Overheard at a Chain Furniture Shop That Shall Not Be Named: 'UGH! Why would anyone want a sectional anymore? It's so 2004!' Really? We had no idea. Here we were, contemplating getting a sectional now that our loveseat has seen its last cushion. Heaven forbid we revert back to the year that brought us John Kerry, hobbit-mania, My Big Fat Greek Olympics, and Martha going to jail...among many, many other things. Current events aside, let's get down to the brass tacks: sectional sofas or regular sofa with a schmattering of chairs? Cast your vote below the jump-we'll count them all, give or take 3,400.
Design hotel luxe meets spa styling? Organic meets slick? Jung from Guam installed high-end hardware and appliances and a pebbled shower floor in his bathroom and sent us the pics. 'I have 24 by 24 tiles that covers the floor throughout the house. I'd just recently installed the TOTO shower head, Laboratory and added complete natural river rocks on the floor. Including Kohler sink, and TOTO toilet. I hope you enjoy the pictures.'
The first one has an entryway, a small hallway, a nook near the front door or even a sharp turn that separates the front door from the rest of the home. Then there's the problem that the rest of us face. You walk in the door and literally fall smack dab into the living room. In this situation, landing strips tend to migrate into the whole room. Coats and mail and umbrellas and shoes contribute to the general feeling of messiness. In my house the solution's a table and a chair that act as a barrier between the front door and the rest of the living room. The better solution? Create the illusion of a separate entryway using a rug or a table to define the boundaries of the space visually. In our home, a table and a chair acts as a boundary between the entry point and the rest of the living room. A friend uses a rug and a coat rack to define her entryway, another a big comfy chair and a small table, a third has narrow bookcases on either side of her front door to hold the detritus of the day. Whatever your solution, the basics that you need here are: a place to throw a coat or a jacket a place for your mail a place for your keys a place for your bag and other packages. If it's the rule in your home, a place to put your shoes.
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, $29.95, now just makes us all misty-eyed. While we never had an Inchworm, $49.95, growing up, we can live through our son vicariously if we choose to buy one. Of course, no toy blast to the past could be complete without a Slinky, $9.95. 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 Sweetheart Soap, Rosebud Salve, Jean Naté, a Bulova Travel Clock and a slide viewer all in one place?
Are you a big fan of spaces that are bursting with design, accessories, colors and patterns? But are you a little worried about how to make it work in the real world? We've got real-life living rooms that are bursting with style but that work - and we're breaking down the lessons to take with you into your own space! Jenn & Hunter's Historic Landmark Apartment - This room is full of furniture, art, plants and even a few quirky accessories. One, it's large and the room's architecture allows for a little grandeur. Two, the two largest pieces of furniture in the room are of the same set, and their coordinating color and pattern help unify the look. Beci & Raph's Most Excellent Make & Do Adventure - There are all kinds of things to look at in this living room, from great furniture choices to accessories to weird pieces of art and found finds. Anne & Richard's Loving Renovation at the El Dorado - From fluffy sofa cushions to a fluffy rug to lots of art and a full color palette that's hard to peg down, this room works simply because it has a lot of balance to it. Sasha's Silver Lake Bohemian Bungalow - There's quite the bold array of patterns happening in Sasha's bungalow living room. Matt & Mel's Animated Abode - Matt and Mel's living room has a lot of colors happening. Do you have a happily full living room that works? Share your secrets for creating a non-spartan space that doesn't overwhelm in the comments.....
If you're in the market for a unique coffee table, take a look at this Kagan-style option currently on sale. Featuring a starburst wooden base and a glass surfboard top, this table would be a nice addition to any modern home.
Can you really 'Scavenge' a Striking Black Leather Mid-Century Sofa , especially at this price point? We're not sure, but we're putting this piece out there anyway for your consideration, because we really really think it is super cool. It would fit into a serious design junkie's place as well as an upwardly mobile bachelor's pad. -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!
Here's a color combo you don't often see much of anymore - white appliances against a natural birch palette. Especially in a day in age where everyone wants that stainless steel, it's a refreshing take on traditional modern that we can definitely dig. Of course, that's not to rag on anyone who appreciates that moody stainless steel look. Combined with natural light and some of my favorite tech gadgets.... Tivoli Radio One. White is certainly not out this year - if anything, we might start seeing its mean comeback.
These 15 spaces feature all the trappings of a typical country home - wood-turned legwork, farmhouse details, pattered fabric, bright colors, plenty of knick-knacks - done up in a way that is so very now. A cottage kitchen in Grand View, Maine, from Whitten Architects. An eclectic Chicago kitchen, from Cynthia Lynn Photography via Houzz. This bright, farmhouse kitchen is from Rafe Churchill. A historic kitchen in Scotland, from GLM Ltd. Yvonne & Boris' Belgian home on Houzz.
It's time to stop the excuses and recognize that you can have a beautiful office without painting a thing. Whether you're working with eggshell, ivory or cream, check out these gorgeous images for inspiration.
We've been searching high and low for a free-standing mirror for a client. Finally landed on this: the Triptych Vanity Mirror by Baker Furniture. It's perfect for areas where you need a mirror but have no wall to hang it on. In our case, it's at a bathroom sink that has a large window in the spot a mirror would usually hang. We've found there are so few mirrors out there that do this job - maybe that's why they have it priced so high.
COLOR INSPIRATION: After purchasing a new construction home, I quickly became tired of beige. So where else to make a big statement other than the tiny guest bedroom? GO TO MICHELLE'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
Richard Hamilton, who died Tuesday, is considered one of the instigators of the British Pop Art movement; in fact, the cheekily-positioned Blow Pop in his most famous collage may be where the movement got its name. Let's take a look at some of Hamilton's most iconic work. Nearly 40 artists collaborated to produce the show, but Hamilton's contribution had the most impact, and is now considered the first work of Pop Art. Hamilton himself defined Pop Art better than I just did, as 'Popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business.' Of course, while Hamilton was in some ways celebrating this throwaway culture, he was most certainly critiquing it as well, in particular casting his canny British eye on American economic imperialism. Not surprisingly Hamilton's work was often blatantly political with a strongly Leftist bent. In 1968, the Beatles commissioned Hamilton to design the sleeve of their next album, which Hamilton decided should be plain white, with 'The Beatles' embossed instead of printed, and numbered sequentially to suggest a limited edition. Like his famous collage, the White Album sleeve also fits every adjective in Hamilton's own description of Pop, above. Richard Hamilton circa 1970, with his work Kent State on the wall behind him. Hamilton continued to make art until his death on Tuesday at age 89.