Q: My husband and I are moving to an apartment that we are absolutely crazy about. It has a fantastic open floor plan, approximately 1300 square feet, and is built into the second story of a 1900s carriage house that is situated next to our to-be landlords' stone mansion. My question relates to the color of the living room area. The previous renter had painted the walls a dark red, which at first sight I didn't really like. Because it is a loft space, the ceilings are slanted in most of the rooms and the windows are few, limiting the natural light in certain areas of the apartment. Initially, I was thinking that by repainting the walls white or off-white, it would really open up the space even more and make it feel bigger. On the other hand, as the color started to grow on me a little bit, I wasn't sure if repainting the walls white would complement the white slanted ceilings and dark wood accents very well. My decor style involves a lot of rustic metallics, wood, reds, purples and yellows, so I don't think the color of the wall as it is right now would clash with how I plan on styling the space. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Sara in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
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We put out a plea for help and you always manage to throw us a bone. In our hunt for this dream of a bathtub we came up short. While we still don't have our fingers on an exact replica, one of our readers, TRUE BLUE, sent us a great list with some sweet lookin' metal tubs. Check it out below the jump.... We must admit, the toilet-bench component of this sleek bathroom set freaks us out a little bit. It could be the miracle solution for that toilet seat cover conundrum that AT:LA pointed out a while back, but we're steering clear. For a change of pace there's always the hammock tub concept. As TRUE BLUE pointed out, this tub is described as 'Soft and pliant'. Not really for the bathroom, more for a woodsy outdoor scene.... Thanks, TRUE BLUE, for the great tips!
If there is one thing that hasn't changed since its inception, it's the concept behind a washing machine. The box-like devices haven't changed that much, and even you look for something different, you'll end up paying thousands of dollars for something like that. Think about it, weren't those LG washing machines and dryers the latest rage in washing machine technology? Designer Djordje Zivanovic comes to the rescue with an Aquarium, and it's not for fishes! It's hard not to compare this design by Djordje Zivanovic to the iPhone. It's nice to see the whole box-like machine replaced by something spherical, but in the end, does it wash any better? Now that's the important question. Since this is only a concept, there isn't much information available on this. We've found a few interesting tidbits about the Aquarium. Washing machines are usually kept far away from prying eyes, so making one look cool doesn't really make much sense. The designer says that its innovative since it's only composed of two spheres, one inside the other. The spheres rotate in different axes, so looking at it can be mesmerizing. It's mentioned that this washing machine is called Aquarium because it doesn't need a water tap, meaning that you have to refill it periodically and it can be placed in the middle of your living room, if you find the movements of the spheres really interesting.
How green is your bathroom? Did you slap in some CFL lightbulbs, pat yourself on the back and say 'Done!'? There's more to do to make your bathroom a healthier place for your family and the environment. This two and a half minute video will get you started.
We love when eco ideas are in line with beautiful design, because why have one without the other? We saw these beautiful objects from Italian based Metamorphosi and thought we'd share. Over at Treehugger, they noted that Metamorphosi is a 'a collaboration between architects, deejays, musicians, decorators, garden planners, and botanists. uses only eco-friendly or recycled materials to create its whimsical interiors and exteriors laden with glass objects'. The company only works on commissioned designs and clients who sign on must be committed to promoting ecological materials and designs that will contribute to safeguarding the environment. Their Website has some beautiful interiors as well as plenty of objects to admire.
Are you staring at the blank wall above your sofa with hammer in hand, afraid to punch the first hole to hang your art? Or maybe you've already hung art above your sofa, but every time you look at your handiwork, something feels 'Off.' Hanging art isn't rocket science, but with so many different variables, it can sometimes be difficult to get just right. This post is filled with examples of rooms that have nailed the placement of art hanging above their sofa-use this as visual inspiration to hang art in your own space. Below, find a sofa + wall situation that most matches the one in your home, and use the photo as a visual example of how you might hang art in your space. Pay attention to the size of the art, how far it hangs above the sofa and the amount of room between the top of the art piece and the ceiling. The art in the above photo could have been hung a little higher, in my opinion, but because of the low hanging chandelier, the lower art hanging placement makes perfect sense in the room's overall composition. If your sofa is in front of a window and the wall space above it is split up like the above photo, take a cue from Alison and Jeff's living room and hang art on either side of your window. If the art above Alex's sofa had been a canvas or framed photo, I would have hung it lower. This art piece could have been too big/overwhelming for this sofa and room, but the wall was painted a dark hue, and that helps the art feel like it fits just right. Julie's living room shows off an excellently hung art gallery wall. Evenly spaced, the gallery wall is balanced and creates a great shape-a shape that acts like one individual art piece. Don't let architectural details give you a hang-up about hanging art above your sofa; either work around them...or completely ignore them and hang art where you want to anyway.
