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How To Make a TV-Hiding Sliding Art Accent Wall
Many of us love watching television but hate seeing that giant black rectangle become the visual centerpiece of a room. Creative couple Nicole and Dave put a lot of thought and effort into their beautiful, industrial live/work loft in South Baltimore, so naturally they didn’t want a big, ugly TV getting in the way of their style. So they came up with a pretty fantastic, artful solution for hiding their TV, and they’ve shared with us how they did it!
May 3, 2019
4 Reasons How We KNOW this Plant is Going to Be the New Fiddle Leaf Fig
I know, I know. We too get sick of hearing that [insert anything here] is the new black. But I think we’ve truly found the perfect alternative to the ubiquitous fiddle leaf fig which — although admittedly lovely — is somewhat hard to take care of. If you are looking for a new plant hero to transform your interior, without demanding too much of your time, please allow me introduce you.
May 3, 2019
Magical Mini Gifts Perfect for Christmas Advent Calendars
If you’re crafting a homemade advent calendar this year (get inspired by these 10 minimalist stunners), you’re going to need some top-notch tiny gifts. Fill them up, then save a few extra little trinkets and treasures so when little gifty moments pop up this season—white elephants, unexpected guests—you’ll be ready. Above: Two takes on the Scandi-style advent calendar, from Bloomingville. charset="utf-8" src="https://d30bopbxapq94k.cloudfront.
May 3, 2019
Budget Decorating at Its Best: DIY Photo Collage Ideas & Layouts
There’s nothing like photos to give your home a warm, personal feel, and remind you of the people and the memories most important to you. That’s why we’ve rounded up these twelves ideas for creating photo collages at home. They’re all easy and affordable ways to display (lots and lots of) pictures with style. Love this project, but prefer to buy your own instead?
May 3, 2019
Before & After: A Smart “Tide Me Over” Budget Kitchen Upgrade for My Mom
First of all, shout out to Tanya’s mom for choosing kitchen elements way back in the ’80s that wouldn’t look totally insane to our modern eyes. As smart as her choices were, time waits for no man and since the kitchen was showing its age, Tanya figured she would jump in and help her mom update her space.
May 3, 2019
Easy Ways To Make Those Photo Collages That Are Everywhere Right Now
Collages are accessible and affordable wall decor, so easy that even the artistically-challenged among us can create humble masterpieces for ourselves, family and friends. As youth we did it with scissors, old magazines, and glue. Today, there are tons of flexible ways to turn photos of pets, travel, people and places into memorable and highly personal artwork. Not intimidated at all and want to try a more DIY version?
May 3, 2019
13 Cheap, Easy and Remarkably Ugly Christmas Sweaters You Can Totally Make
Like the ongoing pumpkin spice latte craze, the ugly sweater trend isn’t going anywhere. Chances are, you will get invited to an ironic Christmas sweater party, and you will be socially shamed if you don’t wear something appropriately ugly. If the thought of spending money on an item you’ll only wear once makes your wallet cry, here are 13 DIY ways to ugly-up an inexpensive thrift store sweater. Leave it to Studio DIY to craft the cutest ugly sweater ever.
May 3, 2019
How To Oil Your Wooden Furniture & Countertops
It’s a fact of life that things tend to get dry and crackly in the winter: your skin, your lips, even your wooden furniture. And if you think your apartment feels like a dry, cold, relatively inhospitable place at this time of year, chances are your furniture agrees.
May 3, 2019
How To Label Absolutely Everything in Your Home
If your happy place is walking around with a P-Touch label maker, assigning a tag to every notebook, binder and bin around the house, here’s how to bring your organization game up to speed. From printed fabric tags to Cricut vinyl canister labels, these modern DIY labels put a name to every last place in your home.
May 3, 2019
10 Holiday Decorating Tricks to Steal from this Tiny Apartment
If you think you can’t fit Christmas decorations into your small space—we’re here to show you that you absolutely can. To prove it, we transformed designer Akhira Ismail’s 288-square-foot Brooklyn apartment into a Scandinavian-inspired winter wonderland using ten design tricks for small spaces. Yes, you can have a merry little Christmas, even in the tiniest of apartments. 1. Style a holiday shelfie.
