A friend sold her house last year and the hardest thing to leave behind was the kitchen floor which she had so beautifully hand-stencilled. The photo above is from Domino magazine where you can also find a detailed floor stencilling 'How to'. This floor stencil is so striking that, for the first time, our eye didn't immediately gravitate toward the Eames rocker. Other AT sites have some great stencil resources for you to check out:Stencil the floor.
Fall always has me turning toward dark, moody spaces, and this autumn I'm especially drawn to dark kitchens. While black might be an unusual color choice for the kitchen, it's also, as you can see here, an incredibly stylish one. Maybe these eight spaces will be just the thing to bring you over to the dark side. Above and up top: The beautifully dark kitchen of Jane and Jeremy's London flat where black walls, black tile, and black cabinets combine to create a soothing, elegant feel. Warm gray is the perfect palette for this Milanese kitchen from Milk Decoration. Black zellige tiles impart an inky beauty to this Marrakech kitchen, spotted on Bo Bedre. The beautiful moody-grey home of stylist Lotta Agaton, spotted on Scandinavian Love Song. A dark, bohemian space from DV8. A dark kitchen from Allie NYC gets a little touch of levity with pink. Dark walls combine with white cabinets in a kitchen from House & Home.
This kitchen seems to be suffering from a bit of a brown overload. With the combination of wood cabinetry and hardwood floors, plus the black appliances and dark green paint, this kitchen is looking a little dark. Isn't it amazing what a little white paint can do? Of course, it's a lot more than just a little white paint at work here. Over the span of one month Jessie, from the blog Imperfectly Polished, transformed this kitchen with a lot of little touches. There's the subway tile backsplash, the DIY concrete counter tops, and the addition of beadboard to the ends of the cabinetry. The addition of the concrete counter tops and beadboard do as much to spruce up this kitchen as painting the cabinetry. The beadboard has a way of making the sides of the cabinetry and island look finished. The concrete counter tops? Well, they're just plain pretty - and in a sea of granite counter tops, the concrete is a welcome change! To see many, many more photos of Jessie's kitchen renovation, check out her blog: Imperfectly Polished: The Big Kitchen Reveal.
This dining room has recently received a new coat of paint, new drapes, a few changes in decor, and best of all - a new dining room table. Things look great and even more so when you find out these homeowners did everything themselves! Ana over at Knock Off Wood has been showcasing the work of Dave and Joi from Nuestra Vida Dulce and for good reason. They've brought this space together with gusto and things look fabulous. Their table which was made by Joi's Father-in-Law is a great mix of old world farmhouse and new world modern. We love the look and hope to see more homeowners tackling large projects like this in the future! The table design was modified slightly from Ana's original plans, making things a little slimmer and trimmer.
Q: I just bought an apartment and will be moving in next month. The living room/dining room is almost square and there's a beautiful antique large crystal chandelier in the center of the room. While I don't want to get rid of the chandelier because it's so pretty, I worry that having a central focal point in the room will make it harder to create a separate feel between the dining room side and the living room side.
My better half has a tendency to migrate from her desk over to the living room as the sun sets, and I've been known to continue working on the couch from my iPad after hours. For better and for worse, the living room has evolved into an extension of the home workspace, and now furniture designers are addressing the migration with new designs fit for work and relaxation.... The Wall Street Journal recently produced this video as part of a piece about the proliferation of work-at-home furniture catering to the always-working demographic, reflecting the cultural shift away from stationary workstations over to a working lifestyle revolving around mobility and comfort in the living room and beyond. More of us are migrating across from home offices over into the living room, dining room, and even backyards after hours, and now furniture designers are taking note with designs catering to this shift in lifestyle. The Haworth Harbor Work Lounge shares features drawn from classroom desks, airport lounges, living room seating, and home office task chairs. The big question born from this cultural shift is whether working from anywhere and everywhere, including the living room, actually leads to a more productive work life. Whether bringing work and computers into shared home spaces actually hinders a happy home life, where couples and family members are more drawn to their screens than to one another. What are your thoughts of about working from the living room, where home life and work life are beginning to overlap after hours?
If you've lived in an apartment woefully short on windows and long on awkward stretches of blank walls as we have, it can be intimidating to start curating the most tasteful mix of art, mirrors and shelves for every vertical surface. 'This seven-mirror set from Wrapables comes through with three 3' mirrors, three 6' mirrors and one 9' mirror to arrange asymmetrically on a wall, and effectively break the wall-hanging ice without the art-choice anxiety. At $43.95, it's a safe buy you won't feel bad about replacing when you do build that collection of meaningful art you love.
Bo Concept has this black on black bedroom in their inspiration gallery. Charcoal walls, big black hanging pendants, black stained oak furniture, black duvet and a black woven cord chair...that's a LOT of noir. We think it works here, mainly because of the glorious break of the white background patterned wallpaper and the mix of textures. The shiny duvet next to the wood, next to the rustic woven chair really helps break it up. 1,499 Bed, black-stained oak veneer/leather look Queen size.
Roma of DesignFlute sent us a heads up about an eco-friendly home showcased on Better Interiors. We've seen modern suspended seating before, but rarely with traditional furnishings. How about the beautiful carved jaali that filters a warm light into a cool interior? AT:India, here we come?
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.
I want to maximize my living space by creating a 'Floating' loft bedroom. My ceiling is set at 10' high and I want a minimum of 6' to stand below my loft bedroom and atleast 5.5' for the sleeping area. Should I take out the finished ceiling and expose the beams and perhaps gain some ceiling space? The building used to be an industrial building so I assume that each floor has high ceilings. What do you think? more below the jump....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. A loft plan is a great idea and you will definitely get more space, but - depending on how much storage you need - consider building up the floor 3', padding it and creating storage underneath as well. This may allow you to bring the bed down to the floor and create a more restful sleeping environment. We would definitely remove the ceiling, but only if you still have some insulation from your upstairs neighbors. Exposed beams are far more beautiful, but hearing them walk around is not worth it. You want to make sure it is clean above your head. If the building is old, you might nave to do a lot of work to 'Clean up' the ceiling before you can sleep beneath it.
I don't know about you, but when I try to incorporate multiple motifs into a room willy-nilly, things can quickly get a little out of control and the space ultimately lacks cohesion. When it comes to the delicate dance of mixing and matching patterns, it's best to take cues from the pros. As your print-mixing guides, we've put together four high and lows inspired by rooms with perfectly blended patterns. The Terrace Suite at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, designed by co-owner and Design Director Kit Kemp, is an ideal example of pattern-mixing prowess, as it's bursting at the seams with drool-worthy patterns-many from her own textile collections, like the hand-embroidered curtains in the living room and the vibrant, upholstered headboard in the bedroom. Though not for the faint of heart, this space packs some serious pattern punch.