Архив автора: Adrienne Breaux

Worth It: Real People Share the Investments That Made Them Happiest

When you’re on a tight budget, it can be difficult to decide what to spend your hard-earned cash on. Do you splurge on the fun stuff? Be responsible and renovate? There’s no one answer that’s right for everyone. But, reading what’s been worth the investment to other people might help you figure out what’s most important to you. Below, eight people (who know a thing or two about making a home) share the investments that had the biggest impact on their happiness at home. (далее…)

Stop Worrying: 7 Things About Your Home That Aren’t a Big Deal

Do you fret over certain aspects of your home? Do they keep you up at night? Do you spend hours Googling (or Apartment Therapy-ing) for the answer that will fix your problem and tone down your home-related stress? There are plenty of things to worry about when it comes to home, but these seven things aren’t them. Take the worries after the jump off your plate and spend your mental energy on enjoying your space and your life! (далее…)

5 Small Daily Practices That Add Up to a More Satisfying Home Life — From the Archives: Greatest Hits

It’s the little things. The small, seemingly insignificant things that we sometimes skip over, because really, how big of an impact could they make? But it’s not any one thing, one moment. It’s the series of tiny efforts you make after awhile that add up. And what they can add up to is a much more satisfying home life. So where do you spend that extra effort (even if it is small)? These are five favorite daily habits to practice in your home. (далее…)

Goodbye TV: Projector Buying Tips & Advice from People Who Made the Switch

I’ve been thinking about getting a projector. The thought of curling up on my couch and recreating the movie theater experience in my own home is very appealing. But I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to buy. And I sure as heck don’t know how to get the most bang for my buck. Thankfully, three real people in real homes were more than happy to share why they’re #teamprojector for life—and it just might inspire you to make the switch. (далее…)

A First-Time Home Buyer On: Things You Don’t Know Before You Buy

Anastassia Nelson loves the Tacoma neighborhood where she bought her first house. In the heart of her hometown, it’s close to both where she grew up and within walking distance to bars and a local coffee shop. «I targeted an area I was familiar with and that is also considered up-and-coming. I hope that in the end it will have great resale value when the day comes to move up to my next venture,» she writes. (далее…)

The Rules for Decorating an Older Home (Hint: Any Damn Way You Please)

My current apartment is housed in a building over 100 years old. And though it creaks and cracks a lot, nothing can replace the charm of tall ceilings, cove molding and other traditional building features. Yet I sometimes wonder if my furnishings do the space justice? Does my «Bohemian-meets-Maximalist-meets-Literally-Throw-Anything-Together» style really make the architectural details of this older building sing? (далее…)

The Everygirl Co-Founder’s Minimal, Modern Chicago Home — House Tour

Name: Danielle Moss
Location: Lakeview — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1400 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, rental

After a lot of moves, you can’t blame Danielle for creating a soft, soothing space in this Lakeview apartment, her fifth apartment in five years. Always a fan of neutrals, she was able to use a lot of white to enhance the home’s architectural features — like exposed brick and vaulted ceilings — while mixing in plenty of new and old items. While this apartment offered her a dedicated home office (which she really loved), this house tour is a send-off to this space. Danielle recently moved into her sixth home (in six years) in Chicago’s Gold Coast Historic District. (далее…)

Seeking Simplicity: How to Start Living a More Minimal Lifestyle — From the Archives: Greatest Hits

A minimalist lifestyle is not for everyone. But in this hectic world, many of us feel that call — to have less, to spend less, to do less, to need less. Where does one start on the path to minimalism? We’ve got the beginner’s road map for getting on a path to living a more simple, minimal lifestyle at home (and in life). No one single post will magically make you into a minimalist instantly, but these ideas are a good place to start you on your journey. (далее…)

