Monthly Archives: November 2018

Rugs to Covet: Madeline Weinrib

Approximately four years ago I walked into a small design shop in San Francisco and has been positively bowled over with a pink carpet with silver medallions. It seemed to encompass everything I loved about design, such as a few paradoxes. It was concurrently geometric and natural, lively and elegant, inspired by ancient design and yet completely modern.

Thus began my love affair with the textiles and rugs of Madeline Wienrib. The granddaughter of ABC Carpet & Home creator Max Weinrib, Madeline is famous for layouts inspired by the patterns of India, Morocco and Asia. Until she does a line for Target (a girl can dream) she will stay very, very high on my covet list.

Eclectic Rugs – $875

The chenille Mandala carpet with metallic silver accents. The carpet that started it all.

Yvonne McFadden LLC

The cotton Mandala carpet in Steel. Perhaps it doesn’t take your breath away, but it is definitely marriage material.

Vanessa De Vargas

The cotton Brooke carpet in Chestnut. A modern classic.

Madeline Weinrib

Hot Pink Brooke

The Hot Pink Brooke. Similar, but way hotter.

Niche Interiors

The Brooke carpet in Tibetan wool. Kind of makes you want to get naked and roll around.

Beckwith Interiors

The Otto carpet in Grape. Inside this room it is the focal point, but it also lends itself to layering and lots of rich design.

Zoe Feldman Design, Inc..

A runner in wool. This design can no longer be accessible, but it is gorgeous to look at.

Madeline Weinrib

Pink Suzi Tibetan Wool Rug

The Pink Suzi. Oh. My. God. I wish you can feel it. It’s like walking on the rear of a very small lamb fed just strawberries and cream.

Madeline Weinrib

Pink Sommers Suzani Bags

Did I mention that she makes evening bags? You know, in case you want one to match your amazing Tibetan wool runner.

Madeline Weinrib

Madeline Weinrib Empire Coat

Or maybe an ikat empire-waist coat to decide on your pillows, rugs and bedding?

Madeline Weinrib

Multi-Plum Ikat Pillow from Madeline Weinrib Atelier

One of many ikat cushions.

Madeline Weinrib

Blue Collins Ikat Bedspread

Custom-made bedding. Also available in other colours.

More:
Guest Picks: Exotic Textiles for the Home

Textile Traditions: Applying Suzanis on Your D├ęcor

11 Area Rug Rules and How to Break Them

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Guest Groups: A Man Cave a Woman Could Love

We’re in the middle of March Madness around here, which means basketball 24/7. This has me thinking how fine it would be if I could create my husband his own individual cave. Both of these words make most women cringe, but I feel the ideal mix of pieces can be found to design a manly area that even we girls could feel joyful about. Here are 20 “masculine” products I would love to utilize to design a man cave within our house.
— Emily from Emily A. Clarke

Home Decorators Collection

Gordon Tufted Sofa, Blue Leather – $999

A timeless Chesterfield couch in blue for under $1,000? At this cost, it may be fun to organize your room with some of these beauties.

Etsy

Mustache Quote Printing Typography Poster A3 From handz – $19

Every man cave should have a bit of humor. The mustache craze continues with this adorable poster.

Lumens

Series 11 Six-Drawer Console by Blu Dot – $1,999

Considering that the TV is normally the focus of any man cave, shouldn’t it have a beautiful console on which to sit (or hang above)? This one is the best union of modern and rustic — and provides ample storage for DVDs, games and whatever else you want to hide out.

Geometric – $249.95

A huge bit of colorful artwork is a fantastic addition to any man cave. It gives you a wonderful color palette to work from and will blend well with more personal momentos, sports posters, etc..

Restoration Hardware

Grand Leather Bean Bag Chair – $845

Yes, bean bag chairs are for grown-ups too! Great for lounging and additional chairs, this one comes at a beautiful worn leather.

Arch Floor Lamp – $399.95

I really like the sleek, modern look of the floor lamp. And, its metallic finish gives it a wonderful industrial feel.

Jayson Home

Natural Cowhide – $795

What says “manly” just like a cowhide rug? It can also add a good deal of texture into a room and looks great layered over a natural area rug.

Vanguard Furniture

Tate Recliner

Isn’t it a requirement that every man cave possess a recliner (or two)? That being the case, this sleek variation would make a lovely — and comfy along with your space.

Ballard Designs

Upholstered Cube – $147

These little cubes are so flexible, and look great in a bold pattern. I would use two or even four to serve as an impromptu cocktail table or as additional seating for the big game.

