Inspiration Album

Living room

White couch

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Living room with green fabric

If you like the idea of a pegboard, but you're looking for something a little more sleek, these new stainless steel organizers from Chiasso are a modern take on a classic small-space solution.... Each part is sold separately. The magnetic board is $68, and each component ranges from $10 - 28. The magnetic board and accessories are available through Chiasso.

Living room with large art piece

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Living room

There's nothing that can freshen up your space or brighten your day like a bouquet of flowers. We've all heard of different tips and tricks to help our flowers stay fresh as long as possible, and I thought I would put some of the common options to the test. Keep reading to see the results and the big winner! All flower ends were cut at an angle before placing in vases. PENNY: 1 clean copper pennyTHEORY: copper acts as antibacterial agent. ASPIRIN: 1 crushed tablet per literTHEORY: mimics effects of traditional flower food. BLEACH: 2 caps full per literTHEORY: kills mold & bacteria. FRIDGE: placed in fridge over night each day THEORY: like fruits & veg, keeps them fresh. CIDER VINEGAR: 2 tsp cider vinegar + 2 tsp sugar per literTHEORY: encourages buds to open and last longer. Just by popping your bouquet in the fridge when you go to bed will help them stay fresh and last much longer and there's no fussing. As you can see, these tulips still have life in them and if you're someone who likes to buy fresh flowers every week, this may even save you the cost of one bouquet a month.

Modern living room

We've always wanted to install a trough sink in a hallway bathroom for the kids. Our reason? The combination of vintage styling and the practicality of the large trough seems so perfect for children. Of course my heart went pitter patter on seeing this delicious teal trough sink complete with yellow rubber ducks. It reminds me of preschool times - ambling up to the trough sink in the art room to wash the paint off my arms and hands.

Dining table

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Red and yellow living room

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Living room

Browsing Core77 this morning, Ian Walton's designs for Sleeve sparked a thought on the rise of the handle-free, insulated coffee mug. Are we so used to Starbuck's and coffee-to-go, that old fashioned mugs are losing steam? Jay Sorensen invented the Java Jacket in 1993 and in the past three years, Bodum continues to expand their already extensive line of double-walled glasses.... I know I've seen other examples of mugs and glasses that fall into this category...any referals would be appreciated!-aaron.

Blue sofa

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Living room

What would you do with this space? That's the challenge for four local designers that will be customizing one of four bungalows at the 1.7 Ocean event that happens this weekend. We got a chance to get the inside scoop from one of the designers, Natalie Umbert, of Atelier Interior Design, in Coronal Del Mar. Click below the jump to see Natalie's inspiration board and some insights on how she plans on transforming the space.... The homes in the 1.7 Ocean development are all derived from classic mid-century design. Natalie's inspiration really started with the fabric swatch on the far right From there, she decided to combine it with a teal/turquoise color, which ultimately will be the main color throughout. She plans on using touches of red and yellow, but confining the red to public spaces, and the yellow to the private ones. Wallpaper will be used on one wall in each room to add movement- She's thinking the teal/turquoise patterned paper for the kitchen, the yellow and white trellis paper for the main bedroom and the yellow and white strie for the guestroom/studio. Overall the mood she hopes to achieve is 'Happy and cozy with touches of luxe.' Stay tuned... we'll post the final space, as well as what the other showcase home designers did in the next few days. You will be able to see it in person if you're around this Saturday, June 23rd. More details here.

Living room in earth tones

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Living room with portraits

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Sofa and coffee table

Hello AT,. I have high ceilings in my very small nyc highrise apt. The room is quite a bit higher than it's footprint. My style is quite modern, most of my furniture is DWR, Desiron etc etc. I like the idea of molding/wainscoting, and painting the lower portion a darker color. Painting the lower half of your wall with a rich darker color from the level of your bedside table on down. This would create a strong horizontal gesture that would serve to balance the vertical gesture of the walls. Anything you can do to accent the horizontal will help, such as low furniture stretching from corner to corner. Consider a modern four poster bed with a canopy to bring the ceiling down inside the bed area. Hang a pendant lamp from center of ceiling that comes down to direct your gaze lower. Paint your ceiling a darker color! We've seen blue ceilings in bedrooms that are really beautiful. The color will have a contracting effect and bring the ceiling down a bit.

Blue chair

Dear AT,. OK - I'm doing some labor intensive, cost sensitive kitchen remodeling, starting with my cabinets. Do you think it's too much to have black cabinets in a 'Real life' kitchen? I have a typical Chicago kitchen and the cabinets are now white. Do you think I could do black at the bottom and white on top? I'd really appreciate the feedback. In our apartment, years ago, we had black cabinets on one side of the kitchen while the others were white. The black ones were on the bottom, and we thought the look worked well in our 'Real life' kitchen. I think the question is, do you have enough light in your kitchen to go the dark route? As with dark paint colors, a set of black cabinets will certainly change the mood. We've never seen any other kitchen solutions in person with black cabinets, but we're sure there are some good ones out there.

Living room

As a lover of both pegboards and Shaker style, I immediately pinned this picture when it popped up in my Pinterest feed. I love the natural, unfinished wood, but how great would it be painted white or even a dark, chalkboard slate gray color? This particular pegboard setup was created by stylist Jessica Hanson, and photographed by Amanda Prior.

Living room

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