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    Calling all San Francisco dwellers and visitors: Come see us at our two-day Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics in the Mission, today (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tomorrow (Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We're showcasing more than 30 of our favorite designers and makers for a one-stop holiday shop; come stock up.

    And in the meantime, here are a few things we loved this week. 





    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week


    • Above: We could spend all day collecting ideas from Jersey Ice Cream Co.'s Instagram feed (@jerseyicecreamco).


    For more Remodelista, visit our latest issue Cocktail Hour.

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    The best part of Christmas for me is scouring for gifts to fill a stocking—slightly fancy goods that I might not buy every day but that are destined to last. Here are 10 that we would happily give (and receive). 

    Charasu charcoal soap Otter and Wax 10 best stocking stuffers | Remodelista

    Above: Riding the current interest in activated charcoal, Portland-based Otter & Wax have created the Charasu Bar Soap; $8 in three scents: citrus, conifer and cedar.

    Ito Bindery Memo 10 best stocking stuffers | Remodelista

    Above: The Ito Bindery Memo Block (L) and Small Pad (R) are made by a 75-year-old Japanese book binding company; $28 and $14, respectively, from Canoe. (Their larger pads are too big for a stocking but equally gift-worthy.)

    Super Choc O by Valerie Confections + Commune 10 best stocking stuffers | Remodelista

    Above: The Super Choc-O-Food bar is a collaboration between Valerie Confections and LA design firm, Commune. The oversize chocolate bar is filled with nuts and fruits and packs a punch with its three brightly colored hand-stamped label packaging: $20 from Valerie Confections.

    Soft Blackwing pencils - 10 best stocking stuffers | Remodelista

    Above: The new pencil du jour—the Blackwing Palomino Pencil with replaceable eraser. In a box of 12; $21.95 from OK Store.

    Japanese Tenugi cloth | Remodelista

    Above: Tenugui, the multipurpose Japanese cotton cloth can be used in a myriad of ways—as a napkin, towel, scarf, and even wrapping paper; $14 from Tortoise store.

    campfire incense Juniper Ridge | Remodelista 

    Above: Bring the outdoors in with this Campfire Incense by Juniper Ridge; $12 each from the General Store. Available in three scents: sage, sweetgrass and douglas fir.

    Areaware oversized key ring - 10 best stocking stuffers | Remodelista

    Above: A brass Oversized Key Ring big enough to be worn on the wrist; $18 from Schoolhouse Electric.

    Ila Maple Syrup 10 best stocking stuffers | Remodelista 

    Above: The newly launched brand ILA's wood-fired Vermont Maple Syrup is worth it for the chic black glass packaging alone, but better still, it tastes as good as it looks; $28 from ILA.

    Wooden bottlerocks stocking stuffers | Remodelista

    Above: Cork up opened bottles of wine during the holidays with these maple Wooden Bottle Rock stoppers; $22 each from the Brush Factory.

    Keyboard Brush stocking stuffer | Remodelista

    Above: This indispensable Keyboard Brush comes with both a supple bristle and a softer one to get into all the corners of a keyboard; $16 from Brookfarm General Store. 

    Finally, growing up in the UK our family tradition was a tangerine in the bottom of the stocking (it was the least appealing gift). In recent years I have upgraded the citrus tradition replacing it with tins of June Taylor's Candied Citrus Peel

    If you are looking for some gift-giving inspiration, check out our 2015 Gift Guides, and for the horticulturally inclined, see Gardenista's 2015 Stocking Stuffers

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    This week we're fantasizing about spending our holidays in a foreign country; join us on a tour of some of the design destinations we're obsessing over.

    Holidays Abroad Table of Contents | Remodelista

    Above: Mirabelle Marden's house in Hydra, Greece, from Lonny Magazine.


    Paris Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Monday we're in Paris: Margot takes a tour of a flat available for exchange via Behomm in our House Tours department.


    Happy Guest House in Belgium | Remodelista

    Above: Day 2: Belgium. We're taking inspiration from a guesthouse we'll be profiling in our Design Travel department.


    Menu Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Day 3: We're rounding up the best new Scandinavian dining chairs in our 10 Easy Pieces column. 


    Hotel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A Parisian hotel with British influences. Sign us up.


    Kinfolk Book | Remodelista

    Above: In our Required Reading department, we're in Sweden. Join us for a tour of houses around the world.

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    Founded by Agust Juste and Eva Calduch, two Barcelona-based graphic designers, Behomm is a two-year-old home exchange community for "creatives and design lovers" (think architects, interior designers, photographers, creative directors, and stylists, but self-made aesthetes are also welcome). The couple launched Behomm after spending hours surfing existing home exchange sites in search of aesthetically appealing accommodations; frustrated, they set up their own network of design-minded house swappers, and over the past two years, they've built up a portfolio of nearly 2,000 properties in 59 countries, from Amsterdam to Cape Town. "We're passionate home exchange travelers," the couple says. "We do believe that sharing is the future." 

    How does it work? Prospective members submit photos of their houses, and Juste and Calduch vet submissions for inclusion. Membership has its privileges: No money is exchanged, so you get to live like a local for the price of food and travel, and you're pretty much guaranteed to land somewhere nice. To request an invitation, go to Behomm.

    Join us for a tour of a Parisian flat we're eyeing for our next holiday abroad.

    Photography by Paul Raeside, courtesy of Behomm.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: Located in the 10th arrondissement in what Behomm describes as a "large Haussmannian flat typically Parisian, full of light, central," this 1,830-square-foot apartment belongs to Ivan, co-owner of quirky accessories company Atypyk, and Brigitte, a fashion designer, who have twin 16-year-old sons. Note the French doors and herringbone floor. We also like the gray palette and undone chic approach.

    Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: The radiators are all topped with raised marble shelves.

    Parisian Dining Room | Remodelista

    Above L: The dining room retains its original corner cupboard. Above R: Along the windows throughout the apartment the herringbone is paired with concrete.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: There's an enticing timelessness and serenity to the room.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: Utensils hang on metal hooks in the eat-in kitchen.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: A coated tablecloth in a soft silver matches the stainless steel appliances. (See 5 Favorites: Scandinavian Modern Oilcloth for practical tablecloth ideas.)

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: Cabinets are painted a warm gray and the floor has charcoal-glazed tiles.

    Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: Market baskets and milk pails hang from Ikea's Grundtal rails and racks: See The Ultimate Budget Kitchen Storage.

    Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above L: A hall outside the kitchen has a chalkboard-painted wall and a print of a matador hung with black tape. Above R: From owner Ivan's design company, the Time Is Money ceramic clock doubles as a piggybank (a surprise place to sock away spare change). 

      Jacky Parker Apartment in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The powder room features a Duchampian toilet (see more in A Dadaist Dream).

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: There are French doors—and balconies—in all the main rooms, including the light-filled, east-facing master bedroom.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: In the master bath, the radiator serves as a vanity.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: The view from bed.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: An Art Deco built-in bathtub with modern handheld shower.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: More shades of gray and an impressive photo collage in the kids' room.

    Jacky Parker Paris Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: The photo mural extends to a white desk wall. Similar linen bedding can be sourced at Merci and Caravane in Paris.

    Go to Behomm for full details and to see more apartments and houses in the network.

    Looking to rent a vacation house? Take a look at:

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    For the hard-to-please architect in your life, our gift picks.

    Architect's Gift Guide, Home Puzzle by Cinq Points | Remodelista

    Above: Lego for the architect—Home is a 3-D puzzle comprising 17 pieces. Once you dismantle the house, you can rebuild the shapes into furniture, buildings, or even create a town; €59 ($64) from Cingpoints.

    Architect's Gift Guide, Tic tac toe brass Lift Coasters by Fruit Super, Meta44 | Remodelista

    Above: Seattle-based designers Fruit Super have turned the symmetrical plus sign and X into attractive brass Lift Coasters. And when not on coaster duty, they can act as paperweights in the architect's office; $68 for a set of four from Meta44.

    Architect's Gift Guide, Blackwing 602 Pencils by Palomino | Remodelista

    Above: I discovered the Palomino Blackwing 602 Pencils this summer (I'm following in the footsteps of John Steinbeck, Quincy Jones, and Stephen Sondheim). When Eberhard Faber discontinued the pencils in 1998, cult fans were seeking the pencils out on eBay for $40 each. Thankfully, Palomino was convinced to reissue them in 2010 and a box of 12 can be purchased today for $21.95. A pencil of this caliber requires its own Blackwing Long Point Sharpener with instructions for use as well (architects love that type of thing); $7.50.

    Architect's Gift Guide, Ito Bindery Drawing Pad, Ode to Things | Remodelista

    Above: You might already be familiar with the popular Ito Bindery drawing pads that come in kraft and white papers. With the stark contrast of the coal-black mount against the pure white paper, the Special Edition Ito Bindery Drawing Pads make perfect companions to the Blackwing 602 pencils; prices start at $27 at Ode to Things.

    Architect's Gift Guide, print of David Mellor cutlery, Such & Such | Remodelista

    Above: Cutlery and chairs are where good design come together for an architect (it's all about the balance between aesthetics and function). A limited-edition hand-pulled screen print of renowned British cutlery designer David Mellor's Minimal Cutlery would be welcome inspiration on any architect's wall. For more on David Mellor flatware, see our interview with his son Corin Mellor who was—you guessed it—an architect before he took over the family business in 2009; £55 ($83) from Such & Such.

    For more ideas, see all our Gift Guides 2015.

    Christine is also the writer of the new lifestyle and wellness blog My Contents Have Shifted—A Fabster's Musings on Being 50 and Beyond.

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    The luxury of a proper dining room is something most small-space dwellers forgo, but not Sara Emslie, stylist and author of Beautifully Small: Clever Ideas for Compact Spaces. In her own house, a 640-square-foot Victorian in London, Emslie created a serene dining room with a four-person table, foldaway outdoor dining chairs, and organized storage on open shelving. Here's a look at the key elements to re-create the look in your own small (or large) space.

    Sara Emslie London Dining Room | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph by Rachel Whiting from Required Reading: Beautifully Small.

    Sara Emslie London Dining Room | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph by Rachel Whiting from Required Reading: Beautifully Small.

    Furniture & Lighting

    David Trubridge Reed Half Pendant | Remodelista

    Above: The Reed Half Pendant by David Trubridge is $3,610 at Horne.

    Ikea Stornäs Antique Finish Table | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea's Stornäs Extendable Table in Antique Stain is $329.

    Fermob Bistro Folding Chair Set in Willow | Remodelista

    Above: Fermob's Bistro Folding Chair, Set of 2, shown here in Willow, is $216 at Lumens.

    Original BTC Hector Medium Floor Light in Bone China | Remodelista

    Above: The Original BTC Hector Medium Floor Light in Bone China is $509 at Horne.

    Mantel Accessories

    Woven Bread Basket from Alder & Co. | Remodelista

    Above: A Woven Bread Basket from Morocco is $20 at Alder & Co. and similar to the basket hanging on Emslie's wall.

    Full Moon Spoon 33cm from Kirsten Hecktermann | Remodelista

    Above: From Kirsten Hecktermann, the Full Moon Spoon is 13 inches and was hand-carved by Mwajira in East Africa from Mvule wood; £14 ($21).

    FSC Teak Paddle Board | Remodelista

    Above: The FSC Teak Paddle Board is $39.95 from Crate & Barrel.

    The Glass Trap Pitcher from CB2 | Remodelista

    Above: The Glass Trap Pitcher is $12.95 at CB2.

    Coffee Wood Tasting Spoon at Nickey Kehoe | Remodelista

    Above: A Coffee Wood Tasting Spoon is $24.95 at Nickey Kehoe in Los Angeles.

    Wire Storage Basket from Father Rabbit | Remodelista

    Above: A Wire Storage Basket is $39 NZD ($26 USD) at Father Rabbit.


    Brickett Davda Black Mug | Remodelista

    Above: From London-based ceramic collective Brickett Davda, a Large Black Cup is $72 at March. We also like the Brickett Davda Tableware Collection for Toast for a similar shape.

    Brickett Davda Black Plate Set | Remodelista

    Above: Brickett Davda Plates in black range from $52 to $152 at March.

    Anna Tea Pot from Toast | Remodelista

    Above: From Toast the Anna Tea Pot in charcoal-glazed porcelain is $110.

    Moroccan Recycled Glass in Green | Remodelista

    Above: Moroccan Recycled Glasses in green are $12.50 at Canvas.

    Marimekko Oilcloth Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: Marimekko's Unikko Blue Oilcloth is $49.95 per yard from Textile Arts. For more ideas, see 5 Favorites: Scandinavian Modern Oilcloth for the Summer Table.

    Shell Bisque Pitcher Tabletop | Remodelista

    Above: The Shell Bisque Pitcher in white is $30 at Canvas.

    Utensil Cotton Tea Towel Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Utensil Cotton Tea Towel Set in blue is $52.50 at Canvas.

    Kiondo Basket from Lost & Found in LA | Remodelista

    Above: A large handwoven Kiondo Basket measuring 22 inches wide and seven inches high is $165 at Lost & Found in LA. The shop also sells smaller versions starting at $125.

    For more ideas on how to live in small spaces, see our posts:

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    Les Petits Bohemes, a Parisian company, adds a new twist to an old standard: lighting elements with electrical cords wrapped in lurex, wool, and other glittery materials.

    La Petite Boheme Lighting | Remodelista

    Above: The Wool Bohemian Lamp is handmade with varying shades of wool; €75 ($82).

    La Petite Boheme Lighting | Remodelista

    Above: The Macramé and Linen Lamp is €85 ($93).

    Wool Lurex Light Cord | Remodelista

    Above: The Handmade Lurex Wool Lamp is €75 ($82).

    For more ideas, peruse our past Lighting posts.

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    When Sophie Mattiussi, owner of the Happy Guesthouse in Brussels, was converting a 1902 townhouse in the center of Brussels into her four-room bed-and-breakfast, she made the smart move of teaming up with two young local design firms. We love the bare-bones bedrooms that resulted. 

    Photography by Charlotte Delval via Atelier Dynamo, unless noted.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels designed by Julien Renault Objects and Atelier Dynamo | Remodelista

    Above: The narrow building features a preserved Art Nouveau storefront, previously home to design company Emery & Cie, that now serves as the Happy Guesthouse gathering spot. 

    Happy Guesthouse Living Room | Remodelista

    Above: The interior has a light-filled Scandi vibe. Sophie, not coincidentally, earned a degree in interior architecture and worked as an event planner before becoming an innkeeper. She serves homemade breakfast at the table (fresh-squeezed watermelon juice and pastries from nearby Nectar & Co.) and advises her guests on what to see and do in the city. 

    The Happy Guesthouse in Brussels via Atelier Dynamo, Charlotte Deval photo | Remodelista

    Above: The shelves are stocked with a revolving array of art and design books and travel guides. (Sophie has a deal with the Taschen store down the street.)

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels, designed by Julien Renaul and Atelier Dynamo | Remodelista

    Above: Sophie collaborated on the remodel with designer Julien Renault, who got his start working in the Bouroullec studio in Paris, and interior architects Atelier Dynamo. After many months of shoring up the structure, the team supplied it with clean, bright interiors and custom furnishings that salute Donald Judd. There's only one bedroom per floor. Photograph via Julien Renault Objects.

    Minimalist bed frame at the Happy Guesthouse in Brussels | Remodelista

    Above: The platform beds are composed of two elegantly intersecting framed rectangles. (It's too bad the cutouts are hidden by mattresses.) Note the strategically placed outlet.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels designed by Julien Renault Objects and Atelier Dynamo | Remodelista

    Above: The headboard doubles as a side table. Photograph via Julien Renault Objects.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels designed by Julien Renault Objects and Atelier Dynamo | Remodelista

    Above: Window shelves serve as desks with views of the street. 

    Window shelf desk at the Happy Guesthouse in Brussels designed by Julien Renault Objects an Atelier Dynamo | Remodelista

    Above: The shelves wrap around wall supports and are subtly angled. Photograph via Julien Renault Objects.

    Happy Guesthouse Brussels bedside shelf/bench | Remodelista

    Above: On some of the beds the platform extends out to form a long, low shelf. Photograph via Potato and Melk Blog.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels | Remodelista

    Above: The designers echoed the framed wood design in the bathroom. 

    Framed wood bathroom mirror at the Happy Guesthouse in Brussels | Remodelista

    Above: The bathrooms artfully make the most of compact space. Photograph via Venuez.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels | Remodelista

     Above: For storage, rooms are fitted with built-in cupboards and narrow hanging rods. The guesthouse recently received the Commerce Design Brussels Award of 2015.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels midcentury-style wall rack | Remodelista

    Above: Multiple hanging options in two tones. Photograph via Potato and Melk Blog.

    Happy Guesthouse Brussels attic room | Remodelista

    Above: The attic room has its own balcony. Photograph via Potato and Melk Blog.

    Happy Guesthouse in Brussels | Remodelista

    Above: Happy Guesthouse is in the heart of the city (near the town hall and the Brussels Central Station) and surrounded by beauty. See more on Facebook (the inn's website still to come); reservations can be made through Photograph via New Places to Be.

    Traveling to Belgium (even if just in spirit)? See our favorite shops, restaurants, and hotels in our Belgium City Guide, including a Surreal Antwerp B&B and Fashion's Favorite Fleuriste.

    Go to 10 Easy Pieces for more wooden platform beds.

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    Beyond the Wishbone and the Ant (insider shorthand for Hans Wegner's CH-24 Chair and Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 Chair). A new wave of designers is reimagining the classic midcentury Scandinavian dining chair. Here are 10 future classics we're betting on.

    Swedese Chair by Claee

    Above: Designed by Stockholm architects Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedese, the Rohsska Chair has a solid oak frame and a laminated oak seat and backrest; €825 ($930.55) from Finnish Design Shop. The chair is available in white, black, and lacquered oak.

    My Chair Normann Copenhagen | Remodelista

    Above: Nicholai Wiig Hansen reinterprets the classic shell chair with his molded plywood My Chair for Normann Copenhagen; on sale now for £131.04 ($196.55) from Nest UK (available in ash and black-stained ash).

    Hay About a Chair | Remodelista

    Above: From Danish company Hay, About a Chair 12 is $270.

    Visu Oak Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Mika Tolvanen, the stackable Visu Chair for Muuto is $271. 

    Afteroom Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The delicate yet sturdy three-legged Afteroom Chair, designed by Menu, is an instant classic; $300 from the Dwell Store.

    Svenbertil Chair from Ikea | Remodelista

    Above: The Svenbertil Chair in birch from Ikea is $64.

    Hay Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Jakob Wagner for Hay, the JW01 Chair features a flexible bent-veneer back and molded seat with a black powder-coated frame (also available in solid stainless steel); $365 from A+R Store in Los Angeles.


    Gubi Laminate Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Gubi 1F Chair, designed by Poul Christiansen and Boris Berlin of Komplot Design, is made of molded plywood with a steel base. It's $669 from the Danish Design Store.

    Nap Chair by Fritz Hansen | Remodelista

    Above: The Nap Chair, designed by Kasper Salto for Fritz Hansen, is $396 from Switch Modern.

    See more dining room chair picks here: 10 Easy Pieces: Folding Dining Chairs, 10 Easy Pieces: Red Dining Chairs, and 10 Easy Pieces: Wood Dining Chairs for Under $200.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 6, 2015, as part of our Scandinavian Blues issue.

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    I live in Brooklyn, where the hipster man originated and went on to become a marketing phenomenon around the globe (French department store Le Bon Marché launched a Brooklyn exhibition this fall). The concept of the hipster may be a bit of a cliche now, but as Brooklyn moves on, I see a lot of men who continue to inspire. Here are some gifts to consider for the evolving man.


    Above: The boot, the essential shoe, must be maintained. Huberd's Shoe Grease does the job; $10.97 on Amazon. Photo via Top Jimmy.

    Goose Barnacle Persebe Grey Tie | Remodelista

    Above: The GB Percebe Gray Tie is a classic skinny with a hand-stitched fold; $68 at Goose Barnacle on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn.

    Leather Bicycle Wine Rack | Remodelista

    Above: For the oenophile on the go, the Bicycle Wine Rack of vegetable-tanned leather with brass fasteners is $34 at Oops Mark.

    Comme des Garcons Wonderwood candle | Remodelista

    Above: The new classic scent, Wonderwood by Comme des Garçons, distilled in a candle for all who love the smell of wood; $62 at Steven Alan.

    Tiger Maple Razor by Ursa Major | Remodelista

    Above: Ursa Major's Tiger Maple Razor, $36, is a limited edition made in Vermont.

    Still browsing? Peruse our Gift Guides for the Cocktail Connoisseur, the Architect, and more. And consult the 2014 Hipster Gift Guide.

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    When we first discovered Kinfolk, founders Nathan Williamson and Katie were living in Portland, OR, and their upstart mag had a distinctly Pacific Northwest vibe. The Kinfolk brand has evolved since then, and Nathan and Katie are now based in Copenhagen and their geographic horizons have expanded considerably. Their recently published tome, Kinfolk: Interiors for Slow Living, reflects their new internationalism, with 35 houses from the US, Scandinavia, Japan, and beyond. One of our favorites is the Stockholm house of stylist Joanna Laven and programmer David Wahlgren, both devotees of vintage midcentury furniture and low-key, relaxed decor. 

    Photos are excerpted from The Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams (Artisan Books). Photographs by Kristofer Johnsson copyright 2015.

    Kinfolk at Home | Remodelista

    Above: A 1960s Venini light fixture illuminates the living room; the painting is by Albert Johansson, a Swedish minimalist painter. The floors are parquet.

    Kinfolk at Home | Remodelista

    Above: Pale grays, in tune with the Scandinavian light, predominate. 

    Swedish House | Remodelista

    Above L: A Sunburst Clock by George Nelson. Above R: Joanna and David with their two children.

    Kinfolk at Home | Remodelista

    Above: In the kitchen, a midcentury dining table and chairs contrast with the formality of the cabinetry.

    Kinfolk at Home | Remodelista

    Above: A sconce by Jielde; Joanna bought the Lennart Sand painting at auction and had it reframed.

    Kinfolk at Home Book Cover | Remodelista

    Above: Kinfolk at Home is $31.50 from Amazon. Photo via Kinfolk's Instagram feed.

    See all our Required Reading picks here.

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    In a newly remodeled Victorian terrace house in Hampstead Heath belonging to a family of four, the kitchen's wall of colorful cabinets extends all the way up to the study on the mezzanine above. And steel-frame windows connect table to garden.

    The bold design is the work of Melissa Robinson of MW Architects, who was inspired by the structure's existing "split section": The front of the house is half a story taller than the back. "The owners thought the steps down to the original kitchen were a negative aspect of the property," says Robinson, "but we immediately saw the potential to connect the key living spaces and open up the kitchen into a dramatic but functional family room." Formerly "dark and pokey," the room is now an architectural puzzle of solids and voids, planes, and angles—the dynamic hub of a traditional house reinvented. 

    Photography by French + Tye via MW Architects, unless otherwise noted.

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: Stairs off the living room lead down to the large kitchen and dining area, which has been opened up in the front and back to the study. The steel banister echoes the lines of the balcony above and the new screen of steel-frame glazing below. 

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: The glass doors and windows visually enlarge the space and flood it with light and air. 

      Kitchen of the Week: Plywood Cabinets Upstairs and Down in a London Remodel

    Above: The bespoke cabinets, including the colossal island, are the work of Uncommon Projects, an architect-led London design-build firm specializing in plywood furniture. The counter and island are topped with Silestone (read about the material in our Remodeling 101 on Engineered Quartz Countertops).

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: The cabinets are made of oak-veneered birch ply and have spray-lacquered MDF fronts paired with open shelves, a combination that gracefully morphs from kitchen storage to study bookshelves (to differentiate the two spaces, the colors gradually shift). 

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: To keep a seamless look, the below-the-counter cabinets have cutout door pulls. The upper cabinets have sliding doors. Photograph by Jocelyn Low via Uncommon Projects.

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: A wall oven (one of two) fits nicely into the Mondrianesque design. To figure out your own appliance needs, see Remodeling 101: Range vs. Cooktop, Pros and Cons. Photograph by Jocelyn Low via Uncommon Projects.

    Large kitchen island in a London remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above, L and R: Each side of the island offers customized storage: The front (shown here) displays large serving pieces; the table end has flatware drawers, the side closest to the kitchen counter is stocked with bins for pots and pans, and the opposite side holds occasionally used items. Note the skylight at the back of the room that gives an extra influx of sunlight. Photographs by Jocelyn Low via Uncommon Projects.

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: The fridge, dishwasher, garbage bins, and pantry are camouflaged behind cabinet doors. The walls are painted Farrow & Ball's Purbeck Stone, and the honed limestone floor tiles are Carnforth from Painted Earth.

    The room is lit by surface-mounted spotlights, which Robinson has said she prefers over recessed lighting because "they give a lot more flexibility, particularly with the shelving system. You can direct them wherever you like.”

    London kitchen remodel by MW Architects with two-story bespoke plywood cabinets | Remodelista

    Above: Mathematical precision: The cabinets end in a series of triangles large and small. 

    Kitchen table overview in a London kitchen remodel by MW Architects | Remodelista

    Above: A view from the study. The dining table and chairs are hand-me-downs from a next-door neighbor. The honed limestone flagstones continue out to the patio. See more of the project, including floor plans, at MW Architects.

    Working on your own kitchen? Peruse our Kitchen of the Week posts for ideas and sourcing tips. We recently explored two other noteworthy London designs: A Shaker-Inspired Kitchen by DeVol and A Culinary Space Inspired by a Painting

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    We like the idea of spending the holidays at a world-class hotel (you deserve it when everything is going to pieces). We're obsessed with the Hôtel Providence in Paris's theater district; a newly opened hotel from restaurateur Pierre Moussié. 

    Modern eclecticism meets conspicuous glamour in the interiors. Elodie Moussié, wife of Pierre, designed the interiors with her best friend, Sophie Richard, who updated the 1854 brothel with House of Hackney wallpaper, printed velvet fabrics, antique lighting, and portrait paintings sourced from French country flea markets. Here's a look inside. 

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Hôtel Providence is in the 10th Arrondissement, at 90 Rue René Boulanger.

    Above: A pair of velvet upholstered club chairs on the hotel's first floor.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A chinoiserie-style vase, an antique portrait, and glass pendant lights in the dining room.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Gold velvet upholstery on an antique sofa and stacks of fashion books.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Bar stools echo the floral prints of the walls in the bar and restaurant.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A dining room of floral wallpaper and classic Thonet Era Chairs.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The more minimalist Classic guest room in shades of azure.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A bath behind an Estraido glass partition.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A flea market find by Elodie and Sophie.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The Attic Suite is coated in Palmeral Wallpaper and fabric. A Palmeral De Beauvor Screen divides the lounge area from the bedroom.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Wallpaper extends to the mansard roof.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Busy print gives way to a serene en suite bath.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A clawfoot tub and marble tile in the bath.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Meh Meh Velvet Carpet Print wallpaper in the Mini Room and a Meh Meh Tilia Table Lampshade.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The Superior Bedroom with Haussmann-style windows and dark navy walls.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above L: Each room has a cocktail bar with mixing and measuring tools and a cocktail recipe book. Above R: A brass valet, Flights of Fancy Wallpaper in Pitch Blue, and Flights of Fancy Velvet Fabric lampshades.

    Hôtel Providence in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A view from the attic suite onto the streets of the theater district.

    For more hotels in Paris, see our posts:

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    Dancing flames and crackling wood are warming to the body and soul. But looks can be deceiving. Wood-burning fireplaces can actually lose more heat than they generate. Then there are air-quality concerns and maintenance issues to consider. Purists moan about the antiseptic nature of gas fireplaces. Are they truly soulless, or is it time to consider making a switch? Here are six issues to consider. 

    Note: This feature focuses on traditional, open, wood-burning fireplaces, not their newer, closed, high-efficiency cousins. Stay tuned for more on high-efficiency wood-burning fireplaces, the different varieties of gas fireplaces, and how you can retrofit an existing fireplace.

    Marble Fireplace Surround, Remodelista

    Above: A roaring wood fire with a sleek white marble surround.

    1. The Sensory Experience

    Wood-burning fireplaces win in the character category: They offer the snap, crackle, and pop (and the possibility of roasting marshmallows over the flames) that gas-fueled fires can't match.

    That said, advances in gas fireplaces are putting their characterless reputation to rest. Flames have become more realistic (some even offer variable height adjustment), and ceramic logs better resemble the real thing. All that's missing is the sound and smell (wait long enough and there may be an app for that).

    Ceramic Gas Logs, Remodelista

    Made of ceramic or refractory cement, gas logs come in a variety of lifelike wood styles, complete with glowing embers. Above, L to R: Two examples in ceramics: a set from US specialist Monessen Hearth, and Metalfire logs from Belgium. 

    O'neill Rose West Side Townhouse Fireplace, Remodelista

    Above: Is it the mantle rather than the fire that steals the show? This Avion Spanish marble mantle in a New York City townhouse was designed by O’neill Rose Architects, a member of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory. See A Brownstone for the 21st Century for a full tour. Photograph by Michael Moran.

    2. Heating Efficiency

    Great at creating ambiance, traditional wood-burning fireplaces are poor performers: When it comes to heating, they get only about a 15 percent efficiency rating. Wood fires do get very hot—upwards of 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit—but most of that heat disappears up the chimney. To make matters worse, as the hot air rises, it creates a draft that pulls warm air from other parts of the house up the chimney with it. 

    With energy-efficiency ratings between 75 and 99 percent, depending on the type of appliance used, gas fireplaces are the winner in the heating category. They come in three types: log sets that sit in existing open fireplaces, inserts that can be installed in most masonry fireplaces, and complete new built-in fireplaces. Inserts and built-in gas fireplaces are the best heat producers, filling rooms with a mix of warm air and radiant heat. 

    Metalfire Architectural Gas Fireplace, Remodelista

    Above: An open gas fireplace by Belgian architectural fireplace company Metalfire

    3. Emissions

    Air quality is another consideration. Wood-burning fireplaces create particle pollution indoors and out. That woodsy smell can be a health and environmental hazard (as I write this we are in the third day of a "spare the air" burn ban in San Francisco). 

    EPA Heating Source Emissions, Remodelista

    Above: According to the EPA, traditional wood-burning fireplaces emit 28 pounds of particulants per MMBTU (one million BTUs) of heat output as opposed to natural gas, which produces up to 99 percent less (about 0.28 pounds per MMBTU). Simple math suggests that wood-burning fireplaces are 100 times more polluting than gas. Diagram courtesy of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

    4. Cleaning and Maintenance

    The soot and ash that are by-products of wood-burning fireplaces require frequent cleaning. 

    Wood Burning Fireplace Greenwich Hotel, Remodelista

    Above: Rooms, such as this Axel Vervoordt–Designed Greenwich Hotel Penthouse, with open wood-burning fireplaces are susceptible to soot being blown inside when air gusts come down the chimney. Also air flow to the wood, necessary for good burning, is restricted by soot buildup at the base of the fireplace. Photograph via The Greenwich Hotel.

    Wood-burning fireplaces bring the burden of chimney maintenance that gas fireplaces don't have. Burning wood creates creosote, which accumulates on the lining of the chimney and becomes a fire hazard. Chimneys should be checked annually and will need to be cleaned periodically to prevent this buildup. The EPA also recommends checking chimneys inside and out for cracks that can allow smoke to enter a house or expose the chimney’s components to high temperatures that may cause a fire.

    Gas fireplaces require little more than a dusting, a boon for the neatnik. They're not, however, maintenance free: It's recommended that gas fireplaces be cleaned and adjusted annually by a professional to ensure safe and efficient operation.

    Oomen Architecture Gas Fireplace, Remodelista

    Above: No cleaning tools are required for gas fireplaces, such as this white-clad design by Oomen Architecten.

    5. Convenience

    Gas fireplaces trump wood-burning fireplaces in ease of operation, starting with the fuel source: Wood has to be stored and is bulky and dirty; a cord is four-feet tall, four-feet deep, and eight-feet wide. Gas is fed through a pipe and no storage is required. That said, if you don't have natural gas in your area, propane is the alternative gas and it requires a bulky tank for storage.

    Fire-start with push-button ease if you have a gas fireplace—some even come with remotes (though, we admit, that seems a bit sterile). And they roar on until you turn them off. Wood-burning fireplaces, on the other hand, require wood stacking, lighting, and tending. A ritual that's part of the whole experience or a nuisance? You decide. 

    Michelle McKenna's London living room from the Remodelista book, photograph by Matthew Williams

    Above: Wood storage as a decorative element (complete with a simple, built-in shelf) in Michelle McKenna's London townhouse. Tour the whole house in the Remodelista book and The Power of Pastels. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    6. Cost

    The cost of operating wood-burning and gas fireplaces is relatively low. A cord of wood is anywhere between $200 and $400, depending on your location and the type and condition of wood. Natural gas runs from 20 to 40 cents per hour for an average gas fireplace. Variations depend on the BTU rating of your burner. 

    Gas fireplaces can have a positive effect on overall heating costs by enabling you to turn the central heating down and use the gas fireplace to heat a frequently used room. Zone heating also reduces the amount of money spent heating rooms that sit unused. Conversely, using central heat while burning wood in a fireplace can make your heater to work harder to maintain temperatures throughout the house.

    Kitchen with Fireplace, Remodelista

    Above: A fireplace in the streamlined kitchen of a New York Upper West Side Brownstone by O’neill Rose Architects. Photograph by Michael Moran.

    Wood-Burning Vs. Gas Fireplace Recap

    Benefits of a wood-burning fireplace:

    • A renewable fuel source 
    • Offers character to a room
    • Ritual of making and tending a fire
    • An unmatchable ambiance

    Benefits of a gas fireplace:

    • Efficient heating
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Requires virtually no cleaning and little maintenance
    • Effortless operation

    Looking to warm your space? Read 5 Things to Know About Radiant Floor Heating. And see Michelle's Domestic Dispatches: Good-Bye to the Romance of the Fireplace to follow her adventure switching from wood to gas.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 8, 2015, as part of our issue called A New Start.

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    Simone LeBlanc turned her knack for present-giving into a business: She's Hollywood's go-to source for bespoke wooden boxes filled with thoughtfully packaged gifts. Who better to ask for some advice on holiday wrapping? 

    As you can imagine, the holiday season is a crazy time of year for Simone and her studio. How does she cope? "During the busiest times especially, we're all about finding balance. Our look is celebratory yet relaxed, festive without being fussy." Here, she shares an easy gift wrapping idea that she says captures her ideal: "It feels earthy but elevated—and the process is to be enjoyed as much as the results." 

    Simone LeBlanc | Remodelista

    Above: Simone LeBlanc at work. Her eponymous company specializes in bespoke gift boxes as well as readymade options.

    Simone LeBlanc Holiday Gift Wrap DIY | Remodelista

    Above: A new twist on the brown paper package tied up with string: Simone's tea-dyed gift wrap surrounded by the ingredients for making it. 

