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The $9 Find That's Literally Holding My Bed Together
I'll always be keeping this in my tool kit from now on—and you should, too.
Jan 17, 2020
15 Practical Under-$12 Amazon Buys You Should Always ‘Add to Cart’
Some of the best things you can buy for under $12.
Dec 30, 2019
This New-to-the-U.S. Store Is Like if IKEA and Target Had a Baby
We've rounded up our favorite, most hackable finds from your new go-to store.
Dec 17, 2019
Dyson’s Hot + Cool Fan Heater Is 47% Off Right Now—Just in Time for Winter
It can heat your space in a snap.
Dec 10, 2019
7 Easy and Affordable Ways to Keep Your Plants Alive This Winter, According to Amazon Reviewers
Nope, they are not wilting under our watch!
Dec 9, 2019
This Tabletop Fireplace Will Make All Your Cozy Dreams Come True
No wood, no smoke, no kidding!
Nov 22, 2019
This $7 Renter-Friendly Amazon Find Lets Me Decorate My Walls Without Ruining Them
While duct tape usually gets touted as the fix-everything sticky product, I think this tape might be out to steal that title.
Nov 9, 2019
The $13 Bathroom Item I Could Never Live Without (Yes, Really)
I haven't had to call a plumber since buying this thing—and it costs less than a movie.
Oct 25, 2019
This Amazon Find is Perfect for Always Cold People—and It's On Sale Right Now!
It's almost 30% off right now!
Oct 8, 2019
8 Prefab Tiny Houses You Can Order Right Off Amazon, Starting at $5K
These start at just $5K.
Oct 7, 2019
10 Products from the 2020 IKEA Catalog That We Can’t Wait to Hack
We’ve been poring over the IKEA 2020 catalog's pages, bookmarking our favorite finds, and dreaming of all the ways to hack some of the newest additions.
Sep 1, 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
9 Perches That Let Your Cats Be the Nosy Residents They’ve Always Wanted to Be
Posts and little hideaways give your cat a space to climb, play, and be extra adorable.
Aug 21, 2019
8 of the Most Underrated Items at the Dollar Store
There’s a time and place for dollar store goods. Seriously.
Aug 20, 2019
Product Review: Litter-Robot Keeps Smells Locked
Living with three cats means living with three sets of turds, sometimes twice a day. Now put that in a studio (we know – crazy cat lady = us) and you may as well have a cot within the sewer system.It’s truly amazing how long we, as a culture, have had cats as pets and how little the litter box has advanced. It’s only been of late that some high tech solutions have shown themselves.
Aug 10, 2019
6 Candles That Smell Like Summer (and We Don’t Mean Bug Spray)
I don’t know about you, but the minute September rolls around (OK, fine, late August), I’m 100 percent ready to stock up on delicious pumpkin-smelling candles to burn all season long. Then, mid-November, I start to gravitate toward the shelves displaying evergreen and peppermint scents, because what would the holidays be otherwise?!
Jul 4, 2019
Amazon Is Selling a Table That Turns into a Fire Pit for $130
S'mores lovers rejoice.
Jun 23, 2019
Amazon’s Summer Renovation Event Is Here for All Your DIY Project Needs
Time to tackle everything on your home reno to-do list.
Jun 21, 2019
Amazon Is Selling a Portable Greenhouse for Less Than $40
Every green thumb can own one.
Jun 16, 2019
5 Questions You Need to ask Yourself Before You Buy Power Tools in 2019
The ecosystem of power tools these days means buying a drill isn’t just buying a drill; you’re committing to an entire universe of tools. Here's how you can make the smartest purchase.
Jun 6, 2019
Best Charcoal Grills: Perfectly Portable to Huge
Grilling is one of the great joys of summer. If you live in an apartment with an especially small outdoor space — or none at all — you may be worried that this particular joy is denied to you, but never fear. Below you will find our absolutely biggest roundup – 17! – of grills big and small, portable and iconic, but ALL charcoal (or wood). Enjoy and tell us your faves. This is our reader favorite.
