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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
You Do You: How To Rearrange Your Stuff To Suit How You Really Want to Live
Did you know that in some European countries, apartments are advertised according to how many rooms they contain, but these are not specifically denoted as bedrooms, living areas, etc? I think they’ve hit on a good thing: we don’t all have the same home needs, after all. No matter the size of your home, you can think creatively about its space and not be constrained by words on a floor plan.
Sep 1, 2016
Adding Color to Your Rental: 5 Real Renters Share Their Solutions
Color doesn’t have to be permanent…or even on the walls. It also doesn’t have to be super saturated or loud, either. These five renters added soft, subtle color to their homes—in ways that won’t prevent them from getting their security deposit back! From Katie, of Katie’s Shabby Chic St. Paul Apartment: “I am quite proud of my dining room table and chairs.
Aug 31, 2016
How To Make New Glass Look Old & Old Glass Look New Again
Glass vases, votive holders, and jars are beautiful finishing touches to any shelf, table, desk or mantel. With so many empty florist vases, mason jars, and basic candle holders in this world, it helps to know how to transform them into a statement piece —no matter what your style. Here’s how to take basic glass and either make it look like an old world collectible, or the newest trend. It’s all possible.
Aug 30, 2016
From Nearly Nonexistent to Enviably Large: 5 No-Fail Recipes for an Organized Entryway (At Any Size)
Here at Apartment Therapy, we’re huge proponents of the landing strip—having a dedicated “clutter filter” in the entryway can make your whole home more organized. What’s more, no home is too small for this crucial bit of design know-how. Read on for my recipe for an organized foyer at any size.
Aug 30, 2016
No Excuses: Easy Ideas for a More Beautiful Bathroom on the Cheap
Short on cash? Can’t afford to remodel? That doesn’t mean you can’t have a great looking bathroom. Try one of these DIYs that will have your space looking like a million bucks. Have an ugly wall-mounted sink? Try adding these DIY gold sink legs, as shown on the blog Lovely Indeed to get the look of a pedestal sink on a budget. DIY cedar bath mat, as seen on Home Free, for a spa-like feel on a budget. DIY pineapple bathmat as seen on Dream Green DIY.
Aug 29, 2016
10 Kitchens That Will Inspire You to Think Pink
These kitchens reveal pink's true potential. Maybe you'll find your own blush inspiration.
Aug 29, 2016
Find Your True Style in 4 Easy Steps
Any design enthusiast can attest: Pinterest is one of the best tools for finding aspirational images and creating a digital dream world full of (sometimes unattainable) beauty for yourself. But with what feels like gazillions of photos to choose from, it can be hard to narrow down which ones are accurate reflections of your personal style, and which ones are just plain pretty and pleasant to look at.
Aug 29, 2016
6 Travel Destinations that Will Inspire Your Decorating
Ahh summer vacations. We never want them to end. One of the highlights of returning home, however, is being able to infuse your space with some of those unforgettable memories. I’m a big fan of collecting travel treasures, but another way you can keep the vacation vibes going all year long is by allowing the local flavor of the destination itself to inspire your décor.
Aug 26, 2016
Work It: Classic Black & White Checkered Kitchen Floors Looking Fantastic
Though it may not be your dream material, black and white tiles can be a very affordable choice when you need new flooring in your kitchen. Need proof? These eight rooms look fantastic with black and white floors. From simple spaces to bold, accessorized rooms, let these kitchens and their checkered floors inspire your own home. As you look through these examples, pay attention to the tile size and layout orientation; you’ll see a surprising variety of looks in these rooms.
Aug 26, 2016
Secrets to the Always-Put-Together Home (that You Can Do Today!)
With boundless images of décor inspiration at our collective fingertips, sometimes our homes’ cohesiveness can get lost in the design process. When it comes to making your space feel put together, there are some tricks of the trade that can take a home from feeling all over the place to perfectly polished. From matching your frames to upscaling your artwork to trading out your bathmat, the following tips will leave your home feeling refined.
