Every week after our library's story time, we choose a few new books for our daughter. When nap time is calling, we have to choose quickly so some are gems, while others are well, not. This is a wordless book so it's a nice break from the usual. A young girl living in the city finds the red book...similar to the one you as a reader are holding. The boy also sees the book and in it, he sees the girl in the city. This is a special book, and a Caldecott Honor Book we should also mention, that sparks the imagination with its beautiful illustrations and evocative story, a great read for a quiet afternoon.
Design hotel luxe meets spa styling? Organic meets slick? Jung from Guam installed high-end hardware and appliances and a pebbled shower floor in his bathroom and sent us the pics. 'I have 24 by 24 tiles that covers the floor throughout the house. I'd just recently installed the TOTO shower head, Laboratory and added complete natural river rocks on the floor. Including Kohler sink, and TOTO toilet. I hope you enjoy the pictures.'
This is a series of posts dedicated to sharing ideas on how to create your perfect home office. Want to share your creative space solution with the AT:HT Community? Be sure to tag your flickr photos with apartmenttherapyhometech or join our new AT HomeTech Flickr Group. From tech newbie to gadget geek, we all need a good structure to support our gear. Whether you buy one, find one, or build your own, a desk needs to be able to work with your equipment and working style. We thought we'd share some AT readers desks with you for a little inspiration. Above is a work area designed for a photo studio in Chicago. We liked this cool, little desk for a laptop user that doesn't require a lot of surface space. This desk seems to work well without needing a lot of storage devices. The computer, stereo equipment, and other essentials all sit effortlessly on this simple desk. This desk is attractive and efficient with built in cubbies for storing gear. We also like the added shelf that keeps the monitor at a level for better viewing and retains workspace for when you're not on the computer.
We first contacted i+n design a couple of weeks ago because we'd seen their modern ambient lights for sale on Craigslist. We were intrigued by the handmade wood and glue designs. Craigslist and word-of-mouth are great, aren't they? The founder of i+n design, Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, who has an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was inspired when he made a sunlight transference screen to hang in his newborn daughter's window. 'This freestanding 48' sphere was made for a collector in Chicago. The lights were initially made entirely of wood and glue. Because they were very fragile, i+n design then began building sub-structures out of lightweight bass wood to ensure a longer life span. They're still extremely lightweight, the largest size weighing just a few pounds. The pieces are perfect for hanging lamps or subtle ambient illuminations. Prices range from $200 to $6,500, depending on custom order dimensions. They can also be customized so that they can be hung, or rest on the floor, or be set on a pedestal; they can use different light sources; and lights can be made of multiple woods, from walnut to oak to poplar, depending on whether the desired look is one that's solid or varied.
We've begun noticing a recent trend in having a bathtub in the bedroom. We're guessing the toilet is tucked away discreetly next to a closet or something, but we're a bit curious about whether or not this trend will slide into the mainstream.
Of all the rooms in a house, the living room is the most actively used and most important. Read on for Slow Home tips to make the living room the best room in your home. Locate the living room near quality sources of light. Ideally, the living room would be on the south side of the building to get the most amount of sun throughout the year. For small spaces in particular, the living room is a multi-functional space: relaxation, gathering, entertaining, office and workspace, and even sleeping. Consider multifunctional furniture such as sleeper sofas; tables that can be occasional, dining and desk surfaces; storage pieces that can also be decorative, sat on or eaten on; ottomans can be used as a coffee or side table, serve as a place to rest your feet, and store items within; and benches that can be used to take off your shoes near the entry and then relocated at the dining table or moved to the living room for additional seating. Unless your room is large enough for two furniture groupings, organize the room around a single focal point. While the idea of a 'great room' has gained popularity in recent rooms, so has the occurance of living rooms that are too largely scaled. 'Great room' doesn't necessarily mean large, it actually implies a room that is multifunctional, which can still be cozy and small-scale. Good window shades can be decorative, provide privacy, filter daylight, shade the room from the hot sun and insulate the space during the winter.
Q: I bought and hung this large round mirror in my rectangular living room/dining room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Alyssa in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
Sometimes all you need to pull a room together is one great chair. The Black Forest Chair from Wisteria is just such a chair - we can see it working in a variety of interiors, giving a little natural contrast in a super modern space, or some rustic charm to a more classic interior. From the website copy: 'The forest's mystery and serenity are revealed through the subtle details of this piece.' Hm, well, while we're not sure about that, we think everyone can use a little faux bois in their life.
In the photo above, the supposed 'lamp' doesn't look like much more than an aluminum brick-the kind you might see lying around the Apple plant before it's carved out to make a unibody MacBook Pro. If you take a look under the jump, you'll see how to figuratively flip the switch and get the glow going. If you looked closely, you'd see that the Brick Lamp by HC Wang has sides that are faceted, creating built-in handles and a way to prop up the lamp and reveal the light it's hiding laying down. You can prop the Brick Lamp up on any of its four sides to cast a gentle glow across a wall or table. It's not a super-bright task lamp, but instead the kind of subtle hint of light you want on your desk-all coming from a super-modern aluminum lamp that matches your everything-Mac desk.
It's always fun to imagine what our lives and our homes will look like in the future. Especially when you catch a glimpse of what technology may allow us to do. Remember that kitchen scene in Back to the Future Part II when a small wafer is put in a microwave type appliance and - poof! - out comes a pizza pie? Amazing. While this scene wasn't included, Oobject.com has put together a small gallery of kitchens of the future imagined in the 20s, 50s, 70s, and even now. Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass company Kitchen of the Future. Check out Oobject for their line-up of 12 retro kitchens of the future.
GO TO NOELLE'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!
As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.