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Before & After: Drab Armoire Gets a Whimsical New Face
If you live in an older home, you’re familiar with Adrienne’s struggle with storage — namely, that there isn’t any! Her 1930’s home is lacking in the closet department, so it was up to her to come up with some creative storage solutions for her four-year-old’s room.She found this old slightly warped and musty armoire at an antique store, and for less than $100 (including the armoire!) she created this fun, playful piece.
Jan 29, 2013
It’s the Little Things: 5 Ways to Spend Less & Reduce Clutter
I was at Target the other day, and standing in front of me in line was a gentleman buying a plunger. That’s it. A plunger. While I really should have been feeling bad for him, because after all, the poor guy was out on a plunger run, I found myself staring at him in wonder, dazzled by his ability to get out of Target with only one darn thing.
Jan 23, 2013
Before & After: Obsolete Crib Makes a Fantastically Functional Set of Shelves
A sad, old crib sat at a thrift store — not useful as a baby bed for safety reasons, this piece seemed destined for the scrap pile! Until Cristin came along, that is… she saw some untapped potential in its pretty spindles and simple shape, and came up with a clever way to breathe new life into an old piece.She found some cabinet doors in a garbage pile that were the perfect size for shelves, and removed a few brackets and braces from the crib to help reinforce the new legs.
Jan 23, 2013
The World’s Most Popular Bookcase: Best Uses of the IKEA Expedit
If you love looking at pictures of interiors like we do, you’ll probably see a few of the same pieces crop up over and over, design classics like the Eames lounge or Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs. But one of the most ubiquitous pieces has a humbler pedigree (and a much lower price point). It’s the IKEA Expedit, and it’s taking the world of storage by storm.
Jan 21, 2013
How To DIY a String Light Headboard
If you’re like me, your Christmas gear — the tinsel wreath, fake tree and way too many lights — is still floating around the apartment and still hasn’t quite made its way into 2013 storage hibernation. To put off the chore indefinitely, re-use your holiday lights in the bedroom with this home-y optical headboard idea.Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen‘s website features this photo of a unique bedroom idea.
Jan 17, 2013
Before & After: Jenny’s Built-in IKEA Billy Bookshelves
Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook consistently executes beautiful DIY projects with precision and flair. Most recently, she and her family used Ikea’s Billy bookshelves in combination with lumber, mouldings, and spray paint to create a custom look at a non-custom cost.Jenny has slowly been revealing updates to her New York home, and these shelves give the living room a sophisticated feel that’s still young and fun. It looks so good!
Jan 11, 2013
A Few Ways to Change It Up at Home for Under $10
January is synonymous with new, new, new. It’s the time of the year when we aspire towards change and refreshing the old. But a change doesn’t have to be big or difficult to be effective. Follow me after the jump to see a few inexpensive ways to liven up your home…Bring the Outdoors In: Having flowers and plants indoors instantly cheers up a room. If you haven’t had any in a while, this just may be the time to start.
Jan 10, 2013
Great DIY Desks with IKEA Countertops and Legs
This is a pearl of wisdom that I received years ago and wanted to bring back right now. When in need of a really simple, nice, natural material desk, use IKEA butcherblock countertop (which is cuttable, sandable, stainable and paintable) and some cool legs (like the Vika Inge style seen here, which has been replaced with Vika Runtorp).
Jan 8, 2013
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic Transformations
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: A Trashed Curbside Dresser2. Before & After: An Unexpected Upholstery Project3. Before & After: Faux Snakeskin Table4. Before & After: Dresser Makeover5. Before & After: From Trash to Silk Screened Style BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Ottoman Transformation7. Before & After: Salvaging a DIY Dresser Gone Wrong8. Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an Hour9. Before & After: Restoring a Solid Wood Desk10.
Dec 30, 2012
Before & After: A Year of IKEA Hacks
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign Chest2. Before & After: IKEA Changing Table into Home Office Desk3. Before & After: The DIY IKEA Office Organizer4. Before & After: Bet You Can’t Guess What This IKEA Malm was Converted Into5. Before & After: IKEA Malm Gets an Upholstered Ombre Makeover BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Anna’s Take on the IKEA Rast7. Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table8. Before & After: IKEA Granas Table Gets a Rustic Makeover9.
