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    This weekend you'll find us at our LA Holiday Market on Saturday (hurry over!), and this coming week, San Francisco residents can check in with Julie—and get a signed copy of our new book—at Anthropologie on Thursday, followed by our SF Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics on Saturday. Meanwhile, get ready for a week of posts about Scandinavian design—we've been stockpiling our finds, and the Scandis know how to do up the winter holidays. And for your weekend inspiration, have a look at what's catching our eye right now.

    Baka Light House on Architizer | Remodelista

    Above: A dream-like wooden boat dock at the Bäka Light House in Latvia by SAALS SIA architects, via Architizer.

    We just got word from across the pond that our friend Richard Stepney has created another of his seasonal pop-ups in his London rooftop hair salon, Fourth Floor. The Fourth Floor Corner Shop is a collaboration with design studio North and will include Timothy Everest's menswear and Jeremy Pitt's birch pimps (that's Brit-speak for fire starters). Information here.

    Holiday String Lights via Gardenista | Remodelista

    Above: From solar-powered to LEDs, energy saving holiday lights are the way to go, and Sunset Magazine has the subject covered. Photograph via DIY: Christmas Window Boxes on Gardenista.

    We're bookmarking these closet organizing tips via Popsugar Home to revisit after New Year's.

    Dosa Installation at 818 Location in Los Angeles, CA | Remodelista

    Above: Our friends at Dosa are celebrating the release of Alice Water's new book, The Art of Simple Food II, as well as helping to raise money for the Edible Schoolyard Project, with a book signing and sale on Sunday, December 8, from 2-5pm; details here. Photograph of a papel picado ceiling installation at Dosa 818 in LA.

    Natural Decor on the Mantel of Mieke Willems, Remodelista

    Above: Artful mantle clutter is okay with us. Here are 12 accessible holiday mantels worth replicating via Country Living. Also have a look at our off-season favorites in Hearths with Foraged Decor.

    Another great addition to the Portland, OR, retail scene: Imogene + Willie.

    Provisions Tablescape Remodelista

    Above: Julie is taking notes from Roberta Bendavid, the woman behind Gramercy Tavern's flower arrangements; Food52's "How to Build a Holiday Tablescape" details her surprisingly simple ideas.

    Heath Ceramics Clocks Designed by Commune in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Heath Ceramics will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this Saturday, Dec 7th, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at its SF and LA locations, with the opening of a show of one-of-a-kind clocks made by friends and collaborators. See Design in Time for details.  And mark your calendars: we'll be back at Heath for our SF Remodelista Holiday Market on Dec 14th.

    Can't face the crowds? Let us to do the holiday shopping for you: check out our gift guides; we're running one every weekday until Christmas. 

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    As an urbanite, I long for wide-open spaces, but what I dream of are lofts rather than Great Plains. Designing lofts, however, comes with its own set of unwieldy challenges. This week, New York architect Eric Lifton of Mesh Architectures shares a new Nolita loft conversion and his insights into the design process. He's available for the next 48 hours to answer and any and all questions. Ask away!

    Lifton's brief was to turn two apartments into a single 3,400 square-foot loft for two writers who had been living side by side in a divided industrial space when they fell in love and decided to combine assets. On their wish list: a heavy-duty kitchen, a living and dining space, master bedroom suite, two writing studios, a guest room, and a guest bathroom.

    Lifton, a founding partner of Mesh Architectures and a member of the Remodelista Architect & Designer Directory, agreed to work within a cost-conscious budget, but his task was admittedly daunting. “With lofts, you start with these wide-open spaces, and after you fit in all the programmatic requirements, you run the risk of ending up with either a traditional apartment layout or, worse, a series of rooms running down a corridor as in a hotel,” he says. “The problem is also compounded by the fact that in typical old loft buildings such as this, the windows are only in the front and back, leaving you with a vast middle area that gets no sunlight; we're always left puzzling, 'How do we use this space?'” The architect rose to the challenge through an ingenious use of translucent materials and moving bookshelves in the heart of the loft, and without sacrificing any of the expansiveness. Have a look.

    Photographs by Frank Oudeman.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft red column, New York | Remodelista

    Above: The 3,400 square foot loft has an open central corridor. Bookshelves in the windowless middle area section off a library/media room. The space is on the second floor of what was once probably a slaughterhouse. The architect exposed all of the wooden joists in the ceiling and cleaned out layers of dirt and char from old fires by shot blasting them. The red steel columns were installed in a previous renovation and most likely replaced columns that had been damaged by fire. "The columns were already painted red," Lifton says. "We treated them as found objects and left them that way."

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft, blue floor, New York | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen displays the materials and color palette that extends throughout. "We used a lot of Baltic birch plywood; the natural warmth of the material and the maple flooring balances our inclusion of some bold synthetic colors, such as the kitchen's blue," he says. To get the color, a high-strength and durable blue epoxy was poured onto the floor and continued up the kitchen island, creating a sculptured effect.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft, metal mesh partition, New York | Remodelista

    Above: Tucked into a back corner, the guest powder room has a metal mesh door and ceiling made of Panelite panels, a translucent material with an aluminum honeycomb core and fiber glass facings.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft, blue sofa, New York | Remodelista

    Above: The central area of the loft is occupied by a combination library and media room. Lifton turned the lack of natural daylight into a feature. "At night, a space with no windows feels intimate and protected, and so we created a cozy room, and then designed the walls as bookshelves that open up—one bookshelf slides, the other pivots," he explains. "The owners entertain a lot, and this mechanism enables a wide-open space conducive to parties. Alternatively, if some of the family are watching a movie or reading, they can close the library for privacy." Watch the video at the end of the post to see how the moving walls create flexibility.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft glass partition, New York | Remodelista

    Above: Adjacent to the library, the architect created a translucent master bathroom out of Panelite panels. Lit from without (below the floor and above the ceiling), the bathroom acts like a giant light fixture for the loft, illuminating and activating the space around it. "As you can see in the photo, only elements that are close to the panels are visible," Lifton says. "If you desire more discretion, don't lean against the material and you won't be seen." 

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft, orange bathtub, New York | Remodelista

    Above: The concept of the master bath as a translucent cube was borne out of a practical requirement: the room had to be build on a platform above the plumbing. The result is a futuristic space with a fiberglass Panelite floor and the surprise addition of an old cast-iron clawfoot tub in bright orange.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft, red metail columns, New York | Remodelista

    Above: All of the bedroom doors, including the master bedroom shown here, are made of birch plywood that have been laminated around sheets of orange acrylic. The cut-outs offer an inexpensive solution to creating unique doors with controlled degrees of transparency. The hallway is lit by Lifton's Pointer-Pipe Light mounted using pipe fittings on the exposed ceiling joists. Along with his other light designs, the Pointer-Pipe Light is available from through his Etsy store, MESH architectures.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft sheer red curtains, New York | Remodelista

    Above: In the master bedroom, the red is used as an unexpected accent on the windows and closet door (previously a cabin door on a ship).  "The red curtains are graphic and bold—the opposite of white sheers which normally impart serenity," Lifton says. "These curtains are energetic and passionate."