DwellStudio

Axel Round Dining Table – $2,160

I would add a round table for game night, cards, etc.. This one just happens to have a midcentury design with gold legs.

DwellStudio

Sven Leather Dining Chair – $1,500

A set of those chairs would be great around a round game table. They are sleek and masculine at the same moment.

Shades of Light

De Vine Wood Ball Chandelier – $479

This light is made of woven twisted vines and is certain to be a fantastic conversation piece. It might add a ton of feel and is certainly not a girly chandelier!

Z Gallerie

Everglades Square Wood Tray 24″ x 24″ – $57.95

This big square menu could be perfect to use for drinks or snacks, particularly sitting on a cocktail ottoman.

Shop Ten 25

Tangerine Ziggy Pillows – $150

Even a man cave deserves a little color. I would add some of those abstract chevron pillows in tangerine.

Restoration Hardware

Fishing Weights – $79

I really like the vintage appeal of those fishing weights. They are perfect as door stops, paper weights or for accessorizing tabletops and bookshelves.

Home Decorators Collection

Cottage Accent Table – $99

End tables are essential for drinks (and remotes). This one is small enough to be tucked into a tight place. Additionally, it is in a fun color and costs less than $100!

Lamps Plus

Cinni Textured Bronze Desk Fan – $319.91

Guys love their fans, and this one has a great deal of vintage charm. It’s a great way to accessorize a console table and keep cool all at one time.

Jayson Home

Sepia Throw, Feather – $250

A striped throw is a good (rather than overly-feminine) method to add pattern to any couch or chair. And, it is going to keep you warm — if he ever invites you to watch TV in his man cave.

Z Gallerie

Faux Deer Antlers – $39.95

These faux deer antlers in silver are perfect for accessorizing your guy’s space. I would use them on a TV console to get a fantastic sculptural element.

Cost Plus World Market

Campaign Desk – $229.99

This casual desk could double as a sofa table and work space. I enjoy the industrial sense that it might add to a masculine space.

Next: 8 Ways to Design Up the Man Cave

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Ideabook 911: Enhance a Galley Kitchen

“Can there be a way to make a galley kitchen special?” Asks user Cynd123 about the questions board. The answer is”absolutely!” Just as your kitchen is narrow and long, there is no reason it must feel like a tunnel. While not always perfect for more than 1 chef, galley kitchens are efficient space savers where the job triangle works just fine, and they deserve large style. See how to produce a galley kitchen layout special with artwork, pattern, flooring, lighting and a little shine.

elegueller arquitetos

When there’s a solid wall in the end, make it stand out with wallpaper or tile.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

An even better way to take care of that wall, even if possible, is a floor-to-ceiling perspective outdoors. Note how the route beyond the door appears to be an extension of the galley. If you do not have space for something this big, even just a small window can help.

Gary Hutton Design

Talking of lighting, add a skylight when possible. Note how this glossy planked ceiling reflects the lighting.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

If opening the wall with a door or window outside isn’t feasible, place an eye-catching piece of artwork, like this picture black and white subway sign, in the end of the galley.

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

This homeowner had the option of opening one side of the galley to another area, but he didn’t want to sacrifice the upper cupboard storage. To compensate for the absence of natural lighting, he made sure to keep everything reflective and light by means of a glass tile backsplash and lighted cabinets with glass doors.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

If you have sufficient storage space, punch through a galley wall to borrow visual space from another room. This may be via a pass-through hole or a half wall.

Amoroso Design

You might even be able to remove the wall completely and separate the kitchen out of a living or dining area via an island like this one.

Vanni Archive/Architectural Photography

Decide on a floor you adore. Among the pros of a galley kitchen is you won’t need very many square feet of the substance, which means that you can afford to splurge.

Hufft Projects

Adopt the long proportions by highlighting them with a rhythmic rug.

MN Builders

If you’re renovating or building, see if you can produce the galley wide enough for two cooks to match past each other with lots of space to spare.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Don’t control your desire for style; there is no rule that says that a galley kitchen must be stripped and white down. No one will care that space is a little tight when a kitchen is as glossy and glamorous as this particular one.

Schwartz and Architecture

Borrow natural lighting from different rooms. Using open shelves rather than a wall for division on the left side of the kitchen opens up it making it lighter.

Kitchens by Design

Use particular cabinets. All these zebra wood cabinets stand out, and also the lengthy drawer handles emphasize the flat.

Jessica Kelly Design

If you can, max out the storage in your cabinets and forgo as many upper cabinets as you can.

