Apartment Therapy Archive - May 2018
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This Designer’s Etsy Shop Brings Cozy Weekend Vibes To Every Day Of The Week
The Store: Calhoun & Co. The Maker: Kerry Stokes These days, the phrase “weekend goals” brings to mind cozy linens and the latest season of Westworld more than nights out late dancing, drinking, and general merry-making. And few online destinations best capture our feelings on weekend goals like Calhoun & Co. The home of the uber-popular “Good At Naps” blanket takes cozy to a new level.
May 21, 2018
This New Jersey Home Is Your Pinterest Kitchen Dreams Come True
This house is a showstopper from the moment you lay eyes on it. The mid-century modern Maplewood “lifestyle” home has curb appeal for days and—even better—it’s just as stunning on the inside. 66 Highland Ave Located in Maplewood, New Jersey $899,000 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Listed with Robert Northfield of Keller Williams Mid-Town This smartly designed Maplewood mid-century home marries the best of city living with the suburbs. First: There’s loads of space.
May 21, 2018
How One Woman Used Design as Therapy After Her Divorce
Name: Dani Loseke, partner, two boys Location: Bloomington, Illinois Years lived in: 7 months, renting This may sound really cliche, but after my divorce, I used designing and decorating as my own therapy. My goal was to make my home a place where I could come home and feel like I was on a vacation. Before I moved in to this three-bedroom ranch, I lived in a very small, but charming two-bedroom rental.
May 21, 2018
24 Dust Magnets You Probably Haven’t Cleaned in Forever
Dust is gross. A mixture of dead skin cells, pollen, dust mites, dust mite feces, pet dander, textile fibers, burnt particles of cosmic rocks, decomposing insects, and more—dust is no doubt dirty. But it harbors a more sinister component, a fact that has motivated me, for one, to finally become a little less lax and more fatalistic about how much of it I allow to stick around in my home.
May 21, 2018
Would You Ever “Rent Blindly?” I Have—4 Times!
In the past seven years, my family and I have been through seven moves. That may seem like a lot, but as a former military spouse and sailor, I can tell you it’s normal for families like mine. You don’t just move—you move quickly: You only get 10 days after you transfer to a new duty station to find a house and move into it. Yeesh! Most of the time, families spend those first days in a hotel (which, thankfully, the military pays for), but I was rarely interested in this option.
May 20, 2018
Here’s Why You Should Never, Ever Leave a Plastic Water Bottle in Your Car
If you’re guilty of leaving water bottles in your car, whether it be clutter or a backup source of hydration, then it’s time to quit the habit. Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard that clear water bottles pose. Specifically, Oklahoma’s Midwest City Fire Department conducted a test to find that water bottles magnify sunlight. This can make it reach a temperature as high as 250°F.
May 20, 2018
7 Big IKEA Home Hacks That Make Huge Wall Statements
Some IKEA hacks are small. A little paint here, some new hardware there—they get the job done. And then there are the IKEA hacks that are so big and so dramatic, they make the room. If you have a wall to fill, or a problem to solve, check out some of these genius solutions. This movable art display wall from Sinnen Rausch has so much going for it, starting with that dusty rose paint job.
May 20, 2018
Before & After: This Kitchen Gets Covered From Head to Toe With Adhesives
Here we have a pretty standard rental kitchen, with the classic beige-ish cabinets, walls, fridge, and countertops. It looks like everything is in pretty good shape, but one renter saw room for improvement—and a chance to try out allegedly rental-friendly home improvement products. Every surface has been stickered!
May 20, 2018
We’re All Using Clorox Wipes Wrong, Apparently
A microbiologist pointed out there's a 4-minute rule printed right on the package.
May 20, 2018
3 Game-Changing Dishwasher Hacks
Here’s how to make your dishwasher work harder.
May 20, 2018
Why Everyone Should Start a Bullet Journal
If you were one of the folks—like me—hoping bullet journals would be a flash-in-the-pan lifestyle trend, I have to report that we’re wrong. Bullet journals are here to stay. Why did I write off bullet journals for so long? (Pun absolutely intended.) Well to me, they seemed like they existed as a sort of vanity project—an Instagram-worthy journal where perfect people can showcase the elements of their perfect life in perfect handwriting.
May 20, 2018
A First-Time Homeowner Aims for “Minimalist Hygge”
Name: Lauren White Location: Sacramento, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 4 months, owned This is the first home I’ve ever owned. I’m single, and have a full-time job as well as owning my own photography business, so when looking for a home to purchase, I wanted something that was new and wouldn’t require any flipping or renovation. I found this new development with the perfect 1,100 square foot condo for me!