    What you'll need

    • Cozy tea blend (for making a dye): Cinnamon sticks, cloves, and black or chai herbal tea bags (with tags removed). You can adjust the ratio of components to be darker or lighter depending on the result you're looking for
    • Large pot for brewing tea
    • Washi paper. This traditional Japanese paper is soft and absorbent; it feels like fabric and holds a texture beautifully
. Hiromi Paper is a favorite source.
    • Large vessel for filling with tea dye bath
    • Twine as gift tie
    • Foliage to finish the gift. This can be picked in your backyard or purchased, whatever suits your taste. Just make sure what you choose is not too delicate—you want it to hold up and dry well. Simone is a fan of rosemary, magnolia leaves (their backsides are velvety), seasonal cedar, and berries.
    Simone LeBlanc Holiday Gift Wrap DIY | Remodelista 

    Above: Packaging in progress. The tea-dyed paper has a pleasingly rumpled look.


    • Place tea ingredients in a pot of water and bring to a boil.
    • Give a few stirs to release more of the color. Keep an eye on the water: The longer you let it boil, the darker the colors will become. 
    • Let steep for 15 minutes or so. Adjust the mixture by adding more water (to lighten) or more ingredients (to darken). Cut test strips of washi paper to try out the color. 
    • Strain the contents of your pot.
    • Transfer the tea dye to a large vessel: You want something roomy and not precious because the dipping process can get a little messy. Also, you don’t want the paper to be crowded as it soaks in—overlapping yields splotchy results.

    Simone LeBlanc Holiday Gift Wrap DIY | Remodelista

    Above: The color of the wrap depends on how long the tea and the paper are steeped.

    • Dip papers into the hot dye bath (the lighter resulting paper, shown above, sat for about one minute; the darker, below, for about 10 minutes). Warning: Do not let the paper sit for much longer than 10 minutes or it may disintegrate.
    • No need to rinse the steeped paper. Just lay out to dry somewhere with good air flow (outdoors is great).

    Simone LeBlanc Holiday Gift Wrap DIY | Remodelista

    Above: The finished packages.

    • Once dry, wrap your gifts in the paper. Use double sided or decorative tape to ensure neat edges, or, simply bundle the paper closed with your twine. The paper is somewhat delicate, so don't be concerned about making the wrapping too taut. 
    • Finish with twine and wintery foliage. This part is entirely personal: Add what you love and think looks great.

    Simone LeBlanc Holiday Gift Box | Remodelista

    Above: Simone LeBlanc gift boxes begin at $72. Shown here, the deluxe Holiday Blanket Tea Gift Box.

    Peruse our Gift Guides for last-minute presents. For more gift wrap suggestions, check out Flora Grubb's Holiday Gift Wrap on Gardenista.

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    Bring in the greenery and let the festivities begin. This week the Gardenista crew presents DIY holiday decor ideas from near and far. Here's but a sampling.

    Fir garland | Gardenista

    Above: For an indoor winter wonderland (cue the piney scent): 10 Online Sources for Garlands and Boughs.

    Forced hyacinth bulbs | Gardeista

    Above: Take a lesson from the Scandinavians and fill your rooms with Forced Bulbs—hyacinths shown here.

    Paolo Fusco photo of a 24-hour florist shop in Rome | Remodelista

    Above: For night owls: In Roman Holiday, photographer Paolo Fusco captures the city's 24-hour florists.

    Acorn seedlings | Gardenista

    Above: Instead of a tree? A DIY Tiny Tabletop Forest of Sprouted Acorns.

    Mini Christmas trees | Gardenista

    Above: Use scraps from a Christmas tree lot (or your backyard) to make DIY Miniature Christmas Trees.

    Backyard skating rink | Remodelista

    Above: The final detail: the DIY Backyard Skating Rink.

    Go to Gardenista for Wild Wintry Bouquets, Homemade Tree Toppers, and more.

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    Recruit little helpers by giving kids well-made pint-size tools. 

    Children's Brooms from Mexico by Non-Perishable Goods 

    Above: Gathered Goods Children's Brooms are made in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, from natural fibers; small $12, large $14 from Non-Perishable Goods. 

    Tool Belt by MCrow - Remodelista

    Above: From M. Crowe & Co., designer Tyler Hays's boutique general store (with eyebrow-raising prices), the Kid's Toy Tools and Leather Belt Set includes a hammer and square of cherry and osage with copper hardware; $250. The pieces can also be bought separately. Go to High-Style Hillbilly to see more.


    Above: A Mini Dustpan and Brush with horsehair bristles is $25 at Brook Farm General Store. 

    Early Grey Apron by Hedley Bennett I Remodelista 

    Above: The Early Grey Apron of Canadian denim is sized for ages of 2 to 4. It's on sale for $19, marked down from $40, from LA apron specialists Hedley & Bennet. (Large kids' sizes available in other fabrics and colors.)

    Soft Felt Storage Bin I Remodelista 

    Above: Soft Felt Storage Bins with colored handles (five options available) just may inspire kids to put their toys away. The bins come in two sizes, $26 (shown) and $35, from Etsy seller Loop Design Studio of Israel (worldwide shipping available). 

    For more ideas from the Remodelista junior department, see DIY Wrapping Paper Made by Your Kids and Living with Style—with Kids: Justine's 7 Get-Real Solutions.

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    As we published our Holidays Abroad issue this week, here are more designs and spaces we found and loved from across the globe. 



    • Above: In the latest issue of Est Magazine, South Africa—based designer Otto de Jager's Cape Town pied-à-terre showcases his collection of "artisanal antiques."
    • Julie Child's house is for sale in the south of France
    • Fifteen iconic western home design styles. 


    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week


    • Above: We've been getting our pattern fix via the Instagram feed of NYC design duo Tilton Fenwick (@tiltonfenwick).


    • Above: Blogger Katie Armour Taylor highlights beautiful kitchens on her Dream Home board

    For more Remodelista, visit our latest issue Holidays Abroad.  

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    Cabins, chalets, alpine huts, and our favorite pajamas: This week, we're celebrating wintery living. Join us for cocktails by the fire.

    Winter's Light Issue on Remodelista

    Above: A sneak peek at Thursday's Architecture post, a rule-bending mountain hideaway in Slovenia.


    Vienna Weiss Tyrolean Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Tyrolean chair is making a comeback. See its latest incarnations in Trend Alert.


      The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Steal This Look: our favorite cold-weather dining room by Ilse Crawford. 


    Ferro & Fuoco Wall-Mounted Fireplace Tools

    Above: Pokers are other fireplace accessories are this week's 10 Easy Pieces.


    Steven Alan Knit Boyfriend PJ Top | Remodelista

    Above: The winter uniform: in Editors' Picks we present our favorite pajamas for lounging. 


      Holiday DIY Projects for Children: Insta Tree Made from a Branch | Remodelista

    Above: Happy holidays, and a toast to our readers near and far. Turn to us for homemade Holiday Decor inspirations. And go to Gardenista for DIY gifts and greenery ideas.

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    After years of sneaking in visits to see architecture on our family holidays, my sons are now onto us and wary of our ways. ("Do we really need to see another cathedral?)" Next trip, I’m going stealth with a ski vacation at Chesa Wazzau, a renovated 17th-century Engadine farmhouse in the Swiss mountain village of Bever. Restored and preserved with care by a husband-and-wife team (he’s a photographer and she’s an interior designer) who have owned the property for 30 years, the house maintains its original character and charm—vaulted ceilings, rustic wood framing, and windows embedded into thick walls. With all modern amenities included, my sons won’t even notice that they have skied back in time.

    Photography by Christian Küenzi.

    Chesa Wazzau Exterior | Remodelista

    Above: Above the entry at Chesa Wazzau, the sgraffito (Italian for "scratched") plaster decoration framing the small window embedded into a thick wall—a detail designed for heat retention—is typical of 17th-century Engadine architecture. 

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: In the kitchen the thick walls create a deep window sill ideal for the display of potted greenery. Modern kitchen cabinets provide a base for a granite trough sink.

    Chesa Wazza Kitchen Orange Door | Remodelista

    Above: "Much of the furniture was inherited," says owner Christian Küenzi. "Some pieces were already in the house and others have been with us for a lifetime."

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: Vaulted ceilings in one of the house's six bedrooms. It has two baths and sleeps 12.

    Chesa Wazzau Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: The small walls embedded in thick walls do a respectable job of funneling light through the interior.

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: The vernacular wood furniture of the region contrasts with a Wagenfeld Bauhaus Table Lamp and glass side table.

    Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz | Remodelista

    Above: The palette of rustic wood and white walls extends into the bathrooms.

    Chesa Wazzau Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: A small bedroom with wood floors and ceilings has a balcony from which to take in the Alpine views.

    Chesa Wazza Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: "It took many years of gentle and respectful renovation to create this idyll and retain the charm and originality of Chesa Wazzau," Küenzi says. "It's an ongoing process; there is always something to do.”

    Chesa Wazzau Exterior | Remodelista

    Above: The village buildings of Bever represent the vernacular architecture of the Engadine, a long valley in the Swiss Alps known for its sunny climate and proximity to St. Moritz—a five-minute drive. See Chesa Wazzau's location on the map below and go to the site for rental details.

    For more snowy idylls, explore:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 22, 2014, as part of our Winter's Tale issue.

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    From behind-the-scenes at Remodelista, here are our go-to homemade holiday gifts. Corral your helpers: These are projects for all ages and especially fun to do as a group.

    David Stark Design DIY pine tasseled table setting in progress | Remodelista

    Above: Follow New York party impresario David Stark's lead and block print a stack of $2 bandanas as napkins—to bundle as presents and to create your own for a Holiday Table Setting. Photograph by Corrie Hogg of David Stark Design.

    DIY Braided Wool Napkin Rings | Remodelista

    Above: Pair your just-made napkins with Alexa's DIY Wooly Napkin Rings. Photograph by Alexa Hotz.

    Last-minute holiday gift: potted bulb | Remodelista

    Above: A Potted Amaryllis Bulb can be delivered already planted or with all the ingredients (as Erin did here) so the recipient can time the blossoming. Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.

    DIY furoshiki cloth basic wrap | Remodelista

    Above: Present your gift in a Japanese-style cloth wrap, which can be reused in all sorts of ways. See Leigh's How to Wrap a Furoshiki Cloth. Photograph by Leigh Patterson.

    DIY pinecone fire starter by Erin Boyle | Gardenista

    Above: Another of Erin's tricks: Festive (and Fragrant) Pinecone Fire Starters (just add cotton wicking and beeswax). Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.

    DIY foraged branch ornaments by Justine Hand | Remodelista

    Above: Justine's upgrade on the summer camp God's eye: Turn twigs (or popsicle sticks) into Snowflake Treetoppers and Scandi-Style Ornaments. Photograph by Justine Hand.

    Clove orange pomander| Gardenista

    Above: For perfuming drawers, closets, and rooms: Make Old-Fashioned Pomanders by patterning oranges with cloves. Use the same ingredients to concoct my Homemade Orange-Spiced Wine (it takes only minutes and everyone will think you've become an overnight vintner). Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.

    Finally getting in the spirit? Go to 10 Favorites: No-Cost Holiday Decor Ideas.

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    Spotted lately: the classic carved-wood Tyrolean chair (also called the Swiss mountain chair) and other folk art versions in stylish interiors.

    Pliscia by La Padevilla | Remodelista

    Above: Tyrolean chairs in a holiday house by Pedevilla Architects (see more at The Mountain Rental: A Holiday House in the Italian Alps).

    Chesa Wazzau | Remodelista

    Above: A peasant chair in the bedroom at Chesa Wazzau in St. Moritz.

    Vincent Van Duysen Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Chinese farmer's chairs surround the kitchen table in Vincent Van Duysen's kitchen. Photograph by David Spero for the New York Times.

    Laura Silverman House | Remodelista

    Above: Humble peasant chairs from New York antiques dealer Paula Rubenstein in the home of Gardenista contributor Laura Silverman. Photograph by Michael Mundy (go to At Home in Sullivan County, NY, to see more).

    Five to Buy

    Bliss Home Mountain Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Swiss Mountain Chair III from Bliss Home is $155.

    Casamania La Dina Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Venetian designer Luca Nichetto reinterpreted the traditional Tyrolean chair for his collaboration with Casamania. The chairs are made of ash and available in a range of colors; go to Casamania for ordering information.

    Vienna Weiss Tyrolean Chair | Remodelista

    Above: From Jan Kurtz Mobel, the Stuhl Vienna Chair is €198 ($242.47).

    Tyrolean Chairs from Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: Colorado furniture maker Tim O'Brien trained with an Austrian master; his Handmade Alpine Chairs are $750 each via his shop, Shamrock Fine Woodworking, on Etsy.

    Peasant Baroque Chair Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: An Antique Folk Art Spinning Chair or Brettstuhl Baroque peasant chair ("early 19th century or before") is $825 from Etsy seller Owl Song Vintage.

    See what's next by reading our Trend Alerts

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 22, 2014 as part of our Winter's Tale issue.

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    Ilse Crawford's design for the Olde Bell Inn, an Elizabethan-era hotel in the UK, is a brilliant mashup of rustic and modern—you can almost smell the wood smoke. Re-create the look with the elements shown below.

     Photographs of the Olde Bell Inn via Design Tripper.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Ilse Crawford of Studioilse designed the dining room at the Olde Bell Inn, which features black-painted ceiling beams, chairs, and doorways.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Crawford used leather straps to anchor Welsh blankets to high-back benches.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Matthew Hilton Fin Chairs for De La Espada (see below) contrast with traditional textiles.

    The Olde Bell Inn Designed by Ilse Crawford via Design Tripper | Remodelista

    Above: Tea is served in traditional red-clay Brown Betty teapots.

    Davey Box Wall Light Remodelista

    Above: Venerable UK company Davey Lighting began making lights in the 19th century; the Box Wall Light is simultaneously modern and historical; available at Heal's for £438 ($651). For something similar in the US, consider the Union Filament Bath Sconce ($239) from Restoration Hardware.

    English Floor Rush Matting

    Above: Crawford sourced handwoven rush matting from Rush Matters in Bedfordshire, England. English Floor Rush Matting is made to measure, starting at £150 ($223) per square meter.

    Black Salt Chair from Design Within Reach | Remodelista

    Above: The simple Windsor-style Salt Chair in black is $129 from Design Within Reach.

    Bench With Black

    Above: Studioilse's Bench with Black for De La Espada is made of solid chestnut and has copper feet.

    Matthew Hilton Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: UK designer Matthew Hilton's Fin Dining Chair is available in American white oak or American black walnut; $1,125 at De La Espada.

    Tregwynt Welsh Tapestry Blankets | Remodelista

    Above: The dining room banquettes are outfitted with Welsh tapestry blankets. Blankets from Melin Tregwynt's Black and White Collection start at £129 ($192). For a leather strap like the ones fastening the blankets, try the Chestnut English Bridle Leather Strap; $8.50 for the 84-inch version from Outfitters Supply.

    Rae Dunn Ceramic Bee Plate | Remodelista

    Above: Stamped plates are displayed on the dining room walls. For a similar look, San Francisco–based ceramist Rae Dunn makes hand-stamped porcelain plates like this Wide Rim Wafer Plate for $34.

    Peugeot Dark Brown Wood Pepper Mill | Remodelista

    Above: Peugeot's Dark Wood Pepper Mill is $32.99 at Amazon.

    Brown Betty Ceramic Teapot | Remodelista

    Above: The classic Brown Betty Teapot is made of terra cotta and finished with a brown glaze; the six-cup size is $30.99 at the English Tea Store.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 13, 2012, as part of our issue The Celtic Angle.

    Steal This Look is a longstanding weekly Remodelista column. Have a look at all the Steal This Looks in our archive, including A Low-Cost Kitchen for Serious Cooks and A Finnish Cottage Kitchen and Dining Room.

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    Still a favorite for the holidays: an opening-party holiday drink from Mira Evnine of quarterly cookbook series Sweets & Bitters. She came up with this easy-to-make, citrus-spiked Winter Market Punch that's not only delicious but also a perfect accompaniment to snowy weather. (We served it up at our New York holiday market years back.)

    Punch, as Mira points out, is ideal for big parties: "Your guests can help themselves to as much as they like, while you visit with them instead of fussing over drinks." Here's her recipe.

    Winter Market Punch (adapted from David Wondrich)

    Makes 24 (three-ounce) servings


    • 4 lemons 
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained
    • 750 milliliter bottle vodka
    • 1 quart cold water
    • Nutmeg (for garnish) 

    You can vary this simple recipe with whatever citrus strikes your fancy—clementines, blood oranges, Meyer lemons—or embellish it with a sprig of rosemary or handful of coriander seeds. Just keep in mind that if you use grapefruit or orange, you’ll need to adjust the balance of sweet and sour to taste.

    Photography by Liz Clayman.

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus Punch

    1. Peel the citrus with a vegetable peeler. Put the peels in a glass jar and add the sugar. Seal, shake, and leave overnight.

    2. Add the lemon juice to the sugar-peel mix, seal, and shake until the sugar has dissolved.

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus  WInter Market Punch

    3. Pour the mixture into a one-gallon punch bowl. Add the vodka and cold water. 

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus WInter Market Punch

    4. If serving immediately, add a quart of ice cubes; if the punch is to be ladled out slowly, add a one-quart block of ice instead. Grate nutmeg over the top, and ladle out in three-ounce servings.

    Sweets & Bitters Citrus Punch

    For more on Sweets & Bitters, see our Gardenista post Required Reading: Sweets & Bitters Quarterly.

    Looking for holiday entertaining ideas? Have a look at 5 Quick Fixes: Holiday Entertaining Prep.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 24, 2013, as part of our Winter Wonderland issue.

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    There are so many satisfying ways to neatly stack firewood—on shelves, in open-air sheds, under tarpaulins. Here are 10 of our favorite weatherproof ways to stack logs and kindling this winter.

    Round Shelves

    Above: From Australia, the Wood Stacker is $2,200 AU ($1,587 USD) from Unearthed (custom designs are available).

    Above: A 43-inch-tall Steel Log Rack made by Pleasant Hearth measures 40 inches in diameter and is 14 inches deep. It is $162.99 from Wayfair.

