Cara could have given up when tasked with turning this space into a dining room, but she persevered. There is no question that it took a bit of vision and a large leap of faith to see the potential in our dining room. Lots of 1960 going on here, but the absolute best part of this space was how open it already was to the kitchen. Right off the bat, dreams of an open kitchen and dining space danced in my head. Sure enough, once the reno ball began to roll, our vision for an open kitchen/dining area made for entertaining started to take shape. You can find a lot more photos of this dated transformation on Cara's blog.
Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned for the winner announcement later this week. For this week's Giveaway, we've got an extra-special treat: Ferm Living is offering AT readers the chance to win a wall sticker of their choice. Click below the jump to see how to enter and read the rules .... How to Enter: To enter this Thursday Giveaway, please submit a comment below with the design - name and color - that you want to win. The contest begins today and ends on Monday, January 14, at 11:59 PM ET. We will choose one winner at random. Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.
If great minds think alike, then I think we'd all agree on one thing: blue and brown go perfectly together and are the greatest pair since pizza and beer.... I don't think I'd really call this color combination a fad, and I can't quite call it retro either. The thing that really turns my crank is the pairing of a warm dark with a cool light, and readers of this column will know that dark brown is one of my favorite colors. The first photo was taken chez moi, and my accent wall was the first column I ever wrote for this website. Here I combine brown with blue in the accents: robin's-egg blue pillow cases, the backing on my grandmother's quilt, and an oil sketch by artist Brian Gilmartin. Jonathan Adler has created a large portion of his inventory in blue and brown, including these throw pillows in retro patterns. The last photo is from my friend Richard, an editor in L.A. He painted his dinette in Ralph Lauren Edwardian Burgundy and Benjamin Moore Sea Foam, and tied the two together with vintage drapes. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter.
We check in with Maya at Maya*Made from time to time and last week, she promised her readers a tour of her mom's bathroom at the barn. A heavily dominated white backdrop that plays up some amazing natural light-making this bathroom quite the charmer. We love the green accents of the sprouted grass and cabinet mixed with the crisp white of the space. Before entering the bathroom, you walk under twin filigree transoms and a repurposed pocket door. In addition to the hints of green, yellow flowers in a vintage jar add to the overall appeal of the bathroom. We also love the delicate yellow curtain strung from a simple wire with clips. A big fan of white towels and linens, we love how the bathroom closet is stacked with extras.
We write about small homes and small rooms throughout the year, but it's our special focus this month so look for tips, solutions and inspiration for happy family living in small spaces. Do you have a Good Question about coping in small homes? Maybe you have some answers - a smart way you've divided or shared space in your home? A product that has made life infinitely easier? Tell us how you're livin' large in small homes - ways to contact us below. Email us at ohdeedoh(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com use our contact form tag a photo on Flickr with 'Ohdeedoh' leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Check out this simple DIY that's perfect for kids and looks great to boot! Bekah of Leidi Bird is the brains and hands behind this window bench project which you can make too even if you're not a whiz with tools. This storage bench actually started life as a kitchen cabinet and Bekah added large feet, a coat of paint and a simple upholstered top to round out the look. It's great standing alone or could work in multiples to cover the entire length of a window. If you're worried about it tipping, you can always anchor it to the wall. Check out Bekah's tutorial to make your own storage bench over at Leidi Bird.
Hello AT,. I have a fireplace in my small studio in New York City. I believe the fireplace is non-compliant with NYC Building Code, as it lacks a proper hearth. I am considering poured concrete, stone, or tile as a fireproof material, laid flush with the floor level, so as not to break up the. Valuable floor space... This will require some demo of the exisitng. Floor, and perhaps framing out the new hearth with some new flooring.... We would simply go for a raised hearth topped in slate. Normally, you would put the hearth into the floor but your fireplace opening is high, so we would just raise the hearth entirely and do less work. We would frame out the hearth, cover it in Dura Rock or some similarly coded fireproof sheet rock and then tile it with slate. Bug Gardy again!(Thanks, Paull!) MGR. I should also say this is not the original floor... The original floor and hearth are underneath this new floor. P.S. I would like to find where exactly in the NYC Building Code the proper dimensions would be detailed... Any idea? I tried online already... VERY dense stuff that deals with all kinds of fireproofing but finding my particular information has proved difficult so far.
We've embraced the fact that we'll never be minimalists, and now we're constantly on the lookout for desk inspiration that shows ways to balance having a lot of stuff with efficiency and tidiness. These four desks have a lot going on while still looking and working great. Multiple trays on the left side of the desk hold folders, notebooks, supplies and writing utensils, while boxes on the open shelves could hide away anything unsightly. There are a lot of images on the wall behind the desk, but their lined-up arrangement reveals the method to the madness. Pajamie's cute cluttered desk packs a lot into a small area by keeping things compact, and drawing on matching colors and patterns. While it may not be as aesthetically pleasing as the other selections here, it's a good example of getting the job done without a lot of fuss: cables are routed around the backs of monitors and desks to mounted power strips on the left, leaving the desk space clear, while equipment that must be nearby but isn't used frequently is still visible, but moved to the side, hidden under shelves and the desk, or raised above eye level. Maureen mae jewelry's reclaimed work area is a masterpiece of textures, with everything from the iron stand on the desk, to the moulded shelves, to the desk surface itself - an old painted door with a piece of glass on top - bringing something to the table. Do you have any tips for having a visually busy but still functional desk setup?
Name: Liberte Location: Vancouver Canada Square Feet: 400 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: My building was originally built around 1910 as a home for nurses who worked in the old hospital down the block. I fell in love with my apartment when I saw all the historic details in the arches, leaded window, and inlaid wood floor. I like to think all girl's who've lived here before loved it as much as I do.