Save Yourself a Trip to IKEA With This Clever Shopping Hack
IKEA stuff is great. But sometimes a trip to IKEA is something less than great.
Mar 18, 2018
7 Celebrity Homes that ‘Normal’ People Could Maybe Even Afford
As someone who loves to trawl through celebrity real estate listings, you can trust me when I say the other half is living lavishly. It’s downright rare to find a price tag with fewer than seven figures. But truly, I can’t blame ’em. If I started making major bank, the first thing I’d do is set myself up with the home of my dreams too. But it seems lavish real estate isn’t a top priority for every celeb under the sun.
Mar 18, 2018
Pantone Just Announced What Colors We’ll Crave For Interiors in 2019
The color experts at Pantone are always looking ahead to what will be on trend in the future. While 2018’s Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, still holds its reign, that hasn’t stopped the institute from predicting what we’ll see more of in 2019 already. Check out what’s on the horizon for next year, according to Pantone.
Mar 18, 2018
8 Creative Uses for Caulk You’ve Never Thought Of
Growing up I lived with two very different kinds of parents. My father was the “right tool for the job” type man and my mother was the kind that would use a brass animal figurine to hammer in a nail, instead of taking the time to find a an actual hammer. Because of this combination, I’m always thinking of different ways to use regular household items. Take a tube of caulk for instance, which is handy for bunch of things around the house.
Mar 18, 2018
A Cup of Jo Editor Shares 6 Real Life Lessons on How to Cope With a Teeny Apartment
Manhattan has notoriously teeny apartments and I’m always fascinated by how people make them work. I mean, you have to be clever to figure out how to fit in a place to sleep, a place to eat, a place to hang out, a place to cook and a place to you know, store all of your stuff, all in about 300 square feet. Even more impressive? When someone figures out how to do it stylishly in about half of that footprint.
Mar 18, 2018
These Geometric Rugs Are a Gorgeous Optical Illusion
Every so often, you come across a majorly specific design conundrum like, how to accentuate your floors in style while simultaneously deceiving your eyes. Well, prepare to check off both of those decorative boxes with these color-blocked rugs from Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola.
Mar 18, 2018
Before & After: This 88-Year-Old Bathroom Goes Mad for Marble
The idea of a vintage bathroom sounds very nice, but sometimes the reality is less than appealing. The bathroom in Mary Ann and Frank’s Upper West Side apartment was what Cher Horowitz might call a Monet: “from far away it’s okay, but up close it’s a big ol’ mess.” The bath was completely unchanged since the building was built in 1929, and its age was starting to show, with missing tiles and permanently icky grout.
Mar 18, 2018
Is Your State More Renter or Landlord Friendly?
If you’re a renter who has at one point found yourself without hot water or battling a million mice in your apartment, you’ve probably furiously googled something like “can I sue my landlord for being a negligent jerk” at least once or twice. Tenant/Landlord rights can be incredibly confusing for those of us without a law degree, and in some places those laws are designed to favor one party over the over.
Mar 17, 2018
A Scandi Design Inspired Keyboard That’s Music to Your Eyes and Ears
The gulf in sound and aesthetics between an electric keyboard and a grand (or even upright) piano can seem wide and insurmountable to many a piano enthusiast. This new collaboration between Roland and Karimoku offers up not only an upgrade in keyboard technology, but a sleek new look minimalist look. The Roland Kiyola electric piano is available stateside for the first time at the MoMA Design store.
Mar 17, 2018
A Jawdropping Kitchen You’ll Never Believe is IKEA
The Danish fashion designer Stine Goya definitely has a unique style, so it’s no surprise that her kitchen is equally distinctive. What is surprising, though, is that all those cabinets are IKEA. Last year, I created this roundup of kitchens you won’t believe are IKEA, but I was a little flummoxed at first to see that IKEA cabinets come in GOLD.
Mar 17, 2018
Before & After: See This 78″ Laundry Become Something Totally Brand New
Maxing out every inch of living room space isn’t a new idea, but these days that can mean working to turn a rarely used space into a cool new Airbnb to rent out for extra income. Redditor monkeegod recently shared his recent basement conversion, which included turning a small laundry area into a fully functioning kitchen. He turned a space that’s smaller than most sofas into a rental rockstar. The laundry area was a perfect spot for this transformation.
Mar 17, 2018
10 Wacky But Brilliant Vintage Appliances They Should Just Go Ahead & Reinvent For Today
No matter how many decades pass, there are certain appliances that stick around. Washing machines were a godsend that released us from hours of hand-washing, fridges changed the game for cooking (and preserving), dishwashers saved households from being torn apart over fights about dirty dishes, and radios brought music into the kitchen. But along the way, those appliances have changed and updated — and sometimes those upgrades yielded some hilarious and fascinating results.
