Andie Powers

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
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
How To Keep Pets from Waking You Up
See this adorable face? She’s lucky she’s so cute, because this is the face of a waker-upper. Do you have a pet that wakes you constantly—and usually on the nights that you are the most exhausted? I’m a reluctant expert in how to handle an animal waking you at all hours of the night. I’ve got some great tips to try out on your night-crawling cats and dogs, and would love to hear your suggestions as well! 1. First, rule out any medical problems.
May 4, 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
Food for Thought: Should We Bring Back Home Ec Class?
I think I may have been one of the last classes that attended a true home economics class in junior high school, where we learned everything from cooking, sewing, embroidery, nutrition, finances and how to change a flat tire. And for those who are wondering—yes, the class was most definitely co-ed! I was shocked to learn, however, that most American junior and high schools have phased out the home economics program due to budget cuts and lack of interest.
Sep 16, 2014
Working from Home: 7 Tips for Staying Motivated and Productive
When I tell people that I work from home, the first question I always get is, “how do you get anything done?” The truth is that I don’t really think about working from home in that context, as I’ve been doing it for so long. However, there are definitely a few productivity-boosting rules to live by if you’re working from home and want to avoid procrastination. 1. Schedule a start and stop time.
Sep 2, 2014
Apartment Therapy Contributor Style: Andie’s Own Bathroom
I have to admit that out of all of the rooms I am profiling in our Behind the Blog series, our bathroom is my least favorite, but it has come a long way. Small and quaint, it is by no means my “dream bathroom,” but it is clean, white and taken care of. When we moved into our condo, this bathroom was painted in a deep coral gloss, with matching tile and scarlet trim.
Aug 26, 2014
Apartment Therapy Contributor Style: Andie’s Own Bedroom
As you’ve probably noticed from my previous posts about our living room and kitchen, we value simplicity and minimalism, with a touch of color and lots of white. Our bedroom is no different, and offers even more of an airy reprieve. Having a white, open space in our bedroom was the most important element to me.
Aug 18, 2014
Apartment Therapy Blogger Style: Andie’s Own Kitchen
(Editor’s Note: Day in and out, we love showing off our readers’ style. As a little bit of design quid pro quo, this month I asked some of the contributors from the editorial team to share rooms from their own home. Hope you enjoy! – Janel) Last week, you got a little introductory look at our living room, and this week I’m happy to invite you to visit our kitchen.
Aug 12, 2014
Apartment Therapy Blogger Style: Andie’s Own Living Room
(Editor’s Note: Day in and out, we love showing off our reader’s style. As a little bit of design quid pro quo, this month I asked some of the contributors from the editorial team to share rooms from their own home. Hope you enjoy! – Janel) You’re never quite ready to put photographs of your space online.
Aug 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
Bringing Home a New Dog? The Essential Shopping List for a Damage-Free Home
If you’re considering adopting a dog or a puppy, there are a few must-have items that will come in handy for keeping your home intact. All dogs need a little time to adjust, whether it’s a frightened rescue or a romping pup! Consider the following to help make the transition as smooth as possible for you and your new furry friend, while keeping your space damage-free. 1. A crate or kennel.
Jul 29, 2014
Have You Ever Tried a Portable Washer? (Plus 4 To Consider)
I’ve lived the last fifteen years of my life either in apartment buildings or condos: some with laundry rooms in the basement, and some with no machines at all. We are lucky enough to now live in a condo building with a coin-operated, full-service laundry room downstairs, but with a baby on the way (and lots of messy, tiny baby clothes too!) we are considering investing in a portable washer. Have you tried one? I’ve heard nothing but good things about these washers.
Jul 22, 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
Scott and Jacqui’s Artistic Homestead
Name: Scott and Jacqui Scoggin, owners of Year Round Co., (+ dog, Nico and cat, Sofia) Location: Hilltop; Tacoma, Washington Size: 1200 square feet, plus 600 square feet basement Years lived in: Owned 2 years; It’s not hard to spot that Scott and Jacqui Scoggin are lovers of great design and vintage style when you step into their Tacoma home. A husband-and-wife business team, the duo are owners and artists at Year Round Co.
May 18, 2014
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.
May 14, 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
Tell Us: Do Your Kids Have Twin or Double Beds?
I’ve been noticing a surprising trend with a lot of my friends with children: their little kids have double beds! Perhaps this is a strange situation to me because I had a twin bed until I left for college. However, when questioned about the size of the beds, my friends all had great reasons for choosing double: it doubles as a guest bed, or it’s easier to comfort a child who has a nightmare. So, what do you readers think?
May 1, 2014
How to Stay Cool Without an Air Conditioner
In Seattle, many people don’t have air conditioning. We just don’t need it — the temperatures are mild most of the year, and in the summer we usually have one week of moderate heat that we manage to get through. But every couple of years or so, we get a massive heat wave. The rest of the country tends to scoff at our “heat.
Apr 29, 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
Surviving a Road Trip: 5 Tips to Get You to Your Destination With Your Sanity
Have you ever been on a road trip? We recently took to the open road, navigating from Seattle, Washington to Southern California. It was definitely a big undertaking, but after the four-day drive was over, we found ourselves surprised at how easy it was. Here are a few tips we learned along the way that might make your next road trip just as enjoyable. 1. Have your iPod or CDs stocked! This really gets you through the drive.
Apr 9, 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
8 Tips for Destressing During a DIY Renovation
We are in the middle of a kitchen and bathroom renovation with a quick turnaround (one week), in our small one-bedroom condo, and it has definitely gotten me thinking about different ways to de-stress during the process. With a short amount of time to complete our projects, our home is a disaster area, and we’ve learned a lot of tricks along the way. Here are a few things to remember next time you’re in the midst of a DIY project. 1.
Mar 31, 2014
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.
Mar 29, 2014
Zero Tolerance: Do You Have a Strict “Shoes Off” House?
The other day, we drove past a house in our neighborhood that had a giant sign taped to the door that read “SHOES OFF!,” written in permanent marker. I thought I ran a tight ship when it came to taking shoes off in the house, but apparently I’m more relaxed than I thought! We take our shoes off at the front door, but never pressure guests to do so, and wouldn’t dream of asking workers or contractors to take off their shoes.
Mar 14, 2014
Expert Advice: Professional Tips for Lighting Your Home
Lighting a room correctly can do wonders for the space, but what if you don’t know where to start? We definitely need all the lighting advice we can get in the dreary, dark winter, so I jumped at the chance to ask local Seattle lighting expert Lara Proctor some questions… Harold’s Fine Home Lighting A few tips from Lara on lighting your space: Use layers of ambient, task and accent lighting.
Mar 6, 2014
A Brief History of the Hospitality Pineapple
King Charles II of England posing for his royal portrait while being gifted a pineapple by the Royal Gardener, John Rose, 1675. My parents used to live in Hawaii on a military base, where almost all of the door knockers were pineapples. I always assumed that the “welcome pineapple” or door and foyer adornments depicting pineapples, etc., had to do with the lively culture of Hawaii — wrong! I was delighted to find a much richer history when I did some digging.
Feb 28, 2014