I have a problem, a shoe problem. Fortunately my hang-up is wallet-friendly and doesn’t have anything to do with being unable to resist splurging on a fancy pair of heels.
No, my problem is far more banal and occasionally hazardous: the entire family, myself included, kicks off their shoes at some point between walking in the door and sitting down. But if we had a shoe rack as ingenious as this one by j-me design, maybe we would all be tempted to put our shoes away. This space-saving, wall-mounted horizontal rack can accommodate all types of shoes and stores them with a dash of modern style and gravity defiance.
When I first saw this sofa (in person at the ABC Home Conran Shop) I was repelled by it. There was too much going on. But oh my, how it’s grown on me.
I find myself thinking about the Oswald Squint the way you would a scraggly mutt that you met at the pound but just can’t keep out of your mind. At first the visual overload of the bright patchwork seemed so gaudy and ill-advised. But now I find myself imagining it in bright white rooms creating splash of color that no other couch is brave enough make. Who knows why this particular sofa has invaded my thoughts so much, but do tell me if it has the same effect on you.
Do you think of your floors as a design element in your home?
Photo: Art Gray
The owners of this Venice Beach home – featured on the cover of Angeleno Interiors magazine – and their Icelandic architects did. They wrapped the burnt oak floors all the way up the wall to dramatic effect. They continue the long open space and draw the eye right up to the window high on the wall. What do you think? Too stark and clinical or clean and wonderful? Tell us in the comments.
The separation is so great from source to finished product, it’s often hard to remember that most of our furniture comes from nature.
What I’m drawn to in artist Emily Wettstein’s planter table is the contrast of the living wheatgrass sprouting up right through the center of the finished tabletop resting on top of its steel base; a reminder that the table was and is a living, breathing thing and is not at the same time. Wettstein’s table is made from reclaimed walnut and the planter can be removed and planted with a variety of greenery.
As a renter with of a love of the wallpaper trend, I cry a little bit every time I see a design I love.
Finally, there is a solution for those of us who aren’t able to (or don’t want to) fully commit to permanent wallpaper: Tempaper. The self-adhesive, repositionable wallpaper works a lot like drawer-liner and from the video, looks like it’s just about as easy to hang. I love that the pressure of lining up patterns just-so is relieved knowing you can redo your work, if necessary.
Bookworm or no, these classic Penguin cover deckchairs make for smart outdoor seating.
The folding, portable chairs come in several classic-read prints and colors. I love them for the beach, but think they’d also make the perfect comfy seat for your deck or patio. Since they’re easy to fold up and stash, you could keep several tucked away and pull them out when company comes. So far they’re only available in the UK, but these just might be worth the international shipping.
Remember the other day when I said that I thought bees might be the new chickens? That very well may be the case, but designers are still cranking out great new poultry products.
Case in point: this cool Chicken Co-op (get it?) meant for urban poultry designed by Raad Studio. The Co-op, which coyly bills its ultra-modern design as a, “chicken residence,” comes flat-packed and features, “open, loft-like spaces which liberate the lifestyles of modern chickens.” The designers definitely have a sense of humor about their coop, but they’ve also vetted it with scientists and made it easy for the city-dweller to get started. No tools are required to assemble it; just add chickens and wait for eggs.
Feel like your kitchen could use a makeover but don’t have a whole kitchen remodel in your budget? Try a fresh coat of paint and dressing up your tiles.
These waterproof Mibo Tile Tattoos can transform a blah back-splash without the investment – or the skill needed – for new tiles and grout. Even better, when your tastes change or the trends move on to a different style, just peel them off and you’re back to your original look.
The one big change I make in my bedroom for the warmer months is to swap out my heavier duvet for a light and airy one.
This fern print duvet cover from Branch is an ideal piece to give your bed a new look and lighter feel. It captures the sense of airy summer clothing and makes me imagine cool breezes.
Happy Fourth of July, design lovers! I hope you all have a long, languorous day spent outdoors with family and friends on tap. I know I do!
Photo: E. Spencer Toy
If the backyard barbecue I’m going to had a hand-built Scrabble board like this one, I might not show up here tomorrow. (Scrabble and I have a long, loving history.) This outdoor board was built by Sacramento, California architect Kristy McAuliffe with stained poured concrete. She crafted the tiles from baseboard trim and adhesive letters and numbers. I’m wondering if Ms. McAuliffe needs a new best friend?