We moved into a 1952 Mid Century modern ranch house that had original wood paneling in the family room and in one bedroom. We painted the family room white, which took so many coats to cover, I was bound and determined to make the bedroom work with wood paneling so I wouldn't have to paint again! The desk and the shelves are built-ins, original to the house. His bedding is from Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod. Rug is IKEA, toy box and nautical flags are Land of Nod, desk chair and bed are from Overstock. Galvanized metal 'BOY' letters are from Hobby Lobby. The oar I found at an antique shop for $15 dollars, then painted white and added colored duct tape to make the pattern. The toy buckets are just paint buckets from Lowe's and I stenciled numbers on them. Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Project Submission Form.
We're finding lots of inspirational love for grey these days. We really liked the grey and pink nursery put together by designer Kenneth Brown. Now check out one of our all time favorite color combinations.... Grey and yellow. The dark charcoal wall looks so rich and velvety and bold white floral graphics do a beautiful job breaking up the darkness. The custom made yellow and white crib bedding makes for a perfect combination. Check out the full post on this room at Jo-An's blog, Little Papercuts.
Have stubborn rust stains in your toilet bowl? If you live in an older apartment then chances are you do. As much as we try to stay green with our cleaning products, sometimes it seems like you have to go harsh to tackle a major stain like rust. We just read on the queen of clean that Tang sprinkled around the bowl and left for an hour or two will do the trick. Apparently the Tang works because of the citric acid that oxidizes the rust stain. So anything powdery that contains citric acid will do it, even lemon flavored kool aid. What a relief to not have to bust out the harsh chemicals. An added bonus is that we don't have to worry if someone leaves the lid up and our kitty goes in for a drink that she'll be ingesting harmful chemicals. Finally it'll leave your bathroom with that fresh tang scent!
COLOR INSPIRATION: Our family of five was a little scared of moving from close quarters into a spacious house. Splashing our favorite colors on the walls helped make our new house a home. GO TO LISA'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
It seems that with Sasha and Malia currently residing in the White House, presidential children are very popular items of discussion and remembrance. Just how many children have been in the White House? Well, a recent slide show at Us Magazine gives us a photographic glimpse into the various kids who ran the White House hallways. Who knew Alice Roosevelt was so cool? According to Us, 'The self-described 'wild child,' smoked on the roof of the White House, fired guns at telegraph poles and walked around with a boa constrictor roped around her neck.' To view more photos, visit the Us Magazine Web site.
Here's a little micro-trend we're intrigued by: vintage cabinets as storage in modern kitchens. One vintage cabinets can provide a handy place to stash things you use often in a kitchen without a lot of upper storage... and the patina and texture of a vintage piece lends a certain depth and richness to a modern space. The kitchen above takes advantage of tall ceilings with a vintage cabinet and a pot rail. The texture of this cabinet provides a nice balance to the starkness of a mininmal kitchen. Two vintage cabinets are better than one! This kitchen has a nice little mix going on. A vintage cabinet paired with vintage-style tile in a kitchen from Bo Bedre. Finally, a little kitchen that's delicious in more ways than one - vintage cabinets, a basin sink, and those lovely blue walls mean there's a lot to love.
Origin: The word 'Couch' comes from the French verb coucher, which translates to 'To lie down.' Distinction: None, really, between a couch and a sofa. People tend to prefer the word couch when they're talking about a casual, un-stuffy room. Origin: The word 'Sofa' originated from suffah, an Arabic word that referred to a wood or stone bench. A 'Sofa' is more of a proper place to sit than a lie-down couch. 'The couch is the thrash-able object at the center of a well-used living room, upon whose back toddlers straddle, whose cushions teenager become permanent fixtures, and which, at the end of the day, after the children are in bed, a couple might relax with a short glass of bourbon.' 'A sofa, on the other hand, sits under a trimly hung painting and lives in a house in which traffic passes it by. It would be white, of course, or another color begging for stain. And most people living at the house of a sofa would be forbidden to sit upon it at one time or another.' Origin: The word 'Settee' comes from the Old English word setl, which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms.
