Jordan's 460 square foot Brooklyn apartment was the winner of our Small Cool Contest back in 2011. The bright space is nicely outfitted with design classics old and new. Here's a quick little shopping guide to help you pick similar pieces that will fit in your own small cool home.
Name: James Franco and Mark Goldrick Location: Newport, Rhode Island Size: 1200 square feet (includes an outdoor deck) Years lived in: 8 years; rented
When James and Mark first laid eyes on their third floor apartment, they saw past the hideous wall mural in the stairwell, dingy cabinets and linoleum in the kitchen, holes in the walls, and ratty stained carpeting. The dumpy place that scared every other potential renter away filled them with a sense of excitement and possibility. Inspired by the apartment's hip South Broadway neighborhood, which reminded them of the old East Village of their 1960's youth, the duo set out to transform the place into a home. With a lot of imagination and hard work, they've created a unique space filled with humor, color, and kitsch.
London-based Lassco bills itself as "England's prime resource for architectural antiques, salvage and curiosities". Here architects, interior designers and homeowners alike hunt out original Regency fireplaces, two-metre-wide chandeliers or 1960s door handles; whatever is required to complete their vision, Lassco is likely to have it.
The decor in this 140-year-old restored cottage looks like it was found in chic, under-the-radar boutiques. In reality, much of it was found (in spots like the roadside and the backyard), inherited, or just repurposed. It's eco-friendly, budget-friendly, and very stylish.
The 4-year-old daughter of a friend of mine recently "rescued" a pink plastic lawn flamingo from Lowes. "Mommy", she told my friend at the store, "the other flamingos are pulling his feathers and scratching his beak! I think he wants to live in a nice, white house like ours." Dear Lily - savior of flamingos - here is a round-up for you (and any other little one who can't resist the thought of bringing home a bird...that is pink!)
Over her years of travel as a stylist and interior designer, Melissa Newirth has been a casual collector of vintage textiles. The growing collection sparked a desire to turn the textiles into modern wares. Thus, Cloth & Goods, an online shop offering a mix of new and vintage textiles and home goods, was born.
Name:Sarah and Brian Meeks Location: Homewood, Illinois Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; owned
Nearly everything in Sarah and Brian's house – from the credenza they found on the side of the road right down to their three cuddly shelter pets – has been rescued or re-purposed. In many ways, the house itself was a rescue story: Sarah grew up two houses away, and when the house went on the market, they snatched it up despite the fact that it was, to put it mildly, in less than peak condition. The first night in the house, they tore down a wall, and since then, they've poured countless hours and lots of love into fixing up their home.
With the recent resurgence of a more
laid back, bohemian style, I am ready to step back from my usual palette of cool whites and
grays and embrace a warm, richly patterned look. I stumbled upon Kantha throws
when shopping for bedding for my new place and immediately developed a serious design crush.
It's probably no news to any of you that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a baby. But did you realize that Kanye was an interior design guru? Last year he tweeted up a storm about everything from Versace sofas to golden goblets. Who can even imagine what this nursery is going to look like!?
With 162 listings, LA Vintage Furnishings is definitely one of the most prolific users of the Apartment Therapy Classifieds. The items in their corner of the Classifieds range from Louis XVI to mid-century modern, with a little bit of everything in between.