The Real Reason Home Prices are Increasing

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase. From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there seems to be no shortage of opinion. However, the increase in prices is easily explained by the theory of supply & demand. Whenever there is a limited supply of an item that is in Read More

This Modern Home has a Climbable, Ladder-less Bookshelf

Floor to ceiling bookshelves are on many a design enthusiast’s wish list. This diagonal, climbable bookshelf not only looks great, but it is also part of the structure of the home. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

A Nordic Style London Flat — House Tour

Name: Isabella and Oscar Location: Wembley, London Size: 870 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 year, owned Having grown up, studied, and worked in Hong Kong, Isabella and Oscar went on a trip of a lifetime to Iceland, fell in love with Europe and decided to relocate to London together to pursue their dream of traveling around this little continent. Isabella, a graphic designer and Oscar, an art director, both found jobs in the creative hub of East London, but when they were looking for a home, they were immediately taken by this two-bed flat by the canal in Wembley, Read More

Diane Keaton's New Home is Very Diane Keaton

How many times a day do you stop what you’re doing in order to wonder where in the world Diane Keaton hangs her many hats? What kind of furniture is she sitting on when she sips either the red or white varietals of her wine, The Keaton? Well, thanks to a feature in Wine Spectator, our Diane-design related questions have been answered. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Everyone On Pinterest Is Obsessed With This (Slightly Ridiculous) Holiday Decor Idea (& We Don’t Hate It)

In a day and age when social media and inspiration-heavy sites like Pinterest make you feel like everything you create for your home or how you decorate for the holidays has to be (literally) picture perfect and super chic, there are rays of hope that sometimes the internet is up for something slightly ridiculous. Case in point: the recent obsession with not-the-least-bit-elegant-but-maybe-pretty-great giant balloon Christmas lights. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Small Appliances We'd Bring to a Deserted Island

The “stranded island test” is a good way to think about the products you use that you really, truly love. I asked the Apartment Therapy editors what one small appliance they’d bring along if we were all whisked away to an island in the middle of nowhere (where electric outlets may or may not exist, but that part isn’t supposed to matter). READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

2 Charts That Show the Truth about Home Affordability

There is a lot of discussion about the current state of housing affordability for both first-time and move-up buyers, and much of the narrative is tarnished with a negative slant. However, the truth is that housing affordability is better today than at almost any time in our history. The naysayers are correct in the fact that affordability today is not as good as it has been over the last several years. But, we must remember that home prices collapsed during the housing crash, and distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales) kept home values depressed for years. When we compare affordability Read More

This Is The IKEA FRAKTA Holiday Hack We Should've Seen Coming

It’s been an eventful year for IKEA’s humble, hardworking blue bag. So we really should’ve seen this holiday themed hack coming. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Barb Makes a Comeback in Sesame Street's Stranger Things Parody

If you just can’t wait for season 3 of Stranger Things — or have tiny humans in your life who don’t understand what all the fuss is about — Sesame Street has got you, with a kid-friendly parody of everyone’s favorite ’80s horror revival. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

A Small Seattle Studio That Looks Much Larger Than It Is — House Tour

Name: Angel and BenLocation: Fremont — Seattle, WashingtonSize: 580 square feetYears lived in: 1 year, renting The first thing you notice when walking into Angel and Ben’s Fremont studio is the huge floor-to-ceiling windows at the far end of the space, letting light pour into their living area. And the giant floor plant sitting by the Juliet balcony makes it feel like the outside is spilling in, tricking the eye into adding extra square footage to this less-than-600-square-foot Fremont apartment. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico