It's time to break out the the holiday decor! This year, add a few elements of sparkle with these simple DIY's. Since they don't scream Christmas, they will last well into the new year and can reemerge for birthdays and celebrations throughout the coming months.
When it comes to setting your dining table sometimes simple is best. Keeping classics on hand ensure a clean, chic, timeless table, regardless of the season or holiday. Neutral colors and natural materials always look great solo, together, or mixed in with special occasion wares.
Until I got married and benefited from my family and friends' generosity, I had a limited mishmash of cheap flatware. Receiving good-quality, matching spoons, forks, and knives has gone a long way to helping me set a nice table and feel like an adult.
Name: Justine Fowler, Angus Bennett, and baby Oscar Location: Downtown Toronto, Canada Size: Approximately 1200 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; Owned
She's a fashion professional and he's a great chef. Together they own one of Toronto's most popular (and delicious) restaurants. Is it any wonder that their home is also delectable? The stylish and creative pair renovated a 120-year-old downtown home, and the result is simply beautiful.
It is incredible to see a tiny 430 square foot apartment transformed into an oasis of modern bliss. This turn of the century Swedish flat in Linnaeus Town, Sweden is exactly that. The space looks open and airy (and quite practical, considering the size!)
Everything's designed. Not necessarily with aesthetics in mind, but with sort of intent: safety, strength, affordability, etc. There are some objects out there, though, that didn't set out to win over the design set but wound up doing it anyway. Here's my pick for five "un-designer" objects that appeal to the designer in me:
Name:Rebecca Proctor, Andrew Wightman and baby Wren Location: Bude, Cornwall, UK Size: 780 square feet Years lived in: 4 years; Owned
Moving to the Cornish countryside from London four years ago, Andrew and Rebecca embraced a major design challenge. "We knew that we wanted to create a home that would feel cosy but not cluttered. Moving to the countryside was all about living a simple life and we wanted the house to reflect that."
"I never told you I'd love you all my life." A friend sent me this clip yesterday for its warm, sweet, off-beat charm, but I couldn't help but love the raw apartment and decor that serves as the backdrop behind the scene. From Pierrot le Fou by Jean Luc Godard, Anna Karina sings to Jean Paul Belmondo while he sits, smoking, in bed. English lyrics are below. This is Paris, 1965.