To Be Is To Do: 10 of Our Favorite Posts for Mindful LivingLife
In my own life, it’s all the little choices I make each day—from how much sleep I get to how I’ve handled stress to personal interactions—that shape the feeling I have about my day when I turn out the lights each night.
Oct 3, 2023
Editing Your Home to Happiness: Our Best Decluttering StrategiesOrganizing
Clutter, probably more than cleanliness, affects our sense of well-being at home. And in a place where we should feel relaxed, refreshed, and most like ourselves, it’s imperative to shed anything that makes us feel otherwise. Here are our top tips for sorting through and shedding the clutter energy-zappers that drag us down. Cheers to a clutter-less fresh start! Decluttering begets decluttering.
Oct 3, 2023
Before & After: Whole Room TransformationsHome Projects
Here at Apartment Therapy, we love a good before & after. Although many of our before & afters feature down-on-their-luck furniture pieces rescued by enterprising DIYers, some of my favorites are the projects in which a whole room is transformed. Check out some of the best makeovers of 2013. TOP ROW: 1. Before and After: Bri Emery’s Living Room Makeover 2. Before After: From Boring Bedroom to Chic Shared Space 3. Before After: A Blank Wall Gets Shelved 4.
Oct 15, 2022
Before & After: A Year of Outdoor ProjectsPlants & Yard
Are you tired of it getting dark at 5 PM every day? I know I am, but we’re in luck: this year’s Winter Solstice fell on December 21st, which means that the days are getting longer, and that summer will come again, and that this is a perfect time to start thinking about sunny days and outdoor projects. Here are 10 of our favorite outdoor-space transformations from 2012.TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Bare Patio Turned Luxurious Cabana2. Jane and Justin’s Backyard Before & After3.
Oct 14, 2022
Everyone Loves Eye Candy: Our Most Beautiful and Eye-Catching Round-Ups of the YearDesign Ideas
Get ready to gawk at these stunning spaces. We love browsing pretty pictures and getting inspired to try something new and these homes do it really, really right. Prepare to mop up your drool while you click through this list of our best eye candy.
Oct 13, 2022
Little Kids, Big Style: Our Favorite Kids Rooms & Nurseries of the YearDesign Ideas
Be prepared, upon diving into this slideshow, to be uncomfortably jealous of babies, toddlers, and teenagers. These 15 rooms, home to kids of all ages, are utterly delightful: playful yet sophisticated, orderly yet inviting, and lovingly designed without being fussy. The thoughtfulness of the decor means that these nurseries and kids’ rooms will accommodate their young occupants as they grow—and that there are plenty of design ideas to steal for our own grown-up rooms.
Jul 18, 2020
Before & After: Faith & Mike Create a BathroomHome Projects
Most of our Renovation Diary projects involve transforming an existing space. This one was different because Faith and Mike chose to create a bathroom in their 1920s Columbus home where before there was only a sleeping porch. Originally the space was only 7 feet tall, with a sloping floor that would have to be replaced. It was a unique project, and a unique challenge. (You can see many more photos of the original space in the post that introduced Faith and Mike’s bathroom remodel.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic TransformationsHome Projects
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: A Trashed Curbside Dresser2. Before & After: An Unexpected Upholstery Project3. Before & After: Faux Snakeskin Table4. Before & After: Dresser Makeover5. Before & After: From Trash to Silk Screened Style BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Ottoman Transformation7. Before & After: Salvaging a DIY Dresser Gone Wrong8. Before & After: Trash to Treasure Table in Just an Hour9. Before & After: Restoring a Solid Wood Desk10.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Year of IKEA HacksHome Projects
TOP ROW:1. Before & After: Molly’s IKEA Rast Turned Campaign Chest2. Before & After: IKEA Changing Table into Home Office Desk3. Before & After: The DIY IKEA Office Organizer4. Before & After: Bet You Can’t Guess What This IKEA Malm was Converted Into5. Before & After: IKEA Malm Gets an Upholstered Ombre Makeover BOTTOM ROW:6. Before & After: Anna’s Take on the IKEA Rast7. Lizzie’s Wallpapered IKEA Lack Table8. Before & After: IKEA Granas Table Gets a Rustic Makeover9.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic TransformationsHome Projects
We like to reserve for our very last Before & After roundup the projects that really wow you. As in, these ‘after’ photos will leave you shocked. Amazed. Inspired. Take a look at some of this year’s most dramatic transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions.
