Based in Japan, Leif.designpark is a collective of three designers, Takashi Ueno and Mamoru Naito and Keizaburo Honda, whose work is both modern and deeply traditional. 'The unstained natural colors of wood must result from absorbing the numerous nutrients within the soil. The diversity is amazing. Tone is an attempt at producing furniture using effectively materials and skills established in the Japanese culture.' While the 'Green' furniture movement in the US has been diligently looking for more and more ways to use unfinished wood, we thought this was a great addition to the mix.
Designing a room is like putting together an outfit for your space. When it comes to fashion, there was no shortage of fabulous inspiration at the Met Gala this year. It's so interesting to see how fashion and home decor can inspire each other, so let's take some of the looks from the red carpet and translate them into your space. Inspired by Rihanna: Bedroom inspiration from HomeEdit, yellow wallpaper by Mimou, yellow stair inspiration from The Style Files, yellow pillow from Houzz. Inspired by Maggie Gyllenhaal: black & white color block pendant from Mood Design Studio on Etsy, modular sofa from Bolia, pillow from Crate and Barrel. Inspired by Lily Collins: pillow from Fine Art America, floral bedding from Deny Designs, floral curtains from Anthropologie. Inspired by Jessica Chastain: gold textured trays from Anthropologie, gold base lamp from Residential Lighting, gold Moroccan pouf from Laurier Blanc. Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence: If you like the top of Jennifer's dress then you'll love the Marimekko Unikko Collection in your home.
Welcome to a new series, Anatomy of a Room, where we show you one room that gets it really, really right and then break down exactly why it works and how to copy the look for yourself. Today, let's look at a rustic living room which manages to be light and bright yet cozy and comfortable at the same time. The light color spotlights the beautiful, natural knots in the timber. The beams' rich color contrasts with the lighter walls for added interest. Lots of streaming light makes the honey-colored floors and light walls really glow. A large, rustic wooden console table mirrors the 'Heaviness' of the ceiling beams to ground the room. Glass lamps are visually light - they contrast with the bulkier elements in the space, embellish the decor and are utilitarian without adding any discernible weight. If you revel in the rustic look, steal a hint or two from this perfectly proportioned room.
GO TO KATIE'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!
Looking to make your home office greener? Well, this store may help you make some appropriate environmentally-friendly choices. We're suspicious of the term 'Green,' especially when it comes to a store. When we first clicked over to The Green Office, we wondered how much of it would be hype or faux green. We instantly liked their indicator system, which gives you a snapshot of each product's 'Greeness.' The selection of products is extensive, from envelopes to electronics. It's not so much that the products are made or marketed to be green, but sold from a green point-of-view. While they sell traditional office products as well as greener choices, each is clearly defined through their green rating system. If a choice offers no environmental savings, it is marked 'Conventional product.' It also promotes recycling with its extensive list of recycling centers, and has a newly founded blog to promote environmental issues.
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.
Christmas tree lots have begun sprouting up all throughout town, and now you can use an app, My Tree Lot Finder, to hone in on the closest independent tree lots throughout town, complete with address, amenities, and tree care tips built-in, right from your Android device. There's also a Firewood Finder app in the works, another useful mobile tool for getting the home ready for the holidays, and both are available for a 'Why not' price of absolutely free!
In a fascinating article she wrote for Apartment Therapy, Carolyn explains why dark interiors, which used to be the norm, were eventually superseded in popularity by light, bright ones. For a few of us dark, cozy spaces will always be the ideal. While these 12 living rooms may have dark walls, they are anything but dreary. Above: A velvet sofa almost glows in a dark-walled room from Felix Forest. This post would be incomplete without at least one photo of the home of Abigail Ahern, the master of dark, moody interiors. Black and pink is a sophisticated combo in this room from Farrow & Ball. In this living room from Trendland, hunter green walls make a lovely contrast with a light wood floor. I wish I were curled up in this living room right this very moment. Dark walls aren't dreary when there's lots of light. I love all of this - dark paneling, dark grey walls, gold accents.
We know it's only Thursday, but we're already crowning this the coolest thing of the week. The entire circus-inspired room is delightful and we're especially gaga for the ferris wheel toy storage. The room was put together by Kansas City-based photo stylist Kate Dixon and was commissioned as part of the 41st Symphony Designer Showhouse Tour in Kansas City. We're accustomed to seeing a circus theme in nurseries, but love this more grown up version for a boy. I wanted it to be a whimsical room where fun and functionality meet. That's why me and my crew made a giant 7ft tall spinning 'ferris wheel' toy storage unit. I made rugs out of duckcloth and stitched them together to give a patchwork effect, and painted over a photo of my son turning him into the ultimate ringmaster of the room. We took old pallets and created fun built in furniture, and used some great artistic friends of mine from SOWN to do pillows, Jeff Shumway to create amazing circus illustrations, and so much more. Amazing, Kate - thank you! Readers, you can find Kate at her blog Dixon Style as well as her company Artistic Living Spaces.
Surely we've all known our share of closet-deprived apartments. Creative solutions for increasing storage space are always welcome, and we just love this elegant execution of a simple idea from local designer Anastasia Faiella. Faiella's client's loft, while blessed with gorgeously high ceilings and windows, was sorely lacking in closet and storage space. So she went looking for a part of the home where there might be space to spare, and landed on the large foyer. By installing a curved drapery with a rail running under an overhang, Faiella and seamstress Doreen Leong created a closet out of an otherwise awkward empty space. The heavy gold fabric was an elegant choice, and because of its weight and texture it will do nicely for hiding the stacks of stuff behind it. Lovely, isn't it? To see more of Faiella's work, check out her portfolio. A bit more inspiration for those considering curtained storage solutions: Small Space Solution: Curtained Storage How To: Make an Instant Closet With a Curtain Look! DIY Closet.
I need some ideas for a sideboard to go with my rustic table and white chair combo. Do I go rustic with the sideboard or white and modern to match the chairs or something else? Editor: What design direction would you suggest to Nancy? Let us know in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
We're not normally all too fond of the revival of reproductions of dead animals in home decor. We noticed this particular instance where the effect was pulled off to some success thanks to a thoughtful use of lighting inside this Sunset Strip/Hollywood Hills abode which could easily be applied to other wall hung decorative features. We love the dramatic theater style lighting, the drapery backdrop and the shadows thrown onto the ceiling.... Take a closer peek of what the rest of this nearly $13 million dollar home has to offer besides faux deer heads on the wall here.
It is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, too. The Pop Art Toaster is a regular toaster with a fun twist: interchangeable plates that burn pictures and messages into your toast. The plates slide in and out pretty easily, so if you want to toast something that you don't necessarily want a picture on, it is easy enough to do, and without them, this is a pretty standard 12 setting toaster. It is a way to bring a little magic to breakfast. A Pop Art Toaster with 6 design plates is $34.99. If you really want to get creative, giving the kids food-safe coloring pens and letting them color their breakfast before they eat it would be a blast.