    Above: A 14-inch-deep Steel U Shaped Firewood Rack measures 91 inches wide and 41 inches tall and is $156.99 from Wayfair.

    Bookshelf Storage

    Above: Made of steel, Custom Metal Screening keeps firewood tidy. For pricing and information, see Herrhammer.

    Above: A seven-foot-tall metal Firewood Shelf from Germany-based garden furniture manufacturer Garpa is £780 ($1,162).


    Above: A weatherproof Wooden Log Store made of spruce is £148.50 ($221) from Garden Trading (assembly required).

    Above: A Log Store from Euroheat has a pre-fitted felt shingle roof and is £226.80 ($338).


    Above: A Three Bay Store holds firewood and standard size garbage bins; made to order from locally sourced sawn timber. For pricing and more information, see Devon Log Stores.


    Above: A Self-Stretching Tarpaulin available in two sizes has reinforced eyes and corners; prices range from £47 to £60 ($70 to $89) from Manufactum.

    Above: An eight-foot Woodhaven Firewood Rack made of 16-gauge steel comes with a tarpaulin cover and holds a half cord of wood; $199 from Woodland.

    For more winter warmth, see:

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    Though the houses in Rizzoli's latest architecture tome are not modest, they're homes for lovers of architecture and nature.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The Pierre house by Seattle architect Tom Kundig has a sweeping view of the Puget Sound in Washington's San Juan Islands.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The architect had the site excavated so the house would sit among the rocks rather than perched atop them.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The retreat comprises three buildings by Fearon Hay Architects on New Zealand's Waiheke Island: one for bedrooms, one for working, and one for living and dining, shown here.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: No space is wasted on hallways: the bedrooms are accessed directly from the outdoors.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: A grove of protected New Zealand pohutukawa trees gave Herbst Architects a challenge to nestle a house within.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: The double-height great room is covered in glass, lending occupants the feeling of residing inside the forest.

    Retreat: The Modern House in Nature Book | Remodelista

    Above: Retreat: The Modern House in Nature by Ron Broadhurst is $35.83 on Amazon.

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    Chad Oppenheim of Miami firm Oppenheim Architecture took a 1971 Aspen ski chalet with period interiors (read: nightmare) and did the seemingly impossible: turned it into an of-the-moment eco-chic retreat with a distinctly Axel Vervoodt vibe.

    Located in the enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, the ski chalet is "an homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi-sabi," according to Oppenheim. "The house is clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone, and steel, with the intention of making a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its surroundings of forest, stream, and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out."

    Photography by Laziz Hamani via Arch Daily, unless otherwise noted.

    Above: A pair of Charlotte Sofas by Verellen are slipcovered in gray linen.

    Above: A series of grays intersect in the living room. The moss frame is from JF Chen in Los Angeles.

    Above L: A reading chair is draped in fur. Above R: A study in textures: moss art, antique oak dining table, and leather banquette.

    Above: Even the kitchen is completely clad in reclaimed barn wood.

    Above L: Oppenheim keeps the detailing simple. Above R: A dramatically positioned bathtub. 

    Above: A bed carved into a wall.

    Above L: A reclaimed barn wood console with stone sink. Above R: Mismatched reclaimed wood creates a headboard effect. Photographs by Robert Reck for the New York Times.

    Above: In the library, a pair of metal chairs serve as desk seating.

    Above: A lounging area with linen-covered sectional sofa.

    Above: Raw steel doors close off the fireplace when it's not in use.

    Above: A simple rectangular hot tub is cut into the stone patio.

    Above: Oppenheim wanted the house to disappear into the landscape. To see more, go to Oppenheim Architecture.

    And for more Rocky Mountain inspiration, have a look at our Architect Visit: John Pawson in Telluride. Are you as enchanted by cozy winter bedrooms as we are? Don't miss 10 Space-Saving Ski Cabin Bunks.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 8, 2012, as part of our North by Northwest issue.

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    When a modern-design fan purchased a plot of land approved for construction of a traditional Slovenian hut, his architects created a very modern cabin that still technically follows the rules.

    The property in question is located inside Slovenia's Triglav National Park, where strict rules of design and construction are enforced. The building site came with a permit for a traditional Alpine hut, and though the owner wanted a modern design, he did not want to attempt to change the permit. So Slovenian architects OFIS Arhitekti designed a cabin with the same dimensions, roof pitch, and materials as were mandated in a traditional hut—but with a decidedly modern take. From a distance, the hut blends into the surrounding architecture, but up close the tiny home is a shining example of modern design.

    Photography by Tomas Gregoric for OFIS Arhitekti.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: The second floor is cantilevered above the ground floor and acts as a shade from the summer sun.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Environmentally friendly features include extra thermal insulation between the wooden cladding and vertical pipes inside beams that collect rainwater from the roof.

    Minimal modern wood kitchen in winter cabin hut in Slovenia with open shelving and modern colors

    Above: The kitchen is small but entirely modern.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Unlike a more traditional hut, in this version windows and doors were sited to maximize views.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: The ground floor has an open plan with kitchen, dining, and living rooms, and storage tucked under the central staircase.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Vaulted beam ceilings are hallmarks of the traditional local architecture.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: The homeowners mixed occasional antique pieces like this armoire with the rest of the hut's simple modern furnishings.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: To maximize views and minimize furnishings, the architects extended the windows to meet low bench shelves that function as sofas. Sun-facing corner windows mean no heat is required on sunny days.

    An Alpine Hut by OFIS Architeki | Remodelista

    Above: Exterior features such as stone and wood columns came from local sources and echo the region's architectural vernacular.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on December 21, 2012, as part of our Winter Cabins issue.

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    Putting on a favorite pair of pajamas is a sure-bet way to unwind. Here, the sleepwear that we swear by—plus some investment pieces that we dream about. Do you have a favorite? Let us know.

    Steven Alan Knit Boyfriend PJ Top | Remodelista

    Above: Julie is coveting the Steven Alan Knit Boyfriend PJ Top for $155; it's paired with the Knit PJ Pant for $125 at Steven Alan.

    Margiot Collection Maya Check Long Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: A reader tipped us off to Marigot, a New York–based maker of sleepwear. We like the Maya Check Long Pajama Set made of 100 percent cotton for $142 from Margiot.

    J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set in White | Remodelista

    Above: Francesca uses the same white towels (from Land's End) and white sheets interchangeably throughout her house. She sleeps—no surprise—in a white J. Crew Vintage Pajama Set; $95. A similar J. Crew design, the Classic Cotton Poplin Pajama set, $69.50, is available for men.

    Dosa Tassel Pants in Rice from Tiina the Store | Remodelista

    Above: The Dosa Tassel Kurta ($230) and Dosa Tassel Pants ($150), a night-and-day wardrobe staple made of the lightest khadi cotton by Dosa; both are available at Tiina the Store.

    Coyuchi Men's Flannel Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Myles likes Coyuchi's Men's Heather Flannel Pajama Set. Made of organic cotton by a German family-owned mill in business since 1885; $158.40. Inquire about the availability of women's sizes.

    Hanro Tonight Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Christine's favorite: Tonight Button-Front Pajamas from 130-year-old Swiss company Hanro, are made from their signature silky mercerized cotton; $148.50 (pricey, yes, but they last for years).

    Olatz Two-Piece Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: For the woman or man who has everything: the silk Pajama Set from luxury bedding purveyor Olatz (Schnabel); $750 at Tiina the Store.

    Margaret Howell Linen Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Alexa's dream pajama set is from Margaret Howell. The Boxy PJ Shirt and Gathered PJ Trousers are made of white linen in Margaret Howell's Edmonton Factory; £190 ($282) and £210 ($312), respectively. She likes the idea of the PJ Shirt doubling as a daytime top.

    Sleepy Jones Marina Pajama Set | Remodelista

    Above: Margot's vote goes to Andy Spade's sleepwear line Sleepy Jones. The Marina Pajama Shirt is $138 and the Marina Pajama Pant is $98.

    Muji women's flannel pajamas | Remodelista

    Above: Dalilah wears all-cotton Women's Flannel Pajamas from Muji, currently marked down from $49.95 to $34.97. Muji also offers Men's Cotton Pajamas.

    Araks Kate Mini Floral Pajama Top and Ally Pants | Remodelista

    Above: Understated luxury from Araks: made-in-the-US cotton pajamas with contrasting silk chiffon piping and mother of pearl buttons. The Kate Pajama Top Mini Floral is $280 and the Ally Pajama Pant Mini Floral is $200.

    The perfect settings to go with these pajamas? See our gallery of Bedroom posts. And for more loungewear, go to The Housecoat Reimagined

    Want to see our editors' handbags of choice for a night out? Go to 10 Easy Pieces: The Evening Bag Dilemma Solved.

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    Add an appointment to your electronic calendar and you might never see it again. Write it on a piece of paper nailed to your wall and odds improve.

    Here are six calendars we like for the new year.

    Appointed Wall Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: Newly launched paper company Appointed makes their signature notebooks and calendars in the Washington, D.C. area. The 2016 Wall Calendar is made of heavy paper stock with a cloth binding; $28.

    Margaret Howell Barbara Hepworth Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: Brit clothing designer Margaret Howell makes a calendar every year; the 2016 Calendar is an ode to the art of sculptor Barbara Hepworth; £15 ($22).

    Postalco Wall Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: We've long liked the One Year Wall Calendar from Postalco, which shows the year at a glance with room for a daily note. Printed in Japan, the calendar is $24 from General Store.

    Tea Towel Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: For a 2016 calendar on a nontraditional substrate, we like the 2016 Calendar Tea Towel in 100 percent linen by Brooklyn designers Sir/Madam; $28 from Burke Decor.

    Rocking Chair Calendar | Remodelista

    Above: A whimsical Japanese design, the 2016 Rocking Chair Calendar is a home-assembled miniature cardboard chair that rocks on your desk; $25 from Alder & Co.

    Columns Calendar in Blue | Remodelista

    Above: The one-year Column Calendar from Snug Studio has weekend dates written in bold and room for daily notes. Printed in Germany, the calendar is $28 from Need Supply Co. 

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    Wishing all our readers happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year from all of us at Remodelista and Gardenista.

    Here's a look back at the winter season thus far for a dose of decor inspiration:

    DIY Cotton Garland by Justine Hand on Gardenista

    Above: A garland for Thanksgiving to keep up through Christmas from DIY: A Winter White Holiday Bough on Gardenista.

    Ambatalia Linens | Remodelista

    Above: A dried eucalyptus branch with a golden hue is a simple favorite for dressing the holiday table with linens from Ambatalia from this year's Remodelista Market.

    Tricia Foley Burlap Wrapped Christmas Tree Stand | Remodelista

    Above: A lakeside Christmas tree with a stand wrapped in burlap from The Simple Life: 10 Christmas Holiday Tips from Tricia Foley.

    Foraged Branch Ornaments by Justine Hand | Remodelista

    Above: The quickest and most cost-effective way to decorating your Christmas tree? Twigs and sprigs shaped into stars from Last-Minute Holiday Gifts: 7 Favorite Holiday DIYs.

    European House Ornaments | Remodelista

    Above: European houses in porcelain for the tree from 10 Favorites: Scandi-Inspired Ornaments, 2015 Edition.

    Poinsettia Bouquet by Justine Hand on Gardenista

    Above: A poinsettia like you've never seen it before in DIY Poinsettia: A Common Christmas Plant Goes Luxe on Gardenista.

    Modern Wall Hanging Christmas Tree from Rosemary | Remodelista

    Above: A tree in rosemary from 10 Favorites: No-Cost Holiday Decor Ideas.

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    From Michelle and the Gardenista team: glimpses of a jolly holiday around the world (no subtitles required).

    Lilla Villa Vilta gazebo at Christmas | Gardenista

    Above: A white Christmas at Lilla Villa Vita in Sweden is this week's Garden Visit.

    Scandinavian-inspired God's eye ornaments by Justine Hand | Remodelista

    Above: Justine's DIY God's Eyes pay homage to Scandinavian snowflake ornaments. 

    Christmas ornaments at Detroit Garden Works | Gardenista

    Above: People come from all over to see Detroit's Garden Works, a nursery that knows how to decorate. 

    Peg and Awl Shanty Man Log Carrier | Gardenista

    Above: For toting wood without mussing sweaters or rugs, 10 Favorite Firewood Log Carriers. (The waxed canvas and leather example shown here is by Peg and Awl.) 

    Christmas morning breakfast, Oliva Rae James | Gardenista

    Above: Sweet and Savory: A Homey Menu for Christmas Morning. Photograph by Olivia Rae James.

    German barn conversion by Thomas Kroger Architekt, photo by Thomas Heimann via Home World Design | Remodelista

    Above: Ultramodern when it was built 140 years old and once again—see architect Thomas Kröger's conversion of a village barn in Germany in Before and After.

    Happy holidays, everyone! Spend your vacation catching up on all that we've been up to at Gardenista and Remodelista.

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    Here are a few things we love this week.  





    • Above: We're eyeing the industrial look of these spaces that incorporate hot-rolled steel. Photo by Adriene Williams.
    • An ode to brick
    • Over on Gardenista: A modern farmer and her 10 acres in Australia. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week


    • Above: The intagram feed of Toronto-based design firm Mason marries art, design, and technology (@mason_studio).


    • Above: 7115 by Szeki's Space board abounds with light-filled, airy spaces. 

    For more Remodelista, visit our most recent issue Winter's Light


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    A look back at our most popular posts of 2015.

    Greatest Hits of 2015 Remodelista Issue

    Above: Photograph from Improper Bostonians: Jeffrey and Cheryl Katz at Home in Beacon Hill.


    MIchaela Scherrer in Pasadena | Remodelista

    Above: In our Expert Advice column, Justine shares 12 no-cost techniques for making a room look larger.


    Built In Litter Box | Remodelista

    Above: In Storage news, we look at 12 ways to hide the litter box.


    Heidi Swanson's SF Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Sarah talks kitchens with SF cookbook author Heidi Swanson in our Expert Advice series.


    Old Homestead in Provincetown | Remodelista


    Above: In our Kitchen of the Week column, Janet rounds up 16 tricks for maximizing space.


      Ikea Disruptors | Remodelista

    Above: In our Furniture section, we round up a half dozen new Ikea-disrupting companies.

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    Isabelle Dubois-Dumee and Hubert Bettan, the couple behind interiors brand Les Petites Emplettes, left Paris in 2013 to set up shop in a 12th century chateau with their three daughters in tow. Located near Angouleme, in the Charente region in the west of France, the chateau had fallen into disrepair when they discovered it on a holiday outing. Over the past two years, they've slowly brought it back to life, room by room. Stay tuned; Isabelle and Hubert will soon be offering guest lodging and dining events.

    Photography via Chateau de Dirac.

    Chateau de Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: The two towers date to the 12th and 15th century, and the house itself was reconstructed in the 18th century. 

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: The couple stripped the interiors back to their original state, removing false ceilings and other unfortunate interventions, and hewed to a green and white palette. 

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: The interiors are outfitted with simple furniture and natural materials: linen, jute, wicker, natural fibers.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: Furniture is casually draped in lightweight cotton drop cloths.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: In the dining room, the couple allowed wallpaper remnants to remain in place.

    Chateau Dirac Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Whimsical tiles line the kitchen walls. 

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: A simple farm table anchors the kitchen and drying herbs add color.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: An installation made of wooden twigs by Vera Rybaltchenko is suspended in the couple's workroom/studio.

    Chateau de Dirac | Remodelista

    Above: A winding staircase leads to the upper levels.

    Chateau de Dirac Bedroom in France | Remodelista

    Above: Linens from the Petites Emplettes line and a string of wicker lights adorn the master bedroom.

    Chateau Dirac Bedroom in France | Remodelista

    Above: The couple's three daughters share a gauze-draped bedroom and bath.

    Chateau Dirac in France | Remodelista

    Above: Isabelle and Hubert host occasional pop-up shops and events; they plan to expand their offerings in the near future to include workshops, petanque tournaments, and more.

    Are you a dedicated Francophile? Explore our guide to the best design, shopping, and restaurants in our Paris City Guide.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 13, 2015.

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    Like us, San Francisco blogger Caitlin Long of the Shingled House regularly turns to Commune Design of Los Angeles for a dose of inspiration. Perusing images on Pinterest from the firm's recent book, Commune: Designed in California, Long noticed window treatments that looked exactly like the upgrade her light-blasted bathroom needed. The hands-on remodeler—Long is an RISD grad in furniture design who blogs about family life and household improvements—whipped up her own burlap version.

    Start-to-finish time for three panels: five hours. Total cost per panel: less than $20. And Long assured us, "Anyone could do this project: Burlap is surprisingly easy to sew. It takes a seam very easily—although you will be covered in lint by the time you finish."  We're ready to give it go.

    Photography by Caitlin Long via the Shingled House.

    DIY burlap window panels by Caitlin Long of the The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: The (nearly) finished trio of panels hang from hardware store tension rods. They cover bathroom windows in Long's Cole Valley, San Francisco, house, which she and her husband built with Thompson Studio Architects. For privacy the shades are mostly left stationary, but can be raised at the corners. They're shown here temporarily pinned up (see below for final rigging).

    Intrigued by Long's teak tub? Go to DIY Household Teak, our post about how she refinished her bathroom.


    DIY burlap window panels by Caitlin Long of the The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: "It's important that the burlap be heavyweight and 100 percent cotton," Long says. She also advises ordering a color swatch "because there are a bunch of variations in colors from more tan/brown to tan/gray. I used the most humble version of fabric I could find."


    Before shot of Caitlin Long/The Shingled House bathroom window panels| Remodelista

    Above: The burlap panels replaced thin muslin shades that, writes Long, "were (like me) looking a little tired. The muslin had torn in a few places and recently got a little blue marker on them (who even knows how that happened). And they had shrunk so much from washing that they didn't even fit the windows anymore." Long wanted to replace them with sun-filtering panels that would cast a more flattering light when she looks in the mirror. "The brightness of the sun from those windows is really unforgiving. Yes, I changed those curtains because of vanity!"