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft wood doors with cut-outs, New York | Remodelista

    Above: Tucked away at the back with no natural light, the guest room has decorative doors that are bi-fold so that when not in use, the room can be wide open to the rest of the loft. The cut-out acrylic draws light into the area. Fun detail: The corner door leads to one of the writer's studies, and the vertical stripe of transparent acrylic to the left of it is shows the layers of soundproofing that were required between it and the other writer's studio.

    Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft bright green walls, New York | Remodelista  

    Above: The architect used epoxy flooring in areas of high traffic for easy cleaning and water resistance. The blue epoxy floor from the kitchen curves around in front of the entrance to the loft and into the guest bathroom behind the kitchen.

      Mesh Architecture, Mott Street Loft floor plan, New York | Remodelista

    Above: The plan of the 3,400 square foot loft for two writers. "The construction budget was extremely aggressive, which I don't mind because economy breeds invention," LIfton says.  

    Above: Watch this video to better understand how the library/media room becomes another space through the use of bookshelf walls that move. 

    Still longing for the wide-open spaces of New York?  See another firm's very different solution to loft challenges in The Architect Is In: Seeking Sunlight in Chelsea.

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    What's on your holiday present list? We posed the question to Michelle Adams, editor-in-chief of the newly relaunched Domino magazine, and someone whose job involves round-the-clock shopping (and selling—Domino now has an online retail component). Here's what she's planning to give (and hoping to get).

    N.B.: To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.

    Coral & Tusk Indian Animals Cocktail Napkins | Remodelista

    Above: Adams is giving her mother a set of Indian Animal Cocktail Napkins hand embroidered on linen from Coral & Tusk (a Remodelista favorite, see Coral & Tusk in Brooklyn for more). The napkins are $72 for a set of four at Domino.

    Frederick Malle Lys Mediterranee Parfum | Remodelista

    Above: At the top of Adams' own wish list is Lys Mediterranee from French perfume house Frédérick Malle (Malle grew up in the trade—his grandfather founded Parfums Christian Dior). Made in collaboration with perfumer Edouard Fléchier, the scent is a layering of ginger lily, angelica root, orange flower, and lilies; $170 for 50 ml from Barney's New York.

    Caroline S. Hurley Stick Napkins Set | Remodelista

    Above: Adams is also coveting a set of napkins by Brooklyn artist Caroline Z. Hurley. The Sticks Napkins are block printed by hand; they're $70 for a set of four at Domino.

    Canvas Smoked Glass Eau Minerale Tableware | Remodelista

    Above: We agree with Adams that these Eau Minerale Glasses in smoked gray glass from Canvas would make a great addition to the table; $7.50 each from Domino.

    Basic Breeze Turkish T Towel in Navy Tie-Dye | Remodelista

    Above: Turkish T's Basic Breeze Tie-Dye Towel is Adams' choice for her sister this year. The bath sheet is light weight and quick drying, and also works well as a beach wrap; $36 at Domino.

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    Rising in the forest along the Stockholm archipelago is one of the most talked about new architectural designs in Sweden: a summer house designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter. Winner of the WAN 2013 House of Year, an award bestowed by the UK's World Architecture News, the concrete compound with its pitched roofs, single length of windows, and seemingly endless horizon is a seaside escape for the 21st century.

    Stockholm-based Tham & Videgård oversaw every element of the project, including the interiors and landscape design. (The fact that the house is located on the mainland, they say, enabled a design that relies on heavy construction materials, such as concrete.) Granite formations pattern the setting and the wall of windows opens the house to the coast. The compound itself consists of two side by side structures, a main house and a guest house connected by an open gable. And, rest assured, that close to the shore stands the Scandi-essential sauna cottage, built from a single block of concrete.

    Photography by Åke E:son Lindman via Yatzer.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: The compound consists of a series of gabled concrete elevations with a central open gable sheltered by a pitched glass roof. The entrance to the main house is on the courtyard's left and the guest house is on the right. A lack of windows in the front provides privacy and presents a sculptural, and deceptively simple, façade.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: A wall of sliding glass doors along the ocean side of the structure celebrates the austere light of the north.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: The house has a long central living space with vast views across the Baltic Sea and out to neighboring islands.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above The open living space runs parallel to a a wall of sliding wood paneled doors that discreetly section off three bedrooms, a kitchen, and bath. Each of these front-facing rooms is defined on the exterior by its own concrete peaked roof.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: A cozy living room is set at one end of the open space.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: A wooden kitchen is revealed behind a sliding wood door.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: Small but lofty bedrooms dictate minimalist design choices; an overhead skylight opens up the otherwise windowless room.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: While the front of the house is almost entirely windowless, the coastal side is completely open. Extending out from the back, a long terrace is set with concrete benches.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: Seen from certain elevations, the structure looks like a children's drawing of a house.

    Summerhouse Lagnö by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter in Västra Lagnö | Remodelista

    Above: The front of the main house has a single window and is instead lit by skylights.

    For more on the project, visit Tham & Videgård and Yatzer.

    Care to further explore the Stockholm archipelago? See Dry Heat: A Private Sauna on a Swedish Fjord, and have a look at the work of florists who forage from these forests in Seriously Wild: Landet Järna Explores Sweden's Local Flora.

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    Eight years ago, when my sons and I arrived home with Kojak, our fluffy black poodle/bichon frise mix, my husband didn't exactly roll out the welcome mat. Since then, she—yes, Kojak is a she—has won her way into everyone's hearts, but especially my husband's (and Julie threatens to bring her back to SF every time she visits). Here are some gifts that I'm considering for Kojak's devotees, and Kojak herself, too.

    To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.

    Cloud 7 Dog Bed Remodelista

    Above: The Roll-Up Cloud 7 Medium Dog Bed, made from recycled hemp and organic cotton and faced with undyed sheep's wool; $135 from Garde in Los Angeles.

    Nickey Kehoe Leash Remodelista

    Above: Braided Dog Lead made of leather and brass; $45 from Nickey Kehoe in Los Angeles.

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Hand made antler chews | Remodelista

    Above: Handmade from rope and North American deer or elk antlers (that are naturally shed), the Double Fork is a dog chew that won't easily disintegrate and is good for canines of all sizes; $20 from Knoxville, Tennessee's Smoky Mountain Studio via Etsy. 

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Leather Key Fob | Remodelista

    Above: Rinarts Atelier in the Netherlands makes this Leather Dog Silhouette Keyfob from bridal leather (a cat version is available, too); $9.84 via Etsy. 

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Woof Tote Bag | Remodelista

    Above: Declare your allegiance with a hand-printed Doggy Bag Canvas Tote; $16.13 from Etsy seller Invisible Crown of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Stenciled Pillow Cases | Remodelista

    Above: Guaranteed not to hog the bed, the His and Hers Dog Nap Pillow Case Set. Patterned with a charcoal drawing that's screen-printed with water-based ink, the pillowcases are US-made and available in standard, queen, and king sizes. In addition to white, they come in cream, mocha, and green tea; $32 for a pair from Xenotees via Etsy. Cat lovers, check out the Cat Nap Pillowcase Set in our Gift Guide for the Feline Fanatic

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Knit Your Own Dog, Sally Muir, Joanna Osborne | Remodelista

    Above: From the UK, of course, Knit Your Own Dog, $14.95, by knitwear experts Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, provides patterns and step-by-step instructions for creating 25 pedigrees. And there's also a Knit Your Own Dog, Second Litter, $14.95. (The volumes are published in the UK by Black Dog and Leventhal and available via Amazon.)

