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The (Scratch-&-Sniff) Wallpaper in this Austin Home is Everything
Design by: Veronica Koltuniak of Verokolt Architect: Ben May Design Home Builder: Bryer Construction and Installation, LLC Location: Austin, Texas Scratch-n-sniff wallpaper isn’t usually the first jumping off point in a design plan, but when Veronica Koltuniak of Verokolt lucked out with such a cool client—a self-confirmed bachelor who prefers a home filled with friends, music and late night jam sessions—requesting such rarities, she couldn’t believe her luck.
Feb 26, 2017
How To Divide a Small Studio Apartment Without Building a Wall
While the thought of dividing a small studio into even smaller compartments may strike fear into the hearts of many apartment dwellers, there may come a time when the need for privacy and the longing for a “grownup” home wins out. If you’re caught between a studio in a city you love and the kind of multi-bedroom house suburban dreams are made of, these simple room dividers could be all the compromise you need. Hey, backyards are overrated anyway. Above: This hip loft in L.A.
Feb 20, 2017
How to Turn Ordinary Items into Art: Mastering the Shadowbox Frame
Think you don’t have frame-worthy wall art? Time to pull out that box of memorabilia and travel souvenirs stashed in the back of your closet. Even menus, paper coasters and postcards you’ve collected over the years can be turned into eye-catching art with the help of colorful paper matting, foam dots and some magical shadowbox frames. By lifting up paper items and giving them depth, shadowboxes turn the most ordinary mementos into masterpieces.
Feb 16, 2017
The Rules for Decorating an Older Home (Hint: Any Damn Way You Please)
My current apartment is housed in a building over 100 years old. And though it creaks and cracks a lot, nothing can replace the charm of tall ceilings, cove molding and other traditional building features. Yet I sometimes wonder if my furnishings do the space justice? Does my “Bohemian-meets-Maximalist-meets-Literally-Throw-Anything-Together” style really make the architectural details of this older building sing?
Feb 15, 2017
Sneak Peek: Favorites from the New IKEA Stockholm 2017 Collection
Tomorrow, IKEA is launching the official press site for the new STOCKHOLM 2017 collection. But today, I received an advance paper copy of the catalog in the mail and just had to share some favorites ASAP: there are some really strong designs (some classic, some more funky) at very good prices. The pieces in the collection will be available in the US starting in April and I can tell you, I’ve definitely got my eye on that rattan cabinet. I see a trip to Schaumburg in my future.
Feb 14, 2017
Sleepy Beauties: The Headboards in These 9 Stylish Rooms are Everything
On average, a person sleeps a staggering 9,125 days or 25 years in their lifetime, so why not slumber in style if you’re going to be spending that much time in bed? I’ve rounded up nine dreamy rooms where the beds and headboards reign supreme, enticing sweet dreams, a little longer snooze, a Netflix-and-binge kind of day, and plenty of inspiration to transform your own restful haven.
Feb 12, 2017
A First-Time Home Buyer On: Things You Don’t Know Before You Buy
Anastassia Nelson loves the Tacoma neighborhood where she bought her first house. In the heart of her hometown, it’s close to both where she grew up and within walking distance to bars and a local coffee shop. “I targeted an area I was familiar with and that is also considered up-and-coming. I hope that in the end it will have great resale value when the day comes to move up to my next venture,” she writes. The scariest part was dealing with a huge life step.
Feb 10, 2017
Live Your Truth: 7 Ideas for Building a Home that’s 100% You
The homes we admire while flipping through magazines and scrolling through Pinterest are undeniably pretty, but do you ever look at an image of an impossibly pristine home and wonder, “Does anyone actually live there?” In celebration of quirky, personality-packed homes, we’ve rounded up house tours that definitely show signs of life—and that can teach us how to make our own homes shine. Boring doesn’t stand a chance.
Feb 9, 2017
5 Tips for (Successfully) Decorating with Roommates (from Those Who’ve Been There)
No matter if your roommate is your soulmate or someone you found on Craigslist, co-decorating a home is likely going to require some compromises. Considering these 5 simple tips as you negotiate area rugs and couch colors with your roommate will help keep your home’s design—and your relationship—harmonious.
