For the past couple of years, yellow has been injecting a sense of humor and lightheartedness into interiors, and we're into it. We especially love lemony yellows paired with white. The combo reflects light, feels fresh, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
CNBC via LA Curbed reported today that drool worthy CB2 is currently looking for a Los Angeles location. Crate and Barrel's sister store just launched their first store outside of Chicago in New York Tuesday, which Maxwell attended and reported on here. Finally we get to sit on that couch we've been eyeing forever! CNBC went on to report about the development of CB2 which we found very interesing. Crate and Barrel opened its first CB2 store in 2000 in Chicago, and originally thought it would appeal to young shoppers looking to decorate their first apartments. 'We wanted to have a store for 22-year-olds who were getting married. Then we realized no one 22 is getting married. They're all 27 and 28,' he said. The first store also stocked too many smaller, 'Clever' home decor items, he added. 'There wasn't enough sales volume generated from all these fun, small items.' The retailer retooled the concept, adding more furniture to appeal to shoppers in their 30s, 40s and 50s who were coming to the store in search of stylish, contemporary items at affordable prices. We're sort of thinking that the married at 28 might have to be altered to the 35 demographic for Los Angeles but possibly we're just old, bitter and jaded. Regardless, we're looking forward to finally seeing the goods in person! Let's get the ball rolling with location ideas...readers? Where to for CB2? To See the full slideshow check out.
Q: My husband and I are moving to an apartment that we are absolutely crazy about. It has a fantastic open floor plan, approximately 1300 square feet, and is built into the second story of a 1900s carriage house that is situated next to our to-be landlords' stone mansion. My question relates to the color of the living room area. The previous renter had painted the walls a dark red, which at first sight I didn't really like. Because it is a loft space, the ceilings are slanted in most of the rooms and the windows are few, limiting the natural light in certain areas of the apartment. Initially, I was thinking that by repainting the walls white or off-white, it would really open up the space even more and make it feel bigger. On the other hand, as the color started to grow on me a little bit, I wasn't sure if repainting the walls white would complement the white slanted ceilings and dark wood accents very well. My decor style involves a lot of rustic metallics, wood, reds, purples and yellows, so I don't think the color of the wall as it is right now would clash with how I plan on styling the space. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Sara in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
In the past, we've talked a lot here at Re-nest about square footage. We've argued over whether or not a large home can be considered a green home. I don't know if we've come to any firm conclusions. Now, I'm thinking a little about the phrase 'Green luxury.' After stumbling on an interesting post about a palatial green remodel in Santa Barbara over at Michelle Kaufmann's blog, I started rolling the phrase over and over in my brain. Green luxury .... green luxury. This is what Michelle had to say on the subject:Whenever I hear or see a great new example of eco luxury I think, 'Yes! This is what green can be: beautiful, elegant, something people would be thrilled to call their own.' Then I want to let people know all about it so they can understand for themselves that luxury and green don't have to be mutually exclusive. I live in a small one bedroom apartment and don't harbor any delusions that I'll ever be able to afford a solar-heated swimming pool - or a bathroom the size of a studio apartment - but are these things less green because they're unattainable for most of us? It's tempting to say yes - by its very nature, the word 'Luxury' indicates the unnecessary. It's nice to have a gigantic bathroom, but does anyone really need 500 square feet to brush their teeth? Well the answer is usually 'No.' However, does it do us any favors to limit the scope of the green movement to urban homesteaders and those of us who are super keen on the first R - reduce? Is it better to be inclusive? Getting the second two Rs right - reusing and recycling - is WAY better than getting them all wrong, isn't it? What do you think? Can green and luxury coexist peacefully, and in a way that benefits the environment?
We spied this recent home update over at Red.House's blog-this Boston-based Swedish designer mixes mid-century classics with bright colors in her apartment. We love this pairing of soft turquoise on the walls with mustard-yellow of the vintage Eames chairs. Check out some more photos of Red.House's apartment after the jump.... Red and white stripes paired with light natural wood grain in the kitchen. Mellow whites in the bedroom accented with a spring green throw blanket. Check out more photos of Red.House's home on her blog.....
We picked up this little metal-and-glass breakfast tray at IKEA a while ago. We thought we'd use it for a laptop tray, but the legs were a little too long. The other day, we repurposed it as a side table for our couch. It's just the right size and height for the small space between the sofa and the wall. The white 'Cafeteria tray' is from Willow on Damen Avenue. We use it to organize our coasters, a little moleskin journal and a scented candle. At about $15 for the breakfast tray and around $15 for the organizer, our little end table was only $30!.
A view of the Brooklyn Bridge from your bathtub? Sounds expensive. Just check out the collection of Destination Shower Curtains at Semplice Home. You can also travel to Venice canals or Paris rooftops from your shower with these. Black-and-white photos are printed on 72'x72', machine-washable, clear shower curtains.
One of our pals wants to replicate this look of a white brick wall behind a collection of her amazing photographs. While the painting of brick isn't too much a stretch, she doesn't want to ruin a newly painted brick wall with crumbling and unstable nails. Use a masonry drill bit and drill a small hole in either the brick or the mortar between bricks. Screw in an expansion type screw with a plastic sleeve into the drilled hole, leaving a small amount of space for the hanging wire. If you change your mind, simply remove the screw and use wood putty to patch the hole and touch up with some paint to match the brick.
You may already be familiar with Yvonne Eijkenduijn and the home she shares with partner Boris and their cat Boo in Belgium-she authors her own blog Yvestown which was one of our favorite blogs of 2009. Yvonne's home is a study in white mixed with pastel pinks and blues with minimal clutter and a lot of crafty accessories. Her bathroom perfectly ties together color and texture all in one neat little package. With crisp white as the backdrop, this small bathroom doesn't look cramped as the sink, toilet, and heater blend into the walls. The real star of the room is the pretty blue and white tiles with the red accent, which Yvonne matched perfectly with a piece of art that once hung in her office and a little mushroom figurine to balance out the visual. Beyond color, this bathroom uses wood grain to its full advantage: from the retro toilet seat, the wicker shelf unit next to the sink, to the small details like the wooden horse figurines and birch frame. Even the silver chrome of the sink and toilet fixtures get a nice tie in with the waste basket. See more of Yvonne's sweet home on her blog, Yvestown.
AT, We just painted our living room in Benjamin Moore's Simply White, with one wall in Kensington Blue. The blue is really dramatic, without overwhelming the room, but now I need help for the rest of the space.... ...We have lots of neutral furniture: a couch in a grayish mushroom brown color, a dark brown leather chair and ottoman, and a black Expedit bookcase. The one pop of color was a wedding gift - a lime/celadon green glass lamp. Any suggestions for curtains, pillows, side chairs, and floor coverings would be much appreciated.