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Handmade Squeak Toys | Remodelista

    Above: My husband is always buying Kojak toys that never last. The durable Hex Squeak toy is handmade of heavy-duty upholstery fabric remnants salvaged from the furniture manufacturing industry in High Point, North Carolina. It's stuffed with fabric strips and has a squeaker sewn into a denim pouch; $15 from Etsy seller Eleanor and Milo.

    Gift Guide for Dog Lovers 2013, Leslie Mello dog portrait | Remodelista

    Above: A portrait of a beloved canine companion is a present that will last forever—but finding the right artist is a challenge. We love the work of Leslie Mello. From her London studio, Mello paints from photos and sketches made during a visit with your dog (or, for those who live too far away, from photos that owners supply). Her prices start at £450 for a small oil painting. See Leslie Mello for more.

    Denim Dog Bed by Bone and Rag | Remodelista

    Above: Tough and good looking, the Denim Dog Bed is handmade in the UK by Bone & Rag. It has a breathable (and waterproof) inner bed and comes in three sizes, priced from £80 to £120. 

    More dog designs? Check out last year's roundup (supplied by our friends at, Holiday Gift Guide: For the Well-Dressed Canine. Also don't miss: 10 Easy Pieces: Dog Food Bowls.

    How does a female dog acquire the name Kojak? See Style Counsel: An Architect's Hat Trick.

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    What to do with an awkward space under a countertop that's too shallow for barstools, and has a faux-mahogany surface (visible from my mahogany-free living room) and a particle board underside (as on view)? I've known the answer since the day I moved in: make a custom-fitted bookcase to hide both surfaces and add open storage space to boot. 

    Though I've done some woodworking in my day, I was short on time and long on demands, so I partnered with San Francisco cabinetmaker Len Knyper to get the job done. Knowing I wanted to make the bookcase at home with minimal tools, dollars, and time, Knyper walked me through the steps. 

    Photography by Meredith Swinehart.

    Finished Results

    DIY Custom Plywood Bookcase, The Home Depot, Remodelista

    Above: My completed bookcase rounds out my living room and fills the empty spot beneath my countertop. It now stores my cookbooks, extra glassware and table linens, and tea light candles and holders. Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi.



    Gorilla Wood Glue, Plywood, MDF, Nails, Remodelista

    Above: Start with enough plywood to make all of the surfaces of your bookcase, excluding the back, and cut to size. (A hardware store or woodworker will trim plywood for you, or you can use a circular saw, like the Skil 13-Amp 7-1/4-in Saw; $53.97 at The Home Depot.)

    Use a sheet of 1/4-inch MDF for the back of the shelf; it's cheaper than plywood. Trim the sheet to fit, making sure to cut only two edges: You'll want to keep two adjoining factory edges intact; they make a perfectly square corner, so you can rely on that corner to tell you that the rest of your bookcase is square.

    Add a little bit of wood glue before nailing the plywood edges together, but forgo the glue when adding the MDF backing; if you nail it well, glue isn't necessary, and the risk of it oozing onto your bookcase is greater than the risk of the backing falling off. 

    Finishing Nail in Custom DIY Plywood Bookcase, Remodelista

    Above: Use the nail gun to install nails every eight inches or so, wherever plywood meets plywood. If you want, you can create a small toe kick below the bookcase, as I did. The toe kick is not attached to the bookcase; it's simply a rectangular stand for the cabinet to sit on. Make the toe kick using the same method described here for the bookcase, with four sides plus two or three struts in the middle. (The struts are support beams that run perpendicular to the long edges of the toe kick, parallel to the short edges.)

    Materials and Tools for Custom DIY Plywood Bookcase, Remodelista

    Above: Once you've glued and nailed the plywood and nailed the MDF backing onto your bookcase, it's time to sand. Plywood will always have some irregularities; start with 80-grit sandpaper on a power sander. I "eased" (or rounded) the edges of my bookcase and shelves; this is optional and can be done with a power sander. Finish the sanding with a hand sander and fine 150-grit sandpaper.

    Shelf Support Peg in DIY Plywood Bookcase, Remodelista

    Above: Drill holes for shelf support pegs wherever you want your shelves. (For a typical cabinet with adjustable shelves, you would drill multiple holes at regular intervals, so the shelves are adjustable. I don't like the look of holes running down the sides, and I knew where I wanted my shelves, so I only created enough holes for the shelves I wanted.)

    Custom Made DIY Plywood Bookcase, Remodelista

    Above: My fully stocked bookcase, subtley decked out for the holidays. I wanted the bottom row of shelves to have identical dimensions, and the shelves above to vary. 

    Clear Star Glasses in Plywood Shelf, Remodelista

    Above: I love the way my grandmother's German star glassware shines against the light wood.

    Copper Baking Tins in Pewter Bowl, Remodelista

    Above: Copper is too beautiful to hide in a drawer. Here, miniature baking tins for holiday goods.

    Cookbooks Covered in Kraft Paper and Red Rosin Paper, Remodelista

    Above: Am I the only one who thinks cookbooks are, on the whole, an ugly bunch? I used brown kraft paper and red rosin paper to cover mine. A roll of Trimaco Red Rosin Medium Weight Paper is $11.97 and Trimaco Brown Builder's Paper is $10.97 at The Home Depot.

    Antlers with Baking Twine in Plywood Bookcase, Remodelista

    Above: I dropped some baking twine on a small antler and liked how it looked, so I wrapped it around a few times and called it a Christmas decoration. 

    Bay and Tallowberry Wreath, Pewter Cups, Remodelista

    Above: A bay and tallow berry wreath is nestled in one of the cubbies, alongside pewter cups and ceramic baking dishes.


    Before Photo of DIY Plywood Bookcase, Remodelista

    Above: Pre-bookcase, I had an awkward empty space under a counter. Lined with faux mahogany, it was peppered with tiny chips and required staining; instead I entirely covered it up—and gained much-needed storage.

    -Meredith Swinehart

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    When interior designer Mikael Löfström set out to make a new class of household brushes, he turned to his backyard, the forests of Stockholm. "When thinking about brushes, I started with the possibilities in the nature surrounding us; for us Swedes, the woods and the forests are boundless," says Löfström.

    A graduate of Lund University and University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Löfström approaches design as an investigation. This particular study is about materials—Swedish foraged woods, like birch, beech and elm—and reused bristles that he salvages from other brushes. Keeping the materials clean and natural is important to Löfström; he washes and prepares each fiber before threading it onto its hardwood base. The brushes are in production at Löfström AB and can be ordered by contacting

    Mikael Löfström Handmade Brushes from Sweden, Art, Design | Remodelista

    Above: The brushes make use of the natural shape of each branch. "They can be decorative," Löfström says, "or used as cleaning tools in the greenhouse, at the workbench, or by the fireside."

