Apartment Therapy Archive - May 2018
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6 Money-Saving Habits to Steal from Smart Homeowners
If you’re a homeowner, the threat of a big, unexpected expense might be keeping you up at night. But if that’s what you’re losing sleep over, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent study from NerdWallet found that the main anxiety shared among homeowners was financing (65%). The simple secret to maintaining a great-looking house without having it drain your bank account? Never falling behind in upkeep.
May 8, 2018
A Small Hong Kong Home’s Smart, Storage-Minded Remodel
Erin Hung, the founder behind the London-based stationery company BerinMade, remodeled this small Hong Kong apartment with her husband Ben.
May 8, 2018
Want the Chip & Jo Look? Starter Homes With ‘Fixer Upper’ Features Will Cost You
According to new research, a combination of the aesthetic influence of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper and the design (and eco) priorities of millennial home buyers are now driving which premium features sell the most entry level units on the market — sometimes at a whopping 30 percent over asking price. By analyzing listing descriptions for millions of entry-level homes (defined as those priced within the bottom third of the market), a new report by Zillow Group and RealEstate.
May 8, 2018
A Minimal, Monochromatic Cottage on the Oregon Coast
Name: Taylor Abbott, husband, and two crazy pups. Location: Neskowin, Oregon Size: 846 square feet Years lived in: 6 months, owned My husband Keaten and I have always dreamt of buying a beach house on the Oregon coast. When the opportunity came, we jumped on it and bought a small, very outdated cottage built in the ’60s with a ton of potential. The cottage is only a few steps to the beach, which is our dream.
May 8, 2018
These Companies Are Hiring Remote Employees (And Here’s How Much Money Working From Home Can Save You)
Are you interested in working from home but aren’t sure where to start, how it works, or if it’ll be good for your wallet? Well, Inc.com gave a comprehensive look at the financial gains of working remotely. The publication notes that remote work saves the average person around $5,000 per year on expenses like gas, car maintenance, dry cleaning and laundry, lunch and other cafe munchies, and a business casual wardrobe, to name a few.
May 7, 2018
Steal These Rental Decorating Hacks From a ’70s-Inspired Bachelorette Bungalow in California
Name: Kit Warchol Location: Eagle Rock — Los Angeles, California Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: Rent control baby! It’s no surprise Kit Warchol is a writer/Head of Content for the female-focused website Career Contessa. Citing Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem as an inspiring force behind her home’s overall aesthetic, her sophisticated ’70s-style bohemian home is lined with books and peppered with meaningful mementos.
May 7, 2018
Prince’s Private Oasis in Turks & Caicos Is Being Auctioned
The Purple One may have called Minneapolis home, but even the diehard Minnesotan loved an island escape. Now, Prince’s estate is auctioning off the legend’s expansive property in Turks and Caicos. Prince initially acquired the house and then expanded it by purchasing the property around it. The parcel now includes over five acres on the island of Providenciales.
May 7, 2018
This Historic Townhouse Offers a Taste of Country Life… in the Middle of Brooklyn
Historic homes are full of charm, and they’re usually also full of problems… problems that need expensive repairs. Not so with this Brooklyn townhouse, which has been thoughtfully restored to preserve the home’s 19th-century details while adding modern amenities for 21st-century buyers.
May 7, 2018
See This Custom-Designed, 264-Square-Foot Backyard Guest House
Name: Jaclyn and Jeff King Location: Dallas, Texas Size: 264 square feet Jaclyn’s earliest memories of design and appreciation for all things eclectic began with her grandmother and memories of tagging along with her to antique shops and trade shows where she and her aunt worked as vendors under the name “Two Dumb Dames.” Even at 80, her grandmother’s sense of style reflected her personality—bold, beautiful, and an uncompromising flair for independence.
