Janel Laban

Definitely Not the Sexiest Time You’ll Spend in the Bedroom This Year
One of the best moments of the Cure is when that oh-so-virtuous feeling when you’ve just completed a big weekend assignment kicks in and you can relax, just basking in the glow of your job well done. This weekend, we’re moving into the bedroom for a deep clean. It’s one of those jobs – like the first weekend’s floor assignment – that sounds (and is) very unsexy but has a powerful effect on the space (and you!) once you’ve done it.
Nov 14, 2022
Tips for Hanging a Flat Screen TV Over a Fireplace
We know that folks are pretty divided over the concept of a flatscreen over the fireplace — there are concerns about the aesthetics of this location, as well as proper viewing angles and the impact heat may have on your tv performance. But, let’s say you have decided that it is the way to go for your room and are now facing the second part of the equation — how to place it just right.
Oct 25, 2022
12 Steps to Deep Clean the Bedroom
We’ve mentioned a bedroom cleanup before as a good weekend project, but since we are planning to do it ourselves tomorrow, we put together a checklist (that always seems to make the job go faster for us). After “cleansing” our closet, we think we can definitely knock out a bedroom deep clean in a few hours. These 12 simple steps will get your bedroom clean and comfy in no time!
Oct 17, 2022
How To Host a Successful Super Bowl Party: A Countdown Checklist
If you are hosting a party this Sunday, you may be pretending that it’s all about the outcome of the battle between Patriots and Seahawks. But, everyone knows that the real reason for any party is for everyone to have a good time and the best way to make that happen is to be a relaxed and happy host. If you want your Superbowl shindig to be a success, the time between now and Sunday evening is key.
Oct 14, 2022
You’ve Got This: Goodbye Cure, Hello to Keeping Up the Good Work
I’m convinced that there truly is something magical about the start of a new year. It’s like a big shiny reset button, just waiting for us to hit it, which allows us all to feel free to start fresh and move our lives toward whatever we see as ideal. But, in reality, that mindset can be an everyday one.
Oct 14, 2022
100 Ideas & Inspirations for Small Spaces
We’re powering along during our celebration of small spaces this month. For those of us who can’t get enough of the topic, here’s a group of posts from our archives presenting a nice round number (100!) of ideas and inspirations. These are time-tested, proven-popular posts that are sure to have something for everyone… dig in, dive deep and bookmark for the best results!
Oct 12, 2022
We’re Hiring: House Tour Contributors
Love the Apartment Therapy Tours? Want to join our team and share stylish spaces from your part of the world? Apartment Therapy is putting out a special call for Tour Contributors! If you’ve got strong photography skills, an excellent eye for style and are inspired by wonderfully designed homes and the people who live in them, read on. This is a paid, freelance position (minimum 2 tour posts per month to start, more openings possible).
Oct 12, 2022
Calculating Optimum Distance from Sofa to TV
In our previous apartment, the distance that we placed the sofa from the TV was essentially a nonissue — there was really only one spot where the placement of the screen worked, and it dictated the overall size of the TV. The sofa just went across from it, utilizing as much space as was available, no more and no less. But now, in our new place, everything is negotiable.
Oct 3, 2022
Is “Goodbye, Things” the New “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”?
Marie Kondo is more than a household name. She’s crossed over to the next level and has become a verb for those of us who write, think and obsess about all things home. Yes, “KonMari-ing” and “Kondoizing” are things now. We need our socks to spark joy if we are going to keep them around; why should we settle for anything less?
Jul 18, 2020
5 Simple, Safe & Surprising Metal Cleaners
Inspired by the folks who described their own homemade cleansers in our green cleaner comment thread yesterday, we remembered this list of simple and safe homemade metal cleaners in Real Simple Cleaning, and pulled it off the shelf this morning to take a look. Perfect for keeping your kitchen or bath faucets shining bright without chemicals!1. Ketchup brightens copper. According to Real Simple Cleaning, the acetic acid in ketchup dissolves the oxide tarnish that makes copper look cloudy.2.
Jul 17, 2020
Anthropologie’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. Anthropologie is going all in with 30% off just about everything in store and online (including sale items) today.
Jul 17, 2020
West Elm’s Black Friday Sale: Our Picks for the Best Deals
NOTE: We’re updating our gallery today, Cyber Monday, to reflect the latest deals. Amazon Target Wayfair Home Depot Anthropologie IKEA …and for our Anti-Black Friday shoppers, a roundup of great gift ideas you can feel good about from Etsy!