May 3, 2019
Watch a 288-Square-Foot Brooklyn Apartment Get a Scandi Holiday Makeover
You may recall touring designer Akhira Ismail‘s eclectic modern Brooklyn apartment (and her warm and welcoming personality) from her house tour. This winter, we revisited her cozy space to give it a holiday makeover inspired by all things natural, minimalist and Scandi-chic. After draping eucalyptus leaf garlands, decorating a mini 3-foot fir tree, and decking out every last nook and cranny, this 288-square-foot home packs a surprising amount of holiday spirit.
May 3, 2019
3 Genius Ways to Fit a Christmas Tree into Small, Tiny or Even Micro Spaces
Just because you live in the world’s tiniest apartment doesn’t mean you don’t have room for a Christmas tree (it just might not be the 7-foot giant of your childhood dreams). And to prove it to you, we fit three versions of a small-space tree into this adorable 288-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn. If this place has room for three trees, you certainly have enough space for one.
May 3, 2019
Micro Makeovers: DIY Drawer Knobs Will Totally Transform Your Dresser
Drawer pulls are one of those details you don’t spend a lot of time contemplating (totally understandable). But the second you switch them up, you’ll be surprised how much they can change the look of a piece of furniture, or even an entire room. The best part? These micro makeovers cost a lot less—and require way less elbow grease—than a full-on furniture refinishing.
May 3, 2019
10 Tips to Help Your Houseplants Survive Fall & Winter
With end of Daylight Savings near, you’re not the only one anticipating (or rather dreading) the harshest months of the year. Pretty soon, your houseplants will be busy dodging drafts and soaking up every last ray of dwindling sunlight. To give your ferns and fiddle leaf figs a fighting chance at survival, follow these ten tips for winter plant care to get your plants through the worst of it. 1. Move plants away from vents, radiators or drafty windows.
May 3, 2019
Second Lives for Sad Sofas: Budget Ways to Make Them Look New Again
The Apartment Therapy Sofa Squad shopping guide has me dreaming about green velvet chesterfields and tailored mid-century modern sofas—prompting me to give my basic white IKEA couch some serious side-eye. Before tossing any couches to the curb, I set out to find affordable DIY fixes. As it turns out, even if you’re not ready to make the splurge on a brand new sofa, there are several inexpensive solutions that allow your good taste and your wallet to compromise.
May 3, 2019
Magic for Modern Life: The Secret Benefits of 7 Common Household Items
There’s no question, many people are beginning to rethink their consumption, and have been transitioning to more natural ingredients when it comes to food, skincare, and even medicine. If you’ve ever been curious about some of the positive not-so-known properties of some of these common natural items, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a little 101 to get you started on your path to a more natural and holistic lifestyle in the new year.
May 3, 2019
How to DIY When You Live in an Apartment (Without a Garage or Workshop)
Being a DIY weekend warrior is a bit easier when you have fresh ventilation, room to spread out, and a place to put all that sawdust. But if you don’t have a garage, workshop, backyard, or driveway at home, don’t say goodbye to DIY. It’s possible to get crafty, even if you’re a renter living in a multi-unit building. Need proof? Jess Goodwin filled her stylish small apartment in the middle of Chicago with hand-made projects — no garage, no problem.
May 3, 2019
3 Gorgeous Statement Wall Art Ideas to Adorn Those Empty Walls
One of the most difficult (not to mention, most expensive) decorating tasks you have to face when designing a new apartment is how to fill those big, blank walls. While store-bought statement pieces can work room-altering magic, they also come at a cost. To decorate that spot over the couch or dining room table on the cheap, turn to supplies you may already have lying around: fabric, wrapping paper and wallpaper.
May 3, 2019
A Costco Playhouse Gets a Charming Scandi Makeover
Name: The Three Amigos (3 year old, and twin 5 year olds) Location: Vancouver, Canada After Melissa snatched up a pretty cute playhouse from Costco, she started dreaming up an adorable upgrade. Life got in the way, as it so often does, so it took awhile for the playhouse to get an upgrade. Combine one weekend, a super creative mom, white paint and elbow grease and you get the kind of playhouse that childhood dreams are made of.
May 3, 2019
DIY Ideas for Framing Big Art on a Small Budget
This past fall, I went on a quest for a simple frame for a long 14-by-50-inch map. After quickly realizing there was no way a store-bought frame would fit these odd dimensions, I emailed a local NYC framing company for a quote. A couple days later, there it was in my inbox: a whopping $782.09 cost estimate. As much as I value supporting local businesses, there was no way I could do it. So then how do you make a big statement without completely destroying your budget?
