Apartment Therapy Archive - May 2018
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This New Target x Museum of Ice Cream Collaboration is Pure, Sweet Summer
Perhaps the sweetest, most pure thing since seeing the neighborhood kids frolicking in the joy of an open hydrant sprinkler for the first time each summer, the Museum of Ice Cream has teamed up with Target for two collections that celebrate the return of the sold-out interactive event this June.
May 25, 2018
Our Definitive Guide To The Best Memorial Day Sales
Memorial Day marks the end of the three-day-weekend drought that started after President’s Day, and it also means there are things we’ll be seeing more of until labor day: white pants, rosé, and ‘grammable floaties. Oh, and it also means a lot of sales. Just like we haven’t seen bank holiday since February, we also haven’t seen a weekend full of sales in a long time.
May 25, 2018
Before and After: This Son Gave His Dad’s Rental Kitchen A No-Reno Makeover
This kitchen was very nice—great cabinets, pretty paint, sleek black countertops, fantastic wood floors—but even very nice can use a little boost now and then. Peel-and-stick tiles to the rescue, for a polished, personal, and renter-friendly update. This looks so great! The mini subway tile from Home Depot is delightful, plus the color works well with the new appliances and looks amazing with the orange sink.
May 25, 2018
Why You Should Think Twice Before Taking Out a Mortgage With Your Normal Bank
When my wife and I were looking to get pre-approved for a mortgage, we started at the most obvious spot: Bank of America, the longtime home of our checking and savings accounts. Turns out, that may not have been a smart idea. For starters, we were surprised to discover that their rates and terms were pretty unattractive, especially for first-time buyers like us. We were already scrounging for cash, and the bank was pretty inflexible about the down payment amount.
May 25, 2018
50 Things to See, Taste, Hear, Feel & Smell Between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Just like New Year’s Day is a benchmark for the mind, the start of summer is a benchmark for the soul. At some point in the calendar (Mother Nature waits not for the Summer Solstice), rain and blooms give way to hot, humid mornings. It’s around this time of year that you find yourself reaching more for shorts over jeans, and longing to introduce some simple pleasures in your day. A cool drink wet with condensation. A delicious waft of BBQ on the grill.
May 25, 2018
This Super Sleek, 68-Story-Tall Infinity Pool Is Coming to NYC
Did you ever think that a fear of heights would keep you from getting into a pool? Well, it might not have been a concern before, but if you’re looking to spend your summer living that high life in Brooklyn, you might just need to get over that fear! One of the most Instagram-worthy summer spots is an infinity pool. The way that these pools are designed is to look like they go one “for infinity.” They typically are in tropical locations or just about any venue with a good view.
May 24, 2018
If You Buy This Condo, You’ll Get a Free Trip to Space
Somewhere in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City is a homeowner who’s itching to get an $85 million condo off of his hands. So much so, that he’s willing to throw in complimentary seats for two on an upcoming Virgin Galactic space flight—a gift that retails at $250,000.
May 24, 2018
This Cult-Favorite Soap Cleans More Than Just Floors
With four children and three pets, I’m on a perpetual quest for a cleaning product that gets my floors squeaky clean. On a whim, I decided to try Murphy’s Oil soap on our tile floors since it’s one of those old-time standbys everyone seems to have at least heard of. When I saw that my mop water was dirtier than it’s ever been, I became a Murphy’s Oil Soap convert. Turns out, however, that floors aren’t all it’s good for.
May 24, 2018
A Cookie-Cutter Condo Is Infused with Plants and Pattern
Name: Shilpa Rajahamsa and Aditya Srivathsan Location: St-Henri — Montreal Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned Shilpa and Aditya both grew up in India and moved to North America in their early twenties. Their taste is a mix of both worlds and their home’s style could be described as eclectic and contemporary… with a touch of Indian. Creativity and an appreciation for craftsmanship run deep for this couple.
May 24, 2018
Make Your Summer Tastier – KFC Is Giving Away Colonel Sanders Pool Floats
The best part about summer is getting into the water. You might not feel bikini ready or have a “perfect summer body,” but once you’re in the water, that really doesn’t even matter. Whatever body you have is your summer body! One of the best trends as of late is the pool float. Remember when you were a kid and the only way you got to float around the pool was on a noodle? But you wound up getting into too many pool noodle fights to actually enjoy it.
