What stands between a 'Good' living room and a 'Great' one? A good living room, while perfectly serviceable isn't bad, it just isn't as awesome as it could be. A great living room draws people in, keeps them there, and leaves them happier than before. This won't be a checklist of furniture items or physical items you should add to a room; this is a list of the intangible qualities that distinguish a great living room from just a good one. A great living room.... Has a seating arrangement that encourage conversation and sparks stories. It feels like the heart of a room - emphasizing that people are more important than things. Has the perfect mix of art that complements the room's style, along with a healthy dose of negative space to give the eyes spots to rest. Is a living room where the designer takes bold chances - and isn't afraid to fail. The kind of room where someone goes out on a limb to try something new, not knowing if it'll work or not. Perhaps most importantly, a great living room feels like you. What would you add to this list of what makes for a great living room?
We've seen card files as coffee tables, consoles and in craft rooms, but this kitchen island is proof that every idea has not yet been exhausted for using this much sought-after vintage find. We especially like the smaller footprint afforded by this particular card file, which we may have otherwise passed up for its odd dimensions. The shape of the drawers tells us that this isn't a library card file exactly, but perhaps storage for some other kind of document or supplies. We wish we could find more pictures of how those drawers are being used in this kitchen. Towels, cutting boards or other vertical storage perhaps? What would you use them for?
A velvety, comfy sofa sounds very cozy now that the cooler weather is coming and the color looks fresh. The price is right, as the seller says the condition is excellent. 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..
A little color inspiration from the restaurant world - check out these great baby blue painted dining chairs at Orinoco Latin Kitchen in Brookline Village. We love how they pop in the mostly wood and brick interior. Follow the jump for another picture.... Orinoco's space really reflects their food: no frills, warm, inviting and colorful. Painting less expensive chairs - matching style or not - a single color is a budget-friendly look that anyone could pull together to create a fun, laid-back dining room.
We literally live just up the street from Living Room on Sunset Blvd., so how could we not pass along the news that our neighbors down the street are throwing their first ever storewide sale, which includes all of our upholstery, case goods, accessories, lighting, and more, up to 50% off. Sale begins Friday, October 26th at 10 a.m. and ends Monday at 8 p.m., with extended sale hours Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Living Room.3531 Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90026.
While we are trying to use as little paper as possible in our home office, the reality is that we are not quite there yet. The NY times reports about Chris Uhlik, an engineering director at Google who has taken his family paperless by gradually scanning all his reference books and dealing with lists, letters and calendars all digitally. The end result is the ability to search everything without having to physically shuffle through papers. If sitting around for days on end scanning your photos and other documents is not something that you are particularly interested in, companies like Scan Cafe will do it for you. The paperless home office is now within reach , you just make sure that you have a plan to back up all this data if you go down this route.
Hardwood floors in the bathroom?! Can this be? We know that it's possible but should we be so bold as to tempt the water gods with this choice of flooring? Jump down to see why this AT junkie and bathroom renovator says YES! Jellyknits decided to go for the plank treatment because she wanted the floor from the outside hallway into the bathroom to be seamless. This bath is on the main floor so the shower is typically only used for overnight guests. Two rows of subway tile have been brought down onto the floor to give the occasional bather six inches of splash insurance. As for the thought of plumbing back-ups, we assume she's knocking on - ha! - the floor. What are your thoughts on bathroom flooring: tile, hardwood, carpet?
Minneapolis designer Jay Nuhring has another no-shopping makeover for us. This time, his client has a huge living room, three of the same sofa, and a wall of books that looks a bit bland. Jay applied the use-what-you-have motto and created a whole new space within a space! Nothing new was purchased for this living room makeover. The first question I asked myself was what do I do with three identical basil green sofas. Through simply editing, rearranging and hanging a few thoughtfully placed pieces of art, the book wall took center stage. Placing a cello in the mix further suggested a library/music space. It took a couple days but the results speak for itself. The house feels revived, updated and more sophisticated. I love when I'm able to connect with spaces on a healing level, giving rooms their dignity back, and creating spaces that support a positive lifestyle.
Whether you have a washer and dryer in your building or if you haul your hamper to a laundromat, laundry can be one of those chores you just don't want to deal with. Clean laundry can be so...delicious. For us, clean sheets for us are one of life's great little luxuries and it makes dealing with laundry worth it. Here are some tips and tricks from the archives that seek to help keep laundry simple, help build habits, inspire and just help git 'er done. DIY scented laundry booster made out of things you probably already have on hand. Vinegar,Tennis Balls and Hydrogen Peroxide are Danny Seo's Green Advice go to's for clean, green laundry: add vinegar to the wash to cut down on soap residue, add tennis balls to the dryer in place of fabric softener sheets and use hydrogen peroxide on loads of white to keep them fresh. In our old apartment, each tenant pitched in to keep the common area clean and organized which went a long way towards actually wanting to go and do laundry. Always leave a basket near your laundry if you're in a shared space. For Inspiration: Stylish Laundry Room Gallery Get inspired by this gallery of clean and organized laundry rooms. You might need to psych yourself into laundry, so if it's in your own space, try painting a bright bold color behind the set.
Q: I picked up a copy of the January issue of Town & Country, and fell in love with Ina Garten's rustic wood table. She purchased it from a high-end store in Sag Harbor....not so close to me in Scottsdale, AZ and definitely not in my price range! Aside from Restoration Hardware, where can I find a gorgeous reclaimed wood table like this that is full of character and not ridiculously expensive? My husband seems to think a table like this might be a nightmare and show ever single spill or ring from an iced drink etc. Does anyone have any experience with a similar type table? To me it would seem low maintenance in that you would never worry about scuffing or scratching the surface because it adds to the charm. Editor - Love the table too, Jenn, and we're all for reusing reclaimed wood with its inherent natural beauty. We admit we haven't had any experience ourselves with a table like this. Perhaps some of our readers can chime in with advice and opinions. Got a good question you'd like answered? Send your queries and a photo or two illustrating your question, and we'll see if the Apartment Therapy LA team or our readers can help answer your question.
As we popped an English muffin into the toaster over this morning, the New York Times RSS Feed smacked us in the face with the future of our breakfast: Forget a 'popcorn' button on the microwave, the newest kitchen gadgets are able to prepare a full meal with a hit from your index finger. If you've got a burnt-to-the-crisp thumb when it comes to getting down in the kitchen, you'll be happy to know that there's a slew of new kitchen tech coming your way with one-touch buttons to make everything from cookies to poached eggs. A toaster from West Bend perfectly browns toast and poaches an egg at the same time. A bread maker comes equipped with a one-touch 'Bake a Cake' button. Convection-heat toaster ovens include a one-touch 'Smart cookie' option to make instant treats out of store-bought dough. Standard microwaves include more than popcorn and defrost helpers. They now can include buttons for pizzas, breakfast sausage and omelets. Even expensive gadgets are getting into the mix. A $2,000 Electrolux wall oven includes a 'Perfect turkey' button to make Thanksgiving a lot easier. So does this mean we're going to start seeing 'Instant Green Bean Casserole' or 'Instant Pumpkin Pie' buttons? Who knows? What might seem silly to you is the perfect solution for someone else's morning routine.