Inspiration Album

Living room

Chair and foot stool

Pop-up coffee tables are something we've seen around but we're never impressed with them aesthetically. What we do like is the idea that one horizontal surface can function as a low coffee table and a dining or desk-height table in a small apartment. If you're handy, the mechanism for pop-up coffee tables can be purchased sans-table. We're sure a nice DIY design could make for a really cool pop-up coffee table. Until now, we've only seen unsatisfying finished models like this or this. Here is an example of one pretty nice DIY pop-up design that's used as a side table plus storage.

Bright living room

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.

Living room


Contemporary living room and dining room

Name: Annie Location: Barrington, RI Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love that our bedroom feels bright, and at the same time calm. Our home was built about 100 years ago as a summer beach house with old pine for floors and tongue and groove beamed ceilings. There is an open knothole by the door that has frequently been used by our daughter to drop notes through to the kitchen. I love the grapevine we’ve collected and that the posts of our bed were made from trees we collected when a friend’s farm was clearing land.

Chair and fireplace

Q: I really love the design of the West Elm Grace Table but I think it's just a little small for my 11'x13' dining room. I like to have larger groups for dinner and would love something that seats at least 8 when expanded. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a similar design that would be a bit larger than this. Editor: Leave your recommendations for Arielle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.

Light blue ascent living room with fireplace

Warm metallics have taken the decor world by storm these past couple of years, showing up primarily as hardware and fixtures in beautiful kitchens everywhere. Accents are one thing, but some brave souls fully committed and made brass a significant feature in their kitchens, covering entire rows of cabinets and islands in shiny gold. Are these showstoppers that make your jaw drop or do they cause you to shake your head and cluck your tongue in dismay? Are they hot or over-the-top? Above, the brass-clad island is a significant feature in Michael O'Sullivan and Melissa Schollum's New Zealand Home, as seen in Dwell. A kitchen by Fiona Lynch that uses a row of gold upper kitchen cabinets, which acts as a spot of warmth in contrast to the cold marble below. This Stockholm apartment designed by the architects Claesson Koivisto Rune, has a minimalist brass-clad cube that functions as a both work surface and a storage space. A Paris apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot that features what looks like hammered brass cabinet fronts. This very glamorous kitchen from Studio William Hefner blends modern design with old-world charm. It's gold-leafed island is interesting contrast with the utilitarian grey stools. A bold and eclectic space by designers Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci, as seen in the New York Times.

Living room


Leather chair

Q: We are all moved in and now we are trying to add some color to this room. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Amy in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.

Couch and multiple art pieces

It's not everyday that you stumble upon a blog from an actual practicing interior designer. Patricia is an award winning, highly recognized interior designer from Vancouver Canada, who finds time in her busy schedule to update her blog almost daily! Her blog features inspiration she finds via the internet, including other designers and architects that she admires not to mention sneak peeks of her work. I then went on to study History of Architecture and Decorative Arts in Paris through Parsons School of Design. What's your favorite color to work with and why?I usually start with a neutral palette and get all the elements of the space correct, and then I add in color through materials & paint. What are your greatest sources of inspiration?The ocean, art galleries and SHOPPING. Which interior or furniture designers, past or present, do you most admire?Francis Elkins - she was the epitome of the evolution of the American Style in Interior Design and was the inspiration for such Interior Design luminaries as Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley & Michael Taylor. What 5 things does a well designed home need?- welcoming entry. If you hadn't become a designer, what do you think you would be doing now?Working in Paris at Chanel as a fashion designer.

Minimalist living room and dining room

With the nights getting chilly we're starting to dream about being tucked away in a cozy cabin on a snowy hillside. Later this week we'll be featuring some woodland inspired housetours but it's wednesday evening, the light is getting low and we're feeling a little bit sleepy and would really like for that vacation to begin now. These images are of stylist Robin Glaser's vacation cabin as posted on Emma's Blog. It does a good job of showing exactly the vibe we would be going for if we a) owned a cabin or b) had the wherewithal to put something this great together. It has the right mix of 'casual cabin' and 'fancy cabin'. Surprisingly the knotty pine was left as-is instead of being painted white as we ourselves have advised people to do. Leaving the wood exposed helps to make the place feel warm, cozy and inviting. With the addition of some modern pieces and a simple palette of whites, creams and browns the cabin takes on a bit of sophistication without feeling pretentious. We know that taxidermy can be a passionate subject for many, so we'll leave that to you.

