Joelle Alcaidinho

No Central Air? Here Are 4 Ways to Stay Cool During a Dangerous Heat Wave
Learn how to protect yourself in dangerously hot heat — even without central AC.
Aug 11, 2023
DIY Gift Idea: 10 Tablet Case Projects for Every Skill Level
Whether you need to whip up a tablet case for either a 7″ or 10″ tablet for yourself or to gift a friend, we’ve got you covered this week with a several do it yourself projects, ranging from beginner to DIY pro. There’s surely at least one in here that will rock your recipient’s socks off… For each of the projects listed, we’ve included an estimated skill level needed to complete the project.
Jul 16, 2020
Xbox 360 Kinect and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
Our quest for improved health continues in our latest Kinect installment with Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. As the name implies, this is a title that has fitness at its core and features workouts created by Men’s Health and Women’s Health publications. Will this be another hum-drum fitness title or will it deliver fun along with the cardio?As those who have been following along with this series know, I am not a fan of working out.
Jul 15, 2020
10 Great Humidifiers We Love
image:78113c68e82a4c44a1573ec0e4ddb4bb73682f53 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" It’s that time of year when the air is oh so dry and sore throats and bloody noses abound. With an end to winter still quite a ways away our thoughts have turned to ways to add more moisture in the air.
Apr 13, 2020
Tablet Apps to Take Your Inspiration Board Mobile
Writing for Apartment Therapy means that I’ve created quite a few inspiration/mood boards, and writing for Apartment Therapy Tech means that I’ve used tech to create many of these. While there are great options out there for creating these on your computer, what about when you want to make one that’s a bit more mobile? Check out these Android and iPad picks for creating inspiration boards on your tablet.
Mar 11, 2020
The Pros & Cons of a Bright vs. Dark Home Office
Perusing photos of great looking home offices is one of our favorite pastimes. It’s easy to get inspired and dream about what our next home office will be like. Personally we tend to be drawn to bright light filled spaces, but that is not to say that the darker home office does not hold any appeal, especially when faced with what we like to dub, “the afternoon squintathon.
Mar 11, 2020
Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden
Product: Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden Price: $99.95 Rating: Strong Recommend* I love growing my own food. Sadly though, I have spent most of my adult life in tiny apartments with limited light and no outdoor space. Enter the Smart Herb Garden, a setup for growing herbs indoors in even the smallest and darkest of spaces, which promises success for even those with the “un-greenest” of thumbs. Originally launched via Kickstarter, the Smart Herb Garden ($99.
May 4, 2019
Brad & Julie’s Sunny Modern Victorian
Name: Brad, Julie and Rye OlcottLocation: Dolores Heights, San Francisco, CaliforniaSize: 2,500 sq feet (not including 1st floor studio)Years lived in: 3 years; owned Your home says a lot about you, and the home that Brad and Julie have created speaks volumes about their artistic sensibilities and love of clean and bright spaces.
Feb 20, 2019
Would You Have a Big(ish) Dog in a Small(ish) Apartment?
As we’re looking into adopting a dog from a shelter, we have been faced with several questions about whether or not our home is fit for a dog. Of course everyone involved wants the best for the dogs, but does that really mean no apartments?
Mar 12, 2014
The Hate-to-Clean Guide to Having an Always-Guest-Ready Home
Full disclosure, I hate cleaning. No really, I do. I hate how it makes my allergies flare up, the time it takes, and well, just about everything about it. But while I dislike cleaning, I do enjoy having guests in my home, and so I’m left in a bit of a pickle unless I want to spend a small fortune on a daily housekeeper. After a friend commented over the weekend that my place always looks “sooo tidy,” I knew I had to share my tips.
Feb 26, 2014
Dremel: An Apartment Dwelling DIYers Favorite Power Tool
I have a confession: out of all the things I have a tendency to over buy, tools are right up there with kitchen towels for me. Walking around a hardware store is an exercise in self control as every drill, screwdriver, and wrench seems to call my name. While I do own many tools thanks to this predilection for acquiring them, the one I return to time after time is my Dremel. Why do I love my Dremel 300?
Feb 19, 2014
10 Tech Chores for Snow Days
Ah, snow days… back when I was a kid these were days that were all about fun, drinking cocoa and playing in the snow. Now, as an adult they keep me home, but sadly not making snow angels. I try to use snow days as time to do those technology-related chores that I frequently put off and don’t want to spend the weekend doing. Here are a few pesky tech chores that I like to take care of when the weather is frightful: Backup!
Feb 12, 2014
10 Electric Blankets Worth Snuggling Up To
I thought that moving to the South would mean goodbye to snow, but sadly this winter, the weather still has me reaching for my electric blanket. Thankfully the blanket that served me well back in NYC is also working well here in Atlanta. Need your own electric blanket this winter? Take a look at these options… Sunbeam Royal Dreams Electric Blanket Quilted Fleece, Queen: $129.99 Sunbeam RoyalMink Blanket, Queen: $128.33 Biddeford Micromink & Sherpa Electric Blanket, Queen: $119.
