2 LIVING ROOM PARLOR CHAIRS These chairs are not your typical side chairs. Less bulky and more ambitiously upholstered, they make a lovely addition to any home. Apartment Therapy Furniture Classifieds are open for your business in the NAV BAR. Post a particularly good thing, and we'll post you here on the front page.... OTHER GOOD STUFF.Thanks, Craig!
As an offshoot of Inflate, a British company that has been making temporary inflatable buildings since 1999, AirClad offers custom-made permanent inflatables for residential and commercial use. The AirClad pool house is 32 feet long, 13 feet tall and 16 feet wide. It's made with an opaque, polyester-reinforced, solar-reflective PVC that comes standard in white, or in any number of custom colors. The 'House' is essentially a lightweight solar shade with no doors or enclosures, and uses air to inflate the base, walls and roof of the structure. Known as bubbletecture, inflatables are becoming viable alternatives to prefab structures. Dwell on Design will be featuring inflatables for the first time this year, including the AirClad and the CasaBubble. See more of AirClad's concepts and projects on their site.
Ooooh, check out these neat reclaimed wood panels - so graphic and pretty! B&N Industries recently teamed up with TerraMai to update their original collection of carved relief panels with reclaimed materials - and the result is stunning. The new collection includes three wood species originating from olive barrel staves, recycled gym bleachers, and reclaimed Teak lumber. Yesterday AT:LA suggested using wood slats on walls to create texture and add style - these panels would work quite well. We can also see the Iconic Panels being used not only to decorate walls, but also divide spaces, or even serve as a bed's headboard. The panels are carved from FSC certified mdf panels, covered with FSC certified reclaimed wood veneer and finished with a low-VOC varnish. Check out all the styles and pricing, including the original collection at the B&N Industries website.
A well designed and made wood desk is a pleasure to work at and fits nicely into a home, which wants more warmth and softness than an office environment. Here are three that I've stumbled upon over the past month that are unique and beautiful, with real design design DNA behind them. Over the weekend, at the Arch Digest show, I saw a beautiful small maple desk by George Nakashima, which is simple and luxurious at the same time: the Patterson Desk. They don't know if any of these designs were built or sold, and they've been slightly modified to contemporary specifications. At our last Apartment Therapy Offline, I met Henry Grosman and Abby Richardson, two young designers who have created a uniquely attractive His and Her desk from green materials called the ADV 2.0. 'It is made from an environmentally friendly wood that is a composite of sunflower seed husks called dakota burl. The wood was cut with a CNC router machine and the legs are 1' piping with speed rail joints. The surface of the desk looks like burled wood and smells like Cheerios. While they're not in the manufacturing business, they wanted to get their design out there and said they'd be happy to help others make it. Finally, a few months ago Joseph Fratesi of Atlas East released a stunning new desk that matches their as4 shelving system. Made, like the shelving of solid walnut and cold-rolled steel bar, the desk is free standing and minimally framed so that you can move freely in and out of the desk.
Hidden storage is probably one of the key ingredients to solving small space problems. That's why we love this Storage Cube at Tiny Living.... 'It combines two of our favorites: solid wood and hide-away storage. The cubes are 18 1/2' square and at first glance appear monolithic. The size is great for side tables or stools and the storage you get out of it is icing on the cake.
Although we don't have AT Pet, we're sure that if we did this would be one of the first places we'd check out for a house tour. Or, we might see it in the Smallest, Coolest.... With its different levels, it's the pet version of that Parisian teenager's garden shed we were drooling over, only here, instead of wishing we were a Parisian teenager, we're considering the luxurious life of the lucky pet who gets to live here.
We just found some pages that we tore out from the Feb. '07 Vogue article titled, 'Behind the Seams: Five designers reveal how their lives inspire the very individual looks of their dresses.' Katie Nehra of Simone selected these ultra-feminine blue glass canisters from L.A.'s Grace Home Furnishings, and we really loved the color and the ornate design - even though we typically go for more streamlined angles and textures. Other designers featured include Samantha Sung of s-sung and Alice Ritter, both of whom rounded out the feminine picks of Nehra with their master painter influences and love of '60s Mod.
