Andie Powers

6 Tips I Swear by for Keeping Your Pets from Waking You Up
Here’s how to finally sleep through the night.
Jan 30, 2024
Before & After: Simple Office Nook Makeover
Sometimes there is just not enough space – or money! With an upcoming wedding and two blending households of avid readers into a one bedroom condo (plus one curious object collector – me), we’ve got books and baubles coming out of our ears. This office area is one of my least favorite places in our home due its lack of light and wall space restrictions, so it was time for a cheap and quick fixer-upper!
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Andie’s Bathroom Makeover
Last week, you got to see the updates and tiling work we did in our kitchen. However, we also had a very fun time doing some updates to our bathroom. This before photo (taken quite a bit before we started the project) doesn’t show the vertical angle, but allows you to see the most important elements: the old, dingy, salmon-colored tile, and original toilet and vanity. Fast forward three days (we were on a tight schedule) to our brand new bathroom!
Jul 16, 2020
Make it Work: 8 Combination Nursery & Office Shared Spaces
Let’s face it—kids don’t really take up too much space. It’s all of the junk we buy for them that gets in the way! In an effort to downsize and share space, some savvy folks turn to shared offices and nurseries! Mom or Dad can work while the little one snoozes. We’ve scouted out some favorite office and nursery combos to inspire you. Take a look! 1. Teressa and Ryan’s Fresh & Friendly Home 2.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: A Target Lamp Redo
I’ve had this old quirky elephant lamp from Target for several years, and although I loved its silly charm, I felt like it was in need of an update. Using some fabric, and new shade, and some spray paint, I managed to change the look of my old friend.As for the shade, I used an old Urban Outfitters lampshade that I had from another lamp and covered it with sheets of brocade fabric. Read more about that process in this earlier post.
Mar 11, 2020
DIY Project: How To Remove and Install a Kitchen Sink
Earlier this week, I showed you my newly renovated sink and backsplash area in my kitchen. If you’re interested in learning how to remove and install your own sink, follow these steps to complete the process yourself! A new kitchen sink that fits both width, length and depth of the existing space Plumber’s putty Your brand new sink!
Dec 19, 2019
The Fleet Family’s Modern Craftsman Mix
Name: Jake and Angela Fleet, three kids and a mini golden-doodle named ChillyLocation: Phinney Ridge — Seattle, WashingtonSize: 2100 square feetYears lived in: 9 years — owned I was delighted to be able to photograph Jake and Angela’s modern Craftsman home on one of the sunniest days that Seattle had seen in months. The sunny rays through each of the huge, gorgeous windows scattered all around the home highlighted details like the boxed beam ceilings and rich hardwood floors.
Dec 19, 2019
Masha & Colin’s Worldly Abode
Name: Masha D’yans and Colin Mulligan Location: Highland Longwood — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,412 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned Masha, originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, and Colin, originally from St. Louis, have been married for just over one year, in which time they’ve created a beautiful and unique home full of international curiosities.
Dec 19, 2019
Mike’s Cabinet of Curiosities
Name: Michael James Schneider, author and creator of BLCKSMTH Location: Irvington Neighborhood; Portland, Oregon Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 3 months; Rented We met Mike back in August of 2012, when he was living in a stylish bachelor pad in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Fast forward a year and a half, and Mike has left sunny Los Angeles for the rainy Pacific Northwest, and now resides in Portland, Oregon.
Dec 19, 2019
Make*Do*Mend + Drygoods Design in Seattle
Name: Keli Faw, founder of Make*Do*Mend + Drygoods Design Location: Drygoods Design: 5308 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Years worked in: 2 years Keli Faw, founder of the previously online-only fabric and crafting shop Drygoods Design, graduated into a physical space with the opening of Ballard’s brick and mortar Drygoods Design. Situated behind a coffee shop in an a multi-space building, Faw incorporates two adjacent spaces: the retail shop, and the creative workspace Make*Do*Mend.
