We just learned a trick from a friend about how to remove finger prints from stainless steel appliance doors. Even when using soap/cleaner and water, fingerprints are difficult to wash off and usually just blur into a noticeable darker mark on your shiny new fridge or stove top. Add a dab of baby oil or mineral oil, wipe with a soft cloth, and those fingerprints disappear quickly. This additive can also work for removing sticker adhesive on stainless steel appliance products and other glues. Too bad we don't have any stainless steel appliances except our toaster and waffle maker.
The living room is the heart of your home, and you want it to look good. Today we'll be taking a peek at 5 stylish living rooms, in all different styles, and then examining what it is that makes each one of them work. Above: This living space is such a wonderful study in contrasts. There's not a lot of art in this room; the bookcase really sets the tone for the space instead. I like how there's so many pillows that that kind of becomes a whole diferent thing. The Prouve sconce gives the room a bold focal point and helps to tie everything together. Gallery walls can be hard to pull off, but I think this room does an admirable job. I think one of the tricks to having a gallery wall not overwhelm a room is to make it the primary consideration and keep everything else in the room a bit more subtle. I'm really in love with the simplicity of this space. The minimal furnishings, and the way they're spaced throughout the room, give everything a bit of an airy feel.
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I'd like to think my style is traditional with a modern twist. I love to recycle old or inherited pieces and blend them with new pieces to make them more current. My inspiration for my living room started with a pretty antique oriental rug and two antique chairs, given to me from my husband's grandmother. The chairs were covered in a dingy orange fabric, that needed to be replaced. I fell in love with a beautiful blue velvet fabric from a local fabric store that I immediately knew I wanted to cover those chairs in, and before I knew it, the living room became the 'Blue room.' In addition to those yummy blue chairs, my other favorite item is the abstract floral painting above the mantel. I love how it counters the formality of the space and adds a modern touch to lighten the mood. Best of all, I found this for under $100 at my local TJ Maxx Home Goods Store! Jute rug from Myers Carpet Coffee Table from Scott's Antique Market Blue flower painting Left glass top table Left lamp Right acrylic lamp Wall paint Blue Ginger Jars Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.
Looking for a unique kids' rocking chair? This one is both handmade and affordable. It would make a nice addition to a reading nook or other quiet spot or put it on the porch for some summertime rocking. 'The chair is made from unfinished 3/4' plywood making it lightweight and ready for your finish, paint or decoupage. The chair is handmade by Etsy seller Amryn and only costs $35. Find them here.
Does anyone know where I can dispose of interior house paint in or around the West Hollywood/West Los Angeles area? Some kind of haz-mat or paint drop-off location? The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County actually has a website that answers this question. They actually have a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program, that gives LA county residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals. For Orange County residents, you can call The County of Orange Integrated Waste Management Department's Household Waste Office at834-6752 for locations near you. This website has other useful info for OC residents.
We've been living in our apartment for many months now, but can't seem to think of anything great to put in our living room. We love the openness of our living room, but it feels completely empty. What would make the room stay wide open, but feel balanced? If nothing else, how would you improve this place on a budget?
Yesterday, AT Chicago featured their favorite 'Real' bathrooms and it got us thinking. This bright bathroom comes from Rita & Morgan's beautiful Brookline home which we featured in our very first house tour here on AT Boston. The sherbet colored walls, the light heartedness of round mirrors, and the personal photographs and pottery put this near the top of our best 'Real' bathrooms list.... It's a tight space but the multiple round mirrors bounce light and color and the frosted glass door helps create a more open feel. We love the oldie-but-goodie Ikea water bubble curtain and how the bright liquid blue pops against the orange and wood. It may not be a magazine-styled master bath but it's fun, cozy, and a great space for waking up in a good mood. Check out the whole house tour: Rita & Morgan's 24 Years in the Making.
A few weeks ago, Rebecca shared a simple trick to bringing order to your clothes closet. Organize your closet by type: put all the jackets together, all the button down shirts together, all the good pants together, all the jeans together. Now, organize your closet by colour: From left to right, from white to black, from light to dark or use ROYGBV. Face all your clothes the same way: You've gone through the trouble of getting matching hangers, now face all your clothes the same way. Too many clothes? Try this trick to weed out the ones you don't wear that hang and this one for the ones in drawers. Old Clothes? Take the ones you don't wear anymore to your local thrift shop or upcycle them by giving them a new use or two.
If your style is one part classic, one part glamorous-and all parts luxurious-rich textiles like velvet, shagreen, marble and fur should take center stage in your living room. Something...everything...needs to be able to catch the light from your crystal chandelier overheard, right? Let these 12 posh pieces be your swanky guide.
Recently we traded in our long-standing copper bowl centerpiecefor this crazy African violet. This month on Apartment Therapy we're posting about Setting Up Home, so I've been mulling over the first things I generally do when I move to a new place. It occurred to me that I always feel more at home when my dining table isn't naked. Some kind of centerpiece-be it a vase of flowers, a pretty bowl, or a tray of favorite objects-always makes it onto that table within a few days of moving in. This wide copper bowl occupied the center of our table for a few good years until the African violet came along. I remember when we moved last year, I made sure to know exactly where the bowl was packed so we could establish it quickly in its rightful place in our new home. Do you have a semi-permanent centerpiece that makes you feel at home? Or do you prefer to keep your dining room table bare? Do tell!