Q: My boyfriend and I are moving into a new house that has a huge, awesome living room. There's so much space that we don't know how to fill it. We were thinking of making two seating areas here, one around the entertainment center and one by the fireplace.... Eventually, we might put the entertainment center downstairs, but not at this moment, since we don't have extra furniture to put down there. We have a big comfy leather couch and chair with an ottoman, a coffee table and side table, and that's it for living room furniture. Our living space opens up into the dining room off to the side of the kitchen-there's just so much space, we don't know how to separate everything effectively without making it look too cluttered. Editor: Please share your suggestions for Ashely's new space in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Quite a few of you liked the LED-lit water in another model we showed you, but this one integrates the coloring into the actual design of the faucet, making it attractive and purposeful. This one is from Hansacanyon, as seen over on Freshome. The light changes from blue to red, based on the temperature, automatically shuts off after 80 seconds and is controlled by touch sensors.
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.
My room makeover:: The first part of the project started with painting the kitchen cabinets white. We added crown moulding to the contractor grade cabinets to give them a 'Higher end' look. We replaced the laminate kitchen countertops with John Boos butcher block. We replaced all the appliances with stainless steel and converted the electric stove to gas. After the kitchen was finished we hired a contractor to remove a couple walls in the entry way to open up the space. We had reclaimed barn beams installed to give it the modern rustic look we love so much. The contractor hand made us a set of rustic barn doors to replace the old bi-fold doors in the front closet. All the trim was ripped out and replaced with a nice thick craftsman trim. What I love most about my new space:: We love how open the space is now. Before the renovation the dining room was never used because it was too closed off.
Got a large load of recyclables and want to drop it off all at once somewhere to be processed? Or would you rather have them come and pick it up right from your curb at a scheduled time? We've sometimes found our apartment building's city recycling bins completely jam packed with materials, and having an alternate route to recycle would be welcome. The Recycling Center combines Google Ajax Search and Google Maps to help locate recycling centers that can provide these services, alongside possibly providing a free recycling bin for your effort. Try it...it's like Yelp and quite easy to use.
My room makeover:: When we bought this condo,the room that serves as a living, dining and office space was dark, dated and dingy. It measures 22' x 15', has a 7'6' ceiling and one source of natural light. Our first order of business was to visually lift the ceiling, push the vertical boundaries, and brighten the area without doing structural modifications. We re-plastered the scrolled ceiling to a smooth finish and painted both the ceiling and walls in a super white with a high light reflectance value. We removed the beige carpeting at the living room end and the vinyl flooring at the dining end of the room and ran solid oak throughout. New recessed LED lights and a see-through chandelier replaced the old off-centered, brass/glass pendant. White slipcovers, mirrors, and furniture that does not visually take up a lot of space helps to keep our multifunction space looking spacious and bright. What I love most about my new space:: We love living small and being surrounded by only those things that have significance and meaning to us.
Dustin and Whitney from The Rooster and the Hen recently revived their plain-Jane bedroom, incorporating old pallet wood, a repurposed fireplace, and DIY art for the walls. The best part? After they sold their previous bedroom furniture, they ended up making $192.90! Even though their blog is fairly new, Whitney and Dustin are old pros at stretching their dollars by shopping at yard sales and reusing old things they already have. Whitney painted over two old canvas paintings and made some inexpensive beachy art from a repurposed frame and collected shells. The pair also worked together to switch out their duvet, make some burlap drum lampshades for their garage sale carboy lamps, and fill the faux fireplace with poplar logs they cut themselves. They also built a headboard and mirror from old pallets- the weathered wood is reminiscent of an old beach walkway, and adds to the seaside feel of the room. Check out how they did it all, including a total cost breakdown and detailed instructions, in their master bedroom reveal!
