If your preference is for a simple, soothing place to lay your head, one great point of inspiration is the Shaker bedroom. Original Shaker bedrooms were not a place for privacy or intimacy - followers were celibate, and women and men shared separate respective bedrooms. Instead, these rooms are examples of unadorned but peaceful practicality. Some of the key components for creating a Shaker-style bedroom include: Wooden bed: A simple bed may be primarily functional, but the wood and the skill of the craftsmanship will stand out. Handmade bedding and details: Add a quilt or blanket to simple white sheets for a personal, practical, and pretty touch. Clever storage: Even if you don't share a room, make the most of your space with shelves, trunks, and wall hooks. Uncomplicated color: Keep the walls an easy, soothing white, but incorporate color and natural wood tones with accessories and rugs.
High ceilings, dramatic rooms, period details and stained glass are just some of the benefits of living in a recently restored church. This one was recently restored by a couple in Kyloe, Northumberland with impressive results .... Featured on Travelet, this church has been restored to period detail. While they have adapted the interior to provide comfortable living space, the outside has remained almost completely intact.
As a newly minted architect I love all things drafting related. This makeover by Dream Book Design has taken a vintage and underused drafting table and has turned it into a gorgeous heirloom quality dining table. Check out the incredible transformation after the jump. We loved the industrial and farmhouse feel of this table and love even more that we built it. We know that some people will think that we ruined a perfectly good drafting table to make this dining room table, but we love it. Since we didn't alter the drafting table top, we can always take our table apart and the drafting table is still compatible... so we didn't ruin it. We think the table is super original and fun and goes well with our unique home. Check out their step by step process at Dream Book Design.
Cara could have given up when tasked with turning this space into a dining room, but she persevered. There is no question that it took a bit of vision and a large leap of faith to see the potential in our dining room. Lots of 1960 going on here, but the absolute best part of this space was how open it already was to the kitchen. Right off the bat, dreams of an open kitchen and dining space danced in my head. Sure enough, once the reno ball began to roll, our vision for an open kitchen/dining area made for entertaining started to take shape. You can find a lot more photos of this dated transformation on Cara's blog.
Enjoy...(and comment away).... >> Sheer Kitchens - We don't know if these are exactly small, but they are compact. The bubble fits the entire kitchen into a space only 148 cm in diameter. All the components come in very high nickel content stainless steel and are e x p e n s i v e. >> Sunwave Stainless Mini-Kitchen - Taking a cue from the smallest place in the world, we note the Actes stainless steel kitchen that squeezes everything into one continuous countertop. >> Joe Columbo's Mini Kitchen - The wheeled kitchen features a mini fridge, two burners, outlets for appliances, a cutting board, and multiple storage compartments. As Pilar Viladas writes for NYT, it's everything but the kitchen sink.... >> Ikea Free Standing Kitchens: Udden, Varde & Bravad - The free standing nature allow for a lot of flexibility of design and can combine to make a very chic, small kitchen. >> Dwyer Compact Kitchens - These folks are All American and have been in the business of building small kitchens for 80 years. They also supply extra small appliances to fit into their kitchens.
I once got a phone call from a girlfriend who had borrowed my scale for a couple of weeks, when I answered the phone all she said was 'Your scale is an a**hole' and hung up. If you need every ounce of humor you can get to go with your bathroom scale like she and I do, than here is a a bit of fun for you. Art de toilette bathroom scales a can be anything you want, a positive reinforcement such as the. Affirmation station void of numbers but chock full of compliments, to Ignorance Is Bliss with no numbers at all just some dashes to make note of. If you're feeling really creative Scale Art has a create your own section as well. My choice: positive affirmations with the chocolates... every girls dream!
We have a white bathroom that we love, but we've been considering ways to add a little bit of color without detracting from the crispness of our blank canvas. When we found this bathroom on the website of British publication Easy Living Magazine, we were struck by how colorful this all-white space became through the addition of just a few key pieces. Dissecting the image, we came up with some easy ways to add color to our own blank bathroom.... The key to this bright, graphic look is to keep all accents in the same color family. Our favorite detail is the teardrop pattern, created using paint stencils. Bathmats and towels in a bold hue add color and texture. A small, mossy green cabinet creates extra storage space. Plastic stools or chairs are both colorful and waterproof. Containers and bottles in the same color appear as a cohesive collection. Using the same hue in different patterns keeps the bathroom from being boring. Easy Living Magazine provides a full list of sources for this bathroom, as well as 4 other jewel-toned rooms to inspire you.
Growing up, we became familiar with the word decoupage at a very early age. Today, we use decoupage in a similar way; we've updated this tried and true art form to fit in our home decor. It's a great way to use up magazine and newspapers, and create original art for your nest. Decoupage a scrap piece of wood, then hang it on a wall or set it on a shelf. You could even incorporate flat items, such as ribbons, stamps, or coins. They use a clear resin available at most craft stores, which gives the tray a high gloss and makes the items look like they're way down under a layer of glass. Get super-sized and decoupage a piece of furniture or accent a piece with panels. If you're wanting to decoupage something flimsy, be sure to use as few layers of glue or varnish as possible-the more saturated you make the paper, the more it will curl up at the corners.
When Step 2 discontinued their Choo Choo wagon, it became a cult item among parents of multiples, who would stalk resales and eBay in hopes of finding a used one. Now Step 2 has reissued the Choo Choo, and Radio Flyer debuted another wagon for three. The Choo Choo is available with 2-3 cars, and Step 2 makes a trailer that can be added on for hauling additional kids or stuff. Radio Flyer's Triple Play Deluxe Wagon has triangular seating configuration and a rear storage bag for carrying extra stuff. Each Choo Choo car can hold up to 50 pounds, while the Triple Play can haul up to 200 pounds total. Neither design is particularly attractive and we would much prefer a non-plastic option, but it's worth noting that wagon manufacturers are addressing the needs of larger families. These could be good options for families with several small kids who have aged out of their strollers but might still want to hitch a ride on longer outings.