126 Ideas for Creative & Thoughtful Housewarming GiftsLiving
So for that new neighbor upstairs or your favorite couple who just bought their first place, here are 120+ creative ideas for new-home gifts they’ll actually love.
Sep 13, 2023
The Foolproof Way to Calculate Your Home's Square FootageReal Estate
You'll need a measuring tape and calculator on deck.
Aug 11, 2023
24 Creative Ways to Create Space Using a Room DividerHome Projects
Whether you have a studio apartment or a five-bedroom home, sometimes there just aren’t walls where you need them to be. But going for a full-on reno is pricey to say the least, or if you’re renting, not an option at all. Room dividers are a great way to break up your space and can also double as décor, even in a small bedroom or small living room. Your options include folding dividers, curtains, large bookcases as room dividers, and more.
Jul 28, 2023
The 10 Best Cleaning Tools Every Home Should HaveOrganize & Clean
Whether you're just getting started in a new space or looking to complete (or maybe upgrade) your cleaning kit, here's what you need.
Jun 21, 2023
This Is What a "Soul Home" Is, and How I Found MineLiving
It’s where you’re supposed to be.
Oct 15, 2022
The Unexpected Yet Practical Housewarming Gift Your Friends Will Thank You ForLiving
It doesn't have to be expensive.
Oct 14, 2022
Here's How To Literally Move a House to Another LocationReal Estate
The cost might surprise you.
May 28, 2022
5 Smart Home Essentials for New HomeownersLiving
Amp up your security with this connected tech.
Apr 8, 2022
6 Easy Renters Fixes for Ugly Ceiling LightsHome Projects
For many renters, it isn’t the blank walls or the basic carpets, or even the neighbors that can disrupt that feeling of home sweet home. Instead, it’s the lighting. Whether your rental sports flourescent light bars that cast a jarring light, or those much-hated flush mount lights that seem dated and unoriginal, ceiling lights in rental units aren’t exactly envious. But there’s a rental hack for just about anything.
Apr 4, 2022
Three Things Homeowners Regret Not Knowing Before Buying a New BuildReal Estate
Costly upgrades are not your friend.
Jan 4, 2020
Social Media Do’s & Dont’s for New HomeownersReal Estate
Congratulations! You’ve taken the real estate plunge and bought a place of your very own. It’s a scary time, but also a really exciting time. I bet you can’t wait to share the good news on Facebook and Instagram. But wait—before you do, we have some advice for when and how to use social media responsibly while you bask in that new homeowner glow. DO take and share great photos of your new place.
Jan 28, 2019
9 Signs You’re Ready to Stop Renting and Buy Your First PlaceReal Estate
Do you dream of a future with a yard and a white picket fence? One where you’re not writing away 30 percent of your salary to your landlord every month? Being able to buy a home is a big part of what we’re sold as “The American Dream,” but it’s not for everyone. Renting an apartment forever is absolutely an option, and a damn good one.
Nov 29, 2018
7 Things New Homeowners Should Never, Ever Apologize ForReal Estate
In your first year of owning your own home, every new day brings on a new challenge. And thanks to that fresh and dewy homeowner glow, you’re poised to tackle them all. Who cares if the wall is crooked and the kitchen is in disarray—they’re yours. Owning a home isn’t all good feelings, though. And people don’t seem to want to discuss all the bad vibes that can frequently come along with buying your own first place… What if the neighbors are horrible?
Oct 30, 2018
Can You Finance a Tiny Home? Here’s What You Need to KnowReal Estate
Those trendy 500-square-foot tiny homes sure are cute and it’s a cool idea reduce your environmental footprint and embrace conscious “micro” living. But though these homes may be but little, they can be fiercely difficult to finance, since traditional home mortgages aren’t always an option.
May 15, 2018
4 Stress-Busting Things You Should Do Before You MoveReal Estate
You might not think an empty house or apartment as an especially beautiful thing. There’s a reason why houses are staged when they go on the market, and that is because people usually think of empty houses and apartments as sad and lonely. But, after you’ve signed on the dotted line and the home is yours, the emptiness can be a spectacular vision. Instead of loneliness, the space is a blank slate for all the happy memories (and awesome decor) to come.
