Trade Secrets: No-Fail White Paint Colors for Any Room
Blame it on the Scandinavian fascination in the design world, maybe, but white walls have never been more in demand. Peruse your Pinterest boards, and chances are, a great majority of the rooms you’ve pinned have white walls. With so many slight variations in the delicate color, it can be nearly impossible to settle on the right shade, but fear not; we’ve taken the guess work out of the whole process for you. Here are 12 designer-favorite, no-fail white paint colors.
Aug 26, 2016
Don’t Miss IKEA’s Dark, Moody & Limited-Edition SVARTAN Collection
Talk about texture! What the black, white and shades-of-gray SVARTAN collection—coming to IKEA stores this September—lacks in color, it more than makes up for in pattern and texture. Though masterful designer Martin Bergström calls Sweden home, the SVARTAN collection has roots in India (a trip to the South Asian subcontinent spurred inspiration for the line) and was dreamed up in collaboration with 25 students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi.
Aug 25, 2016
Best Basics: 15 Must-Have Black-&-White Rugs Under $200
Black-and-white floors, whether kitchen linoleum or handmade bathroom tiles, are totally timeless, classic yet bold, and completely irresistible to me. But if you don’t have the time, money, or authority to redo all your floors, you can get the look with any one of these affordable and completely fantastic black-and-white rugs under $200. I’ve seen this rug—or one of a similar pattern—in so many House Tours, and it always looks fabulous.
Aug 23, 2016
The Best Deals from Best Buy’s 50-Hour Sale & More
This week, Best Buy turns 50 (and gives you the presents), Soma launches a water bottle, Casper goes to the dogs, and more. On Sunday August 22, Best Buy celebrates their 50th anniversary, and they’re having a sale to celebrate. The 50-hour event started Thursday night at 10 pm CT and continues until Saturday August 21 at 11:59 pm CT. Here are our picks for the best deals: Beats studio wireless headphones, $180 off: $199.
Aug 19, 2016
The Top 10: Things You Need to Add Extra Storage to Your Dorm Room
In the typical dorm room, space is pretty tight, and it can be tricky to find places to stash all your stuff. Here are 10 products that are great for squeezing a little extra storage out of a small space — perfect for the dorm or for anywhere you need just a little more storage. Above: The IKEA Raskog rolling cart ($29.99) makes a great nightstand, or you can just use it for storage anywhere you have a few extra square feet.
Aug 17, 2016
10 Double-Duty Must-Haves for a Super Organized (and Efficient) Entryway
The foyer is possibly the highest traffic area of your house (that is, if you’re lucky enough to have an actual entryway.) It’s the landing strip for your jacket, bag, shoes, keys, mail, and where you stash anything else you’ll need out in the world. All of this is happening in probably one of the smallest spaces in your home, so you’ll need components that perform double—or even triple and quadruple—duty, like these 10 do to take control of this drop zone.
Aug 16, 2016
Pampered Pets: 9 Incredibly Cool Dog Dens & Cat Caves
We have officially crossed the threshold into the dog days of summer (which actually has nothing to do with canines, but rather the dog star Sirius…who knew?). To commemorate the stretch of heat (and lethargy) associated with this period, we scoured Etsy and rounded up 9 super cool, modern pet houses—from cat friendly cardboard to designer edifices—for your furry friends to ride out the season.
Aug 9, 2016
A New West Elm Collab, Flights to Cuba & More
This week, we’re obsessed with the latest West Elm collaboration, an e-commerce favorite goes brick-and-mortar, get ready for some Havana nights, and more. We are big fans of LA-based Commune Design, and we couldn’t be more excited about their new collaboration with West Elm. The collection captures Commune’s cool West Coast-meets-mid-century vibe.
Aug 5, 2016
6 Reasons We’re Sad Kmart USA Isn’t Kmart Australia
For the most part, gone are the days of blue-light specials, “Attention Kmart Shoppers” as an oft-repeated catch phrase, and stylish partnerships with the likes of Martha Stewart. It’s been bad news after bad news for years now, and stores are closing left and right. So when I saw a recent catalog for Kmart Australia, I did a double take and was surprised by what I saw.
