Like many of you, I was seriously impressed with how much style Brian and Tanika were able to pack into their 650-square-foot apartment. Their moody black bedroom, above, was a fan favorite and good news: you can use the space as inspiration to design a wedding or housewarming registry. Here are 10 picks that capture the vibe.
You know the type. It doesn't matter if you're at their home for an event or just dropping by for an unannounced visit — their homes are always impeccably clean (and seemingly effortlessly). What do they know that you don't? We share three secrets of the impeccably clean.
As a brunch lover and recovering restaurant-oholic, I can tell you that going out every weekend for breakfast certainly adds up. But good news: You can have toast and mimosas at home for a fraction of the cost (with friends!). It's an especially great way to get settled into newlywed life. And with these affordable registry finds, your home brunch will look just as great as going out.
Drop that scanner gun! Before you head to your favorite store to register for your wedding dinnerware, you have some important homework to do. Creating the ideal registry for your lifestyle isn't hard, it just requires you to be honest with yourself about the way you like to eat and entertain.
There are two methods to saving money: One is to spend less in the first place (always a wise idea when we're talking about an expensive day like a wedding). But the other way to make the most of your money is to get more use out of the things you buy. Think of these five objects as wedding investment pieces: They're things you might need just once for the big day, but you can use them at home for years and years after.
For better or worse, marrying someone also means marrying their style. To see how this commonly plays out, just go shopping with a couple registering for their first bedroom together. (She has a throw pillow addiction, he wants to cut her off at two.) On the other hand, the bedroom-design-dilemma presents the perfect opportunity to put aside your differences and build a shared style. With a little planning, you can co-create a beautiful bedroom that's a space to share your hopes, hash out your problems and dream up your future.
Inspired by the idea that your shared bedroom should be a love story, the Apartment Therapy team made this video, showing how combining styles doesn't have to be a compromise. Watch now, and check out our tips below for building the perfect shared bedroom.
Q: I just moved in to a tiny bungalow. There is a small loft area accessible only by a rickety staircase (currently). My landlord told me he doesn't want to rebuild the stairs; rather, he is going to buy a spiral staircase kit and have it replace the stairs. At first I was thrilled, but then I realized—how will I get furniture up there? Including this loft, the bungalow is only four rooms so if I don't use it, it's like only getting 3/4 of a house! What do other people who have spiral stairs do? How can I make this work? I had planned on using it as an office/sitting area. -Sent by Carol
Wedding registries don't all have to be pots, pans and fine china. In fact, if you'd rather have, say, a jig saw than a crystal goblet, I would definitely recommend leaving the latter off your registry, even if your mom or the sales rep says you need it.
Moving in together is a huge step in your relationship. You'll soon learn how to share a home together, but also how to kindly and confidently share your true feelings, like when your sweet and lovely partner asks what you really think about that old, worn-out chair of theirs.
When you live with a “less is more” mindset, the thought of scanning away in stores for a wedding registry sounds a little overwhelming. Before visions of a crowded home get you down, let these guiding principles soothe your simplicity-seeking soul: