IKEA Gratulera Anniversary Collection – Best New Pieces | Apartment Therapy

In honor of its 75th anniversary—yep, IKEA has been hawking on-trend home pieces since 1944—the company is bringing back some of its most famous furnishing from decades past as part of the limited edition GRATULERA collection.

The nostalgic collection will roll out as three separate launches, each one focusing on a different decade: the ’50s-’60s, ’70s-’80s and the ’90s-’00s, launching at different times throughout the year. The launches will include beloved pieces that were available at IKEA during those decades.


via IKEA Gratulera Anniversary Collection – Best New Pieces | Apartment Therapy

The Tiny Upgrade for a More Stylish Rental Kitchen | Kitchn

via The Tiny Upgrade for a More Stylish Rental Kitchen | Kitchn


Lots of great ideas in here for upgrading the kitchen in your San Francisco Rental. From Kitchn:

The one thing my rental apartment kitchen has going for it is that it’s new. When the old tenants moved out, a team of contractors came and removed the ugly floors, cabinets, and countertops and replaced them with new versions — but new in no way equates to modern or cool. My kitchen looks, I imagine, about the same as many rental kitchens out there: beige and bland.

8 Cheap, Landlord-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Rental – The New York Times

via 8 Cheap, Landlord-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Rental – The New York Times

When you rent your house or apartment, your home renovation options are limited. You probably don’t want to spend thousands upgrading your kitchen, for example, only to move out in a few years — and risk losing your deposit. Your landlord might not want you tearing out that bathroom tile, even if it is terribly outdated.

However, there are inexpensive cosmetic changes you can make to any rental that don’t require as much effort as you’d think, and are easily reversible when you move out, if your landlord requires it. We’ve shared a few in the past, but here are some more ways to upgrade your rental without spending too much of your time or money.

Read more at the New York Times Magazine Website …

Bike Racks! Wall Mirrors! Pendant Lighting! *Things We Did Today!

Great day of work down in Mission Bay this morning — hanging wall objects in pristine sheetrock on metal studs in the land of awkwardly mis-matched condo towers. We kid, but that really is a bizarre neighborhood.

We’re currently open for business and booking new customer appointments, but there’s a bit of a wait for a time slot — nothing severe, but if you’re in search of same- or next-day-help, unfortunately we can’t accommodate you.

That said, please don’t hesitate to contact us and see how far out in advance we need to book your appointment, either via the Contact Us page or just Ask a Handyman!.

Before and After: This Son Gave His Dad’s Rental Kitchen A No-Reno Makeover | ApartmentTherapy.com : May 25, 2018

We’re always keen on spotting these stories about low-impact kitchen or bath upgrades for renters. In San Francisco, where even a terrible unit can fetch a king’s ransom in rent, making the best out of your landlord’s horrible attention to detail can be a godsend.

Click on through to the story of how one son-of-a-renter made a huge impact on his dad’s pad.


Shout out to this little electronics wrangler, which is a far better than my “Lean My Phone Against The Salt Shaker” method. This solution looks so streamlined, and is perfect for both checking recipes and streaming a Netflix show while cooking.

If you’re considering updating a room with peel-and-stick tiles, whether you’re a renter or not, Kevin has encouraging words:

  • If you’re a renter but want to make a big impact in your kitchen, I would definitely recommend the peel-and-stick tiles. Take your time to install, making sure they’re straight and well-aligned, and the change will really make a huge difference!

via Peel and Stick Tile Backsplash – Kitchen Before After | Apartment Therapy

Bathroom Tile Ideas – Floor, Shower, Wall Designs | Apartment Therapy

So you’re planning a bathroom. One of the most important considerations you’ll face is what tile to use: on the floor, in the shower, maybe even on the walls. The tile you choose will have a huge effect on the look of your bathroom, and also on your budget. To help you out in your decision making, we’ve rounded up 50 (yes, 50) beautiful bathroom pictures to inspire your tile choices. Let’s take a look.

via Bathroom Tile Ideas – Floor, Shower, Wall Designs | Apartment Therapy

Bathrooms and Kitchens.

As far as we’re concerned, they’re the two most important rooms (or categories of rooms) in the house. When it comes to making the most out of your kitchens and bathrooms, there’s a lot we can do to help you love where you live. b17b36f4dad01bdc12954b11ee6ef71c5fba23c7

Custom Space Saving Solutions for Small Homes

via Smart Storage Solutions and Tips from a Tiny Home | Apartment Therapy

Living in a tiny home can make you an organizational expert in no time. With hardly any square footage to move around in, you have to be smart with what space you do have, and you have to be clever with the kind of storage you use. Haley and Michael know these things, having lived in this stylish and tidy 160-square-foot tiny home for almost a year.

Collaborating on projects like these are some of our favorite jobs in San Francisco.

Please let us consult on a project like this in your apartment, or bring us in to execute on your own space saving creations.