Welcome to Angie from Seattle, who wrote in to share her back porch budget makeover. Color-splashed and replete with storage and shelter, Angie's created a convivial gathering spot for guests. She even invited us over for a sangria, which we're more than happy to accept the next time we're in town. 'Today Leslie invoked outdoor color just as I was trying to screw up my courage to send in a picture or two of my latest projects. This is a little covered sitting area outside the back door of our house. As you can see we are not afraid of color on our walls!...'. We just finished this bench setup last weekend, just in time for an end-of-year Brownie Girl Scout get-together-I was gratified to find that all the adults gravitated to our little covered sitting area while the kids played in the yard out back. The 'Before' pic shows what this same spot looked like in April 2006 when we moved into the house. There are a couple of Ikea hacks in here...a floor-sample cabinet plucked out of the 'As Is' section supports the bench, and some Wilma curtains camouflage the functional but extremely ugly awning.... Hope you like it!
Hello AT,. I am a design novice and feel totally overwhelmed with furnishing my new apartment. While looking for seating, I fell in love with the Flexform Groundpiece couch. It's a very low profile sectional that comes in two seat depths- 38' and 48'. The picture of the couch shows it in the 48' depth....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. I want to configure the sofa with one side of the sectional with a 48' depth and the other sidewith a 38' depth. The 48' deep pieces are soooooo comfortable and great for reading/tv watching. Is this too much couch for the size of my living room? If your picture is a good indication, I would worry about it cutting off the doorway entrance, but think in all other directions it would be fine. Although the sofa will be big, your room can accomodate it if you don't put much else in. One chair kitty-corner to the sofa will round out the seating area and a square or round coffee table will give you a nice center.
Common wisdom says that when it comes to bathroom suites, newer, more streamlined, and whiter is better. The bathroom is often the first room homeowners want to gut, but this isn't the only option. If you're lucky enough to have a suite of retro bathware in good nick, whether it be pink, mint green, or even avocado, maybe think twice about ripping it out. In Sophie and Nick's Manchester home, above, a pink bathroom suite was brought up-to-date with a simple white and grey color scheme, co-ordinating modern tile, and lots of rustic and natural elements. In this Australian home snapped by Toby Scott for Real Living, a jade suite stands out-nay, glows-in an otherwise white and modern bathroom. Blue suites are a rarer find, but in certain locations-by the sea, I think, or in a child's bathroom-they can work. BYGGFABRIKEN. I promised you a chic avocado bathroom, and this one featured on BYGGFABRIKEN is as good as I can do. Finally, don't despair if you don't have a super-cool pastel suite to play with. Classic white in a retro style works perfectly as well, especially when contrasted with colorful retro tiling, as in this bathroom by Tim Barber Ltd Architecture. I suppose that's another post for another day, however.... Do you, or have you ever, lived with a colored bathroom suite? How do/did you feel about it? Has anything here changed your mind?
London's The White Company has a stylish range of kids furniture including classic white bedframes like this 'Provence' bed that comes in a child's single.... The 'Hampton' bed has room underneath for a spare mattress. The 'Paloma' iron bed has brass knobs and old-fashioned charm. More furniture, bedding and accessories from The White Company. Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.
Last year I rented this urban cottage in Brooklyn to be in the same neighborhood as my kids. Now they drop by all the time and it makes me very happy. For the downstairs I used bright colors to create a vibrant atmosphere, while the upstairs is very quiet and serene. The light throughout the house is strong and beautiful. I had to start from scratch on a shoestring budget, so my little cottage is filled with thrift shop and consignment store finds, hand-me-downs, and a few modestly priced new pieces. I did treat myself to a few special things for the living room, including the striped fold-down desk.
The Jaclo Lumiere shower head is all about double duty, combining a 252 jets rain shower head with a LED lighting system decorated in decorative damask, so you can pretend you're showering in the living room. We're not quite sure about the overall impression, but we like bringing in some overhead lighting in an area of the home often lacking proper illumination.... We'd like to one day see something similar, but in a decorative chandelier for a complete decadent effect. Unfortunately in our household, all we can afford is a hand shower and a flashlight strung up with some string.
Recently I have been on the hunt for the perfect dining chair and can't find anything I like. I think this is a sign - bench seating might be the solution! I have always loved the Windsor inspired communal bench. The bench seating would look great paired with a long table and other chairs as well. Or the bench could be pushed against the wall and brought out for additional seating when entertaining. I could think of many different reasons to convince myself that I need a bench seat.
They knew how to do texture right back when these vintage pieces were new - warm, slightly rustic, but with clean lines and appealing shapes. Modern Times is a shop featuring 20th century design located in Chicago at 2100 W. Grand.
Jennifer posted this children's room on her blog, Minor Details, asking readers whether or not they think the matryoshka mural is too off-scale for the room. We loved so many other elements of this room, not least the Valentine's Day timeliness of the color scheme, that we had to share it here. Or maybe we're the only ones who are suckers for crochet, toile wallpaper, and Panton chairs. All these bold red and hot pink elements are a great take on inviting color into a white or neutral space.