Relaxed, natural, neutral, soft, the softest, rumpled, wrinkley, French/Belgian/Italian linen bedding. I want it. A mix of tones and colors is good to me. As an upgrade. For a birthday? An anniversary? I’m not sure, but I am planning on pulling the trigger for my own bedroom soonish, maybe when there is a sale. I have these bookmarked.
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I remember seeing the Color Reform rugs from ABC Carpet and Home years ago and as much as I would have liked to forget about them, I still find myself smitten with not only the idea, but also the look. Its like they tailor made a product for me: salvage an original vintage piece into something new and modern. Super saturating seriously beat up Oriental and Persian rugs with color dye so that they become something new and artfully beautiful. The patchwork version takes the salvage idea up a notch by being able to save even more rugs by just using remnants. Luckily, this rug concept is finally “trending” which means you can test drive it from cheaper retailers like Overstock, Rugs USA, and West Elm. The rugs aren’t authentically distressed, but they have captured the right look.
This company is the answer to all my Ikea related prayers. Sadly, they don’t ship to the US, yet. Besides offering cabinet fronts to dress up your standard Ikea cabinets, they also offer cabinet pulls and furniture legs to take your Ikea pieces from predictable to custom designy, and the prices are surprisingly great.
I want these leather loop handles so bad.
I wish I could throw out those pathetic 4×4 wood stumps and dress up our guest bed with the clean lean legs.
Look through their gallery for some transformational ideas for new tops, fronts, sides, legs, and handles on your existing pieces. I’ll keep checking back to see when they include the US in their market.
Channukah is in night #6 and Christmas is 10 days away so I’m assuming most of your gift giving is taken care of. If you are really stuck, here are some last minute ideas that will please any one. I’ve noticed these items getting a lot of attention this holiday season. Don’t say I didn’t try to help you.
For the host/hostess: Kaleido Trays buy one, build a set.
For her: knot ring
For him: Brass bottle openers
For the baby: wooden camera toy, organic of course
For the foodie: Old Field Farm gourmet maple syrup
For the coworker or boss: geo paper weights
For you: a modern quilt to keep cozy this winter
Did you have any idea that Blu Dot has a line for Target? I never saw it in stores as its only available online, and I just realized it existed – wow, how cool! I used this book case on a play room project.
And now I’m jonesing to use other pieces in the collection. Punchy and playful for offices, play rooms, even younger living rooms.
Until a few months ago, I had never heard or seen of these equisite Finnish geometric constructs typically made of straw and used as Christmas ornaments. Not a very summer appropriate post, but I couldn’t wait until December to appreciate these awe inspiring mobiles which are fast becoming a modernist staple.
You can buy one expertly made in plastic straw from AM Radio
You can get all fancy and buy a brass one from Veronika Maria
I did a bigger all encompassing post for Houzz.com, but here are some items that grabbed my eye from this weekend’s Dwell on Design expo. It was pretty awesome this year – lots of neat and forward thinking products on the expo floor. Customizable and modular was the key this year.
cloud cube tables by Board By Design
A collection of wire and reclaimed wood furniture called Geometric by Bend.
Lightweight concrete surfaces for interior or exterior use by E-crete to use as flooring and pavers.
Custom cabinet door fronts to Ikea cabinet frames by Dunsmuir Cabinets, with color matching. Instant upgrade to your run of the mill Ikea kitchen and compatible with Ikea planning software.
Modern wine cellars and wine storage using modular wall panels by Vindegarde
I covet a Moroccan wedding blanket, or Handira, for a touch of exotic glamour bedside. Sequins, beige and white stripes, textural wool – what could go wrong? Originally woven by the Berbers in anticipation of wedding by the bride’s family. Wouldn’t it make an amazing wedding or anniversary gift today due to all the layers of meaning it holds?
A House in the Hills, extra funky with thick ochre chevron accent wall.
Even hanging it as a headboard tapestry makes sense, Remodelista
My Marrekesh is a solid source for original Morrocan textiles.
Now you know you want one. There are a few mainstream options available.
A vintage option from Marrekesh Trading House for $395
Even West Elm got in on the game.
Have you noticed the striped rug is “trending” (a word I have never used before and I’m not sure how I feel about it). I love it myself for the graphic nautical punch it provides to any lackluster room. I used the large black and white Ikea Stockholm Rand rug in Nico’s room last year and I wouldn’t hesitate to use it again. Its been around for a while too.
A cozy living room at Weekday Carnival.
A way to bring together some bohemian and some modern mixed pieces at Design Sponge.
I think that’s it again in a studio environment, via Brick House, but it would work in a dining room.
Now we see it officially in a dining room with an eclectic mix of chairs from Dwell.
If you want the Ikea Stockholm Rand rug at the unbelievably affordable price of $200 for an 8×10, check out your local store.