Nicole and Nate needed this room off of their Chicago kitchen to do it all: function as a home office, be comfortable enough to lounge in, and also be flexible enough to fit in the occasional overnight guest. Nicole and Nate enlisted the help of online design service Havenly to create this triple-duty room. Since Nate is the one who works from home more often, it needed to retain a masculine vibe and avoid anything overly trendy - no 'Gilded artichokes,' as Nicole described it. Working around a bold print of New York and a Room & Board bookcase the couple already had, the rest of the room came together with pieces mostly from West Elm and CB2. The tufted leather sofa - a specific request not easily accommodated in a $5,000 total budget - was a lucky Overstock find for a steal. To keep the office functional yet out of the way, Shelby Girard, Havenly's Director of Design Operations, decided to keep the desk in this former closet, but add some additional style and storage. 'By mounting wall cabinets above the desk, we were able to include valuable storage space they needed for office supplies and paperwork without it taking up too much space in the room,' she says. With the office tucked away, that also leaves less clutter in the room, so it's easy to make room for an air mattress when guests are in town. So did they get the warm and inviting, clean-lined and masculine office/lounge/guest room that they wanted? 'The final space is perfect,' Nicole says.
Some people want their bedrooms to be light, bright spaces - others not so much. I can't help being drawn to these beautiful dark bedrooms. I like how the white bed in the middle of the room almost glows. It says, 'Sleep in me. Stay here forever.' More navy, this time with a wall of trompe l'oeil books. Finally, one last dark bedroom that might seem a wee bit familiar... because it's the same as the one pictured up top. This moody bedroom is from the home of British designer Abigail Ahern.
Whenever I see a beaded curtain, I am instantly transported back to 1985: It was summer. I recall spending hours stabbing my right thumb with a big plastic pink needle while stringing day-glo acrylic beads. In general, it feels like beaded curtains have already seen its glory days. The folks at Habitat are making a valiant attempt of bringing them back: check out the photo shoot of their latest bedroom decor. They've somehow managed to make beaded curtains look...G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S? The pairing of icy-blue bedding with rows of pearly strands makes this bedroom look like a secret nookie-nest behind a faux waterfall. Realistically, I'm not sure how this look will translate in a boxy bedroom with standard windows. With all the beads and the powder blue, your boudoir could potentially end up looking more like a seedy Leisure Suit Larry motel room rather than a sophisticated 70's-inspired sexy pad. Still want to try it anyway? Start with these; and when you're done, take a photo and send it off to the Romantic Room giveaway!
Q: I have looked high and low on this site and the web more generally and can find no answer to this question: who makes/made these leather nailhead trim dining chairs? The image is one that has been featured here before, from Domino April 2007 page 78, Katie Lydon's 'A Salong-Style Pastiche Over a Console.' Editor: Offer up your recommendations for Lisa in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Re-nest reader Kristin is looking to replace this chandelier in her entry. She wants it to be green, and able to use CFLs. Our first idea was paper lanterns. Other readers have suggested grouping pendants, or choosing a well-made fixture from Rejuvenation. We're also making progress on our quest for lightweight, portable containers for packed lunches. We've got a great DIY on how to reduce odor from your cat's litter box. Don't miss the latest two installments of our inspiring Green People series, which profile architect Eric Corey Freed and consultant Aaron Winer. Does mixing these two litters result in the perfect blend? Green consultant Aaron Winer tells about helping others to go green. We thought these well-designed recycled plastic food containers would be the perfect portable complement to our vintage Pyrex. Re-nest readers tell us to watch out.... Green architect Eric Corey Freed not only has an amazing scarf, but also an agenda that includes attacking government subsidies to the oil and coal industries.
This is it: time to reckon with that bathroom cabinet, where you're sure to find half-empty bottles of lotion, cleaning agents, and probably an old toothbrush or three. We find that underneath the bathroom sink is where most of our forgot-we-had-it or didn't-quite-like-it-enough-to-use-it-often products wind up. Whether it's that lotion we got in our stocking at Christmas, or the bottle of chemical-laden cleaner we bought three years ago, just before making a switch to all green cleaners... Chances are, there are many unused things under there. Whenever we're preparing for a move, or feel a spring cleaning purge coming on, we sit down on the floor and reach under the sink. If you need to pare down in the cleaning agent department, do it the right way. Clean out empties that can be recycled, or save them for making your own household cleaners. Ladies, we can't sing enough praises for one way to de-clutter that bathroom cabinet; forgo the one-use-only fem products and opt for a very eco-friendly option. Once you've organized your products, you can more easily containerize them.
COLOR INSPIRATION: I love gray as a neutral, especially when I have an affinity for the brown of hardwood floors and the 70s/80s accessories that reflect my home as a kid. GO TO MICHELLE'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!
One of my oldest friends from college celebrated his birthday this past week, and we threw him a dinner on Saturday night with a long table on a bluff by the bay. The table was simple, and inspired a bit by these pics from HOST in Copenhagen and the food was delicious take-out from a local Mexican restaurant. THE TABLE. We've used this style of table for years. Horses are assembled and legs cut to 28' in height. Table tops are made out of sheets of 3/4' plywood cut in half, so that they are 2'x8' long each. Each table sits four comfortably on a side with room on the ends for two more. Tablecloths are standard cotton 12'x15' canvas dropcloths. THE BARMargaritas and Gin & Tonics.... Rosé for the dinner... Music was provided by an iPhone connected via Bluetooth to an awesome new find - Stelle Audio Pillar. THE DINNERWe decided for this dinner NOT to cook, which was a novel concept and much appreciated by everyone with children who would have had to cook it and then clean up. The whole meal came from an amazing Mexican restaurant nearby called La Fondita.
Q: Hi everyone! We just bought our first house, and we're really excited to do some minor renovations. Bathrooms are not in the budget just yet. These two bathrooms have the original 1967 tile, and while we don't mind the tile too much, the colors are a little challenging to work with - a sort of salmon/brown in one and a drab olive in the other. Any ideas for paint colors or other minor updates that would liven up these rooms? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Michelle in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
We spotted these neat burlap accent pillows over the weekend wanted to share with Apartment Therapy. The look and feel of burlap adds an.... ...extra design element in your space. We often talk about introducing interesting textures in your design style and spotting inspiration where ever you can. We saw a neat burlap detail while touring the Richard Neutra VDL house last summer.
When we talked about making your bathroom your sanctuary we touched on having some lovely nice smelling soaps for the bath. Well some readers chimed in and reminded us that there are all kinds of no nonsense recipes for scrubs and lotions that you can make yourself using things that you might already have around the house-convenient and affordable! A roundup of our favorites is under the cut. Foot Scrub:Mix equal parts granulated sugar and olive oil and rub. To Exfoliate Elbows and Knees:Cut an orange in half and rub. Bath Soaks:Add a cup of strongly brewed peppermint tea to the water for an herbal soak. OrAdd a few tablespoons of liquid milk or dry milk for a milk bathFrom Green LIvingor Try the recipe we use. For Dry Skin:We have a friend that swears by rubbing pure coconut milk into her skin to battle dry skin. We confess, her skin is very soft and she always smells sweet. For Puffy Eyes:Use chamomile, green or black tea bagssteep them in just boiling water and then refridgerate.