Apartment Therapy Archive - March 2019
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A Renovated 1962 House Is a Study in Layering Textiles Perfectly
Name: Casey Mason and Cole Mason, our new daughter Sunny, and our rescue pups Bodhi and Shea Location: Ventura, California Size: 1,466 square feet Years Lived In: 2 1/2 years, owned This is the first house that my husband and I purchased together, so for that reason alone, it is very special to us. When we were looking for our first home, we knew that we wanted a fixer upper. The uglier the better in our minds. As long as the bones are good, we knew that anything cosmetic could be fixed.
Mar 21, 2019
A Glorified Studio’s Glorious Minimal Makeover Lets the Light In
Name: Paige Hansen Location: Union Square — New York, NY Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, owned “My apartment is more than just a place I live; it has become a source of happiness, comfort, and connectedness to this city, my friends, and myself.
Mar 21, 2019
Actress Aya Cash’s Hollywood Hills Home Is Honestly Magical
Name: Aya Cash and Josh Alexander and Lucy Tammy Cash (the dog) Location: Hollywood Hills — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years Lived In: 4 years, owned There was nothing easy about buying a house for actress Aya Cash—star of “You’re the Worst”—and her husband, Josh Alexander. “This was the sixth place we bid on in six months. I did not think we were going to get it.
Mar 21, 2019
This Apartment’s Emerald Dining Room Will Make You Green With Envy
Name: Jonathan, husband Ryan, Sadie (a 5-year-old Devon Rex), and Robbie (a 3-year-old American Cocker Spaniel) Location: Adams Morgan — Washington, D.C. Size: 925 square feet Years lived In: 3 years, renting I’ve lived in this apartment for three years along with my husband Ryan, and our two sweet pets, Robbie the American Cocker Spaniel, and Sadie our Devon Rex—both rescues, both crazy.
Mar 21, 2019
A Cheery L.A. Rental Has a Cute DIY Yard Inspired by Mexico
Name: Erika Carlock, and fiancé Joe Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 1,150 square feet Years Lived In: 5 years, renting Blogger and designer Erika Carlock has made a name for herself on Instagram with her love of bright and poppy pastels. The interior of her Los Angeles rental apartment, which she shares with her fiancé Joe, is filled with colorful accessories and dozens of plants to match her dreamy, jungle-y feed.
Mar 21, 2019
This Minimal, Plant-Filled Rental Supports a Healthier Mindset
Name: Shiloh Enoki Location: Echo Park — Los Angeles, California Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Shiloh has lived in Los Angeles for nearly five years in several configurations: She lived in the spare room of a model’s Hollywood Hills house, she rented the bottom floor of a first-time homeowner’s Silver Lake home, and now she lives in this one-bedroom apartment by herself.
Mar 21, 2019
100+ Plants and Two Dogs Fill This Interior Designer’s Bright and Peaceful Home
Name: Lindsay Wallstrum (founder of Leaf + Lolo, a full-service interior and plant design firm), husband, 2 dogs, 100+ plants Location: Petaluma, California Size: 2,100 square feet Years lived in: 4.5 years, owned My husband and I bought our home four and a half years ago. We took our time finding the right space for us and our two dogs. After visiting many open houses, I finally wrote down exactly what I wanted in a home.
Mar 21, 2019
All the Bathrooms at Disney World Have One Unusual Thing in Common
Have you ever noticed there's never a bathroom line at Disney World? The magic behind those disappearing bathroom queues is one simple detail.
Mar 21, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
Vintage Moroccan Boucherouite Runner – $429 – Bring the colors of Morocco in your interior with this beautiful TANGERINA runner! The bright orange colors and great design will give a nice pop to any room, and display a unique piece of art. Those who want to blend history and home decor in their interior will be delighted by this beautiful Vintage Boucherouite Rug handwoven in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. “Boucherouite” stands for torn and re-used clothing.
Mar 21, 2019
Dyson Just Launched Three New Products–Including Their Smartest Vacuum Yet
Here’s the thing: We wish we could hate Dyson. The tech company keeps coming up with smarter and smarter home products that completely upend our perception of “reasonable pricing”. Before Dyson, we never would have considered spending upwards of $600 on a vacuum cleaner, or $400 on a hair dryer. Now, we not only think about it, we actively figure out a way to make it happen.
Mar 20, 2019
Here’s How You Can Save on a Costco Membership
If you’re one of the 52 million paying Costco members across the world, chances are you love a bargain. And seeing as the company has an 88 percent renewal rate, customers are clearly coming back for more. But when it comes to plunking down that fee for your annual membership, there are a few ways to save a couple bucks. Costco membership prices vary depending on what level of membership you are seeking.
