Yesterday we talked a little bit about how to green clean your entryway and your closets. Today, we're taking on the whole bedroom! It's a place of comfort, relaxation, a little action and sex appeal, but most of all, we want a healthy and clean environment to catch a few zzz's in. There aren't any cleaning chores that are specific to the bedroom. Use Natural Floor Cleaners: While hardwoods might require sweeping and a green cleanser, carpet requires thorough vacuuming to remove all the pet hair, dander, dirt and dust bunnies from under the bed. Use Eco-Friendly Laundry Soaps: Knowing that you'll be getting a clean and chemical free sleep session is true peace of mind. Purify That Air!: Although it might seem you spend your time in other rooms of the house more often, you spend 1/3 of your life in bed. Think about all the sleeping and mouth breathing, pets, open windows and the gunk that can waltz right into your sleep palace. Keeping an air purifier in the bedroom is one of the best things you can do for your health, allergies or not! Dust Daily: Now we know what you're thinking... who has time to dust their bedroom daily? Once you start you'll quickly notice how often things like lampshades, nightstands, floorboards and more can collect dust. Especially during the spring and summer months when our windows are wide open for a nice breeze! So get to dusting and try a microfiber cloth so you aren't just redistributing it around the room. Do you have a bedroom cleaning trick? Is there something that you're always glad you cleaned that gives you a better night sleep? For us it's always the ceiling fan, what's yours?
Well, if there is one thing I learned from yesterdays Guess the Decade post, it is that some of you have very stylish relatives with similarly designed rooms to our subject space. We choose this room because it is done in such a classic style - the individual pieces are ones that are design perennials - klismos chairs, a velvet ottoman, a silk upholstered sofa and ceramic garden stools. The items themselves don't point to any specific decade because they are ones that could and do show up in well decorated rooms in every decade. Because in this case, the majority of you were correct - it is a current design. It is a room done by Julio Quinones, one of many beautiful examples of his work that you can view on the website for his Dallas-based firm. The peachy colored drum looking stools tell me it would be 40s, possibly 50s. the klismos chairs have been brought out through various decades, so I don't think that's a good judge of decade. The art is very tasteful though...so really, it seems that the whole room is an amalgam of various decades. This is very now - this room could be in an issue of elle decor this year - duckumu. The floral arrangement on the coffee table is very 2000s also... - kellylj. The variety of influences, ceramic garden stools, and floral arrangement all seem now to me.
Q: After months of looking we've finally found the table for the dining space in our new apartment, Zuo Modern's Universe Dining Table. Now we're trying to figure out what chairs to pair it with. We're looking for something every-day and affordable - something with clean lines similar to the 9 Dragons would be more our speed. We've also looked at some Eiffel Chairs, but would we do wood or chrome, fiberglass or acrylic, color or clear? Editor: Leave your chair suggestions for Joelle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Probably the most common question we hear from friends who know we write for Unplggd is about TV stands. As TV sets have slimmed down to thin proportions, people want the furniture that it sits ontop or above of to slim down with it also. We've always liked low profile furniture since it creates a larger sense of space; this Zebra Wood Anguilla TV Stand is a nice example of low profile home theater furniture.... We like the two-tier design, with a wide 105' W x 24' D x 14' H dimensions that can fit most any plasma or LCD display ontop, with three drawers for storing your remotes, cables and your movie collection within.
Q: Hi, I need help! I bought this mid-century table a few months ago and had it stained ebony. The table seats 10 and it is one solid piece of wood. The chairs that came with the table are fully upholstered. The chair just has way too much fabric and after getting a price for fixing some of the broken chairs/reupholstering, it wasn't worth it to me. Now I'm on the hunt for chairs that are somewhat kid friendly, that can be used daily but also serve as a formal dining area. I would like to have 6-8 side chairs and then 2 different head chairs. Outside of the table, I don't have any design concept yet. My walls are a shade of light grey and I have attached pics of my living room design as it flows right into the dining room. Any feedback would be great as I'm stuck and I would like this room done by Thanksgiving.
Banned because of power consumption? The New York Times writes that Australia could consider banning Plasma TV's as a result of failing energy efficiency tests. We did not realize that there was such a big discrepancy between LCD and Plasma energy consumption, but it turns out that 153 LCD sets 36 inches or larger earned energy star ratings while only 83 plasma sets did the same. What this means for US standards when it comes to energy hungry televisions is unclear but it does make for a nice argument in the LCD vs. Plasma debate.
Have you checked out our annual Room for Color Contest over at Apartment Therapy yet? If not, you should. Even if you're not a decor fanatic, there's some great examples of how to incorporate a large tech item like a flat panel HDTV into the your living space. These are real people and real homes, so no catalog-stylist arranged homes here. A selection of a few of our current favourites below.... Check out all the entries and vote for your favourites at Apartment Therapy Room for Color Contest 2010!
Every once in a while we see something pink that knocks our socks off. Today it's this Union Jack Pillow that Victoria has on her white chair. The simple graphics and bright colors really make a strong statement, especially on such a blank canvas.
Black and white are just two colors you can't screw up. They were made for each other and we feel like people need to embrace them more. If you want a quick and easy way to get a cool and modern home office - go black and white! Candy Black Design Offices are extremely inspirational if you're going for the black and white, semi-minimalist vibe. Black White Home Office is a great example of black and white done right in a home office. Black Study Room is much more on the traditional side, but still very successfully done. The black walls work great the creams and other neutrals and it's really easy to select a desk for this space. You can use a wood, painted or glass desk and they'd all work great.
We're used to seeing marble in bathrooms or on kitchen countertops, but this gorgeously veined stone can make a big impact in other parts of your home, too. Above: Marble in a workspace feels especially luxurious. A marble accent wall, because why not? You could also get the look with wallpaper. Feel free to cover a whole wall with marble anyway. In this rustic bedroom, a low-slung, marble-topped console adds a touch of luxe. A marble fireplace feels at once modern and timeless. I don't quite know how to describe this detail, but I think it's a really neat one: a very low marble ledge that runs along one side of a room, and provides an ideal spot for leaning art.
Q: I've got some dead space across from my TV in my room, and I'd love to fill it with a sofa so when friends come over, they'll have somewhere to sit. The sofa can't be too deep, because if it protrudes out from the wall too much, it'll get in the way of my office chair. So I'm looking for a very small couch for a relatively cheap price. The one from Muji seemed to be a good pick, but since I'm in California, shipping would cost an extra $100 and that kind of kills the deal for me. I also considered this UO one, but I've done some research on it and it seems like the general consensus is that it'll disintegrate in a few years. I included pictures just for size and style reference, because I definitely like them both, but between price and quality, it seems like I can't go with either. I've also already looked into IKEA, but their offerings are either too long or too deep. AT, where can I find a small, cheap couch? Does one even exist? Thanks! Editor: Please help Gordon out with your suggestions for small scale sofa with a small pricetag to match - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
What does your dining area look like when it's not in use? We usually keep a few stacks of books and a vase of fresh flowers on our table to keep the space inviting. Sure, we make good use of the dining room when there's company, but we also like to make the space useful in other ways when we're not entertaining. This idea could be a reaction from childhood memories: my parents never used the dining room, the parlor, or the good china unless people were coming over or if it was major holiday meal. We spent the majority of our family eating time around a more casual table in the kitchen. As a result, those rooms stayed in pristine condition-and also a bit cold and uninviting.