It's a tricky space to strike the right lighting balance, thanks to the many different functions the living room serves. The first step when lighting any room is to ask yourself: what happens here? Different activities require different types and levels of light. A well-lit living room will have three different types of lighting: general, task and accent. These are used at different times of day and for different purposes, and key to a functional lighting scheme it to know how and when to mix and use them. Not all homes have a ceiling fitting in the living room, and if you have lots of natural light during the day, you might not need overhead light at all. If you watch TV in the living room, choose the surrounding lights carefully to avoid television glare. It can be distracting to have a bright overhead light above or in front of a TV set, so ensure ceiling lights are dimmable, or use offset wall sconces or floor lamps instead. Task. Specific task lighting, such as reading lamps, are important if you read frequently, have low levels of natural light, and especially if you ever work in your living room.
If you're redoing a bathroom, don't discount second-hand fixtures. You can get well-made pieces and/or good deals if you salvage pieces that might otherwise go into the dump. There are a few places in Chicago to scout vintage bathroom items: Murco Recylcing, Urban Archeology, and Salvage One among them.
AT:SF, I recently bought a place and I love everything about it, except for the fact that the living room and kitchen feels very dark and depressing due to the dark cherry floor and cabinets. The whole place just feels so 'Red' to me; and on top of that, we have an upper deck outside the living room that blocks a lot of the sunlight coming to the living room. How do I decorate and furnish this place to make it brighter?.... ...I was thinking of painting the walls a bright white. Do you think it's a good idea to have bright white walls with the dark floor? If not, can you recommend me some colors that will work well with the floor and cabinets. I also hate the wood trimmings around windows and doors, so I was thinking of painting it white as well but I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not.
'We've got to start rethinking...Los Angeles has to recommit to itself to great architecture. You go to great cities to see great architecture. We've got to reimagine what L.A. looks like. We can and should have great architecture here.' Mayor Villaraigosa upon returning from a trip to Shanghai and Tokyo.
Enjoy...(and comment away).... >> Sheer Kitchens - We don't know if these are exactly small, but they are compact. The bubble fits the entire kitchen into a space only 148 cm in diameter. All the components come in very high nickel content stainless steel and are e x p e n s i v e. >> Sunwave Stainless Mini-Kitchen - Taking a cue from the smallest place in the world, we note the Actes stainless steel kitchen that squeezes everything into one continuous countertop. >> Joe Columbo's Mini Kitchen - The wheeled kitchen features a mini fridge, two burners, outlets for appliances, a cutting board, and multiple storage compartments. As Pilar Viladas writes for NYT, it's everything but the kitchen sink.... >> Ikea Free Standing Kitchens: Udden, Varde & Bravad - The free standing nature allow for a lot of flexibility of design and can combine to make a very chic, small kitchen. >> Dwyer Compact Kitchens - These folks are All American and have been in the business of building small kitchens for 80 years. They also supply extra small appliances to fit into their kitchens.
Name: Rene Location: Chicago, IL Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: Originally this bedroom had white walls, ceiling and trim, and minimal design. An unexpected breakup was the chance to completely transform the room from what it had been. I used Francesca Black for the wall color, as it creates a neutral but deeply rich backdrop to the space. Keeping the ceiling, trim, bedding, and accessories in a neutral white palette allows the space from feeling cave-like. Pops of color were brought in with the use of a red vintage crystal chandelier and minimal artwork with gold frames. The overall use of dark colors is minimal, yet it creates a relaxing and comfortable retreat each night.
On October 7, the Wright Auction house is holding the Modern Design auction. We just received our catalog and are planning a few posts highlighting some beautiful examples of modern design that will be on the block next month. We kick it off today with a selection of dining chairs. The auction is October 7 at 12pm.All info is here. The Wright Auction house is located at 1440 West Hubbard in Chicago.
I love this Before & After because of its absolute simplicity. This dining room acts as a pass through room in my house. You have to move through it to get from the living room to the kitchen. Even though we kept the furniture in it to a bare minimum, it still felt stuffy and crowded. My husband gets full credit for this re-arrangement in our dining room. By removing two of the chairs with backs and replacing it with a farmhouse-style bench, the three rooms flow seamlessly from one to the next! It was an easy way to make the room more airy and inviting.
We're excited for our son to get his first bike, but we're not excited about storing it for the winter. Like-a-Bike has developed a companion product to turn their freestanding bikes into rocking bikes. Like-A-Bikes are a considerable investment so we weren't terribly surprised that the ROCK-a-BIKE is too at a cost of almost $200. But we have to admire the concept as we're all for multipurpose toys. Have you seen a bike stand or rocker for any other kids' bikes?
Call us crazy, but we're digging the look of this rock wall we stumbled upon last week. It reminds us vaguely of the Lew French mantel we posted a while back. The entire building covered in rocks is a bit much for our tastes, but we're feeling the rustic look for a small accent wall in the garden. We especially love the way the rocks stick out so far from the cement and their haphazard placement. We've seen rocks sunken in concrete floors, but this seems so much more organic and intentional.....