We've been redoing our bedroom, and just for fun we did a little research on how to Feng Shui your sleeping quarters. We found that the most soothing colors for a bedroom are skin tones: pinks, taupes, and browns. We don't know how much truth there is to be found in our quick Internet search, but it does make sense that skin tones would promote good sleep and, well, good sex. Plus, we recently painted the walls a light chocolate color and bought new pink sheets for the bed, so we're happy to hear we're on the right track.
Carol and Fred's modern home is living proof that green style can be sleek - we've combed through their resource lists for some good modern sources. As an architect/engineer couple, they've got the knowledge and background to make smart choices about what they buy, and their LEED Platinum home in Wisconsin has earned recognition as the 2010 'Future Landmark for Innovative New Design' from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. Fred and Carol used a ton of good green resources and building materials in the creation of their LEED platinum home, and they've shared a lot of their knowledge in their house tour on Re-Nest.
It was an IKEA flokati that was cheap, hid dirt and cat hair almost too well, and was quite versatile. I'm now the proud owner of this awesome and marginally comfortable sofa and living in a new apartment that showcases the sofa as I always imagined. As I try to pull this room together, I'm faced with the challenge of finding the right not-a-million-dollar rug for the room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kristi in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Since they'll eventually sell this house, Kelley didn't want to spend too much money in updating the place. The house has great bones but needs a little TLC and a personal touch, and I'm loving the journey. It can be hard these days to retain a traditional style without things feeling dated, but I'm trying. I want to keep as many original features of the house as possible to retain its vintage charm, so when I recently made over our bathroom I attempted to do just that. I loved the original wall and floor tile, but wanted to create an calming atmosphere that suited our taste rather than the outdated, busy look of the black floral wallpaper that was there when we moved in. Because there is no natural light in the bathroom, the wallpaper made the whole room look dingy, but I knew it was possible to brighten things up. I scraped ancient, peeling wallpaper, sanded, painted, caulked, and scrubbed the tile until it shined. I much prefer the clean, simple look of the new bathroom to the cluttered, dark country feel of the wallpaper. It serves as a great base for switching out accessories when I want to change things up. I can add colored towels, hand soap and flowers according to season and not have to worry about things matching, because basically everything goes with black and white.
Just about anything will look great in a high-ceilinged, light-flooded space, but despite what Pinterest tells us, style does exist in spaces 8' and under. In the kitchen from Simple Colorful above, white walls, ceilings, and furnishings keep things airy, while gracefully draped cords draw the eye up. Same goes for kitchen cabinets: that useless gap above upper cabinets looks especially silly in a shorter room, so take everything up to the ceiling. Older homes don't shy away from paneled or bead board ceilings, even when their ceilings are low. Keeping the ceiling, barn door, and bathroom vanity the same material creates flow and serenity, while the rustic wood itself is a cool feature. While shelving can happily climb short walls, if you're looking to visually increase the height of a space, keep the big, heavy pieces of furniture nice and low. Conventional design wisdom says that white paint will make a small space feel larger, but without lots of natural daylight, that just isn't the case. Cozy colors are often best in smaller rooms, and that goes for height-challenged ones as well. The bedroom above, featured on Lonny, proves that adding color on the ceiling can work to create a chic cocoon. No one's looking at the ceiling in this fun bedroom on Houzz.
Kitchen storage space is always at a premium, and this is especially true in small kitchens. Having a kitchen with a small footprint doesn't have to mean always struggling to fit things in. If you're remodeling, consider one of these 13 solutions that will help you get the most out of your small kitchen. Above, a great way to add extra serving, snacking or work space is with a fold out table that expands when you need it, and folds into the wall when you don't. Above: Get the most out of a narrow space with a pull-out cabinet, like this one from Home Depot. An appliance garage can help you save much-needed counter space, as seen on BHG. Spotted on Martha Stewart: a drawer with two layers of built-in silverware trays, so you can store your everyday stuff and your good silver in the same place. Image from BHG. This pull-out cutting board/trash can combo adds a little extra works space to a small kitchen, and makes sweeping scraps into the trash super easy. If you love the idea of bar stools but lack the floor space for them, these swing-out island-mounted stools from House Beautiful may be the perfect solution. Toe kick drawers, like these from Home Depot, take advantage of otherwise unused space, and are great for big, flat items like cookie sheets and muffin tins. A rolling work island that tucks under the counter when not in use is a great option for a small kitchen.
'And last week I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal, and I talked her out of buying this truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed...' -Elle Woods. We're not the biggest fans of pink, but damned if we're not going to admit that we are loving these pink sofas! Pink is one of those colors that scares us: too bright, and it looks like a hair extension from the Avril Lavigne collection. Too muted, and we're sipping tea at Grandma's. After taking a look at these sofas, we're thinking maybe the secret to pink is using it in bold graphic textile patterns to diffuse the prissy factor.....
We got an email from the eds at ReadyMade that they are looking for great DIY transformations in smaller apartments to be published in their Small Spaces issue in Aug/Sep. Interested? Read on down below.... For the next issue of ReadyMade-our annual Small Spaces issue, on newsstands in August and September-we're looking for the best in DIY design under 1,500 square feet.... Do you know of any undersize homes or apartments that have benefited from DIY makeovers? Folks who've carved out enviable life/work spaces in ingenious ways? Stories about such transformations from around the country will make up half of the feature well; the other half is open season. As for projects, we'll feature innovative storage solutions from the living room and bedroom to the bathroom and home office. Build-it-yourself space-savers* Large spaces divided into smaller units. Architects/designers who specialize in tiny renovations. Deadlines fall over the next month, so hit us now! For front-of-book items, narratives, feature stories, and profiles, email me directly. For projects pitches, hit up our projects editor Derek.