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6 Times IKEA Hacks Squeezed in the Perfect Amount of Storage
Most homes have random, awkward areas that aren’t serving much purpose—either they’re a weird shape or size, or just too small for most furniture. Enter IKEA hacks: The cheap way to bend furniture to your will and make it work for your particular home. Here are six times clever people not only filled a space, but filled it with useful storage made from IKEA products. Sherry and John of Young House Love used a MALM dresser at the top of their stairwell.
Aug 12, 2018
Shop Our Marketplace: Sunny & Ryan’s Bed Stuy Townhouse
The homes that everyone loves on Apartment Therapy have style, but are comfortable and approachable – like you want to lay down on the sofa and take a nap – which is exactly what I felt when I saw Sunny and Ryan’s townhouse. Located in Bed Stuy, it mixes mid century with contemporary AND traditional oriental rugs in a fresh, welcoming way. Check out their “wonderful home and magnificent cat” and steal their look right here in our Marketplace.
Jul 20, 2018
IKEA Hacks That Make Your Living Room Look Expensive
You might never guess that these furniture and decor projects all began their humble little lives wedged tightly into a cardboard box and stacked on metal industrial shelves deep in the bowels of an IKEA store. Here are a handful of recent hacks that began as budget basics, and ended up looking like a million bucks. Leaning ladders are such a great and practical addition to bedrooms and living rooms. Not only to they look beautiful and sculptural against walls, but the vertical storage is A+.
Jul 10, 2018
7 Big IKEA Home Hacks That Make Huge Wall Statements
Some IKEA hacks are small. A little paint here, some new hardware there—they get the job done. And then there are the IKEA hacks that are so big and so dramatic, they make the room. If you have a wall to fill, or a problem to solve, check out some of these genius solutions. This movable art display wall from Sinnen Rausch has so much going for it, starting with that dusty rose paint job.
May 20, 2018
You Can Build Your Own Grass-Covered Armchair With This DIY Kit
Do you hate how Adirondack chairs feel? Maybe you enjoy putting your feet in the grass and leaning back to feel the sun on your skin. If this sounds like you, get your wallet out and grab some dirt. You can make your own grass-covered armchair and it is so easy! DIY projects are so much fun, but often times they can be a lot of work. When a DIY project has 20 steps, it makes you reconsider whether it was worth doing it yourself or just having bought the product.
Apr 15, 2018
These Chic Cat Beds Will Give Your Kitty a Fancier Room Than You
If your cat lives a fancier life than you do, then they deserve a bed from Meyou Paris to match their style. These beds aren’t for basic little kitties. You’re going to be so jealous of these chic beds, you are going to want one for yourself. Have you ever wanted to take a nap in your cat’s bed? These furry little felines always have the cutest beds! If you’re looking for a chic cat bed that will fit in with your open concept home and modern space, look no further.
Apr 14, 2018
Before and After: This Makeover Comes With a Multi-Purpose IKEA Storage Bed Hack
What a nice bedroom! What will it have that’s new? Fresh bedding and/or wall paint? Or perhaps something a bit more dramatic . . . and even dog-friendly? This is so fun! And incredibly practical: additional storage, a nest-like reading/sleeping spot, a large mirror for outfit-evaluating and space embiggening, and a lovely new home for Deacon the dog. This makeover was created by Erica Massey—be sure to check out her Instagram for lots of puppy pics.
Apr 9, 2018
You Can Trade In Toys ‘R’ Us Gift Cards at Bed Bath & Beyond, But There’s A Catch
The home retailer is letting you swap gift cards for store credit.
Apr 3, 2018
6 Super Stylish People on How They Set a Modern Passover Seder Table
The Passover Seder is one of the most important meals that Jewish people eat all year, and there is no arguing that the symbolism and ritual associated with the dinner is far more meaningful than the décor. That said, given that family and friends use the first two nights of the eight-day holiday to gather around the table, it would be nice if that table looked beautiful.
Mar 29, 2018
12 Epic High-End IKEA Hacks That Totally Had Us Fooled
These pieces only look expensive.
