Cambria Bold

Cambria Bold is the Executive Editor of Cubby, and one of Apartment Therapy Media’s first full-time editors from way back when. She was The Kitchn's founding Design and Lifestyle Editor as well as Managing Editor of Re-Nest, Apartment Therapy’s late '00s green living site. She now thinks a lot about design, kids, and designy kids' things. She lives with her two daughters and their father in St. Paul, MN.
11 Non-Toxic Paints To Buy That Are as Safe as They Are Chic
The best non-toxic and low VOC paints for your entire home, from interior paint jobs to small DIY projects.
Nov 2, 2023
11 Simmer Pot Recipes to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall
Make it smell like you’ve been baking all day.
Aug 31, 2023
This “Mega-Capacity” Washing Machine and Dryer Alleviated My Laundry Dread
It actually makes it possible to do laundry for a whole family in just a couple loads — and it has a special cycle to get rid of allergens.
Mar 30, 2023
Is There a Non-Toxic Stain-Resistant Fabric Protector?
Q: We just reupholstered our comfy sofa with an all-cotton fabric. Is there a non-toxic way to “seal” the fabric and make it more stain-resistant? I’m sure a no-eating-on-the-couch rule would help, but it’s just not realistic! My family used to use some spray that worked well, but it has a daunting ingredient list.Sent by ElissaEditor: Elissa, great job on the reupholstery! It looks like an entirely new piece of furniture.
Jan 2, 2023
14 Ways To Keep Warm Without Cranking Up the Heat
When cold weather and long, dark days begin to set in, most people begin to wonder what’s the best way to keep warm without running the heat? After all, nothing’s better than feeling warm and toasty in your own home, and plus, freezing temps definitely make it harder to get out of bed. Whether you’re hoping to cut back on energy bills, or you live in a home without heat, it’s possible to keep warm without cranking up the radiator.
Dec 8, 2022
Wondering What to Do with Old Towels and Sheets? Here Are 10 Smart Ideas
We recently took stock of our linen closet and realized that half of the storage space was taken up by sheet sets and towels that we simply don’t use. Some are very old and worn out, and some just never seem to make it into our weekly linen rotation. Of course, we didn’t want to throw them out, so it got us thinking about recycling options.Use old sheets and blankets to make new ironing board pads and covers, like those featured on A Beautiful Mess.
Sep 20, 2022
Budget Basics: The Best Organic Bedding Under $100
Organic bedding is not as unusual (or boring) as it used to be. Companies like Plover Organic, LOOP, and Coyuchi have set the standard for beautiful and environmentally-friendly bedding, but there’s one problem: they can be kind of expensive. Is there such a thing as budget-friendly organic bedding? Yes, there is! Here are our top picks for organic bedding—sheets, blankets, and pillows— all under $100.
Feb 1, 2021
A Safe Non-Toxic Sealant for a Wooden Highchair?
Q: What is a safe, nontoxic sealant for a wooden highchair? We have an old wooden highchair that has a tray with all the finish worn off. The tray had also broken in half where it was seamed together. I glued it together again, but I’d like to refinish it to make it easier to clean. It is in otherwise perfect condition and we want to use it for our grandchildren.
Jul 17, 2020
The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources
Buying a new mattress is a big investment, and knowing where to go to find the best options for your health and for the planet—not to mention for a sound night’s sleep— is key.
Jul 16, 2020
Famous Writers’ Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts
When I hear the phrase “writing hut” or “backyard shed” my imagination practically squeals with delight. A small, intimate space furnished with the essentials. Low impact, high inspiration. This is probably why I love going to North Dakota and why I want to pull a Pollan and build my own little house.
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: Upcycled, Vintage, Budget Office Makeover
BEFOREDreary home office gettin’ you down? Take a cue from one of the lovely ladies of Fig & Sage who, after realizing the paint color on the walls made the office ‘depressing and lifeless’ in winter, transformed the room into… AFTER… a soothing, lavender-hued oasis with a wood door tabletop (salvaged from her basement), IKEA shelves and desk legs, two West Elm Parsons desks (scored for $15 each at an overstock warehouse), and neat, colorful organization.
Jul 15, 2020
A Collector’s Tiny 178-Square-Foot Apartment
We’ve seen our share of small spaces and teeny-tiny homes, but this one just might take the cake. This 178-square-foot apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn belongs to 25-year-old Zach Motl. An avid collector since he was a child, Motl adheres to the “old decorating dictum that says the more stuff you put in a room (albeit artfully arranged stuff), the bigger it seems. More really is more.
Jul 15, 2020
How Can I Shred Fabric and Turn It Into Fiberfill?
