'Q: There is one room that is composed of the kitchen, dining and living room and is only 12 by 20 feet. My issue is that I don't have any'wall' space, only windows, but don't want to cover them with furniture. There is also a door to the den/study at the right, again no wall space there! I really want a dining room and I also don't know what to do with my 42' flat screen TV. Sent by Marie-Claude. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Marie-Claude in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
A common problem with many living spaces is either going too overboard with stuff that the whole space feels unpleasant, or trying to go minimal and ending up with a room that feels empty. There's a perfect sweet spot where you can have a room that has just the right amount of elements. Non-neutral furniture that's bold but still soothingBy choosing a non-typical color - like beige or brown - instead going for a pale, blush pink, the room immediately has a ton of style. In this room, gorgeously tall ceilings are stunning, but could leave a living room cold. So how to get around that not feeling awkward? They created a full, vibrant corner vignette that anchors the chair and makes the entire room feel full. The result - it's a room that feels interesting and sophisticated, without feeling cluttered or overwhelming. What lessons do you see working in this room that I didn't mention? Describe what you think is working in this room below!
Though I generally find myself drawn to fabric drapes, my love of textiles falls down when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms. All my previous homes have featured privacy glass in the bathroom and small kitchen windows whose location afforded privacy. I have a guest bathroom with a regular glass window and a kitchen with a giant picture window, and both windows are on the front of the house looking right onto the street. Right now I have a curtain up in the guest bathroom but since the window is right next to the tiny shower stall area, it gets soaked anytime the shower gets used. The kitchen has a giant wooden blind that seemed like a good idea but isn't- grease and moisture and the ever-present sand make keeping the white blind clean a disaster, especially since I have to climb onto the kitchen counters and stetch over the sink to reach most of it. My personal preference is for no window treatments in the kitchen and bathroom but that just isn't an option here. I'm looking for advice - what are the best solutions for window treatments in the moist and messy environments of the kitchen and bathroom?
We stayed with relatives on the Western coast who line-dried their clothes and wore the same pants, skirts, and sweaters for several days in a row before adding them to the laundry heap. Recommendations for lightening up your laundry load below the jump.... Underwear and socks should always be washed after one use. As long as your body stays clean, your clothes generally won't smell after one wear. Clothes get dirty more quickly in summer and more slowly in winter. Washing clothes less frequently extends their longevity and saves money. Mist clothes with ironing water or fabric conditioner to keep them smelling fresh. Use sachets in your drawers or closets to keep clothes smelling good longer.
We like to hide our appliances as much as anyone else, but this might have taken the concept a little too far. The Spruce, designed by design provocateurs Vitamin, is a floor lamp that converts into a floor sweeper. The lamp shade is even flocked with a dust-mite pattern which becomes visible once the light is switched on. Too bad it's not like a Roomba vacuum that moves on it's own accord while illuminating your room...now that would be something.
Q: Marsha and Javier's house tour made me drool and it also raised a question: I love art and have a lot of it. I am about to move into a new home that has some large wall spaces. My art, even if arranged gallery-style, will be dwarfed. I am eager to find BIG contemporary art pieces like Marsha and Javier have. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jennie in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
You could spend another $500.00 to get this 9 foot long couch reupholstered and it would still be a deal. 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!
It's inevitable if you have wood floors, you will get a scratch at some point or another. We saw this tip for repairing wood floor scratches over on Domino Magazine's Scrappy Girl site the other day. As she describes Tibet Almond Stick, 'It's this weird little lovely-smelling oil-soaked stick wrapped in wax paper. You just open it up and apply it.' Thanks Scrappy Girl! Oops! we didn't know that Maxwell covered this last year over at our sister site NYC, there are some great comments from readers who have used the product if you're interested.
We looked at this soft birdie mobile before, but we were interested to see how Creative Chick, Leslie, tackled the project. She swapped out her old Ikea mobile for this.... Leslie added a few extra birds around the room. Visit the website to find out the variations to the original bird mobile instructions that Leslie applied. She found balancing the mobile the most challenging aspect.
Amy sent us an email: 'Could we get a'top ten' list of best laundry hampers/containers? We just moved into a new home 2 months ago and are still using a white, plastic laundry basket. I know there are better options out there for those of us whose laundry space will be exposed. Bamboo Lattice Hamper for $99. Vipp Clothes Hamper with liner for $339.Large Perforated Bin for $199.Chrome Hamper with removable white bag for $59.Pink and Red Laundry Box for $29.99.Three Compartment Tote for $39.99.Chrome Folding Hamper in Black for $29.99 Two Hands Basket by Authentics for $?Commercial Quality Rolling Sorter for $49. Now - get ready, because this one is hard to believe. Any good laundry basket solutions/suggestions for Amy? Let us know in the comments.....
A view of the Brooklyn Bridge from your bathtub? Sounds expensive. Just check out the collection of Destination Shower Curtains at Semplice Home. You can also travel to Venice canals or Paris rooftops from your shower with these. Black-and-white photos are printed on 72'x72', machine-washable, clear shower curtains.