Greener Thumb: Tips for Fertilizing Your Houseplants

I’ve only recently rid myself of my life-long black thumb, but I now have over seven happy plants that I’ve kept alive for a few years! Finding the right watering method for my plants and my lifestyle was a huge win. But something I’m still quite unsure about is fertilizing. How and how often should I fertilize my houseplants? (далее…)

Design Timeline: An Artist’s Style Evolution Over Six Homes

«Like a great dinner party you want a varied guest list…someone is larger than life, another is quiet but fascinating, another brings beauty, or brilliant conversation, or humor,» artist Judith Bigham says, describing her philosophy of decorating. «If a piece of furniture or art doesn’t work because it’s too big or too exaggerated for a room I often say ‘oh she’s the loudest girl in the room!’ I love a large piece in a small room or a rich vivid color or pattern…but, you must balance; add another ‘loud girl,’ metaphorically speaking.» (далее…)

6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Moving Into My First Apartment

The sweet taste of freedom after leaving your parents’ house or the dorms for the first time for an apartment of your very own is intoxicating. You can go get sugary cereal in the middle of the night if you want! You’re grown-up! It isn’t all junk food binges and co-ed sleepovers, though. Once the novelty wears off, living in a first apartment can mean learning hard life lessons. Here are six things I wish I had known before I moved into my first apartment. (далее…)

Online Finds: A «New Classic» Room is Just a Click Away

The word «classic» has been used before to describe traditionally decorated spaces — living rooms with chandeliers, formal dining rooms with fancy furniture and more. While those elegant spaces are lovely to look at, they don’t always fit the modern livestyles of go-getters or young families. That’s where «New Classic» style can step in. It combines the sophistication of a soothing, simple color palette with the laid-back coziness of modern furniture and minimal lines. And it throws a few elements of glam into the mix for excitement, too. Get inspired by these real-life living rooms and then shop online for the furniture and accessories you can use to create your New Classic living room. (далее…)

Keep It Simple (& Save Money) by Avoiding These Mistakes When Decorating a Rental

Interior designer Alissa of Lenore Design has had the task of turning her family’s rental into a warm home that matches their personality. With an industrial feel (think: overhead pipes meeting very little overhead lighting), the space wasn’t an easy project to tackle. Thankfully, Alissa’s design skills were just what this space needed, to transform it from a standard rental to a warm and welcoming home. (далее…)

Sick of Renting? How One Couple Got Out of the Rental Game for Good

When Tasha and her husband Travis began the hunt for their first house, they each had different dream homes in mind. «He wanted a well-established neighborhood and land, I wanted to be urban and have a lot of character,» says Tasha. Compromise was inevitable, and thankfully, this house in Falcon Heights, Minnesota fit the bill for the couple. «In the end, the compromise was really the best for both of us.» I asked Tasha to give some insight into their house-hunting process. Even if you think you’re not ready to buy, if you’re tired of renting, you might find some useful info in her interview! (далее…)

The New Organic Modern Style Is Moody, Cozy and Just the Look Your Living Room Needs

Organic Modern style, with its soothing mix of contemporary furniture shapes and tactile textures, has always been a contemporary look that embraces the comforts of nature. If you want a living room that’s ultra comfy and welcoming, Organic Modern is for you. Historically known for soft color palettes and neutral tones, I’ve noticed a rise in a new kind of Organic Modern: The Moody Organic Modern. This style features the same beautiful hallmarks of its origin style — clean lines and warm materials — but there’s a moody color added into the mix. (далее…)

One Simple Shortcut to Cut the Clutter

If you find yourself surrounded by seemingly endless piles of clutter all the time — from old magazines, to empty envelopes to the recycling and more — you might be in need of a shortcut to help you cut the clutter out of your life. This simple solution might not seem like much, but it could be the trick you’ve needed to fit your lifestyle. (далее…)

A Dark, Moody, Vintage-Filled Victorian in the UK — House Tour

Name: Nicola Broughton
Location: Leeds, UK
Size: 3000 square feet
Years lived in: 13 years, owned

