IKEA’s Brand New Summer Collection Launches This Month
More new IKEA is coming your way this month. The Swedish retailer’s summer collections include everything you’ll need for outdoor living, and will start popping up in US stores in March. It may still be chilly in your neck of the woods, but it’s starting to look like summer at IKEA, and the new collections are perfect for outdoor adventures and entertaining.
Mar 3, 2017
Here’s How Old Subway Cars Could Help D.C.’s Homeless Population
Feel like you live on the subway? It could soon be a reality for some. Washington, D.C., architect Arthur Cotton Moore has an idea to help house the city’s homeless: convert decommissioned Metro cars into small apartments.
Mar 2, 2017
The Fairy Tale Story of Ms. Chesterfield, My Newest Sofa
I am so excited to announce the official debut of Ms. Chesterfield, a modern, feminine version of the chunky old Chesterfield. It’s also the newest piece in a continued collaboration between Apartment Therapy and Interior Define. I got to see it in Chicago two weeks ago, and it is truly beautiful.
Mar 2, 2017
IKEA’s Limited Edition JASSA Collection Is a Boho Lover’s Dream
Wishing you were lounging about in Bali or browsing fabrics at Central Market in Kuala Lumpur? Well, we’ve got the next best thing for you right here. IKEA has launched JASSA, a limited edition collection inspired by the color and craft of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The first thing we noticed about the collection are those boldly patterned textiles. “The way the JASSA patterns are built up visually, is very much like batik or ikat.
Mar 2, 2017
These Are America’s Favorite Stores, According to a Satisfaction Survey
Shopping can be fun or it can be a chore. Either way, leaving a happy customer is important. This new survey ranks retailers on a scale of 0 to 100 in terms of consumer satisfaction. Check out which stores made the grade. The American Consumer Satisfaction Index rates consumers’ satisfaction across six retail industries, from supermarkets to internet retailers to department stores. Overall, confidence in the retail sector was up 4.7% in 2016 to a score of 78.
Mar 1, 2017
Oh Joy’s Rainbow-Hued Furniture Collection for Target is Here (And We Want Everything)
If you’re someone who’s just as into statement sofas as statement pillows, then you’re really going to love Joy Cho’s latest collection for Target. And it’s a first: Joy’s love of color and pattern explodes into a new category—furniture! The new Oh Joy!
Mar 1, 2017
Sneak Peek: Our Newest Collaboration with Interior Define!
Here’s a sneak peek of the one, the only Ms. Chesterfield. I’ve been sitting on another secret for WAY too long. I’m thrilled that I can FINALLY share our newest collaboration with Interior Define with all of you. Ready for 2017, here’s my interpretation of the iconic Chesterfield sofa: a sleeker, sexier and more modern version, and she’s called Ms. Chesterfield.
Feb 24, 2017
This Furniture Show Is Entirely Devoted to Cats
Cat lovers, you have to check this out right meow. This new design show in Singapore is totally devoted to furniture that’s exclusively for felines. Aptly named 9 Lives, the show includes practical and aesthetically pleasing furniture exclusively for our feline friends. The show features nine designers (one for each of the lives) who “express their take on furniture design for cats for urban, compact living spaces.
Feb 24, 2017
Sofa Drama: How West Elm’s Peggy Went from Popular to Discontinued to Refund-Worthy in Under a Week
West Elm’s Peggy sofa has been the source of much controversy this week. Here’s how the affordable mid-century style option went from popular pick to discontinued in just about six days. It all started when Anna Hezel’s piece, Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much?, was published on The Awl last Thursday. In it, she details how she and her partner bought the Peggy after moving in together.
Feb 23, 2017
Today Only: A “Big Thanks” Money Saving Deal from Amazon
Have a few things hanging out in your cart at Amazon? Need to pick up some gifts, goodies or possibly even some groceries? Well, Amazon is celebrating their #1 position in a reputation ranking poll, with a record high score of 86.27, by offering shoppers $8.63 off their $50 or more purchases today. Just use the code “BIGTHANKS” at checkout to have the discount applied to your order.
Feb 22, 2017
Is Nokia Making a ‘Smart’ Move Bringing the Dumb Phone Back?
Do you miss the days when phones were for calling people, batteries lasted more than four hours, and the only distraction available was playing Snake? Good news, luddites, because Nokia is bringing back their beloved 3310, the dumb phone to end all dumb phones. “Serial leaker” Evan Blass announced on Twitter that Nokia would be debuting the resurrected 3310 later this month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with a few Android-based smartphones.