    The Inspiration

    Commune Burlap Curtains | Remodelista

    Above: Commune Design's Elsinore Street project in Echo Park, Los Angeles, has simple shades that can be draped to the side. See more of the firm's work in Expert Advice: Breaking the Rules with Commune Design and An Exotic Tiled Kitchen in LA.

    The Details

    Caitlin Long's DIY burlap window panels in progress | Remodelista

    Above: "The weave is very open in this burlap, so instead of a zigzag stitch on the edge to prevent fraying, I used a fairly tight straight stitch, and I used a one-inch seam instead of a standard half inch." Go to the Shingled House for more details.

    DIY burlap window panels cleat detail by Caitlin Long of The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: Long initially planned to install a hook as a way to suspend the panels; instead, as a final touch, she added a brass rope cleat. 

    DIY burlap window panels cleat detail by Caitlin Long of The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: She weighed down each shade by inserting a wooden dowel in a sleeve along the bottom, and sewed on a brass ring in the bottom middle using turquoise topstitching thread.

    The Results

    DIY burlap window panels by Caitlin Long of The Shingled House blog | Remodelista

    Above: The panels can be suspended in different ways, including this rakish angle.

    Caitlin Long of The Shingled House DIY burlap window panels | Remodelista

    Above: Long's verdict: "I'm very happy with the results: This room still has plenty of light, and boy am I looking better."

    There's more to see: Long won the 2014 Remodelista Considered Design Award for the Best Amateur-Designed Office Space. Take a look at her Backyard Shed Turned Home Office and go to Design Sleuth to learn about the room's portable camp stove.

    Inspired by Long's industriousness? See our catalog of DIY Projects for more ideas, including DIY Copper Pipe Curtain Rods for $35.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 1, 2015, as part of our issue called The Organized Kitchen.

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    As a former New Yorker and current owner of a wee Cape Cod cottage, I am quite familiar with both the charm and challenges of small spaces. When done well, they can feel like cozy, Zen-like retreats. But often when you have to cram all your worldly possessions into one tiny space, the results can feel cramped, claustrophobic, and anything but restful. Achieving the former instead of the latter takes some conscious effort.

    The good news is that the key to successful small-space living might be easier than you think. It all boils down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space by employing three simple concepts: scale, light, and movement. 

    Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home, unless otherwise noted.

    1. Scale it down.

    harbor-cottage-living-room-yellow by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Above: At Harbor Cottage in Maine, all the furniture, even the woodstove, has been downsized to fit the small living area.

    Furniture for the small space is all about proportions. Simply put, if a piece brushes up against the boundaries of the room, either up and down or sideways, it's too large. To create a sense of roominess, always leave a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls. (The one exception is a bed; a queen placed between two walls, for instance, creates a cozy sleeping cave.)

    Also avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the usable space in the room. For example, a sleek sofa or chair will give you as much sitting room as its overstuffed cousin but will take up much less of your room. If you long for a large, statement piece, hang it on the wall (a piece of art and mirror). Don't consume valuable living space by putting it on the floor.  

    2. Keep a low profile.


    Above: Designer Corinne Gilbert uses low-slung pieces to create an open feel in her living room. Also, notice that the mirrors are hung low so that they "relate" to the sofa. 

    Furniture that is lower to the ground will create a feeling of openness in a room simply by the fact that they leave more space above them. In the bedroom, choose a loft bed or even try placing a mattress directly on the floor. In the living room, embrace your inner Mad Men style with low-to-the-ground midcentury pieces. Or, if your tastes run more toward the romantic and ornate, 19th-century furniture also has a low profile.


    Above: Designer Michaela Scherrer's bed feels spacious even though the bed takes up most to the room. That's because both her bed and the art on the walls are positioned toward the lower half of the room, leaving the upper half virtually empty. The single bulb hanging from the ceiling also serves to emphasize the height of the room. 

    3. Show a little leg with lithe furniture.


    Above: The Hudson Valley retreat of Workstead's Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler is short on space and long on charm. To maximize the sense of light and air, the design duo employed leggy and lithe furniture and fixtures. 

    Here again, creating the illusion of more space is all about creating a sense of openness and movement. Furniture that is streamlined allows light and air to flow not just over, but also under and around it, so that it appears to float in space. Again, think midcentury modern pieces which are both low and "leggy". Or consider the perfect piece of soaring furniture: the butterfly chair. (See Object Lesson: The Classic Butterfly Chair.)


    Above: In her London living room, Remodelista's Christine Chang Hanway creates an open feel by employing midcentury furniture that allows light from the generous windows to flow through the room. Photograph by Kristen Perers for Remodelista.

    4. Mirror, mirror on the wall…

    Elizabeth-Roberts-Ensemble-Architecture- master-bedroom-Matthew-Williams-Remodelista

    Above: In her small bedroom in Brooklyn, architectural designer Elizabeth Roberts cleverly positions a mirror so that it actually looks like another window.

    Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.

    5. Ditch the drapes (and rugs).


    Above: In their Hudson Valley living room, Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler of Workstead maximize a sense of space by using leggy, low-profile furniture and fixtures as well as a mirror over the couch. They also keep the space looking uncluttered by ditching the drapes and the rug.

    As we saw with mirrors, it's all about tricking the eye. Curtains stop the eye from taking in the view outside, even if they don't cover the whole window. And drapes and curtains just add more "stuff" to the room. Eliminating them keeps the space simple. If you want privacy, consider shutters or lightweight mesh or cloth blinds. Or if curtains are a must for you, use a bar that extends far beyond the window frame, so you can fully expose the window.

    Ditto rugs. Cast your eye over all the small spaces in this article. Note how few have rugs or, if they do, how simple and minimal they are.

    pantry window Justine Hand Cape Cottage, Remodelista

    Above: In my own Cape Cod cottage, note how with the absence of curtains, the eye is drawn right through several rooms and out the window beyond.

    6. White it out.


    Above: Author Sara Emslie promotes the reflective power of white in her book, Beautifully Small.

    We all know of white's reflective qualities. It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher. Finally, in small spaces that can quickly become cluttered looking, white is a good choice because it simplifies a space and emphasizes the architecture. (That's why architects love it so much. See 10 Easy Pieces: Architect's White Paint Picks.)

    If you're worried that an all-white space will feel too cold, then pair it with warming elements like wood, or textured elements, such as a shaggy wool throw. And remember that you don't have choose a stark white. (See Remodeling 101: How to Choose the Perfect White Paint.)

    7. Emphasize the vertical.


    Above: Sydney-based architect Christopher Polly used vertical shiplap to emphasize the height of this small living/dining/kitchen area. Note also the small-scale furniture and feeling of movement as your eye travels all over the room.

    Whether it's a tall shelf, some vertical shiplap, or the bare hanging bulb we saw in Michaela Scherrer's bedroom above, employing one element that emphasizes the vertical space in the room will increase the sense of openness. It also enhances the feeling of movement and flow. 


    Above: In her wee bath, clothing designer Dagmar Daley ditched her curtains, used all white to maximize the sense of light and air, and she incorporated vertical elements, wainscoting, and a shower curtain, to emphasize the height of the room.

    8. Emphasize the horizontal.


    Above: In this bedroom, designer Tiina Laakonen ran horizontal shiplap right up the walls and ceiling. The effect is a seamless transition from wall to ceiling that emphasizes the height and the width of the room. Note also that the curtains are pushed to the side to frame the view.

    It all boils down to creating a sense of movement. Like the leggy furniture that creates a sense of dynamism, or the mirrors that reflect light and a view back into the room, anything that causes your eye to travel around a room in an intentional and orderly fashion will make it feel larger. (I say "international and orderly" because a cluttered room with lots of distracting elements will also cause your eye to travel, but in a haphazard fashion.


    Above: In this small dining space, both the horizontal and the vertical are emphasized by the horizontal color band that divides the space in half. Note also how the large photo above the table acts as a window drawing your eye into the "view" beyond. Photograph by Nikolas Koenig via Desire to Inspire.

    9. Clear a pathway.


    Above: In her Napa Valley bungalow, Remodelista's Sarah Lonsdale cleared a path in her dining room by setting the table to one side rather than at the center of the room.

    When dealing with a small room, one naturally wants to maximize the space by pushing all the pieces to the edges. But if this causes you to bump into things, it can enhance a claustrophobic feel. Sometimes it is better to group the furniture on one side of the room, so people can pass through unhindered.

    10. Use breezy fabrics.


    Above: To maximize the open, airy feeling of this cozy Berlin apartment, Lea Korzeczek and Matthias Hiller of Studio Oink employed the reflective power of white coupled with breezy, lightweight fabrics.

    If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room down. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the sense of airiness in the room.

    11. Above all, keep it simple.

    Workstead Brooklyn Living Room, Remodelsta

    Above: As demonstrated in Workstead's Brooklyn home, keeping your palette and furniture to a minimum serves to create an open feel. A few choice pieces (in this case, a midcentury Eames lounge chair and Jean Prouve Potence lamp) go a long way to adding personality to a room.

    Small spaces are all about editing. The more pieces, possessions, and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel. Avoid too many knickknacks, or at least group them so they read as an installation. Ditto with art; concentrate your framed pieces on one or two walls. Avoid busy patterns and overwhelming colors. Or, if you absolutely must have that William Morris-esque wallpaper, consider placing it on one accent wall. Same with color, try painting just one wall or a door and stick to a single shade. Now is not the time to embrace the whole spectrum.

    The bottom line is you need to be strict with yourself (actually, this concept applies to all spaces) and intentional about everything that goes into the room. If you go for the wallpaper accent wall, then keep the rest of the room simple. If you need that huge oil painting in your living room, try having it be the only art in the room. 

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    Above: The bare bones treatment of this bedroom by Father Rabbit Limited turns a small space into a restful retreat. 

    Looking for more small space and other design solutions? See:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 22, 2015, as part of our Spring Awakenings issue.

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    "I fell in love with the look of this apron sink from Home Depot and built the design around that," says Jenny Wolf of the compact main bathroom in her family's East Hampton cottage. She transformed the 55-square-foot space from dark to light and from worn-out to shipshape, courtesy of whitewashed, wood-paneled walls and accents of "mixed metals." Wolf runs Jenny Wolf Interiors of New York and kindly detailed her sources. Here's how to re-create the look.

    Tiny Bathroom for Steal This Look | Remodelista

    Above: The space is just big enough for a glass-enclosed shower and is shared by Wolf, her husband, and their young daughter. Lumber for the shiplap paneling—cedar five-inch planks on the walls and two-inch planks on the ceiling—came from Home Depot.

    The Basics

    Kohler Bannon Wall Mount Cast Iron Sink | Remodelista

    Above: Kohler's Bannon Wall-Mount Cast Iron Sink is $693.83 at Home Depot, available online only.

    Rohl Country Wall-Mounted Bathroom Faucet | Renodelista

    Above: The Rohl Country Wall-Mounted Bathroom Faucet is $417.75 in polished nickel from Faucet Direct.

    Submarine Inset Medicine Cabinet from Restoration Hardware | Remodelista

    Above: Restoration Hardware's aluminum-framed Submarine Inset Medicine Cabinet opens to reveal glass shelves in a mirrored interior built into the wall. It comes in two sizes and is currently on sale starting at $515 (marked down from $735).

    Memoir toilet by Kohler | Remodelista

    Above: Kohler's Memoirs Toilet is $324.56 at Home Depot.

    Franklin light from Schoolhouse Electric | Remodelista

    Above: The Franklin light from Schoolhouse Electric comes in three finishes, antique black (shown), matte bronze (closest to Jenny's version), and polished nickel; starting at $79. She pairs it with a Silver-Tipped Bulb; $7 from Schoolhouse Electric.


      Benjamin Moore Decorators White | Remodelista

    Above: Shiplap five-inch vertical wood planks are painted in Benjamin Moore Decorator's White; Ben Interior Paint starts at $37.99 a gallon.

    Montauk Stone Tile | Remodelista

    Above: The floor is tiled with 2-by-12-inch Montauk Black Natural Cleft Slate from the Complete Tile Collection, laid in a brick pattern. Inquire about pricing.


    Classic brass coat hook from Rejuvenation | Remodelista

    Above: Rejuvenation modeled its Classic Brass Coat Hook after a 1910 design; $20 each. Also consider Brass Hat and Coat Hooks, $6 to $8 each, from The Hook Lady.

    Onefortythree Tissue Roll Holder in White | Remodelista

    Above: Not identical but a good choice for the room, the Onefortythree Tissue-Roll Holder, $30, is made by Logan Hendrickson in his Las Vegas workshop, Onefortythree. For more colors, see Top Brass: A New TP Holder for the Glamorous Bath and check out our roundup of Indie Toilet-Paper Holders.

    Windsor Knob Hardware | Remodelista

    Above: The Ashley Norton Windsor Knob in a dark bronze patina is available via Simon's Hardware; inquire about pricing.


    Geo Hammam Hand Towel | Remodelista

    Above: Cotton Geo Hammam Hand Towels are $8 (marked down from $10) each at West Elm.

    Glass canister from Crate and Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: Crate & Barrel offers Glass Canisters in three sizes; the small (shown here) is $16.95. A set of three (one in each size) is $59.95.

    Cotton Woven Bath Rug from Restoration Hardware | Remodelista

    Above: The Cotton Woven Bath Rug from Restoration Hardware comes in four sizes; the smallest, 17 by 24, is $27 (marked down from $39).

    See more of Jenny Wolf's work at Jenny Wolf Interiors. For more design inspiration and sourcing ideas, explore our DIY Bath issue.

    And find small-space-living ideas in 13 Radical Tiny Cottages and 10 Houses Made from Shipping Containers.

    This post is an update; it originally ran on February 3, 2015, as part of our Humble Abode issue.

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    What's the best color for an accent wall, and which wall should I paint? Answer: Any color, any wall. The goal here is to have fun with color, and the permutations of the accent wall are endless.

    One thing to keep in mind: Whichever wall you choose, a bold color will end up defining the room, so think first about how you want that space to feel.

    Read on for 10 very different interpretations of the accent wall.

    Red accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: A red wall marks the boundary of this open living/dining space featured in House & Garden.

    Red orange accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: A coral-orange wall anchors a living room by Karhard Architecture & Design, featured in Laws of Attraction: A Paint-by-Color-Wheel Apartment in Berlin.  

    Yellow accent walls | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: Bold yellow indicates spatial transitions in a Barcelona apartment by Sergi Pons Architecte, featured in 5 Favorites: Yellow Accents.

    Yellow-Green Accent Wall in French Home | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: French designer Caroline Gomez uses bright colors to great effect throughout her Bordeaux home, including a perky yellow-green in the dining room. For the rest of her color choices, see The Power of Pastels: A Color-Blocked Family Loft in France.

    Mint green accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: A minty wall in a Berlin bedroom via Swedish/German real estate agency Fantastic Frank

    Green blue accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: A sky blue half-wall defines the kitchen in the same Berlin apartment by Karhard Architecture & Design.

    Gray blue accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: Architect Jen Turner used Farrow & Ball's Blue Ground as an accent wall behind her bed in her renovated Brooklyn carriage house. See the rest of the transformation in The Architect Is In: Tips from Jen Turner's Grand DIY.

    Gray accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: Interior architect Remy Meijers used pale gray paint to define a room within a room in a remodeled mansion in The Hague. See more in History and Modern Glam in The Hague.

    Navy blue accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: A dramatic double-height dark blue wall in the Metrolofts project by Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory member Incorporated Architecture & Design

    Black bedroom accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: Defined by a single black wall, a child's bed fits neatly under the stairs in A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn: Whale Wallpaper Included.

    Black accent wall | 10 Favorite Accent Walls | Remodelista

    Above: A white kitchen island stands out against a black back wall in this Paris loft by Septembre Architecture. For more, see A Place for Everything: A 900-Square-Foot Loft for a Family of Four.

    For more color stories, see:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 30, 2015, as part of our Global Color issue.

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    We're a bunch of cat fanciers here at Remodelista—we love our felines, but not their litter boxes. Here are a dozen ways to conceal the dreaded kitty loo.

    Fellow cat lovers: Please let us know if you've come across any genius solutions in the Comments section.

    House Tweaking Concealed Litter Box | Remodelista

    Above: Dana Miller of House Tweaking came up with a cat-box solution involving an Ikea Pax cabinet with an added side entrance; see the DIY at House Tweaking.

    Project Palermo Broom Closet | Remodelista

    Above: Chicago DIY blogger Marti Palermo of Project Palermo hid her litter box in a closet—take a look at Cat Hole: Litter Box Closet Cat Door.

    Tula Amir Architects Cat Litter Box System | Remodelista

    Above: In a Tel Aviv family apartment, architect Tula Amir came up with a clever solution: a cutout in the kitchen leads to a tunnel to a utility area where the cat box lives (plus a sprayer for washing out the pan).

    Bham Design Studio Cat Cutout | Remodelista

    Above: Belgian architect Bham Design Studio created this litter box niche under a stairway in a residence for a cat lover.

    Cat Box in Bathroom with Washing Machine | Remodelista

    Above, L and R: In a Tel Aviv apartment, interior designer Liat Evron slotted a washer/dryer and a cat box under a bathroom sink console.


    Above: A cat door under a built-in banquette provides indoor/outdoor access (if you added hinges to the bench top you could hide the litter box beneath it). See more of the London townhouse design in our post Platform 5 Architects Keep Books and Cat in Mind

    Above L and R: A kitty loo concealed in a drawer and a climbing wall in a house by Japanese firm Asahi Kasei.

    Litterbox Cover Ikea Hack | Remodelista

    Above: For the tiny apartment urban dweller: an Ikea Stuva box with a hole cut in the back becomes an instant cat box/side table, an Ikea hack via The Gold Standard.

