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Sabina’s “Dated, Depressing” Kitchen Gets a Bright Makeover
Project by: Sabina Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania We moved into our house three years ago and it was love at first sight. We loved everything about it—except the fact that it was incredibly outdated. So, after putting up with our dated, depressing kitchen for three years, in June of 2015 we finally started our dream kitchen renovation. We had replaced a few of the appliances with our own when we moved in, so we didn’t opt to get all new appliances during this renovation.
Dec 19, 2019
A Mid Century Inspired Makeover for $1500
Project by: Kaycee Location: College Park — Orlando, Florida An old colleague and friend of mine recently moved into some new office space for his growing creative agency, and reached out to me to help decorate the waiting room. The rooms had already been painted, and I was given free range to do as I like. I didn’t have a strict deadline, but completed the room within about 3 months from start to finish (installation happened over a weekend).
Dec 19, 2019
You Could Buy All of the 12 Days of Christmas Gifts, or Pay for One Year of College
Looks like the Lords-a-Leaping got a cost of living adjustment.
Sep 5, 2019
DIY Memory Game
If you’re looking for a thoughtful and fun gift, look no further. Ioana’s project is a simple, unexpected, and customizable. Skill Level: Easy Time Required: 1 hour Project Cost: $10-20 What You Need Tools Beer coastersPrinted photosClear self-adhesive foilEyeletCardstock, red and whiteBakers twine Materials PrinterCutterRulerEdge rounder (punch)GlueEyelet setterScoring board with bone folder Instructions Cut the photos as big as the coasters and round their edges.
Aug 26, 2019
Jeni’s Mixed and Matched San Fran Apartment
Name: Jeni Location: San Francisco, California After years of roommates, carpeted studios, and Ikea-filled rooms, I finally got the chance to move into my own apartment and I couldn’t wait to get my grubby hands all over it. Ever since I hit my 30’s, I’ve been obsessed with interior design, mainly because it’s such a fun way to express style + creativity. In my 20’s, that same energy was focused on fashion. As a Buyer at J.
May 4, 2019
Christeleny’s Stunning Pre-War Rehab
Name: Christeleny Location: Upper East Side — New York, New York I bought my 1000 square feet, two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in 2010. The previous owner had lived there for decades and it was quite literally falling apart. It’s in a great pre-war building with an interesting history so I was sure I could make it into something wonderful! Because I had to bring everything up to code the entire apartment had to be gutted. Between the co-op board, the NYC board of buildings etc.
May 4, 2019
Jennifer’s Mid Century With a “Tinge of Bohemian Northern California” Home
Name: Jennifer Location: Inner Sunset — San Francisco, California I live in a light filled four bedroom two story victorian built in 1906 on 8th avenue in the Inner Sunset. It’s been my home for nearly seven years! It’s no small statement to say that I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have lived in such a spacious home for so long. Especially in a city where rents are skyrocketing – you’re lucky to get a window no less a backyard and a garage.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Silicon Valley Kitchen Gets a Contemporary Makeover
We purchased our townhouse about 4 years ago. We wanted to purchase a home that needed a kitchen remodel because we didn’t like what we saw when we toured houses with remodeled kitchens. Also, we wanted to get used to our place before we embarked on a remodel so we knew what we wanted as far as layout, finishes, and appliances. We were glad we waited because we made many decisions that were different from our initial thoughts on what we wanted.
May 4, 2019
Julia’s Sunny Space in New Zealand
Name: Julia Atkinson Location: Auckland, New Zealand My name is Julia and I’m the founder and editor of popular New Zealand/Australian daily design site; Studio Home. Photographer Bonnie Stewart-Macdonald popped by a few months ago and caught some shots of me and my compact, modern 2 bedroom apartment in central Auckland, New Zealand. I’ve been based (living AND working) from the great sunny space for the last three years – and despite its small size I LOVE IT!
