Recently, a comment on this kitchen transformation caught my eye. Apartment Therapy reader Bee for Brian, commenting on the finished kitchen's open shelving, said: "Here's an idea: Interview a bunch of people five years after they install an open-shelving kitchen, and poll them on how many would do it again."
Name: Cori & Jake Roberts
Location: West End; Glasgow, Scotland Size: Three story town house Years lived in: 3 years; owned
I can only conclude that Cori, her husband Jake (a film editor) and their three beautiful boys, Milo, Jonah and Louis, have effortless style running through their veins. Cori was born in Sweden, and with a photographer for a mother and artist for a father; their home was a hive of creativity. Her parents were forever pulling things out of skips - salvaging unloved furniture and turning it into something beautiful. As a result, Cori has an innate love for Scandinavian style (with a particular weakness for Danish design), that oozes all over their stunning Glasgow Georgian townhouse.
Giving tokens of our affection during the holidays is meant to make the recipient feel truly appreciated. One of the best ways to do that is to choose gifts that are carefully designed and maybe a just a little out-of-the-ordinary, yet it can be a challenge to convey the concept of "special", especially while sticking to a specific budget. Here are our picks for 10 items that have a strong aesthetic, come in under the $50 mark and all are easily available online.
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We've had our coffee table for years, and it's acquired a decent number of dings and scratches. That said, when two water marks recently appeared, I panicked. My cousin recommended I try ironing them out — and to my amazement, they were gone in minutes.
In small rooms it just makes sense to "go up" and optimize your vertical space. Faced with the challenge of making better use of a tiny bedroom (7' x 12') in Manhattan, architect Benjamin Marcus conceived a lofted bed structure with stairs and desk and storage below.
Name: Rachel Lavin of Pio Jewelry Location: Bouldin Creek, Austin, Texas Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 7 years
Sometimes you get to know someone the moment you walk into their home. That's the case wtih jewelry maker and former anthropology major Rachel Lavin. In her home, described in her own words as part "Pee-Wee's Playhouse," you'll notice a touch of whimsy and a colorful playfulness that brightens each corner of this artist's abode.
It's amazing how a fresh detail can totally transform a piece. Anyone feeling like their home workspace is less than inspiring should check out this easy DIY project. Inexpensive gold carpet trim gives this raw wood desktop a finishing edge and simple gilded style.
On a recent too-cold-to-go-out-even-for-us day, our house became a makeshift stadium for countless throwing and running around games — anything we could come up with to burn off energy and avoid going stir-crazy. Invite your friends and their kids over for an all-out tournament and updated classic snacks, or, don't invite kids and use the party to "test" all their yet-to-be-wrapped gifts!