4 Homemade Clamp Ideas
If you are taking on some small projects around the house but don’t necessarily have a shop full of tools, it might come in handy to have a few alternatives if you find yourself in need of clamps.Clamps can be useful for holding things in place while your hands are busy with other parts of a project. They’re also handy when you’re gluing something that needs to be held together for an extended period while the glue sets up.
Feb 3, 2010
What Color Is Your Holiday? Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa
With the city festooned in red and green for the holiday season, it seemed like an appropriate time to wonder how these colors came to be associated with Christmas, how blue and white became the official colors of Hanukkah, and what symbolism black, green, and red have during Kwanzaa. The Christmastime significance of the color green is partly related to the evergreen tree, seen as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection and eternal life.
Dec 17, 2009
10 Subscription Gifts that Keep on Givin’
The monthly club is an old-school approach to gift giving that’s usually associated with fruit baskets or popcorn tins, but the Internet has advanced beyond the Harry and David catalog and into the 21st century. Subscription gifts are available now for everything from artwork to movies and, if it’s what you want, you can still sign up for the scented candle of the month club, too. 1) 25 Colored Pencils for 25 Months. That’s 500 pencils! In 500 different colors!
Dec 1, 2009
Andrew’s Ingenious Floating Monitor Home Office
Name: Andrew FlynnLocation: Chandler, ArizonaType: Home office When we saw Andrew Flynn’s amazing home office, we knew that we had to do a tech tour of his place. The great DIY features really set this home office apart from all of the rest. A faux-wall to hide cables and wires, a Mission Control center console to hide and store peripherals, and three floating monitors are what makes this home office quite ingenious.
Oct 29, 2009
4 Nightstands Under 12″ Wide
We recently gathered some ideas for 5 Small Nightstands Under $5. The solutions were for small budgets. But what about small spaces? We’re now gathering four more nightstand ideas that will fit into a 12″ wide space next to the bed… Many of us with small bedrooms have just enough space at the bedside to squeeze in and make the bed. What are some nightstand ideas for those slender spaces?
Oct 22, 2009
Houston Hi-Tech in a Small Space
Name: Chris NguyenLocation: Houston, TexasSize: 500 square feetYears lived in: 2 months There’s big and then there’s Houston BIG. In a city known for embodying the idea of gigantic Texan proportions, Chris Nguyen’s extremely modest sized 500 square foot apartment is an anomaly.
Oct 2, 2009
5 Great Sources for Affordable Frames
Got a great photo, poster or other nifty piece to hang and need a frame that won’t cost more than what you’re putting in it? How about a whole collection of things that you plan on installing gallery style? Well, look no further…here is our list of affordable frame sources: Pottery Barn – lots of styles (from basic to detailed) in a range of affordable prices. They also carry frame risers, stands, shelves and other artwork display accessories.
Sep 25, 2009
MANSTAD Sectional Sofa Bed & Storage from IKEA
MANSTAD packs a lot of punch — it’s a (1) small scale sectional sofa that’s also a (2) bed and (3) storage. While there are options for sectionals with built in beds, few are this small, this inexpensive and few are designed to take advantage of the full footprint.
Sep 2, 2009
Close Up: Adam’s Sleek Basement Office for Two
Name: Adam SelwoodLocation: Melbourne, Australia Now here’s inspiration to clean out that basement or attic and make better use of the space. Adam was kind enough to share his work-in-progress renovation, a DIY conversions of a basement once stuffed to the brim with typical “stuff” into a sleek and multi-use home office for both him and his wife.
Jul 10, 2009
Top 10 Gifts To Bring to a Summer BBQ
This past weekend, we hosted a barbecue/ping pong tournament at our home to celebrate a birthday in addition to Memorial Day. None of our guests showed up empty-handed either–we have enough beer, booze, and chips for the next barbecue! However, one couple brought over a gift bag full of fun and functional things that we could definitely use over and over again for future summer parties which inspired us to create our own shortlist of barbecue-themed gifts…1.
May 26, 2009
Tech Myth: Holding the Car Remote to Your Head Increases Its Range
This entry comes to you courtesy of the fact that I’ve heard this maybe-myth told to me more than once in the past few weeks my friends and complete strangers alike. My car’s keyless entry remote, for lack of a better word, sucks. I practically have to be next to the car to get it to work. Alas, plenty of the aforementioned people have given me the tip to hold the remote to my chin with my mouth slightly open to increase the range of the remote signal.
May 4, 2009
Small Space Crib Review: The Stokke Sleepi
My husband and I decided we’d allow ourselves one splurge purchase for our baby. We had admired the Stokke Sleepi crib, but decided it was just too expensive – not just for our budget, but in principle. But when we started trying to figure out how to incorporate a crib into our home office space, the smaller Stokke started looking better and better.