May 24, 2018
You Can Buy the Crib Khloé Kardashian Got For Baby True – But It’ll Cost You a Pretty Penny
True Thompson might not even be two months old yet, but she already has a more stylish bedroom than all of us. When your mom is a Kardashian, it kind of comes as an expectation that you’re going to live a luxurious lifestyle. That even includes a fancy bed! We haven’t seen many photos or videos of Baby True yet, but Khloé Kardashian did recently share a look at True’s nursery. It is a pink dream! Mama KoKo has very good taste for her baby girl.
May 24, 2018
Before and After: An $80 Closet Makeover That’s Organized and Stylish
This guest room closet was due for an update—it was originally dark brown—but its owner didn’t want to drop a ton of cash on it. After spending a few weeks and $76.69, this closet is now practical and super cute. The makeover by Jessica and Brett of The Mountain and Moon is darling. The new shelves add a ton of valuable storage, the accordion rack is as pretty as it is helpful, and that dotted wall is eye-catching!
May 24, 2018
Party of Two: The Best 2-Player Board Games for Couples to Play at Home Together
This might be the homebody in me talking, but I happen to think date night at home is better than date night out in nearly every way. The drinks are cheaper. The clothes are comfier. And, if you have the right game, it can be a really fun night for you and your love to get competitive and cuddly all at once. Based on recommendations from Amazon, Board Game Geek, Reddit’s /r/boardgames and my own experience, here are some of the best two-player games for couples to play on their own.
May 24, 2018
The Dutch Door House From Fixer Upper Just Hit the Market in Waco
Another Waco home flip featured on Fixer Upper has just hit the market, including a guest home on the property and a solid Airbnb track record. Featured in Season 2, Episode 2 of Chip and Joanna Gaines’s hit HGTV show, “The Dutch Door House” on 3201 Windsor Ave in Waco’s sought-after Highland Park neighborhood is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom ranch home on a corner lot with a bonus guest house on the property that regularly generates rental income on Airbnb.
May 23, 2018
This 194 Square Foot Pre-Fab Cabin Is the Ultimate Off-the-Grid Escape
Because obsessing over remote getaways is completely normal and appropriate at all times, here’s a tiny pre-fab cabin on the border of Turkey and Greece that will surely beckon you to its threshold. Istanbul firm SO? Architecture and Ideas designed the stylish dwelling with minimalism, durability and sustainability in mind.
May 23, 2018
An Avid Craigslister’s Black-and-White Brooklyn Rental Is Full of Deals
Name: Rachael Bennett and cute puppy, Kuma Location: Crown Heights — Brooklyn, NY Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, renting Architect Rachael Bennett doesn’t think you should be scared of designing without color. “I find many people think that ‘neutrals’ or ‘black and white’ is either going to be boring (beige on beige on beige, or worse, sterile and cold),” she writes.
May 23, 2018
The Best Ways to Organize Your Kitchen, According to a Nutritionist
Your kitchen is kind of like command central for your house. Think about everything that goes on there—not least of which is the preparation of up to three meals a day, practically every day of your life. Unfortunately, sometimes in the hustle of that life, things can get a little… disorganized. And by that I mean your fridge may sport haphazard piles of random leftovers in unlabeled containers wedged between broccoli that’s seen better days.
May 23, 2018
These Are the Most Popular Infomercial Products by State
Do you live in Proactiv or P90X territory? Are your neighbors still buying Shake Weights and ThighMasters? Google Trends has seen us in our Snuggies (30 million sold, and counting) and snooped into our purchasing data to find the definitive answers.
May 23, 2018
An 1860s Philadelphia Row Home Aces the Retro Eclectic Look
This home needed a ton of cosmetic changes when Matt and Anne bought it. Now they've given it a gorgeous facelift!
May 23, 2018
This SoCal Beach Town is Every 2018 Color Trend in One Place, Pantone Study Says
If you’ve found yourself gravitating towards colors reminiscent of outdoorsy vacations this year, you’re not alone. In their first ever social media study, the Pantone Color Institute quantified our collective wanderlust with the four most popular colors of 2018. In the 2018 Colors of Travel study, conducted by HireInfluence, Pantone analyzed a mix of outdoor adventure and lifestyle travel photos with high engagement from dozens of the top travel influencers in the U.S.
May 23, 2018
Is Red and Blue the New Design Power Couple?