Dec 19, 2012
15 DIY Modern Holiday Decorations
After buying presents, food for the holiday meal, and a tree, there isn’t always much left over for extras. This year we’re trying to save money in my household – and have some fun – by making a lot of our own ornaments and decorations, but still want a modern look. Here are fifteen DIY ornaments that fit the bill:1. Winter Wonderland Ornament: Craftberry Bush2. Felt Ball Garland: My Sparkle3. DIY ‘Confetti System’ Ornaments: A Lovely Lark4.
Nov 23, 2012
Before & After: Thrifted Microwave Cart Turned Bar Cart
With entertaining season upon us, what’s a more fitting project than a versatile little bar cart? A sturdy — but rather ugly — thrift store find, this little microwave cart gets to live on with an (arguably more fun) second life.The writer at She’s No Martha had a hankering for a sleek little cocktail station, and she dressed up her $20 find with some white paint and some handles on the sides.
Nov 16, 2012
Before & After: Create a ‘Bedroom’ in a Studio Apartment with Ikea Panels
What do you do when you’re living in a small studio apartment, but don’t want people to be able to see your bed immediately upon walking in the door? Apartment Therapy reader Christina was faced with this particular dilemma when designing her friend Ann’s apartment and decided to get creative.
Nov 12, 2012
Before & After: Makeover of a Cozy Nook
One rainy weekend Lora Neveu decided to build a charming little dream escape in a window nook in her daughter’s room that had remained empty and unused. Follow me after the jump to see what she came up with.Two days and $165 later, Lora had created a wonderful and cozy space that doubles as a play/nap and storage area. She built a simple box and divider out of plywood and brackets, painted, added cushions, lanterns, and drapes, and then she was done.
Nov 5, 2012
Before & After: Aged Steel-Look IKEA Cabinet
Tricia from Simplicity in the South loved the vintage industrial look of Restoration Hardware’s steel cabinets, though their prices were not in the budget. She had an idea that with a little paint and some upholstery tacks, she could transform an old IKEA PS cabinet into something a little less schoolyard and a little more industrial chic.
Oct 17, 2012
Why an Undercounter Fridge May Set You Back $1K — And How to Get Around It
When we drew up plans for renovating the basement, I told our contractors I wanted to install a compact under-counter fridge in the basement’s mini kitchen. I figured I could just shove in a standard compact dorm fridge, which can be found for as little as $150 new. I just wanted a fridge big enough to store basics for houseguests as well as water and fruit and milk for the kids while they hung out in the playroom.
Oct 17, 2012
Budget Basics: Simple White Dinnerware
I love my Aspen Dinnerware from Crate & Barrel — it’s slim, crisp white, easy to add on or replace and it’s CHEAP. While inexpensive basics are Crate & Barrel’s specialty, there are lots of options out there for budget white dinnerware. I’ve compiled 10 classics from a range of retailers: all sets and prices are service for 4 but range from 3-5 pieces per place setting:1.
Oct 15, 2012
3 DIY Alternative Fire Starters
Looking forward to the first winter fire and lucky enough to have a fireplace? Here are three simple kindling options that are easy to make and do not depend on the use of chemicals to ignite the flame.1. Make your own herbal fire starters with this DIY from Whole Living. Wrap small pinecones and dried herbs (think rosemary, sage leaves, and cinnamon sticks) in newspaper, and tie the ends with cotton string or twine. 2. Use dried orange peels.
Oct 11, 2012
Before & After: Vintage Settee Makeover
Julie was lucky enough to find this matching pair of settees for her sun room on sale for a mere $10! Though she didn’t love the dark wood and dated fabric, she did love the lines and function of these pieces, which she knew could be updated to work in her room.A couple of coats of white paint later, and the bases are lighter and brighter. Julie selected a new floral fabric and redid the upholstery to give these settees a new lease on life.
Oct 1, 2012
New Life for an Old House
Have you ever driven by a run-down, abandoned house and thought what a shame it is that such a lovely home is going to waste? This is the story of how one couple purchased an abandoned home and, with a lot of help from generous friends and neighbors, gave it a completely new lease on life. The couple in question are the parents of our lovely and talented video director, Rebecca Blumhagen.
Sep 30, 2012
Before & After: Laminate Countertop Goes Concrete!
Updating old laminate countertops without having to completely replace them can be a big challenge. Faux finishes can often look, well… faux, and tackling a DIY project (like pouring your own concrete countertops) can be tricky and exhausting. That’s why I was so impressed with this project from interior designer Kara Paslay.Kara managed a realistic concrete look without the hassle and weight of fully-formed slabs.