Jul 28, 2016
The Sandless Beach Blanket: Urban Legend or Must-Have Invention? We Tested One to Find Out
Have you ever heard of a “sandless” beach blanket? Well, we hadn’t either until recently. When I first introduced the idea, my fellow AT staffers threw out words like “sorcery” and “urban legend” but mostly, it was a barrage of ???s. No one could wrap their head around it, so we had to take it to the test lab (my local beach) and find out if, in fact, someone could stay sand-free on the shoreline while using one.
Jul 26, 2016
#7: SUNNERSTA Cart & Mini Kitchen
What do you think? Can the SUNNERSTA cart usurp the seemingly unstoppable and ever-popular RASKOG ? Will it capture the hearts of organizing decorators everywhere? It’s pretty darn cute and seems to tick many of the same boxes, including the price point. Designed by Henrik Preutz. IKEA says: Sometimes installing a large kitchen isn’t necessary, or too expensive and time-consuming. That’s why SUNNERSTA mini-kitchen was developed.
Jul 25, 2016
When designer Synnöve Mork got to work on the blue and green color block pattern of ROSKILDE rug she was inspired by modern art, architecture and furniture from the 1950s and ’60s. The design process itself was an interesting one: “To create ROSKILDE rug, I started out by painting with colors and patterns from that era. Then I cut everything into smaller pieces, placed them in different directions and put them back together again.
Jul 25, 2016
Before & After: A Teeny Kitchen is Transformed on a Tiny Budget
In the hunt for the perfect apartment—one that’s located where you want and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg—you sometimes have to make sacrifices. For Kimberly’s search in Philadelphia, she was willing to settle for a small “kitchen” since she doesn’t cook often. But she wasn’t going to settle on it being boring and beige.
Jul 22, 2016
Under $50: The Best Lighting for Your Dorm Room
Of course you need sheets and towels and a mini fridge and maybe one of those little shower caddies, but one of the most important things you will buy for your dorm room is lighting. Trust me: when you’re awake and frantically studying at 3AM, your roommate will be glad that you bought a lamp. So without further ado, here are 12 of our favorite picks, all under $50. Above: Penn task lamp, $29 – 39 from PBteen. FORSÅ work lamp, $19.99 from IKEA ÅRSTID table lamp, $24.
Jul 21, 2016
Give Your Old Furniture a Facelift: Shopping Guide for Seriously Stylish Slipcovers
Dressing a shabby-looking sofa in a slipcover is undoubtedly one of the quickest and cheapest ways to refresh a tired piece of furniture, but drapey, sheet-like versions have given the slipcover a bad rap. Fortunately, there are some options out there working to reverse the slipcover’s reputation and show how sleek, fitted, patterned, and colorful it can be.
Jul 20, 2016
3D-Printed Home Decor Products You’ll Actually Want to Buy
The idea of 3D-printed products for the home is admittedly a little out there, even Jetsons-esque. The gadgets and gizmos a plenty on sale throughout the internet may run the gamut from completely bizarre to actually interesting (and normal), but no matter where they fall on the spectrum, something that came from a printer (that’s not a sheet of paper with words on it) is certainly a conversation starter. We rounded up a handful of things you might actually want to buy for your own home.
Jul 18, 2016
The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Your Home
The biggest shopping event since Black Friday/Cyber Monday is here. Amazon’s 2nd annual Prime Day event is already underway. There’s an overwhelming amount of stuff on sale, so we’ll be updating this post all day with the best deals for your home, so you don’t have to look far to snag a steal. 3-tier stainless steel food container, 24% off: $16.70 Secura Electric Coffee Grinder & Spice Grinder, 51% off: $22.39 Yoga swing inversion sling, 34% off: $39.
Jul 8, 2016
Made in America: 9 Brands That You’ll Be Surprised Are Still Manufacturing in the USA
Not everything is imported nowadays. There are plenty of companies out there – even some really, really massive ones – who are still making their products domestically, right here in the U. S. of A. In fact, these nine American-made brands might surprise you. But first, a caveat. There’s a difference between something that’s made and manufactured in the USA, and something that’s made in the USA with foreign parts.
