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Clayhaus Ceramics

Clayhaus Ceramics has quite the array of tiles to choose from; they carry traditional patterns to a little more ‘out there’ designs, all of which would fit well within a more modern home. All of their products are handcrafted in the US, and take about four to six weeks for delivery.

Clayhaus Ceramic tiles are available from your local dealer (or contact Clayhaus directly for info).

Purchase Information:

Price: $available upon request
Available from: Clayhaus Ceramics

Knife Block from Viola Park

It’s entirely safe to say Viola Park has my dream kitchen and I just can’t afford to buy it yet. They’ve introduced a new backsplash shelf and integrated knife block, and, as you can tell, it gets high marks for function and utility, not to mention looks. The 5″ powder coated steel shelf allows access to ingredients while the wood knife block holds 12 knives and is available in walnut, rift-cut white oak, and bamboo.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00 per linear foot
Available from: Viola Park

Ohoy Wallpaper

I’m tempted to buy this wallpaper. I don’t even have kids (it’d be perfect for a child’s room) and I’m thinking of which wall it would look best on. It’s made/designed by 8-year old Otto Dunker (son of Fine Little Day‘s Elisabeth Dunker) and has the best scrawly ships I’ve seen to date. Looks like you can purchase the wallpaper at Photowall (€26/m2 or $37/m2) or buy a pillow with the print directly from Fine Little Day for €42 ($59).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $37/m2
Availability: Buy Ohoy Wallpaper here

Modern Dwell House Numbers

If you’re dismayed at the thought of $48 for each Neutra Number, perhaps you’ll welcome this ‘Neutra Font’ alternative from Modern Dwell Numbers. Starting at $21.99 per number (and $25.99 per letter), it’s similar in style/look, yet significantly less money out of your wallet. Choose between 4″, 6″, 8″, 12″, 16″, and 24″ tall (prices increase as numbers/letters get higher, fyi).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $21.99 and up
Available from: Modern Dwell Numbers

Emtek Door Hardware

The front door is your home’s main focal point, so it of course makes sense to keep it looking presentable. My own front door was looking pretty sad after ten years of not-so-gentle use, with chips in the paint, battered hardware and a pretty rough looking dent around the knob (not sure how it happened, it almost looked like someone took a battering ram to it), so it was past time to give it a facelift.

After scouring many shops online, I settled on this door hardware set by Emtek. It has a satisfying heft, and obviously, is super modern. After sanding down my door, filling the dent with Bondo (several times), more sanding, priming, and painting, here’s the finished product:

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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.40 and up
Available from: DirectDoorHardware.com

Flat Vernacular

Chances are you’ve already heard of Payton Cosell Turner’s custom wallpaper made from stickers, as it was featured in Elle Decor as well as a smattering of design blogs. I’m certainly a fan of the idea of sticker wallpaper, and if I possessed an ounce of patience, I might attempt the idea in a small powder room or hallway. However, I might just settle for one of the other wallpaper designs from Payton’s website instead, as they would (hopefully) require a little less time to install. See my three favorites below.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $200.00 and up
Available from: Flat Vernacular

MIO Crystal Drop Ceiling

Drop ceilings are rarely something to be admired, however MIO is changing that with FoldScape, a three-dimensional ceiling tile that ships flat and is folded at the installation site. Talk about an easy way to make a blah-ish ceiling interesting, huh? Available in 24 tile packs, the tiles are lightweight and measure a standard 2’x2′ size.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Available from: 2modern

TriBeCa Loft by Office of Architecture and Push

This TriBeCa Loft by Office of Architecture and Push shows how loft living doesn’t mean sacrificing privacy and storage. Cabinetry as well as sliding and accordion doors define specific room functions without blocking natural light or interrupting the overall flow of space.

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Scrapwood Wallpaper

This might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s notable nevertheless. Piet Hein Eek’s Scrapwood Wallpaper looks quite real (super high resolution printing) and would give a rustic/antiqued feel to a room in a snap. Plus, you get over 43 square feet of unique planks with no repeat.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Available from: design/story

Barn Conversion

Check out this Barn Conversion by Architecture firm Maxwan in the Netherlands.

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More information:

View Barn Conversion here

Source: Texturism

Tempaper By You Wallpaper

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.

Available from 2modern or directly from Tempaper.

Purchase Information:

Price: $56.00
Available from: 2modern

Hilltop House in Pasadena, CA by Ladd/Marmol Radziner

The Hilltop House was originally designed by architect Thornton Ladd in 1953 and was reworked by Marmol Radziner.

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Modern Ceiling Fans

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:
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Purchase Information:

Price: $300-400
Available from: YLighting

Customized Tile Mosaics

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.

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IdeaPaint

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.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00-199.50
Available from: IdeaPaint