Lauren Hufnagl

Lauren is a writer, DIYer, and Etsy addict living with her family in her tiny work-in-progress home in Pennsylvania. When not blogging, she can usually be found chasing around one very spirited little three-year-old and snuggling her new baby girl.
Before & After: See Which Paint Color Lauren Picked
I can’t believe we’re here at last – we’ve finally (after nine years–eek!) finished renovating and decorating the last room in our little Cape Cod home! We saved our own room for last, of course. The kids’ rooms have been beautiful for years, the first floor is completely redone, but our own space has been plain-Jane for as long as I can remember.
Sep 18, 2015
Help Me Choose a Paint Color for My Boring Bedroom
I’m a little embarrassed to show this here, but welcome to my super plain-Jane, boring, blah bedroom, AKA the last room in the house to receive any TLC. We’ve fixed up the bones of the room since we moved in – we removed a huge behemoth of a radiator, ripped out old dingy carpet, and added new hardwood floors, but we have done close to zilch as far as decorating. That’s where you come in… Which paint color do you choose?
Sep 11, 2015
8 Tips for Moving with Kids
After years of talking about it, we’re finally diving headfirst into the process of moving. Although we love our little house, our family has outgrown it, and we’d all like some room to breathe. My first task was to pack up some of the clutter that we’ve accumulated over the years to get the house ready for potential buyers. As I filled the first box, my ever curious four-year-old asked, “What are you doing, Mommy?
Apr 4, 2015
Valentine’s Day Ideas: 5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Ready for Romance
If you’re anything like me and have to navigate around your kids’ toys, over heaps of unfolded laundry, and through random piles of clutter when you enter your bedroom, chances are it’s not exactly the most romantic space in your home. And with Valentine’s day quickly approaching, perhaps one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your spouse is an intimate sanctuary that says, “I want to focus on us.
Feb 11, 2015
Not Your Mom’s Underbed Storage: 10 Creative Ways to Make More Space in Your Bedroom
When I think of underbed storage, I generally think of plastic containers, or, at best, artfully organized baskets. But when you’re in need of serious storage solutions in your bedroom, you have to think outside of the box. That’s exactly what these people did. They maximized the black hole that was the space beneath their beds, said goodbye to the dust bunnies and hello to oodles of storage space for their shoes, clothes, toys – you name it.
Jan 14, 2015
15 Simple, Budget-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Kid’s Room for the New Year
I don’t know about you, but my kids’ bedrooms always seem to get overtaken by new toys, clothes, and books after the holidays are over. And if your house is anything like mine (read: tiny), you’re probably fresh out of nooks and crannies to stash them in. Luckily, there are some really creative people out there who have found innovative ways to organize their nurseries and kids’ rooms on a budget.
Jan 6, 2015
Parker’s Cozy & Colorful Nursery
Name: Parker James Location: Olivebridge, New York Room Size: 14′ x 14′ Parker’s nursery combines all of the things that I love — the warmth of wood, clean, bright white walls, and colorful artwork, accents, and accessories. I love that his mom, Dana, was able to fill the space with toys and artwork that are fun and interesting for a small, developing mind, yet the space still feels comfortable for the adults who inhabit it as well.
Dec 16, 2014
Finn’s Surf & Skate Room
Name: Finn (12) Location: Sydney, Australia Room Size: 4m x 3m I’ve been talking a lot lately about creating kids’ spaces that make both the grown ups and the kids happy, and Finn’s room may be the perfect example of just such space. Mom Simone worked together with her twelve-year-old son to create a space that is reflective of his personality and interests.
Dec 5, 2014
8 Ways to Create a Kids’ Space with Personality
While most come here to see beautifully decorated children’s spaces, many of our readers still have a strong desire to make sure that kids’ rooms are still, well, for kids. While it’s understandable that design-conscious parents want their kids’ spaces to be just as stylish the rest of the house, it can be done without removing all of the fun.
