This apartment bedroom in Göteborg, Sweden might be small but it's just brimming with inspiration. Storage: Kitchen-style upper cabinets are installed high on the wall above the head of the bed. Their white finish and plain design blend in with the wall, creating a niche for the bed. Color: An accented wall reinforces the idea of the bed niche. Rather than split the difference for symmetry's sake, the bed is pushed to one side to provide one usable space alongside the bed. One example: lighting at the bed is built into the cabinets above. A bedside lamp would just be one more thing taking up space where every inch counts. We spotted this bedroom over at decor8, where you can see more images of the entire apartment. The original source is Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör realty in Sweden.
Hidden over the hill in Studio City is a wonderful new home décor store called The Black Door. Owner and interior designer Jessica Nakata opened her doors just a few months ago. The store is filled with an assortment of bedding, candles, home furnishings and a variety of accessories. The Black Door also carries Martha Stewart's signature high-end furniture line, and most of the line can be seen at the store. We recommend a visit to her store, hidden just behind Le Pain restaurant just off Ventura and Coldwater.
Though there ARE others, this is our first roundup of four chairs. If you have recommendations for others, please add it in the comment thread. Room & Board Ian Chair: Thumbs up! The super soft oversized Ian is a good choice for those who want to feel like they're being enveloped in a club chair. CB's Bryan chair has that great 50's styling, but more importantly fits the bill for comfort. PB's Manhattan chair is anything but Manhattan in our book. Although comfort is entirely subjective I'd say this was the least comfortable chair as it was also too soft and squishy. This nicely scaled club chair from Ralph is a good balance between style and comfort. For those who want a stylish, urban and comfortable club chair this choice is for you.
In the photo above, the supposed 'lamp' doesn't look like much more than an aluminum brick-the kind you might see lying around the Apple plant before it's carved out to make a unibody MacBook Pro. If you take a look under the jump, you'll see how to figuratively flip the switch and get the glow going. If you looked closely, you'd see that the Brick Lamp by HC Wang has sides that are faceted, creating built-in handles and a way to prop up the lamp and reveal the light it's hiding laying down. You can prop the Brick Lamp up on any of its four sides to cast a gentle glow across a wall or table. It's not a super-bright task lamp, but instead the kind of subtle hint of light you want on your desk-all coming from a super-modern aluminum lamp that matches your everything-Mac desk.
Want to take a short break from our Fall Colors Contest voting? Tired of looking at good looking interiors and want to refresh your eyes with design choices from the flipside of the spectrum? Well then, we've got a site for you: The Ugly Couch Contest! The Ugly Couch Contest is down to 20 Ugly Couch semi-finalists, all vying for a grand prize of $5,000 for a living room makeover.
COLOR PALETTE: Purple Prairie - raisin, deep brown, tan. GO TO MELISSA'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
This 'Dark and dreary' dining room just begged for a makeover to not only brighten it up, but also to make it a space that might actually get used. Inhabited by folks who love to entertain, this small room needed more seating and storage as well as a redesign to utilize space better. The first thing we did was sell all the existing furniture on Craigslist. Then my Dad mentioned the idea of a custom banquette and it was the perfect idea to add comfortable seating and extra storage space. The rest of the pieces were all found at local thrift stores. The solid wood table was sanded and refinished with a darker stain, the chairs were re-upholstered with a geometric fabric and a large mirror and chandelier were added to soften the space. The new space is much more functional and comfortable; it's my new favorite spot in the house.
Design blog Core77 has a ton of posts and video from Milan. In addition to a chat with Derek Chen of Council, there is a quick video of Dutch designer Tineke Beunder's Marbelous table. It's a wooden table that has been carved to double as a marble shoot chute.... Marble chutes are one of our favorite toys! Via: Core77.
Round coffee tables are so easy and low-maintenance. When you need an open floor plan, round coffee tables can be temporarily pushed aside or placed next to the sofa, without a crooked angle in sight. They move easily for cleaning and are excellent for small spaces where mobile furniture makes for a quick shift from party mode to office mode. In addition to round coffee tables, oval and organic shapes work nicely in situations where the conventional square or rectangle won't do.