A local favorite shop, lille, always has carefully chosen pieces for sale. It is not surprising that they carry these ultra-usable cubes designed by Sandy Chilewich. A few of the design attributes: a classic piece redone, tons of texture and they will play well with other furniture. Practical pluses: lightweight, easy clean, and dual functioning. The cover, made of the woven Chilewich plynl, is removable and available in multiple colors and textures. We'd like a pair of them tucked under a lucite console.... Available at lille, North Ave., Chicago.
From the designer: The residence belongs to a young working professional originally from the East Coast. His fast-paced work ethic coupled with cool calming demeanor called for a marriage of the east coast and west; as the loft reflects the bachelor's point of view, without feeling very man-cavy at all. The challenge was designing a cohesive space with both aesthetics in mind. Since the open floor plan allowed for clear visibility from one end of the space to the next, the design called for low, loungey furnishings featuring pops of color that add interest to the original beige box. We had the 21' high walls painted in blues and greys, pulling in various colors of the mixed media artwork the client had collected over the years as well as new pieces we found while out sourcing for the space. We started out with a custom sectional in a beautiful heather grey ultrasuede and quickly devised the space to be broken up into 2 major areas: living/kitchen. Since the client is currently a renter, we didn't spend too much on permanent solutions opting instead to outfit the loft in pieces that he could easily transition into subsequent spaces. I specialize in color and pattern so when the client gave me a go on selecting the palette for the space, I opted for high contrast in a comfy cozy livable manner. Orange pillows covers from Macy's pepper the sectional while repurposed vintage chevron covers from West Elm add texture. I anchored the space with a patterned area rug from e-tailer Joss and Main and added surface space with our star coffee table from Home Consignment center and nesting tables from Ikea.
Talk about rolling out the red carpet - St. Gallen, Switzerland had the distinction of hosting this public rec room for the residents to enjoy; from sofas to dining areas.... ...to climbable 'Cars' for the kids, it's a surreal, yet friendly, project. The 'Stadtlounge' was the result of a competition and the winning design by Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist was unveiled in 2005. We love the overhead shot of the city center with the red carpet slinking up to the edges of the facades - there is something very funny about seeing those trees 'Sprouting' up from the LEAST natural looking of any ground cover ever.... More info:Carlos MartinezPipilotti Rist.
If your idea of a blissful home is one where every wall is covered in bookshelves, then this collection of photos is for you. These 10 living rooms are filled with beautiful furniture and art, but perhaps their most eye-catching feature is their abundant shelving, filled with books upon books upon books. Above: bookshelves surround a fireplace in a space by Alexandra Loew. The beamed ceiling and wall of bookshelves make this living room from Lonny extra cozy. Wall-mounted shelves wrap a living room from House Beautiful, via Arkpad. These homeowners cleverly fitted in bookshelves between the windows of their living room, acheiving a warm, textured feel. Books add color and texture to a space from Rum Hemma. Books make a roomy living room from Casa Vogue extra inviting. A finally, a book-filled Brooklyn loft from Desire to Inspire.
Hello Apartment Therapy! I have a good question for you all: I have a long, narrow balcony off my apartment in Istanbul and I am wondering what I should do with it. Our view is not very nice; we are face-to-face with other people's balconies and I am wondering if there is a way to delicately screen the view. Should I use plants? The balcony doesn't get any direct sunlight, so I'm not sure what kind to put. Perhaps some kind of curtain would be good? We do have a small table and two chairs, but that leaves almost half of the balcony empty and I'd like to use the entire space. We like the idea of almost-sheer white curtains to add some privacy - or even inexpensive seagrass blinds that can be lowered around the perimeter. Do you have an outside space you'd like to share with the Apartment Therapy community? We have a special form for sending photos and info on your garden, deck, yard, balcony or patio to the editors.
Oh boy, do I ever love the challenge of putting together a room on a budget and $1000 for a living room is most definitely a tight budget. Online classifieds, DIY projects and hand me downs are excellent resources for keeping the price down but that may not be your style or you just want to start with something fresh and new. If you're looking for a fresh look with a mid-century twist for your living room here's how you can get the look for $1000, with a few dollars to spare for an IKEA ice cream cone. When you're on a tight budget you have to be realistic about where you're going to shop but there's no shortage of stylish budget friendly options out there. The great thing about this look is that it's fairly neutral and as your budget or space grows you can easily add elements and accessories to make your living room even more stylish and cozy.
The May 2007 issue of Real Simple has featured the OXO Good Grips sink strainer as their featured 'Product of the Month.' What makes this strainer so great is that the center is actually made of long-lasting silicone. It simply inverts and allows any icky gunk stuck to it to easily come out. It fits most standard sink drains and is $7. Available here. OXO products have been a favorite of AT since the beginning. Check out ATNY's review of these OXO products here, here, here, and this one from Kitchen. Do any of you use this sink drainer? What is your review?
Here's some inspiration for those of you who have the opportunity to think about building fences. The architect was William F. White, who has since passed away. What most drew my attention was the fence around the pool. Designed by White and my friend's father, it grew out of a sketch on a napkin many years ago and turned into a really simple, stunning design. The basic design is inspired by creating a very light structure by turning the slats of the fence perpendicular to the horizontal support. This creates a 'Knife edge' look to the fencing, which is also cut to different heights so that an irregular profile is seen. There is also a huge circular shape that surrounds the doorway and various Japanese inspired supports that go a long way towards making this less of a pool fence and more a part of the architecture. As far as really attractive fences go, this is now on my shortlist.
For some time now, white has been the color of choice for kitchen cabinets. Above: mint green cabinets in a kitchen by Petra Bindel. A beautiful blue kitchen by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri. This gorgeous minimal kitchen is from an apartment for sale by Scandinavian firm Entrance. Blue lowers and white open shelving, spotted on SF Girl by Bay. More mint green - can't get enough of this color. When I first spotted them, I completely fell in love with these grey kitchens from Karlavagen 76, a luxury apartment building in Stockholm. A seafoamy green and navy blue, all in the same space. Sage green is lovely in a small kitchen from Estilos Deco. Dark grey plays nice with white in a kitchen from Femina.