Jennifer Hunter

Jennifer spends her days writing and thinking about decor, food and fashion in NYC. Not too shabby.
Trust Your Taste: Our Ultimate Find-Your-Style Quiz
Learning your own taste can be a lifelong journey. Wherever you are on your path, take our quiz as a way to clarify your current perfect style profile. Here’s what to do: turn off your brain, scroll through these slides and pick the very first room that catches your eye. Don’t try to figure anything out, just go with your gut and record your answers.
Oct 4, 2023
10 Decor Ideas for that Weird Space Over Your Doorway
That strange strip of wall sandwiched between your ceiling and the top of a door frame has always been a kind of no man’s land, decor-wise. Like a tough-to-decorate, awkward corner, it’s usually not big enough for any major statement, but it’s not small enough to ignore without feeling like you’re missing an opportunity.   These above door decor ideas are sure to elevate any room in your home, whether you’re decorating on a budget or just need a quick refresh.
Jun 22, 2023
Paint Finishes: The Pros and Cons of Flat, Low Luster and Gloss
When painting, choosing the perfect color is only the first step. Picking the right paint finish is another key ingredient in determining how your final product will look and wear. How to choose? Read on to discover the pros and cons. Paint finishes come in three general categories: flat (or matte), low-luster (eggshell and satin) and gloss (or semigloss). Choosing between them is simply a matter of weighing your room conditions, need for durability, and personal taste.
Jan 2, 2023
Everyone Loves Eye Candy: Our Most Beautiful and Eye-Catching Round-Ups of the Year
Get ready to gawk at these stunning spaces. We love browsing pretty pictures and getting inspired to try something new and these homes do it really, really right. Prepare to mop up your drool while you click through this list of our best eye candy.
Oct 13, 2022
Project ROYGBIV: A Rainbow of 20 Great Paint Color Inspiration Pics
Making a big commitment like colorful walls can be a bit daunting, so spend some time getting cozy with these stunning examples of paint jobs in every color of the rainbow. As you can see, some of these spaces choose to use major color only as an accent; others go whole hog. Many offset their swath of color choice with white trim to really show off the punchy hue while a few brave souls combine their color with…gasp…more color!
Oct 12, 2022
Stuck in a Rut? How To Fall in Love With Your Home All Over Again
Once upon a time you were madly in love with your home. Then you found out that your home sometimes forgets to brush his teeth and leaves socks all over the floor. You don’t need therapy to get the magic back, you just need this stuff to rekindle your relationship. Your first and easiest way to regain some home bliss is to get your whole space spick and span.
Oct 12, 2022
5 Unexpected Things Happy People Have in Their Homes
Oh, you're not interested in getting happier?
Nov 3, 2020
Ten Household Items You Can Clean in One Minute (And Probably Should)
What do I love about cleaning? When it’s done! Usually the dirtiest things in my home are the ones I forget about completely and, thus, never clean. Luckily, that’s easy to fix; if you have ten minutes, you can get these ten chores done today. 1. Sponge — Although you should be regularly replacing your kitchen sponge (right?), you can increase its mileage by nuking your damp sponge in the microwave to kill bacteria. 2.
Jul 17, 2020
The Easiest Way to Do Fewer Dishes
Who wants to spend less time doing the dishes? We do! There’s no need to overthink it. Sometimes the answer is simply to create fewer dishes in the first place. Try this simple tip. One person = one drinking vessel. Period.
Jul 17, 2020
The Introvert’s Guide to Entertaining
Are you an introvert who’s sworn off entertaining after too many exhausting events? Not everyone is cut out for every kind of hosting, but just because you’re not a social butterfly doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time with guests; you just have to do it the right way and play to your strengths. Here’s how.
Jul 17, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Hand Washing Your Laundry
Stop dropping big bucks at the dry cleaner. You really can clean your delicates at home in your bathroom sink as long as you do it the right way. Here’s everything you need to know. First, a disclaimer: I have safely hand washed many items that read “dry clean only” but do so at your own risk. If you’re nervous, err on the side of caution and drop it off at the dry cleaner. It’ll be worth your peace of mind.
Jul 16, 2020
7 Ways to Have Your Most Successful Garage Sale Ever
Ready to stage the best, most profitable summer yard sale you’ve ever thrown? There are plenty of tricks to make your sale stand out from the other sad, old-shoes-on-a-blanket sales dotting your neighborhood. Here’s how… Anyone with a yard can have a yard sale but we’re going for showmanship here. Are you moving? You, my friend, are having an “Everything-Must-Go Moving Sale.” Selling the extras from your spring cleaning binge with a few friends?
Jul 16, 2020
A Break-the-Rules Guide to Living Room Design
Sometimes the best rooms are the ones that throw all the rules right out the window! Down with cookie-cutter rooms that all follow the same formula. These rooms prove you can follow your own path and still have a stylish space. Nope. If you need lots of places to set your stuff (like, ahem, your coffee) then spend the money and space here. If you’d rather have some open space, that’s fine too.
