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Jonathan Adler & Clinique Just Made a Beautiful Baby (& We Want It All)
“Good design has the power to transform your mood,” says Jonathan Adler in reference to his new collaboration with Clinique. The ceramicist, designer, author (and now, beauty collaborator!) has lent his happy chic design eye to the iconic beauty company to create a limited-edition line of makeup that will look as good on your vanity as they will on you.
Jun 7, 2017
Tested & Reviewed: Baking-Soda Free Natural Deodorants that Actually Work
Last summer, due in part to a story I did on non-aluminum deodorants, I began my “natural” deodorant journey. After having tested a handful myself for that piece, I came to realize that I, in fact, liked these non-aluminum varieties as much (if not more) than the antiperspirants I’d been wearing since I hit puberty. One of my favorites in particular was Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream in original scent.
Jun 6, 2017
For an Instant Room Upgrade: Under $50 Pendant Lighting
There are a few design elements for your home that can totally overhaul the style of a room: a great antique rug, a bold paint color (like a lacquer!), a printed wallpaper, and, of course, lighting. An item that’s needed in every room, decorative lighting not only provides functionality (i.e. we all need to see when the sun goes down), but also flair as it can really define the style of a space.
Jun 3, 2017
Top-to-Bottom Design: You Can Make Over Your Foyer This Weekend for Under $300
Your foyer is the one room in your home you are guaranteed to see every day (well, every day you pry yourself off the couch to leave the house, that is). It’s also the first space guests see upon visiting, or your UPS man when dropping off your latest Amazon Prime order. All that said, it’s a great place to start if you’re thinking of doing a little refresh to your decor. Here, we put together three totally different looks for the amazing price tag of roughly $300.
Jun 2, 2017
Room Crush: A Decadent Designer Green-on-Green-on-Green Living Room
Have you ever had a room crush? You know the feeling: you see the photo of a room so enviously gorgeous that it stops you dead in your tracks, and you can’t help but think about it – heck, you’re even talking about it to your friends who care to listen. Sometimes, the crush is on a room that’s totally on your level; something you can Pin for later and aim to recreate with your own twist.
May 26, 2017
Colored Mirrors & Glass Decor Are the (Potential) Trend I Can’t Get Enough Of
Anyone who lives, breathes, dreams design will understand the following: sometimes, you become fixated on something design-y, and then —like learning a new word that you start to hear everywhere — you start to see that design-y thing everywhere (much to your delight, but also much to your chagrin because you WANT.IT.) Well, that is me currently with colored glass and mirrors.
May 25, 2017
Stylish Furniture Finds from a Super Affordable Source: Sauder
In our own ways, we’re all creatures of habit. Whether that’s with precisely how we do things around the house, or with the brands we bring into our homes. I am quite guilty of this (specifically the latter), and am quick to get into “brand ruts.” Though I’m aware of the seemingly endless offering of home decor outlets online to choose from, I stick to my usual stable…my furniture comfort zone.
May 23, 2017
These Towels Are the Best Thing I Ever Bought From Costco
I’m a loyal Costco-er. When my fiancé and I moved in together two years ago, the first thing we did, after setting up our internet/cable services (priorities, people) was head on over to the super big box store and get ourselves a membership. There’s literally no better place for us to stock up on non-sexy home essentials—toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, cleaning supplies, trash bags, laundry detergent…you get it.
May 22, 2017
3 Reasons Why This Trend-Resistant Kitchen Works
If I had to categorize where I fall on the design style spectrum, I’d say somewhere between eclectic collector and modern glam (though I love a little modern farmhouse thrown into the mix for good measure). So to declare that this kitchen—located in Valencia, Spain, and owned by interior designer/furniture store owner Adela—makes me incredibly happy comes as a bit of a personal surprise.
May 21, 2017
My Trick to Getting the Best Deal When Online Shopping
It happens to the best of us: you hunt for weeks and weeks (or months and months) for a coffee table that’s just right. You finally find one you love at one of your trusted online retailers, usually one which you know to have fair (read: low) pricing. Congratulations! You are now the owner of a well-researched furnishing, purchased at a great price…or so you think.
May 21, 2017
How to Pull Off the Modern Boho Look, According to Mindy Kaling’s Gorgeous New York Apartment
When you’re a powerhouse actress/producer/screenwriter/author/all around wonder woman like Mindy Kaling, you don’t really have all the time in the world to hem and haw about which color white you’re picking for the walls of your home or which sofa will fit best into your living room.
May 19, 2017
Beyond Cookie Butter: Here’s Why You Should Be Shopping Trader Joe’s for Your Beauty Stash
Trader Joe’s: The land of insanely addictive cookie butter, everything-bagel seasonings, and other super cheap snacking treasures; though it’s hard to steer my attention away from their Speculoos cookies and bake-and-serve Mandarin Orange Chicken, I’ve recently taken notice of TJ’s other charms…their beauty and skincare products.
