Want to show off your creative space with the AT:HT Community? Be sure to tag your flickr photos with apartmenttherapyhometech or join our AT HomeTech Flickr Group. That's what first struck us when looking at this photo. We like how the black electronics harmonize with the decor choices, particularly with the wall decal. Those big black boxes soften a bit with the addition of the floral design. The lighting also adds loads of visual interest to the room when it's not in use as an entertainment center. Oh, and it's all Ikea, we found this photo on the IKEA Lovers Flickr Group.
Sure, you could just surround your dining table with individual chairs - but there's something about sitting down to a meal on a bench with people you love that's so communal, so convivial. A dining bench says 'I like you so much that when you get up to go the bathroom, I am willing to get up as well.' It's also a lovely design statement and a nice way to shake things up a little in the dining room. Midcentury details give this bench a touch of quirky character. I love the sleek, modern look of this bench - and the padded seat means it's friendlier for long meals. I love the light, airy look of this white-on-white bench. Like a modern take on the classic school chair - a great way to add a little rustic elegance to your dining room. A nice mix of rustic and modern for a very long lond. 'Nice and long and minimal and elegant. Also available as a 42' bench. The shape makes it modern, and the velvet makes it just a little bit fancy. This Florence Knoll-style bench is the perfect way to add a little elegance to your dining room.
Why we use color: We like earth tones and crisp colors that accentuate the structure of a space, and we tend to be minimalists. We prefer a smaller range of colors within the same room instead of trying to fit the whole rainbow in at the same time. For the dining room, we really wanted bench seating along the wall, and our choices in color were a little limited. Rather than choosing bold paint colors, it's much easier to accessorize with color using pillows, rugs, artwork, etc. If you really want to paint with a bold color, have all of your ideas for the room planned out in advance. Congrats if you can do this, because we tend to change our minds once a color is actually on the wall! If you're ever stuck on a decision between colors, pick the one with the best name! 'Hmmm... Which will it be... Ice Cube? Eggwhite? or Breathless?'. My 6th grade art class color wheel! Don't forget the basics, right?
MGR. VINTAGE CABINET FOR SALE. This is one of my favorite pieces, but I recently moved and it doesn't fit in my new place. It's a beautiful shabby chic-style, chipped paint cabinet. I used it as a TV stand/media storage cabinet, but it can be used in any room in the house. It's a brown rustic color, with signs of chipped carmel-colored paint showing through. Inside has one shelf, a large open storage space, and three narrow drawers. The cabinet has plenty of room on top to store just about anything. I can't say enough good things about this piece.
Sometimes a new proportion is all that's needed to bring a breath of fresh air into a common material. These pavers by Stepstone Inc. are a fine example.... Stepstone's Narrow Modular Pavers are concrete pavers that come in a linear proportion: 4' wide by as much as 24' long. Available in 12 colors, the pavers give the common concrete paver an uncommon look.
We posted about open shelving in bathrooms previously on Apartment Therapy, but we love the idea of using the shelves to enhance the decor. We absolutely adore the aquatic themed bathroom in the first photo. A collection of starfish, coral, and shells is what you would be surrounded by when taking a bath. The top shelves are used to display vintage cameras and the bottom ones are a perfect storage for towels and other bath necessities. What kind of collections do you display in your bathroom? We came across these wonderful photos on the Absolutely Beautiful Things blog.
We usually think of Indian décor as being bright, bold, and extremely colorful-this is probably due to the Bollywood Film Festival we attended last year and a few Indian weddings we've attended. So when we spotted this room in the June issue of Australia's Vogue Living, we were inspired by the use of black, white, and neutral tones and how it magnifies the beauty of Indian patterns and intricate designs. One detail we especially love are the surprising touches of silver on the wall and woven in the pillow fabrics.
These beautiful glossy white floors come to us through a house tour we did of our friends', Pete & Sandy, farmhouse. We love the floors because they preserve the subtle texture and feeling of the original wide pine boards while giving the rooms a clean, modern look.... Pairing the crisp, clean floors with deep rich wall color and adding a pop of blue in the bed frames makes for a soothing guest bedroom. These floors also help brighten the upstairs of the farmhouse by reflecting light from the windows up towards the ceiling - opening up a space with very low ceilings. Sandy painted their master bedroom with the reverse color scheme for the walls and trim but was much happier with the results in this room.
Most people have a strong reaction to pink, and love it or hate it - it's become a bold choice for decor. While one would imagine that it might be an offbeat fit for the dining room, it actually makes alot of sense. Pink is a color that is perceived as being romantic, upbeat and festive, which are moods that we hope any dinner party would inspire. We like the idea of using an unusual color for a little unexpected drama in the room where you hope to entertain and dazzle guests just a little bit, but want to know what you think - Is pink for the dining room an appetizing proposition or enough to make you start skipping meals? Check out House Beautiful for more great photos and decorating ideas.
Although we don't have AT Pet, we're sure that if we did this would be one of the first places we'd check out for a house tour. Or, we might see it in the Smallest, Coolest.... With its different levels, it's the pet version of that Parisian teenager's garden shed we were drooling over, only here, instead of wishing we were a Parisian teenager, we're considering the luxurious life of the lucky pet who gets to live here.
It's that time again, our annual Room For Color Contest, and lotsa folks are sharing great pops of color in a place that is easier than painting a wall: throw pillows. This year I've cleaned up last year's list and culled some great new sources for the freshest pillow list ever. It's not perfect, but it really helps to navigate all these great designs. Enjoy, pass it on, and if you know of a great one I've missed, leave it in the comments or email me 'PILLOWS' at maxwell apartmenttherapy com. >> Sylvie Guyiesse>> Refinery silk covered buckwheat pillows. The pillows above are from Rob, who sent this in: 'I spoke to my mom and told her about the amazing needle-point pillows that Jonathan Adler created. Knowing she was a needle-pointing maven in the 70's, I asked her if she could make some for my red leather couch. We decided on Andy Warhol icon's and we had an artist in Cincinnati paint the images for us onto a canvas. While each took months to complete, the pillows are the centerpiece of my apartment and speak for themselves. Thanks, MOM!!!'.