Whenever friends visit my apartment, they remark it's a 'Happy place' exhibiting a love of color. Here are a few playful tech accessories currently on my Pinterest wish list for a future home office update project.... The Drawstring Lamp: These eco-friendly lamps are made from sunscreen materials originally used for curtains in big glass windows. The result is glowing orbs of light in vivid colors, perfect for secondary overhead lighting in a home office. Ballo Portable Speaker: Continuing my love of the round, the Ballo is a portable speaker that looks like a microphone without the handle. The Ballo was designed to attach to portable audio devices to amplify sound via 3.5mm jack wire and is available in a variety of fun colors to suit just about any style. Colorful Cables: Eastern Collective mixes technology and textiles to add some variety to your standard connection cables collection. The 3-6 feet cable is available for Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, in a variety of connections. A bonus is these cables should outlast regular ones, thanks to the additional durability of material wrapped around each cable. Laptop Decals and Skins: Decals and skins offer an opportunity to break from the herd and personalize your laptop, so I couldn't leave them out of this roundup. Various companies like Society 6 and Gelaskin sell a variety of full size skins, while Etsy has countless smaller decals available for embellishing laptops.
What do your walls say about you? Find out online using Pantone's Mood Selector. The custom mood palette allows you to choose paint colors that fit your personality. Are you an analytical person with a sporty side? Try Oyster Gray in your dining room with a Cherry Tomato accent wall. Pantone Mood Selector: Should we paint the kitchen Sap Green? All signs point to yes. For more help choosing colors online, visit Janel's Top Ten color sites.
This apartment bedroom in Göteborg, Sweden might be small but it's just brimming with inspiration. Storage: Kitchen-style upper cabinets are installed high on the wall above the head of the bed. Their white finish and plain design blend in with the wall, creating a niche for the bed. Color: An accented wall reinforces the idea of the bed niche. Rather than split the difference for symmetry's sake, the bed is pushed to one side to provide one usable space alongside the bed. One example: lighting at the bed is built into the cabinets above. A bedside lamp would just be one more thing taking up space where every inch counts. We spotted this bedroom over at decor8, where you can see more images of the entire apartment. The original source is Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör realty in Sweden.
We're showing our support for the anti-bullying initiative Apartment Therapy style - with a super purple roundup of our past purple posts! The idea behind Spirit Day, first created by teenager Brittany McMillan earlier this month, is a simple one, not dissimilar to the idea of 'Spirit Week' held in many high schools, and can be summed up in three words: Everyone Rally Together. Spirit Day honors the teenagers who had taken their own lives in recent weeks. Just as importantly, it's also a way to show the hundreds of thousands of LGBT youth who face the same pressures and bullying, that there is a vast community of people who support them. Purple symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag, a symbol for LGBT Pride that was created by Gilbert Baker in 1978. As one of the event's Facebook pages says: 'This event is not a seminar nor is it a rally. There is NO meeting place. All you have to do is wear purple.' Wearing purple on October 20 is a simple way to show the world that you stand by these courageous young people and a simple way to stand UP to the bullies. Remember those lives we've tragically lost, and show your solidarity with those who are still fighting.
Looking to make your home office greener? Well, this store may help you make some appropriate environmentally-friendly choices. We're suspicious of the term 'Green,' especially when it comes to a store. When we first clicked over to The Green Office, we wondered how much of it would be hype or faux green. We instantly liked their indicator system, which gives you a snapshot of each product's 'Greeness.' The selection of products is extensive, from envelopes to electronics. It's not so much that the products are made or marketed to be green, but sold from a green point-of-view. While they sell traditional office products as well as greener choices, each is clearly defined through their green rating system. If a choice offers no environmental savings, it is marked 'Conventional product.' It also promotes recycling with its extensive list of recycling centers, and has a newly founded blog to promote environmental issues.
