Why I use color: Color is an easy way to create a focal point in a room. When I moved into this apartment, it was a neutral white palette. I painted an accent wall gold and carried it onto the wall behind the love seat to frame the art and increase its scale so it wasn't dwarfed on the high 10 ft wall. Use color, bold or subtle, to reflect your personality. Even in a neutral palette typical in many apartments, you can use color in the upholstery of your furniture, accents like pillows, floral arrangements, or artwork to reflect your personal taste. Samples let me experiment until I found just the right color.
Even though the Polaroid has faded out into the annals of photography history with the advent of digital photography, a lot of us still hold onto the fond memories of shaking, waiting and laughing at what the film technology would reveal after a snapshot. Guess the demise of the beloved low tech photography has brought it back into the popular zeitgeist, with a couple designers bringing out very similar ideas of the Polaroid reimagined as mirrors.... Colin O' Dowd's Polaroid Mirror is 107 x 88mm, comes with a stand, and is available via Design Boom for $29. Then there's the similar, but slightly different Relax Snapshot by Atypyk; this version is flexible, offering a funhouse effect for $12.60.
All those elements paled in comparison with the monkey room. The den or TV room was covered entirely in brown wallpaper printed with swinging white monkeys, and the couch was upholstered in matching monkey fabric. The monkeys were the first thing to go when my parents were able to redecorate. I was browsing the De Gournay website and imagining what it would be like to be able to buy those madly luxurious wallpapers, and there they were! The crazy monkeys of my early childhood were the Deco Monkey pattern by De Gournay. I calculated the cost of wallpapering a room in those monkeys, and I nearly had to go lie down. Now, as an adult, I frequently think back to that monkey room and wonder what I would do with it if it stumbled into my hands. Antique Taxidermy Monkey, because we're already here and we might as well embrace it.8.
This photo of a green bedroom from Moroccan guest house Casa Lila grabbed us right away. We love the painted ceiling, the yellow-green sheers, the wall hanging, and the floor cushions at the foot of the bed. Although we don't often see bedrooms decorated in so much green, this one inspired us to search for more examples.... Inspired by Moroccan decor, French company Emery & Cie mixes rich greens in many of their roomsets. This photograph features the Oreiller d'Herbes Bed. This bedroom interior from European retailer Zara Home unites a variety of patterns under one color scheme. Another photo from Emery & Cie with green bedding, walls, and ceramic side tables: the Rustique Bed.
It's not often that we have a chance to feature more classically designed furniture like George's desk and chair set. The curves are charming and genteel - we imagine writing perfectly witty notes to friends while seated here. MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
The Ebay seller of this 1970's Retro Round Bed w/Headboard and Coverlet says it's amazing. While we could go for the carved wood gilded headboard, the round-shaped bed is a bit of a hangup for us. The $2,000 price tag does not seem astronomical if you're able to make it to Dayton to pick it up.
Let us for a moment throw the practical and pragmatic out the window and indulge in a little bit of fantasy home daydreaming, allowing ourselves to consider the details of a dream home filled with the latest technologies. The Kohler Numi, a luxury toilet features a motion-activated cover and seat, self cleaning bidet, integrated air dryer, heated seat, foot warmer, and Bluetooth connectivity. BedroomThe bedroom, a sanctuary for peace, calm, and rest. What's this? A television set in the bedroom? For those who must, here's a luxurious and aesthetics solution which doesn't take over the bedroom. Comprised of an automated TV lift which controls the display at the touch of a button, the Nexus 21 offers multiple variations, from pop-up lifts that hide the television set in furniture, to drop down setups that store the television in the ceiling. With the TV tucked out of the way, the bedroom can at least give the appearances of being distraction and screen-free. So now instead of staring at what's in the fridge, we might just be staring at what's on the fridge. 'Home OfficeIt can be too easy to get distracted while working from home, when a couch and television are mere feet away. But when imagining working from the Emperor 200, chances are I'd have no desire to ever leave. Looking like something straight out of a sci-fi film, this luxe workstation costs a whopping $50,000 for an assemblage of premium features: touch screen control center, an air filtering system, light therapy, electric powered leather seat, surround sound system, and three 27' LED screens. Living RoomWhat does nearly $40,000 get you? The Samsung S9 ultra-HD display, available at a near projection-screen 85' diagonal size. This is the opposite of the Nexus 21 above: the S9 is for people who want to make their television the center and focal point of their room. At this size, there's no way you could ignore a 4K screen this large and clear.
