This Brooklyn Home Flawlessly Masters an Incredibly Long and Very Narrow Living Room
And they designed it on a limited budget! The result is a sophisticated yet affordable and very livable apartment.
Jul 31, 2020
A Disastrous Duplex Was Transformed into a Warm and Artsy Montreal Home
When David and Ara bought this house in 2015, it was a duplex, and, more importantly, a complete disaster.
Jul 31, 2020
Sorry, Parents: Nobody Wants the Family “Heirlooms”
In a modern world currently intrigued by minimalism, there’s something that all three adult generations can agree on: the problem of dealing with the collections curated (hoarded?) by our family members. From younger boomers and Gen X’ers sandwiched between their aging/dying parents and their own children to millennials trying to gently manage expectations (and their own limited budgets and storage space) without hurt feelings, the message is crystal clear.
Jul 18, 2020
The Ten Commandments of Buying Used Furniture
You see a chair on the curb. It’s sitting right in front of your building and it’s free. Or, you’re at the thrift store and spy a cheap sofa. But something holds you back. You’re just. not. quite. sure. If only there were guidelines — holy reminders if you will — of things to keep in mind while looking at used furniture. How do you decide if it’s the right thing to re-do? Or if you should run in the other direction?
Jul 17, 2020
DIY Room Decor: Lace Doily Bowls
I’m an accessory junkie, it’s true. I like to make, buy and hunt for new accessories and it’s very hard for me to part with old ones. This simple DIY project is a great way to organize some of your trinkets, and also a great use for all those old doilies floating around in the universe. Whether they’re from your local thrift shop or passed down from your family, this project is a great way to give doilies a new fresh life.
Jul 17, 2020
7 Ways to Repurpose a Vintage Dresser (And Gain More Storage in Every Room)
Stylish vintage dressers are a dime a dozen at antique stores and flea markets. I just came back from the Brimfield Antique Show, and let me tell you, those fields were positively brimming with awesome dressers. They seemed so much easier to find than other pieces of furniture, that at one point, I started to wonder why we all don’t just turn one of these dressers into the vanity / kitchen island / tv stand we’re searching for? Turns out, we absolutely can.
Jul 17, 2020
Emily Henderson’s Flea Market Finds Are On Chairish Right Now
If you’re a fervent follower of Emily Henderson on social media like we are, you probably already know she was just in Round Top, Texas for the town’s massive flea market. The designer and blogger was in the Lone Star State snagging items for herself, for clients, and also for vintage resale site Chairish, where you can take your pick of specially chosen pieces from the show, starting today.
Jul 17, 2020
Make It Last: How to Update & Repair Vintage Wood Furniture
We’ve all heard the phrase “they don’t make ’em like they used to,” which in my experience, cannot be more true when it comes to quality-made furniture. Dovetailed drawers or burled wood veneer seems to have been replaced by the convenience of assemble-yourself, particle-board furniture. Although these pieces are affordable, the poor construction quality makes them practically disposable.
Jul 16, 2020
Before & After: Vintage Console TV Converted Into Swank Bar
It’s funny to remember how large, bulky, yet sometimes stylish televisions were before the era of HDTVs took displays from the floor onto our walls. We still remember our childhood 80’s RCA floor console TV taking up about the same amount of room as 40″ HDTV flat panels all lined up. Sometimes you’ll still find one of these wonderful relics of TV’s past in basements, garages or thrift stores, many not in working order.
Jul 16, 2020
These Are the Best Vintage Shops in Every Single State
Shop small from your sofa!
Jul 13, 2020
Before and After: A Mini $100 Makeover Turns This Dark Kitchen Colorful and Fun
The after's full of great renter-friendly solutions.
Jun 17, 2020
Before and After: A Groovy, Statement-Making Redo for a Stark White Bathroom
The project took just two days.
May 22, 2020
Before and After: An All-New Bathroom Perfectly Suits Its 130-Year-Old Home
What's old? What's new? It's hard to tell in this space—in the best way.