Mar 17, 2018
The Best Vases
It may not feel like it on the East Coast yet, but spring is definitely on its way. And that means spring cleaning won’t be far behind. One little shortcut that doesn’t actually involve a bit of scrubbing or organizing: adding in a plant or two can make any space feel a tiny bit better and brighter. Plus, having fresh colorful flowers around always makes me feel like the weather is friendlier than it actually is.
Mar 17, 2018
You Have to See Inside This Over the Top Detroit House For Sale
Every now and again, we come across a real estate listing so pure and so unbelievable, that we have to share it with you in its entirety. This Detroit home for sale is one such property. Let’s go on this journey together, shall we? Some might call it Buffalo Bill’s tribute to Liberace, but we think the decorators of this fine Highland Park home are just misunderstood.
Mar 16, 2018
Anthropologie Is Currently Offering 20% Off Full-Priced Items – Here Are Our Top Picks
Happy Anthro Day! Not sure what that is? To be honest, neither are we – except that it means Anthropologie is currently offering 20% off all full-priced items, and we like the sound of that. The deal runs through the weekend, no code required. You do, however have to be a member of the AnthroPerks program. It’s free to join, and the main perks include free shipping on all order over $150 and a 20% off coupon in your birthday month.
Mar 16, 2018
Reese Witherspoon Shares Her Favorite Multipurpose Decor Piece (And We Have to Agree)
Is there anything Reese Witherspoon can’t do? The Draper James founder and mystical Mrs. Whatsit is back with a series of decorating tips as Crate & Barrel’s latest ambassador. In the fall, Reese was helping us all with holiday decorating and entertaining, with her signature chipper brand of Southern hospitality with a dash of real life. Now, she’s back with a series of helpful tips for any season, expounding evergreen advice that’s Apartment Therapy approved.
Mar 16, 2018
Ever Wanted to Learn to Knit? We’ll Show You How It’s Done
At first glance, knitting looks pretty complicated. All those hand motions, not to mention an endless number of knots. It definitely takes some practice, but once you’ve got the basics down, it’s really quite straightforward and simple. Not only is it a soothing meditative activity —a break from the outside world — it’s a portal to handmade scarves, sweaters, blankets and other home decor and accessories. Plus, there’s all that beautiful, colorful yarn to buy!
Mar 16, 2018
10 Little Luxuries (Under $25!) No One Will Believe Are From Target
Our love of Target home decor isn’t exactly a secret. The retailer has slowly become a go-to for revamping or even completely redecorating every room in your house. While we will always love scoring a new bar cart or dining set, we are also partial to the small finds that add big impact to rooms. The picks we rounded up are full of little details that make them look way more luxe than they cost: faux fur, brass accents, and on-trend patterns that will brighten up your home.
Mar 16, 2018
The History of Inflatable Furniture Goes Way Beyond the Delia*s Catalog
Remember inflatable furniture? If you were a conneseur of the Delia*s catalog in the late 1990s, you definitely will (that stuff was plastered all over those pages). But those plastic sofas and chairs were not, in fact, an invention of the Britney Spears era. For the very first inflatable chair, we’ll have to go back 30 years earlier than that, all the way to the 1960s.
Mar 16, 2018
Before & After: Open Shelving Haters Will Love This Kitchen Renovation
After living in their downtown Brooklyn condo for almost five years, Emily and Trey were ready for a kitchen overhaul. The lack of countertop space made cooking for a family of four difficult, and a loft above made the kitchen cramped and dark, as well as encouraging them to keep things they didn’t really need. “We put stuff up there that we hardly touched the entire time we have lived here,” Emily admits.
Mar 16, 2018
Before & After: From Neglected Garage to an Enviably Gorgeous Airbnb
This is one of the most blank-slate, bare-bones Befores we’ve ever seen; it’s hard to imagine this garage becoming anything but a wide-open, loft-like space. But thanks to one interior designer with a vision—and a clear financial goal—this humble garage is about to be transformed into a hot vacation spot.
Mar 16, 2018
You Should Be Rockin Around The Christmas Sale at Home Depot Right Now
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it makes total sense that you should be shopping for Christmas decorations right now. Actually it doesn’t, but when does a deal have to be seasonally logical in order to save you money? Right now, The Home Depot is having a big ole sale on its holiday decor, some of the items are up to half off!
Mar 15, 2018
14 Sephora Shopping Secrets Every Makeup & Skincare Addict Should Know
Ah, Sephora. Like the rest of the world, it seems, I’ve recently gotten really into skincare, so there’s no place I’d rather blow my paycheck right now than Sephora. And Sephora will take my entire paycheck, if I’m not careful. Those serums and toners don’t seem to come cheap. Fortunately/unfortunately, my skin is loving my new regimen. So I’m busy finding ways to get the products I love at as much of a discount as I can.
