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Brilliant & Beautiful: 5 New Ways to Hang Coat Hooks
Coat hooks. I mean… there’s not really much you can do there, right? (Wrong.) With one or two or 20 standard coat hooks and a little bit of ingenuity, you can create some pretty stellar little hallway hacks worthy of bearing an artsy label like “entryway installment” (rather than dull old coat rack).
Mar 17, 2016
Before & After: A Den Full of Hollywood Glam
Who couldn’t use a little glam in their life, right? Okay, so maybe it takes a certain type of person to pull off a really glam look at home, but Tim from Design Maze and the resident of this apartment were the perfect team to pull off this eye-popping den with a modern take on Hollywood glamour. I think it will make even the most minimalist design lover feel a little glam-envy. The best part? This is a rental apartment so everything is temporary.
Mar 16, 2016
Shop the Rest of Your Home to Save a Sad Bathroom
No time or extra funds to spend on decorating your plain bathroom? You are not stuck with a sad space. You can shop the rest of your space to decorate a boring bathroom—create a more cheery room without leaving the house or spending any money. Peruse this “shopping list” of items you may already have at home to transform any bathroom into a brighter, bolder space.
Mar 16, 2016
Beautifully Balanced Design Ideas to Steal from a Couple with Completely Opposite Decor Tastes
Allen Loeb is a lawyer. Nate Clark is a comedian and actor. And according to the couple (who share a house in West Hollywood) though they don’t bicker about much, they each have entirely different tastes when it comes to designing a home. While some might crumble under the pressure of trying to design with different tastes, these two have created a lovely home together that fits both of their personalities.
Mar 15, 2016
A Trio of Simple “I Wish I’d Thought of That” Color Ideas
We’re all kids at heart. So why can’t we decorate like children? Not to say we should start pinning up posters of teen idols or buying superhero sheets, but we should be able to channel the kind of reckless abandon of a child with a crayon and a coloring book. There are no rules, only color. This bold Chicago apartment seems to have it down, with three rule-breaking color details that are just rebellious enough to work for anyone, in any space.
Mar 14, 2016
No Nails Needed: Renter’s Tricks for Decorating that Awkward Space Above the Sofa
If you have the luxury of being able to drive a nail into the wall above your sofa, you’d never call such an open, blank canvas “awkward.” But for many renters, the over-the-sofa space can be a source of frustration. What exactly can I do there? The answer? One of these three creative ideas: Technically, the installation above from Hello Lidy‘s family room is a beside-the-sofa solution, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work anywhere else.
Mar 9, 2016
Smart & Stylish Small Space Ideas: Spotted in a West Village Apartment
Project by: Alexa Stevenson of Alexa Stevenson Interior Decoration Location: New York City, New York Small spaces sometimes need extra creative and smart space saving ideas. This colorful and small one-bedroom apartment in NYC’s West Village combines a few smart ideas with really bold decor choices for a smart and stylish space.
Mar 4, 2016
9 Easy & Creative Bathroom Mirror Ideas You Need to See Before Your Friends Do
Bathrooms have this bizarre disposition to be judged. Besides the whole peeking-in-the-medicine-cabinet trope, I guess we’re likely to evaluate people’s bathrooms because it’s the one place where we, as guests, get a chance to linger alone and really contemplate the personal style of the person who’s invited us over. For that reason, if you’re out to impress, the bathroom is one of the first rooms you need to work on.
Mar 2, 2016
Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Designs (That You May Just Fall in Love With)
Many a beautiful kitchen have been built on a foundation of pretty normal, neutral cabinetry. But if you ever have the opportunity to renovate a kitchen from scratch and add in something really spectacular in the realm of cabinetry, it’s like a shortcut to great style. Above: I’m sorry, but how cool is this oversized-pegboard-style upper cabinet area in this tall Amsterdam schoolhouse-turned apartment, from Dwell? We can see this evolving over time to be used exactly as you need.
Mar 1, 2016
13 Ways to Decorate Around a Piano
It’s a unique problem, but no less worthy of attention than how to dress a gallery wall or what to do when your kitchen’s too small. The presence of a piano in the room can be seriously demanding on decor. Here are more than a dozen rooms who’ve mastered it. Do you have a piano at home?
