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The Latest Farmhouse Modern-Inspired Home Collection Is from an Unexpected Source
Love it or hate it, “Fixer Upper” has left its mark on the design world, fueling a huge surge in the farmhouse decor style. It’s a challenge to find a retailer that hasn’t been affected by this trend–big name brands like Target and Anthropologie have all collaborated with Joanna Gaines to create their own lines of farmhouse-inspired decor.
Mar 14, 2019
Best Replacement Lightbulbs for Not-so-Nice Fixtures?
Q: My family and I recently moved in to a new rental townhouse. The townhouse is lit almost entirely by overhead dual-bulb “boob” lights and some fan/light combos, all of which have marbled off-white frosted glass shades and all of which came with CFLs.
Mar 8, 2019
7 Genius Ways to Create Storage Under Your Bed
Once upon a time, the space underneath our bed was a scary space. As kids, we were often terrified that a monster or zombie was down there, waiting for us to fall asleep to crawl out of hiding. Today, something scarier is occupying that space: Clutter. Yes, we’re talking about winter boots, old magazines—you name it, it’s probably down there. The space underneath your bed is a great place to store items you may not use regularly, but organization is key.
Dec 22, 2018
15 Stylish Home Brands That Are Giving Back for the Holidays
If the slew of corny but bingeable holiday movies have taught us anything, it’s that it is always better to give than receive. Sure, we all want to receive something shiny and new (who doesn’t?); however, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see the look on a loved one’s face when they open a present they really adore. Of course, the same sentiment applies giving to charities. There’s no better time than the holidays to donate to charities that resonate with you.
Dec 11, 2018
This $20 Amazon Buy Makes the Holidays Less of a Hassle
With the countdown to the most anticipated holiday officially underway, one needs to be as efficient as possible in order to avoid any decorative mishaps. In years past, it may have been totally acceptable to decorate the old-fashioned way, à la “A Christmas Story’s” Old Man Parker, who infamously disregarded fire safety precautions while lighting the family tree.
Nov 29, 2018
Surprisingly Handy Things I Found at Five Below (of All Places!)
Five Below isn’t in my usual shopping rotation. But there’s one right next to my local Target and Trader Joe’s (both of which are regular stops), and I ran in the other day in a burst of curiosity. If you’re not familiar, it’s kind of like a dollar store meets Spencer Gifts, with a smattering of novelty stuff meets impulse items.
Nov 27, 2018
Bed Bath & Beyond’s Harry Potter Home Decor Is Totally Enchanting
If you’re closely following the wizarding merchandise of Harry Potter, then you know what’s been circulating in the home space—from Pottery Barn’s travel luggage to Williams-Sonoma’s updated kitchenware. But a new competitor has entered the Quidditch arena: Bed Bath & Beyond.
Nov 16, 2018
7 Things You Can Buy at Costco for $10,000 or More
Costco shoppers know how easy it is to drop hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in a single shopping trip. Even with the discounts on offer, all those bulk packages of toilet paper, tubs of mayo, and multipacks of cereal can quickly add up. What you might be surprised to find, though, is that the megastore also stocks a bunch of big-ticket items starting at $10,000 that’ll make your $250 shopping trip look like chump change.
Nov 13, 2018
This New L.A. Super-Brand Collab Is Thanksgiving Table Goals
Los Angeles-based brands Parachute Home and Hedley & Bennett have teamed up for a artisanal-loving locavore’s seasonal dream come true. The collaboration consists of French linen and Turkish cotton dyed in organic, autumnal hues of butternut squash and beets. The limited-edition “Kitchen Essentials” collection launched on November 1, and includes two aprons, linen napkins, table runners, kitchen towels, and potholders. Items will be available online at Parachute.
Nov 8, 2018
8 Geometric Side Tables That Make a Bold Statement
If you feel like your room is missing a certain artistic touch, then it’s time to bring out the sculptures. But rather than getting actual busts or little figurines, help bring in that missing creative flair with end tables. Swap out your simple wooden pieces for geometric side tables that look like they belong in an art installation or museum.
Nov 5, 2018
Home Depot, Costco, and Lowes Released Their Black Friday Appliance Deals Early
Black Friday is still a few weeks away, but the Black Friday appliance sales are here NOW. Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco have already begun their Black Friday savings, giving you more time to comparison shop, save up, and get the best deals possible.