May 15, 2020
Every Room of This Austin House Has Inventive DIYs & Enviable Secondhand Finds
Noah Marion power washed, painted, scraped, and replaced light fixtures, fans, appliances, toilets to reveal this Austin house's beautiful bones.
May 1, 2020
Frugal Framing Ideas: Easy Ways to Revamp Thrift Store Finds
Framing art is notoriously expensive, no matter if you’re ordering a custom frame online or picking up a standard-size one from your local store. But if you have a little imagination (and some gold leaf lying around), revamping vintage frames is an affordable way to give your art a good home. Pull out the spray paint and unroll the wrapping paper, these vintage frame refreshes will inspire you to build yet another gallery wall.
Apr 14, 2020
Space Age Meets Scandi (and Shag Rugs) in a Groovy Little 1970s Australian Pad
This Brady couple has outdone the Brady Bunch.
Apr 2, 2020
How to Make Mismatched Decor Feel Cohesive
Just because you're decorating with hand-me-downs, doesn't mean your place has to look like a hodgepodge of random castoffs.
Mar 31, 2020
6 Discontinued Pieces from Our Favorite Brands We Found Online
Just because it's sold out doesn't mean you can't find it!
Mar 27, 2020
4 Places to Score Vintage Le Creuset Online
Some things never go out of style.
Mar 12, 2020
Colorful Accents: Framed Scarves
I have a bit of an obsession with scarves. I can’t go into a shop without beelining toward the pretty folded squares or colorful looped displays. They’re a year-round wardrobe staple. Though the season for long knitted types will be here before we know it, I’m looking toward the silky square versions for inspiring wall hangings. I’m off to Brimfield for the final antique show of 2013.
Mar 11, 2020
Before &amp After: A Mid-C Modern Bathroom
Designer Gina De Pasquale renovated this Las Vegas residence that needed a little updating throughout. Her work is most impressive in the bathroom where she did a great a job of mixing high and low pieces, all while staying true to the mid-century aesthetic.
Mar 11, 2020
A New York Couple Shares 350 Square Feet
Natasha and Rob somehow make it work in their East Village apartment, despite it being tiny!
Mar 10, 2020
Don’t You Dare Think About Renovating This Perfect ‘70s Basement in Nebraska
If you so much as lift a finger, I'll be inconsolable.
Jan 31, 2020
The 5 Best Sources for Finding Authentic Art Deco Decor
Get your 1920s style on.
Jan 30, 2020
7 Things You’re Not Doing When You Thrift Shop—but Should Be
If you know, you know.
Jan 17, 2020
10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples (and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)
Here are 10 secondhand staples you run into at thrift stores all the time, and 10 corresponding DIY projects to modernize them. Most are simple projects that are both do-able and transformative. Keep them in mind the next time you are wandering around a flea market, or in your favorite Goodwill. Mismatched Plates: These DIY tiered stands are inexpensive to make, and a great way to use old dishes.
Jan 16, 2020
Before and After: A Rental Bedroom with Luxe, Hotel-Worthy Flair
Vintage furniture and DIY molding give this bedroom that certain "je ne sais quoi."
Jan 14, 2020
Before and After: This New Dining Room Has Major "Hang Out Here" Vibes
This fresh redo proves dining rooms don't have to feel like a Downton Abbey set piece.
Jan 9, 2020
Before & After: The Good Old Days Just Got Better – A Retro Reinvention Renovation
When faced with an outdated kitchen, it’s a natural reaction to want to go for the gut and simply start with a clean slate. It takes a a good eye and plenty of design confidence to recognize a situation where not everything has to go and instead, successfully build on the old, seen-better-days bones of the room.
Dec 19, 2019
Poke Acupuncture’s New Spot On Melrose
Name: Russell Brown // Poke AcupunctureLocation: Los Angeles, CA The last time we visited Russell’s office at Poke Acupuncture, he was at his old location in West Hollywood. Just in the past couple months, he’s moved to an actual storefront and brought his DIY talent to this incredibly curated new office space. Succulents, fine art, books and hand crafted furniture are just some of the truly awesome elements of this acupuncture office.
