Emily and Aaron's spare bedroom was a catch-all, home to Aaron's bike, a dog crate, clothes, and other random items. The couple would step inside, grab what they needed, and duck back out, meaning that the room never got used for anything but storage. With some paint, new furniture, and a new space plan, this is now a room that they use on a daily basis. Farrow and Ball's Down Pipe makes the small room feel cozy, while colorful art and pillows give the room a bit of brightness and character. A wall-length desk and a daybed for guests offer plenty of functionality and maximize the narrow space. Suge, Emily and Aaron's adorable Boston terrier, can join in the fun, since his crate is tucked neatly between their desk chairs. This was a relatively slow makeover, taking 1.5 years to complete, but each step was thoughtfully considered, and now that it's complete, Emily and Aaron are left with a functional room that fits the three descriptors Emily picked to guide the project from the outset: a manly room with color and pattern. For more details on the process, and for more before and after photos, visit Go Haus Go. Re-edited from a post originally published 1.16.14-NT..
I'll admit it's been a spotty week, but today, I'm going to make up for it. I got handy last weekend and hung our new mirror, completing the dining room, right above the table up top. It really transforms the room and I have a few tips for how to use mirrors like this along with proper hanging.... Stay on the pulse with a double shot: blog + email. Click below for past emails.... AT EMAIL ARCHIVE. to full AT Email archive.
There's something really intriguing about the combination of black and white in the bedroom. The contrast makes it interesting, and the simplicity makes it soothing. Above: a black and white space from Ollie & Seb's Haus. The hotel Praktik Rambla in Barcelona, spotted on Petite Passport. That chandelier, contrasted with these minimalist furnishings... so good. A bedroom with some interesting wall hangings, from Homelife. All black walls with just a touch of white - very soothing. Tommy Hilfiger's bedroom, spotted on Elle Decor. We love the black and with wallpaper in the bedroom of Alexis & Josh's San Francisco home. Dark walls and bright white floors, spotted on SF Girl by Bay. The touches of bold black make this bedroom from My Paradissi soothing but not boring.
Short on cash for new furniture? There is no reason that improvised furniture pieces have to look cheap and haphazard. This crate buffet is well thought out to be both functional and attractive. You're not alone if you have furniture constructed out of found items. Most of us have something that is making do until we can buy that dream piece or until we find that perfect item. This project from Recyclart proves that even though it's not a gorgeous designer piece or lovely antique there's no reason that it can't look designed and purposeful.
Here on Re-nest we talk a lot about capturing water for and conserving water in our gardens. We haven't talked too much about designing gardens that limit runoff. When it comes to the environment, that's just as important. She calls it 'a manual on how to design and manage a garden that captures and keeps the water that it gets.' What's so important about capturing and keeping water? Well the more you capture and keep, the less you need to use. Kent stresses, if you capture it, you keep it from running off into the ocean, especially if you live near the coast. That's incredibly important, because the water that runs-off from our gardens tends to pick up to carry things like pesticides, oil, and cleaning solutions along with them.
We blinked, and checked the price again when we saw that this Modern platform bed from England's Habitat is just $50. The owner says 'Must sell fast' so someone should borrow a truck and get over there pretty darn quickly. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..
It's come to my attention through an unofficial office poll that many, many households are still showering with a stationary shower head and I feel it's my duty to tell you you're missing out. It's adjustable so people of different heights can shower comfortably. This is especially helpful when cleaning and rinsing the shower. I can get the water flow close to my own head when rinsing out heavy conditioner to make sure it's all gone. I can fill a tall bucket with hot water by setting it in the tub. I can spray my boyfriend in the face after he scares me by yelling 'Boo' while I'm in the shower. Ana Bath 5 inch 5 function shower head. $52.99 at Amazon. Time to tell us about your shower habits: do you share my love of the hand held or do you have another style to share?
The Chicago Recycling Coalition has a comprehensive checklist for those looking to go green either in the office or at home. The list includes the basics as well as a few less obvious ideas, covering paper usage, office supplies and products, kitchen areas, recycling, transportation, energy and water efficiency, and air quality. Maintain accurate mailing lists and delete duplicates. Kitchen: Avoid disposable materials in the kitchen, and use washable items instead. Purchase organic, fair-trade coffee. Use videoconferencing when possible to avoid energy-consuming travel. Energy and Water Efficiency: Use low-flow aerators on sinks. Add plants and open windows regularly for ventilation. This edited list just gives you a glimpse of the CRC's many suggestions for going green at work.
Got your interior designer hat on? Because it's time for another round of Fill in the Design !. What rug would YOU choose for this bedroom? Would you add a punch of color? Keep in low key and muted? Just for fun we photoshopped out what the designer actually chose, so you can pick your favorite floor covering, and vote for your selection after the jump.
Eight-foot ceilings used to be standard but many new DC condo buildings now boast ceiling heights of at least 10 feet. Ra'ed and David lowered the ceiling in their contemporary condo, accentuating the ceiling with midnight blue paint. In a recent Slate article, Witold Rybczynski asks if high ceilings are 'Wretched architectural excessive or just good taste?' Do you like high or low ceiling heights? Survey below the jump.... Witold Rybczynski clearly favors high ceilings, claiming they make rooms better proportioned, though can feel initially overwhelming. Do you find high ceilings overwhelming? Or do you enjoy the added space added by high ceilings? Joe loves the high ceilings in his art deco loft, which is shown on this page. Read Witold Rybczynski's Slate article 'How High; Are high ceilings a sign of wretched architectural excess or just good taste?' by clicking here.
While this question was originally intended for AT, we figured our like-minded readers may help Liz in her search for the perfect study/occasional computing desk for her home office:Hey all! Liz here - just thought I'd throw this out there in case anyone knows of an excellent study desk to place in my home office. The thing is - it's completely open to the living room so I want something that's light in character, but sturdy and well-designed as well. Oh! And I'd like to use it for computing, so a small compartment to shove my laptop in would be kind of nice. Well, Liz, we're glad you're reaching out and as always, we're more than happy to help! The above desk is one of our favorites from recent months; it's called the Yves writing desk, designed by husband and wife team of Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon. It's made from solid walnut with leather top and two drawers. The leather also comes in two flavors - the green you see above and a bespoke color. One of our favorite classic pieces is the Nelson Swag Leg Desk which sports that classical retro look that's been timeless throughout the years and should fit perfectly into any modern home office setting. Any other favorites for Liz? Let her know in the comments!
Get a bit of local history along with some green re-using and a great patio. The city of Minneapolis will sell you reclaimed - and crazy heavy - granite pavers. Small, grey granite in two sizes: 6' x 4.5' and a mere 13 lbs. Or large rose granite, below, with 10' x 7' pavers that weigh in at 19 lbs.
It's not just A/V or computer gear we think of trying to incorporate and hide away into the rest of our home decor. Kitchen appliances can especially be a dominating presence in any homre. Faith over at The Kitchn asks if you have ever wanted to hide your appliances as cabinetry with a recent Hot or Not poll.