Architects Tania Garbe and Ida Polzer want to mix good design with good stewardship. Their new webshop, Design With Benefits, offers unique, high design accessories that are socially and environmentally conscious. We're talking radios from an Indonesian plant that teaches former farmers craftsmanship skills and jewelry made from a salvaged historic Frank Lloyd Wright roof. Fun stuff!
This mini-trend of bright, textured rugs, poufs and accessories for children fits in nicely with the larger movement towards handmade goods with a modern twist. It also has the added benefit of being really visual and fun.
I love this Scandinavian living room from Anna-Malin's blog over at Skona Hem. It has a great blend of hard and soft surfaces, lovely contrast between stark black and white, and lots of natural materials. Renters can easily recreate this room with plain white walls, and using a mixture of high- and low-priced items. Let's give it a whirl:
Cassette tapes have gone the way of eight tracks, obsolete with the march of time, but I feel nostalgia every time I see one. As a throwback to old technology, here are five fun objects-of-desire inspired by cassette tapes. May they rest in peace!
Michael Shaikin, owner of Ottawa-based The Modern Shop, wants to bring a fresh take on modern design to Canada. As the former owner of a vintage resell shop, Michael certainly has the retail chops for this venture. And with an eye for great designs from Europe and the US, he has style covered, too.
This recent house tour -- Mary Lee's Life in 300 Square Feet -- is a perfect example of carving out a bedroom space even in a small studio. By day this room serves as cozy little living room, complete with a home office. By night, the sofa folds out, the bedding comes out of the storage cubes, and voila -- a bedroom. I rounded up a shopping list of the essential components of Mary's living room, along with a quick guide to why it works...