Apartment Therapy Archive - March 2019
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The Biggest Threat to Your Retirement Might Be Your Kids
If you’re a parent of adult children, you’ve seen the headlines by now: Grown-up kids are moving back in with their parents at record rates. While there are many important considerations involved in the big picture of why this is happening—including the disparity in how wages and inflation have risen—the core of the decision is often to save money.
Mar 27, 2019
5 Apps That Make Selling Your Furniture Super Easy
Want to redecorate your home? There’s an app for that. Nowadays, there’s an app for virtually every task—and sprucing up your space is no different. Looking to move into a new apartment? You can swipe your way to your dream home. Want rev up your home with a new layout? A crop of apps will show you how. There’s also a handful of apps that make it easy for people to sell their furniture and we couldn’t be happier.
Mar 27, 2019
Grow Your Dream Herbal Garden Indoors With Aldi Kits For Under $6
We know by now that Aldi’s plant game (which includes a variety of hanging plants and foliage in sleek white pots) is strong, and they don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. In this week’s installment of Aldi Finds, there are basil, lavender, and strawberry growing kits. And since you can never have too many indoor plants (the limit does not exist), here’s a breakdown of what’s inside. The $5.
Mar 27, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
Mid Century Modern Display Cabinet $400 NYC MCM bookcase unit. Great display case w/ light. Solid wood on hairpin legs. Works great as a bar cabinet. Measures 62″ W – 13″ D – 61″H. From Maxwell: Dear Readers, What are you looking for? We’ve just cleaned out and relaunched our marketplace as Bazaar – the best place on the web for vintage designer furnishings and accessories directly from others in our community. These are my top picks for today.
Mar 27, 2019
6 Gold-Accented Pieces from AllModern’s Clearance Sale That Look More Expensive Than They Are
Sometimes you want your home to feel like Kate Winslet’s English cottage in “The Holiday,” and sometimes you want to go full Great Gatsby and drink champagne in your Art Deco-era settee. If you’re in need of some extra glamour in your space (who isn’t after this dull winter?), there are plenty of ways to do it, including adding gold accents with furniture and decor.
Mar 26, 2019
Casting Call: Do You Want an Indoor or Outdoor Paint Makeover? Let Us Help!
Let us give your home a paint makeover! We’re looking for a reader whose stylish home has several opportunities for some cool paint makeovers. If you’ve been wanting to give your space a more defined and stylish look, you might be just the person we’re looking for.We’re working with an advertiser to help our readers explore two different paint project upgrades in their space and to document it in two before-and-after videos.
Mar 26, 2019
Surprisingly Stylish Small Space Finds from Home Depot
Home Depot is far from just a hardware store. Believe it or not, our favorite home renovation store also stocks some surprisingly stylish housewares, including ones that will work wonders for your small space. To prove our point, we searched their site high and low and rounded up a few of the coolest home furnishings and décor items we could find. From a mid-century style desk to an upholstered storage ottoman, here are eight awesome small space finds you can buy at Home Depot.
Mar 26, 2019
A 225-Square-Foot Micro Studio’s Decor Is Inspired by a Comic Book Character
Name: Carla Moreno Location: Seattle, Washington Size: 225 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, renting Seattle is an expensive city and finding a place to live that doesn’t break the bank is hard. Over the years, I’ve learned to live with less and in the process, I’ve learned a lot about my needs and wants. As I get older, I desire experiences more than things, but I feel my apartment reflects my creative home making skills.
Mar 26, 2019
Wayfair Is Opening Its First Brick & Mortar Store in 2019
It’s been almost a year since we reported whispers of Wayfair’s foray into physical retail. Now, the online retailer is confirming their plans to open up a brick and mortar location in 2019. Here’s everything we know so far. If you’re wary of buying furniture online only to have to deal with the hassle of returning it, Wayfair’s new retail location is for you.
Mar 26, 2019
Don’t Fall For These 7 Common Credit Score Myths
Understanding what affects your credit score in order to rent an apartment or secure a mortgage shouldn’t be a mystery. After all, that three-digit number is what lenders use to determine your creditworthiness, so transparency should be the name of the game. Still, credit can be complex and there’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to how credit works and what drives your score up (and down). Here are seven common credit myths—busted.