Mar 26, 2018
13 Tweets About HomeGoods That Are Extremely Relatable
If your love for HomeGoods knows no bounds, then you’re in great company, both here and on Twitter. We rounded up 13 too true tweets about one of our favorite bargain decor stores. Everyone wants to go out and drink and I just want someone who will come to Target & Homegoods with me and drink wine and is okay with being home in bed by 9 ???? — Erin (@ErinYzquierdo) March 16, 2018 You know you’re adulting when you’re psyched to browse HomeGoods in the middle of a weekday.
Mar 18, 2018
The ‘Slip Chair’ That Tricks You Into Thinking Its Unstable (Even Though it Totally is)
Who doesn’t want to be comfortable when sitting? Well, that’s kind of the entire point of plopping your weary bones down on the nearest piece of cushy furniture, no? Sure, but after laying eyes on this Slip Chair that Snarkitecture crafted for Portugal-based design firm UVA, one might begin to question whether sitting comfortably is even an option at all. (Hint: It totally is).
Mar 11, 2018
9 Hacks We Discovered Hiding Deep in IKEA’s Website
IKEA might love it when customers hack their products, but I particularly love it when IKEA hacks themselves. I recently dove deep down into their website, and pulled out some of my very favorite decorating and storage projects hiding in there—all of which take their items up a notch or ten. Here’s a way to add a little interest and style to an otherwise functional yet basic IVAR storage system.
Feb 22, 2018
Spring For Some New Sheets (At a Discount) With Target’s Bed & Bath Sale
Has winter taken a toll on your bedding? If you’re looking to spring for a pre-Spring bedroom makeover, now’s your chance to switch it up at a discount. Target has a bed & bath sale running right now, and it’s only good for a short time. There’s a lot of stylish bedding and bath items on sale right now—30 percent off online only (sorry, these deals aren’t in stores).
Feb 21, 2018
The Weird True Story of the Rise and Fall of the Waterbed
If you’ve ever slept on a waterbed, you know that it is a singular experience. My cousins had one growing up, and I thought it was the most fascinating thing — I had never dreamed that sleep could feel (or, let’s be honest, sound) like that.
Feb 11, 2018
8 Times Wallpaper Dramatically Raised IKEA’s Game
It's one of the easiest way to hack and personalize your favorite basics.
Jan 19, 2018
Before & After: This IKEA Hack Is Every Neat Freak’s Dream
Evygenia from Foxy and Brass has a small desk that’s tucked inside an alcove in her apartment, and it’s surrounded by built-in shelving. To get herself organized, she hacked an IKEA SKADIS pegboard to fit the space. Not only does the spot look ten times better, but the project solved more than one small space problem. First she cut the pegboard exactly to size [note: the SKÅDIS pegboard isn’t currently available in the U.S.
Jan 15, 2018
These IKEA Hacks Will Dominate 2018: A Top 10 Countdown
Here's our top 10 countdown of predictions....
Jan 3, 2018
Here Are Our Picks From Target’s Huge Bed and Bath Sale
It won't be around for long.
Jan 2, 2018
Never Fear a Low Battery Warning On Your Cell Again
We’ve all been there. You’re running late for a busy day at work only to realize you fell asleep last night before plugging your phone in. That or you’re out and about the whole day, snapping photos or Boomerangs for your Insta feed and your battery is zapped by 3 pm and you’re desperately in need of a recharge with no plug in sight. The stress of that 10% battery life warning doesn’t need to take over when you’re prepared.
Dec 13, 2017
Competitive Tablescaping is Real, and it is a Delight to Behold
Humans have competitions for all kinds of strange things: holding beer steins, racing lawn mowers, chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill. But these all seem positively mainstream compared to a competition that is held annually at the L.A. County Fair, where participants attempt to outdo each other in setting the table. But these aren’t just any tables. These are the most elaborate (and occasionally absurd) tablescapes you have ever seen.
Nov 16, 2017
IKEA’s New Chair Is Literally Trash
Earlier this year, Form Us With Love designed kitchen cabinets made from recycled plastic bottles. Now, the studio is back with another simple-yet-stunning take on sustainable furniture in the form of this chic IKEA chair made from recycled plastic and wood chips. The sustainable materials used to create the chair – dubbed Odger — were originally intended for pallets, but the designers discovered that the materials were more suitable for its affordable seating option.
