There is so much lavish, impeccable inspiration out there for setting the Thanksgiving table. As I've known it for years, is generally a pretty casual affair. There are so many of us present, our plates are filled buffet-style and we are seated at a few different tables throughout my uncle's old farmhouse. While I'd love to set a perfect table, Thanksgiving for me is just not the holiday for it. It feels much more familiar to think of the large spread in the kitchen adjacent to the many tables in the dining and living rooms or getting rambunctious over football or a card game. Is your Thanksgiving a casual holiday, or much more formal? Please tell below!
As a lover of mid-century design, I've long been familiar with the work of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Hans Wegner, and Eero Sarinen. I confess that it was only recently-thanks, Pinterest!-that I became acquainted with the works of another mid-century great, the Italian designer Gio Ponti. Like a lot of furniture designers of that era, Gio Ponti was also an architect. In addition to that he worked as a professor and an editor, most notably at the Italian design magazine Domus. Ponti also designed this elegant espresso maker, called La Cornuta. Ponti began his career as a designer of household objects by working with 18th-century Italian ceramics manufacturer Richard Ginori, which gave him an appreciation for beautiful colors, fine craftsmanship and luxurious materials. In the latter part of his career, his designs became much more minimal, but they still retained a certain touch of the luxurious. To test his creation, Ponti threw one out of the window of a fourth floor apartment. Even now, after numerous decades, these pieces are still fresh and modern, especially being that designers and interiors are again beginning to embrace luxurious materials, albeit in minimalist forms. Ponti's designs feel particularly right for the interiors of today, and, if the past is any indication, will continue to grace beautiful years for years to come.
It's not just A/V or computer gear we think of trying to incorporate and hide away into the rest of our home decor. Kitchen appliances can especially be a dominating presence in any homre. Faith over at The Kitchn asks if you have ever wanted to hide your appliances as cabinetry with a recent Hot or Not poll.
We see outdoor living room spaces, dining tables with full course meals served outside on decks and in back yards, so what about bringing traditional outdoor decor to your indoor space? I found this image on Designed For Life, and I love the idea of the hammock indoors. I think it brings a great casual element to any home or room. Would you ever put a hammock in your living room? What elements of outdoor decor, would you consider bringing indoor?
COLOR INSPIRATION: I got the bedspread years ago and loved it but never used it because it was too pink but then I painted the back wall in a color I would describe as chocolate and strawberry milkshake. GO TO NAHIRANA'S ENTRY PAGE AND ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, get tips on how to use color, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites in each division at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better!
When Kristen and Kyle renovated their Portland kitchen, they went with custom cabinetry, schoolhouse lighting, and classic Benjamin Moore colors. Paint, Cabinets, and Counters Dovetail Custom Woodworks Kristen and Kyle used these Portland-based carpenters to build their cabinets and a butcher block-topped island. Kristen says, 'I think it's the custom built cabinets' that 'Make the kitchen look spiffy aesthetically.' Benjamin Moore The kitchen walls are Rockport Gray HC-105, while the cabinets are painted in White Dove OC-17 - a decorator favorite. It's a classic look that helps dark appliances blend in. Fixtures and Tile HomeClick.com Kristen and Kyle's faucet is a discontinued model, but you can find a similar look by searching for 'Bridge faucets.' We found this Belle Foret Kitchen Bridge Faucet with Matching Spray - N11001 for $279 at online renovation resource HomeClick.com. Kohler The sink is a basic stainless steel single basin model by Kohler, similar to this Staccato Single-Basin Self-Rimming Kitchen Sink, $314, although she says, 'We wish we had splurged and gone with a deep farmhouse sink.' For other good fixture/sink sources, see this post. Kristen and Kyle found their classic white subway tile there. Shown: Rhone Classic Schoolhouse Pendant, $177. Amazon.com Yellow accessories give this kitchen its sunny personality. Kristen says her favorite is the tea kettle: 'It gets used every morning and night - we love tea!' Shown: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Tea Kettle, $68 at Amazon.com. Bambeco Kristen uses trays to organize supplies like water bottles, flowers, and cooking tools.
Italian company Boffi has a history of innovations in the kitchen-and-bath field. In the 1990s, they led the way in minimalist and stainless steel bathroom design. We thought we'd kick off bathroom month with some inspiring photos of Boffi bathrooms that are sleek, simple, and highly covetable. You can tell just by looking at these photos that Boffi prices are in the 'Rock star' category. Their soapstone tubs are top-of-the-line and their stainless steel fixtures are long-lasting and highly functional. The good thing about looking to a trend-setter like Boffi for inspiration is that chain stores like IKEA and Restoration Hardware look here, too. You can find less expensive versions of Boffi's fixtures, and their catalog provides plenty of ideas for ways to combine tile, tubs, sinks, and storage. Boffi products are available through Luminaire in Chicago.
Q: What is the best way to set up a sofa, TV and small dining table in this space? The room is 9x15 and the sofa is 6'x3 feet wide. My first thought was to put it in the middle of the room with the TV on the windowless wall with the dining table behind it. I dont know if there will be enough clearance on the side so I thought putting the sofa on the window wall and the TV on the small wall to the right of that closet. The windows, closet and narrowness of the room make it challenging, so I need help! Editor: Let Jennifer know what you recommend in the comments - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.