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Emily’s Mighty Modern Mini Home
Name: EmilyLocation: Covington, Kentucky Although I can’t actually live here, working on this mini home for the past few months certainly makes it feel like I could curl up on the tiny couch and call it home. The idea of a renovating and decorating a dollhouse was interesting to me because it allowed me to decorate rooms and transform spaces in days rather than weeks/months and to be honest, I was looking for a project with a little more instant gratification.
Jan 24, 2012
Tricks for Dealing With a Hairy Home
Whether the hair in your home is your own or belongs to your pet, dealing with shedding hair is a challenge. Here, some tips on how to deal with it… • Dealing With a Hairy Home Apartment Therapy
Jan 18, 2012
Bright & Light Kitchens
White serves as the perfect backdrop in kitchens and makes the most of the great light from the outside. Take a look at how using natural light and a white palette can be beneficial in any size kitchen. • Bright & Light Kitchens Apartment Therapy
Jan 13, 2012
A Quick History of Forks
The youngest member of the flatware family, the fork has only become an essential utensil in the last couple hundred years — after all, who needs a fork when you have fingers, aka the perfect tools for picking up morsels? • Fork This: A Quick History of Forks Apartment Therapy
Jan 13, 2012
An 1890’s Farmhouse in Los Feliz
Alexandra and Eliot’s house was built in the 1890’s and is the first original home in Los Feliz. Now surrounded by a residential city block of homes and apartment complexes, the Angles have the ideal hidden getaway. Completing the modern farmhouse with a gorgeous “sleeping” barn and front yard, these savvy designers added plenty of
Jan 12, 2012
Sarah’s Supremely Stylish West Village Home
Name: SarahLocation: West Village — NY, NYSize: 650 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 — rented Sarah is one of those enviable people who make the act of creating a very stylish home look effortless. While all of us who work on our homes know how much time, effort and research goes into a space that looks comfortably chic, when it’s done with this much panache, all thoughts of hard work fall away… Sarah describes her apartment as classic modern.
Jan 4, 2012
A Spanish Style Meets Mid C Home
Designer:Kate Strickland of West Haddon HallLocation: Los Angeles, California Kate sent us images and info on a recent project: This Spanish style house with dramatic vaulted ceilings celebrates a delicious mix of styles in the interior, designed by Los Angeles-based firm West Haddon Hall. Filled with original Mid-Century Modern pieces in wood and neutral tones, it is enlivened with vibrant Moroccan rugs and Turkish pillows.
Jan 4, 2012
Before & After Project Submission Form
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Dec 1, 2011
Before & After: Danny Seo Gets Organized
The image above is of the Danny that the world knows. Calm, cool, organized…let’s just say, Martha-like in his homemaking skills. Well, here is proof that everybody has a spot in their home that could use a little attention.
Nov 1, 2011
Before & After: The Goodbye to Matchy-Matchy Makeover
Shanta lives in Forest Hills in a prewar one bedroom apartment. Spacious and with good light, this living room has lots going for it, but lacks color and a real sense of Shanta’s personality. Everything matches, which while not a bad thing, can feel too safe and sterile. The team at Real Simple turned things around…… and helped make the space sing!
Sep 23, 2011
Drew’s Vintage Bohemian View
Name: Drew SteinbrecherLocation: Cincinnati, OhioSize: 1060 square feetYears lived in: 7 Drew is a modern design “Renaissance Man”. He can knit, he can sew, he can quilt, he can take photos, he can thrift with the best of them, he’s a graphic designer, an Etsy shop owner and an entrepreneur. Whew. Oh, yeah, and his apartment is amazing.
Sep 19, 2011
Anu’s Global Canvas
Name: AnuLocation: Seattle, Washington My home is like a canvas bringing my thoughts to life. Its a haven for me and my family. I love to decorate my home with things that have a special meaning for me. In my home silver treasures go together with a few sea shells from a memorable trip to the beach.I believe that one should not be afraid to blend different styles and colors as it will all come together to create the”look” thats all yours!