Dec 19, 2019
Suzy’s Whimsical Mid-C Modern Home
Name: Suzy UltmanLocation: Old Worthington — Worthington, OhioSize: 1,700 square feetYears lived in: 2 — ownedIf you’re familiar with Suzy Ultman’s work, you know her for her playful designs depicting a world populated by grinning apples, thick-eyelashed owls and rosy-cheeked matryoshka dolls, figures rendered with simple details that pack a mega punch of personality.
Dec 19, 2019
Jen & Nate’s Upcycled Mix
Name: Jen Selk & Nathan Kalman-LambLocation: Midtown — Toronto, CanadaSize: 2 bedrooms, 800 square feetYears lived in: 2.5 years together, Nate for 5 — Rented Jen and Nate’s two bedroom Toronto apartment proves yet again that you needn’t spend buckets of money to make a home function well, look beautiful, and reflect the unique personalities of its inhabitants.
Dec 19, 2019
Laura’s Mid–Century Melrose Place
Name: Laura LeonLocation: Kerns neighborhood — Portland, OregonSize: 1,010 square feetYears lived in: 2 1/2 years — rented Laura’s a color and materials consultant, trend forecaster and photographer. Another notch to her freelancing belt she should think of including? Interior designer! With her eye for quality vintage, simple colors and personal details, this woman is an artist with her home.
Dec 19, 2019
Before and After: A Dark, Dramatic, and Totally DIY Master Bedroom
Deep navy paint is MOODY—in a good way.
Dec 7, 2019
A 1970s House Has the Best Collection of Secondhand Treasures We've Ever Seen
Jenasie Earl only buys things if they are ridiculously cheap; her home is full of styles over all decades!
Nov 20, 2019
Before and After: A Total Dining Room Revamp at This Abandoned House
*Blink blink blink.* Yes, it's the same dining room!
Nov 16, 2019
Before and After: A Total Bathroom Redo with a Vintage Spin
This family got the best of both worlds: a fresh new bathroom with a classic old-school look.
Nov 11, 2019
Before and After: A Bright Budget Redo for this Lime Green Kitchen
Lime green: great for slime, not always so great for cabinets.
Nov 4, 2019
This Graphic Designer’s Entire Home Has Sunny Living Room Vibes
This home has a bright, window-filled room the homeowners call their "conservatory" with a small sitting area that feels like the coziest reading nook ever.
Oct 10, 2019
A 550-Square-Foot Chicago Rental Masters a 'Miami Meets Texas' Look
Inspired by vintage tiki and western decor, Perry and Kenny love thrifting and hunting for one-of-a-kind pieces at flea markets.
Oct 4, 2019
A Chicago Garden Unit Is Bright and Full of Vintage Finds
"Have you ever looked at an apartment in the pitch black without heat? It's not great."
Sep 6, 2019
See Inside This Beautiful India Home Surrounded by Serene Gardens
The front door of this stunning home in India is often left open to let the beauty of the surrounding nature in.
Aug 13, 2019
Before and After: This Pink Powder Room Reno Cost Less Than $600
The powder room didn’t quite make it to the top of Laurel list of must-immediately-make home improvements—until she found out that a wall had to be taken out completely and rebuilt for proper support.
Aug 6, 2019
A Mortician’s “Victorian Naturalist” Los Angeles Home
As a mortician, Caitlin Doughty is dedicating her life to creating a more open conversation about death and dying.
Jul 29, 2019
A 400-Square Foot Brooklyn Studio Is a Cotton Candy-Colored ‘Mermaid Hideaway’
This visual artist describes her style as "shabby chic meets vintage glam inside a kitschy mermaid grotto."
Jul 19, 2019
Antique Dealers Transformed This House into a Colorful, Quirky Home
This house features bold colors, signs, and other interesting objects... and best of all almost everything in the house is preloved!
Jul 16, 2019
A Vintage Dealer’s Seattle Home Is a Quirky, Mid-Century, Desert-Inspired Live and Work Loft
Almost everything in this interior designer and vintage furniture dealer's home is from a vintage or thrift store.
