Kenya Foy's Recent Articles
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Dolly Parton Is Getting Her Own Home Line
An entertainment legend just put her stamp on the lifestyle industry in a major way. Musical maven Dolly Parton has a homeware collection on the way, and since it will be infused with her iconic personal style, customers can look forward to products that give their spaces a flashy upgrade that’s also fun and timeless.
May 18, 2019
Man Booked a ‘Clean Home’ on Airbnb Only to Find an Illegally Parked Shipping Container When He Arrived
For many travelers, the perks that come with renting out an Airbnb for a getaway make it the obvious choice over a standard hotel. If you’re lucky, you land a stay at one of these dreamy Airbnb houses that comes with a cool, accommodating host and have an experience that easily earns a 5-star rating.
May 16, 2019
This Paint Company’s New Crowdsourced Color Is So Chill
Designer-curated paint company Clare has recently increased its palette from 55 to 56 hues with the introduction of its newest color—and fans had a part in choosing it.In response to the demand for a new color, the company decided to make it a collective endeavor by inviting customers to weigh in or what the next shade would be.
May 13, 2019
You Can Now Rent Art, So You Don’t Even Have to Commit to that Gallery Wall
When it comes to shopping for art, the potential purchasing conundrums are endless. From getting a piece home only to notice that it doesn’t work with your overall aesthetic to obsessing over a print that’s too far out of your design budget, art lovers can all attest that choosing that perfect print isn’t always the simplest task.
May 13, 2019
These New Fitted Sheets Promise To Prevent Waking Up in a Bedding Burrito
Far too many of us have had unfortunate encounters with bed sheets. From searching high and low for soft sheets that don’t pill to finding an affordable high thread count set that doesn’t force you to shell out more money than the actual bed, the sheet struggle is real. But for those of you who are thisclose to sleeping on a bare mattress with a blanket and a pillow, an innovative new bed sheet named Beddingo hopes to put an end to all of your bedding nightmares.
May 9, 2019
Bookworms, Carry Around Your Favorite Novel As a Purse
If you have an unapologetic love affair with books, it’s probably not unusual for you to carry at least one of your most beloved reads with you everywhere. Thanks to Krukrustudio founder and artist Max, these bookworm-friendly purses inspired by your favorite novels offer a fashionable new way to tote your belongings while openly pledging your allegiance to your dog-eared copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
May 3, 2019
I’m Using Painting as Therapy to Treat My Seasonal Affective Disorder
Kenya Foy is one of six people tracking their resolutions with Apartment Therapy in real time. A few years ago, a particularly rough emotional patch forced me to face the fact that I become utterly depressed during the fall and winter seasons, a condition otherwise known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.
May 3, 2019
This Year, I’m Coping With SAD by Painting and Here’s How It’s Going
Kenya Foy is one of six people tracking their resolutions with Apartment Therapy in real time. You can read her first installment here.
May 3, 2019
I Spent a Month Using Painting as Therapy and Here’s What I Learned
Kenya Foy is one of six people tracking their resolutions with Apartment Therapy in real time. You can read her earlier installments here and here. If it isn’t already evident by now, literally every single day that brings gloomy, cold weather feels like the most depressing day of the year. Spring, where are youuu?! Winter lovers, how do y’all take joy in this every year? Honestly, I can barely manage.
May 3, 2019
This Data Visualization of Sleep is Surprisingly Artistic
With the exception of insomniacs, most people already know how sleeping like a baby feels, and now there’s a data visualization for sleep that shows us exactly how it looks. Using the Baby Connect iPhone app, Redditor Andrew Elliott and his wife diligently tracked the time their newborn daughter spent awake and sleep for the first six months of her life.
