It's up for debate for sure but I think for many, the living room-especially for apartment or condo dwellers-is the most used space in their home. It's where you relax, entertain, get some work done and maybe even have a bite in front of the T.V. Having a small space doesn't mean you can't do all that and still have a stylish and functional living room. If you like neutrals with a sprinkle of personality and dash of modern style, then you're going to love this living room and we'er going to show you how it's possible on any budget. The original inspiration for this look came from this fabulous home tour we spotted on Apartment 34. This living room is a perfect example of a space that is filled with neutrals but doesn't lack any personality with lots of interesting textures, styles and finishes plus some fun art to make it both relaxed yet modern.
I'll admit it's been a spotty week, but today, I'm going to make up for it. I got handy last weekend and hung our new mirror, completing the dining room, right above the table up top. It really transforms the room and I have a few tips for how to use mirrors like this along with proper hanging.... Stay on the pulse with a double shot: blog + email. Click below for past emails.... AT EMAIL ARCHIVE. to full AT Email archive.
We love the look of a rustic kitchen - and it's a style that's gained a great deal of popularity in recent years. What's interesting is that we're starting to see the emergence of something we're calling 'new rustic': kitchens that strike a balance between uber-minimal and country cozy. Above: An antique island adds a little texture to a modern kitchen from Svenngaarden. Exposed brick walls and a weathered island add rustic appeal to Julia's Atlanta kitchen. There are lots of rustic elements in this kitchen from Archello, but the lack of upper cabinets means that the space still feels airy and open. Wood drawers contrast wonderfully with a white background in this kitchen from VT Wonen. Wood, subway tile, and stainless steel come together in a kitchen from Bolig. The exposed beams and wood countertops add just the right amount of texture in this kitchen from Schoolhouse. Just a bit of wood cabinetry in a kitchen from The Style Files.
Q: We have this rather ugly decorative fireplace in our living room in the apartment we're about to move into. It's this huge wood affair with a mirror and white tiles and not only take up place but is just incongruously situated and designed. As we are renting, demolition or repainting it is not an option. Do you have any suggestions as to how we can go about harmonizing it with the rest of the room? Editor: Please share your suggestions and ideas on how to work with the fireplace with Diwakar in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Growing up, we became familiar with the word decoupage at a very early age. Today, we use decoupage in a similar way; we've updated this tried and true art form to fit in our home decor. It's a great way to use up magazine and newspapers, and create original art for your nest. Decoupage a scrap piece of wood, then hang it on a wall or set it on a shelf. You could even incorporate flat items, such as ribbons, stamps, or coins. They use a clear resin available at most craft stores, which gives the tray a high gloss and makes the items look like they're way down under a layer of glass. Get super-sized and decoupage a piece of furniture or accent a piece with panels. If you're wanting to decoupage something flimsy, be sure to use as few layers of glue or varnish as possible-the more saturated you make the paper, the more it will curl up at the corners.
Q: I'm in the process of decorating our small and cozy apartment. I love the idea of an area rug over carpet, but I am having difficulties figuring out what kind of rug and color to go with. The room has pops of color from the pillows and we will be putting up some bright artwork. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Christeen in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Above are two of the 4,600 pieces of high resolution artwork available for download right now, part of The Getty museum's free Open Content Program. Alongside the pair of Jan van Huysum floral still lifes, Titian, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and countless other famous artists' works are available to use for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.... Visitors to the Getty Search Gateway's Open Content Images can browse through the growing collection of 4,600 images, and further filter their search according to parameters such as art type, topics, by artist, and by location portrayed. Upon downloading, you'll only be asked whether you're downloading the image for personal or professional use, and whether the image is being used by a private individual, non-profit, or for-profit organization. I downloaded a digital copy of Pietro Paolini's painting, Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes, and found the transfer fast; the total file size was 22.7 MB jpeg at 4,885 x 2824 resolution once opened, a resolution fine enough to print out using a capable archival quality inkjet printer for printing on art stock or inkjet compatible canvas for framing. Tip: Take your chosen file(s) over to Kinko's and use one of their large format printers and you've got an instant wall-sized reproduction piece for about $47..
The new year has arrived, and with it, a bit of culture shock: back to work, back to reality, back to a reasonable amount of cookies. It's important not to shock the system.... The holidays can definitely be a time of indulgence, and for good reason: winter is a tough time of year. I've been thinking of other ways I can bring a bit of indulgence into my life, without wrecking my budget or my health. I'm going to keep my white lights up for at least another month, probably until the end of February. Last year I kept my mirror garland up until March and I was so glad I did. A single bottle of Champagne in the fridge can work wonders. Half- or quarter-batches of cookies are the way to go! A batch of cookies makes too many cookies to be alone in the apartment with, but there's no reason I should go completely without. A few fresh-baked cookies now and then are good for the soul- and, I'd argue, the body. How do you make the transition from party-time to back-to-the-grind a bit smoother? Happy New Year, everyone!
