Remember the racing car bed the Rickster had in Silver Spoons? Cheesy, yes, but I must admit, at the time, I was a bit envious. If you think your child would enjoy a car as a bed, but don't want to go to the extreme, this project found at IKEA Hacker is for you. The bed is the Vikare bed from IKEA, which doesn't seem to be available in the U.S. but any bed with a footboard will do. Anna, the talented mom who hacked this bed, described using adhesive plastic sheets to create the jeep details. Unlike the Rickster, when they grow out of this phase, you can remove the decals or repaint the bed. Check out more photos of this jeep bed over at IKEA Hacker.
Classic pieces like tufted chairs and elegant linen napkins get a dash of style with a mirrored sideboard and gleaming gold flatware in the classic glam dining room. Whether you're throwing a fete for two or 12, borrow style cues from our curated take on the luxurious-meets-romantic aesthetic.
Do you wish you were more disciplined about limiting the length of your showers? Well, in honor of Earth Day 2009, we decided to show you a couple of eco-oddities that would aid you in your struggle to conserve resources.... Apparently these dynamic shower curtains, which we spotted on Moco Loco, are designed to help you monitor your water use. The Green Warrior Shower Curtains, prototypes designed by Elisabeth Buecher, interact with water and steam to inflate as your shower progresses. If your decadence keeps you in the shower too long, the shower curtain either strangles you or spikes you, depending on the model. That's one way to do it.... Strange, but true? Do you have any techniques to limit the lengths of your showers, short of compressing yourself in a sheath of plastic?
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This one comes on the heels of the beautiful wall treatment we featured in our Another Nod to Grey post last week. On the right is what looks like a dramatic white wallpaper featuring clusters of buildings outlined in black. The walls are painted black with the same buildings painted on, this time in white and on a much larger scale. We suspect that the homeowners painted the walls black and then drew in the white buildings freehand using either chalk on chalkboard paint or white paint pens. The larger-scaled buildings on the black wall keep the room from looking too busy. For more photos of the rest of this house, check out Emmas Design Blogg.
Small spaces are our focus, but even we flinched at this narrow landmark house in Greenwich Village.... At nine-and-a-half feet in width and about 950 total square feet, it's full of small space solutions suited for even the very high end of NYC's market. Judging from the above photo and the floorplan, it looks like the kitchen burners are set in a very shallow countertop. We're thinking it's a single row of burners instead of the typical two-deep we see on most off-the-shelf cooktops. The house just hit the market: See the full listing here. Read up on the notorious house's history at New York Architecture.
Reader Stefania sent us an e-mail: 'My son is dying to paint his room black. While I totally believe in creative freedom, I'm really not digging the idea of having a room with black walls in the house. Do you have any ideas on how to satisfy both of us: a black room without having a black room?'. When we were 16, we tore down the wood paneling from our room and painted the walls black. When our mother saw what we had done, we spent the next day putting the panels back up. Have you considered perhaps using chalkboard paint in some fashion? We love the ideas the Better Homes & Garden Web site gives on just this topic, 'Help your nonconformist feel special and make a statement everyone can live with by saying yes to black, at least in small doses.' By pairing bits of black with other striking colors you get all the pizazz without the total funereal vibe.
What does your dining area look like when it's not in use? We usually keep a few stacks of books and a vase of fresh flowers on our table to keep the space inviting. Sure, we make good use of the dining room when there's company, but we also like to make the space useful in other ways when we're not entertaining. This idea could be a reaction from childhood memories: my parents never used the dining room, the parlor, or the good china unless people were coming over or if it was major holiday meal. We spent the majority of our family eating time around a more casual table in the kitchen. As a result, those rooms stayed in pristine condition-and also a bit cold and uninviting.
If you live in a little apartment or a small home, chances are high that you have that dreaded real estate term: the 'Galley kitchen.' Named after the narrow kitchens on ships, these rooms may be tight, but they're also known for using what little space there is very efficiently. To prove how cozy, stylish and functional a galley kitchen can be, we've rounded up ten pin-worthy rooms full of inspiring ideas for your next remodel. A small wooden ledge with a pair of stools tucked underneath shows that even the tiniest of kitchens can be an eat-in kitchen. For your remodel, think about whether your kitchen could benefit from this geometry lesson. If you're not a fan of minimalism, don't shy away from contrast-in both color and materials-in a galley kitchen. By cutting an opening in the dividing wall, she added in the eating nook that wouldn't fit in the narrow kitchen. When you're renovating a tiny kitchen, the limited number of choices you have to make is all the more reason to make each one feel special. Herringbone flooring looks beautiful in the galley above from My Paradissi, and this luxe choice is less expensive here than in a huge kitchen. Cabinets that are perfectly fitted to the dimensions of your kitchen and appliances are the ultimate sign of a 'Grown-up' kitchen. Decorative details in Tommy and Todd's bohemian kitchen, including the runner, lanterns and art prove that a galley doesn't need to be stark and all-white to be beautiful. The kitchen is one of my favorite spots to hang out with friends, but in a galley, it's hard to have more than one person in the room without getting that 'Too many cooks in the kitchen' feeling.
Coco Chanel famously said that 'a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.' The classic glam bedroom is both and since your sleeping quarters should be your palace, it only seems fit that you appoint it like it is. To fashion a fashionista-approved boudoir, don't be afraid to mix metals get wild with prints and invite in some moody art.
If you don't want to paint your whole apartment black, but would like to darken things up a bit. The subject of black moldings has come up before on AT, but it's actually surprisingly difficult to find good photos of them. So we were thrilled to stumble on this photo in the recent Living Etc. magazine. We've actually done this ourselves, a few years ago, and we were pleased with the results. Even in our tiny one-bedroom, the black moldings added depth and visual interest to the space. The home pictured here is located in central Marseilles and is a renovated printing factory.
There are a select few of lucky folks out there who get to live in authentic converted lofts full of character- and then there's everyone else. Even if you live in a suburban home, you can still infuse your space with the feeling of wood beams, cement floors and exposed brick walls. It's true! This amazing transformation by Shannon from AKA Design + Life is proof. She turned this simple space into a brick wall full of character that could pass for any cool downtown coffee shop. Doesn't that look amazing? Talk about adding character to a space! This is such a great spot to pretend you're enjoying a coffee or catching up on a magazine in a hip downtown lofty coffee shop. To see how Shannon created this old look in a new space visit the full blog post on AKA Design + Life.
'I have a new red leather sofa and love seat in a contemporary style and would like some suggestions on where to find an area rug to go in front of it. Also, I would like some suggestions for a new cocktail table to use. My current one is a large dark granite one with matte black iron legs, and the color is just too dark and drab for the new pieces. Thanks!'. Do any of our readers have suggestions to help Mary incorporate her new sofa and loveseat into her living room?
The furniture made by OHIO Design is breathtaking - from their clever Primco Table, to their book matched and clean lined Sophia 30 Credenza. All OHIO furniture is made with recycled and FSC woods, and environmentally friendly substances and techniques whenever possible. The wood is then finished with all natural beeswax and orange oil. OHIO's got a great collection of bedroom furniture, check the pieces out after the jump.