Sep 21, 2012
Before & After: Typewriter Table Gets a Cartographic Makeover
Carrie obviously has better yard sale luck than most of us, as she was able to pick up this darling vintage typewriter table at a local sale for only $4 — an astonishing deal by any standard. When she bought it, Carrie already knew this table was getting a cartographic makeover.Carrie’s first step was priming the table, before covering it with white spray paint. After selecting three different maps, she modge-podged them to the three sections of the table top.
Sep 20, 2012
Reuse & Recycle: 10 DIY Pendant Lights
image:219c23bd3f85382cd7afde339f549b83a530f559 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" These budget friendly pendants were created from things you just might have laying around your home: terra cotta pots, cardboard, wire baskets, hanging planters, pretty paper. You can find the tutorials below. I’m adding a couple of them to my fall to–do list.TOP ROW:1. Globe Pendant Light, DIY from Apartment Therapy2.
Sep 13, 2012
From Curtains To Couch
In the film Gone With The Wind, Scarlett O’Hara, desperate for fabric for a new dress, rips down the curtains. Maria, in The Sound of Music, uses old drapes to make playclothes for the Von Trapp children. Though both of these acts are considered scandalous, when it comes down to it, what’s the big deal? Curtains are just big bolts of fabric, and they’re both excellent examples of reuse.
Sep 6, 2012
DIY Black Tea Window Cleaner
This is more of a new-to-me cleaning tip, since apparently I’m very late to the black tea party. However, I just tried a homemade black tea window cleaner yesterday and I’m very excited with the results!Our windows were in desperate need of some cleaning after a month of street construction and daily run ins with two children whose hands are always sticky. What is that about? Why do children have perpetually sticky fingers? One of life’s great mysteries, I suppose.
Aug 31, 2012
10 Craft Projects Using Hardware Cloth
Get your wire snips and gloves ready, and dive into one of these fun, unique projects utilizing a favorite of the DIY crowd: hardware cloth!Hardware cloth, although a bit unwieldy (and more than a little bit stabby if you’re not careful), is a versatile, useful material that can be used for so much more than landscaping projects.
Aug 21, 2012
Before & After: Plain Jane Nightstand Gets a Reclaimed Wood Makeover
I found this before and after and loved not just the transformation, but the use of reclaimed wood pieces to create an entirely new tabletop. Take a look!Using wood pieces from a discarded trellis found in her garden, Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers created a fresh, stylish table that showcases the beautiful colors and textures running through the found wood scraps.
Aug 17, 2012
The Cheapest (& Most Expensive) Places Around the World to Buy IKEA Furniture
As the largest retailer in the world, IKEA has stores in 38 countries around the globe. In an interesting new study, Idealo UK performed a cost comparison to determine the cheapest and most expensive places to buy from the big blue box. Check out some of their findings after the jump…To create their price comparison, Idealo UK looked at 40 IKEA products which can be found in 33 different countries.
Aug 13, 2012
Before & After: Origami Lack Hack
I love the blank slate presented by Ikea’s Lack table — one simple design, endless possibilities. And I particularly love this creative hack from blogger Naomi Stein of Design Manifest, which reminded me of my childhood love for origami.That’s right — origami. Naomi took paper — specifically, some grasscloth wallpaper left over from another project — and used it to cover her Lack table and completely change its look.
Aug 13, 2012
10 Must-Have Essentials for a First Kitchen
I have lived with multiple roommates, in multiple cities, and have moved in and out of my mom’s house several times. I acquired some things along the way, but found that sharing living spaces with others meant I could keep a low profile and move without the hassle of moving much stuff. Then this past year I finally moved into an apartment I could call my own, which meant setting up my first kitchen.
Aug 9, 2012
Weekend Project: Make Your Own Floor Pouf from $3 IKEA Mats
The InspirationWhat You NeedMaterials3 IKEA Rugs Zipper (optional)FillerSewing MachineScissorsTape Measure or Yard StickTailors Chalk (or something to mark your measurements)Straight Pins Find the full tutorial at Retropolitan.MORE POUFS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:• How To: Make Your Own Knitted Pouf• Rooms with a Pouf from Our House Tours• How To: Make Your Own Moroccan Pouf (Images: 1. West Elm, 2+3.
