The iPad recently saved my life on a long flight to the other side of the world. Beyond its web surfing and TV playing capabilities, the device can run other applications that have the potential to make your life a whole lot easier. One recently-updated app called LivingRoom allows users to easily place and customize furniture pieces in a floor plan. LivingRoom is intuitive and user-friendly with its easy set of menus from which functions are selected. You are able to make notes to yourself within the interface, and you can email a PDF of the plan with one click of your mouse. The program is available for only $4.99 and can be purchased directly from the App Store. Check out the above video to see just what this bad boy can do.
We've seen Natalie's 19th century home before and this time she's tackling her dining room. From Natalie: My husband and I bought a circa 1870s house in Pittsburgh nearly three years ago. The house has a wonderful lived-in feeling and great bones, but it needed an infusion of style. We've been working room to room and the dining room is one of my favorite projects. I am an artist so I am inspired by many things, but I was especially excited to do a hand painted mural all the way around the room. I have seen these in grand old houses, and I wanted to do my own take on it. The floors were stripped and re-stained to match the rest of the house, the walls were painted, and the lighting changed.
Name: Maria Location: San Jose, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the big window, the turquoise walls, and all the colorful art. I've heard that bedrooms should be more subdued and relaxing, but I'd quickly get bored with a subdued room, plus, I can't see any of the art when the lights are off, so going to sleep is not a problem. I love having a TV in the bedroom, but I didn't want it to be a focal point in the room, so I hid it in a frame collage.
Our mother had big French pendants in our kitchen growing up, so we went looking for more to install in this client's kitchen. We found reproductions at Urban Archeology which are very nice and easier to get your hands on.... Called Single Prismatic Lamps, they come in a few different styles and many different finishes for about $300 each. We particularly like how they cast an ambient light around the kitchen, while still directing a strong light on the counter. To accentuate this, we use small halogen floods to cast a sharper, warmer light.
Made from broken tempered glass, silicone and lined with LEDs, the Shattered Lights Lamp by designer Ira Rozhavsky looks more like an amoeba or creature from the bottom of the ocean than a lighting solution for someone's boring living room. Take a look at all the ways it can bend, after the jump! This funky lighting piece is not yet available, but you could always bug Ira Rozhavsky for a direct order.
The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood-just another reason we're adding 'Kitchen renovation' to our home wish lists. The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. I'm now convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen. If you're a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don't have to stop there-extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tiles keep the look fresh. In this New Zealand home by MRTN Architects featured on Design Milk, pale wood cabinets join forces with black hardware for a striking study in contrasts. In this deVOL kitchen, natural slated cabinet fronts sit beside those with a dark wood stain. While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel-tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in Swoon Edition's showroom, above.
Whether you're lucky enough to have the space for a formal dining room or just have a cozy dining area that you carved out of your living space, it's nice to have a place for friends and family to gather over a great meal. There's something about this eclectic space full of warm rustic woods and friendly boho colors that will have you sitting here all night with good food and friends. This room from Inside Out doesn't have much to it but it's full of warm woods and playful pops of color to make it a very welcoming dining space for both casual family eats or playing hostess with friends.
Hanging a group of art in matching frames is a simple way to convey a sense of unity and order to a room. When the artworks themselves are thematically consistent, like the three dark and broody paintings in the corner of this otherwise cheerful living room from Domino, the effect is even more intriguing. Artworks hung together in thematic groups have the feel of a collection. They become conversation pieces rather than backdrops, inviting you to linger over them. In designer Brian Wark's living room, featured on Design*Sponge, a group of vintage prints and portraits really personalizes the space and provides an exciting contrast with the graphic pillows. Sabrina from Hello!Lucky hangs vintage prints together too; we love the antique whites and yellows against the grayish-blue bathroom wall. Designer Steven Gambrel's portfolio includes quite a few examples of artwork grouped together by theme. Here he uses the concept in two very different entryways to equally stunning effect. The calming blues and whites in the beach house hallway are welcoming and serene, while the collection of oil portraits beckons you to follow them up the stairwell. In these two similar vignettes from House Beautiful, prints of flora and fauna grouped together complete a kind of off-kilter Victorian aesthetic. What do you think? Do you like this unified look, or is an eclectic grouping more your style?
We talked before about how to turn one of these closets into a great, hide-able workspace, but running across this image from Southern Living, we were surprised to see it turned into a tiny powder room. This ingenious use for a closet had us rethinking small spaces. We don't really need to convert a closet into a bathroom but it reminded us why it's so important to regularly declutter storage spaces. Too often we just cram stuff in there, just in case. If we were more mindful about what we hang on to we might be able to get some more useable space out of our home. What do you think of this closet turned bathroom? Oh and remember the shower in a closet?
Hello AT,. I have an old rowhouse in Philadelphia with a long exposed brick wall. The bricks are dark red/brown, which makes the wall feel too heavy for my small space, and clashes with my limed oak furniture. I'd love for my wall to look like the whitewashed wall in the photo. I'd also be up for hiring someone to do the work, if anyone has a good recommendation. We're going to throw this out in the hope that someone who has done this before has the answer. Remember that brick when unsealed is extremely porous and will take a lot of liquid into it before it resembles a color. Brick can be very dusty and sometimes needs to be sealed in order to stop this. In either case, as you whitewash your brick you'll want to have some sealing effect.
As a lover of both pegboards and Shaker style, I immediately pinned this picture when it popped up in my Pinterest feed. I love the natural, unfinished wood, but how great would it be painted white or even a dark, chalkboard slate gray color? This particular pegboard setup was created by stylist Jessica Hanson, and photographed by Amanda Prior.
Retro Office wrote to say that the store will give Apartment Therapy readers a 15% discount when they mention they saw this post! In a world of funkified retro steel case office furniture, Retro Office, Inc. might be the store to beat. The selection is huge, with a 15000 Sq.foot warehouse to hunt down your perfect piece. The color choices and finish styles are plentiful, and they have the credenzas that we love so much! Starting at around $1300, these beauties are stripped, sanded and clear-coated with 5 coats to ensure 'Maximum protection.' Also in stock are tanker desks, chairs and a great vintage lamp. All in all a great addition to the steel furniture stores that are the go-to for so many Hollywood writer-types.