Red and blue is mostly reserved for summer cookouts, Fourth of July table spreads, or kitschy beach houses full of sand and white rattan, but that’s all about to change. Blue and red is the newest design power couple, but you don’t have to have an Americana aesthetic to pull it off in your own home. The reason it’s rising to the top of designers’ portfolios and pinners’ decor boards is because of how versatile it is: the pairing has range.
May 23, 2018
The First Home Checklist: Things to Buy Now, Things to Buy Later
If figuring out your mortgage and closing costs weren’t enough, moving into and furnishing your new home can be pretty stressful. And though you want to make your house your dream home right off the bat, you’re probably short on cash (and energy). Thankfully, you’ll be in your new house for awhile, so you have time to transform your place to match your vision. Still, there are some things you’ll appreciate having on day one.
May 23, 2018
Before and After: A Stunning and Rustic Kitchen Remodel
This kitchen is perfectly nice—that huge window!—but its owner was able to pinpoint a few weaknesses that weren’t really working for the family. After a gradual transformation, this kitchen is now totally different, and totally wonderful. Here’s how reader Miriam Rogers described the kitchen pre-renovation: Dark wood cabinets and linoleum floors. The room was enclosed with a pocket door. A huge window meant there was not a lot of cabinet space.
May 23, 2018
Swedish Moms Swear by This Versatile Nursery Item For Every Newborn
Are you making your baby shower registry? Or currently stuck on what to get your best friend for her baby shower? If you know your BFF is waiting on her mom or mother-in-law to get the big ticket items, but you want to shell out extra for her, you’ve come to the right place. Babies need a lot, but they also grow so fast. You want to get your loved ones a gift that they’re actually going to use. If you can find something that they can use with their newborn multiple ways, even better.
May 23, 2018
Why You Should Keep an Egg Cup on Your Bathroom Counter
If you aren't already hip to the organizing potential of an egg cup, now's the time to smarten up.
May 23, 2018
Outdoor Design Ideas to Steal From Instagram
Landscape lovers rejoice: There’s a new trend sweeping Instagram and it’s all about stylish outdoor decor. Lately, every time we check the ‘gram we’re inundated with some seriously savvy outdoor setups, giving us an endless amount of decorating inspo. So to help jumpstart your afternoon daydreams, we rounded up a few of our favorite outdoor design ideas.
May 22, 2018
Michelle Obama Shares Heartwarming Photo from Her Childhood Apartment
Though Michelle Obama spent eight years in one of the biggest houses in the country, she didn’t always live such a spacious lifestyle. In promoting her new book, Becoming (out November 13), Michelle shared a sweet photo of her with her parents on Instagram, reminiscing about her “cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago.
May 22, 2018
Three Dogs, Two Cats, and One Adventurous Couple in a 300-Square-Foot RV
Name: Samantha and Brendan Binger; 3 dogs (Archie, Max, Luna), and 2 cats (Anna and Elsa) Location: Anywhere we park Size: 304 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned “When we first had the idea to hit the road in a motorhome, we saw our home as a means to an end,” confesses Samantha Binger, who along with her husband and their five pets travel around the country in their 2007 Fleetwood Bounder 35E.
May 22, 2018
Costco Has a Secret To Saving Big On Your Wedding Day – But You Need to Be a Member
Costco really does have everything, don’t they? You can buy all of your favorite items in bulk, the tastiest rotisserie chicken, 55″ TVs, and just about anything you can think of. But Costco offers more than just items you can buy in store and take home that day. Costco wants to help make wedding planning easier! When planning a wedding, most people are trying not to spend more money than they need to.
May 22, 2018
The Best Places to Live in Texas, According to Your Lifestyle
Texas is a big, big place—it takes an incredible 14 hours to drive across it!—which is why you need a solid game plan if you’re moving to the Lone Star State. Each of its cities and towns are unique, and all have different things to offer, depending on what you’re looking for. But whether you’re looking for the right spot to start your life or a bustling community to welcome you during your sunset years, there’s a vibrant place for you.
May 22, 2018
Before and After: This $1,300 Bathroom Makeover Keeps The Tile, Loses the ’90s Glam
A reader kindly sent in this bathroom, referring to it as “the epitome of ’90s glam.” For a moment there was hope that the After was going to be ’90s glam—think of all the Nagels!—but, instead, this is the story of how quintessentially ’90s elements were smartly incorporated into an updated, understated, and affordable makeover. Here’s a full-length view.
