When we were researching the idea of installing white floors as part of our kitchen renovation, we couldn't find an honest report on what it was like living with them. Are they a nightmare to keep clean or is it much the same as a darker coloured floor? Are damages more noticeable? Someone please just give us an opinion other than 'They're pretty!'. We're here to tell you the truth about living with white floors, see more below the jump. They brighten our kitchen and dining space more than we expected and they are really beautiful. They are also very easy to clean which is lucky because these floors attract dirt unlike any other surface we've ever seen! The photo above is all the dirt, dog hair and dust that collected on our floors in 24 hours. Only 24hrs! We're very grateful that we chose a more textured floor finish which does help hide the dirt, especially after we had been considering a high gloss white. Our advice to anyone considering white floors is to consider your environment and cleaning commitment carefully before making that decision.
These colorful pillows from Canadian design shop Manor 12 call to mind the fresh, citrus hues of summertime. Handprinted on heavyweight organic cotton with a wool backing, we think they're just the thing to perk up a dull sofa. Manor12 is the work of Canadian textile designer Julie Moschenross. In addition to pillows, Julie is also working on a full line of textiles for interiors with a focus on hand-printed wallpaper and hand-embroidered upholstery. Prices for the pillows start at $60 USD and can be purchased through these Canadian retailers, or online at Modern Karibou.
If you've lived in an apartment woefully short on windows and long on awkward stretches of blank walls as we have, it can be intimidating to start curating the most tasteful mix of art, mirrors and shelves for every vertical surface. 'This seven-mirror set from Wrapables comes through with three 3' mirrors, three 6' mirrors and one 9' mirror to arrange asymmetrically on a wall, and effectively break the wall-hanging ice without the art-choice anxiety. At $43.95, it's a safe buy you won't feel bad about replacing when you do build that collection of meaningful art you love.
'I just moved into my very own condo in DC! and I have four lovely windows in my bedroom. My question is about window coverings. It is a very sunny bright room which I love, but I am aware people can see in and it gets a bit too bright in the morning. So how best to cover them??'. 'I like the shades above from Pottery Barn, but not the fabric. There is cool old moulding around the windows so I don't want to cover them with a rod. I also like the fabric below but they don't do custom shades... does anyone know of an easy way to make shades myself, or of a place in DC who does it?'. Katie,You can get shades made by G Street Fabrics in Rockville; though it can be pricey, they do run periodic sales on both fabric and labor. You can also make your own shades if you are comfortable with a sewing machine; we've had good luck with patterns from G Street as well.
If you're looking for some design details to add to your space that will create a calm and soothing room, you may find some inspiration in this cozy and simple apartment that mixes a modern style with zen-like accents. From the designer: My client for this project is a busy executive in Playa Vista, California, who is passionate about yoga, his vegan diet, and traveling. He wanted a calm and peaceful retreat after his busy day at the office. Also notable was the fact that he wasn't proud to have folks over to his place previously - he was ready for a home where he enjoyed entertaining his friends and family. To create an eclectic yet modern overall look, I juxtaposed two types of furniture-clean, tailored, and masculine with textural and organic. For a soothing yet dynamic color palette, I used calming neutrals peppered with watery blues and greens in pillows, accent walls, accessories, and the grass cloth on the walls of the master bedroom. My biggest design challenges were a modest budget and an awkward layout of the main living space. We've allowed for folks to pull up dining chairs to the living room sofa during a party, but when my client is home alone it feels comfortable. I selected items that gave us the most bang-for-our-buck and arranged the room for functionality and flow, using materials and colors to create cohesion and calm in the space. Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.
From AT:Chicago's own classifieds there are two glass vessel sinks for $150. Victor, the seller, says they are new and includes the drain assemblies and faucets in the price. 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.White dining table/chairs for $125Crate and Barrel console and coffee table for $90 Heywood Wakefield dining table for $600.Set of large carved mirrors for $100. each. Room and Board daybed for $250.Faux bamboo coffee table needs work for $40 Mid-c dining set with sideboard for $200 obo.
Every now and then we blog something that's really expensive, knowing full well that it's out of the price range of most mortals, not to mention budget-conscious decorators. We do this when we think a product is extraordinary or inspiring in some way, and deserving of emulation. In the case of the hand-crafted Whit McLeod Round Oak Dining Table, emulation by mere woodworking mortals may not be possible. This table is made right here in NorCal from quartersawn French and American White Oak that's been salvaged from local wine casks and tanks, which is one of the reasons we think it's special. 'But we're also just partial to round tables. They make for convivial meals, and as the holidays approach we find the curved lines of the steam-bent pedestal posts and the big round top refreshing and inviting.
Hi AT,. I've looked high and low for a stainless steel kitchen table similar to the aluminum dwr kronos table. Everything I've found is bar height ~34/35', instead of dining 29/30'. We often see stainless steel tables for sale on Craigslist, or you could go the restaurant supply store route. Blu Dot's Strut is another metal table we like - although it doesn't look at all like the Kronos.