Bored to tears with your wood cabinets? We hear you. If you're not a renter or you have some stand-alone cabinets that you'd like to embellish, DIY Magazine has ten clever and inexpensive project ideas for adding some interest to your plain Jane kitchen cabinets. Ideas range from painting a faux-antique finish to replacing the center panel with a delicate radiator screen. We love the look of the latter, and think spray-painting the screen prior to installation could yield some fabulous results too. Check out all the ideas and find step-by-step instructions over at DIY Magazine.
Dear AT,. It's official - there's nowhere to sit in our living room. Guests are afraid of the fatboy, and the couch is too small and rigid. Can this purple Ikea number work in a room with a blue dhuri rug and cherry-wood furniture?
Christmas tree lots have begun sprouting up all throughout town, and now you can use an app, My Tree Lot Finder, to hone in on the closest independent tree lots throughout town, complete with address, amenities, and tree care tips built-in, right from your Android device. There's also a Firewood Finder app in the works, another useful mobile tool for getting the home ready for the holidays, and both are available for a 'Why not' price of absolutely free!
'There's something about this nice low bench of wood, 60'x16'x9' that we like. It has simple lines, is made of real wood, and it has a sort of textural quality because of the various shades/colors. It could also be used either as seating or as display - and it's a nice change from the ubiquitous Nelson bench. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..
It's an old living room opening to a garden, made in the 70s with some wood brought from Anatolia. We have changed the mirrors, re-polished wood, removed some of the cabinet doors so we could use them as book shelves. Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.
You can't deny that old school kitchen appliances - circa the 40s to 60s - have a tad more character than the selections we have now. Often, here on Unplggd, we drool over modern stoves and refrigerators that are heavily influenced by the designs of yore, but you don't have to buy new to get that vintage feel. Claire Joyce and her husband Garth Johnson, who blog about their fixer upper on ReadyMade's Inside, Out blog, recently purchased a 1940s Wedgewood stove from a homeowner who was upgrading their kitchen with modern appliances. In the former owner's home our stove looked fairly clean, I could tell it would need a good scrubbing but I was not prepared for the incredible mess I would have to deal with when it was pulled from its longtime home. When we came to collect our Wedgewood stove it was covered on both sides with years of grease and grime. Bleh! Stove grease is gross enough, but there's something about cleaning up someone else's grease that's super gross. Anyway, Claire and Garth didn't want to go the old toxic chemicals route so they began researching natural ways to cut through the grease and grime.
Hey girl, we thought you should know that San Diego restaurant Bang Bang has a women's bathroom wallpapered with photos of Ryan Gosling. The only way to make this place more perfect? If their doggy bags actually came with free puppies.
This room is special to my husband and me because it is where we met! Since then, we got married, I moved in and a lot of things changed! Just about every detail of the room has our special touch on it making it a place where we love to spend time. I reupholstered and changed the shape of our couch with a beautiful grey fabric from West Elm to make it a little more modern. It is so deep and comfortable that it is almost impossible to sit down without taking a nap! We like to mix modern with bohemian along with relaxed accessories to make it a cozy space. Most of the accessories in the room were a DIY and the rug was found after hours and hours of scouring the internet for the perfect rug. We love the way this room has come together to be a place that is peaceful, comfortable and reflective of our laid back style. Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.
Chicago really is all about amazing architecture , and this annual event gives you the chance to tour with professionals for free. On May 19-21, free tours take place all over the city, allowing design hounds to learn more about their passion and garner ideas for their own spaces. Tickets are available on a first-come/first-served basis on the mornings of the tours, but a selection of the tours have tickets available online now, which can save you from the hassle and possible disappointment on the days of the event. We are going on two tours, one of Zola Zoka's award winning House of the Year and one of Mies's IIT campus led by the professor of Architectural History at IIT. Other options that sound fun: Robie House, Modern Houses in Old Town, Alta Vista Terrace, Modern Bucktown, and the Sheffield Historic District. There are also some drop-in, self-guided interior tours associated with the Great Chicago Spaces and Places event that do not require tickets, some of which are not normally open to the public.
When we got our second dog, Bananas, it was definitely an adjustment for the whole family. See, we decided to get doggy #2 because we thought that Herbie needed a buddy. Everyone and everything we read told us that dogs like packs. Even when we'd walk Herbie, we'd get asked by random strangers the same question that our parents were already asking, 'So...when are you going to get the second one?' Little did we know that Herbie, despite his husky-pack-heritage, was perfectly content being the sole dog in our household and any four-legged addition to our family would be met with distaste, distrust, and dismay. Herbie eats first, goes out the door first, gets walked first, etc. We usually walk Herbie alone first, and then Bananas. In the initial epic dog battles, we were worried that Bananas would get hurt. One of our friends told us to just let 'em battle it out as it lets the dogs know who's the boss. Don't expect the raising of the new dog to be anything like how it was with the older dog. Herbie's puppyhood was a breeze compared to Bananas.