Aug 12, 2019
Simple & Smart Housekeeping Tips: 5 Ways to Put Your Old Candles to Work
The simplest, helpful household tips are the ones that I value the most. I love finding new uses for humble objects, and it’s exciting to share these tips and learn some in exchange. For some reason, I seem to have a surplus of candles in my home, even though I’m not exactly a “candle person.” Here’s a quick how to on making those extra, old or partially used candles work for you!• Use a candle to weatherproof a shipping label! (See photo above).
May 5, 2019
5 Interactive Wallpapers for Kids
Wouldn’t you have loved to create little worlds on the walls with magnets, or draw tiny characters all over your bedroom when you were a kid? If you have a creative child that leaves you scrubbing walls with a bucket and sponge—let the creativity fly! These five interactive wallpapers for kids let parents breathe easier and get kids’ creative juices flowing. 1. My personal favorite: Sian Zeng Interactive Magnetic Wallpaper for kids from Just Kids Wallpaper, $540 AUD.
May 4, 2019
How To Clean & Season Cast Iron Skillets for Food Sensitivities
Finding out that you have food sensitivities is an enlightening experience — both in good ways and bad! For one, you finally figure out why you’ve been feeling terrible for months, years, or perhaps your whole life. On the bad end, you’ve got a lifestyle change coming! When you’re extremely sensitive, it’s time to either buy new pans and kitchen tools, or do a very extensive cleaning.
Mar 9, 2019
Isabelle & Nick’s Refurbished Warehouse
Name: Isabelle and Nick Robertson Location: Ballard; Seattle, Washington Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 7 years; Rented When Isabelle and Nick moved to Seattle from Brooklyn seven years ago, they moved into an empty warehouse owned by their in-laws. Previously occupied by a business, the space had no kitchen, no windows and only a urinal in the bathroom!
Oct 20, 2014
Danielle’s Small & Stylish Urban Cottage
Name: Danielle Bellert Location: Between Wallingford and Fremont; Seattle, Washington Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Rented What would you do with 400 square feet of space? If you’re anything like Danielle Bellert, you would style it up adorably and live with intent. Located between the bustling neighborhoods of Wallingford and Fremont in Seattle, this tiny cottage is a one-room wonder, complete with lofted bedroom.
Oct 7, 2014
Susan & Herb’s Handmade, Mid-Century Split Level
Name: Susan and Herb Albin, and their two dogs, Owen & Henry Location: Richmond Highlands; Shoreline, Washington Size: 2,300 square feet Years lived in: 21 years; Owned After twenty-one years and a variety of renovations under one roof, Susan and Herb have turned their “empty nest” into a home full of life, color and light.
Aug 4, 2014
Paul & Katie’s Bright Vintage Modern Loft
Name: Katie Hackworth, principal designer and owner of H2 Design + Build, her husband Paul, their two daughters & three rescue mutts Location: Bellevue, Washington (a stone’s throw away from Seattle) Size: Approximately 1600 square feet Years lived in: 8 months; Rented Early last summer, Katie and her family decided to sell their modern farmhouse, which they built from 2010 to 2011. When the house sold, the new owners purchased about 75% of the furnishings.
Jul 18, 2014
Carrie & Hal’s Modern Bohemian Home
Name: Carrie Gifford & Hal Mertz Location: Los Feliz; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; rented This is by far one of my favorite tours that I have ever gotten to shoot for Apartment Therapy. Not only is their home gorgeous, open and welcoming, but Carrie and Hal are also some of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever met!
May 4, 2014
Austin & Jenny’s Sunny LA Loft
Name: Austin and Jenny Flack (+ Emmy Lou) Location: Lincoln Heights; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Rented We had the pleasure of ending a two day road trip at the home of Austin and Jenny Flack, in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. In a home nestled in a a group of industrial-style lofts, newlyweds Austin and Jenny have created an open, airy space full of upcycled elements, combined with a modern, streamlined feel.
