The industrial designer knows a thing or two about taking work outside, spending a lot of his time designing projects in the bamboo-lined backyard of his Los Angeles home. 'Working outside is more about leaving things behind than acquiring new tools,' he tells us. 'It's easy to mistake tools for ideas, and leaving your normal workspace helps to make the distinction. When I can, I leave my laptop inside and take only a pen, notebook, and cup of tea or coffee with me. The less I take, the more I tend to accomplish.' He explains, '90% of my work requires a computer so a laptop with substantial battery life is useful.' And the workspace setup that holds that laptop will vary. 'I also enjoy working on the ground,' he says. For Roth, working outside acts as a source of inspiration. 'I can get distracted when working, but I get distracted by the right things outside. The movement of bamboo leaves in a breeze inspires me more than the sound of my fridge.' What's more, he says the benefits of working so close to nature can even perhaps help create better work. 'Work that's inspired by nature has a chance of being good; work that's inspired by other work is probably following a trend.'
How green is your bathroom? Did you slap in some CFL lightbulbs, pat yourself on the back and say 'Done!'? There's more to do to make your bathroom a healthier place for your family and the environment. This two and a half minute video will get you started.
Recently we traded in our long-standing copper bowl centerpiecefor this crazy African violet. This month on Apartment Therapy we're posting about Setting Up Home, so I've been mulling over the first things I generally do when I move to a new place. It occurred to me that I always feel more at home when my dining table isn't naked. Some kind of centerpiece-be it a vase of flowers, a pretty bowl, or a tray of favorite objects-always makes it onto that table within a few days of moving in. This wide copper bowl occupied the center of our table for a few good years until the African violet came along. I remember when we moved last year, I made sure to know exactly where the bowl was packed so we could establish it quickly in its rightful place in our new home. Do you have a semi-permanent centerpiece that makes you feel at home? Or do you prefer to keep your dining room table bare? Do tell!
Ethan is a six-year-old boy living in Massachusetts, and he's already skilled at choosing paint colors. Ethan and his mom, Kim, shared photos with Ohdeedoh, where you can read the whole story of how Kim helped her son develop a sophisticated room that really reflects his personality. For tips on achieving a similar look, here's our shopping guide.
I want to maximize my living space by creating a 'Floating' loft bedroom. My ceiling is set at 10' high and I want a minimum of 6' to stand below my loft bedroom and atleast 5.5' for the sleeping area. Should I take out the finished ceiling and expose the beams and perhaps gain some ceiling space? The building used to be an industrial building so I assume that each floor has high ceilings. What do you think? more below the jump....apartmenttherapy(dot)com)Link To All Good Questions. A loft plan is a great idea and you will definitely get more space, but - depending on how much storage you need - consider building up the floor 3', padding it and creating storage underneath as well. This may allow you to bring the bed down to the floor and create a more restful sleeping environment. We would definitely remove the ceiling, but only if you still have some insulation from your upstairs neighbors. Exposed beams are far more beautiful, but hearing them walk around is not worth it. You want to make sure it is clean above your head. If the building is old, you might nave to do a lot of work to 'Clean up' the ceiling before you can sleep beneath it.
Q: My husband and I are moving to an apartment that we are absolutely crazy about. It has a fantastic open floor plan, approximately 1300 square feet, and is built into the second story of a 1900s carriage house that is situated next to our to-be landlords' stone mansion. My question relates to the color of the living room area. The previous renter had painted the walls a dark red, which at first sight I didn't really like. Because it is a loft space, the ceilings are slanted in most of the rooms and the windows are few, limiting the natural light in certain areas of the apartment. Initially, I was thinking that by repainting the walls white or off-white, it would really open up the space even more and make it feel bigger. On the other hand, as the color started to grow on me a little bit, I wasn't sure if repainting the walls white would complement the white slanted ceilings and dark wood accents very well. My decor style involves a lot of rustic metallics, wood, reds, purples and yellows, so I don't think the color of the wall as it is right now would clash with how I plan on styling the space. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Sara in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
Have stubborn rust stains in your toilet bowl? If you live in an older apartment then chances are you do. As much as we try to stay green with our cleaning products, sometimes it seems like you have to go harsh to tackle a major stain like rust. We just read on the queen of clean that Tang sprinkled around the bowl and left for an hour or two will do the trick. Apparently the Tang works because of the citric acid that oxidizes the rust stain. So anything powdery that contains citric acid will do it, even lemon flavored kool aid. What a relief to not have to bust out the harsh chemicals. An added bonus is that we don't have to worry if someone leaves the lid up and our kitty goes in for a drink that she'll be ingesting harmful chemicals. Finally it'll leave your bathroom with that fresh tang scent!
Probably the most common question we hear from friends who know we write for Unplggd is about TV stands. As TV sets have slimmed down to thin proportions, people want the furniture that it sits ontop or above of to slim down with it also. We've always liked low profile furniture since it creates a larger sense of space; this Zebra Wood Anguilla TV Stand is a nice example of low profile home theater furniture.... We like the two-tier design, with a wide 105' W x 24' D x 14' H dimensions that can fit most any plasma or LCD display ontop, with three drawers for storing your remotes, cables and your movie collection within.
Head up to da Bronx if you're remodeling your kitchen - bxkid's price on cabinet pulls can't be beat. With 23 knobs in the lot, there should be enough to re-fit a New York kitchen. MM. 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!
If only we had the room for a big sofa, we would have jumped on something like this: a fire-engine red sectional sofa. 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..
I just moved into a beautiful new apartment! It is almost perfect. To be clear, the counter is pink with flecks of glitter. How can I deal with this baby blue and pink tiled bathroom with orange and black accents?? I was thinking about using a striped shower curtain, but should I just go with all white or black showers curtains and bath mats? There is no wall to paint in the bathroom...it is completely covered in pink tile. This is the sample curtain Anne-Lise sent along with her question. We know how she feels - our bathroom is also covered in speckled tile with pink fixtures - but we chose to fight it rather than embrace it. We think the addition of more colors might make the space even more disjointed. All black or all white accessories sounds good to us.