I'm calling it 'Livably minimalist,' and using it to describe those clean, mostly-white spaces that appeal to our spartan sensibilities, but which still showcase some of the comforts of home. In other words, like a seriously cool futurist catalog kitchen, but one that looks like somebody actually lives there. I've rounded up 10 examples of 'Livably minimalist' kitchens, so you can feel the modern-yet-lived-in vibes and decide for yourself if this is the aesthetic you've been after for your own space.
My floor plan is pretty straightforward because our dining room is a basic rectangle and the room is quite empty right now. I used the floor plan to get a sense of what size rug to buy and where a hutch or bookshelf might work best. If you didn't see my 'Before' pics from Monday's post, this is a shot of what the room looks like now - pretty barren. To make a floor plan of how I'd like the room to look post-redo, I found a very user-friendly app called House Design. Rug size: Originally I thought a 5 x 7 was a possibility but that was way off. The current plans show the dining room with a 7 x 11 sized rug, which looks like it will work nicely. The only downside is that 7 x 11 rugs are always SO much more expensive, but I'm pretty good at scouting obscure places and digging for sales, so hopefully there's a big, lonely marked-down rug out there that needs a home. We definitely need another piece of accent furniture in the room, and a shelf will serve a functional and decorative purpose. Seeing it on the floor plan helped clarify the best placement, and was also helpful in thinking about shelf dimensions. I'd like to have a couple proper extra chairs in the room, and I think if they're hip they would look nice flanking the radiator. Overall, the floor plan is getting me excited about visualizing a warm, inviting dining room.
Q: As a girl fresh out of college and moving into my new apartment, I inherited these 4 black chairs. In the pressure of time and money, I bought a simple brown table that has hints of black in the varnish. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can renew these chairs? The leather is somewhat worn and scratched and I don't think they really go well with the table. I'd just hate to throw them away since they're still sturdy. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Samantha in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
I grew up eating dinner almost every night, at the dining room table with my family. My parents were flexible and creative and not too tied to 'Rules' ... except when it came to dinner. Dinner usually followed the traditional food pyramid - a vegetable or salad, a protein, and some carbs. I never understood, until I moved out of my parents' home, how critical that dining room table was. For years, I lived in apartments that I considered too small to accommodate a dining room table. I ate sitting on the couch, resting a plate on my knees, my glass of water on the coffee table. The TV? On. Then, close to two years ago, I moved into an apartment with an actual area that could be considered a dining room. Can I attribute all of this to having a dining room table? No. It also coincided with my move to Berkeley, Ca, a community that values very few things more than fresh, local, organic food. The dining room table is a big piece of the puzzle - sitting down, purposefully, with my partner almost every evening as part of our daily routine has changed my relationship with dinner. Do you feel the same way about your dining room table? Have you had a similar experience? How important is sitting down for dinner - and do you consider it part of a green lifestyle?
We haven't found too many freestanding shelves we like, but we do love the repurposed kitchen cabinet shelving we've seen in a couple of AT House Tours. Reas used kitchen cabinets to create a floating credenza in his Greektown loft. We love how the top shelf shows off his favorite books, while the bottom cabinets conceal storage. Christy and John used kitchen cabinet shelving to make a custom cabinet that runs the length of their entire second floor, from the hallway through the bedroom. In the bedroom, the closed cabinets conceal laundry storage. For affordable kitchen cabinet shelving, IKEA is the go-to source, but we're wondering if anyone has other suggestions.