American retailers have started to climb aboard the small space wagon these days. In Europe they've been working the small space challenge for several centuries, and so many of the best solutions hail from those far shores. With this in mind we're rounding up the best of Swede giant Ikea's small space solutions, starting with the bedroom. Pictured at top, the new Malm Queen Bed with 'Vanishing' Headboard shelves, $189. The headboard unit contains two banks of retracting shelves. A nifty trick for hiding visual clutter, though the unit does still occupy some floorsplace, behind the bed. The bent wood-framed Anes Mirror, $89.99, is a dramatic way to bounce and maximize light in a small space The Hopen Bedside Table, $79.99, gives you easy access to underbed storage: just swivel around to retrieve whatever lurks beneath your bed - as long as you placed it on the platform. Brekke bed with storage boxes, $149, is a twin bed with built-in storage boxes The recently discontinued Hemnes Daybed, $379, extends into a double bed and also has storage underneath. Re-invented as a banquette, it won Ikea Hacker's Hack of the Year award in 2006.
Amanda writes: 'When we first bought the house, I painted our bedroom this deep, dark teal. I had rented so long, I just wanted to cover every surface with paint and wallpaper! While a pretty color, it made our room very depressing, dark, and cave-like.' When our contractor was taking out the walls and ceilings, we realized we had an awesome pitch to the ceiling. We also decided to take down a hallway door, scoot the opening to include the master bath and purchase all new doors. By moving the door down the hallway, we created an en-suite bath. Our fantastic contractor Julien let me know when I was making a bad choice! When I start with a room, I make a 'Vision board' with a word document. I cut and paste all the things I like, then I bring them to Mike, my husband, and he weighs in. I compare prices on Google shopping, and I hunt high and low for coupons, promo codes and sales. I made spreadsheets for each room so I could keep track of everything I spent.
Designed by Central Design Studio, it feels less like a restaurant and more like a stylish friend's home. There are some design details in this space that inspire. The aim with Evelyn's Café and Bar was to create a neighbourhood restaurant, which instantly felt like a local favourite. Replace the chairs on one side of your dining room table with a sofa. Table cloths and cloth napkins don't have to feel fussy or formal-DIY decor to add color and pattern to your table. Furniture made of natural materials like wicker and rattan add great texture to an eating space, especially in the presence of a lot of solid dining furniture. Turn those overhead lights off when entertaining in your dining area! Table lamps and candles bring the light lower to where the eating action is.
Spotted at a campsite in west Texas: these DIY plastic cup hanging lamps with lights woven in and around. This would be a fun project and addition to any outdoor space - yards, decks, patios, communal gardens, etc. Here's a similar idea and step-by-step how-to: Dixie Cup Spherical Dodecahedron via Instructables.
Remember those avocado green appliances of yesteryear? Since stainless steel has been the trend in modern kitchens for the past few years, we're wondering what's next. Another white? Cruising through any appliance store, there are three basic color options for appliances: stainless steel, black and white. Like many trends, stainless steel appliances started on the high end, with the likes of Viking and Wolf, and trickled down to the masses. A number of years ago outfitting your kitchen with stainless steel appliances was like saying I have arrived. I have mid-price stainless steel appliances in my kitchen. I don't want to replace them for purely aesthetic reasons so I probably won't be seeing new appliances until I move. I'm ready for a new appliance trend but when I really try to envision what that would be I come up blank.
The neo-classical shapes in a crisp and glossy white would look great in both a darker space or a light-filled room. Their dramatic proportions add height to a mantle or centerpiece and work with both modern and traditional decors.... Handled Urn, 6 1/4' diam. Each is $198. Would you have a problem having urns in your home? We think some might!