Apr 24, 2009
Close-Up: Über Organized Craft Room with a Touch of Tech
click for more picsCrafty IntentionsShe painted the space from a harsh purple to Jamaican Sea from Behr, then installed Ikea Lack shelves to hold all her crafty goods including, rhinestones, sequins, little fabric trim, beads, metal and wood accessories, etc. pom poms, tools and glitter.The bottom shelf includes stair-like levels Megan got at Lowes. These allow her to store more small jars in the space.
Apr 8, 2009
Kitchen Spotlight: Lori’s Serene Farmhouse
Look at this simply lovely farmhouse kitchen from Lori in Long Island. She just finished renovating this old farmhouse kitchen on a budget, using a mixture of modern, serene colors and old-fashioned industrial fittings. • Click here for full post: Kitchen Spotlight: Lori’s Serene Farmhouse
Mar 18, 2009
Look!: Alexis’ DIY Spice Rack
We were having girls night at our friend Alexis’ house last week when we spotted her DIY version of a spice rack. Her kitchen occupies quite a small space, not to mention her husband is a chef (meaning they have every spice and cooking utensil known to man). Since they were out of space but needed a handy spice rack, Alexis to matters into her own hands.Picking up a handful of drawer dividers from The Container Store, Alexis went to town.
Mar 6, 2009
Small Space Solution: Reverse the Door
During our apartment search last spring, we were surprised by the number of small spaces with a major (and easily avoidable) flaw: in almost every tiny bedroom, the door opened into the small room rather than swinging out into the larger space. The area required for the door to swing in significantly reduced the bedroom’s footprint and in many cases made it tough to fit a full-sized bed inside.
Nov 18, 2008
Best Barstools for Under $500
Dwell magazine recently released a slideshow of their favorite barstools. The list has some beauties in it, most of which were over $500 a pop. We decided to focus in on their picks for under $500…Clockwise from top: Onda Barstool by Jesus Casca – $358 – Design Within Reach Sebastian Bar Stool – $49.99 – IKEA Real Good stool – $199 – Blu Dot Viona Barstool – $169.
Nov 14, 2008
5 Things to Put Behind a Sofa (Besides a Sofa Table)
In a small space, figuring out where to put the sofa is key, but figuring out what to put behind it is equally important. That space behind your couch can be used for shelving, storage, and more if you plan your layout well…Shelving, whether wall-mounted or freestanding, creates a dramatic backdrop behind the sofa. In the middle of a room, you can use open shelving to divide a space and anchor your couch. (This photo is from our old apartment.
Oct 20, 2008
Product Review: Bo Concept Spaze Sofa Bed
Bo Concept recently let us test drive one of their more popular sofa beds to see what we thought of it. After 2 weeks of giving it our all, we have our verdict:Bo Concept is a European Furniture maker that falls somewhere between West Elm and Design Within Reach. Marketed as affordable luxury, their furniture is modern, sleek and often perfect for small spaces.
Sep 8, 2008
High and Low: 15 Modern Sectional Sofas
A sectional sofa is a big investment. Once you add a chaise or additional modular parts onto your sofa, it’s extra hard to find anything under $1,000. Still, there are lots of good options at both the low and high ends of the spectrum. We rounded up 15 sectionals in a range of prices, colors, and configurations.
Aug 20, 2008
5 Classic Color Harmonies Defined
When designing the look of a room, deciding on the color palette can sometimes seem overwhelming. The task of coordinating the decor to the furniture to the flooring to the walls in just the right way can seem challenging. Thoughts of “Where to begin?” or “How” to begin?” can easily takeover.One place to begin is understanding a bit about color theory and how different color harmonies can create the feeling, look and overall tone of space.
Aug 20, 2008
Good Questions: How to Remove Aluminum Off the Wall?
AT reader Jessica inherited the decor decisions of a previous tenant and is having problems trying to remove it:“My bathroom downstairs has aluminum foil applied to the walls and I can’t get it off. I think the people who lived here before me applied it with glue and it’s proving to be impossible to remove. Can you tell me the best way to remove it? Thank you.”We think you’ve got several options. The first being the easiest to try, but possibly time consuming.
Aug 5, 2008
Good Questions: How To Clean the Discoloration on my Macbook?
Reader Courtney Chelo asks:After 5 years with my freshman year standard issue Dell laptop (which is dying a slow, painful death) I’m ready to leave the PC world for a Mac. I don’t need anything fancy… I’m going with the MacBook 2.4GHz… the question is: if I get the white one, will it turn yellow? Some say “YES!” some say “GOD, NO!” and others say “I don’t want to learn to use a Mac and you shouldn’t either!
Jul 25, 2008
Best Of: Hampers
While most of the time, we just want to chuck our dirty clothes on the floor it’s probably a better idea to put contain the grubbies in a hamper. Here are a few hampers that tickle our fancy. LaMont Bamboo Hamper, $40 White Two Hamper Set, $59.95 Canvas Two-Drawer Hamper by Badger, $33.95 Spongebob Hamper, $14.99Blomus Laundry Bin with Black Wooden Lid, $180Sea Grass Hamper, $99 Korall Skoldpadda, $5.99Jax Organic Hamper, $68Bamboo Lattice Storage Stool, $89Which hamper do you recommend?
