Weird Things People Do in the Shower
Your shower may have been designed purely for washing your skin and hair — but that doesn’t mean that’s all that goes on there. For the sake of science, and for the sake of writing an Apartment Therapy post about weird things people do in the shower, I took an informal survey of co-workers and friends (and did some cursory internet searches), which turned up all kinds of showertime activities that have nothing to do with bathing. Here are seven of the most unusual. Do laundry.
Dec 16, 2014
18 Ways to Shake Up The Look of Your Bedroom
Your bedroom will be looking badass in no time.
Dec 10, 2014
Low-Temperature Luxuries: Winter Survival Gift Ideas
Here in the land of the Polar Vortex, the hot gift on everyone’s list is a remote car starter. Is there anything more luxurious than getting into a pre-warmed car? Here are some luxuries large and small that will get you through the winter: If you know someone who’s shivering away the winter, warm their heart with one of these gifts— things they probably would never buy for themselves. And if someone asks what you’d like this holiday, just point a chilly finger this way.
Dec 4, 2014
The 7 Most Successful Ways to Make a Small Space Seem Less Claustrophobic
Let’s face it, as cozy and sweet as a small space can feel, it can also sometimes feel like the walls are closing in. With winter on the way, you’ll be spending a lot more time indoors, so you might consider investing in proven ways you can make your small space feel less claustrophobic. We’ve got seven ideas! In a small space, sometimes sacrifices have to be made to make a space feel more airy.
Nov 30, 2014
6 Ways to Create a Home That Shows Off Your Personality
When the budget is tight and you don’t have tons of time to spend shopping, sometimes purchasing a lot of your home’s design elements from the same few places is just the easy thing to do. So then what can you do to make sure your living room doesn’t look like a catalog spread and that your home feels like “you?” Find the answer in a few simple steps.
Nov 30, 2014
Faith’s Effortless Approach to Gatherings
(Image credit: Andrew Forcier) From The Kitchn → Maker Talk Video: Faith’s Effortless Approach to Gatherings
Nov 25, 2014
Time for a Few Finishing Touches: Hang Artwork or Bust Out a Little Holiday Decor
What you choose to decorate your walls with is one of the things that makes your style truly yours and all that matters is that you love it! Whether it’s high or low, rare or mass produced, permanently placed and lit or a constantly changing casual display, taking the time to hang artwork with care will make the most of it. Today’s the day to get the job done right! OR, if you are all set with artwork, spend a little time dressing up your space for the holiday season ahead.
Nov 19, 2014
Tricks of the Trade: How Designers Warm Up Black & White Rooms
Black and white is a great color combination: it’s classic, it’s sophisticated, you don’t have to worry about whether things match. But sometimes the combo of black and white can be a bit stark. How do you create a monochromatic interior that feels elegant without being forbidding? Here are some ideas to make your rooms look sophisticated with this classic color scheme, but still livable and comfortable.
Nov 19, 2014
A Mistake All First-Time Decorators Make (& How You Can Avoid It)
I did it. Probably everyone you know has done it. But if you’re reading this, and you’re currently working on decorating your first apartment (or home), you can avoid making this classic blunder. The biggest mistake most first-time decorators makes is: buying too much stuff all at once. It’s easy to imagine, when you find yourself in a brand-new, completely empty, apartment or home that you need to fill every nook and cranny right away.
Nov 17, 2014
Be a Style Hustler: Street Smart Ways to Get What You Want In Your Home
Hustlers know: there’s the hard way to do something and then there’s the smart way. Your home is no different. Look to the shrewd, the savvy and the street smart and learn a thing or two about how to beat that long con that is your decor. All hustlers have a grand vision and you should too. Whatever you need to do to get there — goal setting, vision boards or a step-by-step strategy — a solid plan means you’ll be one happy hustler in the long run.
Nov 10, 2014
‘Jolie Laide’ and the Very French Art of Appreciating Imperfection
It’s funny how sometimes a phrase can change its meaning as you change your mindset. That is, its definition and significance remain the same and suddenly you realize that you’re the one who has come to better understand it. Such was the case recently when I was reminded of a French term I learned and thought I understood long ago: jolie laide.