Nov 16, 2017
For the Record: 9 Turntables That Sound & Look Great
Not surprisingly, more and more people have been buying vinyl the past few years, and with that comes the important decision of investing in a quality turntable. There are quite a few things to consider: price, quality and user friendliness. But just as important is the overall look and design of the record player.
Nov 15, 2017
Your Thanksgiving Essentials Checklist
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year you have likely (hopefully!) started mapping out your meal, making your grocery list and devising a game plan for getting it all cooked. But don’t forget about your tabletop. Not enough forks to go around? Awkward. Here’s a checklist of essentials for your table to look over. See if you’re prepared and, if not, I’ve suggested some of my favorites below.
Nov 11, 2017
IKEA’s Wildly Popular BILLY Bookcase Is On Sale Today
We love IKEA for its Scandinavian style and great prices, and today, it’s about to get even more affordable. To celebrate the Swedish retailer’s 46th store in the United States (this one is in Jacksonville, Florida), one of their most popular products of all time is on sale. It’s the BILLY bookcase! Designed by Gillis Lundgren (the company’s fourth ever employee), IKEA makes 25,000 of the simple staple every day.
Nov 8, 2017
These Swedes Tried Out IKEA-Hacking Each Other (& We Love the Results)
November 1st marks the start of Prettypegs’ PrettyHackathon Auction. Why should this interest you? Well, if you’ve been holding onto those less-than-perfect or basic IKEA pieces in hopes of giving them new, exciting life, we’ve just found the ultimate source for makeover ideas and inspiration.
Nov 1, 2017
This Pop-Up Store Lets You Customize Your Own Eames Chair
If you find yourself in Zurich or Amsterdam this fall, and happen to be a MCM fan, be sure to take advantage of Vitra‘s new pop-up shops that are all about the Eames Plastic Chair. These temporary showrooms are a playfully colorful design lovers dream, where visitors can customize their own chair, mixing and matching from the over 100,000 configuration options. The Zurich pop-up is open until January 27, 2018 and the Amsterdam pop-up opens on November 3 and runs until January 27th as well.
Oct 15, 2017
A Simple IKEA Hack for Comfy (& Temporary) Guest Seating
With the launch of their latest Winter Collection of textured throws, warm candles and confectionery goodies, IKEA aims to help add a little magic to the holiday season. But the company hasn’t forgotten the most important part of gatherings — comfortable seating. If spare chairs don’t have a place in your small space, consider another option: temporarily transform your stools or side-tables into the perfect perch for your guests.
Oct 9, 2017
How to Make a Bold Bed Statement With Just Fabric
In small studios, it’s common to hide or disguise a bed to save space. Stanley Lewis took another route. Instead of masking it, he opted to make it the centerpiece of his 500-square-foot studio. Rather than tucking it in the corner, he chose to celebrate it and make it the highlight of the room. There’s no expensive custom bed frame or headboard here, though. Most impressively, he did it all with just a mattress, a box spring, and fabric!
Sep 29, 2017
Sale Alert: Today’s the Day to Upgrade Your Shabby Pillow Situation
When was the last time you bought new pillows (and we’re not talking the decorative kind)? If you’ve been holding off on replacing your worn-out bed pillows that you’ve had since the Motorola Razr was the hottest tech on the market, today is the day to finally bite the bullet. Not one, not two, but five plush pillows—in a range of materials and fills—are currently on sale at Amazon—all of which are super posh and priced under 30 bucks a pop.
Sep 20, 2017
These Bookcases Aren’t What They Appear To Be
You can perhaps blame it on having watched too much Scooby-Doo as a kid, but the idea of secret passages fascinates me. So I love it when architects incorporate a little mystery into their designs—secret rooms, hidden doors, or, in this case, a whole wall of bookcases that turns out to not be a wall at all. The apartment where the bookcases appear is the home of an art collector, in São Paulo, Brazil, designed by Consuelo Jorge.
Sep 17, 2017
Before & After: A Coffee Lover Orders Up a Fresh IKEA Hack
After a move that left her with more square footage, but less counter space, Stephanie was on the hunt for something to house her all important espresso machine in a stylish and functional way. Realizing that a good old fashioned IKEA hack was in order, she set about giving her soon-to-be-java-cart a new look. And I think we can all agree, it’s a grande idea! From Stephanie: While most people style kitchen carts into bar carts, we knew our cart had to be for cappuccinos.
