22 Cool Retro Bathroom Ideas That Will Work in Your Modern HomeProjects & Improvements
Modern and farmhouse bathrooms have been wildly popular as of late, but if you’re feeling a little burnt out by clean lines, rustic beams, and super sleek materials, a retro bathroom might be a worthy style contender for your home. So forget the shiplap and shiny chrome finishes and instead set your sights on throwback design ideas that’ll make your bathroom unique and vintage-inspired — yet still fitting for a more updated home.
Dec 9, 2023
What's the Difference Between "Vintage," "Antique," and "Retro"?Life
Here's how old each kind of item has to be.
Nov 1, 2023
Not a Fan of Paying Rent? Live in a State Park for "Free"Real Estate
There’s a catch, of course.
Oct 18, 2023
A House We Loved and Lost: The Story of My Grandparents’ San Francisco HomeReal Estate
Our homes are the biggest settings in the stories of our lives. The walls hold so much more than the things we’ve curated or the edited details of what we choose to live with or without; they hold the memories of all the small moments that make up our days and the nostalgia of times — bringing home babies, blowing out birthday candles, the most intimate conversations, the tears, the laughter — that live in our memories for our lifetimes.
Oct 4, 2023
Here’s How “Witches Stairs” Came to Be — And Why You Might Want SomeReal Estate
You can blame urban legend for the eerie nickname.
Oct 3, 2023
A History of the Lenox Village Collection & Why It’s All Over TikTok
Style
Plus, where to source the sets.
Oct 2, 2023
10 Famous Phrases That Don’t Mean What You Think They DoLife
Want some good fodder for your next night of pub trivia? Impress your friends with this.
Aug 30, 2023
A Brief History of the Wonderfully Weird “Folding Bathtub”Real Estate
It’s a Murphy tub, if you will.
Aug 26, 2023
A “Pie Safe” Might Be the Piece of Furniture Your Kitchen Is MissingReal Estate
Here’s how to identify one.
Jul 24, 2023
A Brief History of Shag Carpets
Style
Design experts weigh in on this divisive decor trend.
Jun 2, 2023
’80s Bathrooms So Good, We Hope No One Ever Remodels ThemDesign Ideas
The quintessential '80s bathroom: If sunken tubs, wall-to-wall carpeting, and bathrooms the size of a loft apartment sound good to you, you'll find plenty to love here.
Mar 28, 2023
The Alleged Violent (and Possibly Pretentious) Origins of Spiral StaircasesReal Estate
They're a historic architectural feature.
Mar 23, 2023
How Quilters Became Some of the Most Important Storytellers of Black HistoryLife
“I think of myself as a storyteller,” says fiber artist Sherry Shine.
Feb 1, 2023
How Did People Survive Before Air Conditioning?Projects & Improvements
Probably everyone has had this thought at least once a summer, while sweating through their clothes: how did people survive before air conditioning?
Jan 2, 2023
20 Things You Learn from Living in a 100-Year-Old HouseReal Estate
Architectural designer Nick Waldman and cookbook author Sarah Waldman learned a lot of lessons when they renovated a house built in the 1920s on Martha's Vineyard.
Jan 2, 2023
You Should Probably Give Your House a Name — Here Are a Few Lovely SuggestionsReal Estate
If you're a homeowner, a great name for your home might even help you sell it.
Nov 8, 2022
Dutch Colonials Are the Unsung Hero of American Residential Architecture Real Estate
They fill ill some of the most charming towns and suburbs throughout the Northeast.
Oct 27, 2022
Why Visiting Your Local House Museum Is the Ultimate Staycation ActivityReal Estate
You've really got to check it out.
Oct 27, 2022
9 Architectural Details You'll Find in a 300-Year-Old Home
HOME PROJECTS
According to a preservationist.
Oct 26, 2022
Do You Own a “Hoosier Cabinet”? Here’s How to TellReal Estate
They date back to the early 1900s.
Oct 22, 2022
Will the Real Jenny Lind Please Stand Up?Design Ideas
Jenny Lind cribs and beds are a classic in children’s rooms (even modern ones) and we’ve seen a host of them on Apartment Therapy. Jenny Lind is often mistaken to be a company or a brand, but it’s neither. It’s simply a style of furniture distinguished by turned posts or what we call spindles. So, just who was Jenny Lind and why is our furniture still named after her?
Oct 14, 2022
Art Deco vs. Art Nouveau: What’s the Difference?Design Ideas
It’s easy enough to get Art Nouveau and Art Deco confused, probably owing to the fact that they both start with ‘art’. But Art Nouveau and Art Deco are actually two very distinct design movements, with very distinct looks, that appeared around the turn of the 20th century. After perusing this brief disambiguation, you may not be an expert on design history — but you can casually drop these two descriptors into conversations, and your friends are sure to be impressed.
Oct 12, 2022
Quick History: The Parsons TableProjects & Improvements
The Parsons table is one where the square legs have the same width as the tabletop, regardless of its other dimensions. Its history is characterized by contradiction: created to be a simple canvas for exceptional materials, its design is simultaneously credited to the famous designer Jean-Michel Frank and to anonymous design students. But is the real story even more muddled?
Oct 12, 2022
Quick History: Cane FurnitureDesign Ideas
The British Colonial look is always especially appealing during these tropical New York City summers, when creamy neutral spaces provide a cool haven from sizzling concrete. Caned furniture is classic in a colonial interior. Lightweight and airy, it seems at home in a palm house or on a veranda (image 1).
Oct 12, 2022
Sex and the Sixties: Verner Panton’s Pop FantasiaTours
Verner Panton is known as the ‘enfant terrible’ of Danish design. Breaking away from the airy neutrals of typical Scandinavian design, Panton worked in Pop colors, simple geometries, and trippy organic shapes. His work is perfectly of its time — sexy, informal, tongue-in-cheek, space-age, and bold — while still feeling totally current today. Let’s step into his environment and feel our way around his oeuvre.