Nov 10, 2014
8 Bathroom Bettering Ideas You Can Do (When You Can’t Renovate Your Rental)
Staring all day at photos of enviable bathrooms full of bold tile floors, brand new fixtures, dreamy cabinets and claw foot tubs made for soaking in, it can be easy to get discouraged and focus on what you can’t do when you rent (or if you own but don’t have a huge budget for renovations). But just because you can’t tear everything out and start over doesn’t mean you can’t make your bathroom more beautiful.
Nov 9, 2014
10 Ways to Jazz Up a Boring Hallway
Long ago, we humans invented the hallway as a clever way to get from one side of the house to the other without having to walk through every single room. They’re quite useful, but oftentimes not particularly exciting — long, narrow, windowless spaces sandwiched in the middle of a home. And they can be tricky to decorate, since often there’s just not much space. If your hallway is suffering from a case of the blahs, here are ten things you can do to give it a little life. 1.
Nov 5, 2014
Julia & Bruno’s Colorful and Airy Home
Name: Julia Vallelunga & Bruno Gariépy Location: Montréal, Québec Size: 1,000 square feet Years Lived In: 1.5 years; Owned Julia is the founder and editor of À la Mode Montréal, a blog about décor, fashion, trends, travel and day-to-day life. Since the beginning of 2014, À la Mode Montréal has its own online store that offers a selection of beautiful handmade objects by international designers.
Nov 2, 2014
Increase Your Color Confidence in 5 Minutes
Today’s assignment is a quick one. Five minutes of reading and you’re done, but the color concepts you’ll learn will start you thinking in the right direction when it comes to color for your room. It’s time to gain some confidence for your upcoming design choices – you can do this AND you’ll do it well – but it’s important to feel prepared.
Oct 30, 2014
Jessica & Matt’s Vivacious Home
Today’s tour is the newest in a collaborative series curated by Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of Aphrochic for Apartment Therapy. They handpicked homes from around the world to share that capture the culture and style that they celebrate in their book, Remix: Decorating with Culture, Objects, and Soul.
Oct 30, 2014
Alison’s Before Photos: Too Much Basket
Welcome to my parent’s spare room, soon to be Man Cave for Snoring Father, or Respite for Tired Mother, depending on which way you look at it. Dad’s official take on the room’s “before” status? “Too much basket.” There’s not really that much “basket,” just a woven chair, laundry basket and tiny basket on the bedside. For a mother and daughter team who love all things woven, is that really too much?
Oct 29, 2014
Kelsey Nixon’s Kitchen Confidence
(Image credit: Andrew Forcier) From The Kitchn → October Maker Talk: Kelsey Nixon’s Kitchen Confidence
Oct 29, 2014
A Gallery of Minimalist Kitchens
If you like sleek, pared-down modern interiors, you’ll love these 12 kitchens. With simple color schemes, minimal detailing and just the right amount of texture, these spaces prove that sometimes, less really is more. Above: a minimal black and white kitchen from A Merry Mishap. White marble and white cabinets in a kitchen by Fiona Lynch. A lovely understated kitchen by UK architects Feilden Fowles. This kitchen from Design Milk has a beautiful simplicity.
Oct 27, 2014
Black Walls in Bathrooms: Yea or Nay?
Black bedrooms, inky kitchen cabinets, and dark living rooms have all been fodder for discussion here on AT, but lately, I feel like I’ve seen a spate of black walls popping up in bathrooms. What’s your take on this bold choice? On the one hand, black walls in bathrooms can be unbelievably elegant and beautiful, as the bathroom in the Sag Harbour cottage above (designed by ASH NYC) shows.
Oct 14, 2014
10 Totally Unique, Stylish & Steal-Worthy Halloween Decorating Ideas
Blogger and DIY crafter Jennifer Perkins is no stranger to styling her home with a collection of unique tchotchkes and vintage finds; her first house tour showed off her love of mid-century modern kitsch and DIY style. She’s back with a new house, this time showing off a home full of fun Halloween decor ideas.
Oct 14, 2014
The “My Roommate Moved Out of the Bigger Bedroom” Makeover
Project by: Taiyo Location: Brooklyn, New York My roommate moved out of the larger room in my apartment so I took the opportunity and switched rooms. Playing with a blank canvas was both exciting and daunting, as I started accumulating furniture a few weeks before the switch hoping it would all work out in the end. I drew inspiration from Scandinavian design, Japan (where I’ve lived), and Brooklyn which resulted in a mix of natural wood and industrial-style elements.
