Extra-Special Treat: How To Make Homemade Mallomars
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Mallomars. The name alone is almost enough to trigger a blissful sugar coma. This confection of graham cracker and marshmallow, dipped in chocolate, is a seasonal item from Nabisco and only available in the colder chocolate-friendly winter months. Which means that those of us who need a mid-year fix are forced
Aug 27, 2010
Software That We Use Daily: Improving Computer Life
From Gmail to Microsoft Word, here are our favorite computer software. We use these programs daily and have generally try to keep them updated as much as possible. While it can get costly for some of them, they are definitely worth keeping.1. Microsoft OfficeNo matter what people say, I’ve gotten to used to using MS Office, especially MS Word. Even though some people dislike it, I find that it works well, no matter what I plan on writing.
Aug 20, 2010
Top 5 Water Filtration Solutions
Seeing as bottled water isn’t doing much to help the environment these days, we set out to find the best water filter solutions to help curb our carbon footprint. Here’s our list of the top 5 water filtration products on the market today. • Read the full post at Unplggd
Jul 29, 2010
5 Ways To Turn On Lights When You’re Not Home
One of the best ways to protect your home while you’re away is to appear you never left. Leaving a light on in the front window doesn’t cut it any longer and sometimes you need a little extra believability to help others think you’re still home (though anti-social) while away on vacation.Here’s a few of our favorite choices for making your home a little brighter when you’re away. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list?
Jul 13, 2010
10 Things To Pack In A Piñata That Aren’t Made From Sugar
So apparently we have piñata fever around these parts. We just can’t help it. They’re perfect for a party, a backyard get together, or could even be a fun way to pick summer chores (who says they can’t come pouring out amongst other things?) for little ones, but sometimes we’re not into all that sugar. Here are a few non-food ideas instead!1. Bubbles: You can find small packages of bubbles (check with wedding supplies) that won’t weigh things down too much!2.
Jun 23, 2010
How To Host a Cook-Off
If you’re looking an entertaining idea for this summer there is nothing more amusing than a little friendly competition between friends – especially when it involves food! Hosting a cook-off is a great excuse to encourage friends to go head to head with their best recipes and serves as an instant icebreaker among the guests. With a bit of planning, hosting a cook-off can be stress-free.Here’s the breakdown of planning your own food-centric competition.
Jun 3, 2010
Today’s Small Kitchens: Andrea, Catherine, Julia, Helen
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Andrea’s Fresh and Modern New York Kitchen• Catherine’s Modern Entertaining Kitchen in Seattle• Julia’s Efficient Brooklyn Studio Kitchen• Helen’s Eclectic Yet Calming Philadelphia Kitchen
May 25, 2010
Today’s Cool Kitchens: Carin, Brittany, Shannon, Kevin
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Carin’s Light, Bright Vermont Kitchen• Brittany’s New Bright White Portland Kitchen• Shannon’s Labour of Love Kitchen in Ottawa• Kevin and Kelly’s Overhauled Victorian Kitchen in Virginia
May 21, 2010
Today’s Small Cool Kitchens: Robert, Inés, & Matt
Have you seen today’s entries in The Kitchn’s Small Cool Kitchens Contest? Take a peek, and if you like what you see, give them a thumb’s up! • Robert’s Delightfully Designed New York Kitchen• Inés’ Opened-Up Barcelona Kitchen• Matt’s New Beginning Kitchen in Boston
May 17, 2010
How to Skip DVD Previews and Get Straight to the Movie
Imagine getting ready to curl up inside your humble and comfy little abode. You’ve popped in a DVD and made your way to the kitchen to gather up some delicious treats and crack open a frosty brew. But when you sit down with your grub, you find yourself sitting through what seems like endless and unskippable movie previews and piracy warnings—what a buzzkill. If only you knew the remote-control trick that works on nearly every DVD Player (Hint: It’s not the menu button.
Apr 19, 2010
Storage Containers to Fit Under Very Low Bed?
Q: I have a full size IKEA Malm Bed. I love the look of low bedframes, but have trouble storing anything under the bed since it only has a 5″ clearance underneath. It seems like I can only find 6″ ones. Are there any underbed storage containers that are less than 5″? Sent by Stephanie Editor: Please share your suggestions, sources and ideas with Stephanie in the comments below – thanks! • Got a question?
Apr 14, 2010
New Blu-ray Discs Won’t Play in Old Blu-ray Players
In the ongoing history of technology, there will always be bigger and better digital formats coming along to try and dethrone the top dog. VHS won over BetaMax, and Blu-ray beat out HD DVDs—but who will beat out Blu-ray? Well if it’s up to Sony, Blu-ray XL will. That’s right, Sony’s seemingly begun eating its own tail and releasing new Blu-ray XL discs that aren’t compatible with current Blu-ray players (including the PS3!).