Aug 24, 2016
A Look Inside Waiting on Martha’s Glamorous Office
Desk. The word can incite passion, great ideas and inspiration or evoke a slight nausea at the thought of logging one more hour in that dreaded, dimly lit space. While some may be the former, I myself am the latter, working amidst an uninspiring collection of junk mail, laundry, discarded receipts and so many Post-It notes that I can’t recall which ones I’ve completed and which I haven’t. It got me thinking: Shouldn’t your desk be the yin to your productive yang?
Aug 18, 2016
Where Vintage Reigns Supreme: The Eclectic Office of Dallas’ Flea Style
New does not always trump old. In fact, at Flea Style in Dallas, Texas, it never does. Come take a peek inside owner Brittany Cobb’s warm and inviting office full of well-loved treasures. Name: Brittany Cobb of Flea Style Location: Dallas, Texas Out with the new and in with the old! The transposed popular saying is the core of Brittany Cobb’s Flea Style. Brittany’s childhood was in many ways spent as a business tutorial and foreshadowing of what was to come.
Aug 17, 2016
4 Brilliant Small Space Solutions Inspired by Tiny Homes
There are tons of space-saving lessons to be learned from the tiny home movement. Here are four of our favorites.
Aug 15, 2016
Studio Apartments That Don’t Feel like Studios at All (And How They Can Make Your Small Space Better)
Studio living comes with a lot of perks, like saving money on rent and living closer to a city’s urban action. But it comes at a price, too—mainly having to sleep, eat, work and exist, all in one room. Those who use design wisely, however, can manage to make a studio feel…less studio-ish. Here are five studio apartments that do just that—and how they pulled it off.
Aug 14, 2016
How Artists Live: Incredibly Creative Homes Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before
Some artists make art not just of their canvases, but their entire homes. Today we’re taking a look at 3 incredibly creative homes of artists and designers, which will have you seeing your whole space in a completely different light.
Aug 10, 2016
5 Ideas to Steal from Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent’s Glamorous Kitchen
Certainly the most striking thing about this kitchen is its windows, which blur the line between wall and ceiling and give the feeling of cooking, if not outdoors, at least in a very luxurious greenhouse. If your windows do not magically turn into a ceiling you can still emphasize them by painting the inside frames black, which will turn them into a striking architectural feature even if they only just go up and down, like boring old windows do.
Aug 9, 2016
Dining Room Ideas: Try a Banquette In Place of Chairs For More Style (and Seating Space)
If you’re anything like me, you’re always calling dibs on the banquette seat when you dine out. I mean, who doesn’t want to be super comfy and cozy on a plush sofa seat (sorry chairs!). To further entice that lust for the best seat in the house, check out this round up of settees being used in uber-chic dining rooms by some top-notch design talents.
Aug 2, 2016
Vintage Goodness: 7 Bathrooms Where Colorful Fixtures Actually Look Really Great
In the 1940s and 50s, bathrooms with colorful plumbing fixtures — sinks, toilets, and tubs in shades of blue, green, yellow, and even pink — were all the rage. Then, mysteriously, the tide of fashion turned, and people have been ripping out those candy-colored fixtures ever since.
Aug 1, 2016
Finding Foolproof Color Combinations: Don’t Miss This Clever New Tool
When it comes to designing a room, one of your first decisions is commonly about what colors to use. Whether you feel most comfortable in neutrals, or prefer living in technicolor, it’s not always easy to figure out what shades to pair together to create a room that makes you truly happy.
Aug 1, 2016
8 GIFs That May Convince You to Pick a Colorful Couch
Stop buying accent pillows. Buy an accent COUCH.
Jul 29, 2016
A Super Simple Trick To Turn Budget Basics Into Serious Style Statements
In their original states, a white pendant lamp and an unframed mirror are blank canvases for creativity. Add the beauty of natural woven fibers and some hits of eye-catching color, and you have a sunny lamp that will brighten any room and a mirror that will turn heads. Put these two DIY ideas on your summer project list so you can enjoy the results all year long.
