As much as we love natural light in the home and in all the gorgeous bedrooms in our Bedroom Contest this month, it's healthier to sleep in complete darkness. A friend of mine is moving her bedroom to the smallest, darkest room in her home because she sleeps better in pitch darkness. Sleeping in a room with too much light can cause depression, according to this article in The Daily Mail. Light in the bedroom can cause your brain to get confused between night and day because light inhibits the secretion of melatonin. Even digital clocks and other glowing electronics can interrupt sleep. I like my bedroom dark at night but not completely dark. Unlike my friend mentioned above, I enjoy waking up with natural daylight and want to have windows in my bedroom. Would you move your bedroom to the basement or to a room with no windows? Do windows in the bedroom matter to you? I would miss waking up to sunlight. Shown in the top image is the bedroom with natural light in Anna & Dan's White House Laundry Loft.
Q: Hi! I own a house that we have been renting out for a few years. We are moving back in soon, but have gotten different furniture since the last time we lived there, and have no idea how to arrange our new couch in the room. As you can see in the pictures, a lot of the walls are shorter or angled, making it difficult to put the back of the couch up against a wall. We spend a lot of time in the living room, both with guests and playing with our 2 year old daughter, so we'd like for it to have a more comfortable feel. We have a large, L-shaped sofa now, with the back of the couch measuring about 10 feet long. We would like to hang the TV on the wall in between the closet and fireplace. I would LOVE any suggestions for how to position the couch so that it does not break up the room too much or block the two doorways! We prefer it to face the TV on the wall. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Katie in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Anna of Newburgh, NY has been renovating her home for quite some while now, and her back room turned home office has made some huge leaps forward. What started as a dirty old room was turned into a bright oasis with a nice coat of white paint. Anna even painted the wooden floor white which really brightens up the space. To avoid too much of a static museum feel, Anna plastered black-on-black fir wallpaper from Ferm - the same company used by AT San Francisco Anh-Minh and Maryse Coziol. Her beautiful desk was her father's old drawing table, whose drawer front she stained black and legs swapped out for Ikea Vika Moliden legs.
With Thanksgiving later this week, you've no doubt already cemented your design and logistical plans if you're hosting a dinner. Perhaps you've been having some insecurity over your design choices. We've rounded up 10 gorgeous and eclectic dining spaces to banish any doubt that a varied space full of personality is the perfect complement to a home full of good food and friends. Eclectic dining rooms work when they are filled with things you love, and elements are balanced. Eclectic dining spaces pack a mean punch of personality because they mix and match contrasting styles, play with bold colors and introduce details that might not normally be seen together. They are especially useful when a packed house for the holidays means you might not have quite enough chairs or plates or napkins for everyone to use ones that match; in an already mixed and matched space-no one will notice! Just don't confuse eclectic with 'Cluttered' or 'Messy;' there are plenty of ways of creating an eclectic dining space using a carefully curated combination of items from different styles. It's your dining room, and you're in control of how much art and accessories go into your eclectic space. Don't feel like you have to add more than you need! What do you think about eclectic dining spaces? Cozy and comforting for the holidays? Or just a little too bohemian for your tastes? Let us know!
The happy modern aesthetic is one that is, well...modern and happy. In the living room, a peppy colored sofa is key to the look, then build around it with graphic textiles, contemporary furniture frames and punchy accessories.
'I have a new red leather sofa and love seat in a contemporary style and would like some suggestions on where to find an area rug to go in front of it. Also, I would like some suggestions for a new cocktail table to use. My current one is a large dark granite one with matte black iron legs, and the color is just too dark and drab for the new pieces. Thanks!'. Do any of our readers have suggestions to help Mary incorporate her new sofa and loveseat into her living room?
The Barcode Piano invites children to explore the concept of barcodes through a tangible interface consisting of a board, bricks, a button and sounds inspired by the piano as a metaphor. By combining the different barcode bricks, children can copy barcodes and listen to their unique tunes. Each brick will play a unique tone creating new tunes every time a complete barcode is put into place on the Barcode Piano.
If you're lucky enough to have a dedicated dining room or enough space for a big open concept dining area, you want to show it off and make a statement. The kitchen is where you have the pre-show, but the dining area is where the real magic happens. There is nothing better than sitting down around a table full of good food and good friends-sometimes late into the night-so it's nice to put some real thought into making the space both stylish and functional. Here's a great modern boho look that you can get on two very different budgets. This look has a lot of warm textures and tones from the wood, leather, and brass, as well as modern, Mid-century-influenced black accents. The rug grounds the space and adds some color and pattern for interest. You're not imagining it-we found the same buffet at two different prices.
Lately we've been spotting textured walls all over the place - in homes, store displays, magazine layouts. This is a wonderful way to add texture to an accent wall while seemingly easier to hang then wallpaper and not as messy as paint. Take a look at these.... If you are in the market for trying something new, check out the following pictures of spaces that have successfully tried this textured accent wall treatment. You can try burlap, grass cloth, rattan, bamboo, even wood panels. What do you think about textured wall(s) in a space?
Kimberly of Swoonworthy and her partner Wayne did a great job renovating their old kitchen, but Kimberly wasn't entirely happy with the results. She is a girl who requires more drama from her interiors. A couple of simple DIY projects later, she's added some glitz and glamor to this space. Kimberly papered behind the open shelving with a dark grey and silver wallpaper that was originally intended for the dining room, then added lots of gold accessories like her vintage plates and dinky gold and white hedgehog bowls. She also replaced the chrome 'S' hooks under the wall cabinets with brass ones, and swapped all the hardware on the cabinet doors for some Chinoiserie-style brass handles she found on ebay. For more of Kimberly's DIY projects, check out her blog Swoonworthy.
If you like to rearrange the furniture every now and then, consider this great little table from Shaker Workshops. The Harvard Table could do time bedside, sofa-side, as a console, or even as a small desk. We like the Harvard Table not only for its versatility, but for its simplicity. Crafted from solid cherry, it's sturdy without sitting heavy. Its slender, elegant proportions lend themselves to the verticality of Victorian interiors. The Harvard table is a bargain too, if you like to DIY. Finished it's $480 and as a kit only $240. Available here.