May 7, 2018
This Smart $3 Hack Turns Any Available Surface Into Temporary Extra Storage
Is your kitchen bursting at the seams? If you’re going a little crazy trying to fit all your stuff in your space, this is the hack for you. It’s a great quick (and temporary) way to up your storage game with an affordable, DIY solution that makes better use of your cabinets and shelving. Each of these hacks start with inexpensive PVC strips , which you can buy very cheaply at Home Depot, or for a little bit more on Amazon.
May 7, 2018
Before and After: Making a 175-Square-Foot Studio Space Work
A 175-square-foot apartment is a small apartment, but one of our readers has transformed a challenging space overwhelmed by bulky furniture into a serene, seemingly spacious oasis, all for $1,700. Before we move on to the studio as it is now, here’s how reader Emily Barry described it before: The space had a more utilitarian feel before I moved in; it was basically being used only for sleeping, and didn’t feature much more than a bed and a TV.
May 7, 2018
How to Shop at IKEA Like an Apartment Therapy Editor
When you work at a place like Apartment Therapy, people often ask what you buy for your own homes. A lot of our editors work in different cities, and when we get together we even start quizzing each other—where’s the best place to buy linens? What’s your favorite big box store find? Basically: Where do you buy everything from without spending your entire paycheck? We recommend products on this site all the time.
May 7, 2018
How to Double Your Closet Space for Under $20
When we found out we’d be adding another girl to our family, it didn’t take long before we began to consider future bedroom layout arrangements. My older daughter’s closet, though pretty well-purged, is full on one half with clothes hanging on a rod, and on the other half with built-in shelving. How could we make room for a new little one’s clothes? Then I remembered a genius storage solution I’d seen in a friend’s closet: a hanging closet rod.
May 7, 2018
A Former Commercial Building Turned Minimal Modern Home
Name: Hilary Padget and Anthony Harrington Location: The Heights — Jersey City, New Jersey Size: 1050 square feet interior (plus 230 square foot garage) Years lived in: 2 years, owned This isn’t the first time Hilary and Anthony’s home has appeared on Apartment Therapy. Way back in 2008, they were the winners of our fourth Small Cool Contest, with this 460 square foot Brooklyn studio featuring a very stylish and smart lofted bed.
May 6, 2018
These are the Trendy Pool Floats That Will Earn You Insta-fame This Year
It is almost summer, and that means it is almost time for your friends to post pictures of themselves on Instagram, gracefully posed on top of some trendy pool float in some enviable location. Look, the rise of the statement pool float is one of the weirder things about Instagram, but I remember that, as an 8-year-old, I was once very, very excited about a pool float shaped like an alligator, so I have no room to judge.
May 6, 2018
This 130-Year-Old Dutch Church Gets a New Life as a Library
Renovations came come in all shapes and sizes. Most often, we see homes transformed. But sometimes, very unique renos happen, where a building that formerly hosted one activity becomes something entirely different. Just look at this former Dutch church that was made into a library and museum. Have you ever traveled to a major city, like New York or Paris, and noticed beautiful 19th-century architecture?
May 6, 2018
9 Money-Saving Secrets for Shopping at CVS
What’s not to love about CVS? Not only is it brimming with affordable beauty products and home essentials, it’s by far one of the easiest drug stores to save money at while shopping. Don’t believe us? We did our research and dug up nine awesome money-saving secrets for shopping at CVS that you probably didn’t know about. Read ahead to find out how to score even better deals next time you raid the local drugstore.
May 6, 2018
The One $7 IKEA Storage Item I’ve Kept After Multiple Moves
I’ve had my fair share of IKEA items over the years. There was a KARLSTAD sofa in my first apartment (which I sold to a friend), a BESTA wall cabinet that got left behind when I moved from Boston, and countless little items I’ve bought then used up or purged along the way. Few things, however, have stuck around over time and made it through multiple moves over the years. But there’s one thing that I bought perhaps 15 years ago (maybe?
