Which means I'm freaking out a little bit, making plans for outdoor get-togethers and what not. Here are a range of DIY little lighting projects, in multiple styles and materials. Hello Lidy's egg-shaped project knocks off two trends at once: wood paired with brights, and the dipped look.2. This is a quick and easy project from Colourfull Ink, using readily available materials. Monster Circus knows it's never a bad time for a good Ikea hack. I would love a set of these lights, created by Fellow Fellow, using photos of my own home.5. Another great idea, this time in concrete, from Monster Circus. 6.You've got to love the hint of gold peeking out of these glitter glass lights from Shelterness. I'm so glad Kelly created these colorful votives, because what's a DIY post these days without washi tape?8. I love the cool, frosty looks of these salt votives, courtesy of Jill.9. Once Wed featured this modern geometric, paper-wrapped lights.
We loved yesterdays discussion of our own approach to our own simple life and realize more than ever how widely this concept can be interpreted. So...... we thought we'd try a thread all about what it means and see if we could - somehow - form a consensus over time. 'To me, Simple Living means....'.
We tend to avoid putting red and green together for obvious reasons. After looking through WorldTraveling's photos of her beautiful flat in Japan, we're starting to reconsider this traditional holiday color combo for the home. The color coordination almost overshadows some of the small living solutions that she and her husband have devised in their stylish home. More details and photos after the jump.... Even though the majority of the furniture in their place came from a leasing company, this couple does a great job making it all their own. The pillows on their leased sofa are made of memory foam and large enough to throw on the floor for extra seating, while the basket next to the sofa holds blankets for lounging or overnight guests. The large mirror behind the sofa opens up the living room nicely, making the apartment seem much wider. Check out more great photos and details at WorldTraveling's flickr.
Fireplaces aren't just a simple wood burning contraption of yesteryear. Modern day fireplaces can be gas, propane, or even electric - and they can look fantastic as well. Check out some great indoor and outdoor fireplaces for your modern home. 'Dimplex 50' Linear Electric Fireplace - BLF50: Providing over 4,000 BTU of heat, this remote controlled electric fireplace from Dimplex is versatile in its installation. Napoleon Linear Patio Flame: At just over 4 feet wide, this outdoor propane unit includes a kit to convert it to natural gas. A powder coated exterior and stainless steel lid gives your outdoor space an instant modern look while keeping warm. Firegear 60-inch Linear Fireplace Cabinet: This 5' long fireplace comes ready for you to finish however you like in your outdoor patio space. Napoleon 48' Linear Wall Mount Electric Fireplace EFL48: This 48' electric fireplace is reasonably priced at just over $600. Decorative stone embers and a painted black frame give this unit a sleek look.
My partner and I are planning a new kitchen at the moment and wondered if anyone knows of more environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives to chipboard/melamine? We are looking at IKEA kitchens. Since the kitchen is for an extension we will likely demolish in 5-10 years, there's even more reason to use materials that can be more easily broken down or re-purposed.... The Handbook of Sustainable Building says that solid timber alternatives to chipboard/melamine combinations cost around four times as much in general - I'm wondering if that has changed since the book. Was published in 1996? Has anyone seen any plywood or solid wood kitchens? Green kitchens: There is so much information on the topic, we're tempted to post 3 dozen links to information on green choices for countertops, flooring, and cabinetry. If you're willing to spend the time, we're certain you can find some good deals. As an alternative to IKEA's chipboard, a popular green choice is wheatboard. For green kitchen flooring, we love marmoleum and cork. Don't rule out the second R: Spend some time hunting at salvage yards - they're a great place to save money, stay green, and find something more unique than you might anywhere else.
Anna of Newburgh, NY has been renovating her home for quite some while now, and her back room turned home office has made some huge leaps forward. What started as a dirty old room was turned into a bright oasis with a nice coat of white paint. Anna even painted the wooden floor white which really brightens up the space. To avoid too much of a static museum feel, Anna plastered black-on-black fir wallpaper from Ferm - the same company used by AT San Francisco Anh-Minh and Maryse Coziol. Her beautiful desk was her father's old drawing table, whose drawer front she stained black and legs swapped out for Ikea Vika Moliden legs.
Hello AT,. I am a design novice and feel totally overwhelmed with furnishing my new apartment. While looking for seating, I fell in love with the Flexform Groundpiece couch. It's a very low profile sectional that comes in two seat depths- 38' and 48'. The picture of the couch shows it in the 48' depth....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. I want to configure the sofa with one side of the sectional with a 48' depth and the other sidewith a 38' depth. The 48' deep pieces are soooooo comfortable and great for reading/tv watching. Is this too much couch for the size of my living room? If your picture is a good indication, I would worry about it cutting off the doorway entrance, but think in all other directions it would be fine. Although the sofa will be big, your room can accomodate it if you don't put much else in. One chair kitty-corner to the sofa will round out the seating area and a square or round coffee table will give you a nice center.
