So you have a small bedroom but a vivacious personality. Well then, start your day waking in a small bedroom that makes a bold decor statement.Read More
Of course it's okay to put an area rug on a carpet! In fact, put an area rug on top of a larger area rug! One reason is . . .Read More
. . . make your picnic table setting an elaborate event with stylized centerpieces, tablecloths and dining ware. Or keep it as simple as . . .Read More
Writing for this post, I found lots of very unattractive, in fact down right bleak studio apartments. I won't include any of them here but . . .Read More
Light and airy bedrooms ooz offer the promise of calmness and comforting. In the hectic, pressure-driven environment so many of us live in, at the end of the day or any time of the day, the bedroom becomes the last bastion for an emotional escape. Light colors, daylight streaming through the windows and . . .Read More
In any season, a beautiful tablescape can excite our expectations for a wonderful meal--and great company. I love tablescapes though I have yet to master the art of designing a fabulous one. And so I decided to investigate elements that make a great tablescape. What I discovered is . . .Read More
Every apartment, every home deserves an indoor tree. Well, at least that's what I think. They give you so much more than just the beauty and earthy colors of nature. Their architectural structure alone makes . . .Read More
Don't waste this valuable real estate space of your rented apartment. I certainly don't! Do create a garden room however small or big it may be. Do you have a lousy view? A garden room on your balcony will . . .Read More
Personally, I think studio apartment living gets a bad rap, a bad profile. Yes, they are small. But it's that smallness that makes it wonderfully desirable to live in--given it's space is used efficiently and attractively.Read More
Small space living already brings with it the feeling of intimancy, and deserves the warmth and loveliness of a flower, a bouquet of flowers or even a love-cake on the table. Get inspired by these 17 beautiful small centerpieces for your Valentine's Day decor.Read More
Okay, I admit I'm stretching this a bit. You can grow a maple indoors--a bonsai maple. You can also grow maples in a container on a balcony porch.Read More
There are small kitchens. Then there are tiny kitchens. If you love to cook, as I do, it's difficult to not clutter and keep a tiny kitchen clean. Clutter in a tiny kitchen can make it depressant to cook in. I know it isn't easy cooking in a tiny kitchen. There's never . . .Read More
For the average apartment dweller, there simply isn't apartment storage for bikes. They're left to embrace sharing their apartment decor with the bike in full view. In all honesty, most bicycles are . . .Read More
Before you dismiss the idea of a quilt hanging on your wall, let me introduce you to a few of them.Read More
Designs for the contemporary Western floor style pillow has come a long, long way: more creative, more colorful and just down right exciting for adults and children!Read More
There are so many nooks and crannies literally starring you in the face. Starting with a studio apartment, let's find them!Read More
I say don't waste this valuable real estate space of your rented apartment. Do create a garden room however small or big it may be. Do you have a lousy . . .Read More
It's the end of the day. And it's wonderful to just sit on your apartment or condo balcony under the stars with no other lights Other times, you want lighting to read, to create an intimate ambiance or to entertain friends.
Here are some cool apartment balcony lighting ideas: Get inspired. Get Creative. Enjoy your balcony.
A very popular outdoor lighting for apartment balconies is string lights. They're fun and versatile, creating ambiances from a party-like room to an intimate setting. A series of large bulbs are usually attached to electrical wiring and of course connect to an electrical outlet. Bulbs are enclosed or not in a variety of materials, such as rice paper. Some string lights with bulbs are actually powered by solar.
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Relax in comfort and style against this Lemon Drop Martini lumbar pillow. The back makes a sophisticated contrast in black. The classic recipe for a lemon drop martini is vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. But you can bump up the flavors with an orange liqueur.
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Fairy string lights are shaped like tear drops on very flexible metal wire and are generally battery operated.
And then, of course, there are candle lights which offer a wide and versatile range in style, shapes and colors. Enclose candles in glass bulbs or hurricane lamps. There beautiful glass containers for candles in every decor style and for every taste.
Ceiling lights on the porch do not have to be boring!
If you are so inclined, add a DIY chandelier, similar to the one shown below on the right. Use glass bubbles, electric tea lights, lighting and wiring, and roping.
Letterings with lights already installed can be purchased or simply create your own. Any good hardware store will have the tools you will need.
I keep saying, if you are fortunate to have it, don't waste the space of a balcony or patio or verandah! Make it a go to spot in a small space.
Are you enjoying your apartment outdoor space with great lighting?
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My all time most favorite romantic set for two it the one above.
It is absolutely exquisite. Note the neutral colors or taupe, rich cocoa brown and wood table are paired with gold glass ware, vase, flatware and a mixed colors of red roses, as well as other flowers and greens. I love the subliminal message to be wild and daring in the animal print.