    Hidden Cat Litter Boxes | Remodelista

    Above L: A litter box concealed in a utility closet by Klopf Architects. Above R: Designer and Canadian House & Home editor Suzanne Dimma says, "My signature design move for clients with cats is a litter box cubby configured into built-ins by a front or back door." Photograph via Canadian House & Garden.

    Catteaux Litter Box Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Elips Design of London, the Catteux Litter Box Cabinet has two separate compartments (the smaller one on the left is for supplies and the larger one on the right is for the litter box), a discrete side entrance, and tiny venting holes on top; contact the firm directly for ordering information. (For a similar solution built from Ikea parts—a Faktum wall cabinet, Applad white door, and Besta push opener—go to Ikea Hackers).

    Ikea Hack Cat Box | Remodelista

    Above: An Ikea hack via Gizmodo: a combination kid's desk and hidden cat toilet made from a piece of MDF and a pair of Ikea lockers (with a cat flap inserted). 

    Dog owners, take a look at Remodeling 101: How to Build a Dog-Friendly House. Also check out our gift guides for the Feline Fanatic, Part 1 and Part 2, and for the Dog Lover.

    Worried about pets who eat houseplants? Read Gardenista's report: Will a "Poisonous" Plant Really Kill Your Pet?

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 19, 2015, as part of our Weekend Projects issue.

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    All of us at Remodelista have been trying to banish plastic from our lives for a while now, some more successfully than others. But without succumbing to containers with plastic parts, such as lids, how best to stow leftovers and kitchen staples? My clean-living brother, Rob, posed the question, and here are our answers.

    Kaico Enamel Canisters from Muhs Home | Remodelista

    Above: Julie has her eye on Kaico Enamel Canisters from Japan. Made of scratch-resistant enameled steel, they have a vacuum seal and range from $45 to $55 at Muhs Home. For more on the line, see Kaico Cookware by Koizumi Studio.

    Anchor Vintage Glass Food Storage from the Container Store | Remodelista

    Above: As a longtime collector of old kitchen things, my pick goes to Anchor's Vintage Glass Food Storage lidded boxes made from the company's original 1932 molds. They can be heated in the oven and microwave, and stack well in the fridge.

    N.B.: Vintage glass refrigerator containers are plentiful on eBay and Etsy in a range of shapes, sizes, and colors, often for less than $10. Also notable but pricier: Vintage Jadeite Refrigerator Containers. Take a look at Martha Stewart's Collection.

    Stainless Steel Mini Tiffin from Rodale's | Remodelista

    Above: Megan uses Indian tiffin boxes as lunch boxes and also as leftovers containers—read her Object Lesson on the Trusty Tiffin Box. This Stainless Steel Two-Tier Mini Tiffin is $12 from Rodale's. 

    Weck jars from Schoolhouse Electric | Remodelista

    Above: We singled out Weck Storage Jars from Germany in the Remodelista book as one of our everyday favorites. They come in a variety of sizes (a sampling from Schoolhouse Electric shown here, priced from $3 to $8). Sarah swears by her Weck collection for containing everything from last night's pasta to soup to dried beans. She also likes 16-ounce Ball Jars for storing food, and notes, "The Weck tops fit on the Ball jars too, so really useful."

    Purnukka Storage Canisters by Kaj Franck from Iittala | Remodelista

    Above: Designed in 1953 by Kaj Franck, these ceramic, Finnish-modern classics have been reintroduced by Iittala in colors to match Franck's Teema Tableware. Oven- and microwave-safe, Purnukka Jars are $31.75 for the 2.4-inch-tall size and $39.75 for the 4.7-inch-tall size from Panik Design.

    Divided Airtight Container from Food 52 | Remodelista

    Above: A tiffin spin-off, the stainless-steel Divided Airtight Container has four compartments and is 7 5/8 inches in diameter; $30 from Provisions.


    Le Parfait Jars from Crate and Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: Another classic canning jar, Le Parfait Jars from France are currently available in the three largest sizes shown here, $8.95 to $15.95 at Crate & Barrel.

     Icebox Boxes made by Bauer of LA | Remodelista

    Above: A favorite of Megan's—and available at her shop, Ancient Industries—the Ice-Box Box, she says, is "for lashings of mash and peas," and ideal "for those who have no intention of ever attending a Tupperware party." Made by revived LA pottery Bauer, they're 5 3/4 inches in diameter, 2 1/2 inches tall, and designed to stack; $46 each. Bauer also offers the containers in 15 colors.

    Riess enamelware from Joinery | Remodelista

    Above: "It's hard to find containers that are countertop worthy," says Janet. "I'm thinking about replacing mine with these Enamel Canisters by Riess." Made in Riess's century-old factory in Austria, they have ash lids with airtight seals and come in four sizes; $38 to $58 in white or green at Joinery. See more kitchenware by Riess in Object Lessons: The Pastel Enamel Pot.

    Bee's Wrap from Food 52 | Remodelista

    Above: A great cling wrap alternative, Bee's Wrap is organic cotton muslin that's impregnated with bee's wax, jojoba oil, and tree resin—it warms to the touch and gets malleable and then stiffens and seals. Yes, it's washable and reusable. Cheryl and Janet both swear by it for wrapping cheese, fruit, and vegetables, and for covering bowls ("It's slightly adhesive; think Post-it note glue," says Cheryl). It's available in a range of sizes, including a Bee's Baguette Wrap. A good starter, Bee's Wrap in 3 Sizes is $20 from Provisions. The line is also sold directly by Bee's Wrap.

    Read about a similar product in Justine's post Banish the Plastic Wrap: Bees to the Rescue.

    Lillith Rockett Ceramic Containers | Remodelista

    Above: Portland, Oregon, studio potter Lillith Rockett makes these wheel-thrown Flat-Lidded Ceramic Containers of translucent porcelain with glazed interiors and unglazed, polished exteriors. For counter display and table use, they start at $130.

    For more ideas, including some good-looking glass options with plastic lids, see 10 Easy Pieces: Food Storage Containers.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 14, 2015 as part of our Kitchen Secrets issue

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    One of the best things about having friends who cook (apart from the obvious benefit of the great meals they whip up) is that you can learn so much from them. I have managed to add to my culinary skills over the years just from watching, or better still, cooking alongside such friends. When I received a copy of Heidi Swanson’s latest cookbook, Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel, I was taken with the way she had divided the book into recipes from different areas of the world. Each chapter begins with a pantry list of relevant ingredients, and it got me wanting to know more about her batterie de cuisine and what little tidbits I could learn from her kitchen. Although she has shared plenty of her ideas over the years on her website 101 Cookbooks, I was angling more for a behind-the-scenes look. With that in mind, I swung by the San Francisco home she shares with her partner, Wayne Bremser. Not so surprisingly, there were some good takeaways.

    Photography by Heidi Swanson.

    Remodelista: Your kitchen is pretty simple and spacious. You don’t have a lot of things in it, do you?
    Heidi Swanson: Yeah, I like the kitchen as a blank slate; a place that evolves over time. I keep it as a neutral space that changes personality according to what's in season.

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks Kitchen San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: A simple white space decorated with bunches of oregano, fennel in a vase, and a sprig of drying peppercorns over the window.

    RM: Do you always have herbs on hand?
    HS: I’ll keep whatever herbs I pick up at the market out on the counter, and they change a lot throughout the year. A friend just brought me some fennel, which I’ll use for cooking, and those are peppercorns hanging from the window. Sometimes there are four or five different bouquets around.

    RM: Let’s talk about your marble countertops. I think you launched the whole white-marble-as backdrop look that's so prevalent on cooking sites. 
    HS: The thing I get the most questions about is the marble. People are obsessed with the marble, and they seem really preoccupied with it being perfect. I don’t do any sealing, as I like to have it as clean and chemical-free as possible. I do pastry here, and if I do get some lemon juice on the counters they'll get some etching but I don’t beat myself up about it. There are two things I’m careful with, and that’s saffron and turmeric. Even with micro-drops, you’ll end up with yellow freckles. That’s really the only thing that I’m careful with—and maybe red wine, but we don’t really drink that much red. It’s not the end of the world if there are some etching marks. I cook in here a couple of times a day and I like a kitchen that is being used—it’s not meant to be a show kitchen. 

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Heidi's preferred pots include copper saucepans (L) and a clay bean pot (R).

    RM: Go-to pots and pans? 
    HS: Generally speaking, I am more of a fan of individual pots versus sets, and I try and buy individual pieces. I have a clay pot for beans that I picked up at Rancho Gordo (for something similar, see our post on Bram Clay Pots in Sonoma), and I love that it goes from the stovetop to the table. I mostly cook with de Buyer copper pans—they're super responsive and beautiful and I love cooking in them, but I’m not obsessive about polishing them; I like the patinas they develop over time. 

    RM: Do you like your Viking oven?
    HS: I’m not an appliance geek; the Viking came with the house and it’s been great. I expect appliances to do their job; I just want them to perform and work. I need it to be accurate and on point, which is really important when I am making recipes and testing. I do use a thermometer in the oven to double check the temperature to make sure it’s consistent.

      Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen Remodelista

    Above: Heidi's go-to culinary add-ins at the ready.

    RM: You refer to this corner in the kitchen as “the neighborhood of tasty bits and treats.”
    HS: I have a few things around that allow me to throw together a quick-ish meal on a day-to-day basis. We are here in our kitchen a lot, but I also spend a lot of time in the Quitokeeto studio, so it’s nice to pack a lunch and then have something left over for that night or the weekend. These are things that I can just add to a bowl of grains or a salad. I like these crispy shallots that I just made that I can throw on a salad or, say, if it were spring and I brought some nice asparagus home from the market, I can quickly saute them, then flare them out with some toasted almonds and add a spice blend. I try to keep things around so I am not completely cooking from zero. 

    Heidi Swanson San Francisco Kitchen Spice Drawer | Remodelista

    Above: Heidi stores her spices in glass jars with pink washi tape labels.

    RM: Any spice wrangling tips? 

    HS: I like to store my spices in glass containers. It's better than a thousand spice baggies crammed in a drawer, but I do lose my battle with the spice situation. I pick up spices one at a time, so I've always got a bit of spice creep going on; bags of poppy seeds and sesame seeds, just whatever I’ve come across.

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Heidi keeps her knives out in the open, stored on magnetic knife racks that Wayne made. She likes the rack so much that she commissioned the Jacob May Bleached Maple Knife Strip, available on Quitokeeto. 

    RM: Knife obsession?
    HS: This Nakiri Knife is a beauty, and I use it a lot. It’s a Japanese hand-forged knife and I use it for vegetables. It’s quite thin so I can’t do a winter squash, and I steer clear of anything that may crack it, but it's great for so much. I’ll wipe it clean as soon as it’s done and put it aside. If I go somewhere, say to someone’s cabin, I’ll use the box it came in. 

    RM: You have quite a pile of chopping boards.
    HS: Yeah, I use them for cutting boards and as serving boards, and I’ve accumulated a few over the years. There are some Jacob May boards and one from Nikole Herriott and some others I’ve picked up. I love all of them and use them in different ways depending on what I am doing. 

    RM: Do you have a specific board for garlic and onions?
    HS: Ha, no way—that would never work here. I cook a lot with friends in this kitchen and I don’t see communicating that vision to whoever is here. People just grab what they need.

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A pile of mismatched linens, fresh from the dryer.

    RM: Do you have any preferred linens?
    HS: It’s a mixed bag. I’ll pick some vintage linens up at the Alameda Flea Market, and my friend Chanda gave me some. I don’t do matchy, and we use them, so they stain. If we sit down for lunch, I’ll literally pull the linens out of the dryer and I’ll fold them and put them right on the table; I’m definitely not ironing my linens.  

      Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Less is more when it comes to dinnerware.

    RM: What about plates and dishes?
    HS: I keep a collection of hand-thrown bowls and market finds, but I don’t have a lot of one thing. I do have enough to have people over. I am not into matchy-matchy, and I keep things for a long time. It’s not about accumulating things—I only add it if makes sense. A lot of things come from people I know, people I have a relationship with, like the ceramics and boards and some of the ingredients. It’s comfortable to be surrounded by these things and inspiring to work with them.  

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A collection of beans and grains stored in jars, with one jar devoted to remainders.

    RM: How do you typically store your food?
    HS: For beans and grains, I try to buy in bulk and I will put each different one in a jar—I use mostly leftover jars that I save for this use. Sometimes I have some stragglers left in a jar, so I started dumping my leftover beans and grains into a single jar. When it gets full, I throw together a soup. In a perfect world, I would cook the different beans individually, but say it’s a Sunday night, I just throw them all in together and cook until the one that takes the longest is done. 

    RM: What’s in your fridge right now?
    HS: Really? What’s in my fridge? Well, there’s some ancho chile relish and some orange tahini salad dressing. I always keep a salad dressing in the fridge that I can chuck on a quinoa bowl, or at this time of year I will roast some cherry tomatoes down that I can then throw on anything from a frittata to a grain bowl. They’re just good flavor additions. There’s some nuts I had out on the counter, but since I am not going to go through them I popped them in the fridge. I’ll do the same with grains. Yesterday I made some coconut rice. Since there’s only two of us, I’ll cook extra then freeze it and thaw out for lunch later. I’ll do the same with beans. If I have vegetables that I am not using immediately, I’ll prep them, then put them in a bag and use within a couple of days.

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen Remodelista

    Above: Notes for an upcoming recipe lie beside a Nakiri knife next to the stovetop. The waffles are breakfast leftovers (made for Heidi's nephew, Jack) waiting to be turned into croutons.

    RM: Do you always take notes?
    HS: If I think I am going to develop a recipe, I do my best to make notes as I’m cooking. I never wait until after and try and reconstruct the process on paper. I also jot down things that resonate, like the great beet salad we just had, so I don’t forget. I’ll add little photos, too. Right now I'm developing a recipe for whipped green chile goat cheese, so I'm taking notes on that.

    Heidi Swanson 101 Cookbooks San Francisco Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A copper pan doubles as a sound amplifier for Heidi's iPhone.

    RM: Any other kitchen tips?
    HS: This might not be be very Remodelista, but if I’m here by myself I’ll listen to a podcast. Kitchens can be loud, so I’ll throw the phone into a copper pan and it acts like a speaker. When I’m at the studio, I’ll use a ceramic bowl. 

    Heidi Swanson San Francisco Kitchen Near & Far Book | Remodelista

    Above: Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel is the latest cookbook from Heidi Swanson and is available from Amazon for $16.49. We're giving away one copy to a reader; enter the contest on Gardenista here.

    For more on Heidi, see our post on her prior book, Super Natural Every Day. To read about another food blogger/photographer, see our post on Beth Kirby's Kitchen Remodel.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 15, 2015, as part of our Urban Life issue.

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    A roundup of ingenious kitchen spaces—some no larger than a closet—that are minuscule yet functional (and full of ideas to steal).

    1. Do Away with Cabinet Hardware

    Villa Piedad Kitchen in Spain | Remodelista

    Above: Uncluttered countertops, lofty ceilings, and hardware-free cabinetry make this kitchen in the Villa Piedad in Spain by architect Maria Badiola seem larger; via Huh Magazine. We like handle cutouts as an alternative; for ideas, go to 10 Favorites: Cutout Kitchen Cabinet Pulls.

    2. Use a Monochrome Palette (Kitchen Faucet Included)

    Mischa Lampert in NYC | Remodelista

    Above: In Mischa Lampert's tiny NYC studio, even the kitchen faucet is white, creating a blank canvas. Photograph by Genevieve Garruppo via Lonny.

    3. Install a Cantilivered Table

    3XA Architects in Poland | Remodelista

    Above: A cantilevered table in the tiny Wroclaw, Poland, kitchen of architect Ewa Czerny of 3XA saves precious floorspace (one leg is better than two); via Architizer.

    4. Consider an All-in-One Kitchen Unit

    Spruceton Inn Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A truly tiny Avanti 30-Inch Complete Compact Kitchen with Refrigerator at the Spruceton Inn. Photograph via A Journal.

    5. Use a Tiny Kitchen Island as Room Divider

    Old Homestead Provincetown Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In the Old Homestead in Provincetown, designers Kristin Hein and Philip Cozzi of Hein + Cozzi built a small kitchen island that defines a kitchen area without breaking up the loftlike feel of the space. See more at Low-Key Luxury: The New Old Homestead in Provincetown.

    6. Choose a Skinny Fridge 

    Ore Studios Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A tiny kitchen by Ore Studios has a refrigerator that measures a mere 24 inches wide. See more at 5 Favorites: Skinny Refrigerators.

    7. Make a DIY Wall-Mounted Wire Storage Rack

    A Beautiful Mess Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Make a DIY $38 Wire Pot Rack That's Perfect for a Compact Kitchen via A Beautiful Mess.

    8. Source a High-Style Folding Table

    Table Plus by Magnet Kitchens | Remodelista

    Above: The Table Plus from UK-based Magnet Kitchens offers an extra work or dining surface and includes storage space. The leather pockets are handy for stashing mail and magazines.

    9. Think Like a Puzzle Maker

    Above: A tiny kitchen by Mesh Architectures occupies a nook in a 300-square-foot art dealer's studio. Bonus points: The high-mounted oven includes a drop-down feature. See Remodelista's Favorite Space-Saving Appliances for Small Kitchens.

    10. Build a Tall and Slim Bar Counter

    Tiny Kitchen with Slim Island | Remodelista

    Above: A tall, slim table serves as a seating counter in the tiny kitchen of Karlijn de Jong, via Lisanne van de Klift.

    11. Install a Bar Sink

    Karin Montgomery Spath Kitchen in New Zealand | Remodelista

    Above: Karin Montgomery Spath used a tiny bar sink and slotted in a two-burner cooktop to create a mini kitchen in an Auckland space. See more at Small-Space Living: An Airy Studio Apartment in a Garage. Photograph by Matthew Williams.