May 12, 2017
Spruce Up Your Patio to Spend Your Entire Summer Outdoors (For Under $300)
I don’t know about you, but my balcony is pretty pathetic. As a renter of a second-floor condo with a little screened-in outdoor area, it’s been hard to get motivated enough to think about that space and what I can do with it.
May 11, 2017
Why It Works: The Brooklyn Brownstone I’ve Been Crushing On for a Year
For just under a year (as of last June, to be exact), I’ve had a serious crush on the Brooklyn home of Jae and Devin. The architecture alone of their brownstone, with those amazing moldings, ceilings and floors would make any design lover completely and totally jealous obsessed. Their lust-worthy abode is more than just really great bones, however, and I’m going to break down why their combo living room and dining room just plain works.
May 10, 2017
Maggie Cruz’s New Collection: My Favorite Introduction at High Point Market 2017
Twice a year, the design set converge on High Point, North Carolina, with a mission: to check out all the new furniture and decor (though mostly furniture) that’s being released in the American market in the coming year. Last week, for the spring 2017 market, I made that trip to NC along with Apartment Therapy’s Executive Editor, Janel Laban.
May 5, 2017
The Trending French Beauty Secret That Totally Surprised Me
French women have had a mythological standard of perfection attributed to them, often being characterized as having it all figured out. One scan across the shelves of your local bookstore will tell you that, if book titles are any indication, they know how to dress better, eat better, and just generally do everything better than women who are not French.
May 2, 2017
A Stunning Studio Loft in Hollywood That Does Everything Right
Welcome to the maiden voyage of a new column we’re launching called Why It Works. Here at Apartment Therapy, we publish hundreds upon hundreds of amazing, lived in, real-life homes every year. And though they all are special in their own right, every now and then there comes along a super smart room within one of those homes. In Why It Works, we’re celebrating that notion, and breaking down all the elements that have come together to create a truly spectacular space.
May 1, 2017
We Saw, We Sat, We Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Article
If you've ever wondered about whether the online furniture retailer's sofas were comfortable, we went behind the scenes to find out (and here's what we thought!).
May 1, 2017
The Kitchen Cabinet Color I’m Obsessed With
And no, it's not white.
Apr 27, 2017
Here’s What to Buy a Mom Who Says She Doesn’t Want Anything
Moms are amazing specimens. They give and give and give…and when Mother’s Day comes around and you ask them what they want, you’re often met with a well-meaning “Your love is all I really need.” Or, if you’re my mom, “Answer my calls more often and I’m set for the year.
Apr 27, 2017
Your Bed Called: It’s Missing a Bench (So Here Are 9 Favorites Under $250)
As I was doing a little research on the end-of-bed bench for this roundup, I stumbled upon the most perfect explanation from designer and blogger Emily Henderson of why, if you have the room, everyone should have one. “Having the right bench is like having a nice belt – it’s not something you want to spend money on, but you need it. Every day when you get dressed, you grab for it, feel it missing, and wish you had one.
Apr 26, 2017
This Is the Future of Design (According to What I Saw at Milan Design Week)
I do not attempt to hide my love for trend spotting. Seeing what’s on the horizon for design makes me giddy. I’m not a slave to trends, as I believe that you should buy what you like because you like it (although I must admit I recently purchased a “millennial pink” vase, but only because I loved the shape and it was on clearance and I make no apologies).
Apr 20, 2017
Tom Dixon’s First “Hack” for IKEA’s Open-Source DELAKTIG Sofa is Here…& It’s Seriously OTT
Earlier this April during Milan Design Week, Bemz, the Swedish textile company that creates retrofit furniture covers for IKEA pieces, announced their plans to work with British designer Tom Dixon on a future line for the DELAKTIG sofa, which he helped dream up with the team at IKEA.
Apr 18, 2017
The Classic Farmhouse Table: Our Best Bets for Every Budget
We recently reported that the Modern Farmhouse style (think lots of rich, weathered woods, neutral textiles and industrial lighting and decor), was the favorite amongst over 30% of a group that was surveyed. One of the key pieces to that look is, of course, the farmhouse table, which seams to invite life to happen around it in a buzzing family kitchen. Take a look through 10 of our favorites for every budget.
Apr 10, 2017
If You Haven’t Been to West Elm Lately, Here’s What You’re Missing
Two years ago, I moved into a new apartment, and, upon reporting my change of address to USPS for mail forwarding services, the onslaught of store catalogs littering my mailbox began. I’ve since tried to cancel most of them to no avail (having the worst luck with a store I won’t name, but let’s just say it rhymes with Lottery Yarn, of which I now get two copies, rather than zero). There are two, however, that I receive with glee, one being West Elm (the other, Anthropologie).
