Design Master Class: How to Style Your Home Like a Pro
“Stuff”—we all have it. Some of us are just better at displaying ours than others. To level the playing field a bit we reached out to a bunch of decorating professionals for styling tips because you deserve to have a home that feels just right. Today, we’re talking shelfies, vignettes and coffee table tableaus; they can be tricky to nail down, but since these little decor “moments” really can set the mood in your home, the effort is worth it.
Jul 17, 2020
Secret Spaces: Hidden Doors in Paneled Walls
As children, many of us are drawn into architecture by the idea of secret passageways and hidden spaces. In the real world, ‘secret’ passageways can easily be incorporated and actually help streamline a the design of a room. Hidden doors can be a big draw for grown ups too! Through the use of cleverly designed wall paneling, doors can be seamlessly integrated without anyone being the wiser.
Jul 17, 2020
It’s In The Mix: Kitchens with Different Cabinet Types
The kitchen in the photo above is pretty much my dream kitchen: black and white color scheme, wood, a section of open shelving—just throw in a copper or matte black swan tap and I’m sold. But you know what really gets me about the space above? The mix of cabinet types. Perhaps I’m just being greedy, but I love seeing more than one cabinet style in a kitchen. It’s irreverent and cool and oozes personality.
Jul 17, 2020
The World’s Ugliest Condo: The Bathroom
I had no idea that my little kitchen overhaul would yield such a response, ranging from “awful” to “amazeballs.” Thanks for all the great comments, both good and bad. By the way, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Dr. Kevorkian, and stem cell research combined have nothing on the “brass knobs with stainless appliances” debate. I’m not sure which issue will take longer to resolve. And that brings us to the bathroom.
Jul 17, 2020
Apartment Therapy on Copying to Learn
My kitchen Before.. just two-three months ago. Name:Type of Project:Location:Type of building:Whenever I am asked how you learn to make good interior design decisions, how to trust yourself or how to just plain have style, I say the same thing. Start by copying. I don’t mean the type of copying where you cheated in high school by looking at someone else’s answers.
Jul 17, 2020
Ursula’s Window Seat Room
Name: Ursula (7 years) Location: Soho, NY Making a room for Ursula in our new home together took awhile but it was a joy. For her first room to herself in our new life (we were sharing a one bedroom for a year), I was able to take a white sheetrock box with a high ceiling and make it airy but cozy and have plenty of storage for her growing lifestyle of clothes, dolls, costumes and toys. Before! During!
Jul 17, 2020
How to Nail the Pristine Pantry Kitchen Trend in Your Own Home
Move over, shelfies; there’s a new trend in town. At Apartment Therapy, we spend a lot of our time talking about how to make your kitchen a more beautiful place. How to make a statement with your backsplash. How to spruce up your kitchen floors with a runner. But how to beautify your pantry? Not so much. When it comes to design, the pantry is really a forgotten spot. Sure, there are plenty of pantries organized to perfection, but a beautiful design has never been a huge priority.
Jul 17, 2020
Upgrade Your Whole Apartment with This $8 Amazon Find
If you thought contact paper was only good for lining drawers, then think again. Turns out this inexpensive, but oh-so-versatile sticky paper is awesome for upgrading all sorts of things around your home, too. Don’t believe us? Read on for a handful of unexpected ways you can use contact paper—we love this sleek marble-inspired style for eight bucks on Amazon—to elevate your stuff in minutes.
Jul 17, 2020
8 Ways to Design a Happier Home
Your home is your haven, and you deserve to be happy in it, no matter how much money you make, how big your space is, or how much you know or don’t know about decorating. The good news is there are tiny tweaks you can make to boost your mood in your house, and none of them cost a fortune. Some of them are scientific, so you might not even understand how or why the happy hits you. Just go with it—and the rest of these strategies for feeling your best in your nest.
