Q: We are moving this weekend and are looking for some amazing advice for arranging furniture for this narrow living room in a DC rowhouse. Among the obstacles - a radiator below the windows, a fireplace dominating one wall, and the open wall for the entry way. We had wanted to create two sitting areas, one in front of the fireplace and one under the windows. We are slowly realizing that there may not be enough space for two sitting areas - and a good chance that the space under the windows will become an unfortunate 'Dead' zone. We also thought of putting a round table and chairs next to the radiator, but are uncertain if there would be enough space or room flow. Editor: Amy- what great bones! We love the window nook, the wood floors, and the yellow archway, but we can see the challenges you face in this space. How about a chair and ottoman in the window to create a comfy reading nook? It will look less crowded than two chairs and won't block too much of the heat coming from the radiator. Your couch can face the fireplace and create some separation from your entryway, and if you're having a party, the ottoman can always serve as additional seating. Readers, what advice can you share with Amy as she gets ready for a pre-holiday move? Do you have a Good Question you need answered? Drop us an email with QUESTIONS in subject line - please remember that questions with pictures get answered first!
COLOR PALETTE: Light & Sweet - silver half dollar, traffic cone orange, lime green. GO TO ELIZABETH'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!
Here's a good idea for small space dwellers looking for a place for a bed. In this Stockholm apartment a living room closet was transformed into a second bedroom using paint, a wall-mounted bed frame, and some space-saving accessories. Mounted to the wall, the bed frame leaves room underneath for storage baskets. A dark brown accent wall makes the space feel cozy, and two wall-mounted lamps provide enough light for reading. Against the wall, a double shelf offers just enough space for a glass of water and a book. Although the bedroom doesn't offer much privacy, we think it's a good idea for a studio apartment or a one-bedroom that needs a guest bed.
Hello AT,. I have high ceilings in my very small nyc highrise apt. The room is quite a bit higher than it's footprint. My style is quite modern, most of my furniture is DWR, Desiron etc etc. I like the idea of molding/wainscoting, and painting the lower portion a darker color. Painting the lower half of your wall with a rich darker color from the level of your bedside table on down. This would create a strong horizontal gesture that would serve to balance the vertical gesture of the walls. Anything you can do to accent the horizontal will help, such as low furniture stretching from corner to corner. Consider a modern four poster bed with a canopy to bring the ceiling down inside the bed area. Hang a pendant lamp from center of ceiling that comes down to direct your gaze lower. Paint your ceiling a darker color! We've seen blue ceilings in bedrooms that are really beautiful. The color will have a contracting effect and bring the ceiling down a bit.
Q: We're in the process of starting to build a house, and we're totally torn about the floors/kitchen cabinets. Our aesthetic is contemporary/Ikea-ish and we'd like to do wood on the whole first floor. Our builder is offering prefinished red oak as the standard wood floor, but the lightest color looks a bit dark, grainy, and traditional to us. The darker color looks more contemporary, but we have young kids and a cat, and I'm wondering if it's going to be a nightmare to keep clean? Anyone want to weigh in on the light vs. dark dilemma? We'd like light maple again or pickled oak/white oak/lighter color floors, but these are such a major upgrade that we can't afford it. The other issue is that the wood will be going in the kitchen too, and there's no option for white cabinets, so we can either do light wood cabinets with dark floors, or dark wood cabinets with light floors. Which combo would look most contemporary, AND wear the best with kids? Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
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!
The largest piece of real estate you actually have control over is likely your bed, so make it good with beautiful, comfortable bedding that makes you happy every time you go to sleep- no matter what your budget is. A really great oversized floral at a great price -Teen Vogue Violet Nights Twin Comforter Set from Amazon; $49.99. Small stripes add texture and interest - Assembly Home Tiny Stripe Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters; $69 and currently 25% off. UNDER $100:. Bright florals paired with black are sophisticated and charming - Vintage Bloom Duvet Cover + Sham from PBTeen; $79. This cover looks hand drawn and sweet, but not too sweet - Kate Spain Hills and Valleys Reversible Quilt Sets from Macys; currently $79.99. If you can commit to keeping it clean, this duvet is a classic neutral that will work with everything. If you can't do white, try one of the other colors instead - Tile Style Duvet Cover from West Elm; $89. City Scene Ink Wash Reversible Duvet Cover Set from Kohl's; $59.99 on sale. The small scale print makes this duvet fun without being juvenile - Swiss Dot Duvet Cover from Land of Nod; $69.00. Pre-order it now and love it for life - Lena Corwin X UO Earth Quilt from Urban Outfitters; $349. This quilt will take you far, far away from dorm living, and into another world - Creature Hideaway Quilt from Anthropologie; $134. Reversible duvet with two great patterns on each side - COCOCOZY Katie Reversible Duvet Cover from Bed Bath & Beyond; $175.99. The chambray makes it casual, and the white border classes up the joint - Wainscott Oxford Weave Duvet Cover from Serena & Lily; $180. If you are headed off to college this year, which bedding do you have your eye on? Any that you would add to this list?
In the market for a kids' table and chairs set? There are some great choices out there and we're adding another one to your list. We really like the look of this simple Chalk Table set. The table top includes an insert with a chalkboard surface. The insert can be flipped to reveal a regular table surface. Instead of chairs, the set includes two bench chairs. Who can resist the bright orange color? Get it here for $90. Image: Giggle.
Q: Overall, there is too much free space in our master bedroom. Currently, there's a standard 5-piece bedroom set. I am considering changing the layout by removing the dresser and adding a lounge area, defining zones with rugs and with panel curtains along the long wall with different colors on each side. Our master bedroom is approximately 15' x 21', with all doors opening into the room. We have 6 windows: 3 full height along the shorter wall, and 3 'skylights'. Both sets of windows are positioned symmetrically from the center of their respective wall. There are already full length curtain panels on the other window wall. You see the bedroom set chest between the french door and entry door, and a console table in the corner behind the chaise lounge. The bed shown is queen - we would like to keep this size. Does this flow/definition of rooms work? Would you recommend a different layout? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Olga in the comments - thanks!