Seems we have a love / hate relationship with them in our homes.... Love, because of the sense of age and texture they give to a room. Hate, because they're sometimes crumbly or have a darkening, heavy effect that overwhelms small spaces. If you're dealing with conflicting feelings about brick walls in your home, one thing you might consider is whitewashing. It's translucent, so it will still let the inherent qualities of the brick show through but lighten things up considerably. There is a simple how-to at Frugal Farmhouse for anyone who wants to give it a go.
Often times we come across spaces in which our socks are knocked right off. This is of course, assuming you're wearing socks; I guess you could substitute hosiery or sandals into this slot.... but I digress. Earlier today, AT:LA showed us a living room makeover by Jude, over at Run4istRun and now we would like to show you the other space she designed. Click through the jump for lots of appletini-colored fabulousness. Run4istRun has graciously shared her 2 living room makeovers with us. They are rich with texture and color while still being able to have small collections and loads of personality and memories in her spaces. Check out the pictures below of her bright Appletini and Icy Blue Rooms.... These are some photos of the room the icy blue room, with an impromptu molding treatment we featured earlier today on AT:LA! For more on this fantastic transformation, including before pictures, click over to Run4istRun to see the rest!
When we first featured HGTV's 2009 Dream House, we got a whole lot of, um, less than pleased comments on the look of the place. We must admit, we got bored about half way through the photo tour and stopped caring. We saw the master bedroom image for the first time today, and.... We really like it. The color, painted ceiling, and overall fresh feel of this room has us sold. Sure, the rest of the house may feel a bit catalog-ish, but it's a home expected to appeal to a wide spectrum of viewers, so playing it safe is kind of a necessity. We're just happy to see at least one area of the home that we consider Dream-y, too.
Ogilvy & Mather came up with a smarter ad for IBM's Smarter Cities campaign. The outdoor billboards curve outward to form a bench or an overhang as protection from the rain, or slope up steps to create a ramp. Smarter Cities gets behind the idea that if cities were smarter, than life in cities would be better. In other news, Google buys mapping software Waze, and New York's beaches get a post-Sandy redesign.
Thought you guys might like this story from one of my other favorite sites, CHOW.com. It's their tips on how to green your kitchen - little did I know that running my dishwasher was better for the environment! CHOW's Ten Ways to Green Your Kitchen include using a dishwasher rather than washing dishes by hand.
For your Monday morning inspiration- we've rounded up a few beautiful kitchens. Even if you're not in the position to overhaul your whole kitchen, there are plenty of family-friendly ideas here that you can easily integrate. Think colorful bunting, chalkboard walls, or open shelving. Kitchen with Bunting: No need to save the bunting for birthdays or other celebrations. Open Kitchen Shelves: Out of reach of the little hands of course! But just taking off some of your cabinet doors can breathe new life into the kitchen and highlight some of your prettier dishes. Modern Country Kitchen: We love this style: a white background with a chalkboard somewhere and shelving that stores all of the glass jars and pieces that make this feel country. Family Kitchen Diner: We have a large map in our kitchen in full view from our table and we love it. Second Row: Family Kitchen with Central Island: Don't forget to add photos and artwork. Vibrant Kitchen Diner: We love the look of a bench for a family kitchen. A Kitchen/Dining Room Combo from House to Home: Just adding pops of color can really update the room. A Springlike Kitchen: Three islands in this kitchen!
GO TO PAUL'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! 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!
When I got back to Baltimore after a long holiday visit with family, my bedroom greeted me with its disarray. I am only good about putting clean laundry away if I do it when the clothes are fresh out of the dryer; otherwise, they sit in the basket in my bedroom. My husband, who does his own laundry, completely avoids putting his clean clothes away entirely. As organization took a total back seat to the holidays this year, the clothes just never made it from the laundry basket to the dresser or closet-although some did make it to the floor. While of course there's another end to this organization game, in 2014 I want to be more on top of getting things from dryer to drawers. For my bedroom's sake, I'm committing to taking ten minutes whenever a laundry load finishes to put that stuff away-right away.
Touch typing is blindingly fast, so much faster than writing. Well, for all you touch typists out there, this might be a keyboard for you, if you are into Apple products like us! One thing's for sure, his complete white Apple-like keyboard is sure to attract attention. Since like most nerds, he's able to touch type, he decided to convert his keyboard to an all-white color, hiding all of the key information. Anyone considering converting an existing keyboard like this would have problems, unless each of the keys were painted individually. Plus the feel of keyboard wouldn't be as great. This makes the keyboard completely white and extremely hard to use by anyone not used to touch typing.
We've got a bathroom the size of a broom closet. We've gotten by with the Container Store wire shelf that the previous tenants left behind, but we're thinking of upgrading to something a little nicer looking. We like the Aspudden Shelf from IKEA and the Componobili Stacking Compartments by Anna Castelli Ferrieri, and then there's the ultimate storage piece we really can't afford, the Vitra Utensilo Wall Mounted Organizer. Ultimately, we'll go with whatever works best in the space, but we're wondering if anyone out there has ingenious ideas for small space bathroom storage. We found a couple of good ideas already on AT:Chicago... Good Questions: Solutions for Under Sink Storage? Best Products: Baren Glass Shelf.