You can't deny that old school kitchen appliances - circa the 40s to 60s - have a tad more character than the selections we have now. Often, here on Unplggd, we drool over modern stoves and refrigerators that are heavily influenced by the designs of yore, but you don't have to buy new to get that vintage feel. Claire Joyce and her husband Garth Johnson, who blog about their fixer upper on ReadyMade's Inside, Out blog, recently purchased a 1940s Wedgewood stove from a homeowner who was upgrading their kitchen with modern appliances. In the former owner's home our stove looked fairly clean, I could tell it would need a good scrubbing but I was not prepared for the incredible mess I would have to deal with when it was pulled from its longtime home. When we came to collect our Wedgewood stove it was covered on both sides with years of grease and grime. Bleh! Stove grease is gross enough, but there's something about cleaning up someone else's grease that's super gross. Anyway, Claire and Garth didn't want to go the old toxic chemicals route so they began researching natural ways to cut through the grease and grime.
We're not sure if it started with the iBook or with Woody Allen's Sleeper, but there's something about a room filled with shiny white things that just makes us feel modern. After the break we take a look at Haus Maus blogger Holly's new place in Germany and all the beautiful white gizmos and furniture she's found.... Audioline makes phones here in the states, but this lovely white number seems to only be available in Europe. Does anyone know if European phones can be imported and used here in the states or are there compatibility issues. Holly's region-free DVD player and PSP are both white as well. The 32' Samsung LCD sits on Ikea's Besta Burs in high gloss white.
Whenever we think of high-gloss exteriors our mind pops to local foodie haven Bar Tartine, and its deep forest-green entrance. We always thought dark colors looked so polished and chic in a high-gloss paint, but seeing this house at 18th and Guerrero, we think the finish can look nice in a vibrant color, too.... Despite many who might call it too garish or bold, we're actually fond of the color and found it looked exceptionally cheerful with the sun shining down on a recent warm day. What's your opinion on using a high-gloss exterior paint?
Though there are few concrete rules to laying out a living room's furniture, some might agree that putting a furniture piece directly in front of another furniture piece would be like double parking in your living room. There's one notable and stylish exception to this and that's putting a bookcase or shelving system behind your sofa. Here are seven spaces proving this look works - and perhaps inspiring your own living room arrangement! A turquoise tufted sofa shines with an open gold shelf backing it up. Even a sectional can see some shelf-behind-it action, creating a wonderful and cozy nook. For a rental where you can't add wallpaper to the wall, a bookshelf behind a sofa can be an awesome way to add pattern. Seen on Cup of Jo. A tall, towering storage unit behind a sofa can really set a dramatic tone for an entire space. Weird room layouts and architectural element placement can make putting a sofa behind the sofa the smartest choice.
What would you do with this space? That's the challenge for four local designers that will be customizing one of four bungalows at the 1.7 Ocean event that happens this weekend. We got a chance to get the inside scoop from one of the designers, Natalie Umbert, of Atelier Interior Design, in Coronal Del Mar. Click below the jump to see Natalie's inspiration board and some insights on how she plans on transforming the space.... The homes in the 1.7 Ocean development are all derived from classic mid-century design. Natalie's inspiration really started with the fabric swatch on the far right From there, she decided to combine it with a teal/turquoise color, which ultimately will be the main color throughout. She plans on using touches of red and yellow, but confining the red to public spaces, and the yellow to the private ones. Wallpaper will be used on one wall in each room to add movement- She's thinking the teal/turquoise patterned paper for the kitchen, the yellow and white trellis paper for the main bedroom and the yellow and white strie for the guestroom/studio. Overall the mood she hopes to achieve is 'Happy and cozy with touches of luxe.' Stay tuned... we'll post the final space, as well as what the other showcase home designers did in the next few days. You will be able to see it in person if you're around this Saturday, June 23rd. More details here.
Clear furniture and accessories have been immensely popular with designers. Much of what's seen on the market has been made of acrylic, adding to our planet's plastic burden. If you love the look of clear furniture, glass is a great option. It's recyclable so it's gentler on our environment and much more scratch resistant than acrylic, keeping it beautiful and longer lasting. Clear home decor like tables, chairs and accessories make spaces look uncluttered and spacious. They're great for showing off rugs and beautiful flooring. The glass tables featured in the top photo are from Lamps Plus. They range from semi-tempered to tempered glass, making the tables strong and durable.