    Mikael Löfström Handmade Brushes from Sweden, Art, Design | Remodelista

    Above: The designs make use of bristles repurposed from old brushes.

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  • 12/09/13--07:00: DIY: A Holiday Fire Escape
  • While we can't compete with the mind-altering light displays found in Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, we decided to lend our own bit of holiday cheer to the East Village with a lighted fire escape. Supplied with fresh garlands and white lights from our sponsor The Home Depot, we brought a little bit of the country to the uniquely urban streetscape. 

    Photographs by Erin Boyle. Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi.

    Above: Bags full of greenery purchased at The Home Depot on Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn and ready to make the trip across the bridge back to Manhattan.

    Above: Among the supplies: Fresh Boxwood-Pine Holiday Garland, 25 feet for $39.95, white Christmas lights, juniper berries, and white pine.

    Above: In addition to the boxwood-pine garland, we started our decorating by layering a 25-foot garland of Fresh White Pine ($34.95) and a 20-foot Red Cedar Garland, also found at The Home Depot in Brooklyn for $16.98. 

    Above: We used 11-inch Black Double-Locking Cable Ties ($10.48) to tie the garland to the top railing of the metal fire escape.

    Above: We're partial to the vintage-looking extra large lights. A 25-Light Clear Light Set is $8.95.

    Above: To power the lights, we used a heavy-duty 15-foot Husky 3-Outlet Extension Cord; $12.98.

    Above: After lights and garlands were all secured, we trimmed the ends of our cable ties. Gloves were an essential part of this very chilly process: Firm Grip Grain Pigskin Gloves ($8.87). 

    Above: A view out the window.

    Above: Below, we added another layer of greenery and lights. Here, 15-Foot White Pine Roping that we found at The Home Depot in Brooklyn for $6.98 and more of that red cedar roping.

    Above: On the lower level we opted for tiny 100-Light Clear String-to-String Lights ($17.96 for a set of two). EcoSmart Warm White LED Lights are also available, $26.38 for a string of 100 lights.

    Above: For good measure, we also picked up several juniper bouquets from The Home Depot ($6.98 per bunch) to make tiny swags.

    Above: We tied Natural Sisal Twine ($2.57), around the ends of the juniper bunches to hang from the fire escape.

    Above: The juniper berry swags all strung up.

    Above: When we were finally finished, a very speedy cup of hot cocoa on the very chilly fire escape to celebrate all of our hard work.

    Above: The view from the street.

    Looking for more tips to design an outdoor holiday lighting display? See DIY: A Starry Night Holiday Light Display.

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    For a child who grumbled at the idea of an 18th century Christmas, I spent much of my childhood bemoaning the fact that I hadn't been born a century or two earlier. Malcontent? Not really. Just a romantic. I wanted my world lit up by candles so badly that I once nearly burned the house down by covering my bedroom lamp with a blanket to make it look like I was reading by lamplight. Oh, the romance of burning whale oil.

    My parents eventually figured that the family would be safer if they entrusted with me with an actual candle, and I received one Christmas a brass-handled candle holder of the variety I imagine was carried by Wee Willie Winkie. Except instead of running upstairs and downstairs and all throughout the town, I mostly carried my prized candle holder back and forth from bedroom to bathroom on nightly tooth brushing adventures.

    It's no surprise then, that I have a particular soft spot for the clip on candle-holders that commonly bedecked Christmas trees until electric string lights began to be widely marketed in the 1920s (more on the history of electric Christmas lights, here). The fact that adding fire to cut evergreens might be considered hazardous, bordering on lunatic, is not lost on me. But for the very brave and vigilant among us, it's still kind of lovely to create such beautiful wintry displays of light and greenery. Here, a few of my favorite examples from around the Internet and a source or two for the clips themselves. Just in case. 

    Above: Justine's larch and berry advent wreath.

    Above: An advent wreath nestled in a galvanized tin bowl. Photograph by Marion Beijnink, BasicHus

    Above: A single clip-on candle holder perched onto a wreath similar to Alexa's own Scandi-Inspired Wreath. Photograph by Marie Delice Karlsson, Min Lilla Veranda.

    Above: The world's most adorable Christmas tree festooned with wonky candles. Photograph by Susanne SchanzLa Petite Cuisine.

    Above: Four candles on a hanging advent candelabra. Photography by An-Magritt Moen.

    So where do you find them? Justine found new Silver and Gold Candle Clips at Ingebretsen; $9.50 for a pack of ten.


    If you prefer a true vintage specimen, Etsy has a robust supply of vintage clips in a range of designs and price points. Above: A set of Vintage Tin Candle Holder Clips is $25 for 15 from Lazy Day Relics.

    For a patinaed variation, a set of ten Antique Christmas Tree Candle Holders is $16 from Meanglean on Etsy.

    And now the question: would you dare?

    For worry-free wintry lighting see: DIY: A Starry Night Holiday Light Display.

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    The mention of a classic Danish modern flatware design being revived instantly got us salivating. Apparently, Matthew Orlando, until recently head chef at Noma, reacted the same way; the cutlery was immediately put to use at his new, and much celebrated, Copenhagen restaurant, Amass. And the staff at Monocle recently selected it for the Monocle Cafe in London. 

    The streamlined flatware design dates to the 1930s and is the groundbreaking work of Kay Bojesen, who apprenticed as a silversmith at Georg Jensen before heading out on his own to create a lineup of modernist greatest hits, including the classic Danish teak Hanging Monkey. His silver flatware was awarded the Grand Prix at the World Exhibition in Milan in 1951 and was hailed as the national flatware of Denmark. It's what you find at the Danish royal palace and at Danish embassies the world over.

    Over the years, however, the design got watered down and ultimately went out of production. Now, Bojesen's granddaughter Susanne Bojesen Roseqvist has launched Kay Bojesen, a new Copehagen company devoted to accurately reproducing every dip and turn in her grandfather's famous flatware.

    Kay Bojesen Grand Prix flatware | Remodelista

    Above: The new Grand Prix is made in Japan of 18/8  stainless steel in matte and polished finishes. It's sold by the piece, as well as by the set, by California-based Scandinavian design shop Fjorn, and is also available directly from Kay Bojesen. From Fjorn, the Kay Bojesen Grand Prix Matte Dinner Fork is $30, the Kay Bojesen Grand Prix Matte Dinner Knife is $35, and the Kay Bojesen Grand Prix Matte Dinner Spoon is $30. Many other pieces are also available, from fish forks to latte spoons to salad servers; see Fjorn.

    Kay Bojesen Gran Prix Danish flatware | Remodelista

    Above: A Kay Bojesen Grand Prix Matte Four-Piece Place Setting comes in a canvas storage wrap; $120 from Fjorn. 

    Kay Bojesen Grand Prix flatware | Remodelista

    Above: On our wish list: the Kay Boejesen Grand Prix Matte 16-Piece Flatware Set; $485 from Fjorn.