Feb 25, 2016
Dare to Bare: 7 Rooms with Empty Walls (and Why They Work)
We’ve always said that art is one of the most important elements in a room, one of the things that helps it feel complete. But this, like a lot of other decorating mantras, is more of a suggestion than a commandment, and as with a lot of other rules there are plenty of exceptions. Case in point: these eight rooms with no art (or very minimal art) and almost completely bare walls. Instead of seeming boring or incomplete these rooms read as balanced and delightfully minimal.
Feb 23, 2016
DIY Bicycle Rack Built For Two
Jacob’s DIY project features a few more steps than most of the projects we feature, but just look at the super cool result!
Feb 22, 2016
Cool Color Combo: Mustard & Pink
You guys. It’s February, the days are dark, and I really need some color in my life right now. I saw the photo above pop up on my Pinterest feed, and it was an immediate panacea to my mood: rich mustard yellow and pale mauve-pink is an unexpected, invigorating, and straight-up cheerful combination. Read on for more examples and ideas for this surprising duo.
Feb 22, 2016
If You Love Pop Art, You’re Gonna Want to Pin Every One of These Rooms
What we have here is a dozen unabashed, Warhol- and Lichtenstein-inspired rooms that would look right at home in a pop art museum as they do inside these homes. If you love bright colors and retro styling, get thee to Pinterest and save these shots for later. It’s part aspiration and part inspiration. As big and bold as these rooms are, there are some pretty do-able ideas in here. Do you have any pop art-inspired pieces at home?
Feb 21, 2016
Take a Dream-Home Drool Break: Inside 7 Charming Victorian Homes
It was about 90 seconds into an episode of Full House when I first knew it. I was in love with Victorian-era architecture. The sunny bay windows! The elaborate cornices! I may never be able to move into one of the famous painted ladies, but I do hope to one day own the Victorian home of my dreams. Until then, I live vicariously through these beautiful home tours. Portland, Oregon New Orleans Washington, D.C.
Feb 19, 2016
Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Jump Start Your Bedroom Style
In a bit of a rut in the bedroom? I mean, design-wise? (We can’t help with the other thing.) Good news: We’ve collected eight creative, unconventional ideas that will surely refresh your space and give you something to really get excited over when you pop into bed each night. Above: We see a lot of rug layering in living rooms, but it’s fresh for the boudoir.
Feb 17, 2016
11 Beautiful Wall Murals That Will Make You Want to Break Up with Paint
Why settle for an oversized piece of art when you could have a piece of art that covers the whole wall? These 11 murals will have a big, big impact—hang one on the wall and your decorating job is pretty much done. A quick note to start: a wall mural differentiates from wallpaper in that it does not repeat. It’s an entire scene stretch across a determined width, while wallpaper matches up and repeats indefinitely.
Feb 17, 2016
Easy & Affordable Ways to Add More Visual Joy to Your Home
How much joy does your home bring you? Do you have a lot of design moments that make you smile? Do the rooms in your home showcase things that make you happy? Filling your home with visual joy doesn’t need to be a complicated task; we spotted seven easy (and affordable) ways to celebrate happiness using your home in one of our recent tours. (Pictured above) Pick a corner, any corner! Can be a guest room that you don’t go into every day. Can be a cramped bathroom. The laundry room.
Feb 16, 2016
It Can Be Done: 8 Spaces that Make Track Shelving Look Good
Track shelving might be the most common in a pantry, office or garage, but if you know how to style it right, it can be beautiful enough to sit front and center right in the living room. Just check out these eight rooms, which each put their own spin on the track shelf thing. Above: Mounting art to the wall between the shelf standards gives this wall unit from Old Brand New a more upscale look.
Feb 11, 2016
This Customizable DIY Dresser Drawer Bookshelf Is Just What Your Wall Needs
Reuse old dresser drawers to create a bookshelf installation like Mike and Kate’s! The couple found free dressers on Craigslist and used the drawers to transform an empty wall in their Chicago home. dresser drawers (preferably dovetailed) paint wall mounting hardware measuring tape hammer drill From Kate: I turned to Craigslist and found free dressers, took the drawers, and trashed the dressers themselves (don’t worry—they were really ugly).
