12 Epic High-End IKEA Hacks That Totally Had Us Fooled
These pieces only look expensive.
Mar 26, 2018
Stop Passing Up These 10 Treasures at Goodwill
If you’re not a seasoned thrifter, Goodwill can be a little intimidating. Filled with buzzing fluorescent lights, broken panini presses, laminated filing cabinets, and bouquets of plastic flowers that seem straight off of the Golden Girls set, it can be a little hard to see the potential wedged in between all the garage-sale junk. But it’s there! You just need to squint and know what you’re looking for.
Mar 26, 2018
The Glass Pavilion is a 215 Square Foot, Desert Dwelling Stunner
When imagining a living space capable of withstanding the harsh desert climate, it’s difficult to see how a glamorous Glass Pavilion could pass the test. However, an inventive design collaboration between Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti and high performance glass manufacturer Guardian Glass proves that a glass structure can actually weather extremely hot temps and a blazing sun without instantly morphing into a furnace.
Mar 26, 2018
Before and After: An Ancient Bathroom Meets An Amazing Tile Floor
This ’50s bathroom has a lot going on—but not much going for it. Can something be done to make it practical, user-friendly, and a little less jumbled? One design firm had the vision and confidence to help this little bathroom be the absolute best that it could be. It’s important to get a full view of the nearly 70-year-old bathroom and the wee bit of chaos that reigned therein.
Mar 26, 2018
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What Would the “Aladdin the Musical” Characters’ Homes Look Like IRL?
The award-winning Aladdin on Broadway brings the adventure of Disney’s classic film to a whole new world. (Sorry, too easy!) Which got us thinking…What would Jasmine, Aladdin and all the other characters’ digs look like in real life? With a little help from our library of House Tours we came up with a few ideas… Design Personality: Modern Desert Rustic We start in the desert. Not the Seven Deserts outside Agrabah, but the Mojave Desert in CA.
Mar 26, 2018
A Bold and Colorful Boston Condo Is a Marvelous Mix of Styles
Name: Madison Wetter, husband Skyler, and Italian Greyhound, Warren Location: Boston, Massachusetts Size: 2,100 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Furniture aside, our space is filled with three big personalities: my husband, Sky; our Italian Greyhound, Warren; and me, Madison. Like most, we wanted to decorate our first home with a style and quality that would not only last us but one that would also make us proud.
Mar 26, 2018
These Teeny Tiny Shipping Container Homes Just Might Solve Student Housing in Copenhagen
These “truly lovely” yet teeny tiny modular units made from shipping containers, currently sitting on Copenhagen’s harbor front, just might be what the future of sustainable, affordable housing looks like — for students and other young people.
Mar 25, 2018
Before & After: We Love This No-Reno-Required Rental Kitchen Makeover
This is an intriguing transformation, because the only difference between the before and after is the decorating. No remodeling, no renovation, no repainting or replacing anything, and yet the results are incredibly dramatic. So inspiring, especially to all of us with neither power tools nor the skills to wield them. Let’s back up to get a full view of the drop ceiling and beige floor—two standard rental features that add a fair amount of blah to any room.
Mar 25, 2018
Hallmark to Debut More Christmas Movies Than Ever Before
Hey, do you love Hallmark movies? It’s ok if you do, that’s why we’re all here, right? Well have we got good, if a little off season, news for you! Entertainment Weekly broke the news that this year Hallmark will debut an impressive and record breaking 34 new Christmas movies this year. That’s one for every day of December and then a few extra to get you through those really tough days.
Mar 24, 2018
The Secret Miracle Cleaner You’ve Had in Your Apartment Since College
When you’re looking for an effective cleaner, most of us would love to find something inexpensive, non-toxic and — while we’re being picky — something we already have at home. Often white vinegar, the darling of every DIY cleaning maven, fits the bill. But some people just cannot stand the smell. So can we suggest another substance to fulfill your green clean dreams? One that you may have buried in your freezer or pantry (or out on the bar cart) already?
