Laura Schocker's Recent Articles
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A September Letter from the Editor: Transitioning into Fall
This September at Apartment Therapy, we're thinking about transitions.
Sep 2, 2019
Cute Giant Planters Are Stupidly Expensive—But I Found One for Under $50
It was less than $50, but it looks like it cost so much more.
Aug 28, 2019
Behr’s 2020 Color of the Year Is Such a Natural Choice (Literally)
We're just over halfway through 2019, and Behr paint is ready to forecast their color projections for 2020.
Aug 15, 2019
One Trick to Slowing Down Time: An August Letter From the Apartment Therapy Editor
One trick to feeling like you’re slowing down time? Inserting novel experiences into your life, like learning a new skill, exploring a new place, or, yes, taking a vacation somewhere new. That's where our August theme comes into play.
Aug 5, 2019
I Almost Spent $300 on Sconces Before I Discovered These $50 Amazon Dupes
They're way better than a bedside lamp.
Jul 27, 2019
6 Things Dorm Life Taught Me About My Design Sense
The summer before my senior year of high school, I had a revelation: When I lived in a dorm, all of my clothes would be in one place for pretty much the first time in my life. This might sound strange, but I had been switching houses between my mom and my dad every Friday evening since I was three.
Jul 8, 2019
Introducing Apartment Therapy's First-Ever Color Month
One of my favorite parts of looking at our house tours each day is the inventive use of color from our audience all over the world — the ways you translate trends, timeless colors, and preferences into palettes that reflect back your personal styles.
Jul 1, 2019
Parties, Plants, and June on Apartment Therapy
One of the highlights of my entire spring happened last month, when we hosted the Apartment Therapy and Kitchn editorial teams here at our SoHo headquarters for a retreat to plan the rest of our 2019 features. Instead of going out for separate team dinners every night, we spent one night in our test kitchens and video studios, having a meal as a group.
Jun 3, 2019
A May Letter from the Editor: Making Your City Your Home
One thing that makes Apartment Therapy special is that about half of our editorial team works from their homes across the country (the other half is based in our NYC headquarters). I love popping into our Tuesday video call and seeing Tara’s Boston place (and her cats), or Adrienne’s NOLA home (and her dogs).
May 6, 2019
Here’s How ‘Lady Bird’ Created an Iconic Teenage Bedroom From Scratch
The coming of age movie is a Hollywood staple, which often depicts a young woman whose story is defined by a romantic relationship. Part of what made this past year’s Lady Bird so special is that its subtle telling of a teenage female experience—from tenuous mother/daughter relationships to shifting friendship dynamics—relied on Lady Bird’s personal growth as the main storytelling device. Its actors have received plenty of accolades ahead of Sunday night’s Oscars.
May 3, 2019
An April Letter From the Apartment Therapy Editor
What's new this month on Apartment Therapy.
Apr 2, 2019
Why We’re Launching a Series Called ‘The New Homesmiths’
It’s our mission to help people feel their most at home—whatever home might look like. The beating heart of that work is visiting real homes every single day across the country (and the world) for moments of inspiration, teaching, and sometimes just pure awe. Every time I edit or read an Apartment Therapy house tour, I’m amazed by the creativity of our community, and how they manage to transform just about any space into one that feels uniquely home.
Mar 19, 2019
A March Letter From the Apartment Therapy Editor: On the JOWSRB
I decided to spend the month of February overhauling my little bathroom. It started because I spent the past six months or so really wanting a $39 shower curtain. I kept the shopping page open on my iPhone windows and showed it to my coworkers every couple of weeks (job perk). I’m coining this phenomenon the JOWSRB—joy of wanting something really badly. Sometimes it’s more fun than actually having the object of your desire.
Mar 4, 2019
A (Love) Letter From the Apartment Therapy Editor: February 2019
Dear Readers, Welcome to the first monthly installment of our Letter from the Editor — my chance to speak directly to you about what’s going on at Apartment Therapy. I’ll be writing the first Monday of the month to give you updates on what to expect. This past year or so has been a bit of renovation for us, in both technology (you might have noticed a refreshed front page) and growing audience (we reach millions of you each month!).
