On October 7, the Wright Auction house is holding the Modern Design auction. We just received our catalog and are planning a few posts highlighting some beautiful examples of modern design that will be on the block next month. We kick it off today with a selection of dining chairs. The auction is October 7 at 12pm.All info is here. The Wright Auction house is located at 1440 West Hubbard in Chicago.
Origin: The word 'Couch' comes from the French verb coucher, which translates to 'To lie down.' Distinction: None, really, between a couch and a sofa. People tend to prefer the word couch when they're talking about a casual, un-stuffy room. Origin: The word 'Sofa' originated from suffah, an Arabic word that referred to a wood or stone bench. A 'Sofa' is more of a proper place to sit than a lie-down couch. 'The couch is the thrash-able object at the center of a well-used living room, upon whose back toddlers straddle, whose cushions teenager become permanent fixtures, and which, at the end of the day, after the children are in bed, a couple might relax with a short glass of bourbon.' 'A sofa, on the other hand, sits under a trimly hung painting and lives in a house in which traffic passes it by. It would be white, of course, or another color begging for stain. And most people living at the house of a sofa would be forbidden to sit upon it at one time or another.' Origin: The word 'Settee' comes from the Old English word setl, which was used to describe long benches with high backs and arms.
We had a friend come over the other day with a few questions regarding cleaning his electronics/appliances with stainless steel finishes. Luckily, it just so happened we had a secret formula that he could use by combining a few simple household items.... LIGHT CLEAN: Try using use a mild window cleaner for small fingerprints and smudges. You can also step it up a notch with mild vinegar and a microfiber cloth. Bar Keeper's Friend works amazingly well and isn't prone to scratch or mar a finish. HEAVY CLEAN: For big blemishes, use Soft Scrub with something a little more abrasive like a wash cloth to get those wine, oil, and more difficult to remove stains out! Magic Sponge and similar melamine foam products can work well, but must be used gently and sparingly. We use it for water/liquid stains, but only go with the grain of the metal with very gentle pressure. We find these melamine sponges a much safer bet than more abrasive cleaning products like AJAX when more serious stains need cleaning.
AT:New York has profiled Wonderful Graffiti before, but we're taking another look with an eye toward decorating nurseries and children's rooms. Instead she created what she calls 'Graffiti' - thin pieces of vinyl which easily adhere to walls and can be hung by anyone. Check out how customers used them in their own nurseries. This parent used a favorite Dr. Seuss quote in vibrant green for a whimsical wall display. We love the interplay between the text and wall molding here. Spelling out your child's name personalizes the room or defines a child's space in a multi-purpose room. Wonderful Graffiti can be adhered to most smooth surfaces including furniture, mirrors and refrigerators. Either way, the website offers a wealth of visual and textual inspiration including a virtual design playroom with furniture to move around in order to better envision how the graffiti will look in your home. For an idea, two sentences of text intended for a 24'x24' space is around $25..
Wallpaper in the bedroom might seem like a bit of an odd choice - why would you add such a heavy dose of pattern to a space that you want to be calm and relaxing? But as these 10 sleeping spaces show, the right pattern can serve as the perfect foundation for a bedroom that's restful but also energizing. Above: In this home from Marie Claire Maison, continuing the wallpaper pattern from the bedroom into the hallway gives the two spaces a pleasing feeling of cohesiveness. In the bedroom, the other elements in the room are relatively simple, which balances out the pattern and keeps it from becoming too overwhelming. A cozy bedroom with a dark floral print, from Skona Hem. A leafy print adds a touch of nature to a bedroom from Vtwonen. A master bedroom with a beautiful floral print, spotted on Domino. A simple black and white print in Alexis and Josh's California home. This delicate print is a perfect choice for a bedroom.
I've always thought it was a bit unfair to have to stare at my apartment wall while engaging in drudgery like peeling potatoes or the like; having a view to appreciate would make any chore a million times more delightful. Well, Callum's mom, Suzanne, thought of that detail when she made his play kitchen. Being from Western Canada, naturally her son has a view of the Rockies. Not only is Callum's play kitchen kitted out with a mountain view, the kitchen itself is a wonderful example of repurposing as it's made almost exclusively of recycled parts: the main frame an old t.v. unit they found on Kijiji for $30, the sink is a salad bowl and the knobs are from an old cabinet.
I've come to terms with the fact that nothing about my home will ever even remotely resemble anything in Martha Stewart's home, or in her magazine. Today, Martha blogged about her laundry room at Skylands, her home in Maine. Part of what makes Martha's laundry room so impressive is the scale. In addition to the three regular-sized ironing tables, Martha also has a large padded ironing tabletop for oversized items like sheets and tablecloths. Several of Martha's laundry machines are vintage and have a fantastic patina, including these ironing mangles that can quickly and safely press delicate pillowcases and handkerchiefs. Martha posts more photos with descriptive captions on her blog, so be sure to check it out. What do you think of Martha's laundry room? Are you inspired to incorporate any of her ideas into your own laundry area?
Kid o is not your typical store , and even if you can't stop by the store on 10th Street- you'll figure it out right away from their website. Kid o is the direct result of founder Lisa Mahar's desire to find products for her own children that have both great design, but also an educational focus. We really like the organization on the website- you can shop by environment, age, activity, or educational philosophy. Choose from products that support the Maria Montessori philosophy or the Reggio Emilia philosophy. If you shop by age you can also find holiday gift ideas and top ten shower gifts. Of course, not only is it easy to find stuff- but the products are all things you'll want to find! It meets both of Lisa Mahar's goals- great design and educational focus. It looks like a modern sculpture, but the ten handmade wooden cubes also teach your kids dimension, weight and stacking. Look closer and you'll find the constellations actually resemble everyday objects like computers, sneakers, and a guitar.
When's the last time you intentionally wrote on your chair leg or bureau with permanent marker? Unless you're Love Anna James, we're guessing it has probably been a while. Here's an industrial Sharpie marker that you can use to draw out and touch-up scratches, scrapes and dings on wood furniture.... Sharpie's wood markers are made for touching-up furniture, floors, doors, cabinets, wood trim and picture frames with a few quick strokes. They come in 3 colors- the idea is to start light and then add more strokes or a darker color to blend with oak, cherry, walnut and mahogony woods. We can see these working best on worn edges and on large scratches. Faced with the alternative of breaking out the chemicals or shoe polish, these seem worth trying out for small repair jobs, especially on inexpensive furniture. They're sold in packs of three at many DIY stores.
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.
When we were young, we would pore over every issue of our mother's subscription to Metropolitan Home. While we loved closely examining each page, our main fascination was always the countless living rooms featured and, in particular, the coffee tables. What was placed on top of them seemed as important as the table itself. Were they covered in books? Did candles or candy trays sit on top? The possibilities were endless. In our continued coffee table top fascination, we ask.....
If you're dealing with a little living room, it doesn't mean you can't have a super stylish space. Here are ten small living rooms that prove that less is more - and styling tricks you can steal from each one. Space flows around pieces like these and gives the room a lighter feel. Going without a coffee table entirely can really help to open up a small living room. This small living room is really just a nook in a larger apartment space, but it makes do with just a few key pieces - sofa, coffee table, ottoman, accent chair. A medley of smaller pieces makes this living room feel useful, but not cluttered. A single sofa makes this living room feel cozy but not crowded.
We're fans of yellow and gray, not only because it's a popular color combo; it also looks equally great with traditional or modern decor. These rooms, found on the website of British wallpaper and fabric dealer Zoffany, demonstrate how this of-the-moment color pairing is also rooted in tradition.... Patterns shown here include the Venice, Nijinsky, and Arts & Crafts collections.