Jul 16, 2020
Celebrating Color with Our Best Paint Color Portfolios of the Year
We’ve said it a million times and 2013 was no exception: the best, cheapest and easiest way to dramatically transform your space is by using color. In fact, the hardest part of any painting project is probably deciding which color to choose. We got you. Here are 10 of the best in our series of Paint Color Portfolios to inspire you to make the leap to a more colorful home in 2014. 1.Coral Bathrooms 2. Black Bedrooms 3. Dark Green Kitchens 4. Dark Blue Dining Rooms 5. Light Grey Nurseries 6.
Jul 16, 2020
Make Yourself a Morning Person: Things to Do the Night Before to Start Your Day off Right
If you’re a master of the “snooze then rush,” then you are not making the most of your mornings. Taking just a few minutes out of your evenings to do these things can really make a huge difference in your morning and your entire day. Duh. But here’s the thing: just because you make an effort to lie in bed for the correct number of hours, doesn’t mean you’re really getting rest.
Jul 15, 2020
Do You Have a “City Persona” and a “Country Persona?”
We recently started talking about meeting your neighbors and it got me thinking about the variety of ways that people in different parts of the country (or the world for that matter) interact with each other in small ways, day-to-day. I’ve always realized that I act differently towards other people depending on the city I’m in, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s something of a cultural necessity.
Apr 14, 2020
The Right White: 3 Ways to Pick the Perfect White Paint Every Time
How hard can it be to choose a white paint? Trickier than you might think. Don’t get fooled by pretty names like Aspen Snow or Whitewash, here’s what you really need to look at before you commit to a shade. White paint has hints of other colors to lend it personality. If you want a warmer, creamier feel try something with yellow undertones. If you want a crisp, modern and brighter look, find a shade with blue undertones.
Mar 23, 2020
The Healthy Home Project: Our Best Tips & Advice to Sleep Soundly
We all want to feel healthier at home and a good night’s sleep is key to keeping yourself in tip top shape. We’ve given you a lot of great sleep advice, bedroom product suggestions and even info about sciency stuff like how and why sleep is affecting you. Now it’s all in one place. 5 Things to Avoid for a Good Night’s Sleep 5 Easy Yet Effective Things to Try When You Can’t Sleep 8 Tips For A Cool Night’s Sleep (Without the AC!
Mar 11, 2020
Let Your Home Help You Get Healthier
We all want to be healthier (with as little actual effort as possible), so why not let your home give you a hand? Setting up the conditions for good health will make it so much simpler to follow through and make real, positive changes in how you feel. It’s so easy. You know sleep is so important to how your body and brain works all day long and getting the right set-up for a great night’s sleep is so easy. Noise keeping you up? Try a team of earplugs and a sound machine. Too bright?
Mar 11, 2020
Our Best Advice: Master These 4 Decor Skills & Up the Ante on Any Room
If you’re interested in making your home beautiful, useful and just plain fun to be in, there are some basics of design you need to know. The good news? Once you learn this stuff, you’ll be able to use it in any room, in any home, forever. We’ll help you get started. C’mon. Good lighting is and always will be a make-or-break element to any room and it’s so easy to get right!
Mar 11, 2020
Short on Decor Dollars? Save Big When You Make These Swaps
There are things you need at home (like a bed) and then there are things that can wait. What if you didn’t have to? We thought of three things that you may just be able to afford after all. Take a look. Since the price of a rug increases exponentially as it gets larger, you can save big bucks by skipping the expensive room-size rug and picking up a smaller statement rug instead. How to make up the coverage? Layer your statement over a super-cheap sisal.
Mar 11, 2020
Quick! Clean These Filthy Things You Touch Every Day (Then Wash Your Hands)
‘Round the Apartment Therapy offices, we have lots of amazing cleaning advice right at our fingertips, but that doesn’t mean we always practice what we preach. So when I looked up from my desk the other day to see our marketing coordinator Ashley meticulously cleaning her keyboard, it made me notice (and blanch) at my own mess of a computer. Gross!
Mar 11, 2020
Coffee Table Roundup: Round, Square & Beyond
My search for the perfect coffee table is endless. Not because of a lack of variety, just the opposite. There are tables in so many sizes, shapes and materials that, as often happens to me while decorating, I’m paralyzed by choice.There are so many beautiful options that each new, amazing find just reinforces my idea that committing to one table will, through the evil influence of Murphy’s Law, lead me down a path to an even more perfect choice.Then there are the rules.
Mar 11, 2020
Block Distractions with the Colors of Noise
No doubt you’ve heard of white noise, the sounds that can help you block loud or distracting noises in order to sleep or concentrate. Well, it turns out that, depending on the type of noise you’re trying to avoid, you may want to try some colored noise instead.  We’re not talking ocean waves or thunderstorms, although those can also be quite soothing.
May 5, 2019
Home Improvement Shows: How Real is Reality TV?
