I tried to make an upholstered headboard once. I got the idea from an episode of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.” Armed with an oversized piece of fiberboard, soft batting, a staple gun and a bolt of fabric, I set to work measuring, cutting, padding and stapling. Hours later, I was the proud owner of a DIY headboard.
The problem: It was a $156 mess. There were lumps in the batting, the fabric was crooked, and it didn’t have that “hotel chic” promised by the on-screen designers. I rescued the fabric, which is still buried — unused — in a dark corner of a storage closet, tossed the fiberboard in the trash and bought a headboard instead.
It was not the first time I’d been the victim of an HGTV-inspired makeover-gone-wrong. Read more … Keep reading »
When the weather is chilly and my energy is down, I retreat to my bedroom much earlier than I anticipate. Yet lately, my bedroom has hardly become the haven I hoped for. Stacks of magazines, loads of laundry and dusty books are cluttering my floors, making it nearly impossible to relax. Tonight I plan to light some candles and tackle this mess with the following steps. Feel like joining me in a quick bedroom clean-up? Read more … Keep reading »
The Queens at Kingdom of Style turned me on to a new blog, (IN)DECOROUS TASTE. Created by 20-something Lauren Tennenbaum, the site is a super-luxe look at all things style-oriented, from interior design to fashion and all points in between. Or, as its editor describes it, “the blog is a documentation of the author’s artistic follies, and a collection of interesting images, interiors, fashions, anecdotes, design finds, and design books.” In addition to showcasing her adventures in the hyper-chic, Tennenbaum posts pictures of the exquisitely over-the-top high-heels she’s made herself. Her latest pair, pictured here, combine Lucite and chains. We are awed. Have a look at more of her footwear concoctions after the jump. Keep reading »
These “CSI”-inspired pillows will, no doubt, make Grisham proud—they’re using crime scene evidence (splattered blood, DNA and fingerprints) as decor! Now all you have to do is scour the (couch) scene, collect the irrefutable evidence and find the missing pieces that will solve the mystery! Or not so much. [Lost City via Trend Hunter] Keep reading »
After a few weeks visiting my parents at their very grownup house in Chicago, returning to my own cute but tiny and not-nearly-as-nice apartment (left) in New York was a bit of a challenge. I think my roommate and I have done a lot with fairly limited resources, but my mom’s museum-like stylings reminded me of the seemingly endless ways we could improve our own place. But while some– antique French chairs, for example– remain out of my price range, others– like switching out our crappy kitchen knobs for cute ones– are easy and affordable. After the jump, a few tips on instantly improving the look of your apartment. Keep reading »
Don’t like guests? Want to give people a reason to never come over and visit you? The Doormat Scale is the perfect solution! When potential visitors are forced to find out how much they weigh before setting foot in your house, you’ll never have to entertain again! Of course, designer Emilio Alarcón notes, “Not everyone will find the Doormat Scale amusing.” I know I would not. If I came face-to-face with the Doormat Scale, I would run screaming for my life. Purportedly, the point of this “welcome” mat scale is not to humiliate but to bring to the fore one of the taboos we would rather ignore. What if your weight were on the table, so to speak? Would everyone worry about how much they weigh anymore if everyone knew how much each other weighed? Either way, Alarcón notes, it’s a “conversation starter.” I’m just not sure that’s a conversation I want to have. [StyleFrizz] Keep reading »
The LA Times takes a closer look at “bordello chic,” the latest trend in interior design that is sexing up businesses and nightclubs on the Left Coast. At club Voyeur, the chairs are all SM-themed, with lace-up corsets, leather straps, and restraint harnesses. Taking a nod from old-fashioned men’s clubs and bordellos, the look is a mix of upscale old-school and 21st century bondage chic. According to one designer, Lori Erenberg, this kinky impulse is a reflection of the economic climate. “I think this look is very timely, because there’s a lot of pain going on right now,” Erenberg opines. At the L.A. outpost of the racy lingerie-and-adult-goods shop Coco de Mer, customers try on undergarments in a “confessional” booth-cum-dressing room. Designer Aimee Less, who designed the Corset chair seen here, says her piece “evokes both pleasure and pain, freedom and enslavement.” Sounds interesting, but how comfortable it is depends on the kinks of the sitter. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Sure, lots of blogs are rounding up the sexiest stories, trends, and scandals of the year — including us — but when Apartment Therapy does it, it’s a little different. Among AT’s sexiest posts of 2009, don’t miss what happens when furniture gets it on, an odd array of chic condom dispensers, the sexiest … bathroom soaps, what happens when you do the deed in a swinging bed, and naughty lampshades. What do you do to sex up your apartment to set the mood? Turn on the lava lamp? Throw a red piece of fabric over the light? Scrub the toilet? Tell us in the comments. Keep reading »
Our pal Gala Darling points to this photo of Padma Lakshmi in her bed, a bed that has a painting of herself over it. Ego gone wild or appropriate artwork? You be the judge. Keep reading »