Feb 8, 2017
Match Point: 7 Rooms Proving Tone-on-Tone Color Works
Why mix colors when just one will do? It might fly in the face of typical interior design advice, which advocates balance above all things, but sometimes a room that fully embraces a single color can be strangely delightful. Layering the same color in different shades—or a handful of colors in very similar hues—can create a rich, immersive design experience that’s as stylish as it is unexpected.
Feb 7, 2017
Overlooked No More: 10 Ideas to Add Style & Function to Hallways
Recapture your hallway space for other uses—or just take it from a boring, in-between sliver of your home to one that feels like a place you'd really like to linger.
Feb 7, 2017
Cure for a Humdrum Living Room: Plenty of Pattern
Sarah likes a visually interesting home, as shown by the eight patterns in her living room. “I like each room to have pops of color and pattern to keep things fun and eclectic as you move from room to room,” writes Sarah. “I like to mix and match patterns so they relate, but also contrast for visual interest.” Sarah shared her pointers for mixing patterns in her fearless living room.
Jan 31, 2017
Real Life Advice: From a Stylish Couple Living Well in Just 450 Square Feet
My apartment is a whopping 500 square feet. Alone, it feels just right. With people over, my place transforms into a cramped box, making it difficult for me to feel comfortable in for a few hours, let alone longer. So when I see spaces smaller than mine sustaining two people, I want to know how it works. I asked Kyle and Alex, who share a 450 square foot San Francisco home in style, how they pull it off.
Jan 30, 2017
How to Cope with Little or No Bedroom Storage (& Maximize the Storage You Have!)
If your bedroom storage situation is such that you laugh-cry every time a person on “House Hunters” (or any given home show) sashays through a walk-in closet and then pouts, “This just isn’t enough closet space,” then grab a cup (okay, more like a big pot) of tea and settle in.
Jan 26, 2017
Kid Tested, Adult Approved: Grown-Up Decorating Lessons Inspired by Kids Rooms
When decorating a kid’s room, designers (and design-minded parents) tend to give themselves more creative license to let loose and fill the space with their most whimsical and imaginative ideas. To borrow some of these bold ideas and inventive uses for little spaces, we’re scouting out children’s rooms with style lessons to spare. Class is in session.
Jan 25, 2017
Bookcases in Bold, Surprising Colors
We love bookcases. We love color. Put them together and you have something even dreamier than the sum of its parts, worth looking at and lingering on for a long, long time. If you’re thinking about painting your bookshelves, you’ll find plenty to be inspired by in this collection of shelving in every color of the rainbow. Above: A set of gorgeous emerald green bookcases spotted on One Kings Lane.
Jan 16, 2017
#3: KVISTBRO Storage Tables
IKEA says: Perfect for the living room, KVISTBRO storage table is a great way of combining the function of a sofa table with practical storage and attractive display. Based on a metal basket design, the wired pattern is beautiful in itself, but the basket can also be used for displaying all sorts of things like blankets, books or even kids toys. What We Predict: Wire baskets are endlessly useful— little superstars that fit in every room of the house.
Jan 11, 2017
#4: FLEKKE Daybed
IKEA says: The FLEKKE daybed is four functions in one: seating, single bed, bed for two, and two big drawers for storage. The backrest mounts on the right or the left side of the daybed. Real wood veneer will make this bed age gracefully. What We Predict: Buyers will find countless ways to make this daybed more custom, not to mention comfortable. DIYers will capitalize on the built-in storage and make it even more functional for small spaces.
Jan 11, 2017
A Sneaky Way to Create a (Really Big) Closet in Your Small Space
Living in a tiny apartment? Short on closet space? Here’s a clever way to make a walk-in (yes, walk-in!) closet in your small apartment, and create a cozy spot for sleeping at the same time. You’ve probably guessed from the photo above that the solution is lofting your bed. If your ceilings are tall enough, you’ll wind up with plenty of space below for a closet and plenty of space for sleeping above.
Jan 5, 2017
The Perfect Tiny “Treehouse” Home of Decorist’s Head of Design
Project by: Ashley Redmond of Decorist Project location: Marin, California Ashley Redmond, Head of Design for popular E-design company Decorist, has designed rooms in the homes of Jamie Chung, Audrina Patridge, Erin Hiemstra, and more. She recently updated her own 500-square-foot tiny “treehouse” in the woods of Marin, California. Let’s take a look, shall we? From Ashley: My inspiration for the space was definitely a laid back, bohemian vibe.