Q: I am in desperate search to find a way to shred fabric. I have tons of scrap fabric I can’t do anything with along with lots of kids clothes that are beyond repair. I would love to turn this into a fiberfill of sort. It’s been challenging to me to find a way to do this, so I would love if you all could help me find a solution.Sent by KelliEditor: Suggestions for Kelli?Have a good question? Email us! Read other Good Questions here!
May 20, 2020
Best Indoor Drying Racks: And How To Hang Your Clothes
In order to curb her energy use in the winter time, Ashley English of Small Measure (who shared with us her green resolution this past December) has been making use of her indoor wooden drying rack, as she writes today in her weekly Design*Sponge column.
Apr 9, 2020
Best Plants for the Bathroom
Do you have plants in the bathroom? There are actually a number of houseplants that thrive in this room’s typically tropical conditions of low light, warmth, and humidity—not to mention that they help freshen the air and your spirit! See our list, along with a few that thrive in bright and sunny bathrooms.
Apr 3, 2020
10 (Non-Renovation) Renovation Ideas For Renters
If you’re a renter, then you’re probably thinking about taking a mental checkout from our October theme (Green Building and Renovating). I can’t renovate. I can’t even paint! you think. Don’t worry, my friend. We have solutions for you, too! We call it the non-renovation renovation— temporary yet effective ways to dramatically change your home without sacrificing your security deposit.
Mar 11, 2020
The 25 Best Small Space Living Tips and Inspiration
We love small spaces. We love them for their lower energy and heating bills and because they force us to edit, organize, and reduce our accumulation of stuff. But most of all, we love them because there seems to be no end to what you can do with them given some creative planning! Here are 25 of the top small space living posts we wrote this year.
Mar 11, 2020
The Big List: 49 Smart, Money-Saving Creative Reuse Ideas
We get excited about stylish, functional, and innovative creative reuse ideas, from the myriad ways you can reuse a jar, to uses for chipped tea cups, antique bread bins, vintage card catalogs, bubble wrap, wallpaper scraps, even old gym floorboards. Here’s a big roundup of some of our favorites… The Many Amazing Ways to Reuse a Jar: • 10 Simple Uses for Spaghetti Jars • Crafty Uses for Baby Food Jars • Don’t Throw Out That Jar!
Mar 11, 2020
Families in Small Spaces: How To Do It And Not Go Crazy
It’s one thing to pare down your belongings and live simply and compactly in a small space of your choosing if you’re just one or two people; it’s quite another thing when you have a family to contend with. As one reader asked us, “How do you simplify? How do you figure out what you need? How do you get a spouse/child on board to simplify? How do you make a small space that has to have stuff in it feel open and inviting?
Mar 11, 2020
10 Surprising Uses for Kitchen Items Around the Rest of the House
Here are the top 10 kitchen things we use to solve problems all over the house.
Feb 28, 2020
The Best Portable Space Heaters
Here’s another way to save energy this winter: try using a portable space heater to heat just the room you’re in, and turn down the thermostat in the other rooms of your house. The New York Times recently tested 10 portable space heaters. Here are the Top 5:Shown above the jump, from left to right:Holmes Ultra Quiet Ceramic Heater ($82.99): At 15-inches high, this model from Holmes produced the hottest air and took only about 20 minutes to warm up the room by 10 degrees.
Jan 26, 2020
Before & After: Backyard Studio & Deck
Corey in Seattle shared his before & after backyard project with us. Jump below to see what it looks like “after” all of the hard work:Corey says: My wife and I live in Seattle, WA. We finished our backyard studio garage 2 years ago and just finished the deck last fall. The plants are starting to come in nicely now, and we can’t wait to enjoy the yard this summer and entertain friends and family. Thanks for sharing, Corey!(Re-edited from a post originally published 06.24.
Dec 19, 2019
Matthew and Emma’s Eco Environment
Name: Matthew and Emma McGregor-MentoLocation: New York, NYSize: 650 sq/ftYears lived in: 6 months When Matthew and Emma bought their 6th floor apartment in the East Village, they knew they wanted it to be filled with natural living things and to convey the sense that “nature was taking the apartment back, like a small plant growing from a crack in the sidewalk.
Dec 19, 2019
Shopping for Healthy and Colorful Eco-Friendly Area Rugs
“All I want is a rug that doesn’t try to kill me in my sleep.” I read this comment on a message board recently. This poor chap was lamenting all the recent exposés on phthalates, BPA, brominated flame retardants, and other VOCs that tell us how poor and potentially harmful our homes’ indoor air quality has become.
