I've always wondered how Pantone picks the color of the year, and I wouldn't be surprised if the answer included a bottle of Cazadores, a bag of limes, some Triple Sec, and a Costco-sized bag of Hint of Lime Tostito chips. Well, no matter how they came to their decision, the fine folks at Pantone picked turquoise as the 2010 color of the year, and we're taking a look to see how it translates for this little girl's room. What we love about this room, designed and decorated by Massucco Warner Miller, is that it's got quite a good mix going on of styles: The turquoise feels very young and hip, and the red and white toile headboard and silhouette throw pillows is a nice nod to a more vintage, feminine style. With the turquoise and the white taking on the bulk of the room, the accents of red balances it all out just enough to make this room look fresh and fun. See more inspiring interiors by Massucco Warner Miller on their site.
Name: Georgia Location: Caledonia Canada Division: International What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the colors and the wallpaper and the tiny coziness. I love that the wallpaper wraps around the room and envelopes my husband and myself like a cocoon. I love that it is so tiny that it can only be used to sleep, read in bed and get dressed in. I love that when I wake up in the middle of the night and open my eyes the moon is right outside my window and the trees are all around us.
The New York Times shows us a massive granite house that was built in 1858 on 80 acres with views of Long Island Sound. When the first owner, Benjamin Pike Jr. passed away, the estate was purchased by William Steinway when he moved his piano manufacturing business to Astoria, Queens. 'Granite forgives neglect very gracefully,' and the overall structure is in good shape - especially all the original interior details including Italianate plasterwork, carved wood and marble.... The original owner, Benjamin Pike Jr., was a Manhattan optician who had instruments and scientific symbols etched in many of the glass doors in the house.... 'The basement includes a billiard room, a bar and a Roman bath for parties.' In need of more care and investment than its current owner Michael Halberian has the funds or energy for, the house is for sale. For more on the history of the house and additional pictures, see A Hilltop Idyll, With Grace Notes of the Past and the slideshow.
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.
So many apartments we've rented have had random medicine cabinets installed over the sink that should have been recessed but weren't, or they have had flat mirrors without needed storage. Storage and a mirror but without needing to be recessed.... We spotted this walnut Molger mirror cabinet on a trip to Ikea several months ago and were really impressed with its design. The mirror slides from left to right on a track so that you can retrieve your toothbrush and toothpaste behind it, yet leaves some open storage for easy access. Granted we wouldn't recommend this solution to folks that tend to jam things haphazardly inside a medicine cabinet, or who have prescriptions to hide from prying eyes. For those of us who like things neat and have attractive containers for cotton balls and lotion, it has a particular spa-like feel.
My grandfather is coming to stay with me a few weeks and I'd like to find a stool or bench for him to use in the guest shower. I've found some really ugly ones online, but I'd like to find something a bit more visually appealing that I could keep in there all the time. Perhaps something in Teak? Does anyone have ideas on where I could find something cool? Thanks! Jake. The Hinoki Stool from Design Within Reach is exactly what you are looking for - but expensive at $300. It's made of Japanese cedar and is the same kind of stool used in Japanese saunas. We found some other cedar and teak options but many were folding, which didn't seam stable in a shower. If you have a tub, you could use the Hinoki Tub Bench, made from the same rot-resistant cedar, which is only $100. Anyone have alternative ideas?
For the past couple of years, yellow has been injecting a sense of humor and lightheartedness into interiors, and we're into it. We especially love lemony yellows paired with white. The combo reflects light, feels fresh, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
We have posted about plates hung on walls before but Katie's sculptural positioning of them in her kitchen deserves some recognition. A grouping of plates on a wall can be so much more interesting than a framed work. This combination is similar to the grouping seen in Rome Service Home that we posted about back in August. With Katie's great patterns and colors, this free flowing form looks more like artwork then dinnerware.
Q: I picked up a copy of the January issue of Town & Country, and fell in love with Ina Garten's rustic wood table. She purchased it from a high-end store in Sag Harbor....not so close to me in Scottsdale, AZ and definitely not in my price range! Aside from Restoration Hardware, where can I find a gorgeous reclaimed wood table like this that is full of character and not ridiculously expensive? My husband seems to think a table like this might be a nightmare and show ever single spill or ring from an iced drink etc. Does anyone have any experience with a similar type table? To me it would seem low maintenance in that you would never worry about scuffing or scratching the surface because it adds to the charm. Editor - Love the table too, Jenn, and we're all for reusing reclaimed wood with its inherent natural beauty. We admit we haven't had any experience ourselves with a table like this. Perhaps some of our readers can chime in with advice and opinions. Got a good question you'd like answered? Send your queries and a photo or two illustrating your question, and we'll see if the Apartment Therapy LA team or our readers can help answer your question.