That is what the Collective Four, a group of design students from the Pratt Institute, set out to create for Dwell's Building Green project in Harlem. AT: NY gave us a tour of the entire home, but we thought we'd take a look at the design of the home office. Constructed of a multitude of eco-friendly materials, this home office offers a wealth of inspiration for alternative and customized storage solutions. The owners had two distinct personalities for the designers to contend with, one being a bit whimsical and the other quite practical. The solution was to create an 'Organized chaos' through interlocking pieces that create a desk and shelves. The result, an attractive, functional space that suits their lifestyle. To see more photos and learn more about the design, materials, and construction techniques, check out the Collective Four's Blog that documents the entire process from start to finish.
Now appraisals are trendy and even entertaining, as evidenced by the pop culture hit Antiques Roadshow. Finding a respectable appraiser and getting an accurate appraisal is serious business. The Appraiser There is no legal licensing for appraisers, but there are different levels of certification that can be obtained through two trade organizations Appraisers Association of America and American Society of Appraisers. The appraiser of goods should not be the buyer or seller of goods. If you need the skills of a specialist appraiser, the hourly rate can get much higher. It's important your appraiser knows the reason for the appraisal, like whether you want to sell something or insure it or donate it to charity. The written appraisal should follow the industry-standard guidelines outlined by the Appraisers Association of America.
We know it looks like this room is styled for a magazine photo shoot, but it is a real, honest-to-goodness room in a family's home. The owner made some major changes to a chaotic kids' playroom to transform it into what she calls a 'Game room/lounge,' but what we'd describe as a true family room with space and activities for everyone. To really appreciate the transformation, see the before picture after the jump. Holy cow, right? We love the new warm color scheme and are inspired by how much storage and organization the owner added without it feeling clinical or school-like. We saw this incredible space on the fabulous This Young House blog where Sherry and John chronicle their own home's diy renovations and decorating. Check out their post on this beautiful room and, if you'd like to see more, follow their link to more photos and information.
To be perfectly honest I initially had a difficult time determining how I felt about these Barnacle wall mounted storage vessels. On one hand, I immediately imagined the grand effect of using these en masse, placed upon a large column or wall mimicking their natural inspiration, creating a storage solution that would both look like an art installation while providing utilitarian use. It's also their geometrically-modern form which would make these a tough fit for anyone who did not live in a 'Machine for living' interior, or at least one of the less traditional variety. Still, sometimes you can admire something simply for what it is without necessarily wanting it for yourself, and these certainly fall under that category.
Recent graduate of the USC School of Architecture Christopher Megowan sent us several images and a detailed description of an architectural project that juxtaposes a modern addition with a hundred year old Victoria home in the historical section near the Trojan campus for us to share. Christopher Megowan, one of the two students/owners, designed the project while still studying at the School of Architecture. Purchased as a student housing investment, the addition was constructed on a tight budget at less than 130 dollars a square foot. The addition was designed as efficiently as possible in order to not complicate construction and reduce material waste. Designed on materials grid, the main volume of the addition was detailed from the exterior 4'x8' fiber cement panels and polycarbonate in. In using the fiber cement panel rainscreen, thermally stabilizing concrete floors on the lower unit, and the polycarbonate, this addition was able to be constructed at a price per square foot competitive with stucco and other less desirable finishes. 'The interior volumes benefit from tall ceilings and open spatial flow between the existing house, the annex and the common rooms of the addition. The bedrooms each have a wall of sliding doors providing privacy between spaces and enclosing the closets that serve as a sound barrier to the common spaces.'
Who says you have to go the route of tradition and put up a typical Christmas tree? For those looking for a more minimal and modern contemporary spin on the old yuletide decoration, why not take a cue from this IKEA catalog setup where they've taken a trimmed tree branch and decorated it with a striking monochromatic selection of ornaments. Our only qualm is that presents don't look hardly as nice under this as a traditional tree, but it could be executed as a smaller complimentary holiday decor detail with smaller vases also instead of a replacement for a traditional tree. A good friend created something similar for her wedding reception centerpieces, and they were such a big hit, attendees fought over who could take them. Either way, it's a great way to recycle and reuse some wintertime yard trimmings.
How green is your bathroom? Did you slap in some CFL lightbulbs, pat yourself on the back and say 'Done!'? There's more to do to make your bathroom a healthier place for your family and the environment. This two and a half minute video will get you started.
Privacy and light are big issues when choosing bathroom window treatments. Natural light is really important in a small space, but bathroom windows need some serious cover-up. Click below for 8 solutions for bathroom windows, whether you rent or you're planning a renovation.... Top: Wooden blinds are a popular choice for bathrooms because they go with a wide range of decors, they're simple to clean, and they let in light while obscuring the view. These blinds from The Shade Store fit in well with a clean, spa-like bathroom. Glass blocks in a bathroom obscure what's inside while letting an entire wall of light into the space. A bathroom skylight in Christy and John's Logan Square Bungalow fills their space with light, and solves the privacy problem. Windows set high in a bathroom let in light while keeping out onlookers.
Going black and white in the dining room tends to bring out the cool, mod, b&w-all-over vibe. Above, the Bizzozzero table from Momentoitalia, shown with brown leather top and brown steel legs, atop a fantastic b&w rug. F. Bizzozzero design as fix or extendible dining room table with steel frame completely covered in leather with visible stitchings and MDF top in different finishes. The TP 6 dining room table is available in a lot of different sizes. The full grain thick leather has visible stitchings and it looks gorgeous in every color available. Smooth texture make this table so chic and a first choice! some example of available sizes: 47.2'x47.2' - 59'x59' - 79'x40' - 98.5'x40'. Modern dining tables collection available in fix or extendible version in different finishes: light oak, wenge oak, grey oak or grained walnut. Simple design and its extendible option made this table a very easy solution for the most difficult dining room layouts. This modern tables come in fix version 63' or 79' inches lenght with depth of 40'. In the picture the dining table is shown in the grained walnut version a modern warm finish which perfectly match with light or dark furniture and breaks the colors to give more life to the furniture.
Chadhaus is the design and fabrication workshop of Chad Robertson. We pulled together a couple of his dining room pieces to show you here. Above is a sideboard from the Farmhouse Modern series. We love the ultra-crisp look of wood and steel in this collection, which is made to order. See Chadhaus' other collection after the jump.... This table and benches are from Chadhaus' Vollen series. This collection was inspired by a single family heirloom and includes a dining table and selection of bench-style seating. The table is priced at $1750, benches at $450 to $700. What we love about both series is that they're crafted out of solid wood. In an age of MDF, laminates, veneers, and IKEA pine, here's a fine collection in your choice of solid hardwoods: Oregon walnut, big leaf maple, or Washington sycamore. Chadhaus Furniture, available through Piano Nobile, is truly modern, truly heirloom-quality solid wood furniture.
We're not sure how we missed this, but we think it is a worthy read: Living Large on a Tiny Lot. It's part of the New York Times' Sketch Pad series that asks local architects and designers how they would improve available real estate.... For this 'Sketch,' Russel Groves and Jose Achi of S. Russel Groves Architects re-imagine a tiny bungalow on a tiny lot in Flanders, NY. The Audio Slideshow is an integral part of the story and shouldn't be missed!