Mat Sanders

The Top 10 Places to Shop for Stylish, Kid-Friendly Rugs
Animals and color and polka dots, oh my!
Jul 27, 2022
Sources for Online Art Supplies: New & Used
When searching for art supplies, choices can sometimes be limited on the shelves of your local arts and crafts store. Today the Internet makes tackling art projects easy, thanks to the abundance of supply stores offering hard-to-find items. From megastores and specialty shops to sites offering discounted and used items, check out these sources in our Marketplace for finding art materials online. Blick Art Materials Founded by Mr. and Mrs.
Feb 6, 2013
Modern Beds for Kids: High & Low
Shopping for a bed for your little one? Consider one of these modern options from our Marketplace. From beds on a budget to more high-end designs, check out this roundup of the latest sleeper frames for kids. Crate and Barrel This may not be an actual bed frame, but if you are short on space or trying to stick to a budget, these nifty Wrought Iron Headboard Decals make creative solutions for kids rooms. $40 Target This Delta Toddler Bed combines style and functionality at an affordable cost.
Jan 25, 2013
Budget-Friendly Sources for Going Green
One of the toughest parts about living green is often the price tag associated with such products. Luckily, as brands become more aware of mindful living, prices become more and more approachable. Check out these great resources from our Marketplace for finding eco-friendly home goods at costs you can afford. Preserve Products We don’t usually think of plastic as a green material, but Preserve uses 100% recycled/recyclabe #5 polypropylene plastic in their products.
Nov 5, 2012
Good Sources for Modern Tablecloths
The tabletop is an easy way to make a bright and bold statement in a room, especially if you are a fan of modern and contemporary styles. From tablecloths to runners, check out these sources in our Marketplace for finding cool tabletop textiles. Marimekko If you are lucky enough to live near one of their U.S. locations, you can actually pull signature Marimekko fabrics off the shelves and have goods custom sewn on-premises.
Oct 10, 2012
Colorful Curtains: 10 Online Sources
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Simple & Sleek Trash Cans Under $100
Though we’d all kill for one of those super high tech, robot-like trash receptacles to show off in the corner of the kitchen, we usually shy away from the purchase due to the always-shockingly high price tag. But, to prove that you don’t always have to spend a fortune for style, check out this roundup of basic trash cans we wouldn’t mind leaving out in the open for well under $100.1. : Stainless Steel 17.5-quart Step-open Trash Can, $43.992.
Jan 3, 2012
5 Sources for Uncommon Gifts
Have you started checking off that holiday shopping list yet? Whether you are planning ideas for co-workers, family members or just in search of a nice host gift, check out these five online shops with assorted items that include a little something for everyone. Kaufmann Mercantile This online store is known for its carefully selected, high-quality products with a focus on functionality and durability.
Dec 5, 2011
Finding the Perfect Pendant Lamp
Whether you have a dining room table, an open bar or kitchen island, a pendant lamp makes for a great lighting solution. By providing a low, diffused glow, these ceiling lights create cozy atmospheres, ideal for intimate gatherings. Because style options can be seemingly endless and mind-boggling, let us help you choose with these ten high and low recommendations from our Marketplace.
Aug 26, 2011
5 Resources for Temporary Wallpaper
As one of the most sought after products on our site, temporary wallpaper consistently remains high in demand because of its appeal to those who want to customize their space with little commitment. Well, retailers seem to finally be catching on, because we’ve seen a rise in popularity amongst wallpaper designers and craftsman of all kinds. 1. Tempaper We’ve written about this shop before and their classic collections continue to grow.
Aug 10, 2011
Inspiration: Displaying Travel Photos
Gone are the days of the simple photo album. Thanks to the rise of digital photography, we have many more creative ways for displaying our travel photographs. Check out these five inspirations for printing, framing, binding and blowing up your favorites photos.1. Instant-RetroThanks to the retro-style filters of Hipstamatic, now everybody with a smart phone may fancy themselves a photographer. Hey, they make for beautiful photos taken on the fly, so why not show them off?
Jul 19, 2011
Pete & James’ Natural & Neon Loft
Name: Pete & JamesLocation: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 1,000 square feetYears lived in: 1 — rented Skulls and neon lights transcend the biker bar look in the fun and eclectic Brooklyn apartment of Pete and James. When I first saw Pete and James’s apartment featured in a House Call back in March, I knew I was going to love the space.
Apr 14, 2011
Chris’s 280 Square Foot Mini Modern
Name: Chris PaulsenLocation: New York, New YorkSize: 280 square feetYears lived in: 4 — rented Nestled between Gramercy and Murray Hill, in one of those nebulous neighborhoods of Manhattan, lives Chris Paulsen, a former model with a propensity for modern design. As I first met him in the doorway of his little apartment to conduct our House Tour that day, I couldn’t help but blurt out my first question, “Where exactly am I?
Mar 22, 2011
The Boys of Bushwick
Name: Michael Stout, Joshua Lekwa & Walter ReplogleLocation: Bushwick — Brooklyn, New YorkSize: 1,100 square feetYears lived in: 8½ — rented What do you get when you put a designer, a comedian and an architect in an industrial loft with a notorious reputation? Inspired living!
Mar 8, 2011
Paul’s Perfectly Suited Studio
Name: PaulLocation: Financial District — Manhattan, New YorkSize: 350 square feetYears lived in: 2½ — rented Making the most of a tiny studio apartment, Paul creates a luxurious and inviting living space befitting of his motto to “decorate like your clothes and dress like your bed.
Feb 22, 2011
The Japanese T-Shirt Folding Technique
Maybe it’s post traumatic stress from my days working at the Gap when I was 16, but to this day I still obsess over my t-shirts looking perfectly merchandised on my closet shelf. Luckily, I recently discovered the Japanese folding technique, which creates a perfect fold in mere seconds. Next step is to add a little magician’s flair so I can give that guy who’s always juggling his socks at the laundromat a run for his money.
Jan 6, 2011
Mike’s Masculine Vintage
Name: Michael MurphyLocation: Brooklyn — New York, New YorkSize: 615 square feetYears lived in: 5 — ownedAs an interior designer, Mike is used to working on high-end projects for which he might source a sofa for $45,000 without blinking an eye. But when it comes to his own home, he intentionally aims for a more relaxed look through a combination of vintage modern furniture pieces and his own personal handiwork.
Jan 4, 2011
Tips For Lighting Your Party
You’ve planned the menu, made the playlist and pressed your tails – but don’t forget the lighting! Because proper lighting can often be one of the most overlooked elements in the formula to an evening’s ambience, let’s shed a little light on how to keep your party aglow.Soft lighting brings people closer, creates cozier affairs and can even make small spaces seem bigger. Variations in lighting can change the mood from room to room and keep your guests circulating.
Nov 9, 2010