Our Kitchen and Bath month is coming to a close, but before it does we had to share these sumptuous kitchen cabinets from Sunset Magazine. Instead of using paint, veneer, or stain, the simple beauty of the wood is left unfinished.... The kitchen is located in the home of Cisco Pinedo, owner of home furnishings company Cisco Brothers. According to Pinedo, 'If it's a great material, let it be'. What do you think of using unfinished wood for cabinets? For more from Cisco Pinedo's home, see the article Soulful Simplicity from Sunset Magazine.
Why I use color: I love and am inspired by color much too much to be limited to just using it in my wardrobe or on my hair. Color sets the tone and establishes itself as another member of our household. We're have two very active, small children, and the bright colors in many of our rooms encourage their creativity. With large walls, paint just one wall, or 2 facing walls your color, leaving white as a relief to the eyes. Contrary to baby books, bold colors, like red, can be wonderful in children's rooms. Even though the products are way out of my wallet's league, I'm so inspired & informed by the color and accessory combinations. The internet - design and personal blogs have some amazing pictures of interiors.
A classic contemporary design, this Ligne Roset Dining Table & 4 Chairs will give you instant pop and mocoloco charm. Conditions seems mint, so you will have to really haggle if you want to get Peter and Tony down on their price. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
We love this tiny kitchen counter in the center of S & S's Arlington bungalow. It's the perfect size space for opening mail, eating a bowl of cereal or taking a short break from work to catch a little daytime TV. The roundabout layout of the house also makes this the ideal vantage point to keep tabs on almost every other room in the house.... The large, graphic art makes this small island feel much more substantial and the simple metal wall organizer keeps clutter off the counter. It's also great to see those old school mini TVs get some love. Check out the full house tour of S & S's Live/Work Bungalow here.
Emma wrote to us: 'I just moved into the most lovely fourplex, and while the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all roomier and nicer than any apartment I've ever lived in... the bedroom is the smallest I've ever inhabited in my entire life! While I have no problems with size, I'd like for it to look really great and be as functional as possible.' 'I've already decided to combine black and white with my current favorite color, yellow, to brighten it up... but something still seems a bit plain about it. What would you guys do to spruce it up and give it more room for my huge collection of clothing?'. Especially my super boring 'Ikea birch' dresser!! 'Some specs: it is approx. 7.5 by 9 feet, with eensy teeny but very tall closet. There are two doors - one leads to our back foyer, the other to another bedroom, and one window.' 1) Great looking room, we love the colors and honestly it doesn't give the impression of being too small or cramped in the photos. Since the room is not large, we'd go with one over-sized piece, rather than a bunch of small pieces. Artwork that is big and bold and colorful on one of the walls would be spectacular. Since it was reasonably priced, you can give this a try without too much anxiety - and if you just cover the wood, the clear inserts on the drawers would be a nice a nice visual break in the pattern. Ok, AT-at-home designers...take it away.... Wallpaper Dresser image from Cote Maison via: Another Shade of Grey.
These funky, ornate vintage mirrors would look terrific in a range of bathroom styles, from eclectic to traditional to sleek modern. I think my favorite combination is to put an ornate vintage mirror in a very modern bathroom. Some of the mirrors below are small and would only suit a small powder room, while others are quite large. None are dull! Our post Design Details: Bathroom Mirrors Done Right really underscored how much fun a cool bathroom mirror can be. Total frame measures 19.5' long and 12.5' wide. Ornately detailed vintage brass frame hand painted in marigold yellow acrylic then sealed with gloss varnish. Scrolled distressed gold leaf mirror from Layla Grace, $579.10. One of a kind vintage mirror in distressed gilt from Layla Grace, $990.14. This antique solid wood mirror was foiled in a mottled silver and gold and finished with clear semi-gloss protective polyacrylic. Measures 21.5' at the widest point and 21' tall.
Drats, we just missed this National Geographic Channel special, Tokyo: Living Small in the Big City, about small space living in Japan. Thanks to AT reader BrookeinBoston bringing it to our attention in a recent post, we were able to hunt down a YouTube snippet online to hold us over till it repeats.
American retailers have started to climb aboard the small space wagon these days. In Europe they've been working the small space challenge for several centuries, and so many of the best solutions hail from those far shores. With this in mind we're rounding up the best of Swede giant Ikea's small space solutions, starting with the bedroom. Pictured at top, the new Malm Queen Bed with 'Vanishing' Headboard shelves, $189. The headboard unit contains two banks of retracting shelves. A nifty trick for hiding visual clutter, though the unit does still occupy some floorsplace, behind the bed. The bent wood-framed Anes Mirror, $89.99, is a dramatic way to bounce and maximize light in a small space The Hopen Bedside Table, $79.99, gives you easy access to underbed storage: just swivel around to retrieve whatever lurks beneath your bed - as long as you placed it on the platform. Brekke bed with storage boxes, $149, is a twin bed with built-in storage boxes The recently discontinued Hemnes Daybed, $379, extends into a double bed and also has storage underneath. Re-invented as a banquette, it won Ikea Hacker's Hack of the Year award in 2006.
We admired the Tolomeo desk lamp ten years ago, purchased our first seven years ago, starting purchasing them for clients three years ago and still consider them the best all-around desk lamp going. Simple, beautifully made and sexy enough to look as good at home as it does in the office, Artemide has had such a good run with these lamps that they now make 16 different versions, including a floor lamp and a small wall sconce. Our current favorite is using the Tolomeo sconce as a reading light, mounted on the wall just over a headboard. Prices start at $175 and all can be found at Artemide USA. MGR. LINKS- All Best Products.
While the trend for outrageously-sized outdoor furniture hits us hard this season, sometimes the smaller, simpler designs are exactly right for our small spaces and tigher budget. Smith & Hawken sells a Parisian Park Dining Set that fits these criteria. Made of powder-coated steel and beechwood, The 3-piece set is avaialable with side chairs or armchairs.... It is rare to see an armchair in a set like this. This set is perfect for a back garden or small terrace, and it folds for easier off-season storage. The side-chair set is currently on sale for $279. Outdoor Furniture.
Shortly after our son was born, we came across a Magic Cabin catalog and as we turned each page we became completely enchanted with every item inside. Simple and natural is often best when it comes to children�s toys and Magic Cabin is a retailer which takes this notion to heart. Founded by stay-at-home mom Sara McDonald, Magic Cabin began in 1989 with a 12-page hand-drawn catalog which featured McDonald�s popular Waldorf-style dolls, and since then Magic Cabin has grown immensely. Wooden toys, beeswax candle-making kits, dress up clothing and even furniture are to be found there. Magic Cabin's wooden toys are beautiful artisanal works with great attention to detail. They can easily be passed down from sibling to sibling as they are made from hearty, natural materials rather than cheap plastics. Having the word Magic in their name is no misnomer as nearly everything they offer has a soupcon of whimsy and enchantment. Some pieces that stand out are their Tree Fort made from salvaged branches, their toddler walker with wooden blocks made from solid beechwood, and a colorful flowered clothes rack made from Baltic birch. As stated on their Web site, 'Our mission is to provide quality natural-fiber dolls that represent all the colors of humanity; toys with simple designs to encourage creative, imaginative play.'