Regina Yunghans

Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
How to Safely Dispose of Dry Ice
Dry ice can bring an air of mystery to your Halloween party, elevating the spooky vibes with billows of chilly fog that hang around or come straight out of a cauldron of punch (aka witches brew). But once the night is over, getting rid of dry ice isn’t as straightforward as you may think. In fact, it can even be dangerous to handle. Luckily, there’s a “spell” (method) to do this safely. Below, the best way to safely dispose of dry ice.
Oct 13, 2023
Removing Old, Bulky Shower Doors Is Much Easier Than You Think
We see a fun, fresh bathroom in your future.
Oct 20, 2022
Trick of the Trade: Sectional Sofas in Small Spaces
It’s a common misconception that small spaces can’t handle large furnishings. One large piece can do a lot to make a small room inviting, anchored, and even feel bigger! Take the sofa, for instance. Arranging a small sofa in a tight space with a couple of other chairs can make a space feel over-full, with little spots of furniture all over the place (not to mention all of those legs!).
Oct 12, 2022
How To Clean a Washing Machine
It had been two years since my machine was cleaned well. Pro tip: Don't wait that long.
Sep 27, 2022
Charcoal Briquettes for the Smelly Home
Just like a charcoal water filter, charcoal briquettes can be used to absorb moisture and remove odor from the air in your home. You may know that you can use charcoal to remove fridge odors, but they also work in other rooms. We’ve found them particularly helpful for “old apartment smell” if you’re in an old building or moist smells in basement-level units.As for how to distribute them, you can simply lay a few out in a metal tray.
Sep 9, 2022
Regina’s Cure: Landing & Preparing for Takeoff
When I set up our landing strip during last year’s January Cure, I mentioned wanting to add a trash bin in the opening just below the little shelf niche. Junk mail makes its way to the kitchen countertop far too often, a problem that could so easily be avoided if we nipped it in the bud at the entryway. So today I’m adding a trash bin. We’ll see if it helps prevent junk mail from infiltrating the house.
Jul 17, 2020
5 Habits To Steal from Preschoolers for a Happier Home
I chose my son’s Montessori preschool in part because of the order and beauty of its environment. I agreed with the practices of the school and while many of these practices were things we already held important at home, I also picked up a few new take-aways and they are ones that any home can adopt: This is an important practice at my son’s preschool for keeping the indoor environments clean. Every student has indoor slippers to change into when they come in from outdoors.
Mar 11, 2020
Kids’ Room Inspiration: White Walls + Statement Curtains
If you’re looking to add color, pattern, or texture to a kids room in a rental, don’t despair! Even with requisite white (or bland beige) walls, statement curtains can come to the rescue: 1. Arden’s White & Black Wonderland achieves a sophisticated look (and good nap time dimming) with black curtains. 2. Bright, Colorful Abode owes its name, in large part, to its golden yellow curtains. 3.
Mar 11, 2020
5 Tasks to Check Off Your Thanksgiving To-Do List a Week Early
If you’re preparing to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may be feeling like this week is the silence before the storm. Rather than let nerves build to a day-of crescendo, here are some things you can check off of that Thanksgiving to-do list a full week in advance, freeing up time on the holiday itself: Make a shopping list. Depending upon what’s on your list, you might be able to even get your shopping out of the way now, before stores are overcrowded.
Mar 11, 2020
Small Space Lessons: Floorplan & Solutions from Jason’s Charm & Potential
When you see the photo of Jason’s Charm & Potential above, can you believe this whole apartment is only 250 square feet? This could just as well be a detail shot from a full brownstone. I love how nothing is sacrificed in this small apartment. Sure, it’s tiny, but it’s got serious style — not at all dorm-like as the square footage might lead you to imagine.
Mar 11, 2020
Are IKEA Kitchen Cabinets a Good Idea?
Sent by JuliaEditor: Leave your suggestions for Julia in the comments — thanks!• Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached (questions with photos get answered first).
Feb 27, 2020
How To Fix Cracks in Old Wood Floor?
Q: My apartment (rental) was built in the 1880’s and the floor has never been renovated – the uneven wood floors are painted white and have cracks and large gaps between them…I have always loved my floor but now I am pregnant and while I may cover the floor in the bedroom I am trying to find a way to fix the cracks & holes (some as big as 1 to 2 inches wide) without having to spend a ton of money – or putting down a whole new floor.
Feb 27, 2020
Reuse Ideas for 5-Gallon Water Jugs?
Q: Long story short, the place where I work will be throwing away a bunch of 5 gallon water jugs in a few weeks. I’m sure there are better uses for them other than a landfill. Any ideas?Sent by LouisEditor: Leave your suggestions for Louis in the comments — thanks!• Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here (those with pics get answered first).
Dec 19, 2019
Where Can I Find Turkish-Style Towels for a Good Price?
