For years I've lived in fear of losing every document, photo, and video I've ever created, caused by an imagined hard drive failure or an errant spilled glass of water. I've been vigilant about backing up onto external hard drives, but somehow the precautionary step never seemed like quite enough protection. I've since realized losing my stored digital memories was my worst tech nightmare.
On a scale of 1 to 10, shopping for a filing cabinet for the home office falls somewhere in the realm of "2" and "Zzzzz". But Poppin's West 18th File Cabinet is different, thanks to its friendly rounded corners and bright and colorful fronts, adding a splash of vibrant personality to a normally mundane piece of office furniture. Yes, there are also two utility drawers, locks, sliding floor glides, and a larger hanging file drawer, but it's really all about the design here...file it under "fun"!
The media console above looks like it could have come out of the pages of the latest West Elm catalog, doesn't it? Just $40 of scrap furniture-grade plywood, an electric saw and drill, a set of hairpin legs, and 8 hours is all it takes to make one for your own living room.
These Ikea hacks run the gamut from simple upgrades to complete rehauls, but they're all inventive, with amazing results. If you're looking for a new project and are ready to move on from the allen wrench, check these out.
Seed Furniture is an appropriate name for Reeve Schley's designs. Schley intends his furniture to grow with you and to make that happen the pieces can adapt over time. There's also a certain whimsy in his furniture. I mean, just look at that puzzle inspired armoire!
It seems like Record Store Day 2013 is marked down on more than few calendars among vinyl loving types. With special vinyl releases set for April 20th, you'll discover new music and full album artwork that is often worth displaying. I've compiled some of my favorite solutions for displaying or storing your favorite records once you get back home with your pile of good sounds...
A few years back I found a discarded 1950's Westinghouse stereo cabinet unceremoniously tossed curbside, a midcentury turntable that had definitely seen better days. It was love at first sight, and driven by this retro Cupid's arrow, I somehow hauled the monstrous all-wood and electronics piece back to our studio apartment to later transform it into a media storage unit. The whole process was extremely satisfying, turning would-be landfill fodder into something that could be revitalized into a treasured piece...
I was already quite smitten with Anne and Steve's Chicago tour for their handsomely appointed combination of vintage and contemporary elements inside their live/work space. But the real conversation starter is what they did with their fireplace. Did you catch it?
A media console with well appointed storage can be the difference between having a disorganized pile of A/V components cluttering the room versus stylishly complementing that beautiful brand new flat screen TV of yours. With prices ranging from $50 to $3,000, there should be one out there to fit your budget and room.