Janel Laban, Apartment Therapy

Janel Laban

Apartment Therapy

Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Janel:

20 Weird, Wacky Hacks Our Readers Use to Stay Cool at Home

Now that the high temps have really kicked in, it's hard to remember that this is the season everyone longs for during the darker, colder months of the year. → Read More

Clear Out & Help Out: A Big List of the Best Donation Centers for All Your Stuff

Clear out AND help out at the same time. → Read More

Real Estate Lessons from The Novogratz: 10 Wise House Hunting Tips

Robert Novogratz shares 10 wise house hunting tips. → Read More

A Little Love Letter to

Goodbye! → Read More

Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases

We've picked our favorites at a variety of price points, so no matter your budget, there's something here for you. → Read More

New IKEA 2018 Catalog & Top 10 New Products Sneak Peek

True confession: I've been keeping something - a deep dark decorating secret - from you lovely people. Last week, IKEA sent me an advance copy of the new 2018 catalog. → Read More

House Tour: A House Full of Chic Contrasts in Georgia

Name: Cinda & Mark Boomershine Location: Atlanta, Georgia Size: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Years lived in: 7 years An architecturally traditional home filled with bright color and bold contemporary art is just the first of many contrasts that make up Cinda and Mark's style. Their embrace of design dichotomies works beautifully, thanks to a happy meeting of the minds between a designer (Cinda is the… → Read More

Get the Look: A Chic Modern European Family Home — Shop the Style

The super cute family above are Esther, Álvaro and Aníbal and they live in Valencia, Spain. They own a fashionable shop called Gnomo and have style to spare, as was proven in their recent house tour. We've pulled out some great shoppable photos from the tour, providing you with links to the smart mix of high and low products that fill their home. → Read More

Top 10 Real Estate Lessons from The Novogratz

Cortney and Robert Novogratz have famously successfully navigated the choppy waters of high-end residential real estate in New York City for years and now they are tackling Los Angeles. Through market ups and downs, multiple renovations and redesigns—not to mention raising seven kids while they are at it—they've managed to make great deals and now, they're sharing their secrets for what works… → Read More

Christina's Slice of NYC — Small Cool

Got a tip, home tour, or other story our readers should see? → Read More

Alexis & Nathaniel's Cozy Modern Cottage in Portland — House Call

Name: Alexis & Nathaniel Location: Portland, OR We bought our home in 2007 because we loved the SW Portland neighborhood of Multnomah Village and though the house is small - just under 800 square feet. we loved (still love) that it felt larger because of all of the windows and natural light. → Read More

The "Basement Boxes to Movie Hangout" Makeover — Makeover

Project by: Gretchen Location: Roswell, GA The goal for this room was to create a fun and super functional space for big kids (and sometimes grown-ups) to hang out in and to do it without spending much money. → Read More

How To Love Living With Your Pets Even MORE Than You Already Do

During the month of March, we're gathering some of our best problem solvers together into master "Home Remedies" posts to help you make your home healthier, solving one problem at a time. Today, the first aid kit is both a celebration of how wonderful it is to share our homes with pets AND a chance to address some of the issues that can make it challenge. (Stinkiness, I'm looking at you). → Read More

We're Hiring:

Love the Apartment Therapy Tours? Want to join our team and share stylish spaces from your part of the world? Apartment Therapy is putting out a special call for Tour Contributors! If you've got strong photography skills, an excellent eye for style and are inspired by wonderfully designed homes and the people who live in them, read on. → Read More

Clare & Mike's Super Glam Salvaged "Brady Bunch" Home — House Call

Name: Clare (Broadcast Producer) & Mike (Advertising Creative Director) Location: Leaside - Toronto, Ontario, Canada We both lived in Leaside when we started dating. Mike has 3 children and I have 2. They range in age from 12 to 17. Mike was living in a small apartment and I was living in a small 3 bedroom house. We got married in September of 2014 and needed to find a new house that was big… → Read More

How To Lift Your Lighting to the Next Level

During the month of March, we're gathering some of our best problem solvers together into master "Home Remedies" posts to help you make your home healthier, solving one problem at a time. Today, we're here to help you take the lighting in your home to the next level. This first aid kit is filled with ideas that will boost both the look and feel of any room that needs it. Get your glow on! → Read More

The "Blank Wall to Beautiful Built-in" Makeover — Makeover

Project by: Anne Location: Raleigh, NC When we bought our home there were only three rooms and a bathroom upstairs. There was the larger master bedroom and then an awkward l-shaped room that lead to a small back bedroom. There was no obvious spot for a bed, and you had to walk through the first room to get to the back bedroom. Eventually, we decided to put both of our daughters in the small back… → Read More

A Pretty Palette: New 108 Paint Color System from Serena & Lily and Colorhouse

I always find that painting is (relatively) easy and affordable, once you've selected your colors, but the process of getting your choices narrowed down is the lion's share of the work (and for those of us prone to fretting over design decisions, the potential stress, as well). Here is one new solution... → Read More

Beata & Gerrit's Dutch Rowhouse — House Call

Name: Beata & Gerrit Location: Almere, near Amsterdam, The Netherlands We love the modern Bauhaus-type square block of our non-traditional Dutch row-house in Almere, right near Amsterdam. It’s a two-bedroom bungalow with a small enclosed patio. Gerrit grew up near here and my original home is Duesseldorf, Germany, which is only a 2-hour drive away. After having lived in the U.S. and in Italy… → Read More

Beautiful Ways to Un-Boring a Big, Blank Wall

During the month of March, we're gathering some of our best problem solvers together into master "Home Remedies" posts to help you make your home healthier, solving one problem at a time. Today, we're here to help you tackle something that exists in just about every home: the dreaded BIG blank wall. This first aid kit is filled with affordable ideas and inspirations to un-boring yours, whether… → Read More