October 28, 2011
Kokon Modern Pet House
The Kokon Modern Pet House may be the ideal indoor pet pad.
October 24, 2011
I would like to wrap myself in the Maltino rug from Linie Design.
October 23, 2011
The new storage unit
When On Demand entertainment goes Italian, the company Acerbis takes it to a whole new level. In their new storage unit design Newind, by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, they’ve updated the bookcase, the media center, and your wall unit shelves in one swoop, or as they’d like to say, “containing without visibly reducing domestic spaces.”
During daylight hours, open the Newind up to reveal your personal book collection or hand-painted Russian nesting dolls. Once evening falls and the dishes are done, slide your Newind shelving over and create your media center with a seamless display of pure screen for your latest Netflix or favorite television show. You’ll see no cords and no chaotic mess of VCR/DVD/CD player systems - just high-tech simplicity in action thanks to the empty space behind the panels, and upon request, wiring apertures and a central technical case with a multi-plug connection box (that houses power sockets, TV, and a phone connector).
October 20, 2011
Relax on a Glacier
The Glacier Chaise Lounge by Brodie Neill is made of 135 liters of molten clear glass.
The whole design gives viewers an illusionary look of a lounge carved out of ice, which incidentally weighs only 300 kgs.
October 18, 2011
Just a little something fun and funky on this cold and dreary Tuesday.
Stoppy, a simple door stopper, is available at Target, The Container Store, and select Staples.
October 16, 2011
Go Chair by Ross Lovegrove
Take for instance the powder-coated magnesium frame sported by the Go chair by Ross Lovegrove for Bernhardt Design.
October 04, 2011
Decorating Tips for Fall
HGTV star and interior design guru Blanche Garcia sat down with Home Portfolio to give her take on how to transition our decor to reflect the warmth of the fall season.
Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights chillier, what can homeowners do to transition their decor to reflect the change of season?
Blanche: It is easy to change the mood of a home to one that’s more in keeping with the fall season. Here are a few inexpensive, easy-to-execute ideas that will have a big impact:
- Switch out your bedspread for a poufy down comforter, and change your sheets to ones with a heavier weight/higher thread count.
- Protect your outdoor furniture with fitted covers. Several online retailers sell great covers that fit all sizes of outdoor furniture.
- Change out your pillows, throws, smaller rugs, and even your bath towels to ones with warmer colors, such as aubergine and burnt orange.
- Create a mudroom area. Most of us don’t have the luxury of a dedicated mudroom, but you can create one by dedicating a space right next to the front door for boots and coats. The last thing you want in fall and winter is to track damp and debris throughout the house. It’s messy, not to mention unsanitary. This is one instance where it is worthwhile making an investment in a piece of furniture such as a wooden coat rack, a bench, or an antique storage chest that can act as an instant mudroom.
- Bring the outdoors inside with branches, seasonal produce such as apples and gourds, and beautiful fall flowers. Go for simple arrangements, such as a wooden bowl filled with apples as a table centerpiece or a vase filled with interesting branches on the mantelpiece. A concentrated arrangement in one place makes more of a visual impact than several smaller, scattered arrangements. Think 20 oranges in a bowl, versus one on a mantelpiece.
Any words of caution for homeowners eager to decorate for fall?
Blanche: Be careful not to get too “stagy.” Shy away from draping fake garlands of leaves above the window frames. It comes off as inauthentic. When you think of your grandmother’s house in fall, what likely comes to mind are the brilliant colors of the trees and the smell of cinnamon and baked apples and pine cones.
Each season offers an abundance of natural products just waiting to be used. Pull out the crystal bowl you received as a wedding gift and load it up with pinecones. Fill the vitrine with gourds and pottery in colors of the season. It’s almost unlimited what you can do with what you already have and with what’s right outside your front door.
September 22, 2011
If you are not a fan of dividers and want a cheeky way to spice up your space management needs, these decorative glass partitions may be something neat. Made by Poesia, the glass partitions should be a great way to divide space in any part of your home, including your bedroom. The decorative glass partitions are scratch-resistant and the glass used is even 100% recyclable. They are very easy to maintain and their artistic and design work are just some of the aspects that should make your home into one fine looking kingdom to be in.
August 31, 2011
Anti Stress Chair
The metal wire construction of the Anti Stress chair acts as a frame for creating patterns, expressing ideas, illustrating concepts and having fun with furniture ! Through an individual choice of ball colours and patterns, you are given the opportunity to participate and co-create the chair. The user gets emotionally involved, creating a chair of his/her ‘very own’.
August 09, 2011
Shelving outside the box
Shelving does not always have to consist of a series of right angles forming a rectilinear piece of furniture. Shelving can be fun; shelving can be exciting! Who doesn’t love (and need) extra storage? Marco Fumagalli has designed a wonderful alternative to traditional shelving. Extreme from Martex is a whimsical modular shelving system for the office full of organic cutouts to store any collection of items.