I've always thought it was a bit unfair to have to stare at my apartment wall while engaging in drudgery like peeling potatoes or the like; having a view to appreciate would make any chore a million times more delightful. Well, Callum's mom, Suzanne, thought of that detail when she made his play kitchen. Being from Western Canada, naturally her son has a view of the Rockies. Not only is Callum's play kitchen kitted out with a mountain view, the kitchen itself is a wonderful example of repurposing as it's made almost exclusively of recycled parts: the main frame an old t.v. unit they found on Kijiji for $30, the sink is a salad bowl and the knobs are from an old cabinet.
When we were researching the idea of installing white floors as part of our kitchen renovation, we couldn't find an honest report on what it was like living with them. Are they a nightmare to keep clean or is it much the same as a darker coloured floor? Are damages more noticeable? Someone please just give us an opinion other than 'They're pretty!'. We're here to tell you the truth about living with white floors, see more below the jump. They brighten our kitchen and dining space more than we expected and they are really beautiful. They are also very easy to clean which is lucky because these floors attract dirt unlike any other surface we've ever seen! The photo above is all the dirt, dog hair and dust that collected on our floors in 24 hours. Only 24hrs! We're very grateful that we chose a more textured floor finish which does help hide the dirt, especially after we had been considering a high gloss white. Our advice to anyone considering white floors is to consider your environment and cleaning commitment carefully before making that decision. If you live in an apartment with a shoes off rule and no pets- go for it! If you're like us, with people constantly walking in and out with shoes on and a shedding puppy who likes sneaking sticks inside to chew, then be prepared to sweep daily and mop every couple of days. Are there any decorating dark-secrets you've learned the hard way?
Everyone knows babies love seeing their reflections in the mirror, so why not take advantage of it and use mirrors in the home in all the right places? Here are a few ideas.... We have the puddle mirrors above by Tord Boontje's next to our daughter's changing table. They're made out of polished stainless steel rather than glass, and they're self-adhesive. They add dimension to her teeny, tiny room and give her something to look at during changes. We recently positioned a large mirror from Ikea behind our kitchen sink as a back splash. It serves a few purposes- it reflects light from the windows in the other room to bring more light into our windowless kitchen- but it also helps our baby to see us while we're doing dishes and she's sitting in her highchair. As a result, we get lots of excited screams and giggles while doing dishes. Rococo Pink Mirror Silk Screened Zoo Animal Mirrors Best Places to Hang a Mirror Crib Mirrors ABC Wall Mirror Have guests paint tiles to frame a mirror in baby's room at a shower.
'Parker sent us a good question:'I need some help. I put nice hardwood floors in my place this past year but the wooden chairs i have in my dining room are not meant to be on hardwood so i placed those sticky fuzzy bottom things on the bottom of the legs. 'Problem is that those things really suck. If people move around a little, they fall off and then leave the sticky gunk all over the floor. Is there a better alternative to these things?'. We know what Parker is talking about - we use those felt things on our desk chair and they are a bit of a pain and just don't stay sticky. We've heard that these 'Slipsick' floor protectors work well. The packaging says that they are 'Perfect for wood floors' and 'Guaranteed to never fall off or wear out for five years'. There are also nail-on 'Glides' in various shapes and sizes. The possible downside to all of these is that are pretty permanently attached, which may or may not be a problem, depending on how you feel about nailing something to the bottom of your chair legs.... Anyone else have any tips for Parker?
It's sometimes loud, it's hard to find street parking, it's often a too close for comfort vibe - it's apartment living in the city. A span of sometimes just 10 feet between apartment buildings is common in urban spaces and noises often infiltrate your sweet and comfy sanctuary. Yesterday we returned home from a five hour road trip after a weekend in San Francisco. Tired, a little hungry and running late for dinner, we immediately slowed down when we heard our neighbors great jazz music. We don't often listen to jazz but the rhythm and beat was perfect. It was as if the neighbor was encouraging us to relax a bit as we got ready for the evening - and it worked. We've often talked about how neighborly noises nearby are annoying and sometimes just wrong. Sometimes hearing your neighbor's music or a dinner party can make you feel connected or part of the vibe. What are your positive experiences of apartment living when it comes to overhearing things?