Apr 24, 2014
5 Tiny Kitchens with Style
A tiny kitchen (in my opinion) is one with a small refrigerator, a sink and a stove, with little to no counter space. I’ve had plenty of tiny kitchens in previous apartments and despite their coziness, I always dreamed of the day I would have something a bit bigger — in case I might want to make two pies for the holidays that year. However, I would give that dream right up for the chance to cook a meal in one of these stylish kitchens.
Apr 22, 2014
10 Tips & Tricks for Keeping a Small Space Clean
If you live in a small space, you know that it’s tough to keep it clean from day to day. Smaller spaces just seem to collect more unwanted clutter, dirt and dust! Why is that? Well if you’re a clean freak like me, take a look at some of these tips to keep your small space sparkling every day… 1. Declutter. This is rule number one for a reason! If you don’t love or use an item—why do you still have it? Ditch the clutter and free up space.
Apr 8, 2014
Before & After: 3 Easy & Inexpensive Ideas for Making Rooms Look Larger
Every once in a while, we need a change. My husband and I loved our bedroom before: clean, cozy and colorful, it made us happy every time we were in it. That is, until I decided I was being smothered by it. When an apartment feels cluttered, regardless of space, sometimes it’s more about your own emotional issues with the space itself. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that can help to open up a space and give it the breath of fresh air that it (or you) so desperately needs. 1.
Feb 25, 2014
5 Simple Yet Stylish Ways to Display Stringed Instruments
Get those instruments up off the floor! I never thought I’d be the type of person to display a guitar, a banjolin and a ukele on my wall, but now that I’ve done it I actually think they look quite stylish! Hanging them on the wall keeps them safe from harm and available to play all the time. During my hunt for inexpensive string instrument mounts, I found a handful of gorgeous — mostly handmade — ones that I would love to invest in some day. Take your pick! (Pun intended.
Feb 6, 2014
Before and After: Small Office Space Turned Reading Nook
I have to admit it—this area of my home has always been a problem for me. I’ve reworked it, redesigned it, added shelves, painted walls— pretty much everything you can think of— in order to make it liveable without removing that dreaded desk. Each redesign, I was happy with the area for roughly three days, until I realized that I still hated the desk and I still didn’t understand why the previous owner of our condo would glue and screw a desk to the wall.
Feb 4, 2014
Fresh Start: 5 Things You Should Do Every January
I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but I am always interested in rejuvenating my space, work and life in the New Year. January is a great month for cleaning up problem areas, whether they are physical problem areas in your home, or work and financial issues. Here are a few of our top tips for simple tasks to help get your new year get off to a great start! 1. Declutter your desk or work area and go through important papers. Tax time is coming!
Jan 16, 2014
Heather & Eric’s Cozy Victoria Cottage
Name: Heather & Eric, and kids Ellie & Jane Location: Fairfield; Victoria, B.C. Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 1 year; Owned I actually came across Heather and Eric’s beautiful home on Airbnb! We were looking for a little getaway for the weekend, and I couldn’t believe how charming their space was. Eric owns a tree planting company, which allows for a large amount of travel during the year.
Jan 8, 2014
Interview with Sherry & John Petersik of Young House Love: The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Project
Every once in a while, a project comes along that inspires generosity and love in the design community—this was one of those projects! When home bloggers, Sherry and John Petersik, of Young House Love were approached to give the waiting room at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU a holiday makeover, they jumped at the chance to inspire and delight families and children who are dealing with illness during the holiday season.
Jan 3, 2014
Teressa and Ryan’s Fresh & Friendly Home
Name: Teressa and Ryan Johnson Location: Boulevard Park, Seattle, Washington Size: 770 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; rented Teressa and Ryan’s home is a tiny wonderland of sorts. Theresa is the owner of Cashmere Floral Designs in Seattle, and her beautifully arranged designs are peppered throughout the space, adding a natural warmth to their DIY home. Nestled on a quiet street in Boulevard Park, the house is small but perfectly styled, warm and friendly.