May 3, 2019
These 3D Printed Vases Upgrade Plastic Bottles to Art
When sustainability and style come together to create a single product, the results can be visually stunning, as is the case with these 3D printed water bottle vases by Italian designer Libero Rutilo. The elegant series of flower vases creatively accentuates soft drink and water bottles by artfully encasing them in a geometric mesh material. If you’re into upcycling ideas to enhance your home decor, these fancy floral receptacles offer a rather cool alternative to traditional vases.
May 3, 2019
Modernism at the Movies: The Design Drama Behind the Famous Farnsworth House
A film exploring the complicated (and, ultimately, litigious) relationship between renowned 20th century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his client Edith Farnsworth during the building of his most significant work, the Farnsworth House, is headed for the big screen. Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman reports that Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal will play the respective roles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Dr.
May 3, 2019
Laundry Lifesaver: Use this Bag in Your Washer to Help to Stop Ocean Pollution
Do you ever wonder where the lint from your laundry winds up after the rinse cycle sends it down the drain? If your concern keeps you up long after the wash is dried and put away, there’s an innovative laundry bag to ease your conscience. The Guppy Friend might force you to rearrange your personal ranking of the best laundry bags, thanks to its eco-friendly mesh design, which aims to reduce pollution in the ocean and our food supply.
May 3, 2019
You Can Share This E-Book, But You Have to Rewrite It First
Well, here’s a tale that’s bound to get your book club buzzing. Thanks to Google staffer TL (“Tea”) Uglow, eager bibliophiles are now imagining what it would be like to read A Universe Explodes, an experimental, limited-edition digital book that requires each of its readers to make changes to the text before sharing it. As Wired explains, Uglow authored the concept book, which was developed by design studio Impossible Labs and published by Editions at Play.
May 3, 2019
You Can Stay Overnight at the Christmas Story House (Leg Lamp Included)
Not all leftover childhood dreams go unfulfilled. Some of them come true when you least expect it. Case in point: You can now stay overnight at the famous house from A Christmas Story. No word on whether that includes your very own Red Ryder BB Gun and plate of leg lamp cookies, but this is still a pretty sweet opportunity nonetheless.
May 3, 2019
This Floral Designer Is Turning NYC Trash Cans Into Gorgeous Bouquets
Ordinarily, city trash cans are strictly regarded as pungent eyesores, but an artistic beautification initiative led by New York designer Lewis Miller aims to change that perception. Instead of bins overflowing with garbage, Miller has filled NYC trash cans with huge colorful bouquets, creating one of the most beautiful and unique flower arranging ideas we’ve ever seen.
May 3, 2019
This Shapeshifting Chair Is Good For More Than Sitting
Many relaxation enthusiasts (read: everyone) have made a sport out of curling up in their favorite chair. It takes a bit of work to contort your body into the most comfortable position, but once you’re there it’s like discovering bliss in seated form. It just so happens that in our latest search for the perfect reading chair, we discovered this odd, yet playful shape-shifting chair that will definitely help ease the process of getting comfy while sitting.
May 3, 2019
Smart Pot Punishes Your Plants If You Don’t Change Your Bad Habits
We’ve offered plenty of tips on how to break bad home habits, but what if a plant’s lifespan depended on your ability to finally kick those less-than-productive tendencies to the curb? Enter Phabit, a device that rewards good habits by keeping plants alive.
May 3, 2019
The “Oddly IKEA” ASMR Video Is Actually Relaxing
Using YouTube videos to lull yourself to sleep is one thing, but how about a visual production that simultaneously encourages you to snooze and shop for stuff to spruce up your place? Enter IKEA’s ASMR video. At 25 minutes, “Oddly IKEA” campaign features an intentionally soft-spoken narrator who guides viewers through a college dorm room outfitted with some of the brand’s latest back-to-school products.
May 3, 2019
Muggles, Mark Your Calendars: This Magical Harry Potter Exhibit Arrives Stateside in 2018
True Potterheads understand that J.K. Rowling’s fantasy book series is the gift that keeps on giving, but here’s more proof for those who don’t already get it: Next fall, the New York Historical Society will host Harry Potter: A History of Magic after the exhibition completes its run in London.