Jul 17, 2020
The Renter’s List: What You Should & Shouldn’t Be Spending Big Bucks On
The semi-nomadic life of a renter can make it hard to make a commitment—to furniture, to art, to a real set of knives. And yet, there are some items worth investing in, even if you don’t know where you’ll be living a couple years from now. These are things you’ll want to take with you, even if it means buying some bubble wrap and renting a U-Haul on moving day.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: Matthew Patrick Smyth at Designer Visions
On the floorplan, it’s listed as “Auxiliary Room,” a vague definition that falls far short of inspiration. What to do with this space, with no windows, no definition, and to be honest, no saving grace? Not to worry. Enter gentleman designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, who manages to turn slightly vague into totally specific. Through the lens of the talented Mr. Smyth, it’s part Kasbah but pure Kismet. And it stole the show at Hearst’s Designer Visions.
Jul 17, 2020
The Psychology & Science of Decorating: Understanding the 5 Ways We Experience a Room
As anyone reading this site knows, design is about a lot more than just having a pretty room. There are many different elements that go into the experience of a space, and they can all have a significant impact on the way that we relate to our surroundings. In Environmental Interiors, authors Mary Jo Weale, James W. Croake, and W. Bruce Weale argue that human beings experience their environments in five ways: Through the senses—sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell.
Jul 17, 2020
Twenty Tastemakers Give a Palm Springs Home an Eye-Popping Makeover for Modernism Week
Villa Golightly, the 6,500 square foot desert estate of blogger, Instagram influencer, and “unofficial ambassador” of Palm Springs, Kelly Golightly (née Kelly Lee) recently underwent a showstopping redesign.
Jul 17, 2020
Renters Solutions: 7 Real Life Examples of White Walls that Work
Renters everywhere face a common enemy: the dreaded white wall. But should you have walls you cannot paint, fret not! These Apartment Therapy renters work with the white wall, not against it. Granted, we are not all blessed with crown moldings or 15 foot ceilings, but the principles ring true for many a space. The key element is natural light. Jesse’s Modern Bachelor Pad House Tour – Jesse’s space is a veritable tutorial in how to get the most out of a rental.
Jul 17, 2020
The Five Steps to a Beautifully Designed Living Room
I spotted the living room above in a recent Brooklyn house tour and instantly loved it. You can immediately see that it’s a balanced, well-appointed space. The arrangement is conducive for conversation, it feels sophisticated, and all the elements marry together beautifully. Not only do I think it’s a living room worth getting inspired by, it’s a living room that could be achieved on a budget and fit with many different styles.
Jul 17, 2020
Stylist Secrets: Soften Your Spaces With Shapely Circles
Can a shape really impact the way your home feels? Anyone who’s ever been in a room where all the furniture is sharp with straight lines knows it feels quite different to a room where pillows and other objects have organic forms and uneven edges. This year, if you want to add more comfort and energy to your space, consider adding more objects with a circular shape to your home.
Jul 17, 2020
Create More Visual Harmony in Your Home
What is harmony, when it comes to one’s home? Well, in general, it’s a feeling of peace and cohesiveness. It’s more than just feeling like everything goes together — it’s the sense that the whole space is better for every element in it. It’s a way to create a sense of calmness throughout your entire home that makes your life just a little bit better. And here are six ways to add more of it to your home!
Jul 17, 2020
A Foolproof Layering Formula for a Dreamy Rustic Glam Dining Room
The dining room — or in smaller homes, the “dining area” — has become a forgotten, cluttered spot in many homes. With our tables piled with old mail collecting dust, many of us eat our meals in front of Netflix or on the go. But whether you entertain guests or cook meals for one, you deserve a beautiful spot in your home just for enjoying eating a meal.
Jul 17, 2020
Small Space Secrets: Swap Out Your Bookcases for Wall Mounted Shelving
When you’re living in a small space, every detail counts. But sometimes those little things — the things that elevate a place from not quite right to effortlessly chic — can be hard to identify. Our first bit of advice? Swap your freestanding bookshelves for wall-mounted shelving. It’s an approach that was recommended by Maxwell in his “Apartment Therapist” column for Better Homes & Gardens.
Jul 17, 2020
8 Discontinued IKEA Pieces We Wish They Would Bring Back
IKEA is always introducing exciting new products. The downside of this is that they’re always retiring old products. Some of them you may never miss, or never even notice that they’re gone, but the loss of others feels like the loss of an old friend. (Sure, I never did buy a canopy bed from IKEA, but it was nice to know that I could. You know?) A moment of silence, please, for these eight beloved IKEA products, taken from us too soon.
