Spring and summer bring such bright light I wanted a happy color to combine with my red walls. GO TO JAE'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!
'The living room/ dining room space is long and spacious, about 11' x 22' and open to the kitchen. However, the ceilings are very low, only 7' 3' high. Tall friends duck instinctively as they move around the space.... I am looking to choose furniture and lighting to minimize the claustrophobic impression. Any tips for decorating and lighting low-ceilinged spaces on a.Craigslist-to-second-tier-Ikea budget? Darken the floor: either through staining, carpeting or a few darker rugs, a dark floor with 'Drop away' and extend the impression of space from ceiling to floor. Capitalize on the low, decorative aspect of table lamps. We love table lamps, because they offer great, indirect light with a sculptural element. Paint the ceiling white, but apply light color to the walls. Separating the ceiling from the wall will help to create a transition as your eye moves upward.
It's time to stop the excuses and recognize that you can have a beautiful office without painting a thing. Whether you're working with eggshell, ivory or cream, check out these gorgeous images for inspiration.
Small spaces are our focus, but even we flinched at this narrow landmark house in Greenwich Village.... At nine-and-a-half feet in width and about 950 total square feet, it's full of small space solutions suited for even the very high end of NYC's market. Judging from the above photo and the floorplan, it looks like the kitchen burners are set in a very shallow countertop. We're thinking it's a single row of burners instead of the typical two-deep we see on most off-the-shelf cooktops. The house just hit the market: See the full listing here. Read up on the notorious house's history at New York Architecture.
If you are so lucky as to have an actual pantry, you're already ahead of the game. Of course, the downside to having room is that things accumulate and don't get dealt with. In the spirit of the new year, here are five things to target in your pantry, to pare it down and leave yourself plenty of room for the essentials. Stale or Expired Food: Just because it's a dry good or non-refrigerated item doesn't mean that it won't go bad. Inspect any containers or packaging left open, and toss anything that is no longer fresh. Anything Unappealing: Everyone has random consumable gifts that linger, and that you have no desire to eat. Again, donate to a food bank if you don't see yourself using it at any time in the future. Infested Dry Goods: This is the time to check out your bulk foods and flours for pantry moths and/or other kitchen pests, and throw away anything you suspect might be infested. Random Non-Food Items: Pantry space can quickly become general storage, and is often overrun by cleaning supplies, ladders, and all the detritus that accumulates in our lives. Find another spot to stick this stuff, and make it easier to access what you really need.
You might remember Hilary from about a month ago; she sent in her Angelus Vintage Modern Buffet Refinish Project with details of how she redid the vintage piece. I acquired another vintage piece this time by Stanley furniture. For this one I used color washing; it's a cool effect that can be applied to most wooden finds. The drawers were solid wood along with the majority of the structure. A glaze can be achieved by mixing dry pigment or acrylic paint to a water-based latex paint. In order to keep the colors really saturated, I used 5 parts of acrylic and only a 1 parts latex base as a medium. An old friend of mine used to say aim for the consistency of half n' half. This glazing technique could be used on any wooden furniture to give it a whimsical feel.
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!
We spent some time checking out past house tours for inspiration and basically gasped when we saw Heather Frazier's Dining Room. It's exactly the color palette we've been slowly working towards in the bedroom. Hydrangeas! Remember to whack the bottom of the stems to break them up so that they continue to suck up water. Simple white platters like this square platter from Crate and Barrel. Mexican Pottery in the perfect shade of blue from Colcha in Venice. A light hearted print from etsy seller seasprayblue.
Q: We are moving this weekend and are looking for some amazing advice for arranging furniture for this narrow living room in a DC rowhouse. Among the obstacles - a radiator below the windows, a fireplace dominating one wall, and the open wall for the entry way. We had wanted to create two sitting areas, one in front of the fireplace and one under the windows. We are slowly realizing that there may not be enough space for two sitting areas - and a good chance that the space under the windows will become an unfortunate 'Dead' zone. We also thought of putting a round table and chairs next to the radiator, but are uncertain if there would be enough space or room flow. Editor: Amy- what great bones! We love the window nook, the wood floors, and the yellow archway, but we can see the challenges you face in this space. How about a chair and ottoman in the window to create a comfy reading nook? It will look less crowded than two chairs and won't block too much of the heat coming from the radiator. Your couch can face the fireplace and create some separation from your entryway, and if you're having a party, the ottoman can always serve as additional seating. Readers, what advice can you share with Amy as she gets ready for a pre-holiday move? Do you have a Good Question you need answered? Drop us an email with QUESTIONS in subject line - please remember that questions with pictures get answered first!