Jul 17, 2020
Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff
Professional Organizer Amelia Meena helps clients get their homes in order and, as we all know, that often involves getting rid of things no longer needed. To help us all out as we work to declutter our homes (one less thing to think about!), I asked her to share her list of great places to donate; because if you’re clearing out, you just may be able to help out as well.
Jul 17, 2020
A Better Kitchen By Sunday Evening
The kitchen: a hardworking room of the home, one that gets cluttery and grimy quick. Getting it clean and organized can seem daunting, but don’t let that stop you from getting started! This weekend, aim for a healthy, realistic mix of time spent, energy expended and expectations and, rather than unattainable perfection, set your sights on getting this tough room to a better place before Monday. The upside to the challenge?
Jul 17, 2020
What NOT To Do: A Pro Reveals the Top 3 Mistakes Homeowners Make When Planning a Project
Jean Lauer is the brains behind The Sweeten, a super successful “matchmaking” service that pairs NYC homeowners with the professionals who can help them make their home into the place of their dreams. So, in other words, she’s seen it all when it comes to what makes a project go smoothly or, well, not-so-much. Here are her top three things to NOT do when planning your renovation—give them a read to help keep your expectations (and sanity!
Jul 16, 2020
The Stress Free Plan: How To Clean House for a Party
Hosting a holiday party is a great motivator to do a good cleaning, but there is no reason to stress out and try to do everything at the last minute.
Jul 16, 2020
How To Really Enjoy a Day Off
A day off is a gift and in today’s hard-working world, a thing to be savored. For some of us, that means a recuperating and revitalizing opportunity — a day without any goals beyond recharging batteries. For others, the idea of an “extra” day to accomplish a home-based goal, whether crafting, cleaning, decorating or renovating is simply too good to let pass by.
Jul 15, 2020
Time for a Few Finishing Touches: Hang Artwork or Bust Out a Little Holiday Decor
What you choose to decorate your walls with is one of the things that makes your style truly yours and all that matters is that you love it! Whether it’s high or low, rare or mass produced, permanently placed and lit or a constantly changing casual display, taking the time to hang artwork with care will make the most of it. Today’s the day to get the job done right! OR, if you are all set with artwork, spend a little time dressing up your space for the holiday season ahead.
Mar 11, 2020
125 DIY Ideas for the 3-Day Weekend
It’s turned into a bit of a Labor Day tradition around here – we send you off on this pre-long-weekend Friday with a BIG list of ideas to inspire you to get a little creative during your bit of extra downtime ahead. This year we’ve expanded the list to a whopping 125 possibilities; our goal is to find something for everyone! Poof! A Pouf!
Mar 11, 2020
Day 18: Lock in Your Furniture Layout
Day 18: Monday, August 26 Assignment: Work on your furniture placement only – no accessories, artwork or decor yet! Congratulations to everyone on making it to the last leg of the Style Cure, with an extra round of applause for everyone who tackled the big paint job this past weekend.
Mar 11, 2020
10 Must-See Small Cool Homes: Week Three
The 10th Annual Small Cool contest has entered the free-for-all voting stage – every single one of our 189 entries are live and accepting thumbs up votes. Here’s a look at 10 fun-to-see homes from the past week to get you started but be sure to check out all the wonderful homes on our “All Entries” page to help send ALL of your favorites on to the next round!
Feb 21, 2020
The “Maisie Toot Camper Turned Glamper” Makeover
Project by: Julie and Laura Location: New York State Without further ado, another inspiring camper transformation! Take it away, Julie and Laura: We are identical twin sisters, are both registered nurses, both married, and we are mothers to three little boys collectively. Ever since we were teenagers and we watched the cult classic The Long Long Trailer with Lucille Ball, we have dreamed of having a little camper turned glamper to call and make our own.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Rustic Hunting Cabin to Cozy Family Home” Makeover
Project by: Stella and family Location: Quebec, Canada Do you ever dream of a simpler life? Living with your family somewhere quiet, close to nature, maybe next to a pond, with a farmers market close by to visit on the weekend? Here’s the story of one family who made that dream a reality, one DIY challenge at a time.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Sorta Scary to Sweetly Stylish” Camper Makeover
Project by: Meg Location: Colorado If this project doesn’t convince you that just about any sow’s ear can be turned into a silk purse than I don’t know what will. This funky old, water damaged, faux woodgrain and formica-filled caravan is now a super sweet spot to hang out in. To top it off, he transformation was quick and the budget was lowlowlow. The perfect makeover!
