The EPA states that furniture is the least recycled out of all household items, with 9.8 million tons of it ending up in landfills, according to 2009 data. The Trash Closet, created by Dutch designers Marijke & Sander Lucas, uses furniture scavenged from the streets of Amsterdam that would otherwise have been thrown away.
When we renovated our bathroom we saved money by salvaging the sink top from the old cheap vanity and building a new stand for it.... It not only gave us the look we wanted, but saved a LOT of money. The faucet is Kohler, purchased very cheap on e-bay. There was a ledge between the end of the bathtub and the wall. When we renovated, I decided to put the new wall at the end of the tub, and then build storage shelves between the new wall and the old wall. The paint is from home depot, color corn husk by Behr. We re-glazed the original tub, installed the new tile directly over the old tile, and put up the bead-board. We also had a plumber remove a radiator to make room for the bookcase.
Spotted at a campsite in west Texas: these DIY plastic cup hanging lamps with lights woven in and around. This would be a fun project and addition to any outdoor space - yards, decks, patios, communal gardens, etc. Here's a similar idea and step-by-step how-to: Dixie Cup Spherical Dodecahedron via Instructables.
The May 2007 issue of Real Simple has featured the OXO Good Grips sink strainer as their featured 'Product of the Month.' What makes this strainer so great is that the center is actually made of long-lasting silicone. It simply inverts and allows any icky gunk stuck to it to easily come out. It fits most standard sink drains and is $7. Available here. OXO products have been a favorite of AT since the beginning. Check out ATNY's review of these OXO products here, here, here, and this one from Kitchen. Do any of you use this sink drainer? What is your review?
Ree sent us this link to the Chiasso Contemporary TV Stand. 'This funky unit has a swivel base and a glass shelf that holds up to 35 lbs. of equipment, a wire-hiding column and Universal mount that holds up to 32' flat panel tv.
It's sometimes loud, it's hard to find street parking, it's often a too close for comfort vibe - it's apartment living in the city. A span of sometimes just 10 feet between apartment buildings is common in urban spaces and noises often infiltrate your sweet and comfy sanctuary. Yesterday we returned home from a five hour road trip after a weekend in San Francisco. Tired, a little hungry and running late for dinner, we immediately slowed down when we heard our neighbors great jazz music. We don't often listen to jazz but the rhythm and beat was perfect. It was as if the neighbor was encouraging us to relax a bit as we got ready for the evening - and it worked. We've often talked about how neighborly noises nearby are annoying and sometimes just wrong. Sometimes hearing your neighbor's music or a dinner party can make you feel connected or part of the vibe. What are your positive experiences of apartment living when it comes to overhearing things?
I don't know about you, but when I try to incorporate multiple motifs into a room willy-nilly, things can quickly get a little out of control and the space ultimately lacks cohesion. When it comes to the delicate dance of mixing and matching patterns, it's best to take cues from the pros. As your print-mixing guides, we've put together four high and lows inspired by rooms with perfectly blended patterns. The Terrace Suite at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, designed by co-owner and Design Director Kit Kemp, is an ideal example of pattern-mixing prowess, as it's bursting at the seams with drool-worthy patterns-many from her own textile collections, like the hand-embroidered curtains in the living room and the vibrant, upholstered headboard in the bedroom. Though not for the faint of heart, this space packs some serious pattern punch.