If your taste leans toward minimalism, you can still have color available when you want it but keep it neutral when the mood strikes. In this piece from young Swedish design collaboration How Are You, a simple plywood cabinet can blend into a minimalist room with clean lines and neutral color, but when the cabinet is left open a bit, a shock of pink is revealed, allowing for color when you want it.
There are so many good IKEA Rast hacks out there that it can be hard to finally choose one. I've spent five years with a plain, unpainted set as a pair of bedside tables because I just couldn't make up my mind about what to do with them. Should I age them? Add campaign hardware? Paint them to look like Transformers (my husband's suggestion)? I never did make up my mind.
It's not spring yet, but I'm already dreaming of packing away the down comforter and slipping into sandals. My bedroom is short on storage and places to sit, so if you're like me, and you're itching for a place to rest or a place to stuff that winter gear, here are some ideas that will suit just about any bedroom.
Figuring out ways to use furniture in new places makes spaces infinitely more interesting, and potentially more functional as well. Thinking this way opens up an entire world of furniture, including affordable vintage finds. A perfect example: Matthew Kowles cleverly layers old and new desks in his New York apartment. Not only does it look amazing, but it solves a pesky storage issue as well. Here are a few more ideas for mixing it up at home:
It's funny that at this time of year I really feel the urge to freshen up the decor in my home, but after the holiday season my pocketbook isn't in any shape for new purchases. That's when I start to think about what I can do with a few inexpensive materials and my own two hands.
Trunks are great in small homes and dorms because they can do triple duty as storage, table or bench seat. Lately, I've been loving them as yarn storage. I stuff my yarn collection into the trunk, then stand it up on its end so that it takes up less room (i.e. smaller footprint). This way, it's about the height of a desk or table so I pop a jewelry stand on top, turning it into a mini vanity. This is just one of the many ways trunks and their usage can be customized.
Andrea picked up this dresser at a garage sale for a mere $10. Though it obviously needed some TLC, she appreciated its sturdiness and had a vision of its potential to take center stage in her living room.
Wouldn't it be amazing to be able to jump inside a cartoon and live in that weirdly shaped, brightly colored world? Except for the falling anvils and other toon travails, I think it would be awesome! Cartoon Furniture's animation-inspired furniture and treeh ouses bring the joys of the cartoon world to the real world.
A plain piece of furniture is no excuse for a boring room. Creative do it yourself advocate Stacie Grissom demonstrates on her site Stars for Streetlights how to transform a simple dresser into a bold graphic eye catcher.