Jun 3, 2019
7 Summer Tablecloths That Are Stylish, Not Stuffy
Whether you're hosting indoors or on the back patio this summer, your table will be in tiptop shape.
May 25, 2019
10 Tips for Buying Expensive-Looking Rugs on a Budget
Shopping for rugs with a tight budget can be difficult. Here are some ideas to score one that doesn't look cheap.
May 10, 2019
Renovation Resource: 9 Sources for Antique & Reproduction Hardware
With some rehabs you want to strip away all the years and start over with clean, modern space. With others, you want stay true to the home’s original design period. For those times, there are stores out there that offer antique and reproduction hardware and lighting. These are a few of our favorites. House of Antique Hardware This Portland, Oregon-based company stocks everything from door and window hardware to lighting and electrical supplies ranging from Colonial to Mid-Century.
May 5, 2019
Before & After: Chicago’s FLOR Store Gets a Makeover
Back in 2009, FLOR launched this Lincoln Park location as their first foray into brick and mortar retail. Since then, FLOR has launched stores in a number of other cities across the country. Now they’re turning their attention back to home base and giving their Chicago store a new look. The new layout feels more modern while also giving the store a homier vibe.  Gone are the old white concrete floors and walls lined with tiny samples.
May 5, 2019
Good Sources for Modern Tablecloths
The tabletop is an easy way to make a bright and bold statement in a room, especially if you are a fan of modern and contemporary styles. From tablecloths to runners, check out these sources in our Marketplace for finding cool tabletop textiles. Marimekko If you are lucky enough to live near one of their U.S. locations, you can actually pull signature Marimekko fabrics off the shelves and have goods custom sewn on-premises.
May 4, 2019
The 10 Best Dining Chairs Under $100
If you want your dining room to look its best but you also don’t have tons of money to spend on furniture, check out this list of 10 stylish seating options, each under $100. A minimal, elegant chair crafted from bent steel. This chair has a bit of a mid-century feel, but would play well in almost any type of interior. Mid-century style at a very affordable price. An interesting, modern shape that brings plastic and wood together in an unexpected way.
May 4, 2019
7 Places to Shop for Modern, Minimal Cabinet Hardware
Cabinet hardware is a little detail that can have a big impact on the look of your kitchen or bathroom. The good news is that these days there are quite a few retailers offering modern, minimally styled pieces in a variety of budgets. Here are seven of our favorites. Superfront makes a line of pulls and knobs designed for IKEA cabinets, but they would be equally nice on other cabinets as well. (Blogger Maiju Saw used them in her kitchen.
May 3, 2019
Believe It or Not: 10 Surprisingly Stylish Beanbag Chairs
Beanbag chairs: that dream of childhood, that nightmare of adulthood. So comfortable, and yet…so ugly. Or at least, so you once thought. When I did a little research into the current state of beanbag chairs I was surprised to find that they had evolved considerably from the vinyl monstrosities of my youth. We’ve rounded up 10 stylish beanbags that you might actually want to have in your house.
May 3, 2019
Get a Lift: DIY Ways to Change the Height of Vintage Furniture
Have you ever found a beautiful vintage or antique piece of furniture, fallen in love, then experienced soul crushing disappointment because it was the wrong height to work with your other furniture? Sometimes, in order to make imperfect pieces fit perfectly in your home, they just need a little boost. Above, Meg Made makes custom metal bases for vintage furniture, or you can have her refinish one for you.
May 3, 2019
Tooth Be Told: Do Natural Toothpastes Keep Your Breath Fresh? Here’s What We Thought of 9 Top-Rated Varieties
It is a truth universally acknowledged that we all need to brush our teeth. What you use to carry out the chore is up to you, but if you’re looking for some natural toothpaste alternatives with minimal chemicals (more on that later), we rounded up 7 willing mouths at Apartment Therapy HQ to test out 9 top-rated natural pastes. Did they stand a chance against the raw garlic test? Read on to find out!
May 3, 2019
Emily Henderson Tested Temporary Window Film So You Don’t Have To
Last April, Emily Henderson needed a privacy solution for her rental studio space and wound up covering individual panes with a variety of window films — which not only added fun pattern and color to the space — but also added a helpful and modern-looking window treatment. We followed up with her to hear how it’s doing months later, and whether she thought it was worth doing in the first place.