Feb 4, 2019
Marie Kondo Says Her Parents Once Banned Her From Tidying
Here's what Kondo has to say about her childhood home.
Jan 18, 2019
Marie Kondo Doesn’t Hate Your Books
Don’t worry bookworms.
Jan 10, 2019
8 Things 1 Year at Apartment Therapy Taught Me About My Own Space
When you tell people you work at Apartment Therapy, they often ask if your own place looks like the tours we feature—full of plants, ingenious DIYs, and other one-of-a-kind finds. But the truth is that I face the same struggles our readers often do: limited space, time, energy, creativity, and money to devote to my own home. If only my IRL looked like my Instagram feed—but the truth was that my space was looking a bit more like a “before” than an “after.
Nov 8, 2018
Here’s How to Shop Home Depot Like an Apartment Therapy Editor
For plenty of people, hardware stores are like a second home—full of inspiration and supplies for your next DIY or project. But if you haven’t broken into this world, walking inside can feel a little intimidating (kind of like wandering into a group fitness class when you haven’t worked out for a long time). Not to worry: we went to the Home Depot, and pulled together some of our favorite tips. Check out the video above, and read on for more.
Oct 14, 2018
5 Smart Tricks for Shopping T.J. Maxx Like a Pro
I’ve been obsessed with T.J. Maxx since I was a kid. Growing up, a really. good. day. was when we’d not only go to the one in my town, but the one 45 minutes east of us (which had better clothes and shoes)—and then the one 45 minutes west of us (which had better home goods). Yup, that’s three T.J. Maxxes (I grew up in a small town, what can I say?).
Oct 5, 2018
Watch Marie Kondo Organize a Messy Kids’ Toy Area
Marie Kondo is known for her ability to take even the trickiest of messes and transform them into folded, controlled spaces that, in her words, “spark joy.” When the bestselling author of the “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” came into our studios recently to demo how her new organizational boxes work, we challenged her to pack a carry-on suitcase—no problem.
Aug 26, 2018
You’re a True Millennial If You Win This Bingo Game
We forecast—and set—decor trends all the time here at Apartment Therapy. But what does a “trend” even mean and where do they come from in the first place? “Trends are heavily influenced by pop culture, fashion, food, music, the streets, and sometimes what is going on in the world politically,” Lori Weitzner, author of Ode to Color, previously told the site. Sometimes when you hear about one it can start to feel like it’s popping up all over the place.
Aug 24, 2018
The Stylish, Space-Saving Bookshelves I Can’t Live Without
Book stacks, begone.
Aug 21, 2018
Busy Philipps May Use Her Old Couch on Her New Talk Show
Busy Philipps has a lot going on: a brand-new book coming out this fall, a late-night talk show in the works, a recent magazine cover, a TV (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and movie (“I Feel Pretty”) role so far this year, a popular podcast, and a hilariously no-filter approach to Instagram stories, to name a few. And, she quips, “I don’t ever cancel plans. I, like, show up for everything.” But how?
Aug 8, 2018
Marie Kondo Showed Us How to Pack a Suitcase
Marie Kondo is famous for her KonMari method and bestselling book, “The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up“—both of which promise to help you wrest control of the stuff in your home. But what about when you have to take some of that stuff on the road? We recently invited Kondo into the Apartment Therapy studios to demo her new drawer organizing boxes. And while she was here, we challenged her to take on a few of life’s trickiest organizing conundrums.
Aug 6, 2018
Marie Kondo Showed Us How Her New Organizing Boxes Work
Drawers are my organizational kryptonite (OK, fine, that and the “clothes chair,” if I’m really confessing weaknesses). I can get everything folded up and fairly neat looking, but the first time I need to grab a T-shirt on my way out the door to the gym in a rush? It all goes down one big jumbled slippery slope of messiness. No amount of purging—or even, dare I say, Kon-Mari-ing—has helped. But now, the KonMari architect herself, says she can help.
