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Teddy Ruxpin Got a Makeover & Is Still Creepy AF
Anyone who grew up in the ’80s remembers Teddy Ruxpin. The talking bear with the cassette tape in his back hit the market in 1985, scared us all with his uncanny valley face and low battery voice, and faded into oblivion for awhile. Until now. In case you need a refresher: MommyandGracieShow got a look at the new Teddy at the Dallas Toy Fair and he’s ripe to terrify a whole new generation. Produced by Wicked Cool Toys, the biggest visual difference is in the eyes.
Oct 3, 2016
Check Out These Mesmerizing GIFs That Are Like a Van Gogh Came to Life
Van Gogh’s brand of Post-Impressionism is remarkable for its inherent movement; this collaboration between an artist and an animator takes those swirls to the next level. Created using static art by James R. Eads and animated by Chris McDaniel (aka The Glitch), the GIF series brings the paintings to life, the work flowing in an endless loop.
Sep 26, 2016
A Swinging ’70s-Inspired Home in Maine
Project by: Tyler Karu of Landing Design Location: Portland, Maine Tyler was able to create a 70s-inspired space that hits all the design high notes of the decade without veering into parody or camp. With some smartly shopped pieces and warm colors, this home is as eye-catching as it is welcoming. From Tyler: When my clients brought me on board, immediately after purchasing the property, they informed me that their inspiration was “seventies conversation pit.” I was elated.
Aug 30, 2016
Mindy Kaling Has a Miniature Version of Her Character’s Office
Is there anyone alive who doesn’t have a fascination with tiny objects? They’re just so darn cute, and require so much patience and skill to create. That’s why we’re squeeing over this mini version of Mindy Lahiri’s office from The Mindy Project. Mindy Kaling is pretty excited about it, too. Mindy posted a photo to Instagram this week, comparing the real life set to its miniature—and it’s pretty hard to tell the difference! Okay, this is insanely cool.
Aug 13, 2016
Dwell Pivots, World’s Largest Hotel & More
5 things you need to know, now that it’s Monday. Dwell’s new site is Houzz meets Pinterest. Dwell released an iPhone app and a new site that “allows the design community to share, discover and collaborate like never before.” The site, built completely in-house, starts with their library of 300,000 images and encourages users to add and share their own.
Aug 8, 2016
IKEA Australia Had a Hilarious Response to a Kanye Collaboration
Kanye West keeps fanning the flames of a potential IKEA collaboration. The rapper/clothing designer talked about it on BBC radio this week. But IKEA Australia was quick to overshadow the interview with a hilarious Facebook post. The rumors started in March when Kanye stopped by IKEA HQ in Älmhult. On Monday, Kanye was on Annie Mac’s BBC 1 radio show, and said this about the Swedish giant: “I have to work with Ikea – make furniture for interior design, for architecture.
Aug 3, 2016
Here’s What Happened This Weekend
Five things to know, now that it’s Monday. Lisa Frank continues to make Millennials’ dreams come true. First a coloring book, now an athleisure line. Yes, you can deck yourself out in rainbow unicorn leggings and dolphin crop tops to your heart’s content. Go forth like the ’90s never left. The internet got reaaaaalllly excited about a Harry Potter version of Pokémon Go. Unfortunately, it’s still just rumors.
Aug 1, 2016
Famed Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87
Legendary New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham died on Saturday at the age of 87. He had been hospitalized recently after a stroke. Born in Boston in 1929, Cunningham moved to New York after dropping out of Harvard. He started out as a hat designer, and when the fashions became less formal in the 1960s, he picked up a camera instead.
Jun 26, 2016
Real Life Design: 3 Renters Who Made Lemonade Out of “Lemon” Rental Kitchens & Baths
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The phrase has a contented history, but the expression boils down to this: lemons are harsh and sour – kind of like the dated rental kitchen you can’t stand to cook in – and lemonade is sweet – like these 3 real rooms that made the best of a bad situation.
Jun 21, 2016
IKEA Collaborations from HAY & Tom Dixon Are Coming in 2017
Big news from IKEA: collaborations with British designer Tom Dixon and Danish brand HAY are in the works for 2017. Both collections were announced yesterday at IKEA’s annual Democratic Design Day, where the company also revealed its latest Life at Home report.