Jul 28, 2016
Are You Unhappily Headboardless? 7 Out-of-the-Box Ideas To Try
No headboard, no problem: Whether you’re plotting out how to punch up your dorm room for this fall, outfitting your first place, or simply not ready to commit to a full-blown headboard, we rounded up 7 clever (and affordable) solutions to add some serious style to that blank wall behind your bed. A temporary decal (the geometric one shown above is from Urban Outfitters) is an easy, no-fuss way to create a faux, affordable headboard.
Jul 27, 2016
Before & After: A Spacious Living Room Gets an Entirely New Look
At Apartment Therapy, we talk a lot about dealing with small spaces, but larger spaces can also present their own unique design challenge. When one Brooklyn family moved into their dream home, the oversized living room proved to be a bit of a conundrum — so they turned to a designer for guidance. Before, the family’s furniture — a single sofa and a small dining table — was a bit lost in the expansive space.
Jul 19, 2016
Secrets to Effortless Style from Stunning Spanish Homes
Colorful patterned tile floors, tons of plants and gorgeous natural light—I have been in awe of the stunning Spanish homes we’ve featured on Apartment Therapy. They aren’t just inspiring to look at (and feel envious of), they hold secrets of decorating effortlessly—things you can incorporate into your own home (even if you don’t live in Spain). Some Spanish homes have jaw-dropping tiled floors in every room of the house.
Jul 15, 2016
16 Kitchens that Skipped the Reno and Embraced Vintage Vibes
The vintage kitchen features that came with your house or rental—old appliances, dated fixtures, interesting floor materials—aren’t always the choices you would have made if you had designed from scratch. But if you don’t have the money to renovate (or you rent and can’t) or don’t want to renovate, choose to work with your vintage features, not fight against them! These sixteen kitchens get it right.
Jul 15, 2016
The Minimalist’s Approach to Maximum Color: 10 Unexpected Spots to Add a Touch of Paint
There are two ways to work dramatic color into your home: Go for the whole wall, or use little splashes of color for a big effect. The latter takes much less time to achieve and is considerably cheaper (many of the ideas ahead call for just a sample pot of paint), yet it can still create an eye-catching display. The best part of painting a smaller area? It’s much easier to paint over if you change your mind or when it’s time to move out.
Jul 15, 2016
5 GIFs That Might Help You Figure Out What to Do With That Blank Wall
A blank wall can be an inspiring canvas waiting to painted with your style—or it can be a stop-you-in-your-tracks source of indecision. Let’s push past the wondering and see how various ideas work. Inside this post: the same empty wall filled with a variety of design elements, from paint to pattern to art and more. See how different decor choices affect the look and feel of a room.
Jul 14, 2016
European Style Meets Bohemian Chic in a London Apartment
While I love minimal, white-walled interiors with occasional bursts of color just as much as the next person, every once in a while it’s nice to spot something different — like this Little Venice apartment by Sera of London. It’s a little bit Bohemian, a little bit Miss Havisham, a little bit crumbly European chic, wholly different, and wholly refreshing.
Jul 14, 2016
Where We Create: A Look Inside Real Life Craft Rooms & Art Studios
You have to consider organization, tools, storage and work surfaces when designing your art studio, creative home office, or craft corner. But beyond just the practical are ineffable qualities that make rooms conducive for creativity. In this post: Gorgeous spaces with great ideas for sparking creativity and creating a space that functions for your craft. Fresh white walls, a big work surface in the center of the room and everything in its place (and place for everything).
Jul 13, 2016
Bring the Outdoors In: Living Room Hammocks & Hanging Chairs
If you’re not lucky enough to live in a home with an outdoor space, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the lovely, layabout feeling of a summer afternoon spent drowsing away on the porch. Things like hammocks and swings and hanging chairs aren’t just for outside: you can also, if you’re feeling a bit adventurous (and have the right hardware!) add one to your living room.
Jul 10, 2016
Calling All Renters: Easy & Reversible Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom (This Weekend!)
Rental bathrooms are notoriously plagued by ugly (or just plain dated) design decisions. The good news is, there are some simple, reversible ways to cover up what you hate most about this room and add your own style to the space. Introducing color and pattern where you can, and choosing attractive storage lets you put your own touch on a temporary home. It may sound obvious, but in a small rental bathroom, the shower curtain is the first thing you should switch out.
