We're still on the search for the perfect speaker system for our home. It seems like it's a never ending task, but with speakers like these &mdash maybe the end is near? It seems to have the perfect merriment of aesthetics and functionality. The Parrot, standing just over 2 feet tall works with the iPhone and works via Bluetooth 2.0 with Smartphones, MP3 players, and PC. The user docks their iPhone on the top of the Parrot to begin listening to music &mdash 360 degree range of music, that is. The speakers in the Parrot wrap entirely around the body, therefor allowing you to hear the music from any angle &mdash even if you're sitting across the room. Too lazy to get up and change the song? Good thing there's a wireless remote that comes with the speaker. Total power output: 100W RMS, 50W per channel, frequency range: 50 Hz - 20 kHz, with a maximum range: 50 feet, 15 metres. The Parrot is available for purchase from Starck for $1500.
A piece of art-striking, memorable and, especially, big-can be the focal centerpiece of a room. You know you've done it right when your friends refer to 'The horse picture room.' Although often more expensive to acquire, the investment can go a long way in setting the mood and attracting the eye the moment you walk in. Check out this collection of children's rooms that use large-scale art to create a bold impression.
In the latest issue of Surface Magzine, they featured this series of witty wallpaper from 5.5 Designers called 'Wallpaper games' as part of their bathroom products section.... There are three games, a maze, tic-tac toe,, and a hidden word puzzle. According to their site, they are highly recommended for the bathroom, waiting rooms, or any space where one might be bored.
You can't deny that old school kitchen appliances - circa the 40s to 60s - have a tad more character than the selections we have now. Often, here on Unplggd, we drool over modern stoves and refrigerators that are heavily influenced by the designs of yore, but you don't have to buy new to get that vintage feel. Claire Joyce and her husband Garth Johnson, who blog about their fixer upper on ReadyMade's Inside, Out blog, recently purchased a 1940s Wedgewood stove from a homeowner who was upgrading their kitchen with modern appliances. In the former owner's home our stove looked fairly clean, I could tell it would need a good scrubbing but I was not prepared for the incredible mess I would have to deal with when it was pulled from its longtime home. When we came to collect our Wedgewood stove it was covered on both sides with years of grease and grime. Bleh! Stove grease is gross enough, but there's something about cleaning up someone else's grease that's super gross. Anyway, Claire and Garth didn't want to go the old toxic chemicals route so they began researching natural ways to cut through the grease and grime.
In a tiny bedroom a wall mount lamp can give you ample reading light without taking up space on a bedside table. The seven lamps shown here are all plug-in and most features swing-arms for ultimate usability.
There are quite a few things of beauty in this world, but none of them are in the shape of this fireplace, which simply looks amazing. Naturally, this design will split opinions, but all in all, we like it a lot. Actually, the Gyrofocus fireplace isn't just the world's most beautiful fireplace, it's been voted the world's most beautiful object by the World's Most Beautiful Object 2008-2009 in the Pulchra design competition. This design competition is the first beauty contest exclusively reserved for objects, whatever that means. Needless to say that this is one incredibly beautiful fireplace. Gyrofocus is made by the French fireplace maker Focus. It can pivot 360° and has been exhibited in several contemporary museums, including the prestigious Guggenheim. For it to work well, you'd need a massive space though, with really high ceilings.
You might remember Hilary from about a month ago; she sent in her Angelus Vintage Modern Buffet Refinish Project with details of how she redid the vintage piece. I acquired another vintage piece this time by Stanley furniture. For this one I used color washing; it's a cool effect that can be applied to most wooden finds. The drawers were solid wood along with the majority of the structure. A glaze can be achieved by mixing dry pigment or acrylic paint to a water-based latex paint. In order to keep the colors really saturated, I used 5 parts of acrylic and only a 1 parts latex base as a medium. An old friend of mine used to say aim for the consistency of half n' half. This glazing technique could be used on any wooden furniture to give it a whimsical feel.
Found through Japanese retailer Hiromatsu, but unfortunately not yet available in the U.S., these Sono chests of drawers seem like the perfect prototype for an adventurous DIYer. The striped pattern conceals varying depths of drawers and, in some cases, hides a flat cabinet door. If you're looking for ways to update an old dresser, this pattern of narrow stripes is more flexible that it seems.... The stripes conceal cabinets and drawers of different sizes. Wood stains in varying warm tones tie the color palette together. The repetitive pattern creates a trim, tailored look. For a similar look, we'd use painters tape to section off narrow stripes on a plain, flat-fronted chest of drawers, then center knobs between each stripe. The chest will seem like it houses several small drawers rather than a few big ones, creating a patterned effect.
Q: I have 2 built in corner cabinets in the dining room - even the drawers are odd-shaped! Besides displaying china or nice vases, what sort of things are good to store in these odd-shaped cabinets? I'd love to use the space functionally for storing items while having them remain visually appealing. Editor: Please share your storage and display ideas with Anna in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
One of our favourite posts during Art Month was a chalk wall, and ever since we first saw it, we have been thinking about how to incorporate this fun and easy to clean surface into the nursery. If you aren't ready to commit to painting a whole wall in chalkboard paint, don't despair - we have ten fun ways to add a little chalkboard surface to your nursery.
Christian and her husband decided to make a beautiful cathedral window quilt the focus and inspiration for their daughter's nursery. In addition to using the quilt's colors throughout the room, Christian's husband made this incredible wood wall art as a perfect compliment and counterpoint to the quilt. While one is soft and the other hard and the color comprises the diamond shapes in one and the petal shapes in the other - we think you'll have to agree that these items are both fantastic on their own and especially stunning together. You can read a bit about how this wood wall hanging was made on Christian's blog, ModObject at Home, as well as more about how this room went from a room for a son to a room for a daughter.
Julia writes in with a case of her rambunctious pup mistaking her IKEA couch for one giant red Snausage:I'm looking for a suggestion for fixing/ reconstructing/ redesigning the corner of our couch that my dog ate when she was a pup. The couch came from Ikea, who I contacted, but they cannot send me a material sample to repair it, and I am having a terrible time finding the exact same leather. I'm open to ideas for a creative reconstruction of the couch arm, a cool cover, or...anything really. The rest of the couch is in perfect condition and I don't have the heart to just throw it away. Julia, you could easily salvage that sofa by just using a fabric sofa slipcover, since the cost and time repairing an IKEA couch would likely be beyond it's worth. Finding the perfect fit for a slipcover may require contacting a slipcover specialist, since your IKEA couch's dimensions and shape deviate from the standard couch more slipcovers are designed for. Perhaps some of our local readers have some recommendations for Los Angeles businesses that specialize in custom slipcover work?
When I moved into my condo, the kitchen had wood cabinets and dark green laminate countertops. Before I moved in, I had the cabinets and walls painted white. I bought granite countertops and a new sink to replace the laminate ones. I have a back door in the kitchen that I painted yellow originally, but then an aqua: Behr Cool Jazz. I also brought the aqua color scheme in through my IKEA cart and storage containers from World Market. Overall, it was an affordable makeover that made a huge difference. Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovating project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form..
Laneneedssleep sent us in this inspiration photo to enter our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway. Romantic Bedroom Tip: 'Decor...Romance...long covered over with dust. Very Sad, very tired, need help. We do have a sleep number bed, perhaps that is the problem.its is so comfortable that sleep is all it gets.'
Q: My partner and I just moved into a post-war house with some interesting characteristics, including this tiny cupboard in our kitchen. We probably could find an antique ironing board to fit into it, but we feel that it was meant for a much greater purpose. Any suggestions? PS: Spice rack is not a greater purpose than ironing board cupboard. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jonathan in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.