Get the Look: A Fashion-Forward Interior Designer’s Own Home
Leirecent full tour of the home Dining table: Gregor Jenkin Benches: Similar – Parsons Bench at Target Bench cushions: custom made by Ashanti Sideboard: made by Recreate, Lei briefed them and they sourced an old sideboard for her which was then remade Glass lamp: @home Pendant lights: Hoi P’loy Rug: Alexander Joles Large pink painting: by Natasha Miller Gutman, who runs Tel Aviv Art Studio.
Jun 21, 2016
Get the Look: A Chic, Sophisticated, Book-Filled European Home
The super cute family above are Esther, Álvaro and Aníbal and they live in Valencia, Spain. They own a fashionable shop called Gnomo and have style to spare, as was proven in their recent house tour. We’ve pulled out some great shoppable photos from the tour, providing you with links to the smart mix of high and low products that fill their home.
Jun 15, 2016
Setting Yourself Up for Success: The Easy Way to Keep Your Closet Under Control
You’ve made it! Through sorting and straightening, mixing and matching, you should come out the other side of our two weeks together with a cleaner closet and more organized way of thinking about your wardrobe. Through the processes of decluttering and rebuilding, you hopefully have learned a bit more about your style and what suits you, have pulled together some outfits you like and have a better idea of what you need to add to make even more good looks.
Jun 6, 2016
The Final Round: Sorting Shoes, Bags and Last Season’s “Maybe Box”
If this is your first Apartment Therapy closet cure, then today is your final sorting exercise: the time has come to tackle the so-easy-get-out-of-control area of (dun dun dun) shoes and bags. For those of you who are on Round Two of our Closet Cure (aka graduates of last Fall’s inaugural version) then you will likely have an easier go of it with far fewer shoes and bags and therefore will have time to pop the lid on your “maybe” box from last time around.
Jun 1, 2016
Real Estate Lessons from The Novogratz: 10 Wise House Hunting Tips
Cortney and Robert Novogratz have famously successfully navigated the choppy waters of high-end residential real estate in New York City and Los Angeles for years. Through market ups and downs, multiple renovations and redesigns — not to mention raising seven kids while they are at it — they’ve always managed to find great deals. And now, they’re sharing their secrets with us.
Mar 23, 2016
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.
Jan 29, 2016
The Once-a-Day, 3-Minute Secret to Success for Keeping Clutter Under Control
Of course, there never is a magic bullet for anything. Having a clean, organized home takes effort, no lie. But, it is possible to help keep your place more firmly on track by spending just a couple of minutes on it each day. No matter how clean and well organized a room actually is, it can look and feel like the opposite when the surfaces are cluttered with everyday stuff.
Jan 27, 2016
Keep Your Home Cleaner & More Organized, (Almost) Automatically
Getting this assignment done today will help keep your home cleaner and more organized for as long as you keep it up, guaranteed. This key part of the Cure ups your consciousness around what comes into your home, which is a pretty straightforward formula for success – the less dirt, clutter, useless paper and items that come in, the less time you need to spend cleaning and organizing it later.
Jan 26, 2016
The Final Week Begins: Knock Out the Big, Bad Bathroom Clean Up
We’re heading into our final few Cure assignments, but before we dive in, take a minute or two and think about the past few weeks. Reflect on how much you’ve gotten done and how your space has improved. Resist the temptation to focus on what didn’t get done yet (even though we all seem to automatically go to the “should’ve” first) or what might be coming next.
Jan 22, 2016
Spend (Next to) No Time Today and Save Time for Months to Come
On your mark, get set, declutter! You can speed your way through this assignment in an hour or less today. (You might even want to try using the timer method again, just for fun, if you are dorky like me.) It shouldn’t take too long and once you cross this self-contained, one-shot task off your list, you’ll have a more pleasant, easy, speedy start to each and every day for months to come. Time invested today: minimal. Upcoming time (and aggravation) saved: a bunch!
