Q: My bedroom is separated from the living room by a set of french doors. The glass panes on the doors are textured but mostly transparent, so I need a visual barrier to hide me from view. There's a gap at the bottom of the doors and they don't block sound very well. I just moved across the country and don't have a lot of things, so placing a bookshelf or display shelf here wouldn't make sense as it would sit mostly empty. I hate to have to completely block these beautiful french doors - any ideas on how to create a visual and sound barrier that would still look nice from the other side of the windows? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Diane in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Okay, the intense color of designer Muriel Brandolini's home dining room doesn't really need much by way of description: pinks, reds, oranges and yellows - and enough pattern to keep your eyes busy for hours. Beyond the brave exercise in color, we are mostly curious about a bed in the dining room. The red lacquer four-poster bed was placed just behind the dining table so that 'One can recline after supper.' Do you think this idea ever works? Unless you live in a very small space, do you think dining and reclining should coexist?
GO TO PRITI'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!
We've been searching high and low for a free-standing mirror for a client. Finally landed on this: the Triptych Vanity Mirror by Baker Furniture. It's perfect for areas where you need a mirror but have no wall to hang it on. In our case, it's at a bathroom sink that has a large window in the spot a mirror would usually hang. We've found there are so few mirrors out there that do this job - maybe that's why they have it priced so high.
Often times we come across spaces in which our socks are knocked right off. This is of course, assuming you're wearing socks; I guess you could substitute hosiery or sandals into this slot.... but I digress. Earlier today, AT:LA showed us a living room makeover by Jude, over at Run4istRun and now we would like to show you the other space she designed. Click through the jump for lots of appletini-colored fabulousness. Run4istRun has graciously shared her 2 living room makeovers with us. They are rich with texture and color while still being able to have small collections and loads of personality and memories in her spaces. Check out the pictures below of her bright Appletini and Icy Blue Rooms.... These are some photos of the room the icy blue room, with an impromptu molding treatment we featured earlier today on AT:LA! For more on this fantastic transformation, including before pictures, click over to Run4istRun to see the rest!
We love looking to European retailer Zara Home for staging inspiration. Their catalog photos always present unique ideas, usually with a unifying theme behind them. This year, the spring catalog is all about rustic style: timber headboards, layered blankets in natural colors, and lantern light fixtures. Click below for a few ideas.... Rustic Metallics: soft gray walls, antique mirror, white cotton blankets, and a wooden chair rail. Cabin Chic: clapboard walls, distressed metal side tables, and a checked blanket. Cottage Colors: pale gray, worn white, and a bunch of wildflowers. Cool and Calm: worn wood side tables, lantern lights, and a crocheted bedspread. Dark and Moody: blue-gray with glazed ceramic accessories.
When we moved in, our old clawfoot bathtub was in bad shape. Our landlord wasn't going to replace it, but after some coercing, we convinced him to reglaze it for us. For less than the cost of a new tub and installation, porcelain and cast-iron tubs can be reglazed and the finish restored. We've lived with our reglazed tub for about 5 years now, and it's showing some wear. It has chipped in a couple of places, but it's still in great shape compared to the way it looked when we moved in. Eventually, it will probably have to be reglazed again or replaced, but we're relatively happy with the results since our options were to live with the tub we had, or go the reglazing route. Since our landlord negotiated the work, we're not sure about pricing, although we've heard a few hundred dollars is standard.
I love this Before & After because of its absolute simplicity. This dining room acts as a pass through room in my house. You have to move through it to get from the living room to the kitchen. Even though we kept the furniture in it to a bare minimum, it still felt stuffy and crowded. My husband gets full credit for this re-arrangement in our dining room. By removing two of the chairs with backs and replacing it with a farmhouse-style bench, the three rooms flow seamlessly from one to the next! It was an easy way to make the room more airy and inviting.
As bathroom month comes to a close and we think ahead to Smallest, Coolest, here's a bathroom idea that maximizes a small space by combining the sink and the tub. 'It works by employing a removable sink insert that empties into the tub, which is in turn angled to help drainage. The lip of the tub, and thus the edge of the sink, is tall enough that it comes within range of the height of a standard sink basin, about 32'. The sink reminds us of tub covers we've seen in Japanese bathrooms. The design could also facilitate greywater use, if you use a mild, plant friendly hand soap.
Name: JP Location: London United Kingdom Division: International Inspiration for my palette: A wall of books on white bookshelves usually does not require any additional color as the book spines provide ample. So the rest of the room is mainly white, but I added vivid details such as lamps and mid-century trays to make it more young and alive.
In Lakeview, this red European designer couch is for sale. Some great things going for it: only a few years old, fun shape, felt fabric, and a great cherry red. 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..
At a friend's over the weekend, we had to stop and admire their new dining room, which was such a great hi-lo mix. The table is the School Table from BDDW, a high ticket item, the chairs are the Minimal Side Chair from De La Espada, a bit lower on the ticket totem pole, and the rug and all the napkins and place mats are from West Elm and Crate & Barrel. The whole house is like this with a few pieces of really top notch quality, while all the rest was ordered online from big box stores.