We don't appreciate the importance of cleaning in our daily lives until the mess gets really out of hand. We've had a laundry issue lately that's threatened to overtake our home.... Since moving into our new apartment, we haven't been able to do any laundry. There's a combination lock to the laundry room, and we haven't gotten the code from our landlord or our neighbors. It's caused a lot of stress as we try to get our new place together in between piles of dirty clothes. Yesterday we drove a car full of laundry to my mother-in-law's house. Just doing a few loads made a huge difference in our stress level at home. Our laundry issue has helped us realize how important cleaning is to keeping the chaos at bay. The daily ritual of wiping down surfaces, doing a load of laundry, and taking out the trash is crucial to keeping a healthy home, and when you don't have that system in order, things start to fall apart. We're wondering: what types of messes have accumulated and infringed on your healthy home-life?
The future is now? Well, not exactly, but you can get a potential glimpse into the future on how we might live, all through the visions of international architecture and design teams. There are several fascinating projects being featured that explore all kinds of living ideas. The main exhibition will be held from April 14- July 1, 2007.
Q: Hi! My boyfriend and I just bought a condo, and I'm having trouble deciding on a color scheme for the living room. The walls are currently a light blue-grey color, and we have a black leather couch and a creme colored coffee table. I'm finding the wall colors a bit hard to work with. I'm not really sure what color rug to get, and our options are limited because of our large dog. Anything too light will not work because it will end up stained and dirty. He also scratches the rug, so whatever rug we end up with needs to be tightly woven. I can't decide whether I should just paint all of the walls white, get a rug, and then paint an accent wall or two, or if I should try to get a rug that works with the wall. Any advice on how to move forward with our colors and decor would be much appreciated. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kristen in the comments - thanks!
Quite a few of you liked the LED-lit water in another model we showed you, but this one integrates the coloring into the actual design of the faucet, making it attractive and purposeful. This one is from Hansacanyon, as seen over on Freshome. The light changes from blue to red, based on the temperature, automatically shuts off after 80 seconds and is controlled by touch sensors.
For lots of families, the living room coffee table is also the de facto kids' play table. The Offi Waterfall Table takes this into account, offering two levels in one table, and creating a removable cushion for the lower level, so that it can also be used as a bench/table combination. We like to see furniture designed with the whole family in mind. High enough at one end for adults, low enough at the other for kids, and made of molded plywood with chrome-plated steel tube legs, the Offi Waterfall, designed by Simon Design Studio, is $399.00.
We know it's only Thursday, but we're already crowning this the coolest thing of the week. The entire circus-inspired room is delightful and we're especially gaga for the ferris wheel toy storage. The room was put together by Kansas City-based photo stylist Kate Dixon and was commissioned as part of the 41st Symphony Designer Showhouse Tour in Kansas City. We're accustomed to seeing a circus theme in nurseries, but love this more grown up version for a boy. I wanted it to be a whimsical room where fun and functionality meet. That's why me and my crew made a giant 7ft tall spinning 'ferris wheel' toy storage unit. I made rugs out of duckcloth and stitched them together to give a patchwork effect, and painted over a photo of my son turning him into the ultimate ringmaster of the room. We took old pallets and created fun built in furniture, and used some great artistic friends of mine from SOWN to do pillows, Jeff Shumway to create amazing circus illustrations, and so much more. Amazing, Kate - thank you! Readers, you can find Kate at her blog Dixon Style as well as her company Artistic Living Spaces.
If you've ever entertained in a small home, you know that it's easy to run low on surface space. This little bar cart project by Naomi over at Design Manifest solves all of those worries in one fell swoop. Perfectly placed in a black-painted niche, the vintage gold bamboo cart is perfect for having extra plates on hand, as a home base for serving drinks, and as extra horizontal space for stashing serving dishes. A piece of art over the cart makes it feel settled into its home. Or you could move the cart around depending on where you're entertaining from party to party. Dinner party? Set up the cart near your dining table. Cocktails? Set up the cart as a bar in the living room.
Retro Office wrote to say that the store will give Apartment Therapy readers a 15% discount when they mention they saw this post! In a world of funkified retro steel case office furniture, Retro Office, Inc. might be the store to beat. The selection is huge, with a 15000 Sq.foot warehouse to hunt down your perfect piece. The color choices and finish styles are plentiful, and they have the credenzas that we love so much! Starting at around $1300, these beauties are stripped, sanded and clear-coated with 5 coats to ensure 'Maximum protection.' Also in stock are tanker desks, chairs and a great vintage lamp. All in all a great addition to the steel furniture stores that are the go-to for so many Hollywood writer-types.
Pottery Barn just introduced a modular set of stainless steel items, one of which is a pseudo-backsplash. The stainless steel magnetic backsplash is 36'x18', costs $79 and can be used by itself or in a line to go across the top of a long counter.
It is not because we think that industrial hearing protection is beautiful, but probably because we tend to have a thing for products that make us do a double take. These headphones, by Belgian consultancy SUSA, are actually something we can see ourselves using. Do you usually throw on your headphones to zone out and get some privacy? These might be the perfect ones to say to those around you 'Don't talk to me, I can't hear you.'