May 3, 2019
Shopping For Salvaged Materials: Crucial Questions To Ask Before You Buy
There’s no doubt that using vintage and salvaged materials is a bigger hassle than buying new materials. So why bother? If your decor leans toward a vintage look, it’s often the only choice to get the style you want. Plus, salvaged materials are usually less expensive than new, and often better quality. The practice also keeps items out of the landfill, and saves on the production and transportation of new materials, so it’s far better for the environment.
May 3, 2019
Fashion Hacks: 9 Simple Ways to Customize Your Clothing
The new year is finally here and so are the latest trends. And while it’s fun to embrace all of the new cold-weather clothes, it can still be tough to set yourself apart from the rest of the fashion-savvy pack. That’s why it pays to find ways to personalize your wardrobe without sacrificing your style (or budget). With a little time and creativity, you can turn your basic apparel into an exclusive wardrobe that’s unique to you.
May 3, 2019
Magical Mini Gifts Perfect for Christmas Advent Calendars
If you’re crafting a homemade advent calendar this year (get inspired by these 10 minimalist stunners), you’re going to need some top-notch tiny gifts. Fill them up, then save a few extra little trinkets and treasures so when little gifty moments pop up this season—white elephants, unexpected guests—you’ll be ready. Above: Two takes on the Scandi-style advent calendar, from Bloomingville. charset="utf-8" src="https://d30bopbxapq94k.cloudfront.
May 3, 2019
The Most Beautiful Terracotta Tiles: Our 24 Favorite Styles
Lately we’ve been seeing a trend towards more textured, storied finishes in the home, things that look like they’ve been there for years, whether made from reclaimed materials or new materials made to look old. Terracotta tile, with its beautiful texture and intriguing color variation, fits the bill perfectly. And it comes in all kind of finishes and shapes — not just earth tones and squares or hexagons. Here are 24 of our favorite terracotta tiles. 1.
May 3, 2019
A Costco Playhouse Gets a Charming Scandi Makeover
Name: The Three Amigos (3 year old, and twin 5 year olds) Location: Vancouver, Canada After Melissa snatched up a pretty cute playhouse from Costco, she started dreaming up an adorable upgrade. Life got in the way, as it so often does, so it took awhile for the playhouse to get an upgrade. Combine one weekend, a super creative mom, white paint and elbow grease and you get the kind of playhouse that childhood dreams are made of.
May 3, 2019
Shopping by Style: Great Dishwasher Picks For Modern, Vintage & Industrial Kitchens
The dishwasher just may be the unsung hero of kitchen appliances. It sits there hidden under the counter, but does so much dirty work while you get on with your day, sit and enjoy company, or relax after dinner. Sure it’s a luxury, but once you have one, you can’t imagine life without it — right? Here’s a small guide to get you started on your dishwasher search. What you’re looking for depends on your lifestyle, routine and decor style.
May 3, 2019
Shopping by Style: Great Range Picks For Modern, Vintage & Industrial Kitchens
The range is the real workhorse of the kitchen. I don’t think there’s anything more satisfying than walking into a kitchen with all the burners and oven full of delicious dishes stewing and simmering, just waiting to be devoured. Kitchen ranges have come a long way and there are more choices than ever when it comes to form and function. Here’s a guide to get you started when picking what range is right for your kitchen.
May 3, 2019
Shop by Style: Great Range Hoods For Modern, Vintage & Industrial Kitchens
Range hoods may not be the most glamorous kitchen appliance to shop for, but they’re definitely a must-have to avoid lingering odors and keep your kitchen air as fresh as possible. Here’s a shopping guide to get you started when looking for a range hood. Like all the other appliances in your kitchen, there are a few factors to consider when buying a range hood.
