10
Dec 18

Being Your Own Contractor Saves a Ton of Money, But I Don't Recommend It

It’s funny how most of us know we can’t be our own physician or attorney after watching a few YouTube videos, but ask us if we can run our own renovation and an awful lot of us think we can handle it just fine. Who needs a contractor when you can find your own sub-contractors online and order all your own materials? Why pay them a percentage of the cost (ranging from 10 to 50 percent) on top of your already over-budget budget when you can just DIY?

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29
Nov 18

Don't Make Vanity Lighting an Afterthought in Your Bathroom

Designers love describing bathrooms as “spa-like”—but there’s nothing spa-like about squinting in the dark. Choosing your bathroom vanity lighting is just as essential as picking out tile or hanging the perfect shower curtain. But wander into your local hardware store and you’ll find a million options. What to choose, what to choose. Follow these guidelines to learn how to pick a good setup, no matter how your bathroom is designed.

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14
Nov 18

5 Secrets to Mixing Multiple Wood Finishes

Variation in color, pattern, texture, and style is essential to decorating—it keeps things interesting. When it comes to wood finishes, match-y match-y floors and furniture look staid and flat. It’s also largely impractical for those of us who don’t buy all our stuff in one fell swoop. People are far more likely to cobble together a room over the years, bringing together a mix of inherited, found and purchased items with a variety of finishes. Here are a five secrets to making it all mesh…

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04
Nov 18

Silverfish: How To Get Rid of Them & Prevent an Infestation

Bed bugs get all the press these days. Comparatively, silverfish (and their cousin the firebrat) are pretty harmless, but man are they ugly. It doesn’t help that they hang out in cold, dark, damp places like the basement or under the bathroom sink. If you’ve spotted one of these lurking in your house, or have an infestation, we have some tips for first preventing their arrival, then getting rid of them.

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25
Oct 18

5 Ways to Insulate Your Windows for Winter

Chilly winter weather is headed our way, and with it comes the temptation to turn up the heat on our thermostats. Look to your windows instead, and invest in one of these draft-stopping solutions that will help warm up your space, and save you money in the long run. Here’s a mini-guide of solutions, with pros and cons of everything from layered curtains to shrink-wrap film.

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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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