Mar 26, 2019
Get the Look: Light, Breezy & Natural California Style
Combining worldly elements and natural textures with a mid-century modern flare has resulted in a comfortable and airy home. What isn’t to love about Sheeva’s Spanish Colonial? Reference her resource list to get a bright and breezy home of your own! charset="utf-8" src="https://d30bopbxapq94k.cloudfront.net/js/curalate-widget-client-all.prod.min.
Mar 26, 2019
The Big Ways Big Data Is Driving Design
Big data. It’s the fuel that keeps our app-driven lives running. It keeps our ride-share on the most efficient route home (most of the time). It suggests that item that you totally don’t need but probably really want as you’re online shopping. But what about design? In an industry that’s as personal as design, is big data influencing the way we consume and carry out design? The answer is yes.
Mar 26, 2019
Spring Has Sprung at Target—Your First Look at New Collections from Opalhouse, Project 62, and Threshold
Spring has officially sprung and after months of being cooped up inside, it’s time to let some fresh air inside—and maybe freshen up your decor, too. Luckily, we have an exclusive look at the newest collections from Target’s home brands—and we’re sharing our top picks.
Mar 26, 2019
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3 Design Bloggers on Their Favorite New Home Fragrance
Whenever we talk about creating a sense of space, it seems like we’re always talking about its look. Yet, your home’s scent is such an important part of its DNA. (Perhaps the most important part! Smells go straight to the same part of the brain that processes memory, which is why certain scents can immediately conjure up specific places.
Mar 26, 2019
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6 Ways to Re-think Your Living Room Seating Plan…No Matter Its Size
Buying new furniture is a big part of the fun of moving into a new place or redecorating the place you already have. But furniture (particularly living room furniture) is a significant purchase, and you want to get it right. The first step, before you get down to styles and fabrics and colors, is deciding what furniture you need. How do you get the right combination to make the most of your space?
Mar 26, 2019
6 Common Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Messier than It Is
Whether you’re sprucing up for company or just trying to maintain a tidy home on the reg, there are several things that can hinder your efforts. Kitchens are a notoriously tough room; no matter how often you scrub, sweep, and organize, if you do any of these six things, it will still look messy. This one may be obvious, but too much stuff on your countertops is a total no-no.
Mar 26, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
MCM Hairpin Leg Console Table or Night Stand $325 obo NYC A lovely mid-century style piece. Made in Brooklyn, New York by a local craftsman. No makers mark. This piece is solid hardwood and has steel hairpin legs. Would be great in an entryway, by the bed and could also make a nice small TV stand. In excellent condition with no visible stains or scratches. 24″W x 12″D x 30″H. From Maxwell: Dear Readers, What are you looking for?
Mar 26, 2019
This Celebrity Home For Sale Is Only Accessible by Cable Car
Fire up the cable car, because we’re ready to move into Suzanne Somers’ desert oasis. The actress and health entrepreneur just listed the 72-acre hillside retreat she shares with her husband Alan Hamel in Palm Springs, California, and the sprawling estate is the picture of privacy. How private? Well… the compound is reachable on foot, by golf cart via a private road, or by private funicular. That’s right: you need to ride a cable car to get to this hillside enclave.
Mar 25, 2019
Let Your Eyes Feast On All the Colors in Society6’s Huge Spring Sale
Are we ready for spring? (Are you kidding? Of course we are.) But it also never hurts to be a little extra prepared. Happily, Society6 is having their Get Ready for Spring sale, giving us the perfect excuse to fill our shopping carts with bold patterns and vibrant colors. The site is full of one-of-a-kind designs for your entire home, including art print, decor and furniture.
Mar 25, 2019
Look Inside: A Marvelous, Mid-Century, Midwestern Home for $624K
This architect-designed home will have you wanting to book a flight to Illinois and buy property ASAP. 613 Hunter Road Located in Wilmette, Illinois $624,000 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms Dream of living in a mid-century modern home? (Yeah, us too.) Designed by renowned architect Edward Humrich, this MCM Prairie-style house has all the classic features with just the right amount of updates.
