Name: Georgia Location: Caledonia Canada Division: International What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the colors and the wallpaper and the tiny coziness. I love that the wallpaper wraps around the room and envelopes my husband and myself like a cocoon. I love that it is so tiny that it can only be used to sleep, read in bed and get dressed in. I love that when I wake up in the middle of the night and open my eyes the moon is right outside my window and the trees are all around us.
With all the black walls floating around AT, we thought we'd pull together a dramatic color combo that we rarely see: blue and black. It's a combination that can come off as romantic and moody or crisp and elegant, depending on the shades you choose and whether or not you balance the combo with a lighter neutral.
Being nickel and dimed by the library? Those 5 and 10 cent fines for children's books don't seem like much until you have 20 books overdue for a few weeks. What if a kindly elf whispered a reminder in you ear a few days before they were due? Library Elf, a free internet service, attempts to do just that. It's a service we wish our own library offered, but until they do we're happy to take advantage of Library Elf. You choose how far in advance you want a reminder that your books are coming due and Library Elf will send an email or notification by RSS. You do have to provide your library card number and PIN when you register in order for the service to work. In addition to due date reminders, you can also log in to see your library account - what you have out, what holds might have arrived, etc. The advantage of using Library Elf is that you can enter multiple cards into one account and see the big picture of your family's library situation. The service works with hundreds of library systems around the country and more are being added everyday.
GO TO PRITI'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Here at Ohdeedoh we see plenty of wonderful parties and lots of beautiful artwork. Those two great tastes go great together, which is why we are huge fans of art projects at kids celebrations. Things can get messy, so plan ahead. Old oxford shirts are great smocks for kids and drop cloths are a must if the festivities take place indoors. Invite party goers to make edible masterpieces and decorate their own cupcakes. Bust out the fabric paints for a t-shirt painting party. Rock crafts! Put old magazines to creative use with a collage party. Have kids paint a mural on paper or wood to be displayed in the guest of honor's bedroom. Give kids the opportunity to reinvent everyday objects with scissors, glue and paint.
Check out how this collection, Lando Nuova Falegnameria, is photographed and presented. We love that series of 'White paintings' on the wall: what a way to highlight the collection's shapes: with pure shadow and light.....
Can you believe we're into Week Four already? I don't know about you, but I feel like these last 3 weeks have flown by. I've been working on my own projects, focused primarily on clearing out my closets. See, we do pretty well keeping our apartment clean and clutter-free on the outside, but the insides -those dark hidden spaces called 'Closets' that whisper 'Psst! You don't know where to put that, so give it to me! I'll keep it secret, keep it safe...'- had developed a life of their own, and it wasn't looking very pretty.... My upper kitchen cabinets after I took off the cupboard doors. A few weeks ago I decided to switch to open shelving in my kitchen. In the process of making all the top cabinets look nice and neat, the lower cabinets got the spillover. A couple months of this and suddenly it was complete chaos: pans falling out on my toes when I opened the door, bowls and random storage containers toppled every which way, appliances I couldn't reach anymore. I'm still not accustomed to opening the doors and not having things fall out! In addition to clearing out the kitchen, I cleared out bags worth of clothes, shoes, and other household items and took it to Housing Works. This week is all about decluttering your living room. We've already gotten a bit of a jumpstart on the living room when my husband cleared out our 'Media cabinet' a few weeks ago and turned it into his bar mixology station!
Although it might seem like wallpaper is too busy for a small space, used thoughtfully it can actually make a room appear larger. By choosing one accent wall or one architectural detail to highlight in your space, you can make a big statement on a small scale. The best part? Papering a small space means you can splurge on the pattern you really want.... In this hallway, a mirror reflects one patterned accent wall, making the space appear larger. Subtle patterns add visual interest without overwhelming. Wallpaper can be framed as art, used in a nook, or used to highlight an architectural detail.
It seems like doing laundry should be fairly straightforward, but there are tons of pointers, websites, and articles out there. I recently stumbled upon this compilation of 50 tips, conveniently sorted by topics such as 'Prep Work' and 'Line Drying Secrets,' and bookmarked it almost immediately. The list contains many tried-and-true classics such as drying darks inside-out, but also had some fresh ideas. Repeat process and if the stain remains, leave cream on overnight. Too few clothes will reduce the tumbling action, lengthening overall drying time and in turn, wasting energy. Adding a clean, dry bath towel to heavier loads containing blue jeans, rugs, blankets, or bath towels helps absorb extra moisture and reduce drying time. In order to prevent down items from clumping in the dryer, remove them from time to time and shake vigorously. The natural heat of a warm dryer can actually save you from ironing smaller items like pillowcases and t-shirts. Simply fold and allow them to rest on top of the machine. Read the entire list of all 50 tips at Country Living.
Privacy and light are big issues when choosing bathroom window treatments. Natural light is really important in a small space, but bathroom windows need some serious cover-up. Click below for 8 solutions for bathroom windows, whether you rent or you're planning a renovation.... Top: Wooden blinds are a popular choice for bathrooms because they go with a wide range of decors, they're simple to clean, and they let in light while obscuring the view. These blinds from The Shade Store fit in well with a clean, spa-like bathroom. Glass blocks in a bathroom obscure what's inside while letting an entire wall of light into the space. A bathroom skylight in Christy and John's Logan Square Bungalow fills their space with light, and solves the privacy problem. Windows set high in a bathroom let in light while keeping out onlookers.
In anticipation of the 2013 DC Design House, I was perusing photos of last year's show house, and rediscovered the room of a favorite DC designer, Marika Meyer. Meyer is a master at creating soothing, neutral rooms that are anything but boring. While designers are often accused of going over the top to show off an array of tricks and trends, Meyer's rooms always remind me of the role 'Designer details' can play in subtly elevating a room. Unexpected contrast details like adding patterned fabric to the back of a chair or the back of a bookcase, or a band of trim to the bottom of the upholstery highlights sculptural shapes and breaks up solids without calling too much attention. The subtle patterns on the drapes and rugs, in tones that pick up the wall color, give the eye something to grasp without overpowering the room. Layering a patterned rug over a solid one creates warmth and adds texture. While each piece of furniture could be described as curvy, the variety creates a conversation between the pieces which helps to keep the room from feeling flat. The pops of deep blue move the eye around the room, infusing the greige with a sophisticated pop in every corner. To learn more about Marika Meyer, visit her website.