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How to Hide a Security Camera Under a Light Switch
The first step after getting a security camera is to hide it. You can go the Teddy Bear route if your camera relies on batteries and you are placing the camera in a children’s room. But if your camera is going to be placed in your living room, you’re going to need to consider where it’s going to be plugged in. We decided to find the best spot available where we wanted our camera and checked the image prior to opening any holes on the wall.
Feb 7, 2011
Before & After: A Demo-Free Bathroom Renovation
I know there are those among you for whom the classic pink-tiled bathroom is a national treasure worth saving at any cost. And while I admire your commitment to preservation and in theory agree with you, in practice I know better — six years ago I bought a pre-War apartment with two pink tiled bathrooms and that turned out to be two too many for me.
Feb 7, 2011
Turning Small Mementos into Large Works of Art
More often than not, treasured postcards, photographs and unique vintage finds live permanently in keepsake boxes or scrapbooks – and mine seem to only see the light of day when I fish through them while procrastinating during an organization session. Thanks to online resources, you can turn these into enlarged works of art with a click of a button – and they make for unique (and non-cheesy!) Valentines Day gifts.
Feb 7, 2011
How to Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap claims 18 cleaning uses in one bottle. One of those is laundry soap. Want to know how to make your own using only a cup of Dr. Bronner’s per 64 loads? Check it out: This laundry soap doesn’t create suds, but it doesn’t need to in order to get your laundry clean. 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap1 cup baking soda2 cups water1/3 cup salt Warm the water and mix with salt and baking soda until dissolved.
Feb 1, 2011
10 “Somethings” Every Child’s Room Should Have
When it comes to designing children’s rooms, there are no rules. But we still have some suggestions for elements to include to make a child’s room a place for comfort, discovery, play and memory making. Here are 10 “somethings” for every child’s room: 1. Something To Sleep On: A bed is pretty basic – but make their bed soft, warm and inviting and you can bet they’ll spend more time on it and in it than just sleeping. 2.
Jan 24, 2011
Trading Spaces: Where Are They Now?
There aren’t many around these parts that weren’t big fans of the show Trading Spaces. It was one of the first shows that made design and home improvement feel do-able on the average household budget. They took designer ideas and tricks of the trade and broke them down into ideas that almost anyone could implement in their own space. Sure, there were outlandish theme rooms once in awhile, but for the most part, the show was as inspiring as it was ridiculous to watch.
Jan 18, 2011
IKEA Entertainment Center Meets Electric Fireplace
It’s all too common of a situation: you’re out shopping and you see something new/updated you totally want, but already already own, whether it be furniture or tech. The trick to staying content without breaking the bank while also updating is to learn how to hack your current piece into something you’ll love even more — even if that means hacking your TOBO to house an electric fireplace!
Jan 18, 2011
Hang Posters With Toothpaste & Shampoo
When it comes to hanging posters, you’re always left with a dilemma. You don’t always want to spend $20 to frame Justin Beiber, a million holes in the wall isn’t the best idea either and that gummy sticky tack stuff doesn’t ever really hold. So when your kids want to go poster crazy, what do you turn to? For us… it’s toothpaste.Back in the day I used this trick, along with shampoo.
Jan 13, 2011
Vintage and Retro Inspired Decor
“Vintage” and “retro” were a couple of 2010’s favorite words, and while their meanings may be a bit ambiguous, we all seem to know a good retro room when we see one. Accessibility and affordability are part of the appeal, and the touch of “something old” is just what most modern homes need to feel warm, welcoming, and interesting.
Jan 2, 2011
Want to Become a Techorator? Techorating 101
No, we didn’t make the word up. “Techorating” was a catchy term coined back in 2008 by interior designer, Doug Wilson, as a concept for the emergence of integrating home technology and home decor in balance with one another.
Dec 15, 2010
Eclectic Decor: Mixing Old and New Styles
“Eclectic” is a popular adjective in interior design parlance, meaning a decor that comprises heterogeneous elements — a mixture of textures, time periods, styles, trends, and colors. There is a fine line, however, between a beautifully eclectic room and a room that is merely haphazard and chaotic, with no unifying themes or motifs.These images capture eclectic decorating at its best.