Aug 23, 2011
Before & After: A Garden Transformation Story
Apartment Therapy readers truly are changing the world, one room garden at a time! Today, Edgaroso shares his story: In 2003, two years after witnessing the fall of the World Trade towers from our Brooklyn rooftop, my partner and I decided to leave the big city and head to a quieter part of the country.
Aug 2, 2011
Jessica’s Gem in Kerrisdale
Name: JessicaLocation: Kerrisdale — Vancouver, BC We found this gem of a character building in 2010, while hunting for a new, pet-friendly space and something to get us out of the suburbs and a little closer to work downtown…The SO good!:This building blew our minds, 1200 square feet, late 1920’s – early 1930’s character, built in glass door cabinet, wood floors, 10 foot ceilings, working fireplace, window seat, cat and dog friendly, above an amazing candy store (!!
Jul 25, 2011
They Actually Exist! Truly Comfortable Sleeper Sofas
Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster. Chupacabra. While these creatures have long been rumored to exist, we don’t have any hard evidence that they are actually out there. Another elusive near-mythical entity is a sleeper sofa bed that is actually comfortable to sleep on. Amazingly, in this case, our readers have reported not only having seen them but capturing them and living with them in their very own homes!
Jun 23, 2011
Before & After: An Architect Adjusted Facade
So much of the successful end result of design projects depends on the ability to take risks and think “outside the box” when in the planning stages. Being able to consider the idea of making one big shift opens up many possibilities. This was the case with the story of the redesign of the entrance and facade single family home in Chicago…… featured in the current issue of Chicago Home + Garden.
Mar 25, 2011
Before & After: Chicago Bungalow Kitchen
Jarret and Catherine of Bungalow Bungahigh had a classic renovation story play out when rehabbing the kitchen in their Chicago home. What could go wrong, did, and the job took much longer than initially expected. But, I’m sure you’ll agree the results are worth it — just check out the after:Here’s the story from Jarrett and Catherine: We bought our 1931 Chicago bungalow knowing that we’d have to do one major renovation project: the kitchen!
Feb 28, 2011
Before & After: Budget Galvanized Shower Surround
Jarrett and Catherine of Bungalow Bungahigh have tackled DIY projects that make mere mortals shy away, like rehabbing an outdated basement bathroom on a super tight budget. They got creative with their choice of materials and were able to get a whole new look for under $200 – $158 to be exact……and the After!Here is what Jarrett and Catherine tell us about the project: We recently rehabbed our tired basement bathroom.
Feb 22, 2011
Before & After: Adding Style to an IKEA Karlstad Sofa
Whit and Rachael Gardner of Our Mid Century are savvy stylists, whether we are about talking vintage or contemporary furnishings— the post that they shared with us for Home Project month proves it. When the search for an affordable mid century sofa kept coming up dry, they did a complete makeover of an affordable IKEA basic to help it fit in smoothly with their vintage style home. The “after” looks like a totally different sofa!…and the After!
Feb 7, 2011
Before & After: Kitchen Reno on a Near Zero Budget
Late last year, Edgaroso shared his “Brave Bathroom Renovation” with Apartment Therapy. Well, he’s back with another room makeover in the small home he inherited from his grandmother — this time he tackled the sweetly retro kitchen on a truly miniscule budget.
Jan 25, 2011
Emily Henderson’s Super Stylish Design Star Digs
Emily Henderson is a professional prop stylist, so it comes as no surprise that her own home is very lovely to look at — her talent for creating beautiful rooms is wonderfully apparent and for HGTV viewers, familiar. Her design skills are on display on HGTV’s Design Star, where she has made it very far in the competition, currently she is one of the final two contestants.
Aug 17, 2010
Jennifer’s Maison Une
Welcome to Kate from the Pacific Northwest; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!Name: JenniferLocation: Rio Dell, CaliforniaSize: 1850 square feetYears lived in: 28 Fondly referred to as Masion Un (which means House One in French), this home seems almost hidden among the lush, overgrown plants, orchard, pond and alluring views all vying for attention over the five acre sprawl.
