As the days keep getting warmer – and since today is National Maritime Day - I wanted to share a nautical-inspired design with all of you. I love this design style, from Cape Cod architecture to the classic navy and white color combo, so I had a hard time (and got very distracted!) choosing one delight today. This Whitby wallpaper by Mini Moderns really jumped out at me. It’s printed with water-based inks on paper from sustained forests. My favorite part are the whimsical curves and ocean-inspired colors it comes in.
What room would you use this wallpaper in? Tell us in the comments below.
So I thought I’d continue Home Improvement Month with another easy project. This idea comes from our very own Sarah Richardson, who spruced up a wall in her summer house with straw hats. If you have a cottage style home (or even if you don’t), the hats can really add an extra lighthearted touch. You can incorporate some colorful hats or stick to neutral ones like Sarah did — you really can’t go wrong whichever way you choose to display them. Plus, you will save some room in your closet so you have an excuse to go shopping!
What other simple home improvement projects are you doing this summer? Tell us in the comments below.
What’s better than great design? Great design for a great cause. More than 20 interior designers collaborated to turn a dated, 1950s colonial estate into a decked-out showhouse in Washington, D.C.’s Spring Lake neighborhood, all to benefit Children’s National Medial Center. If you live in the DC area, there’s still time to buy tickets and tour the amazing 10,000 square foot home this weekend — it’s open to the public through Monday, May 14.
Can’t make it to DC? Check out a few of our favorite spaces from the home. (See photos of the entire home right here.)
Design by Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa; Photo by Robert Radifera
Playing off the “old” Washington flavor of the Spring Valley home, designers Blake Dunlevy and Gina Benincasa of D&A Dunlevy Landscapers used bright azaleas and peonies to accent the boxwoods bookending the front entry of this stately residence.
Design by Sharon Kleinman; Photo by Robert Radifera
Designer Sharon Kleinman of Transitions wanted the master bedroom to be serene and sensual, so she added rich chocolate walls, her own custom-designed headboard and an antique wedding cabinet alongside textured, neutral bedding.
The main attraction of the Kartell Masters Chair is its curvaceous, sexy figure. Designers Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet fused three contemporary designs — the series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames to create an eye-catching chair. The best part? The comfy chair is lightweight and can be used indoors or out. Time to throw an outdoor soiree!
Paper lanterns have been a go-to decoration for parties for years, but lately people have been incorporating them in their everyday decor. Etsy shop owner Zippy8Lighting made this quirky artichoke paper lantern using pages from old paperback books, which would be so fitting in a home office or library. I wonder if these lights have that old book page smell that I love so much!
How would you tie in paper lanterns into your home’s decor? Tell us in the comments below.
I had one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments when I stumbled across these algues. What are algues, you ask? Well, it’s a room divider/wall decor/light curtain combination designed by Vitra. You can choose what to do with it, how much to use of it and where to put it — all you have to do is link the pieces together to create the design you want. And with all the pretty colors to choose from, you can incorporate it in any room. Officially adding this to my wish list.
The Kentucky Derby is just days away, and this year it falls on Cinco de Mayo. I had the chance to go to the Derby on Cinco de Mayo five years ago, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. My favorite part was seeing a mix of the traditional hats with festive sombreros. This lamp by Folly does a good job of mixing traditional with whimsical, with its colorful miniature jockeys. Now all I need is a mint julep and a winning ticket!
If you were going to the Kentucky Derby this year, would you go with a traditional hat or a sombrero? Tell us in the comments below.
This stainless steel object looks like it belongs in a modern bowling alley, but its purpose isn’t meant to be knocked down.
Give us your best guess in the comments below, and check back tomorrow to see if you’re right.
Even though this object looks like a golf ball, it’s actually a robotic vacuum cleaner. This innovative vacuum, the Dust Ball, uses two axes to move and the holes suck up dust. Designer Dave Hakkens mainly designed this vacuum for public buildings because there are less walls. The coolest part? When the dust bin is full, Dust Ball returns to its point of origin and glows.
Watch the Dust Ball in action! Check back next week to guess at a new item!
You might have gotten a glimpse into the future when you first set eyes on this object. It looks like it belongs on a space shuttle or maybe it’s a perfect accessory for your kid’s playroom.
Give us your best guess and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. Hint: Its rolling motion isn’t just for fun.