When Clare and Mike bought this 1950s house in Toronto's Leaside area, they had just five weeks to transform it into the ideal home for their family of seven. This crowded dining room was too busy for their modern taste so they got to work re-designing the space, starting with the walls. Goodbye wainscoting and French doors, hello clean, modern white! 'When we bought the house there was a large, rather ugly kitchen island and cabinets as well as unattractive, dated flooring. We had all old cabinet doors removed and resprayed off site and updated hardware with more contemporary pulls. We took out the old island and upper cabinets to open up the room and installed recessed lighting. We replaced the island with a clean white granite composite waterfall counter.' They had the alcove walls and ceiling re-framed and squared-off without embellishments, and painted the red oak floors white. They also replaced the overhead light fixture with a curbside find that Mike refurbished himself, and the gold ceiling pot lights were replaced with white, high-efficiency LED light bulbs.
Q: As newlyweds, my husband and I have set about making our house a home. We have been trying to find a rug for quite some time, and cant seem to agree on anything. He gravitates towards things that are very masculine, and I feminine. The walls are a pale blue, and the furniture black leather. Oh, we have a black haired dog as well.... I would LOVE any suggestions you might have! Editor: Please share your suggestions and ideas with Seren in the comments below...thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
How do you prep kids to be great travellers? Well, if you are Suzanne and Mellanie, owners of Madellie, a children's travel store, you know that the key is to keep children occupied. These to-go cups have everything an older kid needs to knit a scarf. A great way to prepare kids to travel is through their reading material in the weeks before the trip. Madallie has a big selection of travel books, both for kids and for people who want to travel with children. Below, Lisa in New York, for the kids to read, and Fodors Around New York With Kids, for parents. Vacation letters are the best, and writing them is a good way to encourage kids to sit and relax for a little while. Check out Madallie for what you need to keep the kids occupied and relaxed, regardless of how far your trip may be.
Angel Island is one our favorite places to take visitors when they come to the Bay Area. In our book, you can't find a more impressive way to show off the city; from the ferry to the Island, to the views from the Island and the gorgeous plants and landscapes on the Island. It's the deserted military bunkers and buildings that provide an eerie and oddly beautiful glimpse into the history of the Island. We were especially drawn to the color palettes and textures of layers of peeling paint and aging concrete.... The richness and depth that comes from the layers of paint reminds us of the gorgeous mottled dining room wall in Monique and Richard's apartment and the 'Uneven washy' chalkboard kitchen wall from Julie and Andrew's kitchen.
If you are always on the hunt for bold decor ideas or elements that aren't yet a trend, then you'll appreciate this list of eye-popping and heart-stopping design details for any room in your home. Because tiles are so visually appealing, don't feel like you can't use them in another space in your home, like perhaps the living room? The proof is in Liz's bold, tiled living space. Liz turned a ho-hum window into a bold neon color statement. The toy aisle can be a surprisingly great place to find bold, colorful and abstract 'Art' when styled into your home's vignettes. Painting stripes on stairs is not a new idea, but in Liz's Chicago home, the painted stripe is continued on the adjacent wall, drawing the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller and making a plain stairwell look awesome. Liz's bedroom gets a major dose of bold by the appearance of a hanging bed. If the color of your wall paint and room decor palette might benefit from the addition of warm brass metallic accents, consider including brass curtain rods into the mix.
We thought this fabulous bathtub with its sinuous lines and water-saving design would be the perfect way to wrap up our month of wonderful escapes. This concept bathtub calls to mind the clawfoot tubs of a more decadent age, now re-imagined for a modern space.... We can easily imagine how the high back and gentle slope would cradle and soothe a tired body at the end of a stressful day. Though this bathtub from designer Marco Tallarida is just a concept for now, it was a finalist in the Australian 2008 Bathroom Innovation Award competition, giving us hope that it might get picked up for manufacture and distribution in the future.
Nola sent in a question for the crowd: Should I buy a white or ivory sofa to replace the gray one? The living room/eating nook/living room are all open to each other. The kitchen is soft white, with the posts in a contrasting soft & warm ivory. The living room walls & drapes are the same ivory and I have a light ivory/off-white wool rug.... Would it be ok to continue the mixing of white & soft ivory? Or should the sofa really be a richer ivory colour to play up the warmth? The sofa we're considering is here: where both colors are shown. Please share your thoughts with Nola in the comments below...thanks!
It's cozy, cute, and will never go out of style. Check out these eight projects and either repurpose an old shirt, or start with a fresh yard! Faux fur flannel-lined blanket from A Beautiful Mess.
Name: Veena Location: New York, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: Living in a two bedroom apartment converted into three in New York City doesnât leave a lot of common living area to display and store items. Although my room is small, I get a lot of utility out of the space - a place to rest, a place to store, and a place to display artwork and other objects I love.
Some people use accent pieces for color, and some like to throw color onto the walls. If you're into patterned walls, white accents can balance a complex color scheme.... In these photos of Graham and Brown wallpaper patterns, the neutral furniture and white accents allow the patterns to take their place as a focal point. A few ideas for white accents: curtains, pillows, mirror frames, vases, lighting, and upholstery.
Anglea sent us in this photo to enter our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway. Romantic Bedroom Tip: 'Tealight candles are the best. We have 20+ candles in the bedroom, ready to light at a moment's notice.They create great mood lighting and last for hours - and since there's no dripping wax, there's no mess to worry about. It's our favorite way to quickly create a romantic look.'
Bo Concept has this black on black bedroom in their inspiration gallery. Charcoal walls, big black hanging pendants, black stained oak furniture, black duvet and a black woven cord chair...that's a LOT of noir. We think it works here, mainly because of the glorious break of the white background patterned wallpaper and the mix of textures. The shiny duvet next to the wood, next to the rustic woven chair really helps break it up. 1,499 Bed, black-stained oak veneer/leather look Queen size.
As we look forward to Fall and all of its coziness, we want to shake things up a bit, make the bedroom even better. Not only does adding pattern to a room add warmth and pizazz, but if you do it in the form of a bedspread, sheet or rug, it's something totally removable. So when you get tired of it, you can just retire it for a season until you're ready for it again. Mix large scale patterns with small ones so it doesn't get overwhelming. Palette: choose fabrics and patterns that are part of the same color palette and you'll have a much better time creating a cohesive look. The pattern might be white and white in the form of stripes on the bedding, or different textures on a rug or pillow. Are you over faux bois yet? If not, you're in luck. Look what a little pattern did to this bathroom Take a look at this and see if you don't feel like going really bold. Finally some of our favorite tips for mixing and matching patterns.