After buying a house, there are often two lists: fix now and fix someday. The textured acoustic ceiling tiles in our bedroom fall into the latter category. They're not that big of a deal, yet I still lay in bed every night, staring up at them with contempt, wondering why the previous owners made my cozy sleeping space feel like a third-grade classroom. I was told it wouldn't be too expensive to have drywall installed. I've also thought about putting in wood paneling. This is all down the line and until then, I just have to live with my strange ceiling. Unless someone knows of a clever and temporary DIY solution, that is. I've toyed with taping fabric or some kind of pretty paper over the tiles, but I'm not sure if that's safe. To be honest, I don't really understand why the ceiling tiles are even there. Readers: Have you removed acoustic ceiling tiles or did you just leave them be? You were so helpful with bungalow paint colors that I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
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Q: My home was designed with a very narrow dining space between the living room and kitchen. At 9ft by 9ft and it is simply too narrow for our dining room table. We have moved the table to the much larger family room around the corner and enjoy using the 'Dining space' for an office/library. Any suggestions for how to make it an attractive, comfortable and functional extension of the living room? While we're at it, any advice on the very open kitchen? Rug suggestions? Should I paint the cabinets white? Editor: Let Megan know what you think in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
We like cozy office spaces that invite you in and Dora's nook does just that. Small but still communicates style and personality.... Dora has everything she needs at her fingertips. Taking her projects off the desk top results in a clean look and extra space when working. Instead of going for a sleek, clear magazine holder, Dora opted for the milky white color which lends to her homey vibe. By simply taking a white IKEA chair, she adds warmth by stacking a powder blue pillow on top to match the soft color palette. Office supplies are corralled in mugs and a pop of pink in a ceramic pitcher. We love how Dora has edited her office space to just the basics-essential in keeping a small office clutter-free.
Whether you're lucky enough to have the space for a formal dining room or just have a cozy dining area that you carved out of your living space, it's nice to have a place for friends and family to gather over a great meal. There's something about this eclectic space full of warm rustic woods and friendly boho colors that will have you sitting here all night with good food and friends. This room from Inside Out doesn't have much to it but it's full of warm woods and playful pops of color to make it a very welcoming dining space for both casual family eats or playing hostess with friends.
While you are no doubt aware that subway tile backsplashes in the kitchen are currently freakishly popular, we're here to show you something a little different. If you want to add some showstopping color to your kitchen, look no further than these inspiration photos. Above: a colorful geometric tile backsplash livens up the minimal kitchen of the beautiful Moroccan home we featured yesterday. The home's owners, who also own a tile company, made liberal use of tile throughout, and the kitchen is no exception. Encaustic tile looks lovely in a bohemian kitchen from Milk Magazine. If you're not afraid of pattern, why not carry a bold design from the backsplash all the way to the floor? Kitchen by Shubin + Donaldson. A more traditional pattern makes a nice counterpoint to a contemporary kitchen. Finally, so nice we had to picture it twice: a geometric backsplash in a Scandinavian kitchen. Of course the rest of the kitchen is lovely as well, but it's that backsplash that really steals the show.
The thought of cleaning leather can be very intimidating. It is considered a high end textile and usually sold as such, so tackling stains yourself seems scary. Depending on the type and size of stain, try out our all-natural, two-ingredient cleaning paste before calling in the pros. Start by mixing 1 part lemon juice with 1 part cream of tartar to make a paste. Find an inconspicuous area to test out the paste to be sure it won't discolor your leather. I tried this on a few different colors of leather and didn't have any issues, although it is always best to try it on your specific piece first. Apply the mixture to the stained area of your leather by working it around with small circular movements of the cloth.
If we smushed a La-z-boy and the Eames Lounge chair into one piece, we suspect it would look a little like this Danish Modern Lounge Chair. This could be a cozy addition to your den, perfect for reading a book or plotting world domination-all for $375! Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF..
If there is one thing I never tire of while working with children's design every day, it's seeing new Scandinavian-style children's rooms. They seem so fresh to my American eyes, so different from the character-driven or über modern bedrooms I'm used to here. Learn to let go and embrace serendipity like in Polly's Bold & Colorful Retro Room above. That is, begin with white walls! A clean white palette is almost always the backdrop for a chic Scandinavian-style kid's room, as seen here in Leif's Modern Victorian. In Indigo's Hyggelig Nook, colorful vintage pieces pair beautifully with an old patchwork quilt. Renew the old china hutch with a fresh coat of white paint and voila! Wardrobe. Bold graphic artwork, spotted pillows, a vintage chalkboard or a striped rug, as seen in Arden's White & Black Wonderland provide an excellent backdrop for all the chaos that comes with kid stuff. IKEA, Fine Little Day, Ferm Living and even the current collection at Target are good resources. Add children's artwork, graphic prints, vintage toys. The look overall will have an heirloom quality paired with happy brights and good lines.