If you've been looking for a way to give your kitchen an update, you might be considering the look of stainless steel. Stainless steel appliances can be a little more expensive, but there's a new product out there than can give you the look, with just a paintbrush! Liquid Stainless Steel is 'The world's first brush-on stainless steel for your home.' It doesn't use any colorants, but is actually made with 100% stainless steel. It's made with a micrometal technology that combines microscopic pieces of stainless steel with a hybrid polymer that allows the stainless steel to flow. It is an automotive grade finish, so it has the durability of a car finish, but is water based.
At a friend's over the weekend, we had to stop and admire their new dining room, which was such a great hi-lo mix. The table is the School Table from BDDW, a high ticket item, the chairs are the Minimal Side Chair from De La Espada, a bit lower on the ticket totem pole, and the rug and all the napkins and place mats are from West Elm and Crate & Barrel. The whole house is like this with a few pieces of really top notch quality, while all the rest was ordered online from big box stores.
It comes as no surprise that two magazines in different countries should want to do stories on the exquisite home of Jenna Lyons, creative director at J. Crew. What is surprising is how much those stories differ visually. The images in the left column are from domino, while those on the right were published in Livingetc. Despite both being photographed by Melanie Acevedo's pro eye, the editorial decisions made on the shoot by a stylist, behind the lens, as well as behind a computer screen cast a very different tone to the magazines' images. There's a distinctly modern focus on the dining room to the left, but a more whimsical feeling is given to the space by doing a wider zoom to the right. Here, domino is the more sentimental of the pair, showing the breakfast nook in use by the family. It's worth mentioning that the shots are mirror images of one another. Wall color, artwork, and bedding all differ in these two views. To the left we see rich detail of all the bathroom's finishes, but we get a better sense of where the space sits in relation to the master bedroom on the right. It appears to be the same piece of furniture, just reconfigured.
A few months ago a strange package showed up in our mail from Inhabit Living containing wild pillows, placemats and an odd frames fabric that was meant to hang on the wall. Strangers to shameless promotion, we didn't know quite what to do at first, and although the fabric on the wall idea seemed college dorm-room, we started gravitating towards the silky, soft, funky colored pillows. Putting them in our house on a white couch with otherwise neutral decoration really began to wake up the room. Inhabit is a young company from Indianapolis that wants to spread color in your life. With large floor pillows as well as bolsters and.... ...medium squares all made out of their signature designs they are on a roll and looking to absolutely kill the pillow niche before moving on to bigger things. We like their pillows and think that when used sparingly within a neutral background they really shine. MGR. Know more about Inhabit? leave a comment below.....
We knew that home design for babies and children was an area of great interest to many, but instead of letting it creep into our Home sites, we've split it off and launched our newest site this morning: The Nursery. It's all about that part of the home that's about kids. Like all our sites, it's all about making your home beautiful, organized and healthy.
'Living room = sofa' is a classic equation that's so ingrained in our decorative consciousness that it's hard to break free. Sometimes sofas aren't what you deep down need or want for your space. You might use your living room in an entirely different way that isn't conducive to a single linear piece of furniture. The sitting area above, from My Scandinavian Home, eschews the sofa in favor of a ring of armchairs, which are more conducive to conversation and games in a way that linear sofas just aren't. These amazing lounge chairs from seen in Casa Vogue give plenty of room to spread out relax and not bump up against the person next to you. Frank Roop designed this classic and elegant living room, with nary a sofa in sight. The arrangement packs in lots of seating and uses less floor space than a traditional sofa. Artist Aldo Chaparro channels his inner Bohemian with this living room set up that's relaxed and informal.
There are a handful of reasons you might not want to push the color pink on your little girl, and chief among them might possibly just be 'I don't like pink.' Shopping in the kids department might have you thinking that your only choice in girls' decor is between 'Blush' or 'Petal pink,' but these 12 rooms can show you differently. First up is the nursery pictured above from Style Me Pretty Living. As you can see in the photo directly below, it actually does feature a pop of pink-lots of these rooms do. You don't have to completely ignore an entire hue on the color wheel because you're after a 'Not pink' room for your little one. That nursery - and these eleven other rooms - all serve as inspiration for creating a room for your girl that's only as pink and and girly as you want it to be. Do you have a little girl at home? Does her room look like any of these?
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!
I was obsessed with watching where the bends and curves took my little cat eyes. I could mix and match the pieces and create all sorts of shapes, but never in my wildest dreams did I ever think about having a handmade track that circled my entire bedroom! Want to see it in action? Instructables user Steve Moseley built this complete marble track that graces the walls of his son's room. It's a continuous strip that repeats over and over again until it's turned off. The installation runs off gears, a few small motors and battery packs that were all ordered online. Although we're not sure it's something that would make going to sleep easy, you would easily be the coolest kid on the block. Steve gives lots of great tips for making something like this on your own over at Instructables so make sure to check it out!
While we are trying to use as little paper as possible in our home office, the reality is that we are not quite there yet. The NY times reports about Chris Uhlik, an engineering director at Google who has taken his family paperless by gradually scanning all his reference books and dealing with lists, letters and calendars all digitally. The end result is the ability to search everything without having to physically shuffle through papers. If sitting around for days on end scanning your photos and other documents is not something that you are particularly interested in, companies like Scan Cafe will do it for you. The paperless home office is now within reach , you just make sure that you have a plan to back up all this data if you go down this route.
We just learned a trick from a friend about how to remove finger prints from stainless steel appliance doors. Even when using soap/cleaner and water, fingerprints are difficult to wash off and usually just blur into a noticeable darker mark on your shiny new fridge or stove top. Add a dab of baby oil or mineral oil, wipe with a soft cloth, and those fingerprints disappear quickly. This additive can also work for removing sticker adhesive on stainless steel appliance products and other glues. Too bad we don't have any stainless steel appliances except our toaster and waffle maker.