There is a moment, we've all been there, when cleaning out the closet and suddenly the thought occurs that maybe, just maybe, there is room for a wine cooler. We first came across the Cuisinart Private Reserve Wine Cellar while innocently browsing for something entirely unrelated, but thought it felt a little chintzy. We'd love to hear any success stories of wine coolers in small apartments. Did you buy one? Did you resist? Are you still stashing a bottle or two with the jams and Tabasco like we are?
COLOR INSPIRATION: I got the bedspread years ago and loved it but never used it because it was too pink but then I painted the back wall in a color I would describe as chocolate and strawberry milkshake. GO TO NAHIRANA'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
BKLYN designs, a contemporary furnishings show, was held this weekend in NYC. I'm sure we'll be seeing lots more on what was shown during the next week, but here's a quick peek via Core 77. To the left is the box shelving system from Manche Mitchell. Constructed of birch, walnut and aluminum, the system is designed to be strong yet lightweight. Look for coverage of BKLYN designs this week on AT-NY from their roving reporters.
Feeling a bit moody? We've compiled our list of moody bathrooms done in a daring black to set the tone. Black bathrooms are tricky to pull off: too much gloss and it can look like the set of an 80's Kylie Minogue music video; too little pizzazz and the bathroom looks like a work-in-progress. Take a look at some of our favorite black bathrooms after the jump.... A boudoir black bathroom with a shocking shot of citron, from Laure's favorite black bathroom. A simple yet glamorous bathroom that can be recreated easily with some glossy black paint, floating white shelves, and black and white photographs in simple black frames. This top dollar bathroom features beautiful ebony floors with a matte charcoal-grey wall. Love the elegant clawfoot tub and the silver candelabra and light fixture adds just a touch of fantasy.
Library cards - the old-fashioned kind, are so endearing to us. For all those summer birthdays coming up- what a cute idea for a birthday card- especially when attached to a great children's book! These letterpress library cards are by Simplesong Design and unfortunately, looks like they sold out on Etsy right now, but hopefully they'll return. In the meantime, we're thinking DIY.... Thanks Lmnop!
Whenever we think of high-gloss exteriors our mind pops to local foodie haven Bar Tartine, and its deep forest-green entrance. We always thought dark colors looked so polished and chic in a high-gloss paint, but seeing this house at 18th and Guerrero, we think the finish can look nice in a vibrant color, too.... Despite many who might call it too garish or bold, we're actually fond of the color and found it looked exceptionally cheerful with the sun shining down on a recent warm day. What's your opinion on using a high-gloss exterior paint?
Richard Hamilton, who died Tuesday, is considered one of the instigators of the British Pop Art movement; in fact, the cheekily-positioned Blow Pop in his most famous collage may be where the movement got its name. Let's take a look at some of Hamilton's most iconic work. Nearly 40 artists collaborated to produce the show, but Hamilton's contribution had the most impact, and is now considered the first work of Pop Art. Hamilton himself defined Pop Art better than I just did, as 'Popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business.' Of course, while Hamilton was in some ways celebrating this throwaway culture, he was most certainly critiquing it as well, in particular casting his canny British eye on American economic imperialism. Not surprisingly Hamilton's work was often blatantly political with a strongly Leftist bent. In 1968, the Beatles commissioned Hamilton to design the sleeve of their next album, which Hamilton decided should be plain white, with 'The Beatles' embossed instead of printed, and numbered sequentially to suggest a limited edition. Like his famous collage, the White Album sleeve also fits every adjective in Hamilton's own description of Pop, above. Richard Hamilton circa 1970, with his work Kent State on the wall behind him. Hamilton continued to make art until his death on Tuesday at age 89.