Apr 10, 2017
The Hottest Tile Trend On Pinterest Has Everything to Do With Mermaids
We’re big on the iridescent/unicorn/mermaid craze around these parts, so when we heard from our friends at Pinterest that they sniffed out a new, related trend—mermaid tiles and fish scale motifs—we just had to share. Last year, we reported on the look, but the seafaring motif seems to have continued to gain traction.
Apr 9, 2017
16 OTHER Online Design Stores You Definitely Want to Know About
Oftentimes, I lie awake at night, wondering about all the online home decor stores I might be missing out on for lack of knowing (kidding, I sleep like the dead, but during my waking hours, all bets are off). Like most of you reading this, I have my shopping standbys (Target, World Market and IKEA, I’m looking at you), but my goodness does there exist a wide world of amazing furniture and decor websites that just don’t see enough play.
Apr 3, 2017
The Color That Will Reign in 2017 (There’s No Denying It)
There are a few privileges to being an editor in the design world, one of which is getting to see the future (a.k.a. what’s going to be in stores well before anyone else is privy to that information). This comes in handy when trend forecasting happens to be your sport of choice.
Mar 31, 2017
Have Your Couch’s Back: Sofa & Console Tables Under $250
Don't leave your floating sofa in a lurch.
Mar 29, 2017
Attention (Frugal) Print Lovers: Printed Curtains Under $50
I love printed curtains and I love holding onto my money so I am the perfect person to research frugal curtain finds. As I started, I found many draperies (with an 84″ minimum) priced at $100 and under for a pair. Curtains are expensive, after all, so surely, $50 a panel/$100 a pair was a deal. Then I decided this was too easy a task — I can do better than that and I love a challenge! So I cut my initial budget in half to $25 a panel/$50 a pair, and started my quest.
Mar 24, 2017
Instant Style Makers: A Roundup of Decorative Pillows Under $30
Just as fashion accessories can completely overhaul a LBD into a spectacular outfit, so can decor accessories take a simple room and transform it into something truly special. And no accent is more renewing for your sofa or bed than the humble throw pillow. Sure, there are very pricey options on the market that are hand-embroidered or made of Belgian linens and luxury silks, but if you’re after a wallet-friendly peppering of flair that you can rotate seasonally (or leave up all year round!
Mar 17, 2017
Light Love: 15 of Our Favorite Modern Chandeliers
Chandeliers and pendants are the jewelry of a home: Without them, you have a totally passable ensemble, but with them, you have pizazz…a chance to further show your aesthetic point of view to the world (or, in this case, visitors). If you’re bucking traditional crystal chandeliers in place of more contemporary lighting, scroll through for 15 of our favorite modern ceiling fixtures. Part alien space ship, part lamp, this transforming piece from IKEA is a certified showstopper.
Mar 15, 2017
Before & After: A Typical Dated Suburban Kitchen is Now “To Die For”
Project by: Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest Project location: Los Angeles, California The “before” of this Sherman Oaks kitchen is your typical suburban kitchen: oak cabinets, tile flooring, Corian countertops…all the result of a renovation from decades prior that now felt dated and ignored the home’s mid-century roots.
Mar 12, 2017
Is Urban Outfitters Totally Missing the Mark?
Home decor is an incredibly tactile thing. Your sofas, your sheets, your pillows, your throws: all things you touch basically every day, which, at least for me, means I want to be pretty sure it actually feels good before I bite the bullet and make a purchase. I’m not against online shopping in the least (my UPS guy can attest to this)—in fact, I celebrate it—but there are some things you wish you didn’t have to cross your fingers about before clicking “buy”.
Mar 7, 2017
30 Home Finds Under $50 From a New Best-of-Amazon Curation Site
Amazon is like an adult playground. It’s a magical land where anything is possible—or at least where (most) anything can be delivered to your doorstep in two days. But, it can sometimes feel like you’re searching for a needle in a haystack sandbox with the vast variety of sellers and products. Stylish home decor can easily get lost in the sea of, well, not stylish home decor.
Mar 7, 2017
Honestly Affordable Rugs: 10 Vintage-Style Finds Under $100
Want to know the fastest and most sure-fire way to upgrade the style in your home? You may have guessed it from the title, but it’s rugs, my design-loving friends, rugs. These decor powerhouses pack a ton of personality into compact packages, but frankly, they rarely come cheap, especially if they are vintage or antique (a majorly on-trend look). We rounded up 10 of our favorites available online in roughly 5’x8′, all under $100.
Mar 1, 2017
Your Best Sleep Ever: We Snooze-Tested Amazon’s Top 5 Best-Selling Pillows…And Discovered the Perfect Pillow for All Types of Sleepers
In an effort to help you catch more Zzzz, we rounded up three types of sleepers—back, side, stomach—to test the five best-selling pillows on Amazon. Here's what they thought.
