Since we're talking about dining rooms this month, we have to re-post another favorite. Ever since we first saw this photo in a book ages ago, we've loved it. The whimsical circus-type lights, the industrial pendants, the vintage poster, the huge table, the vintage chairs, the Jielde lamp.... It makes us wish we lived in a funky old apartment where we could do something similar.
If you've ever had an unfinished area in your home you might have dreamed of the space it could be. Imagine adding more usable square feet to your home without building on an addition! But it can be intimidating looking at one of these raw spaces - with bare studs and exposed insulation - and feel overwhelmed with the amount of work that would be needed. This stunning attic transformation will not only banish any intimidation, it'll motivate you to tackle your own makeover. Molly and William starting renovating their small Cleveland house in 2011. Under 1000 square feet, it just made sense to turn as much of the home as possible into usable living space for their family. Because Molly is a textile designer and the owner of a successful home textile business - as well as the mom of two young boys - they decided to dedicate the entire 370 square foot attic to her studio. In such a small home, they couldn't afford to waste space, so the unusable areas under the sloped ceilings became dedicated play spaces for the kids. 'My favorite space in our home is my studio office/playroom. My husband knew he needed to create a home office that was toddler-friendly; but over the course of the year-long construction, the project evolved significantly. Unusable areas under sloped ceilings became dedicated play spaces, and as my textile design business grew it became clear that the entire 370 square foot second floor need to be be devoted to the business.' The result is a clean, inspiring, modern space that many members of the family can enjoy! To see this creative couple's entire home, check out their entire house tour.
We first started paying attention to the whole mattress debate three years ago when a good friend chucked their old bed, did a ton of research and then chose the EXPENSIVE Dux Bed. Readers consistently give these mattresses high quality, high price and high service votes. A Swedish design, the Dux Bed claims its fame from the huge multiple of springs in each mattress: 3,600 springs compared to the up to 900 springs found in conventional queen-size mattresses. This allows you just the right amount of firmness and softness so that your spine is straight and not bent. Dux Beds come in a few diffferent configurations, are extremely well made, have tons of springs and top layers of latex to conform to the body. A queen size will run you from $6,500, but should last you 20 years.... What's not to like?
MamaChilanga shares again! This time to grace our front page with some shots of her recent living room makeover. She writes, Thought you'd get a kick out of seeing Mama Chilanga's new sofa, carpet and throw pillows. The color scheme was inspired by the logo for this year's Fall Colors contest ;-). We're kicked!
The Madrid home of Rosalind Williams and Tino Calabuig is only 11.5' wide! The couple bought the four-story building in 2001 and renovated it, making the top two floors their own home. The New York Times gives us a peek at their space filled with an eclectic collection of modern art, Tunisian tapestries, African wood carvings and religious icons.... Outside of the couple's vast art collection, the apartment is furnished from street finds, thrift stores and antiques. They definitely enjoy the 'Mix and mingle' of various periods and styles. Read the article about their real estate adventures in Madrid: In Spain, a Bright and Narrow Space and its slideshow.
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.
More playful than a pillow, not as dominating as a whole sofa, they're the perfect spark for my creative fire. The latest object of my affection is this chic, Southwest-inspired beauty. If money was no object, here's how I'd design a room around this pretty piece. The Dale chair features a classic shape with a touch of flirty fun. I'd echo the pattern in a complimentary kilim rug and allude to the nailhead detail with metal accents. I'd keep it urban with a modern take on the chesterfield sofa, add a dose of rustic wood, and soften it with a few ruffles and curves.
Bored to tears with your wood cabinets? We hear you. If you're not a renter or you have some stand-alone cabinets that you'd like to embellish, DIY Magazine has ten clever and inexpensive project ideas for adding some interest to your plain Jane kitchen cabinets. Ideas range from painting a faux-antique finish to replacing the center panel with a delicate radiator screen. We love the look of the latter, and think spray-painting the screen prior to installation could yield some fabulous results too. Check out all the ideas and find step-by-step instructions over at DIY Magazine.
Banned because of power consumption? The New York Times writes that Australia could consider banning Plasma TV's as a result of failing energy efficiency tests. We did not realize that there was such a big discrepancy between LCD and Plasma energy consumption, but it turns out that 153 LCD sets 36 inches or larger earned energy star ratings while only 83 plasma sets did the same. What this means for US standards when it comes to energy hungry televisions is unclear but it does make for a nice argument in the LCD vs. Plasma debate.
You know, the part of you that looks at a discarded sake barrel on the street outside your favorite Japanese restaurant and reimagines it as a funky side table. All it needs, after all, is a good scrub-down and some nice legs. Furniture designer Ian Maclean had such a positive response to the retro hairpin legs he fabricates for his own line that he now makes them available for his customers' DIY projects.... This means you can make your own stylish case study furniture, even if you can't weld. Made of cold-rolled or stainless steel round bar with 'TIG-welded joints', Maclean's hairpin legs mimic the clever design of v-shaped MCM appendages, as seen in the quintessentially-Californian case study bed and the bedside table. Hairpin legs come in many sizes and run from $18 to $37/apiece. Custom fabrication is also available to accommodate beds or different sizes and styles.
It's easy to tuck away a toaster oven or coffee maker, but when it comes to big pieces like refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers, you don't have much say on where those things can go. That said, there are places they work in and places they don't, exemplified by the remodel done by Flickr user, adwriter. As you can see, before the renovation adwriter's kitchen was a bit cramped with the fridge plunked down in front of the main entrance. We're assuming that the previous homeowner had placed it there to create an eating nook on the other side of the room, but we think it just makes things too hectic when preparing meals. Adwriter replaced almost everything in the kitchen moving the refrigerator to the other side of the room, opening up the rest of the space as a result. The other nice aspect is that an enclosure was built around the new chiller, allowing it to become a part of the kitchen, rather than sticking out as its own piece.