Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:30:00 -0400
Name: Maria Manrique
Location: L'eixample — Valencia, Spain.
Size: 1400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting
Maria studied Fashion Design in Barcelona, but has always had a good eye for mixing designs. The home she's been renting in Valencia for three years wasn't created overnight; instead, she slowly collected simple but special pieces to craft the minimal look this home has.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:00:00 -0400
When you work from home (whether full-time or even just the occasional catch up day) it's important to have a space carved out that's just for getting things done. Not only because it's hard to be productive and creative when you're sitting in bed with a laptop, but because it's hard to separate work and life when you spend half your time working in spaces that aren't really designed for it.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:30:00 -0400
Range hoods may not be the most glamorous kitchen appliance to shop for, but they're definitely a must-have to avoid lingering odors and keep your kitchen air as fresh as possible. Here's a shopping guide to get you started when looking for a range hood.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400
Name: Maaike Mekking and Michael Aveling (and Alma, Rosa)
Location: Sydenham, London
Size: 758 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned
Art director/Photographer Maaike Mekking and her husband Michael Aveling live in this cute little Edwardian cottage in South East London with their two young daughters Alma and Rosa. The cottage was built by the "Metropolitan Association for Improving the Dwellings of the Industrious Classes," which was the first of these organizations building semi-detached houses with gardens, rather than traditional terraces or tenement blocks. The cottage is full of Edwardian character like high ceilings and big sash windows, and even the estate was named after King Edward VII's wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:30:00 -0400
Aimée and Jonny's closet is a major multi-tasker. When they first moved into their current home, Jonny had the closet all to himself. A year later, Aimée started sharing it with him. Today, it stores not just clothing and shoes for two adults, but also their household linens and props for photo shoots and styling. It isn't always a total disaster but, with no organizational system in place, it's always just a matter of time before it gets out of control again. According to Aimée, right now it's at an all time low.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400
In a world where buying a new sofa can be accomplished by a couple clicks, some in the design world are resisting this fast-paced, instant gratification direction in favor of a slower way. An offshoot of the Slow Movement — which began in Italy in 1986 as the Slow Food Movement (a natural reaction against a McDonald's opening up) and has gained serious traction as of late — Slow Design focuses on process, origin and materials, while valuing the environment and the individual. If the Slow Design movement is of interest to you, read on to discover five principles to help guide your way.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400
Living in New York is fast-paced, and exhilarating, and a dream for many, but for most people, it also means making a few sacrifices — like living in a teeny-tiny apartment with no outdoor space and a view of a brick wall. But just north of Madison Square Park, atop a historic building that dates all the way back to 1869, one family has it all — in a two-story penthouse with ample outdoor space and sweeping views of the city. Here's a look inside their dreamy, light-filled rooftop home.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0400Illustrations by Nina Cosford (@ninacosford) You don't need a lot to have a really good time. If you've got friends and a few common household items, gather everybody up for one of these rousing party games. Whether your goal is to get everyone talking or just to have a good time, one of these games is sure to get the party going. Want more? 10 Always Entertaining Party Games Sticker Stalker Give everyone at the party the same sheet of stickers and tell them the rules: You must get rid of the whole sheet by sticking them to the other guests, one at a time, without them noticing. If someone catches you, they can stick one of their stickers on you. First one to empty their sticker sheet wins! — via Party 411 Who Am I? Pick one name—a celebrity or public figure, someone really well-known—for each person playing and write that name on a card stuck to the player's back or forehead. Each person gets to ask the other guests 20 "yes or no" questions to find out who they are. — via Our Pastimes Telephone Pictionary Sit in a circle and give everyone a note pad (with plenty of sheets) and a pen. Have everyone write down a funny phrase or notable person (or anything at all, really—you could even pick them from a deck of topics from another game) on the second sheet of their note pad and pass the closed pad to the person on their right. Now everyone picks up the new pad, reads the phrase on page two, and draws it as best they can on page three. Pass the notepads again, only this time, you can only look at the illustration and try to guess the phrase on the next page. Keep passing and drawing or guessing until you have your original pad in front of you. Flip through the pages in front of the group for mega laughs as your phrase gets distorted, telephone-style, through the drawings and guesses. — via Great Group Games Bottle Blow Shuffle a deck of cards into a loose and messy stack, then balance the stack carefully on top of a narrow bottle (like a beer bottle). Sit in a circle and let everyone take turns trying to blow just a card or two off the top of the deck. The person who blows the entire deck off the bottle loses! — via Best Party Games Mail Call Arrange chairs in a circle, using one fewer chair than the number of players (like musical chairs). Have someone start the game by standing in the center of the circle and saying, "Mail Call for everyone who is wearing red" (or "...has a cat," or "...has been to Europe," or "...has kids," get creative!). Then everyone in a chair who has on red must get up and switch chairs with someone else wearing red, with a few caveats: Players can't sit back down in their own chair, or the chairs directly next to it. The object of the game is for the person in the middle to get a chair before someone else can. Whoever is left standing delivers the next mail call.— via Let's Party Oranges Divide guests into two or more teams. Have each team line up in a row, and hand an orange to the person at the start of each line. The object is to pass the orange down to the end of the line using only your neck and chin. If a team drops the orange, pass it back (by hand) to the start and try again. First team to get the orange to the end of their line wins! — via Let's Party Likes and Dislikes Have everyone at the party write down some likes and dislikes on a sheet of paper (something like "Likes: Pizza and Star Wars, Dislikes: Spiders"). Collect the cards and have one person read them aloud one at a time while everyone else tries to guess who wrote what. — via Party 411 READ MORE »[...]
