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The Cement Tile Trend is Holding Strong (& We Couldn’t Be Happier)
Some trends stand the test of time for a reason. Case in point: cement tiles. Although they’ve been making waves in the decor scene for a looong while now (historians date some versions back to the 12th Century), these beautiful tiles started to pop up inside the most design-savvy contemporary homes across the globe in recent years in a big way. And it’s not difficult to see why. Along with creating artfully polished displays, cement tiles are crafted from natural materials (i.e.
Jul 12, 2017
Upgrade Your Shower Style: Dress Up Your Bath with Valances, Cornices & Pelmets
Unless you’re talking about a new fabric, there usually isn’t much to talk about when it comes to shower curtains. (Though we could go on about the pros and cons of curved vs. traditional curtain rods.) However, there’s one decor element that can upgrade any shower curtain into a focal point: A valance, cornice or pelmet.
Jul 12, 2017
8 Vintage Pieces Used in Unexpected & Brilliant Ways
I’m a big fan of vintage furniture: well-made and well-loved, the right piece can add a focal point to any space. But keeping in mind the old adage of having nothing in your home that isn’t beautiful or useful, you want to be sure that you aren’t just adding vintage pieces for the sake of them being, well, old. Check out the following for examples of vintage being brilliantly repurposed, reused, or just given the right surroundings.
Jul 12, 2017
How To Master a Modern Twist on a Classic Design Detail
Traditional types of architectural woodwork — I’m looking at you, wainscoting — are cropping up more and more in homes these days. Woodwork like this is gaining in popularity due to two main phenomena: folks currently purchasing homes that have original woodwork are interested in restoring the historical craftsmanship, and those who live in homes that weren’t built with charming, handcrafted wooden details are opting to install it to add architectural character.
Jul 12, 2017
How To Take Your Home to the Next Level (With Stuff You Already Have)
Surrounded by the same sofa you’ve had for ten years and the coffee table you’ve lugged from apartment to apartment, it can be hard to see how your style has evolved through the years. But just because you have the same stuff, doesn’t mean your style can’t evolve; it doesn’t take all new stuff to elevate a home’s elegance. Need proof?
Jul 10, 2017
Step Up Your Storage: My Favorite Way to Organize Blankets & Throws (& More!)
Anytime I can share a completely stylish way to store everyday items, I jump at the opportunity. Though certainly not a novel idea, using a simple rung ladder (either vintage or modern) is actually one of my favorite ways to organize blankets and throws in a living room or bedroom. They take up hardly any floor space the way a basket can, and turn your soft goods into decor all their own.
Jul 8, 2017
A Foolproof Formula to Make Any Blank Wall Sensational
Blank walls are BORING. To turn that situation around, don’t just stop after a coat of paint or a piece of art. Keep layering until you get a composition that adds visual excitement to the room. I recently saw a perfect example of a beautifully layered feature wall, and it’s a design formula anyone can use to turn a blank wall into a sensational statement wall.
Jul 6, 2017
A Tiny Chicago Studio Defies Conventional Wisdom for Small Spaces
Browsing through the photos of Rene’s Chicago studio, you’d never guess it was only 320 square feet. This little place has all the style and grandeur of a much larger home — and Rene has managed to fit a queen-sized bed, two seating areas, and tons of accessories (including a fish tank!) into a very small footprint. Here’s why it works. Maximalism isn’t a direction people often pursue for small spaces.
Jul 4, 2017
Unexpected Displays that Will Make You Rethink Your Art Arrangements
Does the thought of arranging art make you want to poke your eyeballs out? Or maybe you’ve already committed to a gallery wall, but something just doesn’t feel right? Perhaps you need a dose of inspiration to shake up your thinking on good art displays. Here are some creative ways to prop your Picassos, layer your Lichtensteins, and mount your Monets (or whatever less valuable pieces you may be working with).
