Here's How IKEA Plans To Bring the Store (and Other Services) Directly To You

With the year quickly approaching its end, Entrepreneur has already predicted 2019 as revolutionary as it relates to online shopping. There’s no debate about our appreciation for buying any and everything via the internet, so it’s only natural for the services to progress in order to keep up with the growing demands. Concepts like IKEA’s self-driving autonomous vehicles prove that there are endless creative options available to ensure that we don’t have to venture any further than our computers to get the items we need and want (and fast!). READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Small Space Dweller's Guide to Designing a Functional Living Room

Living in a small space is never easy. Along with little to no storage space, you’re often stuck with the daunting task of figuring out how to arrange furniture in a living room that’s cramped due to the lack of square footage. Thankfully, we know a few space-savvy designer friends to call upon for help. We reached out to four different small space aficionados for advice on how to design a functional living room when you’re not working with a ton of space and here’s what they had they had to say. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Is the Real Estate Market Finally Getting Back to Normal?

The housing market has been anything but normal for the last eleven years. In a normal real estate market, home prices appreciate 3.7% annually. Below, however, are the price swings since 2007 according to the latest Home Price Expectation Survey: After the bubble burst in June 2007, values depreciated 6.1% annually until February 2012. From March 2012 to today, the market has been recovering with values appreciating 6.2% annually. These wild swings in values were caused by abnormal ratios between the available supply of inventory and buyer demand in the market. In a normal market, there would be a 6-month Read More

Your Future Hotel Room Might Be A Solar-Powered Vehicle

Remember when all the gadgets featured in the Back to the Future universe seemed totally far-fetched? But over 30 years later, here we are with our video calling devices and fingerprint recognition technology that defied what we thought was conceivable. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

25% of Homes with a Mortgage are Now Equity Rich!

Rising home prices have been in the news a lot lately and much of the focus has been on whether home prices are accelerating too quickly, as well as how sustainable the growth in prices really is. One of the often-overlooked benefits of rising prices, however, is the impact that they have on a homeowner’s equity position. Home equity is defined as the difference between the home’s fair market value and the outstanding balance of all liens (loans) on the property. While homeowners pay down their mortgages, the amount of equity they have in their homes climbs each time the Read More

7 Rooms That Will Make You Want to Paint Your Ceilings

Ceilings are called the fifth wall for a reason. Along with offering ample design opportunity, a fresh coat of ceiling paint can quickly transform the ambience of an entire room. So to inspire your ceiling painting endeavors, we rounded up seven rooms, all from Apartment Therapy home tours, that will make you want to paint your ceiling ASAP. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Win: $499 from Simply Framed Toward the Gallery Wall of Your Dreams — Maxwell Ryan + Simply Framed

Win: A $499 credit toward your new Max Plexibox Gallery WallFrom: Simply FramedValue: $499 Wall art and framed prints are HUGE in Apartment Therapy homes. It’s where the personal really shines, and it instantly elevates a room to feel more sophisticated. We’ve been working with the style setters at Simply Framed for over a year now, identifying the types of frames we know our readers will love most. We wanted to go beyond the classic black-and-white frames — as much as I love them as my go-to — since we’ve been seeing more of you expressing your LOVE of bold Read More

This Cozy Renovated Cabin Will Make You Crave Fall Temps — House Tour

Name: Jenny McClary and Allie LeepsonLocation: Wardsboro, VermontSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 1 year, owned We bought our three-bedroom, Adirondack-style cabin in southern Vermont (smack in between Stratton and Mount Snow). We were impulsive with the buy, but it has turned out so well. The cabin was built in ’82 and sits on about 1.5 acres of land. The interiors are covered in knotty pine and feature unfinished stone flooring in the kitchen, front entryway, around the fireplace, and the sliding door to our wrap-around deck. We did nearly all of the renovations ourselves (painting, changing light fixtures, swapping Read More

We Did the Math: Here’s When You Should Get a Storage Unit

Americans love stuff. We store it in our homes, garages, basements—and when that’s all filled, we pile it in to storage spaces across the country. But sometimes when space is hot commodity, all that stuff creates a huge problem and the idea of renting additional storage space can seem like a good answer. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

These Mesmerizing Timelapse Videos Show the Secret Life of Plants

File this under things that might bring unexpected joy to your busy, hectic day. These timelapse videos of plants, captured over the course of hours, are the most relaxing, mesmerizing things I’ve seen in ages, and I think I might just watch them forever. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico