In a small space storage is almost always at a premium and before you know it, it can get filled up with an extra quilt, clothes you never wear and that lamp you haven't figured out how to work into the living room. The truth is that the more you can fit behind closed doors, the more space you gain out in the open. Oftentimes a bedroom closet has to do triple duty holding clothes, shoes, bags, blankets and linens. We had a closet that had a 9 foot ceiling but only had one shelf right above the clothes rod. Like these undershelf baskets that can help add space in the kitchen, the bathroom or even your clothes closet. If you have a real collection of shoes that is taking up space in the closet, consider moving them out and putting them on display. If things are stored up high or you haven't moved in a couple of years, it's easy to forget what's in those boxes on that shelf in the...linen closet? Make sure to do regular clear outs. If you need more closet space, it's time to make some decisions.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (and the Cabinets, and the. Name: Jaclyn Location: Park Slope - Brooklyn, New York We are a young married couple living in Park Slope Brooklyn, trying to survive in New York, and our one bedroom apartment is.
Hello AT,. Is there any way to make this bed look more modern or contempary? Email questions & pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: sf(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)comLink To All Good Questions. We'd try painting the whole bed frame white and then dessing the bed simply, in a neutral palette, to move it towards a more modern, minimal look. Think of a loft or gallery space: with all the architectural details painted the same shade as the walls, the room quiets down and becomes a canvas for other things. Treated similarly the detail work on your bed won't disappear, but it will lose visual importance.
Q: Hello, my 16-year-old daughter is moving in with me and we are VERY budgeted! A friend of mine gave me an older 1980's style American Drew brand bedroom set. It is outdated and I need some advice on how to snazzy this up for her. I'm thinking maybe paint but not just boring old paint. The style isn't very cool but maybe with the right touch it could be cute! I'm not very creative so pleeease help... walls are light aqua color and she wants a zebra stripe comforter and I'm thinking accent with black accessories...any advice? Editor: My vote is to paint it white and let the other decor in the room be more creative. White paint will give it an instant update and also keep it flexible to be used as a possible guest room in a few years when your daughter leaves home. Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here with the subject line: Good Question.
Since we're talking about dining rooms this month, we have to re-post another favorite. Ever since we first saw this photo in a book ages ago, we've loved it. The whimsical circus-type lights, the industrial pendants, the vintage poster, the huge table, the vintage chairs, the Jielde lamp.... It makes us wish we lived in a funky old apartment where we could do something similar.
The semi-annual warehouse sale is going on at Odegard next week! I made it out to the spring sale and was not disappointed.... Odegard's lush handmade wool rugs are sold at about 80% off at these warehouse sales, alongside a small selection of Fortuny lighting and furnishings. The sale is open to the trade only on Monday, November 13 and to the public on Tuesday, November 14 through Sunday, November 19.
We must have pink on the brain here in LA. But we just couldn't resist this Valentine's Day palette we saw on Marie Claire Maison. We've never had the guts to go pink, always fearing it would be too little girl.... Plus we tend to favor cooler tones of blue and green on our walls. With dark red accents, a hint of blue and some orange accessories, we're struck by how decidedly un-little-girl the pink feels. There's no better way to warm up our unnaturally cold apartment than with these warm inviting tones. What do you think? Would you consider a pink palette like this? Have you taken a risk on a color you weren't sure about only to be thrilled with the outcome? What's the biggest risk you've taken? Worst disaster?
Pink and blue and very, very 50's! No baby colors here, just bright bubblegum pink and electric blue for hepcat nurseries. These retro chairs are by Red Vanilla, and both versions are piped with white and sit atop shiny stainless steel legs. 'Made of vinyl, these chairs have cushy seats, with a classic square back and arms rounded like the fins on a classic car. Both are sized for smaller people - they measure 17' deep, 18' wide, and 20' high, making them suitable for an age range of about 18 months to 6 years old. Are 50's inspired chairs everybody's idea of design bliss? Probably not. If they are yours, these chairs are $160.00, and ship in about 2-3 weeks.
Is because we wear gray all the time and we're looking for something to mix it up? Or maybe it's a harbinger of spring? Or could it be a friend's child's obsession with Curious George and his patron? Whatever it is, we're currently having a yellow moment. Which is why these yellow floors we saw on Bloesem were so arresting and unexpected in an otherwise neutral room. More ways to incorporate yellow, after the jump.... Most likely it's the fact that we're about to paint over our living room's yellow walls. When yellow lines the hallway, you can be sure that a home filled with good food, good friends and good conversation is at the end. Grey and yellow is one of our favorite combinations whether it's the walls that are yellow and the furnishing grey or vis versa.... This much yellow is definitely a commitment. You cannot be shy and have a room that rocks this bright a colour. Aubergine aka eggplant or deep black purple and yellow is a sophisticated and sexy combination. To brighten up these dark times, how about bringing a touch of yellow into your home and creating your own bit of sunshine? It can be a simple as a bowl of lemons, a bright teapot or a wall on one end of your living room. Or try throwing yellow into an otherwise neutral and subdued room with a bright pillow, a throw or a bunch of sunny daffodils.
For today's color combo, we thought we'd start with black and white, then spin the wheel for bold accent colors. We love the way yellow offsets the high-contrast scheme in this room, so we went on a search for other cool rooms that do the same using orange, purple, green, blue, red, and pink.... Black, White, and just a tiny bit of Red: Vitra.
A while back we took a look at Apartment Bathrooms from Around the World which was fun to put together, but is was not necessarily a group of 'Style conscious' rooms. We decided to go for another 'round the world type post, but this time, go for a geographically varied group of rooms that all show an eye for design. We dove into Normal Room this afternoon and were not disappointed with what we found - we're always amazed at all the countries represented on the site. All photos found on Normal Room, a site where people from across the globe post photos of their own 'Normal' rooms - endlessly interesting!
This WAS the dining room...now, granted it's not the best photo, but the design minuses are clear to see. It's dark, oddly too formal and just generally blah...but not any more! Click below for the really well executed, colorful, sunny update - the transformation is fantastic. So inviting! A nice modernization and refresh to a room that really needed a makeover. We'd love to hear more from you, Maggie - paint colors, light fixture, furniture, all the details - don't keep us in suspense.....
Just came back from Brooklyn, where I was being shot with a selection of five smallish modern sofas that I'm reviewing for Dwell Magazine's Small Spaces Issue coming up in September. The set was HUGE and the photographer was a fellow named Jim Bastardo, who shoots all of DWR's catalogs. I took some pics, and will only show you only one sofa. Can you guess what it is? Can you guess the other four?
Found through Japanese retailer Hiromatsu, but unfortunately not yet available in the U.S., these Sono chests of drawers seem like the perfect prototype for an adventurous DIYer. The striped pattern conceals varying depths of drawers and, in some cases, hides a flat cabinet door. If you're looking for ways to update an old dresser, this pattern of narrow stripes is more flexible that it seems.... The stripes conceal cabinets and drawers of different sizes. Wood stains in varying warm tones tie the color palette together. The repetitive pattern creates a trim, tailored look. For a similar look, we'd use painters tape to section off narrow stripes on a plain, flat-fronted chest of drawers, then center knobs between each stripe. The chest will seem like it houses several small drawers rather than a few big ones, creating a patterned effect.