Lofts and studio apartment arrangements often leave the bed out in the open. Establishing privacy in this situation is always a design challenge and we love the screened solution in this downtown Kansas City loft.... the 'Bedroom' as seen from the rest of the loft. Designed by Black Bamboo, this 'Bedroom' is seriously just a bed-sized area of the loft that's been partitioned off with beautiful woven screens. It receives lots of natural light since it's up against an exterior wall, yet it doesn't hog it all from the rest of the loft: partial height screens and an open weave allow light to penetrate into the main loft space. The privacy is improved over having a bed out in the middle of an open space, yet this still may not be private enough for some. We think it strikes a good balance between privacy and an open, loft-like feeling.
With all the messes that are made in kitchens, some may wonder why white is such a popular color for the space. We love a white kitchen for just that reason: it conveys a sense of cleanliness that can't be faked. If there are any spills, stains, or grime you'll know immediately.... And here's an idea: instead of spending big bucks on a professional range or refrigerator, get the 'I mean business' look of a working kitchen by painting yours white. Instantly the emphasis is shifted to the food and cooking implements throughout the space, giving it that same professional feel at a fraction of the cost. The one drawback is that you'll have to wash the walls every few months and paint more often, but really, those things should be done in a kitchen anyways - using white just means you'll have less leeway to slack. Of course, having amazing natural light like this certainly helps things!
We haven't often come across birdhouses on balconies. We would imagine they would only attract pigeons where we live. The fairly sizable houses on this balcony from argoideon.com blog look right at home on this apartment's balcony.... Argoideon.com spotted this balcony on a house in Moscow. We love the pastel palette of the building facade and birdhouse facades.
We first started paying attention to the whole mattress debate three years ago when a good friend chucked their old bed, did a ton of research and then chose the EXPENSIVE Dux Bed. Readers consistently give these mattresses high quality, high price and high service votes. A Swedish design, the Dux Bed claims its fame from the huge multiple of springs in each mattress: 3,600 springs compared to the up to 900 springs found in conventional queen-size mattresses. This allows you just the right amount of firmness and softness so that your spine is straight and not bent. Dux Beds come in a few diffferent configurations, are extremely well made, have tons of springs and top layers of latex to conform to the body. A queen size will run you from $6,500, but should last you 20 years.... What's not to like?
One of my oldest friends from college celebrated his birthday this past week, and we threw him a dinner on Saturday night with a long table on a bluff by the bay. The table was simple, and inspired a bit by these pics from HOST in Copenhagen and the food was delicious take-out from a local Mexican restaurant. THE TABLE. We've used this style of table for years. Horses are assembled and legs cut to 28' in height. Table tops are made out of sheets of 3/4' plywood cut in half, so that they are 2'x8' long each. Each table sits four comfortably on a side with room on the ends for two more. Tablecloths are standard cotton 12'x15' canvas dropcloths. THE BARMargaritas and Gin & Tonics.... Rosé for the dinner... Music was provided by an iPhone connected via Bluetooth to an awesome new find - Stelle Audio Pillar. THE DINNERWe decided for this dinner NOT to cook, which was a novel concept and much appreciated by everyone with children who would have had to cook it and then clean up. The whole meal came from an amazing Mexican restaurant nearby called La Fondita.
Spotted two years ago at ICFF, this amazing design by Peter Stathis quickly disappeared with difficulties over distribution and manufacture. Trapeze comes in two sizes and with two arms or one, and is a seamless, sculptural design feat that takes advantage of ultra-thin flat panel LED technology that burns cool and illuminates large areas with a 'Brilliant, perfectly even warm light'.
Maxine Snider is a Chicago designer whose work straddles the traditional/modern categories. Her collection includes fifty pieces and many of them could work in a bedroom, dining room, living room, or just about anywhere. In Chicago, Maxine Snider's work is available through the Holly Hunt showroom at the Merchandise Mart.
As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.
Have you ever been out to eat at a restaurant when they turn down the lights for dinner service? The mood instantly changes. Everything's a little more cozy and a lot more romantic. The right lighting can change the vibe in your living room, too. You can get more mood for less money with these 10 stylish pieces on sale right now.