Clairepetrol sadly ran out of room for her stainless steel kitchen table. It's a standard restaurant prep table like the one pictured. The bad news is that the table can't be picked up until the 20th, but the good news is that clairpetrol is open to bartering ideas. MM. 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.Thanks, Craig!
Blue Ant Studio is rapidly becoming one of our favorite blogs. We loved their homebrew baby safety gate - which we were about to blog when AT:NY slinked it, and both AT:Chicago and AT:LA featured it. AT:SF parents, how have you meshed modern design and your kids' needs? We'd love to see photos.
Some small apartments don't have separate kitchens, but rather small kitchenettes in the corner of the living or dining room. So how to store your dishes and pantry items? You might consider turning a coat closet into a pantry.... Most coat closets are pretty well suited to a pantry conversion: simply remove the hanger bar and hang wall-mount shelving. Now, your kitchen storage is hidden away from your living room and the wall in your kitchenette can be given over to curated open shelving or even artwork! 'Hey, what about my coat closet!?', you ask? Your own coats can be hung on hooks at the door or in your bedroom closet. When entertaining, guests' coats are often laid out on the bed in the bedroom, anyway. In the case of my own apartment, there are two closets near the entry and kitchenette, so it was a no-brainer to convert one to a pantry. Electricity was added for the microwave and an overhead light, food storage and dishes are all in there on shelves. The only things out in the open are items I don't mind seeing from the living room. Think it over: if your closet is located properly and you can give up coat storage, the closet-turned pantry just might be a solution for you.
We've been living in our apartment for many months now, but can't seem to think of anything great to put in our living room. We love the openness of our living room, but it feels completely empty. What would make the room stay wide open, but feel balanced? If nothing else, how would you improve this place on a budget?
Kartell is an interesting store in that it splits its time between creating funky plastic designed furniture for the home and innovative technical items for laboratories. Their common elements are plastics, design and technology. We think it is important to incorporate all of the elements when designing a space - wood, metal, glass. We are always trying to add a little plastic or Lucite to shake up the mix a little. Kartell furniture also works great outdoors, so you can get a cool, modern look while also getting strong reliable materials that wont rust in the rain. A lot of the furniture can be found elsewhere but if you are on Beverly, why not go right to the source? At least check out the website, which is a royal pain to get around but the images are great fun.
Some apartments need a therapist, others need an exorcist. We've been perusing reviews for the newly-released real estate horror flic Dark Water, and Jennifer Connolly's crib belongs in the latter category. Alright, we'll say it, there are times when decluttering doesn't fully solve the problem. The film is directed by Walter 'Motorcylce Diaries' Salles, a Brazilian, and is based on a short story by Japanese author Koji 'The Ring' Suzuki, and stars Brooklyn Heights-reared Connolly. Where do these people get off knocking the jewel of the East River? In any event, move over Amityville. Bottom line: this film is not for the flower box set, but if you need to work through some issues with your Super and you have a ready supply of anti-depressents, step up.
We know it looks like this room is styled for a magazine photo shoot, but it is a real, honest-to-goodness room in a family's home. The owner made some major changes to a chaotic kids' playroom to transform it into what she calls a 'Game room/lounge,' but what we'd describe as a true family room with space and activities for everyone. To really appreciate the transformation, see the before picture after the jump. Holy cow, right? We love the new warm color scheme and are inspired by how much storage and organization the owner added without it feeling clinical or school-like. We saw this incredible space on the fabulous This Young House blog where Sherry and John chronicle their own home's diy renovations and decorating. Check out their post on this beautiful room and, if you'd like to see more, follow their link to more photos and information.
Flipping through one of my old decor books the other day, I noticed a room that gave me pause. At first glance, you'll notice that this is a delightful little reading nook, but if you look a little closer, it becomes clear that it's in an odd spot: the kitchen. I wish that there were a better image showing the whole room, but in general, I'm quite taken with the idea of a wingback in the kitchen area. It's a refreshing departure from your average eat-in kitchen or your typical island with stools. It's not as practical for eating, but if you have a separate dining room, then it seems like an ideal use of space. A friend can hang out, lounge, have a glass of wine; a partner can read and keep you company while you cook; a child could do homework, play, or read; while a stew simmers, you can have a quiet moment, enjoying the smells of the dish to come. It's a departure from the norm, but one that I would certainly emulate if I my kitchen layout were different. It sent me back to our house tour archives to see if I could come up with some other examples of this idea. None are exactly the same, but here are some instances where spare chairs or odd wall space have been added to give a companion a place to rest while dinner's on the stove. A Day in the Life: Katie & Soloman's California Homestead. What do you think about using spare kitchen space for purposes that aren't related to eating?
Kitchen storage space is always at a premium, and this is especially true in small kitchens. Having a kitchen with a small footprint doesn't have to mean always struggling to fit things in. If you're remodeling, consider one of these 13 solutions that will help you get the most out of your small kitchen. Above, a great way to add extra serving, snacking or work space is with a fold out table that expands when you need it, and folds into the wall when you don't. Above: Get the most out of a narrow space with a pull-out cabinet, like this one from Home Depot. An appliance garage can help you save much-needed counter space, as seen on BHG. Spotted on Martha Stewart: a drawer with two layers of built-in silverware trays, so you can store your everyday stuff and your good silver in the same place. Image from BHG. This pull-out cutting board/trash can combo adds a little extra works space to a small kitchen, and makes sweeping scraps into the trash super easy. If you love the idea of bar stools but lack the floor space for them, these swing-out island-mounted stools from House Beautiful may be the perfect solution. Toe kick drawers, like these from Home Depot, take advantage of otherwise unused space, and are great for big, flat items like cookie sheets and muffin tins. A rolling work island that tucks under the counter when not in use is a great option for a small kitchen.
Was re-organizing the pantry on your list for spring cleaning? If it wasn't, you might consider adding it, and taking care of the deed before this Saturday morning, May 13. Why? As part of the nation's largest single-day food drive, your local letter carrier will pick up non-perishables from your doorstep this Saturday morning and deliver them to food banks in your area. I personally have a whole bunch of unopened stuff in my kitchen pantry that I craved when I was pregnant and now can't fathom eating another bite of for years to come, like tapioca pudding mix and dehydrated mashed potatoes. All going into a bag for the letter carrier.... The press release issued for the tenth annual 'Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive' by the National Association Of Letter Carriers says: Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donation in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 13, before their letter carrier arrives.
Saporiti Italia's Sedna K Kitchen island beautifully takes advantage Corian's transparent quality to merge an integrated display and information system into their futuristic kitchen island concept designed by Marti Guixé. Just imagine having recipes displayed prominently ontop of a surface which doesn't require worry of spills or damage to a laptop, or one that can display incoming emails or transmitted video from the door or phone so you don't have to leave your kitchen tasks.... As the kitchen becomes more of a haven for technological solutions and resources, it will be solutions like this wired countertop that will become more common in average households. Kitchen PCs are increasingly in the home cook's toolbox of resources, but as cooks who already drag their laptop back and forth from the home office to the kitchen, we would surely welcome this sort of solution specifically designed with kitchen tasks and demand in mind.