It seems like only yesterday that our favorite LA landmark, the Griffith Park Observatory, closed for its four year renovation/ makeover. For us, the Observatory is the go-to destination for out- of-towners, with its Hollywood history and its stunning views. Now, almost ready and due to open in the fall, the media is being led through to get a peak.
As someone who's lived in city apartments for most of my adult life, the last time I had a relatively big bedroom was in high school. It's been a steady string of wall-mounted reading lights, compact closet systems, and creative ideas for shoe storage. If you find yourself in the same situation, read on for links to helpful small bedroom source lists.
The Chicago Recycling Coalition has a comprehensive checklist for those looking to go green either in the office or at home. The list includes the basics as well as a few less obvious ideas, covering paper usage, office supplies and products, kitchen areas, recycling, transportation, energy and water efficiency, and air quality. Maintain accurate mailing lists and delete duplicates. Kitchen: Avoid disposable materials in the kitchen, and use washable items instead. Purchase organic, fair-trade coffee. Use videoconferencing when possible to avoid energy-consuming travel. Energy and Water Efficiency: Use low-flow aerators on sinks. Add plants and open windows regularly for ventilation. This edited list just gives you a glimpse of the CRC's many suggestions for going green at work.
We usually can't look at big crystal chandeliers without thinking of over the top opulence. When we saw an add for this Baccarat Eight-Light Chandelier with Hurricane Holders, we sort of wished we had a grand formal dining room to hang it in. It costs close to $17,000, so it's not on our Christmas wish-list, but wow is it wonderful.
During this wonderful week of wallpaper, many of you have expressed your opinion of wallpaper. While some of you loved all of the wallpaper, a lot of you were turned off by it because you're either renting and can't use it - or you've recently moved into a home that's filled with dreadfully dated wallpaper. If you're unfortunate enough to be dealing with the removal of wallpaper, our hearts certainly go out to you. It can be an extremely annoying time and any relationship is stronger by the end of it. What are you tips and tricks to the wonderful art of removing wallpaper?
On October 7, the Wright Auction house is holding the Modern Design auction. We just received our catalog and are planning a few posts highlighting some beautiful examples of modern design that will be on the block next month. We kick it off today with a selection of dining chairs. The auction is October 7 at 12pm.All info is here. The Wright Auction house is located at 1440 West Hubbard in Chicago.
Not everyone is bold enough to paint the walls of their kitchen in purple. In this Parisian loft, it's the lower cabinets that got bathed in purple, giving the eat-in country-style kitchen a shot of urban chic.... Via Marie Claire Maison. Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France.
Q: Marsha and Javier's house tour made me drool and it also raised a question: I love art and have a lot of it. I am about to move into a new home that has some large wall spaces. My art, even if arranged gallery-style, will be dwarfed. I am eager to find BIG contemporary art pieces like Marsha and Javier have. Editor: Leave your suggestions for Jennie in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
Laneneedssleep sent us in this inspiration photo to enter our Romantic Bedroom Giveaway. Romantic Bedroom Tip: 'Decor...Romance...long covered over with dust. Very Sad, very tired, need help. We do have a sleep number bed, perhaps that is the problem.its is so comfortable that sleep is all it gets.'
Q: We live in a 1950s ranch and the living room, hallway and kitchen all sort of flow into one space. When we moved in three years ago, we removed wallpaper and a border from the kitchen and painted it red. It seemed like a bit improvement at the time but now I am sick of the color and especially hate where it meets the hallway/living room. The hallway and living room are Behr Quincy Tan which I like but does not look good with the kitchen cabinets. The backsplash in the kitchen has a few random 'Fruit-motif' decals that are not removable - a large image behind the stove and then several others on 4X4 inch tiles throughout the backsplash. I guess I have two questions: what would be a good color to paint the entire space and how can I cover up those decals? Painting the cabinets or any other major kitchen renovations/upgrades are not an option although I am open to an inexpensive option for re-doing the backsplash. Editor: Please share your color ideas with Krysta in the comments below - thanks!