Jul 16, 2020
4 Hard-to-Give-Up, Outdated Decor Ideas (That Are Worth Saying Goodbye To)
There are some decor ideas that take hold of our interiors and don’t let go. The kind of ideas that after awhile begin to seem like design rules, things you can’t break (even if you want to). Keep an open mind, evolve your style and say goodbye to these outdated decor ideas in your interiors today. You do not need to fill every one of your walls with something hanging on it. Let us repeat: Not every wall in your home has to have something hanging on it!
Jul 16, 2020
Home Decorating Ideas for Fashion Lovers: 9 Secrets to Adding Fashion into Your Decor
Loves clothes and fashion. Like, really love it? So much you want to marry your love of personal style with your home’s look in a way that shows off your threads but doesn’t make your whole home look like a closet? We’ve got nine successful and fun examples of incorporating fashion into your home’s decor. 1. Line like items together on a surface Pictured above: One pair of boots on the floor looks like you didn’t put them up after you took them off.
Jul 16, 2020
Beautiful Oversized Hanging Plants
Plants are well known as great way to add some color, texture and life to a space, and when they also happen to be beautifully oversized hanging plants, they also bring the drama. We’ve rounded up some examples from our archives and around the web. 1. An oversized Boston Fern adds texture and brings character to the room. Gregory and Jenny’s Relaxed Hippie Bungalow Tour from Apartment Therapy. 2. Following curve of a staircase these Bears-Paw Ferns have a cascading effect.
Jul 16, 2020
5 Things That Take a Room from Good to Great
Have you ever looked at a room in your home and thought “it needs a little something else” — but not quite been able to put your finger on what? If so, then this post is for you. In the same way that the right accessories make any outfit better, these five things will take any room in your home from good to great. There’s nothing like a rug to really tie a room together.
Jul 16, 2020
Modern Murals: The New Wallpaper?
Perhaps it’s a continuation of the oversized art trend and a backlash against gallery walls, or perhaps it’s the natural next step for wallpaper to take. Either way, murals are hot. No longer relegated to children’s rooms and DIY efforts, the full-wall image has gone mainstream.
Jul 16, 2020
Mandy Moore’s New Home Renovation Is Finally Done
For those of you who have been following along with Mandy Moore’s new home project, it appears that it is finally complete, though she’s “not quite used to it yet.” The This Is Us star chatted with PEOPLE about the extensive project, which took over a year from construction to moving day to the finishing touches on decor, which she’s shared with her Instagram followers.
Jul 15, 2020
Up Your Energy: Simple Workspace Feng Shui Principles to Try Today
When you’re busy working, it can be easy to let your workspace fall into a rut—I mean, who has time to redecorate their desk when they’re preparing for next week’s presentation? But because your work environment affects how energized you feel, taking a few minutes right now to optimize your workspace may just make your whole week more productive. Want to try it? Read through these five ways to improve and organize your desk according to feng shui—then get to work!
Jul 15, 2020
Before & After: Under Stair Storage Redo
Like many other small space dwellers, we have almost no closet or storage space in my home. The tenants before us took the first step to maximize the dead space under the stairs by removing a partition wall to open up the area, and installed a drop down hatch under the stair. Unfortunately they didn’t install a railing and instead only those awkward, sharp rectangular boxes — after several falls down the stairs it was painfully obvious something needed to change!
Jul 15, 2020
Music For Your Eyes: Beautifully Displayed Record Collections
Audiophiles love their records like bibliophiles love their books, and as anyone who has tried to fit a collection of either into a small space can attest it can take some creative finesse to make it work. In a quest to make space for my own record collection I did a bit of research and came up with these inspiring images of beautifully organized and displayed vinyl collections from our own tours and around the web. 1. A low console is a stylish option and just the right size for a single row.
Jul 15, 2020
9 Washable Rugs for Every Area of Your Home
Have your rug and clean it too.