Jan 3, 2017
How To Decorate for Christmas With Only a Trip to the Grocery Store
Sure, there’s the requisite nativity scene, the ornaments that have been passed down from your great-grandparents, and the Griswold family inspired display of twinkling lights outside. But sometimes all you need is a trip to the grocery store to deck out your house for the holidays (especially if you’ve been procrastinating putting anything up!).
Dec 21, 2016
Pin Now, Design Later: If We Had a Beach Condo, Here’s What It’d Look Like
Project by: Krista Watterworth Location: Jupiter, Florida Jupiter, Florida, is home to pristine beaches, year-round sunshine, tropical flora and fauna, and unfortunately, some outdated, not-so-pretty condos (trust me, I’m a nearby resident, I know.
Dec 21, 2016
Look We Love: This is the New Scandinavian
If you make a habit of following design blogs, then you’re probably quite familiar with the look that a lot of Scandinavian interiors have: white walls, light floors, minimal furnishings, neutral tones. But lately, the Scandinavians, ever the design innovators, have been shaking things up a little, with new textures, new shapes, and even a little bit of color. This is the New Scandinavian look, with all the design cred of the old, plus a little something extra.
Dec 16, 2016
Get a Closet that Works For You: 5 Ways to Customize Yours
Your clothes aren’t one-size-fits-all, so why would your closet be? Whether you’ve got a walk-in wardrobe, an open clothing rail in your bedroom, or something in between, you’ll want to make it work for you and give you a thrill every time you visit. Here are five ideas for customizing your closet. So maybe your wardrobe isn’t the walk-in you dream of. It might not even be stand-in.
Dec 11, 2016
14 Simple But Beautiful Ideas for a Magical Minimal Holiday
Kate Middleton may choose to cover her home in tinsel and flashing lights for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If your taste leans towards the more minimal, but you still want your home to have that festive touch, we have 14 ideas for simple but beautiful Christmas decor ideas that will please even the most exacting decorator. Above: A simple garland of magnolia leaves is an eye-catching addition to this modern living room from Charleston Mag.
Dec 4, 2016
This Budget Buy Is The Only Holiday Decoration You Really Need
The holidays are here, and if the more traditional combos of red and green or blue and silver aren’t your ideal color schemes, you can still add some festivity to your decor by taking it in a more neutral, simple-chic direction. One way to do that is with strands of simple white lights. If you still want a bit of color, natural elements like greenery and branches are the perfect complement to twinkling lights.
Nov 27, 2016
Over-the-Top Decorating Ideas for the Hardcore Holiday Enthusiast
Sometimes, more is more. For many, one of those times is Christmas, and all the decorating opportunities the holiday brings with it. If you’re more of a maximalist than a minimalist when it comes to decking your halls, feast your eyes on the following ideas— they’re a little OTT, but in the best way possible. Above: Why decorate one tree when you can trim six trees?
Nov 27, 2016
11 Understated (But Still Gorgeous) Holiday Decorating Ideas
"Decorating for the holidays" often feels like an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, but there's another way to do Christmas.
Nov 25, 2016
Think You Can’t Entertain Because Your Place Is Too Small? This Couple Does, in 350 Square Feet!
Natasha and Rob live in a tiny space — just 350 square feet. With so few feet to work with, if you don’t put a little work into your space planning, you’re not going to have a very functional environment. But this clever couple doesn’t just tolerate their small NYC home; they cook in it, relax in it and yes, even entertain in it.
Nov 16, 2016
Color Palettes to Make “Shadow” (Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year) Work in Your Home
In case you missed it, Benjamin Moore announced its Color of the Year for 2017. Shadow 2117-30, a deep purple that can lean more toward a smokey charcoal or a lighter violet depending on the light, came out on top for the paint brand. In honor of the celebrated hue, we’ve put together four different palettes that work with a deep, rich purple so that, no matter your taste, you’ll be tempted to incorporate the in-style shade somewhere in your home.