Dec 14, 2010
Hanging Tapestries as Wall Art
Modern homemakers are taking their cues from 16th century abodes. In the medieval age, when straw was spread on the ground to trap the dirt and mud, tapestries were considered too fine to fine to stay on the floor and they were hung on walls and in doorways to help insulate drafty stone buildings. Today, hanging rugs and tapestries are popping up on walls as beautiful works of art.This method of decorating is a great way to add a worldly and bohemian look to a space.
Dec 14, 2010
Before & After: Dolan’s DIY Luan Wood Wallcovering
I love unique wall coverings. And this wall in Dolan’s office is certainly unique! Using screen printed Luan plywood and a brad gun, Dolan turned this otherwise bland wall into an eye catching focal point of the room.Dolan Geiman is known for his beautifully screen printed art and panel paintings — he calls it “contemporary art with a southern edge”.
Dec 10, 2010
5 Tips for Creating Space for a Big Tree in a Small Home
Today is December first! For many people, the end of this past weekend also marked the day when they put up their holiday decor. The other night, I stopped by the home of a friend who’d proudly put up her tree. Despite the small footprint of her living room, the addition felt homey rather than crowded. If you’re determined to put up a full-sized tree, here’s a few ideas to make sure that you and your decor can coexist in peace!
Dec 1, 2010
7 Places To Hang A Stocking Other Than From A Fireplace
Although we haven’t conduced an official study of how many folks have a fireplace and how many don’t, we’re going to guess that more people are looking for creative ways to hang their stocking during the holidays than not. We happen to be part of that crowd, so without further ado, here’s 7 festive ways to display your stockings!1. Ladders: Vintage, worn or broken ladders are easy to come by at estate sales, auctions, antique stores and Craigslist.
Nov 29, 2010
Placing Your Christmas Tree: 5 Things to Consider
Christmas trees are such a fun tradition—they bring families together, bring out the child in everyone, and give you pride in your home. If you find yourself in the market for a tree, you’ll also find yourself wondering where to place it in your space. If you live in a single family dwelling, you probably have more choices than those living in apartments. Either way, there’s a perfect place for a tree in your home. Read on for five things to consider.
Nov 29, 2010
Color Combo: Olive Green and Sky Blue
Green and blue is an all-time favorite combo of ours. It can go very springy, but darken it up a bit and tame it down with dark olive greens and dusty blues:The kitchen up top exemplifies this color combo, with muddy green cabinetry and crisp blue walls.
Nov 26, 2010
What’s at the Foot of Your Bed?
A long and narrow bedroom can be a nightmare for furniture arrangement. A great way to utilize the space is by placing the bed on a shorter wall, leaving room for furniture at the foot of the bed. Maybe even a sofa!I’ve always wanted a bench at the foot of my bed, but haven’t found the right one for the right price yet. I do, however, have a spare sofa that is small enough to fit perfectly at the foot of the bed.
Nov 23, 2010
Making Space: Radiator Toppers
Radiators can take up quite a bit of space in a small apartment. But do you know what helps? Resting a shelf on top. Make sure you aren’t storing books or flammable objects there, but think of it as a warming side table where you can perch a cup of joe when you’re curled up on the sofa! Here are a few examples:In the warmer months, of course, the shelf can be used in any way you please.
Nov 19, 2010
A Perfect Balance: Gray and Orange
The saying “opposites attract” goes well beyond human relationships — and the affair between orange and gray mingling to create a stunning balance is a perfect example. Depending on the tones, the duo can be youthful and whimsical, eclectic and bold, moody and sophisticated, or masculine and sleek, and any combo in between!
Nov 17, 2010
How to Make an Easy Throw Pillow
Throw pillows can be an attractive (and comfortable) accessory on a sofa. They can also be quite expensive. With this tutorial I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to make your own throw pillows for a fraction of the cost of store bought pillows.I haven’t purchased throw pillows in years because once I came up with this design for an easy DIY version, it’s been easier to make new covers for the pillow stuffers I bought long ago.
Nov 15, 2010
5 Low Cost Big Impact DIY Branch Centerpieces
With fall in full swing, we have officially reached the point where some of our trees have lost all of their leaves. As beautiful as changing leaves are, there is something magical about bare branches. So, this season as I look for ways to bring nature to the table while celebrating with family and friends, I’m looking to all things branch.