Jul 8, 2016
This Tiny Swedish Studio is Everything You Could Want in an Apartment
Even though I now have the tiny, perfect apartment of my dreams, I haven’t stopped being fascinated with other people’s tiny, perfect apartments. And I’m particularly drawn to this apartment in Stockholm, which despite measuring only 193 square feet manages to be everything you want an apartment to be: airy, stylish, cozy, comfortable.
Jul 7, 2016
A Match Made in Heaven: Copper + Pink
Pale pink and copper are like one of those couples that look so good together that once you see them together it’s hard to imagine them with anyone else. And like all good couples, they bring out the best in each other: copper gives pink a bit of an edge, and pink brings out the warm, rosy tones in copper, giving it a special glow. Here are a few of our favorite examples. Above: The folks from Livet Hemma paired a copper pendant light with an IKEA duvet dyed in a peachy pink.
Jun 30, 2016
Design Tricks that Can Make Your Home Look Cooler this Summer
If your under-air-conditioned (or not-at-all-air-conditioned) home has you feeling the heat, there are some small visual changes you can make to help your place at least look cooler. Little things like doing away with fuzzy sheepskin throws and adding blue-based colors can make your home feel fresher—without having to adjust the thermostat. If there was ever a time to embrace minimalism, it’s in the summer.
Jun 30, 2016
10 Ways To Invite Summer Into Your Home
Summer’s (finally!) here, and everyone’s scrambling to get outside—but there are plenty of ways to embrace the season indoors, too. Bring in color, add a playful print, open the shades—and presto, your whole home suddenly feels a lot like summer. Punch Up the Color: Accents like throw pillows, tinted glass vases, and area rugs can liven up a room with white walls and neutral furniture. These accessories are also the easiest and cheapest to switch out seasonally.
Jun 29, 2016
5 Contemporary Designs that Completely Redefine the Chair
One of my favorite things about home design is the wonderful variety of ways in which clever designers have re-invented the chair. When you picture a chair you probably think of one of the traditional forms of the chair, with a back and a seat and legs.
Jun 29, 2016
Battle of the Sofa Arrangements: Can You Guess Which Saves Space?
A. Two sofas facing each other OR B. A sofa and love seat arranged in the traditional L-shaped arrangement?
Jun 27, 2016
More is More: How to Display Your Most Treasured Collections
For those collecting maximalists among us—who can’t have just one globe, camera, or milk glass goblet, but seem to amass them by the dozen—here are some creative ways to organize and live with the things you love. All of these ideas keep your most cherished items in sight, incorporating them seamlessly into your decor. This is probably going to become your new favorite spot in your home.
Jun 27, 2016
Art Power GIFS: See How Art Upgrades These Rooms
Many of us understand that adding art to a room can drastically alter its appearance. But there are so many ways you can use art to make a visual impact; making the decision on where to hang can be overwhelming. These room gifs represent common art-hanging questions—I’ve removed the artwork from the walls to show you just how powerful art can be when its used in the right place and at the optimum scale. Seeing is believing!
Jun 24, 2016
A Tiny Stockholm Apartment Makes the Most of 400 Square Feet
400 square feet may not seem like a lot — but that’s reckoning without the ingenuity of Swedish design. Thanks to a simple but very smart floor plan, this diminutive Swedish apartment makes living small look positively luxurious. It’s located in Stockholm, and was once available for sale (but sadly is no longer) from brokerage firm Husman Hagberg.
Jun 23, 2016
Real Life Design: 3 Renters Who Made Lemonade Out of “Lemon” Rental Kitchens & Baths
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The phrase has a contented history, but the expression boils down to this: lemons are harsh and sour – kind of like the dated rental kitchen you can’t stand to cook in – and lemonade is sweet – like these 3 real rooms that made the best of a bad situation.
Jun 21, 2016
This Wall of Tile is Completely Bananas
I look at lots of pictures of tiles, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. This totally absurd wall of tile, composed of dishes and vases and spoons and maybe even a few actual tiles, is proof that, with enough determination (and enough grout) you can use pretty much anything as a tile. From afar the wall forms a sort of wild texture: closer examination reveals the individual ’tiles’, in a myriad of shapes and a huge spectrum of colors from blue to green.
