This small outdoor dining space at House Uyttenhove is open to fresh air but still falls within the footprint of the home. Continue on for a closer shot of the interior.... The snug little dining space looks so idyllic that we're already imagining the perfect dinner there. We love the brick material of the house, too, which ties the modern home back to its more traditional neighbors. See the rest of the house at Office for Word and Image.
Stepping out of the ordinary, we thought to show some goings on in our Craigslist world. Advertised in Paris Craigslist, this Chinese merchant is looking for a partner to import this treasure trove to Europe. Much of the listings in the new foreign cities are like this. Vendors from the far corners of the world are stepping out and using Craigslist to do it. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
Name: Elizabeth Location: Austin, TX Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the natural materials used in this bedroom because they have a very calming effect. I've collected shells or rocks from almost every trip I've taken, and these are displayed around the room. The organic linens, silk throw, and botanical motif on many of the textiles make it a very soothing place to relax.
White was a dominant color in the kitchen for a long time, and now we're seeing a move towards darker, more dramatic spaces, where black accents and even black cabinets reign. If you lean towards lighter, airier looks, there's still no denying the appeal of an all white kitchen. Above: Exposed brick adds welcome texture to a kitchen from My Domaine. Stainless steel appliances, wood accents, and a marble counter keep this all-white kitchen from Inside Out interesting. The marble shelf in this kitchen from Domino is an unexpected but welcome accent. This all white kitchen from Hecker Guthrie gets a boost from marble countertops and a few black accents. Plaster walls give the kitchen of this Danish home just enough texture. A white kitchen with a black faucet and wood accents, from Ayla Gurganus on Instagram.
Can you believe we're into Week Four already? I don't know about you, but I feel like these last 3 weeks have flown by. I've been working on my own projects, focused primarily on clearing out my closets. See, we do pretty well keeping our apartment clean and clutter-free on the outside, but the insides -those dark hidden spaces called 'Closets' that whisper 'Psst! You don't know where to put that, so give it to me! I'll keep it secret, keep it safe...'- had developed a life of their own, and it wasn't looking very pretty.... My upper kitchen cabinets after I took off the cupboard doors. A few weeks ago I decided to switch to open shelving in my kitchen. In the process of making all the top cabinets look nice and neat, the lower cabinets got the spillover. A couple months of this and suddenly it was complete chaos: pans falling out on my toes when I opened the door, bowls and random storage containers toppled every which way, appliances I couldn't reach anymore. I'm still not accustomed to opening the doors and not having things fall out! In addition to clearing out the kitchen, I cleared out bags worth of clothes, shoes, and other household items and took it to Housing Works. This week is all about decluttering your living room. We've already gotten a bit of a jumpstart on the living room when my husband cleared out our 'Media cabinet' a few weeks ago and turned it into his bar mixology station!
Home offices are often spaces which are organically thrown together over time, rather than planned and designed. Sometimes it's worth revisiting how your home office is setup and making a few changes to optimize comfort and efficiency.... Check and Update the Ergonomics of Your Setup:More than anything, ergonomics matter when it comes to a home office. We've gone into detail about figures and features of ergonomics, noting there isn't really a one-size-fits-all position, but there are some recommendations for height for sitting vs. standing setups worth considering. My partner recently switched to a larger laptop and was having shoulder soreness using the laptop from our dining table turned home office desk. Optimize Your Lighting:If you've still got an incandescent bulb, it might be worth considering switching it out for a more energy efficient and less heating-emanating LED or CFL bulb. These stackable Stack+Fit Desk Accessories from the queen of neat and orderly, Martha Stewart, are neutral yet handsome, compatible with nearly any home office decor. At the least , consider adding a surge protector as the first line into your home office setup. Since we work from a small size home office where outlets for charging are vital, we like options like the Belkin USB Charging 6-outlet Surge Protector, offering 6 electric outlets plus 2 USB charging ports. Upgrade Your Wired/Wireless Network:Network routers are often an item purchased and then soon forgotten...sometimes for years.
We were just over at the Living Etc. site, perusing their forums and ran across photos of this open plan flat located in a repurposed warehouse in London. The bright beams and window valance add a real sense of architecture to the open room, turning a structural detail into a design statement. We like the geometric patterned drapes - it pulls your eye to what is arguably the best thing about the room - the amazing windows. The bath was a full rehab - the narrow tiles look very current. Here's the forum thread, if you'd like to check out the rest of the photos and comments.
One very small things that I grew up with in my parents' house was the presence of nightlights in the hallways. They only came on when the hallways were dark; as a kid, this was highly useful when my imagination went into overdrive and I thought monsters were going to jump out at me from the coat closet. Ever since I've lived on my own, I've always kept a nightlight in the hallway. It's mainly due to habit; but it's definitely saved me from a lot of stubbed toes, numerous cases of having the heebie-jeebies, and tripping over rugs and dog toys. Do you keep a nightlight on in your home? Do you have any little things that you do that makes your home feel a wee bit safer?
Q: Hi! My boyfriend and I just bought a condo, and I'm having trouble deciding on a color scheme for the living room. The walls are currently a light blue-grey color, and we have a black leather couch and a creme colored coffee table. I'm finding the wall colors a bit hard to work with. I'm not really sure what color rug to get, and our options are limited because of our large dog. Anything too light will not work because it will end up stained and dirty. He also scratches the rug, so whatever rug we end up with needs to be tightly woven. I can't decide whether I should just paint all of the walls white, get a rug, and then paint an accent wall or two, or if I should try to get a rug that works with the wall. Any advice on how to move forward with our colors and decor would be much appreciated. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kristen in the comments - thanks!
He suprised me for my birthday the first year we were dating by taking me to a beautiful bed and breakfast in san Francisco. I would love to re-create that room for a valentine gift to him. This room had mosquito netting on both sides of the bed's headboard, lush tropical plants, exotically scented candles, champaigne, and chocolates on the pillows. Under my pillow my husband had hid a pair of earrings with my birthstone. I would love to re-create this bedroom and hide a piece of jewelry with my husband's birthstone under his pillow.
One of the questions that comes up a lot when talking about home theater PCs, is what kind of mouse and/or keyboard to use? Remember that these computers are in the living room, so your gaming mouse won't look that good. Home theater PCs aren't new, but they are slowly becoming the norm in more and more homes. One of the most common questions we get is what kind of mouse or keyboard to use with a HTPC setup. They claim it's the perfect mouse for couch surfers. The device is a touchpad with a clickable surface as well as some handy features, such as one-thumb scrolling, and enter, esc, back buttons. It also has backlit buttons for playback and volume controls, making it handy in the dark. Some of the more handy features, such as an integrated search menu and an on-screen keyboard only work with Windows for now. What do you use? Well, we think that the Navigator is a step in the right direction, but it isn't perfect. As an alternative, we'd suggest getting a mouse with a bunch of programmable buttons, something like a Logitech MX Revolution. As for a keyboard, we'd suggest something like the super tiny wireless keyboard from Brando. It's also very small, so it won't get in the way.