Yesterday’s “What the…?” is for sale on Etsy. Seller Metalight upcycled it into a cool lamp. But its original purpose was as an….
…electric toaster. And a rather stylish one at that. If this has perked your interest in historic toaster designs, you’ll love the International Toaster Museum.
And don’t forget to pass along any great design mysteries you find. Just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the days getting shorter and shorter, pretty lamps like this one help to brighten our spirits. But this illuminated object’s original function was not as a light source. What was it?
Enlighten us with your answer. And check back tomorrow to see if you hit the mark.
While many of us may gravitate toward neutral colors when choosing furniture…
I distinctly remember one of my favorite attic finds as a child – my mother’s old typewriter in its black leather case. It didn’t work, but that didn’t keep me from slamming down the keys while pretending to talk on our old, beige turn-dial phone. Now, I love coming across vintage electrics displayed as chic and trendy decor. Portable table fans, retro radios, old cameras and rusty clocks have found their way into the mix. Check out a few of my favorite finds. (Typewriters as wedding decor – how cool!)
Marry You Me
I will gladly say goodbye to unbearable heat and humidity for the soon-to-arrive crisp fall weather I’ve been impatiently awaiting. And this change of season ushers in hues of chocolate brown, pumpkin orange, burgundy red and golden yellow that we embrace year after year. Let’s welcome our new friend and bring in that warm fall glow that may inspire a seasonal change to your decor.
Pretty Handy Girl
The Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Pier 39 are just a few of the classic reasons why I love San Francisco. Now, I have a new reason – the delicious design blog SF Girl by Bay.
There’s something mysterious and beautiful about silhouette prints. Popular in the first half of the 19th century in America, they’re making a comeback, 21st century style. From silhouette wallpaper to framed vintage prints, they look fresh and stylish in these spaces.
Old Sweetwater Cottage
Wake up your Monday with a jolt of design, in the form of vintage leather suitcases and trunks.
Suitcases Double as Coffee Tables + More
Move over, chocolate. Fall 2010 brings with it a new neutral: gray.
Pantone calls Oyster Gray the “classic neutral that grounds the (fall) palette.” CB2 weighs in with graphite furniture and accessories, while Horchow glams it up with platinum. For a crisp look, pair this season’s darling with yellow or white. For romance, marry it with blush pink. Check out these spaces showcasing fall’s hottest color trend.
I’ve never really thought about stairs as a thing of beauty or creative expression…until this week. There’s something so mesmerizing about spiral staircases, and I’ve especially fallen in love with stairs wallpapered with funky patterns. So get your stairwells out of the background and into the spotlight with these unique and creative designs complete with numbers, mice decals and even books.
Climb to New Heights of Style
This week’s Style Jolt is inspired by my current apartment dilemma: the long, narrow living room. My main living area desperately needs privacy from the office space. Any one of these gorgeous room dividers could solve the problem. (I especially love the idea of bookcase dividers to showcase my constantly growing book collection.)
Both images from The Digital Panda
I get my daily fix of beautiful, whimsical things from Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!. Joy is an accomplished graphic designer and professional blogger with interests in fashion, design, weddings, photography and all things lovely, and often, quirky.
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Do you have a case of the Mondays? Wake up and welcome a new week with a refreshing jolt of style.
I was inspired by yesterday’s lazy afternoon nap to search for comfy, chic pillows. Check out these, shaped like everything from giant pebbles to social networking icons. (My favorites are the jumbo Scrabble letters.)
From Gentle Pure Space
Suitcases, States + Mustaches
From small to large spaces, dining room design can be a tricky task. To keep a dining room inviting and guest-friendly, try a few simple style tips.
I am all about colorful furniture. One bold piece can turn a pretty room into a stunning gathering place. So, I was thrilled to spot a great deal of color at the Las Vegas furniture market in February – a rainbow of hot hues that will land in your favorite furniture stores and web retailers soon. Some are already there. Check out the colorful chairs that have captured my attention of late, starting with this funky lounge chair. Not for the timid decorator.
The Surf lounger by Karim Rashid
Even the most traditional home can be infused with color. I love this breakfast room that pairs pretty, pastel chairs with chocolate-brown stripes on the wall. Yummy.
Bring some south-of-the-border style to your home with the vibrant colors of Mexican textiles. This fab chair – spotted in a New York City hotel lobby filled with fine art – is a showstopper.
If you enjoy changing your decor frequently, take a look at this modern chair of many colors designed by Denmark firm kiBiSi. You can mix and match pieces of the chair to match your mood.
To make a colorful statement for less, check out the Dahlia chair in green and red, the blue and yellow upholstered slipper chair and Angelo Surmelis’ entire color-loving collection.
Update old chairs with new paint and fabrics. For inspiration, don’t miss this before-and-after chair makeover featured on Design Sponge.
Stay tuned to Design Happens to read about new product designs (more color is coming!) and don’t miss HGTV.com’s new Color Guide to get tips and ideas for decorating with color, including 100+ photos of color-happy rooms.
No more pencils, no more books, summer is a great time to give kids’ bedrooms a new look. Enlist your children in the design, and find projects they can do themselves. HGTV.com’s Kids’ Rooms Design Guide has ideas, tips and simple decorating projects to get you started. Here are some of my favorites:
This contemporary bedroom by Rate My user ECinNC is designed for the ultimate girly girl.
More Kids’ Room Ideas
Event planner and designer David Stark recently released his third book, David Stark Design, and if you’re looking for party inspiration (or major eye candy), this is the book to pick up.
You and your grandmother will both appreciate this crocheted cushion cover.
With my last semester in college almost behind me and graduation in May, I’m spending April updating the decor in my last college living space for the summer months. I’m especially energized by the colors of spring.
One of our favorite female designers, Genevieve Gorder, continues to share her own unique style on Dear Genevieve and will also return as a judge on the fifth season of Design Star, premiering June 20th. We had the chance recently to find out a little bit more about her.
I grew up in a suburb of Memphis, Tenn., — not necessarily in the country, but nowhere near the city. And both of my parents were born and raised in Kentucky out near bales of hay and chickens. The decor of my house growing up could best be defined as A Product of The Eighties, meaning tons of teal and pink and decorative borders everywhere. And my mom liked to hang baskets and farm equipment from the ceiling in the kitchen: