Decor

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Build-It-Yourself Coffee Table Bench

Spotted over at IKEA Hacker, I love Melanie’s bench-coffee table contraption. Melanie used an Ikea office bench (in zebra), a Flort remote control pocket and u-shaped tables made from plywood. Here’s how she did it: For the U-shaped red tables, I went to the hardware store with the measurements of […]

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

Sometimes ready-to-assemble furniture is a nightmare. And by sometimes, I mean most of the time. Even for a moderately experienced DIYer like myself, identifying parts, trying to understand diagrams and figuring out where the heck part “g” is can be a total hassle. After a recent battle with a Target […]

25 Projects Under $50

25 Projects Under $50

While perusing my usual rounds of shelter blogs, I came across this post from Apartment Therapy’s sister site Re-Nest, giving ideas for 25 DIY projects under $50 and thought I’d pass it along. It’s not often these days that we have an extra $50 to spend (with our son turning […]

Bathroom Inspiration Ideas

Bathroom Inspiration Ideas

Many of us covet a new bathroom. We’ve collected some remodel and design ideas that could provide some inspiration for you to take on the job yourself or at least get you started. Designing an extraordinary bath (tips from Waterworks founder) Frame a beveled bathroom mirror to add some character […]

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Wall Doctor to the Rescue

Living in an older home comes with many things you can see as “charm” or “obstacles” depending on the situation at hand. You have less-than-stellar plumbing and electrical, uneven floors, creepy crawl spaces, dank and dark basements, inefficient windows, doors that don’t hang straight, mismatched millwork, etc. One of those […]

Plan Your Dream Space Virtually

Plan Your Dream Space Virtually

One of the hardest parts about nearly any home renovation project is deciding what goes where. Whether you’re planning a space from the foundation up, or just trying to think of new ways to arrange your living room, thinking spatially can cause major headaches (as well as backaches from moving […]

Build-It-Yourself Room Divider

Build-It-Yourself Room Divider

Here’s a great do-it-yourself room divider idea I spotted over at Remodelista from Australia design studio Alwill. The divider was made with rope, tied to two wooden dowels, one attached to the ceiling and one attached to the floor. For another twist, try using a thick ribbon or colored twine […]

Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

Easy Wallpaper Removal Options

My friend Marc (of the demolished kitchen fame) asked me one day if I knew of any “backwoods” methods of removing wallpaper from plaster walls as to prevent damage from being done. I didn’t – we just tore down the walls that had wallpaper on them (but regretfully so – […]

Train Station Transformed

Train Station Transformed

There’s a local movement in the border city of Carlisle, UK (10 miles South of Scotland) to keep a train station decorated as it was for a Homebase commercial that included vibrant flooring, modern lighting and contemporary furniture. The train station is considered “listed” and therefore must maintain its historical […]

Smart Shopper: Tips For Buying On Craigslist

Smart Shopper: Tips For Buying On Craigslist

I’m a big fan of Craigslist. I’ve found lots of goodies like a vintage Formica kitchen table to a fabulous pine dresser that I’m hoping to pick up today. If you’re looking to score on a great find, follow these tips before you buy. Early Bird Catches The Worm If […]

LeBron James Knows Loveseats

LeBron James Knows Loveseats

Are sectionals the new sneaker when it comes to professional athletes? The King, LeBron James, may have you thinking that. As the NBA trade deadline looms today and everyone wonders if LeBron will stay in Cleveland or make the move to New York or even LA, the Furniture Today drops […]

Designing an Extraordinary Bath

Designing an Extraordinary Bath

Last night we attended a panel discussion at the Waterworks store in West Hollywood that was presented by Waterworks and Remodelista. The focus was Online Resources for Designing the Extraordinary Bath. We were really hoping to come away with true resources but two of the panelists used this “discussion” to […]

Snowboard Storage Doubles as Decor

Snowboard Storage Doubles as Decor

Yesterday I contributed to a Home Hack to Apartment Therapy for hanging snowboards. It’s a simple process that requires only a couple stoppers (rubber or cork) and screws. The weight of the hanging board keeps it firmly placed against the wall. Shown here is my vintage 93′ Jeff Brushie (classic […]

How To Disguise a Litter Box

How To Disguise a Litter Box

If you’re a cat owner like me, then litter boxes just may be the bane of your existence. I didn’t so much mind it when I lived in a three-bedroom apartment, but after relocating to a downtown Kansas City loft last summer, I found myself with a predicament: minimal storage […]

How to Decide on Outdoor Furniture

How to Decide on Outdoor Furniture

One of the latest trends in outdoor decor is making the backyard feel like an extension of the home, complete with furniture. When choosing outdoor furniture, the biggest concern is making sure that is weatherproof and sturdy enough to stand up to the elements, whether you live in a sunny […]

Put Some Thought Behind Your Bathroom Design

Put Some Thought Behind Your Bathroom Design

Super Bowl Party Prep

Super Bowl Party Prep

Super Bowl 46 is upon us. Whether you’re a football fan or not, you can’t deny that it’s one of the larger events on the American social landscape. In a rematch the New York Giants face the New England Patriots and we remember living in New York when Eli and […]

5 Quick Bathroom Furniture Ideas

5 Quick Bathroom Furniture Ideas

Many people underestimate the humble bathroom, but it is as important as any other room. To make the most out of your bathroom, here are some furniture ideas. 1. While a pedestal sink can look chic, a full vanity gives extra storage space, with room both below the sink as […]

Solving Chandelier Access Problems with an Aladdin Light Lift

Solving Chandelier Access Problems with an Aladdin Light Lift

Don’t we all have a problem with trying to dust our chandeliers? Ok, maybe not all of us. But for those that do chandeliers are a mecca for cobwebs and dust. They are just too high and too delicate to reach. Of course at the 2010 Builders’ Show there was […]

Wine Storage Wow!

Wine Storage Wow!

There was plenty of luxury on display at the 2010 Builders’ Show and it is no more apparent than in the wine storage sector. VintageView from the Wine Master Cellars is a wine-lovers dream. They were the first wine storage company to create a label-forward wine racking display system instead […]

Choosing a Vessel Sink Design For Your Bathroom

Choosing a Vessel Sink Design For Your Bathroom

Vessel sinks are the hottest new trend in bathroom design. In many ways, vessel sinks are a throwback to a time before plumbing when people washed up each morning in elaborate china basins that sat atop their bedroom vanities. During Victorian times these beautiful China fixtures were paired with matching […]