Maybe an all white bedroom is what pushes you towards maximum relaxation. Or maybe you crave something with a little more darkness, a little more drama. If that's the case, look no further than these moody bedrooms. Above: I can't tell what's my favorite thing about this bedroom from Lonny: the strangely shaped airplant, the antique bed, the beautifully textured linens, or the cat. This room from Skandia Maklarna features darker colors but still feels quite bright thanks to lots of natural lighting. From La Maison Champs Elysees, proof that dark colors can be just as restful as light ones. This bedroom from Nordic Design isn't particularly dark, but the consistent greys and unsaturated tones keep things a bit on the brooding side. The textured curtains and dramatic lighting make this bedroom from Twig Hutchinson look like something out of a fairy tale. Hunter green, textured linens, and black accents come together beautifully in this room spotted on New Zealand Design Blog. A soothing all-grey bedroom from Coco Lapine Design.
Name: Anni Location: Saugerties, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: The natural light and the color. We have a few pieces of mid-century furniture so we chose a dark green/blue to really make them stand out. We also have several artists in the family so we are lucky to have a lot of really beautiful original art.
Earlier this week, we mentioned our friend who moved downtown and is enjoying a whole new perspective and vibe in Los Angeles. While they were setting up shop, they decided to use a simple trick to make their bedroom closet look and feel great. They used the same wooden hangers in their closet for all of their clothes. What seems like a no brainer to some was something this couple had never considered and they are glad they did. Before their closet felt like a jumbled mess, with mis-matched hangers, including wire hangers. We love the idea of using simple tricks to make a room or space look and feel better.
When Eric and Sara bought their Portland, Oregon home in 2012, the kitchen was in sorry shape. It had been remodeled in the mid-90s with builder-grade oak cabinets and country touches. Sara says, 'It made us want to barf.' To keep the queasiness at bay, they decided to completely revamp the small kitchen by stripping it down to the walls and starting from scratch. Materials:IKEA APPLÅD cabinetsPental Quartz countertops IKEA undermount sinkGrohe faucetFrigidaire Pro appliances. In the end, they love how the all-white kitchen looks clean and open, and the half-wall that lets them chat with people in the living room from the kitchen. Sara says, 'It feels much bigger and is much more functional.'
We're all looking for extra storage in our homes and sometimes it's extremely hard to find any spare room. If you have a large family or you're a struggling graduate student in the smallest studio ever made - you certainly know the importance of concealed storage. Of course we've all seen under stair storage before, after all, isn't that exactly where Harry Potter lived at one point? We definitely aren't recommending putting your nieces or nephews in there; but we do think it's a great use of unused space to turn into storage! If you have an older home, you can still keep the integrity of the home in mind by disguising the cabinets. Have built in handles made so at first glance guests would have no idea that was actually storage. There are hundreds of ways to go about adding under stair storage, but we think this one is especially great.
We think Pottery Barn's Shayne Dining table would be a great addition for small space dwellers. The table comes complete with a traditional style, a place for storage baskets underneath and an option to fold the 2 side leaves up or down for more or less space - perfect for those of us that need pieces of furniture that function when we are using them and store away when we are done.
Although Christopher loved his new queen-sized platform bed, he had an epiphany one morning while brushing his teeth. It dawned on him that there was a lot of valuable dead air under that bed. If he could just find a way to get under the mattress, it would open up tons of room for storing sweaters and sheets.... ...not to mention a great place to hide Christmas presents. After hours of online searching, a trip to the auto parts store, and a few conversations with friends, Christopher had all necessary parts and a general approach to the project. The key was a set of bed storage lifts, found online at Woodworkers Supply. Armed with those, along with some basic plywood and 2 x 4 frames, he and some friends went to work retrofitting the bed. All in all, the project took about twenty hours of planning, four hours of shopping, and four hours of construction. For all of you with small spaces, is this a project you want to tackle?
When we first saw this structure, we thought 'Cool, another creative use of recycled material.' But on closer inspection, we realized what the structure was actually made of... kitchen sinks! This reclaimed pavilion was built by 2012 Architechten in cooperation with Jeanne van Heeswijks of Jeanneworks and exists in Utrecht, Vlaardingen and Amsterdam. The structure is created primarily of sinks held together with scaffolding, wire and waterproof multiplex boards. It's pretty bare inside, but serves as a multi-purpose space for cultural activities. We think one of the nice drainboard sinks would also look good in our kitchen.
We recently scrapped our plans for a custom built home office in the den. We couldn't sacrifice the valuable square footage on something that would inevitably become littered with junk and remain mostly unused.... Our current home office consists of a laptop; we sometimes keep a pen and notebook handy and we have a printer hidden away for the few times that we need it. The laptop lives anywhere and our wireless connection takes care of the rest. Lately, the most permanent location for the 'Office' has been the extra wide armrest of the living room sofa, within sight of the television, kitchen and, given its size, the rest of the apartment. Is there a need for a dedicated office space in the home given the way we work these days? Bills are paid online and files are scanned and saved on the computer alleviating the need for much storage, and most of our work is done electronically anyway. If we had ample space, we'd love to have a nice, big workspace - there are some fine looking desks out there. For now, we're quite happy drifting from electrical outlet to outlet, working from the comfort of the sofa.
My partner and I are planning a new kitchen at the moment and wondered if anyone knows of more environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives to chipboard/melamine? We are looking at IKEA kitchens. Since the kitchen is for an extension we will likely demolish in 5-10 years, there's even more reason to use materials that can be more easily broken down or re-purposed.... The Handbook of Sustainable Building says that solid timber alternatives to chipboard/melamine combinations cost around four times as much in general - I'm wondering if that has changed since the book. Was published in 1996? Has anyone seen any plywood or solid wood kitchens? Green kitchens: There is so much information on the topic, we're tempted to post 3 dozen links to information on green choices for countertops, flooring, and cabinetry. If you're willing to spend the time, we're certain you can find some good deals. As an alternative to IKEA's chipboard, a popular green choice is wheatboard. For green kitchen flooring, we love marmoleum and cork. Don't rule out the second R: Spend some time hunting at salvage yards - they're a great place to save money, stay green, and find something more unique than you might anywhere else.
Maybe the bathroom isn't the first place that comes to mind for hanging art. What better place for a few pieces that will lift your spirits, or just distract you while you're doing your business? A gallery wall is a great pick-me-up for a boring bathroom, and a way that even renters can make their space stand out. Above: A glimpse of a gallery wall in a bathroom from Houzz. A powder room is a great place to display postcards and magazine clippings, as seen on Poppytalk. In this bathroom spotted on Keltainen Talo Rannalla, gold frames bring unity to an eclectic collection. Black frames and black and white art yeild a sophisticated look, as seeon on BHG. This bathroom from Elements of Style is filled with a funky assortment of antique frames. A gallery wall take a bathroom from Domestic Arts to the next level. White frames complement an all-white bathroom from OOTD Magazine. A bathroom gallery wall from The Vault Files gets a little extra kick thanks to a black background.
A few months back I busted out some fabric spray paint and painted a pretty chevron on my carpet. Although the looks are alright, there's a new trend sweeping around the internet that will most likely yield better results. See that sofa up there? It's about to get painted - with house paint. Over at Fabric Bliss a vintage sofa was purchased for the small price of $45. It had great bones but those flowers just had to go. Re-upholstering a piece can cost a pretty penny so instead, paint was mixed with fabric medium and the entire sofa was painted. It's a neat trick to spruce up a new to you find when you're working within a budget. The cushions were recovered to give things a little extra oomph and the final look is just fantastic. Check out the full process and step-by-step tutorial over at Fabric Bliss.