Seems like everywhere you look something new is being used as a canvas. So it's no surprise that the next big thing to hit the streets comes straight from your living room - the Painted Sofa. Painting a couch can be a work of art, but also something quite practical. Companies like Fabric Spray Paint offer permanent, non-toxic spray paints for your furniture. Other people have had success using basic latex wall paint and mixing in Textile Medium, which helps the paint adhere to fabric. Whether you choose to paint your couch for fun or function, let us know how it goes and send in your examples to newyork(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com.
Tipped off by our mom, we hereby post a good resource for your NYC radiator woes. Started in 1990 by Tom and Peg Kennedy, who found wood radiator covers WAY too expensive, The Wooden Radiator Company offers three general styles at affordable prices. They have also recently added bookcases and baseboard covers to match. While modernistas may not find these designs immediately pleasing, The Wooden Radiator Company can paint, stain or tone down their designs to fit in with most decors and the shaker is pretty plain. The covers are strong enough to stand on and the finishes are heat resistant. Orders can be transmitted online, by fax or in person in the cities that they visit. They make the rounds of the Northeast every few months and are in NYC this month.
Remember those avocado green appliances of yesteryear? Since stainless steel has been the trend in modern kitchens for the past few years, we're wondering what's next. Another white? Cruising through any appliance store, there are three basic color options for appliances: stainless steel, black and white. Like many trends, stainless steel appliances started on the high end, with the likes of Viking and Wolf, and trickled down to the masses. A number of years ago outfitting your kitchen with stainless steel appliances was like saying I have arrived. I have mid-price stainless steel appliances in my kitchen. I don't want to replace them for purely aesthetic reasons so I probably won't be seeing new appliances until I move. I'm ready for a new appliance trend but when I really try to envision what that would be I come up blank.
COLOR PALETTE: Neutrals with Orange Pops - grays, orange, black, brown, wheatbread. GO TO JOY'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!
Earlier this week, we mentioned our friend who moved downtown and is enjoying a whole new perspective and vibe in Los Angeles. While they were setting up shop, they decided to use a simple trick to make their bedroom closet look and feel great. They used the same wooden hangers in their closet for all of their clothes. What seems like a no brainer to some was something this couple had never considered and they are glad they did. Before their closet felt like a jumbled mess, with mis-matched hangers, including wire hangers. We love the idea of using simple tricks to make a room or space look and feel better.
Q: We are looking for ideas on how to best dress our living room windows to complement the new built in unit. Although there are a second set of windows to the left of the area pictured, the living room still doesn't get a lot of light so we want to keep as much light as possible while obscuring at least the bottom half of the view. Top down, bottom up shades would be a good suggestion but I just hate the strings that remain when the shades are pulled down. We've also considered double-hung shutters but my concern is the amount of light they would block? Editor: Leave your suggestions for Andrea in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
When I'm schlepping my dirty whites and darks down to the laundromat, I tend to daydream about having my own room for such tasks. I think, I'll have one organized and good-looking enough that I will want to do laundry. Here are a few inspiring examples that don't sacrifice functionality or style. Nothing says 'This is the room for clean things' like crisp, bright white. Sometimes a little more color is on order, like the punch of aqua in Image 4 or yellow in Image 8. These rooms stayed organized with hampers, cabinets, and shelving. Images 9 shows how useful fabric can be in masking something like plumbing. In Image 5, curtains help hide the washer and dryer when the laundry room is really just an alcove.
Our son is enamored with his Magna-Doodle right now so he would probably flip if he saw this homemade Wooly Willy table. All his little friends would just be clamoring for playdates if we made one ourselves not to mention the draw it would be for cocktail party fun for adults. This project is the brainchild of Instructables contributor Noah who used an Ikea table and shadowbox as his base. We don't see any reason why you couldn't use the rest of his instructions using another base or use another background face besides Mr. Willy. Find all the instructions at Instructables and be sure to read the comments for helpful suggestions like where to purchase iron fillings.