Today, I'm doing a most unusual thing: highlighting two leather sofas. I've never owned one, never even thought I would, and none of these would even fit through our door, BUT knowing how popular leather sofas are with my clients, I'd rather highlight a good one than a bad one. These guys are from Natuzzi, the family founded and run Italian leather sofa company, and they are brand new, just released this summer and only now hitting the stores. The are different from other sofas I've seen in that they are made of AMAZINGLY soft leather and styled in a simpler, more interesting way. They're not cheap, but no leather is, so if you're on a hunt for a leather sofa, I'd check these out. In the showroom they were covered in a rich brown leather. Remember sitting on leather sofas that felt like sitting on a bubble?
There's lots of AT love for ModWalls tiles and Custom Blender. We're currently on the hunt for backsplash hexagon tiles which offer endless pattern possibilities. In our search, we spotted these stainless steel tiles - not the look we're going for but super sleek. From the site: This beautiful tile is constructed with a heavy porcelain base and a 1mm stainless steel overlay. Ideal for vertical applications such as kitchen backsplashes. Free Ground Shipping in Continental US on orders over $200. Stainless steel tiles sold per sheet of 36 tiles, approx. You can also order metal tile samples for $9.95.
This dining room has recently received a new coat of paint, new drapes, a few changes in decor, and best of all - a new dining room table. Things look great and even more so when you find out these homeowners did everything themselves! Ana over at Knock Off Wood has been showcasing the work of Dave and Joi from Nuestra Vida Dulce and for good reason. They've brought this space together with gusto and things look fabulous. Their table which was made by Joi's Father-in-Law is a great mix of old world farmhouse and new world modern. We love the look and hope to see more homeowners tackling large projects like this in the future! The table design was modified slightly from Ana's original plans, making things a little slimmer and trimmer.
With the nights getting chilly we're starting to dream about being tucked away in a cozy cabin on a snowy hillside. Later this week we'll be featuring some woodland inspired housetours but it's wednesday evening, the light is getting low and we're feeling a little bit sleepy and would really like for that vacation to begin now. These images are of stylist Robin Glaser's vacation cabin as posted on Emma's Blog. It does a good job of showing exactly the vibe we would be going for if we a) owned a cabin or b) had the wherewithal to put something this great together. It has the right mix of 'casual cabin' and 'fancy cabin'. Surprisingly the knotty pine was left as-is instead of being painted white as we ourselves have advised people to do. Leaving the wood exposed helps to make the place feel warm, cozy and inviting. With the addition of some modern pieces and a simple palette of whites, creams and browns the cabin takes on a bit of sophistication without feeling pretentious. We know that taxidermy can be a passionate subject for many, so we'll leave that to you.
Name: Veena Location: New York, NY Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: Living in a two bedroom apartment converted into three in New York City doesnât leave a lot of common living area to display and store items. Although my room is small, I get a lot of utility out of the space - a place to rest, a place to store, and a place to display artwork and other objects I love.
Being nickel and dimed by the library? Those 5 and 10 cent fines for children's books don't seem like much until you have 20 books overdue for a few weeks. What if a kindly elf whispered a reminder in you ear a few days before they were due? Library Elf, a free internet service, attempts to do just that. It's a service we wish our own library offered, but until they do we're happy to take advantage of Library Elf. You choose how far in advance you want a reminder that your books are coming due and Library Elf will send an email or notification by RSS. You do have to provide your library card number and PIN when you register in order for the service to work. In addition to due date reminders, you can also log in to see your library account - what you have out, what holds might have arrived, etc. The advantage of using Library Elf is that you can enter multiple cards into one account and see the big picture of your family's library situation. The service works with hundreds of library systems around the country and more are being added everyday.
One of my oldest friends from college celebrated his birthday this past week, and we threw him a dinner on Saturday night with a long table on a bluff by the bay. The table was simple, and inspired a bit by these pics from HOST in Copenhagen and the food was delicious take-out from a local Mexican restaurant. THE TABLE. We've used this style of table for years. Horses are assembled and legs cut to 28' in height. Table tops are made out of sheets of 3/4' plywood cut in half, so that they are 2'x8' long each. Each table sits four comfortably on a side with room on the ends for two more. Tablecloths are standard cotton 12'x15' canvas dropcloths. THE BARMargaritas and Gin & Tonics.... Rosé for the dinner... Music was provided by an iPhone connected via Bluetooth to an awesome new find - Stelle Audio Pillar. THE DINNERWe decided for this dinner NOT to cook, which was a novel concept and much appreciated by everyone with children who would have had to cook it and then clean up. The whole meal came from an amazing Mexican restaurant nearby called La Fondita.
From the design firm that brought you the oversized-pac-man bookshelf comes these ghost-shaped lamps. As if you needed an excuse to turn your living room into a video game. Complete your media wall with these wall-mounted Ghosty lamps. Surely made to resemble Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, these lamps are made from a steel support and translucent colored Corian. Hang them on the wall or prop them on a table stand. They're available in four colors; Glacier Ice, Mint Ice, Strawberry Ice and Lime Ice; but you'll have to email GinePro Design to snag one. What do you like better? these Ghosty lamps or the 80's Ghost lamp featured previously on Unplggd?
Some people want their bedrooms to be light, bright spaces - others not so much. I can't help being drawn to these beautiful dark bedrooms. I like how the white bed in the middle of the room almost glows. It says, 'Sleep in me. Stay here forever.' More navy, this time with a wall of trompe l'oeil books. Finally, one last dark bedroom that might seem a wee bit familiar... because it's the same as the one pictured up top. This moody bedroom is from the home of British designer Abigail Ahern.
We love a make-over, even if it's only imagined. In this Sketch Pad, Lynn Gaffney and her colleagues at Lynn Gaffney Architect reimagine a two-bedroom prewar apartment in Washington Heights to take full advantage of the view of the Hudson River in the communal areas.... As usual, the Audio Slideshow component is full of information.
Spotted on This Old House's website, we like how this homeowner took a too-deep kitchen shelf space and turned it into a secret spot for hiding something behind.... We have some shelves that are way too deep to see the back of too - and while our solution was to put blocks in back to elevate the items in the rear, this pullout secret shelf is great. Spices are stored in the back, behind the cookbooks which are always visible. We play around with spices a bit more than cookbooks, so for us we'd switch and put the spices in front, but we love the dual purpose creative thinking, and applaud people who use every inch.