Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:38:46 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Composting toilets. Composting toilets, which use little or no water, are ready for the mainstream with smart systems that can look like conventional toilets (save for missing the water tank). Manufacturers like Clivus Multrum and Sun‐Mar offer centralized systems that have remote tanks for the waste. The tanks can be sized so that minimal attention is required.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:21 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Living Room. Choose bilevel furniture. Clear surfaces look great – but let's face it, they are hard to keep clear. One way to solve that problem is by picking out coffee and side tables with a lower shelf. You can spread out your stuff when you're home alone, and then stack it up and stash it on the bottom shelf when company comes.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:49:43 PM by Natzu Shimizu. 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.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:49:14 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. The diva isn't interested in the ordinary. She wants a bedroom that makes a statement as loud and clear as she does herself. Her eye is honed for unusual finds, like a fabulous antique headboard and a classic Louis chair stamped with a face and splashed in lime green. An eclectic space gets her creative juices flowing. Creating an impact is second nature to the diva. A room almost entirely in hot pink? The diva does not hesitate to approve a bold color scheme. In fact, why would she stop at the walls? The diva never goes halfway – she ensures that the ceiling is in on the act, too. A diva knows that a room in all black exudes edgy drama, so you'd better believe she is all for it. The diva knows the talents and ways of the past can teach her multitudes, so she is no stranger to antiques. She mixes them in accordingly, proud of her one‐of‐a‐kind finds.The diva travels all over the world, so she is not about to have a bedroom without an incredible view. If she's a superdiva, she likely has several of these bedrooms with a view in all sorts of spectacular places.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:30:05 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Decorative over‐the‐mantel mirror. It's the oldest interiors trick in the book. A striking over‐the‐mantel mirror gives even a supersnug living room a sense of space and light. However, don't settle for just any old mirror. For old‐school elegance, go for a Shabby Chic–style French‐looking piece with an ornate white plaster or gilt wooden frame. If you can afford to, get an original vintage mirror, complete with authentically aged silvering. If not, consider reproductions – they work a similar magic for less cash.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:46 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Accessories are seldom bought all at once. Often they are a mixture of new and old – they add character to your room and say as much about you as the colors and style you have chosen. However, don't underestimate their importance in styling or in practicality. A mismatched or incorrectly placed piece could destroy the look you have been trying to achieve or hinder your day‐to‐day use of the room. If you have a traditional bedroom, think vintage‐inspired accessories and textiles rather than chrome and high gloss. Go for crisp white cotton sheets with a statement throw and matching cushions, sparkling crystal and pretty flowers, vintage mirrors and lighting, and definitely some vintage rugs. A plush chair. If you have the space, make sure you have a comfy chair to retreat to when chaos reigns elsewhere in your home. I love the way the stripes used here reflect the light from the Venetian blinds. Stripes are a good choice for traditional styling and neutral colors suit both men and women. Stripes and florals were made for each other, so add a pretty floral cushion in matching tones and you'll have a spot you both love. Extra mirrors. Mirrors are a practical necessity in any bedroom, but try to think creatively when positioning them. The mirrors above the bedside tables here reflect the light from the window and will also look pretty when the bedside lamps are on. If your room isn't very wide, they'll also add depth. A posy vase. No traditional bedside table is complete without a posy vase. Fill it with fragrant sweet peas or simple country garden blooms, and they'll be sure to lift your spirits when the alarm goes off.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:38 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Solid neutrals. You can't miss with a pair of armchairs upholstered in natural linen and a light rug. Mixing patterns with the throw pillows brings a bit of interest to the room, but keeping them in the neutral range means they will all go effortlessly together.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:14 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Since the Victorian era, what we need in the bedroom has changed very little. We need essentially the same pieces – bed, bedside tables, clothes storage. And we like essentially the same aesthetic – comfortable, peaceful, even luxurious. Indeed, we may still find the fabrics and wallpapers of that period attractive. Victorian staples such as freestanding wardrobes, marble‐topped washstands and folding screens can be reinvented for modern bedrooms while still retaining the Victorian feel. Keep reading to learn how to turn a Victorian bedroom into a personal space you'll love spending time in. It's worth noting that Victorian ladies in their country houses often spent the entire morning in bed reading and writing letters. I'm not sure I'd get away with that, but if I did, I would want the finest linen and lace to surround me – just like them. Besides the bed, the wardrobe would undoubtedly be the largest piece of furniture in a Victorian bedroom. The most popular versions had a mirror in the center cupboard and double‐width storage on either side. Traditionally, wardrobes were made of dark varnished wood – a rather large and somber feature for today's tastes. But, you can often pick one up cheaply and achieve great effects by stripping and painting it. Although not always a four‐poster (even though they were popular), Victorian beds often had draperies made from light fabric, with matching curtains on the windows. Matching draperies and window dressing adorn this French‐inspired room, without the four‐poster bed. Note the screen in the corner – these were hugely popular in Victorian bedrooms. Traditionally used to hide unsightly items (or maybe for the lady to dress behind), the screen today serves as a wonderful way to change the contours of the room.