'We would love to win, because we'd love some new furniture. When we moved into our apartment after our September wedding, we bought used furniture, making our room for under $500. We've included before and after photos, so you can see how we transformed a tiny run-down apartment into a stylish haven for work and play.' 'We can only imagine what we could do if we weren't just settling for what we could find at a thrift store. We love the stuff at CB2 and think it'd look awesome in our room.' 'DM's Dining Room - The curtains, the lighting, that gorgeous shade of red! What a warm, relaxing room to sit down to a meal in!'.
When Danielle and her family moved into their home, they knew which room they wanted for their daughters nursery but felt it needed some major restyling. After switching up the color scheme with paint and wallpaper, replacing the chandelier with something a little more kid friendly and adding all of the cute touches that make a nursery, they have an adorable space for their daughter that is a fry cry from the original room. The room is on the top floor of our 3-story home with a sloped ceiling. The room size is generous compared to her previous nursery, so we started from scratch when I had the idea of designing a wallpaper with bunnies - which she loves! It took a while for us to get started because the process of getting a wallpaper designed and printed was time-consuming, however once we had the wallpaper delivered we got it done within a few days! My husband did all the painting: skirting boards, door frames, walls and ceiling, and we hung the wallpaper together. I did the finishing details such as pictures and shelves and styling the room, the accessories were from several retailers and some from my own homeware store. The wallpaper cost £45 a roll which is quite reasonable too for the quality that we got! I have also customized other items around the room such as the pom pom rug, the house shelves which were covered with wallpaper cut outs, the blackboard which is a generous size and is the first corner she goes to every morning, and also using some unexpected accessories such as the notice board to hang the post cards. The room accessories will also be easily changed to adapt as she grows up. Thank you, Danielle! You can see more on Danielle's blog The Room Alive.
We were so excited to open our inbox today and find this little peek into a Nob Hill penthouse from SF-based interior designer Steven Miller. See more photos of the project after the jump.... Steven's objective for this small one-bedroom condo was to edit down the owners' collection of objects and furniture and add a few key pieces and decorative embellishments in order to create a more cohesive space. The result is this little jewel box of a home that showcases the couple's treasures while maintaining a composed, chic look. See more of Steven Miller's work at his website.
Q: Hi, I need help! I bought this mid-century table a few months ago and had it stained ebony. The table seats 10 and it is one solid piece of wood. The chairs that came with the table are fully upholstered. The chair just has way too much fabric and after getting a price for fixing some of the broken chairs/reupholstering, it wasn't worth it to me. Now I'm on the hunt for chairs that are somewhat kid friendly, that can be used daily but also serve as a formal dining area. I would like to have 6-8 side chairs and then 2 different head chairs. Outside of the table, I don't have any design concept yet. My walls are a shade of light grey and I have attached pics of my living room design as it flows right into the dining room. Any feedback would be great as I'm stuck and I would like this room done by Thanksgiving.
We've always felt that the bedroom is a place where it's really important to invest in quality over quantity. Our favorite bedrooms are serene and clutter-free, arranged to support a good night's sleep.... If you're able to, center the bed against a wall. This is a basic way to bring symmetry and balance to a room, but there are exceptions to the rule. If a door or window prevents you from centering, place your bed in a spot where it's clear from obstructions. If you have the space, flank your bed with side tables and reading lights. If you don't have room for tables, try wall sconces above the bed. Good bedding can mean the difference between a restful or poor night's sleep. When shopping, understand thread count and keep an eye out for good deals. Keep clutter to a minimum by making sure you have adequate storage. Of course, the best way to find the bedroom arrangement that works for you is to try things out in your own space. For a diverse range of inspiration, check out our bedroom archives on Apartment Therapy.
