The sewing room can be as frustrating of a space to organize as the home office. With a sewing machine as the key element, you have several challenges when designing your space - finding the perfect stitching table, storing all those needles, pins, bobbins, thread, and fabric in a easy to navigate fashion, plus creating a space that inspires you to sew. We've seen a few inspiring craft spaces in the past, and this one is no exception. Danielle Thompson, who blogs for Thompson Family-Life, made this creative space using a ton of vintage finds meshed with new ones. She covered both the IKEA cabinets and the bottom drawer of her Target desk with vintage floral wallpaper. She also spray painted her spool rack, bought at Michael's, yellow. Liberty of London's new line for Target allowed her to play off the floral patterns of her vintage wallpaper with an equally botanicalicious basket and office chair. Check out more photos of this cute space at Thompson Family-Life.
Name: Ryan Location: Seattle, WA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love how my bedroom seems to have emerged out of my paternal grandfather's landscape paintings. I have four of them hanging in my bedroom, depicting scenes in Iowa, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, and Puget Sound. Each painting features water and wood, so it seemed natural to include watery and woodsy elements in my room. Above my bed hangs a photograph taken in the lake in Iceland that was formed between the Atlantic and European continental plates. I had the wood-print curtains made of fabric from Ikea. I'm surrounded by pictures of my kids, my DVD collection is close at hand, and I can lay back in bed zoning out to the ficus that gazes longingly at the trees outside my window. I feel simultaneously energized and relaxed in my room, the place where I most enjoy thinking about my place in the world.
The apartment I moved into earlier this summer had the most amazing exposed brick walls. These walls were the reason why we chose this apartment. We only lived in this apartment for 3 months - all thanks to the exposed brick walls. Maybe it was the amazingly old apartment building or the lack of detailed construction, but these walls were ruining our life. They would crumble when we touched them and had giant cracks and gaping holes. They would range from.5' to 4' in length. The centipedes supposedly loved the moisture from the brick walls and thrived inside the cracks. At night they would parade around my apartment running faster than I could get them. We spent so much money trying to seal up the cracks and nothing seemed to work.
Remember this pallet dining room table? We thought it was super cool, and one of you begged for instructions to make it yourself. Well, lucky for us, this month's issue of ReadyMade gives us just that: inspired by a trip to Paris and a dinner around a pallet table made by her friend Julien, Jen Turner decided to make her own version back in New York with the discarded pallets she found on the street. The instructions start by encouraging you to remove any splintering wood and to sand the boards thoroughly. Because pallets are unique by nature, Turner suggests you find your pallets first, compare them with the dimensions in the instructions, and then shop for the rest of the materials.
Last night we were at a party where two designers were raving about... hangers. Organizational nerds unite! These are hangers that completely changed the closet of the most organized person we know.... Bed Bath & Beyond describes them like this: The ultra slim shape of these hangers provides three times the amount of closet space. Best of all, the velvety surface prevents clothing from slipping. Each hanger features indents for slips and similar items. A set of 10 is $9.99 here and a set of 50 is $39.99 here. Also available in camel and light blue, and as pants hangers.
We aren't ones with an over-abundance of hanging storage in the closet. It combines a hanger for a typical closet hanging rod with a harness for the neck of the guitar that supports it and allows it to hang in a row with clothing or with a collection of instruments. The Guitar Hanger sells for about $25 and is available at retailers or through the product's website.
We have a white bathroom that we love, but we've been considering ways to add a little bit of color without detracting from the crispness of our blank canvas. When we found this bathroom on the website of British publication Easy Living Magazine, we were struck by how colorful this all-white space became through the addition of just a few key pieces. Dissecting the image, we came up with some easy ways to add color to our own blank bathroom.... The key to this bright, graphic look is to keep all accents in the same color family. Our favorite detail is the teardrop pattern, created using paint stencils. Bathmats and towels in a bold hue add color and texture. A small, mossy green cabinet creates extra storage space. Plastic stools or chairs are both colorful and waterproof. Containers and bottles in the same color appear as a cohesive collection. Using the same hue in different patterns keeps the bathroom from being boring. Easy Living Magazine provides a full list of sources for this bathroom, as well as 4 other jewel-toned rooms to inspire you.
No matter the size of your home, I think it's really important to create a casual, comfortable, welcoming space in which to sit down and enjoy a meal. If you're in a smaller space, it's your breakfast nook in the morning and your intimate dining room-with the help of some candles-at night. Here are high and low budget versions of a fresh, eclectic look for your casual dining space. If you have a bit of a budget to play with and would like to invest in a few key pieces, try this look.... Get the HIGH Casual Dining Look: Wall art: All You Need Is Love Poster, Black Rooster, $365. Planters: Trigg Wall Planters, West Elm, $25/set of 2 small. Or, if you're a bit more thrifty with your home decor purchases or you're a renter on the move, try this look! Note that each look includes the cost of two chairs, so you'll have to adjust accordingly. Of course, you can always mix and match between the two to create your own custom look to fit your budget!
One thing you might think you don't have control over is the view from your rooms. While it's true you can't always choose what your rooms' windows overlook, there are things you can do to improve a view. This weekend, choose a view you don't love and see if you can make it a little more lovely! Choose a room you love spending time in, but that has a view you don't adore. It could be the alley view you get from the living room sofa. It doesn't even have to be a window; it could be a view of your utility room from your bedroom. The point is, if you have a window or door that you don't love looking out of, you can get creative to alter that view so that it's a little more appealing to the eyes.
Featured in Living Etc. magazine, this colorful boys room has Cath Kidston wallpaper, an Eames rocker and a timeless striped rug. In this design-conscious, comfortable North London family home, even the kids' rooms don't skimp on style.... This soothing all-white girl's room has a few well-chosen girly pink accents that can easily be swapped out as she grows older.
We're not sure if it started with the iBook or with Woody Allen's Sleeper, but there's something about a room filled with shiny white things that just makes us feel modern. After the break we take a look at Haus Maus blogger Holly's new place in Germany and all the beautiful white gizmos and furniture she's found.... Audioline makes phones here in the states, but this lovely white number seems to only be available in Europe. Does anyone know if European phones can be imported and used here in the states or are there compatibility issues. Holly's region-free DVD player and PSP are both white as well. The 32' Samsung LCD sits on Ikea's Besta Burs in high gloss white.