Last week we asked for photos of your best Craigslist finds, and Julian sent us a link to his Craigs' furnished living room: Eames knockoff, Ligne Roset, and Flokati rug. Check out his DIY projects posted on AT:NY today...and learn how to build a sideboard and restore old chairs.
Here's a take on artwork that doesn't just go 'On' your wall, it becomes your wall. This is a great tip I got from Jane Mount, who was a 3rd place finisher in our 2006 Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest. She wanted to give her bedroom the feeling of a 'Cozy thicket' and create a space that was a retreat from the rest of the apartment.... Being a designer with a good sense of humor and plenty of DIY experience, she covered her bedroom closets with a huge mural that she had made by a company called Gallery Street in Roswell, Georgia. She just emailed them the file and they send back the mural in the size requested. All images are printed on commercial grade wallpaper, are fade and scratch resistant, wipeable and can come in any size you like. Enjoy the goofy pics below and think of your own possibilities!
Q: Help please!!! I am having difficulty completing this room. Was wondering if I can get some suggestions on paint, accessories, and window treatments for my dining room. I have sent pictures of different angles to give a feel of the room. Also should I add host/hostess chairs to the table? Thanks in advance for your ideas. Editor: Please share your ideas and advice with Gina in the comments below...thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Steve Melendrez and Rebecca Cox of Living Room invited us yesterday for a sneak peek of their showroom in preparation of their two year anniversary sale.... The showroom, formerly the offices of Eric Garcetti, is tastefully appointed with an eclectic and stylish mix of original artwork, ethnic decorative arts, in-house custom pieces, and modern design notables from the likes of Jonathan Adler and John Robshaw. The Living Room's showroom almost feels like a miniature east-of-the-101 H.D. Buttercup, each corner showcased in different decor styles. Starting on February 8th-11th, Living Room is having a special 2 year anniversary sale, with everything 20% off all special orders, custom orders and in-stock goods/floor items, including furniture, lighting and accessories. They even promised to have some adult beverages and tasty snacks to nosh on while you shop.
When we first moved into our house, we had some very VERY grand ideas about what to put in the window box. After a friend's suggestion at orchids, we took a stab at it...and killed off a few, much to our wallet's chagrin. So we're going to play it safe this time around and stick with a few herbs: some dill, a little oregano, and bit of rosemary. We're thinking that with the herbs growing right in our kitchen, it'll be that much easier to use in our adventures in cooking.
A lot of people use accessories to infuse pops of color into rooms and keep the main furniture pieces more neutral, perhaps with wood or mirrored textures. We also love seeing rooms that incorporate color by choosing bright and bold colored furniture and keeping the accents more neutral. When we spotted this interesting and bright orange buffet, we thought it would be a great color piece in a room. Check out a few more colored furniture pieces that can be inspiration for your home after the jump.
We're inspired by several Danish modern planters we've seen recently. They're all planters plus something else, and they all manage to bring a structured touch of outdoors in, in a very beautiful fashion. This Swedish planter/table, pictured up top, is by an unknown designer. Torbjørn Afdal's bench/planter This rosewood planter by Arne Vodder is what caught our eye in the first place. This one's just a planter, but check out those legs!
I have been spending countless hours on Pinterest collecting images from all over the web for my virtual pin boards. The ease and gratification of finding beautiful images, and sharing and following others within a social community, makes my eyes happy and keeps the inspiration flowing. The strong pickup of this site over the last couple of months makes me wonder, will this be the end of the home inspiration board? I think the first time I was introduced to the idea of keeping an inspiration board or dream board at home was from the one and only Oprah Winfrey. I loved the idea of saving pictures that I found in magazines and organizing them just-so on the wall above my computer. Eventually the images become dated, the paper became yellow and the boards have all come down. Fashion inspiration, travel destinations and my dinner recipes are all virtually organized with no limit on space or categories. I can see what others are pinning, and I even have a few followers myself! Now lost in the Pinterest world, I have to ask: where's the case for the physical inspiration board? Will everyone be a virtual inspiration board convert?
We recently blogged about Everyday Life With Children and how to incorporate all of their 'Stuff' into the house in a beautiful, cohesive way. Here's another example of the seamless inclusion of new baby pieces into the living room. We found some inspiring photos over at Making It Lovely. Jump below to see more.... We love Nicole's idea of putting a cradle and a rocker right in the living room where a lot of family time happens. The traditional lines of the Jenny Lind cradle and the modern Eames rocker look great with the rest of the room. You can check out Nicole's blog for more photos.
Spotted on This Old House's website, we like how this homeowner took a too-deep kitchen shelf space and turned it into a secret spot for hiding something behind.... We have some shelves that are way too deep to see the back of too - and while our solution was to put blocks in back to elevate the items in the rear, this pullout secret shelf is great. Spices are stored in the back, behind the cookbooks which are always visible. We play around with spices a bit more than cookbooks, so for us we'd switch and put the spices in front, but we love the dual purpose creative thinking, and applaud people who use every inch.
GO TO MARY'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!