Apartment Therapy Archive - May 2018
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A Vintage Dealer’s Art-Inspired Mid-Mod Long Island Home
Name: Kate Pearce, husband, and kids, Eva and Jo Location: Long Island, New York Size: 2,300 square feet Years lived in: 10 months, owned Having studied Art History, Kate Pearce spent many years immersed in the art world, interning at places like the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and more. But it wasn’t just art that fascinated her; she also fell in love with antiques.
May 14, 2018
These 6 Perfect Hanging Plants Are Also Pretty Easy to Care For
There's ALWAYS room for another one of these.
May 14, 2018
The $8 IKEA Find You’ll Want to Tote Around All Summer
Stash these in your summer bag for lazy days, or in your everyday purse for those days when you want to take your lunch to the park.
May 14, 2018
Here Are The Most Common DIY Injuries & How To Avoid Them
Does spring cleaning fever also have you itching to update every space in your home, inside and out? Before you jump into that lighting or landscaping project, Weekend Warrior, make sure to take the proper safety precautions: a new study showed that — no matter the skill level — these are the most common DIY injuries, plus tips and precautions for how to avoid them. By analyzing data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), the team at InsuranceQuotes.
May 14, 2018
Artist and Author Kimothy Joy’s Denver Home
Name: Kimothy Joy, her partner Gregory and their brand new baby girl, Luca Joy Location: Park Hill, Denver Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned “I love the original wood paneling, glass block, built-in shelves, and architectural ceiling tiles that make it unique to the era,” explains Denver-based artist and illustrator Kimothy Joy, of the 1940s-era home she’s owned for a year and shares with her partner (and the baby girl they welcomed just last month!).
May 14, 2018
A House Unchanged for 40 Years Is Preserved with a Creative New Use
Name: Marie-Eve Lalande Location: Saint-Lambert, Quebec, Canada Size: 1000 square feet Years owned: 40 years This house was built in 1900 and for the last 40 years, it belonged to my parents-in-law who had one way of living: like in the old times! Every object that entered the house had to be antique, pretty, and authentic. So, you can forget about the microwave, no matter how helpful it could have been!
May 14, 2018
These Mugs are Works of Art
That first cup of delicious morning coffee; that afternoon latte; a late night cup of tea [insert long blissfully happy sigh]—arguably the best part of your day, right? It’s those beautiful moments of peace, in the midst of emails and back-to-back meetings, and there’s just you and your caffeine (or decaf) du jour.
May 14, 2018
A Tiny, 375-Square-Foot Apartment Masters Minimalism
This rental apartment may be small, but it's in a dreamy Santa Monica location.
May 13, 2018
7 Gorgeous Marble Backsplashes With An Unforgettable Twist
We see a lot of kitchens and bathrooms. We see a lot of marble kitchens and bathrooms. And we see a lot of marble backsplashes in those marble kitchens and bathrooms. But, just when we thought we’d seen every example out there, a clever and beautiful twist started popping up. It’s not a new idea (in fact it’s quite old), but it definitely feels fresh again. If you love marble as a material, but want a unique way to make it your own, check out these examples.
May 13, 2018
Holy Lemon Monster: Would You Try These AI-Invented Ice Cream Flavors?
One of the most important things about ice cream (besides it tasting good) is the name of the flavor. If you go to a new ice cream shop, you want to see flavors that you are familiar with, but also want to see flavors that look like they’ll be exciting to taste. Even the basics like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry can all have interesting names. Ice cream is amazing and should never be boring.
May 13, 2018
This Micro-Cactus Trend Is Your New Living Room Decor Inspiration
Tiny things are cute, right? Puppies, kittens, even babies. When something is little, we all can’t help but coo at it. Just look at how people react to micro pigs! We all squeal. Well, this doesn’t just apply to animals and tiny humans. Apparently, even decor can get the micro treatment and look even better. Nothing stinks more than trying to decorate your space, but you don’t really have any space to decorate.
May 13, 2018
What 12 Designers Learned From Their Moms About Decorating
We turn to our moms for advice on just about anything—how to navigate our careers, deal with relationship issues, recreate our favorite childhood dish… the list goes on and on. As for me, I’ve even been known to ask my mom to help me choose a health insurance and 401(k) plan and I’m 29 years old. The point is, our moms have taught us a lot. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked designers what their moms taught them about decorating.
May 13, 2018
9 Cheap But Chic Ideas to Refresh Your Tired Bathroom
Add some serious style for almost no $$$.