Origin: The word 'Couch' comes from the French verb coucher, which translates to 'To lie down.' Distinction: None, really, between a couch and a sofa. People tend to prefer the word couch when they're talking about a casual, un-stuffy room. Origin: The word 'Sofa' originated from suffah, an Arabic word that referred to a wood or stone bench. A 'Sofa' is more of a proper place to sit than a lie-down couch. 'The couch is the thrash-able object at the center of a well-used living room, upon whose back toddlers straddle, whose cushions teenager become permanent fixtures, and which, at the end of the day, after the children are in bed, a couple might relax with a short glass of bourbon.' 'A sofa, on the other hand, sits under a trimly hung painting and lives in a house in which traffic passes it by. It would be white, of course, or another color begging for stain. And most people living at the house of a sofa would be forbidden to sit upon it at one time or another.' Origin: The word 'Settee' comes from the Old English word setl, which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms.
We all know that the IKEA Melltorp dining table really does make the best desk! Heck, we have two in our house - one in the kitchen and one in the office. Sad thing is, we use the one in the dining room more than the one in our office! So that got us thinking, dining rooms really do make great offices. Ben's Warm & Cozy Austin Apartment Ben embraces the ease and space saving magic of using a dining table as a desk. While we wouldn't say we're 100% on board with this, it's really great for those fighting for more space and double duty rooms. This works the best when you're working from a laptop. We can't suggest placing a chunky desktop on a dining table, because that's taking away from the actual function of a dining table. Desktops aren't very portable when having guests over for dinner! The laptop on the other hand is extremely portable and can easily be hidden when company is over, or if your family is simply sitting down for dinner. Chris' Industrial 'Dreamer's Dream' Loft is another great example of using a dining space as a desk. We know that Chris obviously uses this space more for computing than dining, we also know that there's no way he hasn't ordered take out and plopped down on that comfortable chair and scarfed down dinner while watching a movie! If you're tight on space or even cash, using your dining table as a desk is a really great solution! Do you use your dining table as your desk?
With all the wooden items going around, it was just a matter of time before someone made a USB flash drive out of wood. The USB flash drive comes in a 1GB capacity and is available in Japan for about $62. It's made by Marubeni Infotech.
There's a lot of storage ideas packed into this tiny kitchen: open wall shelving, under-the-counter shelving, pretty cannisters, and a casual group of baskets. While it may seem cluttered, it seems like everything is organized to specific areas. We're liking the idea of arranging fruits, herbs, and flowers in a basket on the counter as both a storage spot and a rustic centerpiece.....
Different levels... We found a lot of interesting things going on in this image from the May 2007 British Elle Decoration. First off, if you happen to need some extra storage, and you have a backsplash with enough height, we love the idea of putting up corner shelving. Perfect for spices, extra cups, small plates, or utensils. We also are intrigued with the split concrete/wood floor action going on.... We're on the fence about it, since it sort of feels a little too unfinished, but at the same time kind of interesting in a raw/industrial-meets-artsy kind of way. We're also fascinated by the swing arm lamp above the fridge. It's a bit unconventional to use this type of light fixture in a kitchen we like how it is pointed to bounce the light off the walls, which probably works fine because of the apparent high ceilings.
Among our predictions for the looks that will dominate the kitchen in 2017? What we're calling the new country kitchen. After years of hyper-minimal kitchens, we're seeing a swing back towards a more intricate, textured look - one that incorporates elements of the modern kitchen, like open shelving and minimal upper cabinets, but also brings in certain rustic or even traditional elements. We like to call it 'the new country kitchen'. The space above, from One Fine Stay, is a perfect example: the subway tile and open look of the kitchen, sans upper cabinets, are quite familiar, but the antique cabinets, which help to ground the space and add a little bit of warmth, are what really sets this room apart. See all our other predictions for the new colors for the kitchen here. The hyper-minimal style of this kitchen from SF Girl by Bay is enhanced by the texture of the exposed brick wall. Another favorite for the new country kitchen is soapstone countertops, seen here paired with shaker cabinets for an especially timeless look. The new kitchen is all about bringing together new and old elements in a way that feels timeless but also fresh. An antique work table, which serves as an island, adds warmth to this kitchen from My Scandinavian Home. Never has a kitchen so beautifully embraced the contrast between old and new as does this one from Svenngarden. This kitchen from The Country Philes, via Apartment Therapy, works dark colors and also vintage elements.
During the Room for Color Contest, many readers learn that one of the best ways to experiment and add color without painting or spending a lot money is to add throw pillows. Good throw pillows are hard to find and it's nice to find ones that offer unique patterning, rich colors and something that you just won't see in any one else's home. Ta da! I'm here to help, with my updated Best Of list complete with sources and picks in a range of prices and styles. The pillows above are from Rob, who sent this in: 'I spoke to my mom and told her about the amazing needle-point pillows that Jonathan Adler created. Knowing she was a needle-pointing maven in the 70's, I asked her if she could make some for my red leather couch. We decided on Andy Warhol icon's and we had an artist in Cincinnati paint the images for us onto a canvas. While each took months to complete, the pillows are the centerpiece of my apartment and speak for themselves. Thanks, MOM!!!'.