We recently blogged about Everyday Life With Children and how to incorporate all of their 'Stuff' into the house in a beautiful, cohesive way. Here's another example of the seamless inclusion of new baby pieces into the living room. We found some inspiring photos over at Making It Lovely. Jump below to see more.... We love Nicole's idea of putting a cradle and a rocker right in the living room where a lot of family time happens. The traditional lines of the Jenny Lind cradle and the modern Eames rocker look great with the rest of the room. You can check out Nicole's blog for more photos.
We love sharing real life room makeovers because they are such a wonderful source of inspiration. Many of the makeovers we highlight involve renovations from the ground up, but for those of us who rent, it is always great to find a project that doesn't involve any structural changes. This master bedroom makeover demonstrates the impact a few well-planned changes can have on any room. Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick has long been struggling with a bed that just didn't measure up to her expectations. After a careful assessment of the problems, she set out to transform her space with new bedding, making careful choices from start to finish. Though Sarah's old bedding was lovely,Sarah wanted a change and the new bedding is both beautiful and functional. By gradually assembling a collection of pieces from a variety of sources, Sarah created a unique look that captures her personality and sets the tone for her bedroom. Thanks for sharing Sarah - we'll be keeping an eye out for Part Two!
Villa Planchart, perched a hilltop in El Cerrito in Caracas, Venezuela, and built in 1956 by Gio Ponti, is one of the classics of the modernist movement. Here Ponti designed not only the house, but most of the furniture and the decorative objects as well. It's a great example of how lighthearted a home can be when the imagination is given free rein and allowed to express the personality.... We especially love the creative use of colour, the wild tilings both inside and outside the home and the ceilings. Usually neglected, here they are given exuberant shouts of color and pattern and design.
Coco Chanel famously said that 'a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.' The classic glam bedroom is both and since your sleeping quarters should be your palace, it only seems fit that you appoint it like it is. To fashion a fashionista-approved boudoir, don't be afraid to mix metals get wild with prints and invite in some moody art.
Some people use accent pieces for color, and some like to throw color onto the walls. If you're into patterned walls, white accents can balance a complex color scheme.... In these photos of Graham and Brown wallpaper patterns, the neutral furniture and white accents allow the patterns to take their place as a focal point. A few ideas for white accents: curtains, pillows, mirror frames, vases, lighting, and upholstery.
Origin: The word 'Couch' comes from the French verb coucher, which translates to 'To lie down.' Distinction: None, really, between a couch and a sofa. People tend to prefer the word couch when they're talking about a casual, un-stuffy room. Origin: The word 'Sofa' originated from suffah, an Arabic word that referred to a wood or stone bench. A 'Sofa' is more of a proper place to sit than a lie-down couch. 'The couch is the thrash-able object at the center of a well-used living room, upon whose back toddlers straddle, whose cushions teenager become permanent fixtures, and which, at the end of the day, after the children are in bed, a couple might relax with a short glass of bourbon.' 'A sofa, on the other hand, sits under a trimly hung painting and lives in a house in which traffic passes it by. It would be white, of course, or another color begging for stain. And most people living at the house of a sofa would be forbidden to sit upon it at one time or another.' Origin: The word 'Settee' comes from the Old English word setl, which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms.
Noorieke's home is a mix of whites, creams and grays. With the help of some amazing chandeliers making each room have a focal point, Noorieke has created a cozy winter retreat that we'd like to call home. This chandelier which joins the kitchen and the living room makes a statement. Because Noorieke's color palette is soft and cozy, this sparkly light source makes the room glow. An accented wall covered in iridescent wallpaper carries the luminous 'Glow' quality into the living room. A few tea lights and a fluffy rug help make this space warm and cozy. Noorieke tells us that she has since said goodbye to the black television in the corner of the room. A salon style photograph grouping of prints add an extra layer of comfy.
When Pantone announced that Tangerine Tango was to be the color of the year, the world of design took notice. Orange furniture and accessories are definitely having a moment. If you are thinking about adding the hue to your living room, here are some ideas, big and small for getting the look. From throw pillows to arm chairs, the color can be integrated as a major focal point or as a small pop of color. Either way, orange will definitely brighten up a room.
You never know what you're going to get with old houses sometimes. In this turn of the century house for sale featured on Vintage Seattle, you get a clawfoot bathtub that's been sunken into the floor. The listing explains that the bathtub is in the guest suite, as opposed to the master bathroom. Don't know about you, but we think this would be incredibly unnerving to discover and bathe in as a guest in this house. We wonder what else is between the floor we can see and the floor the clawfeet are standing on. It's rather beautiful actually - note the mullions.
Hello AT,. First, I want to say that I ve been a total lurker on your site since December. I love this place! Now for the question - I'm graduating law school this week and my present to myself is going to be a nice, comfy, affordable and hopefully stylish leather chair to curl up in and help motivate me to study for the ominous bar. I m open to vintage/used chairs as my budget limits me to around $500. Any suggestions? We find that a good leather chair tends to start a little higher but we typed in 'Leather chairs' on Craigslist and found both used as well as 'Cheap, new direct from warehouse' brands like this. While we can't vouch for the quality of these, the price range seems doable.
Now that October's here, we're dreaming of cozy dinner parties on twilit evenings, with fragrant stews and probably some luscious pumpkin desserts. Of course we're also dreaming of decorating such parties, with candles everywhere and maybe, instead of flowers, a few plants with deep, dark foliage to set the proper autumn tone.... We love the look of this fall table from Sunset, with its rustic containers and dark, sculptural plants. It's perfectly evocative of an autumn mood without being gloomy or overly seasonal. Black mondo grass won't work as an indoor plant, but for a temporary decoration, try a few little four-inchers in pretty pots parading down the center of your table. Decorate each place setting with a spring of rosemary on the napkin. Try ceramics or terra cotta for an earthy autumn feel. Place a votive by each guest's plate; the candlelight cast on each face will provide warm, October-inspired light. Consider burlap or natural linen for a tablecloth and napkins. How do you set your fall table? Please share ideas below!
We forget that plants can act as a sculpture within a room. As this photo from incredibly talented Debi Treloar illustrates, a plant can be much more than just something to water that sits on the sill. We love that the the plant has been groomed to go in certain directions that help to frame the dresser and really create a beautiful vignette. Having seen some larger scale plants like this in my grandmother's house, I noticed that tying the branches together with pretty ribbon can be a beautiful, unexpected detail. Something this large is most likely a rubber plant which has thick waxy leaves and doesn't need loads and loads of light. Make sure you plant it in a big enough pot as the roots need plenty of room to breathe. Thanks to desire to inspire for the original posting! It should also be noted that rubber plants are toxic if eaten so if you have children or animals you may want to consider something else!