May 3, 2019
Tested & Reviewed: Baking-Soda Free Natural Deodorants that Actually Work
Last summer, due in part to a story I did on non-aluminum deodorants, I began my “natural” deodorant journey. After having tested a handful myself for that piece, I came to realize that I, in fact, liked these non-aluminum varieties as much (if not more) than the antiperspirants I’d been wearing since I hit puberty. One of my favorites in particular was Soapwalla’s Deodorant Cream in original scent.
May 3, 2019
Test Lab: I Tested a Bed Fan (& I’ll Never Spend a Hot Summer Night Without It)
If this test lab review of the BedJet had a CliffsNotes version, it would be: I liked it a lot and I didn’t lose any limbs. But for a more complete assessment, read on. Once upon a time lived a born-and-bred Florida girl who was HOT. Not wanting to crank up her A/C in July (in South Florida) to an acceptable temperature at night (an action that would likely bankrupt her), she sought out alternative ways to stay cool while she slept.
May 3, 2019
10 Tiny Tables Perfect for the Smallest of Entryways
Even if your entryway is super-tiny — or you don’t really have an entryway at all, and have to make do with a little spot by the door — it’s nice to have a place to drop your keys, set down the mail, put things that you’re planning on taking with you the next time you go out. That’s where these little tables come in.
May 3, 2019
Find On-Trend Matte Black Fixtures For Less With This Shopping Trick
While looking for matte black fixtures for a recent bathroom makeover, I had a hard time finding affordable, in-stock options from the usual places. Lighting with a black finish? No problem. Cabinet pulls? Everywhere. But searching for sink faucets yielded only a few good results. Then I figured out the trick and duh. It’s so easy it’s stupid. Black faucets are such a nice change of pace from ubiquitous chrome, or even the brushed brass we’ve seen so much of lately.
May 3, 2019
Our Favorite Makers On the Goods They’re Most Excited About This Year
The people whose homes we tour on Apartment Therapy don’t just collect a lot of beautiful things…they are often the makers and designers of beautiful things. As we gear up for the holiday season of memorable meals shared with loved ones, we wanted to check in with some of these creatives and get their recommendations for splurge-worthy tableware items from their own lines that are popular with their customers.
May 3, 2019
10 Insanely Good-Looking Products For the Design-Loving Pet Owner
We love, love, love our pets, am I right? Life wouldn’t be the same without those sweet furry faces. But real talk: the accoutrements of life with cats and dogs does not a #designgoals home make. The lovely, would-be formal dining room in my Victorian home stars a wonderful, original fireplace—annnnnnd one 54-inch heavy-duty dog crate that my half mountain dog Cassius Thunderpaws adores for nap time.
May 3, 2019
4 Things On Sale Today Your Dog Will Love (That’ll Make Your Life Easier)
Our four-legged friends are basically family members who require a few household items to be comfortable (dogs: they’re just like us!) and, as they do every day, Amazon has some good deals to scoop up. Today’s offering include some great supplies for your canine companions—many of which will make your life a whole lot easier, too. From a micro-suede dog bed to an electronic nail trimmer, here are four things on sale today at Amazon that you and your furry friends will love.
May 3, 2019
10 Reasons Why Menards Has Such a Huge Cult Following
Hi, my name is Sarah Smith and I am a ridiculously devoted Menards shopper. Now, please understand: this doesn’t just mean that I like the store and shop there often. At this point, I may as well have my own cot in the lumber yard so I can just spend the night and be there when it opens again in the morning. Why you ask? Oh child, you just don’t even know, but let me enlighten you. Then maybe you can get a cot too —or wait — bunk beds!
May 3, 2019
Think Twice Before Buying These Things at Harbor Freight
You might regret putting these items in your shopping cart, according to people who have used them.
May 3, 2019
Handy Little $5 Amazon Add-on Items You Can’t Own Too Many of
While browsing on Amazon, you’ve likely seen some products with a little blue flag that says “Add-on Item.” What does that mean? In a nutshell it means you can’t have it unless you buy $25 worth of stuff. Add-on items are usually lightweight and cheap—so much so that it costs Amazon more to ship it than it’s worth. Think Band-Aids, hair elastics and lip balm.
