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- 06/23/11--07:14: Minute Makeover: A Small Kitchen Saved by a 'Culinary Man Cave'
- 06/24/11--03:26: Daily Sampling: Fab.com's Chandeliers
- 06/24/11--03:26: Crazy/Sexy/Cool? Decorating With Your Own Face
- 06/24/11--03:26: House of Worship: Jonathan Adler & Simon Doonan's Home
- 06/25/11--13:51: Plant of the Week: Stewartia
- 06/25/11--13:51: Daily Sampling: One Kings Lane's Portable Picnic Table
- 06/25/11--13:51: A Fashionable Room Inspired By Naomi Watts
- 06/25/11--13:51: A Well-Suited Room Inspired by RuPaul
- 06/26/11--01:12: Unexpected Newsmaker of the Week: Candles
- 06/26/11--04:31: Green Spotlight: Flowers Along a Red Brick Wall
- 06/27/11--16:15: In the Market For: Glasses-Inspired Decor
- 06/27/11--16:15: Daily Sampling: Gilt Home's Iittala Taika Serving Dishes
- 06/27/11--16:15: 6 Non-Cheesy Ways to Decorate With Flags
- 06/27/11--16:15: Home Remedy: How to Stop Fighting
- 06/28/11--03:33: Inspired: Rachel Bilson's Adorable Gardening Date
- 06/28/11--03:33: Inside the New Menlo Park Facebook Office (and How to Get the Look)
- 06/28/11--04:47: Crazy/Sexy/Cool: Living On The Newest Luxury Yacht
- 06/28/11--06:10: Daily Sampling: One Kings Lane's Round Glass Mirror
- 06/29/11--16:01: Just In: A New Study That Will Make You Want to Change Your Pillows
- 06/29/11--16:01: Boutique of the Week: Rummage
How do you solve the problem of a small kitchen without knocking down an adjacent wall? Some serious storage. We gave the O'Haras the gift of space by bringing in an extra workstation on wheels -- Pat's own "culinary man cave." Not only does it give the kitchen extra counter and storage space, it can be rolled to the dining area and used as a serving station.
To clear up even more space on the original counters, we brought in mounted storage for knives and utensils so that they're only taking up room on the wall. Easy, right?
The O'Haras have an organized kitchen with ample counter space.
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Editor's Pick: Avenue's Chandelier 8 in Casablanca, Onyx and Sunset Drive, $536 each, Fab.com.
Glossy, glamorous and just the thing to make you look about 1,000 times fancier than you feel. Yes, technically these chandeliers will light up the room but they'll also make you feel all glow-y.
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There's even a name for it: Autodecorating. And Gawker's calling out the worst offenders: Along with Lindsay and Paris, Kanye West, Padma Lakshmi and Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kim Zolciak are guilty of filling their houses with paintings, photos and -- most notoriously -- pillows with their likenesses. Now, I kind of understand celebrities' motivation here: These are people who are accustomed to seeing their faces on billboards and in magazines. They're desensitized to it. Right? Or maybe because they make their living off of their faces they're just excited to pay tribute to their moneymaker. In any case, it's hardly surprising.
I'm more interested in the rules of face-centric decorating for us normal, non-famous people. So I turned to two friends who own self-portraits. Hear them out:
Pro-Autodecorating: Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam
Anti-Autodecorating: Kristin Newman, TV writer/producer
What do you think: Would you ever decorate with your face? Weigh in in the comments!
And if you want to tip-toe into the trend, check out our picks for the best ways to auto-decorate (think: Silhouettes and illustrations, not sexy-eyes portraits like Lindsay's).
If I could trade places with anyone, it wouldn't be designer/leader of the "happy chic" movement Jonathan Adler or his husband, author/Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barney's Simon Doonan. No, it would be their dog, Liberache. Because he gets to live with both of these guys. And perhaps more exciting: He gets to live in this place.