Feb 3, 2014
10 Small Space Tech Tips to Steal From Hotels
It’s no surprise that as a technology contributor to Apartment Therapy, I’m constantly on the lookout for new tech ideas while traveling. As someone who’s lived in a string of small apartments, I’m especially intrigued by the ways that designers incorporate tech into another kind of small space that has to serve a lot of functions — the hotel room.
Jan 22, 2014
Tablet Stylus Test Lab: Comparison of Pencil, Intuos, Pogo Connect & Jot Script
It’s been about a year since the first edition of our Tablet Stylus Shootout and quite a few things have changed. Many of this latest crop of styli are pressure sensitive and built to complement existing popular apps and take advantage of Bluetooth 4 connectivity. Just as tablets like the iPad have grown up, so have the styli.
Dec 5, 2013
10 Entertaining Apps for Long Flights
Traveling for the holidays? Our holiday travel typically involves a long 13+ hours in the air, so I’m always on the look out for a few apps to help us enjoy our journey. Because wi-fi on international flights is fairly limited, none of the apps I’ve gathered require internet access. Happy perusing and safe holiday travels! 1. Spirits (iPad & Android): This game is one of my favorites for long flights because it’s challenging, yet also calming.
Nov 15, 2013
What I Learned After a Year of Fitness Tracking
Yesterday, November 5th, was my first year anniversary of when I began tracking my daily activity daily. While I had used an array of trackers, apps, and fitness programs prior, November 5th was the day I decided to dedicate myself using a single system strictly for the whole year. What I learned over these 365 days surprised me, changing not only my dress size, but also my thoughts about wearable fitness technology.
Nov 6, 2013
Building Community: 5 Great Ways to Meet Your Neighbors
It’s been only a few weeks since I made the big move south to Atlanta and meeting new people and making friends with the neighbors is very high on my list of things to do. I’ve just moved from a city I love, where I had a circle of friends who lived within 5 blocks, so to put it bluntly, I’m having a difficult time adjusting. I’m struggling with making new friends and meeting my neighbors.
Aug 28, 2013
No Wifi Required: Offline Game Apps for Public Transit Commuters
If the bus or train is your usual mode of getting to and from work, take a gander at this roundup of tablet apps designed for killing time in transit. The best part of this roundup is that all of these apps do not require an internet connection, making each addictively uninterruptable… 1. Puzzle Retreat (iOS & Android), Free. 2. Solar Flux HD (iPad), $3.99. 3. Plants vs Zombies 2 (iOS), Free. 4. Whale Trail (Android & iOS), Free. 5. Doodle Fit 2: Around the World (iOS & Android), Free. 6.
Aug 26, 2013
10 Apps for Planning a Room Layout
image:9d90cdcf844e628e22dd00b4105181b12f037cff w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I’m in the exciting and challenging process of searching for a new place to call home. One of the aspects I find the most exhausting is physically visiting each space and trying to imagine how my own furniture would work in the potential space.
Aug 9, 2013
Renters Solutions: Temporary Cork Floors on a Tiny Budget
After researching various options that wouldn’t make my landlord cringe (we’re renters), I realized that they were all 1. Out of the budget, 2. Too permanent, or 3. Ugly. Ideally I wanted flooring that would be under $1 per square foot and could be something I might potentially reuse. Here’s what I found and how I made my rental flooring dreams come true under budget.
Jul 8, 2013
10 Apps to Construct Your Own House, Build Your Own World
Whether you’re 8 or 80, LEGOs remain a favorite medium to explore creativity, block by block. But unless you’re a parent, it’s likely it’s been awhile since you’ve explored your architect inclinations. Fortunately, there are several building apps taking advantage of tablet screens, allowing users to tap into their inner designer…all without the danger of stepping on any errant pieces. 1. Minecraft – Pocket Edition (Android & iOS), $6.99. 2.
Jun 28, 2013
5 Online Services to Save Yourself a Trip to IKEA
While IKEA remains a favorite destination for affordably accessorizing or furnishing the home quickly on a budget, making the trip out to the crowded aisles on a weekend can be a challenge, especially for anyone without a car. But what if you could skip the crowds and lines altogether (and the temptations of Swedish candies awaiting at the checkout lines)?
Jun 19, 2013
The Digital Diary: Keeping a Journal on a Tablet
While some have replaced the traditional diary and journal with Facebook or other social networking outlets, there are those who prefer something a bit more private for their personal logs. There are many options, and it’s no longer the choice between private or public, offline or online, as there are numerous ways to journal digitally. Today we’ll take a look at journaling options for the iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablets.