May 4, 2019
Before & After: An Adorable Air Conditioner (You Read That Right)
When we bought our house two years ago, I was very excited about the thought of having a windowless air conditioner in the bedroom to keep us cool throughout the summer. However, I soon realized that an in wall a/c unit was very hard to hide, especially since it’s the first thing you see when you enter the room.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A “Cookie Cutter” House Gets A Bold, Brilliant Makeover
Kind of hard to believe this is the same house, right? When Kezia and Jonathan bought their home, they were seemingly stuck with a material they hated that couldn’t be removed. Instead of throwing up their hands in despair and settling, they got creative and gave the facade of their home some major curb appeal. From Kezia: We bought a cookie cutter house and redid the kitchen and facade ourselves – we call it the Kimono Project (because our house is on Kimono Ridge Drive).
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A “Fun and Flirty” Club Chair
Fabric is simply clothing for your furniture. Take time to create unique, one of a kind pieces that are a reflection of who you are and how you live! We took an “old and dirty” club chair, cleaned it up, reupholstered and made it “fun and flirty”! When we wear clothing, sometimes we dress casual, fancy, or sporty. This chair was created with a working woman’s apartment in mind. Someone who has traditional values while living an adventurous and colorful life.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: “Silo Vibes” No Longer
Greg and I are in our third plus year of bringing back the charm of a Dutch colonial foreclosure. It’s taken so long because it’s mostly been just the two of us. I obsessively plotted and planned while Greg, the perfectionist, made it all happen. After the second year or so, if our friends and family asked when we’d be moving in, I would always answer, “never” — but we did!
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Modern Cottage Kitchen
I can not get enough of this transformation! Popcorn ceilings, Miami Vice blue walls, Julie certainly had her work cut out for her. almost So, inspired by the challenge of small space design and well-resourced by Apartment Therapy and Houzz , I rolled up my sleeves and called my contractor. And, while he saw uninsulated 2×4 stick framing, funky wiring, and a complete absence of something called “square” — I saw modern cottage. Thank you, Julie!
May 4, 2019
Before & After: From College Kid Rental to Cool, Modern Condo
I purchased this Condo on August 31, 2015. At the time it was renter occupied, which happened to be three (maybe four) college kids. I saw potential in the unit and wanted to make it my own. I fully designed the new space and worked with two contractors to get it fully to my design. In six weeks time, it went from dumpy to modern! It also has a porch and an amazing view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Thank you, Matt! Re-edited from a post originally published 12.11.
May 4, 2019
Kristy’s Home with “Comfort and Character”
Name: Kristy Location: South Tampa, Florida My husband Marc and I bought our 1960s ranch home over a year ago in the up-and-coming Port Tampa City area of Tampa, Florida. Marc is a pool designer and I own a home staging and interior styling company, so it was important to us to choose a home that catered to our design tastes…. a quaint and modernized cottage home with an open floor plan and timeless features.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A Midwestern Bathroom Opens Up
A job opportunity brought us to Milwaukee from San Francisco and we fell in love with the older homes along the northern shore of Lake Michigan. Our 1927 Tudor has a wonderful layout and beautiful details, but was in need of updating for modern living. The master bedroom gets lots of natural light from the original lead pane windows and the size was exceptionally large (especially compared with our prior homes in San Francisco and Manhattan).
May 4, 2019
This Star Wars Nursery Is Cuter Than an Ewok
Name: Baby Hayden (Due in February) Location: Federal Way, Washington My husband is a huge Star Wars fan! Star Wars has some pretty colorful prints but we wanted to stay gender neutral, wanted a clean look and to keep it playful and not too mature-looking. We wanted the Star Wars theme, but didn’t want to go overboard with it, so we added a gender neutral shape: moon and stars!
May 3, 2019
Area Man Builds Daughter Incredible Tree Bedroom, Strong Contender for World’s #1 Dad
Name: Lia ( 6 years old) Location: Bellevue, Washington My daughter wanted a fairy tree in her room that she could sit inside and read books, climb the branches, and also have a top sitting area. I’m a professional video game artist and make virtual worlds for a living, so while I thought I could come up with the aesthetic idea, I was kind of un-prepared for the physical realities of this project. I used Disney set-design as my inspiration.
