Sometimes we could all use just a little more space. Whether it be to hold your extra appliances, or another work/prep station, a cart or kitchen island can be the ideal solution. We love this kitchen work table/appliance cart unit for several reasons: 1. It's on casters so you can roll it wherever you need it. The main reason, is that it has a fold out attatchement to become a dining table for two- AND you can store the stools underneath. There's also a convenient towel holder bar on the side!
Filled with sturdy wood and metal furniture, an industrial chic dining room is always impressive. Add some casual workwear-inspired denim accents, throw a soft rug underfoot and the look becomes surprisingly inviting. Hunt for pieces that play on the industrial style's go-to materials, such as wood, metal and leather, but don't be afraid to soften them up with a more delicate silhouette.
Check out a closeup view of the cool message board and dining area, created by designer Janine Carendi a friend was able to snap in person. You could list one heckuva long grocery list on that wall-sized side chalkboard and pin up a week's worth of notes onto that message board. Best of all, the whole table and bench setup tucks into a compact form when not in use. Peep the setup in its compact form below the jump.... We'd imagine ourselves using this as a remote/secondary home office during the day and a dining spot in the evening. Check out more ideas from Janine at her site Area Interior Design.
I want to maximize my living space by creating a 'Floating' loft bedroom. My ceiling is set at 10' high and I want a minimum of 6' to stand below my loft bedroom and atleast 5.5' for the sleeping area. Should I take out the finished ceiling and expose the beams and perhaps gain some ceiling space? The building used to be an industrial building so I assume that each floor has high ceilings. What do you think? more below the jump....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. A loft plan is a great idea and you will definitely get more space, but - depending on how much storage you need - consider building up the floor 3', padding it and creating storage underneath as well. This may allow you to bring the bed down to the floor and create a more restful sleeping environment. We would definitely remove the ceiling, but only if you still have some insulation from your upstairs neighbors. Exposed beams are far more beautiful, but hearing them walk around is not worth it. You want to make sure it is clean above your head. If the building is old, you might nave to do a lot of work to 'Clean up' the ceiling before you can sleep beneath it.
When it comes to screen size, going big can sometimes cause more pain than pleasure. Case in point, when we were living in our 300-square-foot studio, there was no way to engineer our media space without practically sitting on top of our 42-inch LCD. Jason Sewell had a similar dilemma with the layout of his living room in Richmond, Va. but rather than endure eye strain, he used the space under his stairs to build his media center. Jason created a built-in where his 50-inch Samsung DLP could rest. Recessed below the TV are Jason's peripherals - a Dual-Core Mac Mini, Series 2 Tivo, and a Comcast HD STB. A closet under the stairs, accessible from the other room, gives Jason access to all the wiring, plus hides a 1-terabyte hard drive array, audio amplifier, 30Mb/s FIOS connection, EyeTV 500 HD tuner, and a big UPS backup. Jason uses the EyeTV to record HD content, both over-the-air and clear-QAM broadcast on cable. 'I've got 5 tuners total in the setup and I can record three shows concurrently while watching a fourth,' he writes on his Flickr page. He uses a bluetooth mouse and keyboard to control the MacMini.
Last week I got to visit Dr. Brent Ridge at home, because I'm helping him work through the 8 Step Cure for a radio show on Martha Stewart Radio. HE is a fascinating character, and his whole story was well written up by the NYTimes just over a month ago, but what I want to focus on his new cork floors that I photographed.... Cork is a great, 'Green' flooring solution. Cut from trees that renew themselves between each harvest, it's durable, moisture resistant, and provides thermal and acoustic insulation. It is also hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and insect resistant. When installed as a 'Floating floor' it also requires no toxic glues or adhesives AND it's easy to install. I have been a little resistant to cork floors in the past because of their dark color and mottled surface. They remind me too much of the macrame 70's and feel their busy texture adds visual clutter. These white tiles are really bright and airy, and they feel really good under your feet. I would totally recommend looking into these if you wanted to do a white floor anywhere in your home.
Danica's new house came with an old kitchen, and she knew it had to go. With a nice layout and some Craigslist luck on her side she was able to DIY her way to a gorgeous updated kitchen. From Danica: We moved into our home last year and the first project we tackled was the horribly boring builder grade kitchen. The layout was great but the oak cabinets, white laminate and checker backsplash needed some serious updating. After weeks of research and anticipation, I got to work on demoing as soon as we got the keys ! It was a massive DIY project that took on a life of its own. We replaced the square tile backsplash with a classic subway tile and dark grout, painted the existing cabinets, traded the countertops out for a stained wood, switched out the boring island for a hand carved dresser with Carrara marble counter and finally replaced all of the appliances. I now wake up to such a beautiful kitchen that puts a smile on my face everyday.
Besides having all of the office supplies you could ever need, Office Depot is having a sale on its office furniture, at up to 30% off through June 2. This Black Onyx Matrix Computer Desk also includes the hutch for $139.99. We love the multi-tasking desk chair that also serves as a filing cabinet-not sure how comfortable it'd be, seems to have decent padding, though it'd be very easy to keep your files handy. The sale includes Christopher Lowell collection items and Pottery Barn-esque desks, chairs, credenzas and bookcases.
When the weather's this lovely, I find myself exceedingly jealous of people who have grills and can cook outside. I'm even more jealous of people who have kitchens like these, with doors and even walls that can be peeled back to create an entire kitchen that's gloriously open to the outdoors. The house pictured above, a lovely remodeled Victorian in Cape Town, has a kitchen that opens up to an internal courtyard. From Planete Deco, a kitchen/dining room combo that flows seamlessly into the outdoors. Although this kitchen from Desire to Inspire doesn't connect to an expansive backyard, the architects have cleverly achieved the same indoor/outdoor effect with a little patio, where folding doors allow the whole kitchen to become an outdoor space. This stunning kitchen from New Zealand Design Blog has walls that completely retract, uniting it with the backyard beyond. You don't need to have a huge kitchen, or a huge outdoor space, to make this idea work, as evidenced by this lovely space from House Beautiful. This kitchen from Location18 offers the option of dining indoors or out. Here's a lovely idea from Houzz: an outdoor bar that connects to the kitchen via a folding window. Finally, a kitchen from My Domaine whose wall of folding doors allows it to become one with the outdoors.
Drawing on the walls usually is not an activity parents encourage. When the results are as impressive as what we saw at Coochicoos, you might want to re-evaluate. Jump below to find out how to create this DIY wallpaper.... Kellie, of Scraplog, grabbed two fat paint pens she had laying around the house and followed a pattern from a magazine. She says the project took her 2-3 hours with no measuring. See more photos of her finished project at her blog. We think this would be a fast, easy and inexpensive way to dress up a nursery Great job, Kellie!
Regardless of whether you work on a computer or do other activities at your desk, you probably at some point in the day need a little task lighting. We're not sure why, but sometimes we tire of typical 'Office-y' looking desk lamps and crave cuter, smaller lights with personality. Last week I chronicled some of my personal small space struggles, showing you a photo of my own 'Office corner.' My favorite part is a thrift store find of a tiny little lamp. If you work primarily on the computer, you probably rarely need a light with adjustable arms or high-wattage bulbs to help you see papers. Like us, you might only need a soft glow from a small lamp to help illuminate your desk at night. These 9 lamps do just that: they're small, stylish and the perfect addition to a desk when looking for a little bit of simple light! Do you use a lamp at your desk? If so what kind? What do you think of these stylish and small desk lamps, and what are your own suggestions?