May 13, 2018
This A-Frame Tiny House in Australia Is Off-the-Grid Vacation Goals
How addicted to technology are you? Do you use your phone for everything? It isn’t just to text your friends and call your parents, right? You order food through your phone, shop online, scroll through social media. Hell, you can even do a ton of your banking and bills all right from your phone. What would you do if you lost your phone? Honestly, sometimes we need to put our phones down and just disconnect.
May 13, 2018
This Hardworking Material Looks Just as Good In Your Home as It Does on Your Tush
If I asked you to imagine something made of denim, I’m guessing you’d probably think of a pair of pants—not a couch. Over the years, this distinctive blue canvas material has become almost synonymous with blue jeans. The idea of using denim in interior decor may seem a bit strange to you—I thought so too, until I saw this striking sofa in actress Denise Vasi’s Los Angeles home and began to wonder: what if?
May 13, 2018
This New Travel Site Is the Kayak of Vacation Rentals
Booking a vacation is supposed to be relaxing, right? You go away for the sole purpose of escaping your day-to-day life for a week. But the actual process of planning that vacation can be a hassle. You can search multiple different sites to find the best deal and still feel like you totally missed out. If you are trying to book a flight, KAYAK is a great place to look. But what about where to stay? Hotels can be pricey, even at “discounted” rates.
May 13, 2018
11 Smart Secrets to Steal from People Who Never Overspend at the Grocery Store
Recently I was talking to a friend and the subject of budgeting came up. Actually, it’s one of our favorite subjects, but this time the subject of our grocery budgets came up specifically. We both felt like we were spending way too much on groceries for our families of four (sometimes upwards of $300 per week), and on top of that, felt like our cabinets were full and a lot of food went bad or leftovers went uneaten.
May 13, 2018
Chip & Jo’s Latest Target Collection Is Summer Goals
If you weren’t already set to spend the whole season outside, the latest release from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Hearth & Hand with Magnolia collection at Target will have you itching to throw a perfect picnic, beautiful barbecue, or summer soiree. This latest refresh from the former “Fixer Upper” stars is all about summer entertaining, and includes 40 new pieces for outdoor activities.
May 13, 2018
Here’s What Happens When Your Mom Is Also Your Business Partner
Imagine for a moment that you scored your dream job. Somehow you landed a gig you’re passionate about and excel at. Now imagine your business partner is your mom. That may be a dream come true for some; others may take pause. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re highlighting three seriously talented mother-daughter duos across real estate, design, and DIY who believe working together is like hitting the career jackpot.
May 13, 2018
5 Professional Organizers Share Their #1 Tip for Messy People
Getting your sh*t together isn’t easy. Staying organized is especially hard when you’re a self-proclaimed “messy” person. Luckily, we know some amazing professional organizers to call upon for help. We hit up five of our favorite pro-organizers for the number one piece of advice they’d give “messy people” looking to get their homes—and lives—in order and here’s what they had to share.
May 13, 2018
A TV-Free, 600-Square-Foot Shared Chicago Apartment Fosters Creativity
Name: Katherine Corden and her fiancé Dave Location: Lincoln Park Neighborhood — Chicago, Illinois Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Dave and I moved in together about one year ago, around the same time we got engaged. We both are physical therapists full time but when we’re not working, we are pursuing our creative passions! Dave loves playing guitar and learning new music, and I am working to grow my fine art business.
May 12, 2018
This Idyllic Island in the Florida Keys is for Sale
Who wouldn’t want their own private island? It is the perfect place to escape to when you need a break from reality and other people. But, an island is plenty of space to then have friends and family over. You get to enjoy privacy with your close loved ones, while still not feeling cramped. If only we could all afford our own private islands. If you’re on the market for an island, then you’re going to want to look at Florida.
May 12, 2018
The Most Expensive Apartment In NYC Comes With a Trip to Space
Moving to a new place can be really expensive. Even if you already have a fully furnished home or apartment, you wind up dropping thousands on the cost of movers. That doesn’t even include the security deposit and first month’s’ rent you’ll have to pay if you’re renting. If you’re buying, then that initial down payment will take a little piece of your soul. But one expensive place in NYC comes with a bit of a prize.
May 12, 2018
Why You Should List Your House This Weekend If You’re Looking to Sell
The sound of lawn mowers purring. The smell of lilac bushes starting to bloom. May is a magical time period for a variety of reasons, particularly for those of us who have eagerly awaited the warmer temps and sunshine. But it turns out that the first half of May is a real dynamo for the real estate market, too. According to research conducted by Zillow, homes listed from May 1 to 15 sell about 2 weeks faster, and for a $2,400 premium over properties listed at other times during the year.
