We're big fans of bold color and pattern, especially in small spaces. Bringing a kick of color or a punch of pattern into the room adds vibrancy-which we often need in the morning! Here are some of our favorite ways to add some impact to your bathroom. The room above, designed by Cynthia Rowley, was featured in Elle Décor in October 2008. Too commitment-phobic to paint, wallpaper or tile? This room in Livingetc shows the impact of a bold, colorful piece of furniture coupled with a large piece of bright artwork. Livingetc also features this room that is punctuated by a bold, colorful wallpaper. This stunning tile work shown in Livingetc shows what a little ingenuity with ceramic, glass or other types of tile can do on the bathroom walls. ReadyMade has a great instructable on creating a faux-bois painted finish to a bathroom wall.
Most days we're all about brightening up your tech centric rooms, but there's something to be said about using a rich and dark color to contrast the bright glow coming from your computer monitor. This space, found over at Design*Sponge, is where LA-based jewelry maker Melissa McClure does her work. The deep gray matched with the light wood hues from the drafting chair and corkboard give this space a refined look. While dark rooms can get depressing, there's something about this color tone that makes the space feel cozy - a space you'd want to curl up on a overstuffed chair, a good read, and a roaring fire. Maybe that's where Melissa transports herself to when she's working long hours on her jewelry line.
Is the era of the 'Kitchen table' gone? We think not but the interpretation of it sure has changed for most small space dwellers. In homes and apartments with a small footprint and potentially no eat-in-kitchen, the look of the dinner table may not resemble the one you grew up with using. Instead it.... ...is created to suit your needs in your small space. Our 'Kitchen table' is actually a large round coffee table. We don't have any room in our kitchen for a kitchen table. We tend to eat most of our meals lounging by the couch because it's comfy. We set it up with place mats and all that good stuff and enjoy dinnertime in our small space. How about your, AT? Where is your 'Kitchen table' located?
Elaine wrote in just in time for the end of Bathroom Month. I thought I'd send some photos of the typical SF flat split bath set-up. One of the few side benefits of a recent apartment fire that stranded me for 6 months was my landlord let me pick the new paint colors for my entire 11 room flat.... ...I went wild with a pink sherbet in the tiny, sunny lavatory and periwinkle blue shower room.
Changing tastes in decor and design, varying needs and the act of just LIVING in a space keeps things from remaining static. Some rooms evolve more quickly and more dramatically than others, such as the living room of furniture enthusiast T A Stevick. This current set up involves a Goetz sofa, Bonaldo Spoon chaises, a Frankl table and classic Eames and Bertoia chairs. November 2006 - Q Chaises by Karim Rashid and a line-up of mod chairs. We like the idea of living room as gallery with an ever changing exhibition - not easy to pull off, but clearly a nice way to enjoy your home!
Regardless of whether you work on a computer or do other activities at your desk, you probably at some point in the day need a little task lighting. We're not sure why, but sometimes we tire of typical 'Office-y' looking desk lamps and crave cuter, smaller lights with personality. Last week I chronicled some of my personal small space struggles, showing you a photo of my own 'Office corner.' My favorite part is a thrift store find of a tiny little lamp. If you work primarily on the computer, you probably rarely need a light with adjustable arms or high-wattage bulbs to help you see papers. Like us, you might only need a soft glow from a small lamp to help illuminate your desk at night. These 9 lamps do just that: they're small, stylish and the perfect addition to a desk when looking for a little bit of simple light! Do you use a lamp at your desk? If so what kind? What do you think of these stylish and small desk lamps, and what are your own suggestions?
Before Fall Colors starts, we just wanted to get this black wall out of our system. We're loving the idea of using black on bumpy, imperfect walls like the ones pictured here.... Black also seems soothing and mellow - a perfectly suitable finish for a bedroom. We would lose the majority of those pillows on the bed, but otherwise we like this room very much. The white cove wrapping down from the ceiling helps a lot to lighten the weight of the black walls. What do you think? Could you go with black in any particular room of your home?
A lot of people use accessories to infuse pops of color into rooms and keep the main furniture pieces more neutral, perhaps with wood or mirrored textures. We also love seeing rooms that incorporate color by choosing bright and bold colored furniture and keeping the accents more neutral. When we spotted this interesting and bright orange buffet, we thought it would be a great color piece in a room. Check out a few more colored furniture pieces that can be inspiration for your home after the jump.
Unconventional apartments and small layouts often make built-in furniture the best choice. We live in a loft, so finding furniture that works can be difficult especially when trying to make use of the high ceilings or narrow hallways. We came across this simple built-in sideboard and love the effect. The sideboard added a very different feel to this room. The knotty pine wall has a little bit of a country feel, but the modern lines of the built-in sideboard balance it out. We love the storage area with custom under-shelf lighting. If it was in our home, we would make the shelf much longer as we need more storage space. Overall it doesn't look difficult and could be a great DIY project.
The contractor we consulted told us, in a sense, that the house was built around the tub and that we would literally have to take our house apart to move it. Since we are stuck with this tub, what colors can we use along with this tub to help update it? I have a picture of the 1950's ad of our exact tub. Editor: That is a big, blue tub! As a renter of a smurf-blue bathroom, I'd like to recommend a sunny yellow-orange color to brighten the room and act complementary to the blue.
Aniko's living room certainly wasn't awful, but it didn't feel like her. From Aniko: Our poor little family room went through multiple stages since we've lived in the house. I tried decorating it many different ways, but we haven't done any major projects in the room. It's a fairly small room and when we moved in years ago, we purchased a huge media center that just made it almost impossible to decorate the room the way I wanted. So I decided to take the plunge and redo our family room. The beautiful white built-ins and the white fireplace alone transformed this room to be a whole new airy space. I added lots textures, layers and of course, pop of colors to create a cozy, eclectic room.
Patrick's window was being worked on while I was there. While it was freezing outside, I was in the Bloomingdale's windows testing out their internet connection and checking on the installation of Jane, Patrick and Curtis' window displays. They're being installed, Apartment Therapy style, right now and should be done by tonight.... You can follow it all right here, www. The openings to the window are hidden in the store and locked when installation isn't going on. One of the entrances is right here through the Marc Jacob's store. Getting closer! The windows are a lot smaller than you expect. This is Curtis' incredible paint by numbers wall already installed. This is the TV screen that will be showing our site live and keeping track of the window voting for the next two weeks Jane's window is the most done already.
Not to be confused with these Lunchbots, LunchBots offer an alternative to plastic for food on-the-go. Perfect for school lunches, it's summertime so we're thinking this could be our new vade mecum for toting snacks or lunch to the playground or park. We're fans of stainless steel for health reasons, but also because we tend to toss everything into our stroller basket where it often emerges bent, contorted or otherwise damaged so the durability of stainless steel would be a big bonus in our lives. LunchBots come in three sizes, two of which are divided. They range in price from $13-$17. LunchBots are not water tight so save the soup for your thermos.