This weekend I discovered that we had a desperate need for an outdoor dining table. After years of carrying the inside dining table outside, Sara Kate said, 'Enough', and I went on the hunt to find an acceptable outdoor dining table that doesn't look or feel junky or make me feel guilty for consuming more crap. >> Lister S-Line Teak Folding Table from Curran - Curran is a great source for aspirational, hard to find outdoor furniture brands at a better price. >> Inox Table from DWR - This Swiss-made stainless steel table is a really durable stylish modern pick. >> Broadway Teak Table from Gardenside - This came in as a tip from a reader while looking for the accompanying outdoor chairs. >> Square and Round Folding Bistro Tables - These classic, all metal French designs are affordable, tough and you can put them away in the winter. >> Teak Folding Bistro Tables - From the same source, these are still simple, though a nice, wood upgrade. >> Zinc Folding Table from NapaStyle - Nice design, but a bit on the expensive side...>> Veranda Tile Dining Table from Crate & Barrel - Aaron saw this in person and really liked it. >> Custom Outdoor Dining Table Picnic Style from Nellies - Found this a few years ago and still love it, though it's a custom solution and not easily available. >> Room & Board Outdoor Tables - Good quality, good style...>> Smith & Hawken Outdoor Tables - Good quality, not a lot of style....>> Restoration Hardware Outdoor Tables - Good quality, a little less style...>> Westminster Teak Outdoor Tables - All teak all the time.
We have some nice brick walls, 10 foot ceilings, and quite a bit of wall space. We love the space and want to add some really unique pieces punch up the décor. While at the Elephant's Trunk flea market in Connecticut this past weekend, we happened upon a very old wheel used on a hay baler. Since our goal is to mix in some country rustic chic into the apartment, we knew it would look perfect in the dining area against the brick wall. The wheel weighs somewhere between 75-100 lbs.2. Because of the hub, the rim of the wheel will sit roughly 6 inches from the wall.4. We'd love to hang it using something complimentary in style to the wheel - for example; a railroad tie as opposed to a shiny industrial bolt from Home Depot. Editor: Can you help out with some tips and ideas for Ted's challenging wheel hanging? Let us know in the comments below - thanks! Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here.
We've always struggled to find a happy medium between our modern, minimalist aesthetic, and our love for ornate, vintage details. It's resulted, for us, in a happy hybrid between contemporary and antique, in a space with elements of each stylistic approach. Perhaps it is because we are a Libra, but we love a good balance between old and new. This image is not of two separate homes, but of a 100 year old home in Toronto's Cabbagetown neighborhood that has been fitted with a modern addition rather brilliantly.... On the left is the view of the home from the street. The classic facade is left undisturbed, 'Respecting the house's historical roots,' according to the Contemporist, a fantastic blog on contemporary design. Dubbeldam Design Architects , the firm that designed the addition and renovation, updated the home to accommodate contemporary living, and did it on a limited budget. The space was opened up by removing walls, replacing full walls with half walls, and the addition of open-riser treads in the stairs and built-in furniture solutions. This home is a fantastic example of making an old space suitable for contemporary living without sacrificing the character of the original structure. Check out more images and details about the addition here.
Yesterday you voted on which French Country style dining room was higher end and, if you voted for this one, then you nailed it! Survey results though were pretty close, with roughly half of you choosing A and the other half B. Click through to see the price and source for each piece, along with the cheaper alternative options. Tufted Dining Chair from Ballard Designs; $665. Floral Rug from Ballard Designs; $599. All items combined ring up at the cash register for $4269, with the biggest ticket items being the chandelier and dining room table. Beaded Empire Chandelier from Shades of Light; $489. Embossed Mirror from Pier 1; $199. Rustic Trestle Table from World Market; $700. Tufted Dining Chair from Overstock; $205. Floral Rug from Overstock; $334. You might be more comfortable with a price tag of $1927, which is what this second collection will run. As always, if you find something similar to the items above, for a better price, share the information by linking to it in the comments below. Or, if you want to go out on your own, take a look at this earlier post, with shopping secrets and tips for finding a certain look for less money.