Feb 1, 2013
Why You Need at Least 4 Email Addresses
We’ve talked before about simplifying your life by paring down your email addresses to two, but today we’re going to encourage you to use at least four. Why? Read on for the details as to why we’ve had a change of heart.Three Reasons Why at Least Four Email Addresses are a Good Idea: 1. Personal & Work. recommended2. Spam. Ever enter a contest where you just know they’re going to send you unwanted email, but you still want to enter and not have to deal with unsubscribing?
Aug 29, 2012
8 Ways to Turn Your Tablet Into a Bedside Clock
When we travel we use our iPad as the bedside clock. It’s large, and thanks to the Internet it always has the correct time. Of course there are an astounding array of apps out there to transform your tablet into a bedside clock, so we’ve curated the best of them in this week’s handy dandy tablet app feature.
Apr 27, 2012
Tablet Apps to Help You Decorate
After we created the the interior design app roundup for smartphones we knew we had to follow up with the tablet edition. After all, with their larger screens and accompanying great apps, they’re fantastic tools for helping you decorate your home.iPadHome 3D for iPad: This app lets you recreate your home in 3D, then decorate it with furniture.
Mar 23, 2012
How To Live Well in 100 Square Feet
Recently, at SXSW 2012, we had the pleasure of hearing Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company extol the virtues of living in a small space. While he admits that living in 100 square feet might not be for everyone, his talk contained plenty of tips that apply to anyone looking to live efficiently.While we live in 600 sq feet (two adults, no pets or kids) and are no McMansion owners, we admit to being kind of taken aback by the idea of living in 100 sq ft.
Mar 21, 2012
Travel Companion: Passive vs Active Noise Canceling Headphones
For frequent fliers finding the right pair for headphones is crucial. The right headphones can make all of the difference in whether you are able to sleep through the wails of the crying infant a few rows back or the chatter of the couple sitting next to you. When people hear that you fly frequently they immediately suggest active noise canceling (Image credit: Apartment Therapy) To further complicate my search for the “perfect” travel headphones, I have tiny ears.
Feb 8, 2012
The Importance of a Good Office Chair
After yet another day where we had to take a break to help soothe our aching backs we knew it was time to take a deeper look at how we work. As folks that primarily work from home, we can be found doing our jobs from the couch, kitchen table, or our tiny home office. Surprisingly, or not, we’ve found that the back pain increases when we work from our home office, which means that we’ve got a bit of a problem and we’re pretty sure it’s the chair.
Nov 16, 2011
10 Things To Do With a Nintendo Entertainment System
Of course the top thing to do with a Nintendo Entertainment System is to play it, but what if you have a non-working system that you just can’t bear to throw away? Enter this post which will show you ten different things you can do with your old NES, many of which make great gifts for that retro gamer in your life.10 Things to do With an Old NES Turn it Into a Clock Follow the instructions from the Mavrinac website to turn your NES into an alarm clock.
Nov 14, 2011
10 Excellent Large & Small DIY Desks
Ever heard the phrase, “if you want something done right, you need to do it yourself?” Well, we certainty have and we think that this phrase can be applied to the humble home office desk. Finding the right desk can be challenging, often the ones that you like are not in the budget or they just plain don’t exist. With an eye on thrift and a desire to have exactly the desk that one wants, many go the DIY route.
Oct 17, 2011
5 Air Conditioners That Are Not Ugly
image:63769ea70e4d7f93835c848c3f00801bf8fa4670 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Although we have hopes that the steamy weather is coming to an end soon, it really can’t end soon enough since the air conditioner in our pre-war apartment has died. We have not shopped for an AC unit for quite some time, and being the design minded folks that we are, we are hoping to find a much more design forward option for a replacement.
Aug 22, 2011
10 Great Small Air Purifiers for the Home Office
image:988bf7358a38fabfe96d3e1168e74a73b9f80d5a w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" With another spike in pollen this week that shows no signs of abating over the long weekend, we are again looking for some tech solutions to the Spring Problem (what we call allergy season). The last pollen count explosion sent us scrambling for an air filter for our home office and bedroom which we are happy to report has really helped our symptoms.
May 27, 2011
12 Places You Didn’t Know Had Free WiFi
Sure, we all know many airports and cafes have free WiFi, but what about your local big box retailer? Recently we were surprised to discover a free WiFi hotspot where we did not expect it which got us thinking about all of the unexpected places where we’ve found free WiFi (and we are not just talking about your neighbor’s unsecured linksys network).The Laundromat Free WiFi really helps make the chore of laundry all that much more tolerable.
Nov 15, 2010
The Danger of Plugging In Too Many Devices
Living in an old apartment with not many electrical outlets forces us to plug in a few too many devices per outlet. While we know most people are lucky enough to have more than one outlet per room, there is still the temptation to continue to daisy chain surge protectors to have enough space for the new device or the holiday decorations that need to be powered on.
Nov 12, 2010