Q: I just moved into a loft with my partner, and the opening to the bedroom is right next to the kitchen / living area. There is no door and there is another opening to let light in across the top of the wall. As you can imagine, these openings also let in a lot of sound. A. What is a good way to solve the noise / privacy issue regarding the door while working around the pipes and 18 ft ceilings? B. What is a good way to solve the noise issue regarding the 'Window' at the top? Also trying to figure out a way to let light in when we want it during the day, but not while I'm trying to sleep at night and he's in the common area with lights on? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Meg in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
We were checking out the new Room and Board catalog and were admiring the new Anders Bed which reminds us of a sturdier and more updated version of the case study bed that we happen to own. What we noticed was how great the bed looks with all the blankets neatly tucked with such precision. We admit that we'd love to be able to keep up a look like this, especially since it so goes with the style of our bed, but it just isn't practical. First off, we like down comforters which, by nature, do not tuck. Third, our better half is very tall and his legs stick right of the end of the bed so it's very uncomfortable if it's all tight and tucked in. What's your take? Is it wrong to sully a perfectly good modern bed with mussed up sheets? Do you have the patience, resolve, correct bedding to do the tuck? How are you warm enough? Do you hide extra bedding that you put on the bed when it's time to go to sleep? Do you untuck everything before getting into bed? Or do you let it all hang out? And does anyone actually get the corners looking as good as the above photo?
Few things in the world of decorating are more controversial than the pink bathroom. Now there's a whole new generation of pink bathrooms - and they're anything but frilly and froufrou. Blush pink tile - and matching wall paint - give this bathroom from Hearth Studio a subtle but sophisticated vibe. For an even more subtle way to bring pink into the bathroom, try using pink tile just on the floor, as in this space from Made a Mano. Now for something totally different - a bathroom that employs pink plaster instead of tile, beautifully contrasted with a steel shower enclosure and black fixtures. The light pink marble and light pink walls make this bathroom from Kingston Lafferty Design twice as nice. In this bathroom from Casas, light pink paneling pairs beautifully with a pedestal sink, and a modern mirror and light fixtures. The textured pink tile contributes to the slouchy, boho vibe of this bathroom from Sight Unseen.
Elaine wrote in just in time for the end of Bathroom Month. I thought I'd send some photos of the typical SF flat split bath set-up. One of the few side benefits of a recent apartment fire that stranded me for 6 months was my landlord let me pick the new paint colors for my entire 11 room flat.... ...I went wild with a pink sherbet in the tiny, sunny lavatory and periwinkle blue shower room.
Here are some suggestions for how to choose cabinetry that will make your modern kitchen sing. Frameless cabinets require full overlay doors, and they tend to look more modern. Framed cabinets can skew either traditional or modern, depending on which types of doors you choose. Inset doors are attached within the cabinet box, like they would be in a piece of furniture, instead of covering the cabinet box; this configurations is seen in the lower cabinets in Charlotte and Boris's home. Full overlay doors are the most common choice for modern cabinetry. It is, of course, possible to have full overlay doors in a traditional style, but this is the most common foundation for a modern kitchen. One easy way to take your kitchen to the modern side is to choose flat-front cabinet doors. If you want a modern kitchen, your cabinetry should be relatively simple, without too many decorative elements. Salvaged wood can, with the right design, still look modern, but if you want to keep things simple, remember that smooth is the way to go. We are all familiar with the modern, white kitchen, as well as with the fact that painted cabinets have had a resurgence.
Pink and purple, the traditional color combination for the girly-girl. For me it usually invokes a tooth-aching sweetness that I do not find appealing. This room found over at Anna Leena's Hem blog has changed my mind about this color combination. Anna, with the help of her daughter, was able to put together an inspired room using rosy pink and purple with touches of green successfully; not an easy feat. For more photos of Anna's home, check out her blog.
The living room is the heart of your home, and you want it to look good. Today we'll be taking a peek at 5 stylish living rooms, in all different styles, and then examining what it is that makes each one of them work. Above: This living space is such a wonderful study in contrasts. There's not a lot of art in this room; the bookcase really sets the tone for the space instead. I like how there's so many pillows that that kind of becomes a whole diferent thing. The Prouve sconce gives the room a bold focal point and helps to tie everything together. Gallery walls can be hard to pull off, but I think this room does an admirable job. I think one of the tricks to having a gallery wall not overwhelm a room is to make it the primary consideration and keep everything else in the room a bit more subtle. I'm really in love with the simplicity of this space. The minimal furnishings, and the way they're spaced throughout the room, give everything a bit of an airy feel.
Perusing other design blogs, we saw Holly at decor8's post about 2modern. What caught our eye was the pointer to Steelogic products. Sleek, simple, minimalist, functional - oh, and have we mentioned it's green? 85% of all steel used in Steelogic products is produced from scrap.
Maxwell did a bit of 'Reveal behind the curtain' posting today with his entry showing my home office. Looking at it from a guest's perspective, I know I'd like to eventually spruce it up. Though my home office is functionally fine, it's a room I'd love to redo with a bit more cohesive panache.... I'm thinking of possibly doing something inspired by the image at the top from WhereWeDoWhatWeDo by using leftover Inhabit wall tiles from my January Jumpstart or optimizing vertical space by adding some tall bookcases directly behind the desk and creating a similar see-thru desktop. If we only had a little more space, we could create an organized and sparse desktop area like Accolady's setup. There's something calming and serene about an uncluttered desktop, whether it's on your actual desk or on your computer screen. The first place I'll need to start off is planning a better cord and cable organization system like the under the desk solution shown above or creatively through a bit of DIY work. It's funny...in many ways organizing a smaller space is much more difficult and involved than a larger space; the spatial limitations considered against the multiple utility factors and hardware components of a home office strongly shape what designs can or cannot work. That's all before factoring in whether it even looks good to a discriminating eye. We'll report back as we make progress in the coming weeks.....
I just moved into a beautiful new apartment! It is almost perfect. To be clear, the counter is pink with flecks of glitter. How can I deal with this baby blue and pink tiled bathroom with orange and black accents?? I was thinking about using a striped shower curtain, but should I just go with all white or black showers curtains and bath mats? There is no wall to paint in the bathroom...it is completely covered in pink tile. This is the sample curtain Anne-Lise sent along with her question. We know how she feels - our bathroom is also covered in speckled tile with pink fixtures - but we chose to fight it rather than embrace it. We think the addition of more colors might make the space even more disjointed. All black or all white accessories sounds good to us.
COLOR INSPIRATION: The tealy blue color in my living room was inspired by my love of grey. I needed something that would compliment all the grey tones found though out the main floor of the house. GO TO ALISON'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!
I have something to share this week that is slightly unusual for two reasons: I'm writing about a country house upstate instead of an apartment, and I have more than one photo of the same color. Having several photos will reveal how a color changes with light. Neutral colors like this in particular can shift depending on the time of day, light conditions and other variables. Blue Gray is warm that runs slightly green in shadow, which leads me to my next point. I have something else I haven't shown in a while: baseboards in a color other than white. I most frequently use Decorator's White for trim, White Dove with yellow or tan unless something special is called for. Since my first Farrow & Ball post a few months ago, I've learned quite quickly that the F&B palette tips upper-crust, and what Gervase Yellow evokes as a darker-than-Ivory trim color is just that, yet it also sits comfortably in Upstate Bohemia. Gervase Yellow picks up on a mysterious tint in the wall color and the result is equally classic and mid-century, and is also a perfect foil for all the wood objets and hand-made lamps, done by the artist in residence.