MGR. VINTAGE CABINET FOR SALE. This is one of my favorite pieces, but I recently moved and it doesn't fit in my new place. It's a beautiful shabby chic-style, chipped paint cabinet. I used it as a TV stand/media storage cabinet, but it can be used in any room in the house. It's a brown rustic color, with signs of chipped carmel-colored paint showing through. Inside has one shelf, a large open storage space, and three narrow drawers. The cabinet has plenty of room on top to store just about anything. I can't say enough good things about this piece.
This isn't the first time we've seen a sink/toilet combo greywater system. It is the first time we've seen one this sleek and one with a sink we'd actually like to use. What's brilliant about Roca's toilet/sink combo, is that they've actually designed it so that you don't have to straddle the toilet while you wash your hands. It's a simple design improvement, but one that makes a huge difference. The concept behind these sink/toilet combos is that the water that runs down the drain as you wash your hands is collected in the toilet and then used for the next flush. Now we hope someone will take an average looking toilet and steal the sideways facing sink idea. Who really wants to stand over the toilet while they wash their hands?Image: Inhabitat.
Stephan has a living room ready and waiting for the right buyer, since he's selling his couch and chair set. The set is red and black leather, and, while not to everyone's taste, will look great in the right setting. MM. 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!
Q: I am looking for an 8- to 12-seater extendable, rectangular dining table that will go with my orange chairs. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Newleaf in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
A bit of an urban natural disaster that is affecting residents in a big, wet way. Our friend Evan lives near the Montrose mess and reports that the basement of his building, along with 'Every other one in the neighborhood' was flooded and that his neighbor who lives in a garden apartment had it even worse.... Neighbor: 'I woke up to a sandal floating by my face'....Yikes! We thought we'd start a thread here for sharing advice on how to dry out for our water logged fellow Chicagoans...if you have tips or info to share, please comment below.
Do you believe the hype? Last week, the New York Times published a piece on the rise of outdoor fireplaces - Family Hearth Moves to the Backyard. Fire pits have been popular for years, especially in California and the South, where a small blaze makes it possible to relax outside on cool winter nights. What is surprising is that the demand for free-standing fireplaces seems strongest in Northern states. Where winters are too cold for backyard fireplaces to do any good, and summers are too hot to use them. They may also may be a way for busy, well-educated, well-to-do families to connect with deeper things, said Barbara Risman, chairwoman of the sociology department at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and executive officer of the Council on Contemporary Families. It's a quick read and we know you'll have comments!
Since it's bathroom month, we took a close look at our own. In a bathroom of small proportions with an unattractive, almost-white radiator taking up precious space, we decided that since we couldn't hide it, we may as well focus on it. Using simple materials, our chipped up, in-the-way necessity became a much more attractive object and heating source. Now the black diamonds on the floor tiles pop and the glossy black makes things seem cleaner than the old 'White.' This small bathroom also has a large side wall, with the impossibility of adding functional shelving. We had an old full-length mirror from Target, with no use for it in the bedroom. Since the wall was not only tall, but also unusually wide, we flipped the typically vertical mirror on its side, and a larger, more reflective bathroom was born.
Their kitchens and dining areas are modern rooms that make smart use of space, and their commercial projects include a local cafe. Click below for more.... Designers Julia Sandetskaya and Polina Zaika brought together traditional colors and modern fixtures in this home inspired by French country style. The angular counter in this contemporary kitchen provides extra seating and storage underneath. A built-in banquette provides a lot more seating than a standard table. The modern legs on this banquette make it appear light and airy. Large-scale artwork in the breakfast nook elevates a kitchen corner.
'Oh, and by the way, I threw away all your little throw pillows. Yea. Cuz throw pillows suck. They serve no purpose. They're purely decorative.' Yeah, I know some people are huge fans of throw pillows in multitude, but even a decor-friendly gent like myself has to agree with Reuben on this one. One or two throw pillows are attractive and aid in comfort. When you start inching into numbers that require stacking and layering them upon the bed or couch, it becomes a serious case of overindulgence that provides neither comfort or practical use. At least that's how I personally feel when surrounded by an army of pillows. Noting a past survey, I think I'm in the minority though...I'm surprised to see people with upwards of 9 pillows on their bed.
For dramatic dining room inspiration, restaurant decor is a good place to start. Restaurants invest lots of time and money into creating the perfect atmosphere for eating and conversation, and this often involves romantic lighting, dark colors, and opulent details.
Way back when I entered the Smallest Coolest Contest in 2007, I had a dark brown danish modern sofa with blond wood. All in all, it was a lot of brown, lighter brown and white. I love color so I was a little bit surprised to see such neutral shades show up in my own home. When I thought about adding color, I got paralyzed. I didn't even know where to begin.... Beyond having a couple of throw pillows in various shades of green and blue, I didn't really know how to build a color palette. Layer Color and Pattern:If you take away the bold flower pattern, painting and bright orange lampshades, you're really left with somethig similar to what I had going on a coupe of years ago. Don't worry about being matchy matchy:The orange, the green, the purple, the browns; they don't really match, but because they're layered along with the fun texture of the sheepskin pillow and natural grass floor pillows, they work with each other to build a whole picture. Just start somewhere:It's not likely that the person putting this vignette together had a finished picture in their mind when they started, but by sticking with colors you already know you love, or bold patterns that you've been admiring for a while, you can rest assured that you won't hate the colors that you start with. As you start building up colors you'll see how they work with one another. This gives me more space to take risks, because I know I won't have to live with something forever.
If you haven't been to Turquoise yet, you're missing out on some incredible interior design and a showroom filled with mid century and vintage pieces that make our heads spin. Now everything in showroom on is 40% off through the end of the year.
One thing I particularly remember while visiting and staying in Paris was the challenging amount of stairs in many apartment buildings. I ended up loving my morning and evening jaunts up the steep flights of stairs at our friend's aged apartment, a novelty for a native Angeleno where nobody takes stairs unless the escalator or elevators are out of order. I also left with an appreciation of how challenging it could be to move furniture in such tall, stair-only dwellings, another problem mostly rare in flat terrain Los Angeles. In most parts of the United States, we're given the luxury of avoiding this challenge, and some friends have mentioned they dislike having stairs/multi-story floors in their home altogether, preferring single story dwellings or living on the first floor.