Nov 12, 2010
Make Your Own “C Table” On The Cheap
Wow, that’s a great table. It could hold my laptop, magazines, dinner when I’m feeling too lazy to eat at the table…I’m sorry it’s how much? Seriously? For a few pieces of wood? No way! What? I can make it? For super cheap? Tell me more magical internet, tell me more!There are some pieces of furniture that although we desire them in our home, we just can’t bring ourselves to pay for.
Nov 10, 2010
Wall Decals versus Wallpaper
Wall decals are everywhere and have been for at least two years. They are usually made of vinyl (so so bad!), but they don’t always damage walls when being removed like wallpaper can (maybe good!). On the other hand, wallpaper can be handprinted on recycled paper (very good!), but is a more permanent decision (maybe bad!). Which one wins? Read on for when to decal and when to paper.Reusable stencils are a good option, but only for those willing to paint their wall.
Nov 9, 2010
8 Eco-Friendly Blankets to Keep You Cozy and Warm
No matter where you live, a great blanket is key to making it through the winter. Blankets help keep the thermostat down a notch or two and are a super easy way to inject a little style into a space. A quality blanket will last for decades, but if you’re looking for some new throws, or need to stock up for expected overnight guests, be sure to check out this list of some of our favorite eco-friendly blankets.
Nov 9, 2010
Tips For Lighting Your Party
You’ve planned the menu, made the playlist and pressed your tails – but don’t forget the lighting! Because proper lighting can often be one of the most overlooked elements in the formula to an evening’s ambience, let’s shed a little light on how to keep your party aglow.Soft lighting brings people closer, creates cozier affairs and can even make small spaces seem bigger. Variations in lighting can change the mood from room to room and keep your guests circulating.
Nov 9, 2010
TV On The Mantel: Would You?
We’re certainly used to seeing televisions above the mantel, but rarely do we see them actually on the mantel. There’s no wrong or right way to display your tv, everyone has different ideas — but we’re curious about this one.Upon first glance, the tv on the mantel actually looks great and it certainly minimizes the need for extra accessories on the mantel. Placing the tv on the mantel makes it a little easier to hide cords.
Nov 4, 2010
7 Rooms That Will Make You Want to Paint Your Ceilings
Ceilings are called the fifth wall for a reason. Along with offering ample design opportunity, a fresh coat of ceiling paint can quickly transform the ambience of an entire room. So to inspire your ceiling painting endeavors, we rounded up seven rooms, all from Apartment Therapy home tours, that will make you want to paint your ceiling ASAP. Looking for an unexpected way to modernize a home with old architectural bones and vintage decor vibes?
Oct 29, 2010
It’s Refreshingly Uncomplicated: Color Inspiration from Nancy Meyers’ Movies
Recently, a phone call to a friend who was in the middle watching It’s Complicated led to a long discussion about the gorgeous houses in Nancy Meyers’ movies. Meyers, who also directed The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give, is almost as renowned for the production design and set decoration on her movies as she is for the movies themselves.
Oct 28, 2010
How To Deal With Wall-To-Wall Carpet Woes
There are few souls in the world who have wall-to-wall carpet topping their dream decor list. It’s often the stuff of McMansions and is commonly viewed as the epitome of dated decor, but it’s also the reality for countless American homes. And if you’re a renter, there’s not a whole lot you can do to change it. So how to deal?Before we get started, we need to set a few things straight. Not all wall-to-wall carpet is created equal.
Oct 27, 2010
Jonathan Adler’s Favorite Paint Colors & Combinations
Jonathan Adler is known for his signature “happy chic” style — it has multiple components that make his rooms so successfully uplifting, one of the major ones being the liberal use of bright and buoyant color.
Oct 26, 2010
Marie-Antoinette Colors
Marie-Antoinette is best known for being detested, for so perfectly representing the sins of the French ancien régime that she was beheaded. But she is also famous for her role as Neo-Classical tastemaker. In her public and private interiors as well as the portraits she commissioned, we can see a palette of colors fit for a queen.
