Are you looking to carve out a small little spot in a corner of your living room or dining room for a work or hobby space? Just a little bit of room that's all for you to flex your creative muscles? You might find inspiration for what should be in that corner from this beautifully appointed home office set-up. Whether you do your work during the day next to a natural light source like a window, or you prefer to burn the midnight oil, you'll need some sort of light to get your work done. If any of your work needs a computer to get it done, make sure you have room for your laptop or desktop, and make getting power to your technology easy to access and the wires easy to disguise. If you do any other type of work outside of the digital realm, make sure you have surface room that can support your art or creative work. Having inspiration outside your field of work within reach can help you take yourself out of your own thoughts and give your brain a break that could result in letting the creative gears work on the problem in your brain's background. No matter what creative work you like to dig into at home, make your tools easy to get to and appealing. Whether you buy it or build it, make sure the surface - the desk or wall-mounted shelf - that you do your work on is sturdy and can literally support your creative efforts. If you will be commandeering a corner for your creative work at home, consider styling and decorating this work corner in the same style as the rest of the room so it blends in and complements the room, rather than sticks out and makes the space feel disjointed.
We wanted to purchase a home that needed a kitchen remodel because we didn't like what we saw when we toured houses with remodeled kitchens. We wanted to get used to our place before we embarked on a remodel so we knew what we wanted as far as layout, finishes, and appliances. We were glad we waited because we made many decisions that were different from our initial thoughts on what we wanted. It took us a while to find someone who knew what we wanted. We also didn't want to do a generic remodel so we spent a lot of time looking for a lighting, tile, and surfaces. The tile we chose was 100% upcycled material from old CRT screens. It was funny because our tile contractor didn't want to install the tile because it was handmade and each tile was slightly different. It ties the kitchen into the rest of the second floor because there is a lot of wood. Now, after six months, we are thrilled with the results and use the kitchen more than ever.
When you're looking for places to bring color into your home, don't overlook the dining room. Dining chairs, tablecloths, and walls are good starting points. Look for photos and options below.... Option #1: Neutral table and colorful chairs. Option #2: If you have a hard time committing to color, bring it in with changeable accessories. Shown: Jackfruit Tablecloth from Anthropologie, $98 and Stockholm Table from IKEA, $429. Option #3: Dress up dining room walls with wallpaper, a great backdrop for elegant dinner parties.
After reading this post about revamping an old club chair, I am feeling a little relieved knowing that someone else is thinking the same way I am. I've been worried that I've gone over the edge and am about to commit a DIY crime. '...I picked up this chair for $100 on Craiglist in Salt Lake City. I am planning to recover it with Ikea's Marimekko knock off, and hope to end up with something like Anthropologie's Astrid Pear chair.' We think this could totally work, although depending on how talented your reupholstering skills are, all that tucking and tufting may be a bit tricky. What do you guys think? Does anyone have any suggestions or tips?
For some people, the bathroom is a very utilitarian spot. Especially during the winter months, there's nowhere I'd rather be than soaking in the tub. I am sure that if I had a bathroom like this, my life would be about 15% more glamorous. Shiplap and marble - why not? Image from Good Housekeeping. Modern luxury in a bathroom from Miss Moss on Instagram. Modern fixtures and classic black and white hex tile in a bathroom from Decoholic. A black fireplace and tub add a little contrast to a bathroom from House to Home. Beautifully patterned tile in a stunning bathroom from AD Russia.
Today's small space solution doesn't come from a home, but rather from a coffee bar wedged between two escalators in a Michigan Avenue mall. With just a couple of counter bars, the King Café at 900 N. Michigan made such good use of its limited space that it won an Interior Architecture Award from the AIA.... Esyn Design Architects created seating space for 10 people with a set of slim stools, two narrow bars, and cutout storage: all great ideas for a galley kitchen. If you're thinking of trying a similar setup in a home, check out these kitchen counter bars from AT, as well as our roundup of the top ten bar stools.
There's a fine line between a calm, relaxing neutral room and one that's just boring. Designer Louise Bradley's rooms offer some lessons in ways to use texture well. She pairs natural fibers with metal and glass, or combines rustic details with sleek furnishings, achieving inviting rooms with just a tiny bit of an edge to them.... The fur throw is the same hue as the dark wood closets, creating an interesting contrast between the two textures. All of the accents in this room respond to the texture and color of the artwork above the fireplace. In a bathroom, mirrored surfaces both create and reflect texture. The horizontal mirrors above the bathtub frame vignettes from the other side of the room. The rough-hewn wood hearth sets a rustic tone for this room, reflected in the fur pillows and basket of kindling by the hearth.
This white, modern, chunky coffee table is pretty darn cool and seems to be a very versatile based on the current owner's digs. 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..
COLOR INSPIRATION: Cool and modern design elements with a touch of warmth. GO TO NICK'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!
Fireplaces are usually more rustic than sleek, but what about those looking for fireplace accessories for their modern homes? One great source I've found is Blomus, available for purchase through Kitchen Accessories Unlimited. These stainless steel tools are functional and look sharp. The tool rack shown here is wall mounted, to free up space around the hearth.
Billed accurately as perfect for the small apartment dweller, his Danish modern folding desk is shallow and has a fold down writing surface so work can be tucked away when not being, uh, worked on. You could have a surprise every day! -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!
From shipping containers to garbage trucks, we're fascinated by small space living on the go. This home may be more conventional, mobility-wise; but after reading Andreas Stavropoulos' inspiration and story to remodel and live in a vintage Airstream trailer, this home is definitely out of the ordinary. The inspiration behind Stavropoulos' home stems from his profession as a landscape architect. When he became self-employed, he found an urgency to surround himself with his medium. 'Whereas landscape architects once spent significant time on the site, the profession now finds some of the most creative minds shoehorned into cubicles. This seemed like a loss to me, and I wondered how it might be possible to create a space for real understanding within the profession-the kind of understanding that occurs from seeing a day of shadows move across a place, or listening to and observing people in a space,' he writes. With this simple and stylish Airstream studio that he renovated himself, Stavropoulos is able to travel and work on site. By the looks of these photos and the rest of the gallery on Dwell.com, we're fairly convinced that Stavropoulus is living a modern-day version of Walden.