Mar 24, 2018
What Ever Happened to Colored Toilet Paper?
The days of coordinating your TP to your bathroom are over. Here's why.
Mar 24, 2018
This New Women Designed Wallpaper Collection Explores The Idea Of What It Means To Be Female
The wallpaper revival isn’t going away anytime soon. This brand new collection from Flavor Paper adds some fresh new looks to the wide world of wall covering. Fempower! is a new collection designed exclusively by women, that celebrates womanhood. Five different artists created unique designs that explore the shared theme with strikingly different results.
Mar 24, 2018
This Artist Created a Gorgeous Larger Than Life Tree
New York-based design studio THEVERYMANY has made its second public pavilion design contribution to Canada in the form of the elaborate arboreal vision known as the Pine Sanctuary. The striking sculpture sits at the entrance of Mississauga’s Riverwood Conservancy, a charitable organization whose mission revolves around educating the community on nature and the environment.
Mar 24, 2018
The 9 Apartments You’ll Meet on Tinder Dates
If you’ve swiped through Tinder (or any dating app really) you know there are as many profile clichés as there are users. The men with fish. The women who “love to laugh.” Those people who mysteriously pose with babies who aren’t their own. But behind every dating cliche is a place these suitors call home. And here’s the thing: we’ve found they can be pretty cliché too.
Mar 24, 2018
Heading to an Estate Sale This Weekend? Keep an Eye Out for These Cleaning and Organizational Products
If your reaction to the title of this post was “eww“, that’s valid, I hear you, secondhand items aren’t for the faint of heart. But there are those among us who were born thrifty and live the 3 R’s of recycling to the fullest. We like saving money, staying out of big box stores, and know that estate sales are more than just great places to find unique vintage home decor. Thrifty as I might be, I’d never buy cleaning products from a “thrift store.
Mar 23, 2018
These Tiny Apartments Could Be an Affordable Way to Fight Homelessness
With homelessness on the rise in New York City due to government funding cuts, rising rents and stagnating wages, the overburdened shelter system is failing those who need it most. As the government works to figure out how to support the cities homeless, many of whom are working but simply can’t afford the city, individual architecture and design firms are also considering new and inventive ways to provide low-cost or free housing.
Mar 23, 2018
This Tiny Vacation Home Packs a lot of Luxury Into a Small Amount of Space
Today’s #cabinporn alert comes courtesy of Mandalaki Design Studio‘s stunning seaside micro dwelling, the Monocabin. The sleek tiny home is basically the Greek getaway of every minimalist wanderluster’s dreams. For starters, the 270 square-foot-space sits near the Aegean Sea on Rhodes Island, but believe it or not, the prime location isn’t the only blissful architectural selling point.
Mar 23, 2018
The Hunter x Target Collection Is Available Now
Today is the day: Target and classic British boot brand Hunter announced their exciting new collaboration back in March, and now, it’s officially available in stores and online. The collection includes more than 300 items ranging in price from $5-$80, with most items under $30. It spans apparel and accessories for women, men, girls, boys and toddlers, as well as products for the home and outdoors – several of which are a first for Hunter.
Mar 23, 2018
Everything You’ve Been Told About Thread Count in Sheets Is Wrong
Have you, too, stood in the linens department, eyes glazed as you try to figure out the best sheets? It doesn’t help that they tend to be folded up and jammed into a plastic container so that you can only feel a tiny corner of them. How are you supposed to know how it will feel on your entire body if only the tip of your finger can brush a sliver of the sheet? Well there’s always thread count, which is what it seems “they” want us to rely on.
Mar 23, 2018
10 Design Buys No One Will Know Came from Amazon
If you’ve ever spent an afternoon sifting through garage store sales for the perfect find, then you probably recognize the feeling of searching through Amazon. The mega-retailer has everything, which also means it can be hard to locate that one perfect thing you’re looking for. That’s where we come in. Ahead, 10 Apartment Therapy-approved design buys that also have the benefit of Prime delivery.