Jan 20, 2016
Try a Room Reset: Lighten Up the Living Room
You’ve no doubt heard the old Chanel quote about taking off one accessory before leaving the house, yada yada. While I think it probably is perfectly valid advice for fashion, I’m absolutely sure it is a great strategy for “resetting” your rooms and today we’re going to give it a try. Over time, the rooms where we spend lots of time naturally become places we don’t really “see” anymore.
Jan 19, 2016
Hit a Healthy Home Habit Reset Button: Tune Out Tonight
The January Cure is essentially a big old reset button for home habits. It’s a chance to try out different things, break patterns and set up new habits that will make it easier to take good care of your space, and by extension, yourself. Today, you don’t have to clean or sort or declutter. All I ask is that you take a simple, small step toward a different way to spend an evening at home.
Jan 18, 2016
A Little Lesson in Keeping a Home Under Control for the Long Haul: One Small Step at a Time
When I hear from readers who do the Cure, one of the things they often say is that the thought of getting a whole home clean and under control is so daunting that they don’t even want to start, but when it’s broken up into bite-size chores, they actually want to do MORE after completing a task, not less. I think there is something to this reverse psychology that we pull on ourselves.
Jan 7, 2016
The Totally Free Clutter-Clearing, Worry-Busting Home Organizing Secret Weapon
Today’s assignment is the easiest one you’ll complete this month. It’s also the single most important step toward the continued success of your Cure and the future of your sure-to-be enviably calm, clean and under control home. You’re going to set up a simple but powerful tool that makes it far easier and less stressful to let go of things that you no longer need. It’s Not Too Late! Join The January Cure: It’s an Outbox.
Jan 6, 2016
Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet: Join the January Cure and Get Organized
There is nothing like the start of a new year to kick yourself into gear and make changes that last. And no, I’m not talking about resolutions, which have a sneaky way of fading along with the holiday glow. I’m talking about taking just one month and investing some effort (21 do-able assignments in total throughout January) toward a cleaner, more organized and more peaceful home.
Dec 22, 2015
The Most Important Step of the Closet Cure
Congratulations! You made it to the end of our inaugural Closet Cure. We started out a little less that two weeks ago with our eye on the prize of a pared down wardrobe, filled with things that make us look and feel good, stored in clean, uncrowded closets and drawers. Whether you have reached that goal already or are still working through the assignments at your own pace, I hope you feel like your efforts have been paying off.
Sep 22, 2015
Turn Up the Awesome: A Weekend’s Worth of Easy, Effective Closet Upgrades
As we turn the corner into the second (and final) weekend of the Closet Cure, I’m hoping you are feeling proud of yourself. You should be! It’s not easy to sort through and pare down your stuff; and you’ve done plenty of that this past week. Now its time to double down on the hard work you’ve already done and make the most of the physical space of your closets and drawers. We have a weekend ahead, so lets make the most of it!
Sep 17, 2015
The Final Sort: Socks and Tights and Bras, Oh My
We’re more than halfway through the Cure (Assignment #6, so only 4 more to go, woo) and today is your final day of sorting (can I get an amen?). You’ve already done the heavy lifting when it comes to paring down, and I tried to save the fastest, easiest-to-sort stuff for last; the things that are often easiest to let go of and to replace: lingerie/underwear, workout wear, pjs, socks and tights. Be ruthless!
Sep 16, 2015
Stay Strong: Sorting Shoes & Bags
I love shoes. You love shoes. Everyone loves shoes. Which is why maybe we just might own too many pairs. (Shocking, I know.) And, I’m pretty sure that some of you might be in the same boat when it comes to bags. These are the fun, fashionable yet practical items that are so easy to add to your wardrobe, they seem to magically multiply on their own. Well, it’s time to channel your inner sorting superhero and stay strong: today is the day to tackle the hard-to-let-go-of shoes and bags.
Sep 15, 2015
Calling All Closet Curers: A Chance to Catch Up and Drop Off the Dry Cleaning
Happy Monday! After a very ambitious and busy start to the Closet Cure (and with plenty more to come), today is a well earned day away from all the sorting and decision-making – and a chance for anyone who is feeling behind to get caught up with the assignments.
