If you're like me, you probably have a lot of mismatched bedding: relics from college, hand-me-downs from parents, even impulse buys from Ikea's clearance sale. I am not one of those people who can take a jumble of mismatched bedding and five minutes later, shazzam! Awesome bed. No, it doesn't quite work that way for me, so whenever I see beds that exude that kind of casual elegance, I'm all over it. Take this bed from Wiksten fashion designer Jenny Gordy: She manages to mix dainty floral and striped pillows with polka dot sheets and two different colored vintage-y quilts so effortlessly. To me, this bed is like the equivalent of indie actress Michelle Williams' closet: It's pretty, it's slightly preppy, and it's got a little vintage air to it that's just right. If you're dying to figure out how to pull this off for your bed, check out these helpful tips from Decor8. Or if your bed is already awesome and you're in the mood to update your wardrobe, check out Jenny's wonderful handmade fashion line, Wikstenmade.
The semi-annual warehouse sale is going on at Odegard next week! I made it out to the spring sale and was not disappointed.... Odegard's lush handmade wool rugs are sold at about 80% off at these warehouse sales, alongside a small selection of Fortuny lighting and furnishings. The sale is open to the trade only on Monday, November 13 and to the public on Tuesday, November 14 through Sunday, November 19.
We're always looking for more candidates for house tours. Biggest Challenge in designing my home: The open floor plan required creative solutions to space planning. What friends Say about my home: They admire our view and say that the place is fancy and modern, yet comfortable and relaxing. Biggest Embarrassment in my home: In the beginning, Edwin tried to hang a very heavy Pablo light on a wall that buckled. Biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: The loft itself� we will be paying it for a loooong time. You are never really finished, your home is a constant evolving expression of yourself. ResourcesAppliances: Designer Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, stainless steel Amana refrigerator, LG front load washer and dryer.
Living in a small space can present a number of problems. A larger problem is finding a way to squeeze an office into your small space. A great way to have a home office in a small space is to convert your closet to an office. We know that storage space is extremely coveted in the world of small living the fact that there wouldn't be a large desk taking up much needed space gives plenty of other room for storage. Keeping an office in a closet is also a great way to keep it hidden when guests are over! A super small desk is a great way to squeeze in an office. As you can see in Chris' Furniture Tetris Small Cool entry &mdash he chose a small desk that easily fits into his 450 square foot home. If you don't have a closet to turn into an office, it's super easy to turn a shelving unit into a desk. These are great because they are fully customizable &mdash you can position your desk high or low, the full length of the wall, or just a half desk. Kitchens are the perfect place to incorporate an office into your small space. This Hi-Top Home Office matches the cabinets in the kitchen and blends right in.
Just recently, Google unleashed what many Britons had been waiting for: their streets have officially been immortalized on Google Maps' Google Street View. Since it was a long overdue event, plenty of residents got wind of what was going on long before those funny-looking camera cars wound up and down their streets. Only this time, it looks like Google is behind some of it. The Daily Mail did a little round up of some of the great vignettes captured when Google Street View went live for the UK yesterday. Either Google knows a lot more about everyone in the world that non-conspiracy theorists would think, or the Goog'ster was in on this: They asked Britons to find Waldo somewhere on their streets. This morning, someone on Twitter did spot Waldo on Putney High Street. Waldo leaning on his trademark cane outside one of London's O2 cell phone stores. A Google Street Car is captured as it is being repaired in Coventry. A woman crosses the street at Abbey Road, unintentionally recreating the album cover for The Beatles' album of the same name. The Daily Mail claims Google planted the characters Paddington Bear in where else but Paddington, Sherlock Holmes in Oxford and a female Tower of London guard or 'Beefeater' in Birmingham.
Their kitchens and dining areas are modern rooms that make smart use of space, and their commercial projects include a local cafe. Click below for more.... Designers Julia Sandetskaya and Polina Zaika brought together traditional colors and modern fixtures in this home inspired by French country style. The angular counter in this contemporary kitchen provides extra seating and storage underneath. A built-in banquette provides a lot more seating than a standard table. The modern legs on this banquette make it appear light and airy. Large-scale artwork in the breakfast nook elevates a kitchen corner.
We received 104 submissions from all over the country for our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway. All of the complete entries were entered in the giveaway, including those that weren't posted.... And the winner was... Renee's Red Snow Studio. Her entry captured the whole spirit of a romantic bedroom in a really sweet way. Renee was notified yesterday, and is receiving her prize today via FedEx. FAMNIG HJARTA pillow/warm hug 2 x FENJA RAND throw pillows. TANJA BRODYR quilt/duvet cover + pillow cover size Queen.
I've long been admiring tramcars, a mode of transportation I take almost daily. The trams in Hong Kong have been transporting people across the island for over a century. Lumbering down the tracks, the tram is usually the slow choice for getting where you want to go; but at just HKD 2.00 it's the most economical.... I love the tram; on fine, cooler days, travelling with the windows open allows a breeze to pass through the tramcar, cooling the air naturally. I feel especially lucky if the tram I board is an older model, fitted with lovely caned seating and wood-frame windows and detailing. Given the opportunity, I would love to rip one of the two seaters right off the tram and carry it straight home to my dining room. For now, I'll have to settle with enjoying the tram furniture in situ, taking the slow way home.
This kitchen seems to be suffering from a bit of a brown overload. With the combination of wood cabinetry and hardwood floors, plus the black appliances and dark green paint, this kitchen is looking a little dark. Isn't it amazing what a little white paint can do? Of course, it's a lot more than just a little white paint at work here. Over the span of one month Jessie, from the blog Imperfectly Polished, transformed this kitchen with a lot of little touches. There's the subway tile backsplash, the DIY concrete counter tops, and the addition of beadboard to the ends of the cabinetry. The addition of the concrete counter tops and beadboard do as much to spruce up this kitchen as painting the cabinetry. The beadboard has a way of making the sides of the cabinetry and island look finished. The concrete counter tops? Well, they're just plain pretty - and in a sea of granite counter tops, the concrete is a welcome change! To see many, many more photos of Jessie's kitchen renovation, check out her blog: Imperfectly Polished: The Big Kitchen Reveal.
We attended a preview at Phillips de Pury & Company last night, which has these three chairs-all made with sustainable materials-up for auction. Jurgen Bey's Gardening Bench for Droog Design uses straw and resin. The Campana brothers Taquaral chair in bamboo and iron.
We just found some pages that we tore out from the Feb. '07 Vogue article titled, 'Behind the Seams: Five designers reveal how their lives inspire the very individual looks of their dresses.' Katie Nehra of Simone selected these ultra-feminine blue glass canisters from L.A.'s Grace Home Furnishings, and we really loved the color and the ornate design - even though we typically go for more streamlined angles and textures. Other designers featured include Samantha Sung of s-sung and Alice Ritter, both of whom rounded out the feminine picks of Nehra with their master painter influences and love of '60s Mod.
Sometimes you're looking for the biggest bang for your buck and other times you know the small details can make all the difference. Although cold nights are fading away, these small acorn cap candles will provide just the right amount of ambiance. Greenbaboondesigns' Etsy shop features these oh so tiny candles. They're hand poured and last for 15-30 minutes each. It's the perfect amount of time for dinner or just a quick flame to invite guests as they filter into your home for a party. The candles crackle as they burn and are a small way to bring a little green into your home. Each acorn candle cap floats in water and can be put in a vase on the table or even your bathtub! You can pick up 10 acorn caps for $10 over at Etsy and make sure to check out the other felt and acorn options in the greenbaboondesigns store!