Nov 1, 2018
The $3 Fall Decor You Should Buy at Trader Joe’s This Month
I’m a lazy holiday decorator. I’m completely fine with throwing a pumpkin or gourd on the table, and calling it a day. If said decorations work for multiple holidays, all the better. Which is why I love walking into Trader Joe’s. Groceries aside, there’s always some new, seasonal item found right inside their front door—pumpkins, eucalyptus, and alstroemerias to name a few— that I can buy and keep around for months.
Oct 30, 2018
Here’s How to Shop Home Depot Like an Apartment Therapy Editor
For plenty of people, hardware stores are like a second home—full of inspiration and supplies for your next DIY or project. But if you haven’t broken into this world, walking inside can feel a little intimidating (kind of like wandering into a group fitness class when you haven’t worked out for a long time). Not to worry: we went to the Home Depot, and pulled together some of our favorite tips. Check out the video above, and read on for more.
Oct 14, 2018
5 Pseudo Splurge-y Things Our Editors Secretly Love and Buy Over and Over Again
Even if you mind your dollars wisely, sometimes it just makes sense to spend a little bit more on something you truly love. Splurging on a household essential that you will use every day, or adding a few high-quality, high-impact items to your living room, might make you feel a twinge of guilt, but there’s also a whole lot of satisfaction there, budget-be-damned, and no apologies required. (Not to mention, pricier items often last longer than their cheap counterparts.
Sep 29, 2018
This $12 Basic Buy is My Home’s Best Kept Secret
I’ll admit it: Keeping a neat and orderly home isn’t my strong suit. I’m a mini tornado, and stuff regularly threatens to overwhelm me and my space. I need all the help I can get. Sometimes help comes in unlikely shapes and forms— in this case, it’s round, lives inside several of my storage cabinets, and makes life easier. I’m talking about Lazy Susans. Here are the reasons why I love them: 1. They make things easier to find and reach.
Sep 11, 2018
The $4 Amazon Buy That Lets Me Redecorate Whenever I Want
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I am very cheap, non-committal, and capricious, so making things look good on the first time around is very hard for me. We also all know by now that I’m “redesigning” my itty bitty Brooklyn bedroom—which will probably be a work in progress for the next 20 years of my life—in a style that can only be described as Scandinavian hoarder (a.k.a.
Aug 23, 2018
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Cricut Cutting Machines
When you’re an occasional crafter (i.e. not quite ready to star on a show like “Making It“), a cutting machine is a big investment—the newest Cricut retails for $399! But the allure of these machines is real. With a cutting machine like the Cricut or the Silhouette Cameo, you can precisely cut through most materials (even leather and thin wood!), tackle simple sewing projects, draw intricate designs, make complex stencils, and create elaborate logos for apparel.
Aug 22, 2018
The Surprisingly Useful Find Hiding in Anthropologie
When I think of Anthropologie, I think of fun and riotous color, mixed patterns and lots of layers. A store where more is more and minimalism is a four letter word— and not necessarily a destination for practical items. I do love to occasionally browse all the store’s beautiful things, and ogle their creative store displays, but there’s actually one thing I go there all the time to buy, something that’s useful for everyone.
Aug 8, 2018
Is Amazon’s New Part Finder Feature Better Than Your Local Hardware Store?
A new in-app feature from Amazon will now help you identify the type and size of any missing screw, bolt, nut, nail, or washer for your DIY projects. But is it better than heading to your local hardware store? The new feature, called Part Finder, allows you to scan a piece next to a penny and it will analyze the type and size of hardware you need to buy.
Jul 24, 2018
I Spent $30 on a Fan for My Kitchen, and It’s Made a Huge Difference
A while ago, I wrote a post about how to ventilate a kitchen when you don’t have a range hood or vent. A number of Kitchn readers recommended installing a reversible window fan which, when put on the exhaust setting, can effectively draw smells, steam, and smoke out of your kitchen. I don’t have a hood in my rental kitchen, and for a long time I just ran the ceiling fans in other rooms when I cooked something particularly smelly or smoky. It worked okay, but wasn’t ideal.
