During this wonderful week of wallpaper, many of you have expressed your opinion of wallpaper. While some of you loved all of the wallpaper, a lot of you were turned off by it because you're either renting and can't use it - or you've recently moved into a home that's filled with dreadfully dated wallpaper. If you're unfortunate enough to be dealing with the removal of wallpaper, our hearts certainly go out to you. It can be an extremely annoying time and any relationship is stronger by the end of it. What are you tips and tricks to the wonderful art of removing wallpaper?
When it comes to open space living, the advice we keep hearing is to designate areas by using all the methods known to man. This would be, but not limited to: colors, rugs, curtains, screens, and tables...But for those of us who like to keep our spaces streamlined in all ways, here's an interesting example of restricting the color palette while still keeping everything in its rightful areas with the proper balance of black and white. After staring at this photo trying to decipher how and why it works, we conclude that the lesson to be learned is this: when in doubt, opt for glossy white floors and an oversized light fixture. Oh, and try to keep everything spaced apart just enough.
Hi AT,. Virtually everything I read about arranging bedroom furniture insists that that the bed should face the bedroom entrance, and especially that you don't want to present a side view of the bed. I am not willing to be shredded by shards of falling glass when the next earthquake comes, and I have windows opposite the bedroom door. If I put the bed against one of the side walls, then my husband and I have to play leapfrog to get in and out of bed. Email questions & pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: sf(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)comLink To All Good Questions. You might find it interesting that Feng Shui adherents prefer to keep the doorway within sight while sleeping, but the end of the bed must be out of doorway alignment. Lying in bed with your soles directly facing the door is called the coffin position....because the dead were traditionally carried out feet first. We're not slaves to Feng Shui or any other space planning philosophy, but we do find that the 'Coffin position' can give us the heebeejeebees. It seems your problem is its own solution: sleep sideways, be earthquake safe, and don't worry about anyone's rules,.
From shipping containers to garbage trucks, we're fascinated by small space living on the go. This home may be more conventional, mobility-wise; but after reading Andreas Stavropoulos' inspiration and story to remodel and live in a vintage Airstream trailer, this home is definitely out of the ordinary. The inspiration behind Stavropoulos' home stems from his profession as a landscape architect. When he became self-employed, he found an urgency to surround himself with his medium. 'Whereas landscape architects once spent significant time on the site, the profession now finds some of the most creative minds shoehorned into cubicles. This seemed like a loss to me, and I wondered how it might be possible to create a space for real understanding within the profession-the kind of understanding that occurs from seeing a day of shadows move across a place, or listening to and observing people in a space,' he writes. With this simple and stylish Airstream studio that he renovated himself, Stavropoulos is able to travel and work on site. By the looks of these photos and the rest of the gallery on Dwell.com, we're fairly convinced that Stavropoulus is living a modern-day version of Walden.
Flat, 'Regular' art is just fine and dandy for most of your walls. If you're looking for ideas on how to make a room really have a wow factor, look to DIY art ideas that feature more 3D. Bursting from your walls they grab attention, add a fun element to any room and are even a blast to make. Pictured above: What looks like a perky, bright abstract modern art piece is a interesting mix of rolled paper and framed chicken wire - and a DIY project just about anyone could do! Spotted on Sugar & Cloth. What? Is this a space-age piece of art created by an artist from the future? Nope, it's a cool, geometric, mirrored DIY art piece you could make for your walls. Point the way in your home with a rustic wood inspired arrow you could make any size, direction or color. This borders on being barely 3D, but we still think it counts, and love that you can say something with color with this idea. This idea would add a lot of texture to a wall! You could customize it any way you want by choosing the colors and shapes. Baskets and color blocking on a wall spotted on Design Improvised. What have been your favorite DIY 3D art ideas for home? Share your suggestions below!
These colorful pillows from Canadian design shop Manor 12 call to mind the fresh, citrus hues of summertime. Handprinted on heavyweight organic cotton with a wool backing, we think they're just the thing to perk up a dull sofa. Manor12 is the work of Canadian textile designer Julie Moschenross. In addition to pillows, Julie is also working on a full line of textiles for interiors with a focus on hand-printed wallpaper and hand-embroidered upholstery. Prices for the pillows start at $60 USD and can be purchased through these Canadian retailers, or online at Modern Karibou.
We got an email from the eds at ReadyMade that they are looking for great DIY transformations in smaller apartments to be published in their Small Spaces issue in Aug/Sep. Interested? Read on down below.... For the next issue of ReadyMade-our annual Small Spaces issue, on newsstands in August and September-we're looking for the best in DIY design under 1,500 square feet.... Do you know of any undersize homes or apartments that have benefited from DIY makeovers? Folks who've carved out enviable life/work spaces in ingenious ways? Stories about such transformations from around the country will make up half of the feature well; the other half is open season. As for projects, we'll feature innovative storage solutions from the living room and bedroom to the bathroom and home office. Build-it-yourself space-savers* Large spaces divided into smaller units. Architects/designers who specialize in tiny renovations. Deadlines fall over the next month, so hit us now! For front-of-book items, narratives, feature stories, and profiles, email me directly. For projects pitches, hit up our projects editor Derek.
I'm recovering from a delayed flight and a late night return to SF and will be posting light today. So there will still be plenty to see/read/enjoy.
We're big fans of bold color and pattern, especially in small spaces. Bringing a kick of color or a punch of pattern into the room adds vibrancy-which we often need in the morning! Here are some of our favorite ways to add some impact to your bathroom. The room above, designed by Cynthia Rowley, was featured in Elle Décor in October 2008. Too commitment-phobic to paint, wallpaper or tile? This room in Livingetc shows the impact of a bold, colorful piece of furniture coupled with a large piece of bright artwork. Livingetc also features this room that is punctuated by a bold, colorful wallpaper. This stunning tile work shown in Livingetc shows what a little ingenuity with ceramic, glass or other types of tile can do on the bathroom walls. ReadyMade has a great instructable on creating a faux-bois painted finish to a bathroom wall.
Name: Lindsay Location: Pittsburgh, PA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love that I'm the first person to utilize this small forgotten space since this home was built in 1884. I adore feeling like I'm sleeping in John Malkovich's 7 1/2 floor. Even though I'm just a renter, I completely designed, insulated, and remodeled this not-tall-enough-to-stand-in space myself.
It's no doubt an anchor of your living room, and maybe even a focal point of your home. Let's all give our sofas a good, thorough cleaning this weekend! This cleaning task will make the whole living room feel fresher for it. When's the last time you took a vacuum to the crevices? Swept under the sofa? Shook out and plumped up the cushions? Even folks who vacuum their rooms regularly don't always think to take apart their sofas to really get this seat clean. Follow the advice and instructions in the how-to post below to end up with a crumb and dust-free sofa when you're done! Things the above tutorial doesn't cover are whether or not you might have any stains or dirt on your sofa's material. Since everyone's sofa material will be different, you'll want to follow the manufacturer's suggestions on how to clean any particularly dirty cushions or deal with stains. Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do! Even if you just shake out your cushions and brush off the food crumbs, your sofa and living room will feel a little better. SHOW US YOUR WEEKEND WORK! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.