Changing one's workspace from a regular desk to a standing desk can be a big challenge, but I made the switch over a year ago and haven't looked back. Attractive and affordable standing desks can be hard to find, but this DIY version from IKEA fits the bill nicely. 'Using just two 2x2 Expedit bookshelves, a Linnmon tabletop, and some 6' Capita legs from IKEA, IKEA Hackers user Sharon created a cute and functional standing desk that's perfect for a small space, and came in at under $200. 'The perfect height for a standing desk depends a lot on the person using it, of course. Sharon says she's 5'6', and this setup measures in at 39' tall, which she says has been a very good height for her. The best thing about this hack is all the storage space it creates under the desk. Usually that area goes to waste, and in a small apartment losing that much space can be a disaster. The bookshelves under the desk make a clever storage area for books, and a stool for when the novelty of standing all day starts to wear off. Check out the full instructions over at IKEA Hackers.
Who'd have thunk that good food is grown INSIDE of this city. We recently came across Joel Gershon's article, Downtown On The Farm, and loved hearing about how some of our favorite cooking ingredients are grown on local 'Farms,' including mushrooms, wheatgrass and honey. It is worth checking out at NYMetro, while each ingredient can be purchased at the Union Square Green Market.
I'm really confused about where to start! The living room is the main concern right now, as it's where I spend most of my time. I like having my setup in the living room as it's the brightest room. A few friends have suggested putting it above the fireplace, but I'm not a big fan of that idea. I like the idea of a floor shelving unit that I can put a turntable atop and fill with records/books, similar to what Tyler has in his living room. I fear I won't have enough wall space for this. Maybe I could put one under the big window and get rid of the smaller sofa? Perhaps an underwindow bookshelf? Is the coffee table too big for the room? Got a question? Send us yours with pic attachments here.
These 10 kitchens all have features you might not expect - small but impactful details to both surprise and delight. Above: A gorgeous wooden sink in a kitchen from Bolig Liv. A brass backsplash is just so perfect for this minimal kitchen from Vogue Living. Encaustic tile on the side of an island gives this kitchen from De Dujes a pleasing jolt of color and pattern. A glowing brass toekick adds a tiny bit of a glam to a traditional kitchen from Desire to Inspire. These minimal glass cabinets are the perfect counterpart to the more traditionally styled lower cabinets in this kitchen from AD Russia. An unexpected flooring transition adds personality to a kitchen from Royal Roulotte. Artful open shelving graces the kitchen in Violaine & Gaetan's Montreal home.
I always imagined I would end up an archaeologist when I grew up, or perhaps a scientist, so it was quite the surprise that I ended up a writer and interior designer. Because of my love of science, old things and other cultures, my dream living room would be a bold mix of bright colors, global patterns, modern accessories, Mid-Century Modern-inspired furniture pieces and more.
Many homes have over-the-fridge cabinets designed to add storage and blend into the rest of the kitchen space. Which brings us to the question: more kitchen cabinet storage or a taller refrigerator with more food storage capacity? While there's no problem with a stand-alone refrigerator, the two contrasting IKEA kitchens shown above highlight how adding upper cabinets above the fridge can help create a more visually connected and integrated space. There are many other approaches for integrating a fridge, such as hidden panel fridges, refrigerator drawers, chalkboard fridges, and many more clever ideas from our creative readers, but overhead cabinetry is the most common. The extra refrigerator space allows for more cold storage and helps eliminate many second refrigerators in the home which may be less energy efficient and not as cost-effective. This extra tall Sub-Zero refrigerator matches the tall cabinets in this kitchen for a clean look and extra fridge space. Finding a refrigerator to match the top cabinets of a specific kitchen isn't impossible, as there are a variety of unique sizes to fit an exact space in the kitchen. Popular appliance retailer AJ Madison lists over 1,000 refrigerators ranging from 18' to over 85' in height.