Sep 30, 2013
Paint Color Portfolio: Pale Pink Dining Rooms
Pale pink may not be a common color for the dining room, but I absolutely love it in these inspiration rooms. It’s such a calming and demure color that I can’t imagine not having a relaxing meal in a room so delicate. The pale, peachy hues shown above are subtle, yet unexpected enough to be unique. See below for some colors that can help you get this look. Inspiration Rooms: 1. Yvestown flickr (Licensed under Creative Commons) 2. Kishani Perera for Style Me Pretty 3.
Sep 13, 2013
Michele and Ryan’s New Beginning
Name: Michele and Ryan Tansey (plus Jake, Paws and Princess) Location: Madrona, Seattle, Washington Size: 2,080 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned Michele and Ryan Tansey may look familiar to you — they were featured in an Apartment Therapy House Tour in 2011 and in an editorial post about their wedding at home.
Jun 7, 2013
Before & After: A Mini Porch Makeover
I love a good porch. Maybe that’s because I don’t have one (and am dreaming of the day), but this one really caught my eye! At first, not terrible, but definitely not dazzling. And now for the after: check out that gorgeous, bright yellow door! The simplest touches, like the paint colors, brand new bench and pretty flower planter, jazz this space up and gave it a whole new outlook. Click on over to The Rooster and the Hen for more details on this before and after!
Mar 25, 2013
Lori & Ken’s Modern Calgary Home
Lori and Ken’s home was featured here on Apartment Therapy in 2009 and four years later, the space is more elegant and creative than ever. As an established photographer and interior designer (Ken has his own investment firm), Lori uses her home as a canvas for her work and ideas. However, these aesthetic changes didn’t happen overnight, says Lori: “It has taken us ten years to get the house we really wanted, as we have to budget and save for every additional piece.
Feb 18, 2013
Before & After: A Battered to Bold West Elm Parsons Desk
I just love Cinderella stories involving second-hand furniture. When I saw this blog entry about scoring a $40 Parsons Desk (usually $349) from my dream source, West Elm, and then making it even better–I was excited. A sander and a coat of paint produces a unique piece of accent furniture!Naomi Stein of Design Manifest purchased this West Elm Parsons Desk second-hand with a few scratches and dents and turned it into a hot pink creation all her own.
Feb 14, 2013
Hosting Help: Tips for Sleeping Comfortably on an Air Mattress
I live in a one bedroom apartment with no pull-out couch, so whenever guests come to stay, either they or I usually end up sleeping on my inflatable air mattress. Due to these adventures, I have collected a list of tips and tricks to make the night more bearable (and perhaps even comfortable) if you’re sleeping on an inflatable.See below for my list, and of course add your own.1. If you haven’t yet purchased an inflatable mattress and are planning to, splurge and get the double.
Mar 27, 2012
Michele & Ryan Tansey’s Antiquarian Hideaway
Name: Ryan and Michele Tansey with Buster & Lizzie (golden retrievers) Princess & Mr. Paws (softest cats ever) and our human roommate Jon McJiltonLocation: Central District/Madrona; Seattle, WashingtonSize: Built in 1903: two stories with unfinished basement. Three bedrooms, two baths plus office. 1380 finished 700 unfinishedYears lived in: 1 year, 3 months; owned I know I have a great house tour on my hands when I find myself smiling as I edit the photos.
Oct 28, 2011
Peter & Blair’s “Bohemian Preppy” Seattle Abode
Name: Peter and Blair Stocker, their two kids, and a kitty named Gracie.Location: North Seattle, WashingtonSize: 2500 square feetYears lived in: 10 years, owned Peter and Blair live in a sweet (and deceptively large) house, tucked away amongst giant, shady trees in the Greenwood area of Northern Seattle. The self-employed duo have been cultivating the home’s modern twist on traditional decor over the past ten years.
Sep 9, 2011