Your hooks and hangers don't have to be plain and boring, they can flutter across your wall like butterflies on a spring morning. 'Use them to hang hats, bags, scarves or in the bathroom to hold a towel. Each kid could have their own color or mix and match them across your wall. The hooks are made of metal and measure about 4.3' both high and wide. They're surprisingly expensive at $23 each. In case you're wondering, we weren't sure what to call a group of butterflies so we checked with the North American Butterfly Association and learned that there is no official designation. Here are some suggestions they've culled from their members: a swish of butterflies, a tango of butterflies, a ballet of butterflies, a spray of butterflies.
Sitting with your face buried in a computer screen can really make you lose track of time, especially if you're working in a window-less office. You can create your own 'Window' with your computer wallpaper and keep track of the passing of time in a clever way-no numerals required. Just using your computer's built-in rotating wallpaper setting, you can use your background to keep track of the passing hours, just like a bell tower. Each time the scene changes, you'll know another 15 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour has passed, depending on how you set it. If you want to get really creative, pick out 24 stellar wallpapers to represent each hour of the day. A quick Google search will return images of gorgeous day- and night-time scenes from around the world. If you're a budding photographer, you could even shoot the same scene at different hours of the day for a time-lapse-style wallpaper. It's the perfect background for your work to keep you on top of your time management.
We bought drawer and cabinet pulls at Restoration Hardware. We needed a matching line of hardware with knobs, 4' - 6' drawer pulls, and a larger 8' - 10' dishwasher pull. Our dog shows off all of the new drawer pulls on the island. One surprise came when the hinges that I bought at Restoration Hardware did not work on the cabinet doors for the vintage buffet. You would need to see a drawing to truly understand why, but I will simply say that the doors have a lip in front and an indentation in the back, and the hinges were made for a square door that is flush with the cabinet. I looked to the sky and asked the hinge fairy to deliver me four functional hinges in polished chrome. When the hinge fairy did not deliver, we visited EM Hundley Hardware in San Francisco and learned the lingo to describe our cabinet doors and bought functional hinges. One of my best finds of the week was a large ¾'-thick cutting board at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $25, which Dean trimmed to fit perfectly in the cutting board slot on our vintage buffet. Next week we will complete the backsplash, schedule our electrician to finish the electrical work, and do some final trim work and decorating. Estimated time for project: 10 WeeksTime remaining: 1 week.
Influenced by his work in the offices of legendary designers Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Kevin Roche as well as the movement toward a more expressive form of Modernism in the 1960s, Warren Platner designed his sculptural table base made from steel rods in 1966. Well known for his elegant and refined design sensibility, Warren Platner studied architecture at Cornell, received the Rome Prize in architecture in 1955 and was inducted into Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame in 1985. As modernism began to shift in the 1960s, Planter took advantage of the new mindset: 'I felt there was room for the kind of decorative, gentle, graceful design that appeared in a period style like Louis XV.' Focusing on wire, Platner used the metal as well as space to create his sophisticated Dining Table that resembled a glistening sheaf of wheat. The table construction required nearly 1,000 welds of its metal components and was then finished in a clear lacquer protective coating. This table looks just as at home in this playful countryside chic dining roomdesigned by Jonathan Adler for Liz Lange as it does in more modern spaces. After the success with his collection with Knoll, Platner continued to explore different areas of design. More than any of his other projects, his use of 'Sensuous modernism' to design the interior of the famed Windows on the World restaurant garnered him significant public notice. The Platner collection, available from Design Within Reach, also includes a side chair, lounge chair and stool and is available finished in either bright nickel or metallic bronze.
There's plenty of choices when it comes to building up your first home theater system, but to pull it off eloquenty... well, that's another story. There's so many things to consider, from the type of wiring for the speakers to choosing between a projector vs. HDTV, it can easily become an overwhelming experience. Luckily for you, we've got four tips that you just can't go wrong with. Building a Focal Point: Whether it's having an extra large console or a wallpapered media wall, building a strong focal point for the screen anchors and blends the technology with the rest of the home. When anyone asks about why you have so much tech in your home, you can easily argue, 'Hey, it's part of the decor.' Plenty of Seating: This should be a no-brainer, but we've seen so many homes that tend of neglect that fact that the best home theaters out there has plenty of comfortable seating for guests - all within the TV or screen's optimal viewing angle. Hide the Equipment: Even though individual tech pieces may be fun to look at, the reality is no one wants to see your Comcast DVR or Boxee Box cluttering up the area around your TV. There's plenty of solutions out there that'll allow you to hide components without having them overheat. Plenty of Space Between the Screen and Viewers: While we all know how awesome it is to have that 'immersion' factor in the home theater experience, that doesn't mean stick your entire family a couple feet from the TV. Leave some breathing room.
If you're redoing a bathroom, don't discount second-hand fixtures. You can get well-made pieces and/or good deals if you salvage pieces that might otherwise go into the dump. There are a few places in Chicago to scout vintage bathroom items: Murco Recylcing, Urban Archeology, and Salvage One among them.
We have Emma Jeffs' window film in more then half the rooms of our house - we love the way it brings pattern and privacy to a space while still allowing light in. Our favorite use of it in our home is in the bathroom. Our bathroom window has a partial view of the apartment building next door, which previously meant leaving the mini-blinds our place came with down whenever we were actually using the bathroom for something other than brushing our teeth. The window film solved this though - we get privacy from the neighbors, tons of light, and retain the view of the hills. The best part? We never have to worry about walking in to take a shower and belatedly realizing the blinds are up.
'Buy swatches of paint and test them out before painting the whole wall and always paint the dark and lightest part of the room.Group similar colors together - whether it be red or orange or green to give it a punch of color. Incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.' Color Resources:Current or vintage magazines or books.
Do you want a living room that gives off those effortless, cool, casual vibes that make you want to sink into it and never leave? The opposite of stuffy and stuck up, these are spaces that feel full, finished and vibrant. These eight spaces showcase the kind of elements you can bring into your living room to transform it into a similarly sweet space. Comfy seating is a must-have for living rooms that are cool, casual and inviting. Forget only decorating with items you think belong in a living room. If you've got a love affair with wigs, add those suckers in to your living room. So consider softer hues, like pastels, in your living room to give it a cool and casual feeling. One half of feeling like you have a cool and casual living room is catching glimpses of your living room throughout the day from other rooms in your home and thinking to yourself 'Man I have a really cool and casual living room!' So consider the view of your living room from other spaces - actively use doorways as frames for your living room. Like life, as in your living room, the more casual you are with your sense of humor - and not always worrying about being too serious - the more cool and laid back your living room will feel. Have fun and your living room will come off cool and casual.