Maxine Snider is a Chicago designer whose work straddles the traditional/modern categories. Her collection includes fifty pieces and many of them could work in a bedroom, dining room, living room, or just about anywhere. In Chicago, Maxine Snider's work is available through the Holly Hunt showroom at the Merchandise Mart.
Name: Michael Location: Los Angeles, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: It really reflects my personality: modern, warm, organized. I'm a creature of habit, and my bedroom reflects my morning rituals: I have the spot on my desk where my french press and breakfast go, and I face my computer and the street when I write, usually in the early mornings. I love my 'Found note' collection, and some toys from childhood that I put in a case on the wall. I'm one of those people who thinks physical clutter equals mental clutter. I've let other rooms in the house accumulate objects, but my bedroom is where I curate the most carefully. My dresser is maybe the one place I let get a little crowded, as you can see!
If you're an average city dweller then you understand what a rarity it is to see a bathroom where two people could actually move around comfortably. Because of this, we're often blown away by spacious bathrooms. Case in point, this fantastically large blue bathroom. What we like best? It's an efficient use of space. We love the polished metal accents against the various blues. We're not the biggest fans of elaborate tile work, but this bathroom makes us second guess ourselves. We also think that the window above the bath is an excellent example of utilizing natural light.
It must be a flash back of building forts as a kid, because we can't get the idea out of our minds of having a bed outdoors. When we saw this Elipse Bed from Gloster we immediately ripped it out to save. Considering we have never heard of this company, it probably signifies that it's out of our price range as well, but we're still dreaming of summer and forts anyhow.
Sometimes a new proportion is all that's needed to bring a breath of fresh air into a common material. These pavers by Stepstone Inc. are a fine example.... Stepstone's Narrow Modular Pavers are concrete pavers that come in a linear proportion: 4' wide by as much as 24' long. Available in 12 colors, the pavers give the common concrete paver an uncommon look.
For centuries fine artists have been inspired by nature and searched for the perfect light. In the late 1800's a young man named Charles Hawthorne found that light on Cape Cod and established the first art school devoted to painting outdoors. This stunning barn with its massive light-filled window belongs to the Hawthorne School of Art in Provincetown, Massachusetts-a school where Hans Hofmann, Norman Rockwell, and Lee Krasner once studied-and is, sadly, up for sale.... The school is still open, offering a variety of classes in art, music and wellness but is on the market for 3.5 million dollars and under threat of being sold to a private owner or, worse, a developer. For now we wanted to share its stunning barn window as a source of inspiration on this Monday afternoon.
As bathroom month comes to a close and we think ahead to Smallest, Coolest, here's a bathroom idea that maximizes a small space by combining the sink and the tub. 'It works by employing a removable sink insert that empties into the tub, which is in turn angled to help drainage. The lip of the tub, and thus the edge of the sink, is tall enough that it comes within range of the height of a standard sink basin, about 32'. The sink reminds us of tub covers we've seen in Japanese bathrooms. The design could also facilitate greywater use, if you use a mild, plant friendly hand soap.
This is one of the simplest ideas we've seen in a while: a bedroom vanity made from a wooden table, antique mirror, and mismatched chair. Although the components are plain, the proportions and details are unexpected.... The similar lengths of the mirror and table create a sense of weight and heft. The wire chair balances the solidity of the wood, and the patterned pillows soften the arrangement. We also love the stacks of striped cushions on the nearby chest. Other good ideas from this bedroom include a headboard created from hanging Kuba cloths and a runner used to accent the foot of the bed. For more photos from this home, visit Light Locations.
The diminutive proportions and clever designs of these 14 desks makes them perfect for small spaces. It's 47 inches wide and only 11 inches deep, but perfect for a laptop. It's only 31 inches wide and 28 inches deep, and the fact that it's wall-mounted opens up space for other things underneath and gives it a pleasing visual lightness. At 48' wide and 20' deep, it's not quite as small as some of our other picks, but the shelves mean that you can store things above your desk, even if you're not able to mount shelves to the wall. For a smaller desk option with shelves above, there's the Stairway white 72.5' desk, $349 from CB2. It's only 30 inches wide, and 20 inches deep. The slim little Farringdon laptop desk is $299 from The Container Store. Standing desks, allegedly, are better for your health, and there's the additional benefit of not needing to make space for a chair. Knotten standing desk, $149 from IKEA. Arguably the most attractive of the wall-mounted options is this Mid-century office shelving from West Elm. The desk is only 24 inches wide, and a mere 8 inches deep when folded. The Besta Burs desk is almost four feet wide but a mere 16 inches deep, making it a great option for placing in a narrow spot or behind a sofa. 199 from IKEA. The Parsons mini desk is $299 from West Elm.
You love things that are feminine, but not too girly. Sound familiar? Then this Dorm Style guide is for you. Table lamp, $20.Acrylic side chair, $90.Velvet cushion, $32.Peel n' stick headboard in Twin, $40.Twin Duvet Cover, $89, and sham, $19.Metal side table, $20. MORE AFFORDABLE DORM STYLE:Grey and Yellow for $138Scandinavian Modern for $238Moroccan Inspiration for $403. Images: As linked above. Re-edited from a post originally published 8.16.2011.