Want to take a short break from our Fall Colors Contest voting? Tired of looking at good looking interiors and want to refresh your eyes with design choices from the flipside of the spectrum? Well then, we've got a site for you: The Ugly Couch Contest! The Ugly Couch Contest is down to 20 Ugly Couch semi-finalists, all vying for a grand prize of $5,000 for a living room makeover.
Last week I finally finished decorating my living room. I had a photo shoot/interview with a design magazine and a camera crew coming from HGTV so I had to get my living room looking hot! I wanted to create enough seating for guests but I also didn't want the space to feel busy and full of furniture. So my solution was to purchase four chairs, which I was lucky to have found two sets of cane chairs that looked almost the same. I also used a bar cart instead of shelving unit to open the space up but still create some storage against the back wall. This turned out to be a great solution for my space and could be for someone who has a small living room or an awkward size room. With just four chairs, a circular coffee table and a rug you can center almost any room. Or perhaps four upholstered chairs like these from Plummers if you have enough room. Following is a list of where I found most of my items for my living room.
The neo-classical shapes in a crisp and glossy white would look great in both a darker space or a light-filled room. Their dramatic proportions add height to a mantle or centerpiece and work with both modern and traditional decors.... Handled Urn, 6 1/4' diam. Each is $198. Would you have a problem having urns in your home? We think some might!
Need a little luxury in your life? These 4 Gorgeous Butterscotch Leather Louis Dining Chairs bring an immediate touch of class to a room with their classic shape. A bonus is that leather is easy to clean, but at this price, we don't think they'll be getting very dirty to begin with! -MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
'La Malle Feu', or translated for us English speakers, the 'Travel Trunk of Fire', is one conversation piece sure to set the room aflame with curious wonder when opened. The modern white trunk opens up to reveal a mirrored top with a two flame bio-ethanol fireplace inside.... For more details about this $5,400 Pandora's box of earthly warmth at Atria's website.
After buying a house, there are often two lists: fix now and fix someday. The textured acoustic ceiling tiles in our bedroom fall into the latter category. They're not that big of a deal, yet I still lay in bed every night, staring up at them with contempt, wondering why the previous owners made my cozy sleeping space feel like a third-grade classroom. I was told it wouldn't be too expensive to have drywall installed. I've also thought about putting in wood paneling. This is all down the line and until then, I just have to live with my strange ceiling. Unless someone knows of a clever and temporary DIY solution, that is. I've toyed with taping fabric or some kind of pretty paper over the tiles, but I'm not sure if that's safe. To be honest, I don't really understand why the ceiling tiles are even there. Readers: Have you removed acoustic ceiling tiles or did you just leave them be? You were so helpful with bungalow paint colors that I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
Like hand in glove, the Twin chairs by Italy's Euga Design fit together perfectly. They're a set of two chairs that are designed to fit together, creating a simple cylinder. The seats are made of oak scraps covered in oak veneer and invert into one another to store compactly and beautifully. This isn't exactly like other stacking chairs we've seen before. The key to this design wasn't complete efficiency, but rather a brilliant coupling of two elegant forms into one.
Nominations are up to 15! A reminder that our sleeper sofa competition is beginning next week, and we are collecting nominations until Friday only. Okay, this is a pretty good list so far, can anyone shake it up??? MGR. It's official. We have recieved so many requests for sleeper sofa recommendations that we are going to have a competition. WE NEED TO FIND THE BEST SLEEPER SOFA IN NYC. Nominations will be accepted this week, and the voting will start and finish next week. Requirements All sleeper sofa nominations must consist of a: 1. Deliverable to NYC. SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT! Use the contribute button at right. Please include link to store & photo along with why you think it is the best and whether you consider this sofa: a) low priced $b) mid-range $$c) high end $$$ MGR..
Maybe it's because I grew up in the 80s and never had to experience it firsthand, but I have a strange fascination with the interior design of the 70s. There are strange shapes, strange colors, strange things that you never thought you would see in an home, but there they are, bold and unabashed. In the 1970s, interior design reached a level of raw exuberance that has never been equaled since. I had a lot of fun gathering together these examples of the worst excesses of the 70s. Take a tour with me of 10 interiors so outlandish they couldn't possibly be real - but they were. Above: If your houseplants match your bedspread which matches your wallpaper which matches your striped shades which match your carpet deep enough for a toddler to get lost in, you might be living in the 70s. This delightful space occured in a 70s-era issue of Better Homes and Gardens. One of my favorite things about the 70s is the way designers played with alternative kinds of seating, resulting in installations like this one, which straddles the boundary between furniture and architecture. Crazy graphics painted on the wall was also a big thing in the 70s. Best if they matched the sofa. Compared to the other stuff we've seen here, this interior is positively restrained, but the lucite tables and curvy, womblike furniture still give it a bit of wacky 70s flair. While these interiors may seem wild to us, in the world of high design there were even crazier things afoot. One of my very favorite things to come out of the 70s was this installation by designer Verner Panton, who sought to completely redefine the way we think about interiors. What do you think? Does 70s design speak to some place, deep in your soul, that craves the funk? Do you feel repulsed but also strangely drawn to this kind of design? Or just repulsed? Please tell.
In this week's close-up look at International Real Estate, The New York Times shows us a recently renovated one-bedroom duplex apartment in Casco Viejo, the colonial district in Panama City, Panama. Located in a historic building from the 19th century that blends Spanish and French colonial styles, the apartment features arched windows, floor-to-ceiling bookcases and an exposed stone wall from the 17th century.... This apartment is listed for $450,000. See the full listing and information about buying real estate in Panama: For Sale in ... Panama and more pictures in the slideshow.
For many of us, this means purchasing a Christmas tree for the arrival of jolly ole Saint Nick. I grew up celebrating each Christmas with the plastic foilage of a I-pity-the-faux Mr. Tree, assembled yearly in the living room with the precision fit of Voltron, to form a sham of a semblance of an aromatic and grand live tree...trees that seemingly graced the living rooms of all our other neighbors. My better half is allergic to many of the live variety of cut Christmas trees, so she procured via eBay a vintage aluminum tree last year...a fine fit in size and style for our cozy apartment that almost seems as nice as a real tree. Now the Christmas tree lots are about to open, and many retailers are displaying artificial tree selections of various shapes and sizes. We're curious about what sort of tree will grace the homes of our readership.
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