My first grade classroom looks slightly like a (colorful) prison. It is white painted cinder block. It has three big windows with blinds and most of the furniture is kind of dilapidated. There are fluorescent lights. I have a few houseplants and even had a friend build some colorful curtains for the cubbies and cabinets, but I can't seem to kick the institutional feel. It also smells sort of weird. What are some of the make or break elements that make a space feel cozy, homey, livable? Especially for a child-friendly place.
posted by mermily
on Jun 13, 2014 -
I have a metal tray-style table I'd love to fill with moss. The tray is about 1.5" deep. My livingroom is pretty bright but my bedroom is dark. My questions for you are:
1) How do I install the moss?
2) Where do I put it?
3) How do I maintain it? Do I need a clear surface over the moss to contain moisture or can I rely on regular watering/misting?
4) If the moss won't work, are there other low/small similar plants I can substitute with?
posted by qzar
on Feb 25, 2014 -
I live in a studio apartment (600 square feet) with an open layout that's a bit challenging to work with. I have this beautiful IKEA Hemnes daybed
. Just yesterday I moved it to a new location that I thought would make better use of the space. [more inside]
posted by starpoint
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I'm (re-)learning Spanish and am finding the stories in my "First Spanish Reader" to be somewhat lacking in interest. Since I enjoy thumbing through architectural/interior design magazines, I thought a print subscription to one in Spanish would be a fun way to learn. I've encountered the Spanish version of Architectural Living ("Arquitectura Viva"), which seems alright. I'd like to know if there are other options. For reference, my preferred aesthetic is stark modern with aged materials (examples: wabi sabi
and excessive concrete
). Muchas gracias!
posted by FiveSecondRule
on Jul 27, 2013 -
Is there a precedent/community for crowdsourcing interior design? Like many geeks, I lack the proper gifts, and wonder what resources could be thrown at it. [more inside]
posted by rtgoodwin
on Oct 1, 2010 -
The house I am preparing to move into has a "cosmetic" fireplace. It looks like a fireplace, it's built into the wall, but can't be used as one. What clever decorating ideas do you have for it? I'm game for anything--funny, functional, stylish, classic, clever, funky, hell--even some sort of tasteful heat retrofit--just anything that doesn't involve putting a fire in it (that would probably result in death).
posted by sourwookie
on Aug 18, 2010 -
What gift should I get an individual that graduated from an interior design school? [more inside]
posted by birdlips
on Aug 2, 2010 -
Some months ago I came across a site that, I think, makes products from bespoke designs by young designers, or at least makes such products available for purchase. I think (am almost certain in fact) that it is based in the UK. I cannot remember the site and no amount of searching turns it up. [more inside]
posted by derMax
on Jun 22, 2010 -
Does anybody know of an entry level architectural drafting course or introduction to architecture course being given in New York City (or near NYC) during the summer for a reasonable price
? [more inside]
posted by RobertFrost
on May 4, 2010 -
Does anyone know of any attractive powered speakers? Ones that look like they belong on a bookshelf and not next to a PC? [more inside]
posted by bryanlacksfocus
on Dec 16, 2009 -
Interior/exterior design memory loss: a few months ago I was casually flipping through one of the many interior design magazines on the shelf at Borders and saw an article about an amazing place that I'd love to find more details about. Unfortunately I was distracted and don't remember many details... [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady
on Oct 28, 2009 -
What long, decorative item (say, 12'x4') can I hang on my empty wall? If it happened to absorb sound from the opposing speakers, that'd be great. [more inside]
posted by erikgrande
on Apr 21, 2009 -
Inspire me! Where are your absolute favorite places to find incredible, unique interior and outdoor decorating treasures and bargains in Los Angeles (or online)? I'm looking for cool stuff to fill/cover walls, floors, windows, garden, patio, home office... you name it! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster
on Jul 14, 2008 -
How can I find design resources similar to the home design/interior design shows that are on cable television? [more inside]
posted by boots77
on Apr 13, 2008 -
I'd like to do some interior design/cozying to my sailboat's interior. Before charging off with a sewing machine and some rubber cement, I thought it might be good to seek some advice. Got any? [more inside]
posted by cior
on Mar 3, 2008 -
I want to design a boat. A big boat. Help me learn the basics of interior boat structures. [more inside]
posted by gc
on Feb 21, 2008 -
Does anyone know of any interior designers or contractors in the London metropolitan area that specialize in sound installations, recording studios, or accoustic treatment?
posted by Human Flesh
on Nov 7, 2006 -
How can I get a short-term, labor-intensive job in a field I'd like to start a career in? [more inside]
posted by itchi23
on Jan 19, 2006 -
I am looking for a 3-D floor-plan software for interior designers that can be used to show clients how furniture, rugs, art, lighting, etc. will look in their home spaces. Anyone have any recommendations? Extra points for something simple to use for a computer "novice."
posted by Pressed Rat
on Sep 22, 2005 -
Fear of decorating: Is there actually good interior design software? I'm looking for something that lets me visualize room dimensions, colors, textures, materials, furniture dimensions, actual furniture, etc. I'm using Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by ontic
on Apr 3, 2005 -