During that time their guest bedroom took a back seat to other spaces and became a storage area. When it came time to get around to the guest bedroom Christina went full force on DIY projects, smart planning and beautiful design choices. After the floors were complete, I started working on other projects - mainly on the first floor of the house, and the rear bedroom ended up becoming a storage room. Over the winter, I was walking through a West Philadelphia twin that was about to be gutted and rehabbed and noticed a vintage mantel in the corner of one of the rooms. The next day I loaded up the pickup truck and started a project that last several weeks to completely refinish the mantel and install it into our rear bedroom, which eventually inspired me to renovate the entire room into a bright and airy guest room. When we moved into the house, the walls were a hodge-podge of different colors - mustard yellow in the master bedroom, grey and pink in the living room, lavender in the hallway - so when we moved in we painted everything with a high-hiding white primer with the intention of coming back and repainting once we'd lived there for some time. I ended up loving the white walls - I repainted them with a warm white and cleaned up the trim with a bright white semigloss. 'Older Philadelphia row homes often have tiny closets - at only 12' deep you can't even use hangers so I came up with the idea of turning the room's tiny closet into a tiny workspace by adding a desk-height shelf and finding a saddle stool that fits underneath the shelf when it isn't in use to conserve space.
Q: My fiance and I just moved in together and we are looking to re-decorate his place. For the living room, we finally settled on white covers for the Ikea Ektorp sofa and loveseat, and Benjamin Moore's Pebble Beach gray for the walls. We are on the hunt for warm and fun accent colors/pieces to spice up the color palette. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Sarah in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
When Kristen and Kyle renovated their Portland kitchen, they went with custom cabinetry, schoolhouse lighting, and classic Benjamin Moore colors. Paint, Cabinets, and Counters Dovetail Custom Woodworks Kristen and Kyle used these Portland-based carpenters to build their cabinets and a butcher block-topped island. Kristen says, 'I think it's the custom built cabinets' that 'Make the kitchen look spiffy aesthetically.' Benjamin Moore The kitchen walls are Rockport Gray HC-105, while the cabinets are painted in White Dove OC-17 - a decorator favorite. It's a classic look that helps dark appliances blend in. Fixtures and Tile HomeClick.com Kristen and Kyle's faucet is a discontinued model, but you can find a similar look by searching for 'Bridge faucets.' We found this Belle Foret Kitchen Bridge Faucet with Matching Spray - N11001 for $279 at online renovation resource HomeClick.com. Kohler The sink is a basic stainless steel single basin model by Kohler, similar to this Staccato Single-Basin Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink, $314, although she says, 'We wish we had splurged and gone with a deep farmhouse sink.' For other good fixture/sink sources, see this post. Kristen and Kyle found their classic white subway tile there. Shown: Rhone Classic Schoolhouse Pendant, $177. Amazon.com Yellow accessories give this kitchen its sunny personality. Kristen says her favorite is the tea kettle: 'It gets used every morning and night - we love tea!' Shown: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Tea Kettle, $68 at Amazon.com. Bambeco Kristen uses trays to organize supplies like water bottles, flowers, and cooking tools.
We would guess most people are familiar enough with their bathroom layout to be able to locate the light switch in their sleep. For those who aren't or are frequent visitors to the bathroom in the middle of the night, Robern has a new bathroom cabinet with an integrated night light. The in handle LED and a built in light sensor illuminates the under side of the cabinet automatically when the light conditions are dark enough to warrant it. Now your midnight bathroom trips can happen discreetly without having to wake your partner by turning on all the bathroom lights.
You may have noticed that we've been writing more older children and teen posts lately. We realize that families have children of all ages, so why not present items and ideas that will appeal to everyone in your family - from the youngest babe to your tween and teen. In that spirit, we found this bright and cheerful teen bedroom on Flickr. Lori, of Whimsy Studio, created this lively bedroom for her daughter. We love the colors used in the cozy corner that compliment each other perfectly. The lines of the bedding add a nice contrast to the circle murals on the walls. The canopy adds a dreamy effect to the bedroom, and isn't that what a bedroom should inspire? Dreams!
It's often hard to find time to design around a television setup, but it's even harder to do it when all you have is a tiny flat to work with. Our Australian comrade Filip has come to terms with both areas of hardship and created one of the most amazing spaces we've seen in a while. We love how his couch softly creates a divider between his kitchen and living room, executing serene contrast filled with warm, leather fabrics - we just can't help but to drool like crazy! More photos of his marvelous flat can be found on his Flickr. Have a picture to share? Tag them 'Unplggd' and we'll find them! Or join our totally awesome Flickr group, Unplggd.
We tend to avoid putting red and green together for obvious reasons. After looking through WorldTraveling's photos of her beautiful flat in Japan, we're starting to reconsider this traditional holiday color combo for the home. The color coordination almost overshadows some of the small living solutions that she and her husband have devised in their stylish home. More details and photos after the jump.... Even though the majority of the furniture in their place came from a leasing company, this couple does a great job making it all their own. The pillows on their leased sofa are made of memory foam and large enough to throw on the floor for extra seating, while the basket next to the sofa holds blankets for lounging or overnight guests. The large mirror behind the sofa opens up the living room nicely, making the apartment seem much wider. Check out more great photos and details at WorldTraveling's flickr.