Coveting a seaside cottage but don't have the extra $1.5 million? Not to worry — we're cribbing notes from this historic Hamptons home that is waiting for the right buyer. Designed by ASH NYC staging firm, the cottage features a well-curated mix of rustic accents, midcentury modern pieces, and buckets of white paint. Keep reading to discover the key products to replicate the look in your own home, and tour the rest of the home at Curbed.
I'd been dreaming of painting the interior doors in my family/living room for. like. ever. I just kept chickening out, worried that maybe I'd regret my decision to paint them. In the end I'm so glad I decided to follow my instincts — after all it's just paint. If I tire of the black I can always repaint . . . but I don't think I'll be tiring of the black any time soon.
Head on over to Our Fifth House for before and after pictures!
Have you completed any decorating projects lately? Be sure to share photos with the Su Casa group!
Here's a post from Sarah, who shared this dresser makeover with the CasaSugar Community.
There's an old, crumbling mosque behind my apartment building. One day my partner and I were walking by, and saw this dresser outside. It was in pretty good shape — all the woodwork was fine, it seemed sturdy and like it had probably just been sitting unused in a community room for a while. Ugly as heck though — it was an off-putting yellow, with some bronzey-goldish trim. The handles were dangling off, at least one was quite bent out of shape, and someone had taped the doors shut with masking tape because they were missing a latch. Neither of us is one to pass on free furniture, so we dragged it around the block and upstairs (it's quite a beast) and set to work.
I chose this light blue in semigloss (Benjamin Moore's "Old Pickup Blue") because it's a lighter version of our kitchen curtains, because I thought a light color would be a good contrast to the dark handles, and because we both like blue. We kept the original handles/drawer pulls, and my partner managed to fix the bent one and replace the inner latch on the doors. I'm pretty happy with how it came out. Thanks, neighborhood mosque!
There's no denying the transformative nature of white furniture. It instantly brightens a space while adding crispness and balance to neutral and colorful palettes alike. While a new piece of white furniture is a welcoming addition any time of year, there's something especially alluring about decorating with white for Summer. Whether you're a traditionalist, modernist, or anything in between, you're sure to fall hard for at least one of these finds!
We're happy to present a post from Stylelist Home!
I lived in Brooklyn for five years and after a life of loneliness (my friends deemed Brooklyn to be about as far away as Florida), I decided to move over the bridge to Manhattan. I rented a shoebox-sized apartment (300 square feet) downtown and was just happy to be back in civilization where my friends would come and visit me. A fourth-floor walkup, the space was described somewhat generously as a one-bedroom.
I had one window, which looked into an air shaft where a weird man would stare at me, and my apartment smelled like sweet-and-sour chicken. I had to climb over the sink to get to the tub, which was actually more like a crypt. The most disturbing part was that what looked like urine would leak through the ceiling from the apartment above. It felt like I was paying $2,000 a month to live in a tenement.
The turning point came when the landlord said he was raising the rent. I started looking for something cheaper and couldn't find anything, so that's when I decided to take the leap, scrape together my savings, and buy a place. I didn't want cookie-cutter: I was looking for something older with character. I found it in an elevator building just off Union Square. The 500-square-foot apartment had original details like old wooden beams, crystal doorknobs, and exposed metal door frames.
Keep reading to hear about the renovation and to see how the apartment looks now!
This season of Mad Men has sadly ended, and we're longing for the cool style of the show. Luckily, interior designer Susan Manrao is helping us to forget our sadness over the season finale by sharing some great decorating tips in the Mad Men style. Keep reading for all of her fabulous tips!
Are you tuning in for the premiere episode of HGTV Design Star tonight? We are! After devouring the bios and portfolios of this season's talented lineup, we're casting our predictions for the seven designers that we think have the strongest chances of winning the competition. Browse our gallery to meet who we're favoring from this season's contestants and see the standout spaces they've designed that are fueling our predictions. Which designers do you think will lead this season? Let us know in the comments below!
While in New York, I had the opportunity to tour Ford Lininger's stunning showroom, which included decorative pieces from KGB Limited, Jan Kath, and Zoë Luyendijk. The impeccable mix of modern and vintage furniture, lighting, and rugs offered something truly inspirational in every corner. In the KGB Limited section, I was especially taken with the vibrantly colored seating options, sleek tables, and vintage pendants, while Jan Kath's and Zoë Luyendijk's rugs offered a contemporary spin on traditional patterns. Keep reading for a tour of the gorgeous showroom!
Earlier today, we featured Kyle Schuneman's first tiny apartment transformation. Now, we're sharing before and after photos from another apartment Kyle vastly improved thanks to some help from HauteLook.
Keep clicking to see how Kyle turned a cramped Manhattan apartment into a positively beachy getaway. If you love what you see in the apartments, you can also shop the products at HauteLook.
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