Q: My boyfriend and I just moved into a new apartment, and we need an area rug for the living room area. We both like the ornate look of a traditional Persian rug, but we disagree on the color. I feel that a lighter color rug - blue/gray/cream - will make the room look larger since the room has darker exposed brick, a dark leather sofa, and gray walls. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Lindsay in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
One of the projects on our to-do list for fall involves cleaning and organizing our pantry. We found some extra motivation when we spotted Anna's renovated pantry at Door Sixteen. Click below for links to this inspiring project.... Anna has amazing style - even the shelves in her pantry look cool. Our favorite part of the project is the Bindweed wallpaper covering the shelves. It's a smart use of pattern, and not too difficult for other DIY-ers to try at home.
Don't let the color out of your kitchen over the winter months. We love this vintage-looking Round Timer from Anthropologie.... It's available in two cheery colors: yellow and robin egg blue, both with contrasting red detailing. The 60-minute timers sell for only $12 each and would make great little holiday gifts. Plus, they're magnetic, so they don't have to take up any counter space.
Besides having all of the office supplies you could ever need, Office Depot is having a sale on its office furniture, at up to 30% off through June 2. This Black Onyx Matrix Computer Desk also includes the hutch for $139.99. We love the multi-tasking desk chair that also serves as a filing cabinet-not sure how comfortable it'd be, seems to have decent padding, though it'd be very easy to keep your files handy. The sale includes Christopher Lowell collection items and Pottery Barn-esque desks, chairs, credenzas and bookcases.
Creating beautiful multifunction rooms is a skill; you have to be able to look at a space and visualize it's potential as a home office, carving room for your computer, printer and research library out of unused space, like an alchemist turning straw into gold. The KitchenIn a short, unofficial survey of everyone we know, it seems like the kitchen is the front-runner for multi-purpose home office rooms. The Laundry RoomLess common than the kitchen, your home's laundry or mud room might also offer a great place to work from home. There's often a bit of unused space in laundry rooms or laundry closets that can accommodate a computer and chair. The BedroomWe love this shot from Jennifer's Creative Closet Home Office because it makes room for a storage-filled workspace without stealing any square footage from the bedroom itself-the whole office is built into an existing closet. If you need your office to share floor space with the bedroom, try a thin, compact desk like this one, or downsize the bed to a futon, like in Garrett Murray's LA Master Bedroom Home Office for 2. A Guest BedroomAnother option for sharing an office with a bed is to create some space in a guest room for your own workspace.
We bought drawer and cabinet pulls at Restoration Hardware. We needed a matching line of hardware with knobs, 4' - 6' drawer pulls, and a larger 8' - 10' dishwasher pull. Our dog shows off all of the new drawer pulls on the island. One surprise came when the hinges that I bought at Restoration Hardware did not work on the cabinet doors for the vintage buffet. You would need to see a drawing to truly understand why, but I will simply say that the doors have a lip in front and an indentation in the back, and the hinges were made for a square door that is flush with the cabinet. I looked to the sky and asked the hinge fairy to deliver me four functional hinges in polished chrome. When the hinge fairy did not deliver, we visited EM Hundley Hardware in San Francisco and learned the lingo to describe our cabinet doors and bought functional hinges. One of my best finds of the week was a large ¾'-thick cutting board at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $25, which Dean trimmed to fit perfectly in the cutting board slot on our vintage buffet. Next week we will complete the backsplash, schedule our electrician to finish the electrical work, and do some final trim work and decorating. Estimated time for project: 10 WeeksTime remaining: 1 week.
To complete your summertime entertaining kit, pair it with this folding bar cart and quench your guest's thirst while the smell of barbequed food whets their appetite for your smoke infused fare.... The well-named Gastone, made of steel and aluminum with polyurethane trays, is sturdy enough to hold a evening's worth of mixers and glasses, that you can wheel over to your guests. In five colours, you can find one to match your decor, indoors or out. When the party's over, just fold it up and put it away to await your next fete.
Last week I got to visit Dr. Brent Ridge at home, because I'm helping him work through the 8 Step Cure for a radio show on Martha Stewart Radio. HE is a fascinating character, and his whole story was well written up by the NYTimes just over a month ago, but what I want to focus on his new cork floors that I photographed.... Cork is a great, 'Green' flooring solution. Cut from trees that renew themselves between each harvest, it's durable, moisture resistant, and provides thermal and acoustic insulation. It is also hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and insect resistant. When installed as a 'Floating floor' it also requires no toxic glues or adhesives AND it's easy to install. I have been a little resistant to cork floors in the past because of their dark color and mottled surface. They remind me too much of the macrame 70's and feel their busy texture adds visual clutter. These white tiles are really bright and airy, and they feel really good under your feet. I would totally recommend looking into these if you wanted to do a white floor anywhere in your home.
Sustainable lumber company Kirei recently announced the debut of Windfall, a beautiful new addition to its line for 2012. Made from deconstructed buildings, Windfall is a reclaimed wood engineered panel that can be used for wall coverings, casework, signage, and similar applications. Kirei Windfall panels are engineered from Douglas fir, hemlock and pine, taken from demolished industrial and agricultural buildings in the Pacific Northwest, which otherwise would be destined for landfills. They are made in the USA in partnership with Windfall Lumber using low-VOC adhesives and natural raw materials with striking variations in the grain. The reclaimed wood carries 100% FSC Mixed Credit certification, and can also help building projects earn LEED credits in a number of categories, including Recycled Content, Low-Emitting Materials, and Regional Materials. 'Windfall comes in 27' x 96' or 48' by 96' panels, all 3/4' thick. The new line is available in several colors - unfinished, clear, anthracite, mocha, ivory, and leather.
Hello AT, We are just about finished with our DIY kitchen remodel and are eager to move on to our next project - the living room fireplace. Our plan is to remove the fireplace mantel, build out the wall around the fireplace 12 inches and tile over the brick around the fireplace and floor. We want to then put in 12 inch deep, 35 inch tall built-in cabinets on the bottom and shelves on the walls above to the ceiling.... We plan on getting the cabinets in white from Ikea in either Solar or Applad and using a natural stained wood for the top of the cabinets and the wall shelves. The TV will be moved down and placed on the wall beside the fireplace between a shelf and the cabinet. I want to go with a natural-modern look of white streamlined cabinets and lightly stained wood for the shelves. New furniture purchases will be dependent on the look of the room, so that is not a concern.
It's not just A/V or computer gear we think of trying to incorporate and hide away into the rest of our home decor. Kitchen appliances can especially be a dominating presence in any homre. Faith over at The Kitchn asks if you have ever wanted to hide your appliances as cabinetry with a recent Hot or Not poll.