Our friends at The Coveteur are running the full Adler/Doonan tour on Monday and because they know I can hardly wait, they've so kindly shared these nine photos with us. Scroll through them out, drool over them, then head to The Coveteur on Monday for the full piece, including Adler and Doonan's terrific quotes (personally I can't wait to see what the guys have to say about that rainbow-colored gun!).
Looking for more sneak peeks into inspired interiors? Check out the envy-inducing closets of Nicky Hilton and art dealer Price Latimer Agah. And if you missed it earlier this week, let 11-year-old Kiernan Shipka show off her organizational skills.
Stewartia pseudocamellia. Photo: Marie Viljoen
After spring's flush of flowering trees it's good to know that it is not all over. Plant Stewartia pseudocamellia (Japanese stewartia) for its large, pure white flowers that open in midsummer. The tree is also renowned for its silky bark and beautifully intense fall color. If you prefer to plant a native tree, look for Stewartia ovata (Mountain stewartia). Both species like rich, well drained soil with plenty of moisture. Hardy from Zones 5-8.
Editor's Pick: Portable picnic table, $94, One Kings Lane.
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Filed under: Design, etcWe love the StyleList's "It Happened Last Night." We love decor. So why not put them together in a shoppable, fashion-fueled room?
This Weekend's Pick: Naomi Watts
Of course celebrities look amazing on the red carpet in glamorous dresses: It's their job. But Naomi Watts' effortless street style has us dreaming of a patio that's as expertly decked out as the actress.
Getty Images; Courtesy photos
And you can get the look in your home with these products:
Clockwise from top left:
Golden Lantern Pendant, $762, Horchow.
Eyelet Garden Seat, $245, Williams-Sonoma Home.
Rectangular Umbrella in Red, $199, Pottery Barn.
Weber Grill, $149, Macy's.
And now, because female stars aren't the only fashion icons we look to for inspiration, check out our brand new column: A Well-Suited Room. This week, we're kicking it off with (who else) RuPaul.
Filed under: Design, etcYou've seen our Fashionable Room column where we look to some of the best-dressed starlets for decor inspiration. Now we're turning to the best-groomed men for some pointers.
This Weekend's Pick: RuPaul
This past week the famous RuPaul showed up in rare form at The Critic's Choice Television Awards. Dressed in a blue-tartain suit and a red button-down shirt, it's clear that his taste for bright colors and patterns it got us pondering a room that is as daring in style as it is full of personality.
Portrait: Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic. Images of lamp, pillow, rug, and settee: Courtesy photos.
And you can get the look in your home with these products:
Clockwise from top left:
Carbon Rug, $299-$1,199, Crate & Barrel.
Old Hickory Tannery Arizona Settee, $3,639, Horchow.
Bright Purple Square Pillow, $99, Wisteria.
Rectangle Wood Floor Lamp, $199, West Elm.
I don't have a Google Alert for "candles". So maybe every week there's actually tons of candle-related news that I'm missing out on. But this week, here's what caught my eye:
Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images; Bondtoo; GF/bauergriffinonline.com
1. The introduction of the "Times of New York Candle", artist/designer Tobias Wong's posthumous project that's now been realized by his friends at Bondtoo. The candle has notes of guaiacwood, cedar, musk, spice and "a powdery note and velvet nuance" -- all meant to mimic the scent of newsprint. Only 1,000 have been made and they're selling for $65 a pop.
2. Kate Middleton shipped in £900-worth of candles for her new home at the royal residence in Kensington palace. They smell, apparently, like "aromatic, woody and spicy undtertones that will seduce women and men alike."
3. Courtney Love's West Village townhouse experienced a small disaster after a candle lit her curtains on fire. Luckily, Love and her houseguest were not hurt and the fire was taken care of quickly. Knowing that Love's a major design-phile, I'm betting those curtains were terrific and am sorry to hear this.
A close contender for unexpected newsmaker? Bed Bath & Beyond, for launching not one but two new high-profile lines: Unltd. By Marc Ecko and Diane Keaton's K by Keaton.
