Hello Apartment Therapy! I have a good question for you all: I have a long, narrow balcony off my apartment in Istanbul and I am wondering what I should do with it. Our view is not very nice; we are face-to-face with other people's balconies and I am wondering if there is a way to delicately screen the view. Should I use plants? The balcony doesn't get any direct sunlight, so I'm not sure what kind to put. Perhaps some kind of curtain would be good? We do have a small table and two chairs, but that leaves almost half of the balcony empty and I'd like to use the entire space. We like the idea of almost-sheer white curtains to add some privacy - or even inexpensive seagrass blinds that can be lowered around the perimeter. Do you have an outside space you'd like to share with the Apartment Therapy community? We have a special form for sending photos and info on your garden, deck, yard, balcony or patio to the editors.
When we first spotted this trio of bud vases by Heath Ceramics, we loved the simplicity and repetition of the shapes...but what really strikes our fancy? The combination of muted earth tones punctuated with a bright, brazen yellow. It's like an exclamation point at the end of this set. Hmmm, this could be a perfect color scheme for our work-in-progress bathroom.....
Many homes have over-the-fridge cabinets designed to add storage and blend into the rest of the kitchen space. Which brings us to the question: more kitchen cabinet storage or a taller refrigerator with more food storage capacity? While there's no problem with a stand-alone refrigerator, the two contrasting IKEA kitchens shown above highlight how adding upper cabinets above the fridge can help create a more visually connected and integrated space. There are many other approaches for integrating a fridge, such as hidden panel fridges, refrigerator drawers, chalkboard fridges, and many more clever ideas from our creative readers, but overhead cabinetry is the most common. The extra refrigerator space allows for more cold storage and helps eliminate many second refrigerators in the home which may be less energy efficient and not as cost-effective. This extra tall Sub-Zero refrigerator matches the tall cabinets in this kitchen for a clean look and extra fridge space. Finding a refrigerator to match the top cabinets of a specific kitchen isn't impossible, as there are a variety of unique sizes to fit an exact space in the kitchen. Popular appliance retailer AJ Madison lists over 1,000 refrigerators ranging from 18' to over 85' in height.
Now is a great time to start shopping for a 2014 calendar, since you'll have plenty of time to be picky about the calendar(s) you'll be living with for a whole year. It can be hard to find a calendar which appeals to both my love of pop culture television with my appreciation for good design. Parks and Rec Calendar: $24Paperchat is creating some of the most hilarious Parks and Rec art online. Who doesn't want to sit down to work with a giant 'Treat Yo Self' message in their face? I do, that's for sure. Twin Peaks Skinny Calendar: $25Many of the phrases and quotes from David Lynch's beloved TV series Twin Peaks can seem sort of ridiculous on the surface. The truth is the show is filled with really good advice or insight, like: 'Achievement is its own reward, pride obscures it', 'Don't search for all the answers at once. A path is formed by laying one stone at a time', and my personal favorite, 'Everyday, once a day, give yourself a present'. Calendar designs inspired by the now iconic show are available at, So It Goes Shop on Etsy. Cute Superhero Calendar: $25Whether it's the animated series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, or the upcoming Agents of Shield, or the long-gone, but much lauded animated Justice League you love - this calendar by Loopz Art offers an adorable edition of illustrations for hero worship for fans of the mightiest team of superheroes.
It's up for debate for sure but I think for many, the living room-especially for apartment or condo dwellers-is the most used space in their home. It's where you relax, entertain, get some work done and maybe even have a bite in front of the T.V. Having a small space doesn't mean you can't do all that and still have a stylish and functional living room. If you like neutrals with a sprinkle of personality and dash of modern style, then you're going to love this living room and we'er going to show you how it's possible on any budget. The original inspiration for this look came from this fabulous home tour we spotted on Apartment 34. This living room is a perfect example of a space that is filled with neutrals but doesn't lack any personality with lots of interesting textures, styles and finishes plus some fun art to make it both relaxed yet modern.
I love that we made a tiny room feel gracious and bright! Victorian Houses in Richmond, Virginia's Historic Fan District are so narrow they can feel like living in the barrel of a shotgun, but I think we made the most of this small space that empties into the front entry! Sidebar: I painted the piece above the mantle one rainy afternoon when my precious little girls were plugged into a Disney movie because I was at the end of my parenting rope- ha! I love rooms to feel like a designer was never there, rooms that feel like they evolved over time, and rooms that are polished but not too precious. We also use the heck out of this room so I store blocks, games, and puzzles in the boxes under the table. I adore so many things in this room! I was named after the woman in the portrait on the right, and I cherish those two ancient paintings. This room is a fresh spin on family heritage; I think it is timeless yet right on trend. It is the first room everyone sees when we come into this house, and it makes us feel right at home! Would you like a room in your home to be featured as an Apartment Therapy Favorite Rooms post? Submit your room here.
