Tablet Apps to Take Your Inspiration Board Mobile
Writing for Apartment Therapy means that I’ve created quite a few inspiration/mood boards, and writing for Apartment Therapy Tech means that I’ve used tech to create many of these. While there are great options out there for creating these on your computer, what about when you want to make one that’s a bit more mobile? Check out these Android and iPad picks for creating inspiration boards on your tablet.
Mar 11, 2020
New & Used : Eames Lounge
This month we’re looking at classics of design and the Eames Lounge Chair definitely belongs. We see this modern classic, whether authentic or one of the many replicas, in a lot of our house tours. To help you get in on the action, we’ve rounded up a number of resources for this iconic chair — new and used.NEW• Hive Chair and Ottoman starting at $4,499• Smart Furniture Chair and Ottoman starting at $4,499 (noticing a trend here?
Mar 11, 2020
The $14 Trick to Making Any Piece of Furniture More Functional
If you live in a tiny apartment where a single space serves multiple purposes (your bedroom is your living room is your dining room, right?), the best thing you can do for your furniture is to make it mobile. Adding a fresh set of wheels to tables, bar carts and kitchen islands lets them slide from one side of the apartment to another, filling in wherever they’re needed most. Here’s how to turn those pinch-hitting pieces into veritable MVPs.
Mar 11, 2020
Before and After: With Less Than $100, This Dark Dresser is Totally Transformed
You won't recognize the after.
Mar 7, 2020
IKEA Cabinets Are the Secret to This High-End (but Low-Cost) Mudroom
This IKEA hack has the look of custom woodwork—but costs a lot less.
Mar 6, 2020
You Need These Beautiful—and Unscented!—Candles on Your Dinner Table Right Now
They're almost too pretty to burn!
Mar 3, 2020
Before and After: A $250 Accent Wall Gives This Office Major Chic Cred
The hodgepodge craft space got a major glow up that made it way more functional, too.
Mar 2, 2020
Before and After: $500 Turned This Bland Bedroom into a Creative Craft Space
The faux daybed is VERY smart.
Feb 25, 2020
Before and After: This Living Room's New Fireplace Will Make You Look Twice
The "after" is bringing max coziness.
Feb 17, 2020
Before and After: A Smart IKEA Hack Makes This Home Office Extra Practical
You'll never buy an off-the-shelf desk again.
Feb 16, 2020
Before and After: A "Dump the Junk" Closet Turned Super Functional Office
You won't even recognize this space in the after.
Feb 9, 2020
Before and After: A DIY Murphy Bed for a Third of the Cost of Store-Bought
This project has seriously impressive results.
Feb 8, 2020
How to Make an Easy, No-Sew Cushion
If you read the January Cure diaries, you probably saw my window seats, both bare and then with cushions. If you’re interested, here’s how I made the cushions in about an hour. FoamUpholstery fabricPlywood SheetsThin Batting (Optional) Measuring TapeScissorsHammer or Rubber MalletStaple Gun (with staples of course)Foam CutterKnife, electric or otherwise1. Measure your space and cut foam to the same dimensions.
Feb 6, 2020
This 1930s Kitchen Staple is Making a Comeback
If Joanna Gaines is on board, it's probably the next big thing.
Feb 4, 2020
This IKEA Hack Turns a Plain Wood Cabinet into Retro-Inspired Party
The after has color and charm to spare.
Feb 1, 2020
6 IKEA Hacks for the Most Disorganized Among Us
There's always hope!
Jan 29, 2020
Before and After: A Cheery But Still Classic Update for This 1880s Entryway
The "after" is a whole lot brighter, but still exactly right for this 140-year-old house.
Jan 29, 2020
8 of the Best (and Easiest) IKEA Hacks We Spotted This Year
These types of IKEA "hacks" are the perfect combo of affordable and fast to do.
Jan 7, 2020
If You’re Not Storing Your Books This Way, You’re Missing Out
It's all about the doorway bookcase.