Oct 22, 2010
Growing Citrus Indoors: 5 Helpful Tips
As someone who’s obsessed with citrus fruit, I can’t imagine not having fresh satsumas or Washington navels during the holidays. The scent of the blossoms alone will instantly put me in a good mood. For those in less ideal citrus climates, you need not feel left out! You can grow the dwarf varieties of these trees indoors and reap the benefits by following a few simple steps: 1. Buy the right tree.
Oct 21, 2010
Yellow As A Neutral
Sometimes people think of decorating as a choice between two extremes – blah neutral and wild color. The truth is that most colors can work as neutrals by using more sedate tones. Yellow is one of the colors that does this extremely well.When there are more attention-seeking colors in a space, yellow can easily bring some life to the neutral areas without immediately drawing the eye in. Yellow also compliments many other colors quite nicely.
Oct 19, 2010
Transform Your Furniture with Wallpaper
Why limit wallpaper to your walls? Take a page from English artisan Bryonie Porter who wallpapers furniture ranging from simple tables to chests of drawers — she’s even wallpapered a piano!If you plan to wallpaper your furniture, start with something simple. For example, you might want to: Wallpaper the back of your bookshelves. If you’ve just bought a new Billy bookcase, wallpapering the back piece before you attach it will make your life a whole lot easier.
Oct 12, 2010
12 Ways To Use a Bookcase In Your Home
In our home, we’ve used bookcases for just about everything. They’re not just for books anymore and can be mounted, turned on their side, or used in closets. See our top 12 list after the jump!1. As a Bookcase: It sounds stupid, but we figured it should probably top the list. We don’t repurpose things just because we can and as always, this multi-functional piece of furniture can always do what it was intended to — hold books. 2.
Oct 5, 2010
Saddle Blankets as Rugs
Has anyone been out for a horse ride in this newly-crisp autumn air? Did it inspire any interior decor ideas? Look down, and it might. The saddle blanket under your toosh just might be perfect on the floor in your home!Made of thick, woven wool with traditional yet simple designs that could fit into many different styles, saddle blankets could make great floor coverings.
Oct 1, 2010
Create Wall Art From Popsicle Sticks On The Cheap
When i was in 7th grade I made a lamp from popsicle sticks. I loved that thing, but it doesn’t hold a candle (or um, bulb) to these pieces of wall art made from the same material. They’re big on style and small on price — what parent can resist that?The works above come from artist Nathalie Chikhi who does amazing (and giant!!) things with popsicle sticks and other mediums.
Sep 29, 2010
10 Uses for Chalkboard Walls & Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard walls are not only functional and fun for a kitchen, but can also be used in a home office, a dining room, and a kid’s room. As much as I love technology and managing my calendars and to-do lists electronically, I do still enjoy the nostalgia of school chalkboards and writing out my lists. Recently, I visited a friend who used the chalkboard wall in her office to write out her list of tasks for the day.
Sep 29, 2010
Discounted Furniture: How To Score Great Deals
I’ve been thinking about buying a new couch— but good furniture is expensive! Especially the big pieces — i.e. the things you need the most: a couch, a rug or two, a credenza, a table. Even chairs can get pricey. I visited my sofas at Crate & Barrel for many many months, saving up for them, before I purchased them. One of the writers over on Casa Sugar did too. But she parlayed those visits into a deep discount! Wanna learn how she did it?Her big secret? Buy the floor model.
Sep 28, 2010
Basement Apartments: Tips for Creating Light & Spaciousness
image:470432eae96168053c0de758ce2daec82b2be1a4 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" As the economy continues to putter along, city dwellers are finding cheaper ways to live. While some have decided to move out of the city, others have decided to move below it. Once considered dark and undesirable, English basement apartments are now appealing to those who want to stay conveniently located in the city with a smaller budget.
Sep 27, 2010
Displaying Toys in a Grown Up Home
Whether you call them toys, collectibles, or action figures, it can be challenging to display childhood (or adult!) collections in a grown up home. And, as evidenced during my time photographing House Tours, a lot of us are kids at heart. The subjects of these Apartment Therapy House Tours found a way to integrate their child-oriented collections into their adult homes. Josh and Emily grouped their sizable collection of vinyl toys as a display in their TV room.
