The difference between a bookshelf and a book shelf is not simply an extra tap on the space bar. The former is exactly what you think it is, a shelving system for books. The latter is a shelf made from a book, which looks amazing, especially when used to hold other books. We love this easy but oh-so-pleasing shelf from Instructables. Using an old book, an L-bracket and a couple of screws, this eye-catching shelf can be made in no time at all. The intriguing thing about this project is the lack of visible supports. The final effect is a mind-bending visual that will definitely make people stop and scratch their heads. Be sure to scroll through the comments section beneath the tutorial-the user-submitted photos really give you a sense of this project's potential.
Every now and then we blog something that's really expensive, knowing full well that it's out of the price range of most mortals, not to mention budget-conscious decorators. We do this when we think a product is extraordinary or inspiring in some way, and deserving of emulation. In the case of the hand-crafted Whit McLeod Round Oak Dining Table, emulation by mere woodworking mortals may not be possible. This table is made right here in NorCal from quartersawn French and American White Oak that's been salvaged from local wine casks and tanks, which is one of the reasons we think it's special. 'But we're also just partial to round tables. They make for convivial meals, and as the holidays approach we find the curved lines of the steam-bent pedestal posts and the big round top refreshing and inviting.
When deciding on color for a room, don't discount the color of wood. We may have moved beyond dark wood paneling in dank basements, but wood tones are timeless. The striking wood accent wall lends color and texture to the otherwise light, neutral-toned shared room. In order to avoid wood overkill, the floor is a neutral carpet. The two frameless beds made up with white bedlinens adds further lightness to the space. Who can overlook the incredible light fixture? Start with these elements and if you get bored, you can easily layer on color and pattern. Interested in seeing the rest of this home? Check out the slideshow at Vogue.
For those of us in small apartments without such luxury features, this portable fireplace is the ideal way to add some fun and function to any room. As the nights grow colder, we find the idea of some added warmth ever more appealing.... The Travelmate Portable Fireplace by Conmoto is made of black powder-coated steel and glass, and burns a bio-ethanol liquid fuel. The glass panel is held on with magnets and is removable to allow for the fire to be lit. The flames are regulated by opening and closing the stainless steel slide on the front of the fireplace. 'The Travelmate measures 20' h x 28' w x 8' d, and weighs 55 lbs. We love the way the playful suitcase shape highlights the portability of the unit, but a stand to raise the fireplace off the floor is also available. The Travelmate Portable Fireplace is now available in the U.S. for $2700 to $3200, not an inexpensive option to be sure, but certainly less intrusive than installing a true fireplace in your space.
When we first spotted this trio of bud vases by Heath Ceramics, we loved the simplicity and repetition of the shapes...but what really strikes our fancy? The combination of muted earth tones punctuated with a bright, brazen yellow. It's like an exclamation point at the end of this set. Hmmm, this could be a perfect color scheme for our work-in-progress bathroom.....
'Q: I just bought this industrial dining table from West Elm and I am searching for a bench to go with it. I'm thinking of getting Parsons chairs for one side in a bright color, and then doing a bench on the other side. I can't seem to find a bench that works with the size and the color of the wood. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Ashley in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Week two was harder for me than week one for one big reason: I began running out of stuff. Up until now I could pretty much survive by using things in my pantry and that I had stored away but I found I had a much harder time once I needed to start buying things new without any plastic. We ran out of poop bags for our dog so we got creative with brown paper bags and reusing old plastic bags we could scrounge up around the house. This may prove to be a bigger problem in the coming weeks. As the rest of our pantry and other items are getting low I'm starting to think creatively ahead of time to avoid any plastic purchases. The local health food specialty store is proving to be great for things like toilet paper other things usually wrapped in plastic. I'm finding it much easier to be conscious of my plastic consumption and overall the challenge has been doable so far.
The first one has an entryway, a small hallway, a nook near the front door or even a sharp turn that separates the front door from the rest of the home. Then there's the problem that the rest of us face. You walk in the door and literally fall smack dab into the living room. In this situation, landing strips tend to migrate into the whole room. Coats and mail and umbrellas and shoes contribute to the general feeling of messiness. In my house the solution's a table and a chair that act as a barrier between the front door and the rest of the living room. The better solution? Create the illusion of a separate entryway using a rug or a table to define the boundaries of the space visually. In our home, a table and a chair acts as a boundary between the entry point and the rest of the living room. A friend uses a rug and a coat rack to define her entryway, another a big comfy chair and a small table, a third has narrow bookcases on either side of her front door to hold the detritus of the day. Whatever your solution, the basics that you need here are: a place to throw a coat or a jacket a place for your mail a place for your keys a place for your bag and other packages. If it's the rule in your home, a place to put your shoes.
I really like these chairs - traditional French bistro chairs. >> Maison Gatti Bistro Chairs: Made by Maison Gatti since 1920 these are constructed out of rattan and Rilsan, a natural polymer made of castor oil. They come in tons of shapes from stool to chair to armchair to lounge and in any color or weave you want. Available through Annick de Lorme in NYC and through Cafe Society in the Bay Area. >> Poitoux Rattan Chairs: These are also one of the top brands in France. Made of nylon and rattan, these come in many different shapes and color combinations. >> French Bistro Chairs by American Rag: 'Bring that French cafe feeling into your home' with these French style chairs made in Italy! From Los Angeles' American Rag's French shop, Masion Midi, with cane wood and nylon, these simple copies aren't bad for $200. -. They stock a complete line of these chairs in many styles and colors which substitute a soft plastic for the seat material. >> Bistro Rattan Chair: These only come in two colors and are made for commerical customers. >> Aluminum Bamboo Look Bistro Chair: Here you go, lowballing it and super strong with a metal frame. How about a rattan bistro high chair? this was is Paris - custom made for this bistro near Les Halles.
COLOR INSPIRATION: Light and shadow are my inspiration. I have drawn since a child and what always stood out to me was the way the light reflected off of, or was absorbed by the subject matter. GO TO BRENDA'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!
COLOR INSPIRATION: When my partner of 17 years and I split, he kept the house, but I kept the attached shed in the back yard, and converted it into a 180-square foot retreat where I could spend may days. GO TO DENIS' 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!
Platforms may not be the first solution we go to when it comes to separating a room, but they really do a bang-up job when it comes down to it. Not only do they give homes-lofts, especially-some needed interest with the varying levels, but you can also take advantage of possible storage space underneath. Even if you don't have the time to build your own platform, you can save space by installing a ledge for a desk instead of a bulky desk. This is perfect for people who don't have to store piles of files-but if you do need a cabinet, you can slide one underneath, customizing how much storage space you actually need. Another great example of a custom desk ledge is from my dear friends Monika and Loren: They created their shared home office area in the mezzanine of their Oakland loft by adding a ledge underneath the existing one, creating a split-level desk. They divided the work stations by stowing the computer towers, a scanner, and even a small storage locker in between their respective areas. If you haven't seen the rest of Monika and Loren's house tour, go check it out here.