We've talked a lot about the pros and cons to having a television in the bedroom. Most people are fully against it and would never let a television disrupt their quiet place. Well, in comes Dave and stirs up the whole pot - he not only believes in having a television in his room, he believes in having two. Glancing into his bedroom you don't notice anything out of place. It's a well put together room with plenty of reading material, great bedroom ambience and that's about it. If you look a little further, you'll see the side of a television poking out of the bookshelves, and if you look even further, you'll see what could be a second one - shocking! He's an interior designer and frequently switches up his pad in hopes of designing his space to look a little more 'Dave'. He thinks he finally hit the jackpot and if that meant two televisions in the bedroom, so be it. He put the two tv's in the room for those gloomy rainy days that keep people in bed all day.
To be honest, we never really gave much thought about our kitchen sponges nor what goes into making them. We just recently realized while replacing our ragged old sponge that the odor fighting germ protection feature is formulated with a chemical additive we're trying to avoid: triclosan. That's the very same antibacterial additive that is contributing to the evolution of drug resistant bacteria that eat up antibiotics like it was an afternoon snack.... So what to do? A simple change is just avoiding sponges with germ-odor protection. There are natural kitchen sponges on the market, like Natural Value's scrubber sponge, which are made with 50% post-consumer recycled material and are even certified kosher if you want to go the eco-recycled route. We're also considering switching to using a natural loofah sponge...maybe the larger natural shaped style used in the bath/shower, cut in half. The funny thing is we just saw the real vegetable this past weekend at the Alhambra farmer's market and purchased one for dinner without realizing its other use besides being a delicious veggie.
Of course, the obvious connection to ant-themed table accessories would be a picnic, but the large size and matte white baked-on-metal finish belies such folksy connotations; we think these were meant for - and would look cheekily lovely in - a modern interior. We're relieved; they're far less intimidating.
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.
Chalk it up to Duffy London for coming up with one helluva interactive coffee table. The self explantory Chalk board coffee table is perfect for your resident artist, board game lover or just an easy medium to remind yourself to TIVO your favourite home decor TV show while you're busy reading AT. Or just make your own chalkboard paint and coat your favourite salvaged/flea market find.
Local San Francisco designer Jay Jeffers took on the job of renovating a huge 1913 Presidio Heights home and injected plenty of modern decor details throughout some very traditional rooms. This dining room has very classic table.... ...and dining chairs but the side chairs are upholstered in a very current print and the artwork above the fireplace is both oversized and slightly offbeat. In addition to the traditional carpet and velvet-upholstered sofas, the sitting room features bright walls, colorful sconces and a modern painting in a vibrant shade of lime green. The powder room includes an antique mirror and mirrored vanity, but the bold, all over large size patterned wallpaper is a very non-traditional choice, as is the more contemporary sink design. A large, luxurious bath uses classic materials such as subway tile and marble surfaces but is made modern by the unusual mirror placement in front of the windows and the bright saturated blue hue used on the cabinetry. The lounge has traditional touches such as wood panels on the walls and club chairs but the pattern on pattern design of the room feels current. See more of the 'Grande Dame in Presidio Heights' on the Jeffers Design Group site.
It was imperative for me to create a space that we could all enjoy. My boys are very young and I want them to feel like they are welcome to play throughout our home. I needed to mix and balance mature textures like the leather and seagrass and layer those with the more playful patterns and textures found in the hop scotch rug and bright pillows.
We are a little behind on our reading, but thought that this article on co-sleeping in the NYT was worth mentioning. Some families choose to co-sleep, others do not, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all right answer as to whether or not families should share a bed. So we were more than a little surprised by the tone of the NYT article about the subject. According to this article, co-sleeping seems to be a result of bad parenting, lack of limit setting, and a problem that requires professional intervention to solve. More and more, we are getting frustrated with the tone of parenting articles in the NYT - are we really all so helpless and unable to maintain order in our homes, bowing down to the little emperors we are raising, incapable of solving parenting issues without paying experts to tell us that our kids are running our lives?
The AT classifieds description pretty much sums it up. This vintage lamp is a teardrop shaped classic in very good condition, save for a little bit of wear and tear on the bottom. MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
This is where robust round tables with sprawling shade umbrellas are simply not an option. This little folding balcony table might be just the ticket.... We could see this set up with a couple of compact outdoor dining chairs. Use it for dining on your tiny balcony or as a serving surface to supplement your outdoor dining table when entertaining. The one pictured here is from Preferred Living, and there's also the very similar Kettler folding table available at Amazon.
What would be better than an iPhone? An iPhone Nano or a giant iPhone? Needless to say that a giant iPhone would be pretty useless, unless it's used as a product display for some manner. This iPhone coffee table was made by iLoungers Tuan Nguyen, Ken Thomas and their associates. They were inspired by another coffee table based around an iPod that was made before by other iLoungers. We have to say that this table does look pretty slick. The table itself is made out of corrugated cardboard and glued together with white glue. It features removable coasters that are shaped like the iPhone icons. Like most projects, we're pretty sure that something like this won't get fabricated anytime soon. All that remains is for people to make their own. It's amazing how many things can be made out of cardboard without being temporary. Corrugated cardboard is a really tough material and is easy to shape.
We've been living in our apartment for many months now, but can't seem to think of anything great to put in our living room. We love the openness of our living room, but it feels completely empty. What would make the room stay wide open, but feel balanced? If nothing else, how would you improve this place on a budget?
For your Monday morning inspiration- we've rounded up a few beautiful kitchens. Even if you're not in the position to overhaul your whole kitchen, there are plenty of family-friendly ideas here that you can easily integrate. Think colorful bunting, chalkboard walls, or open shelving. Kitchen with Bunting: No need to save the bunting for birthdays or other celebrations. Open Kitchen Shelves: Out of reach of the little hands of course! But just taking off some of your cabinet doors can breathe new life into the kitchen and highlight some of your prettier dishes. Modern Country Kitchen: We love this style: a white background with a chalkboard somewhere and shelving that stores all of the glass jars and pieces that make this feel country. Family Kitchen Diner: We have a large map in our kitchen in full view from our table and we love it. Second Row: Family Kitchen with Central Island: Don't forget to add photos and artwork. Vibrant Kitchen Diner: We love the look of a bench for a family kitchen. A Kitchen/Dining Room Combo from House to Home: Just adding pops of color can really update the room. A Springlike Kitchen: Three islands in this kitchen!
When you have brick walls in your home, thoughts most often turn toward painting them white. Maybe it's a reaction against the commonly-dark color of brick. A coat of light blue paint offset by red furnishings and it's transformed into a happy place to hang. What do you think? Would you go with a color instead of white when painting a brick wall?
Q: Hi folks! I need some advice on this decorating dilemma at a small town house in Brazil. The living room is narrow and I don't have a full wall where I can hang some artwork. We also have this empty space under the stairs, so any ideas would be very much appreciated. I love Scandinavian style and also organic and creative spaces, but I am lost on how to make my living room look decorated! The lounge unfortunately does not fit right in front of the TV. There are two doors, as you can see: one is the front door and the other one is a small restroom. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Paula in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.