Jun 9, 2016
There’s an Airbnb for Seniors Meant to Keep People Connected
The sharing economy isn’t just for the young. The Freebird Club is an Airbnb-like service that connects traveling seniors with seniors who have spare rooms. There are a few notable differences between Airbnb and Ireland-based Freebird Club: mostly, that the host always stays (the idea is to foster connections); and it’s members-only, so the over-50 pay a fee to join and use the service. Freebird Club makes it easier for seniors to travel, knowing they won’t be in a place alone.
Jun 3, 2016
Apartment Building Incites Rage By Forcing Tenants to Like it on Facebook
People write some weird clauses into leases, but this is a new one: A Salt Lake City apartment complex is requiring that tenants like their page on Facebook, or else. Last week, tenants at City Park Apartments woke up to a Facebook Addendum on their doors, requiring them to “friend” the building’s community page on the social network within five days, or risk being in breach of their lease. Despite that their leases have already been signed.
Jun 1, 2016
Why So Serious? Playful Design Trends We’re Spotting: Neon, 80s Influences, Toys & More
It’s halfway through 2016 and I’ve already spotted stand-out design trends in beautiful homes. But I’m not just referring to common colors, patterns and materials. This year, I’m spotting elements that infuse playfulness into interiors. Add some playfulness into your rooms today with these fresh and fun decor trends. Neon isn’t a new idea for interiors, but the ways that I’ve been spotting them in interiors recently is fresh.
May 31, 2016
Dusen Dusen Taps Jessica Williams for New Home Collection
Dusen Dusen continues to snag our favorite funny ladies for their look books. The new home collection, available in June, features Daily Show senior correspondent Jessica Williams. Their first home collection last year caught our attention with SNL star Aidy Bryant, and Williams is making those graphic prints pop as well. The collection debuted during NYCxDESIGN where we snuck a peek of it at Sight Unseen OFFSITE.
May 24, 2016
A Peek Inside Paisley Park, Prince’s Minnesota Recording Studio
Quite unassuming from the outside, you’d hardly guess this building was the creative refuge of The Purple One. But at Paisley Park in suburban Minnesota, Prince recorded nearly 30 albums. Take a look inside: 55,000 square feet on nine acres, Paisley Park was completed in 1988 and houses four recording studios, a video editing suite, and a 12,500 square foot soundstage.
Apr 28, 2016
An IKEA Hack of Epic Heights: A Sky-High Stacked Bookcase from KALLAX Shelves
There’s one particular feature of Girolamo & Alex’s San Francisco house tour that demands your attention and piques your curiosity: The black bookcase that stretches all the way from the floor to the loft’s enviably tall ceiling. Look a little closer, and you’ll see that this grand bookcase is actually three $149 KALLAX shelving units stacked together (if they look familiar, the KALLAX is IKEA’s latest model to replace the popular EXPEDIT shelves).
Apr 26, 2016
Takeaway Tips for a Sure-Fire (& Stylish) Craft Area
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the tornado of craft supplies that has taken over a room (or perhaps your whole home), you might need to employ smarter storage tools to keep your supplies in check. This craft room features several clever ideas that could be used in your home—no matter if you have an entire room or just a small area.
Apr 20, 2016
Space Saving Smart Furniture Switcheroos
In a small home, every inch counts. If you’re looking for ways to find more space in your home, peruse this list of furniture switcheroo suggestions. They are smart and suitable substitutes for bulkier furniture, and making these switches could give you more space. A small wooden shelf, a repurposed desk drawer or a cube shelf (like above) can drastically reduce the space a nightstand might take up without eliminating a handy bedside surface.
Mar 18, 2016
Molly & Daniel: The Freelance Life in LA
Molly and Daniel are true blue partners in crime. They live together in a 1920’s-era Los Feliz apartment, work together as business partners, and support each other’s freelance work goals. They’re also great storytellers, fun to be around, and, as far as cute couples go, they’re like Olympic ice skating team cute. Here’s life with Molly and Daniel… The story of Molly and Daniel starts off with a simple twist of fate.
Mar 16, 2016
A Trio of Simple “I Wish I’d Thought of That” Color Ideas
We’re all kids at heart. So why can’t we decorate like children? Not to say we should start pinning up posters of teen idols or buying superhero sheets, but we should be able to channel the kind of reckless abandon of a child with a crayon and a coloring book. There are no rules, only color. This bold Chicago apartment seems to have it down, with three rule-breaking color details that are just rebellious enough to work for anyone, in any space.