May 22, 2018
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A Quick Intro to Modern Mid-Century (That’s Not a Typo)
Mid-century modern is the Coco Chanel of design—timeless and trend-proof—but that doesn’t mean it can’t take an update. Right now, we’re loving looks that bring the Eames era into the 21st century. Think simple lines and sleek shapes that complement modern life. With the right pieces, you can turn mid-century modern into modern mid-century—a 2.0 take that you can make your own.
May 22, 2018
A Simple Home in The Netherlands Is Pastel and Perfect
Name: Ilona Polcyn, my partner Daniel, our two sons Tycho, 13, and Fender, 7. Plus, two dogs. Location: Tilburg, The Netherlands Size: 3,229 square feet Years lived in: 7 years, owned I love to use my home as my test lab. If I haven’t painted anything for a few weeks, the paint tins literally call out to me from the closet. I like a fresh white canvas decorated with vintage, design or handmade items, mostly in fresh or soft pastel colors.
May 22, 2018
Rethinking How You Take Your Vacations Could Help You Feel Young Forever
Growing up, my family went to a beloved, small lake town in the mountains every summer.
May 22, 2018
Tired of Millennial Pink? You Can Still Think Pink
Less millennial and a little more grownup.
May 21, 2018
These Urban Pools Will Make You Crave Summer
As the temperatures rise and we start breaking out the short-shorts and Popsicle sticks, it’s time to start thinking about pools. We don’t mean your local public pool with its plastic lounge chairs and sizzling hot concrete, though. This year, we’re dreaming about jade tiles, infinity designs, retro kidney shapes, and designer patio furniture in impressive city environments. From Chicago to Havana, below are some of the world’s most creative urban pools.
May 21, 2018
A Minimal, Tailored Home
Cindy is a jewelry designer and fiber artist and shares this bright North Hollywood home with her husband Matt.
May 21, 2018
8 Innocent Mistakes That Could Make Your Allergies Worse
Springtime relief from winter weather is often, sadly, overshadowed by the suffering that comes from seasonal allergies. But you may not be as helpless against them as you think. Here are some sneaky little mistakes you might be making that, once remedied, could help give you some much-needed relief so you can actually enjoy the flowers and warm air and bird songs. Typically, air filters should be changed every three months. However, if you have pets, you’ll need to change them more often.
May 21, 2018
The Best Decor You Can Buy at Aldi
If you weren’t already hip to German grocery store, Aldi, now’s the time to smarten up. Adored for its super low prices and wide range of products, the discount supermarket chain now boasts over 1,600 stores in the United States—making grocery shopping on the cheap easier than ever. But wait, it gets better. Turns out Aldi sells more than just inexpensive groceries.
May 21, 2018
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You Can Now Get Paint Delivered Right to Your Door
Painting is hard, buying paint is not. Glidden® is now available on Amazon.
May 21, 2018
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You Can Now Get Paint Delivered Right to Your Door
Painting is hard, buying paint is not. Glidden® is now available on Amazon.
May 21, 2018
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New Season, New Reason to Refresh Your Space
May 21, 2018
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New Season, New Reason to Refresh Your Space
May 21, 2018
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Is Teal the IT Color for 2018?
May 21, 2018
Why You Should Stick Dryer Sheets in the Bathtub
There's a magic trick involving dryer sheets and dish soap that will make your next deep clean go a lot easier for you.
May 21, 2018
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Is Teal the IT Color for 2018?
May 21, 2018
8 Stunning Ways to Use Stencils Inside (and Outside!) Your Entire House
This one $25 purchase can do wonders for your home. With hundreds of different pattern variations available on the market, stencils are a surefire way to completely change up your space with interesting patterns and prints. And the best part? They can be used in all different parts of your home—from your floors to your walls, to your furniture and beyond. So grab some paint and roll up your sleeves, because we’ve rounded up different ways to use stencils in your next home project.
May 21, 2018
Before & After: An Outdated Kitchen Gets a Sleek Makeover
This kitchen had a lot going for it—nice big window, plenty of space, tons of storage—but a few things working against it, such as beat-up laminate floors and sticky plywood cabinets, so the owner spent four months gutting it and creating a fantastic new kitchen. I’m going to go ahead and say we don’t see enough black cabinets, but I love when we do. These look amazingly bold, yet the entire aesthetic of the room is understated because of the restrained palette.
May 21, 2018