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4 Small Apartment Layout Ideas With Muted Pastel Decor

These four gorgeous little apartment interiors are the work of visualiser Diễm Kiều. Each of these contemporary living spaces have been arranged in clever layouts that expertly deal with the challenges of living a full modern life within the confines of a compact space. Despite limited proportions, all four homes have enviable kitchens, sociable dining areas and cosy looking lounges. The colour palettes used throughout are calming and homey, with muted shades of blush pink, blue-grey and soft mint green. The pastel hues have been teamed with monochrome tiling in the kitchen areas, where splashbacks and floor tiles bring in expanses of on trend intricate pattern and cool geometric design.

Despite the limited proportions of this cosy lounge area, a large wall clock decorates a grey feature wall, which tricks the mind into believing the space is more substantial. The gold living room pendant light stands out beautifully against the grey backdrop and is complemented by the golden wood tones of a central coffee table, the couch base and the neighbouring dining table and chairs.

In tune with the golden sheen of the living room light, a duo of globe pendant lights have an amber tinted sheen over the dining table. To zone the dining area, wood panelling has been applied to the wall and painted a gentle blush pink. The same shade has been applied to a boxed wall shelf that holds just a couple of decorative jugs and plates.

One of the Scandinavian style chairs have been made black to add a splash of panache to the wooden dining set.

The home entryway sees a return of the mid-grey shade that covers the sofa wall. An attractive unit with a debossed arch design offers some storage space, along with a set of three decorative wall hooks.

Blush and grey kitchen cabinets with monochrome wall and floor tiling make a stunning combination.

The cooking space is small but perfectly formed.

Our second living space utilises the same modern chandelier as the first. This time the gold light hangs in front of traditional wainscoting that has been given a modern dual tone paint treatment that uses white on the upper quarter and grey over the lower portion. The same large wall clock also makes an appearance here, peeping out from behind a contemporary floor lamp. This colour scheme incorporates greenery from house plants, which carries over into a green coloured sofa.

A white a grey coffee table duo echo the shades of the dual tone feature wall behind the sofa. Wooden drawers warm the look of a grey console unit beneath the TV.

More indoor house plants liven up the kitchen diner.

Dining pendant lights are reflected in two round mirrors behind the dining table. The mirrors add a perception of extra depth and light to the small dining zone, and act as a visual anchor for the centrally placed eating spot.

Three different chair designs have been used at the four place dining table to form a more organically acquired eclectic feel.

The kitchen has pale blue-grey cabinetry, cut through with an intricate black and white tile backsplash.

Gold pans and utensils plus a wooden chopping board and crate warm the look of the cool kitchen.

A black storage unit has been fixed at a right angle to the entry door to form a small hallway.

This third apartment design has a window seat beneath the lounge windows, in place of full height glass. The window seat is used as a bookcase in the space formed beneath. A fretwork panel makes a feature of the wall behind a small grey sofa, beside a painting mounted off-centre. The warm earthy tone of a live edge coffee table is matched by a single tawny scatter cushion on the sofa, and a rattan planter on the bench.

More autumnal shades appear in wall art on the opposite side of the room, and in the wooden TV console unit.

A set of venetian blinds have been hung between the side of the sofa and the door as a cosy room divider.

A narrow dining table runs straight up against the kitchen bench and can seat up to six people.

The extendable dining table can be partially pushed away into the kitchen bench when less space is needed for dinner guests.

White wall units brighten the upper half of a modern wooden kitchen.

Monochrome geometric tiles cover the kitchen backsplash and floor, whilst wooden flooring is applied over the rest of the living space.

A traditional grey painted cabinet stands tall in the home entryway, storing crockery in the top and shoes in its base.

In the last of these four home designs, the vertical space above the television is utilised to store books and papers. A few house plants decorate the open shelves. Beneath the TV a wall mounted console holds a couple more plants and books, a clock and a metallic table lamp.

The dining table is surrounded by green painted glass fronted cupboards, which display ceramic jugs, plants and books. Upper cabinets and a set of side shelves are white in contrast.

The kitchen base units are the same soft mint green as the dining room cabinets, with white wall cupboards.

Two unique kitchen pendant lights hang over a wooden breakfast bar and kitchen bar stools.

Love pastels? Don’t forget to check out these posts:

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40 Awesome Kids’ Rooms That Use The Pastel Color Palette

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30 Mid-Century Modern Sofas That Make Your Lounge Look Innovative

Mid-century modern design was all about reinvention. Designers like Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton looked for new ways that our furniture could behave, new ways it could support our frames, new ways it could catch light or look smooth upon the shaggy rugs of the time. We’ve put together a top 30 list of mid-century modern sofas, both those designed by the masters and those befitting the look. Sit your posterior upon Marilyn’s soft resin lips. Create the perfect office with a suite of leather Barcelonas. Design to the period, with our top 30 sofa list.


