GO TO PRITI'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!
Ooooh, check out these neat reclaimed wood panels - so graphic and pretty! B&N Industries recently teamed up with TerraMai to update their original collection of carved relief panels with reclaimed materials - and the result is stunning. The new collection includes three wood species originating from olive barrel staves, recycled gym bleachers, and reclaimed Teak lumber. Yesterday AT:LA suggested using wood slats on walls to create texture and add style - these panels would work quite well. We can also see the Iconic Panels being used not only to decorate walls, but also divide spaces, or even serve as a bed's headboard. The panels are carved from FSC certified mdf panels, covered with FSC certified reclaimed wood veneer and finished with a low-VOC varnish. Check out all the styles and pricing, including the original collection at the B&N Industries website.
We received this dining room photo from Michelle Bradley of Bradley Hughes. The decor has such a dramatic feel - a bit glam, a bit dark and mysterious and more than a bit rock and roll. The dining chairs are the Mick Chairs, covered in fabric by Philip Barlow and at the head of the table is the Giselle Chair, designed by Michelle. She also designed the light fixtures, called Lucille and Lucy, made from iron with a distressed gold finish. The painting is from the Vintage Floral series by Donna Hughes. Lastly, the Babs Dining Table was designed for Diffa in 2007. Bradley Hughes in based in Atlanta - check out their site for more info on the products and the company.
There are plenty of other ways to consume media - and plenty of reasons your living room might be better off without the box. Maybe watching Game of Thrones every week is how you and your housemates bond, or maybe movie nights are a really big deal to you. If your TV has a less important place in your life, maybe it's time to reconsider its dominance in your living room. You'll still know it's there, and therein lies the problematic thing about TVs - the tendency, if you have one, to arrange your living room like a place for entertainment, and not a place for people. I've noticed, lately, that what a lot of the successful living rooms I see have in common is the lack of a TV. This allows for the creation of all sorts of cozy and interesting conversational groupings - a group of seating round a fireplace, a daybed across from a sofa, or my favorite, two sofas across from one another. Conversations, even among quite a few people, always feel so wonderfully intimate on two sofas across from one another. If you find that you're not ready, you can always do something just as good - arrange your living room for people placement, and let the TV placement be a second thought.
Surfing flickr we came across a photostream from Sylvie Oxman, the Los Gatos-based owner of Blossom Home Vintage Furnishings. Sylvie refurbishes vintage furniture and recently re-did her own livingroom using some of her salvaged finds. Better Homes & Gardens featured the project as a Best Under 5K Update, but Sylvie's flickr set has the tell-all, with more pictures and notes. Cottage Style's fatal flaw is usually its antiquated preciousness, but this room's great color palette and its brightness and sense of space feel more modern. What makes it work for us is the large, B&W fabric print on the wall above the sofa, which gives breathing room to all the other colors and patterns. The addition of that vintage alphabet cube is a stroke of subtle graphic genius.