COLOR PALETTE: The Green Machine! - green with accents of red. If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Since sleeping is one of the main things that happens in your bedroom, above all things, you want it to be cozy. What could be cozier than being surrounded by tons of books? From around the web, here are ten of our favorite bedrooms, chock-full of delicious books. Above: a wall of books behind the bed, from Noemi's Romantic Biedermeier Apartment in Berlin. Shelves in a traditional bedroom from Period Living. Shelves under the eaves in a space from Home Beautiful, via Style Carrot. No room for shelves? Hang 'em up high above the bed. Cozy built-ins in the home of architect Vincent van Duysen, spotted on Latte Lisa.
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.
Please go to our new link for Scandinavian Design Center. With a mission to 'Market and sell Scandinavian Design worldwide' we thought it was time to devote a store post to the online retailer Scandinavian Design Center. We've posted many products from the Sweden-based company: Pappelina Plastic Rugs, Contactbox, Nisse Strinning's String Shelving System and Green Fortune's Streamgarden to name a few.... Covering a wide range of product categories, Scandinavian Design Center carries furniture, towels & linens, an abundance of unique tabletop & servingware, kid stuff and even jewelry. Products come from well-known companies and small-scale Scandinavian designers. Most items are shipped worldwide some bulkier items require special arrangements. Our only note of caution concerns lighting Scandinavian Design Center carries a lot of beautiful lighting but make certain lamps are suitable for the U.S. market before buying! Many have European voltage standards which are dangerous when paired with U.S. power supplies! Do any ATers have experience ordering from Scandinavian Design Center?
My son is a LEGO fanatic and we were both pleasantly surprised when we visited the LEGO Web site and discovered the LEGO club. The LEGO Club gives kids a chance to upload their latest creations in addition to connecting with other LEGO fans. Your child will also get LEGO building tips, their own page with a customizable avatar.
The drop-leaf table is the Transformer of tables and can be 'More than meets the eye'. It can be a petite sofa table, disguised desk or maybe a practical hall table, but when dinner guests drop in it becomes a dining table for four to six. These tables can be primary dining tables or can serve as secondary tables that are pulled out only for entertaining. In a small kitchen with no real dining space, the drop-leaf table has a tiny footprint but still provides seating for two on a daily basis. Drop-leaf tables are not as easy to find as tables with the leaf extensions, but in a tiny apartment, who wants to store an extra leaf to a dining table? There are beautiful vintage tables with a great variety in finishes, shapes and styles. For really tiny spaces and a low price point, the Muddus table from Ikea.4. Do you have a drop-leaf table? Does it work for you? What are other innovative ways to use a drop-leaf table in a small space?
I've lived with a few lacklustre bathrooms - in rented apartments and then in my own place before we got around to renovating - and it got me down. So here are some simple but effective ideas for perking up a tired bathroom without ripping the whole thing out and starting over. A new shower curtain, bathmat or towels will add a blast of color to your bathroom and immediately raise your spirits. This could backfire if your bathroom is really past its prime, as it will highlight how scruffy the rest of the room is. It's not as much fun as choosing a new shower curtain, but this chore really will make your bathroom look cleaner and fresher. Plants love bathrooms, and they are good for body and soul too. Find a longer list of suitable bathroom houseplants here. No matter how small your bathroom, there is always room for a picture or two. Most bathrooms play it safe with all white fixtures and walls.
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.
We talked before about how to turn one of these closets into a great, hide-able workspace, but running across this image from Southern Living, we were surprised to see it turned into a tiny powder room. This ingenious use for a closet had us rethinking small spaces. We don't really need to convert a closet into a bathroom but it reminded us why it's so important to regularly declutter storage spaces. Too often we just cram stuff in there, just in case. If we were more mindful about what we hang on to we might be able to get some more useable space out of our home. What do you think of this closet turned bathroom? Oh and remember the shower in a closet?
The one drawback in this makeover is that my favorite reading chair stands out even more as an eyesore! For years, family and friends had begged me to buy a new one, but I love this chair because it's the perfect proportions for me and it's really comfortable-perfect for spending a lazy afternoon reading with my cats. I thought about having it reupholstered, but quotes were way out of my budget, and the chair is so old that reupholstering would basically mean remaking the chair. The first step was measuring the chair and figuring out how much fabric I needed. Chair: inside back, outside back, outside arm, inside and front of arm, seat, front of chair. Using a Visio page to represent the length and width of the fabric, I drew a scaled down rectangle for each section of the chair and laid them out to figure out how they would fit. If your chair is in better shape than mine, you won't need to do much, but my chair was sagging and threadbare and the cats had shredded the arms and corners, so I wanted to pad it out a bit. Lay the other piece of fabric right side out on the chair, then fit it to the line of the chair and fold it against the other piece where want the seam to go.3.
A while back we took a look at Apartment Bathrooms from Around the World which was fun to put together, but is was not necessarily a group of 'Style conscious' rooms. We decided to go for another 'round the world type post, but this time, go for a geographically varied group of rooms that all show an eye for design. We dove into Normal Room this afternoon and were not disappointed with what we found - we're always amazed at all the countries represented on the site. All photos found on Normal Room, a site where people from across the globe post photos of their own 'Normal' rooms - endlessly interesting!
We've said it a thousand times and we don't mind saying it a thousand more &mdash we cannot get enough of iPhone cases. If we could own every awesome iPhone case we find, we would, and we would love it. This is one of the few cases we've come across that we probably wouldn't want to own, but it's still awesome. It reminds me of something a construction worker would want, but at the same time an architect &mdash or maybe even the mom next door. The Steel iPhone Case is made from Steel on the outside and silicon padding for the inside. The only thing we don't like about this case is the protective flip shield for the front. Yes, it will protect the screen isn't one of the great selling points of the iPhone is that it's not a flip phone? Many of you will be happy to know that this isn't another concept case, it's actually available for purchase. The Stainless Steel and Silicone iPhone Case is available through LtdTools for $95..