Tufted Mid-Century Modern Sofa With Wooden Base, Light Grey: Buy a mid-century modern sofa that looks partly Scandinavian. This eucalyptus and walnut wood find is lined with premium foam padding, and made by hand with Chesterfield tufting. Get its easy-to-clean form with a two-year warranty.


Velvet Tufted Mid-Century Modern Sofa, Dark Grey: Prefer it in velvet? This darker version with tufted back and arms offers two matching pillows to rest your head upon.

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Modular Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Want a sofa that changes composition on a whim? This grey find, also available in beige, can reassemble itself to work four ways. Filled with soft down and boasting contrast stitching and pleating, its solid hardwood frame can work around your décor changes.


Mid Century-Style Sofa With USB Charger: In this modern age, everyone needs a constant charger. This mid-century modern couch took that into consideration, by offering two USB ports and cavities for your cables. Its tapered legs in solid wood and high-density foam cushioning ensure a restful space while you stalk Facebook.


Modway Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Sofa: Get colourful, without rocking the boat. The timeless look of this sofa is made unique with candy-coloured buttons. Polyester upholstery and tapered wood legs polish off the look.


Blue Mid-Century Modern Upholstered Fabric Sofa: Make a statement in your living room, with a colour that’s bold. This mid-century modern design is available in 10 colours atop cherry-coloured wooden legs. View its colour palette here.

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Light Blue Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Available in nine additional colours, this light blue beauty is our crowning favourite. Stretch out after a hard day’s work on its polyester upholstery and solid wood legs.


Red Mid Century-Style Sofa: Plush, low-pile velvet forms this simply glamorous design. Channel-tufted with sinuous springs and thick foam cushioning, it adds an element of luxury to small spaces. Get its hardwood frame with a deep red, dark grey or blue-green velvet covering.


Small Gray Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Like mid-century modern décor, but the industrial feel too? New Amazon furniture brand Rivet combines both décor styles in its furniture. The Rivet Sloane Sofa here is hand-tufted on a hardwood frame and beechwood legs. Give it a try with its 30-day, money-back trial.

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Mid-Century Modern Grey Sectional Sofa: Own the L-shape sofa with a mid-century modern twist. This grey beauty, available in seven different hues, is upholstered in polyester atop solid wood legs. Sit in a lounge for a large family.

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Minimalist Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Minimalism and mid-century modern go oh-so-well together. This gorgeous sofa celebrates a less machine-made modernism found in America in the 30’s. With piped seams atop tapered solid wood legs, get its timber in a honey or walnut stain, its upholstery in twill, boucle, wool, leather or tweed.


Mid-Century Modern Chaise Lounge: Only need a corner chair? This chaise longue features linen upholstery, a tufted seat, two arm rests and high-density foam filling. Find some quiet time to enjoy its comfort, with a book in one hand.

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Small Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Get a modern twist on the mid-century classic. This uber-comfortable couch uses a series of down-filled cushions to provide the ultimate in comfort. Sit its solid ash and steel frame in a light and breezy living room.


Curvy Gray Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Make your living room more rounded, with this mid-century modern couch on a curve. Made with 100% polyester and a button-tufted design, its brown, powder-coated legs make the style more affordable.

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Mid-Century Modern Black Leather Sofa: Turn your couches’ class up a notch. This wide-ranging, black leather sofa is button-tufted on walnut.


Faux Leather Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Love the piece, but on a fraction of the budget? This smaller version uses faux black leather and a brown wood veneer to create a sleek, sophisticated seat perfect for your lounge or entrance.

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Brown Mid-Century Modern Leather Sofa: Brown leather adds warmth and family feeling to a home – and this Brazilian top-grain leather creation is no exception. Built by hand with a kiln-dried, hardwood frame, this gorgeous sofa’s seats are padded with cotton and scaled down to 82 inches, the perfect size for a living room. It’s delivery-ready with a two-year warranty.

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Mid-Century Modern Brown Chesterfield Sofa: Prefer a Chesterfield? This classic piece is constructed with vintage, top grain leather and modern stainless steel legs. Its elegant tufting and subtle stitching on solid birch ensures a place in your family across the generations.


Curvy Leather Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Need something smaller? This cost-efficient option is made with bonded leather upon a hardwood frame and legs. With high-density foam cushioning in brown, camel and blue shades, what’s not to love?

