Hey, just a quick note from our sponsor Modernica. They're having a DIY Design Contest where you can submit your interior before & after pics and have a chance to win a Case Study Shelving Unit. A pretty great prize, right? See Modernica for more details. (Photos on left of Kim's kitchen at desire to inspire.)
Modernica DIY Contest
Written by Katie on May 5, 2010. Permalink
Written by Troy on May 4, 2010. Permalink
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is almost here! What is it? Four days and 145,000 square feet of the world's coolest contemporary home goods from 500+ international exhibitors! And next week, forecasting giant Trend Union will be presenting their trends for 2011 and 2012! The ICFF is North America's most important annual trade show for contemporary interior design. For four days, May 15-18, tens of thousands of designers, manufacturers, architects, retailers, distributors, and developers will converge on the Jacob Javits Center to present and peruse the world's best and most creative home goods. It's like the Olympics without all the…
Written by Katie on May 3, 2010. Permalink
Mother's Day is fast approaching, folks. If you're still searching for a gift, you might want to check out the Gift Guide for ideas. It's there for you to use, after all. As usual, shoot us an email if a link doesn't work and we'll do our best to fix it in a timely manner. Update: We've changed our Gift Guide to tags... Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100
Written by Troy on April 30, 2010. Permalink
Speaking of color, check your color vision here at X-Rite.
Modern Office Giveaway
Written by Katie on April 28, 2010. Permalink
One of our longstanding sponsors, 2modern, has an excellent giveaway going on from April 26th to May 25th. The Grand Prize includes a MASH Wall Mounted Desk, MASH Chair, MASH Wall Mounted Shelf with Base, and a MASH Wall Mounted Shelf, and as if that wasn't enough, you also get a one hour color consultation from Color Expert Danielle Hirsch. What might you have to do to win all this? Just sign up for their newsletter, that's all. Visit 2modern for more details.
Ecolect Sustainable Materials Resource
Written by Simon on April 19, 2010. Permalink
Ecolect is an online resource of building materials for designers, re-modelers, builders, or anyone interested in using sustainable products. Each material has an overall summary as well as how it's made, how it's used, and where to buy it. Keep this one bookmarked for your next project.
Fatboy Sale (Gilt Groupe)
Written by Katie on March 11, 2010. Permalink
Some of Fatboy's bean bags are on sale over at Gilt. Majority of it is kid-sized, but there's a couple of adult sized bags (in a sand and camouflage color), and the ottoman sized ones could work anywhere. FYI, the sale is through Gilt Groupe's invite-only site (items sell out pretty quick). Point Bean Bag, $89.00 reg, $45.00 on sale Original Bean Bag, $229.00 reg, $125.00 on sale Avenue First Parc Bean Bag, $249.00 reg, $115.00 on sale Junior Bean Bag, $149.00 reg, $80.00 sale Island bean bag, $229.00 reg, $120.00 sale
Written by Katie on February 25, 2010. Permalink
Hello. There's a few reader's questions that I haven't been able to find/answer. Can any of you help? First, Claire's search for wallpaper: "It was by a female designer possibly Scandinavian, her designs were all multicoloured, 4 different designs including repeat patterns of snow capped mountains with goats, rabbits and other silouhette images. Another one featured, red foxes. Also one with a large crab print allover. I have spent hours trying to find it again online but just can't locate them. Any suggestions or ideas of who the designer is would be most welcome as it is starting to drive…
More about us
Written by Katie on February 18, 2010. Permalink
Some of you have been reading BLTD ever since we first began in 2005, and others of you just recently, but either way, you'll know that we've not been ones to share too much in the way of personal details. However, since our team has recently expanded from two (me & Kris) to five people (+ Mark, Simon, Troy), Kris suggested expanding the about page so that you, our dear reader, could get to know all of us a bit more. If you're curious, take a look. Just click on read more for q&a's, etc. to see our individual pages.…
LoftLife: ‘The Lovely Ladies of Cyberspace’
Written by Katie on February 15, 2010. Permalink
Kris and I are pleased to announce we're featured in LoftLife's latest issue. We've been ogling the spaces they cover ever since they first began in 2008, so it's an incredible honor to be included inside their pages. We're pleased to share the stage with other such extraordinary design bloggers and want to thank LoftLife for including us. You can see the article on LoftLife's blog, or you can go get a copy to see us up close and personal in print.
Attention: Product Designers
Written by Katie on February 2, 2010. Permalink
See that big header/banner up at the top of our page? Well, we've been thinking about offering one of those headers up for grabs. For free. Here's the deal: 1) You must be a product designer/artist (no big retailers please) with an item that's buyable online 2) Your item must be fit within the category of home furnishings, personal accessories or gadgets 3) You must submit a header (1170x191, you can download a .psd guide here) featuring an image of your product along with a purchase link What does this free header spot mean? Well, it means you'll get extra…
What chair is this?
Written by Katie on January 29, 2010. Permalink
Hey, one of your fellow readers, Maureen, emailed to ask what this chair is called. Usually I'd quickly respond with the answer, along with a link and price (as is my habit when responding to one of you), but in this particular case, I cannot think of the name nor manufacturer. Surely one of you might have an idea? Please reach into your memory and let us know by commenting, or emailing, if that's more your style. (The picture above is from DWR's Freja Sofa, but I certainly don't remember them ever carrying a chair like that.) UPDATE: Mark, a…
Written by Katie on January 11, 2010. Permalink
We've added another new member to our team. A big welcome to Troy Witter, who will be a contributing writer for BLTD. We're looking forward to seeing how his background in trendspotting and fashion will round out our home furnishings selections. We hope that you'll enjoy his finds.
Gaia & Gino Sale
Written by Katie on January 9, 2010. Permalink
If you're into interesting glasses and teacups, check out the sale on Gaia & Gino selections. At up to half off, there are some items (especially the glasses) that would make an excellent buy for the design connoisseur. FYI, the sale is through Gilt Groupe's invite-only site (items sell out pretty quick).
Written by Katie on December 25, 2009. Permalink
Happy Holidays to you and yours! Posts will resume after our short holiday break. In the meantime, good luck with all the seasonal festivities! Shown above: Bright Ornament Sets, $38.00, Buy it here. *Note: Sadly, you cannot buy a happy holiday season for $38.00 as it seems to appear to those of you astute (and cynical?) enough to notice. However, you can close your eyes and wish very, very hard for them.
Written by Katie on December 3, 2009. Permalink
We've added another new member to our team. A big welcome to Mark Robson, who will be a contributing writer for BLTD. With his extensive travel experience, he'll be sharing his knowledge on interesting places and things. We're really looking forward to what he'll add to the site.