We came across this incredible Before & After on the blog Hashai, and it seemed like an amazing example of how you can completely transform a room with a few changes without spending a lot of money or buying all new things. Even though the owner painted the room a dark green, the room is so much lighter and brighter due to removing the curtains, rearranging the furniture, and adding a few bright accents.
Of course, the obvious connection to ant-themed table accessories would be a picnic, but the large size and matte white baked-on-metal finish belies such folksy connotations; we think these were meant for - and would look cheekily lovely in - a modern interior. We're relieved; they're far less intimidating.
Known for its laid-back and casual vibes, bohemian style is perfect for the hangout space of your home. Stock up on cozy Moroccan-style blankets, pile up the textured pillows, and get a rattan daybed to lounge on. Your living room is about to become your friends' favorite gathering spot.
Writing our post on Jill Malek, we started thinking about bedrooms and wallpaper. For our money, the bedroom is the perfect spot for wall coverings. Use paper in small doses as a headboard, or create an entire accent wall. Click below for ideas.... Top: Cover a basic headboard in paper to add interest, or paper a single spot on the wall to create the illusion of a headboard. In a small room, a papered accent wall can make a big statement that actually makes the room seem larger. If you're on a budget, DIY wallpaper is a possibility. Other Ideas: Frame wallpaper and use it as artwork in the room. Use wallpaper on a credenza or side table to dress up a piece of furniture. Wallpaper your closet to create an unexpected area of pattern.
I removed the room's door, which I never closed anyway. Talk about a great space saver! Without the door swinging into the room, I could use the entire wall. After painting the rest of the room an energizing bright white, I treated this wall with chalkboard paint, which both minimizes the visual presence of the crate and shelving brackets and gives me a surface for writing notes. My office eventually will double as a sleeping space for visiting nieces and nephews, so the chalkboard wall will be fun for them too. My desk, which I pushed out of the way for the 'After' photo, is now in the center of the room, directly beneath the light. The barre is behind the desk, where the crate used to be, and I now have plenty of room for my daily stretching. The other side of the room is still in progress, but I promise to show a Before & After of the entire office when I'm done.
Hello AT,. I live in a 2 room LES apartment that is under 350sf. For additional space I need to install a loft bed in one room so that I will have sleeping up top and dining and an office area below. It can't look ordinary and needs to be reasonably priced. Can anyone suggest resources to see some great designs for inspiration or can you recommend a qualified builder? Thanks, Lisa S. What a great question for this month! We have never built a loft bed, but we have seen ads for carpenters who specialize in doing just this. Mainly we have seen them on Craigslist, but we couldn't find many today.... Here's links for Luke Lowdnesand Julian. Here is Musa Sangare, who is a good general carpenter and handyman. There is definitely more out there and we'll post it as we see it.
We recently stumbled on these storage solutions for small bathrooms without a lot of floor space. While it's common to install hooks and even towel bars on bathroom doors, the door above is really taken advantage of with a little magnetic paint. Small magnetic containers can then be kept on the surface for holding rubberbands, cotton swabs, etc. The door also features kitchen rails for holding small storage bins.... This is another small footprint catchall: it's a plant stand used to hold stacked ceramic bowls. The larger bowl at the bottom can hold somewhat larger items like rolled towels and extra bottles, while the smaller bowls toward the top can hold wash cloths, soap bars, jewelry. For a few more bathroom storage ideas, see Modern Home Storage.
After seeing a handful of mirrors in the kitchen, we understand some reservation about the material in such a heavy-use space. Mirrors can show everything, from small smudges to cooking splatters. Which is what intrigued us with the mirror used in this kitchen in the Tarpon Run Southern Living Idea House. The mirrored backsplash is of antiqued 12x12 mirror tiles. Its worn surface warms the space and adds patina and a sense of age. The bonus? The antiquing disguises imperfections when the mirror isn't perfectly clean. If you like this home's design as much as we do, see more from the architects and interior designer.