Q: After weeks of indecision, my husband and I fell in love with this beautiful mosaic tile for our master bathroom floor and pulled the trigger... maybe a little too quickly. It doesn't work with our original, neutral design and now we're having trouble choosing all the other finishes/fixtures/furniture for the room. While this tile is graphic and pretty fancy, the rest of our home is casual/relaxed with a Scandinavian, mid century bungalow vibe. Any ideas on how to tone this tile down and help it fit in with the rest of our home? Color, vanity, finish, and shower tile suggestions are much appreciated! I've included photos of our current bath to give an idea of the size of the space, but we're tearing it down to the studs so it's a blank slate! Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jenny in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Designing a shared bedroom stumps many parents - do you go for a cohesive share-and-share-alike look or try to give each child their own bit of space to express their personality? While the size of the room may dictate which approach you take, here are some visual tips from shared kids rooms to get you started. TIPS FOR CREATING A COHESIVE LOOK. Using the same bedding for both the crib and toddler bed in this room ties them together. This shared room is so small that dividing it up wasn't a viable option. Even though there is a three year age difference between the two sisters who share this room, their belongings are integrated, they have side-by-side desk space and vintage patterns are used throughout to create a warm, unified room. These two brothers have always shared a room, and quite happily, but now that they are older their parents wanted to give them each a little privacy in their shared room. Using a physical gate to divide up a room might seem extreme, but it could be a smart, temporary solution for roomies with a significant age gap. In this case, it's used for a room shared by a mother and daughter. A curtain room divider makes perfect sense because it's impermanent and flexible. Do you have design tips for shared rooms to share? Sound off in the comments!
If your decorating style veers toward the eclectic, and your idea of 'cozy' includes layers upon layers of textiles and patterns, you'll love these 11 sleeping spaces with a distinctly bohemian vibe. This bedroom, from an Australian home spotted on HomeLife, is simultaneously eclectic and relaxing. A beamed ceiling and tile floor add texture to a space from World of Interiors via Introducing New Worlds with a Shrug. A textured space with black accents from Design Milk. This bedroom from Julian Schnabel's New York home, spotted on Love is Speed, breaks all the rules in the best possible way. The draped canopy and stacks of books make this room from La Maison Boheme extra cozy. Colorful details enliven the bedroom of Madrid home from Elle Decor España. When in doubt, add plants, as in Rebecca Williams' Australian home. A bedroom from Marie Claire Maison with a vintage-eclectic feel.
Choosing your plants carefully when you design your garden can eliminate the need for any chemicals to keep it growing and thriving. By understanding specific qualities of all of your plants you can create a garden that can thrive under almost any conditions. The folks over at Pools Spas Patios have put together a fantastic guide to aid anyone in any zone when picking out plants for a sustainable garden. An essential layer of an eco-friendly garden is the inclusion of plant material designed to provide food for pollinators. Without these hard-working creatures, much of our local produce would disappear. Annuals bloom profusely, but perennials, flowering shrubs and trees tend to be better alternatives, as they require less watering and care and won't have to be replaced year after year. When planned properly, a garden can have a succession of blooms for the majority of spring through fall. Check out all of their great tips at Pools Spas Patios.
While they look fabulous outdoors - do you remember this green wall with DIY felt planters? - there is something so much more dynamic about green walls inside. Regardless of the impact, I've always felt a bit hesitant about essentially making a planter out of my walls. Luckily, this DIY project makes it easy to add green to your walls without accidentally 'Greening' your walls. By simply placing a saucer inside of the shadow box and then adding clippings, one can easily replicate this look. The background of the shadow box can easily be customized to coordinate with your room. If you are worried about refilling the water, don't be - that's what a turkey baster is for! Or better yet, use tillandsias and other air plants to fill your shadowboxes.
Name: Danielle Location: Portland, OR Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: The color! My daughter picked this rich, deep purple and it's beautiful. It's elegant without being overpowering and I love the crisp contrast against the white molding.
This adorable yellow bathroom appeared here as a Good Question back in March. Its a rental so heavy duty reno was out of the question and Kiddo Katsu was looking for tips on a rental-friendly facelift. With yellow wall tile and silver tub, most readers voted for a black and white theme and we've got the results after the jump.... Black and white was definitely a great choice. We love the mix of patterns! Not sure if that's an actual cut in the rug around the toilet or just some clever folding but the overall effect is great.
I've always thought it was a bit unfair to have to stare at my apartment wall while engaging in drudgery like peeling potatoes or the like; having a view to appreciate would make any chore a million times more delightful. Well, Callum's mom, Suzanne, thought of that detail when she made his play kitchen. Being from Western Canada, naturally her son has a view of the Rockies. Not only is Callum's play kitchen kitted out with a mountain view, the kitchen itself is a wonderful example of repurposing as it's made almost exclusively of recycled parts: the main frame an old t.v. unit they found on Kijiji for $30, the sink is a salad bowl and the knobs are from an old cabinet.
Earlier this week we posted a number of bold, bright and warm-colored bedrooms; some readers were into it, others not so much. We loved the touch of red featured in a rug in one of the photos so we gathered 20 gorgeous red rugs if you're looking for a bit of boldness for your bedroom! These 20 rugs we've gathered come in a number of shades, shapes, sizes and prices, and some are old and some new, but they're all the perfect thing to add to a bedroom when you want just a burst of red to liven up the decor!
I have an old Marimekko shower curtain that I have always loved but just doesn't go with our bathroom decor anymore. I haven't had the heart to donate it, so imagine my excitement to find this tutorial: turning an old shower curtain into a large-scale work of art! Kirsten at 6th Street Design School has created a step-by-step tutorial for turning an octopus shower curtain into a piece of nautical-themed, large scale artwork. Using nothing but a few wooden planks and a nail gun, Kirsten transformed the curtain to live a life in another room of her house. I will definitely be giving this one a try with my Marimekko shower curtain! View the entire tutorial and several more photos at 6th Street Design School.
Name: Ryan Location: Seattle, WA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love how my bedroom seems to have emerged out of my paternal grandfather's landscape paintings. I have four of them hanging in my bedroom, depicting scenes in Iowa, Vermont, the Virgin Islands, and Puget Sound. Each painting features water and wood, so it seemed natural to include watery and woodsy elements in my room. Above my bed hangs a photograph taken in the lake in Iceland that was formed between the Atlantic and European continental plates. I had the wood-print curtains made of fabric from Ikea. I'm surrounded by pictures of my kids, my DVD collection is close at hand, and I can lay back in bed zoning out to the ficus that gazes longingly at the trees outside my window. I feel simultaneously energized and relaxed in my room, the place where I most enjoy thinking about my place in the world.