Now is a great time to start shopping for a 2014 calendar, since you'll have plenty of time to be picky about the calendar(s) you'll be living with for a whole year. It can be hard to find a calendar which appeals to both my love of pop culture television with my appreciation for good design. Parks and Rec Calendar: $24Paperchat is creating some of the most hilarious Parks and Rec art online. Who doesn't want to sit down to work with a giant 'Treat Yo Self' message in their face? I do, that's for sure. Twin Peaks Skinny Calendar: $25Many of the phrases and quotes from David Lynch's beloved TV series Twin Peaks can seem sort of ridiculous on the surface. The truth is the show is filled with really good advice or insight, like: 'Achievement is its own reward, pride obscures it', 'Don't search for all the answers at once. A path is formed by laying one stone at a time', and my personal favorite, 'Everyday, once a day, give yourself a present'. Calendar designs inspired by the now iconic show are available at, So It Goes Shop on Etsy. Cute Superhero Calendar: $25Whether it's the animated series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, or the upcoming Agents of Shield, or the long-gone, but much lauded animated Justice League you love - this calendar by Loopz Art offers an adorable edition of illustrations for hero worship for fans of the mightiest team of superheroes.
With the arrival of my oldest daughter's little sister, I knew they'd eventually be sharing a room so I wanted to give it a facelift. I'm really inspired by white Scandinavian kid's rooms mixed with an eclectic, colorful style. I wanted to incorporate natural textures and animals, because what kid doesn't love animals? The whole room developed from the floral art hanging in the closet- which is actually gift wrap from Rifle Paper Co.! I love that there is a place for everything and accommodates both of my kids needs! All of the large furniture is from IKEA. I especially love the toddler bed that extends to a twin that will grow with my daughter! What a great idea. I love handmade touches in a room, so I like to use several things from Etsy. The feather mobile is from Gigi Love Feathers on Etsy. The fox block printed pillow is from Laura Frisk on Etsy and the green felt shoes are from Bonnie Bluebell's shop also on Etsy.
It's no secret that the world of design is leaning a bit more toward the modern side of the spectrum these days. If the design mantra speaks to you, lose yourself in 11 of my favorite modern/minimal blogs. Above: With a tagline like 'Escape from everyday life' you know you're in for something exciting and Finnish blogger Riikka Kantinkoski certainly doesn't disappoint. The stylist and lifestyle photographer is always displaying chic interiors that comprise bold design choices in minimalist settings. Best to kick things off with an extremely modern blog. Minimalissimo is a design magazine that is committed to inspiring creatives through a less-is-more aesthetic. They're curated moodboards and tranquil interiors make visiting this blog like taking in a deep breath of fresh air. Now her blog has become a go-to source for anyone looking to keep things simple while also remaining stylish and warm. Highlighting the more colorful and playful side of modern-minimalist design is this creative lifestyle blog by Lisa Tilse. Laid-back Los Angeles designer Amber Lewis has turned heads with her easily recognizable collected minimalism style. The effortlessness with which she designs personifies this modern-warm movement to a T. Focusing on all things Scandinavian, stylist and writer Michelle Halford consistently delivers a curated design blog that places minimalism on a pedestal and fresh modern designs at the forefront.
Ki Nassauer, editor-in-chief of Fleamarket Style magazine and founder of JunkMarket, a monthly sale of vintage and repurposed finds, knows a diamond in the rough when she sees it. This has earned her the nickname 'The Martha Stewart of Junk.'. We're big fans of finding new uses for vintage suitcases, as shown here, here and here, but mounting them on the wall and using them as shelves is something I've never seen before. I love it! And the blue wall that they're mounted on is such a nice compliment to the tones of the cases.
'Let's be honest, kids destroy stuff often. It's nice to give Bobby the Nintendo paradise he's always wanted in his room, but chances are that 19' LCD will see it's demise at the hands of a game of Wii Bowling. So at what age is it the right time to give the little ones a TV in their room? And what size and kind of TV? Is it ok, in your opinion, to give a toddler the old hand-me-down set in the garage for an in-room TV for watching Sesame Street? Should your tweenager have a cable-ready flat screen? There are a million questions and considerations when making the decision to give your kids their own set. I know families that elect to give their kids a small, inexpensive TV in their room that-for parental control-is connected to only a gaming system and a DVD player. They leave the access to the cable TV for the easily-supervisable family room. Some might think letting kids watch a little bit of supervised educational TV programming when they're keeping busy in ther own spaces can't be a bad thing. Then there's the belief that keeping a TV in a child's room might hinder learning. What do you think? For those of you with kids, when did you let them have their own TVs? Did they have full reign over the airwaves? Or just a spot to play a game? Tell us in the somments! Image from WoodleyWonderWorks at Flickr with a Creative Commons license.
Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned for the winner announcement later this week. For this week's Giveaway, we've got an extra-special treat: Ferm Living is offering AT readers the chance to win a wall sticker of their choice. Click below the jump to see how to enter and read the rules .... How to Enter: To enter this Thursday Giveaway, please submit a comment below with the design - name and color - that you want to win. The contest begins today and ends on Monday, January 14, at 11:59 PM ET. We will choose one winner at random. Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.
Our design style is an eclectic mix of industrial and contemporary, and we love having heavier neutral pieces mixed with colorful rugs, artwork and pillows. Our home could easily look cluttered, so we choose our pieces carefully, while prioritizing storage-ability. Mostly, we have loved creating a small, yet comfortable family home to unwind and relax with our beloved Cat Benatar.
The happy modern aesthetic is one that is, well...modern and happy. In the living room, a peppy colored sofa is key to the look, then build around it with graphic textiles, contemporary furniture frames and punchy accessories.
HE is a fascinating character, and his whole story was well written up by the NYTimes just over a month ago, but what I want to focus on his new cork floors that I photographed.... posted originally from: AT:New York. Cork is a great, 'Green' flooring solution. Cut from trees that renew themselves between each harvest, it's durable, moisture resistant, and provides thermal and acoustic insulation. It is also hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and insect resistant. When installed as a 'Floating floor' it also requires no toxic glues or adhesives AND it's easy to install. I have been a little resistant to cork floors in the past because of their dark color and mottled surface. They remind me too much of the macrame 70's and feel their busy texture adds visual clutter. These white tiles are really bright and airy, and they feel really good under your feet. I would totally recommend looking into these if you wanted to do a white floor anywhere in your home.
The simple, egglike shape and soft coloring of this ambient light source made out of reinforced resin would be stunning in a minimal modern or contemporary living room. Since soft light is particularly good in a nursery, we could also see it there. Designed by Jeanne Scandura, an architect in Philadelphia who heads Scan-Design as well as Float, which is her product line, the Moon comes in floor and ceiling versions.