Dec 19, 2019
The “Pop of Pink to Stylishly Simple” Breakfast Nook Makeover
Project by: Christina of andchristina Location: Philadelphia, PA Last year my boyfriend (now fiance 🙂 and I bought our first house (a rowhome in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia) and we’ve spent the last few months transforming the first floor, mainly the kitchen (check it out here!), and also building this breakfast nook in the main living area.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Decor Refresh That’s So Powerful, It Looks Like a Renovation” Kitchen Makeover
Every so often, someone sends in a project that 100% reaffirms my belief in the power of paint along with good diy and decorating skills. This is one of them. Take it away (and OMG, amazing job!
Dec 19, 2019
The “Tiny Trailer to Cozy Cabin Conversion” Makeover
Project by: Erin’s Mom and Dad Location: Wilamette Valley, Oregon My parents live in a small rural town in Oregon Willamette Valley. My younger brother and his wife live nearby, but my sisters and I are all spread across the country. We try to visit as often as we can, but it’s quite a journey with little ones, so we manage to make one trip a year.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Dingy to Decorative” DIY Patterned Entryway Makeover
Project by: June Location: Hertfordshire, UK Our hallway was dark and dull, looking grubby and tired.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Cookie Cutter Condo to Creative Open Space” Makeover
Project by: Ana Location: Seattle, WA The one thing I love and appreciate most in life, besides my baby son Magnus and awesome husband Jordan, is working with my hands. The process of creation amazes me every time, and I look down at my hands and thank them for being healthy and strong, then I realize I should thank my eyes, brain and heart for caring on an artistic drive in me year after year.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Low-Cost Built-In Lookalikes” Dining Room Makeover
Project by: Katherine Location: Wichita, KS When we moved into our almost century-old house five years ago we were in the throes of planning a wedding (in the backyard of that house) and so a lot of things got the quick and dirty treatment. The dining room was one of those things. A coat of paint on the walls, a craigslist table and chairs, and a CB2 light fixture and call it good! This past fall, my father-in-law gave us a massive amount of books and along with them, several shelves.
Dec 19, 2019
The “The Quick Yet Powerful 1k Kitchen Style Transformation” Makeover
Project by: Karen We just moved into a 1929 Tudor bungalow. The kitchen is small and has only one window. The upper cabinets made the room seem darker. In addition, they were hard for me to reach (I’m 5’2″). So I took them out and replaced them with open shelving in gloss white. The room was instantly brighter. I added storage in the pantry to make up for the lost cabinet space. So I took out the upper cabinets and replaced them with open shelving in gloss white.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Blank to Brilliant Navy Blue” Baby Room Makeover
Project by: Taylor Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Just days before my scheduled c-section, we were finally finishing our daughter’s nursery. We wanted a room with lots of contrast, personality and DIY touches. We also knew we were working with a small space and so we wanted our choices to be high-impact and make a smart use of our limited floor space.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Modern Chalet” Townhouse Makeover
Project by: Negar of Space Harmony Location: Vancouver, Canada This is an interior design and renovation we did for a client, a professional and avid skier who wanted his 1600 three-level town house to feel like a chalet. Because of the space limitation and ceiling height, we couldn’t use the real bold and robust materials used in chalets so we created an “modern chalet” instead! Our goal was to create the same cozy and comfortable ambiance on a smaller scale.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Blank & Boring to Cheery & Comfortable” Living Room Makeover
Project by: Molly of Awfully Big Adventure Location: Austin, TX This project focused on taking my tiny, boring, popcorn-ceilinged living room and turning it into a cheery, comfortable place to come home to- all on a serious budget. Using mainly Ikea, Craigslist, hand-me-downs, and tchotchkes galore, the living room came together and is now a colorful, eclectic space far from the oatmeal box it once was.
Dec 19, 2019
The “Sight Unseen Space, 3k for Everything” Apartment Makeover
Project by: Samantha Location: New York, NY It was actually my boyfriend who picked out our temporary apartment in midtown Manhattan – at the time I was still living in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to fly to New York by the time he moved in, in order to help him out. Hence, I had to order most of the necessary furniture online and have it delivered to an apartment I hadn’t even seen yet which was a bit of a challenge and risk.
Dec 19, 2019
Amy’s “Goodbye Dumping Ground” Guest Room Makeover
Renovation by: Amy Location: Albuquerque, NM Our guest room + office space had slowly become the dumping ground for everything leftover in our home. After seven years, it was finally time to transform the room into a space that I actually wanted to spend time in. The first few items were not all that glamorous. They included decluttering, rearranging and painting the wall white. Next came, multiple DIYs and upcycled projects.
Dec 19, 2019