Got an amazing bathroom you've spent a lot of time, money, and/or energy on? Got kids who needs a night light, bath toys, and/or those sweet hooded towels? If your bathroom decor involves wood, plants, and a beautifully natural minimalism-like the bathroom in Sam & Anne's Cozy Modern Blend, above-stocking up on children's bath accessories is fairly simple and completely adorable. I recommend sticking to white, green, and wood for a fresh, organic look.
We spotted these neat burlap accent pillows over the weekend wanted to share with Apartment Therapy. The look and feel of burlap adds an.... ...extra design element in your space. We often talk about introducing interesting textures in your design style and spotting inspiration where ever you can. We saw a neat burlap detail while touring the Richard Neutra VDL house last summer.
Okay, now that we know how to clean it, we want to take a closer look at Kartell's Jolly side table. It's available in crystal clear and transparent colors like gray, yellow, orange, blue, and green. 'The table's a perfect 15.75' cube, made of a single sheet of 'Folded' plastic. Use one as an end table or two or three as a coffee table. Using such transparent furniture in a small space does a lot for continuity. It lets your floor or area rug show right through the tabletop, doesn't break up fields of material, making your place look more spacious. We like these simple little guys for their clarity, playfulness, and versatility.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a lounger! It's a table! It's P'kolino's Play Table. Upon first glance, the P'kolino Play Table looks like a playground climber of some sort but then you discover that it is so much more - and when you're short on space, any multi-function item is a welcome addition. The P'kolino Play Table is a multiple-use modular wonder, made with bent maple wood and soft foam which can transform itself into a desk and table set, a climber and a sleek lounger. Flip the table over and children can use it as a rocker. We love how the pieces fit together, like a puzzle, for compact and easy storage.
A few weeks back, I got a sneak peek of the CA Home+Design's Hollywood showcase house, Small Space, Big Style, the collective effort of a team of local LA interior designers. Besides the stunning red on grey bathroom, the other delightful surprise was this dapper-dandy gentleman's closet and home office.... Interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn's bedroom is admittedly a little more feminine than the 'Masculine, classic and preppy' description he's given to CA Home+Design. As someone who works from a converted closet himself, I was immediately compelled to do this once the second bedroom closet doors were opened to reveal a very usable small home office space just under the collection of a very well-stocked pastel wardrobe. Brian's mini home office is a perfect example of utilizing often forgotten or ignored space. Instead of packing it full of 'Stuff', why not consider having it outfitted with a small desk with shelves. To think, once your work is done, it's as easy as reaching up for an outfit to head out for the evening!
You could say that natural light is something of rarity for many bloggers - us included. So you can imagine how excited we were when we stumbled upon designer Daniel Rybakken's awesome light wall project that mimics natural daylight as if it were truly cast by the sun itself! Well... maybe it's not so exciting, but it's nice to know someone's looking out for us bloggers who don't have fancy skylights like the big boys do. Code-named, the 'Recreation of Daylight', Daniel's project is an extensively researched topic that has developed into a total of 7 different lighting designs since 2007. His latest creation is the magnificent wall light seen above. 'These projects not only enhance the space which someone is found in, but also enhance the mood and the psyche of Northern countries which do not enjoy the abundance of natural day light.' The 'North' he speaks of is Scandinavia, where residents receive very little sunlight throughout the year. According to his research, daylight tends to increase the space which you are in, hence when daylight is absent from a space, the space appears to decrease and a significant contrast between the indoors and the outdoors exists.
After getting burned by Eisenhower-era pinks and olive greens, we've been playing it safe, color-wise, in the bathroom for a long time. More and more now I'm starting to see bathrooms that embrace the darker, moodier colors that are already so popular in other parts of the house. The dark walls of this bathroom from Made by Girl contrast beautifully with the brightly colored concrete floor, and makes the bright pink of the towels almost seem to leap off the wall. The dark sink and tub surround set a moody tone in this bathroom from Design*Sponge. A wainscot adds character and dimension to a black bathroom from House & Home. If you choose to do this in your bathroom, you could paint both halves in the same color, but the wainscot in a slightly higher sheen, for a bit of subtle contrast. This bathroom from Frenchy Fancy pairs grey walls with beveled grey subway tile in the same shade. From Design*Sponge, another way to get the dark look without painting the whole bathroom black: paint just the wainscot. You can use white tile on the lower half of the walls and a dark color on the top, like in this bathroom from Covet Garden via The Blooming Hydrangea.
This beautifully balanced interior comes from the cover of writer Amy Katoh and photographer Shin Kimura's book, Japan Country Living, an exploration of traditional homes in rural Japanese villages. The two also collaborated on an earlier book, Japan: The Art of Living that focuses on houses and apartments in the Tokyo area. Written in the early 1990s, both books are comprehensive catalogs of Japanese style that have enjoyed multiple print editions.... Amy Katoh is an American who moved to Japan in the 1960s and opened up a shop in Tokyo, Blue and White, specializing in traditional and modern Japanese crafts. She also has a third book worth checking out, Blue and White Japan.
The Alpha Chair is beautiful in a very sculptural way. Designed by Bannavis Andrew Sribyatta for PIE, the Alpha Chair is hand-crafted from bamboo. Its smooth curves blend art and contemporary minimalism with an Asian influence. The Alpha Chair is available at Vivavi for $700..
AT,. I purchased some vintage Saarinen Tulip chairs and a Saarinen Tulip table base. I'm going to use the set as a card/games table. I feel glossy white or glossy black are a bit too mod. Would Chinese lacquer red be too much? Also this year, Knoll is making them in platinum. I was also thinking about painting them bronze or pewter. I'm thinking about making a slate top for the base.... Any ideas? We're actually kind of traditionalists when it comes to Tulip chairs and tables, so we're going to ask readers what they think.
The bathroom in Amy's Brooklyn Heights condo wasn't terrible or falling apart. After living there for a while, she started to notice how the finishes picked by the previous owner weren't in line with the style of the rest of her home, and the vanity cabinet and countertop extension were making the narrow bathroom feel unnecessarily cramped. So she decided to swap out a few fixtures, and replace the tile, to make her bathroom feel bigger and give it a classic, timeless feel. Working with her contractor Pedro, Amy was able to make her streamlined new bath a reality - and also deal with some unexpected issues that came up along the way. Amy chose classic but inexpensive subway tile for the walls and shower surround, which allowed her to splurge a little on light green Ann Sacks penny tile for the floor. Pedro installed the tiles with a light grey grout, which won't show dirt as much, and adds a nice little bit of contrast to a mostly-white space. The new sink means losing a little under-vanity storage, but it makes up for it by making the bathroom feel a little more open. Although this added additional time and expense to the project, the whole thing was still complete in three weeks - and now Amy's bathroom is much prettier, inside and out.
Q: We recently bought a small 1970's rustic ranch-house getaway near a lake in the mountains. I have an inherited crystal chandelier which is too big to hang in our tiny, tiny city pad. This is our country kitchen bought 'As is'. We've added some bright decorative elements, lace white curtains and new white-and-wood hutch replacing the corner unit plus another opposite side. Would replacing the kitchen pendant with a crystal chandelier like the one in this AT archive bedroom photo look ridiculous?? Thanks! -Sent by Elizabeth. Editor: I love this question for its Green Acres implications: is a fancy chandelier just the thing to add the perfect amount of glitz to a rustic home, or would it stick out like a sore thumb? Please share your always-insightful advice with Elizabeth! Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.