Name: Nadia Location: Tarrytown, NY Division: Light Inspiration for my palette: I wanted a neutral-gender color scheme for my son's nursery. We already had all the white furniture and I love grey. I wanted the room to be a happy and bright space so I was between green, orange and yellow as accent colors. After creating three mood boards and seeing everything together, and with some help from family and friends, we decided on the yellow-grey-white color scheme. Once we started putting the room together I added some brown accents.
The industrial designer knows a thing or two about taking work outside, spending a lot of his time designing projects in the bamboo-lined backyard of his Los Angeles home. 'Working outside is more about leaving things behind than acquiring new tools,' he tells us. 'It's easy to mistake tools for ideas, and leaving your normal workspace helps to make the distinction. When I can, I leave my laptop inside and take only a pen, notebook, and cup of tea or coffee with me. The less I take, the more I tend to accomplish.' He explains, '90% of my work requires a computer so a laptop with substantial battery life is useful.' And the workspace setup that holds that laptop will vary. 'I also enjoy working on the ground,' he says. For Roth, working outside acts as a source of inspiration. 'I can get distracted when working, but I get distracted by the right things outside. The movement of bamboo leaves in a breeze inspires me more than the sound of my fridge.' What's more, he says the benefits of working so close to nature can even perhaps help create better work. 'Work that's inspired by nature has a chance of being good; work that's inspired by other work is probably following a trend.'
Tsubaki, we wish you were in SF so that you could scoop up this Pollock Executive Black Leather Office Chair - or, look, there's also a brown one we've listed below. Anyone else looking for comfortable and stylish desk chairs? Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Industrial/Modern Light Fixture for $25.DWR 'Reve' Bedroom FurnitureANTIQUE PINE TRUNK/PINE CHEST for $159.Vintage butterfly chair for $100.Mid-century Russell Spanner lounge chair for $150.Knoll Pollock Chair for $85.Mid Century Danish Modern Bedroom Dressers for $500.1950's Bruno Hansen Danish Modern Dining Table, 2 Leaves, 6 chairs for $1400.
From shipping containers to garbage trucks, we're fascinated by small space living on the go. This home may be more conventional, mobility-wise; but after reading Andreas Stavropoulos' inspiration and story to remodel and live in a vintage Airstream trailer, this home is definitely out of the ordinary. The inspiration behind Stavropoulos' home stems from his profession as a landscape architect. When he became self-employed, he found an urgency to surround himself with his medium. 'Whereas landscape architects once spent significant time on the site, the profession now finds some of the most creative minds shoehorned into cubicles. This seemed like a loss to me, and I wondered how it might be possible to create a space for real understanding within the profession-the kind of understanding that occurs from seeing a day of shadows move across a place, or listening to and observing people in a space,' he writes. With this simple and stylish Airstream studio that he renovated himself, Stavropoulos is able to travel and work on site. By the looks of these photos and the rest of the gallery on Dwell.com, we're fairly convinced that Stavropoulus is living a modern-day version of Walden.
If you are so lucky as to have an actual pantry, you're already ahead of the game. Of course, the downside to having room is that things accumulate and don't get dealt with. In the spirit of the new year, here are five things to target in your pantry, to pare it down and leave yourself plenty of room for the essentials. Stale or Expired Food: Just because it's a dry good or non-refrigerated item doesn't mean that it won't go bad. Inspect any containers or packaging left open, and toss anything that is no longer fresh. Anything Unappealing: Everyone has random consumable gifts that linger, and that you have no desire to eat. Again, donate to a food bank if you don't see yourself using it at any time in the future. Infested Dry Goods: This is the time to check out your bulk foods and flours for pantry moths and/or other kitchen pests, and throw away anything you suspect might be infested. Random Non-Food Items: Pantry space can quickly become general storage, and is often overrun by cleaning supplies, ladders, and all the detritus that accumulates in our lives. Find another spot to stick this stuff, and make it easier to access what you really need.
It is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, too. The Pop Art Toaster is a regular toaster with a fun twist: interchangeable plates that burn pictures and messages into your toast. The plates slide in and out pretty easily, so if you want to toast something that you don't necessarily want a picture on, it is easy enough to do, and without them, this is a pretty standard 12 setting toaster. It is a way to bring a little magic to breakfast. A Pop Art Toaster with 6 design plates is $34.99. If you really want to get creative, giving the kids food-safe coloring pens and letting them color their breakfast before they eat it would be a blast.
Fireplaces are usually seen as obstacles to those movie and tech buffs who are jonesing for a serious theater setup. The hearth of the home is usually just in the way when you're trying to mount a 62-inch plasma HDTV for optimum viewing.... When these homeowners decided to turn their large, open basement into a home theater, they found themselves face-to-face with a pre-existing stone fireplace. The homeowners worked with the contractors and decided to keep the fireplace and incorporate it into the design of the room. The projection screen was mounted to a side wall and built-in cabinets to hold DVDs and other theater accessories were installed to either side of the raised-out fireplace hearth. A cool way to take advantage of what some might call an obstacle! This room's also rocking custom noise barrier treatment on all four walls plus the ceiling and a center-opening motorized old-school theater curtain. No wonder it's a finalist for Electronic House's 2009 Best Home Theater of the Year award.
Platforms may not be the first solution we go to when it comes to separating a room, but they really do a bang-up job when it comes down to it. Not only do they give homes-lofts, especially-some needed interest with the varying levels, but you can also take advantage of possible storage space underneath. Even if you don't have the time to build your own platform, you can save space by installing a ledge for a desk instead of a bulky desk. This is perfect for people who don't have to store piles of files-but if you do need a cabinet, you can slide one underneath, customizing how much storage space you actually need. Another great example of a custom desk ledge is from my dear friends Monika and Loren: They created their shared home office area in the mezzanine of their Oakland loft by adding a ledge underneath the existing one, creating a split-level desk. They divided the work stations by stowing the computer towers, a scanner, and even a small storage locker in between their respective areas. If you haven't seen the rest of Monika and Loren's house tour, go check it out here.
This dining room table at left expands from 46' round to 82' long. The table and four blue chairs are selling for $175 in Columbia Heights. See more great Craigslist finds from DC and the surrounding suburbs below the jump.... Are you willing to travel to the suburbs for Craigslist finds? Please let us know.... The Apartment Therapy DC Furniture Classifieds are local and JUST DECOR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll highlight you here on the front page. The Apartment Therapy DC Furniture Classifieds are local and JUST DECOR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll highlight you here on the front page.
Small spaces are our focus, but even we flinched at this narrow landmark house in Greenwich Village.... At nine-and-a-half feet in width and about 950 total square feet, it's full of small space solutions suited for even the very high end of NYC's market. Judging from the above photo and the floorplan, it looks like the kitchen burners are set in a very shallow countertop. We're thinking it's a single row of burners instead of the typical two-deep we see on most off-the-shelf cooktops. The house just hit the market: See the full listing here. Read up on the notorious house's history at New York Architecture.