Published at Tuesday, December 06th 2016, 00:57:03 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. With a new school year upon us, now is the perfect time to give that teen lair an overhaul – and hopefully eke out a bit of quality bonding time in the process. To make this a successful decorating experience, it helps to keep an open mind about your teen's creative direction. Recognize that he or she has good ideas, and at the same time set clear limits that work for you (a project budget, paint but not wallpaper etc.) for results that will make both of you happy in the end. Start an ideabook and create a floor plan. Gather inspiration images and collect the best in an ideabook on Houzz. Just looking at all the images together should help clarify what your son or daughter wants. Once you have the general style nailed down, sketch out ideas for the new floor plan. A taller‐than‐average bedside table can do double duty as a desk – a great space saver in a small room. Also, think about adding a focal point over the headboard. A quirky sculpture, artwork or a pretty textile are all good choices. Just be sure anything that could fall on the bed is very well secured and not too heavy. Think about color and lighting. Once you know the look you are after, it's time to think about paint. Use extra‐large paint swatches or get sample‐size amounts to try out colors directly on the wall before buying enough for the whole room to avoid a misstep. Lighting can instantly make the biggest change in a room, so now is also the time to create a lighting plan. Add ambience with café lights strung across the ceiling, install a dimmer switch for an overhead fixture and don't forget proper task lighting for the homework area.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:03:56 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Streamline media storage. How up to date is your media collection? If you have cupboards crammed with old VHS tapes or hundreds of jewel cases for CDs that are already loaded into your computer and other devices, it is high time to purge the old stuff. For discs you do want to keep, save space by removing them from the case and slipping the discs inside a binder made for the purpose. Just one or two media binders can hold hundreds of CDs, DVDs and Blu‐ray discs.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:03:23 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. An assortment of books. One of the most enjoyable pastimes when visiting someone else's home is rummaging through their book collection. Whether you have a full wall of shelving or a slender cabinet or case, stock it with a variety of reading material that appeals to all tastes: mysteries, bestsellers, nonfiction, short stories and more. Don't forget to add bedside lamps or reading lights, as well as a cushy spot in which to curl up. A folding luggage stand. This hotel‐inspired touch saves guests from having to squat all the way to the floor to rifle through their suitcases. Stash it in the closet when you're not expecting company or leave it open as a design detail. Here it takes the place of a bench at the foot of the bed. Piles of pillows. Some like them flat, some like them fluffy. Some prefer down, while others sneeze at the mere thought. Keep an assortment of pillows on hand to satisfy guests' individual tastes. And while you're at it, invest in a couple of good blankets (one light, one heavy) and the best bed linens you can afford. Hooks and hangers. Unlike you, your guests don't have a designated spot in your home to tuck away purses and hang car keys. Make it easy for them by mounting hooks and wall racks (might we suggest the Eames Hang‐It‐All?). And make sure that there are plenty of coat hangers in a closet or an armoire.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:03:08 AM by Rosetta Loreta. 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 Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:02:40 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bedroom. Antique and modern accents pay tribute to tailoring. The globe is an 18th‐century sewing table, and the framed piece above is a shirt made out of a folded map of London. Dittmar designed custom bedding and pillows to conjure the crisp look of ties and pocket squares. From show house to your house: If you're stuck in a decorating rut, try playing with a theme in one of your bedrooms. It can be something bold – like a sports‐theme kid's room – or something more subtle, like Dittmar's design. But by giving yourself a path to follow, you'll have less trouble deciding on what pieces to use. The amazing art installation in this bathroom is by artist Michele Pred, who uses airport‐confiscated scissors and knives in much of her work. The design team worked with Pred to create a specific installation for this space – a bathtub full of silver scissors snagged by the Transportation Security Administration.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:02:17 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Plantation shutters. These elegant window dressings have become the perfect solution for metropolitan homeowners who don't want sheer curtains but aren't keen on passersby snooping, either. Here their crisp, clean lines and white color add to the room's bright, breezy feel. The other plus, of course, is undeniable curb appeal.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:01:17 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Creating an area above a large bed for childhood keepsakes, trinkets and books will make the room feel more cozy and childlike. If you're worried about a big bed taking up too much space, consider painting the wall behind the bed a nice dark color. This will give the illusion of depth and make the room appear larger. Another great trick to add the illusion of space is to use lots of mirrors. I love the brightness the two mirrors flanking this large bed bring to the room. If you have the square footage, lining the walls with multiple queen‐size beds is a great way to sleep a crowd. This room is perfect for slumber parties and late‐night pillow fights. This space looks like it was just transformed into a more mature design. The map keeps it playful, but you'll be happy to hang on to the furniture long after your child has left for college. When choosing furniture, go for timeless, clean pieces your child will be happy to keep well into adulthood. Keeping the room colorful, as with this bright pink accent wall, will prevent the space from becoming too grown‐up. This cute nautical‐themed room would be great for a growing boy. The materials and patterns feel youthful but classic, so it works as an instant guest room when necessary.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:00:46 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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.