Feb 19, 2017
Check Out These Winning Architect-Designed Little Free Libraries
Anything that spreads the love of reading is wonderful in our book. We’ve been enamored with Little Free Libraries since they started popping up in neighborhoods around the world nearly a decade ago. Recently, Chronicle Books held a design competition to see if architects could come up with the perfect Little Free Library. Here are the results: The first Little Free Library came to be in 2009.
Feb 17, 2017
Students Design a Temporary Shelter to Combat LA’s Homelessness
There’s a homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, with an estimated 50,000 people sleeping on the streets every night—a figure that’s jumped 35% in the last year alone. Architecture students at the University of Southern California have worked with city officials and nonprofits to come up with Homes for Hope, a single-occupancy pod that can be built quickly and cheaply, and can help provide safe spaces for homeless people while more permanent solutions are in the works.
Feb 12, 2017
This Online Dollar Store is Just for Beauty Supplies
If you’re among the makeup obsessed but would rather not drop whole paychecks at Sephora, here’s a store you need to know about. Miss A is the first and only online dollar store devoted to beauty products. Not that we’re knocking Sephora; even as a card-carrying VIB Rouge member, I got excited by Miss A‘s plethora of bargain beauty deals.
Feb 12, 2017
A 200-Word Essay Could Win You a Gorgeous Catskills Cabin
If conveying your innermost thoughts via the written word isn’t exactly in your wheelhouse, allow us to kindly encourage you to knock the dust off those essay-writing skills you acquired back in the day. Because the only thing that stands between you and some cushy lakeside digs are a mere 200 words. According to Curbed, the owners of this gorgeous Catskills cabin are holding an essay-writing contest with plans to give the Bethel, NY home to whoever comes up with the most convincing words.
Feb 11, 2017
Survey Finds That People Outsource This Dirty Job More Than Any Other
Nobody likes the ongoing maintenance and household chores that accompany home ownership. But of all the tedious tasks on our to-do lists, a new survey finds there’s overwhelmingly one that we can’t wait to take off our plates. Can you guess what it is? Nearly half (47%) of American homeowners surveyed by contractor review site Angie’s List said they plan to pay someone to help with yard work or landscaping in 2017.
Feb 10, 2017
Pinterest Just Announced a New Feature That Turns Your Camera Into a Search Tool
Big news from Pinterest today. The social network and image sharing platform debuted a suite of visual discovery tools today, one of which turns your camera into a search tool. “Humans are visual creatures. We use our eyes to decide if something looks good, or if it matches our style,” the company says in its announcement blog post. “Pinterest is built for open-minded discovery. Just like when you’re out window-shopping.
Feb 8, 2017
CB2’s Latest Collection is a Calming Dose of Zen
CB2’s newest collection is calm, cool, and collected. The modern retailer partnered with designer Ross Cassidy, who took his inspiration from Japan for the luxe-meets-minimalist line. The LA-based, South African-born Cassidy—whom you might recognize from Bravo’s 2011 show Million Dollar Decorators—has worked with the likes of Sia, actor Alex Pettyfer, and model Amber Valetta, and his collection adds a refined twist to utilitarian design.
Feb 8, 2017
IKEA’s New Black Kitchen Cabinets Are Literally Garbage
IKEA’s new cabinets are literally garbage. Kungsbacka, the Swedish furniture retailer’s latest line of kitchen cabinets, is made from reclaimed industrial wood and recycled plastic bottles. IKEA collaborated with Swedish design studio Form Us With Love to create a sleek collection of anthracite cabinets with a matte finish (you know we love a black kitchen!). Each 15.75-by-31.5-inch cabinet uses 25 plastic bottles.
Feb 6, 2017
IKEA To Sell Rugs Made By Syrian Refugees
IKEA continues to do its part in helping with the refugee crisis. The Swedish retailer announced this week that it will be selling rugs and textiles made by Syrian refugees in Jordan. The United Nations reports that Jordan has accepted over 655,000 refugees from the war-torn country.
Feb 5, 2017
Designed to Be Hacked: IKEA’s First “Open Source” Sofa is Coming
IKEA is working on a sofa that’s sure to be a hacker’s dream; DELAKTIG is a customizable platform that will have a variety of third-party add-ons. And according to the Wall Street Journal, it will be available early next year. DELAKTIG will feature an aluminum frame and slatted base so that it can be fully flat-packed—more like a bed instead of a sofa.