Here are nine romantic table settings for two, add the meal and wine and you have the perfect prelude for romance--and an intimate tête-à-tête. If you want to make it a transitional setting, you can always subtract and add elements to make it so or any style that suits your romantic occasion.
This next lovely comes from Martha Stewart: coffee table for two. It comes with a menu and recipes too!
The romantic dinner setting for two below is just sooo cute! I wouldn't change a thing, except adding lit candles.
When a gift is on the menus, what could be more inviting then the table setting below:
Not to worry if you don't have a deck on a lake house. Just be inspired to create your own romantic setting on a small porch, a veranda or patio, even a kitchen. Add lots of string lights and candle, a floor length tablecloth and lovely table setting. A dusk-filled sky is always available at the right time.
Could you resist the elegance of a Ralph Lauren table for two! Me, no! Just take me there. A setting like this can easily be translated to the indoors in front of a fireplace or a window.
This lovely setting is from French Wedding Style with an invitation to where else -- a wedding in France! If you can't make it to France and you're getting married or you're already married, there's no reason you can't be inspired to simply set the occasion wherever you have the space. In fact, any park or wooded area where the two of you can sit under the magic of a big old tree is a perfect spot. Or just be bold and daring: create it in your living room!
To make the picnic setting more transitional, just change out the accessories:
- contemporary decorative pillows (preferably solid in fabrics of velvet or linen)
- plain white linen tablecloth
- tall candle stick holders but not ornate
- wine or champagne glasses with simple lines
I absolutely adore the romantic table for two in this next one. The great hearth, plaid tartan table topper (a throw), pink stripe floor length table cloth and silver metal chairs all give the feel of a country setting.
You can easily transform this to a upscaled but still warm and romantic setting in your own apartment where there is a fireplace. If you want to make it a bit more transitional with neutral colors and just a splash of red or even pink, remember tartan also comes in other colors, such as browns and beige. Use it as the topper with a crisp white or even black floor length table cloth. Use gold trimmed dinner plates and flatware and simple crystal wine glasses.
Any day with your sweetie is a Happy Valentine Day. You don't really have to wait until February 14.
Whatever the occasion, Happy Romantic Table Setting For Two!
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A settee is the perfect seating to create a dining nook that has both style and comfort. You'll love how it embraces you when dining--whether it's just breakfast or that special dinner. It expands the seating space, a particular concern for apartment dwellers.
- Add a round table and stackable chairs.
- Class it up or down but for the transitional style, make it a classic traditional or contemporary piece in which it plays the starring role.
- Consider how much space you have, of course.
- Don't be deterred if you have a really small space, there are lots of settee sizes from which to choose. And you'll see below, you can even install a bench with a wall backrest to create a settee-like seating.
- One critical element to consider is the height of the seating. Chair seat heights are generally 18" to 19." So when you sit down on a settee with a cushion (in which you will sink), it's important to note that height. Otherwise, you may be shoveling your food into your mouth with your lips close to the table edge!
And from my own decor, here is an image of my Louis Ghosts in a previous home. I had chosen a chaise lounge to escape the classic four chairs and a table setting. Although the seating height is about 19," when one sits on the chaise lounge, the seating sinks to level one's mouth being nearly at the table top level! That was a bummer, for I so dearly love my chaise lounge. A better option would have been a settee in which normally the required seating height is taken into account in the construction. Still, if you are interested in a chase lounge in your dining area, see my very popular post on The Case For A Chaise Lounge.
I absolutely adore the soft colors in the dining space below. More than likely it is in a home. However, it can definitely serve as a blue print for smaller spaces. Just scale down the pieces, such as substituting a smaller table.
For do-it-your-selfers, you can build a back for a bench and create a type of settee. Even a girl can do it. Check out Creativity Happens by Shana on You Tube. It's for a headboard but the principle would be similar for a bench with a tufted bench back. Or if you're like me, just call a carpenter!
More lovely examples of using a settee in your dining area:
Settees come in a wide range of styles from the transitional to traditional to modern. Here are just a few of the very common ones found in the transitional decor style:
1. FRENCH COUNTRY JUTE LINEN BANQUETTE FOR DINING, FROM KATHY KUO:
2. FRENCH LINEN SETTEE, KATHY KUO
3. KERRIGAN BEIGE LINEN TRADITIONAL SETTEE ON HOUZZ
4. TRUMBULL GRAY LINEN MODERN-TRANSITIONAL SETTEE ON HOUZZ
The settee has always been enjoyed as a fine piece of furniture to own with a history that dates back to the 17th Century. Its style and use continues to change with creative ideas in home decorating projects. Learn more about it at One Kings Lane, The History Of Settees.
Apartments, condos, any small space really is ideal for a settee where you can create a cozy dining space, work on your laptop, have a lovely tête-à-tête with a friend or just a place to daydream.
This is an updated post that was originally published in December 2014.
Would you consider a settee for your next dining decor project?
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