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$45 Later, This Wall is The Best Thing in My New Backyard — Apartment Therapy Original Makeover

Outdoor vertical container gardens don’t have to be fancy, self-watering affairs that cost hundreds of dollars. For under $50, I made a lush, cascading green wall for my new backyard. Not only is it a fantastic focal point that draws your eye, but it takes gardening to a whole new level. And this project couldn’t be simpler to pull off. (далее…)

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How I Finally Added Some Much-Needed Privacy to My Exposed Backyard — Apartment Therapy Original Makeover

I live in a city, which means my backyard isn’t a quiet, outdoor oasis populated by trees and wildlife — where the only sound is the wind and maybe some crickets. Instead I’m surrounded by cell phone conversations, kids whooping it up while waiting for the school bus, and tons and tons of barking dogs. While I love living here, sometimes it would just be so nice to feel like I’m the only person in the world. When I recently did a whole backyard makeover, one of the major goals was creating sweet, blissful privacy. (далее…)

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Makeover Mistakes That Instantly Downgrade Your Bathroom Design

You decide to work on your bathroom. Before you jump in to remodel or immediately change things up, get to know the major red flags of a sub-par space, and avoid the things that make your bathroom look low budget. You won’t necessarily need to spend a lot more money, but it will mean a much better bathroom. Here’s what not to do… (далее…)

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6 Dumb Household Rules You Hated Growing Up, but Now Totally Understand

When you’re young, it’s your job to not worry and to push limits. It’s all about you, you, you. It’s up to your parents to firmly establish boundaries and rules. And while you live under their roof, it’s either their way or the highway. Sound familiar? Here are six seemingly arbitrary household rules that drove you nuts at the time, but make so much more sense today. (далее…)

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7 Reasons How We KNOW this Plant is Going to Be the New Fiddle Leaf Fig

I know, I know. We too get sick of hearing that [insert anything here] is the new black. But I think we’ve truly found the perfect alternative to the ubiquitous fiddle leaf fig which — although admittedly lovely — is somewhat hard to take care of. If you are looking for a new plant hero to transform your interior, without demanding too much of your time, please allow me introduce you. (далее…)

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Stopgap Remodeling Moves To Tide You Over Until Your Big Kitchen Renovation

This won’t be your forever kitchen. But these smaller-scale improvements will get you past the worst of the cringing — when every time you walk in the room you either zero in on that one feature that drives you crazy, or you want to take a torch to the entire place and start from scratch. You’d be surprised how easy it is to cover up the unsightly bits, and raise the room’s level with just a few DIY projects. Even if you’re a renter and plan to be there for a good long time, these are affordable enough for you to consider. (далее…)

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12 Things You Only Do at Home When Alone

Home alone time is a precious commodity, and scarce for many of us. With your roommate, kids, or partner out of town, you suddenly find yourself in your house or apartment with nothing but the sweet, sweet sound of silence. After you stop grinning from ear to ear, get busy doing the stuff that makes you feel good, for no other reason than it makes you feel good. Take full advantage. (далее…)

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Real Life Rental Upgrades That Happened in a Weekend (or Less)

Renters seek the balance between wanting a nice place to live, but not spending too much on a temporary home or making major permanent alterations on a space that’s not theirs. But by zeroing in on a few simple and inexpensive — yet impactful — projects, you can really refresh a space without busting your budget or making huge, irreparable changes. All it takes is a few ideas and one weekend. (далее…)

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12 Things You Only Do at Home When Alone

Home alone time is a precious commodity, and scarce for many of us. With your roommate, kids, or partner out of town, you suddenly find yourself in your house or apartment with nothing but the sweet, sweet sound of silence. After you stop grinning from ear to ear, get busy doing the stuff that makes you feel good, for no other reason than it makes you feel good. Take full advantage. (далее…)

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This Weekend: These Small, Realistic Tweaks Will Revolutionize Your Kitchen

Refreshing the look of your kitchen feels great, but improving its function and performance is an absolute game changer. This weekend, do these simple but effective things to renew your relationship with the heart of your home. Everything —and especially cooking and cleaning — will come easier when you’re done. (далее…)

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Smart Space Solutions to Steal from Tiny Campers & Trailers

If you want to know about glitter and fitness, ask Richard Simmons. For answers about small spaces and storage, go straight to the owners of trailers, RVs, and campers. They wrote — and regularly revise — the book on compact living, and we reap the benefits of their knowledge, ideas and inspiration. Take a look at these, and learn… (далее…)

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The Secret to OOAK Design is this Unexpected Tile Trend

«When I remodel my home, I want a total cookie cutter kitchen,» said no one ever. With so much fun and amazing tile on the market these days, it’s easier than ever to create dynamic and pattern-packed spaces. And where you once had little control over the design, the trend now is toward customization — playing with the layout to create unique designs. There are limitless ways to go, and companies now offer tile that’s configurable in multiple ways. Overwhelmed by the endless possibilities? Don’t be. Here are ideas to help inspire a design that’s all you. (далее…)

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Rejoice! I Finally Found a Chemical-Free Way to Combat Weeds

I’ve reached a new state of being, and I owe it all to my front yard. I call it «peak curmudgeon.» Because there’s one soul-sucking Sisyphean home task that drains me like no other — the endless loop of pulling weeds. I try to keep on top of them, but no matter how often I deal, they are there waiting for me again the following week. Weeds leave me muttering and cursing mess. I recently finished a backyard makeover, and at the very tippy top of my must-have list was a weed-free existence. You feel me, I know you do. (далее…)