Jul 4, 2016
Battle of the Sofa Arrangements: Can You Guess Which Saves Space?
A. Two sofas facing each other OR B. A sofa and love seat arranged in the traditional L-shaped arrangement?
Jun 27, 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
Trend Alert: Global Decor Finds, No Passport Required
There’s no denying that it’s the time of the maker. Small-batch, hand-made, one-off: all hyphenated descriptors of today’s decor holy grails, but it’s about so much more than just the admirable adjective. Today’s design enthusiast desires what their neighbor doesn’t have. After all, we want our homes to tell a story—our story—to have a soul, and to be a true reflection of who we are as individuals.
Jun 24, 2016
Putting Together a Summer Wardrobe Capsule: 35 Skirts, Shorts & Pants to Buy Now
My legs are a serious contradiction. I wear pants and jeans all summer because my stems are significantly whiter than the rest of my body, but they’re significantly whiter than the rest of my body because I wear long pants and jeans all summer. For those of you out there like me, filled with dreams of tan legs and varied length bottoms, here is your shopping list. As a quick recap, 9 bottoms are the prescribed limit.
Jun 22, 2016
Get the Look: A Fashion-Forward Interior Designer’s Own Home
Leirecent full tour of the home Dining table: Gregor Jenkin Benches: Similar – Parsons Bench at Target Bench cushions: custom made by Ashanti Sideboard: made by Recreate, Lei briefed them and they sourced an old sideboard for her which was then remade Glass lamp: @home Pendant lights: Hoi P’loy Rug: Alexander Joles Large pink painting: by Natasha Miller Gutman, who runs Tel Aviv Art Studio.
Jun 21, 2016
Design Guide: Coloring Book Wallpapers for Your Inner Child
What’s better than a coloring book? How about an entire wall that you can color in? These coloring book wallpapers will make your home into a beautiful, ever-evolving project that you’re sure to enjoy just as much while you’re creating it as you will when it’s done. You may never leave the house again.
Jun 20, 2016
Get the Look: A Chic, Sophisticated, Book-Filled European Home
The super cute family above are Esther, Álvaro and Aníbal and they live in Valencia, Spain. They own a fashionable shop called Gnomo and have style to spare, as was proven in their recent house tour. We’ve pulled out some great shoppable photos from the tour, providing you with links to the smart mix of high and low products that fill their home.
Jun 15, 2016
Get on the Grid: 10 Picks that Rethink the Classic Pattern
Gridded designs have been making a comeback for a while now—showing up on pillows, chairs, wrapping paper, and everything in between. But the latest versions play with the traditionally rigid pattern, revealing its fun side. Look for fresh colors and wonky, waving lines that are drawn or hand-painted. These new loosened-up takes on the grid might just make you reconsider the pattern’s potential.
Jun 9, 2016
Clever Products to Help You Never Lose Your Keys Again
If you’re the sort of person who tends to be a little absent-minded and spends entirely too much time looking for their keys, then this post is for you. Here are ten little gadgets that will provide you with a convenient space to stash your keys, so you’ll never lose track of those suckers ever again. Above: Magentic key target, $65 from Bower NYC. The key catch ($7.
Jun 9, 2016
Eleanor’s Bedroom Light Choose Your Own Design Adventure: The Winner
Last week, I shared with you the sad story about my recent lighting mishap (moral: always double-check the voltage on those bulbs!) and how it left my bedroom light-less. I found some good replacement options which ranged from mere pennies (ok, pounds) to spend-ier, and photoshopped them into my space. Now it’s time to see what I went with… Somewhat surprisingly, it’s IKEA for the win!
Jun 5, 2016
Buy or DIY: The Coolest Geometric Shelves Under $100
A home really starts to take shape the moment shelves are hung on the walls, and these stand-out geometric gems pack enough personality to set the tone of the entire room. Whether you choose a market pick or decide to make it yourself, these statement shelves look like modernist works of art—even before you fill them with your most marvelous collectibles. (above) Room goals: Pentagonal shelves that stack up to the ceiling. Geo Shelf, by Urban Outfitters, $89.
