We've seen mismatched chairs pulled up to a dining room table but we've never seen two mismatched tables put together to serve as a dining room table. Even though these two tables are quite different in style, their similar size and height pull this look together. We found a few other inspirational pics of mismatched furniture in cohesive spaces after the jump. Our favorite combo is definitely a seating bench plus a few mismatched chairs at the kitchen table. We've found thrift store chairs that are quite different in style and painted them all a robin's egg blue. To keep a bedroom from looking too uniform, we like the look of two contrasting side tables that are similar in height and size.
If you like the look of this wooden box cabinet from Netherlands craft and decorating magazine 101 woonideeen, you can get the instructions to make one yourself! Unless you speak Dutch, you'll have to translate the page, but apparently it isn't too hard!
GO TO ELENA & CHRIS' 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!
I just moved into a beautiful new apartment! It is almost perfect. To be clear, the counter is pink with flecks of glitter. How can I deal with this baby blue and pink tiled bathroom with orange and black accents?? I was thinking about using a striped shower curtain, but should I just go with all white or black showers curtains and bath mats? There is no wall to paint in the bathroom...it is completely covered in pink tile. This is the sample curtain Anne-Lise sent along with her question. We know how she feels - our bathroom is also covered in speckled tile with pink fixtures - but we chose to fight it rather than embrace it. We think the addition of more colors might make the space even more disjointed. All black or all white accessories sounds good to us.
One particular trend we've noticed in the blogosphere as of late is the increased popularity in the collecting of vintage fans, cameras, and turntables. Seeing as some of the old tech may in fact be better than its newer counterparts, we're all for it. Just make sure you match the old stuff with the proper display materials such as good ol' reclaimed wood. Above, we have IKEA MARKOR side tables paired with an old farmhouse wooden crate used as a display platform for the vintage goods. Going through the new IKEA Fall catalog, we're starting to see more and more traditional pieces of furniture being added to IKEA's vast collection, so it's going to be quite interesting to see how all of these pieces play a part in pushing for a post-contemporary modern design aesthetic. Reclaimed wooden shelves also make for a beautiful display idea, especially if you paint the backdrop with chalkboard paint and get creative with how you place all the items. We may suggest reclaimed media consoles and bedside tables as the perfect home for your love for vintage tech! Got a creative vintage display setup to share? We'd love to see it! Link us in the comments or add it to our Unplggd Flickr group!
We've now seen this in a few places, and it continues to blow us away. While the smaller Noguchi lamps can be ubiquitous, this big, big ceiling one is rare and creates an amazing overscale feeling to a room.... Large, light and not quite round, it hovers in space almost like a big thought overhead. This one gets pricey, but for the right room, we think it's worth it.
Why I use color: I love and am inspired by color much too much to be limited to just using it in my wardrobe or on my hair. Color sets the tone and establishes itself as another member of our household. We're have two very active, small children, and the bright colors in many of our rooms encourage their creativity. With large walls, paint just one wall, or 2 facing walls your color, leaving white as a relief to the eyes. Contrary to baby books, bold colors, like red, can be wonderful in children's rooms. Even though the products are way out of my wallet's league, I'm so inspired & informed by the color and accessory combinations. The internet - design and personal blogs have some amazing pictures of interiors.
COLOR INSPIRATION: I fell in love with the turquoise reproduction antique low sideboard that I found at a warehouse sale. The subtle but strong color was so unusual and striking against all the other traditional browns. GO TO SHILPA'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!
For the past couple of years, yellow has been injecting a sense of humor and lightheartedness into interiors, and we're into it. We especially love lemony yellows paired with white. The combo reflects light, feels fresh, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
Last week, we toured Ulrika & Mark's bright, beautiful Cambridge kitchen and were completely taken with the fabric on their custom window seat and curtains. Designed by Maine artist Gretchen Langner, the subtle, overscaled patterns exude a fresh, contemporary simplicity that works equally well in modern and traditional settings. Each of Langner's designs comes in multiple colorways and can used to as upholstery, slip covers, draperies, quilts, pillows, shower curtains, or lamp shades. Fabrics are hand-screened on 100% linen/cotton, sailcloth, or cotton duck and sold direct to consumer for $78/yard. To see more of Langner's designs, visit her site: Gretchen Langner Dzign.
'Parker sent us a good question:'I need some help. I put nice hardwood floors in my place this past year but the wooden chairs i have in my dining room are not meant to be on hardwood so i placed those sticky fuzzy bottom things on the bottom of the legs. 'Problem is that those things really suck. If people move around a little, they fall off and then leave the sticky gunk all over the floor. Is there a better alternative to these things?'. We know what Parker is talking about - we use those felt things on our desk chair and they are a bit of a pain and just don't stay sticky. We've heard that these 'Slipsick' floor protectors work well. The packaging says that they are 'Perfect for wood floors' and 'Guaranteed to never fall off or wear out for five years'. There are also nail-on 'Glides' in various shapes and sizes. The possible downside to all of these is that are pretty permanently attached, which may or may not be a problem, depending on how you feel about nailing something to the bottom of your chair legs.... Anyone else have any tips for Parker?
The Quilted Monkey is a cool little store on fancy Montana Ave. The shop is filled with beautiful quilts, specialty bedding and great little gifts. The quilts range in price from around $260- 400(queen) and they have regular sales on old inventory at up to half off. The sheet sets are not priced like Target, but the bold, retro stripes and patterns are great and unique, which is what we all want really, isn't it? The store also has a great selection of those embroidered 'State' pillows, dish towels and even glasses($15). It looks like quaint New England, but there is plenty of cool, kitch, fun for your favorite hipster's housewarming or baby room.
When Kristen and Kyle renovated their Portland kitchen, they went with custom cabinetry, schoolhouse lighting, and classic Benjamin Moore colors. Paint, Cabinets, and Counters Dovetail Custom Woodworks Kristen and Kyle used these Portland-based carpenters to build their cabinets and a butcher block-topped island. Kristen says, 'I think it's the custom built cabinets' that 'Make the kitchen look spiffy aesthetically.' Benjamin Moore The kitchen walls are Rockport Gray HC-105, while the cabinets are painted in White Dove OC-17 - a decorator favorite. It's a classic look that helps dark appliances blend in. Fixtures and Tile HomeClick.com Kristen and Kyle's faucet is a discontinued model, but you can find a similar look by searching for 'Bridge faucets.' We found this Belle Foret Kitchen Bridge Faucet with Matching Spray - N11001 for $279 at online renovation resource HomeClick.com. Kohler The sink is a basic stainless steel single basin model by Kohler, similar to this Staccato Single-Basin Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink, $314, although she says, 'We wish we had splurged and gone with a deep farmhouse sink.' For other good fixture/sink sources, see this post. Kristen and Kyle found their classic white subway tile there. Shown: Rhone Classic Schoolhouse Pendant, $177. Amazon.com Yellow accessories give this kitchen its sunny personality. Kristen says her favorite is the tea kettle: 'It gets used every morning and night - we love tea!' Shown: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Tea Kettle, $68 at Amazon.com. Bambeco Kristen uses trays to organize supplies like water bottles, flowers, and cooking tools.