Feb 10, 2016
A DIY Update to 70s Style Bi-Fold Doors
I think nearly anyone who buys a 1970s ranch home will likely end up with those dark wood, hollow core bi-fold doors. We ended up with them in two of our three bedrooms. Replacing them with more modern, up-to-date bi-fold doors can run over $150 per pair, so why not put in some elbow grease to bring those doors to life and save yourself about $100?
Feb 7, 2016
Spa-Like Details from Real Bathrooms (That You Should Totally Steal)
The calming, tranquil bathroom of your dreams is likely not as far as you think. You can hint at a spa-like look at home with just a few do-able details. “Do-able,” in this case, means three things: inexpensive, small, and easy to find at your local big-box bath store. Let these real homes show you how it’s done. Any footstool or tiny ottoman-like object will do. Add a pretty candle and some nice-smelling soaps.
Feb 4, 2016
Take Your Beige Bedroom From Blah to Bold
Project by: Jaclyn Joslin of Coveted Home Location: Kansas City, Missouri Whether you have beige or neutral walls by choice (or because you rent, can’t paint and the place came with them), beige does NOT have to mean boring. Especially if you add in fun elements to make your room bold. We spotted five such ideas in this reader submitted professional project, and I’m including the designer’s description of the project along with my own descriptions of bold elements.
Feb 3, 2016
Yes! People Decorate with Denim (And it Looks… Actually OK, I Guess?)
People have been sharing that photo of Justin and Britney all over my Facebook wall again (was that really 15 freakin’ years ago?), so that can only mean one thing: the Canadian tuxedo is back, baby! Or maybe not. Maybe the all-denim look is something that’s only cool in my dreams. You know what else has been floating around in my dreams lately? These denim rooms. Once you see them, you cannot un-see. Proceed at your own peril.
Feb 2, 2016
How To Edit Your Bookshelves and Start Loving Your Space
Quite like beautiful jewelry, a well-styled bookshelf will always catch your eye. Every bookcase offers an opportunity to display your favorite books and objets in a perfectly styled gallery of sorts. But–again, just like jewelry–too much can definitely be a bad thing. Overloaded shelves will begin to look cluttered and messy if you’re not careful. If you sense your space has ventured into the latter categories, you just need to take an hour or so and edit your shelves.
Feb 2, 2016
Don’t Use Your Dining Room? Our Favorite Alternative Idea
Let’s face it: as much as we’d all like to think of ourselves as the sort of people who throw dinner parties all the time, the formal dining room is mostly obsolete. So what’s a modern family to do? You can set up a dining table and chairs in there and then let stuff collect on the table (I’m pretty sure this is the default), or you can take it one step further and transform your dining room into a multi-purpose space that you’ll use every day.
Feb 1, 2016
No Frames Needed: Two Really Simple Ways to Fill an Empty Wall
Let’s banish bare walls. Because after seeing professional organizer Fay Wolf’s Silver Lake apartment, there’s no excuse for leaving a naked wall anywhere in your space. Instead, fill your big wall up with lots of little pieces that you love. You don’t even need frames, just grab some binder clips and tape and let’s go. The expanse above the sofa is a tough place to fill for a lot of home decorators.
Jan 29, 2016
A Versatile Workhorse: Ideas for Using the IKEA Molger Bench All Around the House
It's a versatile workhorse you can use almost anywhere.
Jan 26, 2016
Real Life Decorating: Ideas From Our House Tours That Cost Next to Nothing
Apartment Therapy house tours are a treasure trove of inspiration and decorating ideas. They are real-life examples of what people do with their spaces—often without a lot of money, but with tons of creativity. Here are some of our favorites from years past…. Above, Jove’s dining room walls are covered in pages from art books. The art is displayed in chronological order, so it starts on one side with primitive cave drawings and concludes with modern art.
Jan 23, 2016
3 Things You’re Buying That Are Too Small (And One That’s Too Big)
...and one that's too big.
Jan 19, 2016
Real-Life Checklist: Creating a Perfect Compact Corner Home Office
Are you looking to carve out a small little spot in a corner of your living room or dining room (or maybe even bedroom) for a work or hobby space? Just a little bit of room that’s all for you to flex your creative muscles? You might find inspiration for what should be in that corner from this beautifully appointed home office set-up.
