Carrie McBride

Carrie is a former Apartment Therapy editor and the original editor of Apartment Therapy Media's first site for kids: Ohdeedoh. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids..
How to Remove Pomegranate Stains
My son loves to eat pomegranate seeds probably for the same reason I do — that sweet juice that gushes into your mouth (ala Freshen Up gum) when you bite into them. But they stain like the dickens! Here’s one way to remove those stubborn red stains without using bleach. Baking soda Water Tea kettle, microwave or a pan and stove Bowl or glass measuring cup Here’s how you’ll remove those stubborn red stains in seven steps.
Nov 29, 2023
6 Ways to Use the “Little Walls” in Your Home
Do you have a little wall in your home? Usually two or three feet wide, they’re often the transition space between two rooms and they’re often not used for much of anything. Here are six examples of smart and stylish ways to use them in your home to add more function and more beauty. A small wall becomes a spot to store mail and papers, display cards, and hold other accessories.
Oct 4, 2023
Just Starting Out? 5 Strategies for Outfitting Your First Apartment
Homes are made up of so many pieces from furniture basics to personal touches so how do you make a place feel like home when you’re starting from scratch and with little scratch to spend? Here are five strategies to help furnish your home when you’re just starting out… You’ll be surprised what people will offer you. It may not be just your style, but it can be a placeholder until you can afford something better.
Oct 4, 2023
Corner Shelves: A Smart Small Space Solution All Over the House
The corners of our homes often go overlooked and underutilized, but, especially if you’re short on space, stake a claim on this space with some corner shelves. It’s an idea you can truly use anywhere in your home to gain storage or to put some of your collections or art on display. Here are a trove of inspiration photos from different rooms around the home showing off how serviceable and attractive corner shelves can be.
Oct 3, 2023
15 Stunning Ways to Hack IKEA's DUKTIG Play Kitchen
The tiniest, most adorable kitchens you ever did see.
Feb 28, 2023
The Great Toddler Bed Debate
One of the enduring debates among our readers is whether to transition a child from their crib to a toddler-size bed or go straight to a twin bed (or bigger). It’s a decision most parents will make at one time or another, and there is a multitude of competing factors to consider. This debate has come up time and again on Apartment Therapy, with hundreds of comments on the topic.
Oct 19, 2022
10 on Trend: The Fine Art of Artfully Flinging a Sheepskin
Sheepskins are everywhere these days and why not? They add warmth and texture and can be played off as either luxe or laid back. They can be used in any room of the home, for the best effect – fling it somewhere. Across hard shell chair backs in the kitchen/dining area as in Eva’s Sense of Clarity home.
Oct 14, 2022
Will the Real Jenny Lind Please Stand Up?
Jenny Lind cribs and beds are a classic in children’s rooms (even modern ones) and we’ve seen a host of them on Apartment Therapy. Jenny Lind is often mistaken to be a company or a brand, but it’s neither. It’s simply a style of furniture distinguished by turned posts or what we call spindles. So, just who was Jenny Lind and why is our furniture still named after her?
Oct 14, 2022
This Weekend: Prepare to Cool Off & Cool Down
Summer will be here soon and temps are already rising all over the country. Judging by the number of people I saw in the fan and air conditioner aisle at Home Depot this past weekend, keeping your home (and yourself) cool is high on everyone’s priority list right now. If you don’t have an adequate number of cooling devices — get thee to the hardware store. If you do, it’s time to make sure they’re clean and ready to go.
Oct 13, 2022
Before & After: DIY Crib Turned Toddler Bed (Turned Crib Again!)
Long time readers may remember father and small space problem solver Jason who built his daughter Annabelle a stylish crib (above) to fit into a nook that was a few inches too small for a traditional crib. He took charge of his home and made it work for his family. As they all do, Annabelle grew up and was ready for a big girl bed. Here’s how Jason converted the crib into a toddler bed…and then back again when brother William joined the family!
Oct 13, 2022
“California Confused,” “Bougie Boho,” “Golden Girl on Acid” & Other Decor Styles You Didn’t Know Existed
Kelly’s Cozy Chic Studio It can be hard to put a label on your home’s style – sometimes categories like “modern” “vintage” or even “eclectic” fall far short of conveying your home’s essence and personality. But that shouldn’t keep you from trying. Here’s how 20 house tour participants self-described, with humor and flair, their home’s style in unique and often very specific terms.
Oct 13, 2022
How To Make Felt Food: Our Gigantic List of Free Online Tutorials & Patterns
Over 150 patterns and tutorials to make your own, adorable felt food.
