Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:15:12 AM by Manya Matveev. Dining Room. Garden fresh. Children's colorful artwork has been framed and hung to personalize this charming nook. This is a great idea for families, especially when a kitchen nook is also used as a homework and craft center. Installing a small U‐shaped nook is a clever way to divide a kitchen with a generous expanse of floor. Take advantage of the extra room and install a nook big enough to accommodate plenty of dinner party guests.
Published at Monday, September 11th 2017, 18:19:33 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Choose bilevel furniture. Clear surfaces look great – but let's face it, they are hard to keep clear. One way to solve that problem is by picking out coffee and side tables with a lower shelf. You can spread out your stuff when you're home alone, and then stack it up and stash it on the bottom shelf when company comes.
Published at Monday, September 11th 2017, 14:25:47 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Leave your shoes at the door. Now that your bedroom is clutter‐free and clean, it's time to commit to keeping it that way. Start a no‐shoes policy – in your whole house if you can, but at least in the bedroom. Place a table or basket outside your bedroom door to remind you to drop work materials, cell phones and other gadgets before entering your new zone of calm. Create an organic bed. If you are in need of a new mattress (and can afford to spring for it) by all means go for one of the wonderful organic versions on the market today. But if not, that doesn't mean you can't green up your bed. Try topping your mattress with a natural mattress pad and adding organic pillows and sheets. Organic goods are so mainstream now, they can be found at all price points. Consider the walls and floors. While it does take more effort than any of the previous steps, addressing your walls and floors is an important part of creating a more ecofriendly bedroom. If you are looking to change the wall color, seek out paint containing low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you have old, peeling paint that may contain lead, use caution and seek professional guidance for the best way to cover it. For the floor, I recommend choosing hard flooring over wall‐to‐wall carpeting, which is notoriously difficult to clean and tends to contain VOCs. If you already have wall‐to‐wall carpeting in place, you can choose to have it removed or simply cover much of it with a natural fiber area rug. Choose the right color palette for your needs.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 06:09:46 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Different chairs at the ends. The end chairs don't need to be upholstered to be different – a pair in a style that's different from the rest is all you need to mix things up. Here, café chairs are on the long sides of the table and beautiful cane‐back side chairs are at the ends.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 06:08:27 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. High‐backed bench on one side, folding chairs on the other. The casual vibe of simple café‐style folding chairs is balanced here by a comfortable upholstered settee on the other side and slipcovered chairs at the ends. If you already have a stately, traditional piece (like this settee), folding café chairs can make it feel more casual – plus they are easy on the budget.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 06:05:48 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Norwegian wood. In this country kitchen, designed by architect Christine Fikseaunet, a simple window seat with an upholstered banquette cushion is paired with a wood table to create a casual dining setting. With the addition of a small screen in the corner of the nook, it also allows for communal television viewing among family members or friends.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 05:57:59 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Select a dining table made of sturdy stuff. If you want a table to last through years of dinner party wear and tear, choose a table made from a hardwood, such as mahogany, walnut, maple, oak and teak. Tables made from engineered or composite woods, which include plywoods and MDF, are durable and economical but are never as strong as a hardwood.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 05:53:47 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Filament chandelier. Filament bulbs have risen in popularity with good reason – they exude charm and cast a beautifully warm glow. Single filament bulbs are typically available only in 40 to 60 watts, but using a chandelier with many exposed filament bulbs is a wonderful way to get all the charm and the light you need.