We spotted this wall, in the room of Dwell designer Jennifer Chused's son, over at Cup of Jo, and felt inspired. Adding a wall like this, possibly with art you already have, is a perfect way to rejuvenate a room this spring. We love the idea of framing a collection of similar things, and we second Joanna's idea of using pages from an old book and IKEA frames.
Retro Office wrote to say that the store will give Apartment Therapy readers a 15% discount when they mention they saw this post! In a world of funkified retro steel case office furniture, Retro Office, Inc. might be the store to beat. The selection is huge, with a 15000 Sq.foot warehouse to hunt down your perfect piece. The color choices and finish styles are plentiful, and they have the credenzas that we love so much! Starting at around $1300, these beauties are stripped, sanded and clear-coated with 5 coats to ensure 'Maximum protection.' Also in stock are tanker desks, chairs and a great vintage lamp. All in all a great addition to the steel furniture stores that are the go-to for so many Hollywood writer-types.
If you've lived in an apartment woefully short on windows and long on awkward stretches of blank walls as we have, it can be intimidating to start curating the most tasteful mix of art, mirrors and shelves for every vertical surface. 'This seven-mirror set from Wrapables comes through with three 3' mirrors, three 6' mirrors and one 9' mirror to arrange asymmetrically on a wall, and effectively break the wall-hanging ice without the art-choice anxiety. At $43.95, it's a safe buy you won't feel bad about replacing when you do build that collection of meaningful art you love.
I've been shopping again folks, this time with an eye towards comfortable, clean and casual pieces that are pretty and understated. There's an earthy vibe here, with natural rope and wood materials, offset by a nice dose of color which keeps this room from becoming bland. I know you are dying the see the less expensive versions, so keep on clicking for the alternatives, along with the sources for all these great finds. If you've been adding these up as you go along, you already know that the first version rings up at $3,904. Slipcover Sofa from Ikea; $399. Next up is an equally clean and airy living room, but with a big difference. As always, if you find something similar to the items above, for a better price, share the information by linking to it in the comments below.
Have you been looking for something to set you apart at the next all day music festival or soccer game? Check out this lawn chair that's received quite the luxury treatment with a few leather belts. We happened upon a great pin on Pinterest and followed it back to Kiki over at Kiki The Spunky Munky where we discovered this vintage lawn chair that has a brand new life ahead of it. Vintage frames of this sort usually have torn webbing and the replacement options aren't always attractive. You could pick up inexpensive options from the thrift store and alter them with either dyes or punches - heck leave them just the way they are! It's a fun idea to make custom pieces that will be the awe of the block party or perfect for your next trip to the beach or ballgame.
We all know that you're not 'supposed' to have a TV in your bedroom, that it gets in the way of romance, that it can make it difficult to sleep, and that your bedroom should be for sleeping not for watching. If you do, have you had any of the negative side effects that are claimed in Feng Shui books? Are you a convert, having had a TV in the bedroom and now being adamant against it? If you're living in a studio, you might not have the option of putting the TV in another room, so then what? Do you have it hidden, facing away? I only ever had one in my room as a teenager and it definitely kept me awake. In my adult-hood I've tried to keep the bedroom simple and tht has meant no tv.
Dear AT,. I am buying an apartment and am planning to replace the floors. The apartment is on the 2nd floor and faces north, which means it gets average sunlight. I love dark hardwood floors, but am worried that putting them in will make the room look smaller. I'm planning on painting the walls either a slate gray or light taupe, so hopefully the walls will open the room up? I've attached a photos of one of my flooring options.
Project by: Jennifer Wagner SchmidtLocation: Washington D.C. Looking for a style that's slightly glamorous, full of graphic pattern but still casual enough to be comfortable? You'll find some inspiration in the home of this young couple who hired Jennifer Wagner Schmidt to design their condo to give them a style that work with both of their tastes. From the designer: Jennifer Wagner Schmidt of JWS Interiors was hired to help a 20 something couple design their new condo's only dining area and entryway. A challenge to make the most of the small space, JWS Interiors chose a graphic wallpaper to make a statement in the narrow entrance and found the perfect foyer table that was just narrow enough to hold keys and a few items. As you walk in, a beautiful custom gray buffet serves as the perfect entertaining spot when family and friends come over. Ample storage provides for necessary china and serving pieces. Adjacent to the serving area is the eat-in kitchen and the only dining area in the home. JWS Interiors decided to use a banquette to maximize seating and give the space a cozy feel. The cowhide rug is a modern touch along with the acrylic chairs. A large painting found on Joss & Main fills the wall space and completes the fresh, modern look. Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.
Oh mang! When we were little we never had a TV in our room, let alone a whole kids loft media room! Featured on Design*Sponge, this kid's loft is found in the home of Rosy Levy. She designed the room so that the TV, on a swivel arm, can swing out for easy viewing from the kid's deskor can be watched from the king size futon. 'We set up a king upholstered mattress to lounge, play Xbox and have kids sleep over,' Levy tells Design*Sponge. 'They don't have desks in their bedrooms, which are meant only for sleeping.' Instead, Levy made a little home office for her kids with Eames soft management desk chairs from Corporate Design Choice, along with millwork done locally, leather drawer pulls from York Studio, and a corkboard covered with a raffia material.
The May 2007 issue of Real Simple has featured the OXO Good Grips sink strainer as their featured 'Product of the Month.' What makes this strainer so great is that the center is actually made of long-lasting silicone. It simply inverts and allows any icky gunk stuck to it to easily come out. It fits most standard sink drains and is $7. Available here. OXO products have been a favorite of AT since the beginning. Check out ATNY's review of these OXO products here, here, here, and this one from Kitchen. Do any of you use this sink drainer? What is your review?
Minneapolis designer Jay Nuhring has another no-shopping makeover for us. This time, his client has a huge living room, three of the same sofa, and a wall of books that looks a bit bland. Jay applied the use-what-you-have motto and created a whole new space within a space! Nothing new was purchased for this living room makeover. The first question I asked myself was what do I do with three identical basil green sofas. Through simply editing, rearranging and hanging a few thoughtfully placed pieces of art, the book wall took center stage. Placing a cello in the mix further suggested a library/music space. It took a couple days but the results speak for itself. The house feels revived, updated and more sophisticated. I love when I'm able to connect with spaces on a healing level, giving rooms their dignity back, and creating spaces that support a positive lifestyle.