We loved the big prints from yesterday's small spaces with bold wallpapers. Which led us straight to one more little room with over-the-top personality. This is the dining room of Erin Gates from Elements of Style. Now, it's a stylish place to entertain a couple of friends or enjoy dinner at home. We love the graphic black and white pattern and its size. Seems these larger repeats work well for small rooms.
Whatever reason behind you having to make do with an extremely small bathroom, there are five ways you can survive such a small space. Though a small bathroom might hint at a home with similarly small rooms, don't necessarily try and make your bathroom hold its fair share of stuff. Your bathroom is the place you get ready every morning and it's also a high-mess place, so toothpaste particles, dust and grime happen in here a bit more than say, your living room. Even if you follow this post's first suggestion, you still have some things you have to keep in your small bathroom, from toiletries to toilet paper and more. Don't be afraid to make your bathroom more functional by displaying tools you use every day, too. There's something a little clinical about a small bathroom. Sure that's not a big deal when you're in a hurry and getting ready in the morning, but what about when you need a place to relax after a stressful day at work? That's where centering on comfort can help you survive a small bathroom.
Q: I am looking for colors to paint our living/dining room. The family room runs parallel and is open with only a two foot column separating them. As you can see, the furniture in the living room is teal, gold and red and the family room furniture is red. Everything coordinates very well but I don't know what way to go with paint colors. I was thinking creamy/yellow behind the fireplace with a lighter shade on the other walls. I would like to put a light shade of the teal somewhere but don't know where. Editor: Let Tressa know what you think in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
'Guess the Decade' is back with a striking wallpapered bedroom in classic black & white with some great green accents. Comments and conjecture are welcome in the comments, as always, but if you know the source of the photo - PLEASE don't tell. We promise to reveal it tomorrow, so please check back then for the answer.
Steve Melendrez and Rebecca Cox of Living Room invited us yesterday for a sneak peek of their showroom in preparation of their two year anniversary sale.... The showroom, formerly the offices of Eric Garcetti, is tastefully appointed with an eclectic and stylish mix of original artwork, ethnic decorative arts, in-house custom pieces, and modern design notables from the likes of Jonathan Adler and John Robshaw. The Living Room's showroom almost feels like a miniature east-of-the-101 H.D. Buttercup, each corner showcased in different decor styles. Starting on February 8th-11th, Living Room is having a special 2 year anniversary sale, with everything 20% off all special orders, custom orders and in-stock goods/floor items, including furniture, lighting and accessories. They even promised to have some adult beverages and tasty snacks to nosh on while you shop.
For us, no trip to Savannah, Ga., is complete without a stop at The Paris Market on West Broughton. We are especially impressed by their lighting selection, which includes some gorgeous glass chandeliers. On a recent visit it was the more organic chandelier shown above that caught our eye. We like the idea of recycling oyster shells that would otherwise just be tossed out. Which got us thinking: We could probably hit up our local oyster bars for some leftover shells, clean them up, drill holes in them, and craft one of these ourselves. The Paris Market's version is designed for candlelight, but we would make ours an electric fixture by attaching the shells to a pendant lamp shade. For a more polished look, we might spraypaint the shells with some glossy white paint. Hmmm ... Perhaps this would make a good January Jumpstart project?
Billed accurately as perfect for the small apartment dweller, his Danish modern folding desk is shallow and has a fold down writing surface so work can be tucked away when not being, uh, worked on. You could have a surprise every day! -MM. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
I feel my bedroom is beautiful because it is clean and organized. The best part of it all is that, the different pieces around the bedroom from the wall art to the decorating pieces, are simple, inexpensive and yet they give my bedroom a smart look. Choose furniture that compliments you and your style. Clean cut and simple furniture makes a bedroom a lot nicer, more attractive and smarter. It makes your bedroom furniture look cheap and messy.
If you are looking for a large screen movie or TV viewing experience in your home, a projector definitely gives you the best screen size to dollar ratio. A 65 inch LCD runs for approximately $7000 while you can pick up a 1080p projector and screen for about half that price. Those numbers alone give the projector a considerable advantage for our home theater setup. Do be aware that projector setups require a reasonably dark room to provide the best image, not as much of a consideration for LCD TV's. What else should you consider? Assuming you use the projector 8 hours a week you are looking at just under 5 years. Not all projectors can be ceiling mounted and each projector has a distance requirement which may not fit with your layout. Noise level: Having a projector means having a spinning fan to cool the projector while watching a movie.
