What a great DIY project: this table screams Summer! And it should be pretty easy to wrap up in a weekend as it’s a basic picnic table style with two benches. The fun part will be the staining! We found it in the house of Chile’s Juan Pablo Merino – but you can do this easily at home with a little patience and a few screws. Plus some wood and stain, of course.The table – and benches for that matter – are simple square ends, with a top … (read more)
All for One and One for All.
This 4 in 1 living space combines kitchen, dining, entertaining, and sleeping all within one public area without compromising the overall design aesthetic of the home. The public zones are all allocated into three sections of the open concept living space with the living area double the size of the food zones while at the same time sharing its square footage with the exposed yet hidden sleeping zone. Disguised as an oversized ottoman the bed fits seamlessly into the overall furniture layout of the entertaining … (read more)
Dressed by Jean Paul Gaultier in classically cool Sailor collection fabrics, the Mah Jong modular sofa from Roche Bobois brings a nautical theme to your living room. Boasting a casual blue, white and red motif of solids, stripes and spots, this sea-inspired style adds an air of carefree getaway to your everyday. The casual fabrics complement the sofa’s laissez-faire form of low-profile, large scale cushions that invite you to kick back and relax. In the wake of Roche Bobois’ Couture Furniture, this modular design has … (read more)
We love the vacation vibe in this exotic bedroom design by Roche Bobois. From floor to ceiling, this space inspires a laid-back mood perfect for a bedroom getaway. Underfoot, an interesting floor design features natural-finish wood planks arranged in perpendicular patterns. Exposed concrete walls lend this room a slightly industrial style, keeping with the casual overall aesthetic. Overhead, exposed wood beams add rustic warmth and interest. And like any truly worthy getaway, the focal point in this bedroom is a dream! We fell in love with … (read more)
’30 Rock’ ends with a big idea: Transparent dishwashers
At the end of last night’s “30 Rock” finale, ex-network exec Jack Donaghy is about to set sail around the world when he has a brainstorm: “Clear dishwashers! You can see what’s going on inside! It’s the best idea I’ve ever had. Thank God I took that boat trip.” Jack may be onto something. In Consumer Reports labs we’ve noticed that the windows on kitchen and laundry appliances are getting bigger and bigger and one of our top-rated toasters has … (read more)
This modern spa space at the luxurious Viceroy Miami hotel in South Florida is as hot as the weather. A bold blend of black, white and yellow welcomes guests who flock to this hotspot for its sumptuous resort amenities, but who stay for its sleek sense of style. The hotel’s claim to fame is its collection of one-of-a-kind Lasvit lighting sculptures. In the impeccably decorated spa, the piece de resistance is the Chamomilla Chandelier, a collaborative effort between Lasvit and modern designer Philippe Starck. Not to be missed, this daring yellow chandelier installation … (read more)
Ikea has a bright new idea, using and selling only LEDs
Better known for its modest prices, unassembled furniture and meatballs, Ikea is making the switch from CFLs to LEDs. Not only will the Swedish home furnishings giant be illuminating all its stores with light-emitting diode bulbs by 2016 but the retailer will only sell that type of bulb as well. LEDs are pricier than CFLs but prices are coming down and Ikea expects its prices to be lower than most.
“LEDs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs, … (read more)