Q: Hi! I am currently doing up my new house and I thought you all could help me. The first floor layout of the house has a vast common area that all doors open to, and I am at a loss as to how to arrange my furniture in this space.
Q: My husband and I are in the process of moving from our small apartment to an even smaller house. Since the entire house is around 500 sq. ft., we're anxious about the lack of storage space, especially in the bedroom.
When you're dealing with a design dilemma, such as space constraints, a little visual inspiration always helps. However, connecting a pretty picture of someone else's home with your own problem area and potential solution can require words in addition to photos. Here are 8 good-looking and functional double-duty areas and a quick breakdown of why they're successful.
One of the best things about Apartment Therapy is the community of real voices weighing in on real-life design dilemmas and challenges. No matter how (relatively) easy it is for me to dish out advice to others about interior decorating and layout, I find I can get stuck in a decorating rut when it comes to some of my own spaces.
According to research published by Psychology Today, an appreciation of the sacred and a search for meaning beyond ourselves can promote strengthened relationships with others, positive emotions, and a sense of purpose in life. Whatever your spiritual beliefs (or non-beliefs) may be, it can be calming to have a special spot in your home reserved for quiet introspection and reflection.
Q: We recently purchased a Cape Cod style home with a very long living room. The two very best features are the view and the Lannon stone double sided fireplace. That said, I am stumped as to the best layout for furniture.
Q: I've just bought and moved into my first place. I'm really confused about where to start! The living room is the main concern right now, as it's where I spend most of my time. I'm a musician and a lot of the time I work from home. I like having my setup in the living room as it's the brightest room. The problem is I've got a biggish TV that also needs to stay in the room:
Whether you're using one to partition off part of a room or to hide exercise equipment in a corner, a room divider can add form and function to a space. There are a lot of room dividers out on the marketplace, from cheap IKEA models to more expensive and sturdy options. We've sorted through the marketplace and pulled out the best room dividers and privacy screens currently available, ranging in price from a couple hundred to a couple thousand bucks.