Recently, a book we've been reading about the evolution of the idea of home has us questioning the idea of a formal dining room in our home. As these things go, poking around the Domino website, we rediscovered this floor plan for an alternative arrangement for a dining area. While we believe in sitting down at a table to eat, whether you're dining solo or not, we've begun to rethink this room in our own home and wonder whether we might be better served in our current life by reconsidering this room's function.... Living on our own, our dining room, really an anteroom off the kitchen, only finds its use a few nights a week and seems a little formal for the way our entertaining style has evolved. If we have guests, we're usually cooking while they're present and it can be a little formal and uncomfortable for them to sit stiffly at the dining room table or worse, be out of earshot in the living room. Recently, perhaps because of the hotter weather and the fact that our dining room, if we even turn on our fiery old O'Keefe and Merritt stove for a minute, gets warmer than the beach in mid-summer, we've been eating around the coffee table in the living room and the dining room has sat, unused. We like the idea of turning it into a cozy nook where our guests can kick back and relax and nibble a few appetizers, keeping us company while we cook; a room which can transform into a more formal and traditional space for those times when we need one. What about you? Do you have a dining room in your home? Does it function as one or does it have another use?
Saporiti Italia's Sedna K Kitchen island beautifully takes advantage Corian's transparent quality to merge an integrated display and information system into their futuristic kitchen island concept designed by Marti Guixé. Just imagine having recipes displayed prominently ontop of a surface which doesn't require worry of spills or damage to a laptop, or one that can display incoming emails or transmitted video from the door or phone so you don't have to leave your kitchen tasks.... As the kitchen becomes more of a haven for technological solutions and resources, it will be solutions like this wired countertop that will become more common in average households. Kitchen PCs are increasingly in the home cook's toolbox of resources, but as cooks who already drag their laptop back and forth from the home office to the kitchen, we would surely welcome this sort of solution specifically designed with kitchen tasks and demand in mind.
Dark hardwoods make rooms look dark, right? Wrong! Look at this gorgeous nursery! If you're lucky enough to be able to chose your nursery flooring, don't stop flipping through the samples as you get to the oak and cherry. Keep going darker...walnut...ebony...now we're talking! Look at this one! Ok, we don't mean to pressure you. We're just hoping that you keep an open mind to darker woods because they can make such a stunning statement in a nursery. The combination of dark floors and light walls creates the perfect backdrop for colorful pieces, and the result can be light, cheerful, and modern. The top image is the nursery designed by Holly Baker of White Berry Reinvented. Be sure to check out her beautiful blog, Life in the Fun Lane, for more pictures and inspiration. The second image is from Sebastian's nursery tour which you can take right here.
Our college-style 'Make-whatever's-in-the-fridge' culinary habits don't really facilitate the need to own an egg cup. If we ever had to get one, we'd get this to soothe our gadget-loving souls: the eiPOTT. 'Ei' is German for egg and 'Pott' is German for pot. So we have to imagine there was much confusion in Germany when Apple's music-playing iPod arrived on the scene. The little kinder thought they were getting egg cups for their birthdays! Well now the wrong has been right-ed and we have officially found the eiPOTT egg cup. From German design group qed*design, this little guy keeps all the Apple iPod styling-rectangle shape with a circular 'click wheel'-with an Ei-appropriate twist. If you're a geek who needs someplace to stick your boiled egg, we've found it.
Q: I am looking for an 8- to 12-seater extendable, rectangular dining table that will go with my orange chairs. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Newleaf in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
When Step 2 discontinued their Choo Choo wagon, it became a cult item among parents of multiples, who would stalk resales and eBay in hopes of finding a used one. Now Step 2 has reissued the Choo Choo, and Radio Flyer debuted another wagon for three. The Choo Choo is available with 2-3 cars, and Step 2 makes a trailer that can be added on for hauling additional kids or stuff. Radio Flyer's Triple Play Deluxe Wagon has triangular seating configuration and a rear storage bag for carrying extra stuff. Each Choo Choo car can hold up to 50 pounds, while the Triple Play can haul up to 200 pounds total. Neither design is particularly attractive and we would much prefer a non-plastic option, but it's worth noting that wagon manufacturers are addressing the needs of larger families. These could be good options for families with several small kids who have aged out of their strollers but might still want to hitch a ride on longer outings.