Apr 9, 2008
IKEA’s Tundra Laminated Flooring
If you want to lay down a new floor and want to go cheap, we’ve known quite a few people to reach for IKEA’s Tundra click-lock laminated flooring. At $1.19 per square foot, it beats Home Depots super popular TrafficMaster Allure Vinyl Flooring, but the jury is still out as to which is best.
Feb 20, 2008
7 Best Small Space Shelving Solutions
We can part with our CDs, thin out our closets of clothing, stop coming home with curbside finds… but we must find more room for more books [wild eyed]. Laure’s Book in the Rafters idea and this wrap around ceiling shelving are both efficient uses of overhead space. Corners, stairways, closets and even doorways can be converted into additional storage.
Jan 31, 2008
TrafficMaster Allure Vinyl Flooring
Revisiting this ever-popular post about Home Depot’s Trafficmaster Allure vinyl flooring, we noticed a Home Depot employee left extensive additional comments and details about the product, so we thought we’d repost this with updated information for the many visitors who come to this particular post specifically for TrafficMaster Allure information.Have you ever wanted wood floors in your bathroom but thought otherwise because of concern about moisture?
Jan 30, 2008
8 Spots to Put a Dresser…
…besides the bedroom. Dressers are super-versatile pieces that provide a lot of storage, and they don’t have to be relegated to clothes-keeping. In the dining room they can store napkins and silverware, in the family room they can store DVDs, and in a hallway they can store linens. Click below for 8 spots to put a dresser.In a hallway, a dresser can store out-of-season clothes or extra linens.
Jan 30, 2008
Online Deals from the CB2 Outlet
Seems like the last thing we need to do right now is accumulate anything. But if you relish in post-holiday deals, take a look at CB2 outlet sales, including this great Merimekko cotton sheet set for $14.95-$79.95 (down from $29.95-$109). A few more items shown below (and available online only).Havana pillows, $9.95 each (reg. $24.95) Intersection print, $24.95 (reg. $99.95) Gumball paper lantern, $2.95 (reg. $6.95)More CB2 sales here.
Jan 4, 2008
West Elm Bummer: Post Coital Beds Breaking All Over Town
This consumer reports rant is from the lovely, Gari. It is too good not to post: “WEST ELM———you’ve been there. We’ve all been there….walking around in DUMBO trying to find the place …….anxiously waiting for the Chelsea store to open. Well, I’d like to give you fellow West Elmer’s a heads-up on some lame furniture construction and even lamer customer service. I purchased their wood frame bed in August of ’04.
Jun 10, 2007
Top Five: Sources for Cool Indoor/Outdoor Rugs
Ever since the outdoor room concept became a phenomenon big enough to spawn countless backyard makeover segments on HGTV, the market for these rugs has exploded. Indoor/outdoor rugs are generally woven from water and stain-resistant plastics and can be cleaned with a hose-down. They’re also increasingly made to be soft underfoot and the designs are attractive enough to be used outdoors — or in — without apology.
Jun 5, 2007
Top 10: Dish Racks
We hate dish racks. They take up space that we’d rather use for other things, and they usually look bad. If we had all the money in the world, we’d have one of those Italian kitchens with the dish rack built into the back of the sink area, but that’s never going to happen…– To All Top 10 Lists –Valcucine Equipped Back SectionIn our house we found a tiny dishrack (the Polder, below) that we use for daily use. We use the dishtowel upon the counter for overflow.
Apr 11, 2007
Good Questions: What Color To Paint the Doors When Walls Are White?
Hello AT,After repainting our apartment, my wife and I are trying to figure out what color to paint our interior doors (the doorknobs are going to be stainless steel). The obvious answer is white, but this isn’t going to work.
Mar 29, 2007
Good Questions: Bathroom Sink Water Filter?
Hello AT,I have a tap water purifer for my kitchen sink, and a shower head filter for my shower. do you know of anything similar for the bathroom sink? i have a feeling the unclean water is what’s causing my face to break out. thanks! Telephasik(Pic: WaterPik mini Filter) (Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.)Link To All Good QuestionsDear Telephasik,You must have very sensitive skin. We wonder how much people worry about their water in this town.
Feb 23, 2006
Ross For Bedding
When buying sheets, we pretty much exclusively shop at (drum roll, please) Ross Dress for Less. They have a huge selection of sheet sets from great designers. You have to go with an open mind and be willing to dig around, but oh, the treasures you’ll find. Although we were once exclusively white bedding only, we found stunning, high-end chocolate brown and smoky blue sheet separates and it changed our life and the look of our bedroom forever.
Feb 13, 2006