Mar 25, 2019
7 Stylish Ways to Upgrade Your Small Bathroom for $30 or Less
If you thought you needed a big budget to update your tiny bathroom, it’s time to think again. There are tons of affordable, design-savvy accessories and organizers to upgrade your bathroom—it just takes a little digging. Don’t believe us? Here are seven stylish, under-$30 items that will elevate your small bathroom in no time. A sleek bathmat can work wonders for an out-of-date bathroom.
Mar 25, 2019
This $5 Cult-Favorite Super Cleaner Can Get Out the Toughest Stains
A good stain remover can do more than save your carpet, furniture, and textiles—it can save you tons of money, too. That’s why we have to pause and celebrate every solid stain remover we come across. This cult-favorite cleaner on Amazon is no exception. If you don’t already have a bottle of Whink Rust Stain Remover at home, now is the perfect time to get your hands on one.
Mar 25, 2019
How Etsy Seller Rino Minami’s Candles Are Inspired by the Traditions (and Smells) of Japan
Rino Minami, Etsy seller and self-described “candelista” at Tokyn Candles, was once a run-of-the-mill candle obsessive, until she took it one step further than the rest of us and started making her own in the search for the perfect scent. But it’s not just a deep passion for candles that drives her business.
Mar 25, 2019
Before and After: This Furniture ‘Dumping Ground’ Gets a Master Makeover
Ashley Crites, one half of the team of Relative Renovations, described her master bedroom as “bland, gray, and the dumping ground for old furniture”—not exactly an ideal place to spend a third of your life. So when she had the opportunity to take part in the One Room Challenge, she knew exactly which room to choose. Inspired by Brady Tolbert’s gorgeous tufted headboard, Ashley chose a deep green velvet to upholster headboard panels that span the width of the room.
Mar 25, 2019
7 Living Room Changes When You’re So Sick and Tired of Winter
From freshening up your fabrics to doing a deep clean, there are plenty of projects to help you transform your living room from a cozy winter hideaway to an uplifting spring oasis. “We love to swap out heavier blankets and throw pillows for lighter, fresher textiles. Linen and cotton blankets draped on the sofa add a new textural layer,” advises owner and interior designer Jessica Salomone of Philadelphia-based Lotus and Lilac Design Studio.
Mar 25, 2019
This 290-Square-Foot Tiny House Has Circular Walls That Open Up
It’s one thing to drop the top on your convertible car to take full advantage of beautiful days, but it’s quite another to do the same with your home. This conceptual circular tiny home named Casa Ojalá from Italian architectural duo Beatrice Bonzanigo and Isabella Invernizzi’s IB Studio will allow occupants to get rid of the barrier that typically separates us from the elements. The 290-square-foot space is devoid of traditional walls.
Mar 25, 2019
Here’s Another Study That Will Validate (or Shame) Your Bed-Making Habits
Do you feel like you can’t officially start your morning until you make your bed? Well, it turns out that there’s more anecdotal evidence that this simple task could contribute to your productivity. In a survey of 1,000 people, the company Best Mattress Brand determined how bed-making affects productivity and health.
Mar 25, 2019
A Tiny 275-Square-Foot NYC Studio Is Packed With Small Space Ideas
Name: Samantha Stein Location: New York, NY Size: 275 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Last year, I got moved back to my home city of New York for a project I’m working on. I was excited, but unfortunately it meant a year separated from my longterm boyfriend. I used the opportunity to finally snag a little studio in the West Village and live with just the bare essentials by myself before he comes home!
Mar 25, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
Large Rattan Peacock Chair – $850 or best offer – Fabulous vintage peacock chair. Huge dramatic style, made of honey tone woven rattan. Great with mid century/bohemian decor! Excellent condition. 61″ tall x 48″ wide x 22″ deep. – SHIPS From Maxwell: Dear Readers, What are you looking for?