Jul 17, 2020
How to Think About It and How to Do It: Our Best Cleaning Advice of the YearCleaning
With longer hours spent indoors, lots of extra house guests, a kitchen that’s worked harder than it has all year, and, more than likely, an increase in the amount of stuff in your house, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your home cleaned up for the new year. Here are our best posts of 2016 to get those cleaning wheels turning. It’s probably safe to say that we all want a cleaner house with as little exertion as possible.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Maxwell & Ursula’s Light Rental RenoHome Projects
Here’s a look back at Maxwell’s renovation of his and Ursula’s new apartment in SoHo. If you missed any of this earlier in the year, you’ll definitely want to take a look — I think you’ll be impressed with how much he was able to achieve in such a short span of time. Here’s another view of the kitchen before, to give you an idea of what we were dealing with.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Creative TransformationsHome Projects
Some of my favorite before & afters are the ones where some intrepid DIYer sees the potential in a piece that everyone else would’ve left on the curb. From a side table turned pet bed to a humble crate turned into a swing, this year’s projects featured plenty of impressive repurposings. Check out some of our favorites. To view the ‘after’ photos, click the links for each project.
Jul 17, 2020
In Your Words: Our Favorite Inspiring Comments from ReadersLife
We’re not the only ones slinging slick design advice and providing motivational words — Apartment Therapy readers are generous with their experience, inspiration and ideas. We’ve rounded up some of the smartest and cleverest comments we spotted this year in posts ranging from house tours to how-tos. Click the slideshow above to see all the photos. To read more advice and find out who dispensed it, click the link on each slide. Enjoy!
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: That Was a What?Home Projects
Here at Apartment Therapy, we can’t get enough of Before & Afters… it’s always exciting to see something salvaged from the garbage become something lovely and shiny and useful. We salute all you DIYers out there, but we have to say we’re especially impressed with the people who are able to see special potential in a piece — and turn it into something totally different and totally useful.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: A Year of IKEA HacksHome Projects
We can’t resist a good IKEA hack. Of course these pieces are lovely on their own, but this year a few intrepid DIYers managed to take a few basics to the next level. Swedish ingenuity + your ingenuity = some really inspired pieces of furniture. Click the links to see the ‘afters’. (Hint: clicking the links with your mouse wheel will open each link in a new window.) TOP ROW: 1. The IKEA VITTSJÖ: 5 Colorful Hacks 2. Before & After: From IKEA Dining Table to Chic Desk 3.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: The Year’s Most Dramatic TransformationsHome Projects
For this very last roundup, we’ve combed through all of this year’s Before & After projects (and trust us, there were a lot of good ones) and rounded up the very best ones. The dramatic, inspiring, shocking transformations. The ones where you couldn’t possibly like the before better. Prepare to be amazed — here are 2014’s most dramatic transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Meg and Josh’s DIY Mudroom RenovationHome Projects
Shortly after moving into their Chinook, Washington home, Meg and Josh decided to tackle a big project: transforming their existing laundry room and breakfast room into a single, open mudroom/breakfast nook combo. Before the project began, the breakfast room and laundry room were separated by a wall, making the small house seemed more cramped. Meg and Josh envisioned a single, open space the would serve as breakfast nook, laundry room, and mudroom all in one, with lots of built-in storage.
Jul 16, 2020
A Nook of One’s Own: Kids Hideouts & HideawaysDesign Ideas
It’s in their nature: kids love to hide. Some kids hide under the table, some under a blanket fort. And some really lucky ducks have dedicated hideouts at home. Here are ten examples that we wrote about this past year. They range from the very easy and do-able to the more elaborate and fantastical. 1. A Secret Kids Room Through the Closet2. Playhouse from Lori and Jeromy’s Stylish Family Home3. Grey’s Bed Nook from Jill Dan’s Lighthearted Home4.
Mar 11, 2020
Global Style: Beautiful Kids Rooms from Around the WorldDesign Ideas
Great style is a language we can all speak. Each year readers from around the globe share their children’s rooms with us and we delight in seeing which trends know no boundaries and which are new to us.
Mar 11, 2020
A Year of Play: Inspiring Kids PlayroomsDesign Ideas
For kids, play is all around them, but it is nice if you’re able to allot a part of your home just for them to use for art-making, playing with toys and pretend play. Here’s a look back at ten of our favorite playrooms featured this year.
Mar 11, 2020
Our Favorite Creative SpacesDesign Ideas
What inspires you? This year we took you into hundreds of stylish homes all over the globe, where people live, sleep, eat, work, and create. From an artist’s home studio to an at-home indoor/outdoor gardening room, here are some of our favorite creative spaces of 2012.FIRST ROW:1. Artist Sarah Hazel’s home studio2. From From Aya & Trevor’s Sophisticated Contemporary Condo3. Jules & Henry’s ‘Modern Menagerie’ Loft4.