Jan 7, 2016
Decorating Choices That Make Your Home Look Cleaner Than It Actually Is
This isn't about practical storage or clutter, but the decorating choices we make that contribute to either a sense of disorder or calm.
Dec 27, 2015
DIY 3D Paper Reindeer Head (Just in time for Christmas!)
If you’re looking for a non traditional holiday DIY (that you could totally leave up year round), look no further than this stunning paper reindeer. It should take you about 3 days (on and off) and come in under $30, so get cutting! Glue Stick Double-Sided Tape 100 lb Cardstock Paper Ruler (with sharp edge) X-acto Knife / Scissors Instructions Download template. Print template out on 100 lb cardstock paper (using the paper color of your choice!
Dec 22, 2015
5 Pieces of Advice from Interior Designers that We All Need to Hear
It’s great to be able to turn to the experts for decorating advice, but they happen to think there’s somebody else more qualified to design your home: You. Here are five interior designers who, by all accounts, know their shit. They make full-time work of putting together the most beautiful homes on the planet, and their best advice for all of us boils down to just the thing we all need to hear: You do you. “A happy home is one where you feel good. It’s a home that works.
Dec 20, 2015
Leave Empty or Adorn? 3 Questions to Answer When Facing a Blank Wall
Whether moving into a new place, rearranging your furniture or just on the hunt for a new look, you might occasionally find yourself in front of a blank wall, wondering if it should stay blank or be adorned with art. Before you start drilling any holes, answer these three questions. It’ll help you make the decision to keep a wall blank or fill it with decor. Perhaps you have a fabulous fireplace. Rad rafters. Gorgeous window trim. Wood floors that could make you cry tears of aesthetic joy.
Dec 13, 2015
8 Cozy Living Rooms and How You Can Get the Look
Humans don’t hibernate, but we do an approximation of it. If you live in the northern climes, chances are there are a few months where you just barely leave the house. During these months your home becomes more important than ever before: you want it to be a place that’s cozy, that’s welcoming, a place where you would feel good being trapped in a blizzard.
Dec 11, 2015
Go Beyond Art Above Your Bed: 11 Stylish Ideas That Will Wow in Your Bedroom
Art — framed, sculptural or on canvas — makes a stylish statement to hang on the wall above your bed. Your bed is a natural focal point in your bedroom, so deciding what to do above it is an important task. Go beyond “art,” if you dare, with these eleven stylish ideas that will definitely wow in your bedroom. Create a pattern easier than painting by using vinyl wall stickers. In the bedroom above, a gold polka dot pattern makes for one serious above-the-bed look.
Dec 10, 2015
A Bold Bench is Just What Your Boring Living Room Seating Arrangement Needs
Benches look great in hallways and under windows. They function perfectly in an entryway. They’re a surprising but useful addition to a dining room furniture set. But in living rooms they’re often to relegated to the sidelines — along the walls — and usually housing some decor vignette. There’s nothing wrong with benches in your living room looking pretty. But they can do so much more.
Dec 2, 2015
9 Smart Design Ideas For Your Studio Apartment
Though there are some downsides to living in a studio apartment — not having as much space for your stuff, feeling like you’re living in your bedroom — it can be a cozy and fun living experience, too. Stick to these design tricks when decorating a studio apartment and you’ll love studio living. Don’t have a bedroom but do have a closet you can fit a bed into? Or is there a way to drape curtains around your bed to create a private bed nook?
Nov 30, 2015
Style Quiz: Which Animal is Your Decorating Patronus?
Do you have trouble pinning down your style profile into “organic modern” or “classic glam”? Maybe you need to re-frame your forays into style introspection and start to think about it the Harry Potter way: What’s your Patronus? Take our quiz to determine which animal you have the most in common with in regards to your taste and habits when you’re decorating. Keep track of your answers and meet us at the bottom of the post to tally it up. A. Pinterest B.
Nov 19, 2015
One Shelf, 5 Ways: The Endlessly Versatile LACK Wall Shelf Unit
The LACK wall shelf is a much more versatile piece than you might think. By twisting and turning and stacking it, you can put this $49 shelf to work in your home in myriad ways.