Sep 14, 2015
Divide & Conquer: The Big Bad Clothes Sorting Weekend
Welcome to the first full weekend of the Closet Cure! The next assignment won’t be sent out until Monday, so you’ve got three days to get lots of good curing in. If you haven’t gotten started yet, no worries – this is your chance to get on board and catch up with the group. Now that you’ve walked through the sorting process with your sweaters, it’s time to work your clothing assessment magic on some other key sections of your wardrobe.
Sep 11, 2015
Slimming Down Your Sweater Collection
I live in Chicago so layers are a lovely fact of life here. Sweaters are both a fashion opportunity and a warmth necessity and while there’s no reason to fight it, that doesn’t mean all knitwear is good knitwear. It can get pilly, shrunken, holey and plain old worn out. Today, we’re going to start the Closet Cure off in a relatively small and manageable way and sort through just your sweaters. Let’s go.
Sep 10, 2015
Bags, Boxes & Big Plans: Getting Ready to Get Organized
Today is the day to get ready for the big closet and wardrobe cleanout that you know you are going to be so happy to be on the other side of. And you know that anything worth doing is worth doing well. And you know that the best way to do something well is to have a plan in place, prepare what you need to follow that plan and then just do it (and don’t give up; but of course, you aren’t going to do that, especially if you are prepared!).
Sep 9, 2015
“Hello from the Apple Pie”: The Must-Make Cocktail of the Year
It’s 2015. Why not shake up your holiday party traditions? After all, you can only eat so many snickerdoodles without craving something a little more fiercely festive. If you want your party to be the one that everyone is talking about the next day, we’ve got you covered. This year, instead of swapping cookies… …set up a shake swap.
Aug 1, 2015
Don’t Skip the Swatch
You’ve probably heard it a million times: for the best results, test your paint colors in your room to see how they work with the light sources before committing to a full room (or even a full wall) paint job.
Jul 30, 2015
Maura & Katarina’s First Apartment Together
Name: Maura & Katarina Location: Financial District, NYC Twenty-one floors above it all, our home is our daily respite from NYC cacophony. Cheerful yet serene, and never without fresh flowers – it is my favorite place to recharge, host friends, work, eat, sleep, you name it! The style of our apartment – our first shared space as a couple – was born of the merging of two very, very disparate tastes.
Jul 21, 2015
Sallie’s Urban Acres Farmhouse in Tulsa
Name: Sallie Location: Tulsa, OK I’m Sallie, and I live in a updated 1950s home in Tulsa, OK, with my husband, Andrew, our puppy Lola, cat Fitz, and 6 backyard chickens. Our home is right around 1,000q ft, which is perfect for our family! We live in the heart of our town, which makes traveling to our favorite hang out spots a breeze.
Jul 20, 2015
Aki & Chris’s Amazing Opportunity in Brooklyn
Name: Aki & Chris Location: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn My husband and I live on the second floor of a pre-war brownstone in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Our apt is a 1.5 bedroom, 950 sq ft, cozy space with an open floor plan. We’ve lived in the building for almost 11 years but have only been in our current unit for under two years.
Jul 17, 2015
Laura’s Lovely Apartment in a Banker’s Mansion
Name: Laura Location: London, Ontario – Canada Our apartment is in an old bankers mansion that was built in the late 1800’s. The house is split into 7 units. The main living space of our unit used to be the formal dining room of the home and has very unique and beautiful hardwood floors that were installed at the beginning of the twentieth century (which are still in amazing shape for their age).
Jun 22, 2015
Claire’s Playful Pop Culture-Loving Decor in DC
Name: Claire Location: Brentwood neighborhood of Washington, DC At 700 square feet, this apartment feels casual and playful. My boyfriend and I wanted both of our personalities to be visible so we mixed masculine elements (midcentury seating and angular, clean lines on foundation tables) with feminine touches (nesting tables, accessories, lighting) in our layout. We wanted a whimsical factor that referenced both our love of pop culture and our dachshund (he’s everywhere!
