Want to show off your creative space with the AT:HT Community? Be sure to tag your flickr photos with apartmenttherapyhometech or join our AT HomeTech Flickr Group. That's what first struck us when looking at this photo. We like how the black electronics harmonize with the decor choices, particularly with the wall decal. Those big black boxes soften a bit with the addition of the floral design. The lighting also adds loads of visual interest to the room when it's not in use as an entertainment center. Oh, and it's all Ikea, we found this photo on the IKEA Lovers Flickr Group.
Pitch:My daughter Darcie and I moved into our new apartment in April 2005; in December, all our art still was leaning in a huge pile against a wall. It's hard to decide where to hang many things, especially after getting rid of many walls. Decided six eyes were better than four and hired another recent art grad who had worked in a gallery. Are those birds or leaves in the background? The red nudes definitely had to go on the wall above the couch, but it was hard to find a wall for Eve, which is 3-3/4' x 6'. The wall between the bedrooms was the choiceAt first I was disappointed because the beams holding the kitchen island block the painting. The bad photography doesn't show how the orange in this painting picks up the orange kitchen tiles. I got very cheap clip frames for Darcie's artlooks great. It's such a high quality print that it looks originalI couldn't resist the beautiful arts and crafts frame which cost about 15 times the price of the print. On the other side of the column are two prints by an old friend of mine Doug Hartman and Darcie. To the left: a tiny b/w print my uncle owned, and a really beautiful silhouette of two children playing in a swing on a big tree, which I bought for $75 at the annual Hancock Shaker Village folk art show about 15 years ago. '4. To the right of the bathroom are two numbered wood cuts by an artist named Francisco LinnaBargain of the century $50 at a garage sale. On the opposite wall Darcie poses under her collageIn the bathroom itself, three more Darcie artworks: the multimedia star with sparkles and swirls. Can you see the orange in these two pieces picks up the orange of the tile? To the right, another Darcie painting'Every child has the right to go to school).
Right now I'm convinced that the perfect thing for that last blank wall would be one of these breathtaking modern mirrors. Cordor Design's Objet Trouvé mirrors incorporate found objects for a whimsical, sculptural effect. I'm a little bit obsessed with this mirror from Bower, first spotted on Design Sponge. It's from their series of Shape Mirrors, which you can see here. They're available from Room68, starting at $975. The hand-distressed antique finish of this mirror makes it not so great for looking at yourself, but perfect for making a big statement. Color-washed circle mirror, $1.098 from Anthropologie. This gorgeous leather and brass mirror is by EK Design. Probably my favorite item on this list is this beautiful, delicate 'Francis' watercolor mirror by Constance Guisset for Petite Friture. The design of this floor mirror has a beautiful simplicity. Metal framed floor mirror in rose gold, $499 from West Elm.
Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned for the winner announcement later this week. For this week's Giveaway, we've got an extra-special treat: Ferm Living is offering AT readers the chance to win a wall sticker of their choice. Click below the jump to see how to enter and read the rules .... How to Enter: To enter this Thursday Giveaway, please submit a comment below with the design - name and color - that you want to win. The contest begins today and ends on Monday, January 14, at 11:59 PM ET. We will choose one winner at random. Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.
Many homes have over-the-fridge cabinets designed to add storage and blend into the rest of the kitchen space. Which brings us to the question: more kitchen cabinet storage or a taller refrigerator with more food storage capacity? While there's no problem with a stand-alone refrigerator, the two contrasting IKEA kitchens shown above highlight how adding upper cabinets above the fridge can help create a more visually connected and integrated space. There are many other approaches for integrating a fridge, such as hidden panel fridges, refrigerator drawers, chalkboard fridges, and many more clever ideas from our creative readers, but overhead cabinetry is the most common. The extra refrigerator space allows for more cold storage and helps eliminate many second refrigerators in the home which may be less energy efficient and not as cost-effective. This extra tall Sub-Zero refrigerator matches the tall cabinets in this kitchen for a clean look and extra fridge space. Finding a refrigerator to match the top cabinets of a specific kitchen isn't impossible, as there are a variety of unique sizes to fit an exact space in the kitchen. Popular appliance retailer AJ Madison lists over 1,000 refrigerators ranging from 18' to over 85' in height.