May 19, 2018
A Brief But Fascinating History of the Refrigerator
Once my friend Chad came to see me. Upon entering the house, the first thing he did was go to the refrigerator, open the door, and stick his head inside to check out the contents. “I want to see how you live,” he said. This may not be the accepted protocol for visiting a friend in their home, but I think Chad was on to something. What’s in our refrigerators says a lot about us. If we are what we eat, then the refrigerator has become a huge part of who we are.
May 19, 2018
Use Keurig K Cups or Coffee Pods? This Storage Hack’s For You
Use Keurig K cups or Nespresso coffee pods? If yours live in one of those bulky carousels on your counter, or take up an entire drawer, they are using precious kitchen real estate. Here’s a great quick (and temporary) way to up your storage game with an affordable, DIY solution that frees up space, and lets you easily see and grab the flavor you want. Best of all, it only takes minutes and just a couple of bucks.
May 19, 2018
The Statue of Liberty Is Getting Her Own LEGO Set
The folks over at LEGO are finally set to release the brand’s highly anticipated Statue of Liberty architecture set. Although this isn’t the first LEGO set to pay homage to one of the Big Apple’s most renowned landmarks, fans of the popular building blocks have eagerly awaited its release since the Nuremberg Toy Fair last January, where the brand announced its upcoming summer 2018 release.
May 19, 2018
How to Bring This Fashion Trend Into Your House
It’s that time again—time for polka dots to make their decennial resurgence from the depths of forgotten fashion. Jumping onto the 2018 runways like a super chic case of Chickenpox, this simple geometric pattern was deemed ready-to-wear by the likes of Valentino, Dice Kayek and just about everyone in between.
May 19, 2018
What It’s Really Like to Downsize to 250 Square Feet
I always considered myself to be non-materialistic, a simple girl who isn’t wrapped up in the things she possesses. After all, it’s only stuff, right? But then I downsized.
May 19, 2018
This 365 Square Foot Tiny House On a Private Beach Is Relaxation Goals
Since exotic beach getaways are always high on the priority list (or at least, they should be), here’s a Greek rental house that you’re sure to swoon over. Listed on Glamping Hub, the dreamy ocean-facing tiny house is an hour and a half drive from Thessaloniki on a private beach in Paliouri, Chalkidik, also known as Halkidiki. The exclusive spot promises views of the Aegean Sea and soothing scents of pine.
May 19, 2018
Time’s Up for the Pink Tax on Consumer Goods
For me, it all started with questioning those little pink disposable razors embossed with daisies. Why did this disposable razor, my razor (and probably the first razor of every other female-identifying reader), identical in every single way except in color and decoration, cost so much more than my brother’s? It made zero sense.
May 18, 2018
7 Problem-Solving Items That’ll Make Moving Day So Much Easier
With a few nifty helpers, moving day magically transforms into a much less daunting task.
May 18, 2018
An Old Garage Apartment Is Given a Fresh New Feel
Name: Maria Branco, Bruno Sabino, and their puppy Kilo Location: Lindale Park — Houston, Texas Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Maria Branco is an interior designer, jewelry maker, and artist living in Houston, Texas with her husband Bruno. After moving to the U.S. from their native home of Lisbon, Portugal, they are renting an 800-square-foot garage apartment in an up-and-coming neighborhood just miles north of downtown Houston.
May 18, 2018
10 Questions You Should Ask Before Tearing Down An Interior Wall
If you’ve ever watched any home makeover show ever, the big wall teardown signifies that Good Change Is Coming. It’s pretty much mandatory these days to knock down at least one interior wall in the quest for a more open floor plan. But, before you grab the sledgehammer (and pose for that obligatory kicking-through-the-wall Instagram photo op), hold up a sec. Here are ten questions you should ask yourself first.
May 18, 2018
Before & After: A Very Creative Use For a Former “Spider Dungeon”
Be forewarned: This makeover is going to involve a lot of white paint, but when you’re attempting to make the most of a spider dungeon (or a dark, cramped space in a basement), you go with whatever works, and in this case, bright white paint worked like a charm. Wow. What a dreamy little art studio!
May 18, 2018
Lauren Graham Just Sold This Greenwich Village Co-Op for $825K
It is now the real life home of one lucky Gilmore Girls (or Parenthood) fan.
May 18, 2018
7 Design Tricks You Can Do With Mirrors
If you're not completely happy with your home's current look, try implementing these brilliant mirror tricks and you'll be in for a real treat.
May 18, 2018
This Chicago Greystone’s Architectural Woodwork Is Wonderful
Name: Carly Martin, my husband, and our rescue pup, Norman Location: Wicker Park/Bucktown — Chicago, Illinois Size: 1600 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting My husband and I moved from NYC a few years ago where we lived in a 500-square-foot apartment for four years, so now that we have nearly triple the amount of space (for less money!) we try to use it wisely and don’t take an inch of it for granted.
