Though there are few concrete rules to laying out a living room's furniture, some might agree that putting a furniture piece directly in front of another furniture piece would be like double parking in your living room. There's one notable and stylish exception to this and that's putting a bookcase or shelving system behind your sofa. Here are seven spaces proving this look works - and perhaps inspiring your own living room arrangement! A turquoise tufted sofa shines with an open gold shelf backing it up. Even a sectional can see some shelf-behind-it action, creating a wonderful and cozy nook. For a rental where you can't add wallpaper to the wall, a bookshelf behind a sofa can be an awesome way to add pattern. Seen on Cup of Jo. A tall, towering storage unit behind a sofa can really set a dramatic tone for an entire space. Weird room layouts and architectural element placement can make putting a sofa behind the sofa the smartest choice.
'La Malle Feu', or translated for us English speakers, the 'Travel Trunk of Fire', is one conversation piece sure to set the room aflame with curious wonder when opened. The modern white trunk opens up to reveal a mirrored top with a two flame bio-ethanol fireplace inside.... For more details about this $5,400 Pandora's box of earthly warmth at Atria's website.
Be colorfully creative with CB2's aqua and pink furniture or stay traditional with a big walnut desk from Room & Board. Straddle the line with contemporary work desks and accessories from Crate & Barrel. Make sure to stay organized with rolling storage and more from West Elm.
Whether it's a cutting board, wood furniture or wood flooring, the occasional use of a nourishing wood cleaner is a good idea to replenish lost luster. Despite the name, Bamboo Goo is good for all varieties of wood beyond the fast growing sustainable variety, composed of a natural blend of beeswax, carnauba wax and vegetable-derived ingredients that are all food-safe.
This red pod chair had seen better days, and Cathy of Retro Evolution Design knew she could give it some new life. Not to mention the base, which was a little too tall, too heavy, and maybe a little bit ugly? Cathy recovered the chair in a sturdy linen tweed blend fabric. Her son fabricated a new 'Cats cradle' style wire rod base with angles that complement the chair above. Now all that's missing is a custom ottoman to match! If you like this end result, check out the rest of Cathy's work in her Etsy shop, right here. Thanks Cathy! And give your son a pat on the back as well.
COLOR INSPIRATION: Our master bedroom is a true explosion of my husband and my color personalities. GO TO ASHLEY'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've been writing a lot about hideaway offices, especially secretary desks that can easily accommodate your workstation. Here's a secretary desk that's gotten a little DIY help from children's book illustrator Claire Louise Milne. She felt like her secretaries looked a bit too cluttered with the glass doors showing just what the cabinets were storing so she got some wallpaper to both hide the clutter and spruce up the pieces.... Milne tells Decor8 about her obsession with using wallpaper to fix up both vintage pieces and new Ikea pieces. She ended up finding vintage wallpaper on eBay, which she then cut to size to fit behind the windows of these secretaries.
Sometimes when you invest in one timeless piece of furniture, it can elevate everything around it. These pairings combine one high-end sofa with one less expensive coffee table, and vice-versa. Click below for two more pairings, as well as links and prices.
We're halfway through February, which means we're in the depths of winter weather blahs, not known to be the biggest motivator for working on your home, or anything else for that matter. To help counteract the urge to hit snooze rather than join in with your own project during our month of home design improvements, here is a upbeat selection of yellow, black and white rooms hand-picked to help blast away decor doldrums - get ready to smile and soak in some sunshine.
While this question was originally intended for AT, we figured our like-minded readers may help Liz in her search for the perfect study/occasional computing desk for her home office:Hey all! Liz here - just thought I'd throw this out there in case anyone knows of an excellent study desk to place in my home office. The thing is - it's completely open to the living room so I want something that's light in character, but sturdy and well-designed as well. Oh! And I'd like to use it for computing, so a small compartment to shove my laptop in would be kind of nice. Well, Liz, we're glad you're reaching out and as always, we're more than happy to help! The above desk is one of our favorites from recent months; it's called the Yves writing desk, designed by husband and wife team of Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon. It's made from solid walnut with leather top and two drawers. The leather also comes in two flavors - the green you see above and a bespoke color. One of our favorite classic pieces is the Nelson Swag Leg Desk which sports that classical retro look that's been timeless throughout the years and should fit perfectly into any modern home office setting. Any other favorites for Liz? Let her know in the comments!