Since spotting this dining nook over at Desire to Inspire, I haven't been able to stop looking. Of course we love all of the elements that make up the space - the striped built-in banquette, the pedestal table, the enviable terrace. Despite the fact that this is a dining area for a family with a child, it still feels romantic. It's a perfectly functional space for snack time or arts and crafts but once you clean up the Cheerios and the crayons, you're left with a charming and romantic dining area for the adults.
GO TO CHRISTOPHER'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!
COLOR INSPIRATION: Our master bedroom is a true explosion of my husband and my color personalities. GO TO ASHLEY'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!
As summer approaches and evenings grow longer, flowers are in full bloom, and the vegetables are ripening, it's time to evolve the porch into an outdoor living room. Here are a few tips and tricks to make it feel like an extension of the house, which is exactly what we think a back porch should be. Creating a space outdoors is very similar to creating a room indoors. An outdoor rug, like the recycled one pictured from Gaiam, can set the stage, giving you a base to work from. Just as in a living room, anchor furniture around the rug. Arrange with Conversation in Mind: Just because the space is outdoors doesn't mean it can't function just as a living room. Arrange outdoor furniture, like the reclaimed wine barrel chairs and table, with conversation and relaxation in mind. Don't Forget to Look Up! Hang a DIY outdoor chandelier from a tree branch or pergola lattice. These look gorgeous at any time, day or night, and kick up the class in your outdoor lounging area. Bring in Some Fun Details: Potted plants, perhaps, or a set of servingware that suits your space-perfect for kicking back with fresh margaritas after a summer day spent in the garden. Stay tuned-later this week we'll bring you photos of one of our favorite outdoor living rooms.
A good friend was recently telling us that she'd love to create a big piece of wall art for her boys' room, and we enthusiastically promoted the idea of a tree mural or some other kind of tree art. What we love about this idea is that it's gender-neutral, it can be adapted in fun ways to reflect the changing seasons, and it can even incorporate creative storage solutions.
The other day, sitting in a friend's backyard, we were intrigued by the variety of flowers. We were even more intrigued by the number of hummingbirds her garden attracted. Sitting quietly, watching them hover, their wings beating at extraordinary speed, we couldn't help but notice that her garden was full of wildlife from pretty butterflies to curious squirrels. Some tips for attracting wildlife to your own garden, after the jump.... Localize: Native plants attract native wildlife. Variety: An eclectic choice of plants and flowers equals more types of animals. Ladybugs, for example, eat aphids, green flies, mealy bugs and other scale insects. Shade: Good for humans, inviting to our animal brethren who don't have air-conditioned homes to retreat to. A water feature is another option to encourage animals, block out noise and encourage a tranquil, inviting atmosphere.
A couple of months ago we raved about the positives of small space living in a post chronicling the pros of living in a studio apartment. While we all shared some of our favorite things about studio apartments, there are bound to be a few negatives of all your living activities taking place in the same room.... One of our least favorite things about living in a studio apartment is the fact that your bed is in the same room where you entertain guests, cook, watch movies, etc. We've personally placed our bed low on the ground and behind our couch to help disguise it. In the photograph above, the owners used a four poster bed to help define a sleep space in a larger room. If you live in a studio, how have you created your own little sleep space that is defined from the rest of your apartment? Do you try to disguise your bed? Do you let guests use it as extra seating or do you prefer to keep it separate? Did you purchase a special bed or convertable couch when you moved into your studio to specifically address this issue? Share your great solutions to inspire others!
We must have pink on the brain here in LA. But we just couldn't resist this Valentine's Day palette we saw on Marie Claire Maison. We've never had the guts to go pink, always fearing it would be too little girl.... Plus we tend to favor cooler tones of blue and green on our walls. With dark red accents, a hint of blue and some orange accessories, we're struck by how decidedly un-little-girl the pink feels. There's no better way to warm up our unnaturally cold apartment than with these warm inviting tones. What do you think? Would you consider a pink palette like this? Have you taken a risk on a color you weren't sure about only to be thrilled with the outcome? What's the biggest risk you've taken? Worst disaster?
Many homes have over-the-fridge cabinets designed to add storage and blend into the rest of the kitchen space. Which brings us to the question: more kitchen cabinet storage or a taller refrigerator with more food storage capacity? While there's no problem with a stand-alone refrigerator, the two contrasting IKEA kitchens shown above highlight how adding upper cabinets above the fridge can help create a more visually connected and integrated space. There are many other approaches for integrating a fridge, such as hidden panel fridges, refrigerator drawers, chalkboard fridges, and many more clever ideas from our creative readers, but overhead cabinetry is the most common. The extra refrigerator space allows for more cold storage and helps eliminate many second refrigerators in the home which may be less energy efficient and not as cost-effective. This extra tall Sub-Zero refrigerator matches the tall cabinets in this kitchen for a clean look and extra fridge space. Finding a refrigerator to match the top cabinets of a specific kitchen isn't impossible, as there are a variety of unique sizes to fit an exact space in the kitchen. Popular appliance retailer AJ Madison lists over 1,000 refrigerators ranging from 18' to over 85' in height.
The AT readers have been tough to beat in past rounds of Guess the Decade, but we're back today with a new challenge. Check back on Monday - we'll be posting the answer and the photo info then. Speculation and discussion is always welcome in the comments, but for those of you who may know the photo source info...please don't tell! Thanks!
This dining room has recently received a new coat of paint, new drapes, a few changes in decor, and best of all - a new dining room table. Things look great and even more so when you find out these homeowners did everything themselves! Ana over at Knock Off Wood has been showcasing the work of Dave and Joi from Nuestra Vida Dulce and for good reason. They've brought this space together with gusto and things look fabulous. Their table which was made by Joi's Father-in-Law is a great mix of old world farmhouse and new world modern. We love the look and hope to see more homeowners tackling large projects like this in the future! The table design was modified slightly from Ana's original plans, making things a little slimmer and trimmer.