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Le Corbusier-Style Sofa: Swiss-French designer Le Corbusier was also a painter, architect, urban planner and writer, and his iconic armchair style is just one of many legacies he left behind. These sofas mimic his lines, with their top grain leather aniline piping, button tufting and stainless steel frames. Buy an armchair, two seat sofa, three-seater or the set, with protective foot capping that won’t scratch your floor.


Mid-Century Modern Sofa Bed With Wooden Armrests: Smaller apartments need more than just a sofa. This grey, wooden-legged find folds its back down to a bed, to accommodate new guests on your kids’ next sleepover.


Mid-Century Modern Sleeper Sofa: Prefer a two-seater sleeper? Much wider, linen-upholstered cushions with diagonal stitching fold to a bed with arm frames front and back. Rounded, solid wood legs prop up this piece perfect for a smaller space.

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Double Bed Mid-Century Modern Sleeper Sofa: Need a sleeping space for two? This seriously stylish couch lets you remove its back cushions, flip its seat forward and create a double bed. Available in red, light grey and navy blue, it’s based on stainless steel and includes two matching pillows.

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Marilyn Lips Sofa: Get a sofa you could almost kiss. These creative pouting lips, first inspired by Marilyn Monroe in 1974, have been re-issued in soft resin. Sit them indoors or outdoors, for a perfect pouting piece to get the neighbours talking.


Pastel Pink Mid-Century Modern Sofa: Get pretty in pink with this Danish-designed sofa. Based on a New Zealand-sourced, solid wood frame, its polyester fabric is easy to clean and maintain, and has been crafted and stitched by hand.


Mid-Century Modern Love Seat: Build a loveseat for two. This iconic mid-century modern design looks a treat in peachy orange, upon a set of wooden legs.


Swan-Style Sofa: Emerge like a swan from a hard day at the office. This wool-upholstered delight, available in red, black and white, swivels with abandon on its aluminium frame. Curious about the original? You can buy or view it here.

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Womb Loveseat Sofa: Buy a couch for romance, a couch made for two. This cashmere wool blend boasts a removeable seat and back cushions. High-density foam cushioning and chip and flake-resistant chrome add to this hand-stitched creation’s appeal.

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Barcelona Couch: Wind down and relax on the iconic Barcelona. This version is made with Italian top grain leather, leather piping and buttons, and a removeable neck pillow on a walnut frame. Two stainless steel legs prop up the ensemble.

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Luxury Mid-Century Modern Sofa With Chaise: Have the best of both worlds. This mid-century modern, Italian-made sofa comes with an in-built chaise longue. Adjust the headrests to the right height and angle on its feather-blend cushions.

If you are looking to decorate in the mid century style do check out:
36 Mid Century Modern Coffee Tables That Steal Centre Stage
30 Mid-Century Modern Living Rooms & How To Copy Them
The Complete Mid Century Modern Classic Chair Guide

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Wayfair Has Its First “Way Day” April 25 With Black Friday Low Prices

If you want to spruce up your place for spring and summer, there’s no better time than now. Wayfair has announced its very first Way Day :their version of Prime Day, or Black Friday. 

Beginning midnight of Wednesday, April 25, promises 24 hours of “Black Friday-low prices” on 70,000 products.

The folks at Wayfair are remaining tight-lipped about the sale, but they did say that seasonal furniture, home accents, outdoor furniture and grills will carry the deepest discounts. “With the launch of Way Day, we’re offering the steepest savings possible at a time of year that makes the most sense,” Steve Oblak, chief merchandising officer, explained.

Be sure to check throughout the 25th, as Wayfair plans to announce “doorbuster deals” every six hours.

If you have a Wayfair credit card, you’ll also earn an unprecedented 9% back in rewards dollars on Way Day, compared to the normal 3%.

Below are some of our current favorite Wayfair picks, which may or may not be marked down even more on Way Day. We’ll have to wait and see, but we can hope, can’t we?

Davina Wingback Queen Headboard, Reg. $330, now $150

Way Day deals

Available in 4 colors and 2 sizes. the stylish, tufted wing-back headboard adds the finishing touch to your bed.

Nora Bed-In-A-Box Memory Foam Mattress, Reg. $449 and up
(discount not announced yet)

Way Day Wayfair Nora mattress sale

Wayfair’s bed-in-a-box, the Nora memory foam mattress is something worth watching for discounts on Way Day. Nora is one of Wayfair’s best sellers, and comes with a 100-night trial.

