Articles Written by Kris

Kris

About Kris: Kris has taught architectural drafting, auto-cad for interiors and kitchen and bath design at the college level. Her interests are focused in design resulting in reduction of cost, space and environmental impact. Kris works full time in a technical field and is currently fixing up a 100 year old house in the sleepy Los Angeles neighborhood of Atwater Village. (View Profile)

 
 

Opaline Glass Modular Vase

This 10-piece vase would help even the novice flower arranger create a pretty bouquet. Vase set comes with 3 elastic bands for arranging multiple vases together.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $48.95
Available from: Module R

Knoppig Planter

I’m loving the new planters from Ikea with the tiny price tag.

Glazed; makes the plant pot waterproof.
Note: It looks like you might have to make a trip to the store to purchase.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4.99 - $7.99
Available from: Ikea

Creative Types: Chadhaus

We sat down with the designers of Chadhaus design (above from L-R, Dinah Dimalanta, Emily Robertson and Chad Robertson) located in Seattle, Washington and learned a little more about their firm, Chadhaus. In addition to being designers for the firm, Dinah and Chad build the furniture in the studio.

The first thing I have to say about the work of Chadhaus is that in addition to using beautiful woods and having a very cohesive design aesthetic, the craftsmanship of their work is impeccable. It’s because of this attention to detail that the simplicity and beauty of their designs really bring out the lines of the furniture.

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Friday Links

Awesome Mac OSx tips for pro users.

F-ing Finally.

How secure are your passwords? (via SwissMiss)

MAKE Architecture Detached Home Office

I was perusing MAKE’s portfolio site and came across this exterior home office done for Actor Rainn Wilson. It’s 200 square feet and the exterior is clad in reclaimed lumber.

“Featured on the DIY Network’s “Man Caves”, MAKE work with their production team to produce a detached home office for renowned actor Rainn Wilson from The Office. Perched on the crest of a slope and overlooking the actor’s stable, the office space was conceived as a tree house with views through the generous glazed facade at level with the surrounding tree canopies.”

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InterAbstract Shower Curtain

To make a long story short, I had some horrible shower doors from the 1950′s which I removed after hating them for 2 years. I’m planning a rather large bath remodel which involves moving walls and basically redoing everything, so my goal was to make the current bath nicer with a budget of $100, knowing that I’ll be spending way more in a few months to build an entirely new bathroom.

After removing the shower doors, I needed a shower curtain that wasn’t too expensive and was also pleasant to look at. After looking through several hundred shower curtains (I’m obsessive, what can I say?), I finally found this little minimal beauty for under $20. I’m very happy with the purchase and more than likely I’ll keep it in the remodeled bath as well.

You will also need a plastic liner with this.

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Price: $14.49
Available from: Organize.com

Mighty Wallet by Terrence Kellerman

Super sturdy Tyvek wallet in a cool hex pattern. It’s tear resistant, water-resistant, and recyclable.

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Price: $15.00
Available from: Arrango

Spica Light

The Spica Light comes ready to plug in or with a canopy set for hardwiring.

Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo and is the namesake for this light. Made from 3/8″ steel rod, Spica is available in black, white, and mirror gold (not shown).

Purchase Information:

Price: $445-$800.00
Available from: Iacoli & McAllister

Mario Bellini Le Bambole sofa for B&B Italia in 1973

I’m obsessed with the Le Bambole sofa for B&B Italia. Before you get your hopes up, this particular piece is sold out. However, if you’re patient, you may find one at an online auction site or at a resale shop. Also, the chair was rereleased by B&B Italia in 2007.

David Stark Rope Bowl

And, I think I just found the perfect place to put my wallet, keys and cell phone when I come home.

Purchase Information:

Price: $34.00
Available from: West Elm

Wooden Stool from Kaufmann Mercantile

Mortise, tenon and finger joint detailing. Handmade of reclaimed oak, alder and sycamore in Los Angeles, CA.

Homework Leather Pencil Case by presentandcorrect on Etsy

This little low-fi pencil case harkens back to the days when kids carried their books to school with a leather belt. It’s a cute little case with laser cut designs etched into the back.

Leather envelopes cut from 2mm leather and embossed with various homework inspired graphics. All those things we had to remember at school; prime numbers, colours, photosynthesis, pi, the alphabet & more! A silver stud keeps your bits safe and happy. There are 3 colours to choose from; yellow, whiskey or dark brown. 7.75×4″ with plenty of room for scissors, pencils and the like. Embossed with the message ‘Do your homework’ on reverse flap. Made and hand finished in London.

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Price: $32.00
Available from: presentandcorrect on Etsy

Trapezoid Geo by Lourdes Sanchez

Textile designer Lourdes Sanchez recently collaborated with WestElm and turned some of her textile designs into wall art. I would ordinarily not recommend purchasing artwork from a mass retailer because I usually I believe that art should have some meaning when you choose to purchase it and put it in your home…but I’m a sucker for geometrics and Lourdes is a real artist so I’m going against my better judgement.

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Price: $179.00
Available from: WestElm

The minimal office by Frank Chimero

Frank Chimero has his gadget set up squeezed down to what he considers a bare minimum. I could probably do without the ipad, but, that’s just me. I found this to be a fascinating read and he has a lot of great tips which I personally ascribe to, such as using your machine as a tool and not storage.

Matera Armoire by Sean Yoo

Sigh. If I lived in a loft instead of a house built in 1913 which needed oodles of work, I’d be buying a couple of these and call it a day. $5000 actually seems cheap compared to the work I have ahead of me.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $5000.00
Available from: dwr