There’s simply no getting away from the fact that a predominantly white bedroom is the key to creating a fresh and restful space that you can’t wait to sink into at the end of a long day. Let’s not forget that a bright bedroom is always a joy to wake up in as well! The interior designer that curated all of these bedrooms had such a great handle on how to use white, in conjunction with bright accent colors and funky patterns that we had no option but to collate some of our favorite spaces, to show you today! We think you’ll be seriously tempted to initiate a bedroom redesign after seeing these, so let’s get to the pictures!
1. A little pop of color adds such vibrancy to this minimal space!
If your walls are painted white, you’re free to personalize your bedroom accessories to your heart’s desire. What better way to get a good night’s sleep than having the feeling that it is truly your space?
17. Blended neutrals feel so calm, bright and refreshing!
There’s a certain genius in repurposing things for uses they weren’t originally intended for. Today we’re turning our attention to the world of curtain hardware. Sure, all those rods and brackets are good for hanging curtains…but they’re also good for a lot of other things, too. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite uses.
I’ve long been a proponent of the pot rail as an elegant kitchen storage solution, and as this DIY from Style at Home proves, curtain rods and brackets are a great way to create a pot rail, even one that stretches the length of a rather long space.
There’s no denying the beauty and romance of a canopy bed—but canopy beds can also be really expensive. To get the look on a budget, try mounting a pipe frame from curtain rod brackets, as seen in this example from Domino.
Tension rods are de rigeur in the bathroom, but if you’re looking for something that will hold up your shower curtain and also impart a touch of class, try a ceiling-mounted curtain rod. The brass shower curtain rod takes things up a notch in this bathroom from Country Living—and the fact that the shower curtain is mounted much higher than you would expect, almost at the ceiling, draws the eye upward and visually heightens the space.
Another way to use curtain hardware in the bathroom is to create a towel rail. I’m particularly partial to this DIY from A Beautiful Mess, which combines curtain rod brackets and lucite rods for a very luxe look.
Really, curtain rod finials aren’t too far from wall hooks, and when you find them, all you need to do is drill a hole and insert a two-way screw (if they don’t have screws in them already). This can make for a clever and very appealing display of wall hooks, as seen on Hemlangten.
For a more hefty and permanent system, you could create something like this one from Designer Trapped, where Tasha mounted a rod to the wall with curtain hardware, and then created a series of frames designed to hang on the rod.
In this DIY from The Bird and Her Song, curtain rod brackets are used to mount wooden dowels in front of a kitchen window. Pots hung from the dowels make for a beautiful kitchen garden—and a great way to grow things, with or without an outdoor space.
Caleb Anderson and Jenny Kirschner weigh in on the decorating dilemma
A rug typically seems like a no-brainer when decorating a space, whether it’s a long runner in the hallway, a traditional hand-loomed creation underneath the bed, or maybe even a zebra hide below a foyer’s entry table. Rugs can add a layer of warmth to a room with their luxurious materials and textures, and they can reflect your personal style depending on the pattern and color. But when you have to constantly vacuum up the shedding layers of wool, or reposition furniture to cover up that spot of red wine you spilled last weekend, the design staple can start to seem like an endless chore, prompting you to question whether a rug is really necessary at all. Here, AD tapped two interior designers to make the case for their position on the conundrum.
Rugs, rugs, and more rugs
“Rugs are singularly one of the most transformative elements in a room. They elevate an interior with different colors, textures, and patterns as well as ground a space. I once used a bright citrine over-dyed antique rug in a bedroom to dramatically set off the otherwise neutral space, and the impact was quite compelling and rich. The relevance of floor coverings spans cultures and centuries, resulting in an incredible range of styles and materials, which make them appropriate for almost any setting. Whether in a subtle rich texture, like the novel metallic rugs by Hechizoo and Pinton, the luxe woven leathers of Charles Schambourg, or a vibrant pattern, rugs are an integral part of a well-designed room.” —Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson
No rug necessary
“People who tend to go rug-free usually entertain and fear that a carpet will act as a catch-all for delicious accidents that invariably happen at dinner parties. For example, in a very grand, pre-war apartment I’m currently designing, my client specifically did not want a rug in her family’s formal dining room since she entertains on a regular basis. But without one, the existing space felt unfinished and a little barren. Her dining table and chairs were just floating in the middle of the space—so lonely. As a solution, I am in the process of creating an ‘area rug’ with beautiful mosaic tile. This will not only provide the same grounding appearance that a rug imparts when placed under a table and collection of chairs but also add some color, pattern, and durability to the space. I am also constructing a fabulous wall covering that adds visual interest to further make up for the lack of warmth that an area rug typically delivers. I think it’s important to compensate in situations where the impracticality of a rug outweighs the aesthetic benefits.” —Jenna Dina Kirschner
Sometimes, sitting on the couch with your computer propped in your lap just doesn’t cut it. When it comes to really getting work done, there’s nothing like an actual, dedicated workspace. And you may think that living in a small space means you don’t have room for a desk, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Check out these ten examples of workspaces cleverly squeezed into the smallest of spaces.