Feb 3, 2017
Southwest & Virgin Have Amazing Flight Deals, But You Have to Book Now
Ready for a vacation? If you’re thinking of traveling in the next couple months, today’s the day to book your flights. Both Southwest and Virgin America have some pretty sweet deals going on, but they’re ending soon! There are are over 80 origin cities included in Southwest’s Spring Break sale—from Akron to Wichita—so chances are, there’s one near you.
Feb 2, 2017
Your Favorite Hippie Shoe Brand Dips a Toe in the Bed Market
If the shoe fits, wear it, but what about a bed that’s made by Birkenstock? If the renowned comfort of the wildly successful footwear brand’s sandals is any indication, then we expect Birkenstocks’ line of beds (can we call them Birken-beds?) to feel like sleeping on clouds.
Feb 2, 2017
People Were Showering with Mrs. Meyers, So They Made Some Actual Body Wash
If you’re as obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and their garden-fresh smelling cleaning products as we are, the news we’re about to tell you is going to brighten up your world like a beautiful spring day.
Feb 2, 2017
Survey Reveals That People Want Bigger Homes—Except in this One Country
For many people, bigger is still better—especially when it comes to their homes. Sure, that motorized monstrosity known as the Hummer is no longer in production, and McMansions have fallen out of favor in recent years as tiny homes tickle our imaginations. But according to a new survey, in much of America, size still matters—and big isn’t big enough.
Feb 1, 2017
IKEA’s New Colorful SPRIDD Collection is Inspired By Music
While everyone was ogling at the new PS 2017 collection that debuted last week, IKEA also released another line, a collaboration with fashion designer Kit Neale. SPRIDD is full of bright colors and bold patterns, and is inspired by youth culture and music. The SPRIDD collection features pieces that are lightweight and meant for an on-the-go lifestyle—think dorm living and music festivals.
Jan 31, 2017
One Couple Transformed This Dumpster Into an Off-The-Grid Tiny House
One man’s trash is another man’s tiny house. With $800, the scenic boulders of Florence, Arizona and a whole lot of vision, Jamie and Brad Bigelow purchased a dumpster in hopes of turning it into a 176-square-foot vacation home. “Our family goes out there a lot so we wanted a little house as a base that we could stay at,” Jamie told TODAY Home. “We just love going out there and stargazing.
Jan 29, 2017
Here’s How a Doorknob (Yes, a Doorknob) Started a Fire
This week, Reddit was shook when one user shared a cautionary tale of accidental fire at their home. Not by an unattended candle, or a frayed wire, or even unventilated electronics—but by a doorknob.
Jan 29, 2017
This High-Tech Canopy Bed Is Straight Out Of The Jetsons
Canopy beds aren’t exactly a new concept. Back in the days of drafty castles, they provided extra warmth when heavy curtains were hung on them (which also added some privacy since there were always other people around). But iNyx, complete with 21st century bells and whistles, is not your monarch’s canopy bed. Sure, it’s got a Jetsons-slash-retro carport vibe, but if you’re not opposed to giant chrome awnings above your head, there are lots of features to this thing.
Jan 17, 2017
In Vino Veritas: The 9 Most Wine-Obsessed Moments of 2016
After much contemplation, we are still having trouble thinking of a moment in which wine wasn’t winning, and this year has been no exception. The much talked about beverage is arguably the cool kid of boozy drinks. As if they’d been stored in a cellar until optimal maturation, the multitude of wine-inspired ideas that continually gushed forth in 2016 prove that nearly everyone and everything wants to be associated with wine.
Dec 24, 2016
Tom Dixon Reveals New Info About His Top Secret IKEA Collection
British designer Tom Dixon just revealed new details about his 2017 collection for IKEA. Here’s what we know: Back in June, IKEA announced that they’d be launching collaborations with Hay and Tom Dixon in 2017. While we actually got to see some of the Hay designs—including their take on the classic FRAKTA bag—all we learned about the Dixon collection was that it included an aluminum-framed sofa and that the collaboration was focusing on the “ever-changing home.
Dec 20, 2016
Join the January Cure for Your Best Year Yet
There is nothing like the start of a new year to get your home (and life!) in good shape – and Apartment Therapy wants to make it as painless as possible. If you are ready to make 2017 your best year yet, I have a plan. Sign up for the free group project we call the January Cure and I’ll send you do-able, one-manageable-step-at-a-time assignments throughout the rest of the month, designed to help you create a cleaner, more organized and peaceful home.
