Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500
Is it really only two weeks left until Christmas? It seems as though there's an endless list of things to be done — decorating the house, buying presents, ordering the turkey...no wonder they say Christmas is the most expensive time of the year!
Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500Mary Lee's Life in 300 Square Feet (Image credit: Mary Lee's Life in 300 Square Feet) Let's face it, as cozy and sweet as a small space can feel, it can also sometimes feel like the walls are closing in. With winter on the way, you'll be spending a lot more time indoors, so you might consider investing in proven ways you can make your small space feel less claustrophobic. We've got seven ideas!
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:45:00 -0500
Apartment Therapy is headed to Chicago next week! We are working with First Slice, a community-supported, volunteer driven kitchen that cooks up healthy, tasty meals for Chicago's neediest citizens. One of their locations needs a little TLC, and together with some volunteers, we're going to help with a makeover. If you are in the area early next week, and want to join us as we spruce up their space, we'd love to see you there. Read on for more information and details.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:00:00 -0500
With the leaves falling and the temperatures cooling, there is no better time of year to bring a little bit of the outdoors in. Not only are organic decorations an incredibly easy and affordable option, but they also evoke the spirit of the season perfectly. So many organic elements naturally find their way into your home, from Christmas trees and garlands, to meals cooked with aromatic herbs and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and rosemary. Wreaths are decorated with twigs and berries. Pinecones are strung onto garlands. Santa leaves bright and shiny oranges for good little boys and girls. So I've rounded up some beautiful and natural decoration ideas that will not only look beautiful, but only take a quick trip into your backyard to create!
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:45:00 -0500
From Kitchn → Making Coffee for a Crowd: 5 Important Things to Know
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:00 -0500
Name: Claren and Ashley Boyer
Location: Old Irving Park, Chicago
Size: 3,000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned
Claren lives in a single family Chicago bungalow built in 1911 and renovated in 2013. She writes: "I am interior architect and this is my personal space. I consider my style to be transitional, mixing modern with more traditional pieces. The space has high contrast with dark floors and white walls as well as cooler tones with inky blue window treatments. I love the mix of geometric patterns and organic shapes. This is a space that calms me."
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00:00 -0500
Is there anything better than an organized entryway for making you feel like you've got it all together? These 10 standing coat racks come in a variety of shapes, materials, colors, and styles, but they all have two things in common: they're functional and fun! Find among our highly subjective favorites list plenty of affordable options, many under $100.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 -0500
One of the greatest mysteries in life? Figuring out where your other sock always disappears to in the wash. If it seems like you lose yet another sock with every load of laundry you do, you're not alone. There are plenty of uses for those orphan socks you've already got lying around—but if you want to try to keep the rest of your socks together to avoid future laundry losses, these simple tips should help.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:30:00 -0500
Erin and Tobin's condo in Rhode Island is a perfect blend of minimal decor and bright, bold colors. The bright yellow backsplash and colorful poster in the kitchen contrast the white, modern IKEA cabinets, and the beautiful yellow lounge chairs in the "record room" add a pop of color to the light and airy room. Check out the sources below to shop some of the items featured in their gorgeous Providence home.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500
When the Apartment Therapy team decided to give designer Akhira Ismail's 288-square-foot Brooklyn apartment (see her previous house tour here) a holiday makeover, we knew we had a charming space to start with. So to transform the already well-designed home into a Scandi-style winter oasis, we focused on subtle, minimalist changes that would add up to one super-cozy retreat. Grab some pinecones and a strand of twinkle lights, because these ideas are too easy not to try in your home.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:00:00 -0500
Name: Emily Ogden
Location: Historic German Village — Columbus, Ohio
Size: 350 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
People laughed a little when Emily Ogden would say she wanted to live in German Village. A pricey part of Columbus, it was a long shot that Emily might be able to find a place she could afford. But the area was her dream. "The quaint brick streets, historical homes, coffee shops, restaurants, a great park, all within walking distance. A fairly safe neighborhood for a single female moving to a new city. Neighborhoods where I felt safe walking after dark," she writes.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:30:00 -0500
The holiday season is in full swing, and it's time to start making those lists of who to buy for and what they might want—including the people in your life who offer their services to you all year round. It's important to show your appreciation and maintain a good rapport for the professionals who support your life, family and home—and that doesn't mean you just stuff some dollar bills in an envelope and slap it on the counter the next time you see them.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500
You know that friend that you basically lost for one weekend this summer? The one that you always caught humming an ominous sounding '80s synth tune or saying "is this the upside down?" after every semi-strange occurrence. This is the gift guide for them, because they're your friend and they're crazy.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:30:00 -0500
Sarah found herself in an all-too-familiar predicament: she had a bland bathroom and a strict landlord. Not wanting to force her bathroom to live a colorless life, she got creative and found a stylish and temporary solution.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00:00 -0500
What do you get for the girls who've got your back 365 days out of the year? The finest money can buy, of course (as long as it's less than $30, right?). We've scoured our favorite online boutiques for special finds under $100, with half priced under $25, that are guaranteed to charm every friend on your list.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:30:00 -0500
Full of warm woods and cheery colors, Laurel Kinney's Austin home feels as good as it looks. It's been a few years since we first toured her house, and it's just as lovely today. But home decor isn't what this post is about. It's become clear Laurel's personal styling business is much more than just the superficial. With a background in social work, she believes "fashion should support you, be an enjoyable creative outlet that makes you feel confident, and the process of shopping for a wardrobe you love shouldn't be a rule-filled pain, but a fun and easy endeavor with positive results."
With 2017 fast approaching, I asked Laurel to share some of the most common ways we get in the way of our own style...and how we can get out of the way. Use her advice (not rules!) to start the new year off on your most stylish foot.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 -0500Lauren's Warm & Light Chicago Condo (Image credit: Julia Brenner) First it was the painting I accidentally knocked off the wall (and for some odd reason didn't rehang right away). Then it was the Halloween decorations I managed to take down but not put back into storage. When I noticed that my junk drawer was too full to stuff my scissors back into, I just set them on top of my counter and walked away.
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:45:00 -0500
From Kitchn → A Dietitian's Advice for Stress-Free Holiday Eating
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 -0500
We all know that money can't buy us happiness (or can it??), but what about zen? From simple aromatherapy scent pods, to high-tech stress-tracking wearables, here are some favorite products designed to help you find your calm, happy place.
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:45:00 -0500
From Kitchn → 5 Reasons It's More Fun to Clean in December