Q: Hey There, We just bought our first home in Toronto and our small renovation budget is putting us in a tight spot on how to lay out our living room. The living room has 2 doors: one close to the entrance and another which leads to the dining room from the living room. We do not want to make it an open concept living and dining room so we cannot drop the wall between living and dining room 2. The other option we explored is if we can remove the fireplace so that we can make the mantle wall against which we can put a 3 seater sofa. That would cost about 1500 CAD. Question: How should the furniture be laid out w/o moving the mantle so that the flow of the room is not obstructed? P.S: the furniture in the current picture is not mine. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jaspal in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
I don't know about you, but when I try to incorporate multiple motifs into a room willy-nilly, things can quickly get a little out of control and the space ultimately lacks cohesion. When it comes to the delicate dance of mixing and matching patterns, it's best to take cues from the pros. As your print-mixing guides, we've put together four high and lows inspired by rooms with perfectly blended patterns. The Terrace Suite at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, designed by co-owner and Design Director Kit Kemp, is an ideal example of pattern-mixing prowess, as it's bursting at the seams with drool-worthy patterns-many from her own textile collections, like the hand-embroidered curtains in the living room and the vibrant, upholstered headboard in the bedroom. Though not for the faint of heart, this space packs some serious pattern punch.
My husband and I relocated to Portland this past April from Los Angeles. We're both from the midwest, and we love the way this city combines all of our favorite aspects of home with everything we loved about living in L.A. We were looking for a little house to rent with a yard for our little dogs, but once we saw this place, we stopped looking! Situated on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River, our apartment is directly across the river from Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States. I would say the bedroom is very 'Rob', while our shared studio/office is more me. We're both artists/creative people, so we're both pretty passionate about aesthetics. I'm an illustrator, and Rob is a freelance Creative Director/Art Director who also loves to draw. Something I love about the evolution of our living spaces over the past six years is the items that remind me of the different cities where we have lived. Rob and I got married a little over a year ago in Joshua Tree, so when I look around our apartment, I see lots of succulents, cacti, wedding gifts and other items that remind me of our desert wedding. Southern California was a such a stark contrast to the Pacific Northwest, and we feel fortunate to have lived in both! Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour & House Call Submission Form.
In Lakeview, this red European designer couch is for sale. Some great things going for it: only a few years old, fun shape, felt fabric, and a great cherry red. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..
'Oh, and by the way, I threw away all your little throw pillows. Yea. Cuz throw pillows suck. They serve no purpose. They're purely decorative.' Yeah, I know some people are huge fans of throw pillows in multitude, but even a decor-friendly gent like myself has to agree with Reuben on this one. One or two throw pillows are attractive and aid in comfort. When you start inching into numbers that require stacking and layering them upon the bed or couch, it becomes a serious case of overindulgence that provides neither comfort or practical use. At least that's how I personally feel when surrounded by an army of pillows. Noting a past survey, I think I'm in the minority though...I'm surprised to see people with upwards of 9 pillows on their bed.
Whatever your gear-toting vessel of choice-messenger bag, backback, purse-there's a few things that every techie should have on hand. You can be ready for anything, no matter what happens along the way, if you keep these 3 items handy. At Least One Pair of EarbudsEven if your listening gear of choice is a sweet pair of Sennheiser cans, you might not carry them everywhere with you. Be ready for YouTube tutorial vids at the library, or an impromptu jam session on the train, by keeping an old and compact pair of earbuds handy. Try this: iHip's retractable earbuds are compact and inexpensive at around $12. A Backup Phone BatteryA long day out of the house takes as much energy out of you as it does out of your smartphone. Try the Juice Pack case for iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Or the keychain-sized portable battery Juice Pack Reserve for iPhone or other Micro USB smartphones. An Empty Flash Drive You Can Afford to LoseYou might keep a personal drive to travel with important docs, but you might also want to keep a cheap spare on you. Try this: A 1GB drive will cover you in a jam for less than $1..
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?
Q: My fireplace is at the very edge of my longish living room I have two wall spaces as options for my TV. Along the same wall of my fireplace or in front of the window next to the front door, but I would rather keep the window space open. Considering a living room area with the TV on one half then a reading area with chairs by the fireplace, but not sure if that's wise for such a small space because I don't want my TV above the fireplace. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Saerom in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
I love all the space, but my living room/kitchen is just one big open square, and I don't know what furniture to get or where to put it! The space is an approximaetly 15'x18' open area. One wall is all floor-to-ceiling windows and opens to a balcony, and the opposite side is an entrance to the room and then counter area/open to the kitchen. The furniture: I have one couch that I plan to replace in the next year. I don't own a kitchen table or media stand yet, so I could get anything. The ideas: I thought of putting a long kitchen table to the left, having a couch in the middle of the room, and entertainment center on the right wall, but I think that could just be too much furniture/ too cramped with no room to walk. Another idea was to get a round kitchen table and have the couch on one wall and the table/entertainment center on the other wall, but then the couch is way too far from the entertainment center and I have a lot of awkward space in the middle of the room. There's also no real division of the eating area from living area. I am not really happy with either solution I've come up with, so does anyone have tips on how to make this work? Or any creative people out there who can think outside the box and help me find a fabulous solution that makes the most of the lofty space and divides the room in a way that flows and makes sense? Please help!
Medicine cabinets are great small space solutions since they're shallow and only take up wall space. We can think of a few areas in the home where they'd be useful.... Use a medicine cabinet in your entryway to hold keys and other small items. A mirrored version lets you check your makeup on the way out the door. A mirrored version works well for this too...it can add a little bit of storage to a spot where you might already be inclined to hang a mirror. Hang one or two plain medicine cabinets on a kitchen wall. The depth of the shelves is perfect for spices or small drinking glasses. Use a medicine cabinet in a home office to store paperclips and USB cords. Hang a stainless steel version above a desk and use the door as a magnet board. Places to find good medicine cabinets: IKEA, Restoration Hardware, or find vintage ones on ebay.
ATSF recently blogged this pink powder room by Jay Jeffers and it instantly reminded us of another pink powder room that we fell in love with a while back. Designed by some pretty hip LA designers, this powder room gets it's punch from the wallpaper. The powder room was put together by design duo Woodson and Rummersfeld who like to mix Palm Springs Mid Century with Hollywood Regency meets the 80's. Sounds weird, we know, but they pull it off in style. We actually got to see this bathroom in person and it was even better than in pictures.
I use their plastic grass 'Daisy Doormat' in front of the kitchen sink. Pitch:When I bought this apartment about a year ago, the kitchen was sad afterthought, crammed into one side of a large room. DIY Ikea Island: I wanted to have a kitchen island on wheels to move around as needed. I can't tell you how convenient it is to have a computer in the kitchen, whether it's for looking up quick recipes or checking emails while you're waiting for the water to boil. To create our highly functional, versatile kitchen space, I hired an up-and-coming designer/architect. Since moving in, we've hosted about four dinner parties for ten people, and the kitchen always receives rave reviews. M. I hope my kitchen makeover is helpful to some of you.