Storage options for the bathroom are endless and can really get those creative juices going. We've seen IKEA kitchen items and outdoor furniture used in bathrooms, and now...planters. During a recent stay with a friend in LA, we loved her use of an old triple hanging planter set to store bathroom stuff: the perfect size sectioned off for organization, and with movable, interchangeable pots. Bathroom storage topped Sarah's list of 5 alternative uses for planters back in '07 - so we were happy to see this idea in action.
This is where old products go to die - but in a completely good way! All of the stuff you remember your parents using when you were a child, products that seemed to mysteriously disappear by the time you were a teenager, are to be found at Vermont Country Store. Along with nearly-extinct perfumes, obscure soaps, unusual canned goods, Vermont Country Store also has an interesting array of vintage-inspired toys and home goods that will send you back in time. We had a Raggedy Andy doll when we were very small, and seeing Vermont Country Store's Raggedy Ann and Andy now just makes us all misty-eyed. If your nostalgia only goes back to the '80s you can find a Strawberry Shortcake doll instead. Thrice-brushed flannel sheet blankets can help keep your family cozy this winter whether you're in Vermont or other snowy environs. For us the main attraction to Vermont Country Store is the high chance it offers to O.D. on nostalgia. Besides cool toys and odd knick-knacks, where else can you find Vaseline Soap, Rosebud Salve, Wind Song, a Bulova travel clock a slide viewer and Chiclets all in one place?
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!
We are building a house in a mountain town and are looking for interior design ideas that are contemporary with a 'Nod' to the mountain setting. Are there any books, magazines or web sites I can look to for inspiration? Western Interiors and Design and dwell are sometimes useful. For the most part I'm finding that 'Alpine contemporary' usually involves log furniture, maybe a black hammered-metal chandelier, and snowshoes, animal skins, and blankets on the walls. I would love any ideas or suggestions of design elements/materials/colours that make you think of a mountain life that's not necessarily taking place in a hunting lodge. PS. I'd send a picture of an example interior, but so far I've only found the don'ts and not the do's. Here's a mountain instead.... Kim,.
One of my oldest friends from college celebrated his birthday this past week, and we threw him a dinner on Saturday night with a long table on a bluff by the bay. The table was simple, and inspired a bit by these pics from HOST in Copenhagen and the food was delicious take-out from a local Mexican restaurant. THE TABLE. We've used this style of table for years. Horses are assembled and legs cut to 28' in height. Table tops are made out of sheets of 3/4' plywood cut in half, so that they are 2'x8' long each. Each table sits four comfortably on a side with room on the ends for two more. Tablecloths are standard cotton 12'x15' canvas dropcloths. THE BARMargaritas and Gin & Tonics.... Rosé for the dinner... Music was provided by an iPhone connected via Bluetooth to an awesome new find - Stelle Audio Pillar. THE DINNERWe decided for this dinner NOT to cook, which was a novel concept and much appreciated by everyone with children who would have had to cook it and then clean up. The whole meal came from an amazing Mexican restaurant nearby called La Fondita.
One thing you might think you don't have control over is the view from your rooms. While it's true you can't always choose what your rooms' windows overlook, there are things you can do to improve a view. This weekend, choose a view you don't love and see if you can make it a little more lovely! Choose a room you love spending time in, but that has a view you don't adore. It could be the alley view you get from the living room sofa. It doesn't even have to be a window; it could be a view of your utility room from your bedroom. The point is, if you have a window or door that you don't love looking out of, you can get creative to alter that view so that it's a little more appealing to the eyes.
Are you staring at the blank wall above your sofa with hammer in hand, afraid to punch the first hole to hang your art? Or maybe you've already hung art above your sofa, but every time you look at your handiwork, something feels 'Off.' Hanging art isn't rocket science, but with so many different variables, it can sometimes be difficult to get just right. This post is filled with examples of rooms that have nailed the placement of art hanging above their sofa-use this as visual inspiration to hang art in your own space. Below, find a sofa + wall situation that most matches the one in your home, and use the photo as a visual example of how you might hang art in your space. Pay attention to the size of the art, how far it hangs above the sofa and the amount of room between the top of the art piece and the ceiling. The art in the above photo could have been hung a little higher, in my opinion, but because of the low hanging chandelier, the lower art hanging placement makes perfect sense in the room's overall composition. If your sofa is in front of a window and the wall space above it is split up like the above photo, take a cue from Alison and Jeff's living room and hang art on either side of your window. If the art above Alex's sofa had been a canvas or framed photo, I would have hung it lower. This art piece could have been too big/overwhelming for this sofa and room, but the wall was painted a dark hue, and that helps the art feel like it fits just right. Julie's living room shows off an excellently hung art gallery wall. Evenly spaced, the gallery wall is balanced and creates a great shape-a shape that acts like one individual art piece. Don't let architectural details give you a hang-up about hanging art above your sofa; either work around them...or completely ignore them and hang art where you want to anyway.
