They come in a wide range of shades, and their undertones can compliment or clash with another color depending on whether the neutral is warm or cool. Wood is usually a warm neutral with red undertones, while metal has cool blue underlying it.
I removed the room's door, which I never closed anyway. Talk about a great space saver! Without the door swinging into the room, I could use the entire wall. After painting the rest of the room an energizing bright white, I treated this wall with chalkboard paint, which both minimizes the visual presence of the crate and shelving brackets and gives me a surface for writing notes. My office eventually will double as a sleeping space for visiting nieces and nephews, so the chalkboard wall will be fun for them too. My desk, which I pushed out of the way for the 'After' photo, is now in the center of the room, directly beneath the light. The barre is behind the desk, where the crate used to be, and I now have plenty of room for my daily stretching. The other side of the room is still in progress, but I promise to show a Before & After of the entire office when I'm done.
We've seen Natalie's 19th century home before and this time she's tackling her dining room. From Natalie: My husband and I bought a circa 1870s house in Pittsburgh nearly three years ago. The house has a wonderful lived-in feeling and great bones, but it needed an infusion of style. We've been working room to room and the dining room is one of my favorite projects. I am an artist so I am inspired by many things, but I was especially excited to do a hand painted mural all the way around the room. I have seen these in grand old houses, and I wanted to do my own take on it. The floors were stripped and re-stained to match the rest of the house, the walls were painted, and the lighting changed.
Talk about the decor of the White House tends to focus on its more public areas, those open to visitors, but throughout the years the private spaces in America's preeminent mansion have undergone just as many changes, and perhaps more dramatic ones. Every first family has had the opportunity to leave its particular mark on the White House's master bedroom, and their decor choices, through the years, while reflective of the choices of different families, have also created a story about the evolution of American tastes. Join us, if you will, for a little more than 100 years of first bedroom history. All these photos come to us through The White House Museum, a fascinating website that provides a virtual tour of the White House. The room in 1962, when it served as Jackie Kennedy's bedroom. The room we're looking at, the master bedroom, has traditionally served as the president's bedroom. Betty Ford in the White House bedroom in 1977, just before her departure. The last two administrations, as far as I know, have not released any photos of the private rooms of the White House, so the most up-to-date image we have is a grainy photo from 1998, of the bedroom as it was under Bill Clinton's presidency. You can see more images of the White House master bedroom over the years - and while you're at it, take a little tour around the whole house - at The White House Museum.
NAME: LauraLOCATION: Washington, DCCOLOR INSPIRATION: It all came together organically over time - I bought the sofa on a whim first for my last apartment, as I always wanted a chesterfield, which inspired all the yellow and orange tones, and the chairs were a later whim. GO TO LAURA'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!
We found this cool feature buried in The New York Times pages for New York & Regional News - it's a full, interactive panoramic shot of William F. Buckley Jr.'s formal dining room in his Park Avenue apartment. Buckley, the 'Preeminent voice of American conservatism' died in February and the tables are still set! While the style of this room does nothing for our modern sensibilities, we're smitten with the technology! This is a must-see interactive panaromic image, so check it out: The Dining Room Where Buckley Reigned. Now we just need this same technology for AT House Tours!
Check out this compact storage solution by the Paris based furniture maker, The Hansen Family. We think it could work well in a guestroom or entryway. These handcrafted ateliers, designed by Gesa Hansen, include a hat tree, flip-up mirror, cubby holes for shoes or papers, two drawers, and two large shelves for additional storage. They are made from solid oak and measure 27.5″ x 55.1″ x 27.5″. It will be on exhibit at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this May in New York. There also appears to be a trunk for bar items in the works!
If we could, we would buy this Stainless Steel Kitchen Island - and then rip out the awful cabinetry in our tiny, tiny pseudo-kitchen, and replace it with this. Please buy it before we embark on yet another project in a rented apartment. 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..
Bathroom month wouldn't be complete with showcasing the Spoon Tub from Agape. A perennial fixture at Moss in Soho, the Spoon Tub was designed by G.P Benedini in 1998 out of Exmar, a composite of resin and quartz powder that has advanced heat retention.... To us the shape seems just about perfect for a modern tub, rather like the bottom half of an exotic egg. Its shape promises the perfect amount of water distribution over the body for maximum relaxation. It comes with either a tap pillar or a hardware can be mounted on a wall. It you like the Spoon, you should check out a newer version, The Spoon XL, which is much rounder and a bit bigger.
Influenced by his work in the offices of legendary designers Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Kevin Roche as well as the movement toward a more expressive form of Modernism in the 1960s, Warren Platner designed his sculptural table base made from steel rods in 1966. Well known for his elegant and refined design sensibility, Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell, received the Rome Prize in architecture in 1955 and was inducted into Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame in 1985. As modernism began to shift in the 1960s, Planter took advantage of the new mindset: 'I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that appeared in a period style like Louis XV.' Focusing on wire, Platner used the metal as well as space to create his sophisticated Dining Table that resembled a glistening sheaf of wheat. The table construction required nearly 1,000 welds of its metal components and was then finished in a clear lacquer protective coating. This table looks just as at home in this playful countryside chic dining roomdesigned by Jonathan Adler for Liz Lange as it does in more modern spaces. After the success with his collection with Knoll, Platner continued to explore different areas of design. More than any of his other projects, his use of 'Sensuous modernism' to design the interior of the famed Windows on the World restaurant garnered him significant public notice. The Platner collection, available from Design Within Reach, also includes a side chair, lounge chair and stool and is available finished in either bright nickel or metallic bronze.
GO TO CHRISTOPHER'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!