Mar 14, 2016
This Might Be the Easiest Way to Hide TV Cords, Ever
It’s hard out here for a renter. Something that’s really simple for homeowners–like running your TV cords down behind the wall–is physically impossible for renters, lest we think it’s worth sacrificing our security deposits. Good news: All hope is not lost if you’re stuck with cords that droop and dangle across your beautiful vignettes. The solution? A stack of books.
Mar 3, 2016
How Much Did This Room Cost? Sarah’s Stylish Dining Room
Sarah of Salt House somehow manages to live and work and host cooking classes, workshops, and other food-centered events in her modestly-sized apartment—and do it all with enviable style. Want to make her fabulous and flexible dining room your own? Here’s (approximately!) how much it would cost… Extendable dining table: Z Gallerie via Salt House $1,500 Chairs: Overstock.com via Salt House $143 x 10 = $1,430 Custom neon sign: Lite Brite Neon $?
Jan 28, 2016
How Much Did This Room Cost? Cate’s Living Room
Design writer Cate St. Hill lives in a London flat that boasts a beautiful aesthetic she describes as “a light and relaxed style that’s one part Scandi and one part French, with a blend of old and new.” Let’s explore how much (approximately!) it would cost to recreate her lovely living room in our very own homes. Stool: Alvar Aalto Stool 60 from artek $285.00 Vintage armchair: eBay $? Linen curtains: IKEA Aina $59.99 Light: Eileen Gray Tube Light from Aram $588.
Jan 25, 2016
The Mysterious History of the Fourth Meal – and Why it Might Be Coming Back
Most of us eat three meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But this isn’t true all over the world, and it hasn’t always been the case even in America. Several historical references make mention of a mysterious fourth meal — a second or ‘reve’ supper. Although we may think of our standard of three meals as the norm, it’s not just hobbits who eat more than three meals a day.
Oct 23, 2015
Why Do People in the South Call Lunch ‘Dinner’ and Dinner ‘Supper’?
I grew up in the South, and that means I had a grandma who was an excellent cook, but it also means that, throughout my childhood, I was exceedingly confused about what the word ‘dinner’ meant. Most people I knew used dinner to refer to the evening meal and lunch for the mid-day one, but at grandma’s dinner happened at noon and there was another meal, supper, in the evening. Were my relatives trying to confuse me? What, exactly, did it all mean?
Oct 20, 2015
The 3 Types of Toilet Paper Users: Which One Are You?
I swear I’m not obsessed with bathrooms, but this discussion came up during one of our editorial meetings the other day. We obviously take our jobs VERY seriously and no topic is too detailed, or too inappropriate for us to write about. “Crumplers” (as demonstrated in the lead photo above) are devil-may-care types who want to get in and out of the bathroom fast, with the least amount of fuss.
Sep 18, 2015
Isabelle’s West Hollywood Studio
Name: Isabelle E. Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, CA Size: 375 square feet Years lived in: 10 months; Rented Until late 2014, Isabelle and her roommate had lived two buildings up from me for years. While I was disappointed to learn that they planned to move into their own places, that sentiment didn’t last long—Isabelle soon found an apartment only a block further up our street.
Aug 10, 2015
50 Household Terms You Might Not Know Were Brand Names
Many of the terms you use around the house are actually trademarked. (“Grab me a kleenex, will you?”) Or at least they were at one point, before we all started using them as if they were just a regular part of the English language. And actually, a few of the brands on this list have lost the right to enforce their trademark because the term became so commonplace. So here they are in one tidy list (a little ammunition for your next trivia night).
Jul 27, 2015
Brandon’s Bold and Bright Bachelor Pad
Name: Brandon Kleinman Location: West Hollywood; Los Angeles, CA Years lived in: 4 years; Rented Bachelors may have a reputation for maintaining less-than-desirable living quarters, but as the founder and CMO of online interior design firm Laurel & Wolf, Brandon Kleinman refused to fall victim to such stereotypes.
Jul 23, 2015
Clashist’s New DTLA Office
Name: Heather Lipner / Clashist Location: Downtown Fashion District; Los Angeles, CA Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: Less than a year; Rented Clashist is a fun fashion line that emblazons everyday wear with sentimental pop culture throwbacks. Their t-shirts, leggings, and accessories honor icons like Joan Rivers, Beavis & Butt-head, Bill Murray and so on. Welcome to their new digs in Downtown LA!
