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.
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
An Antique Armoire Meets the 21st Century
When Kelly hauled this antique armoire home, her husband Dave’s initial reaction was less than enthusiastic. But since he wanted a big TV and she wanted a way to enclose it without breaking the bank, Kelly jumped when she spotted this piece on an antiquing trip with her mother, with a price tag of under $200… Of the first time Dave saw the armoire, Kelly says: “It was in the dusty garage, which was full of all kinds of crap from the remodeling project. He absolutely hated it.
Aug 10, 2015
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.
Jul 1, 2015
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!
Jun 30, 2015
Kelly and Dave Open Up a Fixer-Upper
Name: Kelly and Dave; son Litton (“Lit”) Location: Lawrence, Kansas Size: 3,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned When Kelly and Dave purchased their split-level home back in 2012, there were months of renovations ahead of them. The neighborhood is what initially drew them to a house that, as Kelly put it, “was an ugly eyesore! Asbestos tiles! Wood paneling EVERYWHERE! I have some before pictures if you care to see,” (which we will share in more posts to come).
Jun 27, 2015
Before & After: From Down-and-Out to Outdoor Living
With their family home coming in just under 1,000-square-feet, John and Jami knew they would need great outdoor spaces to act as extra living/dining/play rooms when the weather was nice. Therefore, their messy backyard was one of the first projects they tackled after purchasing their house.
Jun 25, 2015
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.
Jun 24, 2015
Before & After: Updating 1950s Kitchen in a 1920s Bungalow
John and Jami’s 1925 Craftsman had a kitchen that hadn’t been updated in any significant way since the 1950s. The couple hired local tradespeople to renovate the room and acted as apprentices on the job to keep costs down and acquire some renovation skills… First up: the cabinets. Upon moving into the house, there were mouse droppings in the uppermost cabinets and it was apparent to John and Jami that new cabinets were the way to go.
Jun 23, 2015
John & Jami’s Small Space with a Big Sense of Place
Name: John, Jami, Parker and Sadie Location: Lawrence, Kansas Size: 986 square feet Years lived in: 5 years owned The wide skies and rolling plains of Kansas are striking. All of that openness doesn’t lend itself to expensive real estate and tiny apartments, however. Yet John and Jami live in a small space here by choice.
Jun 19, 2015
How To Light a Full Length Mirror?
Q: What are some good tips on lighting a floor length mirror? Mine is in a weird corner of my bedroom that doesn’t get enough light, but I’d like more light to use the mirror more efficiently. Thanks! Sent by Lindsey Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lindsey 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).
Mar 22, 2015
How To Get Rid of Mice That Don’t Trigger Traps?
Q: We live in an inner-city apartment. While it’s a great old building, we’ve got a mouse problem. We’ve talked to building maintenance, they put out traps and bait. We’ve put out traps and bait. We’ve caught a total of two mice in traps and caught another two by cornering them and catching them in a plastic cup. Sticky traps haven’t worked — I literally watched a mouse run across one the other day and not leave so much as a footprint.
Mar 15, 2015
Changing Hardwired Light to Plug-In?
Q: Hello, I have a concrete ceiling in my condo so I’m unable to to install a hardwired light. I’ve found a number of flush ceiling lights that I like and was wondering whether it might be possible to change the light to a plug-in. Has anyone ever tried this before? Sent by C Editor: Leave your suggestions for C 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).
Mar 10, 2015
Kid- & Drought-Friendly Non-Grass Backyard Ideas?
Q: Like many LA families, we are finding it increasingly difficult and morally shady to keep a grass yard. Any suggestions for kid friendly, non-toxic alternatives? Would love to hear what others have done and what products and plants they have used. Sent by Ish Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ish 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).
Mar 2, 2015
Curtains for Unique Window Configuration?
Q: I moved into a new apartment two months ago, which I’m still trying to make cozy (and let’s face it, still unpacking). I want to ditch these vertical blinds, but there are a few things going on that make me unsure of how to best hang my living room curtains. How should I hang my living room curtains using what I have and without spending hours or lots of money?