May 3, 2019
8 DIY Projects You Can Pull Off With Sample Cans of Paint
These small-space projects really pop.
May 3, 2019
How to Remove Labels From Jars (and Turn Jars Into Glassware)
... And turn jars into glassware, with hot water and baking soda.
May 3, 2019
The One Thing I Never Thought to DIY (And Now Can’t Wait to Try)
Lately, I’ve been seeing a handmade shoemaking trend start to emerge, with classes popping up around town and images of handcrafted sandals suddenly showing up on Instagram. Whether you’re interested in crafting your own sandals, or just want to buy a handmade pair, this micro-trend will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about that collection piling up in your closet. Here it is, the image that sparked my fascination with handmade shoes.
May 3, 2019
Proof that Gold Spray Paint Makes Everything Look Like a Million Bucks
Giving everything from an IKEA shelving unit to a foam model hand the Midas touch is as easy as picking up a can of gold spray paint. With a gilded finish, every surface suddenly looks much more expensive—and no one has to know it’s all thanks to this $5 hardware store staple. To make the IKEA VITTSJO bookshelf match the glam-quotient of the rest of her Austin apartment, Whitney spray-painted the frame gold.
May 3, 2019
Can IKEA Make Hydroponic Gardening Catch On With the Masses?
Last year, IKEA released a line of indoor hydroponic gardening products in the UK. The process, for those unfamiliar, entails growing plants without soil. Will the technique take off? In hydroponic gardening, a plant’s roots are either suspended in a water solution or in an inert medium, like gravel. When using a hydroponic system, plants can be grown indoors year round regardless of climate and with limited space.
May 3, 2019
Our Favorite Bathroom Makeovers from the One Room Challenge
If you’re not already familiar with the One Room Challenge, prepare to spend the next few hours scrolling before-and-afters. Here’s how the challenge works: The blog Calling It Home invites 20 design bloggers (with dozens of others joining in just for fun) to participate in a challenge to transform one room over the course of six weeks. Updates are provided every Wednesday so that the design-lovers of the internet can watch the progress in action.
May 3, 2019
How to Make Kokedama: Hanging Gardens Perfect for Small Spaces
If you’ve never seen a kokedama—a Japanese moss ball—let me introduce you to the ultimate small-space garden. Floating in midair, these plants don’t take up surface space, or even wall space. Plus, you don’t have to shell out money for a pretty container, as each plant is contained in its own moss-covered pod and is suspended from the ceiling using inexpensive twine.
May 3, 2019
$45 Later, This Wall is The Best Thing in My New Backyard
Outdoor vertical container gardens don’t have to be fancy, self-watering affairs that cost hundreds of dollars. For under $50, I made a lush, cascading green wall for my new backyard. Not only is it a fantastic focal point that draws your eye, but it takes gardening to a whole new level. And this project couldn’t be simpler to pull off. This vertical garden couldn’t be easier to make, and adds so much life, color and dimension to my formerly flat wall.
May 3, 2019
Super Easy Houseplants Even Black Thumbs Can Keep Alive
Plants add so much to living spaces, but it’s all moot if you can’t keep them alive. Us black thumbs mean well, of course —bringing home a new plant with every intention of watering and nurturing it along. And then reality happens and, a month later, our new friend is brown and sagging in the corner. You can guard against the possibility of failure by choosing no-fail, tried and true plants that work for even the most neglectful owners.
May 3, 2019
Worry-Free Plants That Won’t Poison Your Pets
We love our pets, even when they are annoying little troublemakers. So when our furry friends start munching on our plants and digging around in the dirt, it’s our job to keep them safe (even when we want to strangle them). Being the human in the relationship means doing the research and only populating our homes with non-toxic varieties of plants. We’re making it easy for you. Below are some of our favorite pet-safe plants that are non-toxic for both dogs and cats.
May 3, 2019
The Plant Doctors Are In: Welcome to Tula House, Brooklyn’s Mobile Greenhouse
Feeling stuck in a full-time advertising gig, Christan Summers traded her day job for days spent selling succulents out of a “greenhouse on wheels” (that’s the Tulita truck, above) and making house calls to sick fiddle leaf fig trees. Launched in collaboration with Ivan Martinez, the Brooklyn-based plant company Tula House was born in April 2016, and one year later, business is, well, blooming.
