Liane says this Beautiful Red Leather 3 Piece Living Room Set is just a year old and in excellent condition. If you're looking for a couch, loveseat, and chair - and are brave enough for that much color - check out the ad in our classifieds. 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..
Even in a child's room with mostly neutrals, one oversized piece of pop art can really liven things up. Renting in a white box where you aren't allowed to paint? Wary of taking a plunge with bright walls? Oversized art can be a way to create something special in a room where the 'Bones' are limited, whatever the reason! The example pictured above comes from LAMA Blog's writeup of a company called Picnic's showroom. It looks like it could be plywood with acrylic paint - just lay out the color blocks and paint away to DIY your very own! Head on over to LAMA's post to see many more great ideas for kiddos' living spaces.
GO TO LAUREN'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!
It's not just handy to have them out in the open. Sometimes kitchen utensils are just plain beautiful. It's no wonder many kitchen designs now incorporate rails, racks, and open shelves that both store and display such wares.... The utensils pictured up top are well-used and pretty run-of-the mill. It doesn't take expensive 'Design-y' utensils or unrealistic standards of cleanliness to make for a beautiful display of these common household items. We touch and use and clean many standard kitchen utensils every single day. Why not elevate them to a position of display within our kitchens? Image: Library of Congress.
Q: My home was designed with a very narrow dining space between the living room and kitchen. At 9ft by 9ft and it is simply too narrow for our dining room table. We have moved the table to the much larger family room around the corner and enjoy using the 'Dining space' for an office/library. Any suggestions for how to make it an attractive, comfortable and functional extension of the living room? While we're at it, any advice on the very open kitchen? Rug suggestions? Should I paint the cabinets white? Editor: Let Megan know what you think in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Q: I am redoing my living room/dining room, it's a large room but long and narrow. I don't need a dining area and I'm at a loss for how to make the two rooms into one cohesive space. Right now it's two separate rooms which isn't really working for us. My dream floor plan would have this entire room working as one living area with little nooks for my child's toys and art and significant floor space to run around. Editor: Let Emilie know what you would do in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Name: Liz Location: San Francisco, CA Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: We entertain often so we wanted a color that was warm and inviting, yet complex and sophisticated. The result: A room that can be as dressed up like a sophisticated charcoal suit or down like a comfy pair of flannel PJs. Either way, the color has provided a perfect backdrop for many entertaining evenings, plus it perfectly highlights the art and the 100-year-old tiles surrounding the marble fireplace.
It's easy to be inspired by expensive rooms put together by a team of designers, but it also pleases us to look at simple spaces arranged and used by regular people. This one is clearly functional and just has a good vibe coming from it. We might tend to overwhelm a small space like this with artwork and hooks and organizers, but we like how this person used a restrained hand with a simple wall calendar and clock, and restricted the color palette to white and blue.
We've written a lot about how to deal with a small bedroom, but what if you have the opposite problem? A giant, cavernous space can feel just as oppressive as a tiny, cramped one. With that in mind, we've rounded up some ideas for making your big bedroom feel cozy. Above: a big fluff comforter will go a long way towards making a big space feel homey. An oversized headboard makes a big statement... and makes a room feel fuller without being overcrowded. Make a big room feel cozier with thick rugs and lots of layered textiles. A sitting area in your bedroom is a nice way to relax before bed - and a nice way to fill up a little extra space. If you don't mind working in the bedroom, adding a desk at the foot of your bed is a great way to fill a little extra space. How cozy is this ceiling-hung canopy? Perfect for a big bedroom - or any bedroom.
Like most rooms in your home, you want to find balance between form and function, and in the dining area, that means creating something that transitions effortlessly from everyday suppers to special dinners with guests. This dining room with both Scandinavian and traditional design elements has both great style and plenty of seating and storage. Here's how to get this Scandi-traditional dining room at any budget. This fabulous dining space spotted in Living Etc on House to Home is the inspiration for this high/low look. It has lots of great contrasting elements that work well together. The warm wood contrasts the black and white palette while the crown moulding and traditional artwork counterbalances the industrial lighting and minimally designed dining set and accessories. It makes for a great space for long dinners sitting around with some great food and your favorite people. Of course you can mix and match and add some of your own personal touches.
A friend recently told of her idea to buy a custom-sized runner for the kitchen. Originally she was looking at a series of floor carpet squares, then she decided the 'Runner' really needed to offer support and comfort more than anything else. She turned to these marble top anti-fatigue mats, available at American Floor Mats. The more commercially used anti-fatigue mats could be a great solution for weary feet at home...has anyone else given this a try? All details and pricing info here at American Floor Mats.
We posted about open shelving in bathrooms previously on Apartment Therapy, but we love the idea of using the shelves to enhance the decor. We absolutely adore the aquatic themed bathroom in the first photo. A collection of starfish, coral, and shells is what you would be surrounded by when taking a bath. The top shelves are used to display vintage cameras and the bottom ones are a perfect storage for towels and other bath necessities. What kind of collections do you display in your bathroom? We came across these wonderful photos on the Absolutely Beautiful Things blog.
Sometimes finding large-scale art for the home-that's actually affordable-is a challenge. We love many alternative ideas like creating collages or DIY art projects, and are liking this simple but effective art solution we found on a photoshoot for an upcoming house tour. Utilizing an oversize canvas, architect Mark Meyer placed a small photograph in the center, and in effect created a eye-catching, affordable piece of large scale art. Sure, canvas isn't exactly free, but compared to a large oil or acrylic painting, this idea of his is much less pricey. Sometimes oversized blank canvases can be found on sale, at thrift stores and on Craigslist. We really like how the canvas being so large draws more attention to the photograph-your eyes go straight to the bit of color on the large field of white. We also think this same effect can be used with really large frames, a small piece of art or photograph and a really oversized mat. Of course, getting something framed isn't cheap, and the larger the more expensive, but again, we're thinking more about those giant frames you find at a thrift store for cheap that have unattractive art you can replace. What do you think about creating an eye-catching art piece by placing something small on a large canvas or in a huge frame? Do you think it creates an interesting solution to an affordable piece of art? Or is a bit awkward?