Aug 2, 2012
Before & After: Frank’s Dramatic Ikea Kitchen Remodel
At last night’s Apartment Therapy design meetup, we heard from Frank Potash (aka Mid-C Frank), whose quick — and very dramatic — kitchen remodel was featured on the Kitchn a few years ago. Before, the kitchen was clean and cozy, but a bit generic. Jump below to see the after, and a floor plan of the changes.Check out the full tour at The Kitchn to see how Frank re-did his whole kitchen with Ikea cabinets — in just five weeks.
Jul 27, 2012
Paint Outside the Box: 10 Unconventional Ways to Paint Your Rooms
Summer is a time for vacations, and also for projects. Maybe you’re thinking about painting, but want to do something a little out of the ordinary. We’ve got a few ideas. TOP ROW: 1. You may have heard of painting the ceiling, but here, painting the ceiling and a single wall elevates the walls and ceiling into floating panes of color. Hus & Hem via Plenty of Colour. 2.
Jul 25, 2012
Before & After: Vintage Bed Makeover Fit for a Teen
It is clear from the photo above that Lesli has the kind of yard sale luck that most of us can only dream about, even on our best day. When she arrived at a local yard sale, she immediately saw the perfect bed for her daughter, a bed that had somehow been overlooked by antique hunters earlier in the day. When she saw the price tag, a whopping $25, she paid immediately and accepted the help of the seller to load up her car.
Jul 25, 2012
Before & After: Updated Bamboo Etageres
When Mel first saw this pair of bamboo shelving units in her Habitat for Humanity store, she passed them by without purchasing. She then spent the rest of the night worrying that someone else would have snapped them up; thankfully they were still at the store when she returned the following day. With their glass shelves and ornate lines, Mel just knew these pieces were perfect for a makeover.
Jul 11, 2012
Before & After: Urban Outfitters Inspired Nightstands
Meagan, of the blog Craft Habit, recently acquired a pair of hand-me-down Ikea nightstands, but really had her heart set on the GiGi nightstand from Urban Outfitters that, at $150 a piece, was out of her price range. So, set on having more minty fresh goods in her house, she transformed the IKEA pieces into such a good match, we’d be hard-pressed to decide which version we like better.
Jul 9, 2012
Before & After: “Audree” Gets a Makeover
Audree was always pretty. She definitely has good bones, but over time Audree’s looks had, well, faded a bit. It happens. Life on the road takes a toll on a girl. But then in walked Tiffany, Audree’s new owner. She knew that with a fresh coat of pink and a hip new look, Audree could still turn heads. And she was right. What a bombshell Audree’s become!
Jun 29, 2012
Before & After: Box Spring Chair & Table
Of the many Before and Afters we have featured, this one may take the prize for the biggest blindside, meaning when you click through, you will in no way have figured out what was coming and the ‘After’ photo just may knock you flat. While you can sometimes predict how a thrift store dresser or end table will be saved and transformed, just try it with this box spring. You’ll be wrong. Trust us. Just go look.We told you!
Jun 20, 2012
Case Studies of Real Life Upholstery Jobs: What Do People Really Pay?
Here are some examples of real people who have had work done–and what they actually paid. And we have also included some words of wisdom (and pricing ranges) from a handful of designers and upholsterers.Case Studies of Real Life Upholstery JobsHere are some real examples from friends who have upholstered various pieces of furniture. It should be noted, of course, that most of these folks live in Washington DC, which is hardly the country’s best locale for bargain goods and services!
Jun 19, 2012
How To: Create Easy Rolled Paper Art
I’m always looking for ways to add a little color and variety to my walls, and it always helps if the materials are super cheap — or even better, just laying around my house!I’ve been really drawn to these rolled paper art pieces from Lee Gainer (seen on Rag & Bone’s blog), so I decided to see what I could come up with on my own.Materials:• A shadowbox frame (I used the 9×9 Ribba from Ikea.
Jun 15, 2012
Simple & Smart: 3 Ceiling Fan Tips
It’s been hot here in the northeast, and my ceiling fan has been working hard. Here are some of my favorite tips for cleaning and maintaining your fan.1. Reverse your ceiling fan: ceiling fans should blow counterclockwise in the summer, and clockwise in the winter. 2. Use an old pillowcase to clean the blades: slide it over each blade, and wipe clean.3. Turn the ceiling fan off when you leave a room: fans do not cool the room, they cool you by moving air.
