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More city dwellers are embracing 'hobby farms': 'It's like we live in the country'

About an hour before the start of a spring storm, Dominique Salamone surveyed her three-quarter-acre Northridge yard and commenced an impromptu master class in suburban chicken raising.

Forget potbellied pigs - raising goats is all the rage

As with most hobbies, livestock trends change. "Five years ago, potbellied pigs were a big fad," says Phil Carter, owner of Red Barn Feed & Saddlery in Tarzana. "People were paying $1,000 for them. But that craze is long gone."

Hey, California, you can still have a lawn! Here are five water-wise alternatives

The poor traditional Southern California lawn. Our flat green grass turfs have been beaten up and bullied with calls to replace them. But how many people know there are numerous drought-tolerant grass species well suited for the Southern California climate that still have the general look and feel...

Can’t Sleep? Just One Therapy Session Could Help You Sleep Better

If you can’t sleep and are starting to feel a tad… well, unstable, all it takes to get your sanity back is one therapy sesh, say researchers. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, sometimes it can feel like the entire universe is conspiring against you: As soon […] The post Can’t Sleep? Just One Therapy Session Could Help You Sleep Better appeared first on EcoSalon.

Check Out This Steel Maze at a Belgian Coal Mine — Design News

Pin it Heading to Belgium? Check out this steel maze, located at a former coal mill, in the town of Genk. READ MORE »

15 Places to Meet Your Favorite Disney TV and Movie Characters (PHOTOS)

Post by Lee Allport. Does your little one love Jake and the Never Land Pirates? Do you remember dancing along with the penguins watching Mary Poppins? If so, you'll be glad to know your favorite TV and movie characters are waiting inside...Show More Summary

Steal These Styling Tips for a Better Looking Living Room

Abigail Ahern's Dark and Dramatic East London Home Pin it If coffee tables had a tagline, it would something like: “So much more than the place to put the remote." Think of coffee tables as a tiny little rotating gallery of sorts, and an opportunity to showcase a mini decorating moment that you can swap out when you get bored of looking at it. Show More Summary

How To Clean Electric Stove Burners — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

Pin it Does your pot frequently runneth over? If you're part of the regularly-sets-off-the-smoke-alarm-while-cooking-dinner club, chance are your stove burners are in desperate need of attention. Whether it's your fault, or the previous tenants', the burners aren't going to clean themselves. READ MORE »

Traipsing Among the Trees: Awesome 2-Level Kids’ Treehouse

On an old farmstead in Garrison, New York, this awesome treehouse just begs to be played in. Though not technically a treehouse since it’s built on supports rather than trunks, it sits high above the ground keeping the nearby trees company. Created by Sharon Davis Design, the 350-square-foot treehouse has two levels: the main level […]

The Pro Designer Trick That Makes Homes Feel Cozy & Cohesive

Emily's Small but Mighty Houston Home Pin it When you're feeling like the rooms of your home are design islands — lovely spaces by themselves but not necessarily connected to the architecture of your home or the entire home itself — you might want to try out this trick in the designer's toolbox. READ MORE »

5 Key Ingredients to Your Most Livable Living Room Yet

Alex & Zack's Inspired Cole Valley Edwardian Pin it Our living rooms: the hearts of our home and for some, the most used room in the space. A lot of living goes into our living rooms. Just how livable is your space, when it comes down to it? There are five key ingredients to look out for — and incorporate — into your living space. Consider them today. READ MORE »

Secluded Holiday Home With Cantilevered Volume Overlooking the Lake

Surrounded by woodlands and an overall peaceful setting in Val-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada, this holiday retreat was built on a cliff edge, making the most of the views. According to Christopher Simmonds Architect, the residence “is gently...Show More Summary

Javier & Ana's Cultivated & Relaxed Valencia Apartment — House Tour

Pin it Name: Javier Ferrer, Ana Lanfranco, Mina, and Fedra Location: Valencia, Spain Size: 1,600 square feet Years lived in: 13 years; Owned Javier and Ana are the entrepreneur powerhouse behind two of the trendiest cafés in Valencia and Simple, a charming downtown decoration store that specializes in vintage and artisanal products for the home. Show More Summary

Become an Apartment Therapist with Our All-New Complete + Happy Home Book

Pin it We think of every one of our readers as an Apartment Therapist, and now we can make it official. Coming this September, our latest book, Complete + Happy Home is our biggest and best resource to date; a “textbook” to becoming your own Apartment Therapist. Show More Summary

I Painted My Laminate Countertops: Here's How They Are Holding Up a Few Months Later

Pin it A few months ago I decided to paint my laminate countertops as a temporary solution to a very ugly, very burnt orange problem in my kitchen. I was a little hesitant to do so since our actual counter space is minimal and sees a...Show More Summary

Mexico City Restoration Adds Luxury Comforts to a Challenging 1970s Design

When you look at a building with classic, stylish architecture it is easy to see how a renovation could create a brand new, beautiful space. Likewise, when you look at a home that is out of date and perhaps decrepit, you might want to instantly tear it down. But in this Mexico City home, Ezequielfarca […]

Design History: Why Can't We Wear White After Labor Day?

Pin it We've all heard (and probably ignored) this common fashion rule but just where did it come from anyway? Let's take a look. READ MORE »

Enter for a Chance to Win a Mini Home Makeover! — Sweepstakes

Pin it Just because the summer will eventually end doesn't mean your home can't have sunny vibes. A beautiful space awaits you — our treat! Apartment Therapy has teamed up with Laurel & Wolf, Joybird, Minted, Handy, and BloomNation to give away a sweet prize package to help you spruce up your home, worth $3,199. CLICK HERE to enter for a chance to win! READ MORE »

SPONSORED POST: Room Recipe: Home Office — Glidden® paint

Your work area should be the most inspirational place in your home – and the most energetic. The boost you get from your morning coffee only lasts so long. You need a room that helps you keep your focus and your momentum. Here's how to set up your office with all the essentials: desk, chair, inspiration, and a stunning wall color to pull it all together. READ MORE »

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