May 24, 2016
Here’s the Recipe for the Perfect Sofa: Introducing The Maxwell
We’re officially launched! For all of you who are in the market for a sofa and want something fabulously classic, comfortable and well priced, here’s The Maxwell (with special discount just for readers), the first in a whole collection designed in collaboration with Interior Define. Designing this perfect sofa was a process that took nearly a year, but it was worth it.
May 21, 2016
The World’s Weirdest, Wildest, and Most Wonderful Sofas
Most sofas are well-behaved. They have a back and a seat and legs and maybe arms, and they look, well, like a sofa. These are not those sofas. These sofas (if you can even call a giant cat a sofa) dare to reimagine the very idea of the sofa, pushing ordinary furniture to weird and wild and even wonderful extremes. Above: It’s always nice to have a cat sit on your lap, but what if the tables were turned and you could curl up in your cat’s lap?
May 20, 2016
Get a Sneak Peek of My New Sofa Collab!
First furniture child is bigger than me. Last week I flew to Chicago to see, for the first time in person, the new Maxwell sofa, which I designed in collaboration with Rob Royer and Marta Calle of Interior Define, a brand new furniture company out of Chicago. It’s only the first of a five part collection that’s going to unroll over the next six months.
May 11, 2016
Super Stylish Finds from Kids’ Stores: All for Under $100
Last week I shared one of my favorite tips for saving money on decor: shopping in the kids’ section. As proof, I created a roundup of ten items from kids’ stores that are perfect for your grown-up home, all for less than $50. I found so many good things that I couldn’t resist creating a second roundup, this one at a slightly higher price point. Here are twelve kids’ store finds that adults will covet too, all for less than $100.
May 10, 2016
Inspiration File: Decorating With Raw and Live-Edge Wood
Lots of people aspire to make their home decor modern, but if you’re not careful, modern can become cold, stale and uninteresting. The cure for a mod overdose? Something natural. Like a touch of authentic, organic, real wood. Here are eight rooms to show you how it’s done. This raw wood bar top is the perfect addition to Corianne Burton‘s kitchen, as seen on her Instagram.
May 5, 2016
The Best Modern Gold (and Copper!) Flatware
A few years ago the only kind of gold flatware you could find was the fussy, old-fashioned kind you associate with expensive wedding rentals. But since then gold has made a comeback in a big way, and suddenly it’s possible to find beautiful, modern gold flatware in a huge variety of styles and price ranges. For those inclined to be adventurous, there are copper and rose gold options, too. We’ve rounded up some of the best.
May 4, 2016
Living Room Style: One Rug, Two Looks
What I love most about home decor is seeing the different ways that people express their style. Like fashion, there are so many ways to wear one piece of clothing and each look is totally different depending on what you pair it with. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing and pick one rug and use it in two very different looks. See how I took this extremely bold and colorful rug and used it in both a bohemian and glam look.
May 3, 2016
Get the Look: Mix and Matching in the Dining Room
I’m such a big fan of eclectic style—which is really just a nicer way of saying mixing things up. I mean, who can just pick one style anyway? Pulling together an eclectic look comes naturally to some but can be tricky for others. The dining room is a great space to start mixing things up because there are so many different elements layered in one look, and you can really have some fun with the dynamic between the table and the chairs.
Apr 13, 2016
Shopper’s Guide: Where to Buy Really, Really Big Vases
Recently I wrote about a big, beautiful new trend for the home: blooms and branches displayed in big, oversized vases. Many of you loved the look, but wanted to know: where does one find a vase this big? So I’ve rounded up a few options. A few things I was looking for: vases made of clear glass (minimal, works with any decor, shows off flowers well), and that measured 12 inches or more in at least one dimension.
Apr 5, 2016
The Wonderfully Weird and Wildly Versatile Togo Sofa
The Togo sofa (a creation of Ligne Roset) is a design that’s always fascinated me. It is by far the most attractive piece of furniture I’ve ever seen that kind of looks like a larvae. Despite (or perhaps because of?) its insectoid qualities, it has a weird versatility and constantly crops up in a huge a variety of rooms. It works for slouchy Bohemian interiors or minimal, arty-rich ones: it’s equally at home with traditional pieces or equally modern ones.