Q: Is there a good source for decently priced Turkish towels? You know, the soft, flat, cotton kind, often with fringe? We’ve reached that sticky, humid part of the year here in the Gulf South, and my big, fluffy terrycloth towels are contributing to a sticky, humid bathroom. Nothing here really ever dries during the summer, but the terrycloth towels are too thick to even get close!
Dec 19, 2019
House Tour: Eve’s Warm and Witty Loft
Name: Eve MartelLocation: Montreal, QuebecSize: 1,167 sq ftYears lived in: Just over a year, Eve is a proud first time owner! >> Eve moved into her Hochelaga, Montreal loft just over a year ago. Her loft is in the La Biscuiterie Viau building: it used to be a candy and cookie factory and was owned by a famous local family. Built in 1906, the factory was transformed into loft units in 2007.
Dec 19, 2019
10 Great New York Small Spaces
Maxwell started Apartment Therapy here in New York. Lots of folks in this city were in need of design solutions tailored for their specific small-home challenges. Here, let’s take a look at some successful small homes from this capital of tiny apartment living:Most of these are from previous Apartment Therapy house tours, which are brimming with small home solutions that lots of us can take inspiration from. The homes’ locations vary from Brooklyn Heights to Chelsea.
Jul 31, 2019
20+ Pairs of Fruits and Vegetables You Need to Store Separately
When I bring home a shopping bag full of fresh produce, there is some that goes onto a tray on the countertop and some that goes into the refrigerator’s produce bins. And that’s about where my divisions stop.But when I found that bananas were hastening the ripening of nearby produce (which is sometimes unwanted!), I decided to look further into produce storage and which fruit-and-veggie adjacencies to avoid.
May 30, 2019
Quick Tip #45: How To Clean and Defog Bathroom Mirrors
Every well-run home is teeming with tricks and shortcuts to keep it humming along. We’re sharing our best quick tips — for cleaning, organizing and repairing stuff at home — to save you time and money. Click through for today’s helpful hint, and links to tons more… Use VINEGAR! First, thoroughly clean the mirror with your favorite product or homemade solution, then wipe it dry.
May 21, 2019
LG SteamWasher’s Allergiene Allergen Reduction Cycle
Do you have allergies and pets? The LG Steamwasher may be able to help, with its exclusive Allergiene allergen reduction cycle. We read a bit about it and found that the effectiveness of the special cycle is even backed by an independent non-profit foundation dedicated to helping consumers and patients with asthma and allergic diseases…LG states that Allergiene removes at least 95% of pet dander and dust mites.
May 10, 2019
4 Ideas for Insulating the Attic Fan
If you have an attic fan in your home, it may help you save on your cooling costs in the summer. But in the long, cold days of winter, the opening can be a major source of heat loss from the house. Here are a few ideas for keeping the warm air from slipping right through:Since warm air rises, an uninuslated attic fan opening draws heated air right up and out of your home’s living spaces. Insulating or blocking the air’s flow can help prevent heat loss.
May 7, 2019
How to Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap claims 18 cleaning uses in one bottle. One of those is laundry soap. Want to know how to make your own using only a cup of Dr. Bronner’s per 64 loads? Check it out: This laundry soap doesn’t create suds, but it doesn’t need to in order to get your laundry clean. 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap1 cup baking soda2 cups water1/3 cup salt Warm the water and mix with salt and baking soda until dissolved.
May 7, 2019
The Day After: Removing Fireworks Stains from Concrete
If any of you set off fireworks on the sidewalk or driveway (if you have one) last night, you might wake up this morning to black powder and sulfur stains marring the concrete. Want to rid any concrete surface of them?
May 6, 2019
Bass Traps: A Solution for Neighbor’s Noise?
We were recently reading a forum where a man was asking for help in dampening the bass noise coming from his neighbor’s apartment. We know (from experience, unfortunately) that bass can be one of the hardest noises to block, as it resonates and moves through the walls themselves. You can feel the noise. One commenter suggested something we’d never heard of: Bass traps.Apparently they’re an acoustic tool made for manipulating bass noise in a studio environment.
May 6, 2019
Wattle Fencing: A Cheap DIY Material for Modern Outdoor Spaces
Wattle fencing originated in England and was traditionally woven with willow or hazel branches. However, it can incorporate a variety of twigs, reeds, or branches you find outdoors (namely oak, elder, hornbeam and ash).  Check out these inspirations from around the web for using wattle as a fencing material: This wattle screen provides shade in a garden, from Webshots via Timonty Lee Landscape Design’s pinterest.
May 5, 2019
All Aboard! Contemporary Landscaping with Railroad Ties
image:2f8a4760bf840d5f4768c2b14f5367e853f46324 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" It’s not unusual to see salvaged railroad ties being offered up for little to nothing on Craigslist. They’re an extremely common landscaping material, but that doesn’t mean they have to be used in common ways.
