I have something to share this week that is slightly unusual for two reasons: I'm writing about a country house upstate instead of an apartment, and I have more than one photo of the same color. Having several photos will reveal how a color changes with light. Neutral colors like this in particular can shift depending on the time of day, light conditions and other variables. Blue Gray is warm that runs slightly green in shadow, which leads me to my next point. I have something else I haven't shown in a while: baseboards in a color other than white. I most frequently use Decorator's White for trim, White Dove with yellow or tan unless something special is called for. Since my first Farrow & Ball post a few months ago, I've learned quite quickly that the F&B palette tips upper-crust, and what Gervase Yellow evokes as a darker-than-Ivory trim color is just that, yet it also sits comfortably in Upstate Bohemia. Gervase Yellow picks up on a mysterious tint in the wall color and the result is equally classic and mid-century, and is also a perfect foil for all the wood objets and hand-made lamps, done by the artist in residence.
We found this cool feature buried in The New York Times pages for New York & Regional News - it's a full, interactive panoramic shot of William F. Buckley Jr.'s formal dining room in his Park Avenue apartment. Buckley, the 'Preeminent voice of American conservatism' died in February and the tables are still set! While the style of this room does nothing for our modern sensibilities, we're smitten with the technology! This is a must-see interactive panaromic image, so check it out: The Dining Room Where Buckley Reigned. Now we just need this same technology for AT House Tours!
After Sarah's link to the new blog Stair Porn yesterday, we had to share our own photos from a recent tour of Venice which included a jaunt past Scala Contarini del Bovolo - a six-story exterior spiral staircase built at the end of the 15th century.... The Venetian word bovolo translates to snail. There are pictures all over the web of this famous staircase.
Short on closet space? This can help make up for it. The Skagerak Teak Cutter Wardrobe is an ingenious solution for additional wardrobe space or bathroom storage. We love how the clothing rod is integrated into the slatted shelf and robe hooks are inset in the wood at the back of the shelf. This really could store your wardrobe if you didn't have a closet. Or it makes a really ample towel shelf with robe hooks in the bathroom.
In addition to going without a traditional living room/dining room in order to have plenty of space to spread out and work, she also reduced the size of her apartment's largest room so that she could get organized: behind the white curtains are piles of fabrics, flat files, a small desk, and many, many ideas. What are some traditional must-haves that you've decided not to have, resulting in a worthwhile compromise??
Known for its laid-back and casual vibes, bohemian style is perfect for the hangout space of your home. Stock up on cozy Moroccan-style blankets, pile up the textured pillows, and get a rattan daybed to lounge on. Your living room is about to become your friends' favorite gathering spot.
Photographer: Christopher Mora Description: These were taking looking West from my downtown balcony in Miami about 12 hours apart. The sunset was the first sunlight we had that day and the clear skies continued through the night when a full moon set that morning.
This apartment by designer Amy Lau is one of our favorite examples of a space that hits the right note with natural wood. The coffee table is the perfect anchor for a room of spare but texturally rich furnishings. Although designer rooms are a great source of inspiration, their furnishings often come with a high price tag, and burled wood antiques or Nakashima coffee tables are no exception.
AT reader, Antoine Di Muro recently repainted his living room in a stylish series of stipes that wrap around the room while also integrating the design with his home entertainment system. Looks great, though we're a bit worried about the precariously positioned component ontop of the subwoofer and the high position of both front speakers. Aesthetically it's a sight to behold; another photo of his setup below.... We just wonder why Antoine didn't position the set more central and at an optimal height instead of so close to the window and so off-center. We've got to commend him for hiding the wires so well...perhaps those lines on the left are to represent the cables and wires gone free?
Unconventional apartments and small layouts often make built-in furniture the best choice. We live in a loft, so finding furniture that works can be difficult especially when trying to make use of the high ceilings or narrow hallways. We came across this simple built-in sideboard and love the effect. The sideboard added a very different feel to this room. The knotty pine wall has a little bit of a country feel, but the modern lines of the built-in sideboard balance it out. We love the storage area with custom under-shelf lighting. If it was in our home, we would make the shelf much longer as we need more storage space. Overall it doesn't look difficult and could be a great DIY project.
Need to dress up your laptop to take it into the office? We saw this laptop bag pop up all over the net this week. It comes from the husband/wife team, Barry's Farm, and we found it pretty clever. We headed over to see what else they had to offer. What we discovered was a plethora of funny laptop sleeves to choose from. We thought we'd share with you some of our faves. Which includes this clever monster case Not into bright blue fuzz? There are also a range of vinyl cases with hedgehogs and ice cream cones. We just recently splurged on a new Macbook, and we can't wait to choose one of these to store it in. What's great about this site, is that they offer a range of pre-sized cases, and if your's is not listed, you can customize the dimensions to fit your own laptop.
In this week's close-up look at International Real Estate, The New York Times shows us a recently renovated one-bedroom duplex apartment in Casco Viejo, the colonial district in Panama City, Panama. Located in a historic building from the 19th century that blends Spanish and French colonial styles, the apartment features arched windows, floor-to-ceiling bookcases and an exposed stone wall from the 17th century.... This apartment is listed for $450,000. See the full listing and information about buying real estate in Panama: For Sale in ... Panama and more pictures in the slideshow.
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.