Dark charcoal grays, velvety emerald greens and rich, earthy browns enliven the walls and furnishings of the big Victorian just north of Leeds that Nicola Broughton shares with her husband and kids. But it’s not just the liberal use of dramatic and moody colors that makes this home so marvelous — it’s Nicola’s collection of art, furniture, salvaged finds and the deft way she’s mixed it all together. (далее…)

3 Key Things to Remember When You’re Downsizing or Decluttering — Real People, Real Advice

Getting rid of stuff is never really easy. But when you’re moving to a new (smaller) place and have to downsize your belongings, you’ve usually got a hard deadline and actual space limitations breathing down your neck. Whether you’ve got a move coming up or just need to declutter, take this advice from real people who’ve just recently downsized. (далее…)

Want to Live More Minimally? Overcome These Obstacles to Live Simply

Living a more minimal life isn’t easy in a world with so many things. Particularly if you love design. And you know, things. These folks in these real homes have encountered some obstacles to living a more simple life, and they’ve shared them below. They’ve also shared some of these ways they’ve overcome these obstacles. You might find inspiration in what they’ve learned and how they’ve designed their homes. (далее…)

9 Truths About Making a Home That Are Worth Remembering

From fretting over which wall color to choose to wondering if you made the right decision on that couch, there are a lot of physical elements that go into making a home. It’s absolutely worth the time learning about design principles, storage ideas and decor tricks — all things that can make your space so much more livable and enjoyable. But don’t get so caught up in decorating that you forget to infuse your space with the other important elements that make a house (or apartment, or condo…) a home. (далее…)

Before and After: An Almost Unrecognizable Modern Transformation of a Beige Suburban House

Dream of living in an open, airy, minimal home but find yourself in a beige-hued, standard suburban house? After you pick your jaw up off the floor upon viewing these before and afters of a renovated Cleveland home, you’ll likely be inspired and motivated to try your hand at modernizing your own space! (далее…)

Side-by-Side: Two Identical Lofts Decorated Totally Differently

Beyond satiating curiosity, getting to see how different people tackle the layout of homes with the same floor plan is also illuminating. Do the same people have the same design challenges? Do they use space in the same way? Does architecture have a strong affect on the furniture and accessories selected? (далее…)

Real Folks Share Their Saving Money Secrets

If money grew on trees, we wouldn’t need to work so hard at saving it. (Not spending it so much might help keep more money in your bank account, as well.) Because I suck at saving money (and it’s possible someone else out there does, too), I asked the same folks graciously giving advice on making a home about how they’ve been able to save money over the years. Their tips are smart and may help you start saving a bit more. (далее…)

Real Couples On: The Biggest Purchase They’d Make Without Consulting Their Partner

How much money would you feel comfortable spending on something for your home…without consulting your partner first? After all, when you live together, you work together to decorate the space and manage the finances. We asked a handful of real couples to share any money limits they have when it comes to splurging on decor. See how you and your mate’s spending style stacks up, or get advice on how to set limits in your own partnership. (далее…)

Cure for a Humdrum Living Room: Plenty of Pattern

Sarah likes a visually interesting home, as shown by the eight patterns in her living room. «I like each room to have pops of color and pattern to keep things fun and eclectic as you move from room to room,» writes Sarah. «I like to mix and match patterns so they relate, but also contrast for visual interest.» Sarah shared her pointers for mixing patterns in her fearless living room. (далее…)

Real People Share Their Strategy for Downsizing (& It’s Advice Anyone Could Use)

Need to ditch some of your stuff soon because you’re moving to a smaller home? Or have you recently looked around your home and thought «What is all this stuff?» Whatever your motivation for wanting to declutter, you might find some useful inspiration with this advice — all from people who had to downsize their stuff when they moved into their current home. Their words resonate because many of us — probably most of us — have all had to deal with stuff at some point. (далее…)