Jul 11, 2019
This Melbourne Rental Home Is Fun and Pastel Colored
Candice and Eddie's colorful and happy apartment is housed in an old warehouse in Melbourne, Australia.
Jul 9, 2019
This May Be the Most Stylishly Patriotic Studio Apartment Ever
Stanley's 525-square-foot studio is packed with American handcrafts, folk art, brass candlesticks, baskets and bold red, white and blue color palette.
Jun 29, 2019
An Apartment’s Eclectic Interior Includes a Grape Chandelier and Other Must-See Decor Treasures
House Tour
Aviva Falk's Brooklyn apartment filled with one-of-a-kind finds thanks to a unique resource: Her mom owns an estate sale business!
Jun 29, 2019
A Portuguese Rental Home Is Effortlessly Elegant
This bright white rental apartment in Lisbon has textiles, art, and objects that bring in color.
Jun 26, 2019
Mike’s Masculine Vintage
Name: Michael MurphyLocation: Brooklyn — New York, New YorkSize: 615 square feetYears lived in: 5 — ownedAs an interior designer, Mike is used to working on high-end projects for which he might source a sofa for $45,000 without blinking an eye. But when it comes to his own home, he intentionally aims for a more relaxed look through a combination of vintage modern furniture pieces and his own personal handiwork.
Jun 26, 2019
This Photographer Has a Knack for Spotting Roadside Decor Gems
This family of six has turned an outdated, 100-year-old house into a beautiful, functional, and fun home.
Jun 25, 2019
A Designer’s Australian Home Is an Explosion of Pink, Plants, and Quirky Decor
And her home studio is like an explosion of pink and sparkles at the end of the dark hallway.
Jun 20, 2019
If ‘Mediterranean Minimalism’ Is a Thing, This Dream House in Spain Is It
If you've ever dreamed of making olive oil from your own olive trees outside of a rustic but breathtakingly beautiful house in the Spanish countryside, well boy is this tour for you.
Jun 18, 2019
This Creative Melbourne Home Has the Most Envy-Inducing Collection of Colorful Art
This home is an utter treasure trove of art and objects collected over time.
Jun 17, 2019
Cat Lovers Share a “Garage Sale” Comfy Chic Portland Home
These self-proclaimed "crazy cat people" joke that their biggest home challenge is "remembering that we don't actually own it." Click for the DIY kitty porch.
Jun 15, 2019
Donating Used Furniture to a Thrift Store? Think Again
It seems like a responsible thing to do: when you’ve outgrown a piece of furniture, or when it’s looking a little broken-down, it’s pretty common to take it to a secondhand store and assume they’ll take care of it. But the problem is that if there’s anything wrong with it—stains, broken pieces, sometimes even scratches—most thrift stores won’t be able to use it.
Jun 8, 2019
How To Refill A Vintage Makeup Compact
I’ve always admired vintage makeup compacts, but found it rather sad that refills weren’t available and chalked these fancy little accessories up as a lost cause. Sure you could possibly use one as a fancy pill case or just use the built-in mirror, but it’s just not the same. Then, randomly, my friend forwards this “how to” my way!Vixen Vintage worked out the details on how to turn loose powder into a perfectly pressed cake, ready for a night on the town.
May 7, 2019
Before & After: My Cheap, Green Kitchen Remodel
When I moved into my home, only one out of the three units was livable. The downstairs had been gutted and wasn’t much more than a glorified storage unit. You’ve gotten a glimpse of the bathroom via my Ace Hotel-inspired shelving post. Now I’m going to share my mostly recycled kitchen-on-a-shoestring.Diving into this project as a novice homeowner included lot of naivety and the necessity of getting a unit rented ASAP to help pay the mortgage.
May 7, 2019
Before & After: A Cheery Chair Update!
