Supriya has a good question: Our dining area faces the living room, and we were planning to get the stainless steel UTBY bar table from Ikea. We've ordered some bar chairs with chrome legs from overstock already. My husband is set on getting the stainless steel table for the dining area. I'm not a 100% convinced that its a good idea.... Do you have any suggestions about whether a stainless steel topped dining table is a good way to go? We were not able to find tables that matched the color of our living room furniture, hence we decided to go with a steel finish. We're also open to a glass table, but so far we haven't found one that fits our dimensions or budget. Any thoughts on stainless steel for a dining table? How about other suggestions? Please let Supriya know.....
Hi AT:DC,I'm hoping someone out there in the wild and wonderful interweb can help us out with some suggestions for a small round end table. I love the look of this one from Urban Outfitters ... just hate the photo on top! I've hunted around IKEA but the only thing I can find is on casters. Can anyone suggest something similar - a small white round end table to squeeze into the living room? Help! Many thanks - Carolyn in D.C. Carolyn,We love the Vanessa Table from Overstock.com and the size is right for your space. Overstock also has several round tables in different wood colors. Do any of our readers have suggestions for Carolyn?
The Tone Kids Chair is a great example of classic design with modern sensibilities. Created using sustainable timbers, the Tone Kids Chair gives a nod to traditional parquetry. The Tone Kids Chair is designed by Leif.designpark for Atlantico. We love the simple lines and how the natural beauty of the wood grain comes through. We're in love with bright colors and patterns that we tend to forget the beauty of natural states.
When Kelly and Dave purchased their home, its layout was in its original, chopped-up form, but what the young family needed was an open plan that would allow views through the living spaces. So when they embarked on extensive renovations, their first plan of action was to get rid of that wall you see in the Before photo above.... With the wall gone and two columns in its place, one can see from living room to dining room and kitchen. The couple can be in the kitchen and see their one-year-old son playing on the living room rug. They can entertain guests in the dining room while chatting from the stove, all because that central wall that was once the heart of the home has been replaced by openness and freedom of sight and movement.
I listen to this debate all the time: does a dark color shrink a room or not? I'd like to answer that with 'Yes and no.' A dark color can bring the walls closer towards you, but it also makes the room appear to be vast, like the night.... I remember years ago seeing a photo of a room Billy Baldwin designed in the sixties. It described the paint color as 'Coca-Cola,' or what I would call a red black, but it was in one of those Upper East Side apartments with plenty of wood paneling painted white so the color never became overwhelming. I thought this room was gorgeous, and it made quite and impression on me. I live in the smallest apartment in Christendom and have a long, dark brown accent wall. So for the end of small apartment month at Apartment Therapy, let's take another survey. Who is brave enough among you to paint a small space dark, and what would you choose? Once again, I'll try to pick fun colors for our options. Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter.
Despite our emphasis on colour here at AT, oftentimes, especially in sunny LA, the decision is to paint the walls white or white or maybe white. When it's done right, a dark room, furnished with high gloss white pieces, makes a dramatic statement.... It's a look that's especially inviting and cozy when the weather is overcast, as it was for most the mornings this weekend. Painted in high gloss white, even inexpensive furniture has impact here. It's not a look for the timid since getting it right means going for strong lined pieces, no-holds-barred pattern and colour and embracing your inner extrovert. We'd use a glossy bright white and, depending the piece, might even splurge on having them car painted. Toss in a little animal print, a bold neon colour to liven it up and perhaps a little metallic.