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Stop Overpacking Once And For All With These 3 Questions

I’m currently reporting to you from the middle of my bedroom, surrounded by garment bags and flung open suitcases, tossed around shoes and a hodge-podge of pants, tops and torn-from-their-hangers sweaters. And in the center of this chaotic mess is me, sitting cross legged on the carpet with my head in my hands trying to hack the Rubik’s Cube that is not overpacking.

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Posted on Nov 18, 2017

Crotons Are The Flamboyant Yet Finicky Plant You’ve Never Heard Of

People love the dramatic yellow, orange, silver, red, white —or even black — multi-colored leaves of croton plants, but don’t know they can also be quite challenging to grow. When I asked about them at a local plant shop, they said that they don’t even carry them because they tend to drop their leaves during transport, so you may need to hunt around to find them. Once you do, you have to really know what you’re doing to keep this diva of a plant happy. But, if you think you’re up to the challenge, here’s a croton cheatsheet.

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Posted on Nov 17, 2017

The Dos & Don’ts of Perfectly Matched Paint Touch-Ups

It happens: Your niece draws a crayon masterpiece on your living room wall, or you scratch the molding while moving furniture . . . and now you’re searching the basement for touch-up paint. Before you pick up that paintbrush, check out our top ten touch-up tips to follow—and the five biggest mistakes to steer clear of!—if you want to avoid repainting the entire room.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2017

This Genius Tile Trick Is a Game-Changer for Budget Bathrooms

Believe it or not, an inexpensive box of off-the-shelf tiles can totally transform your floors. There’s no need to go out and by something expensive, when you can easily create visual interest under your feet with a design that feels custom and special — all for very little money. All it takes is your imagination or some inspiration, a little bit of advance planning, and this one simple trick.

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Posted on Nov 5, 2017

Styling Tricks to Steal from 8 Beautiful Living Rooms

Stylists and decorators have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to making spaces beautiful—and interesting. From eight magazine-worthy interiors, here are a few tips that you can take home for your own space.

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Posted on Nov 4, 2017

Small Kitchen Design Ideas Worth Saving

We see a lot of great small kitchens, and the best ones have smart layouts, maximized efficiency and clever storage solutions. If you are planning a large renovation, or just want refresh your space, here are twelve tried and true ideas for getting a kitchen that totally works.

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Posted on Nov 1, 2017

The Right Way to Paint IKEA Furniture — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

We’re big fans of IKEA hacks and upgrades so we’re completely in favor of adding a little personality with paint. But not all IKEA furniture is alike, and therefore, not all requires the same paint treatment. I’m referring to IKEA’s popular material of choice: particleboard covered in laminate. It’s super affordable, which makes it a great option for budget-friendly projects, but can it really be painted sans streaking, bubbling, and peeling? Let me assure you, you can paint laminate furniture from IKEA, just follow these steps to keep your project from looking like a hack gone wrong.

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Posted on Nov 1, 2017

A Mistake All First-Time Decorators Make (& How You Can Avoid It)

I did it. Probably everyone you know has done it. But if you’re reading this, and you’re currently working on decorating your first apartment (or home), you can avoid making this classic blunder.

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Posted on Oct 30, 2017

10 Tips to Help Your Houseplants Survive Fall & Winter

With end of Daylight Savings near, you’re not the only one anticipating (or rather dreading) the harshest months of the year. Pretty soon, your houseplants will be busy dodging drafts and soaking up every last ray of dwindling sunlight. To give your ferns and fiddle leaf figs a fighting chance at survival, follow these ten tips for winter plant care to get your plants through the worst of it.

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Posted on Oct 29, 2017

IKEA Came Up With Yet Another Clever Use For Their Magnetic Knife Holders

It’s easy for “project stuff” to pile up as you’re going about repairs or home improvements. Some people might just leave a tool or two out, while others leave behind a chaotic wake of supplies and mess. When you’re in “go mode” it can be hard to keep up with real life at the same time. If paint projects are on your agenda, then you’ll want to check out this clever IKEA hack to help keep your sink and counters clear and clean.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2017

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