Kartwright 3-Piece Bar Set,
Reg. $570, now $238

Perfect for a small space, indoors or outdoors, the 3-piece set is 58% off.

Great Bay Microfiber Sheet Set,
Reg. $60 and up, now $20

3 color options of soft fabric with a seashell pattern.

Royal Gourmet Patio Gas Grill,
Reg. $366, now $180

Styled in a fashion-forward red with a porcelain cast-iron firebox.

Goldhorn Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug, Reg. $219 and up, now $39 and up

Durable and colorful, the Goldhorn area rug is now more than 80% off.

Jadon 4-Piece Sofa Set With Cushions,
Reg. $2400, now $730

This modern outdoor set is a great deal at 70% off and features cushions in a durable, outdoor red fabric.

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20 Small Garden Water Feature Ideas To Add A Little More Zen To Your Life

Flowing water is not only beautiful to admire, but the sound is very relaxing. And, if you have a small garden, terrace or patio, strategically adding a water feature is also likely to attract birds, wildlife and hummingbirds. In fact, water features are one of the five big garden trends for 2018.

Water features can be added to even the smallest of spaces—all you need is some sort of vessel or bowl. If you have an outlet nearby, a small pump can circulate the water. Or, you can simply have a still water feature with a couple of aquatic plants and a goldfish to keep the mosquito larvae at bay.

Ready to add a little zen into your life? Here’s a round-up of small garden water feature ideas for inspiration.

Small garden water feature ideas

These small vessel water feature designs can sit in a corner or on a table in your small garden or balcony. Images: Pinterest

small garden water feature ideas

A wall-mounted water feature that pours water into a narrow trough or rectangular container can be a good small garden water feature idea when your space is narrow or limited. Image: BM Studio Design

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This small patio features three wall-mounted water features that pour into a river rock bed below. Image: Change of Seasons

fire and ice water features

Glass is mounted behind a small fire pit for water to flow down, creating a “fire and ice” effect. Image: Cooke Furniture

A small, narrow backyard space was converted into a zen garden by transforming a stone sculpture into a water feature. Image; Deborah Carl Landscape Design

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A tabletop water feature can be created by filling a beautiful ceramic vessel with water and adding some aquatic plants, such as floating lilies and papyrus. Image: Dragonfly Aquatics

small garden water feature ideas

When there’s no space in your garden for a water feature, it’s time to get creative. This homeowner used tin watering cans to add a water feature to their stairs. Image: DIY Network 

small garden water feature ideas

Stacked stones create a unique, earthy water feature effect. Image: Grace Design Associates

A vessel shoots a small fan of water upwards, creating a beautiful architectural aquatic effect. Image: Harrison Landscaping

Electricity is required to add a pump that creates the water flow, but you can still create a beautiful water feature by using only a vessel and adding some aquatic plants. Image: HGTV

Here’s an idea you can execute in a smaller garden: build your water feature to flow from the wall into a small narrow container. Image: Huettl Design

Two stacked vessels create a relaxing water flow, and a place for birds to visit. Image: Deborah Carl

small garden water features

This homeowner placed a lovely, small water feature in the path that leads to the front door. Image: Allison Lind Interiors

A wall was converted into a water feature, featuring slate that the water can flow down from. The sound of the water muffles the noise from the busy street on the other side of the wall. Image: Martgot Hartford

A narrow, vertical, flowing waterfall structure adds privacy to this small deck. Image: NY Texas

For a pop of color, add floating glass balls to your small garden water feature. Image: Sunset Magazine

Small, submersible lights add drama to your water feature. Image: Sunset Magazine

This may be a large rain shower structure, but you can create a smaller, or even tabletop, version for your balcony or small terrace. Image: Water Features Direct

The landscape designer built a waterfall feature in a small side patio. Image: Tatum Brown

Do you have a small corner in your balcony, or a spot in your garden that would perfectly accommodate a water feature? Adding one is easy, and can provide plenty of enjoyment.

Drop us a note in the comments, and let us know how it goes!

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Get Ready for your Close-up With 2018’s Best Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom design—and bathroom vanities—have come a long way in recent years, particularly, as a result of the increased furnishing options available to the public, as well as the many available avenues for customizing a look to suit individual homeowners’ styles.

The previous norm was that spec homes, or newly built homes, were fitted with a standard look, size and style of bathroom furnishings. Traditional, white vanities with raised doors and chrome hardware were all too common. Now, thanks online stores such as Wayfair and Overstock, consumers have the ability to choose from a much wider range of bathroom furnishings and styles.

There are several factors to consider when choosing a bathroom vanity, with style and price being two of the most important.

