Julia Brenner, Apartment Therapy

Julia Brenner

Apartment Therapy

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Julia:

A Sunny Pre-War Apartment Has Charming Stained Glass Windows

A sunny pre-war apartment has charming stained glass windows. This beautiful rental is a love letter to vintage Chicago city living. → Read More

10 Things Dragging Your Home's Sophistication Down

Here are 10 common design issues that may be diminishing your home's sophistication along with some easy tweaks to help you self-correct. → Read More

This Small NYC Apartment Is Full of Art Deco Dream Vibes

The Art Deco apartment of fashion theorist Devin VanderMaas mixes "Great Gatsby" vibes with a soft cream color palette. → Read More

20 Reversible Ideas to Overhaul Your Rental Bathroom NOW

Behold stellar examples from our House Tours (read: real homes!) of rental bathrooms chock full of ideas to make a reality in your own home. → Read More

9 Genius Design Ideas From Stylish Rental Studios

Here's a reminder to us all that good things—including genius design ideas—really do come in small packages. → Read More

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be alive (and planning room layouts)! Thanks to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps, it's super easy to create floor plans and virtually design our rooms. → Read More

No Entryway, No Problem: 50+ Solutions for Small Spaces

Win the ultimate prize in no-entryway-Jenga: a functional and attractive place to drop your stuff when you get home. Here are some of our best ideas. → Read More

Storage Ideas for Small Bedrooms

Plus, tips for maximizing the storage you DO have! → Read More

House Tour: An Interior Designer's Vintage Chicago Home

When you're lucky enough to inherit good bones, less is always more. This beautiful rental is a love letter to vintage Chicago city living. → Read More

Quick Question! In or Out: Cheeky Word Art on Decor?

The year was 2010 (don't quote me on that) when we as a society decided we needed to start putting cute sayings on home decor—and guys, it's gotten out of control. Right? → Read More

Prints & Patterns for Home Decor We're Ready to Say Goodbye To (for Now)

Maybe we can revisit tropical palm motifs in say...2022? → Read More

The Key to Color Confidence: The 60-30-10 Rule

Nervous or unsure about how to add color to your home? Here's a very easy-to-follow approach that designers often use to create well-balanced rooms using color. → Read More

How We Can Help Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

We've compiled a list of charitable organizations working the front lines of the rescue and recovery efforts as a resource for those looking to lend their help. → Read More

Phaidon Wrote the Book (Literally) on Humble, Irresistible Nordic Design

Dive into this snapshot of Nordic design. → Read More

The Grocery Store Purchase that Helps You Keep a Neater Home

Keeping fresh flowers around the house lifts my mood and helps me keep a neater home. Makes sense? Sounds hokey? A little of both? Turns out there's some science behind this! → Read More

Lessons on Hustling and Giving Back from Tanya Sheikh

"I made it my mission in life to support causes I believe in and fight for the rights of all children." → Read More

Life & Style: Fashionable Folks at the Pitchfork Festival

Creativity, emotion, comfort: the many philosophies of personal style were in high form at Pitchfork Music Festival this past month. → Read More

House Tour: A Soothing, Soulful Logan Square Apartment

Name: Luke and Claire Staszak Location: Logan Square; Chicago, Illinois Size: 2 bedroom + office Years lived in: 2 years; Rented Luke and Claire are two incredibly warm and inspiring individuals. Spending time with them in their beautiful greystone included stories of their experiences living in New Zealand together, details on their impressive DIY projects, discussions about the music playing… → Read More

House Tour: A Mix of Vintage & New in a Chicago Condo

Name: Lauren Baker Location: Ravenswood; Chicago, Illinois Size: 927 square feet Years lived in: 10 months, owned From the moment Lauren opened the door, I knew this was going to be a fun tour. Lauren greeted me like an old friend, and her personal warmth and natural ease are evident throughout her home, as much of it is designed with one-of-a-kind pieces acquired through her relationships with… → Read More

House Tour: A Mid-Century-Inspired California House

Name: Erin Nichols and Danny, daughters Kate and Ava, and dogs Chance and Stella Location: Huntington Beach, California Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 8 years Erin and Danny's lovely Huntington Beach home feels idyllically Californian: tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street, a short walk from the beach, filled with sunlight, and book-ended by two breezy outdoor areas. It's an easy… → Read More