With all the time spent sitting in an office space, be it in a home office or otherwise, why not add a few items that help make the space feel less like work and more like home? Replacing a standard tape holder with an eye catching gold version or swapping out a standard waste basket with a brightly colored one will do wonders for the ambiance of your office. Adding in extra seating in an unexpected form or a cheerful sunflower hued lamp brings a bit of the warmth of home into the office.
In lieu of Bathroom month, here's a quick refresher course on ways to make your bathroom cleaner and greener. This is pretty self-evident, as conventional bathroom cleaners create toxic fumes that no one should breathe in! This is especially a problem for bathrooms, which are typically small and poorly ventilated. If DIY solutions are not your thing, there are plenty of green cleaners on the market: we like Oxy-Grout Grout Cleaner by Natural Choices for the tub, and Fresh and Natural Bathroom Cleaner with Tea Tree and Lavender from LifeTree. Buy organic cotton or bamboo towels and wash cloths. In addition to organic cotton, bamboo is a good option since it has natural antibacterial properties. Globe CFLs are most commonly used in bathroom vanities. There are a number of plants that will thrive in the bathroom.
If there is one thing that hasn't changed since its inception, it's the concept behind a washing machine. The box-like devices haven't changed that much, and even you look for something different, you'll end up paying thousands of dollars for something like that. Think about it, weren't those LG washing machines and dryers the latest rage in washing machine technology? Designer Djordje Zivanovic comes to the rescue with an Aquarium, and it's not for fishes! It's hard not to compare this design by Djordje Zivanovic to the iPhone. It's nice to see the whole box-like machine replaced by something spherical, but in the end, does it wash any better? Now that's the important question. Since this is only a concept, there isn't much information available on this. We've found a few interesting tidbits about the Aquarium. Washing machines are usually kept far away from prying eyes, so making one look cool doesn't really make much sense. The designer says that its innovative since it's only composed of two spheres, one inside the other. The spheres rotate in different axes, so looking at it can be mesmerizing. It's mentioned that this washing machine is called Aquarium because it doesn't need a water tap, meaning that you have to refill it periodically and it can be placed in the middle of your living room, if you find the movements of the spheres really interesting.
We've had questions on here before regarding the protocol for mixing wood tones. It's a subject that can cause people quite a bit of torment when decorating a home.... We usually feel that decorating 'Rules' are meant to be broken, and this is no exception. Sticking to one wood tone can easily end up looking bland or matchy-matchy, whereas different types of wood and finishes can create major interest in a home, as these interiors from architect and designer Andre Rothblatt clearly show. Do you stick to one type/finish of wood in a room or do you mix it up?
The idea of geometry itself may be ancient, but these bright geometric patterns are thoroughly modern. I'm sure that Euclid and Thales would have been thrilled with the colorful lines and arcs of these housewares, but never fear; it doesn't require any intricate knowledge of coordinates, curves, or theorems to appreciate their beauty. Earth Terrarium Kit, available from ABJ Glassworks on Etsy, $45 plus shipping. Geometric 20'x20' Pillow, available from PillowChix on Etsy, $38 plus shipping. Geo Pyramid Wallpaper, available at Anthropologie, $398 per roll. Surya Jill Rosenwald Fallon Rug in royal blue, available at RugsUSA, from $73..
We've just purchased the Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair in Walnut and it seems absolutely dwarfed by our massive Ikea coffee table. The Lounge chair is just so low that it seems to be lost in the room next to the white table.... I'm looking for a good alternative - should it be round? Should it be glass or acrylic? I've been contemplating the CB2 'Peekaboo' coffee table but I think it's too big for our space and I'm concerned about scratches! Apartment Therapy to the rescue please!! Thanks for your time, Megan. Megan, congrats with the new Eames Molded Plywood Lounge chair. We completely agree with your assessment about the Ikea coffee table being a poor match with the lower profile of the chair. Whether you go round or square seems less of an issue than the point of picking a coffee table that sits at a height compatible with your seating. We also see an opportunity to bring in a bit more colour like you have with the addition of a walnut chair, as the clear acrylic table may result in a room filled with too similar of a palette since the table would give a view of the neutral tone rug below. Ideally, you would consider saving up for something like a Saarinen Low Oval Coffee Table with a walnut veneer or maybe something square-minimal like this Mott Modern Coffee Table which sits low while providing a sufficient surface area to span the space between your sofa and your chair. Of course, with some time and patience, perhaps you could find a vintage piece, like this wonderful vintage coffee table from Swank in St. Paul, shown here. I'm sure many of our readers have their own opinions of tables that would match your decor and layout.
When we saw this snazzy chair it made us want to dig our Creepers out of the back of the closet and don a Elvis worthy pompadour. It's vintage, but according to the owner is in impeccable shape. 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..
We love sharing real life room makeovers because they are such a wonderful source of inspiration. Many of the makeovers we highlight involve renovations from the ground up, but for those of us who rent, it is always great to find a project that doesn't involve any structural changes. This master bedroom makeover demonstrates the impact a few well-planned changes can have on any room. Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick has long been struggling with a bed that just didn't measure up to her expectations. After a careful assessment of the problems, she set out to transform her space with new bedding, making careful choices from start to finish. Though Sarah's old bedding was lovely,Sarah wanted a change and the new bedding is both beautiful and functional. By gradually assembling a collection of pieces from a variety of sources, Sarah created a unique look that captures her personality and sets the tone for her bedroom. Thanks for sharing Sarah - we'll be keeping an eye out for Part Two!
There's nothing that can freshen up your space or brighten your day like a bouquet of flowers. We've all heard of different tips and tricks to help our flowers stay fresh as long as possible, and I thought I would put some of the common options to the test. Keep reading to see the results and the big winner! All flower ends were cut at an angle before placing in vases. PENNY: 1 clean copper pennyTHEORY: copper acts as antibacterial agent. ASPIRIN: 1 crushed tablet per literTHEORY: mimics effects of traditional flower food. BLEACH: 2 caps full per literTHEORY: kills mold & bacteria. FRIDGE: placed in fridge over night each day THEORY: like fruits & veg, keeps them fresh. CIDER VINEGAR: 2 tsp cider vinegar + 2 tsp sugar per literTHEORY: encourages buds to open and last longer. Just by popping your bouquet in the fridge when you go to bed will help them stay fresh and last much longer and there's no fussing. As you can see, these tulips still have life in them and if you're someone who likes to buy fresh flowers every week, this may even save you the cost of one bouquet a month.
For most of us, we transformed an existing space into our current nursery. Sometimes it's even a hallway or a closet that is transformed. Well, we stumbled on this nursery transformation- and not only was the office above transformed into an amazing nursery for a little girl, but it was transformed again into a completely different room because- whoops- the doctors made a mistake- it was a boy, not a girl! That cluttered office became...the pastel palace. Those hard working parents got to work- and came up with this.