How To Thrive (Not Just Survive) in a Small Apartment

When we first visited illustrator Lisa Vanin’s Toronto studio apartment a couple of years ago, I was so impressed by how she made 390 square feet so livable. Cozy colors, vintage finds, a distinct living room and bedroom area—Lisa’s clearly a small home arranging wizard. But can living in such a small space be sustainable — mentally or physically — for the long haul? Can one thrive in under 400 square feet for years and years? (далее…)

Industrial Farmhouse Style in Iceland — House Tour

Name: Soffia Gardarsdottir
Location: Alftanes, Iceland
Size: 1991 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

Floral designer and interior stylist Soffia Gardarsdottir likes to mix it up. Often. We first got a peek at her inspiring Icelandic home in her house call two years ago…but it’s already evolved a lot since. It’s a stylishly designed home, but it’s also comfortable, which is important for a family of four (five with dog, Storm). (далее…)

Side by Side Style: See How a Chicago Loft Looks 10 Years Later

When we first toured this Chicago loft all the way back in 2006, it was the home of Andreas, who had transformed it from a dark, rustic industrial space into a bright, all-white modern home (there are some before photos in Andreas’ house tour if you are curious). Wouldn’t it be fun to see what the same apartment looks like over ten years later, with someone new making this space their home? You’re in luck…we’ve recently toured this apartment again! (далее…)

Want to Move to Europe? Real Life Advice on How To Make an International Move

Morgan’s dream of living in Europe was a topic even on her first date with her partner Matt. «Matt had never been to Europe before, but it wasn’t long until we booked out first trip together and he caught the travel bug,» writes Morgan. Three years after that first date, Matt got the opportunity to open his company’s European office. And they had a pick of pre-approved countries like Ireland, England, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands! After traveling to a few places on the list, they chose Amsterdam. Today, they share a charming Dutch canal house with their cat Frankenstein. (далее…)

First Time Homebuyers On: What We Wish We Knew Before Buying — Real Life Advice

Before you’ve done something, it’s pretty hard to know what you don’t know. When it comes to the complicated, terrifying steps required to buy your first home, there’s a lot of opportunity to not know. First-time home buyers Tiffany and Alan Goldstein bought a cute, chic Austin bungalow — and learned a few things about buying a home in the process. (далее…)

A Tiny Kitchen That Proves You Can Cook Even When You’re Short on Space

If Ursula had unlimited money and space, her dream kitchen would be incredible. «Three ovens: two gas (one with steam injection) and a wood-fired buddy out back for good measure,» she writes. But that’s just the start. She’d also throw in «a six-burner gas range and a walk-in fridge and freezer because I mean why not?» An island with a cutting board tabletop would seat six, and a breakfast nook would have wrap-around bench seating. And why have only one or two compartments in your sink when you could choose three? «Approximately one trillion cupboards (bamboo with glass doors), a walk-in pantry for dry storage, and a compost chute that would go straight into a bin out back for reuse in my garden—because I’d also have a garden,» she finishes. (далее…)

Real People Reveal How They Started Living More Minimally

As I look around my apartment, full to the brim with colors, patterns, knick-knacks and throw pillows, the thought occurs to me that I don’t even know where to start living a more minimal lifestyle. Give away everything I own? Before I do something drastic, I’m going to listen to these people whose homes are beautiful and simple. They’ve shared how they started their journey of living minimally. (далее…)

Online Furniture Finds from Real Studios & Small Homes

Placement is important when laying out the furniture elements of a studio apartment. But one big key to successful and enjoyable studio living (while also looking stylish) is which furniture pieces and accessories you choose. Don’t let your next shopping trip be a guessing game. All the studio apartments in this post are aesthetically pleasing, but they also master the «mix»: They’re full of furniture and accessories that function as well as they look. (далее…)

First-Time Home Buyers On: The Finances — Real Life Advice

How long do you need to save up for a down payment? How long does it take to get approved for a mortgage? Buying a home—especially for the first time—is a learning process, made all the more intense thanks to the fact that large sums of money are also involved. So I asked real-life first-time home buyers Tiffany and Alan Goldstein to help illuminate some of the money-related concerns of buying a home. (далее…)