May 11, 2018
This $33M London Townhouse Has Belonged to Julie Andrews, Mick Jagger, and More Celebs
What do Mary Shelley, Nigella Lawson, Dame Julie Andrews, Margaret Thatcher, Mick Jagger, Tony Curtis, and Andrew Lloyd Webber all have in common? At one time or another, they all called this luxurious, towering townhouse in West London home—and if you happen to have $33 million to invest, you can also add your name to the historic list of residents.
May 11, 2018
8 Creative Interior Doors That Will Make You Happy on the Inside
Front doors get all the attention, but what about interiors doors? You see the inside just as much as the outside, so why not show yours some love. Brittni of Paper & Stitch holds no punches with her dramatic entryway makeover. The dark charcoal walls make the mint door a focal point instead of an afterthought. She also lays out the best plan for painting the door without removing it, and provides a complete checklist. Is there anything cheerier than a yellow door?
May 11, 2018
Can You Tell What’s Unusual About This NYC Listing?
Finding reasonably-priced real estate in New York City is no simple task. So if you happen to be breezing through the apartment listings looking for your next home, you may come across this one-bedroom unit in an adorable East Village co-op building. But before you start packing boxes and updating your magazine subscriptions, you may want to look a bit closer. Listed at $2,500, the apartment is extremely charming.
May 11, 2018
Whole Foods Is Opening a Home Decor Store Within a Store
Whole Foods is becoming even more of a one stop shop. The organic grocery chain has opened a lifestyle boutique inside one of its New Jersey locations—and might be a test for additional stores. Dubbed Plant & Plate, the store within a store concept opened at the Bridgewater location in March, according to Popsugar.
May 11, 2018
10 Things That Say ‘Home’ To Brooklinen Founder Vicki Fulop
Vicki Fulop and her husband, Rich, launched Brooklinen in 2014 with luxury sheets that cut out the middleman (and seriously reduced the price tag). Now, they’ve moved onto the bathroom with their Super-Plush Towel collection. Made from 100% combed Turkish cotton (and starting at $69) it’s just the latest way Brooklinen is making a home basic feel like an indulgence, too. As Vicki puts it, “I’m basically making stuff I want for our apartment!
May 11, 2018
This One-of-a-Kind Home & Photo Studio Is Housed in a Former School Building
Name: Jonnie Andersen and dogs Alice Cooper, Winston Churchill, and the Dude Location: Superior, Nebraska Size: 2,500 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned This is the best kind of home: Deeply personal, DIY, and steeped in history. Jonnie Andersen is a photographer living in Superior, Nebraska, and she took on the monumental task of reviving this former school plus old church and turning it into a home for herself and her business.
May 11, 2018
7 Truly Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts When You Don’t Even Have Time To Shop
Don't panic - these gifts feel as special as she is.
May 11, 2018
Before and After: This Blank Slate is Now a Cozy Bedroom
In this photo, this little French bedroom appears to simply be a blank slate, but according to its new owners, “Everything was old and ugly.” Five months of DIY weekends later, this room is now cozy, dramatic… and double-decked! The bedroom has gone from plain white to an incredible blue. This paint—Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue—is the perfect blue for a bedroom; it’s deep and inky like the night sky, while perfectly white linens pop against it like stars.
May 11, 2018
Before and After: This Dark Basement’s Budget Reno Is Incredibly Inspiring
Name: Nikki Norberg and Bryan Frank Location: Minneapolis, MN Size: 1200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, owned I work at Blu Dot doing a mixture of photo and design, and Bryan is a web developer. Ceramics is something we both find passion in because it is a way to escape the computer screen and create with our hands. Here was our very sad, dingy, asbestos-tile filled basement just a few months ago. We wanted to convert the basement into a usable studio where we felt relaxed and inspired.
May 11, 2018
How to Arrange One Cheap Costco Bouquet, 3 Different Ways
Get the most floral bang for your warehouse store buck (while you grocery shop).
May 10, 2018
4 Stress-Busting Things You Should Do Before You Move
You might not think an empty house or apartment as an especially beautiful thing. There’s a reason why houses are staged when they go on the market, and that is because people usually think of empty houses and apartments as sad and lonely. But, after you’ve signed on the dotted line and the home is yours, the emptiness can be a spectacular vision. Instead of loneliness, the space is a blank slate for all the happy memories (and awesome decor) to come.
May 10, 2018
Think You’re A Disney Fan? Not Nearly As Much As This Homeowner
There are Disney fans, and then there are Disney fans. The owner of this house for sale in Windermere, Florida is the latter, as nearly every room is decked out in magical memorabilia. A few classic Disney character lawn ornaments hint at what’s inside, but you might not be prepared for the level of fandom this house exhibits. From the foyer to nearly every room, there’s a theme, and tons of corresponding objects, from stuffed animals, to fabric, to murals.