Mar 11, 2020
Our Favorite Living RoomsDesign Ideas
FIRST ROW:1. Tommy & Todd’s Bohemian Chic Collection2. Caitlin’s Small, Stylish San Francisco Home3. Maria’s Glamorous Fashion-Inspired Flat4. Adir & Marcello’s Worldly Retreat5. Alexandra & Eliot’s 1890’s Farmhouse SECOND ROW:6. Nick’s Grad School Digs7. & 8. Wendy & Gavin’s Bright Beach Cottage9. Dean’s Stylish & Social Greystone10. Blythe’s Bohemian West Hollywood Cottage THIRD ROW:11. Marina Replicates Her Boston Home12.
Mar 11, 2020
Cozy Roommates: Shared BedroomsDesign Ideas
Whether siblings need to bunk together due to space constraints or because they want to, sharing a bedroom is often a convenient solution. Not only does it save space, it teaches them to share space. One of the biggest challenges to designing a space that most likely is shared by children of different ages is creating a restful and inspiring bedroom that fits all their varying needs.
Mar 11, 2020
Get Set: The Year’s Best Dining TablesDesign Ideas
Balancing your plate on your lap and eating over the kitchen sink may work for awhile but at some point you’ll feel better about life if you eat at a proper table. While it may seem like a waste of space, especially in a small apartment, a dining table can become an essential piece of furniture, used for meals, crafts and even serving as a work station. Check out this roundup of dining tables big and small to see if there’s one that will fit in your home.
Mar 11, 2020
The 10 Most Dramatic Before & After ProjectsHome Projects
Thinking about the new year might be the time for home improvement resolutions, or at least some serious list-making. From a formerly dingy little caravan, to kitchens, gardens, dining rooms and a few entire homes, we have run the entire gamut of before and after projects this year. The following selections represent the most dramatic and inspiring of 2011 to help ring in any 2012 renovation plans.
Mar 11, 2020
Bathroom Before & After ProjectsHome Projects
We’ve had a great year of bathroom before and afters. From the controversial orange bathroom redux to the double renovation of a studio apartment bathroom, we’ve seen a lot and found inspiration even if we didn’t agree with every single choice someone made. I don’t think I would have had so much courage to tackle my own projects this year without Re-Nest and Apartment Therapy, so hopefully these will embolden someone else to do the same.
Mar 11, 2020
The 25 Best Small Space Living Tips and InspirationDesign Ideas
We love small spaces. We love them for their lower energy and heating bills and because they force us to edit, organize, and reduce our accumulation of stuff. But most of all, we love them because there seems to be no end to what you can do with them given some creative planning! Here are 25 of the top small space living posts we wrote this year.
Mar 11, 2020
Standout “Small Cool” HomesDesign Ideas
Kyle’s Teeny-Tiny City Home Every year, the Small Cool Contest gets cooler and cooler, and this year, we saw some really stellar entries. The competition was steep, and the judges had their work cut out for them, but in the end, it’s like Highlander—there can be only one. (Well, technically, two, since we have an international division as well.
Feb 21, 2020
How To: Hang Curtains Across Any SpaceHome Projects
It is really very simple to hang curtains across a room or a doorway if you have the right ingredients. We do it constantly in order to divide rooms or create soft walls that allow light to pass through, while maintaining privacy.The pic at top is from an apartment we did for HGTV last year. You can see the one room studio is divided by long curtains that came from Anthropology.
Jun 8, 2019
The Best Colors for Every Room in Your HomeDesign Ideas
Paint color is all about creating an ambience for your home. That’s why it’s important to select paint colors based on how you want a room to feel instead of mindlessly adhering to trends. To prove our point, we called on color expert extraordinaire Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and author of Colors For Your Every Mood, to help us break down the best paint colors for every room of your home.
May 5, 2019
Furry Friends: Advice & Ideas for Enjoying Life at Home with Your PetsLife
Allie and Travis’ Sunny and Spacious Oakland Home They shed. They romp. They sprawl. They’re in the way. They break things. And yet, they are the most lovable, wonderful additions to a home. Here are our favorite ideas from 2015 for dealing with some of pets’ peskier problems, plus some posts that take the time to revel in the joy that animals can can bring.
Apr 14, 2019
Before & After: 15 Creative Kitchen RenovationsHome Projects
There’s a big misconception in the renovating and real estate world that kitchen remodeling needs to be flashy and expensive to be good. That’s simply not true! We’ve found that with a little creativity, some reuse, a new coat of paint — and sometimes not even that much work, kitchen renovations can be not only eco-friendly, but also inexpensive. Here are our 15 best before and after kitchen posts of the year!