A Mini «Beatnik Chic» Studio Apartment — House Tour

Name: Courtney Croxdale
Location: Old Louisville — Louisville, KY
Size: 330 square feet
Years lived in: Renting 1.5 years

Artist and writer Courtney Croxdale lives in a tiny studio apartment in historic Old Louisville. It’s the location, the neighbors and great landlords that Courtney describes as her home’s «best attributes.» But I think it’s how she has created a cozy, beautiful home in only 330 square feet. (далее…)

How to DIY When You Live in an Apartment (Without a Garage or Workshop)

Being a DIY weekend warrior is a bit easier when you have fresh ventilation, room to spread out, and a place to put all that sawdust. But if you don’t have a garage, workshop, backyard, or driveway at home, don’t say goodbye to DIY. It’s possible to get crafty, even if you’re a renter living in a multi-unit building. Need proof? Jess Goodwin filled her stylish small apartment in the middle of Chicago with hand-made projects — no garage, no problem. (далее…)

Insider Tips for Estate Sale Newbies

Anastassia Nelson may still be in her twenties, but she owns her own stylish house and is excellent at navigating the intricacies of estate sales. Because estate sales aren’t like yard and garage sales, they can be a bit intimidating to those not in the know. That’s why I asked Ana to share some insider tips and unspoken rules to help guide someone who’s never been to an estate sale before. (далее…)

Recent Downsizers Share: The Good (and Not So Good) Things About It

When you go from a larger home to a smaller one (no matter how big the size difference), it has a big impact on the way you live. You usually can’t fit as many things in the smaller home, and the way you physically move in and use the smaller space might change, too. These folks recently relocated to smaller homes for lots of different reasons, but they all agree there are both benefits to downsizing — as well as a few downsides, too. (далее…)

Two Lofts With the Same Plain Rental Kitchen Prove the Power of Decor

The ground floor of these two Oakland lofts (identical in floor plan and located in the same complex) show how different people tackle the task of arranging and decorating the same type of home. Each of the homes essentially have one big, wide open room as their first floor. For creative couple Minky and Tirsh, this meant physically carving out a seating area, a bedroom area and a workspace on the first floor. Interestingly, Laura did the same! Are you curious how the second floors of these two homes look like, side by side? (далее…)

Real Life Advice: From a Stylish Couple Living Well in Just 450 Square Feet

My apartment is a whopping 500 square feet. Alone, it feels just right. With people over, my place transforms into a cramped box, making it difficult for me to feel comfortable in for a few hours, let alone longer. So when I see spaces smaller than mine sustaining two people, I want to know how it works. I asked Kyle and Alex, who share a 450 square foot San Francisco home in style, how they pull it off. (далее…)

First-Time Home Buyers On: The Scariest (& Most Surprising) Parts of the Process — Real Life Advice

Anybody else terrified of the prospect of buying and owning their own home? (Or is it just me?) If it’s not just me, you might find some comfort in facing fears. Specifically, the things that scared Tiffany and Alan Goldstein, first-time home buyers, when they went through the buying process. Taking your own home-buying plunge may be a little less terrifying knowing what’s ahead. (далее…)

A Small DC Rental Row House Shared by 4 Roommates — House Tour

Name: Ricardo Guisse and three roommates
Location: Washington, DC
Size: 850 square feet
Years lived in: Renting 3 years

Architectural charm fills this renovated row house, as do roommates! Four young professionals share this 850 square foot rental home (an affordable option in a big city). With so little space, the challenge was creating a comfortable home with enough room. Their smart storage solutions help the small space function and look stylish. (далее…)

