He bought the house from his parents and completely redid the decor in black and white. After drooling through the slideshow, we searched for even more beautiful rooms decorated in black and white. See our striking finds below the jump.... Shown above: the Modium kitchen by KicheConcept via Trendir; the bathroom in Lena Proudlock's restored Jacobean house in Gloucester, England; and Cactus wall bookcases from the Italian company Compar. Below are living room furniture from Fritz Hansen and a Black and White Balanced bedroom from LivingEtc. For more black and white home decor ideas, check out the blog Black and White Delight. Read the article 'River Retreat;Designer Darryl Savage crafts a whimsical refuge from a house his parents once owned' by clicking here.
My partner and I are planning a new kitchen at the moment and wondered if anyone knows of more environmentally friendly and affordable alternatives to chipboard/melamine? We are looking at IKEA kitchens. Since the kitchen is for an extension we will likely demolish in 5-10 years, there's even more reason to use materials that can be more easily broken down or re-purposed.... The Handbook of Sustainable Building says that solid timber alternatives to chipboard/melamine combinations cost around four times as much in general - I'm wondering if that has changed since the book. Was published in 1996? Has anyone seen any plywood or solid wood kitchens? Green kitchens: There is so much information on the topic, we're tempted to post 3 dozen links to information on green choices for countertops, flooring, and cabinetry. If you're willing to spend the time, we're certain you can find some good deals. As an alternative to IKEA's chipboard, a popular green choice is wheatboard. For green kitchen flooring, we love marmoleum and cork. Don't rule out the second R: Spend some time hunting at salvage yards - they're a great place to save money, stay green, and find something more unique than you might anywhere else.
While you might not guess it from photos, Emma of The Marion House Book blog spent a long time living in a bedroom that she found too trendy and not quite right. After a few months of careful planning, she has lightened up and overhauled the space. AT readers, other contributors, and I can sympathize with the struggle to put the bedroom first; for some reason, it's easy to divert your energy to other rooms. I think it looks great in both photos, but Emma's transformed bedroom is almost unrecognizable. In addition to bringing in new bedding and accessories, she painted over the deep gray walls, switched out her four-poster bed frame, and repositioned the bed. The result is relaxed but refined - a look that Emma's blog proves she is adept at achieving. For details and more photos, check out The Marion House Book.
This apartment is located in the center of Moscow - only a five minute walk from the Red Square and Kremlin. It is located in a historic building and its surface is 65 square meters/700 square feet. My clients were a young couple - they travel a lot and wanted me to recreate a mixture of French and Scandinavian looks. I used lots of natural materials - the stump table was handmade, the headboard was covered with a linen slip cover, large windows were treated with semi transparent linen curtains that created a very light, relaxing and cozy feel. I didn't want to introduce lots of color, as this apartment has a very serene and relaxing feel and I didn't want to interrupt it. Despite its central location, the building is hidden in a very quiet corner, surrounded by lush vegetation. The walls were painted white to give the room additional space and light. The bedroom has very long square shape, so I decided to correct it using the mirrors - we attached several of them in the a sort of abstract mosaic. The living room was decorated with the photographs of the buildings that are located in the same street as this apartment. Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovating project with the Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form.
We recently had our own Adventure and Outing at a family get-together in the Finger Lakes. As excited as we were to spend time with family, we were most looking forward to meeting the two newest family members who are close in age to our one-year-old son. To both minimize the amount each family with a baby would need to transport and to reduce the clutter in the rental home, we made sure to coordinate beforehand to see what baby items we could all share. Having three full-size high chairs never would have worked in this space so between the three families we had one standard high chair, one booster seat and one clamp-on chair for al fresco dining. One family brought a water mat while we brought a baby float to share. One area of sharing we could have coordinated better was food as we ended up with about three dozen baby yogurts and a dozen bananas. Have you vacationed with multiple babies or young children before? Any tips for coordinating beforehand to share?
Finally! We've often wondered if the extravagant 'Outdoor living room' concept could be done on a non-extravagant budget, or at least look nice but not as fussy as the slick magazine spreads on the topic. Portland homeowners Richard Rolfe and Stephen Rutledge have accomplished just that with what they call their 'Fort,' cobbled together from local salvage. This is the first fort we've seen with its own chandelier, which is not wired and purely decorative. We love the patchwork but still pulled-together space. Salvage pieces enclose an outdoor living room on The Oregonian.
When Jan at design blog Poppytalk realized her DOCKSTA table from IKEA was in need of a makeover, she came up with this surprisingly simple hack to cover up the stains, scuffs and dings on the surface of the table. No, she didn't paint it - she used faux marble contact paper! The design is from the Grip-Tac line of adhesive papers, and Jan just traced her shape onto the paper and applied it to the surface. It's a great temporary DIY if you're on a budget and need a quick fix, and I think it could even work well with a glass top over it. To see the before and after, check out the project on Poppytalk.
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.
GO TO KRISTIN'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
While we are trying to use as little paper as possible in our home office, the reality is that we are not quite there yet. The NY times reports about Chris Uhlik, an engineering director at Google who has taken his family paperless by gradually scanning all his reference books and dealing with lists, letters and calendars all digitally. The end result is the ability to search everything without having to physically shuffle through papers. If sitting around for days on end scanning your photos and other documents is not something that you are particularly interested in, companies like Scan Cafe will do it for you. The paperless home office is now within reach , you just make sure that you have a plan to back up all this data if you go down this route.