May 6, 2018
110-Year-Old Victorian Mansion in Mississippi is the Ultimate Fixer Upper
Channel your inner Chip and Joanna Gaines. This Mississippi Victorian mansion truly needs every ounce of Fixer Upper spirit that there is in the world. If you love historic homes and big renovation projects, you’re going to want to pull out your checkbook and buy this house ASAP. From a first look, this crumbling Mississippi mansion might be off-putting. Who wants to spend thousands of their hard-earned money on something that is falling apart?
May 6, 2018
Live Like Marilyn Monroe – Rent the Hamptons Windmill Home She Stayed in 60 Years Ago
Marilyn Monroe lived a very glamorous life as a blonde bombshell. If you’ve ever tried to get her iconic curls or tried to wear a white dress like the one she wore in The Seven Year Itch, you definitely are a Marilyn Monroe fan. You can actually live like her this summer – if you have $55,000 to spare. This summer, the windmill Hamptons home that Marilyn leased with her then-husband Arthur Miller in 1957 is available for rent. It’ll only set you back several thousand dollars!
May 6, 2018
Small Space Storage Tips—From People Who Live in Tiny Homes
In any home, large or small, storage tends to be one of the top gripes. There’s a good chance that your basement — if you even have a basement — is filled with needless items that you’ve collected over the years. You’ve probably lived through the experience of donating several coats in your closet, so you can, um… make room for new coats. And let’s not even discuss that clutter that currently resides under your bed.
May 6, 2018
These Millennia-Old Caves Were Transformed into A Stunning Grotto-Style Hotel in Italy
Hotels are getting more and more creative as design styles continue to expand. Many styles from the ’60s and ’70s have made comebacks, but one hotel is going back a few thousand years for their inspiration. Rather than call in someone to try and make their hotel look beautiful, historic, and dated, this hotel actually is – because it was once a cave. Located in Matera, Italy, these millennia-old cave dwellings now host an elegant hotel.
May 5, 2018
Live Like a Billionaire – The Rockefeller Family is Auctioning Off $500 Million Worth of Prized Possessions
Have you ever wanted to live like you were rich and famous? If you said no, why are you lying? Maybe you don’t want the fast and dangerous lifestyle that might come with wealth, but everyone dreams of having a lot of money, at least once in their lifetime. John D. Rockefeller sure had that dream and he accomplished it ten times over. The oil industry business magnate became cemented in the history books when he became the first U.S. billionaire.
May 5, 2018
5 Lessons I Learned from My Cross-Country Move
On May 1, 2017, my partner and I squeezed all of our remaining belongings into an overstuffed Hyundai Elantra and departed on a one-way trip from Toronto to Vancouver. I say remaining belongings because an 2008 Elantra is no U-Haul. Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco but we left all of our furniture in the Salvation Army loading bay.
May 5, 2018
These Are the Top Cities By Design Style, According to Instagram
A quick scroll of Instagram can confirm whether you’re on or off trend, and apparently that includes sussing out the top cities for interior design. Joybird did some extensive hashtag research to compile all of the metropolitan areas in the U.S. that are currently sitting feng shui-perfect and pretty at the top of their style game.
May 4, 2018
We’d Choo-Choo-Choose This Charming Tiny Caravan
Equal parts charming and eclectic is a most fitting description of this Old Time Caravan from father-son building duo Nick and Aaron Troisi, jointly known as The Unknown Craftsmen. The team constructed the tiny house caravan at the request of a former client who wanted an entirely self-sustaining space. The caravan’s distinct personality shines through in its design features, which include a curved roof, custom woodwork, and round windows.
May 4, 2018
Urban Outfitters Just Launched a Limited Edition Collection Perfect For Plant Parents
We’ve long enjoyed Urban Outfitters as a surprise budget home spot, and their newest program is a great way to surprise even your friends who are in on the home goods secret. Called Artist Editions, the series features original designs from independent artisans. The program features new artists every month, meaning you can get something truly unique that’ll make your friends ask, “Where’d you get that?