    Kay Bojesen Gran Prix Danish flatware | Remodelista

    Above: A Child's Set 3 Parts—a canvas placemat with a fork, knife, and spoon—is €56.35 from Kay Bojensen. Fjorn offers the Kay Bojensen Grand Prix Matte Child's 3-Piece Flatware Set for $82.50.

    Kay Bojesen Gran Prix Danish flatware | Remodelista

    Above: The flatware in use at Amass, former Noma head chef Matthew Orlando's new Copenhagen restaurant.

    Kay Bojesen Gran Prix Danish flatware | Remodelista

    Above: Grand Prix is also at Monocle Magazine's new Monocle Cafe in London. 

    For more of our favorite cutlery, see 10 Easy Pieces: Architect-Designed Flatware and 10 Easy Pieces: Everyday Stainless Steel Flatware.

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    To add to your Stockholm itinerary: designer Josefine Halfwordson's tiny shop, Betonggruvan, specializing in durable housewares made from simple materials and hand picked from Sweden and beyond.

    Halfwordson decided to open a brick-and-mortar location after her first foray as an online supplier was met with enthusiasm around the city. Betonggruvan, which means "concrete mine" in Swedish, is appropriately housed in a small concrete building with windows decorated in the shop's custom graphics from FLB Europa. On offer are domestic science and storage essentials, tablewared, and office supplies sourced from Halfwordson's travels to the US, Japan, China, and around Sweden; she also designs furniture in collaboration with various local artists and manufacturers.

    Photographs by Elin Stromberg courtesy of Betonggruvan.

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: Stacks of Industrial Green Lampshades from Lamp Gallerian in Sweden are displayed on high shelves; the lampshades are 500 SEK each. All products available on the Betonggruvan site ship worldwide and payment is via secure service, Tictail.

      Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: Amid a display of kitchen wares, two Kokkorg Strainers (120 SEK each), meant for cooking vegetables and noodles, hang on a wall as containers for a pot of ivy and a group of floral Scissors (100 SEK each). The Broom and Dust Pan set is 450 SEK. 

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: The Swedish Coffeepot can also be used for brewing tea and boiling water, 350 SEK.

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: The classic Swedish Birch Dish Brush (50 SEK) is displayed in 500ml Chemistry Glass beakers (75 SEK).

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: A wooden breakfast tray rests on one of the shop's signature furniture designs, the Betonggruvan Concrete Sideboard. The table's 2 cm-thick concrete top is treated with oil wax for stain resistance; 6,200 SEK (or about $950 USD). Behind it is the Betonggruvan Concrete Nightstand for 3,900 SEK.

    Owner of Betonngruvan Shop in Sweden | Remodelista

    Above: Owner Josefine Halfwordson in a striped mariner's tee from French company Saint James.

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: Halfwordson's desk area also serves as display for office supplies and organizing solutions.

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: The Concrete Sideboard with Shelves has a wire glass shelf incorporated into the untreated steel frame; 7,300 SEK.

    Betonngruvan Housewares Shop in Scandinavia | Remodelista

    Above: The shop is open on Thursdays and Friday from 12:00-7:00pm; visit Betonggruvan for more information.

    Location of Betonggruvan in Stockholm:

    Planning a trip to Stockholm? Consult our Stockholm City Guide for more essential stops, including restaurants, shops, and an enchanted castle that's now a hotel. 

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    We recently took note of the character-filled, neo-retro kitchen of Swedish blogger Catarina Skoglund via her site, Another Side of Life. Cattie and her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Stella, live in a two-story apartment in a 1927 building outside Gothenburg. A fan of Anglo-eccentric decorating, Cattie drew inspiration from English magazines and movies in her and her husband's renovation of the family kitchen. The results—a Brit meets Scandi space with a casual, lived-in attitude—are a welcome change from the hyper-styled black-and-white interiors of so many of her fellow Scandi bloggers.

    A Swedish Kitchen via Lovely Life I Remodelista

    Above: Green-painted French doors lead from the backyard into the eat-in kitchen, where a geometric patterned floor tiles give way to a light-gray painted wood floor. The impressive 15-foot tall ceiling makes the narrow room feel spacious and airy. Photographs via Lovely Life

    A Kitchen in Sweden via Lovely Life I Remodelista

    Above: The room features original divided glass windows in and around the French doors. Eames and Thonet chairs surround a simple black-topped table. The coloful Eames Hang-It-All Coat Hanger comes in handy for jackets and bags. 

      A Swedish Kitchen via Lovely Life I Remodelista

    Above: A white porcelain farm sink with a mint-green tiled backsplash gives the kitchen a fresh vintage look. 

    A Swedish Kitchen by Lovely Life I Remodelista  

    Above: Sleek black counters are paired with simple white cabinets fitted with small brass knobs. The couple opted for a white vintage-style refrigerator. 

    A Swedish Kitchen via Lovely Life I Remodelista  

    Above: An exposed brick wall was left in its original state, lending the space a rustic industrial feel.

    Here's how to recreate the room's look:

    Ikea Domsjö Sink Bowl I Remodelista  

    Above: Ikea's Domsjö Sink Bowl is made from ceramic and comes with a 25-year warranty; $185.99.

    Ikea Edsvik Faucet I Remodelista  

    Above: The Ikea Edsvik dual-handled faucet is made of chrome-plated brass and has a built-in energy-saving water flow regulator . It comes with a 10-year warranty; $49.99.

    Smeg Fab50B Refrigerator and Freezer I Remodelista  

    Above: The Smeg FAB50B is a fifties-style refrigerator-freezer in design and proportions; it comes in many colors. Contact Smeg for your local US dealer.

    40 W Green Tile by Clay Squared I Remodelista   

    Above: Clay Squared offers a minty green tile called Green 40 W Mid-Century. Measuring 4.25 inches by 4.25 inches, the tiles are $12 per square foot, and are also available in other sizes.

    Laurey-Brass-Knob I Remodelista

    Above: The Lauréy 443 Solid Brass Knob with a satin finish is $6.99 from Knobs and Hardware.

    Burgos Granada Tiiles I Remodelista  

    Above: Granada Tiles' Burgos geometric tiles can be customized according to color preference—there are 32 color combinations to choose from. The tiles are made in two sizes: 8 by 8 inches and 10 by 10 inches. Contact Granada Tiles in LA directly for pricing. Another option: the Little Diamond - Mix from Heath Ceramics' Dwell Patterns, which also comes in several colorways; $48 for a set of three tiles.

    Nud Classic Pendant matched with a Black and White Cord I Remodelista  

    Above: The Nud Classic Pendant by Swedish Company Nud Collection is available in eight cord color combinations; $45 from LBC Lighting. Photo via Merci Merci.

    Lee Broom Crystal Light Bulb | Remodelista

    Above: Create a pendant light with the Nud cord and Lee Broom's Crystal Bulb. hand-blown by Cumbria Crystal, the last UK-based full lead crystal producer; $175 from the A+R Store.

    Etch Brass Pendant by Tom Dixon I Remodelista

    Above: The Etch Brass Pendant by Tom Dixon is made from digitally etched brass sheets that cast multiple shadows when lit; $460 from Horne.

