Q: I have been studying abroad and recently moved back to my home, where I have a small bedroom with a miserably small window and very little lighting. My pink girly wallpaper is falling off and it doesn't suit my personality, so my mom agreed to let me paint my walls. I wish I could paint my walls white to make it look bigger, but I know that getting more light is an issue with my bedroom. So I researched online and read that with a dim bedroom, it might worth painting the walls with dark colors with a jewel tone. I have finalized my choice of color into dark green, charcoal and black... and I am now stuck. I hope Apartment Therapy can help me with choosing which color(s) to paint my walls. I'll also have to buy new furniture for my bedroom so for now I only need to worry about the walls. I'd like my bedroom to be chic but a little rustic at the same time. Below is the type of green color I'd like to paint my bedroom. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jade in the comments - thanks!
Irene sent us a good question by email: 'My husband and I just bought 100 year old house in Evanston. The house is great and has a lot of character. Unfortunately, in one of the bathrooms, there is a window above the sink. Any suggestions on how to hang a mirror above the sink without remodeling the bathroom?'. Please share your ideas and suggestions for this design challenge in the comments.....
Oh man, are we ready for the end of this truly heinous week...damn. We are so looking forward to the weekend, especially since June gloom seems to be over. On tap for tomorrow: Tying down the wisteria vine on the trellis, picking lemons off the tree, and tending to our herb garden. In order to get inspired for a tranquil Saturday morning of gardening, here's one garden that we've been keeping in our inspiration files...it's the perfect combination of organized flowerbeds and wild growth. Check out more photos of this beautiful, ethereal garden after the jump.... (Images: Sköna Hem.
We've seen LEGO on walls and LEGO used as a head board. So why not the kitchen? Design duo Munchausen took a simple IKEA kitchen island and spent a week creating this unique kitchen centerpiece. IKEA plus LEGO equals Scandinavian design, through and through. The Cool Hunter posted about their ambitious and bold kitchen project here.
Despite all the advertising pushing flatscreen TVs as an ecologically friendly alternative to bulky, old-fashioned CRTs, it pays to shop carefully. Because of all this upgrading, we'll use 50% more energy powering our TVs by 2009. A few tips for greener TV shopping, after the jump.... If you're comparing a few different TVs, or need somewhere to start, check out the TVs on the EnergyStar list. They use 30% less electricity than average TVs of the same size. These ratings will be more meaningful in September, when new, more strict requirements kick in. Our sister site unplggd has gone over the energy consumption of plasma TVs and blogged a few low-energy LCD alternatives. Think about what you'll do with your old TV when the new one shows up. Best Buy will recycle it for you-but only if you've bought a new TV there. Re-nest editor Stephanie had success freecycling her old tv.
When Danielle and her family moved into their home, they knew which room they wanted for their daughters nursery but felt it needed some major restyling. After switching up the color scheme with paint and wallpaper, replacing the chandelier with something a little more kid friendly and adding all of the cute touches that make a nursery, they have an adorable space for their daughter that is a fry cry from the original room. The room is on the top floor of our 3-story home with a sloped ceiling. The room size is generous compared to her previous nursery, so we started from scratch when I had the idea of designing a wallpaper with bunnies - which she loves! It took a while for us to get started because the process of getting a wallpaper designed and printed was time-consuming, however once we had the wallpaper delivered we got it done within a few days! My husband did all the painting: skirting boards, door frames, walls and ceiling, and we hung the wallpaper together. I did the finishing details such as pictures and shelves and styling the room, the accessories were from several retailers and some from my own homeware store. The wallpaper cost £45 a roll which is quite reasonable too for the quality that we got! I have also customized other items around the room such as the pom pom rug, the house shelves which were covered with wallpaper cut outs, the blackboard which is a generous size and is the first corner she goes to every morning, and also using some unexpected accessories such as the notice board to hang the post cards. The room accessories will also be easily changed to adapt as she grows up. Thank you, Danielle! You can see more on Danielle's blog The Room Alive.
There's something really intriguing about the combination of black and white in the bedroom. The contrast makes it interesting, and the simplicity makes it soothing. Above: a black and white space from Ollie & Seb's Haus. The hotel Praktik Rambla in Barcelona, spotted on Petite Passport. That chandelier, contrasted with these minimalist furnishings... so good. A bedroom with some interesting wall hangings, from Homelife. All black walls with just a touch of white - very soothing. Tommy Hilfiger's bedroom, spotted on Elle Decor. We love the black and with wallpaper in the bedroom of Alexis & Josh's San Francisco home. Dark walls and bright white floors, spotted on SF Girl by Bay. The touches of bold black make this bedroom from My Paradissi soothing but not boring.
To be perfectly honest I initially had a difficult time determining how I felt about these Barnacle wall mounted storage vessels. On one hand, I immediately imagined the grand effect of using these en masse, placed upon a large column or wall mimicking their natural inspiration, creating a storage solution that would both look like an art installation while providing utilitarian use. It's also their geometrically-modern form which would make these a tough fit for anyone who did not live in a 'Machine for living' interior, or at least one of the less traditional variety. Still, sometimes you can admire something simply for what it is without necessarily wanting it for yourself, and these certainly fall under that category.
These colorful pillows from Canadian design shop Manor 12 call to mind the fresh, citrus hues of summertime. Handprinted on heavyweight organic cotton with a wool backing, we think they're just the thing to perk up a dull sofa. Manor12 is the work of Canadian textile designer Julie Moschenross. In addition to pillows, Julie is also working on a full line of textiles for interiors with a focus on hand-printed wallpaper and hand-embroidered upholstery. Prices for the pillows start at $60 USD and can be purchased through these Canadian retailers, or online at Modern Karibou.
A CB2 staple dressed up for spring, the Gaucho chair has been done up in a floral pattern. The addition of a semi-funky side chair into a living room seating area is an easy way to slip some pattern into what is often a room dominated by solids. The chair is also the grand prize in a new promotion being held by CB2.... The contest is called CB2 Go, and all the details are here.