May 4, 2018
Here’s What It’s Really Like To Move To Austin
As a long-time New Yorker with over a dozen years in the Big Apple under my belt, the idea of moving to another city always seemed pretty laughable. Why would I bother when the best of everything can be found in NYC? Of course, crippling rents, frigid winters and soon-to-be-defunct subway lines can also be found in NYC.
May 4, 2018
10 Things I Wish I Had (or Hadn’t) Left Behind in My Cross-Country Move
The best piece of advice I received when I moved from Toronto to Vancouver last year came from a family member who had more than one major move under his belt. Having experienced the anxiety of packing and the self-doubt that comes with paring down, he told me, “you’re always going to throw away stuff that you wish you kept and bring stuff that you wish you left behind.
May 4, 2018
A Gorgeous Globally Eclectic Mexico City Rental Apartment
Name: Sadatu, Kareem, and their pup Llave Location: La Condesa — Mexico City, Mexico Size: 1300 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting Though Sadatu and her husband Kareem moved back to the U.S. a few weeks ago, they spent the last three years living in Mexico City for his job. “Mexico City will forever be an important place for us. This is the first home we shared together and where we spent our newlywed years!” And what a first shared home this is.
May 4, 2018
Here’s What Monica’s Apartment from Friends Would Look Like in 2018
It’s been 14 years (not a typo, sadly!) since we said goodbye to Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross, and yet there are still a few lingering questions regarding their departure.
May 4, 2018
Before and After: A Remarkable Shelf Redo That Cost $5
Hanging up some wall shelves is one of the best things you can do for a room, and even a shelf you don’t adore is a good thing to have. However, if you can take an ordinary, affordable shelving unit and transform it into something remarkable for just $5, why not?
May 4, 2018
A Fun Philadelphia Loft Inspired by Plants… and Beer
Name: Tiffany Weitzmann, her partner, a dog and a cat Location: South Kensington — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting You know how you’re always reading that you should just add things you love to your home’s decor, and it’ll all work out? This rental apartment in Philadelphia is proof.
May 4, 2018
The City Guide to Malibu
Yes, Malibu has a reputation for being economically extra. But here’s what most people don’t realize: Beyond the displays of wealth—from billion-dollar beachfront homes to YouTube’s targeted ads for spendy rehabs and private-gate installations—is a rustic chaparral and chill country life in the canyons. The beaches are so close, the hiking can start from your backyard and the stars and moon seem so much brighter out here.
May 3, 2018
An Architect Reviews Barbie Dreamhouses
*Disclaimer: Although I practiced for five years, I never actually got licensed as an architect. Becoming an architect is actually really hard. You can read all about the requirements right here, and then, the next time you see one of your architect friends, tell them you’re really impressed with what they’ve accomplished. When I was little, I begged my mother for a Barbie Dreamhouse. It was the toy of toys: utterly huge, insanely pricey. I never got one.
May 3, 2018
Before and After: This Nautical Bathroom is Now Much More Subtle
This smart redo preserved everything that was great, and changed everything that wasn't.
May 3, 2018
We Bet You Could Use Some “Lagom” in Your Life Right Now
Lagom is a Swedish lifestyle trend that just won’t quit. Defined loosely as “everything in moderation,” the concept of lagom (pronounced law-gum) is all about finding balance in your everyday life. To help us better understand the concept of lagom, we called on Niki Brantmark, creator of My Scandinavian Home and author of Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life, to break it down.
May 3, 2018
Emily Blunt & John Krasinski Just Sold Their Brooklyn Townhouse for $6.5M
Looks like Emily Blunt and John Krasinski will have to find a new “quiet place”. The celeb couple just sold their recently renovated Park Slope townhouse for $6.5 million. Listed back in September 2017 with Corcoran for $8 million, the pair decided to offload the place after they realized they spend too much time traveling. “We’ve been nomads for a while now, but that’s the nature of the business,” Krasinski told WSJ at the time.