Oct 14, 2014
Buy or DIY: 12 Creative Wood Headboards
As the weather cools down, the urge is to spend a few more weekend mornings cozied up under the covers. So why not refresh your bedroom with a warm wood headboard? Here are some creative and rustic headboards you can buy or DIY. Wood is so versatile and often it just looks better with age. While you can work with its natural color palette, you can also stain it or paint it to make it your own.
Oct 9, 2014
10 Ridiculously Silly Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Ideas
There are those pumpkins that you are in awe of, and can’t believe the skill, effort and detail that went into them. And then there are the totally over-the-top pumpkins that just make you laugh. You won’t find a witch, owl, or ghost in these here parts. Instead, here are ten decidedly non-traditional pumpkin carving and decorating ideas that are silly over spooky. Enjoy. 1. Above, Jacolyn Murphy channeled two kings with this Memphis-style tribute. 2.
Oct 9, 2014
Stephanie’s Sunlit Treehouse
Name: Stephanie A. Meyer Location: Lowry Hill; Minneapolis, Minnesota Size: 1800 square feet Years lived in: Just over a year; Rented As a food writer/blogger, photographer, and newly-minted cookbook author (coming this fall!), cooking and sharing food is at the heart of Stephanie A. Meyer’s home.
Oct 6, 2014
Brice & Ilene’s Chicago Getaway
Name: Brice & Ilene Bloom-Ellis Location: Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL Size: 600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; owned Brice and Ilene are two social workers from St. Louis, where they have a home filled with memories of raising a family, many of their favorite objects, and plenty of space. But, finding themselves in Chicago hotels way too often (Brice travels to Chicago regularly for work), these mid-century lovers began exploring real estate on a small scale.
Oct 5, 2014
Chunky Wool Blankets to Buy or DIY
At the top of my wish list for this fall is a giant chunky knit wool blanket. I keep seeing them on Scandinavian design blogs, and every time I do I take a minute and imagine how wonderful it would feel to be snuggled up underneath a blanket that feels like a giant wool sweater for your entire body. So I’ve hunted down a few sources for these enormous lovelies, and also a few DIYs for those of you brave (and talented!) enough to make your own.
Oct 2, 2014
A Gallery of Bohemian Bedrooms
If you love the bohemian look — or you’re just looking to add a little color or texture or pattern to your sleeping space — you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this set of ten eclectic bedrooms. Above: this cabin, from Lantliv via Planete Deco, is a riot of texture and pattern, but somehow the overall feel is comfy and relaxing. An oversized houseplant and lots of pillows liven up this space from The Marion House Book via A Cup of Jo.
Sep 29, 2014
10 Common Color Mistakes You Should Stop Making
Color is kind of tough, if we’re being honest. Or more accurately, a lot can go wrong when attempting to use color in your home, even with the best of intentions. Here are 10 of the most common color mistakes at home — and how you can fix them. Without light, color wouldn’t be much to look at. And as much as the right light can make a color sing…it can also make a gray go lavender or a white look dingy.
Sep 28, 2014
The 10 Commandments of Small Space Living
Is your small space starting to get a bit cramped, a little claustrophobic? Maybe you’re downgrading to a more petite pad and you’re feeling a little freaked. We can help. If you follow these 10 commandments, you’ll be happily living small in no time. Especially in a small space, clutter can completely take over and make your home feel even smaller than it already is. Get it under control and take back your space, no excuses.
Sep 26, 2014
Why This Room Works: 6 Expert Color Mixing Tips to Steal From Annie’s Bold Living Room
It’s one thing to add in a lot of color into a living room. It’s another thing to mix a lot of bold colors expertly in one compact space. How do you do it so it’s exciting and not a messy jumble of hues? A favorite house tour with a particularly colorful living room holds six secrets worth stealing for your own colorful home.
Sep 21, 2014
Justin’s Warehouse Acropolis
Name: Justin Bauer Location: Boyle Heights; Los Angeles, California Size: 3,500 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Artist and Creative Director Justin Bauer‘s industrial live/work space is located on the outskirts of Downtown Los Angeles and is an open-concept lover’s dream.
