Whether you're planning a major renovation or just want to introduce a bit of luxury to your kitchen and bathroom design, we can help. After checking out the latest at the 2013 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans, it seems the hottest doodads are a hybrid of futuristic technology, smart sustainability, and gallery-worthy design. Keep reading to see the seven new items for kitchens and bathrooms we want now!
For some of us, the kitchen is a frightening place filled with sharp objects, alien ingredients, and hot surfaces. But for cats, it's a jungle gym of exploration. There are things to play with, sit on, hide in, nibble on, and nap in. If you have a surface, appliance, utensil, or container, then your cat will find a novel use for it. Take a look at some of our favorite cats getting comfy in the kitchen.
I am always drawn to the boxes of old photos at my local flea market, but after stockpiling them over the years, I have to admit that I have no idea of what to do with them. Luckily, a company called Project B does, and the results are fantastic.
The team behind Project B seeks out anonymous vintage photos and makes them available in museum-quality, limited-edition prints — essentially rescuing bits of history and bringing them back to life.
The photos are strong on their own, but since they are already curated in albums such as Inside Hollywood and Americana, it's easy to buy prints that work well together. With prices starting at $95, you are going to be tempted to stock up on a little bit of history.
We'd all love to invest in quality furniture, but sitting down at that sleek new dining table can present some financial hurdles. Luckily, a contemporary Canadian furniture brand is setting out to change that — and at no expense to your aesthetic. By cutting out the middlemen in the industry, Bryght allows people to essentially shop directly from the factories, shedding mark-ups associated with importers, distributors, and sales people — and effectively saving them an estimated 50 percent in the process. Better yet, the brand offers a free 30-day home trial period with free shipping and returns in North America: commitment-phobes, the line starts here!
High-design and high-quality, Bryght's contemporary and transitional collection comes from top international designers who've cut their teeth at companies like Established & Sons, Habitat, and Stella McCartney. In our opinion, it competes with the Crate and Barrels and Room & Boards of the world, but see for yourself. Here are a few of our top picks from the collection.
According to our friends at Trulia, Jennifer Lopez just snatched up a three-acre slice of heaven in the Hamptons. The eight-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bath estate has everything you'd need for a perfect Summer escape, and then some. Take a peek inside and see the rooms and amenities that warrant the $10 million listing price!
If you've ever purchased an old wooden dresser from Craigslist for the express purpose of turning it into something fabulous, you're not alone. With a little DIY ingenuity, even the most unattractive dressers can become the focal point of a room. Keep reading for 10 solutions for tricking out dated dressers, and let us know which one inspires you the most!
We love a good collaboration, and our newest favorite is a line of dish towels (yes, dish towels!) between San Francisco Bay Area-based artist/illustrator Lisa Congdon and ultracool Downtown LA-based shop/gallery Poketo.
The 100 percent linen towels ($20 each) are covered with handprinted pyramid geometrics and herringbones in a range of colors that feel a lot like Summer. And while we would be perfectly happy with these towels just cheering up our kitchen, they would also be fantastic as place mats, eco-friendly gift wrapping, or as hostess gifts. What I'm saying is, get ready to buy them in multiples.
We always knew interior-designer-turned-apothecary-owner Alison Evans had great taste, but moving across the country to restore a historic home (in under just four months!) takes vision. Built by a sea captain in the early 19th century, the home hadn't been touched since the '70s, but beyond the layers of dingy linoleum, wallpaper, and carpeting, Alison and husband Jon could envision their dream home. Located in East Orleans, MA, their new hometown is known for its sweet mom-and-pop shops, fabulous farmers market, and the best beaches around — including an exclusive residents beach just a five-minute drive from their home! Keep reading to see some of our favorite design moments in the house and get Alison's tips for starting a decorating project from scratch.
Photos courtesy of Organic Photography
Each Spring, Bay Area home enthusiasts flock to the San Francisco Decorator Showcase to get their design fix. If you're close to San Francisco, I recommend checking out this historic mansion's jaw-dropping transformation in person before it closes on May 27. Brimming with creative design solutions, I snapped some of my favorites that can be applied to any home. Keep reading to see which moments caught my lense!
We knew she had jokes, but Ellen DeGeneres's design chops are taking center stage in the May issue of ELLE DECOR (on stands April 16). She and Portia de Rossi open the doors to their stunning Santa Monica ranch — a haven where Portia can indulge in equestrian activities while Ellen chips away at her second life calling: interiors. Portia assumed that the eight-cabin ranch would take Ellen years to decorate, but with the help of interior designers Jay Holman and Cliff Fong, Ellen pulled it off in just one! Keep reading to peek inside some of our favorite rooms in their ranch, and see the products we're eyeing to get the look.
Photos courtesy of William Abranowicz for ELLE DECOR