My Mum has owned her mismatched set of reproduction Georgian dining chairs for just about 35 years. Over that time the seats have been recovered in all manner of fabrics, but until recently they retained a rather traditional air. A little white paint and a bright, bold fabric turn these chairs from formal to funky!First off, you probably noticed the after shot does not feature the exact same chair, but as mentioned, the dining set in question contain chairs of the same era with slight variation.
May 6, 2019
Eliza’s Precious Vintage-Inspired Room
Name: Eliza Age: 5 Location: Pittsburgh, PA Room size: 11 ft. x 12 ft. When we received Melissa Nobb’s Room Tour Submission we were quite impressed with her daughter Eliza’s vintage inspired room. Not only is it lovely and cozy with lots of pretty feminine touches, perfect for a little girl, but the shear volume of antiques and vintage items is certainly awe-inspiring.
May 6, 2019
Cozy at the Computer: Using Armchairs as Desk Chairs
It happened by accident but I am now using an old oversized armchair as my desk chair. Carpal tunnel experts and physical therapists may gasp in terror but so far I love doing work in this unconventional cocoon of comfort. I feel like I have upgraded to First Class. Meanwhile, in my old workspace (the TV room), my ergonomically correct black high-tech monster of a desk chair spins alone.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: An Amazing Victorian Remodel
A New York couple hit the jackpot when they found this gorgeous 1887 Queen Anne for sale — only $46,000! It had amazing bones, including a completely octagonal room on each of its three stories. But there was a catch — it was condemed — and the bank loan would only work if the couple agreed to complete any major structural fixes and get the plumbing and electrical up to code within six months!The couple’s story is truly inspirational.
May 6, 2019
Cheap & Chic: How To Make a French-Vintage-Inspired Wire Hamper
Is it possible to find a laundry hamper that’s cheap, sturdy, and so stylish that it makes you feel like Jean Seberg in 1960s Paris? No, it isn’t. That’s why you’ll have to make your own. This vintage inspired design cost around $20 to make and is perfect for holding all your Breton stripe shirts.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Trashed Hutch Turned Vanity Dresser
When Sausha first encountered this hutch she thought it was too far gone to be worth refinishing. It had been repainted more than ten times and was in need of a major sanding effort, among other things. But instead of trashing it, she took it as a challenge and made plans to repurpose and refinish the piece…Sausha chose to work with just the lower portion of the hutch and began by sanding it down to remove the build-up of paint.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Salvaged Stool to Colorful Plant Stand
This before & after project is a great example of how a good imagination is often the key to a great makeover. Kind of makes me feel better about all that daydreaming I did during algebra class.This makeover was featured on Sunset, and I love that this plant stand wound up costing $3.19, the cost of the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Sun Yellow. If you needed to buy a pot, the project would cost a bit more, but still far less than a wrought iron planter.
May 6, 2019
Saf’s Pint-Size Personal History
Name: Saf, 10 monthsLocation: Silver Spring, MDRoom Size: about 8′ x 6.5′, 52 sq ft Of all the rooms in our house, Saf’s tiny nursery is the one that elicits the strongest reactions. When we set out to put together his pint-size dwelling on a pint-size budget, we looked to things we already owned to set the tone. Saf is our third baby, and now that we have a bit of experience under our belts, we know how quickly babies move out of the nursery stage.
May 6, 2019
Before & After: Dresser Makeunder
Most of the time when we feature a furniture makeover, it’s been transformed by applying something new to the surface — paint, fabric, paneling, etc. But designer William Dohman shows us that a really impressive project is when a vintage piece has been restored to its former glory.Architect William Dohman, the designer behind Oh Dier, restored this classic mid-century Lane dresser by removing the multiple layers of paint and weird tape that mysteriously stuck to most of the edges.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Vintage Airstream Trailer “Runaround Sue” Gets an Eco-Rehab
This is the story of Runaround Sue, the name given to a 1961 Airstream Safari that was lovingly renovated by Prairie Construction. The vintage trailer’s original beauty was carefully restored while making it leaner (more efficient) and greener. This time of year already makes me long to head out for the open roads, and now I’m filled with daydreams of spending the summer traversing the country in Runaround Sue.
May 5, 2019