What a neat resource! We're having fun digging through the large collection of stencils at The Stencil Library. We picked out a few of our favorites to share here, though there are hundreds more to choose from.... With categories like chinoiserie, architectural, shaker, and contemporary, there are styles to suit everyone here. We think this is also just a great source of pattern ideas, whether you're actually purchasing a stencil or not.
We're big fans of copper-both the rosy shine of new copper and the blue and green shades it takes on when it's old and oxidized. Too much of it might look a little garish, but judicious copper accents can really warm up a kitchen or bathroom. Our copper-lined bathroom shelf and kitchen cabinets; design by Bonnie Bridges and construction by Hughes/McGinnis Builders. Large copper fixtures like sinks and range hoods can be prohibitively expensive, but lining a cabinet or a shelf with a sheet of hammered copper is a cheaper, simpler way to bring a slice of copper into your kitchen or bath. Small appliances, accessories, and hardware are increasingly available in copper finishes too. This particular set has been sold, but we found similar canisters for sale on ebay. Here's some more copper kitchen inspiration from AT:. Look! Copper Tubing Makes Great Pot Rack.
'I have a new red leather sofa and love seat in a contemporary style and would like some suggestions on where to find an area rug to go in front of it. Also, I would like some suggestions for a new cocktail table to use. My current one is a large dark granite one with matte black iron legs, and the color is just too dark and drab for the new pieces. Thanks!'. Do any of our readers have suggestions to help Mary incorporate her new sofa and loveseat into her living room?
In case you weren't paying attention during grade school, here's a real-life lesson in 'The grass isn't always greener': You could spend a chunk of your life wishing you had an apartment with massively tall ceilings, then regret it all the moment you realize that, yeah, sometimes it's hard to decorate with those new proportions. Like, what ever do you do with the space above the kitchen? Above: You can bring the lights down to where you need them, like these suspended track lights from James Ivy Designs. You can extend the cabinets all the way up to the tall ceilings, like in this dusty green kitchen from This Old House. You might even consider a library ladder setup, like in this quaint kitchen from Country Living, to get good use out of the highest shelves. Or bring the backsplash up and over the top cabinets, like the checkerboard pattern in this Brazil apartment designed by Gislene Lopes and featured on Home World Design. The goal with each of these designs is to visually bridge the gap between your usable, close-to-the-ground kitchen features and the tall, tall ceilings. This Mexico home in Architectural Digest makes it happen with ceramics atop the cabinetry and a low-hanging pendant light.
Despite our emphasis on colour here at AT, oftentimes, especially in sunny LA, the decision is to paint the walls white or white or maybe white. When it's done right, a dark room, furnished with high gloss white pieces, makes a dramatic statement.... It's a look that's especially inviting and cozy when the weather is overcast, as it was for most the mornings this weekend. Painted in high gloss white, even inexpensive furniture has impact here. It's not a look for the timid since getting it right means going for strong lined pieces, no-holds-barred pattern and colour and embracing your inner extrovert. We'd use a glossy bright white and, depending the piece, might even splurge on having them car painted. Toss in a little animal print, a bold neon colour to liven it up and perhaps a little metallic.
The response to the Risom chair in today's BAM sale announcement got us thinking that taking a look at vintage chairs might be the way to go for today's Best of Three. These three similar chairs are by well known designers...which is your choice for design longevity and value?
We learned on vacation why the inflatable Baby Spa Bath by Go Home could be useful. At the time he'd never been in a full-sized tub and wasn't willing at the hotel. The Baby Spa Bath would have been a great way to keep him comfortable while remaining portable for travel. The Baby Spa Bath has four suction cups on the underside for added stability and the bottom of the tub has ribbed sections so baby won't slip.
When you hear people tell stories about going to the bathroom in the jungle you picture the worst of circumstances. This jungle bathroom, on the other hand, looks like the lap of luxury. Over at One Project Closer, we ran across a snapshot of Fred and Kim's recent trip to Guatemala where they saw this amazing outdoor bathroom. It's packed with plants, the sink is supported by large pillars of stone, and to be quite honest, we'd totally make a move to a more tropical climate if this could be our space. It's found on the Valhalla Farms, an all-natural macadamia nut plantation that promotes reforestation and the training of indigenous people to farm using sustainable methods. Do you have an outdoor bathroom or shower? Do you love it or hate it?
'This awesome castle is both a toy and a piece of furniture, and the whole thing was made from a single 48x84' piece of cardboard. The designers built the chair around a triangular inner structure and urge users to take out the little silhouette figures and play. Li, Yang and Lee are sophomores in RISD's Industrial Design program where they completed the project in one week when challenged to make a child's chair from cardboard. Check out some of their classmates' constructions here, and visit Kebei Li's site for more inspiration and beautiful images of this project.