I’m having major editor envy over here. I’ve been seeing this gorgeous kitchen making the rounds on Pinterest, and found out it’s in the Toronto home of Suzanne Dimma, the Editor-in-chief of Canadian House & Home magazine.
Photo: Rob Fiocca
I love how this feels both chic and very personal. Yes, there is the requisite marble, but where most kitchens I see take that in a sterile direction, here it’s warmed up by rich wood and a colorful rug. And the chandelier is a fun, girly touch. Not enough chandeliers in kitchens, if you ask me. But, like every editor, Dimma feels like her work is never done. She’s talking about renovating on her blog, and wants to “redesign the fridge and counter area (not pictured) and update the sink, counters and cabinetry finish.” I’m sure her finished kitchen will be lovely, but I think it looks enchanting the way it is. (Although perhaps I’d add this sleek black SMEG fridge with the gold handles and logo to pump up the glam factor even more. Argh, see? Never done!)
One thing I love about Pinterest is how it can be your own personal Internet time machine, unearthing forgotten gems from blogs you follow that you may have missed. I hadn’t seen this twinkle board DIY on Design*Sponge at the time, but it bubbled up again on some pin boards and won me over. (Also, how perfect that it is quite literally a “delight” spelled out in lights! It called out to me.)
It would be sweet over a headboard in a kids’ room, and it’s like a sophisticated Lite-Brite placed here over a couch. And since it essentially uses Christmas lights, I think it’d make a nice holiday decoration. It’s so customizable — you could swap in different colored lights, and of course, try spelling out another word or a name. “OMG” or “Ooh la la” might be my choices. Click through for the rest of the DIY instructions if you’re feeling inspired!
What word or name would you choose for this craft?
Happy Thanksgiving, design fans! I spotted today’s find while browsing yet more last-minute side dish ideas in the November issue of our sister publication, Food Network Magazine. How impressive that amidst all the lush recipes and food photography (S’more Pie! Alton Brown’s Popovers!), they still managed to fit in some lovely rustic goodies for your tabletop, like these Log Salt & Pepper Shakers from Old Faithful Shop.
Our tablescape will be a bit more gilded and high-glam this year, but I think it’s nice to mix in some forest elements as a subtle nod to what early Thanksgivings must have been like. And these little acacia shakers are so clever. They really do look like logs! They’re the perfect way to add seasonings to the season.
What are you most thankful for today? Tell us in the comments!
Over the course of three weeks, artisans in Brooklyn, NY hand turn salvaged wood and transform it into bowls and serving sets like these. The rich wood bowls are made by Loomstate — which is celebrating Sustainability Month right now.
While not cheap, each bowl is completely unique and supports handmade arts. Loomstate is also donating $10 from each purchase to Food Bank For NYC. And just think how delectable fresh greens would look nestling in a bowl like this.
Tuck in to sweet dreams on a grand scale.
With a headboard built from a solid length of wood, the Natural Bed from Tucker Robbins is striking in its simplicity. What else would you pair with a jaw-dropping piece like this if it was your bedroom?
If you ever doubted that we Loechners sure know how to end the year with a bang, read on. I mean, really, this year-long renovation was going all too well, wasn’t it?
If you tuned into this video, you saw a sneak peek of our situation. But for those of you who missed it, let me recap the events that led to sleepless nights and higher-than-necessary blood pressure levels:
Flooring Uh Oh
A few of you have asked what we plan to do with our spare bedrooms, and since I shared a master bedroom sneak peek last week, I thought it time to do the same with our guest bedroom, too.
Truth be told, the bedrooms needed little work, other than ripping out a few walls and transforming a closet into a guest bath. Yet in one particular bedroom, a botched wallpaper removal job meant we had to work on some serious wall treatments. Rather than installing drywall over our mistakes, we decided to cover the patches with wood paneling — perfect for our Scandinavian aesthetic.
Want to see the look and a quickie how-to? This couldn’t have been easier:
There you have it! Of course, we will be painting everything white, as we so often do, and I’m envisioning transforming this space into a sweet nursery when the time comes (that’s not an invitation, storks!).
See you next week with a sneak peek on our dining room table plans, just in time for a hearty Thanksgiving meal!
Popcorn is great at the ball park, movie theater and game night, but when it’s on your ceiling? Not great.
My husband, in particular, has a crazy aversion to popcorn ceilings and when we took the first tour of our home (over a year ago!), we knew tearing that ceiling down was pretty high on our priority list.
Until we discovered that our ceilings may or may not contain asbestos, and we weren’t exactly ready to jump on the remediation bandwagon a second time around. Naturally, we came up with a foolproof method to fix our ceilings, and it’s stylish to boot! Say it with me…wood planks.
This Is Easier Than It Looks
We had a minor setback this week with the installation of our windows. And really, it’s a good thing. Because you know what? Things were going all too well. I was starting to awaken in the middle of the night, suffocating in the well-ness of it all.
Indeed, it was time things went wrong. And wrong, they did.
It all started when we had the lovely folks at Anderson Windows install some breathtaking 100 Series windows last week. And they are gorgeous. And we love them. And that’s not at all what this post is about.
What this post is about? Siding.
Spoiler Alert: The Budget’s Out the Window
This week, it’s all about making the classics cool. A centuries-old fabric gets spotlighted in modern design, wood gets an update and comes out looking fabulous, and some genius designers produce a furniture line for those of us who believe that traditional design has a place in the modern world. Read on for more classic makeovers: From Design Sponge Online