Eloise has a passion for color - bold, bright colors to be exact.... Her kitchen is a testament to her color craze from the lime green walls down to the tangerine and cobalt stools at the counter. Even her dog dishes are delicious shades of this color combo. A lemon yellow accent wall adds some warmth to the overall modern feel.
This kitchen seems to be suffering from a bit of a brown overload. With the combination of wood cabinetry and hardwood floors, plus the black appliances and dark green paint, this kitchen is looking a little dark. Isn't it amazing what a little white paint can do? Of course, it's a lot more than just a little white paint at work here. Over the span of one month Jessie, from the blog Imperfectly Polished, transformed this kitchen with a lot of little touches. There's the subway tile backsplash, the DIY concrete counter tops, and the addition of beadboard to the ends of the cabinetry. The addition of the concrete counter tops and beadboard do as much to spruce up this kitchen as painting the cabinetry. The beadboard has a way of making the sides of the cabinetry and island look finished. The concrete counter tops? Well, they're just plain pretty - and in a sea of granite counter tops, the concrete is a welcome change! To see many, many more photos of Jessie's kitchen renovation, check out her blog: Imperfectly Polished: The Big Kitchen Reveal.
Q: I just moved into a home filled with beautiful, original dark wood molding. I'm itching to paint my dining room in a dark moody color like charcoal or even black. Have you ever seen this successfully done? Can you go dark with dark molding? Editor: What do you think about dark paint with dark wood molding? Share your thoughts and suggestions with Kim in the comments below....thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Thanks for your interest, and stay tuned for the winner announcement later this week. For this week's Giveaway, we've got an extra-special treat: Ferm Living is offering AT readers the chance to win a wall sticker of their choice. Click below the jump to see how to enter and read the rules .... How to Enter: To enter this Thursday Giveaway, please submit a comment below with the design - name and color - that you want to win. The contest begins today and ends on Monday, January 14, at 11:59 PM ET. We will choose one winner at random. Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A Sweepstakes winner's failure to respond to the prize notification within the specified three business days will be considered such Sweepstakes winner's forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older to enter. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize. To receive a complete list of winners or a copy of the Official Sweepstakes Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Apartment Therapy, 22 Howard Street #4i, New York, NY 10013.
Black and white and gold is a striking color combination, and nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. Gold fixtures in the bathroom is a look we're seeing more and more of, and paired with a black and white color scheme, they add a pleasing bit of drama to a humble space. Above: A black ceiling, black door, and encaustic tile floor add delicious drama to a bathroom spotted on Desire to Inspire. We love the look of a traditional bathroom, and in this one, a black tub adds just the right amount of gravitas. A black bathroom with white and gold accents from Godrich Interiors. Here's a stylish bathroom transformation from Curbly with that same cement tile. A traditionally styled bathroom with a black wainscot from Design Sponge. White hex tile, gold fixtures, and black accents come together beautifully in a bathroom spotted on Dustjacket Attic.
As someone not-at-all gifted in the art of sleeping, I take all the help I can get, and often sleep with a little muslin lavender sachet under my pillow. It's organic and I think it helps, but it's not cute. Or sexy, or stylish, or any of the things I'd like my bed and all its accessories to be. All of the lavender- and hops-filled pillows you see above are from Etsy, with the exception of the lamb's wool heart, and though I like them all I'm definitely partial to the sailor and the knitter by Ana Raimundo. His & hers, or hers & hers since there's an amazing colorful version of the knitter available! For those of you with sewing skills and hops &/or lavender growing in your garden, this would be a simple project with so much style potential. Perhaps this Sleeping Beauty fabric from Japan would come in handy? There are instructions for a hops pillow over at The Herbwife's Kitchen and a lavender pillow tutorial thanks to Lavender Bee Farm.
Platforms may not be the first solution we go to when it comes to separating a room, but they really do a bang-up job when it comes down to it. Not only do they give homes-lofts, especially-some needed interest with the varying levels, but you can also take advantage of possible storage space underneath. Even if you don't have the time to build your own platform, you can save space by installing a ledge for a desk instead of a bulky desk. This is perfect for people who don't have to store piles of files-but if you do need a cabinet, you can slide one underneath, customizing how much storage space you actually need. Another great example of a custom desk ledge is from my dear friends Monika and Loren: They created their shared home office area in the mezzanine of their Oakland loft by adding a ledge underneath the existing one, creating a split-level desk. They divided the work stations by stowing the computer towers, a scanner, and even a small storage locker in between their respective areas. If you haven't seen the rest of Monika and Loren's house tour, go check it out here.
Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen has been up at New York City's Museum of Modern Art since September, but it took me until this past weekend to finally see it. For a cook and a lover of thoughtful design, this exhibit goes deep, so I ended up going back a second time in order to take it all in.... My Trip to MOMA's Design and the Modern Kitchen Exhibit.
The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood-just another reason we're adding 'Kitchen renovation' to our home wish lists. The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. I'm now convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen. If you're a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don't have to stop there-extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tiles keep the look fresh. In this New Zealand home by MRTN Architects featured on Design Milk, pale wood cabinets join forces with black hardware for a striking study in contrasts. In this deVOL kitchen, natural slated cabinet fronts sit beside those with a dark wood stain. While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel-tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in Swoon Edition's showroom, above.
On our way over to Granada Hills to shoot a MidCentury residence, we caught a glimpse of a structure that was obviously much, much different from its surrounding neighbors.... Just off of Woodley Ave. In north most reaches of Granada Hills, close to the second biggest public park in Los Angeles, is your everyday suburban neighborhood filled with postwar, single house dwellings intermixed with newer tract homes. 'According to our House Tour contact, his neighbors began converting their post war 1950's single story home into a Victorian'eyesore' over the years because his wife had always dreamt of living in one as a child. So the husband spent years converting and adding architectural elements, initially all by himself, painting the exterior with colours that seem more San Francisco Haight Ashbury than San Fernando suburbs. It's still not complete from the looks of things, and we were disappointed to discover nobody was home when we rang the doorbell. No, I wouldn't personally want my own home to look like this, but I can respect that this person wanted something different...much different. It's a totally unexpected, individualistic and colourful ode to their own dreams. Growing up just a few miles away, I know the Valley is mostly about 'fitting in', and I'm quite proud someone had the gumption to follow their architectural dreams, irregardless of property value worries.
Two pounds of pages and pages of day-glo space age decor. Robert Harling's 1971 Modern Furniture and Decoration is a flashback exploration of the plastic fantastic era in all its eye squinting inducing glory. There's something really wonderful about how adventurous interior decorators and furniture designers set out to be in the late 60's and early 70's. Acrylic, fiberglass, moulded plastics and organic geometrics were boldly paired with primary colours that still resonate today as being 'Modern'. Love it or hate it, this book's 208 pages are filled with unforgettable interiors. If you've got a great decor photo/image or design idea from an out-of-print source, please send it to la(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com, including the title and publication information. Not sure about the geometric bedding that matches the wallpaper, but I love the bed with low matching side tables. The setting totally screams 'Coffee, tea or me?'. I think Kelly Wearstler purchased this loveseat and made an outfit with the Pucci print upholstery.
A good friend was recently telling us that she'd love to create a big piece of wall art for her boys' room, and we enthusiastically promoted the idea of a tree mural or some other kind of tree art. What we love about this idea is that it's gender-neutral, it can be adapted in fun ways to reflect the changing seasons, and it can even incorporate creative storage solutions.