Apr 7, 2019
Clever Green Solutions to Everyday IssuesLife
Some of my favorite Re-Nest posts are the ones that share clever solutions to everyday issues (you know, the kind that make you think “huh, how did I not know about this?”). From removing pesky stains to keeping pests at bay and everything in between, here’s a roundup of our favorites from 2011!TOP ROW• 1 Use Citrus Peels To Start Your Seedlings• 2 Hot Tip: Wrinkles? Forget the Iron. Use a Spray Bottle.
Apr 7, 2019
Before & After: Painted Furniture & Cabinetry ProjectsHome Projects
The power of paint can’t be denied – we all know how it can transform a room, but the effect is also powerful when it comes to projects that involve the application of paint to furniture and cabinetry. Here are ten examples from the archives (including one where the “furniture” didn’t even exist prior to the paintjob!); check out the befores in this gallery and then click through on each for the always-fun-to-see afters.
Apr 7, 2019
Sister, Sister: Best Shared Girls RoomsDesign Ideas
Some siblings share bedrooms because of limited space and others because it’s just fun. Either way, these sisters are shacking up in style, primed for play, secret-sharing, giggles and memory making.
Apr 7, 2019
Share & Share Alike: Boy-Girl/Girl-Boy Shared RoomsDesign Ideas
Shared rooms are always a bit of a challenge as parents strive to make each child feel welcome and represented. When the room is shared by a boy and a girl there is the added challenge of finding the right balance of gender neutral (gender friendly?) without feeling…totally neutral and bland.
Apr 7, 2019
All About Art: Our Top Posts for Choosing, Making & Displaying ArtworkDesign Ideas
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Apr 6, 2019
Let Your Inner Neatnik Out of the Closet: Storage & Organizational ToolsOrganizing
A cluttered and disorganized closet can be a test of patience … not to mention a real hazard. If you’ve ever experienced an overflowing closet, like an avalanche of stuff when you open the door, you know what I’m talking about. Over the past year we wrote a number of posts to help you release your inner neatnik — here are 10 of our favorites.
Feb 24, 2019
Eyesore No More: Our 10 Favorite Kitchen Transformations of 2016Home Projects
Sure, we might all want to freshen our living room or bedroom, but no room can get dated, dingy, and even dangerous as quickly as a kitchen can. These 10 amazing makeovers, ranging from $200 DIYs to splashy professional jobs, show the power of paint, paring down, and—for crying out loud—new cabinets.
Dec 29, 2016
Same Space, Whole New Look: Our Favorite Room Transformations of the YearHome Projects
Warning: If winter has you stuck inside, growing increasingly sick of your same four walls (while grateful to have walls, of course), these 10 incredible redesigns might push you into a repainting, redecorating, cabin-fevered frenzy. Whether you’re considering slapping on a coat of paint or are ready to gut the place, there’s at least one project here that’s sure to inspire.
Dec 28, 2016
Get Inspired to DIY: Our Favorite Before & After Furniture Transformations of the YearHome Projects
Who among us hasn’t dragged home a $5 garage sale chair or a battered bookshelf left on the curb, convinced that we could make something out of it? Whether by painstakingly restoring it to its former glory or by giving it a major makeover, we just know something special is lurking beneath the cobwebs, scratches, or worse.
Dec 26, 2016
Bounce Back from the Holidays: The Year’s Best Posts on Budgeting & Saving MoneyLife
When it comes to our finances, most of the big picture comes from an accumulation of tiny decisions. This goes both ways: money leaking out through inconsequential expenditures or money being squirreled away in small increments and multiplying for big dividends over the long run. Here are some ways to focus purposefully on not spending money unnecessarily, spending it wisely when it’s time to make purchases, and saving it wherever possible.
Dec 26, 2016
The Year’s Most Impressive Bathroom Transformations: Best of Before & AftersHome Projects
A dreary bathroom seems dirty no matter how clean it actually is, so giving it a fresh coat of white paint, additional lighting, and sparkling tiles can completely transform the look and feel of the room, all while making the weekly cleaning feel less Sisyphean.
Dec 24, 2016
The Year’s Smallest Homes from Reader House CallsDesign Ideas
much Above: We spend a lot of time decorating the space and we’re really proud of our new home. Our place reflects our personalities and passions. See more → Ana and Fabiano’s Cozy Canadian Home Despite our place being small, we love having friends over. We love grilling lakeside at the complex’s pool and then ending the night in our unit. We’ve squeezed as many as 15 friends in, piled on our sectional sofa and gathering around our small dining room table.
