Inspiration Album


Modern kitchen with family table

Re-nest's Creative Reuse series continues with this great idea from reader Heather... and check out Lisa's raised dog feeder in the image below left. We're wondering what impact the economic crisis has had on your remodeling plans. We cover a report that says that strict new regulations on green building and energy use will help the economy. We've got the scoop on the latest design from green architect Michelle Kaufmann, and we've also found some hot 80% post-consumer recycled glass tiles. Who would have thought napkin rings and an old picture frame could make this? We're wondering: have you changed your remodeling plans because of the economic situation? A new report says increasing energy efficiency standards puts more money in people's pockets-and that, in turn, helps strengthen the economy. Unlike a lot of other so-called 'Recycled' tile, Trend's latest offering is 80% post-consumer recycled. As usual, we think Michelle Kaufmann's design sensibility is fantastic. This new design takes a slightly warmer approach than we've become accustomed to.

Functional small kitchen


Open plan kitchen and living room

On a gorgeous, warm day like today, the colors in this room feel so refreshing and crisp; reminiscent of water without being depressing. While the space above the couch could use some embellishment, the room is no less inviting. Image: Flickr user flowers & machinery under license by Creative Commons.

Kitchen with glass table

Check out this vintage Fainting Couch from the '20s. It was reupholstered last year 'In a beautiful and dramatic upholstery fabric.' See more info in our classifieds. 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..

Large kitchen and wood breakfast table

Have you picked up your copy of our newest book, Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces? If not, we think you should, with forty small, cool spaces that all utilize their space in a smart and beautiful manner sured to inspire. We're especially partial to the section focusing on home offices...some of which we preview/share below.

Modern kitchen cabinets

Q: I just moved into a great apartment in the East Village. Even though my bedroom is small, it has nice wood floors, a brick wall and an amazing view of the Empire State Building. Sometime soon I need to paint the walls, except for the brick, but I don't want white walls. All of the pictures that I see online with a brick accent wall have white walls! I might paint them a light blue or a light gray, like Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kimberly in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.

Industrial look kitchen

We see similar sofas to this one, but not at this price with new(er) cushions. This sofa has a vintage Danish teak frame in great condition with custom made cushions that have barely been used. Currently priced at $200! Want more? Check out some good stuff after the jump.... Thank Craig!

White kitchen benchtop


Pink kitchen


Yellow kitchen cabinets


Bright white kitchen

Talk about rolling out the red carpet - St. Gallen, Switzerland had the distinction of hosting this public rec room for the residents to enjoy; from sofas to dining areas.... climbable 'Cars' for the kids, it's a surreal, yet friendly, project. The 'Stadtlounge' was the result of a competition and the winning design by Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist was unveiled in 2005. We love the overhead shot of the city center with the red carpet slinking up to the edges of the facades - there is something very funny about seeing those trees 'Sprouting' up from the LEAST natural looking of any ground cover ever.... More info:Carlos MartinezPipilotti Rist.

Kitchen with dark cabinets


Large white kitchen


Kitchen with colorful backsplash


Country kitchen with stainless steel

The living room is the heart of your home, and you want it to look good. Today we'll be taking a peek at 5 stylish living rooms, in all different styles, and then examining what it is that makes each one of them work. Above: This living space is such a wonderful study in contrasts. There's not a lot of art in this room; the bookcase really sets the tone for the space instead. I like how there's so many pillows that that kind of becomes a whole diferent thing. The Prouve sconce gives the room a bold focal point and helps to tie everything together. Gallery walls can be hard to pull off, but I think this room does an admirable job. I think one of the tricks to having a gallery wall not overwhelm a room is to make it the primary consideration and keep everything else in the room a bit more subtle. I'm really in love with the simplicity of this space. The minimal furnishings, and the way they're spaced throughout the room, give everything a bit of an airy feel.

Modern kitchen

Old houses tend to come with a ton of charm and personality. Sometimes they come with less charming surprises, like a red ceiling! Christina made over the master bedroom in her 1902 Victorian, turning it into a calm, welcoming oasis! From Christina: We are renovating a 1902 Victorian home. The master bedroom used to have floral wallpaper, broken windows, a RED CEILING, and one very small closet. We worked hard to transform this room into a bright & airy space! You can learn more about her renovation at her website, Christina's Adventures.