May 3, 2019
A Sophisticated Restful Nursery
Name: Lawrence (Newborn) Location:Sydney, Australia My husband and I live in a rented two bedroom apartment in Sydney. With rentals in Sydney, you are usually very limited to what you can do to a space – painting a rental is pretty unheard of. I decided to try and push those boundaries by painting the walls a dark navy and replacing the Venetian blind with white linen curtains, brass fixtures and a block out blind.
May 3, 2019
A Classically Beautiful Playroom With a Surprising DIY Touch
Name: Opal ( 4 years old) Location: Anchorage, Alaska Despite being one of the nicest rooms in our house, for years this space was our dysfunctional office and dumping ground. We really wanted a play space on the ground floor so that our daughter could still be close to us while we’re cooking or folding laundry, and also to prevent the creep of toys into the main living areas.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Remodeling an Unsalvageable Bathroom
We recently purchased our first home, a 1950s ranch in Clifton, New Jersey, that needed updating to the main bath and kitchen. The existing bathroom was, quite frankly, hideous and couldn’t be salvaged. We used a contractor for all of the work and I based my design off an inspiration photo I had seen on the Internet. The black tiles (made by Lungaro) were purchased at Standard Tile in Totowa, NJ (who are fantastic to deal with!
May 3, 2019
We All Want To Live in This “Yellow Submarine” Bedroom
Name: E. Price (4) Location: Hollywood, California Ever since I brought home a “Yellow Submarine” storybook my son has been OBSESSED!! From going to Amoeba and buying every book, mug and record; to watching the movie 5 times a day; to listening to him sing along to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”; to throwing him a “Yellow Submarine” pizza party; he’s had The Beatles on the brain and now he’s asked to learn to play the trumpet!
May 3, 2019
Bo’s Timeless Scandinavian Nursery
Name: Bo (8 Months) Location: Oslo, Norway When creating a bedroom for our son Bo, we wanted it to tie in with the rest of our apartment and not be overly babyish. Baby specific decor rapidly gets outdated and needs to be updated, as kids grow older. So instead we opted for a more timeless and ageless look, with furniture that lasts (in terms of function, aesthetics and quality) and can grow with him.
May 3, 2019
A Red, White & Blue Boys Room
Name: Cayden and Kyle (6 and 11 months) Location: Providence, Rhode Island We started this room years ago in this theme — there’s something about the classic red, white and blue that just says little boys to me, I love it! Although it’s a small space, it carries a big punch with a mix of fun patterns to differentiate this room from the rest of our neutral home. Overall, I had really hoped to create a fun and cozy space for my two boys to share.
May 3, 2019
Paige’s Dreamy Victorian-Boho Bedroom
Name: Paige (10) Location: Dallas, Texas This makeover was inspired by my colorful daughter. The jumping off point for the entire room was bright ikat fabric that was used for the custom drapes and my daughter’s desire for a canopy bed. The look is what I like to call Victorian-Boho. I selected a subdued color for the wall so the room would age with her as she grows into a teenager.
May 3, 2019
Max’s “Mix and Modern”Room
Name: Max ( 6) Location: Crystal Lake, Illinois I call Max’s new room Mix n’ Modern because although it is quite modern, I love to mix that up with a little vintage, a little handmade, and a little quirky. I want both of us to love it, and think I achieved that with this recent upgrade. I gave him our old Malm bed, but painted it. I made him an enormous chalkboard since he loves art.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Garage Leftover Gets a New Life
It’s hard not to romanticize the meet-cute between Sofia and her now stunning bar. Just an average, overlooked workbench is collecting dust all on its lonesome, until it finally found that special someone who came along and claimed it. From Sofia: I found this workbench under mounds of dusty boxes in the cellar at my mum’s house.
May 3, 2019
Victor’s Functional and Stylish Big Boy Room
Name: Victor ( 3) Location: Norfolk, Virginia Not too long ago I was planning a nursery. But as every parent knows, time flies by and soon enough you find yourself planning the kids college education instead. Sigh… When we moved to our current house I was about 5 months pregnant. It was such a special time with the expectation of the new addition to our family of four plus our new house.
