The combination of Valentines Day and Bedroom Month on AT is too good to let pass by. We have a romance care package of red-hot red-themed IKEA accessories to make your bedroom extra romantic for you and your valentine. AT's Romantic Bedroom Plan Giveaway(or what would you like your bedroom to look like this Thursday night?). From today until Wednesday at Noon ET, we're looking for reader's inspiration, ideas and plans for their bedroom. SEND US your most inspired plans for a romantic bedroom along with any source as well as an inspiring or aspirational picture. SEND IT via the form below.... We'll then let everyone comment away, giving their kudos to the most romantic, funny, inspirational or just plain swoonderful bedroom. Winners must claim their prize on Wednesday, 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. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.
It's hard enough to find an affordable apartment in San Francisco without requiring period extras like a wood-burning fireplace. So this product fascinates: a sleek wall-mounted steel 'Fireplace' that requires neither chimney nor gas line because it burns organically-produced Ethanol. Ethanol is more green than anything you would use to fuel a traditional or gas fireplace, though burning ethanol does produce greenhouse emissions. Designed by Floz Design for Blomus and available in three sizes, Chimos can be found here.
The NY Times has picked up on the modernist dollhouse craze. I've loved dollhouses and things in miniature for a long time, but devotees to this movement have really wowed me with their collections and creations. Take this miniature replica of the IKEA Expedit, a familiar friend here at Ohdeedoh. Don't you just want to take it and organize it? You can read the NY Times full article and check out the slideshow here.
Spotted on This Old House's website, we like how this homeowner took a too-deep kitchen shelf space and turned it into a secret spot for hiding something behind.... We have some shelves that are way too deep to see the back of too - and while our solution was to put blocks in back to elevate the items in the rear, this pullout secret shelf is great. Spices are stored in the back, behind the cookbooks which are always visible. We play around with spices a bit more than cookbooks, so for us we'd switch and put the spices in front, but we love the dual purpose creative thinking, and applaud people who use every inch.
Q: My husband and I just bought our first house and I'm not sure how to set the living room up. We would like for the room to hold our television, stereo system, space for playing music and to be comfortable for entertaining. We would also like to feature the fireplace without hanging the TV above it. There are also many doors and windows to work around. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Emilie in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
This stylish storage solution might be worth checking out for those of us resolving to be more organized in the new year. These two open bookcases can be placed in a corner or even act as a room divider. Originally retailing for $175 each, this seller is pricing each bookcase at $89 a pop.
I just moved into a beautiful new apartment! It is almost perfect. To be clear, the counter is pink with flecks of glitter. How can I deal with this baby blue and pink tiled bathroom with orange and black accents?? I was thinking about using a striped shower curtain, but should I just go with all white or black showers curtains and bath mats? There is no wall to paint in the bathroom...it is completely covered in pink tile. This is the sample curtain Anne-Lise sent along with her question. We know how she feels - our bathroom is also covered in speckled tile with pink fixtures - but we chose to fight it rather than embrace it. We think the addition of more colors might make the space even more disjointed. All black or all white accessories sounds good to us.
If you saw Moonrise Kingdom and, like me, fell in love with the bright, saturated colors and camp accessories, then you probably also dream of a living room inspired by the movie. Wes Anderson's distinctive style has always embraced the quirky, and Moonrise Kingdom follows suit with its love story between a coonskin cap-wearing boy and binocular-loving girl. 3.Bushnell Falcon binoculars are key to camp spying. 4.A cool Braided Rug from Urban Outfitters anchors the golden color palette. The Modern Chair from Urban Outfitters is the perfect 60's seating. 6.The West Elm Tree Stump table is as close to camping as you can get indoors. 8.A Portable USB Turntable at Urban Outfitters is a modern version of the classic. 9.The Hudson Bay Point Blanket from L.L.Bean is the ultimate camp accessory.
Above: Whipped detergent is an easy-to-make green cleaner that's good for spots. Cleaning up spills and spots on upholstery can be tricky, but it's an important part of making sure that you can use your furniture as long as possible, helping save resources. We've rounded up a few tips after the jump on how to spot-clean upholstery safely and sustainably, so that you'll want to cuddle up with your couch again. For coffee stains, Ecocycle recommends mixing an egg yolk with luke-warm water and rubbing that on the spot. For any type of stain, whipped detergent works well. Fill a container with half dish detergent, half water, and use a hand mixer to whip it up. Use a rag to rub the froth into the spot, and then rinse with water. Shampoo mixed with water is also a good general stain remover. Steam-cleaning takes electricity, but uses only water, and can often remove stubborn spots. If you're facing really stubborn stains and want to hire outside help, one option is Chem-Dry, which uses carbonation to clean upholstery without solvents, enzymes, harsh chemicals, and with very little water.
What we love about Team 7's bedroom furniture is that it's green and sleek. The sustainable requirements Team 7 upholds themselves to certainly don't sacrifice a minimalist aesthetic. Shouldn't everything be made with these standards: succeeding environmentally and aesthetically?
This isn't the first time we've seen a sink/toilet combo greywater system. It is the first time we've seen one this sleek and one with a sink we'd actually like to use. What's brilliant about Roca's toilet/sink combo, is that they've actually designed it so that you don't have to straddle the toilet while you wash your hands. It's a simple design improvement, but one that makes a huge difference. The concept behind these sink/toilet combos is that the water that runs down the drain as you wash your hands is collected in the toilet and then used for the next flush. Now we hope someone will take an average looking toilet and steal the sideways facing sink idea. Who really wants to stand over the toilet while they wash their hands?Image: Inhabitat.
Need a little luxury in your life? These 4 Gorgeous Butterscotch Leather Louis Dining Chairs bring an immediate touch of class to a room with their classic shape. A bonus is that leather is easy to clean, but at this price, we don't think they'll be getting very dirty to begin with! -MM. 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!