My boyfriend and I live in a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of Logan square that is about 600 square feet. We didn't have much time to find an apartment and we had been traveling back and forth from Minnesota to find one. We have spent the last eight months making this apartment really feel like home to us. We both love mid-century modern pieces and are inspired by art and nature. I am very proud of our kitchen accent wall, it took much deliberation to find a pattern and color we both liked. Wall mounted shelving was something I really wanted and we both agreed would be a good way to use space in our small living room. We are both really proud of a lot of stuff we have done to make this apartment our own. Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.
Q: Hello, my 16-year-old daughter is moving in with me and we are VERY budgeted! A friend of mine gave me an older 1980's style American Drew brand bedroom set. It is outdated and I need some advice on how to snazzy this up for her. I'm thinking maybe paint but not just boring old paint. The style isn't very cool but maybe with the right touch it could be cute! I'm not very creative so pleeease help... walls are light aqua color and she wants a zebra stripe comforter and I'm thinking accent with black accessories...any advice? Editor: My vote is to paint it white and let the other decor in the room be more creative. White paint will give it an instant update and also keep it flexible to be used as a possible guest room in a few years when your daughter leaves home. Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here with the subject line: Good Question.
We admired the Tolomeo desk lamp ten years ago, purchased our first seven years ago, starting purchasing them for clients three years ago and still consider them the best all-around desk lamp going. Simple, beautifully made and sexy enough to look as good at home as it does in the office, Artemide has had such a good run with these lamps that they now make 16 different versions, including a floor lamp and a small wall sconce. Our current favorite is using the Tolomeo sconce as a reading light, mounted on the wall just over a headboard. Prices start at $175 and all can be found at Artemide USA. MGR. LINKS- All Best Products.
Only in NYC can a room that is less that 100 square feet function as a dining, living and entertainment space. That is exactly what this space is and I love every inch of it. When I moved into my Co-op last fall, I was a little intimidated by the space, or lack thereof. Having lived in New York City for over five years, I was no stranger to small spaces, but this was likely the smallest space I've ever called home. Fast forward nine months and I adore my little haven. I was able to keep it airy, feminine, playful and chic. Another piece I absolutely adore is my drop leaf dining table. When I found it I literally screamed out loud, with both leaves down, it's barely a foot across, and fully extended it can comfortably seat four! My living room rug is one of my biggest statement pieces, that and the Greek key mirror really bring big style to an otherwise small space. Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.
While we don't know if we'd be able to spend the whole day standing at our desks, we do like John Knox's vision. His entire desk is made of salvaged wood he's found laying around on the streets, and in one case, his basement. John Knox writes: 'Part Ikea-hack. Part cradle-to-cradle design project. This Rumsfeld-modern standing desk features an alley found desktop cut to size and mounted on two long stored in the basement Ikea sawhorses. Two adjustable wing shelves are salvaged lumber from a spouse rejected over sized trundle project. Note the attached'pen ...on a chain', arguably the greatest office efficiency device invented since the pencil sharpener. Love how the adjustable winged shelves are able to hold extra office gizmos when needed. Those sawhorses provide good desktop and printer storage as well. 'Oh and are you wondering why it's called the Rumsfeld? According to John,'Rumsfeld also approved placing detainees in 'Stress positions,' such as standing for up to 4 hours, though he apparently found this approach unimpressive. Rumsfeld, who works at a stand-up desk, scrawled on the memo, 'I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours? D.R.'.
Quit that novel after a few chapters? Now, the author won't get paid the same as if you finished it. For authors opted-in to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon will be basing royalties on pages read rather than downloads, starting July 1. The change affects self publishers who opt in to the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, which makes books available to 'Borrow' from the Kindle library and to those with Amazon Prime. 'We're making this switch in response to great feedback we received from authors who asked us to better align payout with the length of books and how much customers read,' the company said. On the other side, writer Peter Maass made a restaurant analogy, saying we should just 'Pay for how much of a burger I eat.' Readers, what do you think? Is it a fair system, or does it cheapen the work? Also, is it creepy Amazon knows how much you've read of any given title, or is that par for the digital era course?
I grew up eating dinner almost every night, at the dining room table with my family. My parents were flexible and creative and not too tied to 'Rules' ... except when it came to dinner. Dinner usually followed the traditional food pyramid - a vegetable or salad, a protein, and some carbs. I never understood, until I moved out of my parents' home, how critical that dining room table was. For years, I lived in apartments that I considered too small to accommodate a dining room table. I ate sitting on the couch, resting a plate on my knees, my glass of water on the coffee table. The TV? On. Then, close to two years ago, I moved into an apartment with an actual area that could be considered a dining room. Can I attribute all of this to having a dining room table? No. It also coincided with my move to Berkeley, Ca, a community that values very few things more than fresh, local, organic food. The dining room table is a big piece of the puzzle - sitting down, purposefully, with my partner almost every evening as part of our daily routine has changed my relationship with dinner. Do you feel the same way about your dining room table? Have you had a similar experience? How important is sitting down for dinner - and do you consider it part of a green lifestyle?
If you've lived in an apartment woefully short on windows and long on awkward stretches of blank walls as we have, it can be intimidating to start curating the most tasteful mix of art, mirrors and shelves for every vertical surface. 'This seven-mirror set from Wrapables comes through with three 3' mirrors, three 6' mirrors and one 9' mirror to arrange asymmetrically on a wall, and effectively break the wall-hanging ice without the art-choice anxiety. At $43.95, it's a safe buy you won't feel bad about replacing when you do build that collection of meaningful art you love.
Q: We want a rug to pull our living room together and give it a cozy feeling, but we are on an extremely tight budget. Will this brown HERRUP rug from IKEA work in my living room that is basically all solids? And where should we put it? I was thinking right in front of the couch, but there is also that area in front of the fireplace, between the tv and the chair/ottoman. If you have any other rug suggestions, I would love to hear them. I really do like the HERRUP rug a lot, I just don't want our living room to feel too dark and/or boring. Editor: Leave your suggestions for EEB0423 in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
My partner and I are planning a new kitchen at the moment and wondered if anyone knows of more environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives to chipboard/melamine? We are looking at IKEA kitchens. Since the kitchen is for an extension we will likely demolish in 5-10 years, there's even more reason to use materials that can be more easily broken down or re-purposed.... The Handbook of Sustainable Building says that solid timber alternatives to chipboard/melamine combinations cost around four times as much in general - I'm wondering if that has changed since the book. Was published in 1996? Has anyone seen any plywood or solid wood kitchens? Green kitchens: There is so much information on the topic, we're tempted to post 3 dozen links to information on green choices for countertops, flooring, and cabinetry. If you're willing to spend the time, we're certain you can find some good deals. As an alternative to IKEA's chipboard, a popular green choice is wheatboard. For green kitchen flooring, we love marmoleum and cork. Don't rule out the second R: Spend some time hunting at salvage yards - they're a great place to save money, stay green, and find something more unique than you might anywhere else.