We loved yesterdays discussion of our own approach to our own simple life and realize more than ever how widely this concept can be interpreted. So...... we thought we'd try a thread all about what it means and see if we could - somehow - form a consensus over time. 'To me, Simple Living means....'.
Around here we certainly love color, but that doesn't exclude some of the more subtle hues. Especially in the bedroom, some of us need something a bit more subdued, but in no way boring or unstylish. It's all about gray and white in Eric and Lauren's Reborn Bungalow. The white really pops against the gray walls, and of course we like that there isn't too much going on on the walls besides the gray in Polly and Ben's Shangri-LA Bedroom. A dressed up classic with bits of red and gold: Turquoise's Luxury Hotel Bedroom. We put together these 2 images from Domino because we loved the way the white, black and turquoise mixed with incredible textures make the gray feel so inviting and warm. If these didn't float your boat, check out some brighter colors options like adding some orange to your palette, or simply check out the psychology behind the colors you love.
You know what? Treating yourself on a regular basis is the best way to keep your spirits flying high all year. Here are our picks for the best ways to revel in luxury in every room of the house. Indulge in good sheets! The kind of sheets that you love diving into, sleeping in all night and hate having to crawl out of! Good sheets don't just have to be for luxury hotels; you can find affordable sets for use everyday. Add to the enjoyment of using this room by filling it with a few just-for-you treats that would be something you really love, like a great candle with a scent you can't get enough of, a tea kettle and tea cup set you love serving yourself with, or perhaps a stylish little boombox to play your favorite tunes out of. Then make sure you use them! And not just every now and then, try almost every day. Get yourself some great seats! You always forget how uncomfortable some dining room chairs can be after you've sat in them for awhile. Turn your bathroom into a more spa-like space for a room that will be a luxury to indulge in. Make an intentional display for your favorite consumable treats so that when you do indulge, you're celebrating it, not sneaking it out of a package hidden in the back of your pantry! Having it on display might seem like a way to sabotage your diet, but we think it's the opposite. By giving yourself permission to treat yourself every now and then you're taking away the 'Can't have it, must have it!' aura. So pull out the throw pillows, the throw blankets the candles and then bring a few of those edible treats out there, too! How are you indulging yourself this year? Where will you be adding luxury to your home in 2015?
We have to admit to getting a chuckle out of the idea of whipping out this lightweight booster seat at restaurants. Made of washable pre-formed foam rubber and weighing just 11.2 ounces, this seat - called Boost! - is designed for ages 3 and up.
Pink is possibly the last color that comes to mind when it comes to choosing a paint color for the kitchen. Featured in Marie Claire Maison, the kitchen in the home of an artist near Bordeaux was painted in a vivid pink inspired by the color of houses she saw on trips to Cameroon. This pale pink kitchen from Cote Maison is a little more toned down, but still makes an undeniable statement. Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.
Fitting a kitchen in under the stairs introduces a whole new layer of complexity when laying out its functions. What goes under the lowest part of the stair? What needs the coveted space with the most generous headroom?
Remember this pallet dining room table? We thought it was super cool, and one of you begged for instructions to make it yourself. Well, lucky for us, this month's issue of ReadyMade gives us just that: inspired by a trip to Paris and a dinner around a pallet table made by her friend Julien, Jen Turner decided to make her own version back in New York with the discarded pallets she found on the street. The instructions start by encouraging you to remove any splintering wood and to sand the boards thoroughly. Because pallets are unique by nature, Turner suggests you find your pallets first, compare them with the dimensions in the instructions, and then shop for the rest of the materials.
You love things that are feminine, but not too girly. Sound familiar? Then this Dorm Style guide is for you. Table lamp, $20.Acrylic side chair, $90.Velvet cushion, $32.Peel n' stick headboard in Twin, $40.Twin Duvet Cover, $89, and sham, $19.Metal side table, $20. MORE AFFORDABLE DORM STYLE:Grey and Yellow for $138Scandinavian Modern for $238Moroccan Inspiration for $403. Images: As linked above. Re-edited from a post originally published 8.16.2011.
We recently had our own Adventure and Outing at a family get-together in the Finger Lakes. As excited as we were to spend time with family, we were most looking forward to meeting the two newest family members who are close in age to our one-year-old son. To both minimize the amount each family with a baby would need to transport and to reduce the clutter in the rental home, we made sure to coordinate beforehand to see what baby items we could all share. Having three full-size high chairs never would have worked in this space so between the three families we had one standard high chair, one booster seat and one clamp-on chair for al fresco dining. One family brought a water mat while we brought a baby float to share. One area of sharing we could have coordinated better was food as we ended up with about three dozen baby yogurts and a dozen bananas. Have you vacationed with multiple babies or young children before? Any tips for coordinating beforehand to share?
We spotted these marvelous repurposed stools in the July 2008 issue of House Beautiful. This is one of the more brilliant salvage reuses we've seen in a long while. When folks repurpose things, it can sometimes look a little visually forced. We think these stools would have been a lovely standalone design, even if they weren't originally used as truck springs. The homeowners found them at.... Artefact Design & Salvage in Sonoma, California. Locally, you could check out Restoration Resources in Boston for architectural and other salvage pieces.
This small outdoor dining space at House Uyttenhove is open to fresh air but still falls within the footprint of the home. Continue on for a closer shot of the interior.... The snug little dining space looks so idyllic that we're already imagining the perfect dinner there. We love the brick material of the house, too, which ties the modern home back to its more traditional neighbors. See the rest of the house at Office for Word and Image.
Q: Hey There, We just bought our first home in Toronto and our small renovation budget is putting us in a tight spot on how to lay out our living room. The living room has 2 doors: one close to the entrance and another which leads to the dining room from the living room. We do not want to make it an open concept living and dining room so we cannot drop the wall between living and dining room 2. The other option we explored is if we can remove the fireplace so that we can make the mantle wall against which we can put a 3 seater sofa. That would cost about 1500 CAD. Question: How should the furniture be laid out w/o moving the mantle so that the flow of the room is not obstructed? P.S: the furniture in the current picture is not mine. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jaspal in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
When people paint their interior brick walls, they tend to paint them white.... But the owners of this Dutch home featured in Marie Claire Maison painted the original brick walls in their house a lovely rich gray that gives the simple room a unique look and looks great against the French zinc chairs and other furnishings. Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.
We saw lots to like and be inspired by in the rooms of the professional project A Modern & Bright All-Over Remodel. So we just had to source some objects that could help craft a similar feel for a living room. We found resources for two nearly identical living rooms: one with high-end finds and the other with surprisingly affordable options! Furnituremaxx Cowhide Brown Stencil & Brown Full Skin Rug from Sears, $398. If you've run across other options, let us know in the comments!