Published at Wednesday, March 15th 2017, 04:11:16 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Put some "speed bumps" in your entry. If your front door opens directly into your living room, it's all too easy (especially at the end of a long day) to zoom through the entry and plop down on the sofa, leaving a trail of bags, shoes and mail as you go. Slow the pace of entry by putting in some strategically placed "speed bumps" along the way – a bench to sit on to take off your shoes, hooks and floating shelves on the wall, a sofa table with storage below and a tray for collecting mail can all help.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:46 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. A classic serpentine chest of drawers holds a crystal lamp, a small sculpture and fresh flowers. Also included here is a small piece of art in dreamy bedroom colors. Art does not have to be hung on a wall. Leaning small artworks against the wall provides a layered look. A step table is a great option beside a bed because it allows layers of surface area. A lamp, books, art, water and fresh flowers all fit on this versatile piece. Notice how the color of the step table adds to the room's palette. A petite tray table with a small drawer has just enough space for a colorful lamp, fresh flowers and a small jewelry box. Boxes of any style are great for holding earrings and necklaces taken off just before bed. This homemade bedside table consists of vintage suitcases on blocks. It's a creative and visual win for this room. Notice that the suitcases are on the low side, allowing for an adjustable lamp and a full view of the window. All the bedside basics fit onto a tray that provides a flat surface. Consider a wall‐mounted table for the tiniest of spaces. There's just enough room for an adjustable lamp, art and an alarm clock. A beautiful white chest of drawers holds a lamp in the center, a plant to the left and an alarm clock. Notice the federal‐style mirror to the side of the lamp, creating a layered bedside vignette.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:38 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Same stripes, different color family. Often a fabric pattern comes in several different color groups. If you can track down the fabric, an easy way to pick pillows for your striped sofa is to have them made from the same print in a contrasting hue.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:14 PM by Manya Matveev. 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 Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:03 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Mixed patterns, same color. Why stop with mixing stripes when you can mix in other patterns as well? When you keep the colors to a strict palette, the patterns will feel like an intentional mix. Try a wide stripe, narrow stripe, solid, and fun printed textile, like a batik or suzani, in a matching hue.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:27:46 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Give newspapers and magazines a temporary home. One neat basket of magazines or newspapers looks fine – a table strewn with them, not so much. Dedicate one generously sized basket to house periodicals, and commit to weeding out old issues when they no longer comfortably fit in the container.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:26:17 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Here, the classic silver vase looks great, but I favor a simple glass vase, as it catches light beautifully and goes with anything. Flea markets and yard sales are great hunting grounds for bargain antiques. Personal treasures. Your bedroom should be personal to you, so be sure to display some of your treasured keepsakes. The glass dome on the bedside here could be used for a favorite ornament, or maybe flowers from the first bouquet your sweetheart ever bought you. Bedside classics. Bedside books are accessories in their own right. I'm not suggesting you only read attractive books, but stack a few old classics carefully chosen from a vintage bookstore, and you have a gorgeous arrangement. A structured wall light. Wall lights save space on your bedside table for that pile of classic novels. Remember to keep everything in scale, though – these would look lost on a big, blank wall above your bed. Above‐the‐bed artwork. Without a huge, ornate headboard or an architectural feature, chances are you will need something above your bed. Pictures are wonderful, but be sure they are themed. I like perfectly spaced symmetrical arrangements (rows of three work really well), which fit with traditional styling perfectly. Random shapes, sizes and frame types also can look good, especially if you are going for a more rustic feel, but they're harder to get right. Just be sure to keep with a theme and keep the spacing equal. Something playful. I love to add a touch of humor to my styling, and accessories are the perfect vehicle. This fish cushion makes me smile. You could also use a framed picture that introduces an element of fun to your room.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:26:05 PM by Manya Matveev. 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.