Lots of New York apartments come with charming vintage bathrooms. The bathroom of Heather and Doug's Park Slope condo, true to its roots in the 80s, had dark, dour maroon tile on the walls and grungy white tile on the floor. The homeowners, with a view to selling the apartment in the next few years, wanted a bathroom remodel that would make their space brighter and more pleasant, and appeal to potential buyers as well. The new bathroom feels infinitely brighter and fresher, thanks to bright white walls, and a classic subway tile surround in the shower. The floor tile, a blue mosaic tile laid in a herringbone pattern, adds texture and character to the space. The bathroom is quite small, but a few new storage solutions help open up the space. The old medicine cabinet, which protruded into the room, has been replaced with a new one that's recessed into the wall, so the storage space is the same but the cabinet seems less bulky. The new shower curtain hangs on a thin wire instead of a rod - a tiny detail, but one that helps contribute to the new bathroom's clean, fresh feel. Heather says that she loves that the bathroom is 'Much more functional and looks bright and clean.' Now she and Doug, and their two kids, have a space that makes time spent in the bathroom much more pleasant - and will hopefully make selling their apartment a breeze, too.
Cue the sad trombone, but I couldn't help myself with the pun. We love this cool bookshelf from young designer Justin Southey. You can store books in the belly of the whale and then swim him around the room on the casters. Southey is a designer and illustrator living in South Africa. His nautical bookshelf doesn't currently appear to be available for purchase, but we can dream, can't we? The whale is a bit leviathan, but since it can be moved around its size might pose fewer problems.
A piece of art-striking, memorable and, especially, big-can be the focal centerpiece of a room. You know you've done it right when your friends refer to 'The horse picture room.' Although often more expensive to acquire, the investment can go a long way in setting the mood and attracting the eye the moment you walk in. Check out this collection of children's rooms that use large-scale art to create a bold impression.
Color is a fun and playful way to make a space my own. Color in the home is a great place to start living boldly. Using bright colors is a cheap way to distract from bland architecture. Start picking your color with your furniture first and your paint color last. Paint comes in any color you can imagine, but furniture options are more limited. Limit the number of colors you use and repeat your color choices through out the room. Remember black and white are both colors, and neutrals make a great backdrop for bright colors. Find a piece art you like and base a room on the colors in it. Look at a full range of colors in the room you are planning to decorate. You can create a color wheel by grabbing paint chips from the paint store in a rainbow of colors.
Now this is pretty cool: National Geographic teamed up with artisans across the world to start Novica, an online retail shop that sells beautiful handmade home décor and gifts that come directly from the artisan. If you're looking for high quality ethnic furniture and accessories, this is the best place we've come across. It's like World Market without the mass production. Featured here is the 'Spanish Elegance' leather ottoman, hand embossed by artisan Jose Antonio Rios. The Tooled Leather Ottoman is available at Novica for $144.95. The craft of embossing leather in the Rios family has been handed down from generation to generation, becoming a part of Peruvian culture and tradition. To this day, all the design and labor is handmade: embossing is done with chisel and hammer before the leather pieces are placed on the wood base. Here we were, complaining about carpal tunnel from typing.....
Name: Kate Location: Pasadena, CA Division: Dark Inspiration for my palette: I call this my 'Steampunk room' - we were inspired by old English libraries, but we wanted a more contemporary edge, so we went with a teal instead of bottle green. In lamplight, the room reads very green instead of teal.
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.
COLOR INSPIRATION: After purchasing a new construction home, I quickly became tired of beige. So where else to make a big statement other than the tiny guest bedroom? GO TO MICHELLE'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!
We know it looks like this room is styled for a magazine photo shoot, but it is a real, honest-to-goodness room in a family's home. The owner made some major changes to a chaotic kids' playroom to transform it into what she calls a 'Game room/lounge,' but what we'd describe as a true family room with space and activities for everyone. To really appreciate the transformation, see the before picture after the jump. Holy cow, right? We love the new warm color scheme and are inspired by how much storage and organization the owner added without it feeling clinical or school-like. We saw this incredible space on the fabulous This Young House blog where Sherry and John chronicle their own home's diy renovations and decorating. Check out their post on this beautiful room and, if you'd like to see more, follow their link to more photos and information.
When we moved into our home there was wall-to-wall carpeting in our bathrooms. After a few rather forthright guests questioned the hygiene implications I resolved to get rid of the carpeting. 'It's warm on my feet.' Another 365 baths later, wrangling my water-logged, raucous, slippery young kids out of the tub and I realized that warmth wasn't the only bonus of bathroom carpeting. Kids slip on tiled floors; kids don't slip on carpets. Wall-to-wall carpeting in our bathrooms looks and feels really nice, warm and luxurious. It somehow suits the old-fashioned William Morris wallpaper. It feels so good to step out of the shower onto carpeting on a cold day. The carpeting is a low pile and made of high-quality stain-resistant wool. We have it professionally cleaned at least once a year. Underneath the carpeting is some rather nasty old tile which we could rip out and re-tile whenever we like.