Laura Schocker, Apartment Therapy

Laura Schocker

Apartment Therapy

New York, NY, United States

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The Easiest Way to Make Your Own No-Sew Cloth Face Mask

Last week, the CDC updated its recommendations to suggest that all Americans wear cloth face masks when they must leave home. Here's how to make your own. → Read More

I Tried 3 DIY Grout Cleaners—And One of Them Blew Me Away

The grout on my bathroom floor tile haunts me. It’s one of those projects I never really have the time or the initiative to tackle, but I hate how dirty it’s become. It’s beyond the maintenance stage and in need of a really good cleaning.Since I find myself at home now a lot more than before, I decided it was time to tackle some long-procrastinated cleaning projects. To start: weeding out my… → Read More

3 Little Home Resolutions I’m Making for 2020: A January Letter From the Editor

The last New Year’s resolution I kept was kicking a diet soda habit back at the beginning of 2012. Since then, I’ve had middling success with starting new habits at the beginning of the year, but ultimately forgetting about them as the months wore on. I love the symmetry of a New Year’s resolution, but it was hard for me to make it work in real life (and obviously I’m not the only one—about 80… → Read More

Confessions of an Uptight Hostess: A November Letter From the Editor

I hosted a little get-together at my apartment last night to toast my sister completing the NYC marathon (go Jessy!). In theory, it should have been a relatively simple affair: some sparkling wine, maybe a cheese plate, and that’s it? But instead, I turned it into a three-tabbed planning spreadsheet, trying to think of every detail to both celebrate her and make our guests comfortable in my… → Read More

On Taking Risks: An October Letter From the Editor

When I first moved into my current apartment, I painted over the white bedroom walls and gave them a deep eggplant color. I was working an entry-level job at the time, and a few cans of paint was an easy way to make a big design difference without spending a ton of money. I loved that color: it made my space feel like a dark purple cave, which was perfect for sleeping odd hours through my 20s.… → Read More

A September Letter from the Editor: Transitioning into Fall

Recently, I had the rare luxury of a Friday night all alone. I bought myself flowers on the way home, ordered dinner in, lit some candles, and binged stored-up episodes of “Love It or List It Too.” Here’s the premise if you haven’t watched: a couple is torn about whether they should renovate their current home (and love it) or if they should move to a new place (and list it). → Read More

Cute Giant Planters Are Stupidly Expensive—But I Found One for Under $50

I used to be a serial plant killer. One time, my former boss went on vacation and asked me to water her office plants—I somehow killed every single one of them (sorry, Lori). But a few months into working at Apartment Therapy, I had edited and read enough pieces from the experts here to start gaining confidence in myself as a plant parent. I started with two low maintenance, medium-sized plants:… → Read More

Behr’s 2020 Color of the Year Is Such a Natural Choice (Literally)

We’re just over halfway through 2019, and Behr paint is ready to forecast their color projections for 2020. The company announced their official color of the year (COTY) on Thursday. The winner: Back to Nature, a soft yellow-green.Behr and their retail partner, The Home Depot, gathered a group of design editors and journalists, including Apartment Therapy, to Napa Valley to make the big reveal. → Read More

One Trick to Slowing Down Time: An August Letter From the Apartment Therapy Editor

The other day, I finished up some fairly normal office small talk by saying, “I can’t believe it’s almost August.” As soon as the cliche left my mouth, I felt a little silly. But it’s also true: summer has its own way of flying by, even while I’m complaining about the endless-seeming 100-degree-plus days in Manhattan. → Read More

A May Letter from the Editor: Making Your City Your Home

One thing that makes Apartment Therapy special is that about half of our editorial team works from their homes across the country (the other half is based in our NYC headquarters). → Read More

Marie Kondo Says Her Parents Once Banned Her From Tidying

Here's what Kondo has to say about her childhood home. → Read More

Marie Kondo Doesn't Hate Your Books

In Twitter controversies this week, we saw the blasphemous (exaggerated) idea that Marie Kondo is suggesting people throw out all of their books. → Read More

14 Surprising Gift Card Ideas That Feel Thoughtful

Sometimes a gift card is just hands-down the easiest gift. → Read More

20 Gifts for People Who are Always Freezing Cold

If you can't crank up every thermostat in town, perhaps you can gift one of these thoughtful finds. → Read More

What 1 Year at Apartment Therapy Taught Me About My Home

When you tell people you work at Apartment Therapy, they often ask if your own place looks like the tours we feature. → Read More

Watch Marie Kondo Organize a Messy Kids' Toy Area

We challenged the mom of two and inventor of the viral KonMari method to tackle one of the trickiest areas in the home. → Read More

The Stylish, Space-Saving Bookshelves I Can't Live Without

When I recently shared these on Instagram, I got a flood of comments and direct messages asking me where I bought them—here's what you need to know. → Read More

Busy Philipps May Use Her Old Couch on Her New Talk Show

We recently asked the actress about the design of her new show—and how she fits everything in without canceling plans. → Read More

Marie Kondo Showed Us How to Pack a Suitcase

We recently challenged Kondo to take on a few of life's trickiest organizing conundrums. First up: Packing a carry-on suitcase. → Read More

Marie Kondo Showed Us How Her New Organizing Boxes Work

The boxes are called Hikidashi, which is a Japanese word that means "to draw out." She came to our offices to demonstrate how they work. → Read More