Mar 20, 2019
Now You Have a Reason to Resent Word Art
You step out of your car at an open house and walk into what looks like your dream home. It’s perfectly picturesque from the outside, but as soon as you get through the doorway, you see it—there’s a giant “Live Laugh Love” decal stuck onto the living room wall. For legions of prospective homeowners, real estate agents tell us that word art tends to be at the top of the cringe-inducing decor list—and, point blank, word art makes it hard to sell a home.
Mar 20, 2019
Returning Stolen Items Could Score You a Free Hotel Stay
It might sound shady, but it’s legit: We’ve stumbled upon a way to profit off the misdeeds of others, and it’s actually a heck of a deal. According to TravelPulse, a historic New Orleans hotel is giving away a free week-long hotel package valued at $15,000. The catch? You have to return a stolen item that was taken from the property.
Mar 20, 2019
Here’s How to Freeze Your Credit for Free (And Why You Should)
My first foray into credit freezing came in 2015, when I found out my background investigation records were stolen in a massive government hack that affected 21.5 million people. In order to get security clearance for a government job, I had to fill out a standard form with personal information including financial records, mental health history, and international travel.
Mar 20, 2019
8 Mistakes You’re Making When It Comes to Organizing Your Freezer
Your freezer is a magical place. It’s a place for pints of ice cream (to devour while binge-watching whatever is new on Netflix); for giant ice cubes (to make adult cocktails); and, most importantly, for nourishing meals (to sustain you when you think your only option is takeout). Obviously, you don’t have to be a wizard in order to take care of this magical place. But you—and your freezer!—will be better off if you know to avoid these common organizing mistakes.
Mar 20, 2019
Score These Rustic Decor Finds for Less Than $50
We love the organic feel that a piece of rustic decor can bring to a room. Whether in the form of an objet d’art or something more substantial like a handmade wooden stool, rustic items are truly seasonless. Try adding one (or two!) of our favorite finds below to freshen up your decor repertoire—on the cheap! Crafted from recycled spruce and barn wood, this handmade bench makes a lovely rustic addition to your home. This diminutive stool is more of decoration.
Mar 20, 2019
50 Ways to Hack the Most Beloved IKEA Products of All Time
At this point, most of us can spot a BILLY bookcase, KALLAX cubby, or LACK table a mile away. Basic and affordable, they’ve been some of the most popular items at IKEA for years, and our first apartments would’ve been bare without them.
Mar 20, 2019
What the Spring Equinox Means for Your Home, According to your Zodiac Sign
Queue the ’90s Enigma and bust out your Swiffer duster pads, astral voyagers. March 20th’s Spring Equinox offers up a sparkly return to innocence, and an opportunity to get fresh and clean both inside and out. Ushering in the cosmic New Year, the spring equinox is a potent portal that takes us from the dark, interior wintry mix of claw-footed bathtubs and down comforters, and into the light bright of rolled-up blinds and new life emerging through the pavement cracks.
Mar 20, 2019
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Rule Number 1 of Good Design: There Are No Rules
You don’t have to describe yourself as an artist in your Instagram bio to feel stifled and suffocated by “the rules” for decorating your own place. It’s past time to stop listening to designers and catalogs and retail chains that tell us what we should do, and start doing what we want to do.
Mar 20, 2019
This Rental Apartment’s Remodel Is Extremely Eclectic and Cool
Interior designer Tal offered the landlord a deal: She'd redecorate the large apartment if they paid half of the renovation investment!
Mar 20, 2019
Before Warmer Weather Sets In, Here Are 8 Wise Things to Declutter
Channel the energy behind the change in seasons to feel more in sync with your home.
Mar 20, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
Mid Century Modern Walnut Daybed Sofa – $2500 or best offer – Wonderful Daybed with original finish and minor wear for its vintage. Dramatic arm rests with original cane. All supports are solid and tight. Similar to the Peter Hvidt daybed. Superior quality design and craftsmanship. Walnut frame with caned arms and solid walnut back support.
Mar 20, 2019
West Elm Is Offering 20% Off (Almost) Everything—Here Are Four Picks We Spotted Recently in House Tours
West Elm’s Friends and Family sale is currently going on, and (almost) everything is 20 percent off with the code FRIENDS. The promotion excludes items already on sale as well as their bonus deals. The good news, however, is just about anything on their site is a good deal right now. If you’ve been eyeing the perfect platform bed or even sham pillow, now is a good time to bite. But if you’re unsure of what to get, we have four suggestions based on recent house tours.