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0400(Image credit: via Casa Kids) Small bedrooms are always a challenge but a very narrow room has particular design obstacles to overcome. This bedroom, a former maid's room in a pre-war building, is only 5'7" wide - less than the length of a typical twin bed. The solution? A lofted space for sleeping leaving ample room for a workspace and storage for the young occupant. READ MORE »[...]
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400
So, you've never left the country before, but your sense of wanderlust is strong. Going abroad can feel super intimidating and the process might seem overwhelming, but it's totally worth it to get to experience the world and finally visit the places you've been dreaming about. If you're a first time international traveler, here's what you need to know.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:30:00 -0400
Name: Molly Fitzpatrick and William Sill and Malachi (3) and Malala (two months old)
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Size: 875 square feet
Years Lived In: 6 years, owned
What happens when a mason and a textile designer renovate a house together? In the case of Molly Fitzpatrick, the creative behind the colorful home wares of DittoHouse, and her husband William Sill, the result is a modern space with an attention to detail and a respect of natural materials. What makes this house's renovation really stand out is the couple's collaboration on the space; and most impressively, William has done much of the work himself. It's not just looks, though, that makes this renovation successful: at just 875 square feet, much of their changes have led to more storage, and an unfinished attic renovation created an ultra-organized studio space.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:00:00 -0400
David Bowie may be gone from this world, but the mark he left is not. The late rock star and his wife, supermodel Iman, lived in this New York City condo from 1992 to 2002, and now it's back on the market.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:00:00 -0400
Range hoods might seem like a utilitarian, boring way to spend money in a kitchen, but they can be essential for odor removal and ventilation, plus they're often required by building codes. Upscale designer kitchens with big industrial range hoods or bespoke built-in covers prove that done right, they can be a beautiful focal point. First you need to pick out the hood, though. This guide will take you through some of the many options you may have when buying a range hood.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:39:54 -0400(Image credit: Anthropologie) Alright, Anthro fans, now is the time to scoop up sale items at an even bigger savings. The boho chic retailer is offering an additional 25% off products already on sale. We rounded up some stylish picks from the house and home section, so you can save time and save some money. READ MORE »[...]
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0400(Image credit: Shutterstock) If you've ever needed further encouragement to stay in and binge on animal documentaries (I have not), they've now been shown to be scientifically good for you: Research from BBC Earth and the University of California has found that watching nature programmes [such as Planet Earth II] ... increased people's feelings of awe, contentedness, and joy. READ MORE »[...]
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:00:00 -0400
This might be the most shocking Miley Cyrus news yet. And no, it's not about a risqué performance or her relationship with a Hemsworth. Did you know her mother and sister are interior decorators? Well, they are, and they're getting their own show on Bravo.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0400(Image credit: Rocky Mountain Land Library) Two longtime bookstore employees are currently transforming an abandoned Colorado cattle ranch into a "literary 'home on the range' for writers, artists and nature-lovers." READ MORE »[...]
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0400
Name: Maria Raco, Founder of NewWall
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 9 years, owned
The walls in Maria Raco's downtown Toronto apartment do not disappoint. As the founder and director of NewWall, a wallpaper distributor of collections from Marimekko, Timorous Beasties and more, plenty of rooms in her home feature vibrant patterns. Rustic wood beams and tall ceilings contrast nicely with the kitchen she designed two years ago, which has sleek cabinets and a contrasting black and white materials palette. She shares her dramatic and comfortable home with her husband and new baby son.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:30:00 -0400(Image credit: Target) Elevating your spring wardrobe just became so much easier, thanks to the recent release of the Victoria Beckham for Target look book. Stealing a glimpse at all the styles before they debut in stores and Target.com on April 9 should definitely put you a few steps ahead in the fashion game. READ MORE »[...]
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:00:00 -0400(Image credit: Food52) Sometimes it's the little things that really make the room. If you've got a space that needs a little extra something, consider splurging a bit on one of these 20 stylish pieces. READ MORE »[...]