Q: We are moving into a new home and need a new sofa and chair for the main floor, open concept, living room. Things get interesting when one takes into account the 'eclectic' pieces we are bringing into the space. We have inherited a beautiful tufted leather rocking chair that we are having refinished. Somehow we would like to pair it with a coffee table we received as a wedding gift years ago. Help is needed for two things - 1) what kind of sofa and chair could possibly tie these pieces together? AND 2) how should we refinish the table? The space, although not reflected in the pictures, has crown molding and very large baseboards. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Clueless in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
Even though The Spring Cure has come to an end, that doesn't mean we're not still snooping around the Flickr pool and watching for a few late entries! We happened upon RobnSarah's transformation of a vintage tv into a dry bar and thought it was a great use of an otherwise useless item. We love the addition of the light and the hinged front door. Now we're curious what other vintage finds that technology has rendered obsolete could be used for the same purpose!
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Before Fall Colors starts, we just wanted to get this black wall out of our system. We're loving the idea of using black on bumpy, imperfect walls like the ones pictured here.... Black also seems soothing and mellow - a perfectly suitable finish for a bedroom. We would lose the majority of those pillows on the bed, but otherwise we like this room very much. The white cove wrapping down from the ceiling helps a lot to lighten the weight of the black walls. What do you think? Could you go with black in any particular room of your home?
We've often seen this done in tiny restaurants, but not so much in homes. A mirror is placed on the wall at about the eye level of seated diners. The effect is expansive and lively: the dining space is opened up and the space feels like it continues beyond the mirror's surface. When browsing Montreal-based Moutarde Décor's website, we noticed they applied this trick in many small residential dining spaces.... Two of these arrangements pair a mirror with banquette seating. We think that would be a great application for small-space living. The mirrors work to reflect the dining surface, light fixtures, and windows' natural light.
Vintage is definitely a hot trend right now in nurseries and especially children's rooms. Mixing modern pieces with vintage accessories immediately personalizes a room. While you may not want to take it this far- here are some great shots taken from Decorating Your Child's Room from the Doubleday Home Decorating Program, circa 1971, to inspire you. Vintage Goodness scanned these great shots from a pamphlet she found. Prominent features of these rooms are lots of avocado, trundle beds, and lots of bright patterns. Accessories seem to range from more typical vintage letters and numbers to the stranger whales, soldiers, and zebra prints! Vintage Goodness has a few more pics and lots more to inspire your modern vintage over at her blog.
We've seen Family Rules before, but this one golden rule pretty much covers it all. This adorable print is a collaboration between father and son. Six year old Koen drew all of the elements here and then his dad digitally arranged them.
Kimberly of Swoonworthy and her partner Wayne did a great job renovating their old kitchen, but Kimberly wasn't entirely happy with the results. She is a girl who requires more drama from her interiors. A couple of simple DIY projects later, she's added some glitz and glamor to this space. Kimberly papered behind the open shelving with a dark grey and silver wallpaper that was originally intended for the dining room, then added lots of gold accessories like her vintage plates and dinky gold and white hedgehog bowls. She also replaced the chrome 'S' hooks under the wall cabinets with brass ones, and swapped all the hardware on the cabinet doors for some Chinoiserie-style brass handles she found on ebay. For more of Kimberly's DIY projects, check out her blog Swoonworthy.
Why I use color: I use neutral colors for the walls and floors in my modern minimal space to offset the beautiful views outside. The large windows brings the outside in, so I picked bright splashes of color and shapes to 'Pop' off the neutral backgrounds. The tall ceilings feel palatial; The colored furnishings ground you, are inviting and add a feeling of warmth. Get sample bottles of paint and paint a 2 foot square area on your wall before you make your decision. Mix and match colors that you think would never go together... they will! Benjamin Moore Color Samples come in small bottles so you can try any color you'd like.
Windows over sinks tend to draw the eye, which means that this small area in your kitchen has a lot of visual responsibility. Taking some time to dress it up - even a little bit - can change the entire look and feel of the room, and reward you tenfold. Erin of Francoise et Moi painted the window frame a pretty blue to make it stand out, and topped it off with brass hardware. Elizabeth and Jeremy have plant vines trained around the perimeter of the window, which is both a beautifully organic and unusual decorating decision. A cornice box really finished off a window and, in the case of this kitchen from A Beautiful Mess, provides a little dab of hot pink. Two sconces on either side of sink from House & Home frame the window nicely and call your attention to the view outside. Sometimes it's as simple as adding a single pendant light to add movement and give the window some personality. This kitchen makeover from My Domaine involved a classic roman shade which added color and pattern to the all-white kitchen. This decorative door hanging looks great hanging on a window instead, and fits this Bohemian home seen on Design Sponge. Jennifer Rizzo's kitchen window is framed by a couple of wooden brackets, which dress it up without needing a curtain.
These beautiful Design Within Reach Modern Leather Dining Chairs are in immaculate condition, and are selling for $250 each, or at $225 each if you buy multiple chairs. Apartment Therapy New York Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the Shopping Guide. They are local and JUST DECOR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll highlight you here on the front page.
In cases when you need extra chairs for guests or simply want super slim, affordable chairs for a studio apartment, we're big fans of the Lina Chair.... A classic DWR design that has been a staple with our clients for many years, the Lina is made like the typical French park folding chairs, but with a padded leather seat and back that comes in three colors. Strong enough for daily use, it folds up into next to nothing.