May 10, 2018
The Things ALWAYS Worth Paying For When You MoveLiving
While moving is a great opportunity to pare down belongings and have a fresh start, it’s not on anyone’s list of Fun Things to Do. Spending money on the right things, though, can help keep your move smooth and successful. Whether it’s to stave off potential moving disasters or to make things just a bit easier on everyone involved, these are the things you should never scrimp on when moving. You’re moving on and starting over.
Sep 14, 2016
Smart Tips for Avoiding “Dishues” with your New RoomiesOrganize & Clean
If you’ve ever had a roommate, you know exactly what we mean by “dishues.” They’re those petty but persistent issues—think unwashed dishes, stolen Kind bars and late-night commotions—that can only come of an inconsiderate cohabiter. Though trivial, they can prove problematic nonetheless.
Aug 23, 2016
Make Nice with the New Neighbors: 5 Perfect Housewarming GiftsLiving
Although it doesn’t get talked about much on House Hunters, the one feature that can really make or break a new home isn’t the kitchen, bathroom or the backyard; it’s your neighbors. And good neighbors, I think, are more an issue of nurture than nature—when you set a friendly tone with new neighbors upfront, you’ll find it’s easy to build and keep a relationship with them, no matter who they are or how they live. But the first step, of course, is to meet them.
Jul 28, 2016
What Nobody Tells You About Buying Your First HomeReal Estate
As of about a month ago, I’m officially a homeowner. My husband and I laid claim to our own little corner of a building that used to be a pickle factory, and so far, it’s been both my greatest joy and the biggest source of stress I’ve ever encountered in my life. Most people only like to talk about that first part.
Jul 22, 2016
Spend a Little to Make More: Inexpensive Curb Appeal Upgrades That Will Improve Your Home’s ValueReal Estate
Planning on selling soon? I’m sure you know that kitchens and bathrooms are a great target for your makeover dollars, but they also are the most expensive places to renovate. If you have just a little cash but want to make a major impact, step outside and check out the view from the curb. A fresh coat of paint will go a long way. If you want your property to pop out on the block, go for a bright, eye-catching color that’s a little out of the norm.
May 24, 2016
The One Home Habit You Can Never Start Too SoonLiving
I want to propose a new addition to the list of Things That are Better When You’re 22.
May 12, 2016
7 Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades That Will Up Your Home’s ValueReal Estate
Potential buyers can be thrown off by the littlest things (just consult any episode of House Hunters). Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home now, you can make small improvements while you’re still living there without dedicating a lot of time or money to the cause. These 7 bathroom projects take only a weekend and a few hundred bucks, at most, but they’ll pay off in the long run when you decide to sell in a few months or a few years.
May 11, 2016
The Smart Way to Decide if You Should Renew Your LeaseReal Estate
Do you like your apartment, or do you like like it? When you’re living in modest digs with modest means, you’re likely always going to think about whether the grass would be greener or the carpet would be cleaner if you moved to a new place. But deciding whether to renew or re-locate shouldn’t be a daydream decision. There are real, solid strategies you can start to think about as you near the end of your lease.
May 6, 2016
What’s The Best Way To Move Favorite Household Goods Overseas?Organize & Clean
Q: Hi! I’m in a bit of a weird moving situation, and haven’t been able to find any tips online. I’m hoping you can help me out! The situation: I live on the East Coast and am about to graduate with a PhD. I’m looking for a job as a researcher, which means I may be moving to the West Coast, Europe, or Australia. Depending on how the job is funded, I may or may not receive any relocation help (this is typical in this field).
Jan 5, 2016
One Little Trick that Might Just Help You Pull a Room TogetherStyle
When one has been stuck for years decorating a room that just won’t come together, one becomes willing to resort to drastic, and sometimes quite silly, measures. This is one of those things… Giving your room a descriptive and fun name—one that captures how you want the space to look and, more importantly, feel when you’re in it—might just be the thing that keeps all the pieces and parts on track.
Dec 14, 2015
The Secret Weapon That’s Going to Help You Thrive During Your Next MoveOrganize & Clean
Moving is tough. Uprooting your life. Disturbing your routines. Not to mention having to put everything you own into boxes (and then into vehicles and then out of vehicles and into a new place). That’s why the next time you move, whether it’s in a few months or a few years, you should consider this small trick that might help you survive it with your sanity intact.
