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!
COLOR INSPIRATION: A pair of Ikea curtains! I've had these curtains for years and I just can't part with them because they energize every space their in with their vibrant colors. GO TO GRETCHEN'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!
The Union Jack: classic or cliche? Classic in the right room I think. Filled with wool, this square ottoman is dense enough for seating, while still providing a soft room element.
Call us crazy, but we're digging the look of this rock wall we stumbled upon last week. It reminds us vaguely of the Lew French mantel we posted a while back. The entire building covered in rocks is a bit much for our tastes, but we're feeling the rustic look for a small accent wall in the garden. We especially love the way the rocks stick out so far from the cement and their haphazard placement. We've seen rocks sunken in concrete floors, but this seems so much more organic and intentional.....
From the high back sofa - perfect for being set up in the middle of the room - to the colorful rug, each piece works together to create a simple but beautiful room. I've rounded up a few of the key elements in the room so the look can be recreated in our own homes.
What to do when you have to call your home your office, while also calling your office your home? That's exactly the challenge creative couple Jocelyn and Jason had to tackle with their live-work Chicago loft, a space which plays double duty for their design business Bright Bright Great, while also accommodating for daily necessities such as sleeping, eating and even an occasional bit of Wii for recreation. It was their clutter and wire-free home office that first caught our attention, but they were gracious enough to share the rest of their inspiring loft space for a behind-the-scene tour illustrating how to seamlessly merge work and life together in style. Favorite element in our space: Jocelyn: Our pink wall. Biggest challenge in designing our space: The lack of space. What friends say about our space: Heard at BBG: 'This is like a museum.' Also: 'I'm afraid to touch the walls.' Right after: 'Uh-oh I just touched the wall.' Latest: 'I'm going to bring my girlfriend over to show her how cool your place is.' Biggest indulgence with respect to my space: We wanted to do something with the wall behind our TV in the main room, but didn't really want to just paint it, so we went to the Merchandise Mart looking for interesting tiles to cover that wall up, floor to ceiling. Best advice about organizing or incorporating tech into the home: Invest in a good organization system. It's not even that expensive or hard to assemble and it'll stop your Dwight Schrute/Jim Halpert fights about space once and for all.
Idaho teen, Kara Haupt, keeps her bedroom clean and organized. Unlike most her age, Kara understands the importance of decor. She is able to celebrate her age while adding sophisticated DIY elements to her space. In this tour from N.E.E.T. Magazine, we are shown intimate details of Kara's whimsical space. My favorite part of Kara's space is her amazing dresser. She paired an upcycled piece with mis-matched knobs and painted on adorable sayings. It's such a nice change from the laundry filled, cluttered rooms of most teens. See more from Kara's bedroom on the N.E.E.T. blog!
When it comes to open space living, the advice we keep hearing is to designate areas by using all the methods known to man. This would be, but not limited to: colors, rugs, curtains, screens, and tables...But for those of us who like to keep our spaces streamlined in all ways, here's an interesting example of restricting the color palette while still keeping everything in its rightful areas with the proper balance of black and white. After staring at this photo trying to decipher how and why it works, we conclude that the lesson to be learned is this: when in doubt, opt for glossy white floors and an oversized light fixture. Oh, and try to keep everything spaced apart just enough.