Tag Archives: Feature

Inside Look: Copenhagen Family Home

4 Jan

Over at Dos Family a beautiful family home in Copenhagen is featured. The home is sophisticated yet lived in, and reflects the family’s eclectic and somewhat quirky tastes. It’s definitely proof positive you can still be stylish with kids.

Photos: Dos Family

For more pictures click here.

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Designer Showcase: The Apartment

2 Jan

It’s official, my absolute favorite design company in the whole wide world is The Apartment, founded by design couple Stefan Boublil and Gina Alvarez. Based in NYC The Apartment specializes in interior design, branding, and anything else their clients will pay for. I’m particularly impressed with their interior design portfolio. Their spaces are colorful, playful, functional, and mature. Check out the office space they designed for digital branding agency Electric Artists below. Ahhhh….how I wish I worked there.

Rep Yo Hood….with an Ork Poster

1 Jan

Ork posters manage to bring together the wonderful combination of affordable, personal, and intriguing art. Created by designer Jenny Beorkrem as a solution to a personal design dilemma, her original print has now morphed into an entire line of neighborhood posters starting at $18.

Photo: Tiny Ass Apartment

Look even Jimmy Kemmel has one! Photo: Ork

To purchase click here.

Inside Look: Bright and Cheery Mid-Century Pad

30 Dec

Pulling off an interior filled with many bold colors can be difficult, however this apartment demonstrates it can be done. Though bursting with saturated colors this apartment manages to be cheery, as opposed to overwhelming. Midcentury classics along with vintage fabrics give the apartment a distinctly retro feel. Check out pics below.

Inside Look: Cozy San Francisco Apartment

24 Dec

Check out this cute feminine apartment filled with a mix of Ikea and great thrift store finds.

Inside Look: Well Designed Man Cave

18 Dec

Who says man caves have to be aesthetically unpleasing? Check out the beautiful masculine apartment below.

Hook Rugs

16 Dec

Hook rugs, rugs using yarn and a patterned template are an easy DIY project, and when done correctly look beautiful. The rugs serve as exciting wall decor as seen below.

Photo: The Catskill Kiwi

Photo: The Catskill Kiwi

Photo: Cactus Creek Daily

You can buy pre-made rugs at places like Etsy, starting at around $50. You can also make your own. Rug kits start at $10.

4 Ways to Create Cheap Art

13 Dec

#1 Block Art

 Photo: The Brick House

A framed sheet of solid colored paper, or what I call block can add a cute pop of color to a room.

#2 Origami

Photo: Seawayblog

Origami figures make a real design statement, for just the cost of a sheet of paper. For instructions on how to make your own click here.

#3 Framed Scarfs

Photo: 2nd Floor Living

Scarfs can be more than a wardrobe accessory, they can be a wall accessory too!

#4 Framed vintage magazines

Photo: Reverie

Framing magazines is a cheap way to add personality to a space. You can showcase mags that tell visitor’s about your interests. Old magazines are readily available of sites like Ebay and Etsy.

Integrating IKEA

13 Dec

Anyone decorating on a tight budget who lives within a 100 mile radius of an IKEA, has probably visited the superstore in search of new furniture. While many criticize the store because of its mass appeal and not so great craftsmanship, the fact of the matter is….when used properly IKEA is a goldmine! The trick is to be selective in IKEA purchases, and use the store’s products sparingly interchanging them with more unique/higher quality items. Another great way to utilize IKEA is through product “remixing”.

Examples of great uses of IKEA are below:

Photo: Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy’s 2010 Smallest Coolest Apartment contestant, Erica, incorporated IKEA’s Docksta table into her dining area. The tables price tag: $179. At times you can also catch them on Craigslist for cheaper.

Photo: Poppytalk

Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou came up with this clever IKEA remix that utilizes IKEA’s Hemma light cord. With just glue, strips of veneer, and a few other low cost items she created this masterpiece. You can create your own by following the instructions found here.

Photo: Unplggd

Another great IKEA lighting remix comes from Daniel Saakes. The fixture which he calls  the “Platonic Sun” lamp, is comprised of IKEA’s Lampan lamp priced at $4.99 (for one). Find instructions on how to make your own here.

Photo: Design*Sponge

Pictured above is IKEA’s Trollsta sideboard which cost $349. It’s kinda on the pricey side but super cute, high impact, and very versitile.

Great Vintage Furniture Store: Home Anthology

12 Dec

Today I went to what must be the greatest vintage furniture store in the world–Home Anthology. Located just outside of Baltimore, Home Anthology offers a large selection of carefully selected mid-century classics, along with lesser known mid-century items at VERY reasonable prices. They also have a wonderful selection of quirky accessories. To top things off their staff is super friendly and they deliver to DC.