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DIY Lighting Ideas: 10 Affordable DIY Projects for Expensive-Looking Modern Lights

If a light fixture adds light and warmth to a room, a sleek, modern one adds a touch of sophistication and style. But not everyone can afford the price tags some modern lamps, pendants and sconces come with. No fear! These ten DIY lighting projects are affordable and will leave you with a light-up home accessory that will look like it came from a pricey store! READ MORE »

Smashable Concrete Lamp was Designed to be Broken

You won’t find any stickers reading ‘fragile’ on this breakable concrete lamp – in fact, it comes with a rock so you can smash it yourself. The “/” Lamp by Bucharest designer Dragos Motica makes the act of destruction a part of the intended aesthetic, enabling you to customize the lamp with cracks and holes […]

Rolling Home: 1948 Bus Remodeled into Handcrafted Abode

Two years after it went up on Craigslist with the simple description “runs, drives, stops, registered,” a 1948 Chevy bus became a bohemian hand-crafted home by the name of Ophelia. Freelance surf-craft builder Ryan Lovelace renovated the interior, which already featured a microbus extension on top, to make it a comfortable residence. Over 2012 and […]

Bulbous House is an Ultramodern Retreat in Urban India

A plot within a neighborhood full of harsh, sharp angles is now the setting for a home covered in soft, bulbous panels, giving it a strange futuristic appearance. S-House by SDeG architects rebels against the typical grid format that surrounds it, focusing instead on a feeling of cushioned comfort. The thickened concrete envelope is more […]

In Focus: Picture Frame Chair Puts the Spotlight on the Sitter

If you’re the type to shy away from attention, you might not want to take a seat in a chair that essentially puts you on display, framing you from various angles each time you adjust your position. The rectangular ‘Frame’ by Ola Giertz is a modern easy chair that functions like a three-dimensional picture frame […]

Experimental Studio Uses Unskilled Labor, Local Materials

What happens when a quirky group of experimental architects needs a new studio? They enlist the help of unskilled laborers and set to work building the new structure themselves, utilizing a set of untested methods to create something truly unique that is decidedly imperfect – and beautiful due, in part, to its imperfections. Architecture practice […]

A 200 Square Foot Micro Studio With Style — Professional Project

Project by: Natalie Myers Location: Los Angeles, California Designer Natalie says: This is an extra small little studio rental near USC in Los Angles meant for a student and developed by SC Student Housing. I wish my college digs looked this good! We tried to fit in as much luxury living and high design in a 200 square foot space without having it feel crammed. READ MORE »

Lauren's Dark & Dramatic Design — House Call

Name: Lauren Diane Svenstrup Location: Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois This apartment is in a vintage courtyard building and is around 700 square feet. I have lived here almost two years. As an interior designer, my space is an ever-changing canvas. Show More Summary

Before & After: Rebecca's Awesome Affordable Airstream Makeover

Attention all day-dreamers, travel-lovers and small space dwellers! You'll love this makeover of an Airstream — bought and designed on a tight budget. It's inspiring to those who love color in compact spaces, too! READ MORE »

How to Cultivate a Wildlife Habitat in Your Outdoor Area — Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

You don't have to travel far or trek over dangerous landscapes to experience the fauna of the natural world. The relaxing past time of watching birds, squirrels, butterflies and more can be enhanced by taking the time to turn all or some of your outdoor area into a wildlife-friendly habitat. Here are some ideas on how to do it. READ MORE »

Reuse & Restyle: 10 Home DIY Project Ideas for Leftover Paint

Have you used paint on a previous DIY project — maybe painted a room in your home or the cabinets in your kitchen — and find yourself with a couple of cans taking up space and collecting dust in a closet or a garage? There are plenty of DIY details you can add to your home with just a little bit of paint. Show More Summary

Small Project Saturday: Add a Little Color to Your Space This Weekend — Apartment Therapy Video Roundup

If you're looking for an inexpensive pick-me-up, there's nothing quite like a little bit of color. Pictured above is a cheerful closet-turned-office in Laura & Ray's Art-Filled Austin Home. Painting the back wall of the closet a bright yellow transforms what might have a been a drab space into a cheerful focal point for the whole room. Show More Summary

How To Whiten Laundry Without Chlorine Bleach

Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs; poison fish and insects; and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Fortunately, there are still plenty of other ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the ingredients around your house. READ MORE »

Inside The Corridors Of Power

Photographer Luca Zanier has released an intriguing series of photographs titled as the ‘Corridors of Power’ where he shoots the interiors of some of the most influential buildings of the world. These include assembly halls, board rooms and galleries of some of the most powerful organizations out there. It is safe to say that these […]

How To Take the Best Travel Pics Ever: 8 Tips for Taking Photos You'll Actually Hang Up — Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

Have you been exploring this summer? What's not to love about taking a fabulous trip, snapping shots to remember it by, and then having lots of beautiful photographs to print out and choose from to hang on the walls, adding to the beauty...Show More Summary

Better Than Storage: 7 Creative Uses For Your Closet

Need an extra room more than you need some storage space? Even if you already feel low on it in your home, there are more creative ways to use these spots than just for storage. Whatever activity you might feel like you need a dedicated...Show More Summary

Before & After: A Plain Pine IKEA Table Turns into a Bold Bar Cart!

The simple IKEA NORNÄS table Kata started with for this project isn't available everywhere. But her handful of DIY additions to this plain pine table turned it into a cute and functional bar cart. The kind of inspiring DIY additions you could borrow to turn any vintage or affordable table into your own bar cart! READ MORE »

How to Stay Cool This Summer: 50+ Tips to Beat the Heat Without Blowing Your Budget

Whether you have an air conditioner or go without, not many people have the budget to spend on blasting utilities all summer long. So what to do when the temperatures start to rise and the interior of your home starts to resemble the surface of the sun? Try one of these 50+ ideas on for size to see if it's your ticket to cool! READ MORE »

Warm Organic Modern in Washington — Professional Project

Project by: Tanna Barnecut Location: Yakima, Washington From Designer Tanna: This project's design goals were: An open floor plan — offering an elegant and comfortable space to welcome semi-formal events and cozy informal conversations. And to add ample windows – to take advantage of the sweeping view, bring the outdoors in, create movement and invite light. READ MORE »

The Anatomy of a Great Summer Garage Sale — Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

Before embarking on the task of a throwing a garage sale (though we've broken it down for you this summer, it's still a lot of work!), it's wise to look at what makes a great, successful garage sale. If you don't think you can check something off the list, you might consider holding off on your sale until better timing. Show More Summary

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