Mar 23, 2018
Before and After: A Budget $6K Bathroom Three Years in the Making
You might think that the issues with this bathroom are mainly aesthetic — the dangling door, the intensely peach tiles, for starters. But, in fact, the problems go much further than these superficial concerns. Unfortunately, reader Rachel found that removing the ruffled curtain did nothing to alleviate the mold-infested walls.
Mar 23, 2018
A 195-Square-Foot Hand-Built Tiny Home Proves Basic Is Beautiful
Name: Maximilian Monahan Location: Boise, Idaho Size: 195 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned I am a classic car dealer and I specialize in importing and retailing affordable Italian vintage cars. My father and I bought this 25′ x 120′ property in 2005, and it had a 550-square-foot concrete cottage built in 1948 that my dad used as his retirement pad.
Mar 23, 2018
This Stylish Mini Camper Takes the Rough Out of Roughing It
So you’ve finally booked that trip to the ethereal island of Iceland. A quick perusal of a “things to do” list lets you know that the otherworldly Nordic country is jam-packed with geological wonders that you certainly don’t want to miss.
Mar 22, 2018
Before and After: The Secret to Successfully Painting Old Kitchen Cabinets
Read this before you attempt yours.
Mar 22, 2018
7 Times You’re Actually Just Hoarding When You’re Trying to Organize
We’ve all been there. It’s almost springtime and after a long winter spent indoors, you’re ready to get your home nice and clutter-free for the warm weather season. Unfortunately, sometimes instead of successfully clearing out the clutter in our homes, we simply wind up organizing stuff we shouldn’t keep in the first place. While catchall storages bins and closet organizers might seem space-savvy, they often end up helping us hoard things we should be getting rid of.
Mar 22, 2018
Here’s a Before and After We’ve Never Seen: A Balcony Becomes a Bathroom
We’ve seen plenty of impressive room conversion Before & Afters—closet to nursery, kitchen-turned-bedroom, closet to mudroom—but a balcony-to-bathroom renovation is definitely a first. The space was languishing as a slightly awkward office, when what the family really needed was a bathroom. They wisely turned to the pros for help. Let’s take a look at the full-length “Before,” so we can see both the wood-paneled sloped ceiling and the beige carpet.
Mar 22, 2018
This Condo Remodel Was Inspired by Accidentally Buying a Too-Big Sofa
Name: Michelle, Brad and Broc the three-legged pooch Location: Brooklyn, NYC Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Our apartment is home to my husband and I and our three-legged dog. We fell in love with the area because it was convenient to a lot of places we frequent but had a neighborhood-y feeling to it, which instantly made us feel like we were coming HOME.
Mar 22, 2018
This Just Might Be the Easiest Way to Handle Your Spring Cleaning This Year
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Get your spot cleaner and grout brushes ready, but this time around you can eighty-six the dread. We’re here to help you flip the script and reclaim spring cleaning in a way that fits your real life. Instead of feeling like you need to achieve everything from spotless ceiling fans to blemish-free baseboards, we’re going to focus on progress — not perfection.
Mar 21, 2018
IKEA’s Newest Collaboration Is Perfectly Imperfect
IKEA is one of the world’s largest makers of furniture, so we forgive you if it’s not the first place you think of for that handmade vibe. But for their latest limited edition collection, the Swedish retailer collaborated with Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek to bring that imperfect human feel to mass produced pieces.
Mar 21, 2018
Before and After: This Bedroom Actually Makes Beige Carpet Look Good
When a DIY enthusiast moved from British Columbia to Toronto to be with her husband, she knew something had to be done about his nearly empty bedroom. Perhaps some bedside lights and a few throw pillows? Or would an entirely fresh start—new marriage, new city, new home—be more appropriate? Now this is a breath of fresh air! This gorgeous makeover was conceived and executed by Kamaldeep kaur Jawanda of Get Kamfortable, and the result is so airily gorgeous.
