Much has been said about glossy white or black floors-but how about using a bright color? This orange is almost retina-searing; but for this loft space, it seems to fit. As a friend observed recently, 'Lofts just seem to get away with so much more! They're like the Parker Posey of apartment spaces.' What do you think of this bright resin floor?
Strip the bathroom: I don't mean clean, I mean strip. Pack away all those medicines and the cream for the strange rash you had last summer in a box and bury it in the back of your closet. Things you might want to stock it with instead: Advil, cough medicine, a thermometer, band aids, extra rolls of toilet paper that are easy to locate, disposable toothbrushes, a stack of guest towels, tissues, female products. A clear place to put trash and recyclables: Don't be afraid to label what goes where otherwise you'll have food in your recyclables. A place for coats and bags: For us, it's usually the bedroom, which means that room gets a extra clean sweep, with all surfaces cleared. Label your platters: If you know that Aunt Beth is bringing her famous biscuits, have a platter already set up, with a card labeled so you're not searching for platters and figuring out a place to put the food just at the moment when everyone arrives, which they invariably all do. Extra spoons or forks: If your family's like mine, everyone always ends up in the kitchen, picking at the food. Keep fingers out of the food by offering spoons or forks so that everyone's fingers are not in the food. Even better: set aside a little bit of the food just for people to pick on.
If you are looking for a stunning bookshelf solution that is as strong as it is visually light, take a gander at Jason Wade's new bookshelf that he premiered at ICFF. Based in Chicago and fronting his own design company, 45 Degrees Design, Jason has created a Mid-C styling with a more contemporary flair. The shelves are made of walnut and plastic laminate as well as in solid oak. The design scales from two to five shelves and is solely anchored by the weight of your books pushing it against the wall.
Are your kitchen cupboards coming apart at the seams? Do you need a little help in getting them organized? When it comes to reorganizing, we are firm believers in hard work and creative solutions; no one product is going to solve your organizational dilemmas. Here are a few good ideas, examples, and yes, a product or two, to help make your kitchen cupboards more healthy, beautiful, and organized. Before and After: My Ikea Shelf Epiphany - A before/after guide to decluttering a kitchen shelf. Kitchen Tour Favorites: Five Creative Storage Solutions - Five good ideas from past kitchen tours. Kitchen Organization Tour: A Visit With Bento Expert Biggie of Lunch In a Box - See how Biggie organizes all the little accessories and snacks that go into her bento boxes. Good Product: LifeLiner Ribbed Shelf Liner - In old apartment kitchens, shelf liner is a first step towards having easy-to-clean cupboards. Beautiful Spice Storage Solution - A lovely spice storage box made with repurposed materials. Click-Clack Storage Containers for Flour and Sugar - These are great storage jars; they're going strong in my own kitchen. Blomus Obar Kitchen Multi Storage - One-stop storage for plastic wrap, paper towels, and aluminum foil. Look! Painters' Butcher Trays in the Kitchen - A pretty way to organize the countertop and cupboards.
As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.
Tile in the kitchen seems to be relegated to the floor and to the backsplash, but this gorgeous tile wall has us rethinking our conventional tile formula. What truly makes this tile wall work is the use of a delicately patterned tile that keeps the kitchen light and airy. How far would you go with tile in your kitchen? Would you dedicate a whole wall to tile or is that just too much for your kitchen? To see more images of this beautiful home, visit the website of interior designer Angie Hranowsky.
Name: Sabrina Location: Palo Alto, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love how cohesive my bedroom is. I feel calm knowing that everything follows a certain theme. When I woke up the first morning in my room, I thought that I accidentally left the light on because it was so bright.
Oh, IKEA. We applaud your green initiatives: taking the formaldehyde out of your products; charging a nickel for a plastic bag; making a public commitment to phase out PVC in both your products and your packaging... and we're sure we're forgetting a few other green deeds. When we stumbled upon, happenstance, a promotion for your Tempe, Arizona, store, we sighed. This sigh was not a sigh of contentment at reasonably priced, well designed, mass market housewares. HELP REDUCE C02 EMISSIONS BY USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION! Bring in your monthly bus pass to the AS-IS section of the store any day of the week, and receive an additional 10% OFF discount on AS-IS purchases only - on products $20 or more. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers. If you've been to IKEA, the above conjures up a comical image of some poor bus pass holder lugging a lightly used, heavily discounted Swedish bookshelf up the front steps of a bus. The bulk of IKEA products are made of particleboard and are therefore very heavy; most IKEA products are sold 'Knocked down,' which is a fancy way of saying you have to put it together yourself; however, AS-IS is the section of the store where IKEA offloads floor models and returns: ergo, things that have already been assembled. Heavy, large things that have already been assembled and that are unlikely to fit through, much less be allowed on, a public bus. We applaud IKEA for giving props to people who use public transportation, but perhaps a free cup of coffee might be a better promotion that recognizes that the vast majority of IKEA's merchandise leaves the store strapped to the roof of a car or stashed in the back of an SUV. image via about.com.
