Q: I am really struggling to find artwork that works well in our tiny bedroom. So far I've put in several small paintings that I love, but they don't work well together or suit the space. Would it look better if I removed all the small paintings and bought two bigger pieces - one for over the bed and one to replace the three small pictures by the door? Any tips would be much appreciated. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Sara in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
There are a select few of lucky folks out there who get to live in authentic converted lofts full of character- and then there's everyone else. Even if you live in a suburban home, you can still infuse your space with the feeling of wood beams, cement floors and exposed brick walls. It's true! This amazing transformation by Shannon from AKA Design + Life is proof. She turned this simple space into a brick wall full of character that could pass for any cool downtown coffee shop. Doesn't that look amazing? Talk about adding character to a space! This is such a great spot to pretend you're enjoying a coffee or catching up on a magazine in a hip downtown lofty coffee shop. To see how Shannon created this old look in a new space visit the full blog post on AKA Design + Life.
Rockefeller Center isn't the only place deserving of an outdoor Christmas tree. What about your patio or outdoor deck? Oh sure, this year's Rockefeller tree is 75 years old, 74' tall and a whopping 10 tons - probably a little oversized for an average backyard. Go artificial, especially if you live where extreme heat or cold would speed the decay of a cut tree. Artificial trees have come a long way since Grandma's white-flocked monstrosity. You can buy shatterproof ornaments at many craft and Christmas stores. Buy oversized tree lights for big visual impact - especially important for an outdoor tree. Prevent tip-overs in strong winds by attaching your tree to a permanent structure with fishing line, or weigh the base down with bags of sand. If you only have a tiny patio to show off your holiday spirit, pick up a pint-size living tree to decorate. Even better, buy one of those delicious-smelling rosemary topiaries, which will supply you with fresh herbs until next year, when it's time to break out the diminutive ornaments again.
GO TO KATIE'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Q: I really need help with my upstairs bedrooms- the walls and ceilings are paneled with wood- either fir or pine. The carpet is very old and needs to be replaced, so I need ideas for new flooring. I could put in new hardwoods, but I am afraid of too much clashing wood. Maybe I could buy super cheap wood flooring and paint it white? Or marmoleum? Carpet? Thanks so much for your suggestions. Editor: Let Jen know what you think in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
I need help with my bathroom! In the spirit of kitchen and bath month, I offer my space to you, AT readers, to transform. What I'm left with is a tiny space that's completely covered in yellow wall tile and clay red industrial kitchen floor tile. The claw foot tub is in decent condition, but the outside has been painted many colors and is now silver with black feet. A new and much larger mirror is going to replace the existing one, so I'll probably move the bamboo floating shelf down. I'm afraid that since the bathroom is so small, colored or patterned shower curtains will be overwhelming...but I'm open to suggestions. What colors would work in the space? What else can I do to improve what I'm stuck with? Thanks, kiddo katsu.
A business school doesn't really qualify as an apartment. Honestly? Whatever! Look at that flooring! It's such a rarity to see such large slabs of stone used for flooring, we love it.
MGR. VINTAGE CABINET FOR SALE. This is one of my favorite pieces, but I recently moved and it doesn't fit in my new place. It's a beautiful shabby chic-style, chipped paint cabinet. I used it as a TV stand/media storage cabinet, but it can be used in any room in the house. It's a brown rustic color, with signs of chipped carmel-colored paint showing through. Inside has one shelf, a large open storage space, and three narrow drawers. The cabinet has plenty of room on top to store just about anything. I can't say enough good things about this piece.
Flipping through one of my old decor books the other day, I noticed a room that gave me pause. At first glance, you'll notice that this is a delightful little reading nook, but if you look a little closer, it becomes clear that it's in an odd spot: the kitchen. I wish that there were a better image showing the whole room, but in general, I'm quite taken with the idea of a wingback in the kitchen area. It's a refreshing departure from your average eat-in kitchen or your typical island with stools. It's not as practical for eating, but if you have a separate dining room, then it seems like an ideal use of space. A friend can hang out, lounge, have a glass of wine; a partner can read and keep you company while you cook; a child could do homework, play, or read; while a stew simmers, you can have a quiet moment, enjoying the smells of the dish to come. It's a departure from the norm, but one that I would certainly emulate if I my kitchen layout were different. It sent me back to our house tour archives to see if I could come up with some other examples of this idea. None are exactly the same, but here are some instances where spare chairs or odd wall space have been added to give a companion a place to rest while dinner's on the stove. A Day in the Life: Katie & Soloman's California Homestead. What do you think about using spare kitchen space for purposes that aren't related to eating?
This article has got us thinking about pink living rooms, and how, when done right, they give off such a pleasingly warm feel. Here are a few we're particularly fond of.... If pink sounds a little scary to you maybe consider a very pale version of the hue. It won't conjure thoughts of Barbie, and you'll still get a nice soft glow and neutral color that's so much more interesting than beige. Va va va voom pink from none other than Betsey Johnson. Combining pink and light green usually results in something too Palm Beach/Lilly Pulitzer for our taste, but we think designer Steven Gambrel got it right here.
Some people use accent pieces for color, and some like to throw color onto the walls. If you're into patterned walls, white accents can balance a complex color scheme.... In these photos of Graham and Brown wallpaper patterns, the neutral furniture and white accents allow the patterns to take their place as a focal point. A few ideas for white accents: curtains, pillows, mirror frames, vases, lighting, and upholstery.
We spotted these neat burlap accent pillows over the weekend wanted to share with Apartment Therapy. The look and feel of burlap adds an.... ...extra design element in your space. We often talk about introducing interesting textures in your design style and spotting inspiration where ever you can. We saw a neat burlap detail while touring the Richard Neutra VDL house last summer.