A pair of dainty arm chairs creates a fun vignette and a functional spot to perch in this eclectic living room with a view. A mounted animal head sculpture adds a note of whimsy, while an old-fashioned wood stove calls attention to the home's age and character. A large window is unadorned, providing an uninterrupted view of the pretty countryside.
Three-dimensional wall art goes a long way if you’re working with lots of blank space, and the plush variety is so fitting for a nursery. To achieve a more playful feel, mount a stuffed animal head above your crib. Thanks to the internet, you can find just about any animal you’d want – from a deer to a flamingo to a unicorn. For a more modern look, mount a plush geometric shape, like the edgy, black-and-white rain cloud here. Or, do both, like designer and stylist Live Loud Girl. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to fun, pillowy wall art.
A clever use of a small footprint, designer Kristina Crestin came up with the idea to put a queen sized bed together with a twin bunk bed, thinking a family could fit into the small space. To the right of the queen bed, a closet holds essential storage. Black pipe fittings provide a safety component to the twin bed, but also add a little industrial flair.
A budget-friendly pine V-groove in a semi opaque wash on a warm grey was chosen for the walls so they wouldn't compete with the barn board ceiling.
The guest room was a great space to have a little fun, pairing some fun, white animal heads with a found vintage chair. Layering elements to add to the story of the space.
A corner banquette just off the kitchen is a convenient place for breakfast and light meals. Here, an L-shaped banquette features nail head trim and a collection of earthenware jugs, animal figurines and plates. The distressed table and checked pillows are classically French country.
A shagreen leather desk with snappy nail-head trim blends style with function in this cozy transitional home office. The fabric of a painterly pillow inspired the room’s colorful palette, including the gold-banded draperies and ocean-hued walls. A Chippendale chair gets new life with white paint and fun animal-print upholstery.
Another example of the animal (and insect) themes and decorative flourishes that are making this such an interesting decorating moment, an ethereal snake-head table works wonderfully next to a more substantial Asian stool that shows off the playful global mix currently defining modern design. These heavy, ebony pieces work well in a room where bright whites and soft sands create balance.
The owner of this French Country home wanted to redesign her house to better fit her girly style, so she added some bold, stylish pieces to her living room. The milk-white deer head, the pink chair, animal hide rug and clear coffee table make a unique statement in the space, while the traditional fireplace, nude canvas chairs and elegant sconces keep the classy tradition of the French Country style alive in her home.
The animal-loving little boy wanted the wilderness in his space. After painting it the same greige as in the dining room, Sonal stuck on a vinyl decal world map from Wallums and hung a wicker antelope head from Target. Zane picked out the light (from All Modern): “He said it’s like stars in the sky,” says Sonal. With a tent from Crate & Kids and a throw with pine trees (also from Target), the room is almost a permanent campout.
Investigate any unpleasant smells or noises coming from your bathroom sink drain, says Frank Lesh, owner of Home Sweet Home Inspection Company in Indian Head Park, Ill. Gurgling may be caused by a blockage you can remove with a snake or plunger. If a sink is smelly but you don’t use it frequently, the water in the U-shaped pipe underneath may have dried out, allowing methane gas into the room. Try pouring a quart of water down the drain and airing out the room for a couple of hours. If the smell goes away, Lesh has a simple fix: pour a teaspoon of vegetable oil down the drain, which will keep the water from evaporating and should solve your problem.
But if smells or noises persist, call a plumber to investigate your vent pipe. It may have become blocked by debris or nesting animals.