Jan 5, 2020
6 Seriously Clever IKEA Hacks to Help You Stay More Organized in 2020
Ring in the new decade with some IKEA hacks that will take your home organization to the next level.
Jan 4, 2020
How To DIY a Stylish Futon That Doubles as Small Space Storage
In Brittany & Jordan’s newly renovated camper, a lot of DIY went a long way. To take the living space from floral to fabulous, Brittany proudly designed and built this storage futon herself. When she couldn’t find the right futon/couch/storage solution for the camper, she used her knowledge from years of working in her dad’s shop to come up with the design, cut all the pieces, assemble, rework and reassemble the structure.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Make Super Quick & Easy Drawstring Seat Covers to Update Outdoor Furniture
Are those chevron print seat cushions just not doing it for you anymore? Before purchasing a new set and forking over a large wad of cash (seriously, even cushions at the big box stores are pricey!), check out this handy DIY for drawstring seat covers. They’re easy to remove and wash, and can be changed out as many times as you like throughout the seasons. Now, there is a bit of sewing involved but it’s nothing fancy so don’t be intimidated.
Dec 19, 2019
How to Stain Wood & Give New Life to Old Furniture
Beautiful wood tones in no time.
Dec 19, 2019
Desktop Decor DIY: How To Make a Mini Bullet Planter
Bring a slice of coveted MCM home decor right to your desktop with these miniature bullet planters. Made from upcycled plastic Easter eggs and a few pieces of wire, this simple DIY will make your cute cubicle the envy of the office. 20 gauge jewelry wire Plastic easter eggs Tape Scissors or wire cutters Needle nose pliers Nylon jaw pliers (optional) 1. Cut three 6″ pieces of wire. Straighten as much as you can with needle nose and nylon pliers. 2.
Dec 19, 2019
Try This DIY Project!: Turn an Old Box Spring Mattress into Stand Alone Bed Frame
This DIY project is a great use for older box springs, and an affordable way to have a “brand new” bed. It only requires about four yards of upholstery fabric, and can be done in just a couple of hours… Katy from The Clever Bunny had a hand-me-down mattress which was relegated to her guest room. In lieu of a bed frame she chose to cover the box spring with fabric and add legs.
Dec 19, 2019
Upholstery Project: How To Make a DIY Headboard with Fabric Slipcover
I get obsessed with things I see on Pinterest, and this padded headboard (okay, the whole place) is one of my recent fixations. I like the modern, streamlined look of it— but that it’s also more relaxed than a lot of the tufted, nailhead DIY headboards I see all the time.
Dec 19, 2019
DIY Home Decor: How to Make a Rope Side Table from Scratch
Ashley loved rope-wrapped side tables, but didn’t like the idea of buying two for her living room. After some brainstorming, she came up with a cheap solution that: a) met the need for an accent table and b) mimicked the look of woven rope. Although not great for houses with cats, they’re an otherwise affordable and stylish alternative.
Dec 19, 2019
Before and After: A Genius Holiday-Ready Gallery Wall Redo for $40
You'll want to rainbow everything once you see this transformation.
Dec 15, 2019
Before and After: A Dreamy Fireplace Just in Time for the Holiday Season
This bright, welcoming redo is fireplace goals.
Nov 26, 2019
The New Textile Company That’s Making High-End Fabrics Available to the Masses
Frustrated by to-the-trade fabrics? Then this one's for you.
Nov 28, 2019
Before and After: A Cute IKEA Hack That Will Make You Want Dino Knobs
Jeff Goldblum would go wild for these adorable little made-over nightstands.
Nov 24, 2019
This Tabletop Fireplace Will Make All Your Cozy Dreams Come True
No wood, no smoke, no kidding!
Nov 22, 2019
Here's How to Fix a Wobbly Table Before Holiday Guests Arrive
You don't have to deal with a shaky dinner! This is one to-do that's easy to tackle.
Nov 18, 2019
Before and After: 5 Inspiring Chair Redos, and One Clever IKEA Hack
You'll barely recognize the befores.
