This one comes on the heels of the beautiful wall treatment we featured in our Another Nod to Grey post last week. On the right is what looks like a dramatic white wallpaper featuring clusters of buildings outlined in black. The walls are painted black with the same buildings painted on, this time in white and on a much larger scale. We suspect that the homeowners painted the walls black and then drew in the white buildings freehand using either chalk on chalkboard paint or white paint pens. The larger-scaled buildings on the black wall keep the room from looking too busy. For more photos of the rest of this house, check out Emmas Design Blogg.
COLOR INSPIRATION: After purchasing a new construction home, I quickly became tired of beige. So where else to make a big statement other than the tiny guest bedroom? GO TO MICHELLE'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!
Q: I need suggestions on how to create an entry way where the door opens into the middle of the living room. We're a no-shoes-inside house and ideally we'd have a place to sit while we put on/take off shoes. Most of our shoes go in the closet but I do like a couple pairs readily accessible for rushing out the door. Does anyone have some creative ideas on how to achieve that in this space? Editor: Let Cory know what you suggest in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
When we checked out the rest of this kitchen and saw its gold-leafed pantry, we just had to share it with you. The mixture of high-effect materials like the gold leaf and tiles with clean white floors and walls really seems to work here. We're wondering if a poor-man's version of the gold leaf could be done with this aluminum foil idea? For more, check out designer Scott Weston's website.
Found on ATSF, this adorable home office/craft station in Leah's new dining room. The desk is West Elm's white Parsons, the vintage tulip-style chair was found on eBay, and that's an IKEA Grundtal rail and Asker containers holding corral scissors, rulers, pens and pencils, paperclips, and other supplies. Leah explains on her blog that the room used to be a dark crimson red. It took two coats of gray-tinted primer to fully cover the red. They then used a paint mixed to match Benjamin Moore's Sonoma Skies. The paint ended up too bright on the walls, so they added equal parts of white paint to dim it down. This just shows you that a little color in your home office can really make a difference. More examples of great use of color in home offices can be found here.
So many apartments we've rented have had random medicine cabinets installed over the sink that should have been recessed but weren't, or they have had flat mirrors without needed storage. Storage and a mirror but without needing to be recessed.... We spotted this walnut Molger mirror cabinet on a trip to Ikea several months ago and were really impressed with its design. The mirror slides from left to right on a track so that you can retrieve your toothbrush and toothpaste behind it, yet leaves some open storage for easy access. Granted we wouldn't recommend this solution to folks that tend to jam things haphazardly inside a medicine cabinet, or who have prescriptions to hide from prying eyes. For those of us who like things neat and have attractive containers for cotton balls and lotion, it has a particular spa-like feel.
Sofa heights and their stain-vulnerable upholstery often make them unsuitable as seating at dining tables. We can't shake our admiration for this taboo arrangement.... We're going to go ahead and trust designer Scott Yetman enough to cut loose and really love this one. Even in such a highly formal house, we love this casual seating option at the kitchen table. This smart blue sofa with the warm whites of the rest of the room just looks so fresh and inviting.
Q: After moving into my new apartment, I was thrilled about the new corner fireplace. Only one problem: I can't enjoy it when I can't see it from the couch! Any suggestions for furniture arrangement with a view of both the television and the fireplace? Wall mounting is not an option and I can not block access to the balcony doors. Editor: Please share your suggestions for furniture placement with Angela in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
COLOR INSPIRATION: What started as a small collection of posters and photos has grown rather quickly. As a a result a pattern of colors and ideas came through. We simply built upon that to create a color palette. GO TO BRENT'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!
In River North, a white matte lacquer side table for $55. We like the Greek key shape and storage possibilities. According to the seller, it was purchased from the West Elm catalog four years ago and is now a discontinued item. 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.West Elm pedestal side table for $60Tall modern cylinder lamp for $40 Vintage dining chairs for $45.Vintage green sofa for $175.Baker's rack for $35.Cream round drop leaf table for $100 Funky yellow armchairs 3 for $450.Thanks, Craig!
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.