Jul 21, 2017
People Are Obsessed With These (Bargain!) Velvet Dining Chairs
Whether you have a separate dining room or not, finding the perfect chairs to enjoy a meal on is not an easy feat for the budget minded design lover. When you’re on the hunt to find two to eight (or more!) comfortable and attractive seats, that quickly adds up. That’s why we were excited when we came across this chic bargain that’s almost too good to be true.
Jun 23, 2017
Brilliant IKEA Hacks for Big Blank Walls
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Finding affordable art that you actually like is one of the hardest parts of furnishing a home. And once you finally find the pieces, you realize that frames cost even more than the art itself (yikes!). As per usual, IKEA (combined with brilliant bloggers around the web) saves the day with wall decor DIYs and art-hanging hacks that are totally within budget. You can kiss those blank walls buh-bye.
Jun 13, 2017
Before & After: An IKEA Hack Adds Style & Storage to a Kids Room
Kids rooms can be a tough nut to crack. They have to combine storage and function with style that can be adaptable to the changing and developing tastes of the young one. Jane decided that they could do more to maximize the space of their daughter’s room and give her a space that was more reflective of who she is. Enter, the IKEA hack! From Jane: Our youngest daughter’s bedroom was relatively small and lacked space for additional furniture for storage.
Jun 7, 2017
The Best Places to Buy Genuine Vintage Hardware
Good hardware can make everything from dressers to cabinets look so much more stylish. While it’s easier than ever before to find cool hardware, authentic period hardware can be difficult to sort from the reproductions. Though there’s nothing wrong with a repro in many cases, sometimes you just want the character that a real piece of vintage or antique hardware brings to a project.
May 23, 2017
Small Space IKEA Hack: Turn the BEKVAM Spice Rack into a Bedside Shelf
When your bedroom is too small to even fit a nightstand, this homemade ledge for your bedside wall is the next best alternative. Constructed from the parts of two $4 BEKVAM spice racks, this little shelf is perfectly sized for holding a glass of water, your phone and a pendant lamp—so everything you need is right within reach.
May 19, 2017
We Hacked the $35 RAST Dresser Two Ways: Happy Modern and Bone Inlay
The $35 unfinished pine dresser from IKEA is a blank slate for your creativity. To show how it can be customized to match any decor style—no matter if your signature look is understated or over-the-top—we hacked this dresser two ways. Keep it simple with some paint and a bit of patterned gift wrap, or embrace elaborate bohemian details with bone-inlay stenciling. Either way, you’re going to get extra storage with serious style.
Apr 28, 2017
One Incredible Thing to Do With an Old IKEA Chair
If you know of an old POÄNG chair that’s looking a little worse for wear, you could take a page from Philippa Saul’s book and cover it top to bottom with a glorious, hand-crocheted (-knitted and -embroidered) country cottage and garden.
Apr 22, 2017
How to Turn the IKEA EKET into a Rolling Bar Cart or Bedside Table
The cube-shaped EKET cabinet has us thinking outside the box, to all the stackable, modular options this simple design presents. By adding wheels to the bottom and stacking one on top of another using Velcro, you can easily switch out the cabinets or roll them from room-to-room—proving that this little storage unit has big potential.
Apr 21, 2017
Look We Love: Traditional Windsor Chairs in Modern Interiors
It’s always a curious thing when a piece of furniture with a pedigree that dates back centuries manages to situate itself into contemporary design (without actually looking like an antique). Such is the case with the Windsor chair. Originating in the early 1700s and taking its name from the English town of—you guessed it—Windsor, the humble wooden chair has been an anchor of English and American interiors past and present.
Apr 14, 2017
This UFO-Shaped Rocking Chair Is Out of This World
The last thing we tend to think of when we see furniture is an extraterrestrial entity, but this UFO-shaped rocking chair has us seriously reconsidering the way we view seating options. Despite the obvious stigma attached to it, allow us to assure you that this rocking chair doesn’t immediately conjure up images of sleeping babies and knitting grandmas.