May 3, 2019
A Mixed-Use Space for Mom & Baby “Where Creativity Thrives”
Name: Pie (10 months) Location: South Park — Charlotte, North Carolina Our juxtaposition of a room happens to be the most valuable square footage in our home: the playroom/office combo. It seems nonsensical, but for us, it’s perfect. Pie’s playroom is where we spend the biggest chunk of our days. I am a blogger, so I “work” from home. In reality blogging is more fun than work—my blog is a place where I go to feel creative and inspired.
May 3, 2019
Lola’s Warm Woodland Themed Nursery
Name: Lola ( 1) Location: Ottawa, Canada When my husband and I found out in March of 2014 that we were going to be having a second child we were cautiously excited! After several early miscarriages, a new pregnancy was met with some serious trepidation. So needless to say, once we successfully passed the 12 week threshold, we were able to breathe a tiny sigh of relief and I was keen to start to transform what I had dubbed “The Sad Room,” into a new baby nursery!
May 3, 2019
A Tiny “Scandinavian Cabin” in Portland
Name: Genevieve Location: Concordia — Portland, Oregon This is our tiny house (216 square feet) within the growing Concordia neighborhood in NE Portland. The home started as a garage space that was historically permitted as a living space in the 1940s under WWII war time code. So, the tiny house itself has some interesting history.
May 3, 2019
Girolamo’s Double Duty Coffee Shop/Home
Name: Girolamo Location: Dogpatch — San Francisco, California I live in the Penn Station Lofts, a building in the sunny Dogpatch district in San Francisco. The lofts are situated behind the train station and I also happen to be the owner of La Stazione Coffee and Wine Bar. What’s cool about my loft, 8 years in the making, is that it’s a live/work situation so my commute to work is literally down a spiral staircase everyday.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Teeny-Tiny DIY Dorm Desk
College living is chock full of design challenges (small spaces, random roommates, a general sense of impermanence) so I’m always impressed when people commit to living their best dorm lives. Roxanne came up with a pretty ingenious way to carve out a workstation for her daughter, seemingly out of nowhere. From Roxanne: My daughter needed a study area in her tiny dorm room. With no floor space available I had to get creative. Working with only 2 feet of wall space, I added a fold down desk.
May 3, 2019
Sandra’s San Francisco Apartment Full of Light, Textiles and Plants
Name: Sandra Location: San Francisco, California I’m a textile designer behind the brand Happy French Gang and I live in a typical San Franciscan apartment in a very old house right in front of the famous Dolores Park. The place is about 800 square feet and I think we brought some French spirit to that place! We have two bedrooms, and the one we gave to our 5 year old is facing the cool Dolores St. palm trees.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: From Super Blank Slate to Charming Nursery
For some people, a totally blank slate of a room is just plain intimidating. For Jolie, it’s a joy. See how she built a lovely little nursery in a room that was in need of some serious charm. From Jolie: When my sister-in-law and I first started off on this renovation journey, I don’t think we realized what we were getting ourselves into!
May 3, 2019
Holly’s Warm & Welcoming Home (With a Wes Anderson Themed Bathroom)
Name: Holly Location: Portland, Oregon Our home is actually the main floor of a beautiful old Portland home (built in 1908) that’s since been divided into four apartments — one for each floor plus the basement. Because of its wonderful history, it definitely has a few quirks. The apartment is about 1,400 square feet, but is only a one bedroom (a converted dining room). Our closet is a converted butler’s pantry, so we store our shoes in drawers made for holding potatoes.
May 3, 2019
Ok, Cool. Now I’m Jealous Of These Toddlers (Seriously, Their Room is So Cool).
Name: G and J ( 4 & 2) Location: Toronto, Canada After living in our home for the last two years, we’ve slowly started renovating each space to suit our needs. For our two boys, however, I couldn’t figure out what to do with their space. So it remained with builder grade paint and a few train posters on the wall. As it was time for my youngest to transition out of his crib and into a bed, I knew it was time to finally give their room the makeover that it deserved.