Nov 19, 2015
Holiday Crafternoon: Make Easy Salt Dough Ornaments from Ingredients You Already Have on Hand
A beautiful and natural take on classic homemade dough recipes, these salt dough ornaments give off a more subtle, organic vibe than the ones you made as a kid. They’re also made with kitchen staples, so reach into your snack stash, grab some colorful seeds, and let your creativity run wild. We’re giving you two recipes: classic salt dough and a cornstarch version. While we love salt dough, we decided to test out a variation using corn starch and baking soda.
Nov 17, 2015
7 Style Secrets from Rental Bathrooms that You Can’t Spot as Rentals
If you feel confined by your rental home’s boring bathroom, these seven small but beautiful spaces will delight you with their versatile design ideas. Though all of them are located inside of a rental home, you can’t tell because of their bold commitment to style. If you can do any sort of painting in your rental, you might find inspiration in Kristen’s home above. It took her a long time, but she added a gorgeous, bold pattern to her downstairs bathroom thanks to stencils!
Nov 16, 2015
11 IKEA Holiday Decorating Ideas Worth Stealing
It’s always fun flipping through an IKEA catalog, looking at all the new stuff, and imagining how it might look in our own home. Their winter holiday collection is an extra bonus this time of year, filled with festive decorations and — most importantly — fresh decorating and styling ideas. Above, garland hung from the ceiling above, and around doorways, is perfect when space is at a premium. Create a unique decorative element on the wall using leftover ornaments.
Nov 11, 2015
A No-Fail, 3-Part Formula for a Non-Boring Bathroom
There is absolutely no need for your bathroom to be blah. Grab these three things (you probably already have them around the house) and make this room stand out! Real furniture puts the “room” in “bathroom.” Borrow a dining or sitting chair from another room, or snatch one up just for the bath. The upholstered chair and pillow in this London bathroom from Houzz turns a utilitarian room into a miniature oasis. Big, small–it doesn’t matter.
Nov 8, 2015
What To Do With That Small, Awkward Gap Behind the Sofa
If you float your living room furniture (and you should consider it) then you might have one of those pesky spots that’s not quite big enough for traditional furniture, but it’s too big to completely ignore. What to do, what to do? Sometimes it’s 12 inches, and sometimes a few feet. Either way, it’s an opportunity. There’s usually always enough room for a leaning mirror against the wall.
Nov 4, 2015
Important Things to Know About Yourself Before You Buy, DIY or Decorate Anything
No matter whether you’re starting with a blank slate or wanting to add something new to your existing space, if you’re thinking about buying, DIYing or doing some decorating, look inward to pinpoint these five things about yourself — it’ll not only give you decorating direction, it’ll save you from future home headaches. How do you actually use your home? Like, use use it?
Oct 31, 2015
Pattern Inspiration: Gallery of Traditional Rugs & Carpets in Real-Life Homes
Jenn & Hunter’s Historic Landmark Apartment Traditional rugs are traditional for a reason. Even though they are densely patterned and filled with a multitude of colors, they somehow still manage to go with everything. I’ve rounded up a bunch of rooms from our House Tours that feature these gorgeous rugs—pale, bright, deep, rich, red, blue, yellow: you name it, they’re all here.
Oct 30, 2015
Why Are Odd Numbers So Visually Appealing?
Despite what any of your playground foes may have told you in grade school, being odd is actually a good thing. Odd numbers – and the number three, specifically – have long been heralded by designers and stylists as magical numbers that should be applied to interiors and vignettes to make them look even better. But better how? Even numbers create symmetry, but odd numbers create interest. An odd number of details is more effective at capturing your gaze.
Oct 7, 2015
Before & After: Finding the Brick Again in a Converted Firehouse Bedroom
Aaron and Heather are no strangers to Apartment Therapy, they’ve shared their converted St. Louis firehouse home with us before. Their latest project? Making over a guest bedroom they affectionately call the Captain’s Suite. It was painted this bright orange shade with accents of royal blue, probably inspired by a sports’ team as Heather suspects this was the previous owner’s “man cave.
Sep 29, 2015
3 Renegade Ways to Shake Up Your Home and Hone Your True Style (Without Spending a Dime)
You’re sick and tired of looking at the same old, same old, but it’s all you can seem to see. You’ve surfed and pinned until your fingers bled, but you can never seem to translate those ideas into real-life change. Never fear. These three steps require you to get off the couch and take some action. Doing this stuff will get you going, we promise.