    Raft Table N2 by Traditions I Remodelista

    Above: The Raft Table N2 is designed by Norm Architects for Danish Traditions. It's available in a black, black/brown, or white top; $1857.57 via Ambient Direct. 

    Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair in White I Remodelista

    Above: The Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with a Wood Dowel Base is currently reduced from $399 at Design Within Reach. In addition to white, it comes in black, light blue, lime yellow, and red orange.

      Era Chair with Cane Seating in Black Finish I Remodelista

    Above: The Era Chair with Cane by Thonet comes in classic black as well as five colors; $200 from Design Within Reach.

    Eames Hang it All Coat Hanger I Remodelista  

    Above: The Eames Hang-It-All Coat Hanger; $169.15 from Lumens.

    Redecker Hard Dish Brush I Remodelista

    Above: The Redecker Hard Dish Brush are handcrafted in Germany of beech wood with bristles from Tampico fiber; $4.99 from Crate and Barrel. 

    L:A Bruket Dish Soap I Remodelista  

    Above: Swedish-made organic L:A Bruket Soap contains a blend of cedar, rosemary, and orange; 215 SEK via L:A Bruket's Shop.

    Lup Candle Holder by Hay I Remodelista  

    Above: The Lup Candle Holder by Swedish design group Hay is available in two finishes: brass and black powder-coated steel; $45 from the Dwell Store.

    Edward Wohl Cutting Board in Maple I Remodelista  

    Above: An Edward Wohl Maple Cutting Board is $125 from Heath Ceramics.   

    Alvar Aalto's Vase for Iittala I Remodelista  

    Above: Alvar Aalto's Vase for Iittala is mouth-blown from non-lead crystal and dates to 1936; $65 from All Modern

    Espresso Maker BiatelliI I Remodelista  

    Above: The Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker is a 1933 Italian design made from cast aluminum; $39.95 for a nine-cup espresso maker from Williams Sonoma.

    Kay Bojeson Wooden Monkey | Remodelista

    Above: The finishing touch for a brick wall, the hanging Kay Bojesen Monkey; $199 from the MoMA store (member price: $179.10). For more on Kay Bojesen, see Revived: The National Flatware of Denmark.

    Ivory Macrame Wool Rug by Serena and Lily I Remodelista

    Above: The geometric-patterned Ivory Macrame Wool Rug is made from New Zealand wool and comes in several sizes; prices start at $295 for a three-by-five-foot rug from Serena and Lily.

    If you like this kitchen, you'll love the rest of the house featured in Lovely Life. Is mint green your color? Check out 5 Favorites: Minty Green Bathrooms Retro Edition. And how about a kitchen with minty green cabinets? Go to Steal This Look: A Mint Green Kitchen from a Scandinavia Stylist

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    Iittala, the classic Scandi tableware company based in Iittala, Finland, is moving beyond the kitchen and into the home, thanks to a new collection of lighting and storage. To debut the lines, the company recruited three Finnish bloggers to style the designs for a series of photos. Here's what Suki Vento of the blog Varpunen came up with.

    N.B.: We're longtime fans of Suki's. Visit her home in our post A Lesson in Geometry from Finland (and the way it looked before she redesigned it in House Call: Varpunen in Finland).

    Varpunen and Iittala Holiday Collection of Tableware Objects | Remodelista

    Above: A plywood tabletop tableau includes the Teema Pearl Gray Mug, a 1952 design by Kaj Franck, €13.90, alongside the Kaj Franck Mini Serving Set, a ceramic triangle, square, and circle, €34.90 for the three. See more of Suki's styling and photography at Varpunen.

    Varpunen and Iittala Holiday Collection of Tableware Objects | Remodelista

    Above: One of Iittala's most celebrated glass designs, the candle-lit glass hurricane lamp by  Harri Koskinen, is now produced in an electric version; the White Lantern comes in two sizes: 600 mm (left), €299, and 250 mm (right), €159. Made with an EU plug, it requires an adapter for US and UK outlets. Here, the lanterns stand next to Suki's own table, a classic by Eileen Gray.

    Varpunen and Iittala Holiday Collection of Tableware Objects | Remodelista

    Above: The two white lanterns paired with Suki's flea market-sourced marble serving pieces.

    Varpunen and Iittala Holiday Collection of Tableware Objects | Remodelista

    Above: Plywood Vakka Boxes and White Vakka Boxes, recent designs by Klaus and Elina Aalto of Aalto Aalto in Helsinki, are meant for creating stacked storage and can also be used as side tables. They range in price from €169 to €199 each from Iittala. Suki pairs the boxes with a a long chain made of brown paper. For more storage pieces from Iittala, have a look at the new gray felt Meno Home Bags, €39 to €79 each; we're eying them for wrangling holiday clutter.

     To see more Iittala tabletop favorites profiled on Remodelista, visit our Shop section.

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    When I was young, whenever I labored aloud over what to buy a boy I liked—for a birthday party, Valentine's Day, whatever—my mom would invariably suggest, "How about a nice pen?," and I would invariably wince. Gift giving in a new romance is the trickiest gift giving of all, and these days, when I'm in an amorous fog and trying to find a gift, I think a pen is as good a guess as any.

    At the beginning of a relationship, you want your gift to send a singular message—I like you—while avoiding myriad unintended ones. A gift too small might suggest you don't care much. Clothes could be misinterpreted as a hint to a dress differently. And a surprise from left field could leave the recipient wondering if you ever really listen to him or her. Et cetera.

    Our advice: Calm down and consider: Experiential gifts (such as tickets to a concert), handmade gifts (yes, made by you), and this roundup of finds (most good for men or women), all of which were given loving attention by the designers who created them. 

    To make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.

    Above: A nice pen, made of matte black aluminum designed and inset in a hard-covered notebook. Designed by Dietrich Lubs of Braun and IDEA International, the Dietrich x Düller Ballpoint Pen is $55 at neo-utility.

    Above L: Leopold Bros. Small-Batch American Gin, handcrafted, hand bottled, and hand numbered; $36.99 from K & L Wine Merchants. Above R: Morris Kitchen Preserved Lemon Syrup for cocktails; $16 at Green Tree General Store. 

    H Tokyo handkerchief | Remodelista

    Above: A token of esteem for the bespectacled man or woman, a Cross-Stitched Handkerchief from Japanese hanky boutique H Tokyo, available from Sweet Bella USA (email to request price).

      L'Atelier d'Exercises perpetual calendar | Remodelista

    Above: The l'Atelier d'Exercises Monthly Measure is a perpetual calendar that marks the day, month, and date, plus a metric ruler; $60 from Dry Goods in Brooklyn.

    Above: The Alwych All Weather Notebook, a Scottish design unchanged since the 1930s, is durable enough to take on adventures; $20 from the Walker Art Center Shop.

    Copper and Bronze Cuff Bracelets from Spartan, Remodelista

    Above: I've heard dissenting voices, but I think jewelry is always a smart bet. (Maybe just avoid rings.) Above L: The Corter Copper Cuff is hand made in Montana; $45 from Spartan in Austin, Texas. Above R: The Turquoise Stone Cuff is made of brass with a tiny turquoise stone; $74 from Spartan.