The Laundry Pod is a prototype product that had a big presence at the Home & Housewares show this week. Of course, the concept of actually being able to do laundry at home in a residence that doesn't include a conventional washer is always an attractive idea. Fewer trips to the laundromat and cleaners, self-sufficiency, convienience and ongoing money savings all factor in. Finally, the initial purchase is very affordable - just under $100. But, and this is where we leave it up to the home-laundry-less in the Apartment Therapy community, do you would you give this a go or is it just not realistic as an ongoing solution? It's super manual - a wash cycle involves filling up a tub, adding soap, churning a crank, emptying, filling again with clean water, more churning, emptying again, and finally, hanging to dry. The capacity is approximately 25% of a standard washer. It's not UNdoable, of course, but were curious to know whether those of you who live without a traditional home laundry set up would consider this a viable alternative to how you handle your laundry now? Let us know in the comments.... MORE INFO: The Laundry Pod.
We were surprised to find a few elements of its large dining room that stood out to us for inspiration in our own home. Here are the four things that we related to most in this photo of the White House's State Dining Room.... Fire Element: There is nothing quite like eating at a hearth. If you don't have a fireplace in your dining room, candles are another way to introduce fire to the setting. Calming Colors: Linger on this photo and you'll recognize that the State Dining Room is almost entirely a soft white color with just pops of color from the yellow seat upholstery and dark accents from the wood and the painting over the mantle. The soft white color of the room is warm, soothing, and inviting. The room's color, like its layout, allows one to focus wholly on the dining experience. The ability to adjust the table's size can be a great asset to a dining room. The State Dining Room is where where large dinners are held. The President's Dining Room is for smaller family dinners, but we found only one photo of it.
I have the teeny tiniest bathroom and I know it's not uncommon for New York City apt bathrooms to not have sinks, but it kinda bugs me. Does anyone have any suggestions on a bathroom sink solution? The Japanese top of the toilet thing won't work because I have the cabinet thing, and I think that's kind of weird anyway. Maybe something really skinny that could go on the ledge of my shower, like a water fountain thing but with a faucet knob??? Or some sort of thin basin that could drain into the shower? I'm open to any suggestions, please help! The tiniest sink I have ever used is in the bathroom of Against the Grain on 6th Street - right in your neighborhood! I would suggest you scope it out!
We love the classic look of black and white, diamond-patterned kitchen floors. They're very 1950s diner but can look clean and modern, too. Well, this is an eco-friendly riff on that idea, with sustainable cork laid out in contrasting shades.... This space is part of a before-and-after story over at Country Living, a really beautiful renovation of a dated kitchen that the owners did themselves. We've been in a kitchen with cork floors before, and walking on them is definitely different than walking on hard stone, wood, or linoleum. The cork has some give and cushion, almost like rubber. The earthy brown color is also a nice contrast to all of the icy blue and white details in this kitchen. The cork tiles, which the homeowners laid themselves, are from Expanko. Does anyone have cork flooring in the kitchen? Is it more comfortable?
Life after the holidays may be a bit glum, but the piles of dead trees and wreathes on the curb can make it downright depressing. We don't have a tree this year, but we did get a traditional wreath with evergreen, pine cones and juniper berries. It's beautiful, but next year we might opt for this gorgeous wreath of succulents, which will live on long after the gloomy weeks of January fade.... You can care for a living wreath with a little water and some regular pruning. While we love the look, it may be maintenance that some prefer to do without. We also must admit that the smell of our traditional wreath is heavenly, and very evocative of the season. So which style do you prefer, and what do you have up?
Even in a child's room with mostly neutrals, one oversized piece of pop art can really liven things up. Renting in a white box where you aren't allowed to paint? Wary of taking a plunge with bright walls? Oversized art can be a way to create something special in a room where the 'Bones' are limited, whatever the reason! The example pictured above comes from LAMA Blog's writeup of a company called Picnic's showroom. It looks like it could be plywood with acrylic paint - just lay out the color blocks and paint away to DIY your very own! Head on over to LAMA's post to see many more great ideas for kiddos' living spaces.