Jul 3, 2015
Kirsten and Ted’s Green Dream
Name: Kirsten Thoft and Ted Nadeau Location: Princeton, NJ Size: 3200 square feet (including lower level apartment / family room) Years lived in: 2 years; owned So many words are needed to describe Kirsten and Ted’s multi-faceted home: beautiful, sustainable, functional, light, airy, warm, homey, and even industrial! Kirsten, an architect, purchased the site and originally planned to build a spec home.
Jun 18, 2015
National Forest’s Design Hub
Name: National Forest // Co-Founded by Seven Harrington and Justin Krietemeyer Location: Atwater Village; Los Angeles, California Size: 2,400 square feet Years lived in: We’ve been in this building for seven years. We were down the road before that and a home-loft in the very beginning. National Forest is a design firm and creative consultancy located in Atwater Village.
Mar 31, 2015
A Tour of AphroChic’s Stylish Show Home at Helms Bakery
On the weekend of October 12th in Los Angeles, global design gurus Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason remixed the Helms Bakery District’s newest showroom space, transforming its interior into a stunning concept home filled with design inspiration. The exhibit, complete with a living room, library, master bedroom, dining room, and back patio, was furnished entirely with items from the Helm’s Bakery District’s various retailers.
Nov 17, 2014
Design Inspiration From a Palm Springs Desert Chic Boutique Hotel, The Amado
Name: Jaime Kowal, The Amado Location: Palm Springs, California Size: 3,200 square feet interior space, 11,200 square feet exterior space Years lived in: Purchased and renovated in 2013; opened as a desert chic boutique hotel in 2014. I was heading out to Palm Springs for the weekend with friends; we were nine adults and a half dozen children all in. We wanted some of the amenities of a hotel with the isolation and privacy of a house. The answer to where to stay?
Nov 1, 2014
Janice & Jacob’s Home of Magical Curiosities
Name: Janice Erlacher & Jacob Riesenburger of Bermuda Dream and Flea Market Safari + cats, Vinny & Kitty Location: Historic Howell Station in West Midtown; Atlanta, Georgia Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: 5 months; Renting A friend of mine in New York heard I had been doing home tours in Atlanta, and immediately said I needed to check out Janice and Jacob’s place.
Oct 28, 2014
Honeywood Boutique and Workspace
Name: Honeywood Boutique and Workspace Location: Highland Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 900 square feet Years worked in: 1 year You may recall your heart skipping a beat when you perused Vanessa’s breathtaking Eagle Rock home last year. Well, prepare the defibrillator because Vanessa and her boyfriend Charlie have outdone themselves once again with their Highland Park shop and workspace, Honeywood.
Oct 22, 2014
Chad’s Tasteful Tennessee Home
Name: Chad James and Josie the Greyhound
 Location: Downtown Nashville, Tennessee Size: 1,200 square feet
 Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Chad James is a Nashville architectural consultant & interior designer with a bit of a reputation. Not the kind of reputation your mother warned you about acquiring, but the kind that lands you some of the most exciting design projects this side of the Mississippi. As the principle of Chad James Group, he’s designed spaces all over the world.
Oct 3, 2014
The Inside Scoop on IKEA’s New Kitchen Cabinet System: SEKTION
Important Update: We’ve got all the finalized details on the new IKEA kitchen! Click here for our new post filled with photos, prices and tons of info on sizes, finishes and features. I’m sure you’ve heard the not-so-secret rumor that IKEA is transitioning to a new line of kitchen cabinets in 2015 and it’s all true – it’s definitely happening and the new system, called SEKTION, is on its way and will be in US stores soon.
Sep 17, 2014
A Cottage Kitchen Gets a Makeover
Aug 19, 2014
The Made In America Project
Name: Micha Thomas and Jaime Lawson of The Made In America Project Location: Laurel Canyon- Los Angeles, California Size: Converted sunroom into a home office 400 Square Feet Years lived in: barely a year, rented Merging their backgrounds in public relations and the fashion industry, Micha and Jaime have created The Made In America Project, which offers a badge of certification to 100% American-made products.
Jul 30, 2014
5 “French Women” Strategies for a Healthy Home
I’ve been reading French Women Don’t Get Fat and its sequel, A French Woman For All Seasons, as part of the research for a piece I’m writing. The lessons of the books are simple: take pleasure in what you eat; eat everything — in season and of the best quality you can find — in moderation; drink water; move a little every day; and, play to your unique strengths. A recent experience made me think that these same lessons could also apply to your home.