Mar 1, 2015
6 Ways To Make a Large Space Feel More Intimate
Living in a small space can be quite a design challenge (which is why we’re here, right?). But you embrace it, settle in, and before long, you’re a small-space-living expert! You know just how to entertain guests in a studio, make an office double as a nursery, or carve storage out of just about anything. So what’s one to do when you move out of the charming little apartment and into a house?
Feb 17, 2015
Should We Rent or Own in the City (Vancouver)?
Q: My husband and I are in the midst of a never-ending conversation. Looking at our financial future, do we buy a home or do we rent and invest?
Feb 15, 2015
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.
Feb 3, 2015
Ideas for Adding Character to 1970s Townhouse?
Q: We recently moved into a 1972 townhouse that is just blah. No interesting architectural elements or really anything interesting at all! Other than paint, what else can one do to perk up a home without looking out of date (I like old homes but it doesn’t seem like putting in elements from the 1900s would look “right”). Sent by Jessica Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jessica in the comments – thanks! • Have a question for our community?
Jan 30, 2015
Ideas for How To Display 16-Foot Unstretched Vintage Painting?
Q: I found this 16′ x 4′ landscape on eBay. The listing said that it came from the Drake Hotel in New York, where I assumed it had been framed before the canvas was removed, rolled up, and shipped to me. Now that it’s in my apartment, I’m not sure what to do with it. Having it framed could be a logistical nightmare due to its size. I don’t think I could get it into my station wagon, let alone our elevator.
Jan 12, 2015
Arrangement for Studio That’s Less Bed-Centric?
Q: I live in a 495 SF apartment and I hate how my bed is so exposed. I would like to create more privacy and designated areas however I am at a loss on where to begin. I have pored over Pinterest and have found plenty of ideas but I’m still struggling. Right now the paint colors are very girly and I would like to bring in a more sophisticated palette, however, I think I need the proper layout before I go ahead and repaint! Please help!
Jan 11, 2015
Would You, Could You? A Hammock in the House
While hanging a hammock inside my house has always sounded nice, it’s never been a reality. Until now! We’re fixing up our sunroom and there’s a spot where I’ve always imagined building a window seat. However, built-in window seats are expensive! Next idea up: A hammock! I arrived at this idea because we just had new floors put in in our sunroom. They’re large, natural slate tiles that turned out beautifully.
Dec 16, 2014
Buy or DIY: Simple Wreaths for (Most) Every Month of the Year
Do you hang a wreath for the holidays? Do you like how it’s like “jewelry” for the front door? If so, consider a wreath every month! Inspired by a neighbor, we now change wreaths with each season at my house. They’re quiet, subtle wreaths that each have a slight nod to the time of year. Here, I’ve gathered 10 simple wreaths to buy or make for (most) months of the year: December: 15″ Bay Leaf Wreath, Williams-Sonoma, $29.
Dec 2, 2014
Practicing Everyday Gratitude at Home
I’ve been making a conscious effort lately to practice gratitude in my daily life. Maybe it’s due to the holiday season, but I mostly attribute it to something I read in passing on my Facebook feed a few weeks back. It was predictably cheesy and went something like this: At school, you were dying to graduate so you could work. At work, you were dying to start a family. With children, you were dying for them to start school so you could get back to work.
Nov 27, 2014
Alternative to West Elm Henry Sofa Back Cushions?
Q: We have the Henry sofa from West Elm. Turns out, the back cushions are awful. They’re too squishy, they don’t keep their shape, and are generally uncomfortable. Does anyone ideas or suggestions for replacing them? Where could we go to find something like that? I don’t think I would mind if they were a different fabric. Sent by mimi Editor: Leave your suggestions for mimi in the comments – thanks! • Have a question for our community?
Nov 26, 2014
Contemporary Bar Stools with Steps?
Q: I have a small apartment and am planning a kitchen renovation with cupboards that reach to the ceiling for maximum storage. I am looking for bar stools with fold up steps I can use to reach those shelves. All I can find are the Costco ones that do not fold up (fun retro look though) but they must be cumbersome to move around and have had poor reviews. Do you know of any that are more contemporary and sleek and stylish?
