Alex West

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The Only Thing to Put on Your Steak

<i>Published in the February 2013 issue</i><p><i>Chef Adam Sobel, Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.</i><p><b>Making a sauce in the pan</b> you just used to cook whatever the sauce will cover — in this case, a beautiful steak — is all about perception. It looks (and tastes) like it takes more time and training than it actually …

30 Most Colorful Ways to Paint Your Dining Room

We're seeing red ... and blue and yellow and white.<p>The entertaining hub of your home deserves an equally lively paint job. Get these designer-approved paint colors and palettes, and don't miss even more decorating ideas from over 85 favorite dining rooms.

Interior Design

Apartment Therapy Blogger Style: Andie's Own Living Room --> We currently live in a one-bedroom condo in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. The views are to die for, but the space is limited. As a high school teacher and a freelance writer, we tend to stick to a tight budget, while maintaining a style we enjoy...

How To Cut Down on Impulse Purchases, Save Money, and Buy Things You Really Like --> Over the years, I've developed some tactics for shopping smart. This post isn't about not buying things at all: rather, it's about developing strategies to limit your purchases to things you really like, so that your bank account will be happier, AND you'll wind up with things you'll be satisfied with for years to come.

Before & After: A Rusty Reject Gets a Reclaimed Reno --> The metal frames had been leftover from a renovation and had been rusting outside for quite a while. But brave Julie took one look at the pile of rubble and immediately thought, "I can do something with that!"

10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About --> Renters like nice things too! And, thankfully, each year more and more products emerge that are removable and won't jeopardize your security deposit when you move out. So, you can fix up your space temporarily and not sacrifice style. Here are ten rental-worthy products —all adhesive — to consider.

7 Genius Things You Can Do With Washi Tape

The colorful Japanese masking tape is having a moment — crafters, designers, and more can't get enough of it. A new book, Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! by Courtney Cerruti, shares even more uses for the decorative tape. Check …

Home Decorating

15 Genius Ways To Use Champagne

Champagne's not just for drinking anymore. This piece originally appeared on<p>Next time you pop open a bottle of bubbly, don't just grab a couple of flutes and chug it down. There are just too many fabulous things you can do with that champagne! From fantastic cocktails to …


Fun menu ideas for your summer gatherings -->

Trending on Remodelista: Indoor/Outdoor

Thanks, Remodelista, for spending the week doing what we love best: finding new ways to make the indoors an extension of our outdoor living …


How To Be The Ultimate Hostess

Claire Thomas of shares 10 rules that every hostess should abide by.<p>Planning on throwing a big summer soiree? The adorable Claire Thomas (pictured above) of website shares her entertaining 10 commandments that every party host should follow. For recipes and …

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Jules' Cohesive Look

Like this entry? Favorite it below!<p>Name:JulesLocation:South Burlington, VTSquare Feet:915Division:SmallWhat I Love About My Small Home:My home is …

Required Reading: The Edible Balcony

I used to live in a basement flat near London’s King’s Cross, with a little courtyard. It was full of pots and was lovely really, except for two …


30+ Stylish Home Bars

Cocktail hour just got way more fun.<p>Expecting guests? Shake things up with these refreshing design ideas.

Interior Design

Quvenzhané Wallis Is the Face of Armani Junior

Photo: Armani<p>Quvenzhané Wallis has just given us another reason to feel totally inadequate: The 10-year-old has been named the face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani's line for children and teens. According to the <i>Hollywood Reporter</i>, the <i>Annie</i> star was shot by Stefano Azario for the brand's new …


True Detective 2 Is Coming Together 3 Leads At A Time

Photo: Courtesy of HBO.<p>The great thing about a show like <i>True Detective</i> is that you don't have to see the entire first season in order to write about …

How Riley Montana Rose to the Top of the Modeling World

From fast-food employee to Givenchy campaign girl.<p>Few models book a major ad campaign before taking their first steps at New York Fashion Week, but such is the success story of Riley Montana, the Detroit native by way of Los Angeles. Before she walked her first runway during the Fall 2014 shows, …

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How To Chase Those Living Small Blues Away --> Here on Apartment Therapy we champion those who live small. But the fact is, living small can sometimes be downright hard. What do you do when living small doesn't feel chic anymore, or environmentally-friendly, or economically sound? When it's just plain ol' getting you down?

This settee got a makeover for a covered patio! -->

Beautifully Modern Youthful Home For A Small Family

• 1 |<p>A low level modular sofa gives the living room a laid-back feel, and statement items such as the light-cloud Nemo Nuvola over the library section, …

Decorating Hacks You Can Complete In An Hour

Feeling crafty but don't want to spend the whole weekend tethered to a hot glue gun? These wildly easy D.I.Y.s will make a major impact on your space.<p>Feeling crafty but don't want to spend the whole weekend tethered to a hot glue gun? These wildly easy D.I.Y.s will make a major impact on your …


Why this room works: 6 ideas to steal for your small space -->

Surprisingly, It's Semi-Cheap To Rent Out A French Castle

Planning a vacay on the cheap? Consider renting out a château grand enough to accommodate the entire family—extended and all!<p><b>Castle #1</b><p>14th-century La Chevallerie Château<p>Overlooking the plain of Le Mans, this 7 suite castle has everything from horseback riding paths to car racing tracks. If you're …


What your home's negative space is and how to use it to your advantage -->

9 Ways to Hack Your Morning Routine

Rise and shine!<p><b>1. Follow your biological clock.</b> No, not the one that your grandchild-hungry mother-in-law insists is ticking furiously. Get in the groove of your circadian rhythm by following this rule of thumb: Count 7-8 hours back from your ideal wake-up time, and go. To. Bed. Keep it consistent, …

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Iris Apfel's Spring Cleaning Spree Results In An Epic Decor Sale

On the eve of her 93rd birthday, the living legend, who admits she just discovered how to access the Internet, decides to sell a lifetime worth of treasures on One Kings Lane.<p>Iris Apfel at One Kings Lane's NYC offices, 2014. <i>One Kings Lane/Ryan Dixon.</i><p>One look at Iris Apfel and you can tell she's …

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DIY: A Genius (and Glamorous) Paper Towel Holder

First spotted on one of our favorite blogs, Poppytalk (is Jan the web’s best DIY sleuther?): a genius paper towel holder from Molly at Almost Makes …