We're excited for our son to get his first bike, but we're not excited about storing it for the winter. Like-a-Bike has developed a companion product to turn their freestanding bikes into rocking bikes. Like-A-Bikes are a considerable investment so we weren't terribly surprised that the ROCK-a-BIKE is too at a cost of almost $200. But we have to admire the concept as we're all for multipurpose toys. Have you seen a bike stand or rocker for any other kids' bikes?
Aniko's living room certainly wasn't awful, but it didn't feel like her. From Aniko: Our poor little family room went through multiple stages since we've lived in the house. I tried decorating it many different ways, but we haven't done any major projects in the room. It's a fairly small room and when we moved in years ago, we purchased a huge media center that just made it almost impossible to decorate the room the way I wanted. So I decided to take the plunge and redo our family room. The beautiful white built-ins and the white fireplace alone transformed this room to be a whole new airy space. I added lots textures, layers and of course, pop of colors to create a cozy, eclectic room.
You've no doubt seen rooms employ a 'Pop of color' to add interest to a neutral space. There's an endless rainbow of hues that can do the same for you at home, but if you happen to be buying in to 2016's on-trend moody, dark rooms, there's also another unexpected color pop option on the proverbial table: White. We could go on all day debating whether white is actually a 'Color,' but the truth remains the same: When the rest of a room is cloaked in inky and dramatic shades, layering in a few bright white accessories is a cool way to add intrigue and highlight your furniture, art, accessories and architecture.
If you're like us and don't have a built-in closet in your bedroom, you've got to think outside the closet. Wardrobes are freestanding closets that you can move when you need to. Click below for ways to use them in your space.... A small-scale item like the Narrow Leg Wardrobe from West Elm shown above can work at the end of a hallway. If your bedroom is too small for a wardrobe, a piece like this can be placed in an entryway, dining room, or living room. Line wardrobes against a wall to create a storage space that looks like it's built-in. Image: PAX Wardrobe System from IKEA. In a loft or studio, a line of wardrobes can create a room divider.
This dining room has recently received a new coat of paint, new drapes, a few changes in decor, and best of all - a new dining room table. Things look great and even more so when you find out these homeowners did everything themselves! Ana over at Knock Off Wood has been showcasing the work of Dave and Joi from Nuestra Vida Dulce and for good reason. They've brought this space together with gusto and things look fabulous. Their table which was made by Joi's Father-in-Law is a great mix of old world farmhouse and new world modern. We love the look and hope to see more homeowners tackling large projects like this in the future! The table design was modified slightly from Ana's original plans, making things a little slimmer and trimmer.
We've seen mismatched chairs pulled up to a dining room table but we've never seen two mismatched tables put together to serve as a dining room table. Even though these two tables are quite different in style, their similar size and height pull this look together. We found a few other inspirational pics of mismatched furniture in cohesive spaces after the jump. Our favorite combo is definitely a seating bench plus a few mismatched chairs at the kitchen table. We've found thrift store chairs that are quite different in style and painted them all a robin's egg blue. To keep a bedroom from looking too uniform, we like the look of two contrasting side tables that are similar in height and size.
Like with snowflakes, no one entertainment area looks alike. No matter how many we see, everyone seems to put their own flare on their media centers, despite all having the same items within them - TVs, DVD players, stereos, and speakers. The open floor plan is amazing and those windows are...we want those windows! With their luxuriously long walls they were able to spread out their living room via book shelves. Their flat screen is mounted on the wall, with vinyl chandelier candelabra decals flanking both sides. An Ikea Expedit bookcase was put on its side to hold all their components, along with some of the hundreds of books they own. More photos after the jump.... Each speaker sits sideways on bookcases on either side of the TV. One of the speakers acts as a mount for a Muji NYC wooden city kit. We love it when people use their speakers not just as boom sticks, but as art or book shelves.
Roma of DesignFlute sent us a heads up about an eco-friendly home showcased on Better Interiors. We've seen modern suspended seating before, but rarely with traditional furnishings. How about the beautiful carved jaali that filters a warm light into a cool interior? AT:India, here we come?
One of our favorite and affordable ways to decorate our space is by using flowers. Colorful, textural and pretty, flowers are a great way to add flavor to a space. One way way to consider displaying flowers is.... ...by placing just one in a small vase. This small detail can create a big impact in a space. Try this idea for your bedside table, kitchen window sill or mantle.
Who'd have thunk that good food is grown INSIDE of this city. We recently came across Joel Gershon's article, Downtown On The Farm, and loved hearing about how some of our favorite cooking ingredients are grown on local 'Farms,' including mushrooms, wheatgrass and honey. It is worth checking out at NYMetro, while each ingredient can be purchased at the Union Square Green Market.
If you're in the market for a unique coffee table, take a look at this Kagan-style option currently on sale. Featuring a starburst wooden base and a glass surfboard top, this table would be a nice addition to any modern home.