Jul 23, 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
The Most Satisfying $6 I Ever Spent On My Rental Apartment
As a renter, I love this product and think it's easier than the real deal.
Jun 23, 2018
We Tried Out The New Post-it Extreme Notes So You Don’t Have To
Regular Post-it Notes have so many uses—letting your teen daughter know you’re at Luke’s, creating a path to avoid setting off the security alarm installed by the town goofball, claiming items you want after your wealthy parents pass away, and probably some non-Gilmore Girls related applications as well — but now there are Post-it Extreme Notes. We recently tested them out, so you don’t have to wonder.
Jun 1, 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
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
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
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
Here Are Our Picks From Target’s Huge Bed and Bath Sale
It won't be around for long.
Jan 2, 2018
Amazon vs. Costco: Who Has Cheaper Kitchen Appliances?
When it comes to big ticket kitchen appliances, saving even 5% on one item means holding onto a pretty tidy sum. So it pays to shop around and make sure you’re getting the best bargain out there. Retail giants Costco and Amazon regularly go head to head in the war of prices, battling it out for your business, and that includes fridges, stoves, and microwaves. So, we wanted to know: which is cheaper?
Dec 14, 2017
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
20 Beautiful Home Gifts on Etsy, All Under $50
Now that we've made it painfully easy for you, get to shoppin'.
Nov 26, 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
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
IKEA Kitchens Are On Sale Now! 5 Shopping Secrets You Need to Know
IKEA kitchen sales are legendary. 3-4 times a year, for about a month, the store has a department-wide sale for up to 20% off — a huge savings off big ticket purchases for a renovation. IKEA’s current sale goes until Sunday, April 8, so we hit them up for all their juiciest bits of insider intel, all to help you get the most out of the opportunity. Read on, then head to your local IKEA, or plan ahead and get all your ducks in a row for the next one.
Oct 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
Reviewed: The Most Comfortable Sofas at Joybird
You asked us to test out Joybird's online-only sofas, so we hiked on over to LA and put 17 models through the ringer. Here's what we thought.
Aug 29, 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
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
For the Bidet Curious: 3 Under $100 Toilet Seat Bidets, Reviewed
Ever since reading Farhad Manjoo’s ode to the high-end toilet-seat bidet in the New York Times in 2015, I’ve been curious to try one.
May 3, 2017
Ridiculous Name, Major Results? We Test the Much-Hyped Milky Piggy Bubble Mask to Find Out
Welcome to another installment of Beauty Bucket List, a series in which we roll up our sleeves to do some hard and fast testing of cult classic beauty products, because just hearing about how great something is just isn’t good enough.
Apr 24, 2017
Leather-Working 101: The Best Tools and Sources for Real and Faux Leather
If you’ve never made anything out of leather before, it can be difficult to know how to get started and where to shop for supplies. Looking at the prices, it’s no wonder sticker shock can turn many would-be leather workers away from the craft.
Apr 22, 2017
Smart Shopping: Are IKEA Stoves Actually a Good Deal?
You may already buy things like bookcases and sheepskin rugs from IKEA, but did you know you can buy kitchen appliances there too? If you’re not sure about making such a big budget purchase at the big blue store, we did a little research to see how IKEA’s line of ranges compares to products from other manufacturers. Here’s what we found out.
Apr 9, 2017
DIY Skin Detox: How to Make Activated Charcoal Bath Bombs and Marbled Soaps
Activated charcoal—an ingredient perhaps best-known as those black specks in our Brita water filters—has recently been showing up in everything from trendy ice cream to skincare products. Beloved for its detoxing abilities, this it-ingredient is credited with cleansing skin, whitening teeth and treating acne. To get in on the skin-clearing natural wonder, we picked up some food-grade activated coconut charcoal and put it to work in marbled soap bars and bath bombs that mean business.
Apr 9, 2017
Shopping by Style: Great Refrigerators for Modern, Vintage & Industrial Kitchens
Shopping for a fridge can be overwhelming – it’s such a big ticket item. It’s not something you replace often and it’s such a huge part of your every day life, so, of course, you want to pick the right one. It’s one of those pieces where you look for a balance between form and function — a mix that depends on your lifestyle, routine and decor style.