Jul 23, 2014
A Light and Bright Kitchen Update
Jul 11, 2014
Chris & Damian’s Updated 1898 Echo Park Home
Name: Christopher Rodriguez, Entertainment Attorney, and Damian Pelliccione, Host/Producer/Event Coordinator, New Media Vault & Boys in Tech Location: Echo Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years Chris and Damian had been living in a loft and wanted to move into a house, so they purchased this small home as a fixer-upper.
May 15, 2014
Naomi & Anthony’s Collected Craftsman Home
Name: Gallerist Anthony Cran and fashion stylist Naomi Wilding, owners of Wilding Cran Gallery Location: West Adams; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 5 years It’s no surprise that Naomi Wilding and Anthony Cran have so much style, considering that Naomi’s grandmother is Elizabeth Taylor and Anthony’s father is a prolific painter. Anthony’s father, Chris Cran, has his work represented at the Wilding Cran Gallery.
May 8, 2014
John & Erin’s Mid-Century Modern Ranch Home
Name: John Conneely, general contractor/owner of California Modern, and Erin Sheehan Location: Eagle Rock; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 1/2 years John immediately fell in love with this Eagle Rock Mid-Century house, and during its remodel he found a letter in the wall saying that the house was built with lots of love. He felt that good energy when he first walked into the house. Erin knew John for over a year before she saw his home.
May 8, 2014
5 Reasons You Should Be Using Plastic Furniture Covers Right Now
Chances are good you’ve dismissed clear plastic furniture covers as tacky, uncomfortable, and best left in the past. But we’re here to tell you to take a second look. Here’s why: 1. Protection: Just as you use a cover to protect your mattress, you should do the same for other furniture as well. Furniture can be a large investment, so why not extend its life as long as possible? That large blue ink stain will otherwise bother you for years…. 2.
Apr 1, 2014
Eileen’s Elegant & Airy Townhouse
Name: Eileen McGrath Location: Georgetown; Washington, DC Size: 2,700 square feet Years lived in: 13 years; Owned It’s no surprise that Eileen McGrath’s place is so inviting. As a real estate agent for Washington Fine Properties, the top residential firm in DC, she’s a pro at making beautiful houses look like great homes. “I do this for my clients all the time,” she says, straightening a stack of magazines here, moving flowers there, plumping a pillow on the sofa.
Mar 26, 2014
IKEA Responds: Expedit Versus Kallax
In response the the uproar about their discontinuation of EXPEDIT, IKEA released photos of the KALLAX yesterday. Like many of you mentioned in the comments, the KALLAX is a slight tweak on the beloved shelving system: a more scratch-resistant surface, slightly rounded corners, and thinner outer boards, but the same internal dimensions (see the full side-by-side image after the jump).
Feb 21, 2014
Zulu Alpha Kilo’s Collaborative Cool
Name: Zak Mroueh, Chief Creative Officer & CEO, Zulu Alpha Kilo Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 8,000 square feet Years occupied: 4 While many advertising agencies have a free-spirited and collaborative approach to the creative process, few have taken that philosophy to heart to the degree that Zulu Alpha Kilo’s founder Zak Mroueh has.
Jan 22, 2014
Jeanetta & Brian’s Incredible Shared Space
Name: Jeanetta Gonzales + Brian Saldivar Location: The Unique Space, in Downtown LA Size: 180 square feet Years lived in: 2 months While poking around Instagram, I discovered Jeanetta and fell in love with her new office. To my delight, it turned out that she shared the space with Brian, inside the incredible new Unique Space in DTLA. This is my third tour of interiors inside the Unique Space, and I have to say— they are quite unique.
Jan 21, 2014
Sonja Rasula + The Unique Space
Name: Sonja Rasula, Founder of UNIQUE USA Location: The Unique Space // 1275 E 6th Street, LA CA 90021 //Los Angeles Arts District Size: 18,000 square feet Years lived in: I’ve been renovating the space for the past four months, and we just opened in December! Welcome to the Los Angeles Art District’s newest neighbor, The Unique Space! It’s 18,000 square feet of raw warehouse space, completely renovated and redesigned by the incomparable Sonja Rasula.
