Our four LARGE pillows just arrived!!! I’m obsessed with stripes at the moment and, really, what apartment doesn’t need a pop of hot pink?
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Q: I love books but want an alternative to a bookshelf - something more interesting. What’s another option?
A: I love vintage ladders and a book shelf is a great way to make use of your favorite one. They’re pretty inexpensive just go to your local flea market or try searching for one on Etsy! Another option would be to have a floating bookshelf like the Conceal Book Shelf by Seltzer Studios. Happy reading!
Q: What if I want to keep my walls white? What’s another cool way to integrate color?
A: Doors. and moldings. For some reason, I think NYC townhouse when I see a high-gloss door, but, for whatever reason, I love it. Painting your doors and moldings are a great way to embrace a bold color without having to commit to it all over your walls. And if you don’t like it, it’s easier to change. Just remember go glossy, unless you’re planning something crazy like a matte-black door against glossy walls… which could be kind of sick.
Q: Can I use patterns in small spaces or is it better to keep my walls solid?
A: Go big. I’m a sucker for a bold statement and if you’re designing on a budget, the smaller the space the less wallpaper, paint or manpower you need to make that statement. If you’re someone who loves patterns than go for it and don’t just do a single wall - pick something fabulous and ride it all the way.
Q: I have a jewelry problem. My vanity top is a disaster but I don’t want to hide all of my pieces in drawers. HELP!
A: Firstly, what gay doesn’t love to sparkle - so I can relate. My boyfriend’s equally obsessed. Hiding your pieces away is definitely a mistake. Repurpose great home accessories to take care of your personal accessories - like these candlesticks as bracelet holders. In SoHo, we used a vintage ladder to hold shoes and accessories. Use your jewelry pieces to highlight the parts of your room you’re most proud of and put your best pieces near a light source. Use an editing eye so your friends don’t think you’re a crazy pack rat and switch pieces up once in a while. For more ideas, see this piece by Vogue.
Q: I’m over “wall art”. What else can I put on my walls?
A: I’m currently obsessed with old polaroids which, if you have enough of them, can be taped directly to the wall inside an empty frame. If not, maybe your mother’s favorite china? Here’s how on Shelterness…
While I love posting random “inspirational” photos for all of you, I think I’m going to start posting photos that pertain to specific design questions/problems that I encounter on the 50 for Fifty and other design “blogs” - maybe this will make the photos more applicable to your own spaces… sound good? bad? I don’t care because my mother did my place?
Am I gay because I like shine or do I like shine because I’m gay?
more great spaces by Todd Alexander Romano
you can’t buy character.
de la Renta does it best.
upholstered wall turned headboard heaven.