Dec 19, 2016
Tiny House Fever Hits the Olympics
Finding a place to crash during the Olympics may not be the easiest task, unless you happen to be part of the games or know someone in the host city who’s willing to let you couch surf for the duration of the festivities. Does either of those scenarios apply to you? If so, congratulations, you lucky son of a gun (and yes, we are totally jealous).
Dec 16, 2016
The Ultimate Nap: Now You Can Pop a Tent Over Your Bed
Could you use a little more coziness when curling up for a nap? Privacy Pop has come up with the Bed Tent, a portable enclosure that works with your current mattress and bed frame to give you better rest. Much like its camping counterpart, the Bed Tent has two doors that roll up or zip closed, and two mesh windows on either end that can be opened or closed based on how much light you want inside.
Dec 15, 2016
Your Bed Makes Itself with this Smart Duvet Invention
We’ve dedicated quite a few posts over the years to making the bed, also declaring that it’s a habit you shouldn’t skip, even if you’re busy. But maybe you’re just never going to do it—for whatever reason—but you (or someone you live with) like the look of a put-together sleep space. Here’s a solution… other than someone else passive-aggressively tidying up after you.
Dec 14, 2016
This Is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017
It’s December, and the holiday season is officially here. But for color lovers, today is a holiday in and of itself: the day Pantone announces their Color of the Year for 2017. In 2016, they surprised us all and gave us two hues: Serenity and Rose Quartz. Is there a new pair this year? Or are we back to one color to rule them all?
Dec 8, 2016
There’s a Cat Yoga Class & It’s Purrfect
Now you can get your Marjaiasana judged by an expert: An animal shelter in Georgia offers a yoga class with their adoptable cats. The class came about after Lisa Johns, a manager at the Good Mews cat shelter in Marietta, and Lisa Bass, a volunteer who happens to be a yoga instructor saw a video of people bringing cats to a yoga studio for a class. Bass thought that bringing people to the cats would be easier (and less cleanup), and so the shelter started hosting cat yoga.
Dec 2, 2016
This Browser Extension Suggests More Ethical Ways to Shop
Searching online for a company that offers quality products and also aligns with your personal values can oftentimes be an arduous task. It’s tempting to abandon the quest for that pair of eco-friendly jeans from a brand that contributes to saving the whales and manufactures durable denim that perfectly matches your new jacket, but the free browser extension DoneGood is here to relieve online shoppers of ethics-driven angst. According to Co.
Dec 2, 2016
Sleep in the Stacked Barn! Learn Guitar from Maroon 5!
You may have been reading the updates on the building of the Stacked Barn here, but in an effort to shamelessly support my daughter’s school I’m giving it away for one weekend after it’s finished. You too, could make history and sleep in the soon-to-be-iconic Stacked Barn. Or, should you prefer, you could have a guitar lesson from the iconic James Valentine of Maroon 5 fame.
Dec 1, 2016
These Brutalist Sandcastles Are Temporary Masterpieces
If you’re jonesing for a beach day, look no further than than sculptor Calvin Seibert’s flickr account. His collection of impressive sandcastles will wow anyone, whether you’re a fan of Brutalism or not. Far from your typical turreted castle, the modern geometric structures take on shapes you don’t often see made out of sand. Check out what Seibert has to say about his creations: Nature will always be against you and time is always running out.
Nov 27, 2016
This App Lets You Play the Lotto (But You’re Actually Saving Instead)
Typically, saving money and lottery tickets don’t go hand in hand (unless you count the loss of savings due to lottery ticket purchases), but a new app called Long Game hopes to develop more of a positive association between the two.
Nov 27, 2016
Airbnb Takes the Tedium Out of Travel with Trips
Airbnb, once just a place to list your apartment or book a room, is becoming a full-circle travel platform. This week, the company announced Trips, an immersive way to plan and enjoy your travel experience. Announced at the opening keynote of their Airbnb Open festival in LA on Friday, Trips is now available as an update to your Airbnb app and is launching with three areas: Homes, Places, and Experiences.
Nov 20, 2016
This Scottish Island is Worth Nearly $2 Million, But You Can Win it For Way Less
How many times have you found yourself daydreaming about jet-setting away to your own private island utopia? If you’ve lost count, one number you won’t have a hard time keeping track of is the insanely low cost of this Scottish island resort. The owners of the seven-acre resort are willing to let some lucky person take the property off their hands for—brace yourselves—$75.