Nov 23, 2015
3 Simple Ways to Get a Stronger WiFi Signal at HomeLiving
Reliable internet is a necessity these days. I actually came really close to signing a lease for a perfect little apartment close to work a few years ago, but ducked out at the last possible second after discovering that I’d be locked into a crappy internet provider (a wise decision later confirmed by online reviews of said ISP). The point is, nothing should stand between you and a strong and fast internet, and your router placement has more than a little to do with it.
Nov 19, 2015
The Things for Your Home You Really Will Care More About EventuallyLiving
There’s a lot of confusing things about adulthood that you probably feel like somebody should have let you in on–things like paying taxes or how exactly health insurance works. Eventually you find your way, and it pays off in more ways than just being able to read a 1040 form. Once you’ve been out in the world for a while you begin to develop a taste for the finer things in life–and your home life is all the richer for it.
Nov 18, 2015
Starting Out/Starting Over: A Smartly Shopped $1200 BedroomStyle
Whether you’re starting out or starting over, furnishing a stylish home from scratch can seem impossible when you don’t have a lot of money. One of our 5 Strategies for Outfitting Your First Apartment is savvy shopping and today I have an example of a bedroom, sourced from wallet-friendly stores, to illustrate what’s possible for a little over a thousand dollars.
Nov 17, 2015
The 3 Things Your Home’s Decor Should Always ReflectStyle
Ok, honesty time: Do you feel like your home just isn’t working? Chances are, you’re missing one or more of these three very important elements. Let the tenets of your life–your history, place and sense of self–guide your decor. I read a quote recently (of course I can’t find it for the life of me now) that basically said, “Interior design is a study in autobiography.
Oct 29, 2015
The First 5 Things You Should Do After You Move to a New CityReal Estate
Getting to know the lay of the land in a new place isn't so hard, if you know what to do and where to look.
Oct 5, 2015
How To Help Your Kid Decorate His or Her First ApartmentLiving
Is your baby moving out? If you are channeling your existential emptiness into the project of helping to decorate his or her new space, then there are a few guidelines to keep in mind so you’re helpful and involved, but not TOO involved. Chances are you have some duplicates hanging around the house that you could unload for a good cause. Silverware, kitchen tools, small appliances, sheet sets — anyone starting from scratch will be happy for these hand-me-downs to get them going.
Sep 24, 2015
5 Things People (Almost Always) Forget When Designing Their Living RoomHome Projects
There’s the picking out of the sofa. Choosing chairs. Deciding on a credenza. Arguing over where the television should go. There’s waffling over rug color and size. And there’s considering whether you should paint or wallpaper. But there are also a handful of things to think about that most people tend to forget when first setting up their living room. How does one come up with the optimum number of seats for a living room?
Aug 27, 2015
3 Smart Secrets for Labeling Moving Boxes That Will Make Your Next Move a BreezeHome Projects
The moving process is only as difficult as you make it out to be. If you’re hangry and disorganized the whole time, you’ll come away from the move having lost some really important things like your mind, your time and your grandmother’s china. Thankfully, it turns out being one of those hyper-organized people who have it all together is really, really simple. An organized move comes down to having organized moving boxes.
Aug 21, 2015
Life-at-Home Stages: Are You an Active or Passive Home Decorator?Living
Not all decorators are created equal. A new homeowner, for instance, has a wildly disparate lifestyle than someone who’s lived in the same apartment for 10+ years. Weekends look different. Shopping trips look different. Even your web history looks different. Read on as we examine the things that separate the active decorators from the passive decorators, and determine which of these two totally different stages of nesting seems more like you right now.
Aug 20, 2015
Real Life in London: 7 Things You’ll Need to Be OK With To Love Living HereReal Estate
I canvassed my friends, from born-and-bred Londoners to long-term expats and recent arrivals, for thoughts on living here.
Aug 19, 2015
Alice, Should I Publicly Shame My Terrible Movers?Home Projects
Dear Alice, I recently made a local move. I asked for recommendations for local movers from my realtor. She could not provide any, but solicited names of reliable movers from her colleagues. I interviewed two movers, and chose one based on my interaction and the glowing recommendation of my realtor’s coworker. In short, the move was disastrous. There was much damage to upholstery as well as wood furniture. The packers did a horrendous job.
Aug 13, 2015
How Many Seats Should Your Living Room Have? Here’s One Rule of ThumbLiving
How many people can you host at once? Two? 10? You’re probably counting sofa cushions right now in your head. The reality is, the “right” number of living room seats is different for everyone, and largely dependent on the amount of space you have available.
