Our dining room is my favorite room is our new but old home. After reading up on the slow home principles Cambria mentioned earlier this month, I realized our dining room qualifies. A pendant light should be centered above your dining table, hanging between 28 and 34 inches above the top of your dining surface. You'll need proper, easy-to-access storage in your Slow Home Dining Room. What else is on your list? Making these items easy-to-access will make the process of dining in this room convenient and enjoyable. Take an inventory of the items you typically use in your dining room. Typically you'll want 5 to 6 feet of space around your dining table, unless it's situated against a wall. Hang a special piece of art in your dining room or dining area to celebrate the space. Let go of the idea that your dining room will always be perfect.
A bit of an urban natural disaster that is affecting residents in a big, wet way. Our friend Evan lives near the Montrose mess and reports that the basement of his building, along with 'Every other one in the neighborhood' was flooded and that his neighbor who lives in a garden apartment had it even worse.... Neighbor: 'I woke up to a sandal floating by my face'....Yikes! We thought we'd start a thread here for sharing advice on how to dry out for our water logged fellow Chicagoans...if you have tips or info to share, please comment below.
Back in February, we listed this Kapali bedding among a group of great designs for spring. Now that it's fall, seeing this colorful design set in a moody setting makes it seem perfect for autumn. Pricing info here, at Anthropologie: from $68-$248..
Name: Annie Location: Barrington, RI Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love that our bedroom feels bright, and at the same time calm. Our home was built about 100 years ago as a summer beach house with old pine for floors and tongue and groove beamed ceilings. There is an open knothole by the door that has frequently been used by our daughter to drop notes through to the kitchen. I love the grapevine weâve collected and that the posts of our bed were made from trees we collected when a friendâs farm was clearing land.
Bathrooms are one of the sanctuaries of our homes, but unfortunately they can also be one of the most water and energy consuming and mold prone areas of the house. Use water-resistant flooring: Do not install carpet and instead use materials such as recycled content tile or finished concrete that can withstand consistent water contact without deteriorating or causing mold to form. Gray Water: Use gray water to supply water for toilets and to irrigate landscaping. Gray water can come from other several in the house, even as close at the sink in the bathroom. Check with your local code for gray water use restrictions. Efficient Hot Water Distribution: If you are building new or renovating, locate all of your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and mechanical rooms as close together as possible. Try to design the floor plan so that plumbing walls are shared and are as close to the water heater as possible. Inclusion of a recirculating pump will provide more consistent hot water availability, particularly for fixtures furthest from the water heater. The LEED minimum water usage rate is as follows: The average flow rate for all sink faucets should be 1.5-2.0 gpm, b) Showers must be 1.75-2.0 gpm, c) Toilets must be 1.1-1.3 gpf, dual-flush or be U.S. EPA WaterSense certified. Pipe Insulation: All hot water piping should have R-4 insulation and insulation should be installed on all piping elbows to adequately insulate the 90-degree bend. If your water heater is warm to the touch wrap it in an insulation blanket or jacket and wrap all incoming and outgoing pipes with insulation to a minimum of 4-feet from the water heater.
Inevitably kids spend a lot of time on the floor so beanbags offer a comfortable place to hunker down. We really like these fruit and vegetable beanbags from EZ Bean, but balked a bit at the price of $240. We did a little searching around and found this cheaper alternative at Montgomery Ward. The selection is smaller - apple, pear or banana - but the price is right at $80. Find them here. EZ Bean, on the other hand, offers a 15 different styles for a more sophisticated palate including persimmon, eggplant, and peach. They are available in either brushed cotton or tech suede. If you're a DIY type, check out this tutorial for making a beanbag based on the ubiquitous tomato pincushion.
Q: I picked up a copy of the January issue of Town & Country, and fell in love with Ina Garten's rustic wood table. She purchased it from a high-end store in Sag Harbor....not so close to me in Scottsdale, AZ and definitely not in my price range! Aside from Restoration Hardware, where can I find a gorgeous reclaimed wood table like this that is full of character and not ridiculously expensive? My husband seems to think a table like this might be a nightmare and show ever single spill or ring from an iced drink etc. Does anyone have any experience with a similar type table? To me it would seem low maintenance in that you would never worry about scuffing or scratching the surface because it adds to the charm. Editor - Love the table too, Jenn, and we're all for reusing reclaimed wood with its inherent natural beauty. We admit we haven't had any experience ourselves with a table like this. Perhaps some of our readers can chime in with advice and opinions. Got a good question you'd like answered? Send your queries and a photo or two illustrating your question, and we'll see if the Apartment Therapy LA team or our readers can help answer your question.
Feng Shui informs us that good color for a bathroom would either be water colors or wood colors, to match or support the water element. Well, I sometimes get so sick of powder blue I could wretch, so this week let's look at two more colors from my arsenal of dark colors. Spring has sprung, at least in Hell's Kitchen, and this is one of the most interesting colors I've seen in a long time. We went through a process of choosing and eliminating dark colors for the main room of a studio, and wound up choosing one for the bathroom instead. Something about Spring leapt out of the color deck-it's green, brown and black all at the same time, fertile and loamy, and dances quite well with the warm pinky tile. I thought fiddle-head ferns would sprout from the walls if I just gave them enough water. Oddly enough, Spring is the darker of the two, but it actually feels much warmer than Whitall Brown. There's something simple, powdery and Zen about this room, and it definitely feels 'Woodsy,' in line with our Feng Shui dictum. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter.
Pink and purple, the traditional color combination for the girly-girl. For me it usually invokes a tooth-aching sweetness that I do not find appealing. This room found over at Anna Leena's Hem blog has changed my mind about this color combination. Anna, with the help of her daughter, was able to put together an inspired room using rosy pink and purple with touches of green successfully; not an easy feat. For more photos of Anna's home, check out her blog.
When they are contrasted against a bright white room, they can look fantastic. In honor of Valentine's Day, here is an example of red done right. I love the way that these bright red accents pop out against the white walls, sofa, and floors creating a fresh and happy look. In addition to the sunny splashes of red, I am loving the overlapping gallery of empty picture frames, with a few images tucked inside. Overlapping the frames gives them a geometric and modern look, and adds just the right amount of color to the otherwise bare walls. You could create a similar wall gallery using washi tape or brightly colored painters tape. Or even a combination of tape and frames to create the overlapping look All in all, a fresh and bright room with just the right amount of ruby love.
Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Our offer? If you post something GOOD, we will feature it here in Scavenger where it is sure to sell.... This nice dark wood armoire will suit a television or clothes and despite the fact that it IS from Pottery Barn, this is a very useful piece of furniture at a greatly reduced price. They say there are nicks and scratches from earlier moves, but with dark wood, this is easy to fix. MGR. OTHER GOOD STUFF.Club Chair on auction for $310.Hesman Trophy Club chair on auction for $10.Trad. red mahogany dining table on auction for $63.Vintage French bar counter for $2000.