Jul 2, 2017
Looking To Sell Your Home Faster? 5 Expert Staging Tips
Prepping your home for sale can feel completely overwhelming. It’s like magnifying the stress of tidying up and making your house “guest ready,” tenfold. Because you’ve got to make it look good, really, really good, for guests you don’t even know. They’re not your family or your friends. They are prospective buyers, and they are coming to examine your most intimate quarters and decide if they can see themselves living there, too.
Jun 30, 2017
The Eclectic & Inviting Kitchen That Keeps Us Coming Back For More
The design of a kitchen can sometimes feel a bit monotonous, and while we love a white kitchen (with white cabinetry and white tiles), we admit that it can feel sterile and totally “safe”. But, every now and then we come across a space that truly captivates and keeps your eye entertained and hungry for more. Enter the Buenos Aires kitchen of Argentinian journalist Carina Michelli.
Jun 29, 2017
Strategic Design: How To Use Color to Enhance (or Create!) Architectural Charm
There's a powerful design element at your disposal for highlighting — and creating! — architectural features.
Jun 29, 2017
Take 10: Beautiful Bathroom Sink Consoles Made from Vintage Dressers
Vintage dressers are a bathroom renovator’s best friend, as they can lend a healthy dose of character to the old W.C. for a fraction of the price of most (boring) made-to-order vanities. What’s more is, if you know how to drill a hole into wood, you’re half way to repurposing your own vintage dresser into a vanity/ sink console.
Jun 26, 2017
Outrageously Gorgeous Wallpapered Rooms On Instagram This Week
I have a nightly routine of sitting on the sofa after dinner (before I carry on with tidying up, reading, or whatnot) and catching up on my Instagram feed from the day. Likely I’m not alone here, nor am I alone, surely, when it comes to oohing and ahhing over gorgeous interiors, bookmarking as I go, but then quickly forgetting what I saved.
Jun 23, 2017
Killer Color Palettes To Try if You Love Blue
Want to know what colors work best with blue? Here are five unexpected (& killer!) palettes to try.
Jun 21, 2017
A Kitchen Storage Trend That’s a Fresh Update on Floating Open Shelving
If you’re itching to kick your standard closed cabinets to the curb to update the look of your kitchen, you may be considering the controversial open shelf. But before you add a bunch of bespoke floating wooden shelves to your kitchen, consider this in-between look that’s a little less expected. It just might be the thing you’re looking for to add some organized, yet visually interesting storage to your cooking space.
Jun 19, 2017
Home Offices So Beautiful, Work Will Never Feel Like a Chore
It’s not just how you work, but also where you work that’s important. Here at Apartment Therapy, we understand the influence that your physical environment can have on your state of mind, and that’s particularly true for the place where you work—whether that work is writing, or catching up on business, or just composing a few emails.
Jun 17, 2017
A Unique Statement Wall Idea That’s Clever, Cheap & Chic
Everything about Aysu Sener‘s Dutch home is lovely. The color palette is warm and welcoming. A mix of textures adds an atmosphere of coziness. And of course, there’s Aysu’s beautiful macramé work. Upon closer reflection, though, the genius of Aysu’s interior design skills reveals itself. Her organic modern living room holds a secret: The statement wall behind the couch is show-stopping, unique and deceptively simple to recreate.
Jun 14, 2017
How to Dominate Dark Colors Like a Londoner
Londoners aren’t the only people in the world who often use dark, dramatic colors in their home, but they are world-class masters at it. Shadowy shades create a snug, intimate atmosphere in these London homes. But though dark and moody, these homes are anything but gloomy. These Londoners know the secrets to using dark colors successfully — tips that will help you master the mood in your home. All-white kitchens are a common sight. Understandably — white lightens and brightens.
Jun 9, 2017
You Do You: These “Rule Breakers” Prove You Can Use Rooms Any Darn Way You Want
Use a bedroom as a living room? An extra office space as a den? A closet as a bedroom?! Yes—though rooms come with “historical precedent” of how they were used in the past, it doesn’t mean you have to use a space in your home the way it was intended. Not only do you have permission to use your home any damn way you please—it just makes sense to do so. Why not craft a home that functions just the way you need?