You know the saying 'Every room needs a little black?' Well, with brass's amazing resurrection, the saying should really go, 'Every room needs a little black and brass.' And, if you're the picky type, yes, black might mean bronze and brass might mean gold. My favorite use of the classic combination is in understated or spare vintage spaces where brings the combo brings a lively sophistication.
Name: Craig Location: Brooklyn, NY Square Feet: 425 Division: Tiny What I Love About My Small Home: My husband and I previously lived in an even smaller apartment on the same block as this apartment in the Historic District of Brooklyn Heights; Every day I walked by this apartment building and wondered what it was like inside the apartment with the unique arched top window. One day while searching the internet, I came across a rental listing for that very same apartment- and a few days later, we were planning our move. We love the location and the charm and details of the main room. Living in New York City where space is a premium, we made the easy sacrifice of charm and location over having more space. Though the space has history, we used a mix of more modern furnishings and objects to personalize our home.
Since they'll eventually sell this house, Kelley didn't want to spend too much money in updating the place. The house has great bones but needs a little TLC and a personal touch, and I'm loving the journey. It can be hard these days to retain a traditional style without things feeling dated, but I'm trying. I want to keep as many original features of the house as possible to retain its vintage charm, so when I recently made over our bathroom I attempted to do just that. I loved the original wall and floor tile, but wanted to create an calming atmosphere that suited our taste rather than the outdated, busy look of the black floral wallpaper that was there when we moved in. Because there is no natural light in the bathroom, the wallpaper made the whole room look dingy, but I knew it was possible to brighten things up. I scraped ancient, peeling wallpaper, sanded, painted, caulked, and scrubbed the tile until it shined. I much prefer the clean, simple look of the new bathroom to the cluttered, dark country feel of the wallpaper. It serves as a great base for switching out accessories when I want to change things up. I can add colored towels, hand soap and flowers according to season and not have to worry about things matching, because basically everything goes with black and white.
Call us crazy, but we're really digging this wallpaper and picture frame décor happening around this flat screen. It looks like something the store Anthropologie would come up with for their store.... We know this isn't for everyone, but for those of us who are suckers for dainty interiors, it's a nice way to balance out the blandness of a television. The folks over at House to Home, turned an Ikea Lack shelf on its side to act as a TV console that holds a DVD player and what looks like an Xbox 360. Lets hope that's a Blu-ray player below, because there's no point in having an Xbox and a standard DVD player.
Even though the Polaroid has faded out into the annals of photography history with the advent of digital photography, a lot of us still hold onto the fond memories of shaking, waiting and laughing at what the film technology would reveal after a snapshot. Guess the demise of the beloved low tech photography has brought it back into the popular zeitgeist, with a couple designers bringing out very similar ideas of the Polaroid reimagined as mirrors.... Colin O' Dowd's Polaroid Mirror is 107 x 88mm, comes with a stand, and is available via Design Boom for $29. Then there's the similar, but slightly different Relax Snapshot by Atypyk; this version is flexible, offering a funhouse effect for $12.60.
Do you have some gorgeous wood floors that have seen a bit of abuse? Have they been hiding under carpet for years? Getting them professionally refinished is the easiest way to give them a facelift, but you will pay a pretty penny to do so. You cannot sand lead paint and may need to just replace the floor at that point. You will need 20-60 grit depending on the damage to your floors. The sander will remove a lot of surface from your floor, so the best scenario is if your floors are 3/4' thick to start. If they are thinner than 1/4', you shouldn't refinish them or you will gouge holes in your floor and hit the subfloor. Plank floors are thicker and can be sanded more times than tongue and groove. Sanders are heavy, loud, and awkward, so you will want to practice your movements on some plywood before you get going on your floor. The biggest mistake in DIY floor renovation is gouging the wood. If you are happy with the floor after the first pass, then go straight to 120 grit paper for the final smoothing process. If you are staining the floor a new color, first use a wood conditioner to help even out the stain.
Changing tastes in decor and design, varying needs and the act of just LIVING in a space keeps things from remaining static. Some rooms evolve more quickly and more dramatically than others, such as the living room of furniture enthusiast T A Stevick. This current set up involves a Goetz sofa, Bonaldo Spoon chaises, a Frankl table and classic Eames and Bertoia chairs. November 2006 - Q Chaises by Karim Rashid and a line-up of mod chairs. We like the idea of living room as gallery with an ever changing exhibition - not easy to pull off, but clearly a nice way to enjoy your home!
Owner of Etsy shop LuxChroma, Reuben Strangelove offers up a selection of interesting and attractive hand made lighted wall features including a very cool USB symbol to show off your inner geek. 'Other notable tech geek options available from his Etsy shop include a 5.25' floppy disk, the Ubuntu Linux logo, and a retro cool audio cassette. His designs are made of PVC and purchasers can request from white, green, blue, red and amber lights to customize their wall feature.