The house was built in 1948 and this was the original kitchen, complete with slanted cabinets, pink tufted leather breakfast bar and metallic butterfly wallpaper. The glass sliding doors on the upper cabinets and the red, plaid wallpapered shelves were not doing this already dated kitchen any favors. Throw in some awkwardly placed appliances and we had a kitchen nightmare on our hands. The kitchen itself was dark and cramped, so we wanted to open up the space and make the most of the natural light from the large living room windows. We took down the wall behind the range to create an open plan living space and completely revamped the layout. All of the existing cabinets were removed - the pleather tufted breakfast bar was the first to go! Then came the linoleum tile, which was removed and replaced with a wood-look porcelain that continues throughout the house. The new floor plan moved the bulk of the new cabinets to a different wall, and we created an island with a breakfast bar to house the large farmhouse sink and dishwasher. To add some much needed storage to the rest of the house we made the most of the awkward corner at the back of the kitchen by creating a large hall closet. We sourced the cabinet frames, fronts and appliances from IKEA, and scored them while they were on promotion at 30% discount. Keep an eye out for these - they're a great way to save $$$ if you're on a budget! The cabinet fronts are IKEA's LAXARBY range.
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We've just purchased the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair in Walnut and it seems absolutely dwarfed by our massive Ikea coffee table. The Lounge chair is just so low that it seems to be lost in the room next to the white table.... I'm looking for a good alternative - should it be round? Should it be glass or acrylic? I've been contemplating the CB2 'Peekaboo' coffee table but I think it's too big for our space and I'm concerned about scratches! Apartment Therapy to the rescue please!! Thanks for your time, Megan. Megan, congrats with the new Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair. We completely agree with your assessment about the Ikea coffee table being a poor match with the lower profile of the chair. Whether you go round or square seems less of an issue than the point of picking a coffee table that sits at a height compatible with your seating. We also see an opportunity to bring in a bit more colour like you have with the addition of a walnut chair, as the clear acrylic table may result in a room filled with too similar of a palette since the table would give a view of the neutral tone rug below. Ideally, you would consider saving up for something like a Saarinen Low Oval Coffee Table with a walnut veneer or maybe something square-minimal like this Mott Modern Coffee Table which sits low while providing a sufficient surface area to span the space between your sofa and your chair. Of course, with some time and patience, perhaps you could find a vintage piece, like this wonderful vintage coffee table from Swank in St. Paul, shown here. I'm sure many of our readers have their own opinions of tables that would match your decor and layout.
Amy was #blessed with two very crucial elements of a rental makeover success: an apartment with good bones and a generous landlord. She took those gifts and ran with them, turning her bathroom into a totally lovely, stylish and calming sanctuary. From Amy: The first thing I did when I signed my lease was ask my landlord if I could paint the bathroom. The tile flooring is a beautiful sea foam green, but someone long, long ago thought it would be a great idea to paint the wainscoting deep teal, the trim white, and the walls beige ... needless to say it was very dark and very dated. Thankfully, my landlord said 'Sure!' and the final results were well worth any sweat and tears shed while trying to paint behind a vintage clawfoot tub. I also swapped out the 2-light vanity fixture for a 3-light fixture, installed oil rubbed bronze bathroom hardware, and hung a giant vintage mirror that I got for $15 at a yard sale and spray painted white over a small built in medicine cabinet to keep things bright, white, and clean. Now if I can just find someone to help me remove the flow restrictor from my shower head .....
We were so excited to open our inbox today and find this little peek into a Nob Hill penthouse from SF-based interior designer Steven Miller. See more photos of the project after the jump.... Steven's objective for this small one-bedroom condo was to edit down the owners' collection of objects and furniture and add a few key pieces and decorative embellishments in order to create a more cohesive space. The result is this little jewel box of a home that showcases the couple's treasures while maintaining a composed, chic look. See more of Steven Miller's work at his website.
Are you struggling with how to fit your furniture in the living room, and can't for the life of you come up with a good layout? You might need to 'Float' your furniture - or pull everything out from the wall and create an island of sorts comprising your sofa, chairs and tables - and anchor it all with an area rug. Floating a sofa can create corridors that make it obvious where foot traffic should flow. Vivian and Leonard's set up offers multiple obvious ways to move about the room. To Divide a Room: Furniture provides a convenient way to partition off different zones within one room. Above, Monique's sofa is a clear boundary between the living space and the kitchen. To Take Advantage of a Focal Point: Designers will always say to pick a focal point in a room and arrange furniture around that distinctive feature. When that focal point is in the middle of a long space, as in Christina's living room above, seating needs to be brought in closer to accommodate. When There's No Wall Space: And sometimes there's just no wall to be had anywhere, making it a necessity. Amy Butler's living room is surrounded by glass, brick hearth, and step up to another level.
Build one long high bookshelf around the walls above doors & windows to keep more wall space free. Top left: living room with corner of kitchen counter at bottom of photo. Large wooden bowl atop chest was carved & used by my mountain-man great-grandfather. Antique boatbuilder's working half-models and friends' bird & whale carvings on wall over oak chest/cabinet. Almost all windows look out on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Old oak dining table for four is by large window opposite the half-models. Bottom Left: Boat galley kitchen with 4-burner stove/oven, double sink; pottery & baskets kept atop cabinets. Out of view is a large cedar wardrobe for a closet and two chests-of-drawers. View out large window is of a large mowed field; small window over bed looks into a large bamboo grove. Another tip from Helouise's illegitimate brother here: In small spaces, install hooks to hold open doors back against walls. In tight quarters, you will bump into a door that's swung even an inch out of its usual position.
AT,. I want to get a zebra rug to put under the coffee table. The black color will go well with the black iron chandelier, curtain rods and a couple of accents. The only problem is that those zebra rugs are all over the place: in magazines, on-line, etc.
Aniko's living room certainly wasn't awful, but it didn't feel like her. From Aniko: Our poor little family room went through multiple stages since we've lived in the house. I tried decorating it many different ways, but we haven't done any major projects in the room. It's a fairly small room and when we moved in years ago, we purchased a huge media center that just made it almost impossible to decorate the room the way I wanted. So I decided to take the plunge and redo our family room. The beautiful white built-ins and the white fireplace alone transformed this room to be a whole new airy space. I added lots textures, layers and of course, pop of colors to create a cozy, eclectic room.