Jun 8, 2017
Before & After: A Drab & Dark Kitchen Turned Mint Green Dream
Diana Marsh spent 11 years living in Brooklyn before returning to her home state of Michigan. After purchasing this Ann Arbor house, she set to renovating it. It had “good bones” but was a bit on the small side and a lot on the dark side. As the owner of a brick and mortar store called Thistle and Bess, Diana’s has a keen eye for crafting creative spaces. Her year-long remodel of this house was no different!
Jun 6, 2017
Empowering Design Lessons From a Stunning Rental Living Room (That Non-Renters Should Take to Heart Too)
Isabelle’s house tour is endlessly inspiring to me, for starters because it’s just flat out gorgeous but also because it so clearly illustrates how all of the small choices we make can add up to something wonderfully, personally beautiful. And for those of us who are renting, that is pretty damn empowering. Ok, first thing’s first: Isabelle’s rental living room is not exactly problematic to begin with. In fact, it has supermodel-level good bones for a rental.
May 31, 2017
This Traditional Kitchen with Rustic Touches is the Best of Both Worlds
What’s your style? Maybe you’re someone who has trouble encapsulating that in just a few words. You know what you like when you see it, but the things you’re drawn to are all across the decor spectrum, not fitting perfectly into any one aesthetic. You’re a mixer. You like the unexpectedness of bringing together disparate and contrasting styles.
May 28, 2017
Room Crush: A Decadent Designer Green-on-Green-on-Green Living Room
Have you ever had a room crush? You know the feeling: you see the photo of a room so enviously gorgeous that it stops you dead in your tracks, and you can’t help but think about it – heck, you’re even talking about it to your friends who care to listen. Sometimes, the crush is on a room that’s totally on your level; something you can Pin for later and aim to recreate with your own twist.
May 26, 2017
Wraparound Headboards: The Sexy, Unusual Bedroom Detail We Love
Embrace the style of headboard that embraces you.
May 25, 2017
The Best Budget IKEA Buys When You Have Little or No Closet Space
Did you catch this tour in which Shelbie and her roommates not only make a four-bedroom apartment look refreshing and cohesive, but also add a bunch of clever (and affordable!) storage solutions to their no-closet bedrooms? They all agree that lack of storage is one of the biggest challenges in their San Francisco apartment, but they make it look effortless and orderly using easily accessible products.
May 25, 2017
Are White Walls the Ultimate Decorating Secret Weapon?
White is arguably the most versatile of paint colors, especially when it comes to that which surrounds us—walls. Would you agree? Although I love a pop of bold color (or a dramatic dark, or a well-considered neutral…), even I have to agree that white can be seen as one-size-fits-all, serving as a backdrop for spaces overflowing with interest and personality. It seems that no matter the style, from classic and cozy to clean and contemporary, white just works.
May 24, 2017
Sleep Tight: A Tiny 345-Square-Foot Paris Studio With a Genius Bedroom Solution
One of the chief difficulties of small-space living is figuring out where to put all your stuff. And one of the chief difficulties of studio living is, how do you set up the bed so that you don’t feel like you’re sleeping in the middle of the living room? This 345-square-foot Paris studio has a very clever, and very elegant, solution to both of those problems.
May 23, 2017
How to Pull Off the Modern Boho Look, According to Mindy Kaling’s Gorgeous New York Apartment
When you’re a powerhouse actress/producer/screenwriter/author/all around wonder woman like Mindy Kaling, you don’t really have all the time in the world to hem and haw about which color white you’re picking for the walls of your home or which sofa will fit best into your living room.
May 19, 2017
Small Space IKEA Hack: Turn the BEKVAM Spice Rack into a Bedside Shelf
When your bedroom is too small to even fit a nightstand, this homemade ledge for your bedside wall is the next best alternative. Constructed from the parts of two $4 BEKVAM spice racks, this little shelf is perfectly sized for holding a glass of water, your phone and a pendant lamp—so everything you need is right within reach.