Nov 15, 2016
Out-of-the-Box Table Setting Ideas for the Holidays
Sure, we think “less is more” can be incredibly lovely, but it has its place. Sometimes, a table calls for more and more…and more. We are always in awe of those that can pull off that ultra-layered look with effortless grace and sophistication. Here, we’ve pulled together inspirations from tastemakers who have created tables that embrace a maximalist aesthetic. These collected beauties prove the possibilities to be endless when it comes to what you can put on the table.
Nov 12, 2016
An Actor’s Modern New York Apartment Gets Warmed Up
Project by: Carrie McCall of CKM Home Design Location: New York, New York Springtime in Central Park year-round? Yes, please! Good thing Carrie McCall of CKM Home Design figured out how to give one homeowner just that with a large-scale cherry blossom mural right next to a floor-to-ceiling window.
Nov 9, 2016
The Evolution of the Perfect Studio Apartment Layout, Illustrated
Emily Schildt, co-founder of Thing of Wonder, lives in 400 square feet in Brooklyn. But beyond the challenge of living in a small space, she also has to tackle the challenge of living in just one room. Not only is her Fort Greene studio apartment lovely, it’s also highly functional…for her! As an avid entertainer, she’s chosen a furniture layout that works for how she lives — which in her case means the unusual choice of placing her bed right near the front door.
Nov 9, 2016
Decorating Ideas Worth Stealing: IKEA Holiday Catalog
IKEA’s winter photoshoots are treasure troves of seasonal inspiration. Even if you don’t buy a single ornament from them this year, take these styling tips and decorating ideas back to your own home. Some are tweaks on familiar tradition, but all of them embrace the warm atmosphere and special feeling of the holidays. Go Dark: Instead of bright colors and garish decorations, go for a moodier, cozier space (lead image above).
Nov 8, 2016
How To Add the Look of Brick, Marble & Even Shiplap to Your Home (Without Remodeling)
If you’ve always wished your apartment had a charming exposed brick wall, or a luxe slab of marble, or an entire kitchen of patterned Moroccan tile—your dream just came true. Recently, more and more wallpaper companies are producing designs that imitate these highly-coveted materials, so you can get the look without remodeling. At first glance, no one will guess these aren’t the real deal.
Nov 8, 2016
Unexpected Fall Pastel Color Palettes Inspired by Nature
Who says colors for fall decorating can’t be dreamy and soft? We’re not suggesting you trade in your pumpkin lattes for milky matchas or spiced gingerbread for lavender macaroons, but these landscape-inspired color palettes may influence your Thanksgiving tabletop to embrace the hazy hues that are often overlooked in the transition from summer to autumn.
Nov 6, 2016
Decorating Black Holes: The 7 Most Easily Forgotten Spots
Your windowsills are just the beginning.
Nov 4, 2016
I Threw Out Everything I Thought I Knew About Design and Learned to Trust My Own Taste
When I could not find jewelry I wanted to wear, I started a company called Naughty Secretary Club and made my own. When the art I envisioned hanging on my walls was not available to purchase anywhere, I picked up a paint brush and got busy creating. I may not be crafty enough to build furniture or sew a pillow, but I know just where to go home decor hunting: I have to get dirt under my nails at a flea market, spend time sifting through the thrift store bins and cruise Craigslist religiously.
Oct 30, 2016
Forgiveness, Not Permission: Inspiration & Advice for Living Your Best (Creative!) Life
Inside an old box factory in Baltimore, in a loft apartment with minimalist decor and structured industrial features, lies a studio bursting with color, erratic splatters of paint, and a kaleidoscope of paper scraps. This is artist Nicole Mueller‘s think space, a celebration of paradox. After an inspiring house tour with Nicole and Dave, I wanted to learn more about Nicole’s artwork and her relationship with the apartment as a living space, a working space, and a revolving gallery.
Oct 28, 2016
Get Your Fall On: 8 Perfectly Moody Eclectic Living Rooms
I love the look of fall—the pumpkins and the fallen leaves, sure, but also the particular quality the light takes on when the sun sinks low in the sky. It’s a sad, melancholy quality, but also moody and dramatic and interesting, and in some way these living rooms just seem made for that kind of light—a place to sip tea and curl up with an obscure tome and mull over the ashes of the year.