By now we’re all well aware that most reality TV is anything but a reflection of reality (just take a look at how many writers are listed in the credits). But what about those home improvement shows we love so much? The ones that feature nice, normal people, realistic homes and this thing (maybe you’ve heard of it) called a budget. They seem pretty legit, right?  Right? Let’s take a look.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: A Kitchen Goes From Eek to Chic on a 10k Budget
When Chris and Julia moved into their home in 2011, one of the spaces that really needed major attention was the outdated, builder-grade kitchen, complete with almond-colored appliances, pink countertops, dingy cabinets and fluorescent lighting. Although they were initially planning to tweak the layout, ultimately they decided to save money by keeping the floor plan and refurbishing the existing cabinets. They worked on the kitchen in phases, replacing appliances as they could afford it.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Gemma’s New Nursery
Gemma and her husband have a baby on the way and, while they didn’t get pregnant just so they could design the nursery, for them, it was a welcome bonus. When they moved into their bungalow, the room was, as Gemma called it, “a hot turquoise mess.” With $600 to spend, they were able to fill the room with nursery essentials: a crib, dresser/changing table (they scored a used one and fixed it up) and a new rug.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Marty’s Beachy Backsplash
Marty and her husband found a unique way to upgrade their backslash using reused materials, and it didn’t cost them a dime. You’ll never guess what they did. Marty says, “My husband took some castoff wood from a neighbor’s curb and turned it into a beautiful backsplash worthy of a beach cottage.” They sanded each piece to eliminate splinters and then sprayed the wood with an aerosol primer.
May 4, 2019
What’s the Difference? Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator
I have a confession to make and it’s a doozy: I’m an editor of a site about design (this one) and I don’t know the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator. In fact, I’ve been using those two terms interchangibly for years. Bad editor! So I decided to educate myself (and you!). Turns out, it’s pretty straightforward but there are some major distinctions.
May 4, 2019
It’s Probably Time for a Replacement: 8 Easy-To-Forget-About Household Items
You’ve got a lot going on at home so it’s no wonder a few things slip through the cracks now and then. That’s where we come in. You probably have all these things in your home right now and chances are at least some of them need replacing. Don’t wait until you need this stuff to realize it’s expired/used up/grimy or dried out. Get proactive and conquer this list today. 1. Sponge — The thing you’re using to clean needs to be clean!
May 4, 2019
This Is Not a Joke: Mushrooms IN the Ceiling
Just when I thought I thought I’d seen everything, this pops up. This photo is real. A friend of a friend watched this mushroom sprout out of his ceiling. As I walked into the Apartment Therapy offices the other day, our Creative Services Manager Anna said to me, “I just forwarded you the craziest email.” and boy, was she right. So, just what does it mean to have fungus in your pad? Is this something to worry about?
May 4, 2019
5 Things to Do to Keep Colds Away
We’re steadily creeping into cold and flu season and since being sick is no fun, this year we’re committing to the preventative measures that will keep us (and our immune systems) going strong through spring. Need a reminder about the best cold preventing practices? Read on. 1. Wash (and dry) those hands (a lot) — Go for both quality and quantity with your hand washing routine. Wash frequently (more than you think you need to) and scrub for at least 20 seconds a pop.
May 4, 2019
3 Types of Meaningful Gifts That Cost Next-To-Nothing
What is a gift exactly? We say it’s selflessly giving someone something they want or need. What isn’t a gift? Something that always comes in a box. We’re quickly approaching the holiday season where the focus is all about buy buy buy but maybe you’d rather switch gears this year, maybe you’d rather give something that doesn’t come from a store. We have a few ideas to get you started.
May 4, 2019
4 Easy Home Habits That Let You Be a Little Lazy
If your favorite part of cleaning is when it’s over, then listen up, lazybones. You can do less work and still have a clean and tidy house if you set up these strategies ahead of time to diminish dirt, wrangle clutter and keep yourself on track. It’s sooo much easier to prevent dirt from coming inside than it is to clean it up afterwards.
May 4, 2019
An Expert Gardener’s Recipe for Fiddle Leaf Fig Success
So you got yourself an oh-so-pretty and popular fiddle leaf fig. Yay! So now comes the bigger challenge: taking care of that baby so it lasts and thrives in your home long term. Beat your black thumb with these care tips courtesy of garden expert Julie Chai. Your fig should be near enough to a window to get light all day but never be in direct sun. Another smart expert tip? Since the plants will grow towards the light, rotate every few weeks to keep the growth even and straight.
May 4, 2019
Tricky Transitions: Moving In With a Partner (and Pet)
You’re all set to shack up with your love except one little problem: his pet. No matter how you feel about his furry friend, it can be a tricky path to navigate. We can help. Try these tips to keep everyone living peacefully. Pets are super fun, until they’re not. Even the cutest pup seems like a devil when she mysteriously wants a 4am walk and won’t stop barking until she gets it.
May 4, 2019