Sep 21, 2014
Erin’s Photo-Finish Pre-War Brooklyn Apartment
Location: Brooklyn, New York Size: Approximately 750 square feet Years lived in: 5.5 years; Rented Upon entering my pre-war Brooklyn apartment, the first things you see are the dreamy period archways and the three large black and white photographs of my daughter as a newborn, framed against grey walls. My love of photographing interiors has influenced the style of my home just as my love of decorating influences my photography of beautiful spaces.
Sep 18, 2014
Avery’s Cozy Alcove
Name: Avery Location: Seattle, Washington Room Size: 9.5 x 13 I have a special place in my heart for nurseries with dark walls. When I was designing my first-born’s space, I was terrified to go dark, but my husband was really into the idea. After we did it, the space immediately felt so cozy and restful. So when I came across Avery’s nursery, I was head over heels.
Sep 17, 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
Home Decorating Ideas: The 5 Secrets to Pulling Off Simple, Minimal Design
What differentiates a truly stunning, minimally designed interior from one that’s just not full of a lot of stuff? From a room that’s sophisticated and rich rather than plain and boring? Creating simple spaces isn’t hard, but it does require a particular balance of key design ingredients to make the right minimal mix. 1.
Sep 7, 2014
How to Make a Mood: 5 Basic Elements for Creating an Awesome Home Atmosphere
That je ne sais quoi feeling certain rooms seem to exude? Those are spaces with a serious mastery of mood. A room’s atmosphere — how it feels to be in it and experience it — isn’t just important to places like restaurants and bars; a home can have an awesome atmosphere, too. Here’s how. 1. Know what mood you want to go for You looking for a bright white and cheery space?
Sep 6, 2014
Out of the Ordinary: 10 Kitchens with Unique Open Shelving
A lot of the open shelving we’ve seen falls into one of two categories: simple floating shelves, or cabinets sans cabinet doors. But that doesn’t mean yours has to. Take a look at these ten inspiring examples of unique open shelving… and then maybe get inspired to build your own. Above: how beautiful are is this brass and glass shelving unit? The whole kitchen is gorgeous, of course, but it’s really the shelves that steal the show.
Sep 5, 2014
9 Free Ways to Instantly Improve Your Bedroom This Weekend
Most good things in life do take time, but every now and then you can cut some corners, spend zero dollars and take a few minutes to improve a room in your home without a significant time (or money) investment. This weekend, make your bedroom a slightly better place with these nine easy changes you can tackle. 1. Move your phone charger across the room from your bed Actually, if you have a separate alarm clock then take your phone and charger out of your bedroom all together.
Aug 24, 2014
Cha-Ching: 5 Domestic Skills That Will Save You Money
No matter how small your paycheck, you can always save money by doing things yourself that you would otherwise pay someone else to do. Below are five skills you should have in your domestic toolbox, ideally when you’re just starting out on your own, but it’s never too late to learn (and to save). Cooking is probably the most effective money-saving domestic skill you can possibly have.
Aug 22, 2014
Samantha Rose’s Daydream Nursery
Name: Samantha Rose Location: Atlanta, Georgia Room Size: 13′ x 13′ I love when a nursery strikes that perfect balance between being sweet enough for a baby, but sophisticated enough for the grown ups in the family to feel right at home as well. Ryan and April managed to do just that when they created this lovely nursery for their baby girl, Samantha Rose.
Aug 22, 2014
Apartment Therapy Contributor Style: Shifrah’s Own Bedroom
I never would have done it consciously, but it turns out that most of the rooms in our home are decorated around some kind of red/orange and blue color scheme. Our bedroom illustrates this well. Again, it’s a mix of old family treasures and new pieces my husband and I picked out together. We both find it warm and restful, cozy and enveloping, just like we want our bedroom to be. There was really only one place where the king bed fit with the nightstands, and that was between the windows.
Aug 21, 2014
Thread Count Doesn’t Always Matter: Things To Look For When Buying Sheets
First you need to decide what you want your sheets made of. Cotton is the most common and basic, but there’s also linen, silk, bamboo, microfiber, etc… (I won’t even get into all the blends out there.) Every material has its pros and cons: Linen is softer, more breathable ,and textured than cotton, but tends to wrinkle more. Silk is soft but more slippery. Microfiber is manmade versus natural. The list goes on, so you have to decide what feel you’d like.
