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Casting Call! Chicago, Dallas, LA, & NYC: Do You Have a Room in Your Home That Needs a Makeover? Let Our Design Expert Help!
We’re looking for a trendy design enthusiast who needs a home makeover! We are partnering with a major home brand to give a few lucky readers a full-room refresh. If you live in Chicago, Dallas, LA, or NYC and have a space in mind, read on. Apartment Therapy’s design experts will makeover one room in your home, selecting furniture and decor, and documenting it all in a before-and-after photo shoot. (You will not be on camera.
Feb 21, 2024
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Casting Call! Chicago, Dallas, LA, & NYC: Do Multiple Areas of Your Home Need Mini Makeovers? Let a Design Expert Help!
We’re looking to feature a trendy design enthusiast like yourself in a partnership with a major home brand. We will work with you to make over two small areas in your home that need a little design love. These mini makeovers will be style moments that make a big impact without taking up much space. Apartment Therapy’s design experts will select furniture and decor for your home, documenting it all in a before-and-after photo shoot (you will not be on camera).
Jan 30, 2024
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How to Fall in Love with Your Rental
There’s a temptation not get too attached to your rental. Just keep things casual for now, you think, because who knows where you’ll be in one, three, five years? Why invest in something if you don’t know it will last? Because this is where you are right now and you deserve to enjoy your life right now; that’s why.
Oct 3, 2023
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How a Former Set Decorator Refreshed Her Rental for Spring with Subtle Florals, Tropical Scents, and Plenty of Texture
For those of us who spent the winter battling wild winds and cold temperatures, we’re more than ready to welcome the spring season. But even folks with the perfect weather year-round eagerly await the shift in seasons and the fresh start that comes with them.If you’ve spent any time on designer and former set decorator Cynthia Moreno’s Instagram, you know that she leans into seasons hard. Her home is filled with holiday DIYs, seasonal tweaks, and renter-friendly changes.
Apr 1, 2023
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This DIYer Decorates for Spring Using Dark Tones and Heavy Fabrics — and It’s a Breath of Fresh Air
DIY maximalist Monica Chavez knows there isn’t just one way to say spring. The first sign of warmer weather might make you think of blush hues and bold blooms. Monica, on the other hand, plays with the idea that darker tones and heavier fabrics can still signal the start of the new season. There’s a secret that makes her bold choices still feel light and airy: incorporating springtime scents.
Apr 1, 2023
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For a Bright Spring Refresh, Look No Further Than Your Own Closet
While it can be tempting to save hot pinks and bold purples for the middle of a sweltering summer, interior stylist Tanika Rottura encourages spring to roar in like a lion in a whole new way. And as we scroll through her Instagram, we can’t help but think she might be on to something.When it comes to a seasonal refresh rather than a full-on makeover, it can be difficult to know where to start. What tweaks will be too much, and what changes will be too little?
Apr 1, 2023
Casting Call! Would You Like Us to Give Multiple Spaces in Your Home a Paint Upgrade? If You Live in NYC, LA, Miami, Austin, Boston, Chicago, or Atlanta, Let Us Help!
We’re looking to feature a design enthusiast like yourself whose home is in desperate need of color for a partnership with a major paint brand, documenting it all in a before-and-after photo shoot for publication on Apartment Therapy. We’ll send in professional painters to paint multiple spaces in your home.Please keep in mind that the final paint color(s) and paint plan will be selected by an Apartment Therapy paint specialist.
Feb 8, 2023
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From Summer Blackouts to Wacky Winter Weather, This Smart Investment Helps Weatherproof Your Home
With extreme summer temps on the way — and with them the potential for blackouts — we’re thinking about how to be ready for power outages. There are the classic supplies, like bottled water, flashlights, candles. But if you’ve ever had to toss a full fridge of spoiled food (or run out of juice on your phone with no way to recharge), then you’ll know why we’re also investing in something a little more serious: a power station.