Feb 4, 2022
20 Dorm Finds Under $20 That Are Stylish Enough for Regular Homes, Too
Because style doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Aug 11, 2021
Pimp My Small Kitchen: 10 Cheap, Renter-Friendly Improvements
All the small space goodness from last month inspired me to make some tweaks and additions to make my small Brooklyn kitchen more serviceable and user-friendly (especially since I am its primary user). The changes are affordable, renter-friendly and, hopefully, helpful to some of you simmering and sautéing away in your own small kitchens. 1. Over-the-Stove Cutting Board: small kitchens are a challenge not just for storing things but for actually cooking.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Baby Takes Over the Home Office
Stacy had a great home office. The question was, would it be a great nursery, especially if she wanted to re-use many of the same pieces? Let’s see what this room looks like reconfigured as a nursery and which items Stacy kept in the space: Sweet, right? As you can see, Stacy kept the gray paint along with the colorful turquoise shutters (re-repurposed from her wedding). The fetching tissue paper artwork is a DIY project.
Jul 17, 2020
10 Alternatives to Popular Kids IKEA Products
An amazing thing happened in June 2008 — an IKEA opened two miles from my home. Oh, and my son was born. Before this a trip to IKEA meant descending into the bowels of Port Authority in Manhattan, boarding a standing room only shuttle bus to a New Jersey IKEA and then deciding whether to spend more money than you spent on purchases to arrange home delivery of your items or to limit yourself to what you could wrangle home on the bus and subway. It was a dark time.
Jul 17, 2020
Target’s Black Friday Sale: Our Picks for the Best Deals
NOTE: We’re updating our gallery today, Cyber Monday, to reflect the latest deals. Welcome to the unofficial-official start to holiday shopping. Whether you decide to brave the stores in person or stick to deal hunting online, Black Friday through Cyber Monday are prime days for savings. Whether you’re looking to find a great gift or are just shopping for a gift for your home (or yourself!), Target has some serious deals going on.
Jul 17, 2020
Wayfair’s Black Friday Sale: Our Picks for the Best Deals
NOTE: We’re updating our gallery today, Cyber Monday, to reflect the latest deals. Welcome to the unofficial-official start to holiday shopping. Whether you brave the stores in person or online, Black Friday through Cyber Monday are prime days for savings. We’ve been hunting through Wayfair on the lookout for the best deals on the best stuff, so we’ll be updating this post with our picks for your gift list and your home, so you won’t have to look far to snag a steal.
Jul 17, 2020
How’s That Working Out? 6 Months Without a Changing Table or Pad
When you ask parents what not to buy for a nursery, a changing table rises to the top of the list. “Official” changing tables don’t repurpose well into non-baby furniture so many parents choose alternatives to traditional changing tables, primarily dressers or desks that are at a comfortable height and deep enough to accommodate a changing pad.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Bookcase Lightens Up for a Kid’s Room
Soffia bought two of these tall, imposing pieces at an Icelandic Goodwill—I’ve dubbed them “bookdenzas”—and wanted to lighten them up and give them some personality to use in her son’s bedroom. Here’s what she came up with: Soffia tells us: The tall book case is an old piece of living room furniture that was very popular in Iceland in the 70s and 80s. I bought it for around $40 at a local Goodwill.
Jul 16, 2020
20 Ways to Customize the IKEA KURA Loft Bed & Make It Your Own
The KURA loft bed has earned its cred and its staying power. It’s cheap, ideal for small homes and, as you’ll see in these twenty examples, offers endless opportunities for customization. Paint, wood, fabric: choose your medium and make your KURA your own with a simple color upgrade or a full-on hack. 1. Wood slats cover this KURA to totally transform the look and lend it a tree house feel. (IKEAHackers) 2.
Jul 16, 2020
Creative Gallery Walls in Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms
Creating a gallery wall is a great way to display a myriad collection of art, framed or otherwise, and more and more I’m seeing them popping up in nurseries and children’s rooms. Installing one can be a bit of an art as you balance different sizes and mediums, but they also allow a ton of creativity. The example above is a mega (awesome) gallery wall, but don’t be intimidated by it. Choose a smaller wall or partial wall to fill with the art you’ve been collecting.
Jul 16, 2020
Words of Wisdom: 10 Posts About Keeping a Clean House with Kids
You know you’re a parent when you look forward to free time…so you can clean your house. When my husband takes both kids to the playground, do I flop on the couch, queue up some Netflix and relax? No, I rush around vacuuming, sweeping and picking up toys —gladly— because it’s so much easier to do without little kids underfoot (especially my 15-month-old who seems to undo everything as I do it).
