The house was built in 1948 and this was the original kitchen, complete with slanted cabinets, pink tufted leather breakfast bar and metallic butterfly wallpaper. The glass sliding doors on the upper cabinets and the red, plaid wallpapered shelves were not doing this already dated kitchen any favors. Throw in some awkwardly placed appliances and we had a kitchen nightmare on our hands. The kitchen itself was dark and cramped, so we wanted to open up the space and make the most of the natural light from the large living room windows. We took down the wall behind the range to create an open plan living space and completely revamped the layout. All of the existing cabinets were removed - the pleather tufted breakfast bar was the first to go! Then came the linoleum tile, which was removed and replaced with a wood-look porcelain that continues throughout the house. The new floor plan moved the bulk of the new cabinets to a different wall, and we created an island with a breakfast bar to house the large farmhouse sink and dishwasher. To add some much needed storage to the rest of the house we made the most of the awkward corner at the back of the kitchen by creating a large hall closet. We sourced the cabinet frames, fronts and appliances from IKEA, and scored them while they were on promotion at 30% discount. Keep an eye out for these - they're a great way to save $$$ if you're on a budget! The cabinet fronts are IKEA's LAXARBY range.
Mark McMorris sent us in an email outlining a project he took on to create a DIY version of the Case Study Bed. Here is his story: I wanted to share my Case Study project if I could. I saw the Case Study Day Bed a while back and was taken back by its clean lines and crazy hairpin legs. Well other than threading the needle on the sewing machine for Granny when she started collecting quilting squares, I stayed away from the sewing machine. I purchased a few DVD's on upholstery, and stopped in a few local upholstery shops and became painfully aquainted with foam and fabric, asked questions, made a materials list and started shopping. The hairpin legs were designed on a free 3D software package called Sketchup and printed out and taken to a local welding shop, Greens Welding & Repair in Westland Michigan. They came out perfect! I hope I did the design justice.
Around here we certainly love color, but that doesn't exclude some of the more subtle hues. Especially in the bedroom, some of us need something a bit more subdued, but in no way boring or unstylish. It's all about gray and white in Eric and Lauren's Reborn Bungalow. The white really pops against the gray walls, and of course we like that there isn't too much going on on the walls besides the gray in Polly and Ben's Shangri-LA Bedroom. A dressed up classic with bits of red and gold: Turquoise's Luxury Hotel Bedroom. We put together these 2 images from Domino because we loved the way the white, black and turquoise mixed with incredible textures make the gray feel so inviting and warm. If these didn't float your boat, check out some brighter colors options like adding some orange to your palette, or simply check out the psychology behind the colors you love.
My husband and I relocated to Portland this past April from Los Angeles. We're both from the midwest, and we love the way this city combines all of our favorite aspects of home with everything we loved about living in L.A. We were looking for a little house to rent with a yard for our little dogs, but once we saw this place, we stopped looking! Situated on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River, our apartment is directly across the river from Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States. I would say the bedroom is very 'Rob', while our shared studio/office is more me. We're both artists/creative people, so we're both pretty passionate about aesthetics. I'm an illustrator, and Rob is a freelance Creative Director/Art Director who also loves to draw. Something I love about the evolution of our living spaces over the past six years is the items that remind me of the different cities where we have lived. Rob and I got married a little over a year ago in Joshua Tree, so when I look around our apartment, I see lots of succulents, cacti, wedding gifts and other items that remind me of our desert wedding. Southern California was a such a stark contrast to the Pacific Northwest, and we feel fortunate to have lived in both! Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.
A good friend was recently telling us that she'd love to create a big piece of wall art for her boys' room, and we enthusiastically promoted the idea of a tree mural or some other kind of tree art. What we love about this idea is that it's gender-neutral, it can be adapted in fun ways to reflect the changing seasons, and it can even incorporate creative storage solutions.
If you're like us and don't have a built-in closet in your bedroom, you've got to think outside the closet. Wardrobes are freestanding closets that you can move when you need to. Click below for ways to use them in your space.... A small-scale item like the Narrow Leg Wardrobe from West Elm shown above can work at the end of a hallway. If your bedroom is too small for a wardrobe, a piece like this can be placed in an entryway, dining room, or living room. Line wardrobes against a wall to create a storage space that looks like it's built-in. Image: PAX Wardrobe System from IKEA. In a loft or studio, a line of wardrobes can create a room divider.
Though I've managed to add a cute shower curtain, other than that, my bathroom in my apartment does not have much else going for it. Neon-painted pipes offer a pop of interest in Kirsten's Bluebird of Happiness House. A tiny bathroom in Lauren and Chad's Vintage Comfort is made better with a wall collage of teeny framed art pieces stretching nearly from ceiling to floor. A chandelier in the bathroom isn't actually that unexpected of an idea anymore, but it always comes off as lovely. Unexpected details don't have to be terribly daring or hard to implement, as spotted in Kirsten's Bluebird of Happiness House. Just a couple of pleasant, medium-sized potted plants in the shower window of this bathroom is unexpected. Chalkboard paint and a chalk octopus add a surprising element to the bathroom in Miles & Antena's Laid Back Coastal Home. Do you have any unusual or unexpected design details in your bathroom that banishes boring? Share your ideas for folks still struggling with blah bathrooms!
If you don't want to paint your whole apartment black, but would like to darken things up a bit. The subject of black moldings has come up before on AT, but it's actually surprisingly difficult to find good photos of them. So we were thrilled to stumble on this photo in the recent Living Etc. magazine. We've actually done this ourselves, a few years ago, and we were pleased with the results. Even in our tiny one-bedroom, the black moldings added depth and visual interest to the space. The home pictured here is located in central Marseilles and is a renovated printing factory.
We've heard rumors for a while about a warehouse in North Hollywood being full of Danish Modern furniture. Then we saw this announcement about one that will be open to the public this Saturday. This Saturday, June 14th, our warehouse will be open to the public from 10-4pm. We just have received a partial container of furniture from Denmark. This is in addition to the 5000 square feet of vintage Danish/Swedish/European mid century modern furniture of all types we already have. We've never had so many low credenzas/sideboards as we do now. Our inventory includes danish mid century modern chairs, sofas, coffee tables, end tables, credenzas/sideboards, book shelves and other pieces.
Since sleeping is one of the main things that happens in your bedroom, above all things, you want it to be cozy. What could be cozier than being surrounded by tons of books? From around the web, here are ten of our favorite bedrooms, chock-full of delicious books. Above: a wall of books behind the bed, from Noemi's Romantic Biedermeier Apartment in Berlin. Shelves in a traditional bedroom from Period Living. Shelves under the eaves in a space from Home Beautiful, via Style Carrot. No room for shelves? Hang 'em up high above the bed. Cozy built-ins in the home of architect Vincent van Duysen, spotted on Latte Lisa.