Above: If you have a particularly wide hallway or entryway, why not add a desk? This little workspace, from Entrance (via My Domaine), makes use of a vintage desk (or is that maybe a small hall table?), but if space is tight, a wall-mounted desk would work great, as well.
Wall mounted desks are one of my favorite solutions for small spaces: they take up way less space than their four-legged counterparts, and you can put one practically anywhere. In this photo from Cup of Jo, a deep shelf mounted under the windows adds an attractive workspace to a sunny little spot.
Let’s say hanging shelves isn’t an option for you. Well, a leaning desk, like this one from West Elm, might just be the solution you need. Jessica added one to her NYC apartment, with a fabric-wrapped panel behind for pinning inspirations.
From Design*Sponge, here’s a clever solution that makes use of the depth of a windowsill. The computer sits in the window, while a wall-mounted shelf holds the keyboard and mouse. Add a rolling cart for storage, and you’ve got a complete desk setup that barely takes up any square footage at all.
A vintage school desk is small enough to fit inobtrusively into a corner of your living room, but just the right size for an occasional workstation. Milo and Jessica use this spot as a workspace, and store their computer when it’s not in use to avoid visual clutter.
It’s easy to spend an entire day clicking through photos of gorgeous houses and apartments and finding decor inspiration, but what about when it comes to organizing? There are beautiful, clever ways to store your things that you may not have even thought of yet. From the simple use of space underneath furniture to entire walls dedicated to storing items and showing off books and decor, here are seven smart organization solutions from real homes that will leave you ready to tidy up and declutter your entire space.
Amanda and Mike hacked IKEA bookcases to make the sleek storage benches above in their son’s playroom. The result? Tons of seating, plenty of space to stow away things in bins, and an impeccably organized play space.
If Farida’s wall of bookcases doesn’t inspire you, we’re not sure what will—and not just because of all the books. The expertly organized bins on the bottom shelf and the top of the units balances out and makes great use of the space.
Courtney Quinn’s bright, artful apartment already looks tidy on first glance, but what we love most is her clever use of a coffee table that contains hidden storage space inside and folds out as a desk when she has work to do.
With this IKEA Kallax shelving unit, Jackie not only gives herself a beautiful space to store and show off her things, she also smartly divides up her studio to give herself a more private bedroom area.
Blogger Stephanie Sterjovski’s combination closet/office space—featuring open shelving for organizing and showing off bags and shoes as well as plenty of hanging space and drawers for tucking things out of sight—is the stuff of dreams. Click here to see the rest of the condo.
It’s simple, but beautifully effective—Shannon and Mike took advantage of the space under their table (which also has storage options) by sliding in plain white bins that almost blend into the wall behind it. Hidden in plain sight!
Blogger Kate La Vie’s apartment tour reveals an incredibly tidy vanity table (and a separate makeup collection) so organized, it’ll inspire you to revamp your own. The rest of her space is equally gorgeous and neat—seriously, even the plants look organized.
Coffee tables are often the centerpiece of the living room. We arrange seating around the coffee table. We use it to hold essentials such as books and drink coasters. It becomes an impromptu appetizer buffet when it’s time to entertain. So why is it easy to get stuck when it comes to decorating the modern coffee table? Perhaps it’s because sleek, carefully curated spaces demand the thoughtful placement of decor. Our advice: have fun with it. Not to mention, sometimes less is more. Keep reading for helpful tips and eye-catching examples of modern coffee table style!
Less Is More
When in doubt, leave it out. This simple phrase can be a guiding principle as you style your modern coffee table. And even if your coffee table is made of stone, remember that nothing is set in stone when it comes to coffee table decor! You can always add and take away items as needed. Start simple with one large statement, such as a dish filled with seashells:
Sometimes our first instinct is to cover large surfaces with an array of items. Yet lots of “stuff” can make even the largest of spaces seem cluttered. Try leaving a portion of your coffee table exposed for a clean look:
Tempted to display your entire vase collection? Start with just one. You may decide that one is all it takes!
