Name: Maria Location: San Jose, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the big window, the turquoise walls, and all the colorful art. I've heard that bedrooms should be more subdued and relaxing, but I'd quickly get bored with a subdued room, plus, I can't see any of the art when the lights are off, so going to sleep is not a problem. I love having a TV in the bedroom, but I didn't want it to be a focal point in the room, so I hid it in a frame collage.
Last week we saw Gregory featured on the New York Times, where he spoke candidly about living minimally with tech. Though primarily due to a constrained budget at the time, in time has morphed into an ongoing lifestyle. In the spirit of living like a technophile-minimalist, we'd like to open it all up to our readers. Do you consider yourself an electronics aggregator or one that carefully plans out an entire spreadsheet of plus/minuses before adding another piece of technology into their life? Personally, I have a hard time myself keeping my purchasing fingers off that Checkout button online when it comes down to consumer goodies. I tend to purchase a number of different headphones, but use my desktop speakers to listen to my music about 90% of the time. This observation only came about after the fact, so I guess it could be considered a worthy investment in the spirit of self-acknowledgment of a personal headphone addiction, yeah?
The thought of cleaning leather can be very intimidating. It is considered a high end textile and usually sold as such, so tackling stains yourself seems scary. Depending on the type and size of stain, try out our all-natural, two-ingredient cleaning paste before calling in the pros. Start by mixing 1 part lemon juice with 1 part cream of tartar to make a paste. Find an inconspicuous area to test out the paste to be sure it won't discolor your leather. I tried this on a few different colors of leather and didn't have any issues, although it is always best to try it on your specific piece first. Apply the mixture to the stained area of your leather by working it around with small circular movements of the cloth.
AT:SF reader Meredith sent in photos of her living room. She writes, These are photos of my before and after with black paint, which looks amazing even in a small space. I found that it actually made the room feel larger because the ceilings are high and now your eyes are draw up to the white molding and ceiling... ...I silkscreened the square photo on the wall. The left side of the room has chocolate linen on the wall that I stapled up. I stapled in chocolate burlap in the bookshelf to give a rich feeling and some depth. The closet space has an accessory wall that was made from the back of the bookshelf jutting into my closet. On the before photo the top right photo is a collage of SF business cards - places I have eaten at or shopped at - which I made into a circular design to mimic the sputnik light fixture.
This is a series of posts dedicated to sharing ideas on how to create your perfect home office. Want to share your creative space solution with the AT:HT Community? Be sure to tag your flickr photos with apartmenttherapyhometech or join our new AT HomeTech Flickr Group. From tech newbie to gadget geek, we all need a good structure to support our gear. Whether you buy one, find one, or build your own, a desk needs to be able to work with your equipment and working style. We thought we'd share some AT readers desks with you for a little inspiration. Above is a work area designed for a photo studio in Chicago. We liked this cool, little desk for a laptop user that doesn't require a lot of surface space. This desk seems to work well without needing a lot of storage devices. The computer, stereo equipment, and other essentials all sit effortlessly on this simple desk. This desk is attractive and efficient with built in cubbies for storing gear. We also like the added shelf that keeps the monitor at a level for better viewing and retains workspace for when you're not on the computer.
In the latest issue of Surface Magzine, they featured this series of witty wallpaper from 5.5 Designers called 'Wallpaper games' as part of their bathroom products section.... There are three games, a maze, tic-tac toe,, and a hidden word puzzle. According to their site, they are highly recommended for the bathroom, waiting rooms, or any space where one might be bored.