It's currently exactly 70 degrees in New York City and we've noticed something interesting: it seems to be the temperature tipping point that lets everyone comfortably dress exactly how they want to, and that's a pretty wide divide.
There are a select few of lucky folks out there who get to live in authentic converted lofts full of character— and then there's everyone else. Even if you live in a suburban home, you can still infuse your space with the feeling of wood beams, cement floors and exposed brick walls. It's true! This amazing transformation by Shannon from AKA Design + Life is proof. She turned this simple space into a brick wall full of character that could pass for any cool downtown coffee shop.
Calgary's new library will be more than just books. The Canadian city's 240,000-square-foot center be a full lending library, but also function as a combination bookstore/computer lab/cafe/event space/social hub that will unite two disconnected neighborhoods.
The dark purple ceiling is painted with the intention of us putting a night sky on it in the future. The blues come from our love of Dali, Parrish & Micheal Parkes paintings as well as a book I wrote and published in which my main character is a painter with an obsession with blue. My boyfriend picked the dark pink accent because he liked how it looked with our bamboo floors. We like painted walls and ceillings, it makes the room feel cozy and full. Trade off: it's hard to take pictures. :o) It was also a way for me to have a bit of a dressing room without actually having one. I've been collecting vintage purses and handmade jewelry for years and I get inspired by what people make. People can be so very amazing.
Once we bit the bullet and ordered a sleeper sofa for our guest room, I started thinking: how many nights in a hotel would this same amount of money buy? Would we actually come out ahead by paying for our guests' lodging instead of a piece of furniture?
Peter Bonner of Lovejoy, Georgia is rebuilding Tara, the mansion from Gone With the Wind. A Civil War enthusiast, Bonner bought the dismantled facade of the fictional plantation and is posting about the progress on his blog.
Faced with an unfortunate bathroom, a lot of people immediately think of renovating. But if you're renting, or just on a tight budget, there is an easier way to elevate your bathing space: add a little art.
While studying abroad in Europe, I collected several pieces of art from Greece, Rome and Prague and all of the art I collected was either mostly blue or had blue undertones so I started there. However as the room started to take shape I found myself attracted to the idea of a "peacock" theme which just snowballed from there.