Jul 20, 2010
Eli & Jennifer’s Brought Back to Life Brownstone
Welcome to Beth from New York; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!Names: Eli and JenniferLocation: Clinton Hill / Bedford Stuyvesant border —Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 16 feet wide by 45 feet deep, 5 floorsYears lived in: 1 year lived in (and still no couch) It is hard to imagine that Eli and Jennifer’s Brooklyn brownstone was on its way to disrepair when Eli acquired it a couple of years ago.
Jul 12, 2010
Katie’s Flea Market Fabulous Small Space
Welcome to Beth from San Francisco; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!Name: Katie KuhnLocation: San Francisco, CaliforniaSize: 500 square feetYears lived in: 2 years — rented After graduating from University of Virginia in 2003, Katie moved from Charlottesville to San Francisco where she’s had several positions as a buyer for retailers like Banana Republic, Pottery Barn and GAP brand.
Jul 8, 2010
Heather’s Comfortably Glamorous Family Home
Welcome to Brandon & Leah from Portland; a blogging duo trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as House Tour Contributors. Enjoy their work!Name: Heather, Douglas, Gabrielle and ZoeLocation: Portland, OregonSize: 3500 square feetYears lived in: 6Heather’s cozy family ranch was custom built in 1960, in the historic Argay Terrace neighborhood of Portland.
Jul 6, 2010
Storage Containers to Fit Under Very Low Bed?
Q: I have a full size IKEA Malm Bed. I love the look of low bedframes, but have trouble storing anything under the bed since it only has a 5″ clearance underneath. It seems like I can only find 6″ ones. Are there any underbed storage containers that are less than 5″? Sent by Stephanie Editor: Please share your suggestions, sources and ideas with Stephanie in the comments below – thanks! • Got a question?
Apr 14, 2010
Johnny & Stacie’s Super Sweet Loft
Name: Johnny & Stacie SlocumLocation: St. Paul, MinnesotaSize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 You may remember Johnny and Stacie’s loft from a house call that we published in January. We were thrilled when they agreed to share some more photos of their converted warehouse space with us. It simply is a home that makes us happy – cheerful, sunny and special – we’re glad to take a longer look.
Mar 12, 2010
Ann & Dabney’s Splendid Blended Storefront Conversion
(Welcome to Ann & Dabney from St. Louis, a tag team of bloggers trying out for a place as Apartment Therapy House Tour Contributors. Enjoy their work!)Name: Ann & Dabney Location: St. Louis, MissouriSize: 3700 square feet (including home & workspace)Years lived in: 6 months When we were looking to move to Saint Louis, we looked at a lot of houses in the city, but it was in an old butcher shop turned hardware store turned office that we found our perfect renovation project.
Feb 22, 2010
Michael & Danijela’s Modern Minimal Milwaukee Home
(Welcome to Elizabeth from Milwaukee, one of the bloggers trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!)Name: Michael & DanijelaLocation: Milwaukee, WisconsinSize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 Newlyweds Michael and Danijela still seem a little surprised by their home and location. Young, design-loving, tech-savvy, Eurocentric professionals, they might seem more at home in a hip, downtown warehouse convert.
Feb 8, 2010
Erik & Smith’s Historic Hideaway
(Welcome to Smith from Chicago, one of the bloggers trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work – comments welcome!
Feb 5, 2010
Amy & Stephane’s Minimalism Meets Hoarding
(Welcome to Abby from Toronto, one of the bloggers trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work – comments welcome!
Feb 1, 2010
Mary’s Childhood Bedroom
Name: MaryLocation: Louisville, Kentucky I am a Freshman in college. My parents announced this fall that they were selling the home that my siblings and I had grown up in. I took the news very hard. I had a very special room that was built for me when I was little. As a little kid, I never stayed in my bed.
Jan 28, 2010
George and Sara’s Logan Square Lookout
Name: George and Sara AyeLocation: Logan Square, ChicagoSize: 1300 square feetYears lived in: 1.5 George and Sara are a very creative Chicago couple. He is a creative director and she is a design researcher. In addition to their full-time work, they teach design innovation at the School of the Art Institute, and run a small travel apparel company called Hubwear. Whew! We love it when people are passionate about design.