Get some smart ideas for maxing out the space in the cabinets
Get a closer look in the window seat in this kitchen

Isler Homes

A chairs corner is really nice to have at the end of a galley. It allows the chef to have company without people getting in the way.

Isler Homes

Pay particular attention to light and take advantage of light under shelves and cabinets.

Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs

Boost the ceiling. Adding height vertically makes this space feel much bigger than it is.

Watch the first question and post a question of your own

More: Read galley kitchen photographs
Kitchen Layouts: A Vote for your Good Old Galley
Kitchen Solution: The Open Island
The Well-Concealed Kitchen

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Unusual Fireplaces: Bright Areas for Average Homes

The typical American home tends to lack signifigant architectural detail. Long, straight rooms of white on white with small molding and builder-grade doors may get old. One of the simplest ways to add a punch would be to add a fire feature. The visual impact of a fireplace may enliven a space, and the heat of the fires can create any space comfy.

Check out these fire attributes included in specific ways — you could just be prompted to bring several fires for your next home improvement project.

California Home + Design

A fireplace may liven up an easy white space. Instead of going with a conventional arrangement, try an asymmetrical one. A thick black mantel provides the feature dimension.

Bill Fry Construction – Wm. H. Fry Const. Co..

White isn’t your style? Try out this arrangement with a rustic stone surround and organic wood mantel. It works flawlessly with the angled line of this ceiling.

Samuel H. Williamson Associates

A fireplace is not simply a boon to indoor spaces; it may liven up an exterior as well. This chimney provides a basic ranch shape more character and lends a cottage feel.

Frederick + Frederick Architects

Perhaps you don’t need a fireplace inside, however an outdoor fireplace will be perfect. Adding a fireplace instantly creates an outdoor space and may expand your living room.

Barbara

If you don’t have a fireplace, you may add a hint of a hearth with a mantelpiece.

Mark English Architects, AIA

Fire has a home in this kitchen via a wood-burning pizza oven. Can there be anything more reassuring than a pepperoni pie baking over open coals?

hatch + ulland owen architects

If a pizza oven is too large of a commitment for you, maybe a conventional fireplace is the best addition to your kitchen and dining room. This fireplace, set behind the dining table, adds interest to the back wall and a homey glow to winter nights.

Built Incorporated

If your appearance is more contemporary, a sleek concrete encircle might be the way to go. This appearance is anything but ordinary.

Alpha Design Group

Here is another surround set to a wall. A gas fireplace lessens the maintenance and cleanup of a conventional fireplace.

However you choose to design the space, a tiny fire or the suggestion of it may incorporate a warm, reassuring touch to your home.

Read thousands of fireplace designs

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16 Stunningly Beautiful Fireplaces
The Ideal Built-Ins For Your Fireplace
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Mood Indigo: 11 Reasons to Love This Rich Blue

In my fleeting love affairs with color (thanks to the memories, crimson ), there’s one old flame I have never left: indigo. Classic and complicated, it brings a dash of mystique to the comforting familiarity of gloomy. Here are a couple of great ways to coating it into a room.

I could stare at this composition daily. Pure white seems luminous from the soaked indigo walls and floor — it’s an arresting matchup.

Burnham Design

The intricate design with this torso, magnificent both for its color and pattern, seems as though it had been painted with India ink. And the way the image frame brings the color up is a nice touch.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

This living area appears as crisp and tailored as a blue blazer paired with a white shirt. Pale blue from the kitchen really is a nice reflection of its darker counterpart.

Susan Serra

Blue kitchen cabinets always catch my eye, and those have the faded, textured charm of lace. The blue is a nice middle ground between the white cupboards and dark floor.

Moon Design + Build

Here’s another take on an indigo kitchen — this one considerably sleeker and more modern. The glossy cabinets cool down the blue and give it a mod twist.

Nina Jizhar

Splashes of indigo make this calm white bedroom to life. The natural, freeform art permeates the geometric lines and keeps the distance from appearing overly static.

The Lettered Cottage

Wow — this overscale mural is a eye-popper. The room feels like it’s wrapped in a large, cozy indigo cardigan.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

The high-gloss indigo walls are fantastic, but that desk is the crowning touch. The glistening finish comes from auto paint — too cool!

Deep indigo walls make an intense but subtle background for layers of texture in this dining area.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Deep blues and oxblood reds provide a classic color pairing refreshing appeal. I enjoy seeing a sunroom that is not performed in tropical brights or washed-out, beachy colors.

More: How to Pick the Right Blue
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