May 3, 2019
It’s Roald Dahl Day & This Custom Book Is Your Very Own Golden Ticket
Today happens to be Roald Dahl’s 101st birthday and officially Roald Dahl Day, and this is the closest thing to a book that satisfies a sweet tooth: The Roald Dahl Literary Estate has teamed up with publisher Wonderbly to bring us My Golden Ticket, a creative combination of “storytelling, illustrations and personalized technology” that should make fans of the fantasy-fulfilling chocolate factory beam with pride.
May 3, 2019
Ready Your Wands: BBC to Air a Harry Potter Documentary
Every so often we need a Harry Potter fix that we can’t quite get from re-reading our favorite books from the series, binge-watching one of the films for the millionth time or pretending to cast spells with our wands. If you too, can relate to struggling to scratch that Harry Potter itch, make sure to leave some room in your schedule for the forthcoming Harry Potter documentary, A History of Magic.
May 3, 2019
Tiny Paper Plants That You’ll Have to See to Be-Leaf
For plant lovers who’d rather leave watering routines to the horticultural pros, allow us to point you in the direction of Barcelona-based paper artist and set designer Raya Sader Bujana’s miniature paper plants. The little leafy replicas are so eye-catching you’ll instantly want to lean in for a closer look at the details. It’s hard to believe what Bujana can do with only paper as a medium.
May 3, 2019
These Kickstarter-Funded Towels Use Silver To Clean Themselves
Now that studies have assured us that our towels are dirtier than we think, it’s time to take even more preventative measures to keep our washcloths as germ-free as possible. Experts maintain that routine laundering with hot water and activated oxygen bleach will do the trick, but for the germophobes who remain sufficiently skeeved out by the thought of a potential E.
May 3, 2019
This Lamp Powered By a Houseplant Is Plant Lady Dreams Come True
You might have to brush up on your elementary school science before this begins to make sense to you (or maybe that’s just us), because there’s a lamp that gets its power from a house plant. If you’re rusty when it comes to recalling the basics of photosynthesis, don’t worry: This off the grid lamp created by Ermi van Oers is here to remind you just how potent the process actually is.
May 3, 2019
You Can Stay In This Convincing Hobbit House
Not everyone has the interest or the carpentry skills required to build a personal hobbit hole from scratch. Still, that doesn’t stop people from wanting to experience life as a fictional, vertically challenged individual with a larger than average shoe size. Luckily, minimalist and tiny house builder Kristie Wolfe has put her charming hobbit house up for rent on Airbnb, and it’s about as close as a real-life human can come to hanging out in Middle-earth.
May 3, 2019
Ready Your Wands: A New Harry Potter Mobile Game Comes Out in 2018
Here’s a perfectly legitimate reason for Potterheads to rush 2017 the heck outta here and slam the door behind it: A Harry Potter mobile game is slated for release next spring, Variety reports. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a collaboration between Warner Bros.
May 3, 2019
The TV Shows We’re Most Excited to Watch in 2018
The era of Peak TV shows no signs of slowing down. While it can be overwhelming, having too many options isn’t exactly the worst way to kick off a new year. Here are some of the shows we’re looking forward to watching in 2018: This horror-inducing new anthology series from Stephen King and J. J. Abrams revolves around the fictional Maine town that serves as the backdrop for King’s stories.
May 3, 2019
Harry Potter Fans Can Spend Valentine’s Day at The Great Hall
If you really want to impress your sweetheart in 2018, make plans to woo them with wine and wizardry courtesy of Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London which is offering its three-course meal in Hogwarts’ Great Hall for the third year in a row. Last year’s Harry Potter Valentine’s Day card was cool, but this dinner sounds like it just might work better than a love potion. The convening of romance-seeking Potterheads takes place on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10.