In Rogers Park, we spotted this red folding kitchen table, which the seller says could use a little help on the surface but is in great shape otherwise. 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..
Hey girl, we thought you should know that San Diego restaurant Bang Bang has a women's bathroom wallpapered with photos of Ryan Gosling. The only way to make this place more perfect? If their doggy bags actually came with free puppies.
High ceilings, dramatic rooms, period details and stained glass are just some of the benefits of living in a recently restored church. This one was recently restored by a couple in Kyloe, Northumberland with impressive results .... Read the full post at Re-Nest.
Finally! Hanging a curtain at the front door is something I've long considered for my home, but I haven't seen much precedent for doing it. My reasoning for wanting to hang a curtain like this is that the front door leaks cold air in like crazy, as does the adjacent mail slot. Sure, I could just improve the weather stripping on both. Hanging a curtain too couldn't hurt: it would help to stop drafts and looks great while doing it! Has anyone else out there considered hanging a curtain at the front door? Do you like this particular execution of the idea?
Many Jewish parents find themselves grappling with the same question every winter: really, eight nights of presents? Eight nights of toys can get excessive, so how about books? Just in time for Hanukkah, here are some of the best Jewish children's books of 2010. For details on many of these books, check out Marjorie Ingall's roundup at Tablet Magazine. Shopping for older kids? Keep an eye out for Marjorie's favorite chapter books and graphic novels next week.
How do you make the most of a small space you've turned into a bedroom, despite the small square footage? A Redditer found ways to maximize space when they turned the solarium of their small Toronto condo into a 8.5' x 8' bedroom by adding a wall. They came up with some simple but smart ways to make the small space feel peaceful and not overcrowded. It's not within every budget to buy a bed that has built-in storage, but in this small and closet-less space, it appears to have been a vital element to ensure this small space actually functioned the way they needed it. Another fun storage feature? Not just one nightstand, but three, on each side! Floating nightstands have long been a smart choice for small spaces, but here, the addition of even more wall-mounted ledges means more room for both needed and decorative objects. We all know that wall-mounted reflective surfaces like mirrors work magic in small spaces, and in here it's no different. They chose to add the mirror to the wall opposite the door, which is a smart move since it'll reflect an image of the other room, making it feel a little more open than it actually is. For saving space and adding privacy, you can't beat a sliding door, which they made here themselves using mostly items found at Home Depot. Keep the side of the drapes that face the bedroom a light color, preferably a similar color to the wall. This will help them blend in and expand the look of the space visually. It just makes sense - small spaces need less stuff, and keeping the decorative elements to a minimum will help keep a small space from feeling cluttered. As this small bedroom proves, you can find a good balance between art, decorative elements and more and still have a room that feels spacious for its size.
Surely we've all known our share of closet-deprived apartments. Creative solutions for increasing storage space are always welcome, and we just love this elegant execution of a simple idea from local designer Anastasia Faiella. Faiella's client's loft, while blessed with gorgeously high ceilings and windows, was sorely lacking in closet and storage space. So she went looking for a part of the home where there might be space to spare, and landed on the large foyer. By installing a curved drapery with a rail running under an overhang, Faiella and seamstress Doreen Leong created a closet out of an otherwise awkward empty space. The heavy gold fabric was an elegant choice, and because of its weight and texture it will do nicely for hiding the stacks of stuff behind it. Lovely, isn't it? To see more of Faiella's work, check out her portfolio. A bit more inspiration for those considering curtained storage solutions: Small Space Solution: Curtained Storage How To: Make an Instant Closet With a Curtain Look! DIY Closet.
I've been shopping again folks, this time with an eye towards comfortable, clean and casual pieces that are pretty and understated. There's an earthy vibe here, with natural rope and wood materials, offset by a nice dose of color which keeps this room from becoming bland. I know you are dying the see the less expensive versions, so keep on clicking for the alternatives, along with the sources for all these great finds. If you've been adding these up as you go along, you already know that the first version rings up at $3,904. Slipcover Sofa from Ikea; $399. Next up is an equally clean and airy living room, but with a big difference. As always, if you find something similar to the items above, for a better price, share the information by linking to it in the comments below.