15
Oct 18

How to Keep Your Orchid Alive Longer Than a Week

Depending on who you talk to or what you read, you’ll hear that orchids are both simple joys to grow and maddeningly fussy. As with most things, the truth lies somewhere in between. Yeah, they’re a bit delicate, but newbie gardeners can learn to care for them without much trouble. Really, they’re no harder to care for than most houseplants, once you understand their quirks. Here’s what you need to know.

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06
Oct 18

Stop Doing These 10 Things That Are Dragging Your Home's Sophistication Down

Because we’re not living Pinterest boards and no one gets it right 100 percent of the time, I think we all have certain aspects of home decor and housekeeping that we ace, and other aspects that we struggle to get a handle on. I know I do. Here are 10 common issues that may be diminishing your home’s sophistication along with some easy tweaks to help you self-correct.

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29
Sep 18

How To Make Your Home Look 10 Times Better in 10 Minutes Or Less

At Apartment Therapy, we want to show you the way that real people live. So when I show up to shoot a tour, I don’t bring a whole truckload of props with me—usually it’s just me and my camera. Still, over the years I’ve developed a few quick little tricks that I occasionally employ on shoots. They’re all simple things—tiny tweaks to get a home camera-ready—and they’re all things that you can do in ten minutes or less (really!) to make your home perfect for the most important of audiences: you.

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22
Aug 18

Get Rid of Fruitflies with a Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

Aargh, fruit flies! Those pesky little gnat-like creatures have invaded our kitchen and we’ve been engaged in battle ever since. Until, that is, a friend let us in on a simple home remedy learned from their exterminator. Get ready: All it takes is cider vinegar, a jar, dish soap, and plastic wrap:

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20
Aug 18

This Otherworldly Succulent Is Perfect for Sunny Apartments

Pencil cactus is a plant that adds both architectural interest and soothing greenery to your space. Its pencil-thin stems look like something that would grow on a distant alien planet.

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12
Aug 18

Feathery Asparagus Ferns Are Actually Fairly Indestructible

It’s always good to find plants that tolerate low light and won’t wither up in dry, indoor air. Get to know asparagus ferns, one of the hardiest houseplants around.

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06
Aug 18

These Minuscule Wingless Springtails are Easily Mistaken for Fleas

I’m not typically squeamish when it comes to bugs. Until they get inside my house where they don’t belong, that is. The creepiest are usually those teeny tiny ones—like springtails—that are so hard to see I start getting paranoid that they’re everywhere.

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28
Jul 18

10 Clever DIY Projects to Hide Household Eyesores

Here’s the unfortunate truth about 99% of all living spaces: every house and apartment—large or small—likely has something that’s weird, oddly placed, or just plain ugly. These persistent little problems (cords, vents, pipes, outlets) might drive you nuts, but stay they must, especially if you are a renter. The only solution is to get creative….

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11
Jul 18

The Biggest Mistake I Made in My Kitchen Renovation

About five years ago my husband and I bought an old, decrepit house, and renovated it top to bottom. (My whole renovation story is here, if you want to see!) Part of that renovation included adding on an open kitchen that we outfitted with a semi-custom IKEA kitchen.

I loved designing my kitchen from scratch, and we saved a ton of money by doing most of the design and work ourselves. But let me tell you—when you go the DIY route, you do run the risk of missing details that can make a big difference. Here’s the biggest (yet surprising) mistake we made.

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04
Jul 18

$14 Watering Spikes Are a Forgetful Plant Owner's Secret Weapon

See if you relate to this scenario. You go to your local nursery and excitedly select a houseplant to be your new companion. After you bring it home, you fuss over its placement on the windowsill, worrying if the sunlight might be a bit too harsh for its delicate leaves. You water it faithfully like clockwork every Sunday morning, lovingly rotating the pot each time so it doesn’t become leggy. Fast forward a few months: the waterings become a bit less regular, the pot rotating less frequent, until eventually its once bushy green foliage is spotted with yellow from dehydration and the stems are leaning severely towards the light source. You have reached that point in your relationship where you’ve come to take your plant pal for granted.

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