We love the architecture and details of many older homes, despite the smaller square footage and more interior walls than we'd like. There are no family rooms, recreation rooms or bonus rooms to speak of. There often is a formal dining area adjacent to the main living area, perfectly-situated for a playroom. We love to entertain but we find that more and more we're doing it in a less formal way - buffet style sitting on various surfaces throughout the house. The dining room definitely is handy for Thanksgiving dinner, but a playroom would be great the other 364 days of the year. We need some paint, new lighting, new floor coverings and some storage space for our dining table. Has anyone done this in their own home? Please share with us in the comments.
Say you're in the market to put a theater in your house. You COULD go the traditional route and model it after a nice, Art Deco-style vintage theater...or you could put in an INSANE BATCAVE! As tacky or ridiculous as this may seem, you have to give the guys at Elite Home Theater Systems credit for committing to a vision. The stalactites and bat sconces are a nice touch; and that Batscreen is money!
Liane says this Beautiful Red Leather 3 Piece Living Room Set is just a year old and in excellent condition. If you're looking for a couch, loveseat, and chair - and are brave enough for that much color - check out the ad 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..
We just want a really good chair for a really good price. Is that too much to ask? Well, here's one awesome answer: this Danish armchair is near perfect, with the exception of needing a cleaning. This lovely chair is going for $225. 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..
A well designed and made wood desk is a pleasure to work at and fits nicely into a home, which wants more warmth and softness than an office environment. Here are three that I've stumbled upon over the past month that are unique and beautiful, with real design design DNA behind them. Over the weekend, at the Arch Digest show, I saw a beautiful small maple desk by George Nakashima, which is simple and luxurious at the same time: the Patterson Desk. They don't know if any of these designs were built or sold, and they've been slightly modified to contemporary specifications. At our last Apartment Therapy Offline, I met Henry Grosman and Abby Richardson, two young designers who have created a uniquely attractive His and Her desk from green materials called the ADV 2.0. 'It is made from an environmentally friendly wood that is a composite of sunflower seed husks called dakota burl. The wood was cut with a CNC router machine and the legs are 1' piping with speed rail joints. The surface of the desk looks like burled wood and smells like Cheerios. While they're not in the manufacturing business, they wanted to get their design out there and said they'd be happy to help others make it. Finally, a few months ago Joseph Fratesi of Atlas East released a stunning new desk that matches their as4 shelving system. Made, like the shelving of solid walnut and cold-rolled steel bar, the desk is free standing and minimally framed so that you can move freely in and out of the desk.
Wanna see how the girls at Blueprint throw a shower? July's issue has a great article on throwing a modern baby shower. Two expecting mothers over at Blueprint got one classy shower. See how they made the decorations, what they served, and the special gifts they gave the moms to be below.... Home editor Page Marchese Norman and senior home editor Rebecca Robertson chose orange and teal as their colors. They compiled a great CD for baby's first music. They also made scrapbooks full of family photos to familiarize baby with their grandparents and even their pets. Kendra and Rachel also received these felt boxes full of other Blueprint moms' favorite picks. We are throwing a few showers in the upcoming months.
Scenario: you've just moved in, everything is everywhere and all you want is to feel at home already. For us, that means among other things, having our books out and accessible. We didn't have a decent bookcase, so books stayed in boxes that took up valuable space, if only we'd seen this things might have looked better. These images from theshutdoor's Flickr page prove you can make piles of books look good with a little effort. We realise this storage solution is not for everybody for obvious reasons - accessibility is somewhat limited, but as a temporary solution while you are looking for a permanent book storage system, it can work. To avoid a big messy pile that screams 'just moved in and overwhelmed' try creating smaller, carefully arranged piles of books in different rooms or areas. Please don't stack them too high, or you may have to cry 'timber. Theshutdoor's whole house is very serene and full of light, check it out here.
Black and white stripes pack a bold punch, which is great, because summer is no time to be subdued and demure. Go for it with this striped furniture and decor for the outdoors.
The kitchen that Emily and I use is admittedly pretty darn small. At 68' x 76' in size, it's more of a boat -sized cooking space than an ordinary kitchen, meaning that only one of us can cook at a time, lest we end up finding ourselves accidentally included as one of the ingredients. Ft...almost half the size of our studio apartment! Though we're proponents of small space living, we do think having a decent sized kitchen is a luxury we wouldn't mind having again, since we do miss cooking together in the same room. You'll notice our cat looks uncomfortable in the corner...that's because we're standing too close to him in our tiny sized kitchen and he feels like we're not respecting his personal space. Even he wants us to get a larger kitchen.... Here's my dear mom in her kitchen from way back when she lived in what was soon to be named Koreatown. The kitchen in our Wilshire Blvd. area apartment was small, but still much larger than the one Emily and I use currently; about twice as large. On the complete other end of the spectrum, we've got the kitchen inside LA's most expensive apartment, darn near ready to have Gordon Ramsey over to throw something together, with room to spare for several Mario and Emeril-sized chefs. So AT people...what sort of kitchen to you work your culinary magic in? Do you wish you had a larger kitchen to work in, or do you hardly cook anyway and just use the space to socialize? For those of you with small kitchens, any good tips you'd like to share about space saving solutions? We're personally fond of magnetic utensil holders, kitchen rails, ceiling pot racks, hooks, hanging produce baskets, and near-ceiling shelving to optimize space. We're still struggling with the battle of the bulge in the kitchen.
While we don't know if we'd be able to spend the whole day standing at our desks, we do like John Knox's vision. His entire desk is made of salvaged wood he's found laying around on the streets, and in one case, his basement. John Knox writes: 'Part Ikea-hack. Part cradle-to-cradle design project. This Rumsfeld-modern standing desk features an alley found desktop cut to size and mounted on two long stored in the basement Ikea sawhorses. Two adjustable wing shelves are salvaged lumber from a spouse rejected over sized trundle project. Note the attached'pen ...on a chain', arguably the greatest office efficiency device invented since the pencil sharpener. Love how the adjustable winged shelves are able to hold extra office gizmos when needed. Those sawhorses provide good desktop and printer storage as well. 'Oh and are you wondering why it's called the Rumsfeld? According to John,'Rumsfeld also approved placing detainees in 'Stress positions,' such as standing for up to 4 hours, though he apparently found this approach unimpressive. Rumsfeld, who works at a stand-up desk, scrawled on the memo, 'I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours? D.R.'.