'Twas the week before ICFF, and not a creature was stirring. Big happenings this coming weekend with the Furniture Fair opening to the trade on Saturday. What does it mean? It means that all the best designers in the world (Europeans), are coming to the Big Apple to flog their wares for the best buyers in the world (Americans). Alright, so its a bit of a dig, but until we get better at loving and being inventive with our living spaces, the Euros are going to keep dominating the game.
Case in point was a leadoff article in Home & Garden about a couple with two children who bought an old cement block shed and turned it into their dream home. In The Taming of the Shed, we see what can happen when you have pluck, courage, an architectural training, and worked for Rem Koolhaas in the Netherlands. She's American, he's Dutch...Dutch wins.
And for SE, who wanted some coverage of "the burbs," I gratuitously throw in an excellent piece on the trials and tribulations of the perfect lawn. Keep the Grass Green and Stay in the Black, tells the story of the $100,000 lawn which was happily paid for, and the shock of the $600 monthly bill just to keep it that way. The take away? While "perfect lawns" need a lot of care, and are NOT naturally occuring, many products are not needed and more natural solutions are available.
Ah, a New York story! This one, another Blogger Generation story, will assure parents everywhere that living in New York is not so bad. In 20-something Trio Sings the Praises of Loft Life, three young ladies with lip piercings, tatoos and great loyalty are among those colonizing East Williamsburg's factory disctrict, renting repurposed loft space that requires them to build their own bedrooms....all for $1,700 a month.
While space on the 'Hattan is not cheap, this seems a bit steep for all the effort. But they do get sunlight. Now to some cool finds in Currents and Personal Shopper: Oprah is launching a new magazine devoted entirely to decorating and interiors! While this is dubiously exciting, we couldn't help but admire the editor's reference to the new magazine being "design therapy" for the home.
Can't imagine this in MY bathroom, but love the idea of blowing up a photograph to use as wallpaper. Totally do-able at Digital Arts Technology of Hollywood, Fla. (954-989-2051 - Blows up photos, slides and negatives and prints them on canvas, paper or vinyl. On canvas, it is $18 to $30 a square foot).
I Want one. This small Japanese wood and rice paper room will not only provide you with a calm escape hatch, it will make your apartment seem bigger. Being introduced at ICFF by Morisho Company (www.morisho.jp) and selling for $3,600 to $5,200 BEFORE shipping. .
. . . . This is a great photograph of a beautfiul church that just won a bunch of awards and was designed by Merrill & Pastor Architects of Vero Beach, Fla. Nice, huh? . . .
Great resource for hand-woven rugs: Elizabeth Eakins of South Norwalk, Conn, who also has an office here in the city (203.831.9347). Her rugs come in cotton, wool and jute and "will be 50 percent off retail on May 13, 14 and 15. Small mats and runners will start at $50; 6-by-9-foot cotton carpets will be $600; prices are up to $11,000 for a room-size wool carpet." MGR