Before & After: From Cherry Wood Beast to Mind-Blowing Beauty

This unremarkable «cherry wood cave with black plastic counter tops» in the suburbs of Chicago was transformed into a dreamy kitchen, full of personality and luxurious finishes. The homeowner spent months searching for the perfect interior designer, someone who would bring authenticity to the project, and the wait was clearly well worth it. A note: before you get too jealous of the fabulous kitchen you’re about to see, know that the homeowner confessed to totally blowing the budget! (далее…)

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The Dos & Don’ts of Hanging Art: An Illustrated Guide — Be Your Own Designer

As a designer, poorly hung art is probably my number one design bugbear. I’ll walk into an otherwise lovely room, and immediately want to re-position pieces I see as too high, too low, or not suitable for the space (don’t worry, I don’t actually do this—I’m detail-oriented, not crazy). Avoid these all-too-common design pitfalls by referring to our pictorial guide to hanging art like a pro. (далее…)

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Move Over Sweden: This Country’s Kitchens Now Have Our Hearts

I have a bit of a thing for Scandinavian kitchens. I’ve even written quite a few articles about them for Apartment Therapy. But lately, the kitchens that are catching my eye aren’t from Norway, or Sweden, or Finland, but from their near neighbors over in England. British kitchens have, if you’ll allow me, a certain je ne sais quois — a marriage of modern minimalism and traditional warmth. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite examples. (далее…)

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10 DIY Projects You Can Pull Off With Sample Cans of Paint

A typical sample can of wall paint—the kind you buy to test out colors before committing—is 8 ounces, can cover up to 16 square feet, and costs just a few bucks. Small but mighty, these little sample jars hold big possibility. If you have cans left over from your last project, or if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks on your next trip to Home Depot, you can tackle one of these small-space, big-impact projects. (далее…)