Mar 15, 2018
Sad News: Toys ‘R’ Us Is Reportedly Closing All Its U.S. Stores
Sad news for our collective childhoods: Toys ‘R’ Us will reportedly be closing all 800 of its U.S. locations. The news came Wednesday evening that all stores, including Babies ‘R’ Us, will be sold or shuttered, a source told The Washington Post. The retailer filed for bankruptcy back in September 2017, and publicly announced this week that all 100 stores in the UK would be closing.
Mar 15, 2018
Lowe’s Is Having a Spring Flash Sale and Here Are The Biggest Deals
The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, so it must be spring. It’ll be time to lounge outside, garden, grill, and relax outside sooner than you think. So thankfully, Lowe’s is having a huge flash sale right now so you can get a head start on your spring projects. “Lowe’s experts report that consumers often wait too long to start upgrading their outdoor spaces, meaning less time to enjoy the good weather.
Mar 15, 2018
Henry David Thoreau Built the Original Tiny House
Although our generation sometimes acts like they invented the Tiny House, the idea has been kicking around essentially since the invention of the house itself, to be periodically rediscovered by people enamored with returning to a simpler existence. In 1845, Henry David Thoreau, who was then 28, began what would be a 2-year experiment in living simply and retreating (well, mostly) from society and its materialistic ills. He moved to the shores of Walden Pond, and built himself a tiny house.
Mar 15, 2018
Why You Should Keep WD-40 In Your Kitchen
Mar 15, 2018
16 of the Warmest, Coziest Cabins and Cottages of All Time
It’s no surprise hashtags and Instagram accounts dedicated to “cabin porn” are so popular; who doesn’t dream of a simple life tucked away in a cozy cabin in the woods? The actual cabin life isn’t available (or practical) for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get inspiration from those who dig the cabin lifestyle. Below, find an array of woodsy cabins and cute cottages sure to warm you up on even the coldest winter day.
Mar 15, 2018
Is it Okay to Use the Same Rags to Clean the Whole House?
When it comes to keeping cleaning cloths straight, you already know some of what not to do.
Mar 15, 2018
Bookmark Now: This Online Outlet is a Secret Bargain Source for Luxe Decor
Before this post, I had never heard of Century 21 (the store, not the real estate company)—and no surprise, as all 14 locations are on the East Coast (throughout NJ, NY, PA, and FL).
Mar 14, 2018
The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Entryway Under $75
Your entryway is one hard worker, and the gatekeeper to the rest of your home. Mail, grocery bags, shoes, and gear regularly come and go, and your home’s well-being depends in part on its ability to filter out the clutter and prevent mess from trickling into your main living space. A good hardworking entryway bench is the ultimate secret weapon, combining style, seating and storage to keep everything clear of chaos and mess (and to look good doing it).
Mar 14, 2018
Drop the Allen Wrenches, IKEA Rolls Out TaskRabbit Assembly Nationwide
No more trying to interpret the hieroglyphic instructions: IKEA is expanding TaskRabbit assembly to additional stores and flat fee pricing for furniture and other items. The Swedish retailer announced that it acquired the gig economy platform back in September, and started an in-store pilot program in a handful of California stores in January.
Mar 14, 2018
This (Free!) New Coworking Space Is As Beautiful As It Is Practical
Just when we thought interior designer Christiane Lemieux had revolutionized every nook of the design world, we find out she’s only getting started. With a nearly two-decades-long tenure in the space — Christiane has done everything from write books, and host and judge television shows to create a little company called DwellStudio (you might have heard of it?) — it only makes sense that the spacial stalwart has etched her name on the map yet again with The Inside last year.
Mar 14, 2018
A Moody, Vintage-Filled Victorian Gets an Even Darker Makeover
If you were (like me) delighted by the dark and dramatic UK home of Nicola Broughton we toured last spring, prepare to be doubly delighted. Because while the home we got a look at in her house tour certainly came close to decor perfection, Nicola has recently revamped some of the rooms—making her vintage-filled home even moodier and lovelier than before.
Mar 14, 2018
Peek Inside Jennifer Garner’s Cozy Library While She Reads To Her Dog
It’s been a minute since Jennifer Garner’s Alias and 13 Going On 30 days, but the star is hardly finding it tough to stay relevant. Her amazing response to the GIF of her realization at the Oscars notwithstanding, the actress has a truly wonderful Instagram series where she reads children’s books to her golden retriever, Birdie.
Mar 13, 2018
7 Things You Need to Declutter Before You Spring Clean
It's smart — before you dig in on your spring clean — to minimize the stuff that needs to be cleaned and cleaned around.