May 18, 2018
8 Bedrooms That Master the Open Closet Storage Trend
While house hunting, you sometimes fall in love with a place so quickly you don’t notice what’s not there. When I realized my first apartment had no closet, I made do with a cheap, pop-up wardrobe that looked liked I never really, truly settled in. I wish I had seen some better ideas first (searches for open closets are up 126% on Pinterest) because so many clever people have fully embraced the open storage trend.
May 17, 2018
Somehow, This 212 Square Foot Trailer Sleeps Six & Looks Good While Doing It
Here to help you make the most out of your mobile lifestyle is Santa, Barbara, California-based startup Living Vehicle, an all-aluminum towable trailer. At 212 square feet, the tiny space provides enough leg and sleeping room for six people, plus it’s pet-friendly and comes with a lithium ion-powered solar system that allows it to go completely off-the-grid.
May 17, 2018
11 Uses for Magnetic Knife Racks You’re Probably Overlooking
I’m prepared to say that 85% of U.S. citizens have one of these magnetic knife holders hanging somewhere in their kitchen (that’s a totally made up number btw), and the other 15% should get on board. And then 100% of us should look for other places to mount them in our homes, because these simple little strips are good for so much more than just knives. Here’s a whole bunch of ways they make organizing easy.
May 17, 2018
Watch This Makeup Drawer Get Totally Organized in 30 Seconds
Mornings are the worst, right? Not to get all Cathy comic on you, but I could seriously use a little solidarity on this front. It’s 2018 and subway wait times and skincare routines both seem to be getting longer and longer by the week. So it seems highly worthwhile to eke out as much time as you can in your morning—from alarm to “ahhhhh I’m gonna be late for work.
May 17, 2018
Ellen Pompeo’s 1920s Spanish Villa in the Hollywood Hills is on the Market for $2.8M
One of our favorite actresses turned aesthetes and home flippers is at it again: Ellen Pompeo just listed the 1920s Spanish Villa in the historic Whitley Heights section of the Hollywood Hills that she picked up for $1.295 million back in 2005— at the very beginning of her now-iconic run as titular character Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy — and for which she is now asking $2.795 million.
May 17, 2018
Give Your Space A Summer Refresh With 20% Off All of H&M Home—Today Only
Looking for a quick way to refresh your space for less? H&M’s under-the-radar home section is a great place to do that. Looking to do it for even less? Then you have until the end of the day—the retailer is currently offering 20% off everything in the home section through Wednesday, May 16. The 20% off spring refresh sale applies to full-priced living room, kitchen, and decor items. To get the discount, you just need to apply the code “5458” at checkout.
May 16, 2018
A Remodeled Miami Townhouse Now Has a Modern “Loft” Look
Name: Niraya and Humberto Location: Miami, Florida Size: 943 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned We are an architect (Niraya) and a civil engineer (Humberto) and yes, we discuss design a lot. And ever since we lived in Brooklyn, we’ve always dreamed of owning a loft. Living in Miami we knew this was not possible, especially if we wanted to stay in our neighborhood of Coconut Grove. So we looked and looked for a townhouse that we could convert into a “loft.
May 16, 2018
This is a Way Better Version of the Himalayan Salt Lamp Trend
Move over, Himalayan salt lamps. There’s a new trend in town. Himalayan salt lamps, known for their orange glow and dubious air-cleansing properties, have had their time to in the spotlight, but it looks like these accent pieces are about to be dethroned by the latest addition to the well-decor scene: selenite lamps. Bonus: These new crystal-based mood boosters are already one step ahead in the looks department. Selenite lamps are made out of a naturally semi-translucent form of gypsum.
May 16, 2018
Hilary Duff Has a Horrible Neighbor, And She’s Looking For Advice
One of the downsides to city living is the close proximity to people and their bad behavior. Actor and pop singer Hilary Duff can’t take it anymore, and is calling out one horrible neighbor’s inconsiderate habits on Instagram. The Lizzie McGuire and Younger star took to her Insta Stories on Wednesday to complain about one dude in particular and ask for advice. “Calling all New Yorkers with asshole neighbors—really open to any advice you have,” she says.
May 16, 2018
This 500-Square-Foot Boston Studio Apartment Is Incredibly Chic
Name: Maeve Stier (and dog Weaver) Location: Back Bay — Boston, Massachusetts Size: 515 square feet Years lived in: Rented 1 year When Maeve and her dog Weaver moved to Boston last July, the first apartment they looked at fit the bill just perfectly. It was in the ideal location, had tall ceilings with intricate molding, lots of natural light, wooden floors, and was dog-friendly! Maeve signed on the spot and became a resident of the hip Back Bay neighborhood.
