction equipment and luxury don’t go hand in hand, but that’s the best way to describe this unique spot.
Feb 11, 2018
This Sustainable Floating Hotel In France Is Relaxation Goals
When it comes to unique aquatic escapes, the possibilities are endless thanks to an abundance of floating hotels around the world. The latest comes from Paris design firm Atelier Lavit, which has constructed a group of ten prefabricated hotel suites docked on a marine reserve near Avignon, a city in the southeastern region of France. Guests use a wooden ramp that goes from the shore to each of the suites. The rooms are constructed in either a circular or square shape.
Feb 11, 2018
The Weird True Story of the Rise and Fall of the Waterbed
If you’ve ever slept on a waterbed, you know that it is a singular experience. My cousins had one growing up, and I thought it was the most fascinating thing — I had never dreamed that sleep could feel (or, let’s be honest, sound) like that.
Feb 11, 2018
People Are Receiving Unwanted Anonymous Packages From Amazon, And No One Really Knows Why
For many of us, the appearance of an Amazon package on the doorstep isn’t newsworthy — just a regular part of our modern consumer life. But at an increasing number of North American addresses, the packages just keep coming with frequency and their contents just keep getting weirder and more random. Not to mention, they weren’t actually ordered by anyone living or working there — nor do they contain any sort of paper trail leading to the senders.
Feb 10, 2018
Being a Couch Potato Is Actually Good For The Planet, New Study Says
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or Pal-entine’s Day next week, one new study gives us an all-new reason to cancel plans and stay in. Why? Because it turns out that being a couch potato is actually greener we thought. A new study finds that more time on the couch uses far less energy than venturing out for entertainment.
Feb 10, 2018
Kelly Wearstler’s Latest Insta-Worthy Makeover? A Mall
Sure, you’ve probably heard that retail is dead (and malls along with it). And while some abandoned malls are becoming something more, like schools, others like Los Angeles’ Westfield Century City mall are busy revamping themselves for the Instagram set. With a major dose of unique style from designer Kelly Wearstler, Westfield Century City has become a design lover’s dream.
Feb 10, 2018
13 Handy Things You Should Always Buy at Harbor Freight
When it comes to your home, you get what you pay for. It’s why, when you want your countertops to last for decades, you choose a material like quartz. That said, you don’t always need a $1,000 chop saw to reframe a picture. Which is when stores like Harbor Freight — the discount hardware store known for its affordable prices —come in handy. Here are a few of our favorite picks and best buys when it’s perfectly fine to go the cheap route.
Feb 10, 2018
That Facebook Quiz Could Be A Scam
We’re all guilty of trolling Facebook during intense moments of boredom and landing on a seemingly harmless quiz. “What celebrity is your personality twin?” Or “Which winter color represents your mood?” To your surprise, you discover that you’re a winter white, however, The Council of Better Business Bureaus says that we may be giving away more than we bargained for.
Feb 10, 2018
Here’s How to Know If That Trend You Love Is Worth Your $$$
So there’s a design trend you adore. But you know perfectly well that it’s eventually going to fall out of favor (because of course, most things do). Unless your home is your forever home, you have to keep both Future Buyer and Future You in mind. Will your tile choice for your bathroom reno turn off a potential buyer when you want to sell in five years? Will you be turned off by the tile in five years (or worse, two years?).
Feb 9, 2018