May 19, 2017
Overcoming an Awkward Space: Smart Solutions from a Charming Rental Bedroom
If your current rental bedroom situation is awkward, lacking storage, or just bland then check out how Erin Walsh turned her funny-shaped bedroom into a highly functional and relaxing oasis. In writing about the inspiring ways renters fix up their rentals, I will sometimes get dinged for featuring rooms that already “have great bones”—meaning the renters had a decent space to begin with, which I agree makes both customizing and decorating much easier.
May 17, 2017
Hallways are the Perfect Daring Design Opportunity: 9 Eye-Popping Ideas
Since hallways are usually on the small side, they're a great place to experiment with bold design ideas. Here's a little inspiration.
May 17, 2017
The 7 Types of People Who Should Consider Using Outdoor Rugs Indoors
Rugs can be a royal pain. While they most definitely can pull a room together, deciding on the right one for your space can sometimes tear things apart (i.e. your cleaning routine, your finances, your chill about pets and kids). If you’re on the hunt for a rug that meets all of your indoor needs but doesn’t break the bank, listen up. Using outdoor rugs inside is a great option for a select group of people, and there’s a good chance you might be one of them. You like patterns.
May 15, 2017
Get Funky: Ideas To Try If One-Color Walls Totally Bore You
While a pristine white wall can create the perfect blank canvas to complement your home decor style, sometimes you want to mix it up and get creative with your paint. While wallpaper prints and bright colors are always an option, there are some out-of-the-box ways that you can spice up a room. From concentrating color to painting just one shelf to carving out a separate space with the help of a paintbrush, ahead are some unexpected ways to paint walls in your house.
May 14, 2017
The Long, Low Shelf Is a Designer Trick That Never Fails
When you spend all day, every day, looking at pictures of interiors, you pick up a few tricks. Here’s one of my favorites—something I’ve spotted in a few different interiors, and that always looks great. As an added bonus, it’s cheaper than buying new furniture—and a super easy DIY. The styling secret I’m referring to? A single long, low shelf. (You can also double or triple these up, as suits your needs and the architecture of the space.
May 11, 2017
Why It Works: The Brooklyn Brownstone I’ve Been Crushing On for a Year
For just under a year (as of last June, to be exact), I’ve had a serious crush on the Brooklyn home of Jae and Devin. The architecture alone of their brownstone, with those amazing moldings, ceilings and floors would make any design lover completely and totally jealous obsessed. Their lust-worthy abode is more than just really great bones, however, and I’m going to break down why their combo living room and dining room just plain works.
May 10, 2017
At First Blush: Ideas for Decorating With Pale Pink
Want to see the world through rose-colored glasses? Take a peek at these beautiful blushing interiors.
May 8, 2017
Modern Slipcovers: An Underrated Secret Weapon of Design
Slipcovers have earned themselves a reputation as being shabby chic traditionalists, but to the contrary, these transformative beauties are proving to also have a modern side. These days, slipcovers are sporting more modern, simple silhouettes to accommodate in-demand contemporary furniture lines—the result is a fresh upholstered piece that embodies that cozy-modern vibe that’s been sweeping the design world right off its feet.
May 8, 2017
This Might Be London’s Smallest Home (& It’s Surprisingly Livable)
In London, which has the dubious distinction of being one of the world’s most expensive cities, two designers set out to transform what might be the city’s smallest house into a shipshape, efficient little cocoon. The space, a former mini-cab office, may be only 13 square meters (140 square feet), but it manages to pack in all the essentials…and then some.
May 7, 2017
In Living Color: 5 Modern Ways to Decorate Your Home With Blue
Having the blues isn’t always a bad thing. Just look at these awesome interiors. From Picasso’s Blue Period and Yves Klein’s invention of International Klein Blue to the modern-day fascination with indigo-dyed shibori fabrics and a revived appreciation for Chinese ginger jars, blue has proven to be a classic color that will never go out of style.
