The unexpected adds a playful energy to a room. For his first home, designer Tommy Chambers adapted a Craftsman tool chest as a nightstand, building a simple alderwood base himself to raise it to a more convenient bedside level. “The splash of color is great,” he says, “and I love the nostalgic element of this common item from my childhood.”
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Photo by David Phelps
A long weekend is in the forecast, people! Yay, us! Let’s agree to spend Memorial Day with good friends and good eats. I can provide the latter with these miniature cheeseburgers with bacon and ranch — yummy!
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They may be small, but that just means you eat more of them!
What do you have going on this weekend?
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This aluminum foil craft from Freshly Picked will keep your little ones entertained for hours. It’s super easy, and that’s why I love it! I liken this project to giving a child a box to play with/in — it’s almost too simple to imagine your kiddos will enjoy it so much. Here’s the dealio.
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Grab some aluminum foil and your child’s toy cars. Let him or her press the details of the car into the foil — then, let the kids crush the foil cars demolition derby-style.
So easy and so brilliant, right?
Warm weather has arrived and it’s time to get outside. And, why not get out there with a playful version of your favorite game? Larkin from Constantly Lovestruck tells us how her brother took his family’s love of Bananagrams to the lawn.
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I’m not a jealous person. I mean, come on — it’s a complete waste of your energy to long for something that someone else has. Right? OK, that’s how I usually feel. But then, my good friend Felicia over at HGTVGardens informed me that she’s headed to jolly old London, England next week for The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show — and, I have to admit, I had a twinge of, “Uh, not fair — I wanna go!” I may have even stomped my foot (no, I really didn’t — OK, maybe I did). Of course, it makes no sense for me to go, but — that’s the thing about jealousy — it rarely ever makes sense.
What is the Chelsea Flower Show? Felicia writes, “What Bonnaroo is to indie rockers, the Oscars to movie stars, and the Venice Biennale to contemporary art fans, the Chelsea Flower Show is to plant people: the most glamorous, most famous, most celebrated garden show in a country known for taking its gardening very, very seriously.”
Image courtesy of Bret Wood
Be sure to keep up with Felicia’s travels to the Chelsea Flower Show as she takes in a bevy of British gardens and shares them with us (or rubs them in our faces, however you like to look at it).
The bold color palette of Saguaro Palm Springs is the work of renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat, of New York-based Stamberg Aferiat Architecture. The property has been infused with hues that reflect the indigenous flowers of the Southwestern desert.
This photo is pretty Pin-worthy, don’t you think?
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Most graduation presents involve some sort of money, whether it be cash or a check. If you’re a parent or a relative looking for a cute way to package that monetary gift, instead of putting it in a boring white envelope — give it to your student in a graduation cap gift jar. Pretty fun, right?!
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You know, I’m always amazed at what folks can do with mason jars. Mason jar possibilities are endless! I’m especially loving this metallic look from Linda at It All Started With Paint.
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If you’re visiting the Bay Area now through May 27th, you should place the San Francisco Decorator Showcase (at Herbst Manor in Pacific Heights) on your “I gotta see that!” list. This showcase is widely considered to be the West Coast’s premier design show house event, renowned for featuring the work of the region’s top interior and landscape designers.
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Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.