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Display Name: mellevan
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Ryan, I lived in Arlington for thirty years and loved it! Now: I disagree with those pushing for white/cream/pale colors—northern light makes pale colors look dingy and do not brighten a space with dim daylight. Visual interest and keeping one's eye moving around your room will make it livelier. Once you get your major furniture pieces and/or rug selected, pull a color for your walls from there and kick it up a notch beyond what you think you can stand. For example. my current painting studio's window is big, but light is blocked by a building next door—I matched a teal from my carpet for the walls. I thought it was going to be too dark, but it stands up to the low light and makes the room inviting—a place I want to spend time. With white trim and pops of citrusy lemongrass accents, the space really breathes!

Ideas for Maximizing Light in Northern Exposure Room? Good Questions
4/15/14 02:04 PM

Your explanations are insightful and humorous! Thank you!

My Small Home: Lauren's Small Space Solutions
4/15/14 01:25 PM

I actually have all the room I need; my second bedroom IS my extra room, and it is my art and writing studio. I had the chance to buy a three bedroom condo, and I am now glad it fell through and I bought this one instead: it is much less to decorate, heat, and especially, clean! Plus having less space keeps me honest about buying less and editing what I already have. For twenty years, I lived in a three bedroom house with a full basement and garage and a large yard, and I can say that I never used that house fully or efficiently, and it became a great big storage locker! Small spaces are just plain easier!

What Would You Do With an Extra Room?
4/15/14 01:59 AM

I would push your colors even harder by adding contrast elements, as the commenter above suggested with the pillow image: keep all your teals and add some chartreuse/hot citrus; pull those teals into your bedroom too; and to give everything focus, bring in black—NOT white! Your black and white photos will be awesome—add black lamp bases, throw pillows with black in the pattern, black office chair, an upholstered ottoman or side chair in black and teal—if you can afford it (or have generous friends who want to give housewarming gifts), get a few Jonathan Adler menagerie animals in the black ceramic—these are great mid-century-style sculptures that add both richness and whimsy to any home.

And since your floors are stunning, pull the eye down to them with a rug that picks up your robins egg, teal, hot green, and black.

(I'd mix a few of the teal tiles in with more black ones—or use a few figured tiles and play with a solid color to fill in—flor is so perfect for that!)

What To Do with Ugly, Beige-y Walls in a Rental? Good Questions
4/10/14 12:04 PM

What a wonderful home you have! Warm, inviting, bursting with creativity and comfort. I especially applaud your liberal use of vivid, evocative color! Thank you for sharing with us.

Nancy & Andy's Colorful, Handcrafted Home House Tour
4/8/14 12:37 PM

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I am so very tired of folks thinking a dark room needs white or very pale walls, when in fact, pale colors simply look dirty in a shaded room. I am endlessly curious about this reluctance we show for surrounding ourselves with color inside or homes, yet color-rich parks, gardens, oceans, lakes, and mountains are beloved places to visit!

How To Pick a Perfect Paint Color for a Low Light Room
4/8/14 02:19 AM

I love cinder block. Why isn't it used more? (It does weigh a ton, though...)

Isaac and Florence's Eclectic Zen-Inspired Apartment House Tour
4/4/14 07:08 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this process with us. Everything looks so great, so inviting. I could feel your exhaustion in your writing and, having been through a recent renovation (two bathrooms at the same time!), I was sympathetic. But your results are masterful and show how much care and thought can make even a small kitchen functional and appealing—I much prefer yours to all the overdone McMansion kitchens—small, attentively designed spaces are ever so much more impressive. And your wanting to honor the building's origins garners extra kudos!

Dan's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/3/14 11:25 AM


Jeremy's Light and Heavy Home House Tour
3/15/14 01:37 AM

LOVE all the feathers!

Alexandra & Christine's East Meets West House Tour
3/14/14 03:28 PM

I would be one of the rare ones that would love any of these rooms: all of my rooms are saturated colors that would seem to make no sense, but I love being intoxicated with color! It makes my brain sizzle!

Be Bold: Unusual Color Combinations that Work Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/14/14 02:35 AM

I enjoyed seeing your home, but you've done something that always puzzles me: the living room chairs are all pushed to the walls, away form the coffee table—wouldn't it be more intimate, warm and conversation-inducing to pull the chairs into the center, with space around them to give an airiness to the room?

Thayer's Modern Beachy Apartment House Tour
3/12/14 01:00 PM

Love all the way cool pix of stuff, and especially all the very wonderful art. I don't mind all the inspirational close-ups, although I could look at images of this home forever—25-30 shots would not be too much for me! I love the style, the colors, and would enjoy seeing more shots that give an overall sense of the space (however, since I live in a space that is very tough to photograph, I'm wondering if that is the case here?).

Shelley's Loft Full of Collected Treasures House Tour
3/10/14 05:48 PM

Love your bedroom! Looks like the perfect place to wake up!

Dan and Elizabeth's Americana Inspired Home House Tour
3/9/14 07:42 PM

Baby girl, all your art is hung wa-aa-ay too high. Lowering it would take your space from house to home.

Heather's Sunny San Francisco Space House Tour
3/7/14 03:15 AM

What I love is that this space is so decisively yours—maybe most of us wouldn't choose to live in it, but you've shown that you love it and it loves you! Bravo!

Ellenkate & Tim's Clever DIY Loft House Tour
3/7/14 03:08 AM

Yup. That's me all right.

Top 10 Signs You’re a Design Daredevil
3/4/14 07:36 PM

What a gorgeous, inspirational space—personally, I could live there. The art is evocative—just makes e want to get back in my own studio and paint. Thank you for sharing this marvel with us.

Jane & Dan's Multifunctional Live/Work Studio House Tour
3/4/14 02:44 AM has great writing and drawing implements!

The Cheapest & Best Online Sources for DIY Project & Craft Supplies
2/19/14 09:24 PM

I have one of these—actually, I have an entire room of this! I have a personal Gallery of Tiny Art, and I adore it. Nothing is over 10 X 10 inches (not counting framing), and most it much smaller. I love getting lost in the miniature creations of so many talented artists, plus framing is way more affordable. My favorite thing? Swiffering the frames—gives me loads of time to study each piece and revel in each teensy world.

Gallery Wall Inspiration: Small Frames, Smaller Pictures
2/19/14 02:07 AM