Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- It's as simple as cleaning house. Cottrell removed interior doors, raised doorways to the ceilings, and ripped up shag carpeting and waxed the underneath concrete to a shiny finish.
- Another strategy is to concentrate on a single fabric (Cottrell picked a velvet material for her couch and chair, above) and to focus on lighter color scheme, such as white-and-gray.
- Cottrell also did the renovation in stages as she figured out over time what needed to be done, and she says, "Doing the work in phases allowed me to save for what I really wanted.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Want a set of hotel silver on the cheap? Then, run over to P.O.S.H's annual The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Sale, which is offering up to 75 percent off all merchandise until Friday, April 2nd. Monday thru Saturday 10-7, Sunday 11-5. (613 N. State St.; 312-280-1602, poshchicago.com). (But don't get too excited and run off with their spoons!)
Susanin's Auctions is a go this weekend. The live auction for Auction 82 is on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., but you can check out the collectibles going on the auction block all week and until 7 p.m. on Thursday evening. (900 S. Clinton at Taylor Street; 312-832-9311, susanins.com).
Friday, March 5, 2010
- One gallon Ace Royal Touch Interior Alkyd Enamel Undercoater (about $40, acehardware.com for store locations)
- One gallon Behr High-Gloss latex (shown in Citrus Blast; $24, homedepot.com for store locations)
- Regular or foam paintbrush (prices vary, at hardware stores)
- One pack 100-grit or 220-grit sandpaper (about $4 each at hardware stores)
- If the paint is peeling or uneven as a result of multiple coats, give the entire surface a light once-over with 100-grit sandpaper to smooth rough edges and create a uniform surface. If the old paint is in good condition, with no flaking or bumps, use 220-grit sandpaper to rough up the smooth finish a bit so the new paint will stick. Vacuum up all the residual grit, or wipe it off with a clean cloth.
- Apply a single, uniform coat of primer with either a regular or foam paintbrush and let dry. Many brands recommend waiting up to 24 hours before painting.
- When the primer is dry, use a clean brush to apply the first coat of paint. Let it dry for at least two hours, then apply a second coat and let it dry (two coats are generally the minimum needed for a nice, even finish)
- For furniture with intricate carving or thin spindles, consider using a spray primer and a high-gloss spray paint after sanding.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Prices range from $40 and up for a 5x5 print; $95 for a 12x12. Click here to see Henri's complete portfolio.
Pottery Barn's fabric-by-the-yard includes this graphic ikat print (below). One yard is priced at $50.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The burl coffee table (above) -- a Baughman original-- is listed at $2400. If that's a budget buster even for a collectible piece (for many of us, "yes"), then check out this 70s vintage burl coffee table (below) with chrome inset designs listed on Ebay for $499. There's no guarantee, but the chrome base may have been designed by Baughman or another reputable mid-century designer, Paul Evans.
The dining room tables, like the Baughman 114-inch long one (below) is so versatile. Pair it with elegant high back nailhead trimmed chairs? Or match with the mod lines of an Eames-style chair? (Many of the dining tables are also sensible for small spaces because they come with two leaves allowing it to expand to an 8-person table.)But don't give up on finding an original if that's what you want. It just takes more patience and a little more digging. An estate service is auctioning this Baughman designed olivewood burled Parsons dining table (below) for $495.Nobody will be laughing -- just envying-- your apartment's burl-esque addition.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
- "A generously scaled sofa, mirror, chair, rug or piece of furniture will trick the eye," says designer Mariette Himes Gomez. In the picture above is her Manhattan apartment, where the oversized bookcase is making you forget about the room's low ceilings and narrow design.
- "Always make sure that every piece is multiuse," says designer Alessandra Branca. So, for example, use your table as a desk and an eating table.
- "Use larger patterns on floors. Stencils the floors and upholster the walls. With a small room, think grand," says interior decorator Alex Papachristidis. The idea is creating an illusion to distact the eye, so that it's hard decipher the exact size.
- Designer Suzanne Kasler says "add a wall of mirrors...to make the room look exponentially bigger." Yet again, it seems like another device to trick the eye into seeing more where there is less.
- Against the grain of most design advice, which advises painting rooms lighter shades to make it look brighter, designer Amanda Nisbet thinks you should embrace the "inherently cozy" nature of a small apartment. Her instructions: paint the room a dark glossy color or cover the walls with wool or velvet. Add a large, fluffy sofa, a small chair and try to incorporate different sources of light. The last touch? But of course--a cashmere throw.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
With through-the-roof rents, small and cramped apartments, and kitchenettes deemed a way of life, soirees among the 20s subset usually migrate elsewhere.
But if you do want to do something special and welcome friends over for a cocktail or dessert, one easy trick is to stow a set of six folding chairs under your bed or in closets.
Bygone is the era of folding chairs with white and metal frames. From bamboo to orange to mod, you won't begrudge pulling out seating next time the gals mosey over for a glass of Chablis.
Tap your French-Indian style with these bamboo folding chairs (below). Each chair is $17.
So clever. These turquoise "ghost" folding chairs (below), which are available in every color of the rainbow and beyond, fold into themselves and therefore, minimize their storage size. Fold-away chairs (below) in one of the hottest materials of the year-- lucite. They're available from Gracious Home for $129 each. Target's "Cannes" folding chairs (below) in every color of the rainbow, retailing at $189.