Cat Meschia, Apartment Therapy

Cat Meschia

Apartment Therapy

Oak Park, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Catherine:

18 DIY Curtain Ideas That Will Instantly Give Your Room a Style Boost

When it comes to making a space feel homey, walls are usually at the top of the list for upgrades, whether it’s via paint, art displays, mirror gallery walls, wallpaper, and more. But there’s another area of your home that’s a prime candidate for high-impact upgrades: your windows!My husband and I rented for years, and after getting settled in each time, our apartments never felt like “home”. → Read More

15 Inspiring Dresser Redo Ideas That Go Beyond Just Paint

Second to your bed, your dresser will be the biggest furniture piece in your bedroom. And for obvious reasons: It needs to be functional enough to give you sufficient bedroom storage, holding the bulk of your folded clothing, accessories, and more. But that doesn’t mean that it’s destined for a boring life that prioritizes functionality over design. → Read More

9 Bright Ideas For Making That Sad Lamp Look Way More Expensive

Lamps are one of those decor pieces that can set the tone of the room, but sometimes finding the perfect one can be a challenge. This one is the perfect shape but wrong color, this one has a weird shade… this one is perfect, but way too pricey. The good news is that your local thrift store is brimming with lamps looking for a second life—thanks, Marie Kondo!—so you don’t have to spend a ton of… → Read More

14 Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide, Your Favorite First Aid Staple

You probably already have this budget-friendly first aid staple in your medicine cabinet (or maybe in your emergency kit), but did you know you can use hydrogen peroxide all around your house? The standard 3 percent solution is a nontoxic staple that not only disinfects, but also brightens and whitens. Here are 15 ways to use the hydrogen peroxide you already have for tasks all around your… → Read More

Simplify Your New Fall Routine with These 10 10-Minute Projects

Fall is officially here! And while we’re excited that that means cider and pumpkin everything, we also know it can be a hectic time. Between back to school, after-school activities, weekend games, work events, and holiday planning, suddenly there is a lot more added to your routine. That’s why we’re sharing our 10 favorite 10-minute projects to help you ease into the new season.Streamline the… → Read More

9 Wallpaper Ideas You Actually Won’t Get Sick of

Wallpaper sometimes gets a bad rap for being stuffy and old-fashioned, but it definitely doesn’t have to be! Print designers, illustrators, and interior designers are bucking tradition and playing with paper in fresh new ways. Here are nine of our favorite wallpaper ideas to bump up the personality in any room.The neutral palette of this vintage ’40s wallpaper makes it easy on the eyes and it’ll… → Read More

10 Hacks for the 2020 IKEA Collection That We Can't Wait to Try

We’ve been poring over the pages of thee IKEA 2020 catalog, bookmarking our favorite finds, and dreaming of all the ways to hack some of the newest additions. Here are 10 products we can’t wait to get our hands on, as well as ideas to inspire your own DIYs. → Read More

9 Perches That Let Your Cats Be the Nosy Residents They’ve Always Wanted to Be

Posts and little hideaways give your cat a space to climb, play, and be extra adorable in their—oops, your—home. But the perches you’re probably used to seeing have gotten a major upgrade. Whether you swing for a climbing tree or a fun shelf, you can help your cat explore its curiosity with one of these seriously attractive pieces. Sauder’s cat tree has a classic look that will fit right in with… → Read More

8 Ways to Update Stuff That’s Just Taking Up Space in Your Closet

Current organization trends say that if you don’t love something, you should let it go. We’re going to go a little against the grain here and say that if you don’t love it, you should update it. After all, the piece ended up in your your closet for a reason, right? Here are some of our favorite ways to add new life to those items so they become the first things you reach for. → Read More

9 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts to Replace Your Elementary School Drawings

Put your newer, finer motor skills to task and make your mom a gift she’ll be thrilled to show off. We’ve rounded up a few ideas, from nostalgic to practical, and everything in between. → Read More

Celebrate Spring With These 8 Cheerful Rainbow DIYs

Rainbows are popping up across home decor and fashion in new color palettes and exaggerated shapes to get us excited for spring. Our favorite rainbow projects introduce clean, organic shapes and new colors to your spring space. → Read More

Obsessed with Marie Kondo? You Need These IKEA Hacks

Deep down, we all want to lead more thoughtful lives—and who can blame us for believing organizational nirvana will get us there? So we're turning to the place where all good hacks start: IKEA. → Read More

8 Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners

These simple woodworking projects require only basic tools and skills, making them perfect for woodworking beginners. → Read More

Get Nostalgic with These 7 Grown-Up Childhood Craft Makeovers

These childhood crafts get an adult makeover with useful, easy-to-make do-it-yourself projects. → Read More

You Can DIY These Gorgeous Earrings (Promise)

Make your own jewelry with these easy DIY earrings, perfect for an afternoon project. → Read More

6 IKEA Hacks for the Most Disorganized Among Us

Sometimes life is hard to contain in a small space on a small budget, so we turned to IKEA for some organizational hacks. → Read More

This Huge Pinterest Trend Is Surprisingly Easy to Pull Off

Here are some of our favorite projects using air dry and polymer clay to help you incorporate the ceramic pottery trend into your home. → Read More

11 of the Best IKEA Hacks We’ve Seen This Year

In 2018, we saw IKEA hacks move towards achieving high-end dupes (like designer lighting or custom closets) and were blown away by people's creativity. → Read More

We're So Not Over This Big Plant Trend from 2018

With the reemergence of Boho and trending #plantlady tags, it's only natural that macramé plant hangers are everywhere. Here's how to get the look. → Read More

The Best Multi-Purpose Furniture Item Your Home's Missing

Entryway storage benches, with room for shoes and stuff underneath, are a great solution for your home's most hardworking space. → Read More