Apr 8, 2010
Beautiful Family Kitchens
For your morning inspiration- we’ve rounded up a few beautiful kitchens. Even if you’re not in the position to overhaul your whole kitchen, there are plenty of family-friendly ideas here that you can easily integrate. Think colorful bunting, chalkboard walls, or open shelving. • Read the full post at Ohdeedoh
Apr 2, 2010
How To Start a Home Worm Composting System
It all begins with the soil. Worms are the great transformers of landscape through eating and digesting. They can consume a patch of stones and over time turn it into a fertile field. With indoor worm composters, these creatures can take your coffee grinds, lettuce scraps and apple cores and turn them into fertilizer castings
Feb 9, 2010
Roundup: Disposable-Inspired Tableware
Aside from convenience, there’s not much to love about disposable products. We all know that they create a lot of waste and zap resources… but is there anything to take from their design? Some seem to think so, as iconic shapes like the plastic red cup, paper plate, water bottle and more are popping up
Aug 28, 2009
How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient!
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Yes, that’s right; you heard us. Creamy, soft-serve style ice cream with just one ingredient. No ice cream maker needed, either! What is this one magic ingredient that can be whipped into perfectly rich and silky ice cream, with no additional dairy, sweeteners, or ingredients needed whatsoever? • Read the full
Aug 20, 2009
How To Make Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash
Even if you buy organic, it’s a good idea to wash your produce before you consume it to rid it of germs or residue. While water works, a wash can help you use less water; they’re also effective at forcing out any bugs. Here are two fruit and vegetable washes that you can make at
Aug 13, 2009
Adding Height to Bedside Tables?
Q: I recently purchased a set of end tables (see pic) from Craigslist. I want to use them as bed tables, but need to add about 5″ of height. I tried to remove the legs, but they don’t screw off. I would have to saw them off to remove. Any suggestions on adding height to these tables w/o completely demolishing original piece? Thanks! Sent by Michelle(Include a pic of your query and your question gets posted first!
Aug 10, 2009
The Rule for Guests: How Many? How Long?
Summer’s the prime time for visiting friends and for them to visit you. But, as my grandmother used to say when my family would visit her, she was happy to see us come and she was happy to see us go. It wasn’t that she was inhospitable; she loved having us over. It was that she understood the rule of visiting. There’s a rule about how long guests should stay that she often quoted…Fish and guests, she liked to stay, smell after three days.
Jul 14, 2009
My Great Outdoors: Art and Chel’s Modern Balcony Kitchen
My balcony is an extension of my kitchen and home. I have experimented with all kinds of furniture arrangement, surfaces and growing over the past two seasons, and this season I am finally satisfied with the layout and look. Chelsea and I (and Porkchop) enjoy our balcony in the warm months by cooking and relaxing
Jun 9, 2009
Re(al)view: ZeroWater
We’ve been using a PUR gravity fed pitcher water filter system in our household for several years now, a decision that has weaned us off a bottled water addiction. Yet, there’s always been this sneaking suspicion that the pitcher’s filter system was only doing a halfway decent job of filtering the water, especially compared to the expensive reverse osmosis systems we’ve occasionally pondered investing in.
May 5, 2009
Recycled Beauty: Boylan Soda Bottles as Bud Vases
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) In Week Three of the Kitchen Cure, part of your assignment was to do something beautiful for your kitchen. Here’s a shot of our dining table over the weekend—not exactly the kitchen, but close. And it uses those recycled soda bottles we’ve been talking about… • Click here to read the
May 5, 2009
Green Porno: Isabella Rossellini Reveals All…
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Time to expand your green knowledge. We must admit that we had actually never seen an episode of Sundance’s Green Porno until recently, and now we’re totally fascinated! Leave it to Isabella Rossellini to make the sex life of insects (season one) and marine animals (season two) feel like a walk
May 4, 2009
It’s Cleaning Time! Kitchen Cleaning Tips and Inspiration
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Your Kitchen Cure assignment this week is to clean up the kitchen and finish restocking, reorganizing, and doing whatever your kitchen needs to be ready to get cooking next week. Cleaning isn’t the sexiest topic, but we still love to talk about it. A clean kitchen is a healthy kitchen, so
May 1, 2009
Being Comfortable In Someone Else’s Home
Have you ever had this situation? A friend comes over to your house. Maybe you go in the other room to put something away and when you come out, before you’ve even said anything, your friend has made themselves at home; they’re opening a bottle of wine, they’re surfing the net on your computer, they’re rummaging through your DVDs, they’re making playlists on your ITunes. How do you feel when this happens?
Apr 23, 2009
Good Questions: How Do I Clean Old Linoleum
Dear Apartment Therapy,I’m in the process of moving to a new apartment. The whole place had beautiful wood flooring except for the bedroom. I got the OK from the building super to tear out the ugly stained berber flooring and replace it with some lovely wood floors or maybe those tiles from FLOR. I was hoping to find wood floors underneath that I could re- finish, but instead I found a weird but pleasant surprise…Got a good question you’d like answered?