Dec 2, 2014
Jasper’s Bold, Beachy Abode
Name: Jasper (7) Location: Sydney, Australia Room Size: 3m x 3.2m I always admire when a kid’s room is reflective of his interests, but still manages to be stylish. That’s one thing I’ve always struggled with reconciling — throwing Elsa and Anna all over the place and painting the room Barney purple just isn’t my idea of fun. Luckily I think my daughter and I have struck a good balance, and I bet the same can be said of Jasper and his mom, Simone.
Nov 25, 2014
Lauren’s Before & After Photos: The Kitchen Reveal
I wasn’t sure if I was biting off more than I could chew when I decided to work on my kitchen again this year for the Style Cure. I mean, both my husband and I work full-time, we have preschooler and a toddler, and it’s that time of year when a lot of other things are happening: birthdays in the family, holiday preparation, and raking leaves, to name a few. But after talking about it ’til we were blue in the face, we decided to jump in head-first and see what happened.
Nov 24, 2014
Noah’s Graphic, Modern Abode
Name: Noah (2) Location: Sydney, Australia Room Size: 3.8m x 2.6m With three sons ages 2-12, Simone of Honey & Fizz is an expert at putting together little boys’ rooms. All three of her boys’ rooms are full of graphic patterns, color, and most importantly, fun. Her youngest son, Noah, calls this fantastic space home. Although he has some of his brother’s hand-me-down pieces, one certainly can’t say that his space isn’t special or unique to him.
Nov 21, 2014
A Compendium of Clever, Creative Ways to Set Up a Shared Kids Room
I don’t know about you, but when I think of a shared kids’ bedroom, my mind immediately goes to two twin beds side by side, or maybe bunk beds. (Or if you’re as unlucky as my sister and I were, a shared full bed. We often daydreamed about building a wall right down the middle of the bed!) If you let yourself start to think outside of the box, there are so many creative solutions to a shared kids’ situation. Here are a few of my favorites from our archives: Short on space?
Nov 19, 2014
Lauren’s Progress: Almost There!
So we’re all-in with the kitchen update, and I’m excited to say that I think we’re almost there! I didn’t know if it was going to be doable with two little ones underfoot, but thanks to a lot of help from both sets of grandparents in both the babysitting and manpower departments, I think we may just finish on time.
Nov 11, 2014
Lauren’s Paint Color Choice(s): Help Me Choose!
Welcome back to our kitchen update, phase ten gazillion. My husband is currently en route to pick up our butcher block counters, while I’m at home trying to decide on paint color choices for our lower cabinets. We love the two-tone look, so we’re not going with the same color (white) as the upper cabinets. Even though our appliances are white, we’re hoping a slightly deeper tone will add more visual interest and character to the space.
Nov 4, 2014
Lauren’s Floor Plan: Getting a Visual
There won’t be much moving or rearranging happening in our kitchen this year. We’re updating on a tight budget, so we’re not replacing the cabinets or splurging on new appliances. We’ll be painting the lower cabinets (we painted the uppers white during last year’s Style Cure), switching out the dated laminate countertops for butcher block, adding a wood plank backsplash, and installing an inexpensive apron-front farmhouse style sink from good ol’ IKEA.
Oct 31, 2014
15 Last-Minute Halloween Ideas: Crafts, Activities & Printables
I don’t know about you, but Halloween kind of snuck up on me this year. We’ve done some of the requisite Fall activities — apple picking, Fall festivals, and corn mazes, but we haven’t gotten really in the Halloween spirit around our house. But don’t worry, there’s still time! Here are fifteen of my favorite late-minute Halloween crafts, activities, and printables from around the web: 1. Easy Honeycomb Ball Halloween Decorations: A Lovely Lark 2.
Oct 29, 2014
Lauren’s Before Photos: & After, & After, &… After
I’m fairly certain that I’m going to go ahead with my plan to finish the kitchen for this year’s Style Cure, but I’m still not guaranteeing anything! I have a bunch of “before” photos to share with you all, as if you’ll remember I “Style Cured” my kitchen last year. This year’s Style Cure will hopefully be phase three or four (I’ve lost count) of our kitchen update.
