July 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm , by Beth Roehrig
Lately, I’m all about chevron, this fun pattern of inverted Vs in bold, punchy colors. It’s not a new trend, but I love how simple and graphic it is. If you normally shy away from patterns, this is an easy one to try out. I’m thinking about buying this Serena & Lily feather rug, at left, for my bedroom.
Here are a few other ways to bring the zig-zag into your home:
July 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm , by Beth Roehrig
With the passing of The Brady Bunch creator, Sherwood Schwartz, making news this week, people have been waxing nostalgic for the show—and its set design. One of Apartment Therapy’s bloggers posted about how much he loved that kooky midcentury house. I also grew up watching the show in re-runs after school and felt the same way, even though it was totally insane for six kids to share one bathroom. (Let’s not forget that Mr. Brady was an architect.) Despite the cozy living quarters and questionable 60s/early 70s design choices, I wanted to move on in there and keep on dancin’. It got me thinking about the other TV homes that I coveted as a kid.
1. Beverly Hills, 90210. Ok, basically I just wanted to live down the hall from/stalk Brandon Walsh in his Spanish colonial house.
2. Friends. Monica’s apartment was girly, bohemian, and….huge. A total fantasy, but I didn’t know that back then. I had already decided I was moving to NYC one day, and that square footage was gonna be mine.
3. The Cosby Show. The Huxtables’ classic Brooklyn brownstone felt super comfortable and spacious enough for their big family. And they were always having so much fun there. Remember this?
4. Clarissa Explains It All. Didn’t she have her own phone line? So unfair.
What are your current (or nostalgic) favorite TV homes? I love the modern 1960s interiors on AMC’s Mad Men, as well as all of the Bravermans’ homes on NBC’s Parenthood. Sneak a peek at a few photos of them here.
June 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm , by Beth Roehrig
Did you know that many things inside your home can trigger asthma attacks? Common allergens, such as dust mites, mold, pet dander, and pollen, as well as irritants like smoke and VOCs in paint and adhesives all cause problems for asthma sufferers. Luckily there are ways to make your home more asthma-healthy, and there’s a new campaign called Build Smart, Breath Easier that’s working with HGTV host and carpenter Carter Oosterhouse (that’s him at left) and Habitat for Humanity in order to raise awareness.
I sat down with Carter and Dr. Reynold Panettieri a few weeks ago to learn more about the program and what homeowners can do to improve their own indoor air quality. Carter is working with Habitat to design four asthma-healthy homes around the country for families affected by the disease. The first house, being built in Detroit for a family of four, recently kicked off construction. Homes in Philadelphia, Georgia, and Los Angeles will follow. Read more
June 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm , by Beth Roehrig
I’m in the market for some new dishes. Now that I have more cabinet space, I’m finally going to pick up the heirloom china that’s been in storage at my mom’s house for years. It’s pretty formal—white with a blue floral pattern and a platinum band—but it’ll look more modern mixed with all-white dishes. While hunting around for some online, I noticed a number of designs that have an organic, imperfect edge that I really like. It picks up on the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, which is all about accepting and seeing the beauty in imperfection. (Now that’s a philosophy I can get behind.)
Luckily you can pick up this trend at any price point:
Above, CB2′s Calla Dinnerware is made of stoneware, which is usually the least expensive type of china you can buy. It’s sturdy, though, and holds up for daily use. Prices range from $3.95 for a small bowl to $6.95 for a dinner plate.
Ikea, long a purveyor of $.99 plates, has gone fancy, selling a set called Skyn that’s made of bone china (this has a more delicate look and usually gets saved for special occasions). Prices start at $7.99 for 2 small serving bowls and run up to $29.99 for a large serving bowl. Check out a nice photo of the set over at the kitchn.
Organic Shaped Dinnerware from West Elm is made of glazed porcelain. Porcelain is a little bit nicer than stoneware, and usually has a whiter finish. A set of 4 mugs goes for $12; a set of 4 dinner plates for $28.
Pebblestone Dinnerware from Diane Von Furstenberg at Bloomingdale’s is also made from porcelain. These plates are $13 and up apiece.
May 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm , by Beth Roehrig
Today marks Marimekko‘s 60th anniversary, but the Finnish textile company is just as modern as ever. Though they started out with clothing (and still make some really adorable swing dresses and more), I’ve had a crush on their vibrant, pop-art designs ever since I first came across them in Crate & Barrel years ago. The store’s had a long relationship with Marimekko, carrying a variety of their bedding and other home products since the early 1960s. And just this year C&B opened dedicated Marimekko Shops within several of their stores—here in NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles—to showcase even more of their whimsical housewares.
At left, Unikko, was created back in 1964, and remains one of their best-sellers.
A few of my favorite current pieces after the jump: Read more
May 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm , by Beth Roehrig
No matter what size your home, most people have trouble finding room for all of their belongings. That’s especially true here in NYC, where many apartments lack closets (or are, in fact, the size of most closets). Don’t believe me? Check out this controversial 78 square foot abode that was entered in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest.
Since I just moved earlier this month after six years in the same apartment, I especially enjoyed browsing through the entries looking for ideas. My new place has a bit of a storage challenge (only one closet, but the super-high ceilings make up for it). I already managed to get rid of quite a bit and pare down before the move, but it will definitely take me some time to find a “home” for everything. This time around I plan to be much more thoughtful, and slowly acquire furniture that I really love and works in my space. I’m hoping to live by that old William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your house that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
That’s why it’s so great to see other people’s ingenious small space planning and decorating tricks. The Small Cool contest winner, Jordan, whose living room is pictured above, was just announced Monday, and her apartment totally embodies that quote. Here, a few things you can learn from her. Read more
March 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm , by Beth Roehrig
You might think of Urban Outfitters as a hipster retailer that caters to college kids and twentysomethings, and that may be true. But while I am neither of those things, I still find a cute dress there on occasion. More often, though, I’m checking out their home section. Behind the racks of bohemian clothes, there’s a secret stash of stylish and affordable furnishings—and even more furniture on the website. Right now I’m coveting these items, and the prices are so great I’m totally tempted to update my living room!
Madeline Chair in charcoal (also comes in turquoise and a very 70s mustard color), $349
African Suns Printed Rug, 5×7, $68
Tell me, do you have any “secret” sources for home stuff? Let me know in the comments.