I love this Scandinavian living room from Anna-Malin's blog over at Skona Hem. It has a great blend of hard and soft surfaces, lovely contrast between stark black and white, and lots of natural materials. Renters can easily recreate this room with plain white walls, and using a mixture of high- and low-priced items. Let's give it a whirl:
Michael Shaikin, owner of Ottawa-based The Modern Shop, wants to bring a fresh take on modern design to Canada. As the former owner of a vintage resell shop, Michael certainly has the retail chops for this venture. And with an eye for great designs from Europe and the US, he has style covered, too.
White bedding is one of the safest bets you can make when outfitting a bedroom. White never goes out of style, it coordinates with just about everything and you can introduce subtle pattern on top of it with a cute throw. What is not love?
One of the chief joys of getting older is that you finally get to do cool stuff on your own for a larger audience. Sure, you might be a pop star at 21, but for most of us, we only start to make a dent in the professional sphere when we get north of 35. I've always admired Erica Tanov's taste and I've always loved Emily Payne's artistic sensibility since I went to college with her years ago, but they've just launched a new collaboration linking art, fashion and home that's a brand new perspective and totally refreshing. Check it out.
The largest piece of furniture in any room sets the stage and tone for the space. In the case of the bedroom, the bed is the main character so the duvet cover and the rest of the bedding accoutrements will dictate the feel of the whole space. Whether you favor pales, neutrals or colors, choosing the duvet cover will make decorating the rest of the space cohesive and easy.
If the average person sleeps for eight hours each night, at the end of a year we will have spent 2,920 hours under the covers. If we're going to spend all that time wrapped up in sheets, perhaps they should be of the organic variety. Check out a list of our top ten sources for organic bedding and get ready to sleep in carefree comfort.
I think you know the drill by now: I give you one look and two drastically different budgets. Today's room is for the well-traveled, with a mix of cultures, super saturated colors, lots of texture and carved wood. The price, and its less expensive counterpoint, is next:
This cozy little sleeping nook from Lori & Ken's Modern Calgary Home is simply accessorized with a stripe wool blanket that is both subdued and colorful at once. As Canadians, the blanket shown is most likely an authentic Hudson's Bay but there are a few other options for this classic style out there. Check out five options after the jump...
Apartment Therapy's lovely and talented Family Editor, Carrie McBride, is off on maternity leave right now. This got us thinking about perfect gifts for new moms. I asked a bunch of friends what they would appreciate after just giving birth. There were lots of good suggestions, but one thing is clear: the time for onesies and diaper bags has passed. Gifts that make life easier and more comfortable at home are the way to go.