Jul 25, 2018
This Summer’s ‘Most In-Demand Instagram Artist’ Now Has Prints Available
I am obsessed with candy—I often joke that Sour Patch Kids are my favorite food, and I’m not really joking. So when a friend DM-ed me about a new Sour Patch Kids artist, I had to learn more. New Yorker Robyn Blair Davidson takes candy (not just Sour Patch Kids—bubble gum, Starburst, gummy bears, Fun Dip, Ring Pops, and tons of other nostalgic favorites), and turns it into whimsical works of art. And the Internet has noticed: OK!
Jul 23, 2018
Chip and Joanna Gaines Just Announced Baby Number 5’s Name—And It’s a Big Break From Tradition
HGTV’s very own royal baby arrived Saturday—former Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines announced the birth of their fifth child. And now we have a name: Crew Gaines has officially joined the, er, Gaines crew. Mom Joanna announced the name in an Instagram post on Saturday night, writing: “Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love.
Jun 23, 2018
IKEA’s New Rug Collection is a Work of Art
IKEA is known for simple, staple rugs that can go with just about everything—like the classic black-and-white Stockholm that has graced many a first-apartment floor for under $200. But on Thursday, the retailer announced that they are majorly upping their rug game—with eight new designer collaborations for this year’s IKEA Art Event. The rugs will be available for a limited time in 2019.
Jun 7, 2018
IKEA Just Announced a New Collaboration With LEGO
My husband has a seriously convenient knack for putting together IKEA furniture. Seriously, sometimes I (half) jokingly suggest he start side hustling as a TaskRabbit for a little extra income. But the thing is that he actually enjoys it—and when I ask him why he says it’s like building LEGOs for grownups. Well, now he might actually be able to build an IKEA LEGO, or something like it.
Jun 7, 2018
A Commoner’s Guide to Throwing a Royal Wedding Watch Party
This Saturday, any committed Royal family fan will be glued to some sort of screen to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day. But you’ll have to get up early to do it live: the ceremony starts at noon GMT, which is 7:00 am Eastern time—and the fanfare starts at least an hour before that. If your invite was somehow lost in the mail, you might be thinking about hosting a watch party couch-side.
May 15, 2018
How to Shop at IKEA Like an Apartment Therapy Editor
When you work at a place like Apartment Therapy, people often ask what you buy for your own homes. A lot of our editors work in different cities, and when we get together we even start quizzing each other—where’s the best place to buy linens? What’s your favorite big box store find? Basically: Where do you buy everything from without spending your entire paycheck? We recommend products on this site all the time.
May 7, 2018
Tavi Gevinson’s Brooklyn Apartment Is Just As Cool As You’d Guess
Name: Tavi Gevinson Location: 300 Ashland — Fort Greene, Brooklyn Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: 1 year, renting Almost everything in Tavi Gevinson’s one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment has a story. “That’s really special,” the 21-year-old repeats often as I point something out or pick it up. I ask, for instance, about the fleece blanket splayed across her bed. Here’s how its story goes: she printed a customizable blanket from Walmart.
Apr 11, 2018
Polly Pocket Was a Tiny House Pioneer. Here Are 7 of Her Best Design Lessons
90s nostalgia suckers, this one’s for you: This weekend, we reported the breaking news that original Polly Pockets are apparently selling for thousands of dollars. If you’ve already called home to confirm that you don’t have any of these lottery tickets collecting dust in the attic between the Beanie Babies and American Girl dolls, you’re not alone. But what exactly was it about those miniature plastic dollhouses that could keep our childhood selves entertained for hours?
Jan 8, 2018
Chip and Joanna Gaines Announce Baby Number 5 on the Way
Chip and Joanna Gaines might be fixing up a new nursery sometime soon: the couple shared they’re expecting baby number five on Tuesday night. Chip Gaines put the announcement out to his Instagram followers: “Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused.. WE ARE PREGNANT),” tagging wife Joanna. The photo featured them in similar gray sweaters, with Chip sporting a fake baby bump while Joanna showed hers. Gaines party of 7.. (If you’re still confused..
Jan 3, 2018