Mar 21, 2018
An ER Doctor’s Bright, Minimal Urban Oasis in Houston
Name: Pam and her dog Franny Location: Houston, Texas Size: 1,900 square feet Years lived in: 8 months, renting I am an ER doctor, originally from NYC, residency trained in Detroit. I decided to not go back to NYC right away, pay off some loans, save money, and travel the world. I ended up in Houston in August 2017, two weeks before Hurricane Harvey. I don’t know anyone here so making my house a true home was extremely important to me. I was honestly thankful to have a home at all.
Mar 21, 2018
10 Ways To Use Steel Wool That Are Borderline Genius
Steel wool isn’t exactly a jack-of-all-trades item. It’s bristle-y, scratchy, and abrasive, and that’s what most of its uses involve: sanding wood and cleaning your pots and pans chief among them. But there are more uses that you should have on your radar for easy life hacks that will help you out around the house. 1.
Mar 20, 2018
Why You Should Let Ice Cubes Melt on Your Rugs and Carpet
Whether you’re rearranging or moving out, heavy furniture can leave behind quite the unattractive footprint on your carpet — and the longer the furniture has been there, the harder it is to persuade those carpet fibers to spring back into shape. So instead of laying on the floor with various carpet cleaning tools for hours on end, try this super simple method instead.
Mar 20, 2018
Take a Tour of This Mid-Century Modern Loft with Eclectic Design
Name: Richard and Nicole and a Pomeranian named Sasquatch Location: Parkdale — Toronto, Canada Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 6 years, owned I’m a designer by trade (The Directive Collective) and a being a collector is a hazard of the life. I’m always on the hunt for unique and interesting design artifacts for both professional and daily life inspiration. I love this area and building so much that I’ve been here for more than 13 years.
Mar 20, 2018
Chip & Joanna Gaines Have Exciting Plans For The Original Magnolia Store
Joanna Gaines loves a bargain, and the Fixer Upper star is about to sell a few of her own. Gaines announced she and husband Chip will reopen the original Waco location of the Magnolia Store as a “warehouse shop” this Thursday, PEOPLE reports. In a tweet on the main Magnolia account, they wrote “We’re re-opening our tried & true Little Shop on Bosque as a #MagnoliaWarehouseShop! It will be open Thursdays-Saturdays from 10am to 5p.m. starting Thurs., March 22nd.
Mar 19, 2018
Declutter With Confidence Using This Professional Stylist’s Closet Cleanout Checklist
What’s the easiest target when decluttering fever hits you? The closet, of course. It’s probably overflowing with clothes you haven’t worn since college or things you’re not sure why you even bought in the first place. And sure, there are plenty of cliches out there about when to get rid of clothes.
Mar 19, 2018
Zayn Picks Up a New SoHo Penthouse Bachelor Pad for $10.7 Million
Fresh off his breakup with model Gigi Hadid, pop star Zayn Malik has scooped up a sweet bachelor pad in SoHo. The 3,597 square foot 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom penthouse loft is located at 63 Greene Street in a former silk warehouse that was built in 1877 and recently converted to condos by AEON Partners.
Mar 19, 2018
These Small Space-Approved Buys Are Currently On Sale On Amazon
Keeping a small space organized and well-decorated is an ongoing challenge. (We have a whole section of our site dedicated to it, after all.) And while there are a million ways to hack it, there are some basics that are good to have on hand no matter your style. Ahead, three Amazon buys currently on sale that can help you maximize your minimal space. Unless you’ve really mastered minimalism, chances are you can always use a bit more vertical stacking space.
Mar 19, 2018
This Bizarro New York Apartment Is Actually a Work of Art
Thanks to shows like Sex and the City, the world has been routinely inundated with various fictional and extremely unrealistic accounts of what living in New York City is actually like. Now American designer Sam Stewart has come up with a unique set of furniture for the would-be occupant of a conceptual NYC apartment.