Apr 4, 2016
High & Low: An Eclectic Mid-Century Meets Transitional Living Room
I don’t know about your home, but at my place, even with an open concept kitchen and a dining table, we always seem to end up in the living room with all the snacks and drinks squeezed on the coffee table. Let’s face it: it’s more casual and comfortable than standing around a kitchen or sitting on a stiff dining chair. These days it’s rare to have both a family and living room, so it’s nice to really put a lot of thought and style into the one you have.
Mar 29, 2016
No Nails Needed: Renter’s Tricks for Decorating that Awkward Space Above the Sofa
If you have the luxury of being able to drive a nail into the wall above your sofa, you’d never call such an open, blank canvas “awkward.” But for many renters, the over-the-sofa space can be a source of frustration. What exactly can I do there? The answer? One of these three creative ideas: Technically, the installation above from Hello Lidy‘s family room is a beside-the-sofa solution, but I don’t know why it wouldn’t work anywhere else.
Mar 9, 2016
Modern House Numbers for Every Budget
Think about it: when you go to a new friend’s house for the first time, what’s the first thing you look at? The numbers, of course. House numbers may seem like a small thing, but they’re so crucial to first impressions. These days there are a myriad of interesting, modern numbers that will identify your house to the world — and show off your style, too. Above: Neutra house numbers, $27 each from DWR. Modern Avalon collection brushed nickel house numbers, $15.
Mar 9, 2016
The Hunt for a Non-Velvet Green Sofa
We’re moving into a new house, and I’ve become infatuated with the idea of a green sofa in our new living room. However, the only green sofas I’ve come across have been green velvet sofas, which don’t exactly suit our style or lifestyle. I was starting to wonder if non-velvet green couches even existed. Of course they do, and here are the 10 best options I could find. And if you are in the market for a green velvet, there are 10 of those, too!
Mar 8, 2016
The Most Design-Forward Sofa at IKEA (We’ve Been Spotting It Everywhere)
Clean lines keep it chic, and deep seats and comfy cushions make it a really livable sofa for real people’s real homes. Oh, and the affordable price tag is a pretty great feature, too. The IKEA SÖDERHAMN sofa line has been on the market for a couple years now, and that means designers and dwellers have had ample time to take the piece home and show us myriad ways to style it.
Mar 2, 2016
Fresh Modern Takes on Pegboard
Pegboard is having a moment right now. You can find the standard fare in any home improvement store, but there’s also so many modern takes on the market that give you a whole new reason to hang them on your wall. And it’s still fantastic and useful storage for every room in the house. Above, the Pink Mesh Circle; $329 from Bride & Wolfe is a slight variation on the theme with shelves instead of pegs, but the idea is the same. (Also, digging the David Bowie styling alot.
Mar 2, 2016
Suggestions for the Best Cat-Proof Window & Sliding Glass Door Coverings?
Q: We are currently proud pawrents to a 9-month-old Highland Lynx cat. Her boisterous personality has brought us much joy, but has also presented us with numerous home decorating dilemmas, chief of which is window dressing. We currently live in a rental apartment in New York City that came with aluminum blinds reminiscent of 1980s corporate America.
Mar 1, 2016
High & Low: Bar Cart Style
Cooler months mean more entertaining indoors, and nights out become nights in with cocktails. There’s something about a bar cart that makes a space feel grown-up, don’t you think? You don’t have to have a bar cart to be a great host, but it sure is convenient, and, let’s be honest, it’s so much fun to style! There are as many bar cart styling options as there are cocktails, and there’s no shortage of inspiration, including this past roundup we pulled for you.
Feb 26, 2016
11 Beautiful Wall Murals That Will Make You Want to Break Up with Paint
Why settle for an oversized piece of art when you could have a piece of art that covers the whole wall? These 11 murals will have a big, big impact—hang one on the wall and your decorating job is pretty much done. A quick note to start: a wall mural differentiates from wallpaper in that it does not repeat. It’s an entire scene stretch across a determined width, while wallpaper matches up and repeats indefinitely.
