Published at Thursday, May 25th 2017, 20:55:07 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Bright and breezy. This built‐in banquette needs little more than a small table and a couple of light‐colored chairs to complete a fine‐looking and functional kitchen nook. The window bench extends from the end of the kitchen cabinets to create an ideal space between two big windows. The banquette can also double as storage with a hinged lid seat covered by cushions.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:15:58 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Use fancy little trays to collect and curate your bath items; place a few bath oils and soaps on one, a cluster of votive candles on another. Potted plants are a wonderful way to add mystery and depth. Try ferns, orchids or a palm. Mood lighting is key for the spa escape look, so look beyond the standard choices for interesting light fixtures. I adore Moroccan hanging lanterns; hung alone or in a cluster, they add a big punch of style and cast an amazing glow. Cultivate the feel of a five‐star European hotel with rich materials, glossy finishes and a tightly edited black and white palette. Search vintage shops for a small glass‐front cabinet to use for towel storage. Paint it in the glossiest, darkest black you can find, then fill it with fluffy white towels.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:15:12 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Tuck it under a low ceiling. A sloped ceiling helps to occupy some of the visual space that a tall headboard and piles of pillows would. Buttress it with furniture. This bed backs up to an integrated shelf and bench unit that makes the long, narrow space seem snug. Orienting the bed against a wall also enhances the enveloping feel. Keep the scale large. In a tiny room, even a double or queen‐size bed will feel massive, and oversize scale translates to a feeling of comfort and warmth. You'll need enough room to walk on either side, so don't squeeze it in too tightly. Stay low to the ground. A mattress that sits on the floor feels just right for curling up and lounging. Frame it with a four‐poster. Without canopies, testers or other draped fabric treatments, four‐poster beds can feel wonderfully spare. This one provides a visual framework that helps to create a cozy sense of boundaries. Warm it with color. Vivid tomato red keeps this floating bed from feeling sterile. Layer in texture. Nubby, tactile linens and surfaces help to prevent a minimalist bed from feeling flat and one‐dimensional. Combine three or four textural yet comfortable elements, such as the woven rug, wooden planking and feathery plant in this space. Keep the color scheme basic to preserve the stripped‐down sensibility.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:15:03 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bedroom. The apartments in Olympic Village need to be a place where athletes can mentally, emotionally and physically prepare for the biggest sporting moments of their lives. Here's a peek into the sleeping quarters, common areas and open grounds where they're staying. Jonathan Edwards, Olympic gold medalist and chair of the Athletes' Committee within the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, worked with a panel of architects, interior designers and other athletes to implement additions in the apartments. Units range from one‐bedrooms to four‐ and five‐bedroom townhouses. A peek inside the bedrooms reveals Union Jack–clad standard beds that are 5 feet, 8 inches long. Basketball players, swimmers and others taller than that may request the superlong, extendable Olympic beds. Blackout shades provide privacy and optimum sleep conditions. For the first time in the games' history, there are lounges (pictured here) in each apartment, where athletes can watch TV, as well as large areas of green open space outside for them to relax in between events. Owning a piece – or a set – of Olympic history is within your reach when it comes to apartment furniture. Remains of the Games is already selling furnishings, fixtures and equipment to interested buyers. You can purchase what's called the Athletes' Bedroom 4‐Piece Set (including a bed, a mattress, a night table and a nightlight) for only $150. "So many people want a piece of the Olympics, and they're just mad about games memorabilia," says Paul Levin, a marketing executive at Remains of the Games.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:14:55 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Magic mirror reflects current technology. Another mirror concept coming soon to homes can be found already in stores. A specially made full‐length mirror superimposes clothing on your reflection, creating the illusion that you’re wearing the selected item of clothing. It’s an easy way to cycle through a large number of garments without wasting time trying them on. One example is the EON Interactive Mirror, which has already been installed in mall clothing stores.The system uses Microsoft’s Kinect technology, which was created for gaming and repurposed for retail marketing. As you can see, the illusion is pretty good.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:14:45 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bedroom. However, as I often remind myself, that's no reason to settle for sloppy sleeping quarters. Here's a step‐by‐step guide to a well‐dressed, pretty and polished bed. If you've got another great tip, share it in the Comments below! Break out the iron. If you're anything like me, you'd rather walk through Death Valley at high noon in a parka than put your iron to its intended use. (Full disclosure: The last time I unearthed mine, it had cobwebs on it.) But pressed linens are crisp linens, so face your nemesis. A standard ironing board is too small to handle sheets with ease – cover an inexpensive folding table, or even a large sheet of plywood, with heatproof foam or batting to give you more surface area to work with. Don't forget the bed skirt and shams while you're at it. Center and straighten the bedskirt. If your bed style doesn't require a skirt, you can skip this step, though you may want to invest in a box‐spring cover if your box spring is exposed. Pull the mattress pad smooth. Nothing ruins bedtime comfort faster than a lumpy bottom layer, and pads are notorious for bunching in the center of the bed. Tuck the fitted sheet tightly. For optimal fit, use an extra‐deep sheet if you have a pillow‐top or an especially tall mattress; otherwise a standard size should work fine. Pull it taut and tuck the edges beneath the mattress. Drape the flat sheet. Now the tricky part begins. Center the flat sheet on the bed, with equal overhang on either side. Align the top edge with the top edge of the mattress.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:14:34 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Pack a powerful punch. "We needed something bold and unexpected to create interest in this tiny, formerly drab powder room," says Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors. "This graphic packed the perfect punch".
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:09:32 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. I never had a headboard until I made my own. A few years ago I followed Real Simple's step‐by‐step instructions (reproduced here) and in one day created my very own custom‐made, special‐to‐me piece of furniture (or is it an accessory?) using a staple gun, some cut‐to‐order plywood, foam, batting, and a fabric scrap I picked up at my favorite upholstery shop. If I were more patient, I could have added upholstery nails for added glam. A headboard can really make the room. It's like a piece of jewelry for your bed and depending on what you do with it, it can also be a piece of art. All you need to make a grid of small covered panels is plywood, a staple gun, some batting and some good picture hangers. Her spectacular homemade headboard shows that choosing the right fabric makes all the difference. This was made in much the same way I made mine (plywood, staple gun, foam, batting and that stunning fabric), but with a fancier cut on the plywood. If that seems daunting just keep in mind that this would look amazing as a big rectangle too. Here's her very helpful how‐to. A trifold room screen – minus one panel – set on its side and painted. Voilà. An ornate wooden room screen makes a perfect, exotic headboard. A salvaged garden trellis give this pale room its shabby chic cherry on top. As with anything that has peeling paint, spray a piece like this with a sealant to keep potentially toxic flakes at bay before using it in your bedroom. This is a freight elevator door turned on its side (notice the "Danger" stencil). Consider going muted and simple on the headboard and a little wild on the wall. Here what's behind the headboard is just as important as the headboard itself.