I've dreamed of owning a blue velvet sofa for about as long as I can remember. As a self-professed neat freak with a white fluffy dog - I have a feeling it would end badly. So its only leather couches for me, but it doesn't mean a girl can't dream! This is my version of my dream living room, based entirely around my blue velvet sofa.
We love the darker tones in this photo as opposed to the shabby chic white versions. It can be hard to get rid of a giant bathtub, so maybe it's easier to just fit it into your outdoor decor. Or maybe you're really into the idea and have incorporated it on purpose. Either way, we love unexpected elements in the garden and the bathtub can be one of them.
If you are a fan of productivity apps, there are a whole lot of options out there. Sometimes I've found a lot of apps to be cluttered and busy-an app that was originally meant to keep my to-dos organized just ends up giving me a headache. We won't get into which productivity apps have the most features, but here are some apps that may give you some peace of mind with their efficient and simplistic design aesthetic. You can use TeuxDeux's free browser-based app while at home or work and sync your lists with your iPhone. Calvetica is a super quick and simple calendar app with nice contrasting colors and use of Helvetica. Adding a alarm reminder requires just a couple more taps and because Calvetica syncs to the iPhone's built-in calendar database, you can use both in conjunction. Unfortunately Calvetica can't sync to multiple calendars, so hopefully that's something that will be fixed in v2. This app is inspired by the*5 procrastination hack in which you focus on 10 minutes of work, followed by a mandatory 2 minute break. The app is nothing more than a bare-bones timer set to those intervals, but its simplicity is pretty refreshing.
It's accepted wisdom that with very few exceptions, it's likely that clothing that you haven't worn in six months is clothing you will not wear again. It could be donated and used by someone who needs it. We've been thinking about this as we pack up our summer stuff and pull out the sweaters. We have good intentions but it's not always easy to keep track and apply the six month rule.... The Closet Trick. Turn around all the hangers in your closet so the hooks are pointing towards you. When you wear something, put it back with the hook the normal way. In six months, any hanger still facing the wrong way is holding an item you haven't worn, ready for the donation bag. We're really going to try and get serious on the regular closet clearouts...more tips and ideas are welcome - let us know in the comments below if you follow the six month rule.
A business school doesn't really qualify as an apartment. Honestly? Whatever! Look at that flooring! It's such a rarity to see such large slabs of stone used for flooring, we love it.
Name: Jessica Location: Stephens City, VA Division: Cool Inspiration for my palette: I live up in the Shenandoah Valley but I grew up by the ocean and am still a beach girl at heart. This was for my personal craft room and I wanted the room to feel like home.
Their end result is a stunning combination of color, pass through walls, hinged chalkboards, built in beds and textiles. Eigen Huis & Tuin is a TV program you'd see if you lived in the Netherlands, but the design of this room speaks for itself, even if you can't understand what they're saying. Balance Bright Colors With White: Bright pinks and greens don't make this room day glow, why? Because of the abundant white in the room. The colors keep things bright and crisp instead of requiring sunglasses upon entering. To keep the colors toned down, they are accented with a shade darker or lighter than the base color used. Keeping A Neutral Floor: Because this space serves as a bedroom to both a boy and a girl, a gender neutral color works out perfectly for both of them. Using A Room Divider: Defining space between one area and another is needed everywhere else in the house and this room is no exception. Color Coordinating Storage: Each storage piece in the room is painted with the same color choices as other accent colors in the space. Although it's adding color, it's also grounding the chaos of colors of what's being stored in it.
Laure got us excited about Valentine's Day a few weeks early with her post yesterday on letterpress cards. Since we love all things red we've rounded up some inspirational ways to bring red into your bedroom.... If your bed frame needs a new look-why not paint it red? Most frames are paintable as long as you prime them beforehand. We love this small but stand-out bench in the master bedroom. In a sea of gray, this fabric covered seating bench is a main focal point of the room. We have two chairs in our bedroom that we found at local thrift stores. With a shiny coat of red paint-the bedroom starts to get a makeover. Not only is the fixture really neat to look at, it makes a bold statement with the bright red and orange colors.
We're really digging a more rustic vibe in furniture this summer, and this farm table definitely fits the bill in that area. It has a style that would be nice against a saturated wall color and bright accessories. MM. 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.Thanks, Craig!
Q: My husband and I have spent the last year renovating our little 1912 home. We completely remade the kitchen and are down to the last details, such as the backsplash. The problem is that the U-shaped kitchen has two floor to ceiling walls then a half wall that comes only 6 inches above the countertop. Do we have only a 6 inch backsplash all the way around or do we have a higher backsplash on the main wall then cut it off where the half wall juts out?
Designing a shared bedroom stumps many parents - do you go for a cohesive share-and-share-alike look or try to give each child their own bit of space to express their personality? While the size of the room may dictate which approach you take, here are some visual tips from shared kids rooms to get you started. TIPS FOR CREATING A COHESIVE LOOK. Using the same bedding for both the crib and toddler bed in this room ties them together. This shared room is so small that dividing it up wasn't a viable option. Even though there is a three year age difference between the two sisters who share this room, their belongings are integrated, they have side-by-side desk space and vintage patterns are used throughout to create a warm, unified room. These two brothers have always shared a room, and quite happily, but now that they are older their parents wanted to give them each a little privacy in their shared room. Using a physical gate to divide up a room might seem extreme, but it could be a smart, temporary solution for roomies with a significant age gap. In this case, it's used for a room shared by a mother and daughter. A curtain room divider makes perfect sense because it's impermanent and flexible. Do you have design tips for shared rooms to share? Sound off in the comments!
We came across this incredible Before & After on the blog Hashai, and it seemed like an amazing example of how you can completely transform a room with a few changes without spending a lot of money or buying all new things. Even though the owner painted the room a dark green, the room is so much lighter and brighter due to removing the curtains, rearranging the furniture, and adding a few bright accents.