Posts Tagged 'home'

Roll on

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Fabric roller shades: a how delightful post at bohemian hellhole

Let there be lighting

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office-light-off
bath-light-off
guest-light-off
dining-light-off

When choosing lighting for my early mid-century house, I considered Rejuvenation, who have been offering quality period lighting for thirty years. I like their products, but was looking for even more classic, streamlined options.

Then I discovered that schoolhouse rocks. Schoolhouse Electric Co., that is. This company, also based in Portland, creates hand-blown glass shades from cast-iron moulds and laboriously shapes brass fixtures to craft beautiful lighting designs reminiscent of those used in schoolrooms, office buildings and homes of the early- to mid-20th century.

I chose fixtures and shades for five rooms (and shot crap photos of them).

When maple floors are hiding under the carpet

Some shots of the floor revealing process in our new (old) house.

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tack-strips

floor-sander

floor-clean

modern mosaic

bath-subway

In bathroom design, I generally prefer very clean, very white subway tile. But this idea is really inspired.

When illustrator and New York Times contributor Christoph Niemann and his wife renovated their bathrooms, they incorporated the most clever tile concept Рabstract mosaics of a pop art piece, an infamous art installation and a New York subway map.

I love this shower surround:

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Read about their design process here.

Muji for the masses

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Racked NY

Muji, the Japanese lifestyle anti-brand (Mujirushi Ryohin translates roughly as “no brand, quality products”), has 200+ stores in Japan and continues to build its following while opening new stores in Europe and the United States.

In their bright shops you’ll find homewares, paper goods, linens and clothing. And everything adheres to the modern aesthetics of clean lines, simplicity, functionality. It’s kinda like IKEA, kinda like the Container Store. But more refined, more crisp. More Japanese. And the spare philosophy extends to Muji’s ecologically friendly packaging and manufacturing processes.

What is it that appeals most – Is it the clean functionality of the products? The “no logo” branding scheme which makes us believe we’re supporting a sort of populist design for the people? The low prices? I don’t know, but wouldn’t my place be super tidy with everything tucked neatly away in Muji organizers?