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House Tour: A Stylish 500 Square Foot Portland Studio. Name: Nina Bakos Location: South East — Portland, Oregon Size: Approximately 500 square feet Years lived in: 2 — rented Nina's job is to make objects fit into a space just right as a product merchandiser for Nike, so it's no surprise her studio is arranged with love, care and impeccable taste.

House Tour: A Stylish 500 Square Foot Portland Studio

Her biggest design inspiration? The aesthetic of her Finnish mother and Slovac father. Great style runs in the family. Enter House Tour Nina has lived in the Portland, Oregon area most of her life, with stints abroad in Spain and a handful of other countries. Nina's space also has great, open air flow from the studio's windows and the cross breeze coming from the original 1930s style kitchen. Kevin's Cool, Collected Studio Cocktail — House Tour. Designer: Kevin DumaisLocation: Financial District, New York, New YorkSize: 475 square feet The players are familiar, but the play's the thing, in a surprising studio that manages miles of style in barely a piéd of terre.

Kevin's Cool, Collected Studio Cocktail — House Tour

Kevin's assembled cast is vintage, transparent, fine-lined and good-boned, coaxing a ridiculous amount of function (and style) out of — and into — a 475 square-foot model apartment. Enter House Tour Pulled and polished from flea markets, and mined from familiar retail sources with a sophisticate's eye, the pieces in designer Kevin Dumais' model studio apartment at 116 John Street, in the Financial District ("FiDi" if you're Tweeting) are a lesson in how to pull off a cool, calm and collected look, and proof that even in the wake of a cash-draining move into new digs, you've still got enough dough left over to craft and curate a look that's anything but basic. (See the three other models here, here and here. House Tour: An Artistic Loft for Three in Chicago. Name: Heidi Unkefer (left), Brittany Meyer (right) & Jess Manning Location: Wicker Park/East Village; Chicago, Illinois Years lived in: 3 years (Brittany), 1.5 years (Heidi), 0.5 years (Jess) This is no brand-new condo made to look like an industrial space with high ceilings and exposed ducts; this is a paint-on-the-floor, full of history, open and raw, ever-evolving space, one that has changed in size and configuration over the years depending on whomever was living there at the moment.

House Tour: An Artistic Loft for Three in Chicago

It has morphed from warehouse to studio to artist’s collective, and it has been passed down from artist to artist until now, when the talented Brittany, Jess, and Heidi have found themselves all living here together. 10 Impressive DIY Wall Art Projects from Our House Tours — Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies. "Decorative art isn't necessarily created just by bona fide artists.

10 Impressive DIY Wall Art Projects from Our House Tours — Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies

Everyday folks can get in on the action too, and make custom work for their walls. We asked our house tour residents to tell us about their DIY art projects, and the results are endlessly impressive. 1. Everyone's Painting Their Own Abstract Art, And You Should Too. Have you ever looked at a cool painting and thought to yourself, "I could totally make that"?

Everyone's Painting Their Own Abstract Art, And You Should Too

Don't get me wrong–if you have some extra spending money, you should definitely support your local artists. But if the only wall art options in your budget are pre-fab pieces at an off-price retailer, you might just want to flex your creative muscle and make a work of abstract art yourself. When it comes to abstract art, it really can be as easy as taking a paintbrush to canvas and going to town. But if you'd like a little more guidance, here are a dozen easy-to-tackle techniques for creating your own masterpieces. Ashley & Emily’s First Chicago Apartment — House Tour. Name: Ashley Gerou & Emily Drake Location: Lakeview; Chicago, Illinois Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Cousins Ashley and Emily grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and attended college in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Ashley & Emily’s First Chicago Apartment — House Tour

After graduating from separate schools, they moved to Chicago. The Best Two-Player Couples Board Games for Game Night. This might be the homebody in me talking, but I happen to think date night at home is better than date night out in nearly every way.

The Best Two-Player Couples Board Games for Game Night

The drinks are cheaper. The clothes are comfier. And, if you have the right game, it can be a really fun night for you and your love to get competitive and cuddly all at once. Based on recommendations from Amazon, Board Game Geek, Reddit's /r/boardgames and my own experience, here are some of the best two-player games for couples to play on their own. Carcassonne. All the diet advice you need, in one chart. House Tour: A Minimal, Bold & Graphic Condo in Portland. Name: Kristen Shenk Location: Northwest Portland, Oregon Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Owned Kristen moved from Ohio to Portland to work as a graphic designer for Nike and has loved the process of setting up her first home.

House Tour: A Minimal, Bold & Graphic Condo in Portland

Her space is a direct reflection of her career, her personal style, and her love of a modern, graphic aesthetic. As Kristen prepares for a move to New York City, she wanted to document the home that she has so thoughtfully put together during her time in Portland. Up Your Color Game: 7 Reasons to Paint Things the Same Color as the Walls. My friend's newly purchased apartment includes a short interior staircase and I suggested she paint the stair rails the same color as the (blue) wall behind them.

Up Your Color Game: 7 Reasons to Paint Things the Same Color as the Walls

Will she do it? She's thinking about it. There are many good reasons to try this painting technique; here are seven along with pictures to illustrate the strategy. 1. Small Space Solution: Having a lot of furniture in a small apartment can look and feel cluttered, but a smart way to mitigate this is to paint something the same color as the walls, like these bookshelves. 2. 8 Ideas for What to Do With That Weird Space Above Your Toilet.

Depending on where you live and what your bathroom looks like, you might have some odd space above your toilet.

