We loved the art table showcased in this Princess and the Pea Playroom, and kept it in our minds as inspiration. If you liked it too, this table provides the same large canvas along with drawer space for supplies. We like the fact that this desk provides lots of creative space, but it's also so functional. Not only does it have the space to put away all those supplies, but the desk is really a component system and the table can be raised with different legs when your child grows out of it.
We just learned a trick from a friend about how to remove finger prints from stainless steel appliance doors. Even when using soap/cleaner and water, fingerprints are difficult to wash off and usually just blur into a noticeable darker mark on your shiny new fridge or stove top. Add a dab of baby oil or mineral oil, wipe with a soft cloth, and those fingerprints disappear quickly. This additive can also work for removing sticker adhesive on stainless steel appliance products and other glues. Too bad we don't have any stainless steel appliances except our toaster and waffle maker.
Finally! We're excited to share our most recent IKEA purchase the Kulla Floor Lamp in white. It's been on our list for awhile and it took two trips to the Elizabeth location before they had one in stock.... We needed the extra light near our Flight Recliner for reading. The bright white metal shade brightens up the room and the touch dimmer function is the easiest way to adjust a light. This lamp is very sturdy and a bargain at $90. The Kulla Floor Lamp is also available in black. The entire Kulla family of lamps is pictured below and includes desk, ceiling, and pendant versions.
Despite our emphasis on colour here at AT, oftentimes, especially in sunny LA, the decision is to paint the walls white or white or maybe white. When it's done right, a dark room, furnished with high gloss white pieces, makes a dramatic statement.... It's a look that's especially inviting and cozy when the weather is overcast, as it was for most the mornings this weekend. Painted in high gloss white, even inexpensive furniture has impact here. It's not a look for the timid since getting it right means going for strong lined pieces, no-holds-barred pattern and colour and embracing your inner extrovert. We'd use a glossy bright white and, depending the piece, might even splurge on having them car painted. Toss in a little animal print, a bold neon colour to liven it up and perhaps a little metallic.
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.
Just about anything will look great in a high-ceilinged, light-flooded space, but despite what Pinterest tells us, style does exist in spaces 8' and under. In the kitchen from Simple Colorful above, white walls, ceilings, and furnishings keep things airy, while gracefully draped cords draw the eye up. Same goes for kitchen cabinets: that useless gap above upper cabinets looks especially silly in a shorter room, so take everything up to the ceiling. Older homes don't shy away from paneled or bead board ceilings, even when their ceilings are low. Keeping the ceiling, barn door, and bathroom vanity the same material creates flow and serenity, while the rustic wood itself is a cool feature. While shelving can happily climb short walls, if you're looking to visually increase the height of a space, keep the big, heavy pieces of furniture nice and low. Conventional design wisdom says that white paint will make a small space feel larger, but without lots of natural daylight, that just isn't the case. Cozy colors are often best in smaller rooms, and that goes for height-challenged ones as well. The bedroom above, featured on Lonny, proves that adding color on the ceiling can work to create a chic cocoon. No one's looking at the ceiling in this fun bedroom on Houzz.
Carli wrote us to share her children's lovely, light-filled play/music room in Sydney: There is one room, right now, where I can walk in and say 'This room is just right'. Toys, books, crafts, a piano, and a play kitchen all find a harmonious home in a space traditionally reserved for dining which her family felt was better put to use as a play area. My three love this space we created together off the kitchen in what is supposed to be the dining room. I like it that they are close to me when I'm cooking so I can admire their imaginative games. That it opens to the outside is a huge bonus so we can take everything outside on fine days, especially good for backyard painting because all their craft stuff is kept in this room. See more photos and read about the adventures of Carli and her family at Carli's Clan.
For some reason, we never tire of small, green, prefab designs. They tend to be so inventive-making tiny spaces seem luxurious. Idea Box is no exception.... The, um, idea behind Idea Box is that the small prefab homes are designed to feel like lofts. Even though they're small, they're open and feature tons of windows. Idea Box currently has four models with a new model to be unveiled at the Seattle Home Show 2 at Qwest Field, October 22 - 25, 2009. The 'Boxes' are built with green materials, Energy Star appliances, low VOC paints, and lots of daylight.
While it's not uncommon to hear of organic cotton sheets and towels, we surprised some folks when we mentioned that we were proud owners of garments made from recycled plastic bottles. There are a slew of eco-friendly textiles out there, but sometimes it's not entirely clear what's legitimate or not. Here's a handy breakdown of green fabrics to help navigate those waters. When shopping for any kind of home textile, it's important to find something that fits your needs, both logistically and aesthetically. Use this guide from Natural Home Magazine to help figure out which eco-friendly textile is best for the bathroom, better suited for the bedroom, or perfect for floors.
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.
Strange name huh? My first thought was coffin, which is not really where you want to be, but perhaps office furniture maker Bene meant it to be a combination of 'coffee' and 'office'...which is a bit more inviting. Strange names aside, while the Coffice seems to be more suited for commercial environments, we can see this as an alternative to a desk or dedicated office in a small space. We always use our laptop stretched out on the couch anyways, so having a power outlet and even network connection built into an extra wide armrest makes working at home that much more relaxed.
Perhaps you've found yourself wondering, as you sat the porcelain throne: what did people wipe their bottoms with before toilet paper? By 1393, 72,000 sheets of toilet paper were being produced annually for the use of the imperial court. Advertisement for Gayetty's Medicated Paper, the first commercially produced toilet paper in the United States. Ready-made toilet paper didn't come to American until 1857, when Joseph Gayetty began creating and selling his 'medicated paper', aloe-infused hemp sheets that came in a box, like Kleenex. The advertisements for this product warned people against the dangers of wiping with the Sears catalog - 'Printed paper, everybody knows, is rank poison to tender portions of the body.' Still, manufactured toilet paper didn't really catch on until the advent of indoor plumbing. There were still advances to be made in the world of toilet paper. It wasn't until 1890 that the Scott brothers had the idea of putting toilet paper on a roll, and the first splinter-free toilet paper wasn't introduced until 1930, when Northern developed the technology to create paper that wouldn't spear you when you used it. Until 1930, splinters in your toilet paper was still a thing.