A rustic, organic look can be achieved with the Morriston vanity from Lowe’s. Photo courtesy of

A rustic look conveys an adventurous, outdoorsy spirit. Bathroom vanities of this style can be found at one of the most accessible big box stores. Featuring barn-door hardware, Lowe’s 60-inch Morriston Distressed Java Undermount Double Sink Bathroom Vanity with Engineered Stone Top (shown above) presents a modern look, with just the right amount of rustic, for those who want to bring a more organic, earthy look to their bathroom, at an affordable price point of under $700.

To continue the look, an oil-rubbed bronze faucet is a good match. It sends a message that nothing in the room is particularly fussy or fancy, while still coming off as polished and tasteful. Many retailers are happy to offer suggestions as to what to pair with larger purchases. The bronze faucet was an automatic suggestion for this particular vanity.

Many larger retailers, including those without brick and mortar stores, offer a large selection of styles, covering all ends of the design spectrum. offers many bathroom vanities for those who crave contemporary pieces, or those who prefer more classic styling. Some of the vanities include matching mirrors, such as the Birch Lane 42-inch single bathroom room vanity with marble top, under mount sink and 42-inch mirror. For close to $1000, this set instantly updates a bathroom with a clean, cohesive look. In addition to excellent value, also sweetens the deal with free in-home delivery.

For a more traditional look, consider the Birch Lane cabinet and mirror from Photo courtesy of

On the opposite end of the design spectrum, also offers a sleek, dark gray bathroom vanity that’s modern in every aspect. The Tenafly 60-inch Double Wall Mount Modern Bathroom Vanity Set by Wade Logan appears to float on the wall, without traditional feet or legs. Hardware is minimal and discreet, enhancing the modern aesthetic. Instead of a rustic-looking stone top, acrylic sinks provide a seamless look. Also priced under $1000, it definitely speaks to those who appreciate clean, contemporary style. This particular collection also has singular vanity pieces to accommodate smaller spaces.

Another website that has an abundance of bathroom vanities to choose from is Organized by color, price point, style, sizes, types, materials, product features and brands, this website has something for most budgets and tastes. Prices for bathroom vanities here are listed in the $800 to the $2500 price range.

For those who like to both display and hide toiletries, the Belvedere Vanity allows for both options. Photo courtesy of

The Belvedere Bath 48-inch Freestanding Modern Veneer Bathroom Vanity with Stone Top is an attractive, free-standing piece that appeals to those who don’t need to hide all of their toiletries. With two drawers, this vanity also has a deep open shelf that would be ideal for displaying expensive or attractive bottles of soaps, shampoos and lotions. It would also be a good place to stack hand towels and small and interesting accessories, such as vases. This vanity comes in at under $1000, with free delivery. Its contemporary feel can also be attributed to its dark gray color and sleek seamless sink and top. Packaged with single handle chrome faucets, this vanity is perfect for those who want to stay on point with design trends and want to show others they have the room and ability to display personal accessories.

The name All Modern conjures up designs that are not for consumers who prefer classical designs. The website has a large inventory of unique and interesting bathroom vanities that will allow those with a specific style to choose a piece of furniture that will represent their own personal statement. The Pinova 40-inch single bathroom vanity with mirror for example, represents mid century-inspired style, with this wall-mount vanity set, paired with a multi-colored wood design and glossy glass top. Just under $800, this vanity is an affordable way to make a strong fashion statement in a room that isn’t often used for that purpose. The Pinova received several positive reviews, many of which describe how positively others respond to it. In other words, this vanity tends to be a big hit with consumers.

Get the hotel look and feel with the Apothecary unit from Pottery Barn. Photo courtesy of

Known for its similarity to a quality hotel look, Pottery Barn has several options for bathroom vanities including an apothecary sink, single or double, that look like it is right out of an upscale boutique hotel in New York City. Combining the vintage charm of a classic open-framework console with the benefit of modern fittings, the Apothecary Single Sink console from Pottery Barn is more about style than anything else and is not necessarily a strong example of utilizing space to its best advantage. This particular aesthetic does not come cheap, however, with the unit coming in just under $2000. One of the more helpful aspects of shopping with Pottery Barn is that it offers accessories, hardware and lighting to match this unit and continue the look.

Whether you are doing an entire bathroom renovation or just want to replace a vanity, both online and retail stores have a plethora of options and styles to choose from. Prices can vary greatly, but good deals can certainly be found with some research and comparative shopping. Modernist or traditionalist, there is a bathroom vanity to suite your style and design aesthetic.

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