Written by kris & katie on July 8, 2011. Permalink
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Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by kris & katie on July 8, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on June 28, 2011. Permalink
Paintable. Temporary. Wallpaper. How many times have you wished for this? Whether you’re renting or you have kids (or you’re just artistically fickle) this stuff is something to try out. It’s a vinyl coated self adhesive wallpaper, and you can use almost any art supplies to decorate it however you want. Tempaper also has quite a few designs to choose from should you wish for a more traditional patterned paper; my favorites are the Ruby Slate, Skotti, and Etta.
Purchase Information:Price: $56.00
Written by Kris on May 27, 2011. Permalink
The Hilltop House was originally designed by architect Thornton Ladd in 1953 and was reworked by Marmol Radziner.
More information:View Hilltop House in Pasadena, CA by Ladd/Marmol Radziner here
Written by Katie on May 24, 2011. Permalink
Ceiling fans are not exciting, let’s face it. When you need one, you look online, visit lighting shops, etc., all to have an ‘eh’ response to the semi-suitable ones. They aren’t something that makes your heart beat faster, so it’s more of a ‘which-one-will-blend-in’ decision and ‘which-one-is-within-our-budget’, of course. Being in the position of needing to replace two of our ceiling fans, I found myself asking those two questions this past weekend. Not surprisingly, my choices were whittled down to a few from the Modern Fan Company. The fans are simple enough with modern lines and prices are around the $300 to $400 mark (the previous ~$200 fans crapped out, so decision was made to spend a bit more). Just in case you find yourself in a similar situation, here’s a few that look decent:
Purchase Information:Price: $300-400
Written by Katie on May 11, 2011. Permalink
You can take any .jpg and make into a custom tile mosaic. Oh, just think of the possibilities… I’d recommend putting some thought into it as you’ll be spending around $149 per square foot, but man-oh-man, there’s a ton of great images you could use for a bathroom wall (or anywhere else tile is appropriate). Any digital image will work, so if you’ve got a favorite snapshot or piece of artwork, start there. Available from Top Hat Tile.
More information:View Customized Tile Mosaics here
Written by Katie on April 28, 2011. Permalink
A huge whiteboard to sketch out ideas? Yes, please. Rust-Oleum carries Dry Erase Paint, but IdeaPaint seems to focus more on larger areas, offering kits to cover 50 square feet. As the pictures on their site show, you can go completely crazy and cover whole rooms, columns, etc.
50 square feet kits start at $175.00.
Purchase Information:Price: $175.00-199.50
Written by Kris on April 22, 2011. Permalink
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.”
More information:View MAKE Architecture Detached Home Office here
Written by Katie on March 2, 2011. Permalink
Architect Matthew Hofmann recently completed a contemporary renovation of a vintage 1970′s Airstream trailer, which he now calls home with his girlfriend in Santa Barbara, CA. A lesson in living small, the updated Airstream shows thoughtful use of space and storage as well as catering to the modernist aesthetic. Read Mathew’s comments on the project below:
More information:View HofArc Airstream Renovation here
Written by Katie on February 25, 2011. Permalink
Any of you who visit Tumblr know that there’s a whole haystack of images to sort through, especially when it comes to lovely interiors. I ran across this pic (via The Diversion Project) yesterday and thought the wallpaper on the kitchen island was a brilliant pop of color in an otherwise white dwelling. So, note to self: when feeling bored with one’s surroundings, pick out a colorful wallpaper and attach it somewhere unexpected like the base of kitchen island. Seeing as it’s a relatively small area, it won’t cost much and will be easier to change out than doing a whole wall or room.
Written by Katie on February 18, 2011. Permalink
Viola Park, who most of us know and love for their excellent kitchen cabinetry, has added a new collection of kitchen islands. I am most impressed with the integrated storage modules (shown above) for foodstuff as it cuts down on counter clutter without adding the visual bulk of drawers. If you’re in LA, you can see one of the new islands at Viola Park’s new showroom across from the Pacific Design Center.
The islands range from 5-12K, and can be purchased independently or along with a complete kitchen package. Islands can be mobile or stationary.
Purchase Information:Price: $5-12k
Written by Katie on February 9, 2011. Permalink
Kris did a post on the Vola Faucet a while back, but I thought it worth a mention to show the various colors. At $780 it’s an expensive choice, of course, but considering the fact that you’d be using it several times a day everyday, it’s probably well worth shelling out the extra cash. Plus, Arne Jacobsen designed it, so you’ve got an instant classic look.
Purchase Information:Price: $780.00
Written by Katie on February 2, 2011. Permalink
This luscious botanical wallpaper would sure spice up a small (or large?) room. The teaberry (shown above) is my favorite, but for $2 a sample you might want to try out the Heron and Pineland colorways as well. Also, the Ms. Ward design (shown below) is also worth a look, as there’s delightfully large storybook insects involved.
Purchase Information:Price: $180.00 per roll
Written by Katie on January 27, 2011. Permalink
Whoa, check out this huge wall of Ikea cabinets in Dwell’s slideshow Just Redo It. The home owners, Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, spent about $12,000 on the ‘easy-to-assemble’ cabinets, which is a heck of a lot less than paying for a full wall of custom cabinetry.
More information:View Ikea Cabinet Wall here
Written by Katie on January 10, 2011. Permalink
Future kitchen-remodelers, take note. Don’t settle for off-the-shelf range hoods when you could perhaps spend a little extra time and money sourcing an abstract one from a fabricator or architect. Ihoas & Ihoas Architects via swissmiss.
Written by Katie on December 1, 2010. Permalink
Let’s just take a moment to admire this small staircase connecting a cramped hallway to a loft attic space. Seeing the ‘before’ and then the ‘after’ pictures (both below), you get a sense of just how much of a difference the narrow staircase makes, especially in that oodles of additional light is gained from getting rid of the old attic hatch, and, of course, the ease of accessibility to a formerly underutilized space. Really, it’s an A+ job from Tamir Addadi Architecture.
More information:View Loft Access by Tamir Addadi Architecture here