Mar 25, 2019
You Can Help Save the Bee Population with This Adorable Bee House From Costco
Bees are more important to the environment than most people realize. There are a lot more to bees than just their delicious honey. They pollinate 90% of the world’s plants by transferring pollen from one plant or flower to another. The average honeybee can visit up to 2,000 flowers in one day! But sadly, despite how essential honeybees are to our ecosystem, their populations have declined over the last 60 years.
Mar 24, 2019
The Small Home Improvement Projects That Make A Big Difference, According To Reddit
When it comes to home improvement, you probably associate the most dramatic changes with major hits to your wallet. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, there are a number of small changes you can implement that can actually make a huge difference in your home’s appearance, functionality, and even resale value. One Redditor asked, “What small thing have you done that resulted in relatively large improvement to your home?
Mar 24, 2019
This Cat Tree Is the Ultimate Playground for Your Furry Friend
Every cat owner knows that you need to give your pet enrichment opportunities. People often have the misconception that the only thing cats do is sleep. They spend between 12 and 16 hours a day sleeping, so that means there are 12 to 8 hours that they are awake and need entertainment. A bored cat can be a destructive cat. No one wants to come home to find the toilet paper roll empty and strewn across the entire living room.
Mar 24, 2019
Fun Fact: Disney World Is Technically Its Own City (With a Fascinating History)
Like just about everyone, I was obsessed with Disney World when I was little. I had never been, but I knew a lot about it. Mainly I knew that it wasn’t in Illinois, where I lived. And while it was in Florida where my Nana and Papa lived, “their Florida” wasn’t the same as “Disney World Florida.” Geography is confusing for a six-year-old! Strangely, I also knew that Disney World was technically its own city.
Mar 24, 2019
This Dwight Schrute Sequin Pillowcase Will Make You the Best Assistant to the Regional Manager
An important thing to keep in mind when you’re online shopping is this Dwight Schrute quote, “Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” An idiot would not buy this sequin pillowcase off of Etsy, so obviously Dwight Schrute would do the opposite and buy it. Every fan of “The Office” has their favorite moment with Dwight.
Mar 24, 2019
This 325-Square-Foot Tiny House in the Texas Desert Is Out of This World
Amid the natural beauty of the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, sits El Cosmico, an 21-acre camp in the Chihuahuan Desert, a mystical place where time seems to stop. It’s this spirit of “dolce far niente,” the sweetness of doing nothing, and the bohemian-inspired trailers, yurts, and teepees at the off-the-grid retreat that draws visitors each year to experience that feeling of blissful freedom in Marfa, Texas.
Mar 24, 2019
It’s Official: 2019 is All About Globe Lighting
We pay special attention to lighting. The glitzy chandelier featured in that historic house tour. Those coastal-inspired pendants along the bar at that airport restaurant. The single Edison bulb that illuminates your favorite hotel’s bedroom. “Lighting is one of the most important parts of a design—both the physical fixtures, as well as the quality of lighting,” says Dan Mazzarini of BHDM Design.
Mar 24, 2019
If You Like Black, You’ll Love This Sleek Modern Kitchen Reno
Name: Alexandra Curtis and dog Jake Location: Old Town — Scottsdale, Arizona Size: 831 square feet Years lived in: 5 months, owned I bought this condo in July. Designed and renovated it myself (renovated with the help of a few people). My last house was white and bright, so I figured I would do the complete opposite with this new space. With such tall ceilings it allowed for a much darker color palette. I live here alone with my dog, Jake.
Mar 24, 2019
People Look for Roommates Who Will Drink Wine With Them, According to a New Survey
When looking for a roommate, there are a lot of important factors that need to be accounted for. Do they have the means to pay their portion of rent and utilities each month? Are they responsible enough, so you won’t have to hound them over little things every day? Are they clean and respectful? Do they have similar interests to you? If you’re looking for a roommate who is into the same things as you, you’re not the only person.
