Above: This kitchen transformation from My Domaine is quite lovely, but the thing that really caught my eye is the scalloped edges of the marble backsplash. The green and black color scheme of this kitchen is especially striking, but if you take a second glance, you might also be intrigued by those diamond-shaped cutouts, which are perfect for finger pulls - no hardware needed. This beautiful, uber-modern kitchen from Ecora has a special treat: a mirrored toe kick. This kitchen, spotted on Yatzer, has a glowing light strip recessed into the countertop. We've done a bit of coverage before on the world's most beautiful kitchen sinks, but I think this integral marble sink from Il Granito might take the cake. Even if you're not into the unusual color scheme in this kitchen from Gisbert Poeppler, here's a clever detail to steal - a shallow drawer, situated on the back of the countertop, that's perfect for storing tiny little sundries. Here's an especially lovely integrated drain board in a kitchen designed by French architect Eric Bommel. A copper sink is a bit humbler than a marble one, but no less lovely. This pegboard toe kick, in a kitchen spotted on Pocket Witch, is weird and quirky and wonderful. I love the inset stone countertop in this kitchen from Nordic Design - not nearly as expensive as installing stone in the entire kitchen, but just enough for a little grace note.
So your kids have always wanted their name in lights? Will they settle for just their initial? We love the old-timey quality of these large, metal lights reminiscent of Vaudeville, Broadway, or even the circus. All in a bold, weathered red they'd make quite an impact in a room. They look dim enough to function as an ambient night light, too.
Designed by Central Design Studio, it feels less like a restaurant and more like a stylish friend's home. There are some design details in this space that inspire. The aim with Evelyn's Café and Bar was to create a neighbourhood restaurant, which instantly felt like a local favourite. Replace the chairs on one side of your dining room table with a sofa. Table cloths and cloth napkins don't have to feel fussy or formal-DIY decor to add color and pattern to your table. Furniture made of natural materials like wicker and rattan add great texture to an eating space, especially in the presence of a lot of solid dining furniture. Turn those overhead lights off when entertaining in your dining area! Table lamps and candles bring the light lower to where the eating action is.
For most people, the refrigerator is probably the most power-hungry appliance in the house, so looking for ways to reduce that consumption is essential.... If you are in the market for a new fridge, top-freezer models are the most energy-efficient and repair-free, followed by bottom-freezer models. Though many people tout the convenience of side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, they are more likely to need repair and can use roughly 7 to 13 percent more energy than top-freezer models. The Sun Frost RF-12 refrigerator pictured above was The National Georgraphic Green Guide's choice for greenest product: with an energy star rating of 51% and an annual operating cost of just $17.78, it is well worth the $2,279 asking price. Refrigerators should be kept between 37 and 40 degrees and freezers at 5 degrees. In the freezer, place a thermometer among packs of frozen food. Frozen blocks of food keep freezer temperatures more stable. Don't put your refrigerator in direct sunlight or next to an oven or dishwasher. Defrost the freezer regularly and avoid frost build-ups of more than a quarter-inch.
The classic digital clock taken to the next level as it gives a nod to both neon signs and minimal chic. What a great addition this would be to your nursery or bedroom. Designed by Vadim Kibardin, of Kibardindesign, this digital clock is made up of four OLEDs which can be mounted on any surface. During the day, the numbers appear black and at night they are white. This clock is not being manufactured for sale yet - but we'll keep our eyes open.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have a scrap of pink or purple in my own house. My walls haven't seen floral since my childhood in the 80s. There is something appealing however about taking a left turn from your usual decor and embracing the opposite once in awhile. We all get in ruts, and it's nice to branch out. Of course, I couldn't go all the way down the road to soft and pretty. That pale pink needed to be grounded with some inky black. There's a floral rug and there's white tufting.
Christian and her husband decided to make a beautiful cathedral window quilt the focus and inspiration for their daughter's nursery. In addition to using the quilt's colors throughout the room, Christian's husband made this incredible wood wall art as a perfect compliment and counterpoint to the quilt. While one is soft and the other hard and the color comprises the diamond shapes in one and the petal shapes in the other - we think you'll have to agree that these items are both fantastic on their own and especially stunning together. You can read a bit about how this wood wall hanging was made on Christian's blog, ModObject at Home, as well as more about how this room went from a room for a son to a room for a daughter.
