AT reader Danny sent us a link to these great images from Architectural Digest, including the above Chicago house designed by Richard Himmel in the late 1960s. Above: A Chicago house designed by Richard Himmel in the late 1960s features polyurethane floors and furnishings in Plexiglas, vinyl and chrome. Lee F. Mindel, of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, collaborated with architect Reed Morrison on the design of his own retreat in the Hamptons. In his Palm Springs house, built by John Lautner in 1968, interior designer Arthur Elrod arranged the ribbon chairs, covered in stretch fabric, and curved sofas-all of which he designed-to maximize views. Shelton, Mindel & Associates restored and renovated a family's Central Park West apartment, turning two units into a unified 8,000-square-foot whole-half of which is designed to host philanthropic events. Shelton, Mindel & Associates' Lee F. Mindel added a two-story poolhouse to his Hamptons property. Above: The horses can enter the open area of the yard through two rectangular openings in a wall that Barragan, a horse lover himself, designed to the scale of a horse's body.
If your preference is for a simple, soothing place to lay your head, one great point of inspiration is the Shaker bedroom. Original Shaker bedrooms were not a place for privacy or intimacy - followers were celibate, and women and men shared separate respective bedrooms. Instead, these rooms are examples of unadorned but peaceful practicality. Some of the key components for creating a Shaker-style bedroom include: Wooden bed: A simple bed may be primarily functional, but the wood and the skill of the craftsmanship will stand out. Handmade bedding and details: Add a quilt or blanket to simple white sheets for a personal, practical, and pretty touch. Clever storage: Even if you don't share a room, make the most of your space with shelves, trunks, and wall hooks. Uncomplicated color: Keep the walls an easy, soothing white, but incorporate color and natural wood tones with accessories and rugs.
This image was actually the lead image of this kids room tour, but my eye was so drawn to the mix of color and pattern in the textiles that only later did I notice the fawn decal on the roller shade and think what a clever idea it was. This is 2-year-old Charlie's room and her mom, Pietsie, reports that the decal is from the online shop Hemingway & Pickett. A decal is simple, affordable way to add interest to an otherwise ordinary shade and you can change it over time or remove it easily if you bore of it.
Clear furniture and accessories have been immensely popular with designers. Much of what's seen on the market has been made of acrylic, adding to our planet's plastic burden. If you love the look of clear furniture, glass is a great option. It's recyclable so it's gentler on our environment and much more scratch resistant than acrylic, keeping it beautiful and longer lasting. Clear home decor like tables, chairs and accessories make spaces look uncluttered and spacious. They're great for showing off rugs and beautiful flooring. The glass tables featured in the top photo are from Lamps Plus. They range from semi-tempered to tempered glass, making the tables strong and durable.
There's something really intriguing about the combination of black and white in the bedroom. The contrast makes it interesting, and the simplicity makes it soothing. Above: a black and white space from Ollie & Seb's Haus. The hotel Praktik Rambla in Barcelona, spotted on Petite Passport. That chandelier, contrasted with these minimalist furnishings... so good. A bedroom with some interesting wall hangings, from Homelife. All black walls with just a touch of white - very soothing. Tommy Hilfiger's bedroom, spotted on Elle Decor. We love the black and with wallpaper in the bedroom of Alexis & Josh's San Francisco home. Dark walls and bright white floors, spotted on SF Girl by Bay. The touches of bold black make this bedroom from My Paradissi soothing but not boring.
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.
Oh man, are we ready for the end of this truly heinous week...damn. We are so looking forward to the weekend, especially since June gloom seems to be over. On tap for tomorrow: Tying down the wisteria vine on the trellis, picking lemons off the tree, and tending to our herb garden. In order to get inspired for a tranquil Saturday morning of gardening, here's one garden that we've been keeping in our inspiration files...it's the perfect combination of organized flowerbeds and wild growth. Check out more photos of this beautiful, ethereal garden after the jump.... (Images: Sköna Hem.
Black bedrooms, inky kitchen cabinets, and dark living rooms have all been fodder for discussion here on AT, but lately, I feel like I've seen a spate of black walls popping up in bathrooms. On the one hand, black walls in bathrooms can be unbelievably elegant and beautiful, as the bathroom in the Sag Harbour cottage above shows. If you're the sort of person to take long, relaxing baths, the dark walls could feel cozy, intimate, and restful. I had a black bedroom for years, and the color made it feel like a retreat from the world. On the other hand, bathrooms are not all about relaxation. In the morning, when you're getting ready, you probably want some light to jog you into being, and when you're trying to put on makeup, get a close shave, or perform other grooming tasks, it can be helpful to have a brighter space. It would make a difference if the bathroom in question had windows, of course, or lots of white tile or other white accents, but generally speaking, dark walls don't offer a light and bright atmosphere. So what do you think? Are black bathrooms a good idea, a bad idea, or good only in certain circumstances?
In the market for a kids' table and chairs set? There are some great choices out there and we're adding another one to your list. We really like the look of this simple Chalk Table set. The table top includes an insert with a chalkboard surface. The insert can be flipped to reveal a regular table surface. Instead of chairs, the set includes two bench chairs. Who can resist the bright orange color? Get it here for $90. Image: Giggle.
If only we had the room for a big sofa, we would have jumped on something like this: a fire-engine red sectional sofa. 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..
When we came across this image of a fabulously white kitchen, we realized that it's not often you see open residential cabinets treated with square tiles as pictured. While it appears that the upper cabinets had their doors removed and white tiles added during a renovation, this seems like a great solution for creating a clean, cohesive kitchen design using the existing structure. We love how the backsplash material is carried up to the ceiling. Open shelving is always a divisive issue, as some people feel the look can get cluttered too easily if display organization isn't perfectly maintained at all times. In this kitchen, the neutral contents of the cabinets do a good job of adding some interest to the all-white areas. Tile is also much more appealing to look at than the usual MDF seen in most budget-friendly cabinetry.
COLOR PALETTE: Some Green - beige with bursts of green. GO TO SHAILLEY'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!
The AT readers have been tough to beat in past rounds of Guess the Decade, but we're back today with a new challenge. Check back on Monday - we'll be posting the answer and the photo info then. Speculation and discussion is always welcome in the comments, but for those of you who may know the photo source info...please don't tell! Thanks!