Jan 25, 2010
Kristie’s Thirties Tennessee Treasure
Name: Kristie and familyLocation: Nashville, TennesseeSize/Type: 3000 square foot 1939 4 bedroom Cape CodYears lived in: 8 You may recognize a few of the views of Kristie’s Nashville home from this House Call post that we published last September. The comment thread was filled with requests to see more of this unique, true-to-its-roots house, so we are kicking off the 2010 house tours with a just that – enjoy the longer look!
Jan 4, 2010
Michael & Anna’s Rustic Modern Loft
Name: Michael & AnnaLocation: ChicagoSize: 1750 square feetYears lived in: 2 years Michael and Anna (who work in advertising and as a chef, respectively) live in a heavy timber loft in a former garment factory in Bucktown. Their design aesthetic fits right in with the architecture of this historical space, where the huge windows overlook long-overgrown abandoned railroad tracks.
Dec 7, 2009
Anne & Nathan’s Northwest Modern Kitchen
Name: Anne & NathanLocation: Bellevue, WA Anne features her own kitchen as part of her tryout. She writes: Our 1976 tri-level boasts light-filled clerestory windows with views across Lake Washington’s largest freshwater wetlands as well as vaulted ceilings with exposed dark wood beams. But when it came to the interior design, this house reflected none of our design aesthetics.
Sep 30, 2009
5 Great Sources for Affordable Frames
Got a great photo, poster or other nifty piece to hang and need a frame that won’t cost more than what you’re putting in it? How about a whole collection of things that you plan on installing gallery style? Well, look no further…here is our list of affordable frame sources: Pottery Barn – lots of styles (from basic to detailed) in a range of affordable prices. They also carry frame risers, stands, shelves and other artwork display accessories.
Sep 25, 2009
House Tour: Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon
Name: Marie AntoinetteLocation: Versailles, FranceSize: A “small” chateauYears lived in: 1774 – 1792 >> Not your average Apartment Therapy house tour, but one we’ve been looking forward to sharing none the less – our photos of a peek inside one of the more remarkable residences we’ve ever visited; Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon.
Aug 3, 2009
House Call: Gregory & Christine’s Custom Chicago Style
www.apartmenttherapy.com chicago house-tours house-callgregory-christines-custom-chicago-style-085583> click thumbnails for larger picsNames: Gregory & ChristineLocation: Chicago Some classic Chicago style arrived in our inbox recently. Here is what Gregory had to say about the home he shares with Christine: Our two bedroom condo in Chicago, IL – full of antique furniture, painted wall murals, and custom built shelves.
May 26, 2009
Good Questions: Blocking the Draft from the AC Unit?
Kristy has a good question: A few months ago, I moved into in a small apartment with a built-in wall air conditioner. I live in Colorado, where the weather is starting to get cold and windy, and I have discovered the wind blows right in around the wall unit. Any suggestions for sealing, insulating, covering, or otherwise blocking the draft?(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.
Nov 10, 2008
House Tour: Paola & John’s Converted Switch House
Name: Paola and John HoskinsLocation: Waukegan, IL Historic DistrictSize: 8,100 sq. ft.Years lived in: 6 monthsType: Converted 1920’s AT&T Switch House >> I know Paola because she works at the Design Within Reach showroom closest to my home. We met years ago at an Apartment Therapy event and after a few conversations, I inquired about her place (I’m always on the hunt for good House Tours!).
Oct 30, 2008
House Tour: Summer and Josh’s Pumped Up Traditional
Name: Summer and Josh ThorntonProfession: Summer – Owner, Summer Thornton Design, Josh – AdvertisingLocation: Lincoln ParkSize: 700 square feetYears lived in: A little over 1Type: 1 bedroom condo in 1890’s brick and greystone >> Those of you who joined as at our last Design Meetup know Summer. She was one of our guests, giving us the scoop on what it is like to run her own design business in Chicago.
Oct 9, 2008
How To: Mock Tufting
Here’s another lesson from Shelly, Mod Home Ec Teacher and queen of DIY – this time it’s a tutorial on doing mock tufting of sofa cushions. Like most projects, it started with a problem to be solved: Every time anyone would get up from the loveseat, the back cushions were smashed down, seams all askew. My compulsive self had to walk over, re-fluff, straighten and then I could move on.
Sep 9, 2008