May 6, 2017
(Gender) Neutral Ground: A Design Expert On Decorating a Bathroom to Please Everyone
Showering, shaving, putting on makeup, removing makeup, brushing teeth, trimming beards—we spend a lot of our days in the bathroom. With all that time spent there, it should be a place where you feel comfortable and happy. It’s a room that should reflect your personality and aesthetic, but when two people share the same bathroom, it might be hard to keep them both happy if they have opposing styles.
May 2, 2017
Gorgeous Homes That Are Short on Stuff But Big on Style
The term “minimal” has been used a lot in recent years. It seems many have been looking to simplify their lives and their homes, perhaps to create a calm sanctuary in the face of a complex world. “Less is more,” is how the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously described his style. Buckminster Fuller tried “doing more with less.
May 2, 2017
A Stunning Studio Loft in Hollywood That Does Everything Right
Welcome to the maiden voyage of a new column we’re launching called Why It Works. Here at Apartment Therapy, we publish hundreds upon hundreds of amazing, lived in, real-life homes every year. And though they all are special in their own right, every now and then there comes along a super smart room within one of those homes. In Why It Works, we’re celebrating that notion, and breaking down all the elements that have come together to create a truly spectacular space.
May 1, 2017
15 of the Best & Funniest Home Decor Style Descriptions We’ve Ever Seen
How would you describe your home’s style? Would you use common design styles like “mid-century modern” or “bohemian” to explain your home’s look? Or would you use adjectives to define your decor taste? However you label your home’s style, chances are it’s not the way these homes have been uniquely described.
May 1, 2017
The Coffee Cart is the New Bar Cart: DIY Coffee Carts and Stations
We always say that your home should reflect your interests and hobbies—so if you happen to be a caffeine-loving espresso guzzler, it only makes sense to devote some space to your favorite pastime. Each one of these DIY refueling stations is guaranteed to perk up your home’s style and save you from that afternoon slump.
Apr 30, 2017
9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know a Dremel Drill Could Do
Like turning geodes into air plant containers and etching glass jars.
Apr 29, 2017
We Hacked the $35 RAST Dresser Two Ways: Happy Modern and Bone Inlay
The $35 unfinished pine dresser from IKEA is a blank slate for your creativity. To show how it can be customized to match any decor style—no matter if your signature look is understated or over-the-top—we hacked this dresser two ways. Keep it simple with some paint and a bit of patterned gift wrap, or embrace elaborate bohemian details with bone-inlay stenciling. Either way, you’re going to get extra storage with serious style.
Apr 28, 2017
The Kitchen Cabinet Color I’m Obsessed With
And no, it's not white.
Apr 27, 2017
Renters Solutions: Get the Wallpaper Look Without the Commitment
We promise there are way cooler options available now than the cheesy inspirational quotes your mom has plastered across her walls.
Apr 26, 2017
Lessons from Rooms that Nail the Layered Rug Look
Plus, price-conscious combos to get the layered look in your own home.
Apr 25, 2017
Beautiful Blooms That Will Never Wilt: DIY Giant Paper Flowers
Having fresh flowers around the house is the ultimate luxury, but when a supermarket bouquet inevitably starts to wilt within 24 hours, it makes me reconsider the beauty of artificial blooms. When I spotted these whimsically oversized nashi blossoms (above) in paper flower artist Livia Cetti’s new book The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations, I knew I’d found the perfect stand-in for my usual bodega bundle.
Apr 23, 2017
3 Completely Perfect Color Combinations We Don’t See Nearly Enough
For when you're ready to break up with those safe bet, go-to color combinations you see everywhere.