Jun 14, 2012
Before and After: Decoupaged Child’s Chair
Take a little four-dollar thrift store chair. Add some cut-up bits of colorful paper and that magical elixir known as Modge Podge. Spend a few hours making it all come together and you get……a one-of-a-kind seriously fun seat! Erin at In Between Laundry made this basic thrift store find something special by getting busy with the colorful paper and the Modge Podge. We especially like how the botanical/butterfly motif echoes the natural texture of the woven seat.
Jun 7, 2012
Before & After: Lucite Bathroom Stool
Most bathrooms are small, wet places, so choosing appropriate furniture is often a challenge. Learn from Jenny, who took a flea market lucite stool and fixed it up to work in her bathroom.Jenny from Little Green Notebook spotted this scratched up stool at a flea market and decided to use it as a seat for when she’s bathing her kids.For wet or messy locales, laminated fabric is a great alternative.
May 31, 2012
The World’s Ugliest Condo: The Bathroom
I had no idea that my little kitchen overhaul would yield such a response, ranging from “awful” to “amazeballs.” Thanks for all the great comments, both good and bad. By the way, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Dr. Kevorkian, and stem cell research combined have nothing on the “brass knobs with stainless appliances” debate. I’m not sure which issue will take longer to resolve. And that brings us to the bathroom.
May 31, 2012
Before & After: Dresser Makeunder
Most of the time when we feature a furniture makeover, it’s been transformed by applying something new to the surface — paint, fabric, paneling, etc. But designer William Dohman shows us that a really impressive project is when a vintage piece has been restored to its former glory.Architect William Dohman, the designer behind Oh Dier, restored this classic mid-century Lane dresser by removing the multiple layers of paint and weird tape that mysteriously stuck to most of the edges.
May 23, 2012
Before & After: A Mini Master Bath Makeover
A key element of renovating a room is knowing when to say when. If you have a limited budget or limited time then the most helpful thing you can do is to be realistic about what you can achieve. This is especially true when you purchase a house that is a ‘fixer-upper,’ because then you are in danger of succumbing to project fatigue, when there is so much to do in every direction that it is difficult to focus on just one thing.
May 23, 2012
Before & After: Mid-Century Inspired Dresser Knobs from Mason Jar Lids
I recently purchased one of these RE dressers on sale at Target, and after 2 days of putting it together, it was crying out to me for some kind of bold hardware. Not wanting to spend a lot on 6 knobs but still wanting something with some mid-century flare, I came up with an idea: mason jar lids.I remembered as a kid occasionally watching a show called Family Affair. Remember Uncle Bill and Mr. French?
May 18, 2012
Before & After: A White Washed Kitchen
Here’s a great example of how paint and new cabinet hardware can easily and inexpensively upgrade a kitchen. The family over at Keeping It Cozy made over their kitchen with these upgrades, and a few other finishing touches to make the space look bright and brand new — with a budget of only $1000!
May 14, 2012
Monica’s Teeny-Tiny Student Studio
Name: Monica, Graduate Student at the University of Michigan, Mildred the dogLocation: Ann Arbor, MichiganSize: 350 square feet studioYears lived in: 6 months, rented Graduate students often don’t have the time to make their temporary rental a home. With limited budgets, no free time and the scramble to settle into a new city, there’s usually little room for nesting in their schedules. I was quite drawn to Monica’s teeny-tiny studio, measuring in at just around 350 square feet.
May 11, 2012
Before & After: From IKEA Basic to a Vintage-Look Card Catalog
Vintage card catalogs can be found for a pretty penny, but Kristen from The Painted Hive devised an amazing, inexpensive DIY using — you guessed it — an IKEA product.Kristine wanted an old card catalog, but didn’t want to fork over the large amount of cash that they often sell for. So she got creative, and used IKEA’s MOPPE mini chest of drawers (which replaced the ‘FIRA‘ and for some reason can only currently be found at the UK site).
May 4, 2012
Before & After: Anthropologie Inspired Dresser
Anthropologie’s Ordinal Dresser is one popular piece of furniture — so much that this is the second dresser makeover we’ve seen based off of it. The first one was a low, six-drawer version, but this one will have you thinking twice about which dresser is the original, and which is the knock-off. It’s hard to believe, but the above dresser was made to look nearly identical to the Ordinal, all for only $30!
