My room makeover:: My boyfriend and I decided to take the plunge and move in together, and we decided to start completely fresh with our furnishings for our new apartment. We wanted to incorporate a few styles: mid-century modern, industrial, and a twist of what we call, 'Geek Chic'. We found a couch we liked at West Elm and closed the deal. It wasn't until after we paid that she told us that delivery would be in 8 to 10 weeks! So all while we were gathering the remaining details for our apartment, we had to imagine what the couch would look like in the space. In the meantime, we collected the rest of our furniture from IKEA, Target, Home Goods, and Etsy. Finally, 9 weeks later, we received the couch, and our place was complete! We love how it turned out, since it encompasses our personalities perfectly. My makeover advice:: Take your time and find items you REALLY love. We had purchased a stool from Target that we were just okayyy with, but then found something WAY better at Home Goods. Save your receipts, just in case you need to return anything. What I love most about my new space:: We love that it incorporates all of our 'Geekiness', but in a stylish way. I honestly sit down at my couch sometimes and just say, 'I'm so glad this is my place'.
Hi AT,. I moved into a great new apartment in June - the living area has beamed cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, a big window, nice light and a lot of space. The common room is an open kitchen/living room plan. Before I start decorating and furnishing I'm wondering what the best floor plan would be. Email questions & pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: sf(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)comLink To All Good Questions I'm interested in utilizing the space to the best of its abilities. Ideally I'd like to have a small desk area, a small dining table and four chairs as well as the TV/sofa combo. All of that might not be possible but if I can work in some of that, it would be great.
This image of room dividers at the Hotel Auteuil in Geneva reminded us of the sail cloth wall in David and Im's OneSpace. It's a clever idea for a studio or loft space...you just have to find cloth in the right size and weight. In this room, the sheer white curtains do a great job of sectioning off the space without blocking light or weighing down the room. Click below for resources and how to get a similar look.... David and Im's OneSpace.
I think it's safe to say that I am not the only one that regularly lusts after the white floors ubiquitous in Scandinavian homes. If you don't already have hard wood floors, it seemed to be an impossible look to recreate, or at least an expensive one. Lori at Frugal Farmhouse Design recently shared her friend Wendy's installation of white floors into the loft space of her barn/home. Using 8 inch wide lengths of plywood, primer and deck paint, Wendy created the floor that so many of us dream of and did it for a mere 45 cents a square foot! That's just $90 for a 200 square foot room! To see Wendy's step by step instructions, visit Frugal Farmhouse Design: Frugal Friend with Fabulous Taste.
The first one belongs to Gregory and Jenny in Venice, CA, and the second is Sooz Gordon's place in Scotland. One is light and bright, and the second is dark and cozy.
In honor of Election Day, we decided to showcase some of our favorite red, white, and blue color combos, thanks to Living Etc. and Rachel Mallon's Twolia Blog. We love these slight variations of reds and blues that make these rooms look less gimmicky and more sophisticated. Check out some of our favorites below the jump.... Left: Denim blue and white striped rugs correspond with an ornate red bedspread and black walls; Right: A traditional beige living room is given a shot of blue and red thanks to the fireplace and the armchair. Bright red drapes create a backdrop to a steel-blue sofa with a satiny sheen. Also love the black and white accents throughout the room. Left: Small space dining room has a bright red round table that can split in two and be shifted to the walls underneath the matching hanging blue art pieces. Right: Wood paneled drawers with an undertone of red sits below sleek grey-blue cabinets in this modern kitchen.
We first started paying attention to the whole mattress debate three years ago when a good friend chucked their old bed, did a ton of research and then chose the EXPENSIVE Dux Bed. This is the cream of the crop.... Readers consistently give these mattresses high quality, high price and high service votes. A Swedish design, the Dux Bed claims its fame from the huge multiple of springs in each mattress: 3,600 springs compared to the up to 900 springs found in conventional queen-size mattresses. This allows you just the right amount of firmness and softness so that your spine is straight and not bent. Dux Beds come in a few different configurations, are extremely well made, have tons of springs and top layers of latex to conform to the body. A queen size will run you from $6,500, but should last you 20 years.... What's not to like?
I'll admit it's been a spotty week, but today, I'm going to make up for it. I got handy last weekend and hung our new mirror, completing the dining room, right above the table up top. It really transforms the room and I have a few tips for how to use mirrors like this along with proper hanging.... Stay on the pulse with a double shot: blog + email. Click below for past emails.... AT EMAIL ARCHIVE. to full AT Email archive.