Jul 16, 2020
So Happy Together: Dogs on Sheepskins
When I was looking through our house tours to see all the different places people use them, there was one type of photo that I, happily, kept turning up: dogs on sheepskins. They may just be the next peanut butter and chocolate of the decor world.
Jul 16, 2020
Lens is More: Inspiring Photographic Artwork from our House Tours
A home without art is a home without heart. So cheesy, but so true. Photography is my favorite medium and although it can be expensive to buy or make prints and have them framed, a good photograph can be the main event of a room, the star of the show, the point of visual convergence. Many of the homes we’ve been lucky enough to tour feature wonderful and memorable photographs. Here are twenty of my favorites, in a nice, big, full-bodied slideshow for you to peruse.
Jul 16, 2020
What if the “Nesting Instinct” Never Kicks In?
When you’re pregnant you hear a lot of old wives’ tales, maternity myths and “what to expect while expectings”. My first pregnancy was relatively easy and uneventful and the first trimester I spent, like most women, sleepy and tired. So I was really looking forward to the “nesting stage” which is supposed to kick in during the second trimester and peak in the third.
Jul 16, 2020
Transitions: Share How You’ve Changed Your Child’s Space!
Putting together a space for your child is fun and rewarding. You have things just so and then – they grow! Their needs change and so do their tastes and interests. We love to see how children’s spaces transition over time to reflect their changing lives: nursery to big kid room, big kid room to bigger kid room, kid room to tween/teen room, you get the idea!
Jul 16, 2020
Lulu’s Art-Filled Dogtown Digs
Name: Lulu (2)Location: Santa Monica, CA (Ocean Park)Room Size: 11′ x 11′ Souris Hong-Porretta’s home is infused with personality, art and a sense of time and place. Her daughter Lulu’s room is no different. It’s charmingly hip and playful and mature enough to last for years (take out the crib and this room can take Lulu through her teen years).
Jul 16, 2020
20 Ways to Hack, Tweak, Repurpose & Reimagine IKEA’s Trofast
Think you’re clever using IKEA’s Trofast to round up all your kids’ toys, do ya? Well, okay, it is perfect for that, but that’s so Trofast 1.0. You’ve got to expaaaaand your miiiiind. Think outside the biiiiiin. Like these folks, who show that mere toy storage is just the tip of the Trofast iceberg. Check out these 20 ways to use the use the Trofast. Some are true hacks and reimaginings, others minor tweaks and adjustments. Not familiar with Trofast?
Jul 15, 2020
Birdhouses Add Dimension & Color as Nursery Decor
Some of us have a little birdhouse in our soul and others hang them in the nursery. They’re inexpensive, completely customizable and what could better symbolize the “nesting stage” than a birdhouse? If you really wanted to start from scratch you could build your own birdhouses, but they are also readily available (and inexpensive) at craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. Decorate with paint, washi tape, or decoupaged paper or fabric.
Jul 15, 2020
Mary Blair Artwork in Kids Rooms
Are you a Mary Blair fan? Best known for her influence in early Disney animation (including concept paintings for some of Disney’s most beloved films like Peter Pan, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland), her work is marked by vibrant color and sweet, but not immature portrayals of children. She also illustrated five Golden Books which are true treasures. Let’s take a look at some of her art used in children’s rooms and options for adding some yourself.
Jun 17, 2020
From Aidan to Zeb: A Year of Stylish Boys’ Names
You’ve seen our list of stylish girls names compiled from the nurseries and bedrooms shared with us over the past year, but how do the boys names stack up in terms of originality and creativity? Let me read you the “P” list: Pedro, Perseus and Phoenix. Rock on. Use this list to inspire a baby name if you’re looking for one, keep up with naming trends or just enjoy purely for anthroponomastic pleasure.
Apr 14, 2020
Sleep Better with Black-Out Curtains: Sources for Buying & Making Them
Being awoken by the sun is actually good for you, but there are times when darkening a room aids in sleep especially for napping children, shift workers or others with non traditional sleep schedules and for blocking artificial night time light such as from a streetlamp. Blackout curtains also are energy saving (keeping heat from escaping in the winter and the hot sun from heating up your room in the summer) and help block or muffle outdoor noise.
Mar 29, 2020
20 Ways to Use IKEA’s RIBBA Picture Ledges All Over the House
Picture ledges are a whole lot more versatile than you realized.
Mar 24, 2020