This closet is actually located in the open corner of a studio apartment, where fashion expert Lindsay Albanese shoots her YouTube videos. Designer Lucinda Pace of Laurel & Wolf found that Lindsay was using her clothes closet for storing boxes, paper towels, and other miscellaneous items, while her clothes hung on collapsible rolling racks. The designer created this “Style Studio” for Lindsay along one wall to act as clothing storage, a video set and an apartment design element all in one. The chaise, formerly a catchall for un-hung clothes, was reupholstered in ivory microsuede, and now serves as the perfect place for Lindsay to interview guests.
Giving a brand-new kitchen timeless character and rich personality is a challenge for the best architects and designers. One way to solve this problem is by repurposing a furniture piece for the workspace — but it’s not always easy to find the right fit, as architect Jeff Troyer discovered. He says: “We searched for months for the kitchen island, seeking something with warmth and character that would also fit the space. My clients and I finally found this antique school science lab table online and had it shipped from Ohio. We had to purchase this sight unseen, but it ended up fitting perfectly and the wood is beautiful.”
A center island is number one on many kitchen renovators’ wishlists, but a large, built-in island doesn’t always fit the budget or the space. No matter, freestanding islands perform the same functions, adding counter prep space and storage, but usually require less floor space and cash — as designer Liz Miller found in her own home. “The freestanding island was a must in a small kitchen with two little kids. When we need more space, to say, have an impromptu dance party, or when we have friends over, we just push the island against the side wall to open up the room,” she says.
On the grounds of Christ Church, one can enter Wesley Gardens. The two-acre garden is adorned with 4,000 azaleas and 60 varieties of shrubs, of particular interest to visitors with green thumbs. But the garden’s centerpiece remains the 18-foot Celtic cross made of Georgia stone to honor the early ministries of John and Charles Wesley. The brothers came to Georgia in 1736. While Charles was revered as a poet and writer who penned well-known hymns like "Hark the Herald," and served as Oglethorpe’s secretary of Indian Affairs, John would be remembered as the founder of American Methodism.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris' overall design for Joyce and Steven was a mix of both their desires. Joyce wanted a timeless design that would stand the test of time and Steven wanted it to be contemporary. Here, the master bedroom, painted Porpoise color, with a Starburst mirror on the wall combines timeless class with a more contemporary piece of art. The headboard was made from an old door found in Joyce and Steven's garage.
If you’ve ever found yourself deliberating over whether you can take your tablet to that meeting or if you really need your laptop, then a laptop/tablet hybrid like the Surface Pro 3 might ease your burden. The Surface Pro 3 has been lauded for its ability to handle files like a laptop, while being light and portable like a tablet. It even uses a stylus.
Six Oaks can be found deep in the woods of Felton, California (not far from Santa Cruz). It’s built in a former railway area surrounded by redwood trees, although you’ll be glad to know only two redwoods were cut down to accommodate the home, and those were used for interior elements such as the stairs. Architecture and design firm Modulus created Six Oaks by stacking six shipping containers as a way to maximize light, views and airflow throughout the 1,200-square-foot space. Skylights, a bridge and private outdoor shower are other standout features in a home that’s otherwise intended to blend into its surroundings.
Like most of the design in this home, the art in this New York City home is often understated, contributing to an overall effect more than standing out on its own. This is a home of small statements, where pieces such as the ones found on this shelf serve to evoke a feeling rather than command the eye. Resisting the urge to fill a large space with as many things as possible, Kalyn and Todd have focused on choosing the right pieces to create a home, an office and a feeling that they would love.
Online lifestyle editor Briana and her boyfriend Buzz, a mobile developer, intended the bedroom in their Brooklyn loft to have an airy, calm, Palm Springs-inspired feeling. Yet the expansive wall behind their bed seemed impossible to fill and they knew small pieces would just make the space feel cluttered or jammed. By opting for one large piece of art hung directly above the bed, they found their sleeping area was instantly anchored. The key to using art successfully in small spaces is to opt for large, over-scaled pieces. Art pieces like this instantly add a graphic focal point and also offer a single source of color to inspire paint and accessories that personalize the space.