Jun 21, 2016
This Tiny Little Danish House is the Perfect Summer Getaway
If you dream of going away this summer but at the moment you’re still sitting at your desk, let these photos of a tiny, perfect little Nordic getaway take you on a tiny virtual vacation. This little holiday home, which measures only 48 square meters (or about 517 square feet), is in Brønshøj, on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
Jun 20, 2016
Mid-Year Rental Check-In: 9 Ways to Make Sure You’re Loving Your “Now” Home Enough
It’s time for a congratulatory toast. We’re halfway through the year! It’s a great time to take a style inventory, get some projects done and tackle a really important topic: Am I going to stay in this apartment? If you know you’re going to renew your lease into 2017 (So far away! That doesn’t even look like a real year, does it?), make sure your summer plans include tackling some updates to make your apartment into a home.
Jun 17, 2016
10 Eye-Catching Entryways With One Simple, Stylish Thing in Common
By now, you should know that there are no miracle cures in decorating. But this idea might be as close as they come. If you want a shortcut to giving your entryway serious style, there’s just one answer… No matter your taste, you can find a wallpaper that suits your style. And the entryway, being such a small room that it is, is the perfect place to go hog-wild with it.
Jun 17, 2016
Divide & Color: How To Use Paint to Separate Small Spaces
In tiny homes where a single room often serves multiple functions, color can separate a space into zones with different functions. If your bedroom is also your office and your living room is also your dining room, try using paint as a visual divider to section off areas—without sacrificing an inch of livable space.
Jun 16, 2016
Renters Rejoice: Stylish Solutions to Your Most Common Design Woes
What do you do when you’re a design lover but your rental is less than inspired? Well, you get creative. We tallied up 7 common nuisances experienced by renters and paired them with stylish solutions so you can get your temporary pad feeling more like home. Design Woe: Generic flooring Stylish Solution: Rugs on rugs on rugs It might seem silly to layer a rug over carpet, but the visual effect of a graphic or colorful floor covering really helps to distinguish a space.
Jun 13, 2016
Alice in Pastel Wonderland: A Paris Apartment Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before
What happens when you mix a whimsical, Alice-in-Wonderland sensibility with soft pastel colors, Scandinavian design, and a touch of the 80s design group Memphis? An apartment not quite like anything you’ve ever seen before. The apartment, located above Paris department store Marie Sixtine, is available for overnight accommodations for ‘special guests’ of the store.
Jun 9, 2016
Designer-Tested Palettes: Studio McGee’s Go-to Colors
As a tried-and-true color extremist, I tend to gravitate toward rooms exploding in sapphire blue, emerald green, canary yellow (I also have a thing for gemstones, could you tell?). But hey, the world is an erratic place and sometimes, the eye needs a little rest. Enter interiors firm Studio McGee’s tested palette of ooom-inducing gray and sea glass green.
Jun 9, 2016
11 Brilliant Solutions to Make Exposed Pipes Chic
Exposed pipes and radiators—the bane of apartment, loft, and refurbished factory dwellers everywhere. As if it wasn’t bad enough that they prevent you from nudging your bed directly against the wall, they interrupt the look of a space as they sweep across the wall or ceiling. Here’s some inspiration to help you make peace with your pipes by painting them, wrapping them, even hand-knitting them a colorful cozy.
Jun 7, 2016
Architectural Detail Design: Bold Exposed Brick Wall Decor Ideas
There’s no denying that exposed brick walls always command attention. But what if you want to further enhance your beautiful brick? We’ve got wall decor ideas to help your enviable architectural detail command even more attention. Adding a subtle wash of white paint to a brick wall’s surface makes for a complex texture. The beautiful wall above seen in Rachel & Adam’s Cozy, Classic Clinton Hill Brownstone.