May 12, 2022
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How to Carve Your Own Rubber Stamp — and Use It to Personalize Home Decor
Your space is an expression of your own personal style, no matter what you put in it. Maybe you pride yourself on snagging the best pre-loved furniture or decor at thrift stores. Or maybe you’re a pro at incorporating pieces you’ve inherited from loved ones and collected on your travels into your space. Either way: All these one-of-a-kind touches are a powerful way to make your home truly yours.
May 9, 2022
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This Workspace Upgrade Costs Less Than $10 — and Might Even Cure Your 3 pm Slump
If you’re making a list of the things that have changed in the past two-ish years, it’s accurate enough to just write “EVERYTHING” in all caps. If you want to write two words, you could add “our workspaces” too. The definition of “going to the office” has shifted, and a lot of people are still alternating between a commute that stretches through several stoplights and one that involves walking down the hall.
May 3, 2022
Video Casting Call: Decorating Your First Apartment? We Want to Help!
We’re looking to feature a design enthusiast like yourself to share your story around this milestone moment with help from a partner automotive brand.We’ll capture you via video diary as you take on projects around your new apartment, find just the right pieces for your space, and get behind the wheel of our partner brand’s newest crossover vehicle to gather supplies.
Dec 14, 2021
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Watch: These ‘Work from Hybrid’ Tools Boost Productivity at Your Home and the Office
Splitting time between your home office and your office office isn’t something everyone succeeds at right away — there is definitely some adjusting to do. Getting into a different headspace (and wardrobe) when you’re seeing co-workers in person is one thing, but making sure you have everything you need to work in both spaces can quickly make hybrid working a burden.
Dec 10, 2021
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4 ‘Work from Hybrid’ Principles That Add Flexibility to Your Home Office
You may be one of the many (many) people who have been going back to an office to work IRL, at least for a few days each week. Making your “work from hybrid” schedule support all your work styles and needs can be a challenge, but taking a second look at your space is a great place to find solutions. A few adjustments at home or at the office can really help you use both spaces more efficiently and effectively.
Dec 10, 2021
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This Smart Tech (and Smart-Looking) Furniture Unlocks Your Home Office’s True Potential
What’s one thing traditional offices do a better job at than most WFH setups? Connecting. Whether that’s feeling connected with the people you work with or just having a reliable internet connection, we’ll admit that the office does have its benefits. However, you can still find smart upgrades to stay better connected without leaving the house.
Dec 10, 2021
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This Overlooked Gear Is Your Key to a Home Office That Does Double Work/Play Duty
In an ideal world, your home would come with dedicated spaces for both work and leisure. Of course, homes weren’t designed with WFH in mind, and people often end up eating, sleeping, and watching TV nearby or right at their home office area. To be able to focus on work when you need to and focus on yourself when you want to, you’ll want to think creatively and strategically.One of the most impressive areas to look for double-duty equipment is in gaming furniture and accessories.
Dec 10, 2021
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Here’s a Light Bulb That Disinfects Surfaces (!), Plus One That Helps Home Security Cameras See Better
Home lighting definitely functions as a utility — we need it to work, cook, clean, and do a million other things — but it also affects how we feel. So we always appreciate lights that meet both our practical and personal needs.LIFX achieves these goals in an incredibly clever way with their smart light bulbs.
Nov 23, 2021
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These Smart Lights Are So Useful, One Renter Replaced Nearly Every Bulb in Her Apartment
Everything in your home has the potential to complement your tastes and support how you want to use your space. Even things that may seem standard — like say, your lighting — are totally customizable to your needs. Remember: Your home doesn’t tell you how to live, you do!The trick to having perfect lighting is recognizing that different moments call for different lights — then, shopping accordingly.
Nov 23, 2021
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Your Guide to the Gifts That Keep on Giving: Indoor Gardens
It’s tough to hit that holiday gift trifecta of unexpected, practical, and popular, but indoor gardens manage to nail it. Think about it: Plants are universally beloved, from fresh flowers on the table to fresh veggies in the fridge. And because indoor gardens are all but automatic, green thumbs aren’t a prerequisite. Though gardening fans can still have a lot of fun with them, too. In fact, we’re willing to bet that AeroGarden has one for everyone on your list.