May 3, 2019
An Alaskan Babymoon Inspires a Beautiful Blue Nursery
Name: Colton ( 6 months) Location: Las Vegas, Nevada I created my nursery after I was inspired by my babymoon vacation to Alaska. When you are pregnant in Las Vegas in the summer a cooler Alaskan vacation is more than welcome. A picture I took of Mt. Denali at sunset was the inspiration to paint an ombre mountain range on all of the walls of the nursery. The colors of the nursery I pulled from a spontaneous maternity picture my husband took while we visited the top of a glacier.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Snug as a Bug in a Rug Closet Nursery
While preparing for their first baby, Kelsey and Matt found themselves getting creative with their closet space. One armoire, a few DIY projects and four months later, they have an adorable and cozy nursery all set for their daughter. From Kelsey: With the upcoming arrival of our first baby, my husband Matt and I wanted to create a special nursery in our one bedroom rental home in Topanga Canyon, California.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Sloped Bathroom Shapes Up
Faced with an awkwardly shaped ceiling, Catherine and Bryan had to get creative and totally rethink the space of this bathroom. From Catherine: This bathroom was the only room in the house that needed some {major} love. It was the only bathroom on the second floor, and awkward was an understatement. Our biggest priorities when renovating the space were: 1. Ditch the tub and replace it with a shower that’s more comfortable to use (and prettier, of course!).
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Doing Away With a Dark Nursery
By switching up three simple elements in this dark nursery, Sarah completely transformed this space. Nothing new-fangled or extra fancy, just some really smart design choices. From Sarah: A few months ago we bought a new house and immediately set our eyes on a nursery makeover. The room was originally painted a dark tan, which made the space feel drastically smaller and more dated than it was. The ceiling fan was way oversized for the space and the lights were directly in front of your face.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: Adios Avocado!
We moved into our house in summer 2011. The house, built in 1944, was in good shape, in a great neighborhood, and priced very competitively. However, aesthetically it was a bit lacking. The previous owners had owned the home for 50+ years, and the most recent updates to the kitchen and main living area had been made in 1974.
May 3, 2019
This Nursery is Bold, Bright, Fun & Funky!
Name: Remy (3 months) Location: Tamarama Beach, Sydney, Australia If you can believe it, this room is my minimalist approach to styling. I thought it was a calm and subdued space, but I can see from the images that I’ve managed to create another colorful, eclectic room. I put together this room before our baby was born and we did not know the gender, so I wanted to keep it neutral…but as you can see I’m not a neutral kind of girl…when it comes to colors at least.
May 3, 2019
Take a (Much-Needed) Break: 9 Lighthearted(ish) Political Movies
With the election a few weeks away, you might need a quick reminder that politics can be a backdrop for some really great humor. Here are nine (well, technically ten) films that will offer you an escape—and your best chance at fighting election fatigue. The quintessential summer blockbuster (let’s agree to forget about the sequel), this action film will remind you that however much this election season is stressing you out, at least there aren’t aliens. And President Thomas J.
May 3, 2019
You Better Work, Witch: A Celebration of Supernatural Style
Oh, witches. Be they feared, misunderstood, immortal or teenagers, they’re almost always the most stylish people in the room. If you need a little Halloween inspiration or just want to add more spell-binding looks to your everyday wardrobe, these ladies are here to help you out. Please note that this is not a competition, just a celebration, seeing as witches have been pitted against each other for far too long.
May 3, 2019
Before & After: From Stuck in the Mud to “Smart Looking Study Piece”
Round of applause for Chelsea and her terrific eye! While taking her Mom out for her birthday (awww) Chelsea picked up this diamond in the rough and took it home for a little TLC, and boy did it pay off! From Chelsea: This piece was sitting outside in the muddy lawn of an antique shop this past Spring when I took my Mom out for her birthday. I had no intention of making a purchase of my own but couldn’t pass this soggy piece by without wondering what it could be if it were restored.
May 3, 2019