    12. Hang Utensils on the Wall as Art

    Above: A galley kitchen in London by Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi features walls of framed photographs and—ingeniously—kitchen implements either hung from hooks or mounted directly on the wall for immediate access.

    13. Consider a Radiant Electric Cooktop Surface

    Stadstem Apartment in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: The look of this minimalist Stockholm apartment is streamlined by a smooth surface electric cooktop. Photograph via Design Attractor.

    14. Use Vertically Stacked Subway Tile

    Charles Mellersh Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: In a London apartment, architect Charles Mellersch tiled the walls in vertically stacked subway tiles to create a sense of loftiness.

    15. Spec an Integrated Sink and Countertop 

    Christi Azevedo Tiny Kitchen in Oakland | Remodelista

    Above: An integrated stainless sink/countertop in a revamped Oakland carriage house by Christi Azevedo provides a seamless work area. See more at A California Carriage House Transformed

    16. Use Every Inch of Vertical Real Estate

    Danielle Arceneaux DIY Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: When Danielle Arceneaux overhauled her Park Slope kitchen, she added an additional shelf above her cabinets and gained space for displaying her bowl collection. See more at Reader Rehab: Danielle's DIY Kitchen Remodel for Under $500.

    For more small-space living ideas, see Radical Downsizing: High/Low Mini Kitchens and Race-Car-Style Appliances for the Compact Kitchen.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 18, 2015, as part of our Urban Life issue.

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    What do you do when you're not at work? Brooklyn ceramic artist Suzie Ryu and painter/furniture designer Kana Philip both have demanding jobs by day—she does marketing for architecture site Architizer and he's the cofounder of just-launched content-sharing platform 8. At night, they create things for their online design shop, Trollhagen & Co. As for weekends, they can be found in Chatham, New York, making a dent on their DIY house remodel. Take a look at what they were able to accomplish in two weekends for just under $350. 

    Photography by Suzie Ryu.

    Suzie Ryu of Trollhagen DIY kitchen remodel at the School House in Upstate, NY | Remodelista

    Above: Suzie and Kana arrive every Friday night to their 1930s house, known as The Schoolhouse because it has an 1812 school attached to it. ("The school was rolled down the road after the house was built," says Suzie.) They only have 48 hours there every week, but they manage to get a lot done. After setting up their bedroom, they opened up the 1980s kitchen in the main house by removing the dark upper cabinets and replacing them with open shelving and Ikea pot racks. They painted the lower cabinets white and left the speckled laminate counter and fixtures as is.

    Here's Suzie's description of the open-shelf prep: "First we measured the length and depth we wanted. We decided to run two six-inch-deep boards across our brackets to have an approximate shelf depth of twelve inches. We knew we wanted to run one shelf along the whole length of the wall and have a shorter one running over the sink but not over the stove, so we took our measurements accordingly."

    Suzie Ryu of Trollhagen DIY kitchen remodel at the School House in Upstate, NY | Remodelista

    Above: The shelves are Home Depot pine boards that the couple painted with a roller for speed and then brush-finished because they prefer a handmade look. They used Home Depot's Behr Ultra Pure White paint in matte on the walls and shelves. (Suzie notes that in hindsight it would have been smart to paint the under shelves matte and the top gloss for easy cleaning.) The brackets are Ikea's Ekby Valter design in birch—a mere $4 each—and the hanging bars are Ikea's Bygel Rail (over the sink) and Grundtal Rail (over the stove) with companion Bygel and Gundtal S hooks.

    Like the look? See our post Ultimate Budget Storage: 10 Kitchens with Ikea's Grundtal Rail System.

    Suzie Ryu of Trollhagen DIY kitchen remodel at the School House in Upstate, NY | Remodelista

    Above: The shelves are stocked with Suzie's own ceramics that she sells at Trollhagen & Co., including, on the top shelf, the Harvest Bowl, two-toned Saturday Carafe, and, on the lower shelf, Harvest Dishes and Porcelain Berry Bowl—all, alas, currently sold out. Stay tuned: The couple are at work on furniture and textiles for the shop and also plan to showcase some of their friends' designs.

    Enamelware in Trollhagen Co's DIY kitchen remodel in the School House in Chatham, NY | Remodelista

    Above: Vintage blue enamelware collected locally and white enamelware from Valley Variety in Hudson, New York.

    Suzie Ryu of Trollhagen DIY kitchen remodel at the School House in Upstate, NY | Remodelista

    Above: Suzie replaced the existing leaky faucet with a Glacier Bay Single Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Faucet that she picked out at Home Depot—"it was $170, our biggest expense." She did the installation herself by watching YouTube videos on how to remove an old faucet and put in a new one (here's one she recommends).

    In Progress

    Trollhagen Co's DIY kitchen remodel in progress at the School House in Chatham, NY | Remodelista

    Above: The cabinets awaiting paint. They would receive two coats of brushed-on Behr Ultra Pure White in matte from Home Depot. Suzy and Kana like the look of the hardware-free paneled drawers and doors now that they're white and say they're holding up well.


    BEFORE Suzie Ryu of Trollhagen kitchen, pre-remodel, at the School House in Upstate, NY | Remodelista

    Above: The compact kitchen overlooks the sun porch, which Suzy and Kana turned into their bedroom. 

    BEFORE Suzie Ryu of Trollhagen kitchen, pre-remodel, at the School House in Upstate, NY | Remodelista

    Above: The cupboard and vent removal took place over a winter weekend (during which three pipes burst), and the wall spackling, sanding, and painting the following weekend.   

    See more DIY kitchen overhauls. 

    And on Gardenista, read Michelle's kitchen wisdom in 10 Mistakes to Avoid When You Remodel.

    N.B.: This post is an update; it originally ran on March 19, 2015, as part of our Weekend Projects issue.

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    Sometimes we're so busy looking into the future that we forget to revisit the greatest hits of the past. Here are 15 ideas from old-fashioned kitchens worth incorporating into your own setup.

    Sir Madam tableware via Remodelista

    Above: An enamel farmhouse sink with a drainboard provides space for washing and drying plus elbow room to cook. This one is in the Queens, New York, kitchen of Aesthetic Movement founders Jesse James and Kostas Anagnopoulos (the cafe-au-lait bowls are from their housewares line Sir/Madam). Source a vintage sink from a salvage dealer near you, or consider the 42-Inch Cast-Iron Wall-Hung Kitchen Sink with Drainboard, $995.95, from Signature Hardware. Tour this apartment in Calm and Collected

    Martha Stewart Enamel Soap Dish in Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: An enamelware wall-hung soap dish keeps sinks clutter- (and slime-) free, and is also ideal for storing scrub brushes. See Julie's version in A Mini Kitchen Makeover, and source your own on eBay. Photograph via Martha Stewart.

    Kitchen with subway tiles and plate rack via Fleaing France | Remodelista

    Above: Store dishes tidily within reach in a wall-hung plate rack. For sources, see 10 Easy Pieces: Kitchen Plate Racks and Design Sleuth: The Stainless Steel Indian Dish Rack. Photograph via Fleaing France

    Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen laundry room LA | Remodelista

    Above: For sink-side hand drying, the roller towel on a wooden rack is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundries. Shown here, Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen's Wood Towel Holder (£28), and Roller Towel (£28 for two) from Labour & Wait in London. Ancient Industries sells a similar Wood Towel Roller for $45. See Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen Air Their Dirty Laundry.

    Hudson Milliner Kitchen Remodelista

    Above: Work-of-art vintage stoves are the ultimate hearths. And they're often scaled to fit small kitchens. This one is at the Hudson Milliner, a B&B in Hudson, New York (see Steal This Look: Hudson Milliner Kitchen). Reconditioned vintage ranges can be sourced from Savon Appliance in LA, which specializes in Wedgewood and O'Keefe & Merrit (Julie once lived with a vintage O'Keefe & Merrit and loved it). Antique Appliances of Clayton, Georgia, is another source. For a list of vintage range dealers across the country, go to Retro Renovation.

    Pullout cutting board via J. Ingerstedt | Remodelista

    Above: A boon for any kitchen, large or small: a pullout cutting board. Kitchen cabinet specialists Wood-Mode make a range of built-in storage designs, including a Pullout Chopping Block. Photograph via J. Ingerstedt.

    Hudson Milliner Kitchen Remodelista

    Above: Isn't it time to bring back a little pattern underfoot? This black-and-white tile design is in the kitchen of the Hudson Milliner B&B. Note that gray grout helps hide the dirt. 

    Justine Hand's Cape Cod cottage | Remodelista

    Above: The easy alternative to a root cellar? A classic hanging straw basket (with wide vents for air circulation), such as this one in Justine's Old Cape Cod Cottage. See Gardenista's 10 Easy Pieces: Onion and Garlic Baskets for sources. And explore Justine's house in the Remodelista book. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    deVOL Shaker Kitchen |  Remodelista

    Above: A British favorite that deserves to be discovered here: the pulley laundry drying rack positioned above the range to catch the hot air. This one is in deVOL's Shaker Kitchen. See Object Lessons: The Sheila Maid Clothes Airer for a history and sources. 

    Malcolm Davis Potrero Hill Kitchen with California Pantry | Remodelista

    Above: In a kitchen by San Francisco architect Malcolm Davis, an open-to-the-outdoors California pantry is designed for fruit and vegetable storage. (See more at Steal This Look: Malcolm Davis Kitchen in SF.)

    Jesse James and Kosta Anagnopoulos apt in Queens, NY, photographed by Philip Ficks | Remodelista

    Above: When did the broom closet become a luxury? The perfect cleaning supplies cupboard, broom closets make perfect use of the narrow space next to the fridge. This one is in Jesse James and Kostas Anagnopoulos's New York apartment (see first photo).

    Vintage bottle opener from Rejuvenation | Remodelista

    Above: No need to go digging for a bottle opener when you have one waiting on the wall. Rejuvenation offers a range of vintage examples, including the Grand Prize Lager Beer Bottle Opener, $24.

    Walnuts Farm in East Sussex Kitchen with Cup Hooks | Remodelista

    Above: Old-fashioned, under-the-shelf cup hooks let you keep your mug handy (and on display). Photograph via Walnut Farms in East Sussex.

    Mark Lewis Interior Design Tufnell Park | Remodelista

    Above: A black-and-white checked floor somehow never looks tired. This easy-on-the-legs painted wood version is in Mark Lewis Interior Design's Tufnell Park project. See Steal This Look: A Classic English Kitchen for an Oscar-Winning Costume Designer.

    Floating Farmhouse Fireplace | Remodelista

    Above: A working fireplace in the kitchen: the ultimate luxury? We think so; see more at A Floating Farmhouse in Upstate New York.

    For more kitchen takeaway, go to:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 6, 2015, as part of our issue called The Humble Abode.

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    The offerings in professional-style ranges for the home kitchen have multiplied over the years, but two of the standard bearers still reign: Viking and Wolf. Similar in price points, features, and cooking power, they seem more alike than different. How to choose? It might just come down to the looks. 

    As the first brand to bring commercial-type cooking equipment into the home, Viking has name recognition as well as a reputation for reliability and quality. Also known for high performance in the pro-style market, Wolf challenged Viking with a wider array of high-output burners and heavy-duty components. The race continues. Viking has upped its cooking power. And Wolf has introduced a few features where it once fell short, such as a self-cleaning oven.

    Are you already a Viking or Wolf devotee? Share your experience in the Comments section below. 

    Kitchen with Viking Range by Commune, Remodelista

    Above: Viking was the range of choice in a kitchen by Commune. “We wanted it to feel like a chef’s kitchen, with a touch of the industrial,” the designers say. For a full view, see Steal This Look: An Exotic Tiled Kitchen by LA Design Firm Commune. Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    How are Viking and Wolf ranges alike? 

    Both are American made, offer gas and dual-fuel pro-style ranges in sizes from 30 to 60 inches wide, have self-cleaning ovens, burners with high BTUs, and are available with different burner configurations. Even Consumer Reports offers similar reviews of the two brands, praising their burner auto-reignition features and low-heat cooktops (a detail where big-powered burners have failed in the past), while criticizing the placement of the oven in relation to the floor (too low for both makes). And because their price points are comparable, cost is not a deciding factor.

    Viking Range in Francesca Connolly's Kitchen, Remodelista

    Above: Remodelista's Francesca has a Viking in the galley kitchen of her Brooklyn townhouse (featured in the Remodelista book). She has cooked on both Wolf and Viking ranges, but prefers the latter. "The Wolf definitely lives up to its name: It's fierce, and powerful; maybe a little too powerful for me," Francesca says. "I have the Viking, which must have a lower BTU, but it's plenty for me. I've owned three Vikings and two are great, one has some quirks. I would buy a Viking again for the classic design and functionality." Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    What are some of the key differences between Viking and Wolf ranges?


    Viking Apple Red Range, Remodelista 

    Above: Sick of stainless? Viking wins in this category. It offers ranges in a choice of colors, including black, white, red (shown here), burgundy, gray, and cobalt. Wolf ranges are available only in a brushed stainless finish.


    Wolf Range Signature Red Knobs, Remodelista

    Above: Don't underestimate the power of Wolf's signature red knobs. Remodelista editor in chief Julie has a six-burner Wolf range in her kitchen on Cape Cod. "This is kind of embarrassing, but I bought it for the cheery red knobs," she says. That said "it's more than 10 years old and I think we've only had to service it once." 

    Wolf ranges are available with red, black, or stainless knobs; Viking's latest knobs are stainless (black and white have been offered on some recent models). 


    Both companies offer strong warranties. The Wolf Residential Warranty provides two-year coverage for all parts and labor, along with five-year limited coverage on certain parts. Viking offers a Three-Year Signature Warranty with full coverage for all indoor cooking appliances.


    Wolf Dual Stacked Burners, Remodelista

    Above: Wolf ranges have dual-stacked sealed gas burners with two tiers of flames: One delivers high heat; the other comes on for low-heat settings. Julie likes "the super firepower and the fact that it's easy to adjust the flame to a low simmer" on her Wolf range.

    Viking Range Burners, Remdelista 

    Above: Introduced in 2014, the Viking 7 Series ranges feature 23,000-BTU "elevation" burners with brass flame ports adapted from the Viking Commercial product line. They also offer a "VariSimmer" setting for even simmering at low temperatures. 

    Do Wolf and Viking offer a variety of appliances?

    Wolf and Viking seem to have differing philosophies when it comes to their product lines. In 2013, Viking became part of the Middleby Corporation, the largest food-service equipment manufacturer in the world. Since then, the company has introduced more than 60 new products. Wolf, meanwhile, is part of Sub-Zero, a third-generation, family-owned company that prides itself on focus: "While other brands divide their attention among everything from trash compactors to vacuum cleaners, Sub-Zero and Wolf remain committed to refining and mastering their specialties: the world’s finest refrigeration and cooking appliances."

    This is important to consider if you're outfitting your entire kitchen and want to stick to the same brand for either aesthetic or cost reasons (some distributors offer favorable pricing when purchasing suites of appliances). But this can cut both ways. "The reason I got a Wolf the second time around was because we had other Viking appliances that were bad," says Michelle, editor in chief of Gardenista. "Those appliances soured us on the brand, even though we thought the Viking stove performed well."

    Above: A Wolf range surrounded by Shaker cabinets (painted in Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray) in an LA kitchen designed by Martha Mulholland—see LA Story: Mix and Match Garden for a Spanish Colonial. Photography by Laure Joliet.

    Which is easier to clean, a Viking or Wolf stovetop?

    That's a point of debate here at Remodelista, but, truth be told, they're likely comparable: Both Wolf and Viking ranges now come with sealed burner pans that make cleaning easier.

    Remodelista's Sarah lives in a house that came with a 30-inch Viking gas range: "Besides being great to cook with," she says, "I love the pullout tray beneath the burners for easy cleaning." 

    When it comes to cleaning, I, too, had a good experience with Viking. In my Seattle remodel several years back, I chose a Viking range top with sealed burners, which, combined with removable burner grates, made for easy cleaning (and no fear of spillage creeping into unknown depths). 

    Wolf Range with Marble Backsplash, Remodelista

    Above: Michelle specced a Wolf range in her Mill Valley kitchen redo. (Read why she does not recommend putting in a marble backsplash behind the stove.) Photograph by Liesa Johannssen for Remodelista.

    Michelle has had both a Viking and Wolf range. She put a Wolf in her recent remodel and admits to liking it better than the Viking in part because of the cleaning issues. "The stovetop on the Viking was harder to clean. I can't remember the exact configuration, but for some reason food and liquids were able to drip down the burner covers and get stuck around the wiring. Impossible to really clean," says Michelle. "This is not true of the Wolf. The Wolf burner design is really smart—the removable burner rings fit tightly and prevent drips down into the stove parts."

    Where do I buy Viking and Wolf ranges? 

    Sales of Viking and Wolf appliances are limited to dealers within defined geographical limits of the buyer. This means that they're not available for online purchase if you live more than a specified number of miles from a seller's location. Refer to the Viking dealer locater and the Wolf dealer locater to find the vendors nearest to you. 

    Both Wolf and Viking have tools to help with kitchen design and inspiration. Viking has a free iPad App, while Wolf offers an online kitchen gallery and curated kitchen collection


    Viking 7 Series Professional Dual Fuel Range, Remodelista 

    Above: Last year Viking introduced the 7 Series, a new line of pro ranges for the home with features taken from the company's commercial line, such as elevated 23,000-BTU burners with brass flame ports, commercial griddles, and gentle-close oven doors, to name a few. The Viking 7 Series 36-Inch Dual Fuel Range is $10,839 through Viking dealers.

    Wolf 36-Inch Dual Fuel Range, Remodelista 

    Above: The Wolf Dual Fuel 36-Inch Range (DF366) with six burners is $9,200 (or $10,180 with griddle or charbroiler option) through Wolf Dealers.