May 3, 2019
Peek Inside This Pastel Cafe Inspired by Wes Anderson
Just because color decorating trends are forecast to turn their backs on pastels in 2018 doesn’t mean the soft-tinted hues will be short on admirers. They’ll still receive plenty of love from those who prefer tones that whisper instead of shout, like the subtle colors that accent this Wes Anderson flick-inspired café in China.
May 3, 2019
Even Muggles Can Stay In This Magical Harry Potter House in Edinburgh
Looking for some wizard-related wonderfulness? If there was any justifiable reason to withdraw a handful of Galleons and spend it without hesitation, it’s the chance to spend a few nights in this Harry Potter rental. Potterheads are probably already packing their robes and inviting their closest muggle pals to BYOB (Bring Your Own Butterbeer) and join them at what sounds like the most enchanting rental ever.
May 3, 2019
This Kid-Friendly Remodel Has a House Shaped Bed and a Slide
We love to see a design overhaul that realizes the complete potential of a space. Architecture company Wutopia Lab recently accomplished that feat by transforming a three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Shanghai into an open floor plan filled with soothing neutrals that encourage rest and relaxation, and kid-friendly accessories that invite the tiny ones to let loose and play. That sounds like a difficult balance to achieve, but the results make it look like a fun, effortless endeavor.
May 3, 2019
These Sleek Fidget Spinners Could Help Break Your Phone Addiction
Resisting the urge to swipe and scroll the day away is a battle many of us face and inevitably lose. Fortunately, Vienna-based designer Klemens Schillinger has done his part in trying to help us loosen the grips on our smart phones with the invention of five “substitute phones.” We know – who knew there was such a thing?
May 3, 2019
This New Alexa-Assisted Board Game Is a Game Changer
In stuff you didn’t know you needed but totally do, there’s now an Alexa-assisted board game called When in Rome. Instead of arguing over the rules with that pesky player who loves to find questionable loopholes, you’ll be able to leave the dirty work to the Amazon Echo device. Alexa is in charge of laying out the game guidelines, tracking scores and keeping players in line (that means you, cheaters).
May 3, 2019
Beyoncé’s Former Hamptons Rental (Yes, Another One) Is For Sale
Depending on who you ask, this totally qualifies as one of those urgent questions that need answers: Who wants to live in a home Beyoncé once rented ? You can, that is if you have enough coins and crisp dollar bills to purchase Sandcastle, the Carters’ not-so-humble former rental in Bridgehampton that is now on the market for $49.95 million.
May 3, 2019
Can You Assemble an IKEA Chair Faster Than This Robot?
So far, technology has introduced the world to robots that dust, vacuum and lull you to sleep. Now there’s been some major progress made in the form of a robot that assembles IKEA furniture, proving that the momentum of these multi-tasking machines and their automated functions is progressing faster than it takes to memorize the entire IKEA catalog.
May 3, 2019
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Are Selling Their Furniture
This celeb couple offloaded two luxurious neighboring properties for $18 million last spring, and now a little more than a year later, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are selling their furniture online.
May 3, 2019
Calling All Slytherins: Here’s the Wedding Photo Shoot of Your Dreams
For those of you who landed on the Sorting Hat’s snake-ish student list, Houston-based photographer Christine Wright of Swish + Click Photography created a photo idea for your nuptials that creatively highlights her Harry Potter fandom. Wright told PEOPLE that the idea is suitable for couples who have been sorted into the house of shrewd, tactical go-getters, odds are that the photo shoot will still appeal to self-appointed Slytherins.
May 3, 2019
Must Love Dogs: This Apartment Building Only Accepts Pup Parents
f you’ve ever scoffed at paying a hefty pet deposit, then your future tenancy could be at a forthcoming dog owner-only apartment complex in Denmark. Basically, the next best thing to dog friendly hotels, these units will be restricted to canines and the humans who love them. The idea for the designated doggie digs came after Danish businessman Niels Martin Viuff spoke with residents about their concerns regarding the number of dog-restricted places they routinely encounter.