May 3, 2019
Vertical Garden DIY Ideas Using a Wooden Pallet (Plus, a Tutorial!)
Vertical gardens are an exciting outdoor project because they show off your flowers and plants beautifully and aren’t difficult or expensive to make. In fact, they can easily be made out of mostly recycled (and recyclable) materials. Vertical gardens are also especially well-suited to small outdoor spaces so no worries if you don’t have a whole yard or deck to work with. Below are the basic instructions for how to make a vertical garden planter using scrap wood and a pallet.
May 3, 2019
Get Into Natural Dyeing (Plus, How To Dye Pillowcases from Avocado Pits)
Sasha Duerr has been dyeing her textiles with compost for over 20 years. The author of two books on natural dyeing and an instructor at the California College of the Arts, Duerr fell in love with natural colors while searching for alternatives to the art school oils and acrylics that made her sick.
May 3, 2019
7 Plants for Your Garden Inspired by Disney’s New Avatar Park
The highly-anticipated Pandora: World of Avatar opens officially to the public on May 27 at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park. While most will beeline it to the two new rides, the photos we’ve seen of the incredible landscape make the argument to slow down the pace (just a little bit —wouldn’t want to lose your spot in an up-to-six-hour line).
May 3, 2019
A Stylish $50 DIY Solution for Hiding Home Entertainment Devices
When you live in a small apartment like Mary (366 square feet), finding the right home for everything is a priority. Having already made over her kitchen and closet to suit her needs, Mary was no stranger to crafting custom, diy solutions for her small space. Her next project: creating a stylish setup for her home entertainment devices and hiding those cords! Housing electronics in a stylish, unobtrusive way is a always a challenge.
May 3, 2019
Styling Tricks for Round Coffee Tables
Recently, we shared our expert tips on how to style a coffee table. The table we used specifically, though, was rectangular, and some readers chimed in to request help with how to arrange a round coffee table. Though most of the same principles apply no matter what shape you’re working with, I’ve rounded up takeaways and inspiration for round tables. This tabletop shows off the power of divide and conquer (that is, dividing the table in two, and conquering each side!).
May 3, 2019
Create a (Living!) Statement Wall Piece with a Staghorn Fern
At Potted, we love staghorn ferns…who doesn’t? They’re easy to take care of, do well in the shade and they look like amazing prehistoric creatures hanging on your wall. Win win! So after finishing our new book, “Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers,” we realized we really should have included a Staghorn project. So here it is especially for you.
May 3, 2019
Fresh Ideas for Showing Off Your Book Collection
Although you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you can definitely appreciate its presentation. Along with keeping all of your favorite texts organized (and at arm’s length), a well-styled home library can often become an artful centerpiece inside your home; so it pays to come up with thoughtful ideas for book storage. To prove the point, I gathered some cool, contemporary book displays to share for inspiration.
May 3, 2019
A Hidden Gem: This New New York City Florist Combines French and American Design
We have a special treat for today’s Fantastic Find — our very first guest star! I was so excited to welcome Phoebe Ma of floral company Gem Fleuriste into the office to share her incredible bouquets with us. While she is New York-based now, her inspiration is worldly and her work is stunning. I got to see her bouquets come together in person and learn all about her best flower arranging tips. Watch the video below to check it out for yourself!
May 3, 2019
Be a DIY Pinball Wizard With the New Makerball Kit
Like a massive Waldorf toy for grownups, the Makerball DIY pinball machine “toytool” kit is promising to bring back the joys of the 1980s arcade for an entirely new generation — mullets and moustaches not required. The Kickstarter video claims the flat-pack wood kit creates “an affordable, stable, mutable, pure & simple pinball machine that can be upgraded digitally,” all assembled in just 30 to 60 minutes with a simple screwdriver.
May 3, 2019
Two Savvy Solutions for Ugly Rental Kitchen Lights
Considering the amount of spectacularly hideous light fixtures in rental kitchens around the country, it’s almost as if installing the ugliest, most unflattering light fixture was at one time the law. That’s of course not true, but for anyone who’s ever walked into their rental kitchen, looked up at their light fixture and wondered “why that?,” this post’s for you.