Nov 4, 2021
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3 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Living Room Design
If you’ve been in your home for a while, elevating any room can feel difficult because the spaces are already set in their ways. This goes doubly for the most lived-in room of all: your living room. But DIY-er and designer Ashley Basnight has three principles to keep in mind to get your refresh project up and running.Ashley took us through a from-scratch overhaul, but you can totally achieve elevation with small touches, like the ones Ashley found online at The Home Depot.
Nov 4, 2021
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Your Guide to Ditching Renting & Building Wealth
We’re partnering with the mortgage experts at Lower.com to guide you through the whole process — and answer your real questions along the way.For example, did you know you can own a home for less than 5% down? Or that your monthly payment could be less than what you pay in rent? So, sit back, relax and let the Lower team show you the ins and outs — so you can buy a home and become your best homeowner self, sooner than later.First thing’s first.
Oct 8, 2021
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10 Gorgeous Coffee Gifts to Treat Yourself With
The coffee accessory landscape is ruled by one thing: coffee mugs. And while we all have a favorite one in our cupboard, we can definitely express our style and taste through other tools and accessories, which can be beautiful in their own ways.Whether you might appreciate a handsome carafe or could use some add-ons to your home espresso setup, we found a range of gorgeous — and well-built — tools to make coffee time percolate.
Sep 27, 2021
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This Space Had a Huge Refresh, but You Can’t Even See Its Biggest Upgrade
There are several milestones in any year that offer big reset energy. We make New Year’s resolutions (at least until February), and then we make big spring-cleaning checklists (still working on ours). But there’s something about the annual autumn reset that feels extra rejuvenating. Maybe it’s a grown-up version of getting excited about new school supplies, or maybe it has something to do with another year turning the corner.
Sep 21, 2021
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The Unexpected Way to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Improving your home’s energy efficiency can feel daunting. There are so many ways to approach it, but finding a starting point that’s not too much work and that still has an impact is hard. One simple way to trim your power bill without giving up comfort: swap out your old, dusty ceiling fan for a better (and far more stylish) one.Big Ass Fans® took the once humble ceiling fan and upgraded it to an attractive home addition that’s majorly energy efficient.
Sep 16, 2021
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This Furniture Rental Service Brings a Sense of Home to Any Space
Making a space feel homey is relatively easy if you own your house or have roots in a long-term rental. But if you live a more flexible lifestyle — working nomadically, going to school, or just trying out new cities — you might need some help. If you’re living in a just-for-now space, it may not be the right time to decorate with forever furniture. But that doesn’t mean you have to buy disposable pieces either!
Sep 10, 2021
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How to Give Your Home Office a New Look on Any Budget
Our home offices are just as prone to ruts as the rest of our homes. Maybe you’ve never quite been comfy in that desk chair, or that tower of papers is the only thing that qualifies as storage, or your ad hoc quarantine “office” isn’t as stylish as you. Either way, we have good news: Our home offices are also just as much fun to style as the rest of our homes.
Aug 16, 2021
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11 Kitchen Upgrades That Are Worth Every Penny
The kitchen is one of the most rewarding rooms to shop for: You can geek out over gadgets and appliances, plan all the delicious meals you’re going to make, and pick out decor that lets your style shine. Win. Win. Win. From essential equipment to just-for-fun details, these products take the busiest room of your house to the next level. If you want to kit out your kitchen, Klarna gives you flexibility to make your wants work with your budget.
Aug 16, 2021
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The Top 12 Things Apartment Therapy Readers Are Shopping for Right Now
We spend a lot of time looking at other people’s homes. It’s fun to see how people shop, decorate, and live in their unique spaces. It’s also useful: Getting a peek inside someone else’s home gives you ideas for sprucing up and redoing your own space.Apartment Therapy readers are especially creative when it comes to decorating and upgrading their homes. They’re also savvy about how they shop.