Jul 14, 2020
Here’s How ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Characters Would Decorate If They Lived In Studio Apartments
Which character most represents your style?
Jul 14, 2020
Bid On Cool Design Experiences And Support The Black Artists + Designers Guild
Proceeds will go to The Black Artists + Designers Guild, a nonprofit that “combats the lack of representation of Black talent and culture in the design industry” via programming, events, collaborations, and media connections.
Jul 11, 2020
IKEA’s “Home of Tomorrow” Is Packed Full of Plants and Sustainable Solutions
It's an example of how city dwellers, both present and future, can bring green solutions into the home in order to leave the world better than how they found it.
Jun 24, 2020
Black Designers and Bloggers Are Taking Over Popular Instagram Accounts in #ShareTheMicNow Home Edition
"Change starts with the gate keepers to opportunities."
Jun 18, 2020
I Tried Kelly Wearstler’s MasterClass, and I Have a Newfound Appreciation for Design “Accidents”
The designer touched on how to embrace these moments.
Jun 8, 2020
A 'Hollywood Bungalow' Style House Has Some Surprisingly Affordable Decor Ideas
Before remodeling, this house had old mustard-colored carpet, a micro-sized kitchen, and peeling linoleum throughout. It had been abandoned for several years, and was in need of some major TLC.
May 21, 2020
A Bold New Jersey Home Shows How to Add Personality to a New Build
Spoiler alert: There's some of the best wallpaper and fabric patterns in here ever! You'll be inspired to play with print in your own home.
May 18, 2020
20 Easy Ways to Get the Breezy Boho Kitchen of Your Dreams
Bohemian style kitchens are beautiful, casual, and incredibly easy to achieve, thanks to the ideas and inspiration from these dreamy rooms!
May 15, 2020
The Sofa Trend Slowly Taking Over Instagram
It's making us totally rethink leather.
May 12, 2020
Basement Apartments: Tips for Creating Light & Spaciousness
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. English basements may now be attracting thrifty professionals, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re still dark.
May 7, 2020
The Smartest Ways to Carve Out a Home Office in a Small Space
In order to make it happen, you just have to get creative and try carving out a workspace in one of these clever ways.
May 3, 2020
The Spring Home Refreshes You Should Make Based on Your Enneagram Type
Need a new look? Just check your Enneagram.
Apr 27, 2020
A Rental's Clever IKEA Hacks and Decor Are How You Distract from Beige Carpeting
There are SO many good storage and IKEA hack ideas in this rental apartment!
Apr 27, 2020
A Stunning French Home Takes Its Gorgeous Color Palette from Nature
The colors are inspired by the contrast between the white snow and the black earth in the winter, and the unbelievable sunset turning the lake and sky orange, yellow, and red…
Apr 22, 2020
You Can Get Free Interior Design Advice From Kelly Wearstler on MasterClass Live
Get ready to look at your home in a whole new light (perhaps literally).
Apr 21, 2020
These Are The Most Instagrammed Interior Design Styles In Each State
Angie's List turned to Instagram to see which states hashtagged each style the most.
Apr 16, 2020
Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Before & After Reveal
Laken, the college freshman we introduced you to last week, is all moved in and set up, and ready to start classes this week. She took her college blah dorm and turned it into something personal and comfortable. Want to see what she did with her space? Let’s break it down, and see what Laken did to make it work: 1. Configured her furniture, i.e. raised the bed, to allow for more storage. As a result, the dresser, some storage bins and a hamper fit nicely underneath and stay out of sight.
Apr 14, 2020
Cool Bedrooms vs. Warm Bedrooms
When it comes to colors in our home, we don’t discriminate. Our living room is a veritable rainbow of reds, purples, yellows, blues, greens and more. There’s one room in our house where our color preferences are heightened, though, and that’s the bedroom.Whether a room is warm-toned or cool-toned might not bother us in other rooms of our house, but we’ve got serious preferences when it comes to our bedroom.