May 16, 2018
7 Ideas to Steal From Rental Kitchens Rocking Their Oak Wood Cabinets
Because paint isn't the answer to everything.
May 16, 2018
Leonardo DiCaprio Buys Moby’s House in Los Feliz for $4.5M
When celebrities buy other celebrities’ homes, it’s fun to noodle about the things that the two people actually share in their private lives, apart from their taste in aesthetics — like the intersection of sustainability and environmental activism that no doubt led Leonardo DiCaprio to take an interest in buying Moby’s home in the woodsy Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz.
May 16, 2018
5 Golden Rules for Shopping Vintage Rugs—According to the Experts
When talking vintage, a fine line surely exists between the vintage item that makes you the envy of your design-eyed friends, and the vintage that makes you question an object’s actual hygienic repercussions on your home. When the conversation becomes about vintage and antique rugs, as most conversations do(!), a whole new myriad of myths, musts and maybes are called into question— questions that are left best to the experts.
May 16, 2018
Another A-Frame Cabin That’ll Make You Want to Move to the Woods
Name: Giulia Heiman, boyfriend, two dogs, and occasional AirBnb guests Location: Lake Arrowhead, California Size: 1,260 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned My boyfriend and I purchased our vacation home in Lake Arrowhead after getting frustrated with the Los Angeles housing market. Sick of competing for over-priced houses we didn’t really like in LA, we thought, let’s buy our dream home in Lake Arrowhead for a third of the price.
May 16, 2018
A Commoner’s Guide to Throwing a Royal Wedding Watch Party
This Saturday, any committed Royal family fan will be glued to some sort of screen to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day. But you’ll have to get up early to do it live: the ceremony starts at noon GMT, which is 7:00 am Eastern time—and the fanfare starts at least an hour before that. If your invite was somehow lost in the mail, you might be thinking about hosting a watch party couch-side.
May 15, 2018
An Urban Shaman’s Brooklyn Home is Her Spiritual Sanctuary
Name: Donna Henes Location: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Size: 3,150 square feet Years lived in: 29 years, owned Donna Henes is an internationally-renowned urban shaman, contemporary ceremonialist, spiritual teacher, eco-artist, author, speaker, and workshop leader.
May 15, 2018
Want Cleaner Dishes? You Should Start With Dirtier Plates
Pre-washing dishes is one of those divisive things about life at home. If you’re secretly (or not so secretly) a pre-rinser, it’s because you think it’s the only right way to do it, and that not pre-rinsing is gross/dirty/lazy/doesn’t work/what-have-you. I know because I’m one of them. I grew up with a dishwasher that really didn’t get dishes clean on its own, so pre-washing became my practice.
May 15, 2018
Emily Henderson’s Must-Have Target Finds For Summer Entertaining
If the fast-approaching summer season has snuck up on you, you’re not alone. Thankfully, designer Emily Henderson chatted with us on how to get your outdoor space ready for warmer weather. Emily, in her ever-so-fab capacity as style ambassador, transformed a space three different ways using Target’s Project 62, Threshold, and Opalhouse collections.
May 15, 2018
A Modern Stockholm Apartment Is Beautifully Scandinavian
Name: Tove Fogelström, husband and two kids (3 and 5 years old) Location: Årsta — Stockholm, Sweden Size: 1000 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned “The first thing that struck me as I walked into the apartment were the large windows and the big trees just outside; it is a very peaceful place,” explains architect Tove Fogelström.
May 15, 2018
Recently Roommate-Less, This Renter Is Finding His Own Style
Name: Norm Ofstead Location: Orlando, Florida Size: 724 square feet Years lived in: 2 months, renting After having roommates for most of my life I am finally living in a space I can call my own. I recently moved into this beautiful second-floor apartment in Orlando and have loved getting to put my personal style into the space. I like to think of my style as well-traveled meets mid-century.
May 15, 2018
Can You Finance a Tiny Home? Here’s What You Need to Know
Those trendy 500-square-foot tiny homes sure are cute and it’s a cool idea reduce your environmental footprint and embrace conscious “micro” living. But though these homes may be but little, they can be fiercely difficult to finance, since traditional home mortgages aren’t always an option.
May 15, 2018
This Fabulous Home Is Vintage Coloring Book Chic
Mid-century design-lovers will crush hard on this Bauhaus-influenced home in Bayside, Wisconsin. Set upon an acre of sloping land, it affords the peacefulness of a country retreat with a dose of seriously sophisticated style. 9449 North Regent Court Located in Bayside, Wisconsin $410,000 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathrooms It’s clear that the owners of this property were not afraid to stand out.
May 15, 2018