Jun 7, 2016
Eleanor’s Bedroom Light Choose Your Own Design Adventure: The Winner
Last week, I shared with you the sad story about my recent lighting mishap (moral: always double-check the voltage on those bulbs!) and how it left my bedroom light-less. I found some good replacement options which ranged from mere pennies (ok, pounds) to spend-ier, and photoshopped them into my space. Now it’s time to see what I went with… Somewhat surprisingly, it’s IKEA for the win!
Jun 5, 2016
No Watering Required: Beautiful Bold Leafy Plant Prints
Boisterous plant prints debuted decades ago, but these lively leaves have endured. They’ve become a classic way to add eye-catching glamour. Easier to care for than an actual plant, these bold prints add a vibrant, verdant feel to a space. Check out these eight rooms that got playful with plant prints in their design. (Pictured above:) A kitchen accent wall and ceiling use a palm print wall paper from Carleton Varney in Kristen’s Palm Beach-Inspired Home In Burbank.
May 22, 2016
Stylish Solutions: How To Use (Awesomely Affordable!) Clamp Lights All Over the House
Clamp lamps are a brilliant, doable, and budget-friendly boon for renters. It’s on demand task lighting that moves with you —and often costs under $10. Flexibility is their best feature: stick them in your home’s shadow zones, and angle them to direct the light just where you need it. Above, Joe and Keith forgo a floor lamp in favor of a clamp light attached to adjacent shelving. They get light while on the sofa, but don’t have to sacrifice space in their small studio.
May 22, 2016
This Chic Paris Apartment Is a Perfect Mix of Old & New
What is it about Paris homes that feel so chic and elegant? This apartment in a classic Haussmannian building in Paris is both those things. But it’s also a beautiful example of mixing traditional architectural elements with modern designs. Anna Piwonska of Atelier Anna Piwonska designed the remodel of this 1,150 square foot home. Tall ceilings, natural light and charming architectural features make this apartment a classic space, but Anna faced design challenges.
May 18, 2016
Decorating Lessons I Learned from My Mom
The home you grow up in influences not only your homekeeping habits, but your sense of style. It’s the “mother tongue” of home decor, the factor that surrounds you, gets into, and comes out of you. Here are four things I learned from my dear mother which influence my own surroundings to this day. Do the best you can with what you have. When my mother returned to the United States with two young children after seven years abroad, she was basically starting over.
May 8, 2016
Try this Easy (and Free!) Fix When Your Furniture Feels Too Small for the Room
Upgrading to a bigger space? Good on you! You’ll love waking up every morning without the guarantee of smashing your shins on the foot of the bed as you walk around it. But you might find your old stuff looks a little, well, small in that new, more spacious apartment.
Apr 29, 2016
New Ways to Style Your Bed’s “End Zone”
I don’t think the foot of the bed is an ignored space as much as it’s a space most people don’t know what to do with. You could drop in a bench, add a couple books or pretty things on it and call it a day. Or if you’re up for something a little more out-of-the-box, you could try one of these ideas. Above, a pair of chairs angled for conversation at the end of the bed in this modern farmhouse on Style Me Pretty Living.
Apr 27, 2016
5 Not-Cheesy Ways to Rock Rattan
This isn’t your grandma’s wicker. The new way to rock rattan involves modern shapes and fresh colors. Check out these 10 rooms for actionable lessons on how to bring this natural material into the 21st century and into your home. It can be refined or elaborate, just complement the look with modern textiles.
Apr 20, 2016
Get the Look: Mix and Matching in the Dining Room
I’m such a big fan of eclectic style—which is really just a nicer way of saying mixing things up. I mean, who can just pick one style anyway? Pulling together an eclectic look comes naturally to some but can be tricky for others. The dining room is a great space to start mixing things up because there are so many different elements layered in one look, and you can really have some fun with the dynamic between the table and the chairs.
Apr 13, 2016
Real Life Design Lessons: Creative Ways to Use Lighting
Light fixtures are great in the home for illuminating things, of course, but they can also be used successfully to inject drama and boldness in a room, too. Consider these novel ways to use lighting in your home to make a bold design statement. You can use lighting in your home to illuminate areas that you need to see better and to highlight interesting design elements. Nothing quite catches the eye in a space like something that’s lit up.