May 10, 2018
A Minimalist LA Home Is Inspired by Earth, Rocks & the Cosmos
Name: Kristine Claghorn and Mark Harrison and SETI the cat (stands for “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”, of course) Location: Silver Lake — Los Angeles, California Size: 900 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Kristine and Mark knew they were meant to be together when they both bonded over their separate rock collections. She’s a creative producer and artist, he’s a documentary editor, and their cat, SETI, is an expert at being adorable.
May 10, 2018
Here Are Some Lovely Ways to Decorate With Purple
And here's how to decorate it at home.
May 10, 2018
Before and After: This Student Apartment Was Transformed In Only One Week
Reader Caroline Savard shared the transformation of her Quebec rental—which only took one week! This apartment went from intensely colorful and crowded to calm and cozy, yet still absolutely packed with personality and style. Now the kitchen is so lovely and calm. You might laugh, but I had to look back and forth a few times to confirm that the only major change made was the painting of the cabinets and walls. And, of course, the clutter was cleared, which is incredibly powerful.
May 10, 2018
The 3 Home-Buying Mistakes You’re Likely Making, According to Real Estate Agents
Thankfully, there are relators who have gone through the process dozens of times before and can see a bad decision from a mile away.
May 10, 2018
A Modern Portugal Apartment Features Every Color of the Rainbow
Name: Marta Lemos and Tadeu de França Machado and a cat Location: Lisbon, Portugal Years lived in: 2 years, renting I’m a fashion designer and my boyfriend Tadeu is a photographer. We are very lucky to live in this beautiful apartment with tons of natural light, in a really great neighborhood, surrounded by amazing people—we are close friends with all the neighbors in the building!
May 10, 2018
This Atlanta Loft’s Style Is “Everything But the Kitchen Sink”
Name: Brittany Shields, husband Brett, brown lab, Bear, and little tabby cat, Gus Location: Midtown — Atlanta, Georgia Size: 1200 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, renting From a creative family, Brittany started her interior design company, Penny Shields, in 2010. It’s named after her “quirky and edgy grandmother,” and she offers her design services on residential and commercial projects.
May 9, 2018
This Simple Project Takes Storage to A Whole New Level
When it comes to storage, there are things we want conveniently within reach, and easy to grab at a moment’s notice. And then there are things we have to keep out of necessity, but only use occasionally (and sometimes, face it, never at all). Hanging some storage up near the ceiling is a great way to make the most of your square footage. These floor-freeing solutions that give us very high hopes.
May 9, 2018
This is The Smartest Thing I Ever Bought for My Fridge
When it comes to grocery shopping and my food budget, the worst thing that can happen isn’t running out of food (although that’s pretty close) — it’s discovering that half of the precious produce I bought just two or three days ago has already gone bad. It’s no fun finding mushy apples or a wilted head of lettuce that I so carefully wrapped and stored in the crisper.
May 9, 2018
This Home’s Renovation Makes Wall Stencils Cool Again
Name: Cassidy and Todd Wellons (and Lyle the six-year-old Weimaraner) Location: Cleveland Park — East Nashville, Tenneesee Size: 2700 square feet Years lived in: Own, lived in for 2.5 years and renovated for 1.5 years This historic East Nashville house was completely gutted when Cassidy and Todd purchased it in April 2014—even the baseboards were gone—but they saw the potential in the structure.
May 9, 2018
A California Home’s Black, White & (Leafy) Green Remodel
Name: Victor Hoffman (he shares with roommates) Location: La Mesa, California Size: 852 square feet Years lived in: 4 years, owned I found my house as a rental. My intention was to rent for a year or two and then purchase a house once I knew what I wanted. My dog Gunner was a big dog so I needed a place with a decent-sized backyard. This house fit the bill. As strange as it sounds, once I moved in I felt a connection to this place.
May 9, 2018
Amazon Wants to Give You Money Back for Everything You Buy
We all have routines. You might gravitate towards a particular shampoo because you like the pump top, or stop at the same grocery store due to its proximity on your route home from work. Convenience matters a lot when it comes to what we buy and where we buy it. Me? I’m sort of a recluse. I work from home and, if it weren’t for my dog, I might actually go days without leaving the house if I had a fridge full of groceries and a particularly busy schedule.
May 9, 2018
A Holistic Designer’s New Orleans Home Looks as Beautiful as It Feels
Name: Erica A. Jacobs and cat Luci Location: Uptown — New Orleans, Louisiana Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Erica Jacobs runs a nature-based, holistic home design company called Between Red & Violet, where she offers services ranging from space planning to landscaping. She defines holistic home design as an “intuitive and perceptual process rooted in physiology, sociology, and psychology designed to enhance well-being.
May 8, 2018