Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:23:50 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Problem‐solve with a versatile shape. Ovals are the new oblongs. Similar to a rectangular dining table, the oval dining table is elongated to work in a narrow room but visually seems to occupy less space because of its rounded corners. Oval tables also have the benefits of a round table in that they provide a cozy and intimate setting but can usually seat more people.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:24 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Bump‐out table and globe light. A waterfall‐edge table attached to the wall takes up little floor space, yet has a big presence. Hanging a simple pendant light directly over the table focuses attention on the area and provides a warmer glow than the regular kitchen lighting.
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:15:25 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Dining Room. Retro kitchen and dining nook. This small eating nook would work well in a house with midcentury aspirations. It's plain and simple but has been well decorated with a set of shelves that also acts as a divider. The wall map is a retro classroom touch that can encourage guests to share after‐dinner stories of their world travels. Decorating the area with fun travel posters from faraway places can also encourage the exchange of personal travel stories and tips for future adventures.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:51:21 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Persian rug. Their intricate patterns and warm colors give any space a homey feel, as well as a touch of exoticism. Plus, these traditional rugs work equally well laid over wooden floorboards, stone or carpet. Period settings are their natural habitat, but they can also cozy up a modern space. For a tapestry effect, mix several smaller rugs, as seen here. The most skilfully handwoven rugs can be pricey, but purse‐friendly designs are not hard to find.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:40 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Whitewash. If you have a truly massive brick fireplace and you are not fond of the color, consider giving it a gentle whitewash to lighten the hue. This can be a good compromise for those who do not want to paint their brick, as it allows some of the texture and color to show through. You can water down the whitewash even more than was done here to very subtly tone down the color of your brick fireplace.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:33 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Kitchen. Not your basic black. For some people, black might seem to be as bold a choice as orange. But in a home with a limited color palette – black, white, blue, and gray – it fits right in.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:21 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Living Room. Use baskets. If you want a neater living room, make friends with baskets. But before you shop for baskets, figure out what you really want to keep in the living room (see No. 6) so you can choose the right ones for the job. Toys are best in open baskets, because they make it easier for little ones to find what they are looking for; personal documents and messy‐looking items are better stowed in lidded baskets. And remember to measure your shelves before shopping; you don't want to come home with a carload of new organizing supplies only to find they don't fit.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:49:43 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Bedroom. Repeat the pattern on twin or triplet beds. Here, an electric paisley pattern repeated on three beds and window treatments enlivens the room. Use remnants for a unique patchwork design. Creative decorator Cherie Marcel didn't let her fabric samples go to waste; instead, she used them to fashion a fabulous headboard. Allow the patterned headboard to be the star of the bedscape. Keep the duvet and shams solid and with minimal detailing, like this hotel‐style bedding, and use a minimal amount of coordinating throw pillows. Coordinate with a bed skirt or a bed platform to create continuity. Pay attention to the way the pattern relates to the headboard's shape. Here the vertical stripes emphasize the point at the top of the headboard. Note the way the stripes on the bed skirt and the headboard align. If you don't have a headboard, create the illusion of one by hanging a quilt on the wall above the bed. It can cozy up a room and create interesting proportions with dramatic height.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:49:14 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Campaign furniture has become such a well‐loved interior element that it's easy to forget its workhorse roots. Developed for field use during military campaigns, these pieces – chests, tables, desks and more – are easy to break down or fold flat, so they were convenient to transport as soldiers migrated along with battle lines. Although there's a strong market for antique campaign pieces, modern reproductions are just as popular, and perhaps none more so than the Italian campaign canopy bed. This shapely style burst into the spotlight some years ago when retail giant Anthropologie debuted its interpretation and launched an instant classic. Unlike traditional British and French campaign furnishings, which tend toward heavy woods and decorative flourishes, this wrought iron bed has a spare profile that belies its imposing presence in a room. Whether you pile it with fabric and pillows or take the minimalist approach to bedding, it mingles well with any decor. It's hard to get this bed style wrong – there's just something about it that defies design blunders. Although draping fabric over the canopy of an Italian campaign bed softens the look, its svelte, gently sloping lines look especially striking when left bare. Modern and minimalist spaces call for an unadorned canopy, but you could take either approach in a more traditional room. This bed showcases the draped look to artful effect and prevents the otherwise spare room from feeling hollow. Imagine this bedroom without the campaign bed. The bed acts as an elegant anchor that adds structure to the space. A white finish lightens up the bed frame, making it ideal for a young girl's room.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:30:05 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Off‐kilter. These floating timber shelves work wonderfully with the color of the steel cladding on the fireplace surround. The varying length of the shelves adds character.