This would be right at home in the living room and definitely gives the Mac mini a run in the looks department. Click through for more pictures and what I think is the best feature of this design.... As I am currently in the market for a good looking living room computer to house all of my media and for casual web browsing, the Merium instantly caught my eye. Customizable covers along with HDMI and optical toslink outputs make sure that what is on your TV looks as good as what is under your TV. The best design feature in my opinion though is the foot stand. By raising the PC, a space is created that allows for the cables that usually end up all over the floor to be neatly tucked away, out of sight. It seems that this is only available in Scandinavia right now but hopefully a North American distributor will jump on this one.
Q: I've recently moved into a renovated rental, which is great... except that the bathroom and kitchen are very modern, whereas my style is more Mid-century modern/vintage industrial. How can I add style to these spaces without changing out everything? -Sent by Teedz. Editor: From your photos, the bathroom looks reasonably neutral in style but man, that kitchen is so shiny and new, verging on futuristic and clinical. Of course, I've lived in 100-year-old homes most of my life, so what's 'Futuristic' to me might just be 'Regular'. How can Teedz bring some Mid-century and vintage warmth, style, and maybe just a little bit of funk to this hypermodern home? Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
This is actually quite hard to pull off if you've actually given it a try, but if you're like Swedish interior designer Marie Olsson Nylander, you take any task given quite seriously. Like we said, no task is impossible if you put your mind to it. That and you also need to consider how to pull off modern amenities without making it seem like so. Like we always say, 'When going big, you can't hold back.' As for the desk, a pair of simple all-in-one PCs is a reasonable choice since it cuts down on clutter and the built-in speakers eliminate the need for external speakers. We personally would have gone for a completely wireless system with the keyboard and mouse, but we understand there's really nowhere to tuck it away unless you grab one of those fancy vintage fold-out secretary desks, in which care wireless still wouldn't matter much. All in all, it's hard to pull off such a look, but if you've already got the Unplggd mentality with carefully hiding away those wires and decluttering as a habit, you're well on your way there and you may not even know it! What do you guys think? What's it take to pull off the ultimate vintage-eclectic home office?
Photographer: Christopher Mora Description: These were taking looking West from my downtown balcony in Miami about 12 hours apart. The sunset was the first sunlight we had that day and the clear skies continued through the night when a full moon set that morning.
We've blogged before about great wall decals in fabric or vinyl. Since decorating a rented apartment can be a challenge, wall decals are a great non-permanent way to decorate. As far as greenness goes, you might be better off with Fabric Wall Decals. If you have some left over contact paper, or some that just won't be used otherwise, this is a great way to use it up. Instructables author Britsteiner has put together a handy how-to on making your own Vinyl Wall Art from nothing more than ConTact paper, tape, scissors and scrap paper. Her method, in summary, is to make a paper template, trace the design onto ConTact paper, and then apply to your surface. All photos used with permission from Instructables user Brit Steiner.
White was a dominant color in the kitchen for a long time, and now we're seeing a move towards darker, more dramatic spaces, where black accents and even black cabinets reign. If you lean towards lighter, airier looks, there's still no denying the appeal of an all white kitchen. Above: Exposed brick adds welcome texture to a kitchen from My Domaine. Stainless steel appliances, wood accents, and a marble counter keep this all-white kitchen from Inside Out interesting. The marble shelf in this kitchen from Domino is an unexpected but welcome accent. This all white kitchen from Hecker Guthrie gets a boost from marble countertops and a few black accents. Plaster walls give the kitchen of this Danish home just enough texture. A white kitchen with a black faucet and wood accents, from Ayla Gurganus on Instagram.
We spotted these futuristic aquariums while shopping at the 2nd Street District's Lofty Dog store and thought they were perfect for homeowners looking for the therapeutic benefits of pet fish without the look of a doctor's office fish tank. While not a brand new product, we think they deserve another look for Apartment Therapy's pet month.... Known as the BiOrb, SpyOrb and BiUbe, these funky fish tanks have a sleek and modern look to complement any modern home. Made of strong acryllic with silver coated lids and bases, these fish tanks are also available with a variety of lighting options, such as halogen and LED. We love the shapes and sizes these aquariums are available in and because they come with flitration systems they are nice and healthy for our watery friends. Anyone an owner of these aquariums? Tell us how you like them!