Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:28:01 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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 Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:03:56 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Solo ledge. When there's ample shelving and storage elsewhere in the house, it can make more sense to keep things simple around the fireplace. The single shelf in this living room is enough to add some chic coastal style with accessories.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:03:23 AM by Edda Braune. 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 Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:03:08 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bedroom. This bedroom, with its liberal dose of aqua blue and spring green, is such a happy space. I would love to curl up in that green chair with a good book – even the dreariest day couldn't bring me down. Another bonus to using such vibrant colors is that this room needs no additional artwork or accessories. It's very clean and simple, but in no way dull or lifeless. These perky blues and the leafy‐green color work well together in small doses, such as on fabrics, accessories or painted furniture. The lighter cucumber green is a great choice for the walls. Clockwise from top left (all from Sherwin‐Williams): Mariner SW 6766, Cucumber SW 6722, Oceanside SW 6496 and Picnic SW 6731. Turquoise is a popular color right now, and here it is paired with another color of the moment – intense orange. These two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, making them a striking and attention‐getting combo. But because the walls, ceiling and floor are white, the effect is cool instead of cacophonous. Punches of bright blue and orange used sparingly, perhaps through a thick vertical stripe painted on the walls or easily changed‐out bedding, look fantastic against a white backdrop. Clockwise from top left: Light My Fire AC211‐5 and Cool Turquoise KM3238‐2, both from Kelly Moore, and Castaway DE 5738 and Tangerine Dream DE 5160, both from Dunn Edwards.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:02:40 AM by Natzu Shimizu. 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 Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:02:17 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Use rolling storage for kids' toys. Keep a variety of your child's favorite toys in storage baskets on wheels. The bins can be wheeled from room to room, making it easy to clean up and stow things away when you need a tidy space, like, now.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:01:17 AM by Edda Braune. 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 Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:00:46 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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.