It’s a common design dilemma: do I satisfy my need for aesthetics or do I focus on functionality? That question seems to come up again and again for designers and their clients. And, well, you know me—I always like to answer those kinds of questions with one of my own: why not have both great looks and fantastic utility? Enter rollaways. Just like the way chocolate and peanut butter combine to make something awesome, furniture and wheels can do the same thing.
Office spaces have come along way since the ‘80s and ‘90s. Corporate offices are turning away from boring, stuffy spaces and desiring to create an inspiring, out-of-the-box office space. We are seeing fewer and fewer traditional offices, and more and more stylish, tasteful offices. One detail that can change the whole look of the space is the office desk. No longer are we working with oak office desks. Because storage isn’t quite an issue anymore, thanks to unique storage solutions, we can go trendy and unordinary with our desks.
If you are like most homeowners or renters, your desire for great design and your budget don’t always line up. I’ve lived in a few homes that had great pros, but also had big cons. One major con always had to do with the bathrooms, usually in the form of ‘90s oak or ‘80s cherry. Of course my first desire was to replace the cabinets. But after looking at my budget realistically, I quickly decided that new cabinets weren’t the right answer. Enter painted cabinets.
A fresh coat of paint can instantly revive old, worn cabinets. After a good priming and painting, your bathroom will look good as new. And what colors should you consider? Bright, cheery colors are in trend right now. And with paint, once you’ve grown tired of a color, you just re-paint.
If you’re anything like me then you love taking pictures and saving mementos while traveling. True? Are you also the type to leave them on your phone or camera and never do anything about them? Yes? Then listen up. There are a ton of cute and simple projects to help you commemorate your travels including some fantastic companies that help you to easily transfer those photos into a tangible form so you can remember them for years to come. Some are super easy and others are for the more craft-minded.
When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.
The rose gold trend is everywhere at the moment and it’s no wonder; metallics are always a great way to add a little shine and interest to your home. The pink undertones of rose gold bring a dose of warmth to any room. It can also act as a neutral, allowing you to mix and match with whatever colors are already present. Because it’s so chic, rose gold can go with everything from traditional to modern aesthetics, and the great thing is that a little goes a long way.
It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.
Once upon a time the rustic style applied to only rustic interiors—interiors set in rural areas. Nowadays, the style can be applied to a variety of interiors from industrial to minimal to modern. My favorite way to add a dash of rustic is with a bold barn door. The barn door gives a hint of the country, while providing an element of the unexpected and practical. Some barn doors are real, actually from a barn, while others are made to look like a barn, and others are a makeshift barn feel. Any way you put it, I’m a fan of the sliding door feel and the ability the door has to enlarge a space with its floor-to-ceiling scale. Here are some of my favorite barn door applications in the home.
The dining room of Zoe Murphy is simple, comprised of just a few key pieces, and yet it has tremendous impact. The iconic Eames dowel chairs are instantly recognizable and lend a certain design cache, and they look fresh paired with a modern table and oversized green pendant lamp. White walls recede into the background, letting the furniture shine, and the palette is restrained with just the green for a real shot of color. To achieve a similar look in your own home, try incorporating the items below!
For the first time in my adult life I have a TV in the house. We bought it so that I can use it to exercise, because heavens know I wasn’t being as productive in the great outdoors. Part of the reason I’ve been hesitant to get one is because, although flat screens are much more nimble than the old clunkers, I still find them super awkward and so, so black. In my dreams, it’s in a part of the house that is not so front and center, but we don’t have that luxury in our current apartment. Alternatively, it’s in a cupboard that can be raised and lowered like an elevator. But sadly, that’s not in the cards still. So, here are some inoffensive ways to display your flat screen TV.