Sep 24, 2015
4 Easy Things You Can Do to Make Any Size Kitchen Better
Looking for easy things you can do to make your kitchen better, look nicer and feel more comfortable? You want it to be an inspiring space you want to use. There are lots of improvements you can make; these four things are easy and work with any size or style of kitchen. What are those things you use everyday? The things you’d have to open a door or drawer to get to (or maybe even dig out of some container)?
Sep 23, 2015
High & Low: One Fresh Home Office Look, Two Budgets
Now that the kids are back in school and life is slowly getting back into a regular routine, it’s time to think about getting your own work and routine back in order. For some (like me!) the excitement of getting new school supplies never really fades and this time of year is a great time to rethink, reorganize, refresh your home office or perhaps create one from scratch.
Sep 22, 2015
How to Decorate Around a Piece With Lots of Patina
There are certain pieces of furniture or decor that have history. On a good day, you might call their particular style vintage or shabby chic; on a bad day, it’s just plain dilapidated. Pieces full of patina can be super special and look great, especially if they’re included with just the right touch. Here’s how to make your own pieces stand out in a good way. You’ve chosen not to redo this piece so celebrate it in all it’s worn-in glory. In other words, own it!
Sep 19, 2015
4 Highly Effective Ways to Make Your Home Look More Expensive
You’re getting older, and your secondhand furniture is, too. While you may feel like you’re outgrowing your taste, don’t make a knee-jerk reaction and drop major bucks to redecorate your whole house with more grown-up gear (you know, the kind you don’t have to assemble yourself). There’s a secret to looking expensive on the cheap: Restraint. Don’t replace everything. Just replace one thing.
Sep 17, 2015
The 5 Unexpected Benefits of Rearranging a Room
If your furniture is in the same spot it’s been since you moved in, it might be time to shake things up a bit. Rearranging your room’s layout has a way of freshening up a space and giving you new life at home. There’s also a handful of benefits to a layout shake-up that you might not have ever expected… That sofa that hasn’t moved in millennia?
Sep 9, 2015
Teeny, Tiny (Room for a Bed But Not Much Else) Bedroom Decorating Tips
Can you touch one of your bedroom walls…while you’re laying in your bed (and not even stretching out all that much)? You might have a teeny tiny bedroom, the kind of small space where there’s room for a bed…and not much else. If you do (or you just like smart small space living and decorating solutions), you might find some inspiration in these bedroom decorating ideas.
Aug 28, 2015
5 Design Secrets from the Most Relaxed Rooms
Feeling like a relaxed home is an unattainable goal? It doesn’t have to be. Let go of the big picture–a totally serene home that’s potentially a 180° from your current lifestyle–and zero in on the little things you can slowly change to create your peaceful place. Looking at rooms that get it right, you start to see the little tricks that style-savvy designers use to give a room tranquility. Here’s how you can get the relaxed look on your own.
Jul 28, 2015
4 “Starter Apartment” Ideas You Should Always Keep in Your Back Pocket
You sure didn’t want to stay in your starter apartment forever, but your early days of living lean did have some great lessons. Don’t forget about these ideas once you can afford to move on up. Sure, now you can afford to buy what you like in the art department, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still mix it up on your walls. We always love an unconventional showpiece! It shows you have more than cash, you have style!
Jul 12, 2015
Critical Thinking: Identifying What You Really Like About a Room in a Photo
When you’re clicking around the internet with inspiration in mind, you sometimes come across those great photos that make you gasp. But why? Can you pinpoint exactly what you like about a beautiful picture so you can recreate that element in your own space? It’s probably one of these things. Even if you don’t love large lemon art, you might be drawn to how bright and happy the above photo feels. Or maybe a moody, dramatic photo really gets you going.
Jul 3, 2015
Really Weird Home Decorating Ideas That Still Strangely Work
When it comes to decorating your home, you have to trust your gut— even if it whispers nonsense in your ear, telling you something nuts, and leading some people to think that you are certifiably fit for the loony bin. Sometimes you have to take risks, try something new, even if it is ostensibly weird or strange. It’s like the first person who saw a lobster and said “I bet there is succulent and tasty food to be found inside that hard shell with beady eyes and antennae.