    Are there other brands to consider?

    There are so many professional-style ranges on the market that the burden of choice can be overwhelming. We've rounded up some favorites in different categories to help narrow the field. 

    Interested in outfitting your kitchen with American-made products? See:

    And for another appliance comparison, see The Great Vacuum Debate: Miele vs. Dyson.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 12, 2015, as part of our California Cool issue.

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    "Reuse, restore, recycle" is a familiar mantra, but 25 years back, Amanda Pays was one of the early adapters. An actress turned designer (she's currently appearing in the TV series The Flash, revisiting a role she first played in 1990), you might not expect frugality to be central to her mission. But thriftiness without sacrifice is Amanda's longstanding MO: "I grew up in London and the English countryside. My father was a theatrical agent, but he also flipped houses as a hobby. He gave me the appreciation for saving old things and spending sensibly."

    Amanda bought her first house in London when she was 22: "I paid £45,000 and sold it two years later for £185,000. Voila!" Since then, over the course of dozens of remodels for her own family and clients—and in the past 12 months alone, three house flips—she's figured out how to create made-to-last design without ever breaking the bank. Here are her secrets.

    Amanda Pays Ask the Expert | Remodelista

    Above: Amanda and her husband (and fellow in-the-trenches house fixer) Corbin Bernsen, in the kitchen of an LA flip house off Mulholland Drive that they overhauled in three months. It sold the first day it went on the market. (Read about how the two collaborate in our Expert Advice post Corbin Bernsen: Star Handyman.) The light is the $195 Isaac 1 Pendant from Schoolhouse Electric. Photograph by Laure Joliet for Remodelista.

    1. Buy as much as possible at flea markets.

    "Never buy new unless you really have to," says Amanda. "When I first work on a project, I look for ways to use what's already there, such as windows and moldings. And when it comes to the furnishings, I start by pulling out things I already own and making new use of them. Then I shop at flea markets and swap meets—I like the monthly Long Beach Antique Market—and Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

    Old things, in addition to being better made and more affordable than new, have more to say—they have soul. One item I'm always on the lookout for are old metalwork stools; I use them at kitchen islands, and I never pay more than $15 apiece. I also buy things like soap dishes and wall hooks when I travel. I'm eternally on the hunt. Recently, when I was filming in Vancouver, I returned home with a suitcase full of $4 steel bin pulls from a vintage hardware store called The Source. Our own kitchen has metal handles that we bought at the Rose Bowl: 50 of them for $25."
    Amanda Pays design brass faucets found on a trip to Marrakech and brass hooks from travels in Spain | Remodelista

    Above L: Amanda found these brass taps at a hardware stall in a Marrakech market. Above R: Antique brass hooks found at the bottom of a bin on a recent day trip from France to La Bisbal, Spain.

    2. Build shelves from scaffolding wood. 

    "Along with liking antiques, I like the look of old wood. But reclaimed timber has gotten to be expensive and overused. A while back, Corbin and I noticed our builder's old scaffolding boards—and he was happy to sell them to us for $10 a plank. We made several shelves (and brackets too) from each. They're all over our house. We even used them as stair treads. Builders, I've found, are happy to sell their scaffolding or trade it for new boards."

    Amanda Pays kitchen in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The Jenn-Air range (from Sears) in Amanda and Corbin's own Studio City, California, kitchen is flanked by shelving and brackets built from scaffolding wood. The island was put together from two flea market workman's benches. "We added a stainless top and a shelf underneath," she says. "The whole thing cost $200." For a detailed tour of the space, go to "The California King-Size Kitchen" in the Remodelista book. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Amanda Pays house in France | Remodelista

    Above: An antique dining table and €30 chairs (found in a wicker store in Las Bisbal, Spain) at Amanda and Corbin's family house in the Languedoc region of France, near where her mother and two sisters live. Amanda and Corbin have been slowly and cost-consciously renovating indoors and out for the last four years. Photograph by Camilla More.

    3. Use drop cloths for curtains and slipcovers.

    "I have a default for window treatments: I always make Roman shades from cotton canvas drop cloths that I get at Koontz Hardware. I like the ones that aren't too yellow, but I'm not picky. The shades are incredibly simple—you can get them stitched at a dry cleaner that offers sewing. I also use drop cloths for slipcovers."

    4. Use pipes as curtain rods and towel rails.

    "I never go looking for rods—whether for curtains or towels or closets or handrails. I like the look of plumbing pipe, and I cap it off with standard cast-iron pipe flanges."

    Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays bunkhouse | Remodelista

    Above: Amanda turned a shed into a bunkhouse for her four sons. It has drop-cloth curtains, shades, and slipcovers. Take a tour in Backyard Bunkhouse, Hollywood Royal Family Edition. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Corbin Bensen bedside shelf made from scaffolding wood | Remodelista

    Above: Corbin made this bedside shelf from scaffolding wood.

    Amanda Pays designed bunkhouse closet with pipe railing and flea market handle | Remodelista

    Above: The bunkhouse closets have pipe railings and hardware-store handles.

    5. Find appliance bargains by buying on sale and in bulk.

    "I don't buy fancy appliances, but I do buy reliable, good-looking ones. For a long time, I went to Sears and got great deals by purchasing a lot of pieces at once and getting bulk discounts—sometimes as much as 30 percent off. Lately, I've been going to Costco and Home Depot—I watch online for sales and strike then.

    For flip houses, I generally stick to a $5,000 budget for range, hood, fridge, and dishwasher. It breaks down as $1,500 for the range (I just bought two Ancona Gourmet Series 36-Inch Ranges at Costco), $600 for the hood (I buy the interior and then build it out), $2,000 for the fridge (I like the industrial handle on this Stainless Steel Maytag French Door Refrigerator from Home Depot), and $800 for the dishwasher (such as this Maytag from Home Depot)." 

    I don't put washing machines and dryers in my flip houses, but at home I spend a bit more on them because I have a big family, so our machines have to be workhorses. Ours are Kenmore Elite from Sears. Another source that I use to buy appliances as well as bathroom fixtures is—it carries everything and my builder has an account that gets us a 10 to 20 percent discount."

    Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen laundry room LA | Remodelista

    Above: Amanda and Corbin's laundry room has a Kenmore washing machine and dryer (both now discontinued models) from Sears. Learn all about the detailing in Rehab Diary: Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen Air Their Dirty Laundry. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    6. Shop at hardware stores.

    "Koontz Hardware is my go-to spot for so many things: I find wall-mounted laundry faucets (great for kitchen and bathroom sinks), $99 chrome gooseneck faucets, old-fashioned galvanized steel garbage cans (for storing things like dog food), and, of course, piping, paint, and drop cloths."

    Amanda Pays Corbin Bernsen laundry room sink | Remodelista

    Above: The laundry room sink, a refinished vintage design, came from Square Deal Plumbing Supplies in LA. It has a faucet from Koontz Hardware. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen laundry room LA | Remodelista

    Above: The room's ample storage includes ventilated shelves modeled after old British laundries and inexpensively made from narrow Douglas fir boards by Amanda's builder. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    7. Take a high/low approach to lighting. 

    "I use lighting of all sorts, old and new. I like simple porcelain sconces from the hardware store and also often use Ikea's basic lighting (ceramic designs that don't have a lot of small parts). But I mix these with statement-making pieces: a splashy antique chandelier, a brass globe light. My favorite source is a place in North Hollywood called Practical Props, which sells restored vintage, reproduction, and new lighting—in 2013, it was voted the best lighting store in LA by Los Angeles magazine.

    Thomas O'Brien Hicks Pendant and Etsy seller Ind Lights sconce | Remodelista

    Above L: In a flip house she's working on right now, Amanda plans to splash out with Thomas O'Brien's Extra Large Hicks Pendant light, $798, over the kitchen island. Above R: Elsewhere in the house, she's using Etsy seller Ind Lights' $55 Brass and Steel Sconces.

    8. Source stone at remnant yards.

    "I love using natural stone, and I buy it affordably by shopping the way French chefs do—before planning anything, I see what's available. I go to stone yards and fabricators in the San Fernando Valley and look for marble, soapstone, and quartz remnants and returns. I find pieces of Carrara left over from a kitchen island that cost $80 and are big enough for a bathroom sink counter. In kitchens, I often balance stone, such as on an island, with counters made of Caesarstone—it's well priced, durable, and comes in a huge color palette."

    Learn all about Caesarstone in Remodeling 101: Engineered Quartz Countertops. Also see our Remodeling 101 posts on Marble Countertops and Soapstone Countertops.

    9. Use outdoor materials indoors. 

    "I love placing outdoor things, like garden sinks and stone pavers, inside—they're priced lower than indoor materials and beyond rugged. Plus they add a surprise element."

    Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen's LA bathroom | Remodelista

    Above: Amanda and Corbin's own master bath has a floor paved in Pennsylvania irregular blue flagstones (from Prime Masonry Materials), a vintage tub, and drop cloth Roman window shades. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Amanda Pays laundry hamper from old wooden box | Remodelista

    Above: Amanda turned a paneled wood box from a swap meet (see previous photo) into a his-and-hers laundry hamper in the master bath. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    10. Apply stealth color. 

    "Paint is well-known as the cheapest and quickest way to make over a room. It has the same impact as tile but is so much more affordable; and if you use semigloss or gloss, it's washable. All the elements in your remodel—floors, walls, countertops, hardware, lighting—have to come together. Once they do, I go in at the end of every project and add paint statements: a borderline in a quiet room, a color around a window frame, a band of paint instead of a tiled backsplash, a stripe on the bottom of the front door—a bit of wow."

    Amanda Pays two-toned bathroom design in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The two-toned WC is one of Amanda's signatures. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Amanda Pays picking tile grout for a house remodel in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Picking out a grout shade for a flip house bathroom. "I never spend more than $2 to $5 a square foot for tile," says Amanda. "And I love pairing basics, such as subway tile, with different colored grouts to make it more dynamic." Photograph by Laure Joliet for Remodelista.

    Amanda Pays design two-toned painted front door on a flip house | Remodelista

    Above: A yellow-painted punctuation point on Amanda's flip house off Mulholland Drive.

    11. Stay on budget by resisting random splurges.

    "When you're filling in the details for your remodel, you fall in love daily with unexpected things you suddenly think you can't live without. But if you only have so much to spend—or are already deep in borrowed money—it's important to set a budget and stick to it. Pin your pricey find, or a take a picture, then walk away—and keep looking. I guarantee you'll turn up something within your range that excites you just as much. Remodeling is a treasure hunt."

    Actors Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays at work on a remodel | Remodelista

    Above: After overhauling a house, many couples vow, "Never again," but Amanda and Corbin say, "What's next?" Photograph by Laure Joliet for Remodelista.

    See more of Amanda's work at Amanda Pays Design, and take a look at our posts:

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 20, 2015 as part of our Weekend Projects issue.

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    This week the Gardenista team revisits the greatest gardening hits of 2015.

    Charles and Ray Eames House in Los Angeles on Gardenista

    Above: A look at the favorite plants of Charles and Ray Eames at the iconic modernist house in A Modern Garden: At Home with Charles and Ray Eames.

    Best Succulent Plants on Gardenista

    Above: Gardenista's 10 favorite succulents and the secrets to caring for them in 10 Easy Pieces: Best Succulents.

    Olson Kundig Architects with Steel Factory Windows on Gardenista

    Above: Get the look of a 19th century greenhouse with Hardscaping 101: Steel Factory-Style Windows and Doors.

    Artist Emily Katz Houseplants on Gardenista

    Above: Macramé artist Emily Katz has an impressive collection of houseplants; see them in Still Life with Houseplants: Macramé Artist Emily Katz in Portland, Oregon.

    Sam Tisdall Garden in London on Gardenista

    Above: An 800-square-foot brick house in North London swaps a front lawn for a giant vegetable garden in Garden Visit: The Little House at No. 24a Dorset Road.

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    A new wave of entrepreneurs is taking on Ikea, cutting out the middlemen and offering flat pack furniture direct to consumers and, in some cases, at below-Ikea prices.

    Akron Street

    Draper Desk by Akron | Remodelista

    Above: The Draper Desk is $485.

    Founders Lulu Li and Hansley Yunez named their company after the street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where they had their first apartment. Their first collection of furniture is made of FSC-certified white oak from the Appalachians, and the furniture itself is produced in the Shandong Province in northern China. "We spent a lot of time finding the right manufacturer, and we're happy to be working with one that has produced for several prominent European and Japanese brands." Most pieces take less than 15 minutes to assemble and are shipped flat pack.


    Sarah Carpenter and Dan Mirth, the St. Louis–based founders of Artifox, are "devoted to rethinking home and office products; our mission is to merge technology with the art of handcrafted goods." The idea for the company came about after the two found themselves frustrated with the choices in office furniture; "the new mobile lifestyle requires products with multiple functions."

    Artifox Desk | Remodelista

    Above: The Desk01 in maple is made in the US from solid maple hardwood and includes a built-in mobile charging station, a storage cabinet for cables and drives, a removable powder-coated writing surface, and aircraft-grade aluminum hardware; $1,800 (it's also available in walnut for $2,000).

    Artifox Furniture Standing Desk | Remodelista

    Above: The Standing Desk01 in maple is $2,000 (in walnut it's $2,200). The company also offers an elegant wall-mounted Bicycle Rack in maple or walnut for $250.

    Biggs & Quail

    London-based Will Biggs and Sean Quail met at school and have been friends and collaborators ever since. In 2013, "dissatisfied with poor design of mainstream furniture," they launched Biggs & Quail, a furniture company with "a focus on enduring quality, practicality, and elegant simplicity." 

    Biggs and Quail Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: The full range, available from Biggs & Quail. Prices start at £175 ($258) for the Pyramid Table and Stool and go up to £1,250 ($1,842) for the walnut Chest of Drawers.

    Biggs & Quail Coffee Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Midcentury Modern Coffee Table with hairpin legs is £250 ($368). 

    Campaign Living

    What happens when an Apple engineer who's worked on the design of the iPhone goes furniture shopping? Brad Sewell, the founder of just-launched furniture company Campaign, was a student at the Harvard Business School when he discovered how grim the marketplace is for midpriced furniture. Sewell left B-School to found Campaign, a flatpack upstart offering a three-piece suite of slipcovered furniture, with prices starting at $495. "We make furniture that lives, moves, and grows with you" is his company's mantra. "Clean lines, classic proportions."

    Campaign Living Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: Campaign offers an Armchair for $495, a two-seater Loveseat for $745, and a three-seater Sofa for $995. Pre-orders will ship in November 2015; go to Campaign to reserve.

    Campaign Living Flat-Pack Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: The packaging can be reused when you move.


    Founded by an earnest group of RISD grads and a product designer, Greycork aims to provide you with a "living room shipped in a box," with pieces made of solid ash wood with foam cushions covered in polyester. The Greycork Living Room Set includes a sofa ($450) and chaise ($300), coffee table ($125), side table ($75), and bookshelf ($180). 

    Greycork Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: The team describes the aesthetics as "Japanese American"; the pieces are constructed from ash and fiberboard, with polyester upholstery. To order, go to Greycork.

    Whackpack Furniture

    Bucks New University design graduate Brendan Magennis founded Whackpack Furniture in response to the "nomadic lifestyles and shrinking apartment sizes" of his generation. The furniture requires no screws or glue and can be assembled with "just a few hearty whacks of a mallet," he says.

    Whack Pack Furniture | Remodelista

    Above: Using a Japanese woodworking technique called a "hell joint," Magennis designed a small line of tables and stools that be easily assembled (and disassembled). 

    For more next-generation interiors companies, see Bedding Disrupters: Luxury Linens for Less, and Mattress Disrupters: 7 Upstart Companies.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 22, 2015, as part of our Fall Forecast issue.

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    Madrid architect Camino Alonso compares her 290-square-foot prefab house to a Monopoly game piece. Designed for two—and portable, no less—it's so cleverly laid out that there's plenty of storage. Really.

    If you have a spot to put it—and live within driving distance of the Madrid factory that makes it—you can buy your own tiny house. Prices start at €21,900 (about $24,000).

    The secret to making the space feel airy? High ceilings. With its steep roof line, the house departs deliberately from the cargo-container look. After we spotted the design on Architizer, we had to take a look around.

    Photography via Ábaton Architects

    A 290-square-foot prefab house for $24,000 by Madrid architect Camino Alonso | Remodelista

    Above: Alonso, a partner at Ábaton Architects, based her design on the silhouette of the house piece in Monopoly: "It doesn’t belong to any certain culture, but anybody would understand it as a house," she told Architizer.

    Above: The prefab gets delivered via flatbed truck and takes only a day to assemble. The design received Architizer's A+ Award for Living Small and Single-Family House.

    Above: The facade has gray cement boards over a timber frame and works well in both natural and urban settings. In contrast, interior panels are whitewashed Spanish fir, and the frames of the large window and door are black steel. 

    Above: Thanks to the pitched roof, the ceiling at its height is 11.5 feet. "We studied the proportions to make sure that the sensation when you're sitting in the sitting room is a sensation of being in a house," says Alonso.  

    Above: A side wall is detailed with a center window that swings outward to open.

    Above: The house features stealth storage, including built-in shelves and cabinets, and is available in a variety of floor plans, all with bath, kitchen, and bedroom. 

    The kitchen in architect Camino Alonso's 290-square-foot prefab house | Remodelista

    Above: The mini (but lofty) kitchen.

    Above: Alonso's prefab is ready for delivery six to eight weeks after an order is placed. For more information, including options for solar panels and water tanks, go to Ábaton.

    Would you like to live small? Some of our favorite cabins and cottages are tiny. For instance:

    For small-space advice, see Erin's 10 Tips for Living in 240 Square Feet and read her Survival Guide.

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    This post originally appeared on Gardenista on January 9, 2015, as part of the New Start issue.

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