Jun 8, 2015
Whitney’s Super Chic New Orleans Apartment
Name: Whitney Location: New Orleans I live in a one bedroom apartment that’s about 625sqft. My style is definitely eclectic, as I like to blend several different styles. It was very important to me that my apartment reflect the personality of my fiance and I, which is fun and very carefree. We spend most of our time here, so our living room had to be both stylish and comfortable. I love color and bold artwork. My entire room was designed around this large cow canvas art.
Jun 4, 2015
Hannah’s “Little Piece of England” Small Victorian Home
Name: Hannah Location: Salt Lake City, Utah I fell in love with my small Victorian house in Salt Lake City the first time I laid eyes on it. Since I made it my home 4 years ago I’ve tried to make it my little piece of England in a foreign land. My style is some kind of mix up of bohemian clutter and Scandinavian minimalism, is that possible?
Jun 3, 2015
Alexis’ “Love at First Sight” Apartment in a Big Old Historic Home
Name: Alexis Location: Victoria, British Columbia About a year ago, I found a space advertised on Craigslist- I made an appointment to see it with little information and virtually no pictures. As cliche as it sounds, I just had a really good feeling about it… The moment I pulled up to the home, I instantly fell in love. I’m one of nine apartments in a designated heritage house, which sits on over an acre of land.
Jun 2, 2015
Sneak Peek at IKEA’s Upcoming 2015 & 2016 Collections: The Top 10 Things We Can’t Wait For
A few weeks ago I took a last-minute, wonderful whirlwind of a long weekend and visited IKEA’s design headquarters in Almhult, Sweden. (I know, I know, I’m lucky : dream job!
Jun 1, 2015
Sarah’s Tiny Slice of the Countryside, Just Outside London
Name: Sarah Location: Petersham, England I am a Fashion Editor and live with my boyfriend and five year old twins in a little three bedroomed cottage in Petersham, Richmond, just outside London. It’s small, but super-cosy and homely. We have a little front garden, and a tiny courtyard garden at the back (one of the smallest gardens I’ve ever seen!). I love cushions, rugs, lamps, pictures and generally lots of ‘cosy clutter’. My style is a bit mix and match I suppose.
Apr 30, 2015
Stanley’s Americana Studio
Name: Stanley Location: Washington, DC I live in a new studio apartment in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. The apartment is 525 square feet in a modern design building that I have furnished with a mixture of Shaker furniture pieces and American folk art. I love the juxtaposition of the sleek architecture of the building with the colorful handcrafted art and furniture.
Apr 20, 2015
Allison & Matt’s Happy Little Life in the Big City
Name: Allison & Matt Location: Alphabet City – Manhattan, NY Hello! My fiance Matt and I (along with our rescue dingo and cat) live in a one-bedroom rental apartment in Alphabet City. I’m a partner in a boutique interior design firm, and my fiance is a freelance creative director in advertising. I designed our apartment to reflect our southern (him, TN) and west coast (me, Seattle) roots, along with our shared love of travel.
Apr 15, 2015
Jackie’s Brooklyn Bedroom
Name: Jackie Location: Brooklyn, NY About 8 months ago, I moved from Los Angeles to New York City for a new job. In Los Angeles I was accustomed to having my own space — my own studio apartment, my own car, my own private little bubble of space on the sidewalk — so New York City was a bit of a shock for me. Everyone is so crowded together on the subway all the time, and even though my two roommates are absolutely amazing, there are still times when I crave 5 minutes by myself.
Apr 10, 2015
Maryann’s Creative Craftsman Bungalow in Bellevue
Name: Maryann Location: Bellevue neighborhood of Richmond Virginia We purchased a 1926 Craftsman Bungalow – a 1 ½ story home that had not been renovated or updated in any substantial way. We did not do a period restoration; however, there are many period details that were integrated into the renovations. The triangle of windows in the master bedroom face due east & it is so beautiful in the morning to see the prisms from the chandelier dance on the wall as the sun rises.