May 3, 2019
Must-Have Skill for Plant Lovers: How to Add Drainage Holes to Pots
Cat Meschia of ctrl + curate is a craft blogger based in Gainesville, Florida where she spends her time creating beautiful things that encourage thoughtful living. Known for her affordable small-space solutions and practical yet artistically-driven designs, Cat shares everything from DIY planters to no-weave wall hangings through simple tutorials and inspiration boards.
May 3, 2019
How To Customize Your Bookshelves With Diagonal Shelf Inserts
I wanted to change up the look of my bookshelves as well as add a third shelf. With the help of a friend and a trip to the hardware store, this project took an afternoon to pull off and can be accomplished by someone with minimal experience. And, to help you out, I documented the process to walk you through each step. In my head, this project was super elementary. I’m not afraid of using a saw, so I wasn’t worried in the last bit.
May 3, 2019
The Most Stylish Chair That Works Both Inside and Out
The number of chairs that I have in my apartment has reached an embarrassing level, but I’m honestly not even that ashamed. I’m just constantly drawn to so many different styles, from funky peacock chairs to classic cane designs. I’m always arranging and rearranging to make room for new finds, like this on-trend Windsor chair I picked up at Target.
May 3, 2019
10 Tiny Tables Perfect for the Smallest of Entryways
Even if your entryway is super-tiny — or you don’t really have an entryway at all, and have to make do with a little spot by the door — it’s nice to have a place to drop your keys, set down the mail, put things that you’re planning on taking with you the next time you go out. That’s where these little tables come in.
May 3, 2019
Can You Spot the Hack? The VALJE Shelving Flip
I spy with my little eye another IKEA hack done right. If you scored high on the Spot the IKEA Quiz, I have no doubt you’ll be able to spot this IKEA piece turned high-end Scandinavian home decor. This project, along with many like it, further proves how a simple change in perspective can dramatically alter the success of a space.
May 3, 2019
10-Minute Mini Herb Garden in an IKEA Container
When you live within city limits, it’s rare to have access to private green space. In a perfect (and sustainable) world, we would all have our own backyards, overflowing with lush shrubbery, robust herbs, and fruit-bearing trees right next to our cute little chicken coops. In reality, we’re forced to get a little more creative – vertical gardens, hanging planters, and fruit purchased from the local market.
May 3, 2019
Halloween Is Coming: IKEA’s Instructions for Your Own DIY Jon Snow Cape
Last week, the internet went wild(ling) when it was discovered that Game of Thrones’ wardrobe department uses IKEA rugs as capes. Well, we have good news: the Swedish retailer just made pulling together your King of the North Halloween costume so much easier. IKEA has released official instructions for the cape hack—in their usual pictorial style, of course. And all you’ll need is a pair of scissors, no allen wrench required. Called VINTER skuldervarmer (get it??
May 3, 2019
Before & After: An $80 Sofa Gets an Affordable and Easy Refresh
Amy fell in love with this sofa’s good bones and excellent cushions, even though the fabric was a little drab. After inspecting the piece to make sure it wasn’t too good to be true, she took it home and got to work and giving it a super easy and affordable refresh. From Amy: This is one of those sofas built with an incredibly sound construction, it’s something that is hard to find these days for an affordable price.
May 3, 2019
A Guide to Indoor Gardening: Our Review of Living With Plants
Living With Plants is one of those books I wish I had read before I went out and bought a ton of plants years ago. The result of my over-excitement at the time lead some of them to an unfortunate end. This is one of those books I’ll likely reference for years to come, not only because of its useful information on caring for my plants, but also for its beautiful photography, effective styling tips, and the handful of DIY tutorials accompanied with easy-to-follow instructions.
May 3, 2019
The Affordable Curtain Idea Hiding at the Hardware Store
Jessica’s small San Francisco apartment is an explosion of leafy green plants, unique travel finds, and a bold blue living room wall color. Full of bright light, it’s an airy, bohemian home perfect for relaxing or entertaining friends in. There’s also a clever and very affordable curtain idea hiding in plain sight, and it might just be the right solution for your home.
May 3, 2019
An Under-$20 DIY Project to Add Curb Appeal
Stephen and Amy bought their first home together in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood in 2013. Their home is adorable inside and out, with many of the elements crafted by the couple. There is one small element that I think has a big impact on their home’s curb appeal — and it’s an easy and affordable DIY! “When we bought the house, there were ugly numbers nailed to the door.