Aug 19, 2014
Marcus & Cooper’s Vintage Military Room
Name: Marcus and Cooper Location: Los Angeles, CA Room Size: approx 10′ x 10′ With seven children, you could imagine that Joy Dolan doesn’t even have time to breathe, let alone decorate this fantastic vintage military room for two of her boys. In fact, she had started priming the walls when the family got a call that their new baby was ready for adoption, and that put an eighteen month delay on the project.
Aug 19, 2014
Setting Up Home: 5 Ways to Make a Lovely Bedroom
Is your bedroom your sanctuary? If it’s not, would you like it to be? Here, we share five tips for creating a lovely bedroom that everyone can follow: 1. Be natural. Check the tags on your sheets, blankets, pillow covers. Are they of natural fibers? If not, seek out some good, basic sets of natural fiber bedding. Take it a step further with the mattress and your pillows, though this can get pricey. Also consider the materials of your furnishings and rugs.
Aug 19, 2014
Make It: 5 DIY Curtain Tie Backs
Are your curtains in need of some tie backs, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on them? Here are 5 crafty DIY versions. 1. Brass Curtain Tie Back, DIY from Blackbird 2. Rope Curtain Tie Backs, DIY from Cottage in the Oaks 3. Ribbon Curtain Tie Back, DIY from Homemakers Challenge 4. Utensil Curtain Tie Back, DIY from Country Living 5.
Aug 18, 2014
Apartment Therapy Blogger Style: Erin’s Own Kitchen
Welcome to the most chaotic, most used, most loved room in my home, my kitchen! Now, this kitchen certainly isn’t the biggest I’ve lived with (That award goes to my first place in Houston. It only had one cabinet, but technically the kitchen was 12 by 15 feet!) or fanciest I’ve ever had (That would be my first kitchen in NYC.
Aug 13, 2014
What You Need to Know About Water Towers (It’s Grosser Than You Think)
They’re a familiar scene dotting the city skyline — sleekly conical yet distinctly old-world — but just how much do you know about how water towers work, why we still use them and exactly how safe the tanks where we store our drinking water really are? The municipal water mains of New York City provide enough pressure to lift water roughly six stories up in the air. As turn-of-the-century buildings grew taller and taller, so did the demand for water at higher elevations.
Aug 13, 2014
15 Beautiful High Chairs You’ll Drool Over (& They’ll Drool On)
We spend so much time in the kitchen. We spend so much time on our kitchens. The last thing you want to plonk in that space is a great big hunk of rainforest-themed plastic! Here are some high chairs that are good looking and long wearing, that you will use many kids over and never tire of seeing (and wiping down) day in, day out. 1. Svan Signet’s High Chair. A customizable chair with optional seat cover, wrap around bentwood bucket seat.
Aug 12, 2014
One Dresser, Eight Ways: The Endlessly Adaptable IKEA Rast
The IKEA Rast dresser seems to be the DIYer’s favorite project. And why not? At $35 a pop, the Rast is a small investment that, as you can see, can be dressed up in an endless array of ways… • Naomi at Design Manifest gave her Rasts an Asian inspired update. The finished pieces look like high end Asian chests. Here’s a second Rast hack from Design Manifest, this one with an emerald green paint job and vinyl ostrich-inspired fabric adhered to the fronts.
Aug 8, 2014
Style Forecast: Sofa Trends for 2014 & Beyond
I recently bought a new sofa and it felt like I was buying a car. It’s such a big decision; both in terms of cost and how long you’ll likely live with it. New sofa styles for 2014 are harkening back to classic themes – a Scandinavian take on mid-century, natural wood legs, colorful upholstery, tufted details and retro silhouettes.
Aug 7, 2014
Living Room Blueprints: 3 Versatile Sofa & Chair Layouts to Try
Just like the human body, most rooms share the same skeleton. No matter the size or style—from Eclectic to English Country—a well-designed living room starts with one of a few basic layouts. These are floor plans that have proven over time to be the best at defining the space and directing the flow in your home’s most livable room. Using the same three pieces—a sofa and two chairs—we sketched out three of the most popular living room blueprints.