My better half has a tendency to migrate from her desk over to the living room as the sun sets, and I've been known to continue working on the couch from my iPad after hours. For better and for worse, the living room has evolved into an extension of the home workspace, and now furniture designers are addressing the migration with new designs fit for work and relaxation.... The Wall Street Journal recently produced this video as part of a piece about the proliferation of work-at-home furniture catering to the always-working demographic, reflecting the cultural shift away from stationary workstations over to a working lifestyle revolving around mobility and comfort in the living room and beyond. More of us are migrating across from home offices over into the living room, dining room, and even backyards after hours, and now furniture designers are taking note with designs catering to this shift in lifestyle. The Haworth Harbor Work Lounge shares features drawn from classroom desks, airport lounges, living room seating, and home office task chairs. The big question born from this cultural shift is whether working from anywhere and everywhere, including the living room, actually leads to a more productive work life. Whether bringing work and computers into shared home spaces actually hinders a happy home life, where couples and family members are more drawn to their screens than to one another. What are your thoughts of about working from the living room, where home life and work life are beginning to overlap after hours?
AT,. I purchased some vintage Saarinen Tulip chairs and a Saarinen Tulip table base. I'm going to use the set as a card/games table. I feel glossy white or glossy black are a bit too mod. Would Chinese lacquer red be too much? Also this year, Knoll is making them in platinum. I was also thinking about painting them bronze or pewter. I'm thinking about making a slate top for the base.... Any ideas? We're actually kind of traditionalists when it comes to Tulip chairs and tables, so we're going to ask readers what they think.
'We'd hardly call the bureau'perfect for small bathrooms' like the Pottery Barn site does, but we do love the look and idea if space is not a factor: A Smart Technology™ strip provides a plug-in point for hair dryers and curling irons, and three drawers below have cutouts for easy access. 18.5 x 16 x 49' h. This bathroom bureau is available at Pottery Barn for $599..
Dear AT,. My living room has turned purple. I used my painting as inspiration for colors, but made the mistake of getting a couch & loveseat in a deep purple and painted the trim to coordinate. The room has so much trim that it turned purple and made the walls look to pink. 'I got the rug and random curtain to try and 'blue' the room up since I like blue waaaay more than purple....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions.
I often think its best to provide strong pieces of furniture with an even match, so rather than giving the heavy dining table total center stage I'd temper it with some of my other visually commanding obsessions, all of which share that same sort of 'Sturdy and substantial without being overbearing' quality. The table is available through Silk & Burlap, which has a fabulous new location in Frederick. 00, the Arctic Pear is tragically expensive, but this is a dream room right? Its clean lines are a nice compliment to the dining table, without being so similar in style that it would compete with it. To balance the industrial vibe of the table, I would choose Terrain's Steel Wire Chairs, $398, which are a fun mix of modern and country, whimsical and substantial. To soften the table, I would dress it in casual linen from Brook Farm General Store and EmersonMade, $52, and earthy Nuestra Tierra Chamba servingware from Toque Blanche, which I discovered through the stylish Camille of The Vintique Object. For dinner, I'd serve water, because after splurging on this dream room, that's about all that I could manage...for approximately the next one hundred years.
Christian and her husband decided to make a beautiful cathedral window quilt the focus and inspiration for their daughter's nursery. In addition to using the quilt's colors throughout the room, Christian's husband made this incredible wood wall art as a perfect compliment and counterpoint to the quilt. While one is soft and the other hard and the color comprises the diamond shapes in one and the petal shapes in the other - we think you'll have to agree that these items are both fantastic on their own and especially stunning together. You can read a bit about how this wood wall hanging was made on Christian's blog, ModObject at Home, as well as more about how this room went from a room for a son to a room for a daughter.