May 3, 2019
Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween Includes a Special that Celebrates ‘Hocus Pocus’
‘Tis the time of year where people intentionally do stuff to scare the bejesus out of themselves, and that includes binge watching classic Halloween films. Thankfully, thrill-seekers have been simultaneously blessed and bewitched by Freeform and its 31 nights of Halloween. Possibly the most ghoulish marathon on TV, the network is currently airing all of our favorite Halloween-themed movies until October 31.
May 3, 2019
This Harry Potter Advent Calendar Will Make Your Holidays Magical
Potterheads all over the globe have a reason to wield their holiday shopping power well before the end of November. Funko Pop! is selling a Harry Potter advent calendar, which is already available for pre-order with an anticipated shipping date of November 1. The Potter-themed pocket Pop! release will feature all of our favorites from the wizarding world, from Harry Potter to Hermione Granger with a time turner and Ron Weasley, according to the popular vinyl figurine retailer.
May 3, 2019
SNL’s ‘House Hunters’ Skit Hilariously Mocks the HGTV Fave
We’ve previously identified Liev Schreiber as the owner of one the most stunning celebrity kitchens. But when he was searching for a home, the process probably went nothing like this hilariously awkward “Saturday Night Live” “House Hunters” spoof in which the “Ray Donovan” actor recently starred alongside comedian Leslie Jones.
May 3, 2019
This Eco-Friendly Weighted Blanket Will Get You Through Chilly Nights
‘Tis the season for brewing your favorite tea and cozying up with something warm and fuzzy. It’s cold outside and these bones ain’t gonna warm themselves, ya know? The minds behind the eco-friendly weighted blanket Reviv clearly understand the importance of reducing stress and getting a good night’s sleep. Currently funding on Kickstarter, the blanket has over 3,000 backers and has raised almost $600,000 at press time.
May 3, 2019
Furniture Shopping with Your Partner? Bad Idea, Study Says
Looking to replace an old piece of furniture shared with your S.O.? Hopefully this next bit of news won’t put a damper on your shopping plans. Aside from its mere (and unsightly) existence threatening to drive a wedge in your relationship, the act of shopping for furniture can be bad for your marriage.
May 3, 2019
Here’s How Hogwarts Students Might Decorate Based on Their House
When J.K. Rowling created an incomparable fantasy world of wizards, witches, and magical stuff, the author took care of all the details, but that doesn’t mean Potterheads’ thirst for more spellbinding moments will ever be quenched. While the books and films have answered plenty of burning questions from how many staircases Hogwarts has to the location of all of the horcruxes created by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, there’s still so much more to ask.
May 3, 2019
People Are Listening to ‘Slow Lit’ to Bore Themselves to Sleep
While there aren’t official stats on how many hours adult spend searching for foolproof ways to fall asleep, the collective struggle of grownups in search of quality shuteye is well-documented. To help the masses get ample snooze time, we’ve seen studies that recommend women sleep next to their dogs, and even explore the scientific benefits of sleeping with socks on, but here’s another option that may be a little more pleasing to you (and your feet).
May 3, 2019
Peek Inside This Frank Lloyd Wright-Inspired Portland Home That’s Under $600K
This could be considered the next best thing to owning an original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property: a house inspired by the renowned architect’s approach to architecture. The dwelling we’re referencing is a Portland, Oregon home designed by architect Stephen Mayer. Completed in 1957, the residence at 3620 NE Liberty Street pays homage to Wright’s iconic midcentury aesthetic.
May 3, 2019
Scientists Genetically Engineered a Houseplant for Cleaner Air
While we’ve been busy compiling hacks designed to help you to get cleaner air at home, scientists have been hard at work coming up with a seriously hardcore fix of their own: genetically modifying a houseplant to purify the air. Without getting into the dizzying details of what it takes to genetically modify a seed, here’s what we know about this scientific undertaking that could increase the air quality in our homes.
May 3, 2019