Few things in the world of decorating are more controversial than the pink bathroom. Now there's a whole new generation of pink bathrooms - and they're anything but frilly and froufrou. Blush pink tile - and matching wall paint - give this bathroom from Hearth Studio a subtle but sophisticated vibe. For an even more subtle way to bring pink into the bathroom, try using pink tile just on the floor, as in this space from Made a Mano. Now for something totally different - a bathroom that employs pink plaster instead of tile, beautifully contrasted with a steel shower enclosure and black fixtures. The light pink marble and light pink walls make this bathroom from Kingston Lafferty Design twice as nice. In this bathroom from Casas, light pink paneling pairs beautifully with a pedestal sink, and a modern mirror and light fixtures. The textured pink tile contributes to the slouchy, boho vibe of this bathroom from Sight Unseen.
The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood-just another reason we're adding 'Kitchen renovation' to our home wish lists. The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. I'm now convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen. If you're a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don't have to stop there-extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tiles keep the look fresh. In this New Zealand home by MRTN Architects featured on Design Milk, pale wood cabinets join forces with black hardware for a striking study in contrasts. In this deVOL kitchen, natural slated cabinet fronts sit beside those with a dark wood stain. While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel-tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in Swoon Edition's showroom, above.
We spotted these marvelous repurposed stools in the July 2008 issue of House Beautiful. This is one of the more brilliant salvage reuses we've seen in a long while. When folks repurpose things, it can sometimes look a little visually forced. We think these stools would have been a lovely standalone design, even if they weren't originally used as truck springs. Locally, you could check out Restoration Resources in Boston for architectural and other salvage pieces.
If the living room is the room where you do the max amount of living, it's important to make this room feel like a reflection of you. If this is your first foray into woodworking, start out with an easy project, like the minimalist table above, which I SPY DIY crafted out of hairpin legs and a wooden slab. For more inspiration, check out these 6 smart DIY coffee tables that combine style and storage. If your living room happens to share space with your kitchen or bedroom, divvy up the areas using a DIY wall divider. If you don't want to splurge on wallpapering the entire room, go for some big art pieces. Although you typically can't change the flooring in your rental space, you can DIY a large rug that will dramatically transform the look of the room. Replacing your rental's unattractive overhead fixture with a new chandelier can literally make you see the entire room in a new light. If your rental living room already has a hard-wired pendant lamp, you can easily swap in a fresh fixture. Can't get enough rental upgrade ideas? Get inspired by these 7 ways to improve a rental bathroom.
The diminutive proportions and clever designs of these 14 desks makes them perfect for small spaces. It's 47 inches wide and only 11 inches deep, but perfect for a laptop. It's only 31 inches wide and 28 inches deep, and the fact that it's wall-mounted opens up space for other things underneath and gives it a pleasing visual lightness. At 48' wide and 20' deep, it's not quite as small as some of our other picks, but the shelves mean that you can store things above your desk, even if you're not able to mount shelves to the wall. For a smaller desk option with shelves above, there's the Stairway white 72.5' desk, $349 from CB2. It's only 30 inches wide, and 20 inches deep. The slim little Farringdon laptop desk is $299 from The Container Store. Standing desks, allegedly, are better for your health, and there's the additional benefit of not needing to make space for a chair. Knotten standing desk, $149 from IKEA. Arguably the most attractive of the wall-mounted options is this Mid-century office shelving from West Elm. The desk is only 24 inches wide, and a mere 8 inches deep when folded. The Besta Burs desk is almost four feet wide but a mere 16 inches deep, making it a great option for placing in a narrow spot or behind a sofa. 199 from IKEA. The Parsons mini desk is $299 from West Elm.
Minneapolis designer Jay Nuhring has another no-shopping makeover for us. This time, his client has a huge living room, three of the same sofa, and a wall of books that looks a bit bland. Jay applied the use-what-you-have motto and created a whole new space within a space! Nothing new was purchased for this living room makeover. The first question I asked myself was what do I do with three identical basil green sofas. Through simply editing, rearranging and hanging a few thoughtfully placed pieces of art, the book wall took center stage. Placing a cello in the mix further suggested a library/music space. It took a couple days but the results speak for itself. The house feels revived, updated and more sophisticated. I love when I'm able to connect with spaces on a healing level, giving rooms their dignity back, and creating spaces that support a positive lifestyle.
COLOR PALETTE: Light & Sweet - silver half dollar, traffic cone orange, lime green. GO TO ELIZABETH'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Which means I'm freaking out a little bit, making plans for outdoor get-togethers and what not. Here are a range of DIY little lighting projects, in multiple styles and materials. Hello Lidy's egg-shaped project knocks off two trends at once: wood paired with brights, and the dipped look.2. This is a quick and easy project from Colourfull Ink, using readily available materials. Monster Circus knows it's never a bad time for a good Ikea hack. I would love a set of these lights, created by Fellow Fellow, using photos of my own home.5. Another great idea, this time in concrete, from Monster Circus. 6.You've got to love the hint of gold peeking out of these glitter glass lights from Shelterness. I'm so glad Kelly created these colorful votives, because what's a DIY post these days without washi tape?8. I love the cool, frosty looks of these salt votives, courtesy of Jill.9. Once Wed featured this modern geometric, paper-wrapped lights.
A friend sent us this home office image, knowing we love the science-lab aesthetic, and we can't help admiring how perfectly organized and decorated this space is. The only thing we'd change are the task chairs; those two would quickly bring the 'URGHH!' in 'Ergonomics'.
All this week we're talking about bathroom renovations, starting with Ashley's recent remodel, and following up with tons of helpful posts about the process! The process of drilling through ceramic tile is easy as pie - as long as you use the right tools. The hardest part? Taking the plunge wondering whether you've marked the right spot where you'll soon drill into your pristine new tile. With a pencil, lightly mark out the area in which you want to drill a hole. Make sure you're sure this is exactly the area you want to drill your hole. For good measure, have someone else come in to verify your measurements before you commit to drilling the hole. Attach the special glass and ceramic bit and slowly begin to drill your hole. Have someone spritz the drill bit and tile with water while you are drilling to keep the bit cool. Install a plastic anchor by lightly tapping into the tile with a rubber mallet. Run your screw into the anchor and hang your accessories.