Mar 1, 2017
Budget Basics: Our Favorite Vintage Mosaic Floor Tiles for the Bathroom
We love the look of a vintage-style mosaic tile floor in the bathroom. Like all true design classics, it matches with pretty much anything, and never really goes out of style. Compared to a lot of other options, it’s quite inexpensive — and when it comes to patterns, your choices are almost limitless. Here are some of our favorites. 1. Victorian Basketweave Black and White Porcelain Mosaic Tile, $70.99 for a box of 10 from Overstock 2.
Feb 24, 2017
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
Kathy Covered Her Rental Cabinets With Wallpaper & This Is How It Went
Being a part of a military family means two things for Kathryn Bauer: renting and moving often. So she has a lot of experience creating comfortable, welcoming homes out of standard government-issue housing. When she and her family moved into their most recent rental in Japan, she countered the blank white space with personality-packed floral wallpaper on her cabinets. One year later she’s packing to move to a new home, and is back to tell us about her whole experience.
Oct 9, 2016
Stacy Covered Her Rental Countertop With Contact Paper & This Is What Happened
Stacy’s rental bathroom started out just fine. She had white and grey tile floors, a grey-blue wall color, and a white pedestal sink. The bathroom was tiny, but there was a separate counter and mirror from the sink, with plenty of space to store her products. The only trouble was the green countertops, which made the bathroom feel dark and dingy despite it being light everywhere else.
Oct 6, 2016
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
Brookstone’s Tranquil Moments: Portable Sleep Machine
Product: Brookstone’s Tranquil Moments Bedside Sleep Sound Machine Price: $129 Rating: Strong Recommend* Sleep machines have been around forever without much change or evolution. For years, I swore by sleep machines, especially when traveling.
Oct 27, 2014
10 Most Beautiful Speakers You Won’t Want to Hide
Speakers for your home audio system come in many shapes and sizes, some more decor-friendly than others. Here are 10 speaker designs that make listening a visually inviting experience. Just remember, always make sure to audition speakers before you buy – as we all know, looks can sometimes be deceiving.The Drop and Mini Pod are two whimsical speaker designs from Scandya of Denmark. These little guys help create that retro chic look for your pad.
Oct 22, 2012
The $5 IKEA Solution for Angled Wall Shelving
IKEA EKBY RISET Bracket for sloping walls • $5 • IKEA Here’s a $5 solution for on-the-wall shelving for unusual spaces where your walls may not be 90 degrees perpendicular to the floor (e.g. attic home offices). These IKEA EKBY RISET brackets are designed to work with sloping walls and can be adjusted and locked in different angles (maybe even folded flat when not in use on regular walls), optimizing storage and display space above your desk.
Jul 28, 2011
BeoSound 9000 Vs Muji CD Player
Are CD players still relevant? When was the last time that you actually used a real CD player, not the combo drive on your laptop? I can’t really remember, but it seems that these devices are still useful, just like old DVD players. A lot of people still have hundreds of CDs and these CDs can be easily played in a standalone CD player, like these ones. Of course, they belong to different markets. One of them is a standalone player that’s been on the market for years.
May 14, 2009
Jig-A-Loo Lube In The Test Lab
Product: Jig-A-Loo All Around LubricantPrice: $14 Rating: Recommend*(This is from our guest tester, Jenny G., who won a bottle of Jig-A-Loo in this post. Thanks, Jenny!)Short version:The incredible squeak of the front door still exists, but we still really like this can of Jig-A-Loo. Long version:The first test was, of course, the squeaky front door hinges. The squeak won’t stop–apparently, as one of the original commentators said, we need to get inside the hinge to stop this squeak.
Aug 21, 2007
The Monkey Hook in the Test Lab
Product: The Monkey Hook picture hanger Designer: A Monkey & A Marketer Price: $11.25/30 hooks (10 original, 10 gorilla grade, 10 flush mount) Rating: Recommend* Like trying to reinvent the mousetrap, a product comes along every now and then that DOES make a significant improvement in an ancient field. The Monkey Hook is one of them. An ingenious and simple design, The Monkey Hook uses one rigid piece of wire to replace the need for a hammer, pin and hook.
Jan 18, 2007