“Falling in love with a vintage piece of furniture and basing the room around it is a great way to decorate,” says Niki Schafer, who designed this colorful, midcentury-inspired living room. “I always encourage clients to design with colors, patterns and textures they truly love not just what’s the latest fashion. Vintage midcentury modern pieces can be pricey but that will be reflected in their quality. Look for treasures at garage sales and flea markets, and consider reupholstering pieces with new fabrics to give your furniture a new lease on life without ruining its heritage or style.”
The bookstore and cafe are divided by a wide front-to-back hallway, keeping the spaces distinct but cohesive. The high ceiling, skylights and playful mobile draw your eyes around the space. The clean white backdrop complements the salvaged elements in the design.
The custom shelving unit delineates the dining room from the living room while providing storage space on both ends. Pale gray walls are offset by warm and lively accents across the room – a coral armchair, an electric fireplace and a potted fern – creating a cozy and eclectic whole.
Onions were an important food for the Pilgrims because they were easy to grow and stored well. In Gervase Markham’s The English Housewife, first published in 1615, a recipe for turkey gravy recommends including a “good store of onions.” This onion, ‘Pumba,’ is actually a great storage onion, but only recommended for Southern gardeners because it is a short day type.
The whole issue with onions is growing the right type for your region. Onions form in response to how many hours of daylight they receive, so you need to choose not just the right onion but also the right planting window. Once onions are in the ground, they’re pretty easy. But definitely do your homework on the front end to make sure you’re getting the right kind.
It’s important to gather the entire harvest of things like onions, garlic and potatoes, or you risk giving pests and diseases a spot to overwinter. Pests like onion maggots can survive winter in overlooked bulbs and infect next year’s crop.
Use a traditional sugar cookie dough and make slight adjustments in order to create four very different and very scrumptious Christmas cookies. From candied orange to cashews to sugar crystals, each cookie has a unique look and flavor to set it apart at your next holiday gathering.
For a streamlined look, you can ask the kiddos to paint simple shapes (like hearts) onto white cardstock. While we chose to have the kids create a consistent shape for the art, you can hang any pieces and swap them out as often as you’d like!
This theater is the largest of the four screens with seating for 170 people.The perforated metal screens on the walls provide the required acoustics for watching movies and the faux walnut panels on the ceiling create an elegant coffered design.
An unused workshop in this home's backyard was renovated to include a desk area with wall-to-wall storage, a custom metal staircase leading to a guest loft, a custom kiln, a bar cart and new concrete floors.
Rather than destroy the existing pool, Michigan-based Zaremba & Company adds a second pool that overlaps the original pool. The second pool has shallow ends and a vanishing edge over which water spills into the original pool below. The multi-tiered design provides a safe play area for children and introduces plenty of spaces for lounging and entertaining.