They wanted 'Bold.' Their generous parents wanted 'Reasonable.' One sister's inspiration list included a Sephora bag and a Union Jack- an ode to their British grandmother who lives with them- and the other sister insisted on animal print, and requested that the room be neither too matchy nor too loud. We started by painting the walls Benjamin Moore's Simply White- my favorite white for North facing rooms because it has the slightest hint of warmth while still reading as a pure white. I used painter's tape to paint the far side of the room in bold black and white stripes. Spatially, the most logical space was the wall with the two windows, but the windows were unevenly spaced on the wall, and the headboards were almost ten inches wider than the window frames. I scored inexpensive white cotton duck cloth and black grosgrain ribbon, and sent them to the talented Paul and Nancy Johnson of Paul David Design to be turned into pelmet boxes and curtains. As for their original furniture, we incorporated a few items while shipping the rest down the hall to their younger sisters' room.
We like a headboard; we think it anchors the bed and, thus, finishes off the room. Jonathan posted some alternative headboard ideas during Bedroom Month. In honour of our Curees, who are working on their bedrooms this week, here are some more inspirational photos, we found while surfing flickr, that can help you think outside the confines of a traditional headboard.... Steldy uses a screen in place of a traditional headboard. Iampeas uses picket fencing as a headboard in her bedroom. You can live it up like the Hotel California in Santa Monica, where a surfboard headboard can have you living the surfer life in your dreams. Here a picture framed inspirational quote becomes a headboard with a positive message to face the day. Close out the world with this door headboard which is backlit at night.
Like most rooms in your home, you want to find balance between form and function, and in the dining area, that means creating something that transitions effortlessly from everyday suppers to special dinners with guests. This dining room with both Scandinavian and traditional design elements has both great style and plenty of seating and storage. Here's how to get this Scandi-traditional dining room at any budget. This fabulous dining space spotted in Living Etc on House to Home is the inspiration for this high/low look. It has lots of great contrasting elements that work well together. The warm wood contrasts the black and white palette while the crown moulding and traditional artwork counterbalances the industrial lighting and minimally designed dining set and accessories. It makes for a great space for long dinners sitting around with some great food and your favorite people. Of course you can mix and match and add some of your own personal touches.
Hanna is a blogger out of Finland, who is currently documenting her bathroom remodel. She is actually getting rid of the shell-detailed sink you see here, so consider this a little homage to what we'd love as a gorgeous fixture for a small bathroom. The sink on the floor in the photo above is the intended replacement for the current sink. Hanna picked it up at a building salvage place, and chose it for its greater capacity to wash an infant in.
Wouldn't it be neat if there was some sort of laundry fairy? This laundry fairy would quietly tiptoe into your home while you're asleep, pull all of your dirty clothes out of the hamper, and magically wash, dry and fold it all. Since the laundry fairy is still just a dream, here are 11 tips for making your laundry day a little easier. You can use a product specifically designed for stains, like Shout or a Tide pen, or you can pour a small drop of laundry detergent on the stain. Presorting your laundry will help eliminate the red-sock-in-a-load-of-whites mistake. Forget about the dryer! Hang those jeans to dry. Keep a can of tennis balls around for drying down-filled items. Soak an old towel or flour cloth in your favorite liquid fabric softener, wring out excess and let dry. While you're working through that box of dryer sheets before you make your own, you can give the used sheets a little extra life. Borax is a natural laundry booster and it also softens hard water. There are a whole host of other uses for Borax outside the laundry room, too. Of course the best way to lighten the load on laundry day is to wear your clothes a little longer.
Here's a small break from all the Smallest Coolest entries and house tours we've been posting...something a little left of the ordinary. Artist Kazmierz Szmauz's three bookshelf designs might not be for everyone, but they're likely to induce a smile from just about everyone.... The Bookman measures 70 inches high by 45 inches wide and is made from Mahogany, although other woods can be used. Shelves are best adapted to books beneath 8 inches in height. Bookman 1 can be ordered and collected from our shop or shipped at cost to anywhere in the world. Please allow a few weeks as each Bookman is individually built on demand.
We've been shopping for more casual, colorful file cabinets for our offices for the past six months and purchased a few AND returned them. Six colors, solid metal construction and not too high so that they fit easily under all of our desks!