Got a problem? Need some help? Just standing there shaking your head? Don't know what to do? You're not alone. Send us a link to photos of your design quandary and let the Desire to Inspire design crew help you .... that's you lot ... the readers! Polly emailed with this week's dilemma.
Attached are pics of my living room. If possible I would like to keep the tv against the same wall b/c it is now installed on that wall. I also tried the couch under the window but found that it made the room feel smaller and darker - I need as much natural light as possible. All the furniture can go, except the tv and (new) cabinet. Also attached are some pics of pieces we like. Any suggestions for wall decor? How about start-burst mirrors or a large mirror on the wall that faces the window? And maybe a group of b&w photos on the small piece of wall the faces the entrance - by the corner that we are thinking of putting a chair? area rug? styles of furniture that would work with the media cabinet? We prefer light colours. How would a greyish couch look with the cream walls? Any suggestions would totally be appreciated.
When you've got a staircase that is a focal point, in this case it descends right in the middle of an open plan apartment, it's worth making it special. This apartment in Budapest is the home to a young and creative family with 2 children. The stairs form a divider between the living room and kitchen/dining room and architect Biljana Jovanovic was given the task to make it a playful. Because the stairs had to be steep (not ideal when there are children involved), Biljana angled each step to provide more surface area. I think these are alot of fun and such a clever way to turn something that could be so generic into the main attraction. (Full story here, photographed by Gerardo Altemir)
Relaxed and chic, faded and fabulous. Old and new, vintage with industrial, shabby with found and natural. Even though some of these pictures have popped up on Desire to Inspire over the years I can't believe we've never focused on the design duo of Lyn Gardener and Amanda Henderson-Marks of Gardener & Marks. Time to right that oversight today. Bowerbirds of style.