Sep 27, 2010
Temporary Window Screens: Inexpensive & DIY
For the last several months my husband and I have had fans in our windows at all times. We had a hard time getting any breeze in them, but because the fans were in place, we hadn’t had a problem with bugs and mosquitoes coming in. As the temperatures dropped this past weekend, we removed the fans and all sorts of creepy crawly and flying friends came in, so it was time for some screens! Off to the hardware store we went!
Sep 27, 2010
Dining Tables As Desks
We all know that the IKEA Melltorp dining table really does make the best desk! Heck, we have two in our house — one in the kitchen and one in the office. Sad thing is, we use the one in the dining room more than the one in our office! So that got us thinking, dining rooms really do make great offices.• Ben’s Warm & Cozy Austin Apartment Ben embraces the ease and space saving magic of using a dining table as a desk.
Sep 24, 2010
6 Ways To Use a Furoshiki Cloth
Furoshiki (“bath spread”) are a multi-use wonder. These traditional Japanese square cloths are a great way to bundle or wrap pretty much anything—gifts, food, babies—but their uses extend even beyond that. Here are 6 different ways you can use one cloth:1 Wrap a gift:2 Bundle a wine bottle or picnic lunch.3 Tie a scarf around your neck.4 Turn it into a daytime carry-all bag.5 Use it as a tablecloth.6 Hang it on your wall.
Sep 21, 2010
13 Tips When Buying Old Picture Frames For Refinishing
Old picture frames are abundant in thrift stores, flea markets, church sales and garage sales, and they can be a wonderful money-saving resource for the green-minded art collector. Picture framing is something that we all try to get just right, and while a good framer can help you find the perfect fit, it can be quite costly compared to refurbishing a fabulous piece that might otherwise go to waste. Here are a few tips on what to look for, what to avoid, and ways to fix damage.
Sep 21, 2010
Jean-Luc Godard: Style Icon
Last month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences phoned Jean-Luc Godard to tell him that he would receive an Honorary Oscar at their November 13 Governors Awards event. Characteristically, the French film director (who’s been known to scoff at Hollywood before) seemed not to care — so much, in fact, that he didn’t return their phone call.
Sep 15, 2010
Quick Tip: Try Crayons On Dry Erase Boards
Although dry erase boards are rather handy tools, we have one problem — the markers. They’re smelly, expensive and easily get lost in sofa cushions. Well good news, you can ditch them all together and use crayons instead. No really!There are a few companies that have caught onto this idea and have started marketing specific products to those parents who would like to give the idea a go.
Sep 15, 2010
Biting Bathroom Style: A Hotel Tray for the Desk
The Apartment Therapy faithful know that finding a cool vintage tray is the first step to an organized and stylish bathroom (If you don’t, check out How to: Create a Hotel-Style Bathroom). But did you know that you can take the same visual-clutter-eliminating trick and apply it to your home office desk?Every hotel bathroom we’ve ever stayed in featured a small melamine tray on the counter to stash those teeny tiny bottles of shampoo and body wash.
Sep 15, 2010
Make Your Own Clouds
We spent a fair chunk of Labor Day weekend lazily stretched out on picnic blankets, engaged in imaginative cloud gazing with our son. There’s a hedgehog, a Lego guy, a banana. But yesterday we were in the mood for some more, and not a single patch of condensed water vapor to be seen. So we did the next best thing – we fashioned our own to hang indoors. They took literally minutes to put together, and the effect was surprisingly transporting.
Sep 8, 2010
New Tips For Making String Pendant Lighting At Home
Remember awhile back when we talked about making your own pendant lighting from string and fabric stiffner? A little further down the road we came across a few more ideas to improve the project by using hemp and a playground ball, but we’ve recently come across one that used something better — an exercise ball and a shower curtain rod!We’ve been following along in the diy pendant making process over at Made By Girl where Jen has been trying her hand at creating her own fixture.
Sep 7, 2010
12 Bathroom Essentials
Whether it’s your bathroom in your first “grown-up” apartment or you’ve recently moved and just want to start off on the right foot, there’s a certain number of items that are just bathroom essentials. We’ve rounded up our version of what we think is needed in your bathroom at home, and we of course chose items that are good-looking!
