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 . . .
. . . make your picnic table setting an elaborate event with stylized centerpieces, tablecloths and dining ware. Or keep it as simple as . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
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 . . .
Before you dismiss the idea of a quilt hanging on your wall, let me introduce you to a few of them.
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!
There are so many nooks and crannies literally starring you in the face. Starting with a studio apartment, let's find them!
. . . some cool apartment balcony lighting ideas: Get inspired. Get Creative. Enjoy your balcony.
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.
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.
Would you consider a settee for your next dining decor project?
This is an updated post that was originally published in December 2014 on my previous blog: annsliees.com.