Rebecca Orlov

Deciding To Keep Or Let Go Of Things When Moving
Moving is often a bittersweet experience that can stir a lot of emotions. On one end, you are embracing change and trying something new and on the other, you are packing up a period of time. For many of people, the moving process is a chance to go through one’s collected home life and hold solo-debates about the value and worth of an object. Here are some tips to consider to get you through this process when moving. 1) Schedule your move in phases and over time.
Jan 14, 2010
The Deep Couch
When buying a couch for your home, comfort is key although style and design also play key roles. A deep couch with a lot of seating room is super comfy – but not for everyone.I had a moment a few years ago when I realized that I can’t sit comfortably in deep couches. Standing a tall 5’4, I simply felt like Edith Ann, the character Lily Tomlin portrayed of the little girl sitting in a huge chair.
Nov 24, 2009
How To: Get Out Of A Locked Room
While we were working with a client this week at their shop, we pretty much got locked in the bathroom. Yep, definitely a first! The doorknob came loose, wouldn’t catch the door release and 30 minutes and a non-emergency call to the fire department later, we now know some tips for handling this type of crazy situation.1) Try to stay calm. While it is quite a strange feeling to be stuck in a small space, relax and stay calm.
Oct 23, 2009
Allison & Paul’s Gem With a View
Name: Allison Amon & Paul Francechi Location: Silver Lake, CaliforniaSize: 2,400 square feet Years lived in: 13, 2 years since remodel Shaded by a row of bushes, the front of the Allison and Paul’s home is on a quiet street in the curvy hills of Silver Lake. Walking through their house is a whole other view since almost the entire other side is full of windows with views overlooking the famed reservoir.
Aug 7, 2009
House Tour: Shawn and Amy’s Laurel Canyon Retreat
Name: Shawn Gold and Amy Neunsinger Location: Laurel Canyon area of Los AngelesSize: 5,500 square feet Years lived in: 2 years since remodel, 8 years total >> Enter SlideshowWelcome to the home of Shawn Gold & Amy Neunsinger. Husband, wife and now business partners in Amy is an accomplished lifestyle photographer and Shawn is the former CMO of MySpace. They bought a 1,500 square foot home on an amazing piece of property in Laurel canyon in 1998 and starting designing a year later.
Jul 10, 2009
How To: Make Your Own Round Art Gallery
Looking for a fun and easy project for your home? Make your very own round art gallery reusing cardboard tubes hanging around your home, like paper towel holders or toilet paper rolls. After the jump, get all of the details. Clean the rolls by removing any labels or leftover paper. Mark the rolls by using a ruler and pencil to mark the width of each ring will help you keep the cuts straight and level. Make different sizes to add interest and dimension.
May 28, 2009
3 Ways To Turn A Cushioned Ottoman Into A Table
In our small space, we use two zebra ottomans that double as coffee table and also extra seating when we need it. While we love the cushioned vibe of the ottomans to rest our feet, it’s not conducive for cocktails or glasses of any kind. We’ve picked up a few tips for turning an ottoman into a functioning table.Consider using a C side table in addition to your ottoman. Simple slide the C table under your ottoman to create a surface.
May 19, 2009
33 Best Small Space Design Tips
A few months ago, we asked you to share your fave small space design tips and there were some great ideas! We loved your suggestions and enthusiasm and definitely picked up some fab tips for our own small space. After the jump, check out the compiled list and pick up a tip or two.4 Tips For Making a Small Office Feel Big 1) If you have a small space use small pieces that fit the scale of the apartment. Your space will feel bigger.2) Keep it clean!3) Get rid of the clutter.
Mar 9, 2009
How To: Install Hardwood Floors
We sure do love the clean look of hardwood floors and have covered hardwood flooring throughout AT. Since this is do-it-yourself month at Apartment Therapy, we thought we’d do some research on this more advanced project. We found an 8-step process on how to place this pretty accent in a room but still wonder…is this an easy DIY or is it easier to bring in a professional?Ok, AT, have any of you tackled hardwood floor installation on your own?
Feb 5, 2009
Host An “As Seen On TV” Gift Exchange This Holiday Season
If you’ve ever wondered if The Clapper works as great as the commercial is or if the ShamWow! really can clean up all of that water then consider hosting a White Elephant gift exchange holiday party this year with a fun twist – As Seen On TV products. Check out party details after the jump.RULES FOR THE WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE:1) Ask your guests to bring a wrapped and unlabeled As Seen on TV gift.
Dec 9, 2008
How To: Properly Place A Rug
Our friend recently bought a nice shaggy rug for her main living room but wasn’t sure if the rug should go flush against the wall or sit in the middle of the floor? This inspired us to do some research and offer a How To for properly placing a rug in different rooms in your home. Here are 3 ideas for 3 of your main living spaces.
Oct 13, 2008
How To: Measure Your Sofa For A Custom-Made Slipcover
If you are looking to change the color scheme in your home, it may include changing the color of your sofa. With a measuring tape in hand and a bit of patience, you can correctly measure your sofa for your own custom-made slipcover. This process can be easy by following these measuring tips after the jump.Measuring the cushions and frame:Please refer to the diagram and matching steps. While this may seem overwhelming, just take it step-by-step and you’ll have your measurements in no time.
Sep 9, 2008
5 Classic Color Harmonies Defined
When designing the look of a room, deciding on the color palette can sometimes seem overwhelming. The task of coordinating the decor to the furniture to the flooring to the walls in just the right way can seem challenging. Thoughts of “Where to begin?” or “How” to begin?” can easily takeover.One place to begin is understanding a bit about color theory and how different color harmonies can create the feeling, look and overall tone of space.
Aug 20, 2008
How To: Move A Couch Around A Tight Corner
In a classic Friends episode, Ross convinces Chandler and Rachel to help him move his new couch up a few flights of stairs in lieu of paying the delivery charge. A hand drawn sketch and a few “pivots” later and, of course, the couch is stuck in mid-rounding-the-corner. When moving your own furniture, there are a few ways of getting your sofa around those tight corners.
Aug 6, 2008
Summer Weight Down Comforter Options
Summer bedding can go across the board. Sheet only. Blanket only. Sheet and blanket. Summer weight comforter – maybe? For us, it’s the latter but we still are trying to figure which down-comforter is the most comfortable for us!?!Although there are so many comforter styles to choose from – down, wool, synthetic, organic, cotton, hypoallergenic – we are searching for a down comforter that works for two.
Jul 24, 2008