Oct 12, 2022
I Live In a Sears Kit Home – Here’s How I Honor Its HistoryReal Estate
I hold on to the pieces from yesteryear.
Oct 4, 2022
These Are the Real Meanings Behind Appropriated Mexican Decor ElementsDesign Ideas
What is the difference between including a culture’s design in your home and cultural appropriation?
Sep 16, 2022
Explore 7 Ancient Bath Houses In Their Prime
News
Fancy a 300-acre bathroom?
Aug 28, 2022
9 Things Real Estate Agents Say About What It's Really Like to Own a Brownstone Real Estate
Buying a brownstone isn’t always for the faint of heart, and four real estate experts shared their nine tips, strategies, and warnings to make sure you go into the process with clear eyes. 
Jul 12, 2022
The History Behind That Ubiquitous Red, White, and Blue BuntingReal Estate
It's everywhere in the summertime.
Jul 4, 2022
I Unknowingly Bought A Sears Kit Home — Here’s What I Discovered Inside ItReal Estate
And what I learned about the place.
Jun 21, 2022
Everything You Need to Know About “Duplex Downs"Real Estate
It's a house style that's all over Chicago.
May 15, 2022
Here’s What To Know About the Antiquated Real Estate Term “Dower Rights”Real Estate
It’s still used in some states today.
May 14, 2022
5 Things To Do If Your Home Has This Rare FeatureReal Estate
Ever heard of a Pittsburgh Potty?
May 10, 2022
These Are the Real Meanings Behind Appropriated Asian Decor ElementsDesign Ideas
Religion is almost always involved.
May 1, 2022
This Is the Most Popular Design Style from the Decade You Were BornDesign Ideas
Experts weigh in on the defining styles of each decade from the last 100 years.
Apr 29, 2022
Why Holocaust Descendants Fill Their Homes with Things That Are Hard to Look AtLife
April 28, 2022 is Yom Hashoah, a day of remembrance for the estimated 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Apr 28, 2022
A Brief History of Popcorn CeilingsDesign Ideas
Renovation experts explain the rise and fall of this textured ceiling treatment — and what to do if you have popcorn ceilings in your home.
Apr 19, 2022
These 3 Historically Black Communities Represent Black ExcellenceReal Estate
Learn about the places that highlight Black success.
Feb 15, 2022
A Brief History of Hexagonal TileDesign Ideas
The turn-of-the-century trendy bathroom staple that's still going strong.
Jan 6, 2022
The Surprisingly Budget-Friendly History of Drippy CandlesDesign Ideas
We're waxing poetic about these trendy candles.
Nov 11, 2021
These 36 Homes Tell the Story of Design by the Decade, from the 1910s to the 1990sDesign Ideas
In honor of throwback month, I've rounded up house tours from nine decades — from the 1910s to the 1990s — to celebrate the hallmarks of those design eras. It's a celebration of the decor personalities that have shaped our past and continue to have strong influences on the future!
Aug 31, 2021
A Brief History of Depression GlassDesign Ideas
These 1930s kitchen staple pieces are making a comeback.
Aug 27, 2021
This Midwestern Walking Trail Is a Total Gem for Architecture LoversLife
The most remarkable aspect? The view — and not just of the freshwater lake, but of the stunning lake houses and historical estates that adorn the storied trail.
Aug 24, 2021
12 Historic Homes So Stunning, You Won't Believe They're Over 100 Years OldReal Estate
After more than a hundred years, the homes below are still as grand and interesting as ever thanks to a little love and preservation.
Aug 23, 2021
The Most Popular House Styles Through the DecadesReal Estate
Any guesses as to the reigning residential architecture of the 1930s?
Aug 18, 2021
I Tried a 1920s Cleaning Routine for a Week — And it Was Nearly ImpossibleCleaning
I decided to try a week-long cleaning experiment and see if there were any hundred-year-old vintage housekeeping techniques that work for my modern household.
Jul 20, 2021
The Secrets That Street Names Can Tell You About a NeighborhoodReal Estate
They're snapshots of a particular moment in time.
Jun 23, 2021
My Grandmother's 1960s Spring Cleaning Routine Only Takes 3 DaysCleaning
I set aside a weekend, tried the method for myself, and got a cleaning hangover.
Jun 7, 2021
The Not-So-Dull History of In-Home Razor Blade Disposal SlotsReal Estate
Razor blades might be living in the walls of your home.
May 25, 2021
5 Ways for Historic Home Lovers to Celebrate Preservation MonthReal Estate
Time to admire some old buildings.
May 15, 2021
See These Centuries-Old Asian Castles Come Back to Life in Digital GIFs
NEWS
The before and after GIFs any history buff, fairytale aficionado, or casual viewer with a hefty dose of wanderlust is sure to enjoy.
Apr 30, 2021
4 Surprising Things Real Estate Photographers Have Seen in HomesReal Estate
They shared their most memorable (and unusual) shoots.
Apr 14, 2021
7 Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month at HomeLife
Honor and support the women of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Mar 1, 2021
20 Books to Honor and Celebrate Black History Month
Shopping
From captivating novels to stirring memoirs, explore the Black literary experience with these must-reads.
Feb 13, 2021
The Warm and Fuzzy History of the American “Family Room”Real Estate
In the 1940s, a low-stakes environment for play was introduced into homes.
Nov 12, 2020
What is a Moravian Star and How Do I Use It in My Home Decor?Design Ideas
All about the origins of these funky geometric shapes.
Jun 3, 2020
How Living Rooms Have Changed Over the Past 50 Years
STYLE
Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
Aug 21, 2020