Dec 20, 2013
West Elm Comes to London
The news in London this Fall has been all about the launch of J.Crew, but for those who prefer to shop for their home rather than their closet, another exciting shop has come across the pond! West Elm just launched a brand new store on Tottenham Court Road, the main drag for super sized furniture stores. The highly anticipated hip branch of the Williams-Sonoma group opened last Thursday.
Dec 11, 2013
Matt Leyes’ Men’s Grooming Parlor
Name: Matt Leyes, owner and esthetician for The Men’s Grooming Parlor Location: Andersonville; Chicago, Illinois Years lived in: 5 years Matt knew there were men out there who wanted professional grooming services, but didn’t want to end up in a pink robe sitting next to five women in a typical salon waiting room.
Nov 13, 2013
Greg & Rob’s Sky Suite
Name: Robert Onderdonk & Gregory Roth Location: Toronto, Canada Size: 1270 square feet Years lived in: 10 months, owned This sky high condo is as custom-made as they come. While gutting a brand-new home may seem like a surprising choice to some, Greg and Rob were so dissatisfied with their builder-quality basics that they knew it had to be done as soon as they moved in.
Oct 24, 2013
Adam’s DIY Ode To Ornamentalism in Philadelphia
Name: Adam Wallacavage Location: South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 3000 square feet Years Lived In: 13; Owned Stepping inside Adam’s home is akin to stepping inside a set designer’s brain. Everywhere you look, it’s a creative smorgasbord for the eyes. But what makes this place even more spectacular is the fact that Adam’s home is composed of his own creations, most of which he crafted with his own two hands.
Sep 27, 2013
Drew & Ceara’s Hollywood Hills Home
Name: Drew Fuller, actor, and Ceara McAuliffe, of Middle Sister General Vintage Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, California Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years Drew grew up at the beach in Orange Country and Ceara was raised in Venice, so they wanted their Hollywood Hills home design to have a connection to the coastal lifestyle.
Sep 16, 2013
Chris + Kenny’s Ojai Rancho Inn
Name: Chris Sewell + Kenny Osehan // Ojai Rancho Inn Location: Ojai, California Size: 18 Rooms + Swimming Pool and Sauna Years lived in: New ownership as of June 12th, 2012 The last time I visited Chris and Kenny was when I photographed their old apartment in Downtown Santa Barbara for their first House Tour. At the time they were running the Presidio Motel on State Street, as well as the Agave Inn.
Aug 19, 2013
The Virtual Barber Shop Makes Your Ears Tingle While Testing Headphones
Those who’ve grown up going to a barbershop will recognize many of the sensations connected to getting a haircut: the scarf-like comfort of the tissue and silk cape wrapped around the neck, the smell of the mysterious blue liquid where combs reside perfuming the air, and of course, the ghostly head and neck tickling sensation of scissors and clippers dancing around the head.
Jul 1, 2013
Sam & Anne’s Cozy Modern Blend
Name: Sam, Anne, new baby Tesla and Pup Indiana Location: South Austin, Texas Size: 2200 square feet Years lived in: Owned 8 months Sam and Anne never intended to make this house in South Austin their home. They had been living in a gorgeous modern home we featured on Apartment Therapy last year, and purchased this 1927 bungalow with the intention of flipping it.
Feb 28, 2013
Craig’s Tiki Hut
Name: Craig ShimalaLocation: River West, Chicago, IllinoisSize: 990 square feetYears lived in: 3 years; Owned Most people tend to shy away from labeling themselves as hoarders, but Craig has made the fact that he “doesn’t throw anything out” a central part of his aesthetic. Showcasing an impressive collection of vintage nautical-themed knick-knacks, Craig’s cozy Chicago apartment manages to embrace the collector within, while managing to remain uncluttered without.
Aug 28, 2012
A Spanish Style Meets Mid C Home
Designer:Kate Strickland of West Haddon HallLocation: Los Angeles, California Kate sent us images and info on a recent project: This Spanish style house with dramatic vaulted ceilings celebrates a delicious mix of styles in the interior, designed by Los Angeles-based firm West Haddon Hall. Filled with original Mid-Century Modern pieces in wood and neutral tones, it is enlivened with vibrant Moroccan rugs and Turkish pillows.
Jan 4, 2012
How Your Home’s Insulation Affects Your Wireless Signal
There’s a long list of things we love to blame for poor wireless signals—the weather, antenna placement, AT&T—and insulation is rarely one of them. It should be, though, because the insulation in your walls at home and at the office could be the real reason you’re dropping calls.Some construction materials are well-known to mess around with wireless signal strength.