Nov 14, 2019
Before and After: A Stylish Home Office We'd Actually WANT to Work in
It's the stuff of Scandi-modern dreams.
Oct 30, 2019
Before and After: A Genius Hack to Make Thrifted Pots Look Way Pricier
These planters only look $$$.
Oct 28, 2019
Before and After: A Mid-Century-Approved Redo for This Damaged Dresser
Tired: Scuffed wood veneer. Wired: This geometric makeover.
Oct 25, 2019
Before and After: This Plain Gray Bathroom Went Bright and Bold
One UK couple DIYed the meh away, and might make you want to paint your tub orange.
Oct 17, 2019
Before and After: The Happiest, Most Colorful Closet You've Ever Seen
See ya, '70s-style mirrored doors. Wallpaper and paint pair up to make this closet way more fun.
Oct 9, 2019
Before and After: Black Paint Made This Powder Room Feel So Much Warmer
Like many half baths, Jo Char's powder room is tiny and windowless. Logically, she initially went with a light wall color, but all that did was make the room feel "sterile and anemic," she writes.
Sep 27, 2019
Before and After: This Upgraded Kitchen Looks About 100 Times Brighter
Myra McKeon's kitchen was, well, totally fine. "The before was functional and by all means great," she writes. "The style of the kitchen would be liked by most, but it just wasn't my particular style."
Sep 27, 2019
9 IKEA Hacks for Your Entryway You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Because we ask a lot of our entryways.
Sep 23, 2019
Before and After: The Ceiling Mural in This New Entryway Might Make You Gasp
Andrea Latham's entryway had fabulous bones, but it wasn't living up to its potential, and it wasn't very functional either.
Sep 20, 2019
Before and After: We Dare You to Guess How Inexpensive This UK Kitchen Reno Was
"I wanted a kitchen with an open aspect that I could love, enjoy, and utilize," writes Vicky Flynn of Liverpool. Instead, she had a "dark, gloomy, decrepit space" with a leaky tap and "some interesting shades of brown."
Sep 18, 2019
Before and After: A Plain White Bathroom Gets a Greenery-Filled Upgrade
Get ready to see a lot of plant action.
Sep 18, 2019
Before and After: A Couple Gave Their SoCal Fixer-Upper a Light-Filled New Look
When Andrea Jensen and her husband were house hunting, they narrowed in on a Southern California area they loved. However, "the neighborhood came with a steep price tag," Andrea writes, "so we knew whatever we bought in our price range would require a lot of work."
Sep 15, 2019
Before and After: This Wasted Space Got a Super Functional Makeover (and a Herringbone Feature Wall)
Allison Schaeffer and her husband Noel had a large loft space at the top of their stairs that wasn't serving much purpose—but had serious potential.
Sep 14, 2019
Before and After: An Uninspired Sitting Room Gets Some Neon Personality
When Lucy and her husband bought their UK home four years ago, their sitting room and its Victorian fireplace were every shade of neutral.
Sep 6, 2019
Before and After: A California Cabin Becomes the Sweet Destination It Always Had the Potential to Be
As soon as Hope Mendes and her husband saw their Cobb, California, cabin, they knew it was the place they'd been searching for.
Sep 4, 2019
Before and After: See How Black Paint Made a Traditional Fireplace Wall Pop
Initially, Jessie Ecker only planned to paint her fireplace surround black, but she decided that it looked so good and modern that she would keep going and paint the paneling around it.
Aug 28, 2019
Three Ways to Style Your Bed Like a Design Pro
Three ways to style a mattress that are so pretty, you won't be able to choose a favorite.
Aug 24, 2019
Before and After: Faux Tile and Marble Helped Give This Basic Bathroom a $200 Facelift
When we see a bathroom renovation roll in for under $200, it gets our attention because, let’s be honest, a light fixture alone can cost well over $200!
