I'm really confused about where to start! The living room is the main concern right now, as it's where I spend most of my time. I like having my setup in the living room as it's the brightest room. A few friends have suggested putting it above the fireplace, but I'm not a big fan of that idea. I like the idea of a floor shelving unit that I can put a turntable atop and fill with records/books, similar to what Tyler has in his living room. I fear I won't have enough wall space for this. Maybe I could put one under the big window and get rid of the smaller sofa? Perhaps an underwindow bookshelf? Is the coffee table too big for the room? Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
This white, modern, chunky coffee table is pretty darn cool and seems to be a very versatile based on the current owner's digs. 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..
Have you picked up your copy of our newest book, Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces? If not, we think you should, with forty small, cool spaces that all utilize their space in a smart and beautiful manner sured to inspire. We're especially partial to the section focusing on home offices...some of which we preview/share below.
Most people have a strong reaction to pink, and love it or hate it - it's become a bold choice for decor. While one would imagine that it might be an offbeat fit for the dining room, it actually makes alot of sense. Pink is a color that is perceived as being romantic, upbeat and festive, which are moods that we hope any dinner party would inspire. We like the idea of using an unusual color for a little unexpected drama in the room where you hope to entertain and dazzle guests just a little bit, but want to know what you think - Is pink for the dining room an appetizing proposition or enough to make you start skipping meals? Check out House Beautiful for more great photos and decorating ideas.
Nothing says 'cool' quite like the perfect gray. Whether you prefer a barely-there almost-white or a deep charcoal, there's a shade of gray here for you. A lovely light gray, from One Fine Stay via Desire to Inspire. Isn't this room so soothing? Light gray and light pink are a match made in heaven. Spotted on La Maison d'Anna G. I love how impossibly cool all these beautiful architectural details look when painted in an allover shade of medium gray. Gold? And marble? And charcoal velvet? Yes and yes and yes and yes and yes. A little bit of white balances out a wall of dark gray. Dark gray is lovely in a light-filled room from Skona Hem. The dark charcoal on the ceiling and walls and the rich jewel tones in the furnishings make for a rich, lush feel. I love how the different gray tones layered on top of each other create texture, while the light-colored ceiling keep the room from feeling too somber.
A number of people have recommended Stone Source to us lately. Built primarily as an online resource, Stone Source now has showrooms popping up all over the country which give you a really nice opportunity to see/touch/feel what you want for your bathroom, kitchen or whatnot. Here's an incomplete list: granite, marble, limestone, ceramic, metal and glass tiles, stone, porcelain and gypsum. All of this is viewable on their intense website, which also allows for sorting, browsing and search. We don't know yet how their prices match up to others, but we imagine they're competitive since Stone Source is dealing in volume. They want to be your one stop shop for all your STONE needs.
We mentioned the Skate Study House collection early last month, but wanted to share a few more additional recently released pieces from the Colette sponsored collection, all below the jump.... The official website is now up to peruse, and you can order items like the Astro Clock, the comfy looking Jet Set Lounge Chair, and the free standing Nova Lamp directly from Skate Study House. Personally, most of these pieces have too much of a DIY skateshop project appearance to them to justify the prices...all except for the beautiful Skate Wall screen partition which is much more subtle in its nod to its origins.
Oh man, are we ready for the end of this truly heinous week...damn. We are so looking forward to the weekend, especially since June gloom seems to be over. On tap for tomorrow: Tying down the wisteria vine on the trellis, picking lemons off the tree, and tending to our herb garden. In order to get inspired for a tranquil Saturday morning of gardening, here's one garden that we've been keeping in our inspiration files...it's the perfect combination of organized flowerbeds and wild growth. Check out more photos of this beautiful, ethereal garden after the jump.... (Images: Sköna Hem.
Most mornings we go through the same routine: we step on our digital scale, grab something heavy and step on again, then weigh ourselves a third time. The reason? The scale gives a different reading before and after we hold the heavy thing. We've learned not to trust it, and have begun to feel nostalgic for a good old fashioned analog scale. Circular dial gives a more visceral sense of relative weight gain or loss. Four little colored tabs fit around the face to mark weight goals and milestones. Since the relative accuracy of an analog scale's spring mechanism trumps the body fat readouts and tenth of a pound increments of our digital scale, we'll be picking one of these up soon.
Juliette balconies are often 'Pasted' onto buildings, seemingly unusable. There's something nice about them from the interior.... Sure, you're never going to get a table or even a chair out there. If you open the doors wide, the narrow balcony acts as a rail for the rest of the room, creating a great big balcony, if you will. Take this bedroom from UK's Channel 4, for instance. In the photo up top you can see that with the Juliette balcony's doors flung open, the whole room takes on an outdoor feel. Rather than step out onto a full-size balcony, this flattened version allows you to enjoy the interior space much as you would an outdoor space. Arrange a comfy chair there by the doors and you could read or nap away a warm afternoon 'Outdoors', in the comfort of the interior.
There are a handful of reasons you might not want to push the color pink on your little girl, and chief among them might possibly just be 'I don't like pink.' Shopping in the kids department might have you thinking that your only choice in girls' decor is between 'Blush' or 'Petal pink,' but these 12 rooms can show you differently. First up is the nursery pictured above from Style Me Pretty Living. As you can see in the photo directly below, it actually does feature a pop of pink-lots of these rooms do. You don't have to completely ignore an entire hue on the color wheel because you're after a 'Not pink' room for your little one. That nursery - and these eleven other rooms - all serve as inspiration for creating a room for your girl that's only as pink and and girly as you want it to be. Do you have a little girl at home? Does her room look like any of these?
Dear AT:SF, I'm graduating from college and moving across the state to a new city. I don't have much furniture, but I've had my eye on the Gus* Modern Chunk dining table for a while. I was wondering if anyone out there can attest to the quality of this table.... ...I've had IKEA particleboard furniture all through college and I am now looking for furniture that will last me more than a few years. I know some pieces from stores like Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn may cost more, but are still made of the same MDF or particleboard. How is this table? Also, are there any similar tables out there that may be made of real wood? Or should I simply be trying to get over my fear of particleboard furniture? Thanks,. Christa,We'd always choose wood over particleboard or MDF. There are some comments here about Gus Modern, but we don't know about the quality of the Chunk. It does remind us of Crate and Barrel's Big Sur Dining Table, which is also made of solid oak.
Few things in the world of decorating are more controversial than the pink bathroom. Now there's a whole new generation of pink bathrooms - and they're anything but frilly and froufrou. Blush pink tile - and matching wall paint - give this bathroom from Hearth Studio a subtle but sophisticated vibe. For an even more subtle way to bring pink into the bathroom, try using pink tile just on the floor, as in this space from Made a Mano. Now for something totally different - a bathroom that employs pink plaster instead of tile, beautifully contrasted with a steel shower enclosure and black fixtures. The light pink marble and light pink walls make this bathroom from Kingston Lafferty Design twice as nice. In this bathroom from Casas, light pink paneling pairs beautifully with a pedestal sink, and a modern mirror and light fixtures. The textured pink tile contributes to the slouchy, boho vibe of this bathroom from Sight Unseen.