For me, nothing beats my favorite perfume for a hint of luxury that lasts &mdash even if I'm standing, sweaty from walking to work. At home, that feeling comes from my Garnet Hill linens, which are delightfully crisp. In this economy, and in the cozy fall season, small luxuries like this make us feel rich. Another luxury of mine is my Jasper Conran glossy white china, which I use every day. What is yours? Fresh flowers from the market on Fridays? A Saturday latte and a walk? Antique tea cups for afternoon tea? Whatever it is, I believe these small things, even though material, help us all feel more blessed, refined and luxurious - even if we're eating PB&Js on our fine bone china!
This white, modern, chunky coffee table is pretty darn cool and seems to be a very versatile based on the current owner's digs. 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..
Hello AT,. I am considering an apartment that is the right size, space, price & location, but has a horribly wrong kitchen. The other kitchen issue is the kitchen sink and attached cabinet. It's a porcelain double sink w/ dripping faucet, set above old metal cabinets. Since it's a double sink there is no counter space in the tiny galley kitchen. Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced replacement solution for kitchen sink/cabinet combo? does not need to be anything fancy- this would be an investment made by a renter, and I only plan on living there for 2 yrs, but the current set-up is gross. I would be happy to lose double sink to have some counter space as well. This is a freestanding sink/counter/storage system that can be configured in a number of ways.
Pottery Barn just introduced a modular set of stainless steel items, one of which is a pseudo-backsplash. The stainless steel magnetic backsplash is 36'x18', costs $79 and can be used by itself or in a line to go across the top of a long counter.
Black and white stripes pack a bold punch, which is great, because summer is no time to be subdued and demure. Go for it with this striped furniture and decor for the outdoors.
Since we're talking about dining rooms this month, we have to re-post another favorite. Ever since we first saw this photo in a book ages ago, we've loved it. The whimsical circus-type lights, the industrial pendants, the vintage poster, the huge table, the vintage chairs, the Jielde lamp.... It makes us wish we lived in a funky old apartment where we could do something similar.
It's ubiquitous in bathrooms all over the world. You can just make some smart, sleek modifications and enjoy a fresh-feeling, semi-renovated spa-like space. There's certainly nothing wrong with a classic neutral like white subway tile, but if your main goal is to tone down the 'Boring' in your bathroom, a punchy tile can definitely get the job done, like here in this bright blue shower from Sequined Asphault Studio Photography. When you're in a style rut, you just go out and buy a new outfit. Do the same for your bathtub by building a new outer casing. You could even tie it into the rest of the bath, like here in this room from Four Point Design. Open it Up. If your shower/tub combo is boxed in, you might want to consider tearing down a wall or two to open up the space and make it more a part of the room, as seen here in this space from Roundabout Studio. There's no big demolition; just tear down the curtain rod and replace it with a stationary pane of glass that covers half the width of the tub, as seen here in a home on Dwell. Box it In. If you want the look of a Japanese-style shower room and can afford to sacrifice a bit of square footage, build a full glass wall a foot or so out from the edge of the tub and lay tile in between. You can leave the shower head where it is and still step into the tub to shower, or move the whole arrangement out a bit to create an adjacent standing shower space, like here in this bathroom on Houzz.
We purchased our 1950s home one year ago and have been remodeling it one room at a time. We did all but the electrical and plumbing in our Kitchen remodel ourselves. As an added bonus, we scored the whole set of kitchen cabinets for $50 on Craigslist. We removed the wall separating the kitchen and dining area to open up the space and add an island bar. We also were able to use the original 1950s front door for our pantry. We replaced the sheetrock ceiling with beadboard and added recessed lights. We removed the old electrical panel and relocated it to the laundry room adding more space for cabinets.