Aug 16, 2021
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Win: Our Plant Therapist’s Favorite Plants and Home Gardening Essentials
Prize: A handpicked selection of our Plant Therapist’s favorite houseplants, plant care accessories, and more. Total Approximate Value: $1,000From: GreendigsHilton Carter, aka the Plant Therapist, is our go-to expert when it comes to learning how to help houseplants live their happiest, healthiest lives.
Aug 2, 2021
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3 Quick Questions to Prepare You for Your Next Furniture Buy
Browsing sofas online is fun, but actually buying one can be a bit stressful. Even after you measure twice and click once, you might worry that the color won’t look as cute in person, or that you’ve missed some all-important detail you’ll regret later. Relax — just ask yourself the right questions in advance, and you’ll find that furniture buying can be a rewarding experience.
Jul 6, 2021
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It’s Not Too Late to Make Your Outdoor Space Amazing This Summer
The surprising thing about fancy rooftop bars and glamorous resort pool decks is that their special ambiance comes from elements you probably have already in your own outdoor space: a summer breeze, good company, and fresh air. (Though, yes, a bar tab you can charge back to the room also helps.) What makes these areas feel so ritzy is a simple consideration for design. For all the time spent futzing over our interiors, it’s easy to leave our outdoor spaces an afterthought.
Jun 9, 2021
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An Easy, Affordable Way to Give Your IKEA Sofa a Whole New Look
Quick, picture your living room. What do you see? You probably see a sofa, because when it comes to both style and function, that one piece is probably the center of your living room. If you’re not happy with your sofa, it’s hard to be happy with your space because of its prominence in the room. This can present a bit of a problem for decorators on a budget, because a new sofa—especially a really good-looking one—is a pretty spendy proposition.
Jun 4, 2021
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How I’m Making My Home More Sustainable — and More Stylish
Savannah West’s home is that magical combo of warm, welcoming, and effortlessly stylish. And while Savannah is no stranger to sustainable living — shopping with reusable bags and diligently recycling — she wanted to elevate her home’s aesthetic with more of her eco-friendly spirit. Luckily, sustainable style is far from a sacrifice.As an AT home editor, Savannah has an eye for things that will make her space distinct.
May 12, 2021
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How to Paint Your Rental — and How to Revert It Back to White When You Move Out
In a rental, customization is key to transforming an ordinary apartment into an extraordinary space. Paint is the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to remake a room — and it’s rental-friendly, as long as you revert the walls back to renter’s white before you move out. (We also suggest getting your landlord’s permission.) Whether you’re personalizing your home or trying to get your deposit back before moving, read on for the secret to easily reversible walls.
Apr 26, 2021
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How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen renovations can be pricey, but luckily there’s a cheap and cheerful solution used by DIYers and A-list designers alike: painting the cabinets. It totally transforms the way your space looks for a fraction of any kitchen renovation budget. We’re not going to lie: This project takes a good bit of patience and precision. But we’re confident it’s within your skillset, and we promise you the after is worth it. What color (or colors!
Apr 26, 2021
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Here’s How to Paint a Brick Wall Like a Pro
Have a brick fireplace in your home? Lucky you! Even if your fireplace isn’t working or feels a little dated at the moment, it can live up to its potential as a room’s defining feature. All you need is some paint to give it new life (and KILZ® Primer to do it right). Here’s how to transform it from outdated to outstanding!
Apr 26, 2021
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Got a Cabinet? Then You Can Have a Cheerful Holiday Bar
Holiday celebrations may require a little more creativity this year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be memorable. In the latest installation of Apartment Therapy’s Style School, home design maven Sandra Morgan Downie — who shares her warm, serene style at Sandra Morgan Living — walks us through creating a festive holiday bar setup in an unexpected place: a plain old cabinet. That’s right!
Dec 21, 2020