Feb 17, 2016
The Best Kitchen Carts & Islands for Every Budget
You don’t have to remodel to add a lot of extra counter space and storage space to your kitchen — all it takes is a kitchen cart. These little workhorses are a great way to make a small kitchen more workable, or just help you get the most of your space no matter what size it is. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite kitchen carts (and islands), in a range of prices to suit pretty much any budget. This hardworking IKEA cart is perfect for smaller kitchens.
Feb 2, 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: via Salt House $143 x 10 = $1,430 Custom neon sign: Lite Brite Neon $?
Jan 28, 2016
A Versatile Workhorse: Ideas for Using the IKEA Molger Bench All Around the House
It's a versatile workhorse you can use almost anywhere.
Jan 26, 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
Take a Peek Inside America’s Largest Closet
A few weeks ago we featured 12 super luxurious closets that are about the size of the typical Manhattan apartment. But these, it turns out, do not even come close to the size of the biggest closet in America, which covers three stories and measures a whopping 3,000 square feet. The closet, to no one’s surprise, is in Texas, where land is plentiful and everything is bigger.
Jan 25, 2016
3 Things You’re Buying That Are Too Small (And One That’s Too Big)
...and one that's too big.
Jan 19, 2016
Top Ten: Best Modern Chandeliers Under $500
I’ve recently been given the enviable task of picking out a chandelier, and I have to say—chandelier shopping is the next best thing to tiara shopping. Here are my top 10 finds, each of them sparkly, fun, pretty, and far more affordable than most respectable tiaras… I’m not sure why I love chandeliers with adjustable arms so much, but I do.
Jan 18, 2016
Good Try, Santa: 5 Tips for Returning Gifts
It’s almost impossible to get through a Christmas without receiving at least one present that you don’t love (or even totally hate). Unless you are a regifter, this triggers the yearly ritual of heading back to the stores after the holidays— stores that are just as crowded as before December 25th — and waiting in line to return or exchange your unwanted gift.
Jan 1, 2016
Radical Gift Giving Strategy: Give Everyone the Same Gift
Some people have a true knack for gift giving and manage to think of a thoughtful and personal gift for everyone on their list. Then there’s the rest of us who struggle, procrastinate and, often, end up with gifts that are generic, uninspired or wholly unsuitable for the recipient. Well, here’s an idea to simplify your holiday shopping this year: get everyone the same gift.
Dec 16, 2015
Beyond the Bottle: 3 Fresh Ideas for Host/Hostess Gifts
We’re well and truly into Holiday Party Season now, which means a return to the age-old question, “What to bring as a host gift?” If you’re anything like me, you just rummage in your wine stash for a bottle of something nice enough to gift (probably given to you the last time you played host); but also like me, you might have loftier gift-giving aspirations. Here are three ideas for host gifts that aren’t wine, chocolates, or flowers.
Dec 7, 2015
Pull Off This Classic Come-back Living Room Trend: Ultra Low Coffee Tables
You might not think about coffee table heights as the sort of thing that fluctuates throughout the years, but like any design element, the ideal coffee table height not only changes from room style to room style, but also according to what’s in vogue in living rooms that are being lived in, in the current moment. Low coffee tables are just what they sound like: coffee tables with a top surface that sits a fair bit lower than your usual coffee table find.
Dec 2, 2015
The Types of Friends You Should Bring Shopping
Admittedly, most of the time I prefer to shop alone. But I do recognize that there are huge perks to bringing a friend along for the ride. And who you bring on a shopping trip really depends on what you’re looking for. This is the friend whose home and wardrobe are always put together, because she just has a gift for great style. If you’re lucky, she’s also got a great grip on your taste, too. Great for: When you’re shopping leisurely for something new.
Nov 23, 2015
What To Do With That Small, Awkward Gap Behind the Sofa
If you float your living room furniture (and you should consider it) then you might have one of those pesky spots that’s not quite big enough for traditional furniture, but it’s too big to completely ignore. What to do, what to do? Sometimes it’s 12 inches, and sometimes a few feet. Either way, it’s an opportunity. There’s usually always enough room for a leaning mirror against the wall.
Nov 4, 2015
A Shopping Guide to Bright Beautiful Seating
The colorful sofa trend is going strong and, as a color addict myself, I couldn’t be happier. It’s hard not to smile when you walk into a room that has a big and bold pop of color. Color may not be for everyone and the thought of such a large piece in a bright color may be intimating, but what’s great is that a colorful sofa can actually be versatile.
