We heard from a Canadian furniture designer who is making a trip to Chicago soon to meet with potential retailers for their normally to-the-trade brand. They are hoping for some leads and sent us a good question: What are some of Chicago's most reputable contemporary-furniture stores I can look into? Please share the shops the you would recommend in the comments below...thanks!
In the photo above, the supposed 'lamp' doesn't look like much more than an aluminum brick-the kind you might see lying around the Apple plant before it's carved out to make a unibody MacBook Pro. If you take a look under the jump, you'll see how to figuratively flip the switch and get the glow going. If you looked closely, you'd see that the Brick Lamp by HC Wang has sides that are faceted, creating built-in handles and a way to prop up the lamp and reveal the light it's hiding laying down. You can prop the Brick Lamp up on any of its four sides to cast a gentle glow across a wall or table. It's not a super-bright task lamp, but instead the kind of subtle hint of light you want on your desk-all coming from a super-modern aluminum lamp that matches your everything-Mac desk.
We purchased our 1950s home one year ago and have been remodeling it one room at a time. We did all but the electrical and plumbing in our Kitchen remodel ourselves. As an added bonus, we scored the whole set of kitchen cabinets for $50 on Craigslist. We removed the wall separating the kitchen and dining area to open up the space and add an island bar. We also were able to use the original 1950s front door for our pantry. We replaced the sheetrock ceiling with beadboard and added recessed lights. We removed the old electrical panel and relocated it to the laundry room adding more space for cabinets.
The only area I am having trouble with, is a place to sit and eat. I was hoping to stumble across a small, rustic, wood bar table at some point, but I can't seem to find ANYTHING that would work. I know that I would like to place it on the other side of the refrigerator, opposite wall from the couch. There is a good amount of space for a small table and 2 chairs. I know that I would also like for it to be bar/counter height. I like the feeling of sitting a bit higher than the couch, which would be directly across from the table. I can't seem to find anything that doesn't look too shiny, too big, too thin, plastic and wobbly, too expensive, or likely to topple over from someone leaning on it. I've even considered building my own table but I don't have the means. All I am looking for is a tall, sturdy, small table, preferably all wood and nothing fancy. Any suggestions or ideas on where I should be looking? Anyone have any suggestions for a 'Rustic wood bar table' that fits Haley's style? We're not normally looking for 'Rustic' items, but think maybe this Macon Small Spaces Table & Chair Set may fit the bill, in size, style and affordability.
Bathrooms don't usually have a lot of room for storage furniture, so wall-mounted pieces can save space while providing much-needed storage. Top: This Steel Cube Wall-Mounted Cabinet from the Container Store is $477.89, and the modular compartments can be rearranged into different configurations. These Freden Wall Shelves from IKEA are paired with a Bekvam Step Stool for easy access. West Elm's Metal/Wood Bath Accessories contain a range of towel bars, wall-mounted shelves, hooks, and rings for $16 - $44. Vitra's Utensilo has been a hold-everything organizer since 1969. It comes in two sizes and runs between $300 and $400. Other suggestions for wall-mounted bathroom storage?
From the brokers over at Alvhem, we were able to catch a glimpse of a beautiful property in Göteborg, Sweden, filled with Scandinavian influences aplenty. We've held many examples on how to go white before, but never have we seen something so thoughtfully integrated as this. While the first thing we'd like to point out would be the fact that the couch is just way too far away from the television set to be able to view any high definition movies properly, the openness of the space actually creates a very airy environment that's anything but a claustrophobic home theater. Depending on what you're looking for, perhaps avoiding the whole surround sound experience and wire headaches may just create that open living room feeling that you've been missing. Or, you could check out the Flatwire sound wiring system we reviewed a while back. If you're in the market for a white television set, you should check out our previous post where we rounded up 10 white LCD HDTVs for your viewing pleasure.
Name: Alexander Location: Bilbao Spain Square Feet: 390 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: It is in the city-centre so everything is close: parks, bars, pubs, cinemas, underground, etc. I have enough space for the pug and the Florida tortoise, and also for gatherings with friends. Cozy, bright, comfortable, and efficient while easy to clean and to heat.
Known for its laid-back and casual vibes, bohemian style is perfect for the hangout space of your home. Stock up on cozy Moroccan-style blankets, pile up the textured pillows, and get a rattan daybed to lounge on. Your living room is about to become your friends' favorite gathering spot.
We're talking about kitchens this month, but kitchen timers can be used in and out of the kitchen. A timer is a great motivator for getting things done. It's also great if you've got a little chef or someone learning to tell time. Design Sponge shared a plentiful roundup of timers a while back. We've blogged before about the Time Timer which is often used in Montessori-style classrooms. We got our timer from Anthropologie a month or so ago for about 12 bucks and are quite happy with it. It's the same one as the yellow ones in the first picture above.
Q: I love the look of a distressed/rustic wood island for the kitchen - and even for the dining room. I would like to buy one pre-made, but can't seem to find anything that fits the bill as having that true salvaged feeling to it. Is there anywhere I can buy one similar to either of these? Thanks! Editor: Please share your sources and suggestions with Amanda in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
You can't deny that old school kitchen appliances - circa the 40s to 60s - have a tad more character than the selections we have now. Often, here on Unplggd, we drool over modern stoves and refrigerators that are heavily influenced by the designs of yore, but you don't have to buy new to get that vintage feel. Claire Joyce and her husband Garth Johnson, who blog about their fixer upper on ReadyMade's Inside, Out blog, recently purchased a 1940s Wedgewood stove from a homeowner who was upgrading their kitchen with modern appliances. In the former owner's home our stove looked fairly clean, I could tell it would need a good scrubbing but I was not prepared for the incredible mess I would have to deal with when it was pulled from its longtime home. When we came to collect our Wedgewood stove it was covered on both sides with years of grease and grime. Bleh! Stove grease is gross enough, but there's something about cleaning up someone else's grease that's super gross. Anyway, Claire and Garth didn't want to go the old toxic chemicals route so they began researching natural ways to cut through the grease and grime.
'Buy swatches of paint and test them out before painting the whole wall and always paint the dark and lightest part of the room.Group similar colors together - whether it be red or orange or green to give it a punch of color. Incorporate your favorite color in your interiors.' Color Resources:Current or vintage magazines or books.