Durham, North Carolina is home to many old tobacco warehouses no longer in use. Some warehouses have been converted into homes and we were lucky to get a look inside of one. The newly converted condo preserves the old warehouse features in an environmentally-friendly way. The photo above shows the view into the living room from the hallway/entry. The space is divided into two floors, with the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and the living room and kitchen on the first floor. The warehouse windows let in an enormous amount of natural light. Timber beams from the original warehouse were preserved and used in the new condo. How would feel about living in a former tobacco warehouse?
Inevitably kids spend a lot of time on the floor so beanbags offer a comfortable place to hunker down. We really like these fruit and vegetable beanbags from EZ Bean, but balked a bit at the price of $240. We did a little searching around and found this cheaper alternative at Montgomery Ward. The selection is smaller - apple, pear or banana - but the price is right at $80. Find them here. EZ Bean, on the other hand, offers a 15 different styles for a more sophisticated palate including persimmon, eggplant, and peach. They are available in either brushed cotton or tech suede. If you're a DIY type, check out this tutorial for making a beanbag based on the ubiquitous tomato pincushion.
Usually we see these vanities made over in feminine whites, not in a deco-inspired black and robin's egg blue motif. This 1930s waterfall style vanity has been refinished in a glossy black and retains its original hardware. The inside of the cabinets are painted a Tiffany's blue. While the artwork isn't included, the stool and vinyl bowl are freebies. Priced at $500. Want more? Look after the jump!
What to do when you when you want a $900 bathroom table and sink, but are on a limited budget? Get hackin' of course. Ikea hacker Karen took an Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart for $49.99, took a sabre saw to it, installed a sink, stained/sealed it, and then added all the necessary plumbing.... All hardware and plumbing were purchased from the Expo Design Center. A commenter also mentioned creating a pedestal sink using a barstool for a small space bathroom, so even a small footprint could be created with the right complimentary sink. Just remember to waterproof seal any of wood pieces used.
Our favorite home offices to take inspiration from are the ones that look the most lived in and real. While we appreciate a perfectly staged home office for a photo shoot, they don't hold a candle to a work space that we know someone actually works in and utilizes on a daily basis. We love this minimalist white with pops of color home office we found on LifeHacker today. The space mimics a giant Mac and we think that's pretty cool. Daniel created his desk from several different IKEA pieces and hacked them into a stellar desk. We really enjoy that there is so much white, with subtle pops of bright red and blue. Even though there are only a few colorful pieces, because they are so few and so bright - they make a huge impact. This office is inspiring because it is attainable and real. We saw his desk chair in IKEA last weekend and contemplated purchasing it!
If you've ever entertained in a small home, you know that it's easy to run low on surface space. This little bar cart project by Naomi over at Design Manifest solves all of those worries in one fell swoop. Perfectly placed in a black-painted niche, the vintage gold bamboo cart is perfect for having extra plates on hand, as a home base for serving drinks, and as extra horizontal space for stashing serving dishes. A piece of art over the cart makes it feel settled into its home. Or you could move the cart around depending on where you're entertaining from party to party. Dinner party? Set up the cart near your dining table. Cocktails? Set up the cart as a bar in the living room.
In our opinion, building toys get you the most bang for your toy-buying buck. Blocks, train tracks, logs... you get these toys when your kids are young and - if our own childhood is anything to go by - they'll be played with for years. These build-your-own marble runs fall into the same camp. The quality of Quadrilla's German-engineered wooden blocks and twists makes this a keepsake toy that will last for years. Like any good building toy, you can start with a decent basic set, such as the one pictured at the left, and keep adding as many expansion kits as you want... until you can ostensibly create a complex masterpiece such as the one at the top of this post. There's also a smaller 'Try Me' starter set.
From the design firm that brought you the oversized-pac-man bookshelf comes these ghost-shaped lamps. As if you needed an excuse to turn your living room into a video game. Complete your media wall with these wall-mounted Ghosty lamps. Surely made to resemble Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, these lamps are made from a steel support and translucent colored Corian. Hang them on the wall or prop them on a table stand. They're available in four colors; Glacier Ice, Mint Ice, Strawberry Ice and Lime Ice; but you'll have to email GinePro Design to snag one. What do you like better? these Ghosty lamps or the 80's Ghost lamp featured previously on Unplggd?
Some apartments need a therapist, others need an exorcist. We've been perusing reviews for the newly-released real estate horror flic Dark Water, and Jennifer Connolly's crib belongs in the latter category. Alright, we'll say it, there are times when decluttering doesn't fully solve the problem. The film is directed by Walter 'Motorcylce Diaries' Salles, a Brazilian, and is based on a short story by Japanese author Koji 'The Ring' Suzuki, and stars Brooklyn Heights-reared Connolly. Where do these people get off knocking the jewel of the East River? In any event, move over Amityville. Bottom line: this film is not for the flower box set, but if you need to work through some issues with your Super and you have a ready supply of anti-depressents, step up.
If you have a perfectly matched and perfectly respectable set of dining room chairs, all is well. Explore eight rooms from our house tours, and incorporate these tips at home.... 1. Incorporate furniture traditionally reserved for other rooms. Look around for living room furniture, or things like office chairs, that will nicely do the trick. Long low seating takes up less visual space than traditional backed chairs, which works well with small spaces. This rustic kitchen table looks fantastic paired with those deliciously apple red metal chairs. Make for unlikely chair marriages, and you'll love the results. Pull in extra chairs if you have company, then keep them out of sight for the majority of the time. Either use the same chair in different colors, or different chairs entirely. Your eyeballs are playfully interested in Charlie's dining room above, are they not?
COLOR PALETTE: Some Green - beige with bursts of green. GO TO SHAILLEY'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!
Fell in love again with Donna Wilson yesterday while doing my fall throw pillow roundup. This is her Scottish inspired pouffe, which is both cute and edgy at the same time. It's also great seating when you don't have a lot of room. 'Each is made by hand stuffing Calico bags and upholstering them with knitted panels, reminiscent of segments of an orange. The Pouffes come in two shapes...'. 'They are available in three colours and feature a distinctive geometric pattern.'
Thought you guys might like this story from one of my other favorite sites, CHOW.com. It's their tips on how to green your kitchen - little did I know that running my dishwasher was better for the environment! CHOW's Ten Ways to Green Your Kitchen include using a dishwasher rather than washing dishes by hand.