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Hot Off the Press: Design Sponge At Home
"The blog Design Sponge took off after its inception in 2004 by empowering readers... long last the book, Design Sponge at Home (Artisan, $35), is out. Read on for a sneak... preview and the scoop on how it all came about from creator Grace Bonney.... running the blog since 2004. Why did you feel now was the time to write the book?G... for the DIYer, less like the coffee table book I was expecting. I love the detailed..."
Press Pause: Styling the Television
"what's on the television screen can make a difference. Let's face it, a plain old set... usually the most attractive piece in a room, so why not use it to your advantage? Here's... some of the Houzz designers and photographers have chosen to screen lately.... homes with the decor-killing niche above the fireplace for the tv -- am I the only one... believe the TV image that appears to be reflected in the bathroom mirror is actually..."
Reinvent It: Grow a Mini Vertical Garden in Printing Press Drawers
"renovating the living room in her San Francisco condo, Stephanie Van Dyke wanted a living... life to the large, open space, but she experienced some frustration at first. "Most... "Most of the ideas I found were far too complicated and/or expensive," she says. However... printing press doors in her office, crafty inspiration struck. "I'm really more of a... printing press drawers Cost: $250 to $300 Time: One weekend, including shopping time..."
12 Ways to Get the Industrial Look for Less
Shop surplus, raid the hardware store and press black paint into service. Your budget will warm to these ideas for cool industrial style
"raid the hardware store and press black paint into service. Your budget will warm... From the original converted old factories and warehouses that caught the eye of artists... to get the look. With a bit of ingenuity and persistence, you can pull together authentic... bring the water in from the springhouse or the well. But that doesn't mean their... can't say the industrial look is my style, the ideas here are so clever, and certainly..."
On Show: The Greatest Invention of Our Time
An exhibit spotlights remarkable new directions for an object we'd all be hard pressed to live without
"be hard pressed to live without... s are the focus of Lightopia, an exhibit at the Vitra Design Museum (September 28... Vitra, the exhibit will travel to other museums around the world (still to be announced)... ne of the world's most vital creations is one, I think, we often take for granted... fact, but the simple lightbulb kick-started progress and has shaped every hour of our... follow the current exhibit on ancient architecture, which I wrote about here. After..."
Homeowners Are Flipping for Push-Button Light Switches
"hot off the presses again, making news in new homes and antique remodels... dictating the cool factor of a home. The old-fashioned push-button style is back on the radar... residences for the past 125 years, but only recently has the type of switch been dictating... adding to the vintage charm of houses across the country. Built to modern safety standards... hearing the click of the push button when you turn your lights on and off...."
Eames on Film: The Architect and The Painter
"explores the hidden lives of 20th-century design icons Charles and Ray Eames... Jersey. "The same was really true for me with this film." As they learned about the... Eames: The Architect and The Painter aired Dec. 19, 2011 on American Masters. A DVD... be hard-pressed to find a more influential and innovative pair of 20th-century designers... to see the world differently." When producer Jason Cohn approached Jersey to help..."
At The Foot of The Bed: Seats, Storage and Space Savers
"against the foot of the bed. It serves the dual purpose of footboard and seating area.... I love the look of a bench or couch that has been pressed with its back up against... look for the bedroom. I also adore the functionality of using this area as a storage... have at the foot of your bed? I've always left this space empty. However, I'm starting... bench at the foot of our bed, but would prefer to have storage for throws and winter..."
Houzz Tour: Meet the Schoolhouse Saved By ‘The Birds’
"to use the correct term, murder) of crows gathering on the monkey bars in the play... The frightening movie scene is familiar to people around the world: After a string... goes to the local school to fetch Cathy (Veronica Cartwright), the young sister of... approaches the stately white building, you hear children’s voices piping the haunting... waits for the appropriate moment to interrupt class, she smokes a cigarette on a bench..."
Mesquite: The Brawny Beauty for All Over the Home
Denser than other hardwoods and sporting beautiful coloration, mesquite makes a fine material for flooring, countertops, furniture and more
"heat … the mesquite weathers it all, and thrives. The mesquite is the epitome of the... up in the American West. Nature hits it with everything she’s got, from the good... the adage that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. A member of the legume... family for the beans it produces, the mesquite tree can rise upward of 60 feet and live... appreciated the stalwart mesquite, for the food its bean pods provide most particularly..."
TGIR: The Case of the Disappearing TV
They Got It Right: If you can’t beat it, camouflage it. See how these designers made TV screens almost unnoticeable
"camouflaging the black void of a turned-off television by having the screen backed by a... helps hide the TV in the kitchen, too. The tv above the fireplace is not ideal, but some... fireplace, the most logical place to put the tv is above the fireplace, where the seating... that's the place where the eye is drawn to start with. Getting the thing off the mantel... touch the ceilings but yet the fireplace was the central place to put the tv- I had..."
Guest Picks: The Tray's the Thing
"it into the living room to eat where I shouldn't. The ritual of gathering refreshments... to make the most of little things, and I actually look forward to putting my tea or... also be the only consistent example of being organized that I've ever demonstrated... I love the Oversize Reversible Tray. "When weary from the fray Something on a tray... To read the full poem and get a recipe see http://eatthispoem.com/blog/2012/8/2/so..."
Simple Pleasures: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Slugging down any old sludge while pulling on socks is no way to start the day. Learn to brew amazing java and savor the experience here
"start the day. Learn to brew amazing java and savor the experience here... The rich scent of ground coffee beans, the steam rising from your cup, that first... thing in the morning? For coffee lovers like myself, the answer is obvious: nothing... time in the morning, the steps outlined below can help, from setting up your coffee... up in the rush of morning routines that you skimp on this small (but, I would argue..."
8 Ways to Embrace the Wonder of Fall
"Savor the small joys of the new season with these ideas for home and the outdoors... about the change in the weather, the calm before the holiday chaos and the clear... makes fall the perfect time to take stock of where you’ve been and what the coming months... pleasure in the small, simple things, like collecting acorns, pressing oak leaves and wrapping... count the stars overhead. These suggestions will help you feather and enjoy your..."
Expressive Modern: The Interiors of Amy Lau
"Modern: The Interiors of Amy Lau (Fall 2011, The Monacelli Press), explores the techniques... Whether the home is a simple Manhattan loft or an upscale country cabin, she has an... Love the designs. Great ideas! The designs are one of a kind. Wonderful! Some ideas... I feel the rest as "too much" and maybe later the residents will feel overwhelmed... by the excess.... Not a tranquil ambiencd.... maybe good for the Aha! Idea of one..."