On the floorplan, it's listed as "Auxiliary Room," a vague definition that falls far short of inspiration. What to do with this space, with no windows, no definition, and to be honest, no saving grace? Not to worry. Enter gentleman designer Matthew Patrick Smyth, who manages to turn slightly vague into totally specific. Through the lens of the talented Mr. Smyth, it's part Kasbah but pure Kismet. And it stole the show at Hearst's Designer Visions.
Ama found this shelving system at a garage sale for $50. It took her a year to figure out where this wood-veneer credenza would fit in her home. See where it ended up after a beautiful budget transformation:
This little corner of the kitchen was a busy place — it got used for breakfast, lunch, homework, kids' crafts… the nexus of a busy household with kids. One thing the little nook wasn't? Well, it wasn't very pretty.
A someone who thoroughly enjoys a nice cocktail every now and then, one of my favorite parts of our Apartment Therapy House Tours is seeing how other people store and display their liquor. After all, those bottles are just too pretty to hide away. From at-home bars to trays to the top of an old dresser, our House Tour homeowners all had their own stylish solutions.
If you're like me, your dining room is probably pulling double (or maybe triple) duty; it's a puzzle room turned home office turned craft room turned game room. Besides all that, it's also the place where family and friends come together to share meals and share life together. So make it a place you'd like to be. From our House Tours, here are some dining rooms that inspired us in 2012.
Balancing your plate on your lap and eating over the kitchen sink may work for awhile but at some point you'll feel better about life if you eat at a proper table. While it may seem like a waste of space, especially in a small apartment, a dining table can become an essential piece of furniture, used for meals, crafts and even serving as a work station. Check out this roundup of dining tables big and small to see if there's one that will fit in your home.
I recently went through the exciting, and somewhat grueling, process of registering for my wedding. When it came to choosing table linens I was not overly impressed with the selection at most of the major department stores and chains. Why settle of the overly floral or "put a bird on it" solution when there are so many awesome alternatives?
Blue and green decor have always made excellent friends. The aqua, teal and seafoam items in this set show how well they get along. Calm and harmonious, this set will dress the dining room with soothing hues.
Sources (help us complete the list in the comments below)
Chandelier: 1920s, from an Estate Sale
Floor: Terracotta tiles
Painting: Christoph Shmidberger
Chair with Red Cushion: _____