Name: Large Union Jack BedStore: Unleashed LifeValue: $240. Description: The iconic Union Jack Bed adds an eclectic touch to any room and provides a comfortable place for your favorite ally to relax. Entries for each posted item are open for 3 days from the date of posting. Employees, partners and vendors of Apartment Therapy and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Help Us Give Back! This year, Apartment Therapy is celebrating the spirit of giving by partnering with DonorsChoose.org for our 2011 Holiday Giveaway. Just as we're giving away something to you, you can give something back by helping us fund classroom projects around the country. Our goal is to get 500 people to donate to public school classrooms by December 16th! AS AN AWESOME BONUS: If you donate to DonorsChoose.org through our Giving page, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a House Tour feature on Apartment Therapy-your home, your style, photographed by us and shared with our readers. Not into sharing your home? You can also gift that feature to a very worthy friend or relative! 'Tis the season for giving, after all. SPECIAL OFFER FOR THE LAST TWO WEEKS: Still haven't donated through DonorsChoose.org? Give any amount now through our Giving Page and you'll be eligible to win one of three Generation Chairs by Knoll - the first chair that lets you sit how you want. Thanks to Knoll for offering this awesome incentive to our readers and supporting DonorsChoose.org!
In a small space, glass table lamps can work well, reducing visual clutter while providing a light source. They're easy to find, come in many shapes and sizes and look good next to a bed or a couch. This one from Z Gallerie has a clean, modern look that would compliment a softer sofa. We also like the Marlene Lamp from Crate and Barrel. If you're looking for some Old Hollywood glamour, check out the Portico Crystal Lamps from Restoration Hardware. For more inexpensive lamps, JCPenney is a good source.
COLOR PALETTE: Prairie Styie - green, taupe, chocolate brown, orange. GO TO VIKTORIA'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!
Who says you have to go the route of tradition and put up a typical Christmas tree? For those looking for a more minimal and modern contemporary spin on the old yuletide decoration, why not take a cue from this IKEA catalog setup where they've taken a trimmed tree branch and decorated it with a striking monochromatic selection of ornaments. Posted originally from: AT:LA. Our only qualm is that presents don't look hardly as nice under this as a traditional tree, but it could be executed as a smaller complimentary holiday decor detail with smaller vases also instead of a replacement for a traditional tree. A good friend created something similar for her wedding reception centerpieces, and they were such a big hit, attendees fought over who could take them. Either way, it's a great way to recycle and reuse some wintertime yard trimmings.
If you are always on the hunt for bold decor ideas or elements that aren't yet a trend, then you'll appreciate this list of eye-popping and heart-stopping design details for any room in your home. Because tiles are so visually appealing, don't feel like you can't use them in another space in your home, like perhaps the living room? The proof is in Liz's bold, tiled living space. Liz turned a ho-hum window into a bold neon color statement. The toy aisle can be a surprisingly great place to find bold, colorful and abstract 'Art' when styled into your home's vignettes. Painting stripes on stairs is not a new idea, but in Liz's Chicago home, the painted stripe is continued on the adjacent wall, drawing the eye up, making the ceilings feel taller and making a plain stairwell look awesome. Liz's bedroom gets a major dose of bold by the appearance of a hanging bed. If the color of your wall paint and room decor palette might benefit from the addition of warm brass metallic accents, consider including brass curtain rods into the mix.
I have an addendum to last week's Color Therapy post, flatteringly titled by my editors as Gorgeous Grays. That was a painted stripe on the floor; why not try the same thing on the wall? This is a lobby in a new-ish condo and I was invited last week to the opening party, mainly for realtors, which is where I shot this moody evening photo. We produced this last summer, which is why I knew which gorgeous grays to choose for painting the floor. I hate to repeat myself, and whereas every room wants something specific, I believe in results-why tamper with a good thing. Colors run along the 1597 page of the Benjamin Moore Classic Collection. Here's an opportunity to reveal part of the development process: I sent over four sample boards to the aesthetics committee, they chose number three, and we ultimately dropped the yellow band. It was the difference, I think, between a corporate logo and something more like and Agnes Martin painting. Perhaps I'll surprise you next week and stripe a ceiling.
Quit that novel after a few chapters? Now, the author won't get paid the same as if you finished it. For authors opted-in to Kindle Unlimited, Amazon will be basing royalties on pages read rather than downloads, starting July 1. The change affects self publishers who opt in to the Kindle Direct Publishing Select program, which makes books available to 'Borrow' from the Kindle library and to those with Amazon Prime. 'We're making this switch in response to great feedback we received from authors who asked us to better align payout with the length of books and how much customers read,' the company said. On the other side, writer Peter Maass made a restaurant analogy, saying we should just 'Pay for how much of a burger I eat.' Readers, what do you think? Is it a fair system, or does it cheapen the work? Also, is it creepy Amazon knows how much you've read of any given title, or is that par for the digital era course?
The diminutive proportions and clever designs of these 14 desks makes them perfect for small spaces. It's 47 inches wide and only 11 inches deep, but perfect for a laptop. It's only 31 inches wide and 28 inches deep, and the fact that it's wall-mounted opens up space for other things underneath and gives it a pleasing visual lightness. At 48' wide and 20' deep, it's not quite as small as some of our other picks, but the shelves mean that you can store things above your desk, even if you're not able to mount shelves to the wall. For a smaller desk option with shelves above, there's the Stairway white 72.5' desk, $349 from CB2. It's only 30 inches wide, and 20 inches deep. The slim little Farringdon laptop desk is $299 from The Container Store. Standing desks, allegedly, are better for your health, and there's the additional benefit of not needing to make space for a chair. Knotten standing desk, $149 from IKEA. Arguably the most attractive of the wall-mounted options is this Mid-century office shelving from West Elm. The desk is only 24 inches wide, and a mere 8 inches deep when folded. The Besta Burs desk is almost four feet wide but a mere 16 inches deep, making it a great option for placing in a narrow spot or behind a sofa. 199 from IKEA. The Parsons mini desk is $299 from West Elm.
It comes as no surprise that two magazines in different countries should want to do stories on the exquisite home of Jenna Lyons, creative director at J. Crew. What is surprising is how much those stories differ visually. The images in the left column are from domino, while those on the right were published in Livingetc. Despite both being photographed by Melanie Acevedo's pro eye, the editorial decisions made on the shoot by a stylist, behind the lens, as well as behind a computer screen cast a very different tone to the magazines' images. There's a distinctly modern focus on the dining room to the left, but a more whimsical feeling is given to the space by doing a wider zoom to the right. Here, domino is the more sentimental of the pair, showing the breakfast nook in use by the family. It's worth mentioning that the shots are mirror images of one another. Wall color, artwork, and bedding all differ in these two views. To the left we see rich detail of all the bathroom's finishes, but we get a better sense of where the space sits in relation to the master bedroom on the right. It appears to be the same piece of furniture, just reconfigured.