St Luke's in New York City. Photo: Marie Viljoen
The most important element in this simple but arresting planting in a narrow space is architectural -- the cross-hatched brick wall. It acts as a textured red canvas backdrop for the strikingly erect blue Agapanthus (African lily) and soft mounds of yellow Hakonechloa (Japanese forest grass). Sometimes, restraint pays off: The red, yellow and blue are pulled together by the lilies' green strappy leaves and the variegation in the grasses.
The cultural fusion works beautifully, if unexpectedly. Hakonechloa likes shade. Agapanthus likes sun. But along the wall, facing north, the flowers are protected. They're receiving enough eastern sunlight to bloom, while the grass is shaded from the southern heat.
Functional. Simple. Clever. Interesting. High marks.
A genius, unexpected way to bring summer style into your home? With sunglasses on your pillows, towels, trays and more.
This summer, I'm spotting the best sunglasses all over the city. But I'm not satisfied with simply snapping up a pair of two for my face, I want them all over the house. And these spec-tacular (ha!) picks are just the pieces to do it. Check out the best and the brightest along with the glasses to match.
For Your Home: Shades Beach Towel, $50, kate spade new york, 800-519-3778
For Your Face: Glasses: 04N BF6-5P1 by Prada, $245, Sunglass Hut
For Your Home: Miss Shady pillow by Tara Bernerd, $315, The Rug Company (therugcompany.info for locations)
For Your Face: CH 3210 763 by Chanel, $340, ILORI (iloristyle.com for boutique locations)
For Your Home:Antique Spectacles Tray, $64, Ben's Garden
For Your Face: 2388S by Persol, $205, Sunglass Hut
For Your Home: Giant Coaster, $29, BlueOrder
For Your Face: 04M by Prada Linea Rossa, $250, Sunglass Hut
For Your Home: Sunglasses Pillow, $35, Switchbladeandcookie
For Your Face: Persol PO2996V 95 by Persol, $265, ILORI (iloristyle.com for boutique locations)
Editor's Pick: Iittala's Taika porcelain dinner plate, $32, and serving bowl, $68, Gilt Home.
The Taika collection of porcelain serving dishes is designed in Finland by Klaus Haapaniemi and made in Thailand. There's a cute storybook quality to Klaus's designs and we especially love his owl pieces.
Speaking of owls, last week we had a sneak peek into the owl-loving ceramist Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Manhattan apartment. Check it out here!
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Leave it to our friends at "Country Living" to pull together a mix of flag-inspired home accessories that never gets stale -- these piece will look as elegant on the 4th as they will year-round. Forget the drugstore-bought flags and garland -- if you're looking for a statement piece that does Americana right, go with one of these.
Feeling smitten? You can see more of their great ideas in the July/August issue when it hits newsstands tomorrow!
We've already explored how your home can make you look younger, help you wake up early and destress after work. Now, we're putting it to work again. We reached out to the New York Design Center's new Access to Design designers to get their thoughts and tips on how your home can help you stop fighting. (You can also get great advice and find a designer at email@example.com.)
Courtesy of Lisa Laserow
Liza Laserow of Laserow Antiques is all about the work-life balance.
"Create a room where you can laugh, relax, play and have a good time together. A cozy sofa and calming colors are a good start. Spend your Sundays laying on the sofa talking, reading your books and having a drink together. Make the living room your zone where cocktail hours occur more often than work talk."
Courtesy of Robert Passel Interior and Architectural Design
Robert Passal of Robert Passal Interior and Architectural Design recommends plenty of space -- and then, dinner.
"When attempting to resolve a dispute with your spouse or roommate, I find it best to take some time for yourself to clear your head. Perhaps curl up with a calming book of poems in your study, light a relaxing scented candle to take the tone of the room down and dim the lights. Internally revisit the chain of events that lead to the problem, and dissect. Consider ways of avoiding these types of situations. Then: finish your day over a peaceful meal together and remember: "Never go to bed angry."
Tucker Robbins bangle stools
"According to Feng Shui, too many pieces of furniture with sharp corners can lead to conflict and disharmony in the home. Be sure to add in pieces with rounded corners and soothing shapes into the space to keep your relationships in harmony."
