While reminiscent of the childhood room of the 'Boy who lived' Harry Potter in terms of location, this small space makeover has another tie to the world of movie making. This previously underutilized storage closet is now the home to a second studio and editing suite for Apartment Therapy reader Christopher's growing wedding video business. The addition of a big chalkboard-painted wall adds drama and functionality as a giant organizing tool. As Christopher says, 'I'm constantly scribbling ideas down and didn't want to limit myself to a pen and paper - a chalkboard wall works well for me!' The contrast of the dark wall against the adjacent white walls also makes the most of the unusual angles of the space. Installing carpet tiles in a dark charcoal continues the color scheme, covers the terracotta colored tile and warms up the space, making it both more comfortable and finished. In a tall room with a small footprint, the vertical space is extra important, especially for a workspace. It's well utilized here, with decorative wall shelves, functional racks filled with movies and equipment and wall mounted lighting. An injection of personality and color in the form of comic themed framed prints finishes off the look. More info on the project: Office Space Renovate to Create.
Are you looking to carve out a small little spot in a corner of your living room or dining room for a work or hobby space? Just a little bit of room that's all for you to flex your creative muscles? You might find inspiration for what should be in that corner from this beautifully appointed home office set-up. Whether you do your work during the day next to a natural light source like a window, or you prefer to burn the midnight oil, you'll need some sort of light to get your work done. If any of your work needs a computer to get it done, make sure you have room for your laptop or desktop, and make getting power to your technology easy to access and the wires easy to disguise. If you do any other type of work outside of the digital realm, make sure you have surface room that can support your art or creative work. Having inspiration outside your field of work within reach can help you take yourself out of your own thoughts and give your brain a break that could result in letting the creative gears work on the problem in your brain's background. No matter what creative work you like to dig into at home, make your tools easy to get to and appealing. Whether you buy it or build it, make sure the surface - the desk or wall-mounted shelf - that you do your work on is sturdy and can literally support your creative efforts. If you will be commandeering a corner for your creative work at home, consider styling and decorating this work corner in the same style as the rest of the room so it blends in and complements the room, rather than sticks out and makes the space feel disjointed.
As an offshoot of Inflate, a British company that has been making temporary inflatable buildings since 1999, AirClad offers custom-made permanent inflatables for residential and commercial use. The AirClad pool house is 32 feet long, 13 feet tall and 16 feet wide. It's made with an opaque, polyester-reinforced, solar-reflective PVC that comes standard in white, or in any number of custom colors. The 'House' is essentially a lightweight solar shade with no doors or enclosures, and uses air to inflate the base, walls and roof of the structure. Known as bubbletecture, inflatables are becoming viable alternatives to prefab structures. Dwell on Design will be featuring inflatables for the first time this year, including the AirClad and the CasaBubble. See more of AirClad's concepts and projects on their site.
COLOR INSPIRATION: The artwork I create is an inspiration for my living space. I wanted to create a space that the creatures I draw and paint could feel at home in. GO TO LINDSAY'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
A collapse in wild chinook salmon populations has prompted the US Fish and Wildlife Service to seriously consider closing the 2008 salmon fishing season from northern Oregon to the Mexican border. The reason for the dwindling salmon population? Pollution in the rivers and oceans, plus shrinking water levels caused by diverting water via aqueducts to Southern California. Washington and Alaska fisheries are not affected, but California and Oregon produce the most prized varieties of chinook salmon found in fine restaurants and home dinner plates. Chinook populations have been sharply declining over the past three years. 60,000 chinook salmon are expected to spawn this fall, a number that is less than half of what is needed to justify a nominal fishing season. In sharp contrast, the bumper crop of 2002 saw 800,000 salmon spawn. A chinook ban could potentially increase the price of salmon in supermarkets and restaurants. Home chefs will instead have to buy sockeye salmon from Alaska.
We were just over at the Living Etc. site, perusing their forums and ran across photos of this open plan flat located in a repurposed warehouse in London. The bright beams and window valance add a real sense of architecture to the open room, turning a structural detail into a design statement. We like the geometric patterned drapes - it pulls your eye to what is arguably the best thing about the room - the amazing windows. The bath was a full rehab - the narrow tiles look very current. Here's the forum thread, if you'd like to check out the rest of the photos and comments.
As for the end of the voting, the Nomad Sleeper Sofa for $2,400 and the Dublin Sleeper Sofa for $1,299 are too close to call an outright winner....which means we are going into a runoff. Since the styles are so different and the prices are far apart, we would appreciate a brief comment backing up your vote and letting everyone know WHY you favor one over the other.
Few things in the world of decorating are more controversial than the pink bathroom. Now there's a whole new generation of pink bathrooms - and they're anything but frilly and froufrou. Blush pink tile - and matching wall paint - give this bathroom from Hearth Studio a subtle but sophisticated vibe. For an even more subtle way to bring pink into the bathroom, try using pink tile just on the floor, as in this space from Made a Mano. Now for something totally different - a bathroom that employs pink plaster instead of tile, beautifully contrasted with a steel shower enclosure and black fixtures. The light pink marble and light pink walls make this bathroom from Kingston Lafferty Design twice as nice. In this bathroom from Casas, light pink paneling pairs beautifully with a pedestal sink, and a modern mirror and light fixtures. The textured pink tile contributes to the slouchy, boho vibe of this bathroom from Sight Unseen.
This stylish storage solution might be worth checking out for those of us resolving to be more organized in the new year. These two open bookcases can be placed in a corner or even act as a room divider. Originally retailing for $175 each, this seller is pricing each bookcase at $89 a pop.
Name: Annie Location: Barrington, RI Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love that our bedroom feels bright, and at the same time calm. Our home was built about 100 years ago as a summer beach house with old pine for floors and tongue and groove beamed ceilings. There is an open knothole by the door that has frequently been used by our daughter to drop notes through to the kitchen. I love the grapevine weâve collected and that the posts of our bed were made from trees we collected when a friendâs farm was clearing land.
San Francisco reader Rhiannon recently sent in some photos of her city apartment, and while we're inspired by a lot of her choices, we're especially impressed with how she's made the best of the wall-to-wall carpeting so many renters have to deal with. Wall-to-wall is a necessary evil in many rentals, as it helps to reduce noise and can be a cheaper solution for landlords than maintaining hardwood floors. Rhiannon has made a few wise and wonderful choices that really go a long way towards making that potentially drab carpet work.... Part of the problem with a lot of rental wall-to-wall carpet is the drab light it casts. Landlords choose neutral taupes and grays because they hide stains, but they also can look murky. Rhiannon's bright accents-the blue pouf, the quilt, the blanket draped over a chair, and even the fresh flowers-provide pops of color to brighten up the room. Rhiannon's dramatic artwork draws the eye up from the floor, distracting from the carpet and any little stains and flaws that might be left over from previous renters. Layering area rugs over the carpet is perhaps the most efficient way to reduce the effect of unappealing wall-to-wall. The black and white pattern here is a great contrast with Rhiannon's blues, and its bold statement makes the blah carpet almost disappear.