Sep 15, 2011
Zoe & Trey’s Refined Eclectic Georgetown Digs
Name: Zoe Feldman and Trey Location: Georgetown — Washington, DCSize: 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 2 half baths. Approx: 1200 sq ftYears lived in: almost 2 years — owned Seeing what tricks designers use in their own homes is always a treat, but getting to peek into the home of an interior designer as unique as Zoe Feldman is a total thrill, especially since she was so open about sharing tips and resources.
Jul 21, 2011
Sam & Dominic’s Sunny Phinney Ridge Home
Name: Sam Spencer and Dominic WilliamsonLocation: Phinney Ridge — Seattle, WashingtonSize: 2000 sq feetYears lived in: 8.5 years Sam, Dominic and their two little girls live on a sunny hill in the neighborhood of Phinney Ridge in Seattle. The house stands out on the street as a sweet, contemporary haven with subtle storybook details. Their bright, red, front door and modern, silver house numbers are just a preview of the chic decor inside.
Jul 8, 2011
The Las Vegas Home of MadeByGirl’s Jen Ramos
Name: Jen Ramos Location: Henderson, Nevada Size: 2,800 square feet Years lived in: 8 months At the end of last year, Jen started the process of remodeling her kitchen. She posted a few inspirational photos and a photo of her kitchen on her design blog, Made By Girl. I was so excited to see the transformation that I kept checking in and waiting to see the final result of her new kitchen. Jen gave me a peek at the rest of her house and I couldn’t resist a full house tour.
Jun 17, 2011
Before & After: Fresh Starts at the 2011 DC Design House
How do you revive a dark and dated room without completely eliminating its original character? I gleaned quite a few ideas from the 2011 DC Design House where some of my favorite DC designers brought fresh sophistication to their spaces by simplifying and lightening — perfect inspiration for spring!• 1-3: The Pool Room: Erin Paige Pitts Erin was charged with the task of making the rather gloomy pool room into a functional and inspiring retreat.
Apr 8, 2011
Uptown Glamour at Manhattan House by Celerie Kemble
Name: Celerie KembleLocation: Upper East Side — New York, New YorkSize: 1,861-square-feet — 2-bedroom condo The recent renovation of the Manhattan House buffs an already treasured architectural gem. Giving Celerie Kemble the opportunity to design and create an extravagant two-bedroom residence brings to life the ultimate urban living experience.
Mar 2, 2011
Gavin’s Winning Woodsy Nursery
Child’s name: Gavin (7 weeks)Location: Phoenixville, PA Room size: SMALL. I really don’t know the size. But it’s our smallest bedroom in the house. When Amanda entered (and won!) the Small Kids, Big Color contest, we all followed her into the woods and agreed that it was indeed awesome. The contest’s five photo limit left many of you, not to mention us, craving more of this memorable space.
Feb 1, 2011
Liv, Jeff and the Friendly Yeti Sharing a Home
Name: Liv and Jeff McMillan Location: Long Beach, California Size: 1644 Square Feet Years lived in: 8 Months Liv and Jeff are as fun and carefree as their artistic and handmade home. While Jeff finishes his painting in his studio, Liv is in her crafts room writing for her blog and hanging out with Friendly Yeti. Early this summer there will be a new little addition to the family and it isn’t a baby yeti.
Jan 7, 2011
Roman, Milo & Luca’s Bedroom of Nooks
Names: Roman, Milo, LucaAges: 9, 5 and 2Location: Bel Air, CARoom size: 11′ x 12′ (roughly) With a two-bedroom house and three young boys to accomodate, Irwin Miller had to get creative. His innovative use of all the nooks, recesses and alcoves results in a comfortable, efficient room that gives all three brothers their own place as well as an inspiring shared space.
Dec 16, 2010
John’s New York City Interior with a California Garden
Name: John Saint-DenisLocation: Hancock Park – Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1500 Square FeetYears lived in: 5 years John wanted to reduce his carbon footprint by moving in a multi-unit building. He found his current fourplex and decided to purchase the property with a few friends, who would each keep one of the units. It had the potential for John’s ideal blending of styles, a classic Upper East Side Manhattan layout with a California garden, but needed a complete overhaul.
Nov 18, 2010