What would you do with this space? That's the challenge for four local designers that will be customizing one of four bungalows at the 1.7 Ocean event that happens this weekend. We got a chance to get the inside scoop from one of the designers, Natalie Umbert, of Atelier Interior Design, in Coronal Del Mar. Click below the jump to see Natalie's inspiration board and some insights on how she plans on transforming the space.... The homes in the 1.7 Ocean development are all derived from classic mid-century design. Natalie's inspiration really started with the fabric swatch on the far right From there, she decided to combine it with a teal/turquoise color, which ultimately will be the main color throughout. She plans on using touches of red and yellow, but confining the red to public spaces, and the yellow to the private ones. Wallpaper will be used on one wall in each room to add movement- She's thinking the teal/turquoise patterned paper for the kitchen, the yellow and white trellis paper for the main bedroom and the yellow and white strie for the guestroom/studio. Overall the mood she hopes to achieve is 'Happy and cozy with touches of luxe.' Stay tuned... we'll post the final space, as well as what the other showcase home designers did in the next few days. You will be able to see it in person if you're around this Saturday, June 23rd. More details here.
For the past two years we've run our Friday special photo gallery with the help of Meter Gallery and a particular theme - a sentence that wants to be finished - always related to the home. Now that it's 2007 it's time for a new theme.... As we did last year, we'd like to invite you to suggest a theme and we'll troll through them as we try to come up with the perfect one. For this year, what are some good half sentences that would suggest a new theme? Remember it's a celebration of photography and our homes and it's gotta be good enough for us all to come up with a great photo each week. To All Home is... PostsAbout Home is... - a weekly celebration of photography Submit your Home is... photograph to editor apartmenttherapy com Our online partner Meter Gallery, where Meter's photos can be purchased Last year's online exhibition: the Chair & photographs.
Our new place has an eat-in kitchen, which we love, but no dining room. Although we prefer cocktail parties to sit-down dinner parties, it's nice to cook for a group sometimes. We were a little sad to lose our dining room until we realized we had an extra room just waiting to be transformed: our deck! We'll only be able to use it half the year, but it's big enough for a decent-sized dinner party.... We've been thinking about how we'll decorate our new seasonal dining room, hence our many posts on outdoor chairs. Add a nice table, some outdoor lighting, and some colorful accessories and we're set for summer. To those of you who have decks, patios, or yards: How do you use your outdoor rooms?
During the month of January, we'll be posting photos and tips on DIY renovation projects from our readers. The first twenty submissions posted will receive an AT bib or T-shirt. Sue sent us this project which her husband recently tackled. Project details: My husband did the project, not me... but its pretty simple aside from the math calculations. He just took a picture of the kids and enlarged it in Photoshop, then figured out all the spacing with the frames, borders, etc. Printed the enlarged copies on photo quality paper. The frames are simple IKEA frames so they were not expensive at all. Best tip: Take the time and do your measurements! This goes for before you print, and before you hang them on the wall. Readers: if you stink at figuring out measurments, give The Rasterbator a try.
A Digital Shower? If you want to keep your shower like a balmy sauna, this shower head will let you do that with precision. From the makers of German luxury bath fittings, Grohe's Ondus Shower Head offers all that you could want in a techie shower. We've talked about Grohe before at AT. But this latest model has some unique features including temperature control, a 'Pause' button, and even a clock. Crave slammed this as a 'Digital shower for lazy bathers', but we disagree. Couldn't you use this shower to be more green? You can watch how long you've been in the shower, monitor your water temperature, and hit the pause button when you're not needing the water. Being green in style comes at a price...at least we assume. We couldn't find it for sale yet online, if anyone knows a source please share.
These 10 kitchens all have features you might not expect - small but impactful details to both surprise and delight. Above: A gorgeous wooden sink in a kitchen from Bolig Liv. A brass backsplash is just so perfect for this minimal kitchen from Vogue Living. Encaustic tile on the side of an island gives this kitchen from De Dujes a pleasing jolt of color and pattern. A glowing brass toekick adds a tiny bit of a glam to a traditional kitchen from Desire to Inspire. These minimal glass cabinets are the perfect counterpart to the more traditionally styled lower cabinets in this kitchen from AD Russia. An unexpected flooring transition adds personality to a kitchen from Royal Roulotte. Artful open shelving graces the kitchen in Violaine & Gaetan's Montreal home.
It can be hard to feel inspired when you walk into your newly purchased home's living room and the windows are dripping in drapery reminiscent of a doily. Lauren of Circle G Designs managed to design her Pittsburgh home with class and style, blending modern sensibilities while respecting the home's 1964-era architecture. 'I have an undergraduate degree in Architecture and love modern style, but also really believe in honoring the style of a home. Our home is mid-century modern but still has a lot of traditional elements. I wanted the interior to reflect that style, so I really practiced mixing modern and traditional pieces.' Most people don't realize that the majority of the furnishings and decor items in our home are secondhand. I helped my parents downsize during the recession and ended up with a lot of pieces from their house and both my grandparents' homes, so it was a challenge finding ways to mix those in and make them feel like ours. We're also young and on a budget, so we purchased even more secondhand from Craigslist! There are still pieces that I want to rework but I love how it's coming together so far. 'Our living room sofa was a $50 Craigslist find, which we had professionally reupholstered. We didn't realize when we brought it home that it had gotten wet at some point, so it had to be stripped all the way down to the frame and totally redone! We love it, but it was no minor expense! It might just be our sofa for life!'. See more of this classic and modern Pittsburgh home in Lauren's house tour!
Q: We want to brighten up our living room and adjoining dining room. We're renting, so the wood trim has to stay natural. Even though we have huge bay windows, we don't get much light. We would love Sherwin Williams paint color suggestions, because it is a block away. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kate in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Tsubaki, we wish you were in SF so that you could scoop up this Pollock Executive Black Leather Office Chair - or, look, there's also a brown one we've listed below. Anyone else looking for comfortable and stylish desk chairs? 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.Industrial/Modern Light Fixture for $25.DWR 'Reve' Bedroom FurnitureANTIQUE PINE TRUNK/PINE CHEST for $159.Vintage butterfly chair for $100.Mid-century Russell Spanner lounge chair for $150.Knoll Pollock Chair for $85.Mid Century Danish Modern Bedroom Dressers for $500.1950's Bruno Hansen Danish Modern Dining Table, 2 Leaves, 6 chairs for $1400.
Q: I'm renting a quaint studio apartment in Chicago. I love everything about the space except for the bumpy plaster walls in my main living space. All over the walls to hide the texture, but it's impossible to put a nail in the wall without the plaster crumbling. How can I hang art and other decor without ruining the plaster walls? If that's not an option, do you have any ideas for minimizing the textured look without fundamentally changing the structure? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Cynthia in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
Was re-organizing the pantry on your list for spring cleaning? If it wasn't, you might consider adding it, and taking care of the deed before this Saturday morning, May 13. Why? As part of the nation's largest single-day food drive, your local letter carrier will pick up non-perishables from your doorstep this Saturday morning and deliver them to food banks in your area. I personally have a whole bunch of unopened stuff in my kitchen pantry that I craved when I was pregnant and now can't fathom eating another bite of for years to come, like tapioca pudding mix and dehydrated mashed potatoes. All going into a bag for the letter carrier.... The press release issued for the tenth annual 'Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive' by the National Association Of Letter Carriers says: Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donation in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 13, before their letter carrier arrives.