May 3, 2019
This is the Most Overlooked, Yet Most Useful, Aisle in Target
I spend way too much time and money at Target. I don’t want to talk about how it feeds my unhealthy obsession with Key Lime Lara bars (I swear they go on sale every other week, just to tempt me), or mention all the other non-essentials I wind up buying before I leave. While wandering through the store the other day, I realized there’s one section that I always forget about, but it’s chock full of handy, everyday items that are actually useful.
May 3, 2019
NBC’s Craft Show Making It is What We All Need in 2018
Making It, hosted by Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope… I mean Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler, has received a lot of comparisons to the Great British Baking Show. And I totally get it: The hosts and judges are there for support and comic relief, not to critique contestants and bicker with one another. Making It is exactly what 2018 needs. Like Poehler says in the intro, “life is stressful enough—let’s make a show that makes you feel good.
May 3, 2019
The 5 Design Books I’ll Always Keep on My Bookshelf
As the House Tour editor here at Apartment Therapy, looking at a wide range of homes is a requirement (and a delight!). And while many of those spaces I see online, I still have a penchant for flipping through the pages of a good coffee table design book for inspiration.
May 3, 2019
The 8 Most Useful Items Under $10 You’re Not Buying at IKEA
Even years after my very first trip to IKEA, I still get a thrill each time I step into the store. You’d think, especially given my job, I’d be so over everything by now, but nope. I love ALL THE THINGS (except maybe, as I’ve written about before, the art department) and can wander wide-eyed around all the departments looking at what’s new.
May 3, 2019
The Best Deals From Harbor Freight’s Leaked Black Friday Sale Flyer
It’s well established that we love Harbor Freight and its great hardware selection and even greater prices, so we were predictably jazzed to peruse the Harbor Freight Black Friday ad, which was already revealed in October. It’s chock-full of deals, but these are our faves. Make your bargain-hunting plan today. Seriously, a mount that can handle a television “from 37 in. to 70 in. or 176 lbs” for less than $10—and it tilts? That’s a hell of a deal.
May 3, 2019
Amazon Warehouse Is a Hidden Resource for Discounted Stuff
It’s hard to imagine how we did things before Amazon, which brings us anything we need in a very short timeframe. But there’s more to the site than super speedy delivery. For several years now, I’ve been indulging in my champagne taste on a beer budget, thanks to Amazon Warehouse and third-party sellers. See that price right next to the item you must have? That doesn’t have to be the price you pay.
May 3, 2019
Bored With the Same Old Stuff on Amazon? Shop This Secret Section
As if we needed another reason to buy everything on Amazon, we go and uncover a whole new hidden section of awesome offerings: a unique Amazon store that’s devoted to nothing but new and innovative products created by startups, so you’ll never get bored shopping for stuff.
May 3, 2019
There’s a Special Place in IKEA for Bargain-Hunting Opportunists
There’s no shortage of good deals to be had at IKEA, from the plant department to the annual kitchen sale. In fact, some of the best buys cost less than $15. But what if we told you that there were even better deals to be had if you dared to venture into the store’s As-Is section? What’s that you say? You already knew that? Here’s something you may not know: A little strategy can help you find better merchandise and save you even more money.
May 3, 2019
10 Seemingly-Ordinary Amazon Items That Are Surprising Cult Favorites
It seems like there’s nothing Amazon doesn’t sell, from the tiniest screws to the biggest appliances. And the site doesn’t just sell a couple brands of everything, they sell them all. Sorting through the selection to find the best of the best is a daunting prospect, but we discovered a few things that seem to have earned massive amounts of devotion.
May 3, 2019
Do Modern Tablecloths Even Exist?
Q: Hi! I have been searching high and low for cool, modern tablecloth options. I know tablecloths are basically just out of style right now. Many people have gorgeous dining tables and want to show them off. I have my great-aunt’s teak dining table, which often doubles as a work station, and a one-year-old. Guess who is winning?