Oct 27, 2016
Accio Hogwarts: How To Fake Your Way Into the Wizarding School
Harry Potter mania seems to come out of hibernation right around fall, doesn’t it? If you’ve been waiting for your Hogwarts letter to no avail, it’s time you take matters into your own hands and bring the Hogwarts to you. Whether you’re after the wizarding look just for, say, regular life, or for a more specific occasion like Halloween, here are some ideas to accio into your home.
Oct 25, 2016
The Cheap Thrift Store Find That’ll Solve Your Blank Wall Woes
Working within a budget and trying to find affordable wall art? Don't overlook this one common thrift store bargain.
Oct 25, 2016
The Trick to Surviving a Colorful Vintage Tiled Bathroom
Whether you rent and can’t make any changes or just don’t have the funds to remodel, moving into a home with a vintage bathroom can be a challenge. When that bathroom sports vintage tiles in intense colors, it can be especially puzzling to figure out how to decorate. If the tiles have to stay — and the color palette’s been forced on you, for better or worse — try a trick to making vintage bathrooms work.
Oct 25, 2016
The New Shabby Chic: A Little Less Shabby, A Lot More Chic
Do you remember shabby chic? I do. I don’t think I ever got fully into the craze, but there was definitely a time when tousled lacy curtains, distressed painted wood and tiny floral prints were positively everywhere.
Oct 20, 2016
Dark, Moody & Super Stylish Halloween Decor
Confession time: Jack-o-lanterns aside, I’ve never really loved Halloween decor. Just looking at those fake spiderwebs that people stretch across their yards makes me feel itchy. And a lot of the Halloween decor that you see at the store just seems well, cheap. Lately, though, I’ve been spotting some decor ideas that are starting to redeem Halloween for me: dark, moody, stylish looks that capture the spooky spirit of the holiday without even a hint of the dollar store.
Oct 19, 2016
How Newlyweds Share a Small Apartment (Stylishly & Successfully)
Franke and Jason have shared this small, sky-high Chicago studio for just over year, and considering they just tied the knot, I’d say the studio living experiment (this is the first studio apartment for both of them) has been a success! Read about how they survive sharing a small home, the best (and worst) parts about living in a studio and more. Franke: We’ve lived in four one-bedroom apartments together over the past ten years.
Oct 18, 2016
Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Ideas that are Drop Dead Gorgeous
This Halloween, we’re delving into our dream worlds, crafting simple costumes that present a slightly unsettling version of reality—what if lobsters were hairpieces and eyeballs were as large as our heads? To pair with our Surrealist headpieces, makeup artist Jessica Sanner of Rouge NY schemed up some easy, last-minute makeup looks that take your face from ordinary to extraordinary, without having to blow your entire paycheck at Sephora.
Oct 15, 2016
3 Easy Ways to Bring Halloween Fun Into Your Home
Looking for a fast and easy way to get some Halloween vibes going in your home? Halloween decorating guru and all-around crafty lady Jennifer Perkins knows a thing or two about decorating the home for the holidays. But you don’t have to make your home look like “the Great Pumpkin threw up” to get your home into the spooky spirit. I asked Jen what she thinks are three easy things for people to swap out during Halloween that will make a big visual impact.
Oct 11, 2016
Signature Scents, Homemade Headboards & Beyond: 5 Ways to Customize Your Bedroom
Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom is arguably the most personal. Don’t let it feel bland or generic—read on for some tips on creating a unique oasis which satisfies all the senses. Every kid loves a bed fort, and the big kid version is a DIY canopy bed. Canopies are whimsical, elegant, and can be yours with some curtain rails or industrial pipe, and a few yards of fabric. Nothing ordinary here.
Oct 10, 2016
Designer Dozen: Southern Talents Create Inspiring Spaces for an Atlanta Showhouse
A great country song, above all else, should tell a good story. The same can be said about southern style, and the 12 design firms selected to dream up 12 spaces, both indoors and out, for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles‘ 2016 Serenbe Designer Showhouse did just that. Read on to borrow inspiration from the expressive rooms created by some of the South’s brightest design talents.
Oct 6, 2016
Unexpected Items to Look for When Thrift Shopping (& Things to Avoid!)
Never sure what to snatch up when you’re out thrifting? Or what to put back down? With so much STUFF to see (and potentially purchase) when you’re out second-hand shopping, it can be tough to make the best buying decisions. While everyone’s decor needs are different, it never hurts to hear what the experts are always on the hunt for (and what they would never take home).