    Faribault Woolen Mills Scarves, Remodelista

    Above: A Minnesota woolen mill dating from 1865 is back in business and making these scarves in collegiate-inspired designs. Faribault Woolen Mills' Scarves are shown here in heather gray/charcoal herringbone, and rust/silver stripe; $50 each at Canoe in Portland.

    Tivoli Radio Silenz Headphones, Remodelista

    Above: Okay, one for the big spenders: Tivoli Audio's Radio Silenz Noise Canceling Headphones are detailed with solid wood ear cups. The Wall Street Journal likened them to "an Eames lounger: classic, comfortable, and likely a solid choice for years to come." Available in black ash, walnut, and cherry; $159.99.

    More ideas? Check out our gifts choices for the Design Studio Supporter, the Techie, and the Scented Candle Fan.

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    Last week, we welcomed a new arrival to our house: Iris, Lowe's smart home management system. I had been coveting a new computer-controlled thermostat, so when Lowe's offered to let me try out their new kit—which includes thermostat management, among other things—I jumped at the chance. 

    Who is Iris? The Iris Home Management System offers home monitoring (door and window contact sensors, motion sensors, alarm monitoring) and energy control (thermostat, smart plugs). You can monitor, customize, and control these devices from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Adjust the lights, arm your security system, and turn on the heat on your way home. 

    I couldn't wait to get started with Iris's move in:

    Photos by Janet Hall.

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home System, Remodelista

    Above: They say first impressions mean everything and this was no exception: The Iris Smart Kit ($299 through Lowe's) arrived dressed in an efficiently packed and well-presented box. The practical and minimal packaging clearly spells out each feature that Iris has to offer.

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home System, Remodelista

    Above: I dread lengthy and complicated instruction manuals, so my favorite feature of the box was the one-page quick start guide. 

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: Getting started on the Iris Smart Home site.

    Step One: Installing the Iris Smart Hub, the brains of the operation. The Iris Smart Home site walked me through each step.

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: The most complex part of the install was moving our sofa to access the router. Iris connected to our wireless router with a simple click of a cord. I pressed the "preparing hub" button on my Iris Smart Home control screen and the hub was operational. Total installation time: five minutes from start to finish.

    Step Two: As with any online service, I needed to register the system on the Iris website. This was simple and straightforward with no surprises. The only decision to be made is whether to go with the basic no-fee service that allows monitoring and control of the system through your home computer and wireless, or stepping up to a premium service with features like advanced control of your devices from your mobile phone, live video streaming, and text messages if your alarm is triggered.

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: The Iris Door/Window/Cabinet Sensors create a chime from the hub when they are opened.

    Step Three: Next, it was time to install, power, and pair devices. I started with the door sensors and smart plugs. 

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: The setup was so easy; the most complicated step was installing the batteries.

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: Just to be sure my plan to align the contact sensors was correct, I consulted the Iris contact sensor set-up instruction video. Lowe's has a full Iris Support Video Library offering more in-depth assistance (nice to have, even if it's just to confirm you're headed down the right path). 

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: The Iris Touch Screen Programmable Thermostat installation guide and my tools. 

    Step Four: It was time to install the thermostat. My family will tell you that I have an irrational fear of anything involving electrical wires, so I have to admit that installing the Iris Thermostat made me nervous. I am not a devoted DIYer, though I can wield a screwdriver with skill. Before getting started, I read the instructions and turned off the power in the house (you actually only need to kill the power to your heater, but one can never be too careful!). After removing the old thermostat, I labeled the wires as instructed with the stickers provided in the kit. Then, I effortlessly connected the wires to the new thermostat and attached it to the wall with a simple twist of three screws. Could it really be that easy? 

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: I slipped in the batteries and put on the face plates. Miraculously, the thermostat came to life. The Iris Thermostat will work independently with touch controls (good to know in the event of my wireless crashing or the like), but to take advantage of its potential, I needed to pair it with the Iris Smart Hub. I hopped onto my online Iris control screen and the pairing happened with the push of a button.  

    Lowe's Iris Smart Home Management System, Remodelista

    Above: My Iris Smart Home device management home page shows the devices I've successfully installed and paired with my hub. Now the fun begins. First up: my thermostat controls! Stay tuned for Iris Diaries Part II: Getting Acquainted.

    -Janet Hall 

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    I dream of opening my kitchen pantry to find an organized pattern of dried grains and cereals, each stored in their own Fort Standard wood-topped vessel. But let's be honest, at $80 each, there are very few grains worthy of such a luxurious container. We like the idea of a high-low jumble: vanilla beans in the sculptural walnut containers, cornmeal in the $20 set.


    Fort Standard Walnut Wood Topped Vessels Set of Three | Remodelista

    Above: Fort Standard's set of three Vessels in American Walnut are intended for storing dried goods in the kitchen or used as containers around the house. Each has a turned hardwood top finished with a cork stopper for a tight seal; $240 for a set from Fort Standard, and also available in White Oak.

    Fort Standard Vessel at La Garćonne | Remodelista

    Above: A single Fort Standard Short Wood-Top Vessel is $80 from La Garçonne.


    Jargala Glass Jars with Wood Lids from Merchant No.4 | Remodelista

    Above: Chabatree Jargala Jars are handmade from mouth-blown glass with sustainable teak wood tops that seal with a rubber ring; available in small, $29, medium, $35, and large, $42—or $106 for the set of three—from Merchant No. 4.

    Dimple Glass Jars with Wood Lids from Merchant No.4 | Remodelista

    Above: Also from Chabatree, stackable Dimple Jars made from glass and acacia wood in two sizes: $22 for the small, and $24 for the large, at Merchant No. 4.

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    Noma cofounder Claus Meyer (known as one of the founding fathers of New Nordic cuisine) is the force behind the newly opened waterfront jazz club/restaurant/bar the Standard, which encompasses a jazz club and not one but three restaurants. The ground floor restaurant, designed by Danish-Italian design team GamFratesi, is called (appropriately enough) Verandah, and features a modern greenhouse vibe. 

    The Standard Copenhagen Remodelista

    Above: GamFratesi used Beetle chairs from Copenhagen furniture company Gubi paired with classic cast-iron cafe tables.

    The Standard Copenhagen Remodelista

    Above: The designers used a cool palette of grays and blues in the interior.

    The Standard Copenhagen Remodelista

    Above: The room is lined with custom banquettes.

    The Standard Copenhagen Remodelista

    Above: A row of Orient pendants from Lightyears, originally created for Fog & Morup and consisting of a copper body with a rosewood top, illuminates the dining room.

    The Standard Copenhagen Remodelista

    Above: Gubi produced a special-edition Beetle bar stool for the interior.

    The Standard Copenhagen Remodelista

    Above: The restaurant is housed in a 1930s custom house on Copenhagen's waterfront.

    At Remodelista, we get some of our best design ideas from restaurants. Have a look at An iHope on Acid and the 295 other Restaurant Visits in our archive.

