AT:SF, I'm looking for a tv stand on large casters preferably made of wood. I remember seeing this exact thing in DWR catalogues, but it seems to have disappeared. Does anyone have any idea where I can find something like this? A couple of years ago we were looking for one that was like a thick piece of wood with large casters. We never found it and were actually toying with the idea of making one... but got sidetracked and never did. This post on Unplggd mentions several TV Stands - some of them could be set on casters.
We met Carmel Campos, the founder of LOOP last night at the Feist concert and quickly went into blogger mode, asking her questions about her company. Surprisingly, not many are doing what she's doing. Completely devoted to simple, organic bedding and bath linens, LOOP has got a great niche. Nowhere does organic make such an immediate impact as with sheets and towels, and LOOP, though small, works this angle, while providing a very modern sensibility. This is for quality basics in whites and a few colors. Neither of those companies offer organic sheets. It costs more to do things right these days.
We're halfway through February, which means we're in the depths of winter weather blahs, not known to be the biggest motivator for working on your home, or anything else for that matter. To help counteract the urge to hit snooze rather than join in with your own project during our month of home design improvements, here is a upbeat selection of yellow, black and white rooms hand-picked to help blast away decor doldrums - get ready to smile and soak in some sunshine.
Q: We want to brighten up our living room and adjoining dining room. We're renting, so the wood trim has to stay natural. Even though we have huge bay windows, we don't get much light. We would love Sherwin Williams paint color suggestions, because it is a block away. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Kate in the comments - thanks! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
If you don't have enough space to dedicate a full room to a home office, making a closet home office is the way to go. The trouble is that it's not that easy to come up with a closet home office that looks good. That's why we really like the idea of renovating closet home offices. Rwotten and his wife converted a closet into a mini-office, however they were unhappy with the clutter and the general feel of it, so they decided to remodel it. They kind of pulled a clean sweep on their little home office and the result is pretty amazing. Rwotten confides that it took a few weekends, some paint, an unfinished filing cabinet, some plywood and pre-made cabinet doors to pull this remodel together. The actual lower drawers have a false front in order to hide a filing cabinet. The cabinets above the desk hide the computer and its peripherals.
A local favorite shop, lille, always has carefully chosen pieces for sale. It is not surprising that they carry these ultra-usable cubes designed by Sandy Chilewich. A few of the design attributes: a classic piece redone, tons of texture and they will play well with other furniture. Practical pluses: lightweight, easy clean, and dual functioning. The cover, made of the woven Chilewich plynl, is removable and available in multiple colors and textures. We'd like a pair of them tucked under a lucite console.... Available at lille, North Ave., Chicago.
Are your couches geeky enough? The 'USB Sofa' is a concept created for OFFF Lisbon 2008, the International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture, which looks and functions like a leather couch with the added feature of providing a USB-connected living room network. Perfect for impromptu study sessions and group project workshops, these couches would find a perfect home in a college student's apartment. Everyone could plug their laptops into one of the seven USB cables that poke out from the couch cushions and everyone will be able to share common files stored on the sofa. In the age we're in now, with WiFi and flash drives, you really don't need a special sofa to share files. The novelty of knowing your sofa is geeked out is priceless.
Summer may be over in some parts of the country, but out here in So Cali, we're lucky enough to still have nice warm weather holding strong. This weekend is expected to be in the low 80's. Summer crowds should be dying down, so it's a perfect time to get outside and have a leisurely little picnic! Putting together a picnic can be a little bit of work, but this handy folding picnic set from XXD aims to make the planning quite a bit easier! The XXD folding picnic set comes with two plastic plates, corkscrew, container for salt and pepper, and two sets of silverware. You just provide the food contents and you're good to go. Could be a great gift idea too! Get it locally at A+R..
It's Showtime CA Boom II starts today through Sunday and everyone is welcome, because unlike most trade shows CA Boom was conceived for anyone with an interest in sophisticated design. A market that's very Vegas World Market Center premieres this week with 1,200 exhibitors and an overload of glitz. Now Vegas has its own Pacific Design Center- a 10-story landmark populated with permanent manufacturer showrooms catering to architects and interior designers. Letting go: such sweet sorrow Playwright Horton Foote spent years collecting American folk art and antiques. L.A. dolce vita Milanese designer Francesco Rota's new dolce vita furniture collection is Italian minimalism with a California kick. TRENDSPOTTING Say aloha to the latest wave in teen design. It's surfer style everywhere. Cactuses galore, but there's so much more There are over 500 kinds of cactuses and succulents on display and for sale at the annual Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society exhibition this weekend. In the new book The Very Small Home: Japanese Ideas for Living Well in Limited Space the Japanese ideal of unassuming elegance in finding storage solutions, and calm living.
Every week after our library's story time, we choose a few new books for our daughter. When nap time is calling, we have to choose quickly so some are gems, while others are well, not. This is a wordless book so it's a nice break from the usual. A young girl living in the city finds the red book...similar to the one you as a reader are holding. The boy also sees the book and in it, he sees the girl in the city. This is a special book, and a Caldecott Honor Book we should also mention, that sparks the imagination with its beautiful illustrations and evocative story, a great read for a quiet afternoon.
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.
When Steve and Sherrie moved in to their new home, the dark kitchen was in need of a facelift. The appliances were new and the cabinets were in good shape, but they knew they could turn the rest of this dim log cabin kitchen into a bright and happy place. Amazing work! We especially love how they managed to keep the cozy vibe of the log cabin while making the kitchen so much more modern and user friendly. We painted the cabinets, reconfigured from a u-shaped kitchen to a floating island, added butcher block top to the island and granite to the remaining cabinets. New lighting, new hardware, and two custom pieces - the pantry and the plate rack. It took us 3 months and $3500 to make it work for us.