For our walls, we chose colors that looked as though the home would almost taste and smell good! Colors like Merlot and Mulberry and Plum are inspirational, rich tones that encourage us to cook, create, and entertain. The use of color can draw attention to certain areas of a room that might deserve it more than others. vIf your floor isn't so great, show off great walls, and vice versa! If there is a focal point in the room that should be shown off, paint it in bold colors and use precision when you deal with the trims. Crisp, clean lines and colors that work well together are key to drawing the eye to a special area of the room. We like to stand in the room with the best view of the space we're about to paint and choose a color that will not only work well in that space, but that will look great when viewed from a room that has already been painted. We chose a color for the kitchen that worked well with the color of our livingroom because you can see it from the sofa. We added certain touches of the kitchen color on the mantel of our livingroom. We love to use the color wheel to get inspiration and take photos of my rooms and use Photoshop to 'Pre-paint' the walls before buying paint.
Buying a new TV can be just like buying a pair of jeans; you want something that matches your style and fits your form. So why is it that we'll approvingly try on a pair of jeans before we buy them, but trying on a TV is still an unthinkable convention? Website TV Size Matters wants to change up the way we buy tech by letting your living room 'Test out' a new TV. Wondering if a 60-inch set is too big for your space? Wish you could get a glimpse of what a new TV might look like in your room? Check out TV Size Matters. When you upload a photo of your room, TV Size Matters shows you a simulation of what the space might look like with different-sized TVs from a sliding scale. It works by having you set the scale of the room by drawing a line on the photo-along a known object like your picture frames or sofa back-and typing in the length of that line in real life. TV size matters will show you if the screen fits in its intended spot, but it's still up to you to pick the best screen for your space. Remember that viewing distance has a lot to do with choosing the right screen size-this post has a great chart that spells out the ideal viewing-distance to screen-size ratio.
Dustin and Whitney from The Rooster and the Hen recently revived their plain-Jane bedroom, incorporating old pallet wood, a repurposed fireplace, and DIY art for the walls. The best part? After they sold their previous bedroom furniture, they ended up making $192.90! Even though their blog is fairly new, Whitney and Dustin are old pros at stretching their dollars by shopping at yard sales and reusing old things they already have. Whitney painted over two old canvas paintings and made some inexpensive beachy art from a repurposed frame and collected shells. The pair also worked together to switch out their duvet, make some burlap drum lampshades for their garage sale carboy lamps, and fill the faux fireplace with poplar logs they cut themselves. They also built a headboard and mirror from old pallets- the weathered wood is reminiscent of an old beach walkway, and adds to the seaside feel of the room. Check out how they did it all, including a total cost breakdown and detailed instructions, in their master bedroom reveal!
Parts of the country have been seeing lots of snow, so that got us thinking about shoes yet again and some quick DIY ideas for where to put the really wet ones. It's great for baking cookies- or for holding wet shoes- get out a baking pan and a wire cooling rack. Another way to make a simple boot tray work better- fill it with stones so that the water from boots on wet days will drain down.
We love looking to European retailer Zara Home for staging inspiration. Their catalog photos always present unique ideas, usually with a unifying theme behind them. This year, the spring catalog is all about rustic style: timber headboards, layered blankets in natural colors, and lantern light fixtures. Click below for a few ideas.... Rustic Metallics: soft gray walls, antique mirror, white cotton blankets, and a wooden chair rail. Cabin Chic: clapboard walls, distressed metal side tables, and a checked blanket. Cottage Colors: pale gray, worn white, and a bunch of wildflowers. Cool and Calm: worn wood side tables, lantern lights, and a crocheted bedspread. Dark and Moody: blue-gray with glazed ceramic accessories.
Durham, North Carolina is home to many old tobacco warehouses no longer in use. Some warehouses have been converted into homes and we were lucky to get a look inside of one. The newly converted condo preserves the old warehouse features in an environmentally-friendly way. The photo above shows the view into the living room from the hallway/entry. The space is divided into two floors, with the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and the living room and kitchen on the first floor. The warehouse windows let in an enormous amount of natural light. Timber beams from the original warehouse were preserved and used in the new condo. How would feel about living in a former tobacco warehouse?
Name: Rene Location: Chicago, IL Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: Originally this bedroom had white walls, ceiling and trim, and minimal design. An unexpected breakup was the chance to completely transform the room from what it had been. I used Francesca Black for the wall color, as it creates a neutral but deeply rich backdrop to the space. Keeping the ceiling, trim, bedding, and accessories in a neutral white palette allows the space from feeling cave-like. Pops of color were brought in with the use of a red vintage crystal chandelier and minimal artwork with gold frames. The overall use of dark colors is minimal, yet it creates a relaxing and comfortable retreat each night.
In Lakeview, this red European designer couch is for sale. Some great things going for it: only a few years old, fun shape, felt fabric, and a great cherry red. 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..
Rather than just put all that tech behind glass though, many exhibitors put up some great elaborate displays and booths for attendees to test out their new optical gear. Panasonic Lumix BoothPink Out! The Panasonic Lumix booth featured a couple soccer gals dressed in neon pink ensembles kicking soccer balls of the same hue. The purple light cast of the booth, complemented with the bright green grass and a soccer field backdrop helped simulate shooting a live action game at night. Panasonic 3D BoothJust around the corner was another Panasonic booth. Sony Alpha BoothSony did a couple things with its photo booth - set an interesting scene with several interesting elements and promote its new summer blockbuster Men in Black 3. Not overly bright, this booth showcased the Sony Alpha camera's ability to do it all. Nikon 1 BoothLast, but definitely not least was the super-fun and hip booth from Nikon.
Talk about the decor of the White House tends to focus on its more public areas, those open to visitors, but throughout the years the private spaces in America's preeminent mansion have undergone just as many changes, and perhaps more dramatic ones. Every first family has had the opportunity to leave its particular mark on the White House's master bedroom, and their decor choices, through the years, while reflective of the choices of different families, have also created a story about the evolution of American tastes. Join us, if you will, for a little more than 100 years of first bedroom history. All these photos come to us through The White House Museum, a fascinating website that provides a virtual tour of the White House. The room in 1962, when it served as Jackie Kennedy's bedroom. The room we're looking at, the master bedroom, has traditionally served as the president's bedroom. Betty Ford in the White House bedroom in 1977, just before her departure. The last two administrations, as far as I know, have not released any photos of the private rooms of the White House, so the most up-to-date image we have is a grainy photo from 1998, of the bedroom as it was under Bill Clinton's presidency. You can see more images of the White House master bedroom over the years - and while you're at it, take a little tour around the whole house - at The White House Museum.
It can be tricky to fit everything into a small apartment, and often one of the first functions to get the axe is a dedicated dining space. A folding table, like this one spotted on Jelanie Shop, is a great solution if you have room for a smaller table but want a bigger one for dinner parties and special occasions. You could even fold the table up completely and tuck it into a corner or behind other furniture when not in use. If your space is so small that even a folding table is a bit of a stretch, a wall mounted table in the kitchen can double as an extra prep space and a dining area, and fold away to almost nothing when not in use. This is the solution I've embraced in my own apartment: a desk, on wheels, that can do double duty as a dining table when needed. If you're really short on space, and you often find yourself eating on your couch, a coffee table that lifts up to a proper dining height can help to dignify the process a little bit. Finally, Natasha and Rob have found an excellent dining solution for their 350 square foot East Village apartment: a coffee table that converts to a dining table.