Dec 4, 2019
The Lightbulb Wars: The Best Lighting For Your Home
Do CFLs work best in overheard lights or in table lamps? What fixtures work well for LEDs? In our second to last Lightbulb Wars video, Maxwell visits Lighting by Gregory to talk about how to light your home. Interested in getting new light fixtures and light bulbs for your home?
Dec 4, 2019
Alternative Non-Stuff Gift Ideas For ‘No Gifts Please’ People
Last year after Christmas I tried to take two Dutch ovens with me on the plane in my carry-on suitcase. One had been a gift, and the other was a purchase, and I thought that putting them in my carry-on would be the safest way to transport them back to New York. This seemed like a good plan until I tried to go through security……where I discovered that Dutch ovens are considered potential weapons. “You could throw them at another passenger,” the TSA agent told me.
Nov 22, 2019
I Was Finally Able to Clean My Greasy Oven Door—and Here’s My Secret Ingredient
Despite vigorous scrubbing with baking soda and Bon Ami, the spatters wouldn't budge. It took me six months to revisit the problem (I know!), but I finally got the glass on my oven door looking clean and clear.
Jul 25, 2019
The Secrets Behind Great Small Spaces
Everyone has a bit of a different take on small space living: it’s all about purging your stuff. No, it’s all about organizing your stuff. Wait, it’s all about storing your stuff! But one thing is for sure: you know an amazing small space when you see it. Small spaces are king on Re-Nest. Yes, we love them for their lower energy and heating bills, and yes, we love them because they force us to edit, organize, and reduce our accumulation of stuff.
Jul 1, 2019
10 Ways to Get Rid of That Awful Smell in Your Kitchen Sink
Even when we diligently use a sink strainer or garbage disposal, we work our kitchen sink drains hard. Inevitably, food particles, grease, and other not-so-lovely things make their way into the drain and we wake up one morning to a foul smell coming out of the sink. Blech! Now what? Thanks to our readers and my fellow editors, I’ve got 10 ways you can kick that kitchen sink smell to the curb (and keep it from coming back).
Jun 30, 2019
The 60 Minute Quick House Clean
Jun 4, 2019
16 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Countertops
We like to keep good green materials resources tucked away for that eventual day when we own a home and are working on a design/renovation. So, here’s a list of some of the best eco-friendly and sustainable kitchen countertops currently on the market.1. Squak Mountain Stone: An alternative to quarried stone, these slabs are made of fly ash, post-industrial crushed glass, and low-carbon cement. Cost $50/sq. ft.
May 8, 2019
Before & After: Black and White Stripe Linoleum Floor
Attention, all you renters out there: this is an easy, affordable, and ultra-stylish way to upgrade your dingy rental floors. We have been meaning to do something like this ourselves for quite some time, and seeing this project by Orlando Soria on Design*Sponge totally got us all jazzed up to copy her.
May 8, 2019
A Bathroom That Opens Into The Kitchen: Awkward?
If you live in an old building or a rental, you’ll understand where we’re coming from: our last apartment’s bathroom opened up directly into the kitchen, as did our apartment before that. In fact, we grew up in a home where the toilet room (just the toilet.. the sink and bathtub were separate) was basically in the dining room, a few feet away from the table…and our guests eating dinner. For anyone entertaining or on a date, this can be veeeerrrrry awkward.
May 8, 2019
Bricor 0.5 GPM Ultra Low-Flow Showerheads
Bricor claims they are the only manufacturer to create a truly “low flow” showerhead without sacrificing water pressure. Their Ultra Max 100 showerhead has only a 0.5 GPM, yet it has the highest performance value rating of any showerhead tested—more than Oxygenics or Delta. See here for Bricor’s assessment of their FIT rating (Flow Impact Intensity)Technically, “low-flow” is anything under 2.5 GPM, so 0.5 GPM is pretty astounding. How does it work?
May 8, 2019
The Color Green Is, Ironically, Pretty Toxic
Anyone even remotely informed about the environment and sustainable design knows that the color green is the go-to visual representation, via branding and packaging, that a product is sustainable, organic, or eco-friendly. But a fascinating article recently in The New York Times points out the cruel fact that most forms of the color green are manufactured in ways that are ecologically irresponsible, and in some cases severely damaging to the environment. How’s that for irony?
May 8, 2019
Before & After: Lisa’s First House, Revamped On a Budget
Just as the markets started crashing in September of 2008, Lisa Hoffman and her husband bought their first house in Oakland, California. Thankfully, they weren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves, dig in, and do most of the work themselves—all on a very tight budget. The photo above is the sad-looking living room prior to their renovation. (Check out that wallpaper!
May 7, 2019