Mar 19, 2019
I’m Indecisive as Hell, But This Two-Sided Mattress Helps Me Sleep Easy
I don’t know about you, but I am a decidedly indecisive person. There’s no sweeter relief than avoiding decision making all together. Every time my roommate and I decide to grab a drink, we spend more time choosing a bar than we do at the actual bar. And I’m not an impulse shopper, I waiver back and forth for what feels like eternity before landing on a decision.
Mar 19, 2019
Why a Condo Might Actually Be the Answer to My Millennial Home-Buying Woes
I’ve got big dreams to own a Craftsman home one day, with a backyard big enough for a barbecue grill, an inflatable pool, and a big dog. But the median asking price for houses in Los Angeles is a hefty $694,200 and there are no signs of an impending cool down. So is that backyard looking more like a balcony and a shared courtyard with neighbors? Is that house realistically… a condo? A condo (short for condominium) is basically an apartment that you own.
Mar 19, 2019
IKEA’s OFF-WHITE Collab Is So Hype, It’s Already Reselling for 3X the Retail Price (And It’s Not Even Out Yet)
Nearly two years have passed since a certain millennial-focused home design collaboration piqued the interest of young adults everywhere, and now we’ve finally got some more solid news about the arrival of the IKEA x OFF-WHITE collection, the much hyped partnership between the home goods giant and Virgil Abloh, the designer behind the popular fashion label.
Mar 19, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Sateen and Percale Sheets, Anyway?
Why schlep all the way to a store to touch stiff sheet set after stiff sheet set when there are plenty of direct-to-consumer companies who promise high-quality bedding at a fair, affordable price? We’ve already shared the key things to consider when buying sheets online, but there are a few questions that remain. What color or pattern should you choose? And perhaps the more pressing question, which material is the best for you?
Mar 19, 2019
10 Brilliant Ways to Make Your Tiny Kitchen Look and Feel Much Larger
Try these tips on for size.
Mar 19, 2019
A Cozy 500-Square-Foot Home Is Used Efficiently
Name: Amanda and her boyfriend Location: Pacific Heights — San Francisco, California Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned I’m Amanda, an aspiring graphic designer currently attending UC Berkeley Extension’s Professional Program in Graphic Design. I live in Pacific Heights with my boyfriend, John, who works in finance.
Mar 19, 2019
Why We’re Launching a Series Called ‘The New Homesmiths’
It’s our mission to help people feel their most at home—whatever home might look like. The beating heart of that work is visiting real homes every single day across the country (and the world) for moments of inspiration, teaching, and sometimes just pure awe. Every time I edit or read an Apartment Therapy house tour, I’m amazed by the creativity of our community, and how they manage to transform just about any space into one that feels uniquely home.
Mar 19, 2019
Is This Ultra-Affordable 3D-Printed Tiny House the Home of the Future?
In a quiet East Austin neighborhood, newly-constructed homes sit side-by-side with the time-weathered structures in need of a fresh coat of paint, homes where overgrown grass reaches out to touch the cracked sidewalks. But, along with the apparent signs of gentrification, there is also something quite unexpected hiding behind a fenced-in backyard: the first permitted 3D-printed house in the world.
Mar 19, 2019
Before and After: The Best Part of This Stunning Living Room Redo Is a $5 DIY
Vancouver-based Kristina Steinmetz knows her way around a good DIY. Her site, Ich Designer, is filled with clever and sophisticated home projects and IKEA hacks that have surprisingly humble origins and price tags. We recently featured her re-done mudroom, and her latest living room makeover might be even better. Here’s a wider shot, so you can get more of a sense of the whole room. It was in good shape but definitely needed an update.
Mar 19, 2019
Is ‘Work Hard and Be Nice to People’ 2019’s ‘It’ Poster?
It hasn't reached "For Like Ever" status just yet, but we wouldn't be surprised if it does soon.
Mar 19, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
Vintage Industrial Baker’s Rack or Rolling Shelf – $850 or best offer – This AMAZING vintage industrial baker’s rack features sturdy metal frame on original metal wheels, completed with a mix of fixed wooden box shelves and a removable wood shelf. Impressive rustic style makes this a functional display or storage space perfect for home or storefront interior. Hip shelving storage in a compact yet practical size! Dimensions: 24.75w 15d 53.75h.
Mar 19, 2019
Lulu & Georgia’s Friends and Family Sale Is On—and These Are the Best Sellers We’re Eyeing
Lulu & Georgia isn’t a small name when it comes to home decor, but is certainly a smaller enterprise when compared to retailers like West Elm and IKEA. In other words, you might not think to check their website when you’re browsing for a new rug or couch. But that would be your loss—the decor site carries a wide variety of pieces that feel both modern and boho, making them easy to style.
Mar 18, 2019
Look Inside: This $800K California Cottage Comes with a Dreamy Writer’s Studio
This historic bungalow is filled with designer touches.