Mar 23, 2019
4 Things Every First-Time Homeowner Needs, According to Reddit
You’ve closed on a house and the keys are in your hands. Now it’s time to officially start your life as a brand-new homeowner. Even if you think you’ve thought of everything, there may be a few things you missed that will come in handy now that you’re no longer renting. One Reddit user took to the forum to ask other homeowners for their advice on this topic and got some great suggestions.
Mar 23, 2019
7 Stylish Mid-Century Modern-Inspired Pieces You Can Find on Amazon
Mid-century modern design lovers rejoice: You can find some seriously stylish MCM-inspired furnishings on Amazon. From a George Nelson-style bench to a pair of shapely shell chairs, here are seven of our favorite mid-century modern style offerings you can buy right now on Amazon. No mid-century modern furniture collection would be complete without a solid shell chair.
Mar 23, 2019
The Under-$50 Target Mirror Everyone Thinks I Spent More Money On
When it comes to home decor, mirrors and chairs are easily my biggest weaknesses (and anyone who’s seen my apartment will 100 percent agree). There are just so many different styles of each, and they can be statement pieces while still serving a function, so they’re a total win in my book. But there’s something to be said for mirrors too.
Mar 23, 2019
This Is How Much The Average Millennial Spends in a Day
Turns out, millennials aren’t spending all their money on that infamous avocado toast. However, they are a lot more spendy than all other living generations. According to a new analysis from GOBankingRates, millennials spend $208.77 each day, on average—about $44 more than the average American, who spends about $164.55.
Mar 23, 2019
Amazon Just Released a Skincare Line and You Can Get 25% Off Your First Order
Seriously, we’re not sure what they are up to over at Amazon’s HQ, but they are really pulling out every stop to change online shopping forever. You can get wine delivered in an hour, thanks to Amazon. You can order all of your groceries and have them delivered the same day. The number of products with over 5,000 good reviews on the website is overwhelming.
Mar 23, 2019
10 Ways to Show Your Love of Dogs Through Your Decor
National Puppy Day is March 23, and there’s no love quite like puppy love. Meant to inspire adoption, Saturday is the perfect day to pick up a pup and give it a new forever home. But even if your life doesn’t call for a new canine friend just now, or you already have a small wolf pack of your own, there are plenty of ways to channel your love for dogs into home decor. Don’t worry, there will be no dogs playing poker here!
Mar 23, 2019
A Modern English Country Farmhouse Has a Notably Neat Entryway
Name: Amanda Campbell, husband and two daughters Location: Beaumont, Alberta, Canada Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 10 years, owned Our house was built in 1993 on four acres of land just outside Edmonton, Alberta (Northern Canada!). When we purchased the property in 2008 it was in need of a little TLC… the original pink carpet, ’90s popcorn ceilings, and dated fixtures were all still intact.
Mar 23, 2019
This Is How You Can Ride the Hogwarts Express in Real Life
Calling all Harry Potter fans: the Hogwarts Express is real. You can actually board the train and go for a ride. Though, we cannot promise you that once you get off the train you’ll be in Hogsmeade. While the train exists, that doesn’t actually mean that Hogwarts is real. Though, we can keep dreaming. How many times have you fantasized about riding the Hogwarts Express?
Mar 23, 2019
Kick Off the First Weekend of Spring By Shopping Overstock’s Biggest Sale of the Year
It can be hard to remember to appreciate the little things. And yet, spring is technically here, cat ladders are a thing that exist–and Overstock is having their semi-annual sale. The giant retailer sells pretty much everything you can think of, including decor, pet supplies, and even sporting equipment. But where they really shine, especially when it comes to the home, is with their furniture and rug offerings. One problem is that the site is enormous.
Mar 22, 2019
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Make a Mess: 5 Fun Art Projects for Kids and Adults Alike
Life is messy. Instead of trying to keep things clean and pristine, why not indulge in a little colorful, creative play? Invite the kids to use their hands and make something. (Don’t have kids? These projects are totally adult-approved.) You can always tidy up when you’re done — just keep some stain remover on hand in case of emergencies. This classic kid’s activity is so simple yet satisfying.
Mar 22, 2019