How do you add color to a rental without painting? That was the challenge this client posed to Lisa of Olive Juice Designs. She responded by creating an inviting living room, perfect for entertaining, without pulling out a single paintbrush.
I love my tiny apartment, but I don't love the floors. While some rooms were done in wood, others were floored with an odd mish-mash of vinyl tile that would never get clean, chipped ceramic tile, and plywood (no flooring). The biggest trouble spots were in the kitchen and entry, since I was able to cover the majority of the non-wood with floating floors from IKEA. Due to the small size of these spots, laying the floating floors would mean lots of cutting and since my friend with the saw moved away, I was looking for something a bit easier to install.
If you've been following along with my Design Diary posts,
you know that my friend Eleni is getting ready to move from a small apartment
in Boston to an even smaller 5th floor walk-up in Manhattan. In this post I'll talk about how we prepped
for the move and some of the challenges we've encountered along the way...
A few months ago we shared some particularly kid-friendly removable wallpaper choices and since I was doing a bit of shopping research in this area for my own home, I thought I'd share more in this vein. Many of these patterns and color schemes relate to a current trend in kids decor and most aren't specifically marketed for nurseries and kids' rooms.
We finally had a chance to see my friend Eleni's NYC apartment for the
first time last week. As I mentioned in my first Design Diary post, she had to make a rental decision on this 5th floor walk-up apartment
on the Upper East Side without ever seeing it in person. Needless to say, we
were a bit apprehensive about what we might find...
Summer is traditionally a time when a lot of people move. Maybe you've just graduated from college and are moving into your first apartment. Maybe you've had roommates and are finally getting a place of your own, or you're moving cross-country and setting up in a new city. Whatever your reasons, adding special, personal touches in a new place can help it feel like it's truly yours. Here are some ideas from our video archives to take your abode from 'new house' to 'new home.'
I recently moved back home for the summer, and my childhood room needed an upgrade in the wall art department. I found some pretty (and free!) botanical prints from Poppytalk that I plan to use, but I also found two other sources for downloadable prints that I shared in the links below. I am going to print them out and use washi tape to temporary hang them, but you can frame them and create a beautiful gallery wall as well.
Noisy neighbors aren't an uncommon issue but we're sure they're saying the same thing about us. In spite of all the carpeting you put down, sometimes additional soundproofing measures need to be taken, especially if you enjoy home theater or motion related video gaming. Here are a few examples of simple modifications to your tech setup or room layout which can help bring the dB down just a bit.
I have long thought that storage spaces were
something reserved for the clutter bound, for those with years of built up
furniture, sentiments and old technology that they just couldn’t bear to part
with. But not me.