May 3, 2019
24 Hours, $50 and One Very Happy Pup
Jennifer’s exceedingly good dog just wanted to hang out in the backyard and protect its home. They live in Seattle however, and as much as Jennifer appreciated the sentiment, the smell of wet dog was wafting through her home a bit more than she wanted. With the help of some downloaded instructions, leftover paint and a few supplies, she found a solution that pleased both dog and owner alike.
May 3, 2019
How To Make a Leather Bench with Only One Power Tool
I have a confession: Sometimes using power tools scares me. I know – that’s embarrassing for a DIY-er to admit. But I also know, deep down, I can’t be the only one who feels this way. So, what if I told you that you could make this bench with minimal tools and minimal upholstery skills? Seriously, there is no sewing involved.
May 3, 2019
Quick & Easy: How To Make A Mood Board-Style Headboard
Headboards have served a lot of purposes over the course of time. They protected us from drafty winters and uninsulated walls, they served as a symbol of opulence and luxury, and most recently, they have provided storage and overall aesthetic to bedrooms everywhere. So in keeping with the theme of functional and aesthetic furniture, we’ve created the easiest and most inspirational headboard of all time and using just one simple material!
May 3, 2019
Modern Ways To Use Fall Foliage In Your Home This Season
Fall in love with this simple autumn-themed decor.
May 3, 2019
What Hacking Teaches IKEAHackers’ Jules Yap About Life
These days, I prefer weekdays to weekends when it comes to my IKEA trips. Why, you ask? Well, as if it isn’t obvious, it means less crowds and more leisurely wandering the aisles, sans pressure. What am I looking for exactly? Maybe I have a simple list of items I need for a closet makeover, but then I spot a serving bowl that would make a perfect pendant light. Or I go in for some picture frames then can’t help but notice a kitchen cart that would be the perfect bar cart.
May 3, 2019
Turn Any Room Into a Scary Movie With These Insta-Worthy Halloween Decor Hacks
Halloween is coming, and you want to turn your place into a sweet, scary mansion. There’s only one problem: you live in 400 square feet. Or you’re lazy. Or you’re broke. Maybe all three. Never fear. You can still inspire spooky with a single room. Below, five cinematic inspirations for turning a partitioned space into a backdrop that’ll make Instagram lose its mind.
May 3, 2019
Get Your Flower Fix Any Time of Year with these Faux Tutorials
Fall is a time to pile on comfy textures, introduce richer color palettes, have fun with Halloween decor or just fill your home with pumpkins. The downside? Fresh, seasonal flowers are now few and far between, unless you have a strong passion for mums. Ruffled This stunning paper magnolia bouquet by Lia Griffith was originally made for a summer centerpiece. However, the muted colors definitely are fall-appropriate.
May 3, 2019
8 Creepy Yards That Are Winning Halloween on Instagram Right Now
I love Halloween, but in the making costumes, eating candy, and drinking a cocktail while asking “and who are you supposed to be?” kind of way. When it comes to the actual scary stuff, I’m the first to cry and run for my life. I jump a foot when a pin drops, fast forward through tense movie scenes, and avoid haunted houses as if my life really depended on it. And thanks to these yards on Instagram, I’m now going to sleep for the next month with all the lights on.
May 3, 2019
Stylish DIY Projects To Make Your Dog Feel Right At Home
If you’re one of the many who adopted a shelter animal this month (or even if you’ve had your trusty pal for way longer), it’s important to make sure your new family member feels at home. If you’ve got a crafty bent, you don’t have to rely on what the pet store has to offer — take a look at these diy projects which add style to your home and bring comfort and fun to your pooch.
May 3, 2019
Pull Back the Curtain With These Beautiful DIYs
Not everyone is a fan of curtain pull backs and that’s absolutely respectable. I myself am a fan of straight hanging panels. But if you’re drawn to this look or want to give it a try here are 7 DIY projects to inspire you. (Above) Let’s kick things off with these wood bead tie backs. They fit in with the popular Scandi design trend and will cost you less than $15 for the set. If you want to add a little more color, you can always paint or dye the beads before stringing.