May 5, 2019
How To Get Rid of Dandelion Weeds
Weeds. They’re polarizing little things, met with hatred by some and indifference by others. I, for one, am not loving the dandelions popping up in my yard this spring, as we’ve been working on a grassy (albeit imperfect) area for our son to play in without resorting to chemicals, and dandelions are foes of grass (especially tender new shoots). Once they spread their ground-hugging leaves, they stifle what’s around them, leaving only dirt behind.
May 5, 2019
DIY Dance Floors for Home Weddings
Whether you’re decorating an existing surface like a concrete driveway (as in the image above) or assembling your own wooden dance floor, there are lots of ways to dance the night away without being in a ballroom. Some other ideas, not pictured: Use a patio or deck in the case of a backyard reception. Clear all the furniture from the living room (or whichever is the largest room in the house).
May 5, 2019
How To Sew a Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt
When we decided to have our first Christmas tree above 18″ this year, it seemed the right time to make a tree skirt. It’s not difficult, and making your own means it can be made out of any fabric you choose. Here, I share how to make a reversible one so if your preference changes from year to year it’s as easy as a flip of the fabric: (2) contrasting 1.
May 4, 2019
Clean As You Go and Other Smart, Simple Kitchen Cleaning Tips
As we all probably know from experience at one time or another, it doesn’t take much for the kitchen to get away from you. Especially if you cook at home a lot, have a particularly small kitchen, or share the space with family or roommates; it’s a room that can definitely develop a mind of its own. Here are some of our best tips for reigning in the beast without becoming a slave to kitchen cleaning: Clean as you go. This is a big one that we had to include prominently in the title.
May 4, 2019
Tips & Tricks: How To Spot Clean Rugs
All rugs can use a good overall cleaning occasionally. But if you have a small stain or flaw that you want to address immediately without having the entire rug cleaned, spot cleaning is an important skill to have in your arsenal. Following are spot cleaning techniques for a few different scenarios: Get it while it’s wet. Once a stain dries, it’s much more difficult to remove.
May 4, 2019
10 of our Best Bathroom Makeover Project Posts
Do you, like me, have a “before” bathroom and dream of an “after?” These projects we’ve rounded up give hope to all of us, whether our makeover intentions are slight or extreme: Pictured above are some fabulous “afters”. Click on through each of their links below to see from what ashes they rose! TOP ROW: 1. Small Bathroom Finally Meets Its DIY Maker 2. A Stylish Bathroom Transformation 3. From Boring Bathroom to Bold! 4.
May 4, 2019
From Film to Real Life: Tjolöholm Castle from Melancholia
Maybe it’s the slow change to cool, deep-autumn weather that has me thinking of Lars von Trier’s film, Melancholia. The beautiful, surreal (or too-real?) film features a wedding taking place at a beautiful home and its grounds: The home in real life is Sweden’s Tjolöholm Castle, an Arts and Crafts creation by architect Lars Israel Wahlmann. The exterior of the castle and its grounds is where Melancholia filmed its eerie outdoor scenes.
May 4, 2019
5 Habits To Steal from Yogis for a Happy Home
Whenever I enter my go-to yoga studio, I am at once calm in body and quiet in mind. So I began to take notice: What elements are there in the studio that I can implement at home? The studio is in a pretty ordinary building, so these tips are take-homes for anyone, anywhere: Once inside, this keeps things clean and make your footfall oh-so-quiet. I’ve even noticed that we use louder voices when shoes are still on, softer voices when shoes come off.
May 4, 2019
An Attic Dressing Room That Frees Up Space in the Morning Rush
The morning rush can be chaotic in any household. So, what to do when you live in an itty-bitty house with one “Jack-and-Jill” bathroom shared between two bedrooms and three people? Take to the attic! When John and Jami moved into their less-than-1,000-square-foot home, this attic space was all exposed framing and insulation. They finished up the space using inexpensive materials they wouldn’t be heartbroken over should there ever be a roof leak.
May 4, 2019
Before & After: A 1950s Facade Gets an Update
This home was owned by the same family since it was built in the 1950s, so when Kelly and Dave purchased it a few years ago, there were lots of updates to be made. One such project was bringing the exterior of the home up to date. Removing the shutters was “a big deal”: a decision that came after much consideration by the new homeowners. We think they did the right thing- look how much lighter the new facade looks!
May 4, 2019
Before & After: From Choppy Layout to Open Plan Living
When Kelly and Dave purchased their home, its layout was in its original, chopped-up form, but what the young family needed was an open plan that would allow views through the living spaces. So when they embarked on extensive renovations, their first plan of action was to get rid of that wall you see in the Before photo above… With the wall gone and two columns in its place, one can see from living room to dining room and kitchen.
May 4, 2019