May 3, 2018
This Is the Weirdest State to Buy and Sell a House
Pop quiz: In which state is it illegal to milk another person’s cow, give your child a silly haircut and take more than three sips of beer while standing? Texas, of course. Unless you’re an outlaw dairy farmer with a mullet (to match your kid’s hairdo) who drinks her beer on the run, it’s unlikely the feds will come after you for any of the above indiscretions.
May 3, 2018
This Small Home Has the Boldest Bathroom Tile Ever
Name: Daniel and Diego Location: Palermo — Buenos Aires, Argentina Size: 590 square feet Years lived in: Owned, 12 years After living in Spain for 15 years, Daniel wanted to move back to Argentina. During a visit he found this apartment, fell in love with it, and began a long-distance restoration relationship that would last almost a year. Luckily, Daniel’s experience as an interior designer helped him sail through the process with ease.
May 3, 2018
Pinterest Was Obsessed with These House Tours Last Month
Choosing a favorite photo from a recent house tour is basically impossible, but the numbers don't lie...these are the most pinned house tour photos from April.
May 3, 2018
The Tiny $5 Organizer that Keeps the Peace in My Space
Relationship expert, I am not. But I have spent the past eight years living with a man who, in almost every possible way, has a different routine and standard than I do for what makes a clean house. I can’t even boil it down to “I’m cleaner than him,” or “he’s cleaner than me.” We just have different priorities. I’d be happy to do the laundry once a decade, if I could stand it, leaving my single 10-year load rumpled in the dryer for an eternity.
May 3, 2018
The Neighborhood Guide to Silver Lake
I’m a Southern California native who never meant to live in Los Angeles. I’ve now lived here twice—interrupted by a three-year stint in New York City. I’m asked about New York versus Los Angeles often enough that I now have a canned reply: I had a deep love affair with New York City, but Los Angeles and I are friends.
May 2, 2018
Inside a UK Home with Palm Trees, Pineapples and Leopard Print
Name: Steve and Beth Parnell Location: Manchester, UK Years lived in: 2 years, owned “Our home incorporates our love of pattern and color and also retro style—I like to call our interior style Eclectic Modern Retro!” describes Beth Parnell, founder of Dotty Dishes. “When we moved from London to Manchester two years ago, this was the only house we viewed.
May 2, 2018
4 Housing Markets First-Time Home Buyers Should Seriously Consider
The housing market ebbs and flows: It’s just a fact of life. Sometimes it’s a buyer’s market, and sometimes it’s a seller’s. But if you’re looking to buy your first home, the unpredictability of the market can feel closer to an existential threat than a fact of existence. The cities with low housing prices you can actually afford might not be places where you want to settle down, with high unemployment rates and stagnant home values.
May 2, 2018
Is the U.S. Getting an IKEA Hotel?
The architectural community is abuzz with the news that the first stateside IKEA hotel could be coming soon. Reportedly, the Swedish home goods giant has plans to expand its stake in the hospitality industry by converting the Pirelli Tire Building in New Haven, Connecticut into lodging.
May 2, 2018
6 Conversations to Have with Your Partner Before Buying a Home
Inspections, closing costs, and loans—oh my! Buying a home is one of the most stressful experiences a couple can share. With so many variables to consider (finances, location, simple matters of taste, etc.), it may feel like every day could bring a new opportunity to argue—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Besides, the home-buying process offers enough trying hurdles as is—there’s no need to conjure your own.
May 2, 2018
This Minneapolis Home Has a Custom Rainbow Stair Runner, Quirky Art & Lots More
Name: Adam and Jessica Location: Lynhurst, Minneapolis Size: 2,600 square feet Years lived in: 10 years, owned Nestled along a popular creek that snakes its way through Minneapolis is a two-story stucco house that resembles many of the houses in this stucco-rich city. Once inside, however, you’re greeted with a colorful array of art, furniture and knick-knacks that just feels, well, cool. Jessica, Adam, their daughter and cat live and play here.
May 2, 2018