Apr 14, 2020
3 Ways to Make It Work: Living with a Bold Patterned Sofa
A patterned sofa is a bold choice. Five years from now, if you decide to change your style, you can always dress that beige sofa up with a new throw and cushions, but a sofa in a bold pattern is more permanent — and a lot harder to decorate around. That said, if you’ve fallen in love with a big floral or a gutsy ikat or a bossy plaid, here are three different ways to make it work.Keep it simple.
Apr 14, 2020
Why Purple Is the Most Underrated Color for Interiors (& What Shades to Pair It With)
Not long ago, we proclaimed that blue was the most popular color for the home. But if we had to take a guess as to what might be the most underrated?
Apr 5, 2020
Under $50: 10 Online Sources for Affordable Art
The idea of collecting art can be a daunting one and when it comes to finding the perfect pieces to fill your walls it can feel like there are only two directions you can go in, mass produced cookie-cutter art or the intimidating, confusing and often expensive option of buying directly from a gallery. The internet has democratized the process quite a bit, but can be hard to sift through what’s available. Here are ten of my go to resources for good, affordable art.
Apr 2, 2020
How to Make Mismatched Decor Feel Cohesive
Just because you're decorating with hand-me-downs, doesn't mean your place has to look like a hodgepodge of random castoffs.
Mar 31, 2020
7 Paint Colors That Scream “Modern Farmhouse”
It’s 2019, and yet, “modern farmhouse” style is still crushing it. These colors will help you bring the style home.
Mar 31, 2020
This NYC Apartment Has a Delightfully Bold Dining Banquette
The reflective qualities make a small space feel much brighter and larger!
Mar 30, 2020
Lofty Aspirations: Fifteen Lovely Loft Beds
In small spaces — and even in large spaces — nothing does double duty in vertical space like the loft bed! Whether it’s maximizing storage space, making the best of a crazy floor plan, or just because it looks cool, building your bed in the air is the way to go. We’ve found fifteen inspiring beds that involve just a bit of climbing before you crash — come look!Top Row:1.
Mar 29, 2020
14 Designers Share Their Favorite Shades of White Paint
Because design lovers know there’s way more than just one shade of white paint.
Mar 25, 2020
Ramp Up the Romance in Your Bedroom
If there’s a place to embrace all things romantic, whimsical and dreamy it’s the bedroom. Create your own fairytale inspired boudoir using some of these simple solutions for bringing on the bedroom romance.Think about the way you want your bedroom to feel from the angle of your bed. Since this is where most of your time here is spent, it makes sense to consider this perspective. A canopy bed, for example, creates a dynamic enclosure, that’s completely three dimensional.
Mar 18, 2020
The 7 Best Tips for a Home With a Tiny (Or Nonexistent) Entryway
Do you have a small, dedicated room that you enter into from your front door, that pleasantly greets guests, that houses all the things you need for the day? Yeah me neither. What I do have is a front door that deposits me and my guests directly into my living room and a list of every day items that continually threaten to take over the entire home.
Mar 11, 2020
Small Spaces with Wonderful Wallpaper
When it comes to design, sometimes you just have to go bold, and small spaces are perfect for giving your imagination free rein. Constraint breeds creativity, and corners, ceilings, closets, nooks, and crannies can all be converted easily into luxurious, dream-like spaces with a bit of verve and paper. Top Row: 1. Patterned hallway in Anna Spiro paper from Adore Home Blog. 2. Wallpapered ceiling in reading area from Caldwell Flake via House of Turquoise. 3.
Mar 11, 2020
Get the Look: Holly’s Rustic Cozy Living Room
Americana cool, warm rustic accents, a collected coziness: we just love the look of Holly’s fashionable DC home and studio. If you’re hoping to make a big impact in a small living space, we gleaned some tips from Holly and our archives to help you make it happen: Accent wall paint: Glidden Blue-Grey Slate Vintage flag: 48-star flag Black candle stick: Ikea Theater seats: Craigslist find by boyfriend – a great steal for $65.
Mar 11, 2020
Design Solutions: Incorporating Vintage Elements With a More Modern Style
While I absolutely covet many of the elements featured here, I understand that everyone’s taste is a little different, and some people might not choose green tile or wood paneling or shag carpets if they had the choice. But whether you’re renting or buying, and whether you love them or hate them, here are some ideas for making vintage features work with your modern style.
