Published at Tuesday, December 06th 2016, 00:57:03 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Decide which furniture to keep. As you are going through the room, note which pieces you want to keep and which will be sold or given away. But before buying anything new, consider updating existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs, and look around the rest of the house (including in the attic and the basement) for forgotten treasures. Shop for new items. Look for pieces that can also be used in a first apartment (or dorm room) to get the most bang for your buck. Small side tables, cushions, throw blankets, lamps, and small‐scale armchairs will all be most welcome in those first digs away from home. Go on a "cool junk" hunt together. Make a date to hit a flea market or antiques and collectibles fair to see what you can find. Bring cash (only as much as you want to spend), measurements of key areas and a dolly or cart to carry home your finds. Wire storage lockers like the ones shown here are superversatile – use them for everything from shoes and scarves to craft supplies and books. Incorporate photos of friends. One of the downsides to taking mostly digital photos is that we tend to print photos less often. As part of this project, be sure to give your teen the opportunity to have some recent pictures printed – some to frame and others to tape up in a rotating display. Japanese masking tape (also called washi tape) comes in a mind‐boggling array of colors and patterns, is easily removable from most surfaces and can be used in tons of ways (like in the photo display seen here). A set would make a lovely gift for your teen when this project is complete. Try a small DIY project.
Published at Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 04:03:21 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Different stripes, same color. If you want something a bit spicier, try pairing your striped sofa with chairs upholstered in another striped fabric, but in the same hue. Varying the width of the stripes is easier on the eye, so aim for a mix of wide and narrow.
Published at Friday, March 24th 2017, 03:36:00 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Moroccan pouf. It's that age‐old problem: where to prop your feet when you're relaxing on the sofa? The obvious solution is a Moroccan leather pouf. Simple and compact, these versatile little seats work surprisingly well in a variety of settings, not just souk‐style rooms. Here a pair of brown leather poufs adds impact next to a plain corner sofa, complementing the sophisticated design scheme brilliantly.
Published at Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 22:25:24 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Keep a thoughtfully edited book collection. Books can be one of the great pleasures in life – staring at an overburdened bookcase with tomes spilling onto the floor is not. Aim to keep only the books you love and those you will read again, and let go of the rest. Your living room will thank you.
Published at Tuesday, March 21st 2017, 23:54:49 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Purple passion. This project was for a cooking school in Denver, but there's no reason you can't import purple into your home kitchen. "Katy Hume, the chef and owner of Stir Cooking School, has a contagious personality, and we wanted her vivacity to be portrayed within the design", says Momoko Morton of Naka Designs. "The interior therefore needed to be vibrant and rich in color".
Published at Monday, March 20th 2017, 12:10:36 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. This divided bath by Smith & Vansant Architects features white 3‐by‐6‐inch tiles in both the sink area and the shower area, though each room has its own style of floor tile. The headquarters of Schoolhouse Electric proves that subway tiles and gray grout aren't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Here they're used in an office space that celebrates timeless and minimalist style.
Published at Saturday, March 18th 2017, 08:48:03 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Layer your lighting. "In the last five years we've seen a huge change in the way that our clients look at kitchen lighting", notes Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath. "While function is still important, we now layer the lighting to give homeowners an extraordinary flexibility of effect. We routinely have seven levels of illumination: countertop and general lighting, under‐cabinet task lighting, over‐cabinet up lighting, accent cabinet lighting, some supporting sconce fixtures (mounted on walls or on cabinets), ceiling lighting and – to top it all off – a central accent fixture, usually something pretty and eye catching at the room's focal point".
Published at Thursday, March 16th 2017, 16:16:00 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Enough's enough. Take care not to plan for more shelves than you need. Asian‐style homes tend to display only the most thoughtfully selected items, so simple modern shelves that frame this fireplace top and bottom suit the space perfectly. Consider downlights as a way to give those display items pride of place.