Because it's Bedroom Month here at AT, and because it's Valentine's Week, AND because one reader was bellyaching over the weekend that she just wanted to interact more, we thought we'd throw you all a funny bone this week. It's our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway and we've got a big IKEA prize to FedEx to one amazing bedroom plan for VDay.... AT's Romantic Bedroom Plan Giveaway(or what would you like your bedroom to look like this Thursday night?). From today until Wednesday at Noon ET, we're looking for reader's inspiration, ideas and plans for their bedroom. SEND US your most inspired plans for a romantic bedroom along with any source as well as an inspiring or aspirational picture. SEND IT via the form below.... We'll then let everyone comment away, giving their kudos to the most romantic, funny, inspirational or just plain swoonderful bedroom. Winners must claim their prize on Wednesday, the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.
For some, a break from home and a stay at a hotel is an essential part of any vacation. Even infrequent travelers sometimes tire of the bland feeling of many hotel rooms, wishing instead to surround themselves with the joy of a home away from home. For some tips for feeling at home in a hotel, read on! The longer you plan to stay in a given hotel, the more at home you will feel if you truly inhabit the space. So often hotel pillows are inadequate or simply too different from the one you use at home, making it harder to get a good night's sleep. Bringing that little bit of home along with you in the vehicle makes any overnight stop a little easier and adds that touch of home to any hotel room. Consider bringing a towel as well, especially if you love to wrap up in a big bath sheet as most hotel towels are smaller than the ones many of us use at home. Consider traveling with your favorite toiletries rather than relying on those little hotel shampoos and lotions; the longer you will be away from home, the more your favorite products will help you feel like normal. A breath of your favorite scent when you walk through the door will help you put aside the institutional flavor of a hotel and make you feel more at home. If you have additional tips for feeling at home in a hotel, please share them in the comments below.
Q: I am moving in with my boyfriend and his apartment, while otherwise awesome, has a horrific 70s retro kitchen complete with orange tiles and yellow countertops. It also has an unusable empty space awkwardly behind one of the counters. How do I turn this into a modern, clean space with style without a full remodel? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Liz in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Changing one's workspace from a regular desk to a standing desk can be a big challenge, but I made the switch over a year ago and haven't looked back. Attractive and affordable standing desks can be hard to find, but this DIY version from IKEA fits the bill nicely. 'Using just two 2x2 Expedit bookshelves, a Linnmon tabletop, and some 6' Capita legs from IKEA, IKEA Hackers user Sharon created a cute and functional standing desk that's perfect for a small space, and came in at under $200. 'The perfect height for a standing desk depends a lot on the person using it, of course. Sharon says she's 5'6', and this setup measures in at 39' tall, which she says has been a very good height for her. The best thing about this hack is all the storage space it creates under the desk. Usually that area goes to waste, and in a small apartment losing that much space can be a disaster. The bookshelves under the desk make a clever storage area for books, and a stool for when the novelty of standing all day starts to wear off. Check out the full instructions over at IKEA Hackers.
Q: I just moved into a home filled with beautiful, original dark wood molding. I'm itching to paint my dining room in a dark moody color like charcoal or even black. Have you ever seen this successfully done? Can you go dark with dark molding? Editor: What do you think about dark paint with dark wood molding? Share your thoughts and suggestions with Kim in the comments below....thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
It seems that with Sasha and Malia currently residing in the White House, presidential children are very popular items of discussion and remembrance. Just how many children have been in the White House? Well, a recent slide show at Us Magazine gives us a photographic glimpse into the various kids who ran the White House hallways. Who knew Alice Roosevelt was so cool? According to Us, 'The self-described 'wild child,' smoked on the roof of the White House, fired guns at telegraph poles and walked around with a boa constrictor roped around her neck.' To view more photos, visit the Us Magazine Web site.