And Glenn Lawson of Glenn Lawson Inc. says: Clean, clean, clean!
"Invest in Fantastic, Windex, Ajax, Palmolive liquid, sponges & paper towels. Keep these products in an easy-to-remember place -- or keep them out, if necessary. When someone else leaves a random glass around or some water on a counter, take that extra one or two minutes to clean it up and then get on with your life. By practicing this bit of goodness, not only will your housemates recognize your largess, you'll also benefit from a cleaner home."
Filed under: GardeningLast weekend, the actress took her little sisters vegetable picking at a family farm. Here's why you should steal her idea.
Next time a friend/family member/suitor calls you to make plans, skip the routine dinner/movie/coffee date and instead ask them to meet you in the dirt. And maybe -- just maybe -- you'll look as perfect as Rachel Bilson and her sisters on their weekend gardening date. I can't get enough of these photos of the lovely Rachel Bilson and her sisters Hattie and Rosemary at the Underwood Family Farm.
Not only will you skip the calories, the cost and that creeping sense that you're doing the same thing over and over again -- you'll get all sorts of benefits from the gardening. Time in the sun (just wear a hat, like Rachel), a light workout, healthy goodies to take home and major bragging rights. "Oh what did I do on Saturday? Just some gardening with a friend. Oh, you watched TV? Yeah, that sounds nice."
If you're not lucky enough to have a garden in your own yard, head over to the American Community Gardening Association to find your closest community garden.
When we heard Facebook moved to new, fancier digs, we had all sorts of visions. Would it be all decked out in blue, the site's signature color? Would there be concept furniture like "Like" button-shaped chairs and giant white boards with "What's on your mind?" written at the top?
Not quite. Instead it's thoroughly modern, exceedingly bright (we counted at least four different oranges) and surprisingly easy to copy if you want the Facebook spirit in your home. Minus, of course, the 57 acres that the Menlo Park facility sits on.
The front of the building matched the inside -- lots of geometric shapes and bold hues...
Orange and yellow get (slightly) toned down by grays and light wood.
A plush chair gives employees a place to relax ... but no napping! Check out that very straight back.
Industrial, modern pieces in cold gray. Hey Facebookers, where's the pop of brights in here?
Now: Check out the pieces that make the place shine. If you bring one into your home office, maybe it'll being you good luck (or if you're lucky, an Aaron Sorkin-penned biopic).
Bertoia Side Chair by Knoll, $481, All Modern
Etch Pendant Shade by Tom Dixon, $375, DWR
1006 Navy Armchair by Emeco, $570, DWR
Molded Plastic Side Chair by Eames, $249, DWR
Bantam Armchair (get it in orange), $1,238, DWR
Knitted pouf, $90, CB2
Clockwise from top left:
Molded Plywood Lounge Chair by Eames (in Ebony), $909, DWR
Capel Tropical Rug in Bright Yellow (Regtangle), $71, Rug Studio
Autumn Blaze Paint, Valspar
Case Study Daybed by Modernica (in Orange), $1,698, Hive Modern
Want to see Facebook's old office? You'll see a lot of the same colors...
While installing a swimming pool in your living room is clearly a luxurious design statement, nothing (as I'm sure you will agree) exemplifies extravagance and the high life like having your own personal yacht. And after we saw the world's 20 biggest yachts, we were even more intrigued, so we did some digging and found our favorite new luxury yacht to hit the waters: Pershing 108'.
Equipped with three engines, Pershing 108' can move as fast as 1000 miles at 10 knots or slow to a gentle glide. Of course extra precautions have been taken, like locking systems that make sure doors and cabinets don't slide open at high speeds. And on a side note, from what I can tell even the engine room is bigger than my apartment.
But the selling point here is the view from the upper deck. Even if you're not an ocean person, who can pass up seeing the sun set in the distant horizon in the middle of the ocean?
We're itching to jump on board, but tell us...do you think this envy-inducing luxury yacht is plain crazy, real sexy, or way cool?
