Archive for July, 2009

Bathroom Sinks as Art

Bathroom Sinks as Art I was thumbing through a sourcebook the other day when this designer’s eye candy popped off the page. It’s the Mother of Pearl Mosaic Sink, from Linkasink. So sophisticated in these dark colors, “Dusk” and “Midnight.” Just lustrous. Here’s a nice neutral mosaic in onyx, and its sister vessel in travertine. Linkasink also offers these yummy and unusual vessels: The Bronze Sink with Botanical Pattern, […] Read more »

Gardenhouse is Transformation Inspiration

Gardenhouse is Transformation Inspiration We’ll be sharing each other’s furniture makeovers here at So hit the flea market or your attic and hunt down a sorry candidate. Then seize the paint brush and staple gun and go for it! Send your before and after photos, and a description of your makeover to Now for some uber-inspiration for furniture transformation. Cheryl Maeder Antionio bathes her finds in fresh […] Read more »

Geometric Elegance in Wood

Geometric Elegance in Wood Artist Profile — Joel Liebman When someone finds the work he was meant to do, magical things happen. Like many of us, Joel Liebman was getting into his late twenties “with no plan.” When taking an Adult-Ed woodworking course in his then hometown of Ithaca, NY, Joel learned of a nearby new school for furniture design. He attended a guest lecture at the Genoa School […] Read more »

Custom Photo Bedding

Custom Photo Bedding More on that Photos on Home Fabrics trend. VisionBedding will put your photo, your digital design, or one from its new gallery of a million photos and designs, onto a custom duvet cover or bedspread. The kids are lining up for one of these. Can you imagine your little soccer athlete as the star of his own bedspread? Or your little swimmer diving into the […] Read more »

House Beautiful Colors for Your Home — Books

House Beautiful Colors for Your Home — Books Some decorating and design books inspire us with professional designers’ rooms and others give practical tips for us to apply in our own homes. House Beautiful Colors for Your Home, 300 Designer Favorites (Hearst Books, 2008) does both. A truly useful handbook for choosing paint colors, I’ll be referencing it often. In the book, renowned designers share entries about their favorite colors and those they […] Read more »

Stargazing Comfort in the Woods

Stargazing Comfort in the Woods As travelers move away from the uniformity of mass tourism in favor of more individualized experiences, we are seeing the trend of stylish, nomadic guest accommodations. Rural property owners and boutique guesthouses are starting to offer luxurious nature experiences in ready-made units that can be placed anywhere. Case in point is the Carré d’étoiles (cube of the stars) from French company Bocages. Conceived by Louis […] Read more »

Kent and London Alphabet Drawers

Kent and London Alphabet Drawers I adore the simplicity and graphic statement of the UK’s Kent and London’s warm and woodsy Alphabet Drawers. The beefy letters are inspired by vintage printing blocks. A wonderful concept for kids to keep their rooms neat and to learn the Alphabet, but just as useful in organizing a workspace. The custom-order price of this piece makes it more of a design inspiration than a […] Read more »

Angelo Surmelis Furniture Launches

Angelo Surmelis Furniture Launches You’ve been asking about it. The first pieces from Angelo Surmelis’ furniture line, angelo:HOME, MODERN CLASSICS are now available online, exclusively to Costco members. The ever-enthusiastic Angelo just announced the availability of his Garbo chairs at Costco online. Angelo, the popular host of HGTV’s Rate My Space wrapped the transitional club chairs in a leather color he calls ‘coffee,’ no surprise to anyone who knows […] Read more »

A Multimedia Powder Room

A Multimedia Powder Room Enter a powder room and be transported into another world? Not usually. But that’s how it felt when I stepped into the multimedia space that Faiella Design created for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Photographs by Chi Fang. A dark, moody hue enveloped me. Calming, spa-like chimes wafted through the air. And what’s this? A dance of color and light on the ceiling. The small […] Read more »

Be the Fairest in Style

Be the Fairest in Style Need a new frame for your reflection? Want to add some light and sparkle to your space? We’re shopping for handcrafted mirrors today over at Etsy. These are funky, colorful and a testament to the creativity and talent of Etsy artisans. Enjoy! You might need to arm wrestle the artist Kev for his CONCENTRICITY mirror from Dig the Earth (above). He repeats such a simple […] Read more »

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