Nov 18, 2016
Bed Bath & Beyond Wants You to Drink While Holiday Shopping
Bed Bath & Beyond has been trying to think outside the (big) box this year. The retailer’s newest plan to boost its bottom line? Opening a bar and restaurant in Brooklyn. The New York Post is reporting that the company is planning to open a restaurant serving wine and beer as part of its BEYOND at Liberty View store in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Nov 15, 2016
This Subscription Service Offers (High Quality, Vegan, Cruelty-Free!) Toiletries, All For Under $5
Direct to consumer goods has been the trending model for everything from sweaters to mattresses to luggage, eliminating the middleman and saving the customer money. Morgans debuted last year offering a subscription box for high quality toiletries that did just that. And while $8 for natural shampoo is a good deal, the price could be lower—like $1.96, the actual cost to make the product.
Nov 4, 2016
We’re Hiring: Join Our Team of Global House Tour Contributors
Love Apartment Therapy House Tours? Want to join our team and share stylish spaces from your part of the world? Well, now is your time! We’re putting out a special call for Tour Contributors. If you’ve got strong photography skills, an excellent eye for style and are inspired by wonderfully designed homes and the people who live in them, read on. We’re looking for people to photograph and write House Tours of homes of all sizes and styles.
Nov 2, 2016
Uber Plans to Have a Fleet of Flying Cars Within a Decade
While we’re most certainly living in The Future, we still don’t have that one Jetsons-like marker: flying cars. Will Uber be the company to finally make it happen? On Friday, the ride sharing service announced Uber Elevate, an on-demand service for “urban air transportation” that they plan to have up and running within the next ten years.
Oct 30, 2016
Watch this Coffee Table Convert to a Dining Table in One Move
Convertible tables have been a small space staple for decades, but what they offer in functionality, they often lack in style. Paris-based Boulon Blanc wants to change that with their new transformable table. While traditional convertible tables use an X-shaped mechanism that’s reminiscent of an ironing board, Boulon Blanc has a patented rotating hinge instead. The result is an organic-inspired, transformative shape whether it’s used as a coffee table or a dining table.
Oct 20, 2016
EO2 Brings Your Gallery Wall Into the 21st Century
The banana leaves are gently fluttering, as if a light breeze just picked up. It’s rather soothing, especially considering that I’m inside at Apartment Therapy HQ, and the plant is digital art. Today, Electric Objects launches EO2, their second generation digital frame, as well as Art Club, a service that brings museum-curated and original commissioned pieces into your home, so you can change art as easily as you change a song.
Oct 18, 2016
5 KENZO x H&M Looks, In Order of Wearability
This week, H&M debuted the lookbook for their next big fashion collab—this time, with KENZO. The French fashion house is known for their flashy and splashy use of pattern, and their looks for H&M are no different. Here are five outfits that go from quiet riot to loud and proud on the pattern meter. The collection doesn’t launch until November, but if it’s anything like 2015’s Balmain collab, we can expect these pieces to sell out quickly. 1.
Oct 12, 2016
Target’s New Collab with Dwell Is Super Modern & Minimal
Target’s latest collaboration looks like it’s straight from a magazine—because it is. Modern by Dwell Magazine is a 120-piece collection, launching late December. This collection is more minimal and modern than Target’s usual partnerships; they conducted a survey where more than half of respondents expressed a strong interest in integrating modern design into their homes, according to Co.Design.
Oct 10, 2016
Is Bed Bath & Beyond Really Killing Their Coupons?
Bed Bath & Beyond announced this week that they’re launching a new version of their loyalty program, and it just might mean the end of the ubiquitous 20% coupon the retailer is known for. Currently in beta, Beyond+ costs $29 a year and gives members 20% off every single purchase in store and online, plus free standard shipping. If the membership program takes off, it could be Bed Bath & Beyond’s way of ditching the coupon for good.
Oct 8, 2016
Is This Real Life? Share a NYC Loft… For $1/Month
Moving into a gorgeous three-floor loft on Bleeker Street is, by many accounts, living the dream. But how about paying just a dollar a month to live there? Rupert Hunt, CEO of roommate search site SpareRoom, just moved to New York from London and is looking for a couple of flatmates to share his stunning space—for only $1.
Oct 6, 2016
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