Living room with fireplace

Though a tiny space under a staircase is probably not the best place for your eleven-year-old, it's just right for a little chihuahua. Redditor Fatisbac's aunt recently renovated her house, and one unique feature included was a room for her little chihuahua under the staircase, Harry Potter style. The tiled space includes a dresser, brass dog bed, toys, food and water bowls, a miniature of dogs playing poker, and even a place to hang a teeny hat. Of course, the pup has a doggie door for 24/7 access.


Small spaces are our focus, but even we flinched at this narrow landmark house in Greenwich Village.... At nine-and-a-half feet in width and about 950 total square feet, it's full of small space solutions suited for even the very high end of NYC's market. Judging from the above photo and the floorplan, it looks like the kitchen burners are set in a very shallow countertop. We're thinking it's a single row of burners instead of the typical two-deep we see on most off-the-shelf cooktops. The house just hit the market: See the full listing here. Read up on the notorious house's history at New York Architecture.

Living room

MGR. VINTAGE CABINET FOR SALE. This is one of my favorite pieces, but I recently moved and it doesn't fit in my new place. It's a beautiful shabby chic-style, chipped paint cabinet. I used it as a TV stand/media storage cabinet, but it can be used in any room in the house. It's a brown rustic color, with signs of chipped carmel-colored paint showing through. Inside has one shelf, a large open storage space, and three narrow drawers. The cabinet has plenty of room on top to store just about anything. I can't say enough good things about this piece.

Living room

Fireplaces aren't just a simple wood burning contraption of yesteryear. Modern day fireplaces can be gas, propane, or even electric - and they can look fantastic as well. Check out some great indoor and outdoor fireplaces for your modern home. 'Dimplex 50' Linear Electric Fireplace - BLF50: Providing over 4,000 BTU of heat, this remote controlled electric fireplace from Dimplex is versatile in its installation. Napoleon Linear Patio Flame: At just over 4 feet wide, this outdoor propane unit includes a kit to convert it to natural gas. A powder coated exterior and stainless steel lid gives your outdoor space an instant modern look while keeping warm. Firegear 60-inch Linear Fireplace Cabinet: This 5' long fireplace comes ready for you to finish however you like in your outdoor patio space. Napoleon 48' Linear Wall Mount Electric Fireplace EFL48: This 48' electric fireplace is reasonably priced at just over $600. Decorative stone embers and a painted black frame give this unit a sleek look.

Living room rich in fabrics


Living room and library

Living Etc. recently featured a gallery of really amazing illusions for the home that includes all kinds of different 'Fantasy worlds,' from a quiet forest in a bathroom to an ancient mosaic floor in the home office. Take a look at some of our favorite optical illusions after the jump.... If an outdoor shower is considered a treat in your book, this idea of papering the bathroom in a forest-themed mural may appeal. This could actually work better in a smaller bathroom than a large one: the visual impact of the tree trunks could give the illusion of extra height and depth. Love the idea of having an extensive library in your home? The mere thought of how many books that would take might be a bit daunting. Here's an alternative: wallpaper the room or a wall with this faux library design-you could mix it up with real bookcases to extend the illusion that much more. The idea of juxtaposing something mundane with something fantastically historical and artistic really appeals to us. Why? Well there's that part when Annette Bening is telling off Michael Douglas in the middle of the Oval Office and then she goes out the wrong door, and we actually remember thinking, 'Heh. The door's painted to match the wall seamlessly. Cool.' So yes, this is pretty much the same idea. A friend of ours lives in a studio apartment and has one useless, alternate bathroom door, and we're thinking this could be a great solution to 'Hide' the door.