Apr 14, 2017
Easiest IKEA Makeovers Ever: 10 Transformations Using Spray Paint
When you combine any full-of-promise IKEA product and a $5 can of spray paint, the results are nothing short of a DIY miracle. Whether coated with a glamorous layer of gold, or covered in a lush, nature-inspired green, it’s amazing how a simple color change can make these IKEA pieces almost unrecognizable. Thanks to some spray paint, these chameleons are able to blend into any environment—yet remain the stars of the show.
Apr 4, 2017
An Easy Upgrade for an IKEA Kitchen Cart
Ahhhh, the beloved IKEA Forhoja kitchen cart. Useful, sturdy and if we’re being honest, a little bland. But hey! Sometimes that’s what you want in a kitchen cart. Mylinh was looking for something with a little more pizzaz, so she decided to add some dreamy romance to this classic work horse. With this easy and inexpensive project you can adapt it to your style and in endless ways.
Feb 28, 2017
The Only Napkin Fold You’ll Ever Need to Know
This 3-fold method is the hands-down chicest way to showcase your silverware and elevate your table setting. All you need is one cloth napkin per setting and a couple minutes of prep time before your guests arrive. Our main tip is to iron the napkins before you fold, which will make the process easier and the final product much crisper. Choose any color napkin that works with your table setting, or mix and match colors for a playful design. Cloth napkins Instructions 1.
Feb 10, 2017
Your Favorite Hippie Shoe Brand Dips a Toe in the Bed Market
If the shoe fits, wear it, but what about a bed that’s made by Birkenstock? If the renowned comfort of the wildly successful footwear brand’s sandals is any indication, then we expect Birkenstocks’ line of beds (can we call them Birken-beds?) to feel like sleeping on clouds.
Feb 2, 2017
This High-Tech Canopy Bed Is Straight Out Of The Jetsons
Canopy beds aren’t exactly a new concept. Back in the days of drafty castles, they provided extra warmth when heavy curtains were hung on them (which also added some privacy since there were always other people around). But iNyx, complete with 21st century bells and whistles, is not your monarch’s canopy bed. Sure, it’s got a Jetsons-slash-retro carport vibe, but if you’re not opposed to giant chrome awnings above your head, there are lots of features to this thing.
Jan 17, 2017
Get Inspired to DIY: Our Favorite Before & After Furniture Transformations of the Year
Who among us hasn’t dragged home a $5 garage sale chair or a battered bookshelf left on the curb, convinced that we could make something out of it? Whether by painstakingly restoring it to its former glory or by giving it a major makeover, we just know something special is lurking beneath the cobwebs, scratches, or worse.
Dec 26, 2016
The Ultimate Nap: Now You Can Pop a Tent Over Your Bed
Could you use a little more coziness when curling up for a nap? Privacy Pop has come up with the Bed Tent, a portable enclosure that works with your current mattress and bed frame to give you better rest. Much like its camping counterpart, the Bed Tent has two doors that roll up or zip closed, and two mesh windows on either end that can be opened or closed based on how much light you want inside.
Dec 15, 2016
Bed Bath & Beyond Wants You to Drink While Holiday Shopping
Bed Bath & Beyond has been trying to think outside the (big) box this year. The retailer’s newest plan to boost its bottom line? Opening a bar and restaurant in Brooklyn. The New York Post is reporting that the company is planning to open a restaurant serving wine and beer as part of its BEYOND at Liberty View store in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Nov 15, 2016
There Are 5 IKEA Hacks in This Bedroom: Can You Spot Them All?
The only thing better than a brand new IKEA hack is five brand new IKEA hacks, all in one bedroom. Can you tell which bunch of DIY projects began their lives as items from the Swedish big blue retailer? Here are the projects, and the IKEA items used to make them: 1. The WHITE CANE BED uses the FJELLSE Pine Twin Bed ($39.99) as a base, and dresses it up with woven cane, molding strips, curtain finials, and a lot of spray paint. For the full tutorial: → How to Hack An IKEA FJELLSE Bed 2.
