If you're lucky enough to have a dedicated dining room or enough space for a big open concept dining area, you want to show it off and make a statement. The kitchen is where you have the pre-show, but the dining area is where the real magic happens. There is nothing better than sitting down around a table full of good food and good friends-sometimes late into the night-so it's nice to put some real thought into making the space both stylish and functional. Here's a great modern boho look that you can get on two very different budgets. This look has a lot of warm textures and tones from the wood, leather, and brass, as well as modern, Mid-century-influenced black accents. The rug grounds the space and adds some color and pattern for interest. You're not imagining it-we found the same buffet at two different prices.
Christian and her husband decided to make a beautiful cathedral window quilt the focus and inspiration for their daughter's nursery. In addition to using the quilt's colors throughout the room, Christian's husband made this incredible wood wall art as a perfect compliment and counterpoint to the quilt. While one is soft and the other hard and the color comprises the diamond shapes in one and the petal shapes in the other - we think you'll have to agree that these items are both fantastic on their own and especially stunning together. You can read a bit about how this wood wall hanging was made on Christian's blog, ModObject at Home, as well as more about how this room went from a room for a son to a room for a daughter.
Nola sent in a question for the crowd: Should I buy a white or ivory sofa to replace the gray one? The living room/eating nook/living room are all open to each other. The kitchen is soft white, with the posts in a contrasting soft & warm ivory. The living room walls & drapes are the same ivory and I have a light ivory/off-white wool rug.... Would it be ok to continue the mixing of white & soft ivory? Or should the sofa really be a richer ivory colour to play up the warmth? The sofa we're considering is here: where both colors are shown. Please share your thoughts with Nola in the comments below...thanks!
'Shallow Hide-away. For those that want a relatively inexpensive way to both mount and hide a flatscreen TV, the BJORNHOLMEN cabinet from IKEA does both while measuring just under 16' in depth and maintaining a low price.... The BJORNHOLMEN has a reinforced back panel for mounting a flat screen TV, so there is no need to drill holes in the wall and cords can be hidden at the back. In addition to drawers with room for storage, the doors on top fold to save space when they're not hiding your TV. While IKEA has many products to mount a flatscreen TV, this is one of the few that does not require the furniture to be attached to the wall or braced between the floor and ceiling. Available in white foiled fiberboard with a solid birch base for $499 from IKEA. 'Width: 51 1/8'.
There are many ways to put color to use at home: bold colors, unexpected color combinations, stylish mixes of neutrals, and many more. Color can also play a role in defining rooms or areas of a home in a way that is clever and visually functional. This open floor plan home in Moscow is a perfect case study. Their game plan was to 'Work with large planes of color, but not in details'. The kitchen is framed by dark blue paint, repeated on the interior to give the small room a jewel box feel. Blue paint is carried over to the exterior wall in the patio area which is visible from inside the home, reinforcing the geometric box shape. This box approach is used again to define the sleeping area of the bedroom and evokes feelings of floating in the sky or sea. A similar green swath is repeated in a grown-up bedroom. This landing is all angles and a corner workspace is delineated with blue paint.
Making large-scale prints for your wall can be a very expensive endeavor, but Elsie at A Beautiful Mess discovered a way to blow up her favorite photos on the cheap: black and white engineer prints, also known as draft prints or blueprint copies. The prints aren't perfect, but for prices ranging from $0.75 per square foot to $4.99 per print at places like FedEx Kinko's and Staples, one shouldn't expect them to be. For the right image, that grainy, streaky, vintage-looking print might be just the look and feel you're going for. I think these work especially well with old family photos that already have that time-worn appearance.
I have always loved the idea of using shipping containers as a building material. Atelier Workshop's Port-A-Bach puts everything you need, in a SINGLE container - and makes it look good! It's portable, can be highly secure to both people and environmental concerns, and is very green. As a primary residence, it might be a little small for more than a single individual but I'm sure it could be done. According to Atlier Workshops Web site, it comfortably sleeps two adults and two children. Appointed with large internal storage cupboards and shelves / stainless steel kitchen and fittings / bathroom with open shower, sink, composting toilet. Interior fabric screen system gives the versatility of creating rooms within the large open living space : includes bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom. Exterior canvas screen system allows to shelter the deck area for comfortable indoor/outdoor flow and living. 6 concrete footings form a stable, non-invasive 'foundation', allowing you to situate the unit on a wide range of ground conditions.
Now this is a small space home office at its best! Jordan of Oh Happy Day wanted a dedicated work area that could disappear in an instant, hide their 'Unsightly behemoth printer' and also just look nice when closed up after hours. One used IKEA armoire for $100 and a can of paint.... 'Paul and I both spend a lot of time at the computer and it is so nice to be able to close it up when we entertain or when we want to prevent grubby two-year-old hands from getting into all our stuff.' Seems like Jordan has a small camera collection that deserves their own display area. Some ideas to borrow from this corner home office is her use of vertical space, applying corkboard on the inside of the door and purchasing matching magazine holders for a consistent and cohesive look when her armoire office is 'Open for business'.
This apartment is located in the center of Moscow - only a five minute walk from the Red Square and Kremlin. It is located in a historic building and its surface is 65 square meters/700 square feet. My clients were a young couple - they travel a lot and wanted me to recreate a mixture of French and Scandinavian looks. I used lots of natural materials - the stump table was handmade, the headboard was covered with a linen slip cover, large windows were treated with semi transparent linen curtains that created a very light, relaxing and cozy feel. I didn't want to introduce lots of color, as this apartment has a very serene and relaxing feel and I didn't want to interrupt it. Despite its central location, the building is hidden in a very quiet corner, surrounded by lush vegetation. The walls were painted white to give the room additional space and light. The bedroom has very long square shape, so I decided to correct it using the mirrors - we attached several of them in the a sort of abstract mosaic. The living room was decorated with the photographs of the buildings that are located in the same street as this apartment. Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovating project with the Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form.
That's the case with this book rug and although it's probably more of a show piece than a functional item for your home - assuming all the books were destined for an ill-fate anyway - it's actually kind of neat. Craft or home decor projects that utilize books are always on the quick to criticize list. Most of us love books greatly and don't like to see them damaged. It's easy to believe that they should all be in libraries for an eternity or shipped to places where folks could use them. That said, there are times where you just have an over abundance of material that no one else wants. This rug was created by Pamela Paulsurd who focuses her work on the concept of handwriting and items of the like. This rug is able to be walked on and we're guessing would provide a soft comforting smell to whatever room it's placed in. Are you tired of the 'Building with books' craze or would you rather see folks being creative with other materials? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
We heard from a Canadian furniture designer who is making a trip to Chicago soon to meet with potential retailers for their normally to-the-trade brand. They are hoping for some leads and sent us a good question: What are some of Chicago's most reputable contemporary-furniture stores I can look into? Please share the shops the you would recommend in the comments below...thanks!
Our favorite home offices to take inspiration from are the ones that look the most lived in and real. While we appreciate a perfectly staged home office for a photo shoot, they don't hold a candle to a work space that we know someone actually works in and utilizes on a daily basis. We love this minimalist white with pops of color home office we found on LifeHacker today. The space mimics a giant Mac and we think that's pretty cool. Daniel created his desk from several different IKEA pieces and hacked them into a stellar desk. We really enjoy that there is so much white, with subtle pops of bright red and blue. Even though there are only a few colorful pieces, because they are so few and so bright - they make a huge impact. This office is inspiring because it is attainable and real. We saw his desk chair in IKEA last weekend and contemplated purchasing it!