We love when eco ideas are in line with beautiful design, because why have one without the other? We saw these beautiful objects from Italian based Metamorphosi and thought we'd share. Over at Treehugger, they noted that Metamorphosi is a 'a collaboration between architects, deejays, musicians, decorators, garden planners, and botanists. uses only eco-friendly or recycled materials to create its whimsical interiors and exteriors laden with glass objects'. The company only works on commissioned designs and clients who sign on must be committed to promoting ecological materials and designs that will contribute to safeguarding the environment. Their Website has some beautiful interiors as well as plenty of objects to admire.
Check out this simple DIY that's perfect for kids and looks great to boot! Bekah of Leidi Bird is the brains and hands behind this window bench project which you can make too even if you're not a whiz with tools. This storage bench actually started life as a kitchen cabinet and Bekah added large feet, a coat of paint and a simple upholstered top to round out the look. It's great standing alone or could work in multiples to cover the entire length of a window. If you're worried about it tipping, you can always anchor it to the wall. Check out Bekah's tutorial to make your own storage bench over at Leidi Bird.
Q: Hi! I'm moving into a new apartment on New Year's Day! It's been pretty difficult finding similar apartment arrangements to gain inspiration from since most studios are just one room, versus what I will have. There's only one set of windows/balcony doors, so it would make sense to have the living room there, but I'm tempted by the idea of waking up with sunlight streaming in.... Currently, I don't have any furniture so I'm starting afresh! Any ideas would be great! I'm looking for advice on if my bedroom should really be in the windowless side room area or keep it in the main living space. Furniture pieces that I'm considering are: bed, table/desk, and two chairs. Those are my necessities... although I've been loving to lounge on my current couch right now. Editor: Ah, the age-old question: in which room is natural light the most valuable? Waking up to sunlight is certainly lovely, but living with sunlight-on days off from work and on long summer evenings-is pretty great, too. Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached.
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.
Tree stumps cast in fiberglass and covered in a 'Gelcoat' finish. These Timber stools by Fleetwood Fixtures are shaped like nature, but they sure don't look like anything you'd find in the woods.... New metallic finishes give these shiny stools even more bling. The Gelcoat is more akin to Corvettes than tree stumps. Isn't it the contradiction that's alluring here? The stools are 17' high and 16' diameter, making them good for casual seating or small side tables. Find out if these stools were Hot or Not at AT:Chicago's survey Stumpie Seat/Floor Cushion by Little Odd Forest.
We love an unexpected splash of color, and one of our favorite places to see it is the front door. In general we consider our taste pretty classic when it comes to exterior paint colors, but all bets are off when it comes to accent colors. This door and stair combo is refreshing but not overwhelming. As renters, we can't paint our own door, but we like applying the same idea to our home by keeping the overall palette pretty neutral and adding a few bursts of unexpected color. Do you prefer a classic palette, eclectic, or a mix of the two? Images: Yellow door via: ...Tim; Orange door via: Mayhem; Turquoise door via: Robem.
The New York Times shows us a massive granite house that was built in 1858 on 80 acres with views of Long Island Sound. When the first owner, Benjamin Pike Jr. passed away, the estate was purchased by William Steinway when he moved his piano manufacturing business to Astoria, Queens. 'Granite forgives neglect very gracefully,' and the overall structure is in good shape - especially all the original interior details including Italianate plasterwork, carved wood and marble.... The original owner, Benjamin Pike Jr., was a Manhattan optician who had instruments and scientific symbols etched in many of the glass doors in the house.... 'The basement includes a billiard room, a bar and a Roman bath for parties.' In need of more care and investment than its current owner Michael Halberian has the funds or energy for, the house is for sale. For more on the history of the house and additional pictures, see A Hilltop Idyll, With Grace Notes of the Past and the slideshow.
Name: Maria Location: San Jose, CA Division: United States What do you love about your bedroom?: I love the big window, the turquoise walls, and all the colorful art. I've heard that bedrooms should be more subdued and relaxing, but I'd quickly get bored with a subdued room, plus, I can't see any of the art when the lights are off, so going to sleep is not a problem. I love having a TV in the bedroom, but I didn't want it to be a focal point in the room, so I hid it in a frame collage.