It's been quite a while since we've done a 'Guess the Decade' post, which means it's about time we did another! Today's room is a beautiful one, and hopefully one that trips up all you design-savvy people out there. Check back tomorrow - we'll be posting the answer and the photo info then. Speculation and discussion is always welcome in the comments, but for those of you who may know the photo source info... please don't tell! Thanks!
Build one long high bookshelf around the walls above doors & windows to keep more wall space free. Top left: living room with corner of kitchen counter at bottom of photo. Large wooden bowl atop chest was carved & used by my mountain-man great-grandfather. Antique boatbuilder's working half-models and friends' bird & whale carvings on wall over oak chest/cabinet. Almost all windows look out on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Old oak dining table for four is by large window opposite the half-models. Bottom Left: Boat galley kitchen with 4-burner stove/oven, double sink; pottery & baskets kept atop cabinets. Out of view is a large cedar wardrobe for a closet and two chests-of-drawers. View out large window is of a large mowed field; small window over bed looks into a large bamboo grove. Another tip from Helouise's illegitimate brother here: In small spaces, install hooks to hold open doors back against walls. In tight quarters, you will bump into a door that's swung even an inch out of its usual position.
'The living room/ dining room space is long and spacious, about 11' x 22' and open to the kitchen. However, the ceilings are very low, only 7' 3' high. Tall friends duck instinctively as they move around the space.... I am looking to choose furniture and lighting to minimize the claustrophobic impression. Any tips for decorating and lighting low-ceilinged spaces on a.Craigslist-to-second-tier-Ikea budget? Darken the floor: either through staining, carpeting or a few darker rugs, a dark floor with 'Drop away' and extend the impression of space from ceiling to floor. Capitalize on the low, decorative aspect of table lamps. We love table lamps, because they offer great, indirect light with a sculptural element. Paint the ceiling white, but apply light color to the walls. Separating the ceiling from the wall will help to create a transition as your eye moves upward.
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.
Q: I've recently moved into a renovated rental, which is great... except that the bathroom and kitchen are very modern, whereas my style is more Mid-century modern/vintage industrial. How can I add style to these spaces without changing out everything? -Sent by Teedz. Editor: From your photos, the bathroom looks reasonably neutral in style but man, that kitchen is so shiny and new, verging on futuristic and clinical. Of course, I've lived in 100-year-old homes most of my life, so what's 'Futuristic' to me might just be 'Regular'. How can Teedz bring some Mid-century and vintage warmth, style, and maybe just a little bit of funk to this hypermodern home? Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
There's lots of AT love for ModWalls tiles and Custom Blender. We're currently on the hunt for backsplash hexagon tiles which offer endless pattern possibilities. In our search, we spotted these stainless steel tiles - not the look we're going for but super sleek. From the site: This beautiful tile is constructed with a heavy porcelain base and a 1mm stainless steel overlay. Ideal for vertical applications such as kitchen backsplashes. Free Ground Shipping in Continental US on orders over $200. Stainless steel tiles sold per sheet of 36 tiles, approx. You can also order metal tile samples for $9.95.