One night there was unfortunately a (somewhat belligerent) young couple squatting in the water-front camping spot at a state park that we had reserved. It was already 9 p.m., they wouldn’t leave, and the camp hosts were nowhere to be found. We needed a place to stay quick, and ended up at the adorable, friendly little park (Ashland’s Creekside RV Park) pictured above. I had made some negative assumptions about RV parks, but don’t write them off! Just read the reviews closely and make sure the place you stay is your style.
Neat Method began when its founders, Ashley Murphy and Molly Graves, met while shopping in San Francisco. Both had recently been uprooted from Chicago and relocated to the City by the Bay. Ashley and Molly discovered their affinity for creating clutter-free and organized spaces within their homes. Over glasses of California vino, they discussed the ins and outs of what this mutual passion could look like as a business, and the rest is history.
Plain fondant-covered cakes make great blank canvases for rose gold embellishments. Rose gold luster dust is used to create shimmering sequins and art deco patterns. It’s available for purchase at many cake specialty shops and online. Here we’ve mixed it with clear vanilla extract to create rose gold paint. Art Deco stencils can also be found at your local craft store, and while you’re shopping, pick up a new pack of soft-hair artists’ brushes. You’ll need a kitchen-dedicated set for this project.
Ginnie Leeming of Hello Little Home found creative, money-saving ways to create her layered neutral decor. That tablecloth? An inexpensive drop cloth cut to fit her table. Those texture-rich placemats? “The placemats were created from a large piece of burlap that was intended for gardening. I cut out rectangles, then pulled strands of burlap off the edges to form a simple fringe,” Leeming says. A golden-wrapped box topped with a buffalo-plaid ribbon adds a bright pop at each place setting.
On a trip to Liberia in 2011, MiiR’s founder noticed a lack of practical and affordable transportation in the country. In response, the company created a bicycle line to help give bikes to those in need, and has since provided bicycle access to more than 3,000 people around the world. There are several styles for adults, plus one for growing tykes that features an adjustable stem and seatpost.
While hosting dental clinics at orphanages and community centers in Guatemala, Smile Squared’s founders realized that many of the children had preventable dental issues, and some didn’t even have access to a toothbrush. For every toothbrush sold, the company now donates a toothbrush (made of sustainable, biodegradable bamboo) to a child in need. Smile Squared has donated toothbrushes to children in all 50 states, as well as 24 other countries.
The kitchen takes a colorful, industrial turn, showcasing Naomi’s fondness for metallics. The island is topped with an oxidized, steel countertop. The material is a unique twist on the usual granite or marble found in most kitchens. The steel top will patina over time. Its rough-hewn texture is also a pleasing contrast to the stainless steel refrigerator and brass elements in the kitchen. Cabinets in a gray-blue tone contrast with the brass pendant overhead. Naomi discovered the pair of vintage white bar stools and painted the legs gold for a finishing metallic touch.
“I love modern design and bright color, so I really wanted to keep my Christmas tablescape colorful, but with simple lines,” says Angela Neese Rathbun of Blue i Style. Using papier mache cones found on sale at a craft store and striking paint colors, Rathbun got to work. The resulting centerpiece is certainly eye-catching.
“I have always wanted something taller and more dramatic for the center of our Christmas table, and these painted cones provide just the right height while still keeping a simple, modern style,” Rathbun says.
The new owners of this five year-old single-family home in the Ukrainian Village area of Chicago sought a more expansive, casual and contemporary feel. Being a professional chef, the husband found the existing kitchen stifling and wanted to infuse it with light, efficiency and room to move.
By eliminating the wall separating the kitchen and the living room, the design allows natural light to flow in. The sleek new finishes and lighting in the kitchen, along with the modern cabinetry, stovetop and hood, achieve a more contemporary feel. The bold transformation creates an expansive new space that is easy and bright, inviting a chef to casually create and family and friends to join in the fun.