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.....
It's easy to be inspired by expensive rooms put together by a team of designers, but it also pleases us to look at simple spaces arranged and used by regular people. This one is clearly functional and just has a good vibe coming from it. We might tend to overwhelm a small space like this with artwork and hooks and organizers, but we like how this person used a restrained hand with a simple wall calendar and clock, and restricted the color palette to white and blue.
The NY Times has picked up on the modernist dollhouse craze. I've loved dollhouses and things in miniature for a long time, but devotees to this movement have really wowed me with their collections and creations. Take this miniature replica of the IKEA Expedit, a familiar friend here at Ohdeedoh. Don't you just want to take it and organize it? You can read the NY Times full article and check out the slideshow here.
Recently we spotted this idea for hanging artwork in the house. Of course there's always hanging artwork gallery style which is a little bit more eclectic and random than this version. We love how clean this version looks, especially for a small space where a normal gallery style hanging could become chaotic and overwhelming. Because the images are small, they provide a pop of color in a neutral space and also invite people to stand close to get a good look at the image, instead of needing to step back to get a good look. Some places we'd love to see this arrangement: in a long hallway, a small bathroom in a more formal way. The Ikea Ribba Frames come in square silver but have larger mats cut.
Recently we traded in our long-standing copper bowl centerpiecefor this crazy African violet. This month on Apartment Therapy we're posting about Setting Up Home, so I've been mulling over the first things I generally do when I move to a new place. It occurred to me that I always feel more at home when my dining table isn't naked. Some kind of centerpiece-be it a vase of flowers, a pretty bowl, or a tray of favorite objects-always makes it onto that table within a few days of moving in. This wide copper bowl occupied the center of our table for a few good years until the African violet came along. I remember when we moved last year, I made sure to know exactly where the bowl was packed so we could establish it quickly in its rightful place in our new home. Do you have a semi-permanent centerpiece that makes you feel at home? Or do you prefer to keep your dining room table bare? Do tell!
We've featured some great art corners and displays. With the amount of art work kids can pump out, you might need to consider going big. I found this large scale art center over at HGTV.com and immediately started looking for an appropriate wall in my house that could accommodate such a large installation. The three panels are great for organizing and inspiring artwork. The art center makes for an interesting and changing focal point in the room. For more great photos, run over to HGTV.com.
There's nothing that can freshen up your space or brighten your day like a bouquet of flowers. We've all heard of different tips and tricks to help our flowers stay fresh as long as possible, and I thought I would put some of the common options to the test. Keep reading to see the results and the big winner! All flower ends were cut at an angle before placing in vases. PENNY: 1 clean copper pennyTHEORY: copper acts as antibacterial agent. ASPIRIN: 1 crushed tablet per literTHEORY: mimics effects of traditional flower food. BLEACH: 2 caps full per literTHEORY: kills mold & bacteria. FRIDGE: placed in fridge over night each day THEORY: like fruits & veg, keeps them fresh. CIDER VINEGAR: 2 tsp cider vinegar + 2 tsp sugar per literTHEORY: encourages buds to open and last longer. Just by popping your bouquet in the fridge when you go to bed will help them stay fresh and last much longer and there's no fussing. As you can see, these tulips still have life in them and if you're someone who likes to buy fresh flowers every week, this may even save you the cost of one bouquet a month.
Slash used to play with Guns & Roses, but now he's just trying to declutter like the rest of us. Help him clean out by buying his barely used Flos Mini Globe Table light for five little ones. 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.Thanks, Craig!
Check out a closeup view of the cool message board and dining area, created by designer Janine Carendi a friend was able to snap in person. You could list one heckuva long grocery list on that wall-sized side chalkboard and pin up a week's worth of notes onto that message board. Best of all, the whole table and bench setup tucks into a compact form when not in use. Peep the setup in its compact form below the jump.... We'd imagine ourselves using this as a remote/secondary home office during the day and a dining spot in the evening. Check out more ideas from Janine at her site Area Interior Design.
A little color inspiration from the restaurant world - check out these great baby blue painted dining chairs at Orinoco Latin Kitchen in Brookline Village. We love how they pop in the mostly wood and brick interior. Follow the jump for another picture.... Orinoco's space really reflects their food: no frills, warm, inviting and colorful. Painting less expensive chairs - matching style or not - a single color is a budget-friendly look that anyone could pull together to create a fun, laid-back dining room.
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?