Nevermind sea views, these homes have undersea views. The Floating Seahorse is a new luxury development planned for Dubai with half the homes submerged underwater. While the living areas are on the surface, the modified houseboats have a lower level master bedroom and bathroom with floor to ceiling windows looking out into the sea.
O at Home recently asked 25 decorators, landscape architects, and artists to share titles that inspire them. Of course, the bulk of them are design-related, but there are a few titles that we didn't expect. Says Deborah Buck, artist and antiques dealer, New York City: Alice's Adventures in WonderlandBy Lewis CarrollAlice's tale is all about metamorphosis, one thing changing into the next before her eyes. I believe in change in one's environment-our minds aren't static, so why should our homes be? Why not be a bit like Alice? I'm amazed at people who buy new wardrobes every season but can't replace their coffee table.
Ree sent us this link to the Chiasso Contemporary TV Stand. 'This funky unit has a swivel base and a glass shelf that holds up to 35 lbs. of equipment, a wire-hiding column and Universal mount that holds up to 32' flat panel tv.
COLOR PALETTE: Light & Sweet - silver half dollar, traffic cone orange, lime green. GO TO ELIZABETH'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!
A few weeks ago, Rebecca shared a simple trick to bringing order to your clothes closet. Organize your closet by type: put all the jackets together, all the button down shirts together, all the good pants together, all the jeans together. Now, organize your closet by colour: From left to right, from white to black, from light to dark or use ROYGBV. Face all your clothes the same way: You've gone through the trouble of getting matching hangers, now face all your clothes the same way. Too many clothes? Try this trick to weed out the ones you don't wear that hang and this one for the ones in drawers. Old Clothes? Take the ones you don't wear anymore to your local thrift shop or upcycle them by giving them a new use or two.
Here's a take on artwork that doesn't just go 'On' your wall, it becomes your wall. This is a great tip I got from Jane Mount, who was a 3rd place finisher in our 2006 Smallest Coolest Apartment Contest. She wanted to give her bedroom the feeling of a 'Cozy thicket' and create a space that was a retreat from the rest of the apartment.... Being a designer with a good sense of humor and plenty of DIY experience, she covered her bedroom closets with a huge mural that she had made by a company called Gallery Street in Roswell, Georgia. She just emailed them the file and they send back the mural in the size requested. All images are printed on commercial grade wallpaper, are fade and scratch resistant, wipeable and can come in any size you like. Enjoy the goofy pics below and think of your own possibilities!
It has started: the rush of holiday mail mixed with dry hands equals papercuts. This is the time of year we rely on our trusty old letter opener, the one we've had since high school graduation complete with an engraved 'H'. Who else uses letter openers - now or all year round? Have a great one or just any old one? We spotted these modern versions, and although we like them, we don't have the heart to upgrade.... Above: the silver letter opener available at See Jane Work for $7.95. Intended for group gifting, this Beau Coup letter opener is good for bridal parties, holiday gifts, or co-workers. Because of the focus on gifts for groups, the minimum purchase amount is four. Made of aluminum, polished to a satin finish, $20 each.
When you live in a rental, your hands are tied when it comes to the bathroom. As we saw the other day, when Laure rounded up some luxurious bathrooms from our house tours, luxury is obtainable. Here are some ideas you can use in your 'Beyond hope' bathroom. Add a piece of furniture: a small stool, an ottoman, a bench, a chest of drawers if you have the room. Stacks of them if you have the space - a shelf above the door?, a basket of towels rolled up, hooks on the back of the door to hold them - somehow, a plethora of good, fluffy, matching towels in a bathroom makes it feel opulent. A candle in the bathroom, even a flickering votive in a glass, makes your bathroom feel like something else. Plants or Flowers: Plants do wonderfully in the moist environment of a bathroom. A table lamp: Lighting in a rental bathroom can be the worst. After you change out your lightbulbs for something more flattering, consider adding a table lamp if you have the room. Frame your mirror: Consider adding a simple frame to a bathroom mirror using an actual frame, molding or paint one on with decorative paint.
It's not always easy to find compact appliances, so in case you find yourself renovating a small kitchen and starved for helpful resources, here's a good starter list. Refrigerators & Freezers CompactAppliance.com Based out of Austin, Texas, this online store has pretty much every small appliance on the US market, including washer/dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and cooktops. Smeg They're an Italian manufacturer that produces sleek, slim appliances. Amazon.com It's always worth checking Amazon for price comparisons when you're appliance shopping. They have a wide range of luxury and budget kitchen appliances - this is the Sanyo SR-3770S Counter-High Refrigerator, $200. Dishwashers Bosch Bosch is part of the Siemens Home Appliance Group, the world's third largest appliance manufacturer. This White 18-inch Frigidaire Portable Dishwasher is available there for $516. AJ Madison Based out of New York, this online retailer sells a huge selection of kitchen appliances and fixtures, many of them small scale, and they have an outlet section for discounted goods. Sears Sears is a good source for budget appliances, and they have a number of outlet stores if you're looking for serious discounts. IKEA Their appliance selection has expanded this year and now includes induction cooktops and wall ovens. A five-year warranty comes with all IKEA appliances, except for the LAGAN series, which has a 1-year warranty.
Idaho teen, Kara Haupt, keeps her bedroom clean and organized. Unlike most her age, Kara understands the importance of decor. She is able to celebrate her age while adding sophisticated DIY elements to her space. In this tour from N.E.E.T. Magazine, we are shown intimate details of Kara's whimsical space. My favorite part of Kara's space is her amazing dresser. She paired an upcycled piece with mis-matched knobs and painted on adorable sayings. It's such a nice change from the laundry filled, cluttered rooms of most teens. See more from Kara's bedroom on the N.E.E.T. blog!
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.
We haven't seen many nurseries covered in stripes. A few stripes and lines here and there but nothing full on like this one. The wallpaper makes a great backdrop for the butterfly patterned voile canopy and window treatment.
In most bathrooms, the shower enclosure is a bit of an afterthought, just a practical solution for keeping water from spraying all over the room. Lately a different kind of shower enclosure is picking up steam - steel framed doors that make the shower a thing to be celebrated. I suspect that most of the shower doors pictured in this post are custom jobs, but if you're interested in replicating the look without dealing with a fabricator there are a few options, like this French door-style corner shower, and Costal Shower Doors' Gridscape series, which is available in a variety of styles. A steel-framed shower door is also lovely in a more traditional bathroom as well - like this one from Byrd. These shower enclosures can take on a different look depending on the size of the panels. A delicate shower enclosure draws the eye in a bathroom from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Another minimal steel-framed door, seen on My Domaine. This shower enclosure from TradHome resembles a graceful pair of french doors. This shower almost looks like a stained-glass window with leaded panes. A steel-framed door makes the shower a standout element in this bathroom from Dwell. Finally, an industrial/rustic bathroom seen on HGTV.com.
We love the classic look of black and white, diamond-patterned kitchen floors. They're very 1950s diner but can look clean and modern, too. Well, this is an eco-friendly riff on that idea, with sustainable cork laid out in contrasting shades.... This space is part of a before-and-after story over at Country Living, a really beautiful renovation of a dated kitchen that the owners did themselves. We've been in a kitchen with cork floors before, and walking on them is definitely different than walking on hard stone, wood, or linoleum. The cork has some give and cushion, almost like rubber. The earthy brown color is also a nice contrast to all of the icy blue and white details in this kitchen. The cork tiles, which the homeowners laid themselves, are from Expanko. Does anyone have cork flooring in the kitchen? Is it more comfortable?