Apr 30, 2019
This Weekend: Simple Ways To Soothe Yourself To Sleep This Summer
Long summer days spent out in the sun really do a number on you — leaving your body drained, dehydrated, maybe a little sunburnt, and dare I say cranky? Stay irritated too long and you’ll wind up tossing and turning, instead of sleeping soundly, at night. Here’s how to revive yourself and reclaim your rest. Soothe Your Skin: This season is hard on the skin. If you’re feeling the burn, whip up some DIY lip balms, and lotions.
Apr 30, 2019
Is This $400 Dyson Hair Dryer Really Worth It? We Put it to the Test
The beauty blogosphere has been buzzing recently about this fancy new hair dryer from an unexpected company, Dyson—that’s right, Dyson, the appliance company whose latest products inevitably land on our roundups of high-tech vacuums and fans. As we would expect from this tech-driven manufacturer, Dyson’s hair dryer uses innovative technology, including a powerful “digital motor V9” and smart heat controls that stop hair damage before it happens.
Apr 30, 2019
You Can Now See How That Vintage Piece Looks In Your Home Before You Buy
Despite taking measurements or creating mood boards, sometimes it’s still tough to imagine how an item will look at home until you get it in the space. Thankfully, technology can help. Today, vintage resale marketplace Chairish announced that their app will now have an augmented reality feature that puts pieces right in your room. The feature helps both shoppers and designers working with clients answer the age-old dilemma, “will this work in my space?
Apr 30, 2019
Your Bed Called: It’s Missing a Bench (So Here Are 9 Favorites Under $250)
As I was doing a little research on the end-of-bed bench for this roundup, I stumbled upon the most perfect explanation from designer and blogger Emily Henderson of why, if you have the room, everyone should have one. “Having the right bench is like having a nice belt – it’s not something you want to spend money on, but you need it. Every day when you get dressed, you grab for it, feel it missing, and wish you had one.
Apr 30, 2019
7 Window Perches Perfect for Picky Cats
One of cats’ most impressive abilities is how they can find endless new spaces to occupy. How did they even get up there? Did you know she could fit in that? Where is the Marquess of Pawsbury now?Rather than sacrificing another shoebox or bookshelf, give your furry overlord new spaces to explore—or at least watch over—with these perches.
Apr 30, 2019
This Huge Mattress Is Literally Twelve Feet Wide — And You Can Buy It
Are you part of a co-sleeping family, but things are getting a little too snug? There’s a mattress for that. Are you and your partner both over 6’5” and sleep in starfish position? Yep, there’s a mattress for that. Are you single and just want an endless expanse of bed all to yourself? There’s also a mattress for that. The Ace Collection has released a family sized bed that is 144 inches wide. That is 12 whole feet of bed.
Apr 30, 2019
This Homemade Mask is The Ultimate Fix For Dry, Damaged Hair
Between beanies, coat hoods, and dry, winter air, my hair always ends up looking like the Cousin It version of itself by New Year’s Eve. As a curly girl, I was getting sick of forking over $20+ for hair treatments and trying DIY hair masks that left a funky smell (I’m looking at you, mayonnaise mask). So this year I started looking into other options and kept reading about how great aloe is for your hair.
Apr 30, 2019
This $28 Amazon Item Is My Secret to Surviving Winter
I used to be one of those people that always preferred being cold to being hot. “You can always put on more clothes,” I’d insist, “but there’s only so much you can take off.” Then a few things happened, one of which was that I developed an auto-immune condition called Raynaud’s. As many as one in 10 people have this issue, which causes fingers and toes to overreact to cold, losing blood and turning white-blue. (Yes, it’s as painful as it sounds.
Apr 30, 2019
The Cheapest Way to Build Your Coffee Table Book Collection
I’ve always been a bit of a book hoarder, but recently, my stack of coffee table books alone has begun to rival my collection of novels, biographies, and memoirs. And while the internet often makes it seem like you can’t purchase a gorgeous design manual or two without spending the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries, that certainly isn’t the case. I’m letting you in on my little money-saving trick: shopping for coffee table books used off of Amazon.
Apr 29, 2019
Rest Easy, These 9 Stylish Nightstands Will Only Set You Back $70 or Less
From mid-century-inspired styles to sleek end tables, here are nine finds that won't break your bank account.
Apr 27, 2019