Mar 13, 2018
3 Ways IKEA Makes It Easy to Recycle
As if the stylish and affordable home furnishings weren’t enough of a reason to love IKEA, the store made it their mission to create a streamlined recycling process for their customers. Along with their chic assortment of recycling bins for sale, the Swedish super-retailer offers several convenient ways for customers to recycle their old stuff—think: glass, batteries, furniture, and more—while they’re shopping. Don’t believe us?
Mar 13, 2018
Are Luxury Shopping Amenities The Answer To Reviving Retail?
So you finally decided it’s time to buy a new sofa. You venture into a furniture store to sit, lie and lounge on anything that catches your eye; you play house by imagining watching television or snacking or napping or entertaining friends and family, and then leave, hopefully expecting a sofa delivery in a few weeks. Right? This scenario has played out over and over again.
Mar 13, 2018
4 Messes, 4 Makeovers: Real Life Redos of Some Very Disorganized Closets
If you have a disastrous closet, but are bound and determined to get it in shape this spring, let the following four transformations be major inspiration. Whether it’s a sliver of space, or a full on walk-in closet, there’s an organizing solution out there for you. See how these four people (with very different set ups) maximized their storage and made their lives more efficient. Katy’s issue definitely wasn’t space.
Mar 13, 2018
Before and After: A Budget Fix for a Tired, Old Linoleum Floor
Haven’t we all had a kitchen with this floor at some point—a faded, yellowed, aggressively patterned linoleum that’s nearly impossible to decorate around and incredibly expensive to replace? What kind of floor should it be replaced with that would be worthy of that beautiful paneling, table, and chairs? A concrete floor is a fabulous solution! But installing a concrete floor is surely a major undertaking best tackled by a professional, right?
Mar 13, 2018
The Fan-Favorite Costco Membership Perk You’re Probably Not Using
You can shop Costco.com online without a membership. You may soon be able to get in the store to shop with only your library card. And if your store has an outdoor food court, you can eat as many $1.50 hot dogs as you want, uncarded. So you might be wondering why you’d ever want to pay $60 per year for a Costco membership in the first place. The membership club fans on /r/costco think that the warehouse store’s travel program is worth every penny of joining.
Mar 13, 2018
This Tiny House Looks Like It Was Beamed Down from Space
Basically the Tesla of tiny houses, the Ecocapsule is a super futuristic, earth friendly tiny home that looks like it was beamed down from space. The Ecocapsule is fully self-sufficient, relying only on wind and solar power, making it the perfect choice for going off the grid. It can even serve as a charging station for electric cars — so maybe it’s not the Tesla of tiny houses, but the most Tesla compatible of tiny houses.
Mar 12, 2018
Low-Risk Ways to Layer in Some Art Deco At Home
Art Deco feels incredibly old-school glamorous while also being beautifully modern. Thanks to the clean lines and timeless color palette, it can fit right into any home. You don’t want your place looking like the set of The Great Gatsby, however, so try a few of these inexpensive projects to get the feel without becoming too theme-y. An easy way to bring incorporate the style is through wallpaper! Wallpaper doesn’t have to be a whole room.
Mar 12, 2018
Smart Organizing Secrets to Steal From People Who Live Without Closets
“I have so much closet space I don’t even know what to do with it,” said nobody ever. I mean, even president Obama has a closet-space shortage, so for those of us wishing for just one more little nook to stuff our things in—we’re not alone.
Mar 12, 2018
This Is When DC Will Reach Peak Cherry Blossom Season
Now that Daylight Saving Time is upon us, we’re fast approaching a bunch of other indicators that spring has officially sprung. One of the loveliest is the blooming of the cherry blossoms in and around Washington, DC. Here’s when you can expect the trees to reach peak pink. The National Park Service is predicting that peak bloom dates for 2018 will be March 17th through the 20th.
Mar 12, 2018
Before and After: A Three-Week $500 Kitchen Facelift
The materials in this kitchen appear to all be of high quality — stainless steel, pretty wood cabinets and floors, granite countertop—but I can also understand why reader Devann referred to this kitchen as “bland brown-on-brown-on-brown.” Sometimes even the most beautiful finishes need contrast in order to shine! Here’s a full-length shot of the original kitchen and Devann’s description of it: Before, our kitchen was very monotone.
Mar 12, 2018
A Couple’s Cute, 400-Square-Foot Contemporary Houseboat
Name: Jaclyn Westlake, her husband Brian and their dachshund mix, Indiana Jones Location: San Rafael, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 4 months, owned Tiny living with a nautical twist! Our home is a 46-foot Carver Motor Yacht with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a mid-deck, flybridge, salon (that means living room in nautical terms) and a small galley kitchen. When we moved aboard, the boat felt like a boat, so we put a lot of work into making it feel like a home, too.
Mar 12, 2018