Ironhorse at Tramonto Apartments in Phoenix, AZ
We’ve been (not so patiently) waiting for this day. Pantone, the world’s authority on all things color, just announced their pick for next year’s “it” color: Radiant Orchid.
In laymen’s terms, it’s basically a hybrid of pink and purple. And even though it’s a bit early to even think about spring and summer, this color will be the perfect complement for your seasonal decor in a few months.
News flash: It’s cold outside. And if you’re smart enough to save money and energy by turning the heat down inside, you know how important your winter bedding is. There’s only one danger: your bed will be so warm and comfy that you might not want to get out of it in the morning (but then again, don’t you always want to catch a few extra Zs when that alarm goes off?)
When it’s time to load up your apartment bedroom with the coziest bedding, think beyond the sheets. Here are some ideas to stay warm all night long:
Down comforters are what’s up
For fluffy warmth, it doesn’t get much better than down. Your most expensive down comforters – designed to be covered by a duvet, or just thrown on top of the bed as they are – will be filled with 100 percent goose down, but a more affordable alternative is a comforter filled with a mixture of down and feathers.
Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince George are moving into an apartment at Kensington Palace.
Hear ye, hear ye: The Duke, Duchess and Prince of Cambridge – better known as Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George – have moved into the newly renovated Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace.
Formerly occupied by Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, Apartment 1A is pretty impressive. We know, we know – you’re dying to see pictures, and so are we. Sadly for us, the royal couple has yet to allow photographers into their new home, but from what we hear, it has some notable features. Some of them include:
A well-placed mirror or reflective surface can work wonders to expand a smaller space.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…how do I make this tiny apartment look bigger?
Small spaces can be transformed when you use illusion wisely.
A little reflection is your friend when your goal is to make a smaller apartment space feel a little more substantial. Skip the crystal ball and gaze, instead, at these tips for a decorative strategy using mirrors!
Nerds, move on. Nothing to see here. These are not the apartment decorating tips you are looking for.
Your apartment is your sanctuary. Your geeked-out sanctuary.
It’s your TARDIS. Your Shire. Your Batcave, if you will.
Why not let your geek flag fly high? Decorate your apartment so that all who enter know just how great a Star Wars, Doctor Who or Marvel Comics fan you really are.
But, by the beard of Zeus, please do it with an air of sophistication. You want people to appreciate the unique design of your geek chic apartment, not feel like they’re stepping into your high school bedroom.
Following are five rules for decorating an adult geek-o-sphere.
There’s a million directions to go when deciding how to decorate your apartment. You can keep it calm and subtle, or go all out to create an atmosphere that really speaks to your personality.
The latter sounds fun, doesn’t it?
Switching up the look and feel of your apartment is a great way to keep falling in love with your small space. To keep things fresh, a seasonal theme is ideal. And since it’s fall, why not opt for the color orange?
This studio apartment features a brightly colored curtain that separates the bedroom area from the rest of the living space.
Small-space living comes with its share of quirks. But when you live in a studio apartment that’s not even big enough to have interior walls, you’ve got an extreme design challenge. How do you arrange it in a way that’s functional, comfortable, and doesn’t make it feel like you live in a cave?
Fortunately, we know that bigger isn’t always better. Here are 9 ways to transform your studio apartment into a small wonder:
1. Create mini-rooms.
Since a studio apartment is often one big room, you have to break up the space into different living areas. If you’ve got a chair and a lamp in one corner as a designated reading area, define that space with a small rug and a picture on the wall. Likewise, arrange your couch and TV as you would in a living room.
This furry rug adds textural interest to this room. Don’t you want to walk over it barefoot? The Woods, San Jose, CA
A hint of rustic roughness here, a splash of sultry silkiness there – every room needs something irresistibly touchable to give it extra oomph. Here are seven ways to satisfy your tactile decorating desires:
1. Get down.
Kick those shoes off, because your toes are in for a treat. The plush, furry rug in the photo above must feel like walking on a cloud. Wouldn’t those fuzzy fibers feel good on your tootsies after a long day?
Temporary wallpaper adds a splash of color to any room without permanently altering the wall.
Adding some color to your apartment can be tough when you can’t paint, hang wallpaper, or retile. How do you make a place feel like yours when you’re limited to temporary décor?
Fortunately, there are some ultra-cool products out there that can make your rental feel like home sweet home – without doing any permanent damage. Here are a few that we love:
1. Temporary wallpaper
Also called strippable or peelable wallpaper, this decorative accent works just like regular wallpaper, only it peels away from walls easily without leaving a residue behind. The adhesive is about as strong as a Post-It.
You can buy temporary wallpaper at big-box home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot, paint stores like Sherwin-Williams, or online. The only downside: It’s expensive. You can expect to pay around $100 for each 8-foot-tall, 25-inch-wide panel. But you can cut down on the cost by papering accent walls instead of an entire room.
Frame your memories and fill your apartment walls with your own Instagram pics!
Why not fuel your interest in Pinterest and add to its world of hip images with your own Instagram snaps? Better yet, you can create real-world artwork from your own digital images.
You may already use Instagram to snap, filter and share photos, but did you know it’s also a great tool to create personalized apartment decor?
Instagram saves your pics to your smartphone’s camera roll, so it’s easy to download the images for a do-it-yourself art project.
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For instant personalized decorating, turn to your Instagram efforts for inspiration (and check out what others are sharing on Pinterest!)
Here are some cool ways to capture the right images and clever methods to frame your memories.