Aug 7, 2014
Setting Up Home: 5 Ways to Make a Lovely Living Room from Our House Tours
When setting up and decorating a home, the living room is one of the first places we look— after all, it’s where we entertain guests and spend a lot of our own time, too. Here are five ideas for making your living room a lovely, welcoming and impactful space, with examples from our House Tours: 1. Create a cozy corner. Make place where you can kick back with a good book, or relax in front of the television.
Aug 6, 2014
Eva & Philip’s Art-Filled Wanderlust Home
Name: Eva Katz and Philip Sugerman Location: Jamaica Plain; Boston, Massachusetts Size: 2,600 square feet Years lived in: 8 years; Owned No wonder passersby stop to snap photos: Situated on a charming street near Jamaica Pond in Boston’s Emerald Necklace, the exterior of Eva and Philip’s pretty Painted Lady is a total jewel. Inspired by art, food, and worldy travels, the inside shimmers just as brightly.
Aug 5, 2014
Put Down the Paintbrush: 10 Ways to Add Color Without Painting
Are you a color-lover adrift on an ocean of white? Living in a rental where you’re not allowed to paint doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with brilliant hues. Here are ten easy ways to add color without ever picking up a paintbrush. 1. Go for big, colorful art. An oversized piece (like the one in the bedroom above, from Okologi, or the living room pictured up top, from Sköna Hem, via Design Milk) instantly brightens a room. 2. Hang a colorful tapestry on the wall.
Jul 29, 2014
How To Make the Most of Typical Rental Features: The Only Bathroom is Through the Bedroom
Once upon a time, I was flat-hunting in London and found an adorable one. The location was convenient and the space bright and sunny. The problem? The bathroom was located off the bedroom, meaning that guests would have to go past my bed in order to use it. Here’s how to make the most of this sometimes awkward layout: Though I immediately discounted that flat, I’ve since discovered that this layout isn’t as ridiculous (or rare) as I once thought.
Jul 25, 2014
Working With White Walls: 6 Ideas From Bold Bedrooms of Real-Life Rentals
You don’t need a bold wall paint color to turn the tide on a bland bedroom. These six bedrooms — despite their white walls — are real-life examples from our house tours of rooms that wow. And they are full of bold ideas to borrow for your own bedroom (in case it’s feeling a little too white and boring). Pictured above: Can’t do color on the walls? Do texture instead! And then also put texture on the bed, too, just for good measure.
Jul 20, 2014
Found It? Buy It: ALWAYS Snap Up These 8 No-Regret Items At Garage Sales, Flea Markets and Thrift Stores
One of our favorite warm-weather activities is browsing for second-hand treasures. We’ve made some mistakes to be sure, but we’ve never regretted taking home these eight items and neither will you. 1. Cast iron — The beauty of cast iron is that it only gets better with age. The vintage version is not only super collectable, but also more valuable come cooking time thanks to its hard-earned patina.
Jul 18, 2014
The 10 Worst Things About Renting (And How to Deal with Them)
I just got the chance to see a friend’s new house, and the conversation during the visit turned to owning vs. renting. True to the “grass is greener” maxim, we each had bad things to say about our current situation.
Jul 15, 2014
5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Flea Market
Flea markets are filled with curiosities, and I’m not just talking about the stuff for sale. Over the years I’ve witnessed a lot of strange behaviors as people navigate booths looking for bargains. There’s something about flea market culture (cash-based transactions? secondhand goods? informal setting?
Jul 14, 2014
Singular Style: Inspirational House Tours from Men Living on Their Own
We have a lot of really phenomenal house tours, and love revisiting them through various lenses. Last week I almost incited a riot when featuring spaces from women who live alone (here’s that post and its very controversial title). Today’s post shines the spotlight on ten guys from last year, and their approach to decorating homes that are unequivocally theirs. Here are ten favorites from the past year: 1.
Jul 8, 2014
Before and After at The Albright: From Old To New
Name: Albright Restaurant Location: Santa Monica, California I’m sure that, if I’d gone to architecture school, I would’ve ended up as a preservation architect, carving new spaces out of old ones and creating a seamless transition between then and now. So it’s no surprise that I was curious, when I discovered that Santa Monica Pier Seafood, one of the older (and better) fish shacks on this wooden wharf, had undergone an update, to find out a little bit more.
