Published at Thursday, September 21st 2017, 02:35:07 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Dining Room. Mismatched chairs, same material or shape. If you love hunting for vintage chairs, a great way to build a set is by keeping an eye out for chairs made of the same material, or in a distinctive shape – cane‐backed, ladder‐back, wood, metal, wicker and so on. Once you have your set, you can determine whether or not you also want to unify them with paint (see No. 2).
Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:25:47 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Bedroom. The apartments in Olympic Village need to be a place where athletes can mentally, emotionally and physically prepare for the biggest sporting moments of their lives. Here's a peek into the sleeping quarters, common areas and open grounds where they're staying. Jonathan Edwards, Olympic gold medalist and chair of the Athletes' Committee within the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, worked with a panel of architects, interior designers and other athletes to implement additions in the apartments. Units range from one‐bedrooms to four‐ and five‐bedroom townhouses. A peek inside the bedrooms reveals Union Jack–clad standard beds that are 5 feet, 8 inches long. Basketball players, swimmers and others taller than that may request the superlong, extendable Olympic beds. Blackout shades provide privacy and optimum sleep conditions. For the first time in the games' history, there are lounges (pictured here) in each apartment, where athletes can watch TV, as well as large areas of green open space outside for them to relax in between events. Owning a piece – or a set – of Olympic history is within your reach when it comes to apartment furniture. Remains of the Games is already selling furnishings, fixtures and equipment to interested buyers. You can purchase what's called the Athletes' Bedroom 4‐Piece Set (including a bed, a mattress, a night table and a nightlight) for only $150. "So many people want a piece of the Olympics, and they're just mad about games memorabilia," says Paul Levin, a marketing executive at Remains of the Games.
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:16:46 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Urinals. Residential urinals can make your lavatory fun for boys while conserving water. Some manufacturers, including Kohler, offer waterless urinals for even greater water savings.
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:16:40 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Same chair, same color family. A riff on the same‐chair, different‐colors idea, but with more subtlety. The idea here is to choose closely related colors – try earth tones or shades of a single hue.
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:16:34 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Graywater reuse. It's a little crazy that we use potable drinking water to flush our toilets. Aqus is a simple system that routes used sink water (graywater) through a filter and disinfectant and into any nearby toilet tank for use in flushing. Being water smart couldn't be easier.
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:16:27 AM by Edda Braune. Interior. This fantastic open kitchen has several shades of warm and cool neutrals with just a small strip of gold. When you use just a tiny amount of a bold color in an otherwise neutral space, be sure to put the color on something that you want to draw the eye to, such as the quartz countertop here.
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:16:20 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Show off your tilework. "We like to use frameless shower doors for a couple of reasons", says Mariette Barsoum of Divine Kitchens. "With a frameless door, there's no visual separation, which make the space larger. Plus, unlike framed doors, they don't hide the beautiful tilework in the shower. Frameless doors also sport a cleaner, more modern look – and we like that". Make a small room feel larger. "I was inspired by the framework of this house and its secluded and forestlike surroundings", says Kimberly Arnold Fletcher of Spectrum Design Group. "My goal was to create an open feel and bring the outside into the master bathroom. The frameless door allowed me to not only provide a transparent look that mirrors the windows added to the space, but it also made a very small room feel larger and more spacious".
Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:15:25 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Dining Room. Geometric play. This small dining nook was designed by Kimball Starr Interior Design in San Francisco. Starr says her clients wanted the area off the kitchen to be used as an activity nook for playing board games with friends; she added a touch of grown‐up glamour with impressive geometric pendants and a custom banquette upholstered in a playful fabric.