We see plenty of shared bedrooms here on Apartment Therapy. The overwhelming majority are for siblings of the same sex, but especially when families live in small homes and apartments, it's often the logical choice for a brother and sister to share a bedroom. Last week in 'My Brother's Bunkmate,' New York Times contributor Michael Tortorello wrote about some of the issues of brothers and sisters sharing a room. In My Brother's Bunkmate, Tortorello lists age, gender, dynamics, and personalities as factors in the shared room equation, but his greatest preoccupation is childhood sexuality. As the author points out, that icky anxiety is a total first world problem. The article concludes with an interview of siblings who grew up sharing a room in NYC, and it sounds like they turned out okay. It's kind of a weird article, and that's what Waldman spelled out in What's the Deal With That New York Times Piece on Brothers and Sisters Sharing a Bedroom? She takes the NYT to task for its squeamishness and reticence to go there and spell out what she thinks are the the real fears, instead obliquely baiting parents to worry about one more way in which they might be messing up their kids. Whether it's by choice or necessity, many families have siblings sharing rooms, but does the sex of the siblings really complicate the decision? Has your family worked through the prospect of a mixed-sex shared bedroom? What did you do? How is it working out?
Even though I've been trying hard to convince people otherwise, here in Houston at least, granite countertops are still king. Faith, our Kitchn editor, put a lot of thought into her choice of marble countertops for her new kitchen. Ceasarstone countertops in a modern kitchen from Dwell. Engineered stone countertops, like Cesarstone and Silestone, are made of little bits of quartz mixed with a binder and then molded into countertop shapes. Quartz countertops are also a good choice if you're going for a very minimal look, as there are options that are pure white or pure black, with no veining. The downside: engineered stone is one of the more expensive countertop options. Stainless countertops in a European kitchen spotted on Bo Bedre. Concrete countertops have a lovely, raw elegance: you get the movement and natural feel of stone, with the industrial edge of stainless. Find out everything you need to know about concrete countertops here. This is something I've never seen before but find really appealing: a backsplash and countertop made with penny tiles. The curved transition between the backsplash and countertop is a nice detail.
Jennifer posted this children's room on her blog, Minor Details, asking readers whether or not they think the matryoshka mural is too off-scale for the room. We loved so many other elements of this room, not least the Valentine's Day timeliness of the color scheme, that we had to share it here. Or maybe we're the only ones who are suckers for crochet, toile wallpaper, and Panton chairs. All these bold red and hot pink elements are a great take on inviting color into a white or neutral space.
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..
Dear AT,. I have this terrific vintage paper sculpture that I'd like to hang. The problem is that the perfect place for it - the wall above my dresser - is brick. Ordinarily I'd think about hanging it from the ceiling, but there are fairly bulky moldings, which would prevent the pieces from resting flush against the wall. Compounding the problem further, the art and frame have no hanging mechanism and the backing is actually part of the art. Any advice about how to hang this piece on my brick wall? Thanks! Jason.
Browsing Core77 this morning, Ian Walton's designs for Sleeve sparked a thought on the rise of the handle-free, insulated coffee mug. Are we so used to Starbuck's and coffee-to-go, that old fashioned mugs are losing steam? Jay Sorensen invented the Java Jacket in 1993 and in the past three years, Bodum continues to expand their already extensive line of double-walled glasses.... I know I've seen other examples of mugs and glasses that fall into this category...any referals would be appreciated!-aaron.
Today's lesson clarifies those definitions that everyone seems to be batting around with increasing frequency.... Carbon footprint The effect of an action, whether driving a car, eating meat or using a plastic bottle, on the climate measured by the amount of greenhouse gas that is produced. Greenhouse gas Gases, such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorocarbons, that directly contribute to global warming. Carbon offsets These are measures sold to companies and individuals to balance out the carbon dioxide their actions have produced. Carbon tax A proposal to charge a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels like gas for driving and fuel for flying. Energy vampires This term refers to electric appliances such as televisions, chargers, and computers that use energy even when turned off. Fair trade A certification code used by TransFair USA that ensures products such as coffee, tea and sugar have been grown by farmers who are paid a fair price, provided credit, and given assistance in their business with the eventual goal of economic self-sufficiency. Sustainability Living in a way that preserves resources for our children and our children's children. Ideally, looking for non-exhaustible ways to 'Fuel' our lives like wind and solar power.
This yellow chair in River North is a great color, great design, and is going for only 50 bucks. Seller shows us the comparison from Dania Furniture, which sells for $525. OTHER GOOD STUFF. Gray metal desk with white top for $100. Contemporary black sofa for $500. Room & Board dark wood writing desk for $60. Pier 1 lingerie chest for $120. Glass top center and end tables for $80. IKEA barstool for $5.Down sleeper sofa for $400. Thanks, Craig!
If you've been looking for a way to give your kitchen an update, you might be considering the look of stainless steel. Stainless steel appliances can be a little more expensive, but there's a new product out there than can give you the look, with just a paintbrush! Liquid Stainless Steel is 'The world's first brush-on stainless steel for your home.' It doesn't use any colorants, but is actually made with 100% stainless steel. It's made with a micrometal technology that combines microscopic pieces of stainless steel with a hybrid polymer that allows the stainless steel to flow. It is an automotive grade finish, so it has the durability of a car finish, but is water based.