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    When I was little, it seemed that each ornament held a story, whether it was the paper-cut animals that my mother made as a recent RISD graduate, or the pale orbs of the vintage lights inherited from my father's mother, or Grandma Sylvia's felt baker man from Norway. Today I can still tell you the tale behind each of my ornaments, from the Guatemalan worry santas I bought during my first Christmas after college to the glitter rabbit I purchased last month at ABC Carpet and Home while in New York for the Remodelista book launch

    If you, too, are looking for storied ornaments to trim your tree, we suggest the following, all of which were inspired by nature and shaped by hand.

    wooden shapes by Snug, Remodelista

    Above: From Germany, the Snug Trio, a set of geometric wooden pendants that you assemble; €16.90 .

    Dala horse ornament from Quite Alright | Remodelista

     Above: One of my all-time favorite ornaments is a laser-cut snowflake made by Quite Alright of Colorado that we featured in our 2011 Holiday Ornament Roundup. This year, Quite Alright has produced another original line of simple yet inspired ornaments, such as this Dala Horse, one of a set of 4 horses that are each painted differently and on both sides; $13.

    crocheted snowflakes by Eljuks, Remodelista

    Above: Made by Etsy seller Eljuks in Finland, this Set of 6 Hand-Crocheted Cotton Snowflakes are as delicate and individual as the real thing; $16. Also available individually or in sets of up to 15 mini flakes.

    dove by Woodland Tale, Remodelista

    Above: Woodland Tale's Red and Gray Bird Hanging Ornament is hand stitched in the Ukraine from recycled cotton; $29.

    paper star ornaments by Paperiaarre, Remodelista

    Above: Paperiaarre's Origami Star Set is made in Finland from vintage discarded books; $10 for three.

    angels by Timo, Remodelista

    Above: From Timo Handmade of Tel Aviv, this canvas trio of Royal Dwarf Angels has dragonfly wings and just a touch of gilding; $75. Individual Angels are $25 each.

    animal ornaments by Pilosale at Terrain, Remodelista

    Above: Pilosale's Fabric Engraving Ornaments are printed with 19th century engravings. $38 for three at Terrain. 

    paper baubles by Maisy and Alice, Remodelista

    Above: Maisy and Alice's Vintage Style 3-D Paper Baubles are modeled after mid-century decorations. In addition to white, they're made in ivory, light gray, and red; $9 for three. 

    balsam fir trees by Quite Alright, Remodelista

    Above: More handwork from Quite Alright, a fragrant Set of 3 Balsam Fir Sachet Trees; $15.

    ceramic bell by Pigeon Toe Ceramics, Remodelista

    Above: From our friend Lisa Jones of Pigeon Toe Ceramics in Portland, Oregon, this hand-thrown porcelain Ribbed Bell Ornament has a ceramic clapper and hangs from a leather cord that comes in seven colors (cherry, shown here); $24 each.

    Looking for more holiday trim? Get inspired by all of our Favorite Holiday Decor. And to make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive. 

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    We're thrilled to be back on home turf for our final Remodelista Holiday Market of the year. You can find us at Heath Ceramics in the Mission this Saturday, December 14, from 10-5. We'll be featuring a mix of our favorite tried-and-true local designers as well as showcasing a few firsts: Heidi Swanson will be there with her online store, Quitokeeto; hand weaver Adele Stafford unveils her new line, Voices of Industry; Joey Roth is bringing his new Bluetooth design for his popular ceramic speakers; and LA's Scout Regalia will be selling their work in SF for the first time.

    Enjoy over 30 designers and small stores selling a wide variety of goods at all prices. And for the foodies, we have our favorite mobile pizzeria, Del Popolo, joining us starting at 11 am. Blue Bottle coffee will be there, too. And we will, of course, be signing our new Remodelista book, so do swing by!

    When: Saturday, December 14, 10am-5pm.

    Where: Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th St, San Francisco (Print out and bring this page to Heath to receive a one-time 10 percent discount offer valid in the SF showroom on Saturday, December 14th only.)

    Free admission and plenty of street parking.

    And to celebrate our final Remodelista Book event of the year, we're inviting 25 readers (plus a companion) to join us at our holiday party this Friday evening, December 13th, from 6 to 8 pm at Heath Ceramics; light fare from Anne Gingrass, wine and beer, and plenty of cheer! To sign up, go to Remodelista Holiday Party.

      Remodelista SF Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics

    Above: A sampling of this year's offerings from our SF lineup: Baum-KuchenBig Daddy’s Antiques, Counter Culture Pottery, Dagmar DaleyErica TanovHaute Bohemian Groupe, Heritage Culinary Artifacts, HLC Company Goods, Huddleson, ihakoIn FioreJess BrownJoey RothJulia TurnerJune Taylor JamsLittle Apple GranolaLlane AlexisOtaatPetelPope Valley PotteryQuitokeetoRichard Carter Studio, Rough LinenRussian River Flower SchoolScout Regalia, SHEDSmall Trade Company, StudiopatróTW Workshop, VanderMolen Ceramics, Voices of IndustryWhim & Caprice, and Zinc Details

    Want to know what to expect? Have a look at these pictures from our previous markets (and if you have your own photos from these events, please add them on Instagram or Twitter to #RemodelistaMarket):


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    Care to dine next to a tiger skeleton? Restaurant Museet is a new Swedish bistro that puts more than food on display. Located off the buzzing Birger Jarlsgatan in Stockholm, the restaurant is the work of interior designer Richard Lindvall, who set out to create a space that would work at all hours—a modern bistro by day and a bar late into the night. To make for an ever-changing backdrop, Lindvall installed several glass display cases—hence the name Museet, which means museum—and filled them with exotic and curious objects. 

    Photographs by Richard Lindvall.

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

    Above: The restaurant serves a mix of French and Swedish cuisine.  

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

    Above: Built-in banquettes of cognac-colored leather offer casual seating. The tables are white Carrara marble with iron bases. 

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

    Above: Wood-framed glass cases display a changing array of exotica. 

    Museet Restaurant in Stockholm Featuring a Skeleton Tiger I Remodelista

    Above: One of the cases contains the skeleton of a Siberian tiger, born at the Kolmårdens djurpark, a wildlife sanctuary south of Stockholm. An endangered species—only 300 to 500 Siberian tigers are currently alive—this one died of natural causes and is there to raise awareness and donations for the World Wildlife Fund.

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

    Above: The pendant lamps came from an old factory and were found at an antiques store in Stockholm. They were gray and Lindvall turned them black by spray painting them.   

      Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

    Above: To keep things interesting, Lindvall frequently changes Museet's vignettes. 

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

    Above: Menus hang from a brass pipe that came from an elevator door. The hooks were salvaged from a Viennese hotel and likely held newspapers.

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista  

    Above: Some of the menus are presented on sheets of shiny laser-cut brass.

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

    Above: Hanging menus are ready to be grabbed by on-the-go waiters. 

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

    Above: White subway tiles and a trio of socket lights lend the space an industrial look.

    Restaurant Museet in Stockholm I Remodelista

    Above: Dark wood floors work well with the moody displays.

    Here's where to find Museet in Stockholm:

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    Planning a trip to Stockholm? Visit our Stockholm City Guide for more places to eat, shop, stay in and around the city.

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