Jul 20, 2016
Before & After: A Thrifty & Whimsical Bookshelf Makeover
When bookshelves are in OK shape, it can be so tempting to leave them as is. After all, you’re just going to cover them with with books and tchotchkes, right? Sahana had to go and overachieve by putting curtains AND wallpaper on her total steal of a bookshelf duo. From Sahana: We recently moved from New York to North Carolina. While we were hunting for some furniture, we got an awesome deal of two bookshelves for $20.
Jul 9, 2016
3 DIY Furniture Designs to Steal from a Creative Couple’s California Apartment
Architectural designers Amanda and Brandon are masters at DIY. When they can’t find something they need at a retail store, they just… make it. Right out of thin air. Their designs are actually as simple as they are beautiful, and definitely something you can try out for yourself. One slab of concrete, four hairpin legs and one wine rack equals a cool, industrial bar table. Add a sheet of glass on top to finish it off and protect against spills and stains.
May 16, 2016
Little Life Savers: Clever IKEA Hacks for Small Spaces
We love good IKEA hacks and even more so when they solve small space problems.
Apr 13, 2016
A DIY Stencil Project That Will Make You A Stencil Believer
Having never stenciled anything before in my life, I was nervous about whether or not I’d be able to do it. But I can tell you now, there’s nothing to it (I loved it so much I purchased a second stencil for another project almost immediately after completing this project).
Feb 5, 2016
Before & After: A Turquoise Chair Gets a Tropical Print Makeover
When I first looked over a few snapshots of Adrien and Jon’s house in anticipation of shooting their House Tour, I immediately latched onto the palm frond chair. I had been looking for the perfect palm fabric for a personal project and begged Adrien to reveal her source. I was soon on my way to downtown L.A. to scoop up some of the Tommy Bahama (yup, that’s right) Swaying Palms fabric from Michael Levine.
Dec 17, 2015
Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make A Terrazzo Lazy Susan
Terrazzo floors and walls have been around for hundreds of years, and this lazy Susan is a good way to get the look on a smaller scale. We’ve traded traditional marble chunks with a confetti mix of colorful glass that feels both modern and timeless. It’s a great project that’s also a fun, festive and unexpected gift.
Nov 19, 2015
Before & After: A Roadside Find Goes Mid Century
This is one of my favorite furniture flip stories. I found this chrome mid-century modern chair left for dead on the roadside. It was covered with rust, mildew and grime. For a long time, it sat in my garage and just lingered. It took me a long while for inspiration to strike. I live in the country, and happen to have kind of a thing for cowhide. I had wanted a sleek, modern looking cowhide and chrome chairs for years. You know those kind of chairs?
Nov 13, 2015
IKEA + Contact Paper = DIY Magic
There are so many ways to customize your IKEA furniture, but here’s one that’s really, really easy: contact paper. And lest you were convinced that contact paper is weird and tacky and always looks terrible, these ten projects are here to prove you wrong. Above: Blogger Jonathan Lo, of Happy Mundane, bought his IKEA desk in a birch finish, but wanted something a little darker that would match his vintage midcentury furniture.
Sep 10, 2015
Do You (Can You?) Sleep In A Twin Bed?
While we were discussing mattresses the other day, my partner offhandedly remarked (not about us, just in general), “Since when are adults incapable of sleeping in twin beds?” My ineloquent response included the words “starfish,” “too short” and “fall out!
May 16, 2015
IKEA Hack: The Best BILLY Built-Ins of All Time
Transforming IKEA furniture — and especially the BILLY bookshelf — has been done before. But when I saw this hack, I was truly impressed. Prepare to have a bunch of superlatives spewed your way, because it’s really that good… Gwen from The Makerista recently redecorated her friend Laura’s living room and, as part of the project, brought someone in to create these remarkable “custom” library shelves, using the IKEA Billy as the base.
Feb 25, 2015
Top Romantic Chairs: Tantra, Adela, Esse & Five More
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Allow me to present our favorite Apartment Therapy Valentine’s Day tradition, the sex chair roundup. Introduced in 2001, the Tantra Chair is the best of breed (and I’ve put it below the fold this year), and has the most convincing argument that this thing is truly romantic. Its stated purpose: “The Tantra Chair is a modern chaise designed to enhance the advanced sexual positions of the Kama Sutra.