Feb 26, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: A Real-Life Rental Before & After in Philadelphia
It’s a funny thing what happens when you move into a new home. All of a sudden, the furniture pieces that worked so well for you in your previous abode just don’t feel…right anymore. Sure, some things transition seamlessly, but others end up feeling too small or too basic in the new space. Vijay Nathan—Apartment Therapy Media’s Product Manager—and his wife Anita would certainly agree. If you’ve been following along with the couple’s rental loft 2.
Feb 26, 2017
Is This Miracle Buckwheat Pillow Really The Last Pillow You’ll Ever Buy? We Tested One to Find Out
I’ve been on a quest for the perfect pillow for years. My mattress game is on point, but the same cannot be said about my pillows. I’ve tried memory foam, contoured memory foam, down varieties (not for me…too much fluffing), down-alternative, gel-fiber, polyester fluff—you name it, I’ve slept on it.
Feb 24, 2017
Style You Can Afford: The Best Dressers Under $400
We all need somewhere to store our clothing, but dressers do not come cheap. New solid wood options will run you well over $500 (though usually twice that price!), so you’re likely to be buying MDF, veneered pieces at a lower price point. Of course, you can always dig up quality secondhand pieces at your local thrift store (or online in our Marketplace), but if new, stylish and affordable is what you’re after, check out 11 of our favorites under $400.
Feb 24, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: We Compared 3 Internet Designer Concepts for a Real-Life Rental Loft
Moving into a new place can be a fun adventure. It can also be a little daunting when you realize a hefty amount of the furniture you had in your previous home just doesn’t work anymore and you aren’t sure where to start the refresh process. Such was the case for one of Apartment Therapy’s Product Managers, Vijay Nathan and his wife Anita.
Feb 23, 2017
The Online Decorator Secret Shopper Makeover: We Tried Out 3 Internet Design Services to Redecorate this Rental
Vijay Nathan—Product Manager for Apartment Therapy Media—and his wife Anita moved into their rental loft in Philadelphia last year, bringing along with them furniture pieces from previous homes that no longer felt quite right. Some things they loved, others they knew were now placeholders and in need of replacement. “We came to our marriage with furniture that had served us well when we lived apart, though most of it lacked personality and longevity,” says Vijay.
Feb 22, 2017
The Budget Bathroom Upgrade: How To Refresh Your Bathroom for Under $100
It’s easy to skip out on jazzing up your bathroom when you have so many other rooms (that guests see often) in your home to tackle. I get it; I’m often guilty of neglecting the space in favor of buying another throw pillow for my living room, but you shouldn’t downplay the importance of outfitting your personal haven, especially if you can pick up key pieces for a total budget of under $100.
Feb 20, 2017
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at CB2
Stylish sofas are easy to find at lower price points; a quick search on any online marketplace such as Amazon will result in some good-looking options. An affordable, stylish and comfortable sofa? Well, that’s another (trying) story. In an effort to find these unicorn sofas, test them and report back, we started the Apartment Therapy Sofa Squad, in which we go retailer to retailer (and sofa to sofa) doing IRL tests and giving each an overall rating.
Feb 16, 2017
This Week: The Best Furniture Finds Under $50
There are a handful of things for your home you should not skimp on if you can help it. For furnishings you put through the wringer on a daily basis (like your sofa, dresser or mattress), buy the best quality you can afford. But for smaller accents (which are great for changing up the look of your home when you’re in need of a refresh) I personally think it’s okay to skimp.
Feb 14, 2017
Apartment Therapy Tested & Approved: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Room & Board
With well over 48 sofas (not counting custom pieces, sectionals and all size options) in their catalog of products, Room & Board has a dizzying assortment of furniture. When we visited their Manhattan showroom in Chelsea, we were honestly taken aback by the vastness of the store, not even knowing where to start our tests. So we can understand how anyone considering a R&B sofa might have a similar plight. How do you narrow down what you’re looking for?
Feb 13, 2017
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Blu Dot
Many of us have been there: You’re on the hunt for a new sofa but you’re tired of the options at your local stores, so you go online to wrangle some fresh ideas. Plenty make your “maybe” list and grace your dedicated Pinterest board, but you just can’t bite the bullet without sitting on the sofa yourself. We get it…that’s a tricky position to be in.
Feb 10, 2017
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Crate & Barrel
Have you been eyeing a sofa at Crate & Barrel but can’t make it into one of their locations to test it out for yourself? Or maybe you have a few contenders on your list, but need help narrowing them down? That’s where the Apartment Therapy Sofa Squad comes in. We had eight of our editors hit up C&B (as well as four other stores) to couch surf through all 20 models on the floor of the retailer’s SoHo location, taking note of vital sofa-buying criteria: How deep is it?
Feb 9, 2017