We love a make-over, even if it's only imagined. In this Sketch Pad, Lynn Gaffney and her colleagues at Lynn Gaffney Architect reimagine a two-bedroom prewar apartment in Washington Heights to take full advantage of the view of the Hudson River in the communal areas.... As usual, the Audio Slideshow component is full of information.
We're not normally all too fond of the revival of reproductions of dead animals in home decor. We noticed this particular instance where the effect was pulled off to some success thanks to a thoughtful use of lighting inside this Sunset Strip/Hollywood Hills abode which could easily be applied to other wall hung decorative features. We love the dramatic theater style lighting, the drapery backdrop and the shadows thrown onto the ceiling.... Take a closer peek of what the rest of this nearly $13 million dollar home has to offer besides faux deer heads on the wall here.
It is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun, too. The Pop Art Toaster is a regular toaster with a fun twist: interchangeable plates that burn pictures and messages into your toast. The plates slide in and out pretty easily, so if you want to toast something that you don't necessarily want a picture on, it is easy enough to do, and without them, this is a pretty standard 12 setting toaster. It is a way to bring a little magic to breakfast. A Pop Art Toaster with 6 design plates is $34.99. If you really want to get creative, giving the kids food-safe coloring pens and letting them color their breakfast before they eat it would be a blast.
There is a moment, we've all been there, when cleaning out the closet and suddenly the thought occurs that maybe, just maybe, there is room for a wine cooler. We first came across the Cuisinart Private Reserve Wine Cellar while innocently browsing for something entirely unrelated, but thought it felt a little chintzy. We'd love to hear any success stories of wine coolers in small apartments. Did you buy one? Did you resist? Are you still stashing a bottle or two with the jams and Tabasco like we are?
In the last several years, urban farms have sprung up all over the country, offering consumers a fresh and local alternative to large scale industrial food production methods. Found in the most unlikeliest of places-empty lots, old asphalt playing fields, rooftops- many of the country's urban farms stand upon the principle that healthy, affordable food should be a basic human right. Despite the increased media attention and growing popularity, most urban farms haven't yet found a way to thrive in the market economy. The problem is that most city farms still rely heavily on volunteer labor and grant funding. According to a recent piece in the Earth Island Journal, this is a definite problem because these farms 'Are unlikely to fulfill their aspirations and make a meaningful dent in the problem of food insecurity if they are forever running on the treadmill of foundation funding.' One farm that has successfully turned a profit while making local, organic produce available to its nearby residents is Greensgrow, an urban farm started in 1998 to serve a low-income neighborhood in north Philadelphia. It sells vegetables, herbs, honey, and seedlings produced on-site, along with produce, breads, meats, and cheeses from local producers, and also makes biodiesel from waste oil produced by the restaurants that buy its vegetables. Greensgrow co-founder Mary Seton Corboy says this diversification partly explains why her organization is financially self-sufficient, while many other urban farms are not. In 2009, Greensgrow had an earned income of $825,000 from CSAs, farm stand sales, restaurant sales, and nursery sales. For more on this, read the full article at Earth Island Journal.
Good vintage children's chairs can be hard to find, so we scouted out 10 options that would work well paired with a small desk or table, or just hanging out on their own in a reading corner. Check out this updated list of vintage chairs for kids from around the web. Online Shops in the U.S. Three Potato Four Janet Morales and Stu Eli, the proprietors of this online shop, have a great eye for vintage pieces. This 19th Century Child's Slat-Back Chair is listed online for $195. Etsy They're a great resource for childrens' chairs - when I was compiling this post, I found the most options by far at Etsy. This purple vintage school chair is currently listed with Nebraska-based seller moxiethrift. This Pair of handcrafted children's chairs is a rustic option for kids - it sells for $400. eBay Always a good resource when you're looking for something very specific, eBay usually has quite a few child's chairs online. This Pair of Bertoia Child's Chairs is currently listed there for $550. Online Shops Outside the U.S. Photos shown above are examples of a store's inventory and may not be currently available online.
The Barcode Piano invites children to explore the concept of barcodes through a tangible interface consisting of a board, bricks, a button and sounds inspired by the piano as a metaphor. By combining the different barcode bricks, children can copy barcodes and listen to their unique tunes. Each brick will play a unique tone creating new tunes every time a complete barcode is put into place on the Barcode Piano.
At first glance, the bedroom seems the least important room in the home, in terms of lighting. We're not really working in there much, and the primary goal of the space is to support sleep- which requires an intentional lack of light. Once you start thinking about it you realize the lighting needs of a bedroom- from general lighting for putting the laundry away to task lighting for doing your makeup and accent lighting for chilling out of an evening- are pretty complex. A bedroom lighting scheme should be as considered as that of any other room, so read on for a few tips on doing just that. A good even light, cast from a central pendant or from windows, is important in every space. Even if you don't spend a lot of non-sleeping time in your bedroom, this basic light is what we get dressed by in the winter, clean the room to, and helps us see when natural light is low. Think of the other things you do from day to day- do you apply your makeup or iron your shirts in the bedroom? Both require good, specific lighting. In the bedroom, accent lighting is really mood lighting. It can be achieved through simple dimming of the light sources we've already talked about, or by adding decorative lights like fairy strings, corner up-lighters or candles.
We would guess most people are familiar enough with their bathroom layout to be able to locate the light switch in their sleep. For those who aren't or are frequent visitors to the bathroom in the middle of the night, Robern has a new bathroom cabinet with an integrated night light. The in handle LED and a built in light sensor illuminates the under side of the cabinet automatically when the light conditions are dark enough to warrant it. Now your midnight bathroom trips can happen discreetly without having to wake your partner by turning on all the bathroom lights.
We mentioned the Skate Study House collection early last month, but wanted to share a few more additional recently released pieces from the Colette sponsored collection, all below the jump.... The official website is now up to peruse, and you can order items like the Astro Clock, the comfy looking Jet Set Lounge Chair, and the free standing Nova Lamp directly from Skate Study House. Personally, most of these pieces have too much of a DIY skateshop project appearance to them to justify the prices...all except for the beautiful Skate Wall screen partition which is much more subtle in its nod to its origins.
We operate under the notion that every little bit helps. We love our dog and our plants, although we'll admit that the dog gets a little more attention. All living things need water, so we've been paying more attention to what goes down the drain. If we've come home with half of a Nalgene of water that we know we won't drink, we pour it into our dog Fin's water bowl. Any glass of water that's about to go down the drain instead gets poured into Fin's dish, ice and all. When it comes time to clean out Fin's bowl, we give that water to our house plants. What kind of small things have you adopted around the house?
Name: Nadia Location: Tarrytown, NY Division: Light Inspiration for my palette: I wanted a neutral-gender color scheme for my son's nursery. We already had all the white furniture and I love grey. I wanted the room to be a happy and bright space so I was between green, orange and yellow as accent colors. After creating three mood boards and seeing everything together, and with some help from family and friends, we decided on the yellow-grey-white color scheme. Once we started putting the room together I added some brown accents.