Stainless steel dominates the metal market in home furnishings. But zinc is worth a look too, especially for countertops and tables. Zinc lends an industrial look to a dining room but it is also softer than stainless steel, which gives zinc a warmer look.
For those of us with small kitchens, galley or otherwise, it's always tempting to knock down a wall and open up the space. I have explored this option for my own home in Merging a Modern Kitchen With a Traditional Dining Room, and the advice I received from Apartment Therapy readers, while varied, was very helpful. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are a few examples of townhouses where the kitchen has been opened up with lovely results.
Name:The Oasis Clubhouse Location: Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina Size: 5000 square feet Years: Almost 1 year
When I got the invitation to check out one of the most exclusive private clubs in Buenos Aires, I was more than excited. When I walked up to the unassuming door and rang the bell, I was a little confused. But once inside, the nondescript entry leads into a small foyer which opens up to an inviting living area which unfurls into a lush, vibrant backyard bar and pool.
I'm a bit obsessed with finding the perfect coaster. Too much time on my hands? Probably. But even small accessories, like coasters, can have a big impact — good or bad — on the cohesiveness and personality of a room. Here are a few of my current favorites.
Before they bought their current home in Washington D.C.'s Mount Plesant neighborhood, Josh and Lauren lived for six years in a studio apartment. Determined to host dinner parties in their tiny space, the couple came up with an inspired idea that allowed them to have a instant dining room--but only when they needed one. They bought a dining table light enough and compact enough to be hung on the wall when not in use.
There's no denying the wonders that a little natural light can bring into a home. But due to tight spaces, strange layouts or close neighbors many of us are stuck with artificial light. Day lighting company, VELUX, recently set out so solve this problem with their new product, the Lovegrove Chandelier, which can be installed anywhere and is powered by the sun.