Oct 14, 2015
International IKEA Alternatives? UK, Germany, Singapore & Beyond
Q #1: I am getting ready to move from a furnished flat to a 3-bedroom house. We have almost no furniture (only a desk and a couple of random tables). I recently saw a post from way back in 2013 where you had a list of 10 budget-friendly but stylish companies as an alternative to IKEA. I am begging you for a UK edition! Please help. -Sent by Lindsay Q#2: I’m a longtime Apartment Therapy reader about to move from the US to Singapore.
Sep 29, 2015
Use Your Lifelines: Shopping Helpers Inspired By Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
It was a game show in the ’90’s, but these lifelines can really work anytime. After a recent re-watch of Slumdog Millionaire (holds up!), I started remembering a few of the ins and outs of this gameshow. Turns out, all the lifelines they offered contestants to help them field trivia questions work in real-life situations too, especially when it comes to the one major area where we face tough choices every day: shopping.
Sep 24, 2015
High & Low: One Fresh Home Office Look, Two Budgets
Now that the kids are back in school and life is slowly getting back into a regular routine, it’s time to think about getting your own work and routine back in order. For some (like me!) the excitement of getting new school supplies never really fades and this time of year is a great time to rethink, reorganize, refresh your home office or perhaps create one from scratch.
Sep 22, 2015
5 Important Measurements to Take Before Shopping
About to hit “purchase” on a new item for you home? Wait! Make sure you’ve thought to measure these things first. They’re measurements people often forget to consider before they buy, but they’re measurements that can really muck up your design if you don’t take them into consideration first.
Sep 19, 2015
10 Everyday Items Under $25 Everyone Needs At Home
There are a handful of products I use at home every single day. I don’t always think to sing their praises, and often forget they are there. But they are essentials nonetheless, without which I’d be decidedly unhappier. Here’s a list of ten non-flashy, basic things I can’t live without. My friend Michelle introduced me to Salux, a brand of Japanese wash cloths, and I am addicted.
Sep 10, 2015
Style Spotting: Statement Lighting From Our Tours (& Where to Buy It)
Do you often scroll through our house tours and think, “Where did they find that?” Me too. So I found out. Each one of these amazing photos has a chandelier that you could buy today. We’ll tell you where! Above: Grant and Gabriel in Chicago bought the Crown Major Suspension by Nemo Lighting. See the whole house here → Gabriel & Grant’s Warm Minimalism Jennifer picked out a chandelier from Anthem San Francisco.
Aug 9, 2015
The Best Party Games for an Outdoor Get-Together
Our best picks for breezy outdoor games that can be picked up quick to invite everyone in on the fun.
Jul 29, 2015
Don’t Buy These Things at a Garage Sale
Garage sale-ing offers the thrill of the bargain hunt and helps us in our quest to reuse and recycle — but not everything is “good as new,” even if it appears so on the outside. Here are 14 things that, for the sake of your safety, your wallet, or the ick factor are probably not worth even their garage sale prices. Mattresses: Mattresses are very absorbent. I’ll just leave unsaid all the fluids that mattresses can absorb over the years.
Jul 18, 2015
Make It Memorable: 9 Quirky Creature Knockers
One sure-fire way to make your home memorable? Take advantage of every opportunity to layer in a little personal style to your space. Adding (or replacing) a door knocker is a great example of exactly this type of decor-enhancing opportunity; they set the tone for a personality-packed interior, are usually VERY affordable and the install process is a quick, easy DIY project for a half hour on the weekend. Why have a same-old, same-old conservative – or even worse!
Mar 31, 2015
7 Smart Space-Savers To Steal From Tiny Houseboats
If you want to know about rhinestones and country music, ask Dolly Parton. For insight into small spaces and storage, go straight to boat owners and people who live year-round on houseboats. They’ve got tons of solutions to suit even the tiniest spaces, and we could all stand to pick their brains for a minute or two. Here are seven products you regularly find on boats that even land lovers can put to good use at home.
Mar 17, 2015