Mar 11, 2020
Splash-Of-Color Roundup: 14 Accent Walls (And 1 Accent Ceiling!)
Painting an entire room teal or mustard or charcoal can seem like a lot: a lot of color, a lot of work, a lot of paint, and a lot of repainting if you hate it. But just one wall? One wall is totally manageable. Bold accent walls are perfect for those of us who love color- just not too much color. Here are some of our favorite examples from Apartment Therapy’s House Tours. FIRST ROW: 1. Kristen and Mike’s Mid-Century Oasis 2. A Bright Beautiful Bungalow From An Ohio Trio 3.
Mar 11, 2020
Adding Color, Pattern and Variety:6 Inspirational Non-Minimalist House Tours
In the divide between minimalists and maximalists, I’ve always felt more drawn towards a less-is-more aesthetic, but after touring some wonderfully vibrant homes that are far from minimal, I find myself inspired to add more color, pattern and even some stuff into the mix. Whoa. If you’re thinking of trying out bolder colors or showcasing more of your trinkets or artwork, check out these gloriously non-minimalist house tours for inspiration.
Mar 11, 2020
Inspiration, Installation, & Maintenance: The Complete Guide to Concrete Countertops
If you’re looking for a modern countertop surface that’s both beautiful and budget-friendly, consider concrete. If properly installed and sealed, concrete countertops will last practically forever, and the best part is, you can make them yourself. First, some of our favorite concrete countertop inspiration from around the web. TOP ROW: 1. Concrete is perfect for the modern/industrial look. From Sköna hem. 2.
Mar 11, 2020
Our Best Decorating Ideas: How To Layer for Added Comfort & Style
As the days and nights get chillier, it’s time to talk about layers. Taken literally, this means those extra blankets and throws you pile on to stay warm. But it also means all the decorative elements you add to a room to create interest, texture, and depth. Whether layers increase your physical comfort, please the eye, or hide parts of a room that make you cringe, there are tons of reasons to go multi-dimensional.
Mar 11, 2020
Take the Quiz: Spot the IKEA!
When I first discovered IKEA, as a tender young college freshman, I was so psyched that there was beautiful modern furniture I could actually afford that I basically memorized their catalog. Whenever I went to a friend’s home I would identify all the things they had purchased from the Swedish retailer. (It was a little obnoxious.) Funnily enough, years later, I’m still doing the same thing.
Mar 11, 2020
The World’s Most Popular Bookcase: Best Uses of the IKEA Expedit
If you love looking at pictures of interiors like we do, you’ll probably see a few of the same pieces crop up over and over, design classics like the Eames lounge or Harry Bertoia’s wire chairs. But one of the most ubiquitous pieces has a humbler pedigree (and a much lower price point). It’s the IKEA Expedit, and it’s taking the world of storage by storm.
Mar 11, 2020
Before & After: Jenny’s Built-in IKEA Billy Bookshelves
Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook consistently executes beautiful DIY projects with precision and flair. Most recently, she and her family used Ikea’s Billy bookshelves in combination with lumber, mouldings, and spray paint to create a custom look at a non-custom cost.Jenny has slowly been revealing updates to her New York home, and these shelves give the living room a sophisticated feel that’s still young and fun. It looks so good!
Mar 11, 2020
Color Direction: Neons + Neutrals
The design world has embraced a neon trend in both fashion and interiors. Whether or not it’s here to stay, we’re always inspired by a bold mix that works. A hint of highlighter yellow or a touch of hot pink can’t help but put a smile on your face.If you’re drawn to neutrals but looking to add some color, these homes provide some great inspiration for successfully integrating neon into your space.TOP ROW:1.
Mar 11, 2020
Bachelor Pads of Apartment Therapy
The bachelor pads featured here on Apartment Therapy are not your run of the mill man caves. This diverse group of men has a lot to offer in the realm of design. While each home is quite different from the next, they are all inspiring, modern spaces, packed full of personality.From product designer, to food scientist, to set builder, each of these men has developed a thoughtful sense of design derived from their unique experiences.
Mar 11, 2020