8 Ideas for What to Do With That Weird Space Above Your Toilet

Just kind of sitting there, not being useful and not looking good. Well, we've got eight ideas of ways folks have rethought that space in their bathroom, and we think you might find some inspiration for your own space! Create your own art gallery on the wall above your toilet in any size bathroom. This example from Lauren and Chad's Vintage Comfort. Not even a narrow space can deter Rebecca and Dustin, who installed a compact but useful storage unit over their toilet, plus some baskets up top for extra storage. DIY Canned Food Organizer Tutorial. I built this DIY Canned Food Organizer and it’s basically changed my life.

Let’s start by saying, have you see my little kitchen? It’s totally tiny but does a fine job suiting our needs…mostly… One problem I’ve run into with a small space is storage space. I’ve had to get a little creative and maximize the empty space hiding in the room since we’re lacking a pantry. However, our kitchen had about a 6″ opening between our wall and the refrigerator. Genius Kitchens: Space Saving Details for Small Kitchens. Kitchen storage space is always at a premium, and this is especially true in small kitchens. But fortunately, having a kitchen with a small footprint doesn't have to mean always struggling to fit things in. If you're remodeling, consider one of these 13 solutions that will help you get the most out of your small kitchen. Above, a great way to add extra serving, snacking or work space is with a fold out table that expands when you need it, and folds into the wall when you don't.

Another space-saving trick worth stealing from this small kitchen is the shallow shelves in front of the vent hood. Image from Hemnet, via Babble. A Kitchen Look We Love: Black + Marble. Marble countertops are huge right now, because they are divinely beautiful and will take your breath away. We often see marble (or at least light marbles like Calacatta and Carrara) installed in a nearly or completely all-white kitchen, where it has a certain luxurious radiance. But what about marble in a black kitchen?

Now you've got something really interesting. In the photo above, from WS Workshop via Inside Living, a luxurious, light marble is the perfect counterpart (pun intended?) House Tour: A Budget Friendly Denver Loft. Name: Bridget and Robert Park Location: Ballpark District, Denver, Colorado Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; rented Hailing from Seattle, these two newlyweds recently made the trek to Denver for a new adventure and grad school. After one year of living in the ballpark district of downtown Denver, a friend told them about an affordable housing program in the city that gave lower income households access to some of the city's most beautiful historic lofts.

The situation seemed perfect for this young couple living on a graduate student budget, and with this opportunity they vowed to make this warehouse unit their own without breaking the bank. These two adventurers love traveling and have a million hobbies in between them, which are reflected in most of the treasures that can be found in their home. To top it off they're both avid thrifters! Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: Vintage, shabby-chic — with bohemian, eclectic touches. Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Designs (That You May Just Fall in Love With) Many a beautiful kitchen have been built on a foundation of pretty normal, neutral cabinetry.

But if you ever have the opportunity to renovate a kitchen from scratch and add in something really spectacular in the realm of cabinetry, it's like a shortcut to great style. Above, a cool, oversized-pegboard-style upper cabinet area in this tall Amsterdam schoolhouse-turned apartment, from Dwell. House Tour: A Bold and Dramatic New Orleans House.

House Tour: A 350 Square Foot Sleek Boston Studio. Genius Bathrooms: Built-In Hidden Storage & Surprises. Things you've never heard anyone say: I don't know what to do with all this money. I really miss mowing my own lawn. And of course, I just have way too much room in the bathroom. Sonia & Jason's Home Where "Every Nook has its Purpose" — House Call. House Tour: A Dark & Eclectic Philadelphia Home. Name: Larissa Gaul, boyfriend Jack, roommate Matt, dog Gustav, and cat Mishka Location: Fairmount — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Rented Larissa Gaul’s apartment does not have an abundance of natural light. Located on the first floor of a row house, it has two windows in the front and two in the back but zero anywhere else.

Most people might find the lack of light gloomy, but Larissa doesn’t mind. Decorating Ideas for Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. Who knew that four letters could bring so much clarity to your life? It's like the Myers-Briggs personality test looks deep into your soul to see the most genuine parts of you–the way you make decisions, the way you look at the world. And once you get in tune with those aspects of yourself, you gain a whole new perspective on everything in life, including how you decorate your own home. It's not about finding your style–your personality type has very little effect on whether you prefer organic minimalism or eclectic industrial spaces. Instead, we've tried to identify some small truths about your personality that correlate to things you can do as you decorate or unique ways you can make your home feel like a happy, deeply personal space. Best Wall Mounted Desks & Tables: 2016 Annual Guide.

One of our favorite space-saving tricks for a small apartment is the wall-mounted desk. Step Away from the Glue Gun Until You Read This: The Do's and Don’ts of DIY. DIY projects are synonymous with frustration, and even seasoned makers get both physically and emotionally stymied by the things that go wrong. It's hard to remember this as a newbie, which is why it helps to start projects with a healthy set of expectations and understanding. In other words, the do's and don'ts of DIY. DON’T confuse DIY myth with reality. This Is What You Need to Know Before Moving In Together. How To Smoothly Transition from Two Incomes to One (Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind)

Everything we do for our spaces–the projects, the improvements, the dinners we cook and the parties we throw–it's all fueled by the money we make. But we fully believe that you don't need a ton of money to live well, so when the time comes that you and your significant other decide to scale down to one income for some reason or another, rest assured that you can do so without losing your minds or your money. House Tour: A Contemporary Classic London Flat. Name: Jane Heath and Jeremy Walker and their son, Henry Location: Gospel Oak near Hampstead Heath — London, UK Size: 1,120 square feet Years lived in: 18 months When architects Jane Heath and Jeremy Walker first saw this late-Victorian flat, located just around the corner from Hampstead Heath, they were at once drawn to the layout and the sense of space and light.

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