During this wonderful week of wallpaper, many of you have expressed your opinion of wallpaper. While some of you loved all of the wallpaper, a lot of you were turned off by it because you're either renting and can't use it - or you've recently moved into a home that's filled with dreadfully dated wallpaper. If you're unfortunate enough to be dealing with the removal of wallpaper, our hearts certainly go out to you. It can be an extremely annoying time and any relationship is stronger by the end of it. What are you tips and tricks to the wonderful art of removing wallpaper?
Which might help explain the appeal of these attic bedrooms: tucked away under the eaves, they just feel so lovely and cozy. Here are 12 spaces to inspire your home remodel - or just your home dreams. Above: enormous skylights make this under-the-eaves bedroom from VT Wonen beautiful and bright. Dark beams make a cozy contrast with the white walls of this bedroom from AD España. A darker, more moody style perfect suits this space from Home Adore. All the light bouncing off the white walls makes this little space from Design Sponge almost radiant. The exposed rafters add a nice dose of warmth to this little bedroom, spotted on Norse White. A cozy little room with a view, from House and Leisure. Finally, this bedroom Erin's Austin home, which is just big enough for a bed, seems like the perfect spot to curl up.
From recycled advent calendars to local Christmas trees, we're abuzz here at Re-Nest with ways to green your holidays. While you're following all the tips to green up your yuletide, don't forget a few sweet details... Like organic candy canes. These organic candy canes from Pure Fun have only four ingredients, and none of which is 'High fructose corn syrup.' At the Natural Candy Store, a variety of holiday candies are available in organic and fair trade. We'd also recommend checking your local heath food store for their selection of holiday treats. While we're on the candy cane topic...We wouldn't recommend eating it, but Etsy seller Crystl320 offers organic candy cane sugar scrub-which would make a great stocking stuffer. Of course, for those on your list who've been naughty, College Farm Organics offers organic candy coal!
Yesterday we received the missing component to our mini home theater setup: the digital audio coaxial cable. We had to create a slightly larger hole and after a couple of attempts, we were able to snake through our HDMI to DVI cable, alongside the DLP projector's power cord. The finishing touch was to cover the hole with a metal faceplate; fortunately the hole is mostly invisible from view thanks to the projector blocking it. We did run into one last problem that has yet to be solved; our digital coaxial cable is just a little short from reaching all the way into the closet to the hidden DVD player; also, its black coloured cabling is highly visible even when snaked around the wall moulding from the Yamaha YSP-800 speaker. Currently, we've placed the DVD player underneath our couch with the speaker wiring running in temporary fashion until we install some Wiretracks and Wiremold Cord Protectors. We'll also have to order another coaxial audio cable from Monoprice. Remember not to under-compensate for cable or wire length...it's better to have too much than too little. 'When everything we could do was finished, we fired up a Flight of the Conchords DVD set a friend recently lent us and enjoyed the system for the first time at a fully operation level. Let me tell you, watching the LCD screen is going to be painful from now on after enjoying a 92' picture.
You could spend another $500.00 to get this 9 foot long couch reupholstered and it would still be a deal. 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!
On the occasion of Rise and Shine: New Paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Patrick Brennan at Georgetown's Heiner Contemporary, a group of art world pros to placed Brennan's artwork within their own homes to see how it would work in real-life interiors. Featured artwork: Rise and Shine: The never ending painting, 2012-13; Reasons for Tearing Down a Cathedral, 2012. 'A painting like Rise and Shine has such a huge visual presence. It commands a room from a distance, but is also incredibly intricate; the viewer is only able to notice certain elements from up close. Brennan's work rewards the viewer over time - the more one looks, the more one sees. In this painting, for example, there are Popsicle stick pinwheels, geometric collaged elements, loose fabric add-ons that gracefully break the picture plane, and partially obscured painterly moments. Rise and Shine has so many layers. I'm certain I would notice something new about it every day!'. 'Brennan's work changes in different light. It would be ideal to hang Reasons for Tearing Down a Cathedral in our dining room, where we could experience it in bright morning sunshine at breakfast, late afternoon half-light, and candlelight over a romantic dinner. I also really like how the multi-colored liquor bottles compliment the colors in the painting. It's just such a fun piece to have above the bar.' 'It's exciting to think about Brennan's work outside of the gallery setting. His paintings change so much depending on context, which makes this exercise especially fun!'. There's dripped paint, brushed paint, squeezed paint, splattered paint, stenciled paint... so many contrasting application methods, and yet he's achieved a harmony that is striking. The contrast created by Herman's drippy glazes and the hard edges of Brennan's collage is eye catching, and it's a joy to see Brennan and Sillman's work next to each other. 'Flakes is my favorite painting in Brennan's current show. I love how it dynamizes very different types of work when it's part of a grouping, as it does here with a bold graphic print by Heidi Neilson, a small drawing by Mika Rottenberg, and an embroidery edition by Elaine Reichek. Brennan is always cutting up, repurposing, and rethinking old forms. I love how he sets off the collage elements with an electric yellow background and then unifies everything with drawing. You see a language of shapes that's always being re-invented.' 'The design of our row house does not leave a lot of wall space for art - especially with twin girls! But when I started shooting Patrick Brennan's work I was inspired to juxtapose this piece, Duster, with my daughters' drawings. I love the interplay between the two.'
