I'd like to think my style is traditional with a modern twist. I love to recycle old or inherited pieces and blend them with new pieces to make them more current. My inspiration for my living room started with a pretty antique oriental rug and two antique chairs, given to me from my husband's grandmother. The chairs were covered in a dingy orange fabric, that needed to be replaced. I fell in love with a beautiful blue velvet fabric from a local fabric store that I immediately knew I wanted to cover those chairs in, and before I knew it, the living room became the 'Blue room.' In addition to those yummy blue chairs, my other favorite item is the abstract floral painting above the mantel. I love how it counters the formality of the space and adds a modern touch to lighten the mood. Best of all, I found this for under $100 at my local TJ Maxx Home Goods Store! Jute rug from Myers Carpet Coffee Table from Scott's Antique Market Blue flower painting Left glass top table Left lamp Right acrylic lamp Wall paint Blue Ginger Jars Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.
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.
Since it's a small space, I decorated with furniture in neutral colors and strong red accents. The wall hanging over the bed is from China and depicts 1,000 boys; it is supposed to bring good luck. The wall hanging, long white curtains, and the red paper lantern over the 'Kitchen' also emphasize the tall ceilings.... The large striped chair rolls out into a comfortable futon bed for guests. The box next to it is one of those very useful storage cubes/stools/end tables. They are both from Ikea, along with the nightstand, bedside lamp, and the lamp on the dresser.
Slash used to play with Guns & Roses, but now he's just trying to declutter like the rest of us. Help him clean out by buying his barely used Flos Mini Globe Table light for five little ones. 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!
Over the years we've marveled at various home activity walls, but leases can limit options for families. The felt board is a great solution that renters can put up without altering the walls. Using a foamcore base results in a lightweight panel that can be hung easily with a markless solution like the Command line by 3M. Make one giant felt board or hang several side by side like the ones pictured from Better Homes and Gardens, then get to work cutting out letters, numbers, shapes and everyday objects to engage the imagination.
Another thing we love is our new George Taylor shower head. Large, flat, adjustable and with metal tips that don't corrode, it allows our hot water to flow down like rain, whether it is on high or low. There are a number of shower heads like this, so you needn't get this exact one, but we're happy with this one. We found out today that the price went up ALOT from $140 to $320 and we don't know why, so you might want to shop around. This exact one can also be found through SignoftheCrab.com as the P646c, where it is originally manufactured. Many sites list the 8' version, but the 12' version is still available. These sites also sell Strom Plumbing Shower Heads online.
Remember about a month ago when we spent an afternoon together obsessing about how great orange can be? Well now we're getting into the Fall, into October and all we want is more and more orange. Reader, cate is my name went with two shades of orange in her home office and we think the results are fantastic. Ignore the stuff that she hasn't put away yet and look at how great that grey armchair looks against the orange. Although if you were really gonna take it there you might consider a printed drape; something fun and loud like the orange. A little like the way this rug works off the orange sofa. We might mix more greys into the scheme, maybe a bright green or a bit of yellow.... Is anyone any more or less convinced of orange now?
We love the Fireorb, and, having seen it reviewed in the new Poplife magazine, we were reminded of its beauty once again. 'Challenging the traditional ideas of how a fireplace interacts in a room,' the fireorb recreates the idea of a hearth's importance and placement. The stainless structure is suspended from the ceiling by a coordinating tubular flue, so it can be installed anywhere.
'We would love to win, because we'd love some new furniture. When we moved into our apartment after our September wedding, we bought used furniture, making our room for under $500. We've included before and after photos, so you can see how we transformed a tiny run-down apartment into a stylish haven for work and play.' 'We can only imagine what we could do if we weren't just settling for what we could find at a thrift store. We love the stuff at CB2 and think it'd look awesome in our room.' 'DM's Dining Room - The curtains, the lighting, that gorgeous shade of red! What a warm, relaxing room to sit down to a meal in!'.
For those with a big blank walls that need sprucing up, or those in small spaces looking to make use of every square inch they have, the Atlas AS4 shelving system becomes a versatile solution that not only looks great, but maximizes space using some of the highest quality materials we have seen in a shelving system. The shelves and drawers are made of solid hardwood and the rails are composed of solid steel. The AS4 wall system is available in Maple, White Oak, or Walnut with wall mounted rails in 50, 87, and 92 inches.
Got art? Sofas, rugs and artwork are some of the toughest challenges when furnishing an apartment. Despite it's K-Mart name, Art/asap does a great job, and works with a lot of interior designers.... And when we say attractive, we mean it. This is not edgy, gritty art or anything that will grow old with grace or accumulate terrific value. This is well done, attractive art that could really dress up your walls. Art/asap was started in 1995 by a designer looking frustrated with the affordable art market. What he or she has created is a very attractive art gallery for framed prints and photography roughly between $200-$500. Art/asap is also a very large gallery, with a database of over 100,000 images, and they also specialize in matting and framing so this really becomes one-stop-shopping at trade prices. Their gallery on 50th street is small, and they do rely on their online presence to show the bulk of their collection.