Q: Hi folks! I need some advice on this decorating dilemma at a small town house in Brazil. The living room is narrow and I don't have a full wall where I can hang some artwork. We also have this empty space under the stairs, so any ideas would be very much appreciated. I love Scandinavian style and also organic and creative spaces, but I am lost on how to make my living room look decorated! The lounge unfortunately does not fit right in front of the TV. There are two doors, as you can see: one is the front door and the other one is a small restroom. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Paula in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
Of all the rooms in a house, the living room is the most actively used and most important. Read on for Slow Home tips to make the living room the best room in your home. Locate the living room near quality sources of light. Ideally, the living room would be on the south side of the building to get the most amount of sun throughout the year. For small spaces in particular, the living room is a multi-functional space: relaxation, gathering, entertaining, office and workspace, and even sleeping. Consider multifunctional furniture such as sleeper sofas; tables that can be occasional, dining and desk surfaces; storage pieces that can also be decorative, sat on or eaten on; ottomans can be used as a coffee or side table, serve as a place to rest your feet, and store items within; and benches that can be used to take off your shoes near the entry and then relocated at the dining table or moved to the living room for additional seating. Unless your room is large enough for two furniture groupings, organize the room around a single focal point. While the idea of a 'great room' has gained popularity in recent rooms, so has the occurance of living rooms that are too largely scaled. 'Great room' doesn't necessarily mean large, it actually implies a room that is multifunctional, which can still be cozy and small-scale. Good window shades can be decorative, provide privacy, filter daylight, shade the room from the hot sun and insulate the space during the winter.
Computers are invading our living rooms. As we take the time to get rid of our CD clutter by ripping all of our music and our digital movie collections continue to grow, you need a way to play them back on your nice speakers and TV's. Thankfully, PC styling is also moving away from the plastic tower or if you are feeling creative you can cram one into a piece of living room furniture. Now there is a third option, and a pretty good looking one at that. The MEdiaCOre PC is essentially a side table with an integrated PC. Simple and perfect for what we would want in our living room. Since space is always at a premium combining a place to store your music and hold your drink is alright with us. You can pick it up bare bones and build the system from scratch, or for $6100 get one fully built and running media center. Take a look at the video below to get a sense of scale in the living room.
Looking to make your home office greener? Well, this store may help you make some appropriate environmentally-friendly choices. We're suspicious of the term 'Green,' especially when it comes to a store. When we first clicked over to The Green Office, we wondered how much of it would be hype or faux green. We instantly liked their indicator system, which gives you a snapshot of each product's 'Greeness.' The selection of products is extensive, from envelopes to electronics. It's not so much that the products are made or marketed to be green, but sold from a green point-of-view. While they sell traditional office products as well as greener choices, each is clearly defined through their green rating system. If a choice offers no environmental savings, it is marked 'Conventional product.' It also promotes recycling with its extensive list of recycling centers, and has a newly founded blog to promote environmental issues.
Q: Our kitchen is very plain - cream cabinets, wooden worktops and cream, natural stone tiles. All in all, the kitchen is very pretty, but a bit too boring and country-style for me. I am thinking of changing the wall tiles to turn the kitchen into a modern, stylish place. I can't afford to replace the whole kitchen, and even worktops are pretty pricey any suggestions? Thanks! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Nina in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Q: Overall, there is too much free space in our master bedroom. Currently, there's a standard 5-piece bedroom set. I am considering changing the layout by removing the dresser and adding a lounge area, defining zones with rugs and with panel curtains along the long wall with different colors on each side. Our master bedroom is approximately 15' x 21', with all doors opening into the room. We have 6 windows: 3 full height along the shorter wall, and 3 'skylights'. Both sets of windows are positioned symmetrically from the center of their respective wall. There are already full length curtain panels on the other window wall. You see the bedroom set chest between the french door and entry door, and a console table in the corner behind the chaise lounge. The bed shown is queen - we would like to keep this size. Does this flow/definition of rooms work? Would you recommend a different layout? Thank you! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Olga in the comments - thanks!
What do your walls say about you? Find out online using Pantone's Mood Selector. The custom mood palette allows you to choose paint colors that fit your personality. Are you an analytical person with a sporty side? Try Oyster Gray in your dining room with a Cherry Tomato accent wall. Pantone Mood Selector: Should we paint the kitchen Sap Green? All signs point to yes. For more help choosing colors online, visit Janel's Top Ten color sites.
I had two speaker stands sitting around that are meant for tiny surround sound speakers with threads in them, but I needed to raise my bookshelf speakers in my room. I removed the L bracket that allows that, and had to create a surface for the speakers to rest on. So I found two hardcover books, punctured the center of the rear cover, and inserted a screw with large fender washers surrounding the cover on each side. If you don't want to sacrifice any books, remember, there are various other DIY methods for creating speaker stands: Dirt-Cheap Speaker Stands using the base of those horrible halogen lamps from college, articulating lamp arms for smaller speakers, or a more elegant IKEA hack solution.
No, we aren't talking waiters' uniforms here. Rather, an idea in kitchen cabinetry to paint the base cabinets black and the uppers white. It creates a foundation while allowing the upper cabinets to be light and blend in with what is often white walls.
As someone who is perpetually considering refacing my kitchen cabinets, I am always on the lookout for ideas to use once that day finally comes. While a natural wood Shaker-style cabinet door is beautiful, it can also look a little too commonplace. Build that same cabinet door in a paint grade poplar and give it a coat of a brightly-hued paint and you liven things up considerably. The style keeps things grounded while the color allows for a little self expression. If you tire of it in a decade, you can always cover the color with white or gray, and that Shaker style is here to stay. What do you think of this style of kitchen cabinet door?
At our place, our master bedroom opens up directly into our master bathroom. There's only a small archway that leads to the sinks When we set about decorating it, we wondered whether or not to continue the color scheme that was already going on in the bedroom into the bathroom.... We opted to carry over just a key color but found it more of an opportunity to bring in a new color all together. For those of you that have a similar bedroom set up, we're curious what you ended up doing? Did you flow your bedroom's decor into the bathroom? or did you do something totally different?