Name: My Le Location: Toronto Canada Square Feet: 800 Division: International What I Love About My Small Home: I love the fact that it is an old house from the outside, but we have fixed it up completely on the inside. We built doors and furniture for the house after the renovation and that was how we started our little custom door and furniture business, 1925Workbench. Even though it's a small house, there's a window in every room.
So - how about a little Friday afternoon politics? We've been following the passage-veto-override of the new Farm Bill with some interest. The infighting amongst our two major political parties has been interesting to watch, as the Republicans helped override a presidential veto to pass a bill that sets our nation's food and agricultural policy for the next five years. The U.S. farm bill is an omnibus bill that sets the agricultural and food policy of the federal government; it's reworked and passed every several years. What exactly is in this bill? We didn't have time to read through and digest all 700-plus pages of the bill, but we found a cheat sheeet. Domestic nutrition programs make up the largest portion of the estimated $300 billion farm bill. Foreign food aid would make up less than 1 percent of the bill, costing less than $200 million. It feels very, very difficult to weed through all the competing opinions and points of view on the Farm Bill, especially when it's so huge and unwieldy. Back to the garden.... You can read the full bill here: H. R. 2419 - Farm Bill - It's 742 pages long and about 1MB in size.
Sure, you could just surround your dining table with individual chairs - but there's something about sitting down to a meal on a bench with people you love that's so communal, so convivial. A dining bench says 'I like you so much that when you get up to go the bathroom, I am willing to get up as well.' It's also a lovely design statement and a nice way to shake things up a little in the dining room. Midcentury details give this bench a touch of quirky character. I love the sleek, modern look of this bench - and the padded seat means it's friendlier for long meals. I love the light, airy look of this white-on-white bench. Like a modern take on the classic school chair - a great way to add a little rustic elegance to your dining room. A nice mix of rustic and modern for a very long lond. 'Nice and long and minimal and elegant. Also available as a 42' bench. The shape makes it modern, and the velvet makes it just a little bit fancy. This Florence Knoll-style bench is the perfect way to add a little elegance to your dining room.
In between blogging, we've been doing the Fall Cure and trying to get our bedroom together. As much as we'd love to have a room full of modernist furniture, our collection is really a mishmash of contemporary pieces we've slowly acquired and hand-me-downs from family. Based on what we already have, we're planning an upgrade that combines our 70s mod aesthetic with our second-hand shabby chic pieces.
Have you ever been out to eat at a restaurant when they turn down the lights for dinner service? The mood instantly changes. Everything's a little more cozy and a lot more romantic. The right lighting can change the vibe in your living room, too. You can get more mood for less money with these 10 stylish pieces on sale right now.
We've all heard that high-contrast, black and white imagery is stimulating to babies so here are some ideas for using black and white in the nursery from Australian lifestyle magazine, Real Living. The room was created by Belinda Graham, a writer and web editor for Real Living. She provides plenty of ideas for using black and white including: silhouettes, chalkboard paint, wooden letters, framed ultrasound pictures, painting a quote, and more. See her ideas for using black and white in the nursery at Real Living and at her own blog, Renovate and Decorate. One of our favorite resources Belinda mentions is free downloadable black and white images created by blogger Kal Barteski of [i] Love Life. Are you using black and white in your baby's nursery? Show us - tag your Flickr photos with 'Ohdeedoh.'
Just because your bedroom is itty-bitty doesn't mean it can't be beautiful. We've searched the web for the most attractive tiny bedrooms out there and have rounded them up here to inspire your own small space. Above: This bedroom is about as small as they come, but a soothing paint color and simple linens make it relaxing and beautiful. Above: provided you don't live in earthquake country, shelves above the bed are a great way to eke a little extra storage out of a small bedroom. An all-over white palette keeps this small bedroom soothing. On the other hand, just because your room isn't small doesn't mean you can't embrace pattern. Dark colors can work in a smaller bedroom provided you have lots of light. Tiffany's Naturally Sunlit Bedroom has a lot going on - she's turned her furniture to take advantage of the room's long, narrow shape. Lots of built-in shelving gives this bedroom from Hemnet a boost.
Instead, lay your eyes on these fantastic outdoor area rugs by Italian designer Paola Lenti. The rugs are anti bacterial, non-toxic, and non-allergenic, made of Lenti's signature Rope yarn. The outdoor furniture you see in some of these photos is also designed by Lenti.
Another thing we love is our new George Taylor shower head. Large, flat, adjustable and with metal tips that don't corrode, it allows our hot water to flow down like rain, whether it is on high or low. There are a number of shower heads like this, so you needn't get this exact one, but we're happy with this one. We found out today that the price went up ALOT from $140 to $320 and we don't know why, so you might want to shop around. This exact one can also be found through SignoftheCrab.com as the P646c, where it is originally manufactured. Many sites list the 8' version, but the 12' version is still available. These sites also sell Strom Plumbing Shower Heads online.