Jun 7, 2015
Carolyn’s Bedroom Makeover: The Big Reveal
Well, folks, the long-anticipated day has come. Remember this sadness? Well, it’s sadness no more! After a Saturday spent covered in white paint and a Sunday spent arranging and rearranging objects, our new and improved bedroom has finally come into being.
May 14, 2015
Carolyn’s Bedroom Makeover: Shopping and the Budget
Planning a room makeover can be fun, especially when it comes to sorting through inspiration photos and figuring out what elements you like most. But it can also be frustrating: developing a budget, thinking about needs, considering design constraints. It was all necessary, but once the planning was out of the way, the fun part of this makeover could begin: shopping!
May 13, 2015
Carolyn’s Bedroom Makeover: The Plan
Now that you’ve seen the peachy-beige before photos, it’s time to talk about the design direction that our makeover was taking. I’m an image hoarder, so I pulled open all the files that I had saved from the last few years and obsessed over them, looking for ideas. Join me on my journey. First, I thought a lot about what I wanted out of our bedroom.
May 12, 2015
Carolyn’s Bedroom Makeover: The Bland, Beige Before
It’s been over a year since my partner and I moved into our home. There were plenty of things to occupy our attention, such as getting rid of the garish mixture of red and yellow walls in the downstairs living area, installing a new door, fixing some damaged exterior portions, and so on and so forth. But finally, enough was enough, and we decided to tackle the one room that hadn’t gotten a speck of attention: the bedroom. Feast your eyes on that peachy-beige wonder.
May 11, 2015
Before & After: Bland Bi-Fold Shutters to Chic Closet Doors
These blah shutter bi-fold doors appear in many a rental, and Jessica’s was no exception. While she decorating her daughter’s room, she had an idea to transform them into something a little more glam: What a difference! From Jessica: While redecorating my girl’s room, I had a big Ah-ha moment.
May 11, 2015
Before & After: Dining Room Goes Really Deep
Erin’s dining room suffered the same fate as most of its kind. Hardly used except for special evenings, it was a blah purgatory for clutter and unused stuff. It needed a style boost to get the family to use it more often. And here’s what it looks like today. Erin took her time getting it fully decorated, and gathering things for the walls. She also used a lot of items that she already owned — like the table and rug — and swapped from other rooms in the house.
May 10, 2015
The Most Effective Tricks for Making Your Ceilings Feel & Look Higher
If you’re stuck with lower-than-you’d-like ceilings and can’t renovate, you’re not necessarily stuck with the look or feel of low ceilings; there are some ideas you can try. We’ve gathered the most effective tricks for making your ceilings feel higher than they are. Creating a faux crown molding area that matches the color of your ceiling will make it feel like your ceiling is taller than it actually is.
Mar 29, 2015
The Very Best Things You Will Ever Do for Your Home
There are a few things that are transformative—things that go beyond decorating and get to the very core of what makes you happy at home.
Mar 20, 2015
Before & After: Austin Deck Meets Palm Springs Meets Marfa
Celine from Aquahaus participated in this past One Room Challenge, and tackled two outdoor outdoor decks on the roof of her Austin home. Here is one of the two, which she calls “Deck A.” As you can see, the original space is reminiscent of an army bunker with tons of grey concrete (and even an American flag). After six weeks, it had an entirely new vibe…. Tada! Celine turned that underwhelming grey space into an outdoor oasis.
Feb 10, 2015
How to Hang a Large, Heavy Rug on The Wall
Malcolm and his parents have been all over the world, collecting souvenirs like this Brazilian rug. When he moved away from home, Malcolm took it with him and initially hung it behind his bed as a pseudo headboard, then decided to find a more permanent home on the wall as art. The rug is pretty big, and somewhat heavy. Which raises the question: how does one hang it?
Jan 31, 2015
Try This the Next Time You Get a Compliment on Your Home
You know that confidence is key when you’re getting dressed in the morning or giving a work presentation, so why do so many people lack confidence in the choices they’ve made in their homes? The next time someone admires your decor, try this. I’ve recently noticed that almost every time I give someone a compliment, they immediately start telling me what’s wrong with their space and what they plan to change. Whyyyyy?
Jan 23, 2015