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Now appraisals are trendy and even entertaining, as evidenced by the pop culture hit Antiques Roadshow. Finding a respectable appraiser and getting an accurate appraisal is serious business. The Appraiser There is no legal licensing for appraisers, but there are different levels of certification that can be obtained through two trade organizations Appraisers Association of America and American Society of Appraisers. The appraiser of goods should not be the buyer or seller of goods. If you need the skills of a specialist appraiser, the hourly rate can get much higher. It's important your appraiser knows the reason for the appraisal, like whether you want to sell something or insure it or donate it to charity. The written appraisal should follow the industry-standard guidelines outlined by the Appraisers Association of America.
I really like these chairs - traditional French bistro chairs. >> Maison Gatti Bistro Chairs: Made by Maison Gatti since 1920 these are constructed out of rattan and Rilsan, a natural polymer made of castor oil. They come in tons of shapes from stool to chair to armchair to lounge and in any color or weave you want. >> Poitoux Rattan Chairs: These are also one of the top brands in France. Made of nylon and rattan, these come in many different shapes and color combinations. >> French Bistro Chairs by American Rag: 'Bring that French cafe feeling into your home' with these French style chairs made in Italy! From Los Angeles' American Rag's French shop, Masion Midi, with cane wood and nylon, these simple copies aren't bad for $200. -----. They stock a complete line of these chairs in many styles and colors which substitute a soft plastic for the seat material. >> Bistro Rattan Chair: These only come in two colors and are made for commerical customers. >> Aluminum Bamboo Look Bistro Chair: Here you go, lowballing it and super strong with a metal frame. How about a rattan bistro high chair? this was is Paris - custom made for this bistro near Les Halles.
Q: After months of looking we've finally found the table for the dining space in our new apartment, Zuo Modern's Universe Dining Table. Now we're trying to figure out what chairs to pair it with. We're looking for something every-day and affordable - something with clean lines similar to the 9 Dragons would be more our speed. We've also looked at some Eiffel Chairs, but would we do wood or chrome, fiberglass or acrylic, color or clear? Editor: Leave your chair suggestions for Joelle in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
I'm recovering from a delayed flight and a late night return to SF and will be posting light today. So there will still be plenty to see/read/enjoy.
Looking to add a little color to your bedroom? Check out these 7 color combinations that are both lovely and and restful - perfect for your sleeping space. Above: In this bedroom from Inredning Shjälpen, a medley of greens come together with black and white for a sophisticated space with plenty of richness and depth. We love this bedroom from Lonny with a rather complicated color palette that, in application, seems so simple. Notice how the pink, dark green, blue, and gold colors in the room all pick up tones from the rug. Blue + orange is a classic combo: these complementary colors are especially dynamic and pleasing together. This bedroom from Domino takes it a step further with dark brown and black accents; a hefty dose of white provides the perfect backdrop. Black can be a wonderful color for a bedroom, and it's also an excellent way to set off jewel tones, like the blue here. The colors in this bedroom from AD España are rather subtle, but we love the way the different shades of purple play together and against the light grey walls. This combination of teal and chartreuse, from Lonny, has a special energy to it, but is still soothing enough for a bedroom. From Decor8: soft pink and blue paired with white and a cool grey for a look that's both sweet and sophisticated.
We know a couple that is lucky enough to both be able work from home. Well, they were miserable, until they created this home office 'Door code.' It's a relationship- and life-saver that you can practice yourself, whether or not you or your S.O. work from home. If you're struggling to separate the 'Home' from the 'Office,' you can use this door code to communicate with friends, family or roommates about your, um, availability. By just taking a glance at your home office door, any would-be distractors can figure out whether or not you're open to interruption. What do you think? Is this something you might use at home? Of course, this only works if you have a dedicated home office with a door separating it from the rest of the house. If your home office is a multi-purpose room, how do you communicate your availability to housemates? Tell us in the comments!