Dec 31, 2015
Best of Before & After: DIY Furniture MakeoversHome Projects
Furniture DIYs are just right. They’re not as risky as a DIY reno, but they are daunting enough that when they turn out awesomely, you can be really, really proud. Your finished piece is all you—your vision, your aesthetic choices, and your blood, sweat, and tears—and it’ll probably be among your most prized possessions. From beginnings that were humble at best and destined-for-the-trash-heap at worst, here are our favorite furniture makeover beauties of 2015.
Dec 24, 2015
Happily Ever Afters: 10 Stunning DIY Furniture MakeoversHome Projects
It’s a definite skill to look at something boring and busted, and still see potential. Pair that ability with some actual time and hard work, and you get some truly remarkable furniture makeovers. Here are ten DIY furniture projects that inspired us… 1. Above, Before & After: 2 Contemporary Cabinets Age Considerably…Overnight 2. Before & After: Recycled Pallet Pops With New Purpose 3. Before & After: Rita’s Really (Really!) Amazing Closet Transformation 4.
Jan 1, 2015
Before & After: 10 Wallet-Friendly Kitchen RenovationsHome Projects
In 2014, our Before & Afters proved again and again that you don’t need a ton of cash to have a fresh new kitchen. Here are ten of this year’s best budget kitchen remodels. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup! From December 21 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.
Dec 28, 2014
Our Favorite KitchensDesign Ideas
The kitchen, moreso than any other space in the house, needs to be clean and functional… but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. These kitchens are some of our favorites of 2014, not least because they managed to pack a whole lot of personality into a very utilitarian space. Take a look. Open the slideshow to see all the spaces. Love these rooms and want to see more? Click the links below the photos in the gallery to see the full tour of each house.
Dec 27, 2014
Before & After: Kids’ Furniture RefreshersHome Projects
Parents are proven problem-solvers and potential-seers. That’s why some of our most amazing Before & After furniture transformations are for nursery and kids’ rooms. Let’s look back at some of 2014’s best rescues and restorations: Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 26, 2014
Before & After: Whole Room TransformationsHome Projects
We love a good Before and After… and nothing is quite as excited as seeing an entire space go from drab to fab. From all the great projects we featured in 2014, here are the best whole-room transformations. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions. → Welcome to Apartment Therapy’s Best of 2014 roundup!
Dec 26, 2014
Petite and Perfect: Our Best ‘Under 1000 Square Foot’ House Calls of the YearTours
You know we love to celebrate small abodes, and we especially love it when our readers show us just how much style they can cram into a home under 1000 square feet. These petite House Calls prove once and for all just how much large living you can do in a small space.
Dec 24, 2014
Style Sneak Peeks: Our Favorite House Calls of the YearTours
Do you enjoy getting small peeks into the gorgeous and inspiring homes of folks around the world? So do we! Which is why we always appreciate so many of you generously inviting us into your homes for sneak peeks of your home’s style. It was hard to choose, but we rounded up our favorite house calls of the year that left us wanting a better look! Click the slideshow above to see all the photos. Want to see more of these homes?
Dec 24, 2014
Before & After: A Year of IKEA HacksHome Projects
Nothing stirs the DIY spirit like a good IKEA hack. IKEA is so accessible — anybody could stroll in there and buy a BEKVAM or two — but its Scandinavian design is deceptively simple. With a little ingenuity a box, or a table, or a stool from IKEA could become pretty much anything. Here’s proof. Click on the slideshow to see the projects. To learn more about each project (and see more pictures), click the links in the captions.
Dec 24, 2014
Before & After: The Year’s Most Colorful TransformationsHome Projects
Sometimes a little color can make a big difference. Read on to see some of our favorite colorful makeovers from 2013. To see the ‘afters’, click on the links for each project. (Hint: clicking each link with the scroll wheel of your mouse will open it in a new window.) Enjoy! TOP ROW: 1. Before & After: Plain Jane Entryway Now Pops with Pattern & Color 2. Before & After: A Dressed-Up Dresser 3. Before & After: An Old Chest Gets a Big Change 4.
Dec 26, 2013
West Elm Bummer: Post Coital Beds Breaking All Over TownDesign Ideas
This consumer reports rant is from the lovely, Gari. It is too good not to post: “WEST ELM———you’ve been there. We’ve all been there….walking around in DUMBO trying to find the place …….anxiously waiting for the Chelsea store to open. Well, I’d like to give you fellow West Elmer’s a heads-up on some lame furniture construction and even lamer customer service. I purchased their wood frame bed in August of ’04.
Jun 10, 2007
Color Factory NYC
Color Factory NYC
Aug 20, 2018