Q: As newlyweds, my husband and I have set about making our house a home. We have been trying to find a rug for quite some time, and cant seem to agree on anything. He gravitates towards things that are very masculine, and I feminine. The walls are a pale blue, and the furniture black leather. Oh, we have a black haired dog as well.... I would LOVE any suggestions you might have! Editor: Please share your suggestions and ideas with Seren in the comments below...thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Fredik Larsson and James Anthony opened Scandinavian Grace, in Williamsburg a year and a half ago. Initially their focus was just on Scandinavian glass and housewares. Then six months ago, they expanded into the space next door and into large items for the home.... Scandinavian Grace is committed to introducing new Scandinavian designers and products to an American audience. As we browsed the store, we noticed how many of the items seem perfectly suited to New York apartment such as a drop-leaf dining table with a narrow profile, a floor lamp that leans against the wall and out of the way, and modern sofas that are completely slipcovered. Although some of the larger items are on the expensive side, there are smaller housewares to fit every budget. We love the Kaj Franck designed Kartio Tumbler, and the Paus Cheese Dome, and the Teema line, also by Kaj Franck that can go from oven to table. Updated - since reviewing this store the name has changed to Scandinavian Design House.
Their end result is a stunning combination of color, pass through walls, hinged chalkboards, built in beds and textiles. Eigen Huis & Tuin is a TV program you'd see if you lived in the Netherlands, but the design of this room speaks for itself, even if you can't understand what they're saying. Balance Bright Colors With White: Bright pinks and greens don't make this room day glow, why? Because of the abundant white in the room. The colors keep things bright and crisp instead of requiring sunglasses upon entering. To keep the colors toned down, they are accented with a shade darker or lighter than the base color used. Keeping A Neutral Floor: Because this space serves as a bedroom to both a boy and a girl, a gender neutral color works out perfectly for both of them. Using A Room Divider: Defining space between one area and another is needed everywhere else in the house and this room is no exception. Color Coordinating Storage: Each storage piece in the room is painted with the same color choices as other accent colors in the space. Although it's adding color, it's also grounding the chaos of colors of what's being stored in it.
Have stubborn rust stains in your toilet bowl? If you live in an older apartment then chances are you do. As much as we try to stay green with our cleaning products, sometimes it seems like you have to go harsh to tackle a major stain like rust. We just read on the queen of clean that Tang sprinkled around the bowl and left for an hour or two will do the trick. Apparently the Tang works because of the citric acid that oxidizes the rust stain. So anything powdery that contains citric acid will do it, even lemon flavored kool aid. What a relief to not have to bust out the harsh chemicals. An added bonus is that we don't have to worry if someone leaves the lid up and our kitty goes in for a drink that she'll be ingesting harmful chemicals. Finally it'll leave your bathroom with that fresh tang scent!
I fell hard for the Grissini bench while researching a recent Shop the Room post. Since DWR's prices aren't always within reach, I used the sleek chrome and leather collectible as a jumping-off point for a Dramatic Modern boudoir, complete with a similar bench and chic accessories.
Durham, North Carolina is home to many old tobacco warehouses no longer in use. Some warehouses have been converted into homes and we were lucky to get a look inside of one. The newly converted condo preserves the old warehouse features in an environmentally-friendly way. The photo above shows the view into the living room from the hallway/entry. The space is divided into two floors, with the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and the living room and kitchen on the first floor. The warehouse windows let in an enormous amount of natural light. Timber beams from the original warehouse were preserved and used in the new condo. How would feel about living in a former tobacco warehouse?
The iPad recently saved my life on a long flight to the other side of the world. Beyond its web surfing and TV playing capabilities, the device can run other applications that have the potential to make your life a whole lot easier. One recently-updated app called LivingRoom allows users to easily place and customize furniture pieces in a floor plan. LivingRoom is intuitive and user-friendly with its easy set of menus from which functions are selected. You are able to make notes to yourself within the interface, and you can email a PDF of the plan with one click of your mouse. The program is available for only $4.99 and can be purchased directly from the App Store. Check out the above video to see just what this bad boy can do.
We spotted these marvelous repurposed stools in the July 2008 issue of House Beautiful. This is one of the more brilliant salvage reuses we've seen in a long while. When folks repurpose things, it can sometimes look a little visually forced. We think these stools would have been a lovely standalone design, even if they weren't originally used as truck springs. The homeowners found them at.... Artefact Design & Salvage in Sonoma, California. Locally, you could check out Restoration Resources in Boston for architectural and other salvage pieces.
Many homes have over-the-fridge cabinets designed to add storage and blend into the rest of the kitchen space. Which brings us to the question: more kitchen cabinet storage or a taller refrigerator with more food storage capacity? While there's no problem with a stand-alone refrigerator, the two contrasting IKEA kitchens shown above highlight how adding upper cabinets above the fridge can help create a more visually connected and integrated space. There are many other approaches for integrating a fridge, such as hidden panel fridges, refrigerator drawers, chalkboard fridges, and many more clever ideas from our creative readers, but overhead cabinetry is the most common. The extra refrigerator space allows for more cold storage and helps eliminate many second refrigerators in the home which may be less energy efficient and not as cost-effective. This extra tall Sub-Zero refrigerator matches the tall cabinets in this kitchen for a clean look and extra fridge space. Finding a refrigerator to match the top cabinets of a specific kitchen isn't impossible, as there are a variety of unique sizes to fit an exact space in the kitchen. Popular appliance retailer AJ Madison lists over 1,000 refrigerators ranging from 18' to over 85' in height.
Q: Overall, there is too much free space in our master bedroom. Currently, there's a standard 5-piece bedroom set. I am considering changing the layout by removing the dresser and adding a lounge area, defining zones with rugs and with panel curtains along the long wall with different colors on each side. Our master bedroom is approximately 15' x 21', with all doors opening into the room. We have 6 windows: 3 full height along the shorter wall, and 3 'skylights'. Both sets of windows are positioned symmetrically from the center of their respective wall. There are already full length curtain panels on the other window wall. You see the bedroom set chest between the french door and entry door, and a console table in the corner behind the chaise lounge. The bed shown is queen - we would like to keep this size. Does this flow/definition of rooms work? Would you recommend a different layout? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Olga in the comments - thanks!
Mixing up iconic designs can bring out the best in both styles. This pairing of a tulip table and original Bertoia chairs from Chris and Jenna's Collection in the Castro was achieved by patiently perusing Craigslist. For those of us without patience, we've rounded up resources to make this dining space happen with a few clicks of a mouse.