Mar 19, 2018
You’ll Never Guess How Old This Chic, Modern Chicago Home Really Is
When would you guess this modern Chicago home was built? Five years ago? Twenty-five? Try 128. Yep, this chic space was built in 1890. Carefully renovated to offer sought-after features like an open floor plan and an updated kitchen, this freestanding house was converted from a multi-unit residence to a huge single-family home with five (yes, five!) bedrooms. And now it could be yours.
Mar 19, 2018
Location, Location, Location: New Search Tool Highlights The Importance of Neighborhoods
There’s a reason for that tired saying about real estate: It’s all about “location, location, location.” The quality of a neighborhood was a top concern for 60% of recent homebuyers, according to a 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors. And real estate website Trulia found that 85% of its users who plan to buy a home in the next year and a half said that the neighborhood was equally or more important than the house itself.
Mar 19, 2018
Mindy Kaling Sells Her Beverly Grove Home For Under $2 Million
Mindy Kaling has already moved on to her new home, but she recently just sold her old one for just under $2 million. Peek insde the Beverly Grove Spanish inpsired property that just found a new owner. Built in 1929, the four bedroom, three bathroom home stretches over 2,674 square feet and retains some of its original charm. The vintage vibes are brought by those lovely timber ceiling beams, arched doorways, multiple fireplaces, built-in niches, and wrought iron details.
Mar 19, 2018
This Vintage Style Might Just Be the New Mid-Century Modern
Of course, before mid-century modern there was shabby chic, and before that there was that awful oversize Tuscan villa-esque furniture that looked like it was made for giants, but no style has had quite the staying power that mid-century modern has. When I graduated college, in 2005, we were talking about it, and 13 years later, we still are. This, of course, means that people like me are always trying to predict what “the next” MCM is. Is it Italian Modernism? Is it Victoriana?
Mar 19, 2018
Before & After: 56 Square Feet Never Looked So Good
After living in her Upper East Side studio for almost 20 years, Jill decided her kitchen was ready for a facelift. The problem? Her kitchen is tiny. Like, really, really tiny. This is a true small space success story — how one woman created her dream kitchen in only 56 square feet. The new kitchen has the same layout as the old one, with a few important changes. Jill chose to swap her old 24″ stove for a 20″ wide model.
Mar 19, 2018
Before & After: A San Francisco Gem Goes From Funky & Disjointed to Enviably Cohesive
This San Francisco home has so much going for it—tons of windows, lots of built-ins, interesting woodwork, an extraordinary tree just outside, hardwood floors, and approximately 20 times the amount of space one expects in the Bay Area—but can it get even better? For Susie Novak of Susie Novak Interiors, who was determined to make it more lovely and livable, the answer was yes. Take a look: Isn’t this renovation by Susie for a pair of newlyweds glorious?
Mar 19, 2018
This Mid-Century Micro Home Is Tiny, But the View’s Terrific
Name: Karst Rauhé Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Size: 269 square feet Years lived in: 9 months, renting I live in a 25-square-meter studio apartment in one of the best neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The studio is the front room of an old 1910s townhouse, with a beautiful ceiling and fireplace. Previously there were ensuite doors to the room at the back of the building, but currently the tiny kitchen is located there. My interior decor is 75 percent thrifted pieces.
Mar 19, 2018
13 Tweets About HomeGoods That Are Extremely Relatable
If your love for HomeGoods knows no bounds, then you’re in great company, both here and on Twitter. We rounded up 13 too true tweets about one of our favorite bargain decor stores. Everyone wants to go out and drink and I just want someone who will come to Target & Homegoods with me and drink wine and is okay with being home in bed by 9 ???? — Erin (@ErinYzquierdo) March 16, 2018 You know you’re adulting when you’re psyched to browse HomeGoods in the middle of a weekday.
Mar 18, 2018