Aug 12, 2015
Moving Day Just Got 100x Easier With These Simple Tips & HacksStyle
Dread your upcoming move all you want, but it’s going to happen. Make moving day less painful with this series of clever and easy tips and hacks that are simple, but will make the whole process faster and easier. And then maybe, just maybe, you won’t go insane after packing your 99th box, and will enjoy the first night in your new home.
Jul 31, 2015
The “Just Moved In’ Checklist of New Neighborhood Places to Find FastHome Projects
After the moving trucks have left and you’ve located the closet grocery store, pharmacy and other essential locations, the reality of a new neighborhood can sink in. It’s exciting to have a new place to explore, sure, but it can also be a little confusing and disorienting. After you settle in a little at home, consider a trip around your new ‘hood to locate these places that will make your transition into a new area a lot more enjoyable.
Jul 22, 2015
How Do I Thank My Friends For Helping Me Move?Living
Q: I am lucky enough to have had a super group of guy friends who packed up my truck for me on the other end of the state for my recent long-distance move. I want to thank them with an appropriate gift – but what is actually appropriate in this case?
Jul 20, 2015
5 Worth It Ways to Make Moving Out Hassle-FreeHome Projects
Well, less of a hassle, anyway. Moving into a place can be a lot of fun, but moving out, is nothing less than torture. Here are five laws, that, if you can stick to them, will make moving much less hellacious. What? Okay think about this way. You look around your current home and all the stuff that has to be hauled away and you might mentally decide how you’re going to organize it all in boxes. But back up.
Jul 9, 2015
How To Make a Summer Rental Feel Like HomeLiving
Part of the glory of vacation is staying in a whole new place, full of new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and experiences. However, sometimes a vacation home can feel a bit too new and unknown: what was that noise, where’s that weird smell coming from, and where is everything – I can’t find anything?!? Here are 10 ways to make your summer home-away-from-home feel homey.
Jul 8, 2015
Dos and Don’ts for Decorating a First Apartment (from Someone Who’s Been There)Style
By my count, I’m currently on apartment number…you know what, I don’t even want to think about it. But I still remember the exhilarating and intimidating feeling of outfitting the very first apartment that was all mine. I got some things right, and some things not so right, and I learned a lot in the process. Here’s some of my best advice—dos and don’ts for decorating your very first place. Ask for hand me downs.
Jul 8, 2015
Apartment Hunting: Do You Follow Your Heart or Your Head?Real Estate
“This is the one!” I’ve exclaimed firmly to a number of rental agents in my life, after only walking inside a couple of steps. They say there’s no such thing as love at first sight, but when it comes to apartments, I’m a believer. Every single one of my apartment searches have started with me walking through a series of spaces that were okay, nice — even perfectly potential.
Jul 2, 2015
13 Housewarming Gifts for NewlywedsStyle
Another weekend, another wedding- sound like your summer? Soon all those lovebirds will be moving into their love nests and there will be another reason to celebrate. Leave all the really practical gifts for the family to buy and instead bring something unique and fun to the housewarming party. Whether the happy couple is starting from scratch in a new place or consolidating two spaces into one, it’s nice to have a few new things that really mark the space as ‘theirs’.
Jun 30, 2015
The 10 Commandments of Decorating Your RentalStyle
Decorating a rental home can often seem like a minefield of decisions, forcing you to weigh the financial risk and aesthetic payoff at every turn. How much time and money to invest in a temporary home? Which areas to focus on and which to learn to live with? Read on for 10 Commandments to decorating your rental home. 1. Thou Shalt Decorate First things first- you should actually decorate your rental, even if it’s in small, temporary ways.
Jun 29, 2015
Fitting in Fun: Real-Life Rooms Rocking a Small Hobby SpotHome Projects
No matter the size of your home, it can be hard to carve out a spot to get inspired, practice a hobby or get a little peaceful work done. Whether you like doing crafts, want to find a quiet spot to write or get ready in the morning or just want to do your bills in style, you might find inspiration in the ways these real-life residents from our house tours found room to fit productive surfaces in their homes of all sizes.