Editor's Pick: Multi-colored glass mirror by Ashton Sutton, $24, One Kings Lane.
The bold primary colors on this 20"-diameter glass mirror are sure to punch up any wall in your home (or loft!). We love the glass mirror's thoroughly modern look, and we can see the round multi-colored frame becoming an instant focal point in any space.
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This week, our friends at SleepBetter.org sent over a study that's still making us shudder (and throw out old bedding). They tested the pillows and mattress pads from 50 college students around the country and found that they had, on average, 350,000 potential live bacteria colonies and 91,000 potential live yeast and mold colonies. And the mattress pads? 2 million potential bacteria colonies and 330,000 yeast and mold colonies.
It sounds incredibly gross, yes, but we'll admit we don't actually know what dangers these bacteria and mold colonies bring. Is it serious? Or does it sound a lot more disgusting than it actually does? We spoke to Dr. Lisa Shives to find out.
Yes, this information is gross but if everyone has these mold and bacteria colonies, how bad are they for you?
Most of these microbes are part of the normal human condition, so if you're 25 and healthy as a horse, then this probably won't affect you. But for the millions who deal with conditions like chronic sinusitis, allergies or asthma -- this is data that they should pay attention to and get rid of their old pillows and mattress pads, anything over one year old.
Short of doing your own microbial study, how can you assess how dirty your own pillows/mattress pad?
The college students we tested had their pillows for, on average, 4.5 years. And the study found that the age of the pillow trends with the total amount of bacteria, yeast and mold.
If you aren't prepared to buy something new, what can you do to clean things up?
Make sure you know the proper cleaning technique for pillows. Also, keep the pillow as dry as possible. Shower at night to cut down on the dead skin cells, oils and dust-mites on the bedding, but make sure your hair is thoroughly dry before crawling into bed.
Rummage, 7374 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.
Los Angeles interior designer Kishani Perera brings her refined eye and eclectic sense of style to her first home boutique, which recently opened. Stocked with a high-low mix of vintage and custom-made finds, it's easy to see why celebrities like Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel are fans of Kishani. We got you a snapshot of the new store and chatted with Kishani to find out how it all came together.
Evans Vestal Ward1.What was the inspiration for opening Rummage?
I've been a collector my entire life, scooping up vintage gems, diamonds in the rough, curios and innumerable oddities! Although my design business has been my primary focus, opening a shop has always been a secret dream. And apparently I've been shopping for it all these years as evidenced by my many storage spaces!
2. What have the most popular pieces in the store been so far?
The custom toss cushions made from vintage textiles have been a huge hit! It's really difficult to find interesting and unique toss cushions that don't cost a fortune. I knew that there weren't that many resources, so when I decided to open the store I made a conscious effort to source and fabricate loads of toss cushions. I think it's a fun and easy way for people to change the look of their home.
Evans Vestal Ward
We literally have something for everyone with items ranging from $25 to $10,000. So regardless of your budget, you will always find something. And the shop is a lot of fun--there's just so much to look at. I had a customer tell me the other day that every time she comes by she notices something different.
4. Do you have a favorite item in the store?
Oh, that's hard because I don't buy anything for the shop unless I'm totally in love with it myself! But there is a custom-designed floor lamp that I made from a vintage dress form. I've always loved vintage mannequins and dress forms, and I've always thought they could be more functional instead of being just purely decorative. So I decided to turn one into a floor lamp, and I put a large, old-school-style light bulb in place of a head. And voilà, a fun floor lamp was born!
5. What do you like most about your store?
I love the store's aged vibe and how it feels like home. It's inviting and filled with personality, and we're always cranking good tunes!
6. Fun fact:
Although the shop sells predominantly vintage pieces, there are several items from my custom collection thrown into the mix, such as a distressed-zinc console, a 1920s-inspired disco ball, and a distressed chandelier made with rustic tin.
On ShelterPop's wishlist: Vintage spice bottles with gold handwritten lettering, $15 each.
Evans Vestal Ward