More Ikea Hacks(?)

It’s that time of year again, for the Apartment Therapy “Smallest Coolest Apartments Contest”. One of my favorites this round is Victor & Soeun’s Romantic Loft.
It looks like their “pod” is made with a combination of translucent plastic and what looks to be the glass doors for the Akurum cabinets from Ikea*. This is a great solution for an enclosed room because the walls aren’t the standard 4-6″ thick and the translucence allows for privacy yet doesn’t close the space in.

$234.00 [link to retailer]

You can buy the doors separately in the kitchen department.

*Actually, on closer inspection, it looks like the hinges are on the outside, so they’re probably not the Akurum doors, but if you don’t have the stomach for making your own doors, they would be a quick and easy solution.

Purchase Information:

Price: $234.00
Availability: Buy More Ikea Hacks(?) here

Grey Design Studio Vanity

I’ve been drafting “the house I want to build” probably ever since I was a child. It changes slightly with each new drawing, but in the last 10 years, it has always featured a knoll-like credenza for the bath. It’s nice to know reality is finally catching up with my fantasy. Available in walnut, teak, maple, birch, fir, and cherry.

Materials: Top structured for sink cut-out. Solid veneer construction throughout. Adjustable shelves for all cabinets. Brushed chrome pulls and legs. Full extension drawer glides. Conversion varnish, satin clear.

Measurements H 30″ x W 71″ x D 20 – 23″

Purchase Information:

Price: $3450.00
Availability: Buy Grey Design Studio Vanity here

Patrick Messier: Flo Sink

This would make a nice addition to any modern bath. Drain and faucet not included.

Technical Description:
Perspex acrylic resin. 5.87 us gal (22.2L) capacity.

Size: 16.34″ width x 9.45″ height x 16.34″ depth.
Free Shipping in US.

Purchase Information:

Price: $580
Availability: Buy Patrick Messier: Flo Sink here

Ebb Bathroom Concept

I’m speechless. Built in integrated tub, sink, toilet (not shown in detail) and shower (not shown in this version).

Pricing depends on configuration.

More information:

View Ebb Bathroom Concept here

Budget Bath Remodel

It doesn’t actually cost that much money to revamp your bath. For less than the cost of a good bedspread, you can increase the value of your property by several thousand dollars by doing a remodel, assuming you do it properly.

You will also have to find a vanity for your sink to rest on. There are several options available to you. If you opt for marble or some other stone countertop, the cost usually includes delivery, installation and drilling any holes that are required for plumbing. Or you can do what I did when I was looking for a marble table top which is ask if the stone suppliers have any scrap in stock. I was able to find a large piece that was from the cutout of a fireplace and saved about 70% that way.

*Please double check to make sure all the pieces work together and that you have the correct clearances on your vanity.

Purchase Information:

Price: $64.95
Availability: Buy Budget Bath Remodel here

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EcoSmart® Fireplace

I love the way minimal fireplaces look, but they often require a fancy architect. Here’s a solution that doesn’t require an architect, and as an added benefit, it’s being touted as an environmentally friendly open fireplace.

It’s Flue less, easily transportable, does not require any installation or utility connection for fuel supply. It’s fuelled by a renewable energy (Denatured Ethanol), it burns clean and is virtually maintenance free.

The best part about it is that the EcoSmart® Fires can be free standing, wall mounted, fully fitted into a range of personalised finishes, shapes and colors or inserted into a closed-off fireplace. The burner can also be inserted into joinery to create a streamlined bench top feature. Without the need for flue or pipe connections, EcoSmart® Fires offer remarkable design flexibility previously unavailable to the consumer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $2910.60
Availability: Buy EcoSmart® Fireplace here

Gabbiano Washbasin

I really love one unit designs, especially for the bath. This lovely piece is solid surface Corian and it includes a chromed open waste plug, soap holder, toothbrush holder and stainless steel towel ring. (Tap set and drain not included).

I feel like I slightly have to justify the price on this, because it is high. But if you were doing a regular bathroom, you would spend at least $5,000 on cabinets. So I figure us minimalist types can afford to splurge on a really big ticket item like this because we could pass on the wall of cabinets and maybe get one nice storage piece for <$200 if we were trying to be frugal. The impact will certainly be worth it. dimensions: width: 55″ depth: 18.75″ height: 10.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $5,105.00
Availability: Buy Gabbiano Washbasin here

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Flavor Paper Wall Coverings

Miss Lady Grace from Design*Sponge has once again found some amazing wallpaper. Although they were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Katrina and are currently without water, gas, or electricity, they don’t anticipate any problem in being able to fulfill any orders.

“Flavor Paper will resume printing as soon as possible, most likely in early November. We are now taking orders in exile and prioritizing them by date placed. An investment in Flavor Paper will help us survive, support New Orleans artisans, and improve your space.

Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent events. It has been a very difficult time for everyone.”

Screens: 4
Colors Achieved: 5 to 6
Screen Repeat: 55 Inches
Pattern Repeat: 55 Inches
Side-to-side Match:
Half Drop
Bolt Length: 45 Feet

Purchase Information:

Price: $300
Availability: Buy Flavor Paper Wall Coverings here

Chiocciola Shower

Roll-in showers are great for the wheel-chair bound, assuming there is a full 60 inches diameter of turning space inside. This roll-in shower would work for anyone with discerning eye and a desire to break-up the vast expanse of tilework.

Justification: Agreed, this is not entirely affordable, but this isn’t a labor intensive install, and labor costs can really add up if you’re not careful. Scrimp a little by buying a generic shower head and tap.

Screen is matte finish acrylic with Exmar composite made from resin and quartz powder.

Available in white or sand finish.
Select left or right hand entry.

Imported from Italy.

Tap and shower head not included.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12,470.00
Availability: Buy Chiocciola Shower here

ball ceiling fan

If you’re looking for an alternative to the terrible wicker patterned ceiling fans that come in most apartments, try the ball fan from y lighting.

Purchase Information:

Price: $264
Availability: Buy ball ceiling fan here

Neutra Face

Custom House Numbers allows you to select virtually any font and they will create outdoor lettering for your address. It also allows you to select height, width and finish options, whether you want your numbers to be hollow or solid, etc. They have a pricing calculator so you can weigh your options without having to email someone everytime you change your mind. That’s a nice option.

More information:

View Neutra Face here

‘Vapor’ Wallpaper

I love the subtle moodiness of the vapor wallpaper.


Purchase Information:

Price: $150
Availability: Buy ‘Vapor’ Wallpaper here

Pop Wall coverings

I found this today at Design*Sponge. I know there are lots of wall panel options today, but frankly, some of them are kinda cheesy and will look really funky in an “avocado green appliance” sort of way soon. But I believe that the pop wall panels are classic in the 60’s design sense and I think it would look great and textural on one wall perhaps in the living room or bedroom.

Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Availability: Buy Pop Wall coverings here

Conmoto Fire Support, 2 pc. Set

This fireplace support is so simple and beautiful it takes my breath away.

Purchase Information:

Price: $550
Availability: Buy Conmoto Fire Support, 2 pc. Set here

Wet Cube Tub

I have fantasies about buying a large space and dividing it up to suit my needs. I think I just found my first piece that I could design the whole apartment around. I would definitely use privacy glass for the walls so the tub would be on display when not in use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $4016.00
Availability: Buy Wet Cube Tub here