Jun 26, 2015
10 Telltale Signs You May Be Living in a Grown Up HomeLiving
When you’re young and carefree, where you live is sometimes just a place to sleep between working and being a social butterfly. And that’s fine. That’s what being young is all about. But most of us, at some point or another, wake up, look around and realize that our home is no longer Dorm Room 2.0, but has the markings of a real, grown-up abode. If you think this might be happening to you, here are 10 signs to look for: Re-edited from a post originally published 6.16.
Jun 15, 2015
Our Best Advice for First-Time DecoratorsOrganize & Clean
It’s that time of year when a lot of people are graduating, and striking out on their own, and moving into their first real ‘adult’ home or apartment. It’s an exciting, and maybe also a little intimidating, time, full of possibilities and pitfalls. Here are a few of the things that I wish I had known when I was a fledgling decorator, all those years ago. 1. Don’t buy everything all at once.
May 29, 2015
Just Starting Out: A Smart, Stylish $1200 Living RoomStyle
Furnishing an apartment from scratch is daunting, especially when you’re just starting out and there’s little left over in your paycheck after rent and food. One of our 5 Strategies for Outfitting Your First Apartment is savvy shopping so here’s an example of the basics of a whole living room for a little more than a thousand dollars.
May 27, 2015
The First Apartment Checklist: Things to Buy Now, Things to Buy LaterReal Estate
Because you won't be buying a whole house full of furniture in one fell swoop — and really, where's the fun in that anyway?
May 20, 2015
Just Starting Out? 5 Strategies for Outfitting Your First ApartmentStyle
Homes are made up of so many pieces from furniture basics to personal touches so how do you make a place feel like home when you’re starting from scratch and with little scratch to spend? Here are five strategies to help furnish your home when you’re just starting out… You’ll be surprised what people will offer you. It may not be just your style, but it can be a placeholder until you can afford something better.
May 18, 2015
How to Compromise on Decor Without Moving (or Losing) OutHome Projects
So you’ve signed a lease and you’re moving in with someone. Great! Whether it’s a romantic partner or a brand-new roommate, there are good times and (wait for it) compromises on the road ahead. Luckily, you don’t have to drive yourself crazy to create a cohesive and mutually pleasing home: it’s easier than you think. Read on for five tips on how to compromise without losing the will to live (together).
May 7, 2015
Don’t Make These 5 Common New Homeowner MistakesStyle
Are you a first time homeowner? Yay you! Congrats. Now, here’s how to prevent some common pitfalls so you can keep your home just as kickass amazing as it feels right now (or even better!). Don’t make these mistakes! Just because you saw certain rooms as bedroom and other rooms as offices when you toured the house, doesn’t mean you have to keep the same layout that the old owners chose.
Apr 30, 2015
The Housekeeping Priorities Quiz: 16 Questions to Ask Before Moving InOrganize & Clean
When two or more people move in together, either as significant others or roommates, it’s important to establish a vision for what your home will be like, and how it will get that way. Here’s a housework quiz for you to each answer separately— and then discuss together… Answer each question on your own, and then compare notes: In an ideal world, how often would the towels be washed? What would you settle for? In an ideal world, how often would the sheets be changed?
Mar 5, 2015
What I Would Tell My 26-Year-Old Self About Setting Up a HomeStyle
I’ve had my own home for almost a decade, so while I can’t quite say my advice is sage, it is backed up by some lessons learned. With a few moves and the experience of both buying and building a house as well as adding three children to the family, here’s what I’d tell my younger self about setting up a home. Don’t buy “grownup” furniture right away.
Feb 26, 2015
Help! Advice Needed: Buying Furniture for a Who-Knows-How-Temporary HomeLiving
We’re living in employee housing and there’s a good chance we’ll be given a house upgrade in the next 1-5 years. We’ve put off buying furniture for this house while we wait to hear — but how long do you wait? Champagne problems, obviously, but it’s simply time for new furniture: we’ve hit that magical moment when all of our mattresses, couches, and dressers decided to give up and fall apart all at once.
Feb 21, 2015
Our No-Regrets, Fear-Free Guide to Buying Furniture OnlineStyle
If you’re as discerning about design as we’re guessing you are — you do read Apartment Therapy, after all — then you’ve probably at least toyed with the idea of buying furniture online. Especially if you live in a smaller town, shopping for furniture online will present you with all kinds of options that just aren’t available locally. But with this comes a lot of risk.
Feb 20, 2015