There's one day to go! One day left to Black Friday! One day left to Buy Nothing Day!Oh, wait. We're gearing up in the kitchen, but wanted to let you know.
It's not the busiest street I've ever lived on, as I lived in NY for 31 years, but with two noisy bus lines running up and down, I think it qualifies as an arterial. Our two sunniest rooms face the fairly busy street, and our daughter's favorite pastime is to stand at the windows and peer over the sill to see what's going on outside. Much of the view is obstructed by a tree, but whatever activity unfolds down there still manages to get more and more exciting to her every day. She's growing taller so fast that the amount of the Big Wide her eyes can take in literally becomes a little grander with every visit to the window sill. Whenever something's going on in our intimate San Francisco neighborhood we participate in it even when we stay inside. This week the sounds of Halloween raged in our living room and front bedroom and woke our daughter up so many times that we had to move her into our bed in the back of the apartment. This also meant we had to retire at 9pm to serve as her human barricades. I wouldn't trade our noisy perch for a more bucolic, isolated life, at least not right now. We live in the City because we like to be around other people. Good neighbors, bad neighbors, neighbors we know only by sight, sound or smell- our connection to all these people and to the rhythms of their daily lives is part of our daily lives, too, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Make those cards you send to your friend or family member last a little longer: UK-based Postcarden is a pop-out-card-turned-mini-garden. Each set contains a cardboard scene, an inner growing tray, packet of cress seeds and step-by-step growing instructions. The contents come neatly packaged with a postcard-style space for the recipient's address and sender's greeting. Designed and produced by A Studio For Design, a London-based compant, and printed in Wales using locally sourced cress seeds and inner-packaging material, sending Postcarden in the UK only requires a regular large letter stamp. Available for £7.50 from Postcarden. Seeds should sprout in three days and the plant should last two weeks. Due to custom restrictions on importing seeds, Postcarden is not available outside the European Union.
Here's a look we're currently loving: dreamy pastels punched up with a bit of black. Like all the best couples, these two are better together: the pastel tones have a gentling influence on the black, while the black adds a little bit of edge. It's just the right amount of unexpected, soft and modern all at once. Above: pastel wishbone chairs and light pink trim toughen up with the addition of black pendant lamps. Pairing pink with black accents creates a delicious contrast and a super-modern look. I love the way the black tub on a field of mint green really draws your eye. From Tia Borgsmidt via Nordic Design: a black sconce pops against a pink wall, while black accents keep lavender bedding from reading too girly. This kitchen, from an apartment in Malmö, Sweeden, spotted on Dos Family, flips what we've seen in the previous pics on its head by using pastel colors as an accent on a field of black.
Got a large load of recyclables and want to drop it off all at once somewhere to be processed? Or would you rather have them come and pick it up right from your curb at a scheduled time? We've sometimes found our apartment building's city recycling bins completely jam packed with materials, and having an alternate route to recycle would be welcome. The Recycling Center combines Google Ajax Search and Google Maps to help locate recycling centers that can provide these services, alongside possibly providing a free recycling bin for your effort. Try it...it's like Yelp and quite easy to use.
GO TO KRISTIN'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!
I'm trying to find modern upholstery fabric with a large floral print-something big enough that I can center it if necessary but not have to match it at all the seams. I've attached two pictures of chairs that are upholstered in similar fabric, but I'm actually looking for something that's green, at least primarily green. I've browsed nearly a dozen online fabric stores, but I'm not finding anything along these lines. Editor: Please share your suggestions for great green prints with Jannah in the comments below...thanks!
The bedroom at Monkey Cottage made us want to live in an attic. What did we do but go in search of more lovely attic bedrooms? There are lots of them out there, as many an attic has been converted into a spare room for guests, cozy kids' room, or even a lofty master bedroom. The one pictured up top is from Veronika & Sebastian's London House Tour. Many more after the jump.... via Marie Claire Maison via Living Etc. An attic bedroom in Kansas City via Projectionist Accommodation at the Needleworkers Cottage Accommodation at the Glenturret Mill in Scotland Storage in the Eaves at Monkey Cottage An attic bedroom in the West Carie Cottage in Scotland via House to Home An attic bedroom at the Dingle Cottage.
COLOR INSPIRATION: Cool and modern design elements with a touch of warmth. GO TO NICK'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division 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!