Inspiration Album


Small bedroom

The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood-just another reason we're adding 'Kitchen renovation' to our home wish lists. The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. I'm now convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen. If you're a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don't have to stop there-extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tiles keep the look fresh. In this New Zealand home by MRTN Architects featured on Design Milk, pale wood cabinets join forces with black hardware for a striking study in contrasts. In this deVOL kitchen, natural slated cabinet fronts sit beside those with a dark wood stain. While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel-tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in Swoon Edition's showroom, above.



Modern bed

There's just something about these colorful chairs located in front of a restaurant in Soho that called out to us. We really like the funky little legs and feet, and the peeling paint - and we imagine that if we found similar ones at, say, Alameda, they'd make a great little perch outside our front door for us to set down bags while we juggle keys, our dog, etc.


Today's fishing in the deep waters of Craigslist brought up many tuna and one swordfish. Good stuff and good prices abound, and our top pick is an antique transformer. A beautiful pre-war dresser that converts into a desk so that you can write a letter while putting on your lingerie. That said, any piece of furniture that is this flexible is going to be a goldmine for someone in a small apartment. MGR. 'OTHER GOOD STUFF- All Scavenger - 4 Ladder back chairs w. rush seat for $50- Round oak parquet table 48' for $175.- Innovation sofa bed/loveseat for $290.- Heavy set round butcher block table on wrought iron base for $200.- Tiger maple mid-century coffee table for $150.- French dining room table for $400.- Enormous mahogany dresser with 7 drawers for $500.- Cool Moroccan style mosiac table and chairs for $1,300. 4 panel shoji screen for $75.- Vintage glass and wood showcases from pharmacy in Bklyn for bo. Giant replica of Ancient Terra Cotta soldier for $3.000.

Minimalist living room blue sofa

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!

Teen bedroom

This yellow chair in River North is a great color, great design, and is going for only 50 bucks. Seller shows us the comparison from Dania Furniture, which sells for $525. OTHER GOOD STUFF. Gray metal desk with white top for $100. Contemporary black sofa for $500. Room & Board dark wood writing desk for $60. Pier 1 lingerie chest for $120. Glass top center and end tables for $80. IKEA barstool for $5.Down sleeper sofa for $400. Thanks, Craig!

Day bed

We're not normally all too fond of the revival of reproductions of dead animals in home decor. We noticed this particular instance where the effect was pulled off to some success thanks to a thoughtful use of lighting inside this Sunset Strip/Hollywood Hills abode which could easily be applied to other wall hung decorative features. We love the dramatic theater style lighting, the drapery backdrop and the shadows thrown onto the ceiling.... Take a closer peek of what the rest of this nearly $13 million dollar home has to offer besides faux deer heads on the wall here.

Living room


Bedroom under the stairs


Bedroom with great view

Tim gave me free range, to do what I want, which means bubblegum pink, yellowy greens, giant cabbage rose prints, animal prints, and everything mirrored. I love the look of Betsey Johnson's pink Manhattan apartment, and anything Jonathan Adler. We're keeping some of the furniture we already have-a king sized mattress and box spring, a white bookcase, a huge Ikea wardrobe with white sides and mirrored doors. I know it's most practical to buy classic furniture and add personality with accessories. My problem is that I always try to add personality with furniture too, which is why I'm dying to get a mirrored vanity. I like how Lucite looks, but I can't find anything affordable. Our landlord definitely won't want us to rewire anything or add wall lighting.


Purple was our favorite color growing up, and we still have a decent soft spot for it. Recently we came across these two kitchens designed around the royal hue, and we're struck by how versatile it is, coordinating with gray for a modern look, and brown for a warmer feel. The kitchen can also be a particularly good place to play with color, since it's near to, but often still separate from the main area of a house or apartment.


I never thought that oval, dusty-blue braided rug in my mom's house had anything to do with modern art. I've been drawn to the concentric squares and rings of braided rugs. Or in the case of braided rag rugs, I see the bulls-eye motif of a work entitled Target, by Jasper Johns. There are tons of rugs like this out there - both vintage and new - to be had for a steal. Searching for ones with simple, blocky colorways has become quite the pastime for me as I continue the ongoing hunt for affordable, interesting, natural-fiber rugs to soften the hardwood-floored interior of my home. What do you think? Do you see the resemblance, or is this too much of a stretch?

Red bedroom

Spa style bathrooms on the cheap! We're loving the styling that's gone into these Ikea bathrooms. This bathroom could easily feel sterile except for the warm woods and comfy textures of the towels and the baskets on the shelves. If you currently have mismatched fixtures in the bathroom it's worth checking out what it would cost to change one of them. Having all the same finishes helps to tie together a space and will make it feel bigger. This all white bathroom also avoids feeling sterile because of the textures on the walls, the addition of some softer gray tile and the details of the cabinets. It also helps that the white surfaces aren't glossy or shiny which would also bounce more light and sound around and make it feel empty. Not quite neutral, we wouldn't have considered purple or such dark grays, but we applaud the effort, this bathroom looks sleek and modern and because it is well lit, doesn't feel like a cave. What we love is that you can borrow any of these ideas to hep make your bathroom feel a little bit more luxurious. See all the Ikea Products in these pictures right here.


A modern kitchen celebrates clean lines and utility in a room that should never sacrifice function for form. These backsplash tile choices are durable and easy to clean, yet provide an aesthetic element that makes your kitchen really yours. Glass sheet backsplash: A glass sheet backsplash is sleek, easy to clean, sophisticated, and polished. Stacked pattern tiles are insistently well-ordered yet demand to be noticed. They gain their visual energy through a pattern that's actually devoid of one. A light grout paired with dark tiles is bold, while less contrasting colors offer a more subtle appeal. Either way, stacked pattern tiles say, 'You've seen me before, but not like this.' Stainless steel tiles: No fuss but certainly not boring, stainless steel tiles are clean and contemporary. Playing off the steel of appliances, they provide a cohesive look that highlights the warmth of rich wood cabinets. Understated and almost sparkling, stainless steel tiles are the perfect metallic neutral.

Large kitchen

Get away from every day cast iron or porcelain fixtures. They're made of laminated bamboo and come in sleek, rectilinear shapes. While the natural bamboo looks just great, the sinks are also available in bright-colored stains. The sinks themselves start at $580 and staining is an additional $120..


Chalk it up to Duffy London for coming up with one helluva interactive coffee table. The self explantory Chalk board coffee table is perfect for your resident artist, board game lover or just an easy medium to remind yourself to TIVO your favourite home decor TV show while you're busy reading AT. Or just make your own chalkboard paint and coat your favourite salvaged/flea market find.