With 'Buy Now' buttons and 'Post to Facebook' links, communication is a no-brainer. Wouldn't it be cool to be able to make that connectivity work with your TV? The future isn't far. A company called Hand Eye Technologies is working on making it real. By connecting a Hand-Eye-Interactive-Technology- enabled device to your TV, you're opening up a world of possibilities. Each time you're watching a TV show and think, 'Damn, that's a cool couch!,' you can point your HIT-enabled smart phone at the screen. If the show was embedded with an Interactive Television 'HotSpot', your mobile will let you know and give you plenty of info about the couch and where to get it. It's obviously going to take awhile and require a lot of help from mobile manufacturers and television networks to come to life, but it might not be far. According to CNET, Hand Eye Technologies will be pitching to the 'Launchpad for Emerging Technology' Demo conference today in San Diego. We can't wait to see if this might be the next big thing!
If you're like us and don't have a built-in closet in your bedroom, you've got to think outside the closet. Wardrobes are freestanding closets that you can move when you need to. Click below for ways to use them in your space.... A small-scale item like the Narrow Leg Wardrobe from West Elm shown above can work at the end of a hallway. If your bedroom is too small for a wardrobe, a piece like this can be placed in an entryway, dining room, or living room. Line wardrobes against a wall to create a storage space that looks like it's built-in. Image: PAX Wardrobe System from IKEA. In a loft or studio, a line of wardrobes can create a room divider.
With Thanksgiving later this week, you've no doubt already cemented your design and logistical plans if you're hosting a dinner. Perhaps you've been having some insecurity over your design choices. We've rounded up 10 gorgeous and eclectic dining spaces to banish any doubt that a varied space full of personality is the perfect complement to a home full of good food and friends. Eclectic dining rooms work when they are filled with things you love, and elements are balanced. Eclectic dining spaces pack a mean punch of personality because they mix and match contrasting styles, play with bold colors and introduce details that might not normally be seen together. They are especially useful when a packed house for the holidays means you might not have quite enough chairs or plates or napkins for everyone to use ones that match; in an already mixed and matched space-no one will notice! Just don't confuse eclectic with 'Cluttered' or 'Messy;' there are plenty of ways of creating an eclectic dining space using a carefully curated combination of items from different styles. It's your dining room, and you're in control of how much art and accessories go into your eclectic space. Don't feel like you have to add more than you need! What do you think about eclectic dining spaces? Cozy and comforting for the holidays? Or just a little too bohemian for your tastes? Let us know!
Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned for the winner announcement later this week. For this week's Giveaway, we've got an extra-special treat: Ferm Living is offering AT readers the chance to win a wall sticker of their choice. Click below the jump to see how to enter and read the rules .... How to Enter: To enter this Thursday Giveaway, please submit a comment below with the design - name and color - that you want to win. The contest begins today and ends on Monday, January 14, at 11:59 PM ET. We will choose one winner at random. Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.
Hello AT,. We have been slowly working on updating our living room, and now we are at a point where we are very happy with the wall color, the floor and the furniture. We can't for the life of us choose new curtains. You have enough dark furniture and A LOT of putty color on the walls, so brighten it up with nice, simple white or slightly off-white cotton or linen curtains that go down to the floor. What would make a big difference as well is a RUG! That and the curtains you will be living in a totally different environment.
When we first featured HGTV's 2009 Dream House, we got a whole lot of, um, less than pleased comments on the look of the place. We must admit, we got bored about half way through the photo tour and stopped caring. We saw the master bedroom image for the first time today, and.... We really like it. The color, painted ceiling, and overall fresh feel of this room has us sold. Sure, the rest of the house may feel a bit catalog-ish, but it's a home expected to appeal to a wide spectrum of viewers, so playing it safe is kind of a necessity. We're just happy to see at least one area of the home that we consider Dream-y, too.