May 2, 2012
5 Decorative Uses for the Versatile Glass Jar in the Kitchen
I have an aversion to getting rid of glass jars. As a result, a full upper cabinet in our kitchen is devoted to jars of all shapes and sizes. We use them as drinking glasses, flower vases, salad dressing mixers, and more. While I love my empty jar collection, I’m swayed by some of these creative uses for recycled glass jars as more permanent fixtures in the kitchen.Stop buying new plastic soap dispensers.
Apr 23, 2012
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.
Apr 17, 2012
Neighborly Behavior: Do You Share or Borrow Wi-Fi?
We live in a day and age where wireless Internet can be found at nearly every corner in our cities — even more so when you live in a tight apartment complex with multiple neighbors adjacent to your walls. This makes ‘piggybacking’ one another’s Internet relatively easy, though when done so without permission, it may be considered unethical and even illegal. In my complex, we have a small system of personal invitation.
Apr 17, 2012
Before & After: Melissa’s “Cloffice” on a Budget
The challenge (and fun!) of small space living is finding the best use for every inch. Even though tiny apartments are usually short on closet space, a place to stash your suitcases is less useful if what you really need is an office. Melissa put her closet to work for her — for only $130!Melissa Massello is the Stealfinder in Chief of Shoestring Magazine, and with a title like that, you know she’s looking to save a buck.
Apr 17, 2012
How To Make a DIY Drum Shade
For this DIY, Isabelle LaRue of Engineer Your Space explains how to make a custom shade to spiff up a less-than-exciting ceiling fixture. Renting doesn’t mean you have to live with boring ceiling light fixtures. Instead, you can camouflage them with a DIY drum shade! Find more of Isabelle’s DIYs for renters at her website, Engineer Your Space.
Apr 12, 2012
Free DIY Plans: Simple Plywood Farm Style Table & Bench
Perfect for Spring, or anytime, this wooden table and bench designed by Marjan Verboeket, graduate of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, can be yours. That’s because the designer turned this piece into an easy DIY and shared the instructions with Dutch design site 101 Woonideeen.Using wood, nails, a hammer and glue, this cheerful table and bench can be made in just six steps. The bench is simple, it’s more an element than a piece of furniture. They are like Lego blocks.
Apr 12, 2012
Before & After: Ottoman Transformation
When I saw the photo of this ottoman, I had to look twice because it’s just like one I picked up at the local thrift store several months ago! Just like the one above, mine isn’t in terrible shape, but the upholstery is certainly outdated and could do with a bit of sprucing up.Jill Browning is certainly more proactive than I am and she did just that, gave her ottoman a fabulous makeover. And where, pray tell, do you think she got that lovely fabric from?
Apr 12, 2012
Before & After: Old Dresser Becomes a Garden of Succulents
In this before & after project, one clever couple in Los Angeles upcycles an old, abandoned dresser, turning it into a garden of succulents. I think you’ll agree it’s a huge improvement.Curt and Jessica of the blog Grizzly Bear Modern took advantage of an old dresser left behind in the garage of their new home by drilling a few drainage holes in the drawers to create a sturdy vessel for a garden of succulents.
Apr 6, 2012
Before & After: TV Tray Table Gets Decked Out
As part of my ongoing quest to add some color to my grey living room, I picked up one of these inexpensive tv tray tables at Target and decided to give it the before and after treatment. Yes, there is spray paint involved. And lamp finials. And rope. Intrigued? Click on through to see my nautically-inspired end result.The goal was to transform this $9 table from ‘college girl watching sitcom reruns and eating popcorn’ to something a little more yacht chic.
Mar 27, 2012
You Can Do It: Sew Your Own Bedding
What better way to customize your bedroom than to create your own bedding? Whether your motivation is to personalize your space with your own style, make bedding out of killer fabrics, or to save money, these tips and tutorials will help you get started. Make a pillow cover from a button up shirtAdd style to your bedding with a pillow or two made from button up shirts. This tutorial from Apartment Therapy takes you through the entire process.
Mar 27, 2012
Hosting Help: Tips for Sleeping Comfortably on an Air Mattress
I live in a one bedroom apartment with no pull-out couch, so whenever guests come to stay, either they or I usually end up sleeping on my inflatable air mattress. Due to these adventures, I have collected a list of tips and tricks to make the night more bearable (and perhaps even comfortable) if you’re sleeping on an inflatable.See below for my list, and of course add your own.1. If you haven’t yet purchased an inflatable mattress and are planning to, splurge and get the double.
