We really wanted our first born daughter's room to be bright and sunny and not overly pink and girly (we all know she'll probably go through that "princess" stage anyhow at some point). So being a graphic designer, I was heavily inspired by bright bold patterns and fun typography.
Q: I have a 1960's Bertoia "Bird Chair", by Knoll Designs. The wire form needs to be re-chromed. I live in Northern California — any suggestions for where to go to get this done? I also have a Saarinen end table that needs the base restored — I think it may be powder coated. Any Norhtern California sources for this kind of restoration? Thank you.
When we moved cross-country for the third time, we knew that Finn HAD to have some serious attention paid to his own space. The poor guy has watched us remodel bathrooms, a kitchen and his sister’s room; but he was never the star of the show.
Q: I gut renovated my Brooklyn studio apartment (featured on Apartment Therapy!), and unfortunately, after two years, the KIVIK sectional I bought for the space is not looking so good. I figure you generally get what you pay for, so, thanks IKEA, but now I'm ready to upgrade! I've had problems with sagging back cushions, a sinking recliner seat, and easily pilling fabric with my KIVIK, so I'm looking for something that won't have similar issues after two years. I love modern, clean lines (not too many cushions!!), but I also want something cozy, and perfect for putting my feet up and watching TV. I'd like to be able to see it in person and physically test it for comfort, too. Any ideas??
Name: Meg and Josh Type of Project: Mudroom/Breakfast Nook remodel Location: Chinook, Washington Type of building: Single-Family Home, 1,000 square feet
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After a brief (okay, a two and a half month) absence while Josh was fishing in Alaska and a few weeks of vacation time/getting through the first few weeks of the school year, we finally had a free weekend to get back in project mode.
Designing my daughter's nursery was such a fun project. When I found out that we were having a girl, I knew that I wanted the room to feel feminine, but sophisticated. We chose pink for the walls and toned it down using aqua, gray, and gold accents.
Q: I work in a home decor and high end antiques store. We carry Christopher Spitzmiller table lamps, which I have fallen in love with. The price, however, is far out of my price range. Have you guys at Apartment Therapy come across any good "knock offs"? I have seen some similar style table lamps online, but nothing with the same brass trim and authentic, rich color. Thanks!
Tell us a little about your blog/business? I have a graphic design business called Paper & Type. I work on custom illustrations and stationery — business cards, invitations — plus my own line of paper goods. I also keep a blog that documents my fondness for correspondence and thoughtful design.
Q: During my recent stay and visit with my parents, I was told there was a good chance they were going to be moving out of the country after retiring soon, and that I should check out all of my old boxes for things I wanted to keep before they put it all into the donation pile. I discovered a cache of once loved old audio cassettes, many of them mixtapes I made back in high school and college. What's the best way to get these mixes from analog to digital file format?