Apr 22, 2017
10 Beautiful, Durable Leather DIY Projects To Match Your Skill Level (Even for Total Newbies)
Leather, whether real or faux, is the ideal material for projects you plan to live with and use every day. Durable and beautiful, leather drawer pulls can be tugged at thousands of times without breaking, while a leather sunglasses case can be toted on trips for years without falling apart. If this is your first foray into leather-working, don’t be intimidated—consult our straight-forward intro to the art, then dive into one of the projects that follow, ranked by difficulty.
Apr 21, 2017
Add Wallpaper to Your Bookcase for an Instant Style Upgrade
Bookshelves are a wonderful thing to have, because who doesn’t need more storage, especially the kind that takes advantage of vertical space. But as I’ve discussed with some of my colleagues here at Apartment Therapy, bookcases can also be particularly difficult to style.
Apr 18, 2017
Let Your Freak Flag Fly: Totally Out-There (Yet Awesome!) Design From Real Homes
We think your home should be a reflection of you and the things you love (especially if those things totally weird others out). Today, we commend some of our boldest house tour participants for having the moxie to see their wildest home visions to fruition, thus hopefully encouraging you to paint that wall chartreuse, display that “creepy” collection, or finally buy that double decker bus you’ve been eyeing.
Apr 15, 2017
Look We Love: Traditional Windsor Chairs in Modern Interiors
It’s always a curious thing when a piece of furniture with a pedigree that dates back centuries manages to situate itself into contemporary design (without actually looking like an antique). Such is the case with the Windsor chair. Originating in the early 1700s and taking its name from the English town of—you guessed it—Windsor, the humble wooden chair has been an anchor of English and American interiors past and present.
Apr 14, 2017
Eke Out More Space: Put Your Windowsills to Work
It's like instantly adding more square footage without even trying.
Apr 11, 2017
FINALLY Organize Your Spices & Make Your Own Magnetic Spice Rack
The paradox of learning how to cook is that the more competent you become, the less competent you feel, because you end up with a jumble of spices cluttering up your kitchen cabinets. Every new, exciting, unfamiliar spice you acquire — sumac, amchoor powder, fenugreek — translates into less space in your designated spice shelf, which then makes any given spice harder to find.
Apr 7, 2017
Bold Design Idea: Paint Your Window Frames to Create Instant Appeal
Color (via paint) can be a very powerful design tool, especially when used in unexpected places. While most people don’t necessarily think to paint the inside of their window frames, it can be the difference between a run-of-the-mill room and a spectacular, and memorable interior. A few “pros” to painting your window frames: It’s not as big a time/money commitment as painting your walls.
Apr 7, 2017
7 Rooms That Break Rug Size “Rules” (And Still Look Good)
I’ll be honest, when I got the brief for this article, I took one look at the title and thought: no way. I’ve gone on record around here as a rug-size militant, and one who believes that bigger is nearly always better. But before dismissing the idea completely, I decided to have a hunt for rooms breaking traditional rug rules and still managing to look good. Lo and behold, what I found was eye-opening to say the least.
Apr 3, 2017
Side-by-Side: Two Identical Lofts Decorated Totally Differently
Beyond satiating curiosity, getting to see how different people tackle the layout of homes with the same floor plan is also illuminating. Do the same people have the same design challenges? Do they use space in the same way? Does architecture have a strong affect on the furniture and accessories selected? Tirsh and Minky share a lovely North Oakland loft with their dog Arnie. As the owners of Hunter & Lew, a design studio, having a home that fosters creativity is clearly important to them.
Apr 3, 2017
Small Space Solution: Double Duty DIY Daybeds
The daybed has fallen in and out of favor over the years. It may remind you of lavish palaces and paintings of nobility lounging about, waiting to be hand-fed grapes. However, the piece has made a resurgence in recent years, thanks in part to the popularity of small space living. This versatile piece can seat several people, hugs close to the wall to maximize square footage, and can even be used as a bed at night.
