It has started: the rush of holiday mail mixed with dry hands equals papercuts. This is the time of year we rely on our trusty old letter opener, the one we've had since high school graduation complete with an engraved 'H'. Who else uses letter openers - now or all year round? Have a great one or just any old one? We spotted these modern versions, and although we like them, we don't have the heart to upgrade.... Above: the silver letter opener available at See Jane Work for $7.95. Intended for group gifting, this Beau Coup letter opener is good for bridal parties, holiday gifts, or co-workers. Because of the focus on gifts for groups, the minimum purchase amount is four. Made of aluminum, polished to a satin finish, $20 each.
AT:SF reader Meredith sent in photos of her living room. She writes, These are photos of my before and after with black paint, which looks amazing even in a small space. I found that it actually made the room feel larger because the ceilings are high and now your eyes are draw up to the white molding and ceiling... ...I silkscreened the square photo on the wall. The left side of the room has chocolate linen on the wall that I stapled up. I stapled in chocolate burlap in the bookshelf to give a rich feeling and some depth. The closet space has an accessory wall that was made from the back of the bookshelf jutting into my closet. On the before photo the top right photo is a collage of SF business cards - places I have eaten at or shopped at - which I made into a circular design to mimic the sputnik light fixture.
Now this making the best of a small space! We love this before and after of seldom used closet filled with a mishmash of 'Stuff' was converted into a multifunctional home office/home entertainment center. It's a pretty industrial chic looking setup with the galvanized metal shelving system and rolling metal toolbox as TV stand and storage. Check out what it looked like below.... The only thing we're not too hot on is the seating, as a high stool like that would get our backs hurting after just half an hour of surfing online. A small flat panel would also be more space and energy efficient, but this might be a case of just using what they've got, so we tip our hat for them for their affordable solution. It was so good, it was chosen amongst Southern Living magazine's 20 Best Before & Afters.
Hello AT,. I am considering an apartment that is the right size, space, price & location, but has a horribly wrong kitchen. The other kitchen issue is the kitchen sink and attached cabinet. It's a porcelain double sink w/ dripping faucet, set above old metal cabinets. Since it's a double sink there is no counter space in the tiny galley kitchen. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced replacement solution for kitchen sink/cabinet combo? does not need to be anything fancy- this would be an investment made by a renter, and I only plan on living there for 2 yrs, but the current set-up is gross. I would be happy to lose double sink to have some counter space as well. This is a freestanding sink/counter/storage system that can be configured in a number of ways.
Bo Concept has this black on black bedroom in their inspiration gallery. Charcoal walls, big black hanging pendants, black stained oak furniture, black duvet and a black woven cord chair...that's a LOT of noir. We think it works here, mainly because of the glorious break of the white background patterned wallpaper and the mix of textures. The shiny duvet next to the wood, next to the rustic woven chair really helps break it up. 1,499 Bed, black-stained oak veneer/leather look Queen size.
We think one of the greenest things is to use materials that are made to last through the ages. End grain wood floors are the epitome of durable and add instant warmth to any space.... 'Kaswell is one maker of wood block floors, which is made up of 1' thick wood blocks turned on end. With the grains perpendicular to the wearing surface, the floors hold up forever. The blocks might be strong, but their appearance is as soft and warm as brick.
As much as we love simplicity, a kitchen is the one room in the house where we like to see more color. Lately we have been drawn to turquoise and blue kitchen interiors. From pale to deeper and richer shades of the two colors, the effect is quite unusual. More photos after the jump.... The kitchen in the first photo is from a portfolio of Paul Raeside.
Q: I am moving in with my boyfriend and his apartment, while otherwise awesome, has a horrific 70s retro kitchen complete with orange tiles and yellow countertops. It also has an unusable empty space awkwardly behind one of the counters. How do I turn this into a modern, clean space with style without a full remodel? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Liz in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Q: Help please!!! I am having difficulty completing this room. Was wondering if I can get some suggestions on paint, accessories, and window treatments for my dining room. I have sent pictures of different angles to give a feel of the room. Also should I add host/hostess chairs to the table? Thanks in advance for your ideas. Editor: Please share your ideas and advice with Gina in the comments below...thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
This image of room dividers at the Hotel Auteuil in Geneva reminded us of the sail cloth wall in David and Im's OneSpace. It's a clever idea for a studio or loft space...you just have to find cloth in the right size and weight. In this room, the sheer white curtains do a great job of sectioning off the space without blocking light or weighing down the room. Click below for resources and how to get a similar look.... David and Im's OneSpace.
We saw it in matte white at the Waterworks store, and think that the shape really lends itself to relaxation, which is what a bath is all about. We have seen similar shapes in limestone for upwards of $30,000, so at under $9,000 this seems like a steal. Because of its light weight material this tub can go on a second floor.
Q:I am looking for two chairs to be accent kitchen table chairs. Our table is wood, painted silver, and the six chairs are vintage school chairs with a very faded yellow paint. I love the chairs and don't want to paint them, but I would like two accent chairs that are a little more modern since the chairs and table and the wallpaper in the coffee maker nook all tend toward country. Our kitchen is white with a grey/white marble backspash and honed black granite countertops. I love the Eames molded plastic chairs and the metal navy chairs, but I don't want our kitchen to look like 'The kitchen design blogs made'. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lisa in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
Q: I am really struggling to find artwork that works well in our tiny bedroom. So far I've put in several small paintings that I love, but they don't work well together or suit the space. Would it look better if I removed all the small paintings and bought two bigger pieces - one for over the bed and one to replace the three small pictures by the door? Any tips would be much appreciated. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Sara in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Dear AT,. I have this terrific vintage paper sculpture that I'd like to hang. The problem is that the perfect place for it - the wall above my dresser - is brick. Ordinarily I'd think about hanging it from the ceiling, but there are fairly bulky moldings, which would prevent the pieces from resting flush against the wall. Compounding the problem further, the art and frame have no hanging mechanism and the backing is actually part of the art. Any advice about how to hang this piece on my brick wall? Thanks! Jason.