Oct 5, 2016
This Tiny Swedish Apartment Has Everything You Could Want—in Under 500 Square Feet
Here at Apartment Therapy, we’re firm believers that good things come in small packages. Case in point: this top floor Swedish studio, which has pretty much everything you could want in just 480 square feet. Living on the top floor has its advantages: soaring ceilings and a row of skylights make this apartment seem positively palatial. The white floor and walls don’t hurt either, bouncing light all around the space.
Oct 4, 2016
4 Rooms in One: A Tiny Transforming Small Space
Here’s a small space that’s both beautiful, and, thanks to some creative furniture choices, incredibly functional. This apartment’s main room can serve, by turns, as an office, a living room, a bedroom, or a dining room with a table that seats six. Michael Kristensen, a creative director who splits his time between Copenhagen and Bangkok, fell in love with the apartment when he first saw it, but he knew it would take some creative solutions.
Oct 4, 2016
Global Flavors: 8 Gorgeous Kitchens from All Around the World
From Morocco to Argentina, Sweden to Australia, we've rounded up 13 of the most beautiful, and most unique, not-to-be-missed kitchens out there.
Oct 1, 2016
Lighten Up: A Pair of No-Fail Ways to Make Furniture Look Less Bulky
There are lots of reasons why you might have a too-big or too-bulky piece of furniture in your home. Perhaps it’s an inherited piece you can’t part with. Maybe you need a large piece of furniture for storage. Whatever the case, you don’t have to live with a heavy piece of furniture visually weighing down a room.
Sep 30, 2016
This Designer’s Brooklyn Home Will Give You Major Apartment Envy
Project by: Luna Grey Interiors LLC Location: Brooklyn, New York Interior design clients come with their own wish-lists and set of challenges, but what happens when the home you’re designing is your own? That’s what interior designer Luna Grey found out when she and her partner decided to make the move to an up-and-coming neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Sep 29, 2016
Discover Your Home Decor Personality: Inspirations for the Eclectic Collector
Some decor styles are easy to pin point, as they follow certain rules. But for the eclectic collector, there are no pre-set design mandates. This artfully cluttered, anything goes aesthetic is all about throwing caution to the wind and filling your home with things you love that you’ve picked up along your journeys, whether from Monaco, Morocco or Minneapolis. To some, pattern mixing is an art form that is learn through trial and error.
Sep 26, 2016
Take a Virtual Stroll Through 5 Beautiful New Orleans Homes
There is no American city quite like New Orleans: it’s a little Spanish, a little French, but mostly uniquely the thing that it is. Call it a je ne sais quoi. I highly recommend a visit, but if a trip to the Big Easy isn’t in the cards for you right now, there is still a way you can enjoy its unique architecture and laid-back vibe—through these tours of five of NOLA’s most beautiful homes.
Sep 25, 2016
Old House, New Tricks: See How 3 Gorgeous Old Houses Were Outfitted for a New Century
Old houses filled with period furniture are lovely, of course, but that doesn’t mean that they all have to be a museum. Homes are allowed to grow and change with their owners and with the times, and sometimes that results in a pastiche of old surroundings and new furnishings that’s even more delightful than the sum of its parts. Check out these three old houses whose owners have embraced modernism, with beautiful and unexpected results.
Sep 22, 2016
Get it Right: How To Pick the Perfect Rug Size for Your Room
A new rug can be one of the most anxiety-inducing purchases you can make for your home. For one thing, even the small ones seem shockingly expensive. For another, once you understand the importance of rug size in creating a comfortable space (spoiler alert: bigger is better here) they become even more so. There’s also room use and orientation to contend with.
Sep 21, 2016
A Jewelry Designer’s Color-Rich Dallas Home
Homeowners: Lloyd Pierson and Laura Ginsburg Pierson Designer Name: Michelle Nussbaumer, Ceylon et Cie Location: Dallas, Texas As staunch supporters of color-soaked interiors, we can certainly get on board with a home that embraces a saturated scheme. So was the case for interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer’s lively pad for Lloyd and Laura Pierson, a young couple-turned-growing family in Dallas.