Aug 30, 2010
Roommate Tip: Joint Banking Account to Prevent Problems
Many peoples nightmare kitchen situation with roommates! Don’t let your finances become a haphazard part of your relationship!Living with other people can either be a pain or the best time of your life. Many suggestions for living with roommates deal with cleaning or other pet peeves. One that is rarely addressed is the issue of money: how to aggregate and pay for things with transparency.One suggestion we have is to open a joint bank account between you and your roommates.
Aug 20, 2010
Favorite Canopy Beds: From Feminine Chic to Masculine
While it seems that generally there isn’t a middle ground when it comes to this specialized style of beds, we gathered a good number of different styles of canopy beds to accommodate both modernists and traditionalists. After considering a few of the featured beds, we are pretty sure there must be at least one in the bunch that may just convert any canopy naysayers.Top Row: White Wood Canopy Bed: Hello beach house! I would die to have this bed in a modern interior or a beach side retreat.
Aug 17, 2010
Small Bedroom Ideas: 10 Inspiring Bedrooms Stylish Despite Their Small Space
Some of our favorite bedrooms only have about 18-24″ on either side of the bed. That makes about 8′ to 9′ of width for a bedroom with a queen size bed, which is pretty darn small. But check out how great a compact bedroom can be! Whether you choose to go soft and monotone (as in the first pic) or cozy and bold (as in the fourth), a small bedroom can surprise even the stiffest holdouts as being comfortable and “just enough”.
Aug 6, 2010
A Collector’s Tiny 178-Square-Foot Apartment
We’ve seen our share of small spaces and teeny-tiny homes, but this one just might take the cake. This 178-square-foot apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn belongs to 25-year-old Zach Motl. An avid collector since he was a child, Motl adheres to the “old decorating dictum that says the more stuff you put in a room (albeit artfully arranged stuff), the bigger it seems. More really is more.
Aug 6, 2010
5 Things To Do 2 Weeks Before You Move
Moving is a stressful time no matter how prepared you are for it but you can save yourself a little headache by taking care of a few things in advance. Not only will completing this short list make your move go smoother, it will give you peace of mind that you will make it through, no matter how many stairs you have to climb or how hot it is outside!1.
Aug 2, 2010
The Making of a Modular Home
Take a drive in a neighborhood of any city and you’re bound to see a house being constructed. In contrast with a site-built house is the magic of a modular home. One day there’s an empty site that’s been prepped, and the next day there’s a fully built house on the lot. We got to take a tour of a factory where a modular home is being made.
Aug 2, 2010
The Black Hole Home Office
Name: Gregory HanLocation: Silver Lake, CASize: 6′ x 3′ Closet Around this time last year I was happily enjoying working in a newly renovated home office I had designed and optimized for my workflow, furnished and accessorized with small space living in mind. It was a bright, cheery and ample space in an otherwise small studio apartment.And then we moved.
Jul 30, 2010
7 Ways To Use Doilies In A Fresh and Modern Way
The word “doily” just sounds old and musty, doesn’t it? In reality, they’re small little works of art that can be found all over at local thrift stores and estate sales. After we mentioned using them as wall art yesterday, we thought a proper roundup was in order to showcase their true modern beauty. Here are 7 ways to put them to use and get them out of the linen closet!
Jul 29, 2010
Escape to a Balcony in Paris
Ah, a balcony on which to step outside directly from one’s apartment! Anywhere you put it, a balcony can be a wonderful thing. But an escape to a Parisian balcony can hardly be topped! Some elements that many of these have in common that make them so special: cafe furniture, wrought iron detailing, good food in the open air, and fantastic Paris views. Do you, like us, wish to escape to a Paris balcony right about now? Sounds très magnifique! MORE BALCONIES (AND PARIS!
Jul 27, 2010
Beach House Style Decorating
Even without a coastal view or a sea breeze, you can still have beach house style anywhere anytime. Borrow a few ideas from these inspiration photos and incorporate a nautical influence in your home. Just don’t go overboard.When searching beach house images, we always find whitewashed walls, light filled rooms, and varied natural textures. Color palettes are generally based on the seascape with shades of blue, green, beige and dabs of coral. Fabrics are worn and woods are weathered.
