March 11, 2007

Apple-Green, Stripy or Vintage?

Posted in bathroom at 6:06 am by homehappy

All have their charms! (From Better Homes and Gardens.)


Coating the walls a fresh apple green keeps with the contemporary style of the neutral sink unit. A tall, frameless mirror is sleek and draws the eye up to the unusual tubular light fixtures and high ceiling. (Source)


Wide stripes lend a crisp feel to this simple bathroom. Get the look by painting your bathroom wall white, then taping off evenly sized stripes. Paint the stripes the same color, or use two coordinating colors like the ones shown here. (Source)


Here’s a new bathroom with reproduction fixtures, offering modern-day convenience with old-world style. A vintage mirror and sconces offer appealing patina and texture while the floral mosaic tile floor adds a bit of color to the space. (Source)


Asian-inspired Canopy Beds

Posted in bedroom at 6:00 am by homehappy

Feng Shui Bed: The Mantra Bed was designed by Mauro Bertame according to Feng Shui principles. The base of the bed is very low, and the canopy has soft round contours.


Bamboo Bed: Usona’s Otto 89 canopy bed in American Walnut has a bamboo screen headboard and upholstered base.


High Headboards with Soft Squares

Posted in bedroom at 5:12 am by homehappy

If, like me, you have a penchant for soft headboards and anything square-shaped — you’ll love these beds.

1. Designed by Bruno Rainaldi, the Boss bed uses lush material and dynamic texture to create a minimalist decadence. (Via Trendir.)


2. The Bardot bed by Usona has a hard wood frame with removable fabric, fixed leather. (I’m guessing that the headboard comes with it… If not, drats.)


3. The Wood bed + Quilted Wingback Headboard by West Elm appear to be sold separately. But what a headboard!


Inspiration: Use that ladder!

Posted in unusual at 2:46 am by homehappy

1. As a bookshelf.


(Via Make.)

2. As a towel rack.


(Via Better Homes and Gardens.)

3. As a Christmas tree.


(Via ApartmentTherapy.)

March 10, 2007

Invisible Towel Shelf

Posted in bathroom at 11:26 pm by homehappy


Create the illusion that your towels are floating in mid-air with the Conceal towel shelf by Umbra at Unica Home. (Via Shelterrific.)

Bathroom Accessories

Posted in bathroom at 11:00 pm by homehappy

When it comes to bathroom accessories, think sleek and simple. I’m partial to cool blues, although black and white is a timeless colour combination and can look elegant… in the right sort of bathroom. Ditto for accents like letters and floral patterns.


1. Adler Lacquerware Bath Accessories at Linens ‘n Things.

2. Black + White 5-piece set, unfortunately discontinued. (Via DesignMilk.)

3. Blue + White Coordinates, unfortunately discontinued. (Via DesignMilk.)

4. Veratex Westside Caddy at Linens ‘n Things. (Via DesignMilk.)


5. Shadow Vine Bath Coordinates at Target.

6. Black/White Cosmo Bath Coordinates at Target.

7. Solid Blue Bath Accessories at Kohls.

8. Blue Resin Bath Collection at Target.

9. Fun Bath Accessories at Bed Bath and Beyond.

10. Croscill Asian Inspirations Bath Accessories at BedBathStore.

Space-Saving Bathroom Tips

Posted in bathroom at 4:36 pm by homehappy

Even baths with minimal measurements can offer full-scale convenience. Here are some ideas to help you transcend those spare-space problems.

Blue Bathroom

  • Replace a bulky vanity with a sleek pedestal sink. To make up for lost countertop space, add a narrow ledge to the wall behind the sink.
    • Investigate tub options. Choosing a nonstandard size or shape may allow more efficient use of floor space. Check out corner tubs, old-fashioned freestanding units, small-but-deep soaking tubs, and models specifically scaled for small spaces.
    • Improve efficiency with special cabinetry fittings: pull-out laundry hampers, tilt-out waste cans, drawer organizers for cosmetics and toiletries, and appliance garages for personal appliances.
      • Be creative with shelving. Stack a corner with out-of-the-way wedge-shaped glass shelves. Stow rolled towels in a wall-mounted wine rack. Build a labyrinth of recessed cubbyholes in spaces between the wall studs.
      • Use pocket doors instead of hinged doors, so there’s no need to make room for swing clearance.
        • Make a small space feel larger with mirrors, shiny metals, and glass. Reflective materials create the illusion of more space. Glass lets the eye see through a solid surface.

        From Better Homes and Gardens.
        (Click for more tips on bathroom planning.)

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