Oct 29, 2014
The Teal Pumpkin Project: Halloween Treats for Kids with Food Allergies
When my daughter was eight months old, she had dropped from the 90th to the 9th percentile for weight and was dangerously hovering on the borderline of failure to thrive. After hospitalizations and many, many tests, it was determined that she had a severe allergy to both dairy and soy, which, unfortunately, is in virtually everything. She was basically limited to eating whole foods.
Oct 27, 2014
George’s Magical Woodland Nursery
Name: George (1) Location: Los Angeles, California Room Size: 11′ x 12′ There’s really nothing more magical than childhood, so it seems quite fitting when I come across a child’s room that feels more like a wonderland than a simple spot to sleep. Maybe it’s the twinkle lights or perhaps it’s the unicorn, but there’s something about this sweet nursery that is just so dreamy. How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
Oct 24, 2014
Lauren’s Interview: Keep it Simple or Go All-Out?
Here we go again! Last year I decided to go all out and attempted to “cure” my kitchen. While it came a long way thanks to the Style Cure, we are now almost ready to begin phase two — we just installed wood floors and are planning to paint the lower cabinets and add butcher block countertops and a farmhouse sink.
Oct 23, 2014
Better Together: The Power of Collections
When I was a kid, I had a huge keychain collection. Why on Earth I felt I needed so many keychains, or why I decided to start collecting them in the first place is absolutely beyond me, but nevertheless I loved that jingly ball of metal. I’m starting to find that my own daughter is beginning to gather collections of her own — shiny rocks, plastic princesses, and sticks, to name a few.
Oct 17, 2014
DIY Halloween: 17 Awesome Costumes You Can Make from Stuff Around the House
There’s just something about making your kids’ Halloween costumes. Growing up my mom always made ours (out of necessity — not because she enjoyed it!) and looking back at those photos, our costumes always just felt special. They weren’t always complicated — one year my mom bought a giant box of Tide, cut out holes for my sister’s head, arms, and legs, and called it a day. It wasn’t the fanciest costume in the neighborhood, but it was one of a kind.
Oct 8, 2014
Nina’s Little House Nursery
Name: Nina James Location: Johannesburg, South Africa When I first came across this South African nursery, I was dying to know who made the adorable little house bed. I was certainly very surprised to learn that the bed is actually going to become a crib and is a DIY project created by Nina James’ talented parents! It’s definitely the focal point of this unique, modern nursery, but the rest of the space is full of wonderful little surprises as well.
Sep 22, 2014
Outside with Kids: 15 Ways to Play with Nature
I don’t know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite times of year. My kids and I get outside more than ever: I love the cooler temperatures and the fact that we don’t have to worry as much about constantly slathering on sunscreen or getting eaten alive by mosquitos. And the colors are the absolute best! My kids are constantly coming home with collections — rocks, sticks, leaves, and yes, even pockets full of carefully collected mulch.
Sep 18, 2014
Avery’s Cozy Alcove
Name: Avery Location: Seattle, Washington Room Size: 9.5 x 13 I have a special place in my heart for nurseries with dark walls. When I was designing my first-born’s space, I was terrified to go dark, but my husband was really into the idea. After we did it, the space immediately felt so cozy and restful. So when I came across Avery’s nursery, I was head over heels.
Sep 17, 2014
20+ Toys & Crafts You Can Make from Recyclables
Save money, save the Earth and entertain your kids simultaneously — sounds like winners all around to me! If there’s one thing I hear frequently from my four-year-old it’s that she doesn’t have anything to do, despite our toy cupboard, bookshelves, and craft basket all seem to be brimming with possibilities. But if I give her some recycling, scissors, and tape, she can entertain herself for an eternity.