Jul 27, 2010
The Infinite Garage Project
Name: Raina LeeLocation: Palos Verdes, CaliforniaSize: ∞ 3-car garage Our friend Raina Lee, the publisher of video game sine, 1-Up MegaZine, and the author of karaoke-obsessed, Hit Me WIth Your Best Shot: The Ultimate Guide To Karaoke Domination, has embarked on a dangerous expedition into the great unknown of her parents past: their garage. Excavated and collected pile of old audio/video gear. (Image credit: Apartment Therapy)Vintage calculator.
Jul 23, 2010
Neighbors & Loud Appliances: Reasonable Hour for Use?
About three times a week, I like to start each morning with a fruit smoothie for breakfast. It’s a perfect way to start off the day: a balanced concoction of farmer’s market fruits and muscle fortifying protein powder that’s easy to gulp down and sure to fuel me through the morning hours. Perfect, except for the inordinate amount of noise made in the process upon pressing “ON”, thanks to the mechanical cacophony of the blender’s hellish mechanism.
Jul 14, 2010
3 Easy Ways To Dress Up A Metal Bed Frame
Metal framed beds often get a bad wrap, and not without due cause. Pillows are always slouching through the headboard bars, and metal is certainly no match in comfort with its plush upholstered counterparts. Thankfully there are a few easy ways to work around their flaws or change their look without breaking the bank.
Jul 13, 2010
Before & After: Black and White Stripe Linoleum Floor
Attention, all you renters out there: this is an easy, affordable, and ultra-stylish way to upgrade your dingy rental floors. We have been meaning to do something like this ourselves for quite some time, and seeing this project by Orlando Soria on Design*Sponge totally got us all jazzed up to copy her.
Jul 13, 2010
10 Unconventional Map Decor Ideas
Yesterday Misty rounded up globe decor, and today we bring you maps. Decorating with maps and globes seems like just the thing to do when summer hits. Not only are maps easy to afford, they are visually stimulating and stirring to the soul. We love maps because we can see where we’ve been and dream about where we’re going.“Map” is a general term for many types of infographics.
Jul 7, 2010
Ikea’s Melltorp Dining Table Is One of the Best Office Desks
This morning we checked out the house tour of Naseem Alizadeh of The Bureau for Architecture and Urbanism and were psyched to see that Naseem works at the same desk as we do. The Ikea Melltorp was originally designed to be a dining table, but we’ve noticed more and more people using it as their home office workspace. We’re not surprised since it’s a pretty wicked desktop.What makes it so special? It’s simple.
Jun 30, 2010
String Lights Zigzagging Overhead
We love strands of white string lights for outdoor spaces. Our favorite layout? A canopy of them overhead in a zigzag pattern. It looks so casual and somehow “European” to us. Sounds silly, but that’s just how it makes us feel:The zigzag pattern of hanging lights is one of the easiest, too: Simply fix the strand in place back and forth across a space.
Jun 25, 2010
The Life Box: A Cardboard Box You Can Plant
What if the box you sent in the mail was more amazing than whatever present you put inside? The Life Box is a new type of cardboard box that’s filled with hundreds of tree seeds that you can easily grow. It’s the brainchild of mushroom expert Paul Stamets, one of the most inspiring speakers at the recent Sustainable Brands conference.The seeds are interlaced with beneficial fungi to help them grow better.
Jun 24, 2010
Make A Piñata That Stays On The Ground
Earlier we mentioned this tip on pre-portioning your piñata prizes and one of our lovely readers suggested another great piñata tip that’s perfect for tots too tiny to swing a bat. Make one that stays on the ground to get kicked around instead — here’s how!Ohdeedoh reader Jo Joebi made mention of an idea that was a smash hit at one of her parties and has already been requested for next year.
Jun 23, 2010
Think Vertical for a Space Saving Home Office
Wendy’s Shoebox Studio over at Apartment Therapy New York is just 350 square feet space, which means every square inch counts. She’s worked with a narrow space and created a multi-tier wall-mounted home office which maximizes space and looks charming (when in doubt, add flowers or decorative items). “My solution to this was to get a desk with shelves that mounted to my wall which took advantage of the vertical space available.
Jun 15, 2010