If I were to use my wardrobe as room inspiration, this summer it would be colorblocked with cyan, magenta, and yellow. I've been steadily scooping of fun neon pieces to add to my closet, and the bright primaries of printing turn just as many heads in a room as they do on the street.
For Kitchen and Bath month, we're starting up a new round of Guess the Decade. This bright, cheeful eat-in kitchen is your latest design detective assignment. Comments and conjecture are welcome in the comments, as always, but if you know the source of the photo - PLEASE don't tell. We promise to reveal it tomorrow, so please check back then for the answer.
COLOR PALETTE: Purple Prairie - raisin, deep brown, tan. GO TO MELISSA'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites 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! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Alright Angela....if you don't get unseated by lunch tomorrow, start thinking about which prize you want. This is the way we do it: 1st place gets first choice, 2nd place gets 2nd choice, and so on... down until there is nothing left. A wonderful Wusthof all-stainless pairing knife An excellent Microplane coarse grater An awesome 14x10 Michigan Maple cutting board A Fancy French red-stripe dishtowel Two handy French wooden spoons One unique French wooden cooking spoon from France.
We first contacted i+n design a couple of weeks ago because we'd seen their modern ambient lights for sale on Craigslist. We were intrigued by the handmade wood and glue designs. Craigslist and word-of-mouth are great, aren't they? The founder of i+n design, Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, who has an MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was inspired when he made a sunlight transference screen to hang in his newborn daughter's window. 'This freestanding 48' sphere was made for a collector in Chicago. The lights were initially made entirely of wood and glue. Because they were very fragile, i+n design then began building sub-structures out of lightweight bass wood to ensure a longer life span. They're still extremely lightweight, the largest size weighing just a few pounds. The pieces are perfect for hanging lamps or subtle ambient illuminations. Prices range from $200 to $6,500, depending on custom order dimensions. They can also be customized so that they can be hung, or rest on the floor, or be set on a pedestal; they can use different light sources; and lights can be made of multiple woods, from walnut to oak to poplar, depending on whether the desired look is one that's solid or varied.
We love an unexpected splash of color, and one of our favorite places to see it is the front door. In general we consider our taste pretty classic when it comes to exterior paint colors, but all bets are off when it comes to accent colors. This door and stair combo is refreshing but not overwhelming. As renters, we can't paint our own door, but we like applying the same idea to our home by keeping the overall palette pretty neutral and adding a few bursts of unexpected color. Do you prefer a classic palette, eclectic, or a mix of the two? Images: Yellow door via: ...Tim; Orange door via: Mayhem; Turquoise door via: Robem.
It's been our favorite color since our tween years. Grey isn't the first color color you probably think of when decorating a nursery or buying baby accessories, but maybe it can be. Like brown , the color grey is a great modern neutral. Although sometimes considered cold, it also can be very warm. We're drawn to the matte grey finish on the Sparrow Crib by Oeuf. It works with any bedding choice - bright, pastel or white. We're kicking ourselves for buying our Stokke Tripp Trapps chairs before the grey ones came out. What do Ohdeedoh readers think about grey in the nursery? Do you like the look enough to use it in your baby's nursery? Check out our previous post about grey in kids' rooms.
Scandinavian Details is the first stop on our tourof the furniture and design stores in Hayes Valley. Many shop owners along Hayes Street in popular Hayes Valley will tell you how difficult it is to open a store there, and even how much more difficult it is to keep the doors open. It must mean something that Scandinavian Details was opened in 2004 by Kristina Runske and is still doing fantastic. Her eclectic yet modern taste can be seen throughout the many gorgeous and practical products she has in her store. The store's limited furnishings are mostly black, white, and neutral, which set a great stage for the accessories and tabletop items that are typically brightly colored, clear glass, or stainless steel. They were on sale! The small one was $28 and the large was $48. Be sure to visit Scandinavian Details online store if you're not in SF. It's packed with plenty of great products, all of which are for sale.
NAME: EveLOCATION: Schaghticoke, New York.COLOR INSPIRATION: I wanted a room that was exotic and sexy, and reminiscent of the hot jewel tones of Indian and Moorish culture. GO TO EVE'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!
Let's help her our with space suggestions as well as recommending a storage furniture piece and drape solutions. To the right of the window, we have installed a long desk that runs the length of the wall. Lately I'm thinking that the ideal piece would be a long unit with some added height for shelving on the left that could run up the wall to the left of the window. The evil window that lends a lovely 'Jail cell' feel to the whole space - any ideas for a treatment/solution? I was thinking of a rod and then curtains that double the window in height to fake a more attractive architecture, but worry that it might look ridiculous when they're open. As far as the small(ish) windows you could do a number of things. Some say accentuate the imperfection by using fabric that covers only the windows while others want to hide the imperfection. Possibly something with a pattern to focus on-so you aren't focusing so much on the windows.
Your small space is likely fitted with smaller versions of kitchen appliances and is almost certainly slim on drawers and cabinet space. If you use your kitchen frequently to cook, your limited storage space is probably filled to the brim with a mess of ingredients and tools. If you don't cook at home much, your kitchen problem might even be worse-try not to imagine what ancient expiration dates are printed on the stuff in the back. You'll likely get all kinds of accomplished, feel-good vibes by re-framing your kitchen cull from a subtractive exercise into an additive one: Instead of getting rid of things we don't want or need, we're opting instead to keep the things we do. To get started, grab three big-ish cardboard boxes and head into the kitchen. The mission today is to work your way around the kitchen, targeting one drawer, cabinet shelf or section of the fridge at a time. You can do it systematically across the whole kitchen, working from top down and left to right, or target your problem 'Departments,' such as frozen foods, cleaning supplies or cooking tools. As you work your way around the kitchen, you'll find you get better and faster at this. If you're finding that your small space isn't so small, and the idea of tackling all your kitchen storage in one go is daunting, that's fine.
Ryan's bedroom was starting to feel way too dark and he was even having trouble sleeping, so he started a major overhaul of his space attempting a modern organic bedroom that was open, airy and refreshing. I wasn't finding any inexpensive, good quality euro shams, so I decided to sew my own. I took the train up to the fabric district in downtown LA and found all the fabric for the pillows for under $20. I also found that all of the bedskirts I'd buy from Linens 'n Things, Target, etc. All appeared dingy and see-through, so I decided to make my own. While at the fabric district, I picked up some heavy, thick white fabric and created my own bedskirt to my liking. The lights above my night stands are just grapevine balls that I found at a Michaels craft store. I kept my desk in the same space as before, however found a sofa console so the desk wasn't sticking out further than the curtains anymore. The curtains above both the window and the desk hang from a stick of bamboo attached to the ceiling with more pieces of hemp, creating a more natural feel.