May 3, 2019
8 Chic DIYs Every Cat Owner Should Check Out
We’ve shown you some stylish DIYs for your pooch, but let’s not forget about the cat lovers. Sure our cats may not give us their undivided attention, or the tail-wagging welcome of a dog, but it’s important to give them a home that feels like home. Whether it’s a cozy crochet cat cave, a handmade toy, or a realistic climbing tree in the living room, our kitties need (and deserve) to be spoiled.
May 3, 2019
Learn How to Block Print (The Easy Way)
Meet Liz Corkery, a Sacramento-based artist who founded and runs Print Club Ltd., an online source for fine art silkscreen prints. Through Print Club, Liz works with other artists to create and sell limited edition works on paper, but she also has a deep love for cooking and entertaining so has combined those interests in this beautiful set of hand-printed napkins.
May 3, 2019
Our Favorite Makers On the Goods They’re Most Excited About This Year
The people whose homes we tour on Apartment Therapy don’t just collect a lot of beautiful things…they are often the makers and designers of beautiful things. As we gear up for the holiday season of memorable meals shared with loved ones, we wanted to check in with some of these creatives and get their recommendations for splurge-worthy tableware items from their own lines that are popular with their customers.
May 3, 2019
Shave It & Save It: How To Give Your Upholstered Furniture a Second Life
Pilling on fabric is no good. It makes clothing and furniture look worn and tired, like it needs to be replaced. I certainly felt that way about this yellow chair before the most epic fabric de-fuzzer showed up on my doorstep. Friends, here me when I say this: This is the most satisfying $12.99 you’ll ever spend on a home-care appliance. I knew this type of tool existed, but I didn’t know how amazing the results would be when used on upholstery fabric.
May 3, 2019
10 Insanely Good-Looking Products For the Design-Loving Pet Owner
We love, love, love our pets, am I right? Life wouldn’t be the same without those sweet furry faces. But real talk: the accoutrements of life with cats and dogs does not a #designgoals home make. The lovely, would-be formal dining room in my Victorian home stars a wonderful, original fireplace—annnnnnd one 54-inch heavy-duty dog crate that my half mountain dog Cassius Thunderpaws adores for nap time.
May 3, 2019
Do These Things Now & Be a Responsible Plant Parent in 2018
When we’re busy making cookies, wrapping gifts, and brewing hot chocolate, we sometimes forget to look after the quietest living things under our care: our plants. But there’s no time like the present (ha) —when guests are around, and when the greenery inside looks even greener because of the barrenness outdoors — to give our plants some extra love and attention. Turn over a new leaf (another ha) in 2018 and become the plant parent you’ve always wanted to be.
May 3, 2019
7 Ways to Use Sliding Barn Door Hardware All Over the House
Barn doors reached peak popularity in 2017, thanks to HGTV’s Fixer Upper — mainly for their rustic good looks that work well in modern farmhouse homes. But no matter what your style, sliding doors are nice detail that add interest, and sometimes saves space as well. See ALL the places you can use barn door-style hardware around your house. Featured above is a barn door kit from Jeff Lewis Designs, which is available from Home Depot.
May 3, 2019
Seriously Smart Rental Upgrades We Loved in 2017
Bland rental kitchens and bathrooms are about as common as noisy upstairs neighbors, but at least you can make small temporary fixes to transform your space. Take some serious inspiration from these clever renters, who invested a little bit of time and very little money to make changes they could live with, then reverse when they moved out. This awkward bathroom — with a seashell-shaped sink — got a weekend facelift that only cost $350 (also lead image above).
May 3, 2019
Celebrate Spring With These 8 Cheerful Rainbow DIYs
Have you noticed all the rainbows lately? And not just the neon, primary versions we grew up with: Rainbows are popping up across home decor and fashion in new color palettes and exaggerated shapes to get us excited for spring. Plus, rainbows are incredibly easy to DIY. Our favorite rainbow projects introduce clean, organic shapes, and new colors to your spring space. As much as I DIY with clay, I never thought to make clay pillow charms!
May 3, 2019
Before and After: A Quick $15 Rental Kitchen Cabinet Lighting Hack
This project is a great example of how a few dollars and a few minutes can make a dramatic change in your home—and your mood. As Anne described her situation, “Cooking and baking make me happy, but seeing my workspace sulking in the shadows was putting a damper on my spirit.” Let’s see her cheap, quick, renter-friendly, and reversible solution to the baking blues! So much better!
May 3, 2019