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.
We've always liked the substantial weight and feel of earthen-ware. We like the handmade look of this Rustic White Dinnerware. Crate & Barrel sells the Italian white earthenware individually, or in 4-piece or 16-piece place settings. Other items include a pitcher, platter, serving bowl, and chip-and-dip.
A leather Chesterfield is something that just gets better with age. That perfectly distressed look isn't cheap, but there are some great bargain versions of this classic British sofa. Would you invest in the collectible, or scoop up this cozy library living room?
We've loved this long, narrow shelf ever since we came across it months ago. It's just nice and simple - and you'll probably have noticed that we're suckers for nice, simple shelves.... Image: Skona Hem via Purple Area.
There's nothing like seeing a living room updated to accommodate another life - in Nicole's case, her preparations for the baby. Not only does the right choice of furniture make the space look absolutely gorgeous, but the most importantly, it completely integrates the technology into the backdrop, making the seemingly coldest piece in the room feel almost as vibrant as the space around it. A smart choice of choosing a white bezel on the LCD television keeps it from being a distraction in the room, especially when the focus is the child - not entertainment. A comfortable rocker and seating area for easy viewing of both the kiddo and Oprah. We also love the idea of using ample lighting on both sides of the couch balance out the electronics in the room. That, paired with natural light during the daytime, makes a space feel warm and welcoming no matter what time of day it is.
We've said it a thousand times and we don't mind saying it a thousand more &mdash we cannot get enough of iPhone cases. If we could own every awesome iPhone case we find, we would, and we would love it. This is one of the few cases we've come across that we probably wouldn't want to own, but it's still awesome. It reminds me of something a construction worker would want, but at the same time an architect &mdash or maybe even the mom next door. The Steel iPhone Case is made from Steel on the outside and silicon padding for the inside. The only thing we don't like about this case is the protective flip shield for the front. Yes, it will protect the screen isn't one of the great selling points of the iPhone is that it's not a flip phone? Many of you will be happy to know that this isn't another concept case, it's actually available for purchase. The Stainless Steel and Silicone iPhone Case is available through LtdTools for $95..
My better half has a tendency to migrate from her desk over to the living room as the sun sets, and I've been known to continue working on the couch from my iPad after hours. For better and for worse, the living room has evolved into an extension of the home workspace, and now furniture designers are addressing the migration with new designs fit for work and relaxation.... The Wall Street Journal recently produced this video as part of a piece about the proliferation of work-at-home furniture catering to the always-working demographic, reflecting the cultural shift away from stationary workstations over to a working lifestyle revolving around mobility and comfort in the living room and beyond. More of us are migrating across from home offices over into the living room, dining room, and even backyards after hours, and now furniture designers are taking note with designs catering to this shift in lifestyle. The Haworth Harbor Work Lounge shares features drawn from classroom desks, airport lounges, living room seating, and home office task chairs. The big question born from this cultural shift is whether working from anywhere and everywhere, including the living room, actually leads to a more productive work life. Whether bringing work and computers into shared home spaces actually hinders a happy home life, where couples and family members are more drawn to their screens than to one another. What are your thoughts of about working from the living room, where home life and work life are beginning to overlap after hours?
It may seem like I am obsessed with bathroom decor, but I'm going to go out on a limb and ask: What's up with armchairs in bathrooms? I brought it up to my mum who is an interior decorator, and we ended up discussing it for a good 2 hours. She said, 'Well, some people enjoy talking to other people while they're in the tub.' I said, 'But what happens when they run out of things to say? Is the person sitting in the armchair going to sit and thumb through an old magazine? And wouldn't it get a bit steamy in there from the hot water? And wouldn't the moisture affect the wood and the fabric of the chair?' It finally got to the point where my mum gave me a look that I haven't seen since I was in my inquisitive tweens.
GO TO LAUREN'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
We see plenty of shared bedrooms here on Apartment Therapy. The overwhelming majority are for siblings of the same sex, but especially when families live in small homes and apartments, it's often the logical choice for a brother and sister to share a bedroom. Last week in 'My Brother's Bunkmate,' New York Times contributor Michael Tortorello wrote about some of the issues of brothers and sisters sharing a room. In My Brother's Bunkmate, Tortorello lists age, gender, dynamics, and personalities as factors in the shared room equation, but his greatest preoccupation is childhood sexuality. As the author points out, that icky anxiety is a total first world problem. The article concludes with an interview of siblings who grew up sharing a room in NYC, and it sounds like they turned out okay. It's kind of a weird article, and that's what Waldman spelled out in What's the Deal With That New York Times Piece on Brothers and Sisters Sharing a Bedroom? She takes the NYT to task for its squeamishness and reticence to go there and spell out what she thinks are the the real fears, instead obliquely baiting parents to worry about one more way in which they might be messing up their kids. Whether it's by choice or necessity, many families have siblings sharing rooms, but does the sex of the siblings really complicate the decision? Has your family worked through the prospect of a mixed-sex shared bedroom? What did you do? How is it working out?
If you liked the Bachelor Party Bloomingdale's window but can't find a reason to hang a bunch of empty frames on the wall, here's a way to take that idea and add a little function. The designer's sketch should give you an idea, but follow the jump to see this wall of frames in action.... Yes, this is a gym climbing wall. Home decor turned exercise equipment seems like a pretty genuis idea to us. When not in use, who would ever guess that the picture frames and deer heads are actually grips for a climbing wall? What usually looks dull and ugly is transformed into a pretty handsome space. We'd like to see these ideas applied to a home. Now if we could only figure out how to turn those treadmills into a lovely piece of home decor.... Photos via the Designer Nendo.
It seems like purple has always been a tricky color to incorporate in a home. Too much, and it comes off looking garish; too little, and it still sticks out. Anyone remember Prince getting slapped with a lawsuit for painting his rental home purple? If you still love the color, we've found this lovely example of a living room with a study area that shows how to balance this color just right. We suspect that the real secret is picking just the right hue.
When a local mill was closing down, Ashley snagged their stock of industrial carts. These carts were in rough shape when I got them and were in desperate need of a deep clean. Once the cart was clean I sanded the whole thing down. The key isn't to get the cart completely smooth, but to smooth out any large splinters and really rough patches. Now it was time to make the cart look 'Pretty'. Overall, it probably took 4-6 hours to finish a cart. It really depends on the condition of the cart when you start. Depending on how cheap you can find a cart determines the cost of this project.