Nov 25, 2014
Finally Over the Flu? 25 Household Surfaces to Disinfect
If your household has been hit by norovirus, the flu, or other such illness, first of all: you have my sympathies. When your symptoms subside, you’ll likely be up to your eyeballs in laundry, washing linens and clothing as soon as you have the energy.
Nov 21, 2014
Ideas To Make Our Home Kid-Friendly for Visiting Friends with Kids?
Q: My husband and I do not yet have any kids of our own, but many of our friends and family members do. We love entertaining, and are always happy when our guests bring along their children. However, we do not regularly have accommodations or entertainment for the babies/children. We are happy to invest in some items/activities that would be appreciated by families with kids, but don’t know where to start!
Nov 18, 2014
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.
Nov 10, 2014
I Hate Hangers. What Are Some Alternatives?
Q: You know how everyone has that one chore they cannot stand to do, even though it’s not that big of a deal? Mine is hanging clothes on hangers. Not only does it seem to take up unnecessary time at the end of laundry hour, it also exaggerates the hassle of searching through a cramped closet. I’m more of a draper— on the back of an arm chair, over the the edge of the closet door, along the top of the dressing screen divider.
Nov 10, 2014
Help! I Feel Like I’m Eating in My Entryway
Q: We built a beautiful country “farm house,” but made a bad design decision. The front door opens into the hall which flows without interruption into the main part of the house which is the dining area/kitchen/living room. Think of a T shape. It is a straight shot from the front door to dining table (30 feet). This feels as if we are still in the hall when we sit there. The front door has glass windows, and our cars are right outside, so looking up from the table we see them.
Nov 5, 2014
Living the Label-less Life
Does the photo above appeal to you in its simplicity? See how nothing can be easily traced to a store, brand, or designer? If you love the feeling of such a look, you might be like me in seeking a label-less life: Doing so is definitely easier said than done, however. I was reminded of this quite literally just last week when some HVAC equipment was installed at my house.
Nov 5, 2014
Ideas for Decorating a Sparse Spare Room Without Spending Much Money?
Q: My boyfriend and I just took the plunge to cohabitation and are renting a two bedroom apartment in Chicago. We love the place and have been enjoying decorating it together. We have no idea what to do with the second bedroom. It has murky green carpeting, a white and gold ceiling fan, and we just painted the walls white (they were yellow). We both have day jobs and don’t need a home office and all of our family and friends live in Chicago so we really don’t need a guest bedroom.
Nov 4, 2014
Stress Busters: 5 Home Improvements That Also Make You Feel Better
Tough time at work? In a spat with your partner? The stress we feel in these times is the body’s fight or flight hormones kicking in. Though you may just want to curl up in the fetal position or eat spoonfuls of ice cream from the carton, doing something physical is a better release for those stress hormones.
Oct 29, 2014
How To Make Exposed Tile Edges Look Finished?
Q: The previous owner of our condo installed tile in the shower area, and although my husband and I really like the tile itself, he left the edges of the tile looking unfinished. On two of our four bathroom walls, there is partial tiling that stops at the shower’s edge, and it looks unfinished. Is there a product or technique I can use on these tiles to make them look purposeful and nicely finished?
Oct 28, 2014
Learn from My Experience: Get a Whole House Humidifier
When I moved into my house from an apartment, I was used to humidifying my space with a small, stand-alone humidifier. When I bought a house, I simply assumed that I would continue using a stand-alone unit that was sized for humidifying a larger space. I bought a Vornado humidifier for just under $200 and a few replacement filters at $15 each. I ran the thing constantly in the winters and still, the air was always dry. I refilled it endlessly.
Oct 23, 2014
Is Quality Furniture a Worthwhile Investment When You Have Children?
Q: My husband and I are slowly crawling our lives out of student mode, and have invested in a house. Our living room is a hodgepodge of Craigslist furniture and hand-me-downs. While everything is extremely comfortable and cozy, I have dreams of a little bit more cohesion. I’m willing to save my pennies for something higher quality and long lasting, but I have a one year old, and I hope to have more children within the next 5 years.
Oct 15, 2014