Feb 5, 2015
Cozy Nooks, Comfy Chairs, & Fluffy Beds: Just-Right Spots To Get Your Reading On
I get the sense that we have some avid readers here on Apartment Therapy. The discarding, collection, and hoarding of books are always contentious topics, and many of our house tours feature cozy areas designed for reading. So if you’re a reader, where do you do most of your reading? Curled up in an armchair, nestled into a nook, tucked into bed? Or not at home at all? (Maybe you’re a commute- or coffee-shop-only reader.
Jan 6, 2015
Before & After: A “Business on the Outside, Party on the Inside” Roll-Top Desk Makeover
You might remember Lauren’s style from her bedroom before and after; she turned a kind of boring bedroom into an exciting nautical and rustic-themed retreat. Well she’s back on a smaller scale, infusing some serious fun into an inherited desk from the in-laws. From Lauren: This past summer, I made over a roll-top desk we inherited from my in-laws…and it’s my new favorite project!
Oct 19, 2014
DIY Faux Card Catalog Cabinet
Do you love the look of card catalog cabinets but hate how impractical the storage is? So did Michelle and her husband Nate of the blog Decor and the Dog (dog Ike pictured above!). So they designed a cabinet that would offer more storage flexibility but give the look of a faux card catalog cabinet. And they’ve shared the instructions on how to make your own!
Jun 28, 2014
IKEA Hacks: DIY Ways to Make Cheap Wardrobes Look More Expensive
We often turn to IKEA for cheap storage options, which makes their basic wardrobes a popular item in a lot of homes. Clever DIY projects and hacks pop up as people discover ways to upgrade the units to look more expensive and custom-built in their spaces. Here are 8 great projects to think about yourself: Designer Tommy Smythe updated his PAX doors with molding and vintage knobs. Combined with the sleek black paint, this new storage looks high-end and beautiful.
Apr 16, 2014
Before & After: A $6 Side Table Makeover
A sad, old table handed down to Jessica from her grandfather was a sturdy side table, but lacked the style she was looking for. It was an unexpected designer piece that gave Jessica the inspiration to transform this side table into something else! Jessica spotted a Bernhardt Cabrillo Nailhead Chest in Architectural Digest Magazine and loved the look.
Jan 18, 2014
Christine’s Festive DC Table
Name: Christine Mitchell Location: Petworth; Washington, DC Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Rented On a silvery (and very cold) November afternoon, Christine Mitchell invited me over for what was not an official “Friendsgiving,” but by the time I left, it felt like it had been. She’d gathered a group of DC creatives to be there for the shoot, and to talk a bit about their work that furnishes her house.
Dec 4, 2013
30 Last-Minute DIY Craft Projects for Thanksgiving Dinner
The title pretty much says it all folks— here are 30 of the best DIY craft projects that you still have lots of time to do. These little things will elevate your Thanksgiving dinner table, so your family and guests will say “Bravo!
Nov 27, 2013
Quick History: Adirondack Chairs
Now that we’ve reached asphalt-melting temperatures in New York, it’s time to start thinking about breezes skimming across lakes, icy tumblers full of Pimm’s Cup, and the rustic luxury of a quiet hour spent in an Adirondack chair. Which for me, design history nerd, means that it’s also time to start thinking, what ARE Adirondack chairs anyway, and where did they come from?The first Adirondack chair was created by Thomas Lee around 1903.
Sep 10, 2012
8 Ways to Turn Your Tablet Into a Bedside Clock
When we travel we use our iPad as the bedside clock. It’s large, and thanks to the Internet it always has the correct time. Of course there are an astounding array of apps out there to transform your tablet into a bedside clock, so we’ve curated the best of them in this week’s handy dandy tablet app feature.
Apr 27, 2012
Repair Cracked China with Milk!
Unless you drop your china and it shatters into a million pieces (which is usually my luck), it probably only suffered a small crack from a fall or mishap. Instead of just waiting for the day it inevitably breaks for good, try giving it a milk bath. Yup, your china is getting a day at the spa!Curious about how it works? The idea is simple. You place your cracked piece in a pot and cover it with two cups of milk (or more if needed). Next, heat over low for an hour.
Jan 10, 2011