The Cleaning Tool We Won’t Live Without — Neat People Secrets

Folks who enjoy uncluttered rooms and a home not taken over by dust bunnies are often called «neat freaks.» In fact, that was originally the title I was going to give this post. «Secrets of Neat Freaks.» But these people aren’t «freaks.» They are people to be admired. Respected. Mined for their wisdom and secrets to keeping their home so clean. And their suggestions for the cleaning tool they can’t live without might leave you floored. (далее…)

Houseplant Watering Secrets from Regular People Who Keep their Plants Alive & Happy — Real People, Real Advice

Advice from plant professionals (like ecologist and urban jungle dweller Summer Rayne Oakes), is great for broadening your nature knowledge base. It can even give you confidence. But sometimes, you need to hear that regular, non-professional people can rock a plant-filled home as well as a professional who seems to have been born with two green thumbs. (далее…)

A Photographer’s Vintage-Filled Denver Apartment — House Tour

Name: Marianne Brown 

Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 600 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting

«My apartment is a small one bedroom in downtown Denver. Not among the tall buildings of downtown, but just on the edge, in the Uptown neighborhood of Denver. A whopping 600 square feet. I’ve lived here for a year, after moving several times over the past few years. Each time moving into a smaller space, and each time cleaning out and purging myself of more and more ‘stuff,'» describes photographer Marianne Brown. (далее…)

A Design Duo’s Dreamy Mid-Century Modern Rental — House Tour

Name: Roger and Chris Stout-Hazard and dog Buck
Location: Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Size: 2,700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Nestled on one acre of land and stretched across four stories, this house in New Jersey is a mid-century modern lover’s dream. It’s also currently the rental home of the multi-talented furniture design duo Roger+Chris. You may know Roger from his popular show «Sell This House.» Or you might recognize them both from the two past tours we’ve shared of their homes (in Sharon Springs, New York and Austin, Texas). (далее…)

Thrift Treasure: The Surprisingly Versatile Throwback You Should Snag Next Time You See One Secondhand

Emily Waldman, an expert vintage decor hunter and owner of a treasure-filled Austin abode, knows how to pick out old-fashioned gems when thrifting—and how to fold them beautifully into a modern, eclectic home that exudes youthful energy. She’s a big fan of a certain item with a reputation for being outdated—but her success in incorporating it into her house may persuade you to start looking for one the next time you thrift. (далее…)

Real Couples Reveal: What Happens When We Disagree on Design

Things can get awkward quick when your partner — excited to share their plans for a living room redo — shows you a neon purple paint swatch (…or weird shaped chair…or clown painting). What do you if you don’t love their decor choice? How do you tell your partner I REALLY don’t like this, without, you know, saying I REALLY REALLY DON’T LIKE THIS? These couples share how they let their partner down gently. You might see a little of you and your partner in their answers. Or you might have a new phrase to add to your back pocket in case your honey ever comes home with a «Live, Laugh, Love» sign. (далее…)

Clutter Confessions: The One Thing of Theirs I Wish I Could Toss

That college-age poster of the movie «Scarface.» A collection of terrifying (possibly haunted) Victorian-era dolls. The nine-year-old chair that’s just rags and bones. When you move in with a romantic partner, you inherit not just the stuff of theirs you like, you inherit weird things they’ve held onto for years. (далее…)

Simple But Powerful Time-Saving Cleaning Tips — Neat People Secrets

After the ability to fly, if I could snap my fingers and have any super power, it would be the gift of cleaning my apartment instantly. Since that’s not likely to be bestowed on me anytime soon, I must instead harness the genius of Neat People. Below, in their own words, Neat People share their most favorite time-saving cleaning tips. Simple? Sure. But if it works for these people and their impeccably clean homes, it may just work for yours, as well. (далее…)

I Asked People What They Regret Not Doing More, and This Is What They Said

I’m a huge fan of interviewing people with admirable lives for their secrets to living…to being successful…to even keeping their homes clean. Good wisdom from smart people is invaluable. I want to take advice from people in hopes that I can skip over more of the «making mistakes» part of life. (далее…)