As of a few years ago, nothing said 'I've arrived' louder than having SS appliances in your kitchen, particularly as a renter. You'd eagerly report to friends about your new place that 'It has stainless steel appliances!' with a high-pitch voice of excitement and pride, and you'd receive a cacophony of 'Oohhs' and 'Ahhhs' in return. Do they have the staying power to dethrone stainless as the king of kitchen appliances? That is not something I'm prepared to answer I am prepared to make this sweeping generalization for design-minded dwellers: We're ready for what's next. Luxury appliance company Miele debuted its earthy Truffle Brown color a few years ago, but I think it's a great contender for those with a bigger budget who are looking for a seamless transition between wood cabinetry and appliances. Samsung isn't the only one offering a range of 'Black' stainless steel appliances like the collection shown above. It's an interesting concept as it doesn't stand out amongst dark cabinetry as obviously as traditional stainless, but is much more modern than the black appliances of yesteryear. Perhaps the biggest trend in new colors and finishes for kitchen appliances is retro shades reminiscent of decades past. Professional appliance brand BlueStar offers their Precious Metals line as bold substitutes for stainless. Put on your product designer hat, and tell us: If you were creating the next trend wave of kitchen appliances, what would they look like? What do you want to see hit the market?
We've had some serious adventures in renovations, and the master suite was the last piece of the puzzle! Our original master suite had one small window and was so dark and dreary that bedtime was not our favorite part of the day! When we designed the re-design we wanted sleek, clean all-white everything. Adding sentimentality whenever possible was also part of the plan. The fireplace mantel piece was a wood piece salvaged from an old mine in Southern Arizona that is on some of our family's property. The bathroom and nightstand light fixtures added the perfect mid-century touch. Clean, black and white tile along with beveled subway tile on the walls kept the bathroom sleek and minimal. That bath shelf was made by Mike, given to Heather as a 'Happy bathtub day' birthday present. Are you interested in sharing a decorating or renovation project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Makeover Project Submission Form.
These 10 kitchens all have features you might not expect - small but impactful details to both surprise and delight. Above: A gorgeous wooden sink in a kitchen from Bolig Liv. A brass backsplash is just so perfect for this minimal kitchen from Vogue Living. Encaustic tile on the side of an island gives this kitchen from De Dujes a pleasing jolt of color and pattern. A glowing brass toekick adds a tiny bit of a glam to a traditional kitchen from Desire to Inspire. These minimal glass cabinets are the perfect counterpart to the more traditionally styled lower cabinets in this kitchen from AD Russia. An unexpected flooring transition adds personality to a kitchen from Royal Roulotte. Artful open shelving graces the kitchen in Violaine & Gaetan's Montreal home.
We cannot stress the importance of building a calm surrounding for your hectic workspace. It helps to be able to instantly cut working tension by looking up at a stellar view. Good advice for anyone, but especially for university students getting back into the groove.... Even if your desk can't overlook a gorgeous urban garden scene, it's never too late to think about the view from your desk. Even in the most seemingly un-glamorous of situations-a college dorm room-you can still get a vista view of your school's historic landscape and architecture. This Flickr user posted this image of his desk perched in front of his window at the University of Washington in Seattle that shows a birds-eye view of campus. It's the perfect spot to crack open a Red Bull and take a breather from an all-nighter! Image from Jack Brodus at Flickr with a Creative Commons license.
He bought the house from his parents and completely redid the decor in black and white. After drooling through the slideshow, we searched for even more beautiful rooms decorated in black and white. See our striking finds below the jump.... Shown above: the Modium kitchen by KicheConcept via Trendir; the bathroom in Lena Proudlock's restored Jacobean house in Gloucester, England; and Cactus wall bookcases from the Italian company Compar. Below are living room furniture from Fritz Hansen and a Black and White Balanced bedroom from LivingEtc. For more black and white home decor ideas, check out the blog Black and White Delight. Read the article 'River Retreat;Designer Darryl Savage crafts a whimsical refuge from a house his parents once owned' by clicking here.
Design-conscious pool sharks rejoice! Now you can have your cake and a place to eat it too: it's a sleek Parsons-esque dining room table that...wait for it...turns into a pool table. In its 'Hosting state,' the Fusion table seats about 10; but if you slide open the top.... ... you've got a full-size pool table with hidden compartments that store the balls, cues, triangle, and chalk. Because the best dinner party is the one where you win money off your friends! The Fusion table comes in various finishes and options.