Apr 7, 2015
Tracey & Ruben’s Global Chic in Atlanta
Name: Tracey and Ruben Location: Atlanta, GA We live in a 1600 square foot apartment just outside of Atlanta. Our apartment is pretty basic in terms of architecture, but we’ve done our best to make it our own and to make it feel like a home. My husband and I chose this apartment because of the square footage and the fact that it really didn’t feel like an apartment when we first saw it. It really felt more like a home. Our favorite room is the sunroom.
Apr 3, 2015
Logan’s Sunny Small Studio in Los Feliz
Name: Logan Location: Los Feliz – Los Angeles, CA My building was built in the 1923 and has a lot of great period details- brass doorknobs, the original icebox and a built in vanity- that I find really charming. I like living in a building that has some much history and character. I also really enjoy the neighborhood and being able to walk to a movie theater, restaurants and a coffee shop. It’s a luxury in Los Angeles!
Apr 2, 2015
Eric’s Fantastically Fashion Forward Apartment in a Former Convent
Name: Eric Location: Baltimore I recently relocated to Baltimore for a position at Under Armour. Baltimore is fantastic about honoring its history (homes in former cigar factories, for instance), and I happened to find a former convent that has been converted into apartments. Each of the ten apartments in the building is unique, but I happen to think mine is the most spectacular: high tin ceilings and white painted floors (due to a previous contractor’s mistake).
Apr 1, 2015
Make It Memorable: 9 Quirky Creature Knockers
One sure-fire way to make your home memorable? Take advantage of every opportunity to layer in a little personal style to your space. Adding (or replacing) a door knocker is a great example of exactly this type of decor-enhancing opportunity; they set the tone for a personality-packed interior, are usually VERY affordable and the install process is a quick, easy DIY project for a half hour on the weekend. Why have a same-old, same-old conservative – or even worse!
Mar 31, 2015
Maria’s Secondhand Classics Celebration
Name: Maria Location: Seattle, WA We moved into our home in October and have been ‘DIYing’ and ‘Craigslisting’ ever since! We live in Seattle and have been delighted by the amount of mid century modern furniture and artifacts we have found. We’ve found (and bought!) all sorts of things – from an Eames leg splint, a Spacelander bicycle to a Bertoia bird chair – on Craigslist.
Mar 23, 2015
Eric’s Glam Hollywood Treehouse
Name: Eric Location: Los Angeles, CA Where do I even begin!? I once dreamed of living in a small flat, next to a hill with a giant tree outside front and the sidewalk, city streets below me. My home is the perfect example of putting that energy out into the universe and creating it. Gramercy Gardens is the name of my building that was constructed in the 1920’s. Its a four floor walk up, with accordion elevator doors and a New York style fire escape out front, with a brick edifice.
Mar 17, 2015
Yasmin’s Victorian Attic Suite
Name: Yasmin Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada My apartment is a 590 square foot attic suite in a Victorian Townhome. After living abroad I returned to Toronto for graduate studies, bringing with me a collection of textiles from my travels. Most of the textiles pictured are from Turkey and Estonia, my living room carpet is a 1930 Baltic design handwoven by a relative of mine. The art work scattered throughout are mostly gifts from friends and artists, I work for a contemporary art gallery.
Mar 16, 2015
Winston’s (Mostly) Monochrome Home
Name: Winston Location: Boyle Heights – Los Angeles, CA Winston is an architecture student who recently made the move from NYC to Los Angeles for school. Take a peek inside his bright apartment, done up in (almost) all-white for a blast of monochromatic minimalist style… Simple, smart and sleek semi-minimalism – a great way to make student digs special! Thanks, Winston and good luck in your studies! • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy?
Mar 14, 2015
Halle & Jeff’s East Village Apartment
Name: Halle and Jeff Location: East Village, New York, NY Size: 1,250 square feet Years lived in: 1 The talented guest photographer for this tour, Emily Johnston, gave us the background scoop on this newly redesigned apartment: “Halle and her husband Jeff recently moved to NYC from San Francisco. They were looking for that rare city home with outdoor space when they found and fell in love with this East Village apartment.
Mar 12, 2015