Mar 12, 2009
Good Questions: Ridding Curry Odor From Couch?
As someone who LOVES the smell and taste of curry, we found this recent reader question an amusing one: I recently bought a couch from a lovely Indian couple off of Craigslist. The couch is perfect except for the fact that the couch smells like curry. What would be the most cost effective thing for me to do to get rid of the smell?Thanks! JayneGot a good question you’d like answered?
Feb 3, 2009
Good Questions: Sectional Sofas for under $1500?
Hello AT! I am looking for a modern sectional sofa for my condo. I don’t want to spend more than $1500 before shipping. I’ve been considering the Annex Sectional from CB2. I am a little nervous about ordering a sofa without sitting on it, and I don’t have a CB2 near me (I live in Tampa). Does anyone have experience with this sofa? Likes? Dislikes? Thanks! Brad(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.
Jan 9, 2009
How To: Politely Get Guests To Leave
We’ve all been there before–hosting a party and for one reason or another, strangers are the only ones left. Or worse, our friends keep starting new conversations (even though they know we have a 7am wake up call) but are still partying like it’s New Year’s Eve. Don’t get us wrong, we’re pretty sure we’ve overstayed our welcome a few times.
Nov 21, 2008
10 Cheap and Easy Ideas for Decorating the Table
If you’re having people over this month, no doubt you’ve spent a good amount of time considering the guest list and what you plan to cook. You’ve probably started cleaning in advance and have a lot of details you’d like to take care of. Don’t forget to have fun dressing the table and making it festive and inviting for guests. Don’t worry we don’t like a formal fussy table, but planning out what you want to do ahead of time will make it easy and fun.
Nov 11, 2008
Look! Baby Bouncer For Adults
The baby bouncer is an item we consider essential for young babies. We received our Oeuf lounger as a gift two years ago and it’s happily bouncing baby number two at this very moment. So we have to admit – the baby bouncer is something we’ve always wanted to try out for ourselves.Baby always looks so comfortable gently bouncing up and down with each movement he makes. Glad we aren’t the only ones who had this thought.
Oct 22, 2008
Follow Up: Best White Paints
After our recent post on Best White Paints, we received an email from a friend who has a background in decorative painting. Jump below for her notes on white paints…• Benjamin Moore Super White (cool white, pretty modern/stark)• Benjamin Moore Linen White (yellowy-peach tone) I love this color, but depending on lighting situation, can look a bit dingey.
Oct 8, 2008
Roomba Pet Series: Cleans After your Pets
If you’re an AT fan with a dog who has an affinity for shedding (if you’re like me, he sheds more hair than it looks like he has on his body), then you know what a pain it is to keep your space looking good under the carpet of dog hair that rests on top. IRobot’s Roombas have always been a favorite of pet owners for the little upkeep required to reap the results of a twice-daily room vacuuming. Now, iRobot has released a line just for pet owners like us!
Sep 3, 2008
Good Questions: Good Dresser for a Changing Table?
A friend of ours is on the hunt for a dresser that will double as the changing table when her baby is born. I’m looking for something simple and affordable- something that will easily work as a dresser as they grow. But it has to be a comfortable height for changing. Any suggestions? Well, it’s a great idea to use a regular dresser for changing, especially if you’re limited in space. A good height would be about 36″ tall.
May 8, 2008
Good Questions: How Best to Caddy the Shower?
Hello AT,I’m curious as to how you all store your shampoos, soaps, lotions etc that you use in the shower. I have a shower caddy that hangs on the shower head but think it looks cheap and dorm-room-esque.I find that if you put your bottles on the tub ledge they are continually knocked off, so there must be alternatives… any ideas?…(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first.
Mar 27, 2007
Good Questions: Mah Jong Clone?
Hello AT, I am madly in love with the Roche-Bobois Mah Jong seating system, but it’s way, way out of my league economically. I keep thinking: I do know how to get the *look* (using, say, the silky 9-button pillows and floor cushions from Urban Outfitters), but how do I get decent back support and “spread control”? Is there a way to build a good frame, or to chop off the legs of an existing futon frame or very spare sofa?
Jan 24, 2007
Good Questions: Skylight Help in Paris?
Hello AT,Dear AT,I’m in the process of buying a tiny apartment in Paris. While it is in fairly decent nick, there are a couple of things I want to improve; as much as possible, I’d like to have a pretty clear idea of what I’m going to do before I meet with the contractor next month (I’m doing things long distance, eek).I have a couple of things I need help with; I’ll space them out so I’m not too much of an irritant. I do think all have general relevance.
Jan 8, 2007
Bo Concept: How Bad Is It?
Does Bo know? As we monitor comments coming into the site as well as hits on the site, we have noticed that week after week, the one post that gets the worst comments is Bo Concept (largely customer service), but it is also one of the top posts each week (we have stopped listing it) as the result of Google searches on the web.We would love some good news about this store as it has some very eye catching and good designs, but we can’t find much.
Dec 14, 2004