That's great - choosing to live small can be incredibly liberating, not to mention freeing up cash for other areas of your life. What do you do when your carefully-selected assortment of sofas, armchairs, coffee and side tables doesn't fit into your teeny-tiny new living room? Well, edit. The size, proportions or even the style can throw off an entire room, so you have to learn to think judiciously, especially in a small space. Choose your Seating WiselyIt's best to admit right off the bat that a smaller living room won't seat all your friends at once, and not try to cram in a sofa and multiple armchairs. The trick is to think about how you use the seating in your living room. A slim, wall-mounted television saves valuable space in a small living room. Coffee table vs. Side TablesI sometimes think that we've been conditioned to think that every living room needs a large coffee table front and center. A couple of small side tables, or better yet, a set of small nested tables, can do the job just as well in a smaller space. The shape of the room and the way traffic flows through it will dictate which table option works best in your space, but you probably don't need both. Light it UpIdeally a small living room would have a ceiling fixture, so choose a pendant which is both visually striking and gives off a lot of light.
It's a tricky space to strike the right lighting balance, thanks to the many different functions the living room serves. The first step when lighting any room is to ask yourself: what happens here? Different activities require different types and levels of light. A well-lit living room will have three different types of lighting: general, task and accent. These are used at different times of day and for different purposes, and key to a functional lighting scheme it to know how and when to mix and use them. Not all homes have a ceiling fitting in the living room, and if you have lots of natural light during the day, you might not need overhead light at all. If you watch TV in the living room, choose the surrounding lights carefully to avoid television glare. It can be distracting to have a bright overhead light above or in front of a TV set, so ensure ceiling lights are dimmable, or use offset wall sconces or floor lamps instead. Task. Specific task lighting, such as reading lamps, are important if you read frequently, have low levels of natural light, and especially if you ever work in your living room.
Initially we searched for a two bedroom, but in the neighborhood and building we wanted the price was not realistic. We found a beautiful one bedroom that we both absolutely love. Currently, we are both sleeping on separate air mattresses in the bedroom. We are ready and looking for permanent sleeping accommodations. My question is this: how can we decorate a medium sized shared bedroom for two young single women? We are looking to balance style, comfort, efficiency, and some personal space. Two fulls? Functional futons? Two queens? Is there a way our desk can stay in the bedroom? My online search for design ideas for a two adult shared bedroom proved futile. Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
Browsing Core77 this morning, Ian Walton's designs for Sleeve sparked a thought on the rise of the handle-free, insulated coffee mug. Are we so used to Starbuck's and coffee-to-go, that old fashioned mugs are losing steam? Jay Sorensen invented the Java Jacket in 1993 and in the past three years, Bodum continues to expand their already extensive line of double-walled glasses.... I know I've seen other examples of mugs and glasses that fall into this category...any referals would be appreciated!-aaron.
Hello AT,My in-laws have been kind enough to offer to purchase bedroom furniture for my husband and myself. They want us to buy a 'Bedroom set' that we will use throughout the rest of our marriage. Problem is, I dislike matchy - matchy furniture sets. I'm trying to put together combinations of good-quality pieces that relate to each other without matching the whole room. The Room & Board Portica Canopy bed is a contender, paired with the Calvin five-and six-drawer dressers in Mocha finish. We're also fans of the Lexington bed from R&B. We don't yet have a color scheme, but love dark warm-grays, pale blues, and printed Dwell linens as potential accents. Our style is modern, but I'd love to warm it up a la the 'Boutique hotel' look in Vanessa's home. Any suggestions on the combination mentioned above, or any others? Any ideas of night stands or tables that would coordinate well? Laura- I really like the idea of mixing different materials together ie wood and steel. I like the canopy bed you chose that could look great with these side tables from West Elm or these from Jonathan Adler.
Ok, so we're probably not all as brave as Jungalow queen Justina Blakeney when it comes to pulling a room together based on prints and patterns. For Justina, the art seems effortless: throw multiple unexpected prints together, add a plant and poof! Magic. Take her dining room for instance: the composition is pretty straightforward, but the bold elements come together to reveal a perfect pattern-on-pattern extravaganza! Here's how to get the look for a high and low budget. This room would be nothing without Justina's own Aja wallpaper in Aubergine for Hygge & West, but at $190 a roll, it's certainly a splurge. If cloaking the whole room in the wallpaper is just not within your means, try framing large pieces of the wallpaper to hang above the buffet. For the 'High' look-which comes in a little under $5,000-vintage Panton dining chairs are also pricey, but look-a-likes are aplenty in the market for a lower budget. The fun and funky accessories, like the vintage pendant light, striped curtains, folk dolls and pompom charms are all relatively affordable and really give life to the space, so they make an appearance in both collages. Overall, this room works because of the tight color palette: warm golds, mustards and browns are balance by bright white furnishings with smatterings of earthy greens.
Tipped off by our mom, we hereby post a good resource for your NYC radiator woes. Started in 1990 by Tom and Peg Kennedy, who found wood radiator covers WAY too expensive, The Wooden Radiator Company offers three general styles at affordable prices. They have also recently added bookcases and baseboard covers to match. While modernistas may not find these designs immediately pleasing, The Wooden Radiator Company can paint, stain or tone down their designs to fit in with most decors and the shaker is pretty plain. The covers are strong enough to stand on and the finishes are heat resistant. Orders can be transmitted online, by fax or in person in the cities that they visit. They make the rounds of the Northeast every few months and are in NYC this month.
COLOR INSPIRATION: I love gray as a neutral, especially when I have an affinity for the brown of hardwood floors and the 70s/80s accessories that reflect my home as a kid. GO TO MICHELLE'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!
Despite all that islands already do, there a still more ways to increase their usefulness and visual appeal in the kitchen. Above, the brass bar for kitchen towels is a great addition to this table-turned-kitchen-island from Petal & Ply. If you have a stand-alone island, stick it on some casters to get a moveable and versatile work space. Adding pegboard lets you eke out more storage from your existing kitchen. Jen of The Chronicles of Home added affordable molding to her kitchen island before painting it bright white, and now it looks custom and complete. A previously basic white island seen on Remodelaholic got the shiplap treatment, capped off by some decorative corbels. This island was original made from wood and conduit pipe, but the owner added hooks underneath the counter for hanging pots and pans. Serena & Lily styled this kitchen island with wallpaper panels to make it more stylish and interesting.