We spotted this wall, in the room of Dwell designer Jennifer Chused's son, over at Cup of Jo, and felt inspired. Adding a wall like this, possibly with art you already have, is a perfect way to rejuvenate a room this spring. We love the idea of framing a collection of similar things, and we second Joanna's idea of using pages from an old book and IKEA frames.
Name: Jennifer Location: Richardson , TX Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: The unchangeable trim, granite and floor colors are so warm; we really wanted a cool color contrast for our dining area. I think the hint of warmth in this blue was a nice compliment to all the golden tones of the apartment and our added furniture/accessories. We chose to wrap the color through the arched doorway and into the entryway so we're always greeted by this great shot of color. When we move out, we'll have to pay a fee to have each painted wall covered over, so we wanted to be bold with the small amount of painting we were willing to do.
The kitchen had a contemporary feel for 1989, but for 2013 the owner was hoping for a softer, more family friendly feel. The stainless steel Sub-Zero fridge was only a couple of years old and fit in with the new style planned for the renovation, so the homeowners decided to keep it. The art piece of giant utensils and the cow head have become a defining pieces for this family's kitchen, and hold sentimental value for the space. The original granite countertops were innovative for 1989, but the edges of the countertop were coming unglued. The old countertops were replaced by honed Carrara marble countertops with a beveled Carrara marble subway tile backsplash. While you might be tapped out financially after fitting a new kitchen, something that is a really nice addition is new tableware to complement the kitchen style. For this kitchen, the owner invested in Juliska Pewter Stoneware.
Q: I just bought an apartment and will be moving in next month. The living room/dining room is almost square and there's a beautiful antique large crystal chandelier in the center of the room. While I don't want to get rid of the chandelier because it's so pretty, I worry that having a central focal point in the room will make it harder to create a separate feel between the dining room side and the living room side.
Classically handsome hand carved stone 'Portrait' wall tile from Artistic Tile. Artistic Tile's designer, Nancy Epstein, was inspired by tiles she sees each year while visiting Verona.
Check out this vintage Fainting Couch from the '20s. It was reupholstered last year 'In a beautiful and dramatic upholstery fabric.' See more info in our classifieds. 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..
Right now I'm convinced that the perfect thing for that last blank wall would be one of these breathtaking modern mirrors. Cordor Design's Objet Trouvé mirrors incorporate found objects for a whimsical, sculptural effect. I'm a little bit obsessed with this mirror from Bower, first spotted on Design Sponge. It's from their series of Shape Mirrors, which you can see here. They're available from Room68, starting at $975. The hand-distressed antique finish of this mirror makes it not so great for looking at yourself, but perfect for making a big statement. Color-washed circle mirror, $1.098 from Anthropologie. This gorgeous leather and brass mirror is by EK Design. Probably my favorite item on this list is this beautiful, delicate 'Francis' watercolor mirror by Constance Guisset for Petite Friture. The design of this floor mirror has a beautiful simplicity. Metal framed floor mirror in rose gold, $499 from West Elm.
In Rogers Park, we spotted this red folding kitchen table, which the seller says could use a little help on the surface but is in great shape otherwise. 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..
Build one long high bookshelf around the walls above doors & windows to keep more wall space free. Top left: living room with corner of kitchen counter at bottom of photo. Large wooden bowl atop chest was carved & used by my mountain-man great-grandfather. Antique boatbuilder's working half-models and friends' bird & whale carvings on wall over oak chest/cabinet. Almost all windows look out on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Old oak dining table for four is by large window opposite the half-models. Bottom Left: Boat galley kitchen with 4-burner stove/oven, double sink; pottery & baskets kept atop cabinets. Out of view is a large cedar wardrobe for a closet and two chests-of-drawers. View out large window is of a large mowed field; small window over bed looks into a large bamboo grove. Another tip from Helouise's illegitimate brother here: In small spaces, install hooks to hold open doors back against walls. In tight quarters, you will bump into a door that's swung even an inch out of its usual position.