Our friend is decorating her bedroom in yellow and gray - a color combination we love. She thought it might be too trendy at first, but she loved the pieces she found so much that she decided to go with it. We think that's the right way to approach decorating - don't worry too much about trends and do what you love because you're the one living with it.
Last week, we witnessed the transformation of Elizabeth's tiny bathroom, and today we're taking a look at the rest of her tw0-bedroom co-op. When Elizabeth bought the place, she originally planned to only remodel the bathroom, but her contractor helped her realize that with only a few small changes, she could have a whole apartment that she was really happy with. Elizabeth worked with a contractor, Gennadiy, to come up with some ideas for transforming not just the bathroom, but the rest of the apartment, all within the original budget. Convinced by Gennadiy's vision, Elizabeth signed on for the extra upgrades - and wound up with a whole new apartment, all within her original budget. Gennadiy realized that the kitchen cabinets were in very good condition - it was just the yellow paint and clunky crown molding that made them look dated. By removing some of the molding and painting the cabinets white, he gave the kitchen a much more, open look. A new countertop and backsplash, along with new undercabinet lighting, completes the transformation. Little changes make a big difference in the living room, too - Gennadiy cleaned up some of the molding details, and replaced dated light fixtures. In the bedroom, Gennadiy added some smart storage - a cubby on top of the closet that takes advantage of the apartment's 11 foot ceilings. Because in New York, who doesn't need a little extra space?
We have big dreams for our new living room that include; dividing it up to make room for a pedestal table with chairs next to the faux fireplace. Although we plan on making our dreams a reality, our challenge is making it all work in a small space. Furniture placement Instead of pushing furniture up against the wall, bring the couch and chairs out into the center of the room. You'll be creating a cozy, conversational atmosphere which allows for more space in other parts of the room. Low lying furniture A bench, chaise lounge, low side table or open bookcase can help divide up a space while still making the room feel open and airy. Like with like If you've got two to three different activities happening in one room, consider pairing like furniture with like furniture in each space. Wall color A bold color in one area of the space might give way to a neutral colored accent wall in the opposite space-dividing the room up into separate parts.
Often times we come across spaces in which our socks are knocked right off. This is of course, assuming you're wearing socks; I guess you could substitute hosiery or sandals into this slot.... but I digress. Earlier today, AT:LA showed us a living room makeover by Jude, over at Run4istRun and now we would like to show you the other space she designed. Click through the jump for lots of appletini-colored fabulousness. Run4istRun has graciously shared her 2 living room makeovers with us. They are rich with texture and color while still being able to have small collections and loads of personality and memories in her spaces. Check out the pictures below of her bright Appletini and Icy Blue Rooms.... These are some photos of the room the icy blue room, with an impromptu molding treatment we featured earlier today on AT:LA! For more on this fantastic transformation, including before pictures, click over to Run4istRun to see the rest!
AT:SF, We've been having such a hard time decorating our small living room in our 1023 sq. The first question I have is: What type of rug would look good here? Also, any suggestions on how to rearrange the furniture or decorating would be great. We have a 2 year old boy so the space would have to work for young kids.
What stands between a 'Good' living room and a 'Great' one? A good living room, while perfectly serviceable isn't bad, it just isn't as awesome as it could be. A great living room draws people in, keeps them there, and leaves them happier than before. This won't be a checklist of furniture items or physical items you should add to a room; this is a list of the intangible qualities that distinguish a great living room from just a good one. A great living room.... Has a seating arrangement that encourage conversation and sparks stories. It feels like the heart of a room - emphasizing that people are more important than things. Has the perfect mix of art that complements the room's style, along with a healthy dose of negative space to give the eyes spots to rest. Is a living room where the designer takes bold chances - and isn't afraid to fail. The kind of room where someone goes out on a limb to try something new, not knowing if it'll work or not. Perhaps most importantly, a great living room feels like you. What would you add to this list of what makes for a great living room?
Years lived in: 6 months - owns the Airstream, rents the land. After seeing Matthew Hoffmann's Before and After makeover of his retro Airstream railer, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph it for a full tour. A licensed architect, founder of HofArc, he was able to reconfigure the original bones of this space while refurbishing it, and restoring some of the original charm.....