To kick off Blogfest 2012, I had the chance to tour the stunning 2012 Kips Bay Decorator Showcase. While our previous story on the showcase provided an overview of the gorgeous rooms, I was inspired to highlight the smaller, most memorable moments that transformed the spaces. Hand-painted murals, unexpected surfaces, and cleverly styled vignettes are just some of the imaginative tactics used. Keep reading to see how these designers used details to elevate the look of their spaces.
We recently swung by the Fall press previews for Crate & Barrel, CB2, and Land of Nod, and were utterly delighted by the new Fall lines. Most of these pieces won't be available until July, so you're getting an exclusive peek at what to expect from these companies in the coming months — make sure to bookmark your favorites so you can look for them online or in-store after July. Here are some quick notes on each collection:
- Crate & Barrel: Gorgeous Marimekko fabrics, natural woods, plaid and stripe upholstery, organic, handmade-looking tableware, pops of blue, and beautiful pendant lamps are some of the highlights for us.
- CB2: A fun, urban vibe, big pops of color, especially yellow, experimentation with pattern (see the red gingham lounge chair and various rugs), and natural woods.
- Land of Nod: This kids' retailer provides major inspiration for weddings or outdoor party decor thanks to the lanterns, garlands, string lights, and textiles. We're also loving the throw pillow, pendants, Sante Fe-style rugs, wall decor, and more.
Keep clicking to see everything we loved from the retailers!
All photos courtesy of Tanya Salazar for Crate and Barrel
Today, Serena & Lily's new bath line is finally available, and it doesn't disappoint. Filled with dreamy palettes, handmade details, and luxurious materials, the new bath line has everything you need to transform your bathroom into a Summer spa. Inspired by the refined global aesthetic of some of the world's most beautiful boutique hotels, the line offers everything from chic, water-friendly seating to brass canisters lovely enough to display anywhere. Keep reading for a look at our favorite pieces from the new collection!
We're big fans of Missoni, so the idea of living in a luxury high-rise apartment that's been designed by MissoniHome is certainly tempting us to catch a flight and take a tour. As the first residential building in the world whose interiors will be branded by MissoniHome, the 52-story Acqua Livingstone in Manila is certainly a design-forward project. It's actually the fourth of six condominium towers under construction as part of the Acqua Private Residences — $315.9 million building project.
The only other way to enjoy this type of Missoni-branded interiors is by visiting the Missoni-branded hotels in Edinburgh and Kuwait. Keep clicking to take a look at some artist illustrations of the project. Maybe you'll be inspired to make a move to Manila, too!
In these strange real estate days, it's unusual for a property to sell above its asking price — but that's exactly what happened with Jenna Lyons and estranged artist husband Vincent Mazeau's Brooklyn townhouse. Listed through Sotheby's for $3.75 million in November, the home has sold for $4 million, according to Curbed.
The home, which was featured in lengthy spreads everywhere from Domino to LivingETC, was first purchased by the couple in 2004 for $1.3 million and extensively renovated afterward. With seven bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths as well as a wine cellar and back garden among many other features, it's a truly amazing piece of real estate. Take a tour of the home as it looked in the real estate listing when you keep clicking!
Found everywhere from chic, urban bathrooms to those sporting a more relaxed, country vibe, the pedestal sink is a hardworking problem solver for the small bathroom. If you're looking to replace the cabinet sink in your bathroom with a pedestal model, you can rely on companies such as Kohler for your new purchase, or you can find antique pedestal sinks for sale through various dealers. With antique models, some of which date back to the 19th century, be prepared for a lower height on your sink, as the way people used sinks over 100 years ago was quite different to the modern use. From shampooing hair to sponge baths, the lower heights provided the perfect way to get clean, especially when hot water was precious.
Whether you opt for an antique model or a new one, know that your new pedestal sink will add a streamlined, clean look to your bathroom while conserving space. See how this adaptable sink can look great in your bathroom, whatever your style.
I always feel as if my bathroom could use a bit more prettiness. Whether it's a soft, perfectly striped towel or a new piece of artwork, this room shouldn't be overlooked. See some Etsy pieces I've found that will help to make the bathroom more beautiful.
Fascinating fact: Nearly 3,000 years ago on the island of Crete, the original version of a clawfoot tub was first created. At five feet long, the tub was made of a hard clay material and looked much like the 19th-century clawfoot tub. Good design lasts forever, and this tub is no exception.
Today, clawfoot tubs can be found in all styles of bathrooms, from country chic to industrial modern and everything in between. With versions of tub designs including traditional roll rim, slipper, double ended, and pedestal, there are a range of looks to choose from. You can purchase clawfoot tubs new, or find a refurbished vintage tub from any number of dealers across the country.
The most fun part about a clawfoot tub, though, is decorating around it! I've rounded up some very different looks that all complement the tub's design. Take a look, and see which bathroom has you longing to add a clawfoot to your home.
Bathrooms tend to be overlooked places, but they're actually one of the easiest places to have fun and go wild with your decorating! Since they're relatively small, one bold choice makes a big impact and won't be swallowed up by lots of furniture and textiles, as it would in, say, a living room. To get the wheels turning in your head, I thought I'd give you a little inspiration for making a bold statement in your own bathroom.
When we first looked at our house before buying it, we knew we wouldn't be able to live long with this 1990s bathroom, complete with plastic marble tub. So it took us two weeks from moving to start the demo process and get to work! Not only is this the only bathroom in the house, but it is tiny! I mean really tiny: if I remember correctly it is just five by seven feet. We opted to keep the same configuration since there was really no other way! We searched high and low for a small sink with storage and luckily Ikea had just what we were looking for, of course at a great price, too! The whole process took about three weeks and a couple more months of fine tuning. It isn't quite done yet, as I still have a few ideas for the mirror and have to eventually find some artwork, but it has come along way from the 1990s!