We've noticed a trend, lately, of large dining tables smack in the middle of kitchens. We've seen many a dinette set or breakfast table worked into a kitchen space, but we're seeing more and more full dining setups in the center of this often utilitarian space. Whether we have previously failed to take note of this bold furniture placement in rooms, or if it is a new trend toward merging the kitchen and dining areas, we think we like it. Being able to claim neither a full kitchen nor a dining room, we are quite envious of the opportunity to work with large, even oversized furniture. Kim has documented her entire kitchen remodel over at Desire To Inspire, and we were interested to see her choice of a large dining table for six, directly in the middle of her newly open kitchen. We didn't expect to see such a dominant piece, afraid it might disrupt the flow of the kitchen, but we absolutely love it. She has worked a great, large seating arrangement into a warm and inviting kitchen and seems to still have plenty of room to navigate while cooking. Perhaps we're looking a little harder now, but we came across another great example of a sizable dining table in the kitchen in the March issue of Livingetc. The dining chairs are upholstered in a colorful floral, which brings a bright upholstered accent to a stainless, modern kitchen. It seems to add a sense of community and entertainment to the kitchen.
I definitely didn't expect to go into a movie about male strippers and come out with a blog post. I left Magic Mike loving more than just the washboard abs. The title character's blend of beachhouse masculine and Warm Industrial had style worth more than a wad of $1s. Channing Tatum plays Mike, a stripper who dreams of leaving 'The Life' and crafting one-of-a-kind furniture. Though his designs and business acumen are debatable, I loved the warm manliness of his living room.
You might remember Hilary from about a month ago; she sent in her Angelus Vintage Modern Buffet Refinish Project with details of how she redid the vintage piece. I acquired another vintage piece this time by Stanley furniture. For this one I used color washing; it's a cool effect that can be applied to most wooden finds. The drawers were solid wood along with the majority of the structure. A glaze can be achieved by mixing dry pigment or acrylic paint to a water-based latex paint. In order to keep the colors really saturated, I used 5 parts of acrylic and only a 1 parts latex base as a medium. An old friend of mine used to say aim for the consistency of half n' half. This glazing technique could be used on any wooden furniture to give it a whimsical feel.
Despite all that islands already do, there a still more ways to increase their usefulness and visual appeal in the kitchen. Above, the brass bar for kitchen towels is a great addition to this table-turned-kitchen-island from Petal & Ply. If you have a stand-alone island, stick it on some casters to get a moveable and versatile work space. Adding pegboard lets you eke out more storage from your existing kitchen. Jen of The Chronicles of Home added affordable molding to her kitchen island before painting it bright white, and now it looks custom and complete. A previously basic white island seen on Remodelaholic got the shiplap treatment, capped off by some decorative corbels. This island was original made from wood and conduit pipe, but the owner added hooks underneath the counter for hanging pots and pans. Serena & Lily styled this kitchen island with wallpaper panels to make it more stylish and interesting.
If your preference is for a simple, soothing place to lay your head, one great point of inspiration is the Shaker bedroom. Original Shaker bedrooms were not a place for privacy or intimacy - followers were celibate, and women and men shared separate respective bedrooms. Instead, these rooms are examples of unadorned but peaceful practicality. Some of the key components for creating a Shaker-style bedroom include: Wooden bed: A simple bed may be primarily functional, but the wood and the skill of the craftsmanship will stand out. Handmade bedding and details: Add a quilt or blanket to simple white sheets for a personal, practical, and pretty touch. Clever storage: Even if you don't share a room, make the most of your space with shelves, trunks, and wall hooks. Uncomplicated color: Keep the walls an easy, soothing white, but incorporate color and natural wood tones with accessories and rugs.
Last week, we witnessed the transformation of Elizabeth's tiny bathroom, and today we're taking a look at the rest of her tw0-bedroom co-op. When Elizabeth bought the place, she originally planned to only remodel the bathroom, but her contractor helped her realize that with only a few small changes, she could have a whole apartment that she was really happy with. Elizabeth worked with a contractor, Gennadiy, to come up with some ideas for transforming not just the bathroom, but the rest of the apartment, all within the original budget. Convinced by Gennadiy's vision, Elizabeth signed on for the extra upgrades - and wound up with a whole new apartment, all within her original budget. Gennadiy realized that the kitchen cabinets were in very good condition - it was just the yellow paint and clunky crown molding that made them look dated. By removing some of the molding and painting the cabinets white, he gave the kitchen a much more, open look. A new countertop and backsplash, along with new undercabinet lighting, completes the transformation. Little changes make a big difference in the living room, too - Gennadiy cleaned up some of the molding details, and replaced dated light fixtures. In the bedroom, Gennadiy added some smart storage - a cubby on top of the closet that takes advantage of the apartment's 11 foot ceilings. Because in New York, who doesn't need a little extra space?
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.