Sep 20, 2016
Real Life Advice: Buying Land and a Tiny Home to Put On It
Do you dream of one day buying a bit of land, plunking down a stylish trailer and living a slower-paced, nature-filled, “tiny home” lifestyle? Or perhaps you’re just curious how anyone goes about getting that kind of life? Either way, you’ll want to check out this advice from Kirsten Dickerson, who lives on 25 acres that includes a 1955 Spartan Mansion (350 square feet) and a 1967 Overlander Airstream (180 square feet).
Sep 20, 2016
Discover Your Home’s Decor Personality: 12 Inspiring Artful Bohemian Spaces
Your home’s design is a creative expression of who you are, so why not take a cue from colorful, expressive bohemian style and craft a home with personality? Inspired by the artistic community, the boho look is eclectic, free-spirited and whimsical, with a focus on rich colors and textures. Whether you embrace the more-is-more aesthetic, or temper it with modern pieces, you’ll find all the inspiration you’ll need in the spaces that follow.
Sep 19, 2016
GIF Magic: MORE Proof Architectural Details (Even Fake Ones) Are Worth It
Last week I showed off some magical GIFS that took out—and added back in—specific types of architectural detail. This week, I’ve got even more, in a similar vein, to look at. Because we’re not all living in our dream homes, seeing how certain types of architectural details add character demonstrates that it may be totally worth the time, money and energy to consider adding them to your own home.
Sep 19, 2016
Southern Style: Beautiful Homes in Charleston, South Carolina
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Sep 15, 2016
GIF Magic: Proof That Adding Architectural Character Is Worth It
It’s easy to be completely charmed when you walk into a home that features architectural elements like ceiling medallions, crown molding, ornate fireplaces and more. But how much visual impact do these kind of details actually have on a space? Enough to put in time and effort to add them to a space that didn’t come with them? See for yourself with these animated GIFS.
Sep 12, 2016
The Very Best Shiplap Hacks: Affordable, Reversible & Super-Simple
If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, or if you’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest in the past couple of years, then you probably know about the wildfire popularity of shiplap, a type of wood paneling. Technically speaking, “real” shiplap has grooves at the top and bottom, called rabbets, which allow the pieces to overlap for a watertight seal.
Sep 8, 2016
Discover Your Home’s Decor Personality: Warm Industrial Inspirations
If large, open, lofted spaces and rugged materials like raw wood and metal catch your eye, your home style may be warm industrial. Here are some inspiring spaces that showcase the classic style and reveal how cozy, modern, and even rustic the look can be. Lofty spaces with lots of windows, like the one above from HK Living, are gorgeous, but also notoriously drafty. Warm up the room with lots of textured textiles, such as throw pillows, blankets, and woven rugs.
Sep 8, 2016
Quiz: What’s Your Home Decor Personality?
Are you the artful bohemian or a new traditionalist? Take this quiz to find out and don’t forget to share your results in the comments! Antsy for your results? Hang tight…they’re coming! Re-edited from a post that originally appeared 09.06.2017.
Sep 8, 2016
The Scandinavians Win Again: A Smart, Flexible Housing Solution With Style
Project by: Laura Seppänen Design Agency Location: Helsinki, Finland This model home highlights all of the things we’ve come to love about Scandi style: gorgeous lines, spectacular use of black, white and neutral colors, and, of course, brilliantly designed storage space. From Laura: YIT launched a new housing option called “Smartti;” a flexible and affordable solution that combines functionality and adaptability with reasonable prices.
Sep 7, 2016
High & Low: A Living Room That Gets Pattern Mixing Just Right
I don’t know about you, but when I try to incorporate multiple motifs into a room willy-nilly, things can quickly get a little out of control and the space ultimately lacks cohesion. When it comes to the delicate dance of mixing and matching (or deliberately mismatching) patterns, it’s best to take cues from the pros. As your print-mixing guides, we’ve put together four high and lows inspired by rooms with perfectly blended patterns. First up: the living room.
Sep 2, 2016
Redefining Modern: The Once-Cold Aesthetic Gets a Warm Upgrade
Modern has had a makeover: push from your mind any images of stark, white, ultra-minimal interiors that you associate with the word. The new modern is warm, cozy, tactile, and even a little glamorous. Read on for five hallmarks that are redefining the aesthetic. Warmer Metals The warm metal trend has been going strong for a few years now, and it shows no signs of slowing.
Sep 1, 2016