Apr 2, 2017
Pink Bathrooms Pretty Enough to Make You Blush
Few things in the world of decorating are more controversial than the pink bathroom. Those old, Mamie-pink 1950s bathrooms were first loved, and then hated, and then loved by some and hated by others (with equal passion on both sides). And now there’s a whole new generation of pink bathrooms — and they’re anything but frilly and froufrou. Say hello to the sophisticated new pink bathroom.
Mar 29, 2017
Survey Says: This is the #1 Design Trend of 2017
In a survey of over 1,000 Americans, the team at Next Day Blinds found that the #1 home trend of 2017 was “Modern Farmhouse” with one-third of respondents listing this as their favorite style. So what exactly is this style? Short answer: think Fixer Upper. And for those of us who are less familiar with the show (*cough* me *cough*), think matte black + soft white + wood + a minimal mix of vintage and modern pieces. And a massive vessel of hydrangeas.
Mar 27, 2017
9 Truths About Making a Home That Are Worth Remembering
From fretting over which wall color to choose to wondering if you made the right decision on that couch, there are a lot of physical element decisions that go into making a home. It’s absolutely worth the time to learn about design principles, storage ideas and decor tricks — all things that will make your space so much more livable and enjoyable.
Mar 27, 2017
Small but Mighty: 9 Genius Design Ideas From Stylish Rental Studios
Here's a reminder to us all that good things—including genius design ideas—really do come in small packages.
Mar 18, 2017
Shaker Style: A Key to Timeless Home Design
You may know the Shakers—a Christian sect founded in England in the 1700s that later settled in colonial America—for their timeless, minimalist cabinets, but it turns out their simple style is full of trend-proof decorating ideas. To help us settle on some design choices that won’t look dated in a few years, we’re following the guiding principles of Shaker style, right down to the brass tacks.
Mar 16, 2017
Renter-Approved: Smart Ideas for Using Adhesive Hooks & Strips Everywhere
Renters in search of drill-free methods to hang their wall decor are undoubtedly familiar with the removable adhesive hook. But these unassuming strips can do more than suspend posters—they are organizing and design superheroes capable of tidying up everything from kitchen tools to necklace collections…and can even get your curtain rods up. Behold: Eleven dilemmas you probably didn’t know an adhesive hook could solve.
Mar 15, 2017
Clutter Confessions: The One Thing of Theirs I Wish I Could Toss
That college-age poster of the movie “Scarface.” A collection of terrifying (possibly haunted) Victorian-era dolls. The nine-year-old chair that’s just rags and bones. When you move in with a romantic partner, you inherit not just the stuff of theirs you like, you inherit weird things they’ve held onto for years. Who hasn’t fantasized about “accidentally” losing/throwing away/setting on fire something really yucky that belongs to your partner?
Mar 13, 2017
Don’t Waste an Inch: Ideas for Using a Really Narrow Room
Have you got a spare room, a bit of hallway, the loft above a stairway—any particularly small sliver of space in your home that’s searching for its purpose? Narrow rooms can pose a special challenge, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of that space. Here’s a little inspiration for getting the most out of a (really, really) narrow room. Even the narrowest of rooms can make a great workspace, as evidenced by this interior from David Boyle.
Mar 8, 2017
Real Couples Reveal: What Happens When We Disagree on Design
Things can get awkward quick when your partner — excited to share their plans for a living room redo — shows you a neon purple paint swatch (…or weird shaped chair…or clown painting). What do you if you don’t love their decor choice? How do you tell your partner I REALLY don’t like this, without, you know, saying I REALLY REALLY DON’T LIKE THIS? These couples share how they let their partner down gently.
Mar 8, 2017
Insider Tips for Estate Sale Newbies
Anastassia Nelson may still be in her twenties, but she owns her own stylish house and is excellent at navigating the intricacies of estate sales. Because estate sales aren’t like yard and garage sales, they can be a bit intimidating to those not in the know. That’s why I asked Ana to share some insider tips and unspoken rules to help guide someone who’s never been to an estate sale before. Estate sales can be kind of weird to a newcomer.
Mar 2, 2017