Apr 7, 2016
Easy Tricks to Make Any Wall Art Feel Bigger & Bolder
Sometimes you fall in love with a piece of art, envision it in a certain perfect spot in your home…and are totally disappointed when it turns out to be too small. Don’t find another place for it just yet! There are four easy ways you can make a too-small piece of art seems bigger and bolder. Like the example above, using items like thick, textured rope or ribbon to “hang” the art can make it feel a lot more substantial than the actual pieces are.
Apr 5, 2016
Style Boosts: Ideas for Upgrading a Simple Kitchen Sink Window
Windows over sinks tend to draw the eye, which means that this small area in your kitchen has a lot of visual responsibility. Taking some time to dress it up — even a little bit — can change the entire look and feel of the room, and reward you tenfold. Erin of Francoise et Moi painted the window frame a pretty blue to make it stand out, and topped it off with brass hardware.
Apr 4, 2016
Fake-Outs & Fresh Takes: Style Details to Steal from Interior Designers’ Homes
There’s a simple treatment for anyone who feels like they’re suffering from a case of “the ruts” in their home: Consult a professional. Interior Designers’ own homes are full of ballsy, cutting edge ideas that you might not see on Pinterest or in magazines. In fact, the prescription for your rut might just be one of these five fresh ideas… Do you think “up” is the only way to go in the office?
Apr 4, 2016
Before & After: Living Room Walls Go from Faux Finish Stucco to Stylish Shiplap
Project by: Adam Bechtold of Adam Bechtold Interiors Location: Great Falls, Virginia Though the room above could certainly fit the tastes of plenty of people, to the young couple who bought this 1970s colonial-style house (their first home), it didn’t fit their style (and felt rather dated to them). So they enlisted the help of Adam Bechtold to take this room from traditional style to something more cozy and nature-filled.
Apr 3, 2016
20 New Ways to Use Shelf Brackets You’ve Never Thought Of
Think outside the shelf.
Mar 30, 2016
Real-Life Design Lessons: How To Build a Home “Uniform”
When you’re decorating, you might feel pressure to add variety to your space by layering in as many different ideas or influences as you can. But, just like a wardrobe template, having a home decor “uniform” actually makes creating a beautiful space even easier. That’s a big lesson that I took away from Kristina & Jason’s Gorgeous, Graphic Australian Home.
Mar 25, 2016
6 Ways to Fill a Wall that Are as Useful as They Are Beautiful
Imagine for a moment that you’re an infallibly practical person. The idea of filling a wall with framed artwork…well, it would be such a waste, wouldn’t it? Sure, there’s value in surrounding yourself and decorating your walls with pretty things. But useful things can be beautiful, too. A cork wall treatment acts as a big mood board, perfect for a study, home office or any room that welcomes constant visual change.
Mar 24, 2016
The Curio Cabinet Makes a Comeback
The words ‘curio cabinet’ and even ‘display case’ may bring to mind something fusty and old-fashioned. But lately we’ve been starting to see more and more of these in stylish, modern homes. I think the interest in having a few well-placed tchotchkes is a reaction to the uber-minimal aeshetic of a few years past, but glass-front cabinets aren’t just for good looks: they’re also a great way to contain a lot of things without looking messy.
Mar 24, 2016
Balancing Stuff and Space: 12 Inspiring “Minimal Plus” Rooms
Total minimalism can be hard to achieve for many of us who have a love of art, accessories, furniture and stuff. But often, many of us crave the peacefulness that homes described as “minimal” can offer. I think there’s a type of room design that still exudes calm while celebrating some stuff. I call it: “minimal plus.
Mar 23, 2016
Design Lessons from Real Homes: How To Mix Styles Masterfully
I could live a thousand lives in a thousand different homes and still never have enough time to explore the different design styles I’m drawn to. Sometimes I daydream about being the Madonna of apartments, redecorating every few years and reinventing my space in a totally different style. I’d have my Hollywood glam era, and my minimalist Scandinavian era, and my mid-century modern era, and my rustic cabin era… You see what I mean? I could go on forever.
Mar 17, 2016