Anna of Newburgh, NY has been renovating her home for quite some while now, and her back room turned home office has made some huge leaps forward. What started as a dirty old room was turned into a bright oasis with a nice coat of white paint. Anna even painted the wooden floor white which really brightens up the space. To avoid too much of a static museum feel, Anna plastered black-on-black fir wallpaper from Ferm - the same company used by AT San Francisco Anh-Minh and Maryse Coziol. Her beautiful desk was her father's old drawing table, whose drawer front she stained black and legs swapped out for Ikea Vika Moliden legs.
Sustainable lumber company Kirei recently announced the debut of Windfall, a beautiful new addition to its line for 2012. Made from deconstructed buildings, Windfall is a reclaimed wood engineered panel that can be used for wall coverings, casework, signage, and similar applications. Kirei Windfall panels are engineered from Douglas fir, hemlock and pine, taken from demolished industrial and agricultural buildings in the Pacific Northwest, which otherwise would be destined for landfills. They are made in the USA in partnership with Windfall Lumber using low-VOC adhesives and natural raw materials with striking variations in the grain. The reclaimed wood carries 100% FSC Mixed Credit certification, and can also help building projects earn LEED credits in a number of categories, including Recycled Content, Low-Emitting Materials, and Regional Materials. 'Windfall comes in 27' x 96' or 48' by 96' panels, all 3/4' thick. The new line is available in several colors - unfinished, clear, anthracite, mocha, ivory, and leather.
If you are so lucky as to have an actual pantry, you're already ahead of the game. Of course, the downside to having room is that things accumulate and don't get dealt with. In the spirit of the new year, here are five things to target in your pantry, to pare it down and leave yourself plenty of room for the essentials. Stale or Expired Food: Just because it's a dry good or non-refrigerated item doesn't mean that it won't go bad. Inspect any containers or packaging left open, and toss anything that is no longer fresh. Anything Unappealing: Everyone has random consumable gifts that linger, and that you have no desire to eat. Again, donate to a food bank if you don't see yourself using it at any time in the future. Infested Dry Goods: This is the time to check out your bulk foods and flours for pantry moths and/or other kitchen pests, and throw away anything you suspect might be infested. Random Non-Food Items: Pantry space can quickly become general storage, and is often overrun by cleaning supplies, ladders, and all the detritus that accumulates in our lives. Find another spot to stick this stuff, and make it easier to access what you really need.
After Rachel had her new wood floors installed, it was clear she had a problem- her always darker than desired kitchen was now even more basement-like because her cabinets now matched the tone of her floor. Determined to create a lighter, brighter space without spending a lot of money, Rachel decided to use paint to transform her kitchen. Rachel used a Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit to transform her counters from dark grey to desert sand. The room was already looking brighter but not bright enough so it was onto more paint. After installing a backsplash of beadboard wallpaper, Rachel used another Rustoleum product to refinish her cabinets in pure white. The project took six days over three months but the end result was certainly a brighter more welcoming space for Rachel and her husband.
Name: Robb Location: Elgin , IL Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love that everything in it was found secondhand. I am really proud of the decorative painting, which I designed and painted myself. I haunt flea markets, auctions, and thrift shops to find things that are classic, clean-lined, and striking. My bedroom is the result of years of those unexpected and very affordable discoveries.
Q: I am redoing my living room/dining room, it's a large room but long and narrow. I don't need a dining area and I'm at a loss for how to make the two rooms into one cohesive space. Right now it's two separate rooms which isn't really working for us. My dream floor plan would have this entire room working as one living area with little nooks for my child's toys and art and significant floor space to run around. Editor: Let Emilie know what you would do in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
'Buy swatches of paint and test them out before painting the whole wall and always paint the dark and lightest part of the room.Group similar colors together - whether it be red or orange or green to give it a punch of color. Incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.' Color Resources:Current or vintage magazines or books.
We've been thrilled with the response to Art Month. It's been very fun to peek inside readers' homes and see your art. The results of our survey on where you buy your art were revealing, too. After buying two small paintings for virtually nothing at last weekend's San Mateo Antiques and Collectibles Market, we wonder: What's the most you've paid for a piece of art?
So many people have wasted space under their stairs. Storage is a great solution, but when you are short on space all over your home a half bath is an excellent thing to tuck under the stairs. Half bathrooms don't need much room, especially since you sit down in half of the space. By converting the forgotten space under the stairs you can not only add value to your home but also a very useful room! Hidden and unexpected, this adds a touch of whimsy and fun to a home that is short on floor space.
When we first spotted this adorable piece, we thought it was a table covered with a lacy table cloth. We were surprised to find that it was actually a side table with elaborate cut outs in it. 'This great hardwood construction cubic side table, $199, by Brocade Home and measures 16' all around. The butterfly pattern runs across the entire cube and is a lovely addition to any room. If white isn't quite your thing, the table is also available in coffee.
Q: I am about to move into a new apartment, and the front room is currently painted deep red, ceiling and all. I do like the color, but it definitely makes the room feel dark, and maybe a bit smaller than it is. Painting the ceiling a different color is not an option, since there is no 'Edge,' where the wall and ceiling meet, the sides are rounded. Colors for the fireplace, windows, curtains, lighting ideas? Furniture that goes with deep red? I am starting from scratch, so all suggestions appreciated. Just in case it matters, the room that you can see off to the left will be the living room, and it is being painted a light gray color. Editor: Please share your suggestions and advice with Megan in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
We have big dreams for our new living room that include; dividing it up to make room for a pedestal table with chairs next to the faux fireplace. Although we plan on making our dreams a reality, our challenge is making it all work in a small space. Furniture placement Instead of pushing furniture up against the wall, bring the couch and chairs out into the center of the room. You'll be creating a cozy, conversational atmosphere which allows for more space in other parts of the room. Low lying furniture A bench, chaise lounge, low side table or open bookcase can help divide up a space while still making the room feel open and airy. Like with like If you've got two to three different activities happening in one room, consider pairing like furniture with like furniture in each space. Wall color A bold color in one area of the space might give way to a neutral colored accent wall in the opposite space-dividing the room up into separate parts.