"Quaint" doesn't have to mean outdated, and contemporary certainly doesn't mean cold. The best kitchens are warm and inviting while still emphasizing function and cleanliness. We love how renowned Kitchen Designer Susan Serra brings together quaint and modern in a Scandinavian-inspired kitchen for a small cottage on Martha's Vineyard. We took a tour to see how the fixtures and finishes she chose bring the space together.
We want to talk about an underrated home accessory: the radio. No, not old dusty radios that look like overgrown calculators — we mean a top-notch multitasker like Tivoli Audio's Albergo AM/FM table radio featuring the Albergo Custom Cabinet Collection. It gives us the day's news while we're cooking dinner, provides the soundtrack to all our moods AND lets us wirelessly stream tunes and podcasts with the latest Bluetooth technology. Oh, also, it's gorgeous. Yep, The Albergo is a stunner. What does it look like? Well that's up to you.
We love entertaining this time of year: By the time the November chill sets in, sharing a home-cooked meal with friends is way better than anything that might be going on outside our front door. And if you set a beautiful table, you really, ahem, set the tone for a delicious evening. Want to make your table even more fetching?
When it comes to bathroom design, the focus is more often on function rather than form. But there’s really no reason why your bathroom can’t become one of your most inspiring spaces. We took a look at four beautiful new baths that take inspiration from great eras of design to create a timeless space. Which one best fits your style?
Oh, New Yorkers. We tend to only notice our kitchens when we're starved... for space. I may or may not have once dated a guy whose fridge contained just three items: Coronas, ketchup, and his entire sweater collection. (See #3 to find out what was in his freezer.) And the worst part is... I thought it was brilliant!! If your idea of making dinner is transferring takeout to a real plate, you may want to try some of these best (and worst) kitchen hacks we've seen in NYC.
It’s no secret that multifunctionality is the key to successful small-space living. But every once in a while you come across a new small space solution that leaves you wondering, ‘Why haven’t I already thought of that?!’ Our friends at Sauder shared some of the latest they’ve come across, culled from creative bloggers across the web.
You remember moving to your city, right? Do you remember your first night there? The place you ordered in from three nights in a row because your kitchen was still in boxes? Your first apartment, which was perfect because it was yours?
Heather couldn't believe it, but she was about to hit her 15th anniversary of moving to New York. She lives in a different borough now, and has a husband and two kids, but her love affair with her city has remained a constant through life's many changes. Heather says she'll use any excuse to throw a party, but what better reason than her 15th anniversary of living in New York? We helped her customize her party decor at Shutterfly, and then came over to see her gorgeous party setup, including a very original use for coasters – can you spot them?
Prize: Reverie Sofa in winner's choice of fabric From: EQ3 Value: up to $1,799
If you're a devotee of all things modern, then you probably already know, and love, EQ3. This Canadian brand just opened its second CA location this spring, and just launched eq3.com in the U.S. — but it's been winning over shoppers since 2001 with its contemporary designs for everyday life. (The Herman Miller selection and in-store Marimekko shops don't hurt, either.)
Warm apple cider. Pumpkins. And... Ragweed!! If, like me, your allergies are the most bountiful thing about fall, it may be a good time to investigate whether your vacuum is doing more harm than good. Some vacuums actually stir allergens up from floors and into the air, but the new FreshAir vacuums from Miele are designed with allergy sufferers in mind. Armed with advanced HEPA filters and a sealed airflow system, these mighty machines do all the dirty work while keeping autumnal allergens out of the air.
Prize: $1,000 Shutterfly Gift Card From: Shutterfly Value: $1,000
Remember that time Heather designed a perfect family wall gallery entirely online using Shutterfly's Design-A-Wall Tool? Here's your chance to do the same, or indulge your style sense with hundreds of other personalized products and projects inspired by your own photos. Shutterfly is giving one lucky reader $1,000 to spend on their site! And, with their new suite of interactive design tools, you'll find it easier than ever to design a personalized project that's perfect for your space.