My own desire to move from the dining room table to some kind of dedicated workspace that doesn't need to get packed up had me lusting over little nooks in the kitchen to fit a desk, a couple of folders, maybe a bulletin board and a computer. A couple of friends of mine have tiny apartments with kitchens that can accommodate a little table for 2. This desk from flickr user Laura Hiartrich is mid century utilitarian style with an eames chair and simple lines. It's a small desk just at the end of the counter, out of the way but not shoved into obscurity. I wonder how often the desk in the kitchen ends up getting everyone's stuff all over it. With ample shelving, bulletin board backsplash and out of the way enough to not be in the cook's way. If given the chance would you use the kitchen eating nook for work? Do you already? At the least I'm picturing a little parsons desk or something like this to stick into a tiny corner.
This beautiful floral desk nook IKEA hack caught our attention. We like the painted blue desk against the different shades of red and pink. Check out the IKEA Hacker site for specific IKEA products used for this project.
Today I'm going High, Mid and Low with three armchairs that have great styling and comfort. One is my all time favorite and $$$ from Italy, another is from Mitchell Gold and great for small spaces, and the last one is a fabulous green offering from C&B. Stay on the pulse with a double shot: blog + email. Click below for past emails.... AT EMAIL ARCHIVE. to full AT Email archive.
Hello Apartment Therapy! I have a good question for you all: I have a long, narrow balcony off my apartment in Istanbul and I am wondering what I should do with it. Our view is not very nice; we are face-to-face with other people's balconies and I am wondering if there is a way to delicately screen the view. Should I use plants? The balcony doesn't get any direct sunlight, so I'm not sure what kind to put. Perhaps some kind of curtain would be good? We do have a small table and two chairs, but that leaves almost half of the balcony empty and I'd like to use the entire space. We like the idea of almost-sheer white curtains to add some privacy - or even inexpensive seagrass blinds that can be lowered around the perimeter. Do you have an outside space you'd like to share with the Apartment Therapy community? We have a special form for sending photos and info on your garden, deck, yard, balcony or patio to the editors.
Remember about a month ago when we spent an afternoon together obsessing about how great orange can be? Well now we're getting into the Fall, into October and all we want is more and more orange. Reader, cate is my name went with two shades of orange in her home office and we think the results are fantastic. Ignore the stuff that she hasn't put away yet and look at how great that grey armchair looks against the orange. Although if you were really gonna take it there you might consider a printed drape; something fun and loud like the orange. A little like the way this rug works off the orange sofa. We might mix more greys into the scheme, maybe a bright green or a bit of yellow.... Is anyone any more or less convinced of orange now?
Scandinavian Details is the first stop on our tourof the furniture and design stores in Hayes Valley. Many shop owners along Hayes Street in popular Hayes Valley will tell you how difficult it is to open a store there, and even how much more difficult it is to keep the doors open. It must mean something that Scandinavian Details was opened in 2004 by Kristina Runske and is still doing fantastic. Her eclectic yet modern taste can be seen throughout the many gorgeous and practical products she has in her store. The store's limited furnishings are mostly black, white, and neutral, which set a great stage for the accessories and tabletop items that are typically brightly colored, clear glass, or stainless steel. They were on sale! The small one was $28 and the large was $48. Be sure to visit Scandinavian Details online store if you're not in SF. It's packed with plenty of great products, all of which are for sale.
This apartment bedroom in Göteborg, Sweden might be small but it's just brimming with inspiration. Storage: Kitchen-style upper cabinets are installed high on the wall above the head of the bed. Their white finish and plain design blend in with the wall, creating a niche for the bed. Color: An accented wall reinforces the idea of the bed niche. Rather than split the difference for symmetry's sake, the bed is pushed to one side to provide one usable space alongside the bed. One example: lighting at the bed is built into the cabinets above. A bedside lamp would just be one more thing taking up space where every inch counts. We spotted this bedroom over at decor8, where you can see more images of the entire apartment. The original source is Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör realty in Sweden.
We've featured the home office of Flickr User and Unplggd Flickr Pool member, LewSpeigh before. His tastes have matured and certainly streamlined since the last time we peeked inside his office and we're pleasantly surprised. The only remnants of the previous office is that fantastic alarm clock. 'Santa gifted LewSpeight a Macbook Pro for Christmas and we're certainly happy he did because the gift inspired him enough to shoot photos of his new setup. The setup includes: Macbook Pro hooked up to the Samsung 24' monitor, Mac Mini, wireless Apple keyboard, two IKEA Lamps, Altec Lansing Speakers, Palm Pre Mobile Phone and MX Revolution Mouse. We love the angled white desk and how the desktop and laptop wallpaper perfectly accent each other and create a super cool mood. We're noticing Samsung has really stepped up their game and they seem to be the go-to manufacturer for monitors, even with Mac users. As we learned from his debut on Unplggd he's saved up all of his own money to purchase everything in the home office.
Every week after our library's story time, we choose a few new books for our daughter. When nap time is calling, we have to choose quickly so some are gems, while others are well, not. This is a wordless book so it's a nice break from the usual. A young girl living in the city finds the red book...similar to the one you as a reader are holding. The boy also sees the book and in it, he sees the girl in the city. This is a special book, and a Caldecott Honor Book we should also mention, that sparks the imagination with its beautiful illustrations and evocative story, a great read for a quiet afternoon.
Here at Ohdeedoh we see plenty of wonderful parties and lots of beautiful artwork. Those two great tastes go great together, which is why we are huge fans of art projects at kids celebrations. Things can get messy, so plan ahead. Old oxford shirts are great smocks for kids and drop cloths are a must if the festivities take place indoors. Invite party goers to make edible masterpieces and decorate their own cupcakes. Bust out the fabric paints for a t-shirt painting party. Rock crafts! Put old magazines to creative use with a collage party. Have kids paint a mural on paper or wood to be displayed in the guest of honor's bedroom. Give kids the opportunity to reinvent everyday objects with scissors, glue and paint.
Whenever we think of high-gloss exteriors our mind pops to local foodie haven Bar Tartine, and its deep forest-green entrance. We always thought dark colors looked so polished and chic in a high-gloss paint, but seeing this house at 18th and Guerrero, we think the finish can look nice in a vibrant color, too.... Despite many who might call it too garish or bold, we're actually fond of the color and found it looked exceptionally cheerful with the sun shining down on a recent warm day. What's your opinion on using a high-gloss exterior paint?
If you've been thinking about swapping out that old dining table, first take a look at some of the star pieces that caught our eye this past year. Our favorites include tables in various price ranges and styles ranging from reclaimed rustic to classic mid-century, with some designers putting modern twists on traditional designs. Check out the best of 2011 and give us your recommendation by leaving a comment.