Jul 1, 2014
A Sneak Peek at IKEA’s New 2015 Collections
A few weeks ago, I traveled to Sweden with a group of editors, writers, photographers and journalists from all over the world for a one-of-a-kind visit with IKEA’s creative teams. Called “Democratic Design Days”, it was an opportunity to learn about their work processes and to get an early sneak peek at some of what they have in store for us in the year to come. They plan to launch multiple collections on a rolling basis starting this fall and continuing throughout 2015.
Jun 24, 2014
Ian & Martha’s Tasteful and Sentimental Home
Name: Ian and Martha Robinson Location: Church Hill; Richmond, Virginia Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Owned Ian and Martha Robinson have the kind of style that seems effortless. Once you get to know them, however, you realize that it’s even better than that: their style has developed over time from attention to craftsmanship, quality, and artistry. They value simplicity and beauty, and are mindful about the practicalities of living on a budget and with two children.
Jun 17, 2014
Under $50: 15 Bold & Unusual Frames for a Gallery Wall
Spontaneous as they might look, there are guidelines for putting together a well-styled gallery wall. Arranging frames around an invisible horizontal line guarantees a great layout. And, to get a punchy kick of style, trying working in a unusual frame (or three) with an eye-catching shape, color or texture. In the midst of your simple and chic thin black or white frames, find a way to work in a bold or unique frame like these below.
Jun 10, 2014
Bitium’s Soft Industrial Office
Name: Bitium offices, designed by Kate Strickland of West Haddon Hall Location: Main Street in Santa Monica, California Size: 3,500 Ssquare feet, 2 floors Years worked in: 1 year When Kate Strickland completed this office design project, she asked me to photograph it for her portfolio. However, I immediately felt its incredible design deserved to be showcased in a workspace tour.
Jun 6, 2014
Decorating on a Budget: 20 Tips from the Pros
A couple of months back, I gathered some tips from the pros for ways to round off an unfinished room. It seemed to hit a chord with our readers, leading to many commenters weighing in on their favorite piece of advice or offering up their own tips that have worked for them. Since we’re focusing on reining in our budgets this month, lets see what insightful pointers the masters can offer up when it comes to bargain decorating! From Emily Henderson: Love something? Buy just one.
Jun 3, 2014
Best Bargain Buys: 10 Stylish Wallpapers Under $100/Roll
Wallpaper, the oft-maligned, terribly misunderstood wall covering, is enjoying a much deserved comeback. The days of impossible to hang, doubly impossible to remove old-fashioned ditzy floral nightmares are thankfully in the past. Modern wallpapers are easy to hang, easier to remove, and feature motifs created by popular artists, bloggers, and designers. Of course, these new wonder wallpapers can sometimes come with a hefty price tag.
Jun 3, 2014
Allison’s Silver Lake Charmer With a View
Name: Allison Pierce, Musician. (Shared w/ her roommate, Lizzy Sanford) Location: Silver Lake; Los Angeles, California Size: 2 Bedroom + 1 Bath Years lived in: 2 years; Rented When a few snapshots of Allison’s apartment landed in my inbox, I knew it was an incredible space. Overlooking Silver Lake, this two bedroom home has a wonderful, dreamy quality, and ample space to living comfortably.
May 21, 2014
The Natural Order of Things: How To Design Your Home, One Step at a Time
The other day, I was speaking to a friend who laid a design quandary at my feet. She needed a few new items for her apartment and, since every choice she made would affect the others, she was feeling stuck on where to start — the design version of “the chicken or the egg”. Anyone who’s decorated a home, or even a room, knows that the choices you make early on can influence those further down the line.
May 20, 2014
10 Sources for Good, Cheap Rugs on a Budget — and Many Are on Major Sale
Beautiful and affordable rugs aren't hard to find if you know where to look.
May 16, 2014
10 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Mix & Match Dining Set
The mix and match dining set is a great look. It can be seen across many different interior styles — Scandinavian, modern, bohemian, eclectic, etc. It does, however, take a bit of thought and planning to pull it off, because you can’t just order one up from the store. In many cases it’s also a very budget friendly option, because you can use either dated, thrifted or random chairs you have around to create a look.
May 14, 2014