After writing about removing tough wallpaper with warm water and dish soap, one of our readers, Rachel, asked how to take texture off of a wall. Before you dig in though, you may want to consider whether the wall is textured to hide imperfections in the first place. Cover EVERYTHING: Dust, wall chips, and more will be flying off the walls so make sure everything is nicely covered up or moved to a different room before starting. Before you start this step, make sure you have enough time to finish the entire wall without stopping to create an even look. Spread the joint compound with the 6' wallboard knife thinly across the wall. The goal is to apply a 1/8' layer of joint compound over the wall. Wall Jointing: Round 2: Apply a second layer of wall joint compound in very small amounts over the entire wall. Sponge & Prime: Now that you have a smooth and even wall, collect any of the remaining dust on the wall with a damp sponge and let it dry. Priming the wall is recommended to help seal your hard work in and then viola! enjoy a smooth and much-deserved non-textured wall.
Hanging a group of art in matching frames is a simple way to convey a sense of unity and order to a room. When the artworks themselves are thematically consistent, like the three dark and broody paintings in the corner of this otherwise cheerful living room from Domino, the effect is even more intriguing. Artworks hung together in thematic groups have the feel of a collection. They become conversation pieces rather than backdrops, inviting you to linger over them. In designer Brian Wark's living room, featured on Design*Sponge, a group of vintage prints and portraits really personalizes the space and provides an exciting contrast with the graphic pillows. Sabrina from Hello!Lucky hangs vintage prints together too; we love the antique whites and yellows against the grayish-blue bathroom wall. Designer Steven Gambrel's portfolio includes quite a few examples of artwork grouped together by theme. Here he uses the concept in two very different entryways to equally stunning effect. The calming blues and whites in the beach house hallway are welcoming and serene, while the collection of oil portraits beckons you to follow them up the stairwell. In these two similar vignettes from House Beautiful, prints of flora and fauna grouped together complete a kind of off-kilter Victorian aesthetic. What do you think? Do you like this unified look, or is an eclectic grouping more your style?
'Q: Hi guys, I just moved to an alcove studio in NYC, and need a new coffee table that works with this room! I was thinking of buying a square coffee table such as the Basis 36' square in walnut from Room & Board, but was looking for advice. Maybe something round would be better? Or a Noguchi table? Any advice appreciated.
GO TO MARY'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!
A fan of black? Like shiny things? Don't have that much money, but looking for the very best? We've got you covered. For this roundup, we have our budget-savvy glossy black edition for college students looking to get more broke or those who have too much white in their living room and want some darkside. With the Toshiba LCD television, you get a budget set with great contrast ratio and luscious blacks, and when you pair it up with the Playstation 3, high definition gaming and media streaming will be at your fingertips. Grab any type of receiver laying around and plug them into the Pinnacle speakers to get jaw dropping speakers that not only look good - they sound great! Lastly, the IKEA tv stand is muted black, which gives more shine to the rest of your electronics and the remote control lets you program every last piece of tech until the only remote control you have laying on the coffee table is the Logitech One. Got more shiny blackness to share? Let us know in the comments!
Another testament to the transformative power of paint: this dresser-turned-kitchen-island. With a fresh coat of paint, a few new accessories and a proper top, it makes a perfect budget-friendly kitchen island.... An old dresser was taken and all of its hardware was removed. An off-the-shelf wooden paper towel holder was attached on one side and the whole thing was given a new coat of blue paint. Add a stone top, new pulls, and some hardware for hanging towels and such, and you have yourself quite an attractive and functional kitchen island. This one's not used as an island, but it is a dresser in the kitchen. Also check out the back-to-back dressers used as a kitchen island in the post Creative Kitchen Islands.
We know that black and white are big right now, but color can also be used in white rooms to achieve a high-contrast look. Swedish paint company Alcro is one of our go-to sources for inspiration, so we checked their archives for good examples. The room above pairs white with creamy yellow and deep, dark gray for a sophisticated take on black and white. Click below for more.... Pinks, reds, and purples make up the contrasting elements in this modern white room. A deep, dark blue-green is a moody alternative to gray or black. This dark accent wall has green tones underlying it. Bold red in graphic patterns creates a high-contrast room without dark colors. For specific paint color ideas, check out AT's ColorTherapy posts.