For those who prefer a bountiful yet tidy look, try placing one bloom-filled vase on your coffee table. The look is abundant yet contemporary, especially if you choose interesting flowers for your arrangement!
If a grouping of items interests you and you’re determined to keep the look low-key, try taking a mellow approach. Choose items in understated tones, such as soft blue. You can also opt for a monochromatic feel by sticking to objects in the same color family.
…or items of the very same color or material!
A trio of vases makes a lovely yet calm statement on the low coffee table below. The dual-toned surface of the smallest vase creates just the right amount of drama. More on adding drama in the next section!
A tone-on-tone strategy is unexpected. By matching the decor to the color of the coffee table, items stand out simply because the concept is interesting. Plus, the look is anything but cluttered, as both decor and table make a unified statement.
Transparent glass is another way to go, whether the glass is colorful or clear. Try filling a clear container with sculptural objects (or one artful item) for an alluring centerpiece:
If a grouping interests you, it never hurts to keep the colors neutral. Gray, black, beige and brass are a great place to start. Sometimes all it takes is greenery to add a dose of natural color.
So understated isn’t your style? Adding drama just might be the way to go. Even when it comes to bold statements, sometimes less is more. Especially when the focal point is this interesting:
Large sculptural items are the perfect choice for modern coffee tables. Bonus points if you showcase a centerpiece that’s delightfully unexpected!
A grouping of items gets a big dose of drama by varying the height of the items on display. Below we see a collection of interesting, elegant items, including a trio of striking black vases:
Don’t forget about the power of one large vase containing sculptural flowers. We’re fans of calla lilies:
Last but not least, instead of focusing on a cluster of items, you can add drama by grouping a cluster of tables, especially if the tables are slightly different heights. Since more is more when it comes to the tables below, clean-lined vases are all that’s needed to top them!
We hope today’s post inspired you with a range of options. Don’t be afraid to go bold! Have fun and adjust the arrangement as needed. Happy decorating!
Pegged holes in the walls provide modular bookshelves in this home and workspace that Silvia Allori designed for herself. The Florence apartment also features wall panels that fold down to form a dining-room table.
Cupboards and bookshelves are built into a plywood staircase that also frames a doorway in this Madrid apartment by Buj+Colón Arquitectos. Pockets of space underneath each of the treads can also be used to display books and magazines.
The president of the Classic Car Friends Club of Pattaya got a rare opportunity to drive a restored, 43-year-old Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 500 kilometers to Hua Hin for a classic-car show last month.
The annual show’s tour began in Singapore August 25, moved through Malaysia and on to Thailand, taking drivers 3,200 km over five days. The event this year was organized by Kelly Leong of AROC Malaysia and was supported by AROC Singapore.
An hour after they arrived, the Malaysian and Singaporean Alfa Romeo drivers appeared after their 1,500 km drive.
Pattaya and Bangkok drivers gave all the “Alfistis” a warm welcome on behalf of the GTV and Giulia Society chapters. Over the next two days, great events were arranged, including sightseeing tours in Hua Hin and its surroundings.
The participants also enjoyed a gala dinner and small ceremony where the “three nations drivers” were welcomed by the deputy mayor of Hua Hin, Monti Chupha, and his entourage.
The next morning two police officers escorted the cars on the trip to Prachuap Khiri Khan City. All drivers were welcomed by Posit Kruawan, president of the provincial tourism association, at the San Lak Mean.
The next stop was the Royal Thai Air Force Wing 5 base and Ao Manao Bay for its famous view. They then moved to the “Venice of Hua Hin,” with its many rivers and gondola rides. The day ended with a meal at a waterfront seafood restaurant.
On August 28, the Alfas visited the Rajabakthi Park, a memorial to the past kings of Thailand. From there, the Singapore and Malaysia drivers paid a visit to the home of group captain Piyawat Kunrachat and were the recipients of wonderful hospitality, being given refreshments and souvenirs of local products.
The drivers began the trip back to their home countries and cities on August 29 and all will be eager to attend a repeat of this event in 2017.
Note: For more information about the Classic Car Friends Club of Pattaya, visit website: www.classic-car-friends-pattaya.com.