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Library Staircase

This is the smartest staircase ever. (The picture on the left is looking up, the one on the right is looking down- just in case it’s confusing)

via apartmenttherapy.com:
“Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client’s desire for a
library to form a ‘library staircase’ in which English oak stair treads
and shelves are both completely lined with books.”- Tim Sloan, Levitate Architects

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Izola’s shower curtains

Check out Izola’s Shower Curtains- they’ve got some different versions of NYC’s subway system and a few other patterns as well. My absolute favorite is the Faile Series one on the right.

(PEVA is polyethylene vinyl acetate, a biodegradable plastic shower curtain.)

PEVA NYC Subway Map Shower Curtain Vers. 3 (left), 100% PEVA, $32.00
PEVA World Map Shower Curtain (middle), 100% PEVA, $25.00
Artist Series: Faile Shower Curtain (right), 100% Vinyl, $100.00

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00-$100.00
Availability: Buy Izola’s shower curtains here

Set of 6 Bird Stencils

Why not put a few birds randomly about the home?  Or you could do some wallpaper-like patterns all over a room…might be interesting.

“This stencil is for the birds! This set of 6 mini stencils is just the
thing for decorating your walls, shirt, furniture – just about anything
- with pretty plumed pals. Each stencil is approximately 4″ square, and
each contains a unique design. Imported. Wipe clean.”

8.5″w, 11″h

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Set of 6 Bird Stencils here

Outdoor/Indoor Cherry Twig Stickers

These stickers remind me of the Tattoo House that I posted a while back. It seems like this would be a smart way to get a little bit of that look without spending a whole lot.

“Stickers can be adhered to any glass or plexi surface, outdoors or in.
Easy to follow instructions are included.Once adhered, glass can be
washed normally. Minimum outdoor resistance, 3years. Frosted stickers allow 70% of light to pass through while maintaing maximum opacity, even at close range.
Use several sheets to create patterns and greater privacy.”


Standard size sheets are 20 x 40cm(11x17inches) and include all the elements indicated. Custom sizes are available by request.

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $22
Availability: Buy Outdoor/Indoor Cherry Twig Stickers here

Private Library

This studio/library designed by Andrew Berman Architect is a perfect small space that utilizes structure to provide both privacy and light without sacrificing views of the surrounding trees.

[via notcot]

Ferm LIVING Fir Tree Wallpaper

Are you sick of wallpaper yet? I’m not.

“ferm LIVING wallpapers have been specially treated to resist fading and to be reasonably washable. Each roll is 21 inches wide by 32.8 feet long. When determining the correct number of rolls you’ll need, be sure to measure to allow for the repeat.”

32.8″L x 21″W, Repeat pattern: 21 inches

Purchase Information:

Price: $95.00
Availability: Buy Ferm LIVING Fir Tree Wallpaper here

Kohler WaterTile Ambient Rain

Decadence, anyone? In the light of all the take-a-short-shower-and-save-water messages, it seems wrong to post this, but I’m going to anyways because I’ve wondered how much these were and now I know I can’t afford ‘luxurious water delivery’.

“With their 54-nozzle sprayheads, WaterTile Ambient Rain overhead showering panels provide luxurious water delivery. Additionally, integrated chromatherapy offers mood-enhancing colored light sequences to offer a truly customized shower experience.”

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,995.00
Availability: Buy Kohler WaterTile Ambient Rain here

Stone Forest 36″ Floating Vanity

You’d be dropping a grand into the sink portion of your bath remodel, but isn’t there something about bathrooms and kitchens selling a house? Hopefully it would pay for itself in the long run…

“…floating wall hung vanity available in Black Granite (shown),Travertino Romano, Carrara Marble…Includes mounting wall bracket. Faucet and p-trap not included. 4-6 week lead time required. Free Shipping.”

36″W x 19.75″D x 3″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $1550.00
Availability: Buy Stone Forest 36″ Floating Vanity here

Ring House, Karuizawa by TNA

Recently saw this weekend home on Wallpaper- it looks amazing.

Architects: Makoto Takei and Chie Nabeshima (TNA)

[via Wallpaper Awards '08, Best New Private House.]

Streeter Home, Deephaven, Minnesota

I recently saw this in Metropolitan Home and completely fell in love with the minimal treatment and simple floorplan. The color palette is spare and elegant, which matches the architecture perfectly.

‘We kept asking, ‘How do we simplify?’” Project architect Carly Coulson explains that they did not pre-wire or place ducts in the block walls. “This was one of those things that Kevin felt was too constraining on design development to determine at the beginning of construction,” she says. “The sensitive decisions he made concerning construction sequence had a very positive impact on the design process and the final aesthetic.” Clearly, process is Streeter’s passion. Even with 20-plus years as a builder, he keeps challenging himself. “One of Michael Graves’s project architects once said, ‘Make everything look like you thought about it,’” he says, thoughtfully. “We do that for our clients, and here I could practice that for myself.”‘

View Floorplan.

Modular Arts Wall Panels

This is an excellent picture of how well wall panels can create a truly unique environment.

“Cementitious, mineral composites have been favored by architects and designers around the world for their superior fire properties, relative light weight, and absence of harmful, off-gassing content. We feel that wall surfacing, which exposes large areas to potential fire hazard and circulated air should be safe: noncombustible and free of formaldehyde.”

-32″ by 32″ repeating panels for continuous surfaces of any size
-100% mineral, non-combustible, class A
-easily installed by finish carpenters

[posted by katie]

Dry Erase Paint by Rust-Oleum

Dry Erase boards can look a little too ‘office-y’ sometimes, and that’s why I’m a little too excited about this paint. Right now I can think of a few walls in my house that might be perfect for this…

“Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint is a smooth, hard finish that creates a unique white writeable-erasable surface. Once dry, simply use any dry erase markers to draw or write messages and then erase! Application is easy and it has minimal odor making it safe to use indoors. Ideal for use on interior surfaces such as drywall, masonite, wood, cement, metal.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $22.00
Availability: Buy Dry Erase Paint by Rust-Oleum here

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Subhead Anti-slip Stickers

Originally used on skateboards, these cool anti-slip stickers are now being made for residential and commercial uses.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Subhead Anti-slip Stickers here

Tattoo House by Andrew Maynard

Check out how these window stickers act as screening for this home in Australia. It’s quite notable how the architect has considered and met building requirements without sacrificing any design standard, in fact, just the opposite- he’s added to rather than detracted from the building’s overall facade, making it an elegant and beautiful structure.

Every element needed to perform multiple functions for maximum return- hence the kitchen bench becomes part of the stair, and the screening required by council reflects heat and glare away from the expansive windows, neatly eliminating the need for curtains. Council requirements regarding overlooking which dictate a 75% opacity to second-storey spaces are resolved by UV stable stickers rather than expensive and elaborate screening. The tree supergraphic creates playful and ever-changing shadows across the interior spaces and is composed of images taken in the local park.

Source: Via

Green Ratings-Refridgerators

I really don’t know what I would have done if my house didn’t already have appliances when I bought it. I probably would have spent at least a few weeks going over all the pros and cons and prices. Or maybe I would have found
greenerchoices.org, where they’ve done all the research for you, including energy efficiency ratings.

Shown above:
Amana® Side-By-Side Refrigerator, (ASD2627KEW), $1649.00
GE – 25.0 Cu. Ft. Side-by-Side Refrigerator, (GSH25JSTSS), $1,199.00