Remember the last time we showed a gray and red room? The soft pale gray walls made the bright red bed look great. Darker shades of gray look great with red as well. Check out the charcoal wall in combination with the lighter gray we came across at the French store Laurette. It's a nice way to use a dark color without darkening the room too much. The gray furniture and bedding makes everything monotone so that the red punches really stand out.
We have loved yellow and white stripes ever since we saw the nursery ceiling in the home of J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons. The pattern and color remind us at once of circus tents and classic cafe canopies: fun plus style all rolled into one. The pairing seems to work best in wide stripes, and we particularly love it when it slopes up from wall to ceiling.
What about the opposite: those who flourish in a more orderly office? Get a glimpse at few desks whose occupants stay on task by staying tidy - then leave us a comment to let us know what kind of space keeps you motivated, and why. Designer Jonathan Lo's weekend workspace in the San Diego area finds order not only in its cleanliness, but also its color scheme. The home office of Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Garrett Murray includes an especially tidy Airia desk and Mirra Chair combo. The work of interior designer Jayne Michaels of 2Michaels is known for its spare, undecorated style - and it shows in her personal desk space in Manhattan. Streamlined bookcases and neatly organized office accessories surround this desk and Eames Aluminum Group Management Chair pairing at Treehouse Design Partnership in Los Angeles. The lack of extra 'Stuff' in graphic designer David Airey's workspace in Northern Ireland can be explained by a lifetime of moving houses. 'That'll be why there's not a lot in my office - you tend to shed the junk each time you move.' Designer Matt Singer's laptop shares a few trinkets and a set of speakers with an otherwise clean-topped desk space. Three white Eames Molded Plastic Armchairs line up all in a row at one long wood desktop at the creative agency Juliet Zulu in Portland, OR. Former Unplggd contributor, Mike Tyson, was a devout practitioner of the clean desk. Then there's this 'Meticulously modern' corner home office where everything seems to have its place, a post complete with a sourcing list so you can follow Lungho's footsteps.
The living room is the heart of your home, and you want it to look good. Today we'll be taking a peek at 5 stylish living rooms, in all different styles, and then examining what it is that makes each one of them work. Above: This living space is such a wonderful study in contrasts. There's not a lot of art in this room; the bookcase really sets the tone for the space instead. I like how there's so many pillows that that kind of becomes a whole diferent thing. The Prouve sconce gives the room a bold focal point and helps to tie everything together. Gallery walls can be hard to pull off, but I think this room does an admirable job. I think one of the tricks to having a gallery wall not overwhelm a room is to make it the primary consideration and keep everything else in the room a bit more subtle. I'm really in love with the simplicity of this space. The minimal furnishings, and the way they're spaced throughout the room, give everything a bit of an airy feel.
The bedroom, a spot that we usually want to be calm and soothing, may seem like an unusual place for a gallery wall. Lately I've been spotting lots of bedrooms that make this dynamic decoration work. You can keep everything else in the room fairly simple to let the artwork shine... or just go for broke and make your bedroom a place where you're excited to wake up in the morning. Keeping the furnishings and bedding minimal really lets the other items sing. Above: colorful art enlivens a bedroom in a home by Resolution: 4 Architecture. Matching the frames to the color of the wall keeps the overall look relaxing. As this bedroom from Lonny proves, dark colors in a bedroom can be just as relaxing as light ones. A gallery wall like this one, arranged over a comfy upholstered headboard, would be a good option for those who love the look but still want to be able to read in bed without bumping frames. Not a gallery wall, strictly speaking... but I love the idea of hanging a shelf over a bed and filling it with assorted framed art. The huge, framed print over the bed definitely makes a statement.
It's always fun to imagine what our lives and our homes will look like in the future. Especially when you catch a glimpse of what technology may allow us to do. Remember that kitchen scene in Back to the Future Part II when a small wafer is put in a microwave type appliance and - poof! - out comes a pizza pie? Amazing. While this scene wasn't included, Oobject.com has put together a small gallery of kitchens of the future imagined in the 20s, 50s, 70s, and even now. Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass company Kitchen of the Future. Check out Oobject for their line-up of 12 retro kitchens of the future.
Not exactly our style, but a great gift for someone whose is. This.Large Corbusier sofa in black leather and good shape is not something we have yet seen for sale on Craigslist. Keep your eyes glued to our nav on the right for upcoming Apartment Therapy Furniture Only free Classifieds. MGR. 'OTHER GOOD STUFF- Contemporary dining room table and chairs for $600.- Clubby leather sofa - baby on the way for $2200.- Full size pine bed for $250.- 60's/70's chrome chair w/out cushions? for $55.- Two classic chairs that really need recovering for $80.- C&B living room chair for $325- Nice wood frame glass top coffee table for $35.- Steel table with wire shelving underneath for $85.- 9x7 Rug for for no price - Large American rug for $3000 or bo. Velvet, velvet, velvet couch and two chairs for $200..
A well coordinated splash of blue can completely enliven a room - especially if the effect is subtly carried across a few elements. The right tones of blue can generate a calming and tranquil atmosphere that puts occupants at peace with a quiet welcome. We love the collection of blue pottery and vases shown in this Better Homes & Gardens beach house tour. The white of frame behind them and the deep wood of the radio just make the vases appear so vibrant. AT Flickr Find veteran cupcakepants' strategically placed blue box on top of her fabulous dresser adds a great element to the room - something unexpected, yet completely right. Supershoppertoo seems to agree with us on the merits of the color blue; their office shelf is resplendant with the wonderful hue. Finally, a vintage Zenith radio is a fabulous item in and of itself but in robin's egg blue, it takes on a life all its own.
The reclaimed wood look is still trending and rightfully so. The Apartment Therapy Classifieds is full of reclaimed wood tables to peruse at your leisure. If you're looking for the best, these sellers are making some truly special tables. Cousins Marcus Bailey and Kerry Bailey use a variety of reclaimed woods to make unique patterns and table designs, such as the one at the top of the post. Check out Fresh Dust's corner to see a variety of wood-base lamps, tables, cabinets and more. He calls himself the Ghost Wood Whisperer and for good reason, too. He scavenges wood from old brownstones across the city to make beautiful furniture. She builds furniture using reclaimed Douglas Fir wood salvaged from buildings around southern California.
My room makeover:: When we bought this condo,the room that serves as a living, dining and office space was dark, dated and dingy. It measures 22' x 15', has a 7'6' ceiling and one source of natural light. Our first order of business was to visually lift the ceiling, push the vertical boundaries, and brighten the area without doing structural modifications. We re-plastered the scrolled ceiling to a smooth finish and painted both the ceiling and walls in a super white with a high light reflectance value. We removed the beige carpeting at the living room end and the vinyl flooring at the dining end of the room and ran solid oak throughout. New recessed LED lights and a see-through chandelier replaced the old off-centered, brass/glass pendant. White slipcovers, mirrors, and furniture that does not visually take up a lot of space helps to keep our multifunction space looking spacious and bright. What I love most about my new space:: We love living small and being surrounded by only those things that have significance and meaning to us.