Aug 22, 2019
This $20 Item Is the New Classic IKEA Piece
IKEA's GLADOM tray—at only $20—is a strong contender for the newest classic piece to come from the brand.
Aug 22, 2019
Before and After: Check Out This Chic Solution for a Living Room with an Asymmetrical Fireplace
How do you design a living room when it has an uneven fireplace sitting oddly in the corner? Kristyn Jackson was baffled.
Aug 21, 2019
Very Cool Ways to Hack Galvanized Stock Tanks & Troughs
Galvanized stock tanks and troughs are essentially huge tubs which can be turned into or reused as any number of things. Depending on the context, they can read modern, industrial, or farmhouse. Learn all the ways you can hack them and create something spectacular and useful for your home. Bathroom Tubs: Jayme used a large round tank as a bathtub in her in warm and inviting modernist home in Philadelphia.
Aug 21, 2019
Before and After: An Aging Blue Bathroom Gets a Modern Monochrome Revamp
Lucinda Mitra and her husband inherited a bathroom from their UK home's previous owners that was "completely livable, but somewhat tired and dated," she writes.
Aug 16, 2019
7 Colorful IKEA Hacks That’ll Brighten Up the Rest of Your Summer
Well, August came fast! Summer may be starting to wind down, but you can keep your home warm and colorful all year long with seasonally themed IKEA hacks.
Aug 13, 2019
Make It Work: The Complete Guide to IKEA Hacks & Projects
You know the saying: give someone a fish and they eat for a day. But teach that person to fish and they eat for a lifetime? Wise words, and completely applicable to IKEA hacks. Because, we can show you good examples of “Before & After” projects all day long but, sooner or later young lady, you’ll find yourself standing in front of a broke-down MALM dresser and you won’t know what to do. And then where are you going to be? Huh? Can you answer me that?
Aug 12, 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
Before & After: You Won’t Believe How Fantastically This Inexpensive Dining Room Refresh Came Together
Alexandra Madison loves “taking old spaces and making them feel new and fresh,” she writes, so in a few weeks and with less than $600, she gave her dining room an entirely updated feel.
Aug 2, 2019
Before and After: A Tile-Heavy Bathroom Is Transformed from Mismatched to Classic
When Katie and ​David​ purchased their home in Memphis, the house had all of the charm of the 1940s—but the bathroom left much to be desired.
Aug 2, 2019
5 Gorgeous, Modern Armchairs That Prove They'll Never Go Out of Style
Pretty fabrics AND comfy armrests? Yes, please.
Jul 31, 2019
Before and After: Punch Needling Takes Planters from Basic to Business
Joanne Mooney​'s IKEA FLÅDIS​ planter did its job—aka, holding plants—but looked pretty bland against the backdrop of her colorful home. She decided to use punch needling to give the seagrass baskets a makeover.
Jul 31, 2019
This Pink Velvet Daybed Has a Secret: It’s Also a Trundle Bed
It’ll solve tons of your small space problems.
Jul 28, 2019
Inside the Bizarre History of the Beanbag Chair
The plush seats were once the height of cool home decor.
Jul 27, 2019
This Portable Sun Shade Is a Must-have for Your Beach Bag
Beach days just got so much better.
Jul 20, 2019
This Dog Crate That Doubles as a Side Table Will Match Your Design Aesthetic
Thoughtfully-designed do products DO exist.
Jul 17, 2019
Top 10: Dining Chairs
We’ve blogged side chairs, but we wanted to zone in more closely on dining chairs. You know, the ones that really need to be comfortable, while allowing you to sit up tall and enjoy your food.
Jul 5, 2019
DWR’s Sonno Mattresses
It wasn’t long ago now that DWR stepped into the ring with their own mattress lineup, getting ever closer to one-stop shopping at their hip, urban stores. Interestingly, they chose to skip the conventional route and headed straight for memory foam. Very modern.Based on the Tempur-Pedic model, Sonno Mattresses are topped with a layer of visco-elastic memory foam and are pure polyurethane foam in the middle.
Jul 5, 2019