Sep 11, 2014
Vivian’s Vivacious Nursery
Name: Vivian (2) Location: San Francisco, CA Room Size: 12’x14’ I immediately fell in love with Vivian’s nursery when I first came across it — I loved that the space looked like something I’d want for myself, but still felt colorful, happy, and fun enough to be equally perfect for a little one.
Sep 2, 2014
Color Blocking: Two-Tone Walls in Kids’ Rooms
If you’re like me and you’re torn between the look of a bright, white room and a fun, colorful space for your little one, you might be a perfect candidate for the two-tone trend. It’s the best of both worlds, and the only thing you need to make it happen is a good roll of painter’s tape (and, of course, paint!). Here are ten of my favorite two-tone spaces to jump-start your imagination: 1. Petit Sweet Nursery 2. Timothy’s Nursery 3. Nursery 4.
Sep 2, 2014
Samantha Rose’s Daydream Nursery
Name: Samantha Rose Location: Atlanta, Georgia Room Size: 13′ x 13′ I love when a nursery strikes that perfect balance between being sweet enough for a baby, but sophisticated enough for the grown ups in the family to feel right at home as well. Ryan and April managed to do just that when they created this lovely nursery for their baby girl, Samantha Rose.
Aug 22, 2014
Real Rooms, Real Style: 20 Kids’ Workspaces
In our neighborhood, it seems you can hear both the collective groans and cheers as the children in each home receive their teacher assignments for the upcoming school year. Whether or not your children snagged the teachers of their dreams, you can make heading back-to-school a positive experience. One way to build excitement for the upcoming school year is to create a special workspace just for them.
Aug 12, 2014
Before and After: Lauren’s Art Wall Weekend Project
It’s the first weekend of our new home project series, and Apartment Therapy blogger Lauren is here to show you her final result on this weekend’s assignment: Filling a blank wall in your home. From Lauren: Yesterday I left you hanging before revealing the end result of my living room art wall – you know, the place where I wanted to cobble together all of the homeless artwork that I had been hoarding over the past year or so? Well, fear not, the wait is over.
Aug 10, 2014
Fill a Blank Wall in Your Home: Lauren’s Living Room Art Wall Progress
It’s the first weekend of our new home project series, and Apartment Therapy blogger Lauren is here to show you her process on this weekend’s assignment: Filling a blank wall in your home! From Lauren: Some people might appreciate the fact that their small space doesn’t offer much wall space for art, but I’m not one of them. You see, I’m a bit of an art hoarder. A result, I’m sure, of being completely addicted to both Etsy and Pinterest.
Aug 9, 2014
10 Beautiful Book Displays to Catch Your Kid’s Eye
Less than a month until we all say, “So long!” to summer and, “Hello!” to school. You’re sure to get your little one ready with a backpack, notebook, and pencils galore, but don’t forget to ready their minds as well! Maybe your little guy or gal already loves to read, but for those who are a little more reluctant why not display their books front and center? All of those colorful, beautiful illustrations are sure to catch your kids’ interest.
Aug 8, 2014
Baby G’s Bright, Playful Space
Name: Baby G Location: Bologna, Italy Room Size: 4.5 x 3.5 meters I love coming across a nursery that incorporates all of my favorite elements—white and bright, yet colorful, a nice mix of both modern and vintage, and most importantly, something that is whimsical and playful enough for a child to enjoy. Alessandra of Almalu’s Place did just that when she created a nursery for her precious little bambino.
Aug 6, 2014
Oscar’s Bright, Bold Abode
Name: Oscar (5) Location: Den Bosch, the Netherlands Room Size: 3.5 x 3.5 meters I’m not sure if it was the bright yellow bed, the wall of beautiful books, or the fabulous wallpaper, but it was love at first sight when I laid eyes on Oscar’s room. I’ve always been drawn to spaces that combine both vintage and modern pieces, and I absolutely adore both bright white spaces and those filled with bold colors. This room is the perfect union of all of those elements.
Aug 1, 2014