Mar 18, 2019
This Viral Challenge on Reddit Is All About Cleaning Up Your Neighborhood
Although we all can relate to feeling surrounded by metaphorical garbage, lots of people spend time in public areas that are unreasonably littered with real trash, too. This was the case for me in my former Brooklyn neighborhood. The litter on one particular block that passed over a bridge was so awful that I actually started picking it up myself once in a while. (Because I can apparently rage clean as long as it’s not in my own home.
Mar 18, 2019
Nectar, One of Our Favorite Budget Bed-in-a-Box Options, Is 40% Off Today
If Monday already makes you long for alarm clock-free weekends, imagine how much better next Friday night will feel with a new and improved mattress that you got for 40 percent off. Amazon could make that dream come true with their daily deal on Nectar mattresses–with included Prime shipping and two free pillows. Until midnight P.T. all mattress sizes are discounted, and—excluding a king—all are under $500.
Mar 18, 2019
Bazaar Daily Finds
MCM Buffet by American of Martinsville – $600 – Has some signs of wear (see photos). *top drawer has a chip on the left lower side (pic #3). Dimensions : H – 47 1/2″ D – 18 3/4″ W – 36″ – SHIPS 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.
Mar 18, 2019
The Perfect Morning Habit for Your Enneagram Type
A healthy morning routine can truly set the tone for an amazing life. Starting each morning with intention and thoughtfulness can transform your relationship to the rest of your day. Morning routines have been linked to heightened productivity, lowered stress levels, and more effective time management. Sounds great right?
Mar 18, 2019
Benjamin Moore Predicts the Royal Nursery Will Include the Colors Bunny Gray and Cloud White
The countdown has begun for when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will welcome their first child together. If we’re being honest, the countdown began the day that it was announced the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were expecting. The new royal baby is due in April 2019, which means we’re getting *very* close.
Mar 17, 2019
Goop Just Launched Its First Wallpaper Collab and We’re In Love
Wallpaper has been in and out of style over the last few decades. People might think that wallpaper could never be “in” again but it is making a comeback. Goop has decided to put their hat in the ring for their first-ever wallpaper collaboration. Goop has teamed up with DIY textile brand Tempaper to release a non-toxic, floral wallpaper.
Mar 17, 2019
6 Ways Introverts Want to Be Celebrated This National Introverts Week
Here are some ways to honor the powerful silent types in your life this week—especially if that person is you.
Mar 17, 2019
Why My Husband Turned Down a Great Coastal Job to Stay in Our ‘Flyover’ City
A few years ago my husband was abruptly laid off. As a freelance writer, I can live anywhere, so when he wasn’t having any initial luck, he expanded his job search from our hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to the whole country. And some interesting opportunities came up, including one in the Pacific Northwest. We talked about it pretty seriously–how cool would it be to fly off to Bangkok in 16 hours, instead of the literal days it takes to get there from Kentucky?
Mar 17, 2019
Your Floors Will Never Get Scratched Again With These Little Cat Paw Furniture Socks
Whenever we watch HGTV, especially “House Hunters,” it would seem every homebuyer hates carpet and only wants hardwood floors. We get that carpet can be unsightly, especially if it hasn’t been given TLC over the years. People with allergies to dust and pet dander can also suffer more if they’re living in a home with carpet. All of those allergens tend to get trapped in the carpet and release at the worst time for allergy sufferers.
Mar 17, 2019
5 Kitchen-Organizing Ideas to Steal from Savvy Dollar Store Shoppers
It's easy to think you need to spend a lot of money to get a well-organized pantry—but you'd be wrong.
Mar 17, 2019
A Large Colorado Cabin Cultivates Cozy with Dark Paint Colors
Name: Katie Colleran Location: West Dover, Vermont Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 4 months, owned My husband Tom and I had been toying with the idea of making over a rental house for a while when we stumbled on this 1965 cabin at the foot of Mount Snow in West Dover, Vermont. The house had been sitting vacant for several years when we bought it, and it was full of all kinds of not-so-delightful little treats: two pairs of men’s boxers from the early aughts!
Mar 17, 2019
How St. Patrick’s Day Is More About Celebrating Home Than You May Realize
I remember it clearly: Heavy winds rustle the tricolored flags that hang ceremoniously from buildings as the parade marches through my neighborhood in Yonkers, New York. The steady cadence of drums and the bellowing skirl of bagpipes echo into the local Irish bar, where those dressed in green sip sudsy pints of colored ale and wolf down heaping globs of thinly-sliced corned beef and curly-leafed cabbage. Ah, St. Patrick’s Day.
Mar 17, 2019