The design world comes together in Milan each spring to celebrate what is new and this year there were a plethora of fresh chair designs to ooh and aah over. I took thousands of pictures from the 4 days I spent there, which I've whittled down to to share with you. Take a look at the new seating styles that stood out...
IKEA is known not just for their affordable and stylish home products, but also for fabulous solutions that work wonders in small spaces. Want a compact list of ten of our favorite good-looking and functional items from IKEA that we think make the lives of those who live in small spaces better? Find it after the jump.
Trying to lounge and dine in the same small space? Small homes just don't always have the luxury of square footage to create separate, distinct spaces, so you have to get creative with furniture layout and storage. Here are some ideas to consider if you're trying to figure out how to mix these two functions in one small space gracefully and stylishly.
Tanya swiped this chair from a trash heap, shoved it in the back of her car, and and drove away without looking back. Over time, she grew sentimental about this "garbage chair," and finally made the leap to reupholster it:
How many Apartment Therapy staffers does it take to put together a chair? Apparently only two. We received a tester Felix Chair at our NY office from Homeware. They promised that it was extremely easy to assemble and even went so far as to call it "simple." Not ones to say no to a challenge, Jen and Ashley put this chair assembly to the test. While it was definitely easy enough to do alone, what's better than building furniture with a friend? Here's how...
Is there anything more delightful than coming across a piece of furniture with good bones and a "free" sign? It's not everyday that a simple DIY project sparks career inspiration, but this free chair Rachael stumbled on and brought home to fix up did. Though simple, it's a sweet little makeover, and proof even the most unloved of furniture pieces can look nice with a little cleaning up.
This chair was spotted in the free section on Craigslist, and listed as the "Attack Cat Chair." Apparently, the owner couldn't bear junking it, and Cat (yep, that's her name too) was happy to take it on as a project.
Here are 10 secondhand staples you run into at thrift stores all the time, and 10 corresponding DIY projects to modernize them. Most are simple projects that are both do-able and transformative. Keep them in mind the next time you are wandering around a flea market, or in your favorite Goodwill.
These $5 Windsor chairs are just about in every thrift store I stop into. This one had a nice simple silhouette and narrow tapered spindles. I've been swooning over modern shaker style furniture for some time now and it was finally time to stop wanting and start doing.