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What Air Vent? Search & Find These Well-Concealed Eyesores

HVAC components, vents, and air returns are necessary evils in the home and it’s putting it mildly when I say they aren’t attractive. They’re often bandaid beige, placed in inconveniently prominent spots, and sometime they’re just. so. big. While most of us wouldn’t trade in our a/c or heat, there’s little question that they detract from all the good visual stuff we do have going on. Check out these examples of how to take on these ugly-as-sin features, and win. (далее…)

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My Bare Backyard Is a Wasteland of Dog Poop, Weeds & Sorrow — Apartment Therapy Original Makeover

Oh where to begin? My backyard is a pit of earthly despair, good for only three things really: dog waste, weeds and my own tears. I had good intentions when I first created the space, but my installation was poor to begin with, and then ongoing maintenance was not my friend. Ultimately, the grass didn’t stand a chance against all the dog abuse and my own neglect, so weeds and mud moved in, choking out any chance of happiness. After years of living with it, I recently decided to rip up everything back there and start from scratch. (далее…)

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Before & After: A Major Mirrored Closet Makeover

These closet doors probably look familiar. You can buy them in most major hardware stores, and are found in builder-grade homes across America. They were also in Roxanne’s daughters room for years, in perfectly decent shape. Instead of replacing them entirely, Roxanne found a photo as inspiration, and decided to give them a little architectural upgrade to try to mimic the look. (далее…)

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The Best Thing We Did To This Rental Bathroom Was (Almost) Free

It’s hard to make an old rental bathroom look new again, deep down in its bones. You’re limited to surface moves: decluttering the medicine cabinet, painting the walls, or buying a new shower curtain and towels — but those largely gloss over the real heart of darkness — the moldy corners and rusty crevices —that make your bathroom feel gross and icky. This is where a weekend shower tile refresh comes in, and it’s both transformative and cheap. (далее…)

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A 100% Reversible Rental Bathroom Makeover For Under $500 — Apartment Therapy Original Makeover

Joseph’s bathroom had some decent bones. The fixtures weren’t terrible or avocado green (not that there’s anything wrong with green). It had plain white tile— which you could see once you scrubbed your way past all the rust and mold. So, all and all, not a nightmare. It just needed a light makeover: getting rid of the bandaid beige, cleaning up the tile, and adding some color and warmth with a new floor, paint and decor. Ready to see what we did? (далее…)

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This Weekend: Start Saving Major Money With This Easy Home Habit

This was the most popular weekend project last year, and with good reason! Start using this system for your household stuff and you’ll get more life out of everything you own, and save money in the process. It also has the added bonus of making your home look and feel brand new again. Ready to go? (далее…)

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Seven Habits To Learn From Ridiculously Creative Renters

Gifted renters understand how to make wonderful homes in temporary dwellings, and squeeze seriously stylish and functional spaces out of nothing special. They make it look easy, but exactly how do they do it, you ask? Here are the habits of some seriously creative renters. (далее…)

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This Weekend: Give the Proverbial Squeaky Wheel a Little Grease — Weekend Project

It’s easy to forget about all the little things in our home that are broken or just not working. Don’t get me wrong — it’s good to focus on the big picture — we all have priorities after all —but, when we bump against the same tiny, irksome problems again and again, they start to wear on us mentally. Your goal for the weekend: feel a little bit better about your space. (далее…)

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This Couple Dramatically DIY’d Their Tiny Rental Kitchen & Now It’s Awesome

Courtney Duffey has lived in her micro New York apartment for a couple of years now. Together with her carpenter boyfriend, she’s DIY’d much of 225-square-foot space to make it more livable and homey. The kitchen is teeny tiny, but some of the most mighty changes happened in that one small area. (далее…)

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Inspired Target Hacks That’ll Make You Say IKEA Who?

You say the word «hack» and the name IKEA is usually right there along with it. While writing tons about ways to customize the Swedish store’s decor, we’ve neglected another source of affordable basics: Target. Like IKEA, it’s filled with low-risk options that are ripe for customization and reinvention and we’ve got a number of stylish examples right now. (далее…)

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The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Is No Longer Granite

It seems like just yesterday I was bemoaning the ubiquity of granite, hoping and praying it would go the way of the dodo bird and I’d never have to see its speckled self in a kitchen again. Now, after several years of declining use, the day has come: another surface has officially surpassed granite in terms of popularity. Any guesses as to what the new countertop du jour might be? (далее…)

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Tara’s Budget Rental Remodel: $300 Later, This Rental Kitchen Is No Longer Recognizable

This is what Tara’s kitchen looked like when she moved in this past September. Not too pretty, eh? With her landlord’s approval, we did a light reno that didn’t cost a lot, but made a major difference in both appearance and function. Spending money on a rental isn’t for everyone — but for those of you who love to cook, have a horrible kitchen, and plan to stay put for awhile, then a little investment may well be worth the time and expense. (далее…)

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Before & After: This Guy Converted an Old Cargo Van into a Tiny Mobile Apartment

Zach is an all-around creative sort of guy —photographer, filmmaker, art director. Wanting to travel in search of stories to tell, he brought his considerable talent to bear on an old cargo van, making it into a super stylish mobile apartment and studio. He’s now driving around the country, doing freelance work and following his dreams. (далее…)

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