Mar 27, 2012
The Ultimate Guide to Making Any Rental More Energy Efficient
Think that because you don’t own, you have no control over your home’s energy use? Not true! Here’s our ultimate guide; full of links to quick, easy and yes, even inexpensive, ways to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your bills (your landlord will thank you!). Most of these changes are likely to pay for themselves in energy savings over the duration of your rental.
Mar 21, 2012
How To Live Well in 100 Square Feet
Recently, at SXSW 2012, we had the pleasure of hearing Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny House Company extol the virtues of living in a small space. While he admits that living in 100 square feet might not be for everyone, his talk contained plenty of tips that apply to anyone looking to live efficiently.While we live in 600 sq feet (two adults, no pets or kids) and are no McMansion owners, we admit to being kind of taken aback by the idea of living in 100 sq ft.
Mar 21, 2012
DIY or Buy: Layer, Stitch & Scatter Area Rugs to Cover Ugly Floors
A room with ugly flooring, whether it’s stained carpet or worn wood, can seem like a daunting challenge – especially for a renter. Take a tip from Riki & Allen’s Texas-Modern Remodel and layer mismatched area rugs to cover a large room.
Mar 20, 2012
No Closet, No Problem: 10 Fixes for Apartments with a Lack of Closets
So you’ve found your perfect apartment. The only problem is – there’s no closet. Or maybe there’s a tiny 2×4 closet that couldn’t even begin to hold all your clothes. What to do? You could keep looking…or you could avail yourself of one of these clever solutions. 6. Shelves and a hanging rod tuck neatly behind the ladder to a loft. Sporting equipment hangs on the wall beside. 7.
Mar 20, 2012
Inexpensive Alternatives to Mini Blinds
Nothing screams “rental” like ecru, landlord-issue mini blinds. They’re hideous, but you’re stuck with them, right? Wrong! Here are 7 stylish upgrades that won’t cost you your security deposit.First, get rid of the offending blinds. Most all of them pop out of their mounts quite easily and can be stored in the basement/crawl space/style jail until it’s time to move out. All of the options below are under $30.
Mar 20, 2012
Elegant, Eclectic, Classic: Indian Block Prints for Every Budget
I’m a big fan of the look my brother refers to as “world traveling supermodel” — clean line modern classics mixed with cowhide rugs, kilim pillows, Moroccan tables, Chinese chests, Japanese influenced pottery — so it probably comes as no surprise that Indian block prints figure right up there in my lists of loves. Both geometric and exotic, they have a casual, slightly hippie vibe that’s at home anywhere on the globe.
Mar 19, 2012
Before & After: Mismatched Thrift Store Lamps Get a Hip New Look
The 80 degree weather we’re having here in Chicago (in March?!) is making me feel a little Alice-in-Wonderland, like suddenly, oddly neat things are possible, like say, Mandi from Vintage Revivals turning old, mismatched thrift store lamps into something utterly modern and so very cool.
Mar 16, 2012
Fast Fixes: Small, Landlord Friendly Upgrades For the Bathroom
When we moved into our apartment, the bathroom was the first thing I wanted to upgrade. In an attempt to satisfy the urge to remodel the entire room, I decided to start with several low cost, low time investment upgrades.Towel Rack The towel rack didn’t hold enough towels, and it was just low enough that the towels dangled around the top of the only logical location for the bathroom garbage can. Yuck.
Mar 15, 2012
California’s Smallest Legal Apartment: SmartSpace
Housing developer, Patrick Kennedy, is a small space lover and is aiming to develop the smallest apartment allowed by California code. At around 160-square-feet not a single inch goes unused and everything is multi-purpose. He’s given his residential response to the Smart Car a spin — watch the video below to find out what works great, and what just cramps his style.Kennedy lived in a 78-square-foot Airstream for a period of time, and was inspired to build small homes.
Mar 5, 2012
Before &amp After: A Mid-C Modern Bathroom
Designer Gina De Pasquale renovated this Las Vegas residence that needed a little updating throughout. Her work is most impressive in the bathroom where she did a great a job of mixing high and low pieces, all while staying true to the mid-century aesthetic.
Feb 24, 2012