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    There’s an elegant insouciance that we admire in this kitchen in the Netherlands by Dutch textile designer Hellen van Berke, especially in the nonchalant way the colors come together.

    After graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven with a degree in graphic design, Hellen van Berkel began her career in the fashion industry designing scarves; eventually, she launched her own label Studio Hellen van Berkel specializing in the creative use of textiles. Her offbeat color concepts are in high demand, and it’s easy to see why. Here, a look at her kitchen (spotted on Bloesem) and how to source some of its key colors and materials. 

    Photography by Marjon Hoogervorst.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-green-blue-tiled-floor-Marion-Hoogervorst: Remodelista

    Above: Van Berkel uses an array of atypical greens to set a fresh tone in her kitchen.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-Marion-Hoogervorst: Remodelista

    Above: Red accents complement the unusual greens.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-Marion-Hoogervorst-Nemo-Tile-Cross-Colors-Porcelain: Remodelista

    Above: Cross-Colors porcelain tile collection comes in Primavera and Oceana.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-Marion-Hoogervorst-mint-green-mosaic-tile: Remodelista

    Above: The backsplash is comprised of Mint Green Mosaic Tile like these from the Daltile Sonterra Collection at Discount Flooring Supply or 3/4 Inch Brio Color Spearmint Glass Tiles, prices starting at $4.25 from Mod Walls.

    On Our Table Wall Mounted Knife Block | Remodelista

    Above: On Our Table's solid walnut Knife Shelf, a dual-purpose knife rack and wall shelf, is $125 CAD. It measures 24 inches by 4 inches by 1.75 inches. For more see our post, A Cut Above: Handmade Knife Storage.

    Color Cord Company Pendant Cord in Red | Remodelista

    Above: From the Color Cord Company, the Red Pendant Light Cord is $25. See more in our post, Design Sleuth: Mix and Match Lighting from Color Cord Company.

    Canvas Scored Cutting Board Round | Remodelista

    Above: The Round Scored Board is made in the US by Amish woodworkers using a variety of American hardwoods; $61.20 at Canvas.

    Vogue Chef Tea Towel in Bright Red | Remodelista

    Above: Red accent colors in a kitchen can be worked in with linens like the Red Chef's Tea Towels, $12.84 each from Amazon.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-Marion-Hoogervorst-Corian-Nocturne: Remodelista

    Above: Van Berkel's kitchen counters are made of a black hard-wearing composite material; for something similar, consider Nocturne from Corian.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-Marion-Hoogervorst-Elks-Antlers: Remodelista

    Above: A majestic Elk Antler Mount rides high on van Berkel's kitchen wall; $219 from Roughing It In Style.

    Hellen-van-Berkel-kitchen-Marion-Hoogervorst-colorful-still-llife: Remodelista

    Above: Still life paintings like the ones van Berkel hangs on her kitchen walls are available at reasonable prices on Etsy.

    A little bit of colored tile can go along way; seeking more inspiration? See 510 images of Colored Tiles in our Photo Gallery of rooms and spaces.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 6, 2012.


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    Designed by Frédéric Périgot for Rossignol, the French manufacturer of ski and snowboard equipment, the Frisbee Trash Bin is a sleek column of color for the kitchen. 

    An industrial designer, Périgot started his eponymous brand in 1995 and has been reinventing a catalog of utilitarian products ever since. When collaborating with Rossignol on the bin, Périgot chose to work with epoxy metal. "I didn't want to design just another trash bin. This one is shaped like the body of an aircraft, with a perfect finish. It's ultra-flat lid resembles a Frisbee, and when you close it, it sounds like the door of a sedan," he says. The robust design is likely to withstand the test of time—a good thing since the price tag ensures that the trash can is a life-long investment.

    Perigot for Rossignol Trash Cans at Everyday Needs | Remodelista

    Above: The Frisbee Trash Can holds up to 30 liters, or about 8 gallons, of garbage. It's 27.5 inches tall and costs $610 NZD (about $500 USD) from Everyday Needs in New Zealand.

    Perigot for Rossignol Trash Cans at Everyday Needs | Remodelista

    Above: The design features a removable liner bucket. This one pairs with the gray design, shown above.

    Perigot for Rossignol Trash Cans at Everyday Needs | Remodelista

    Above: The Frisbee in a palette of primary colors (including a yellow liner bucket), from Everyday Needs.

    Perigot for Rossignol Trash Cans at Everyday Needs | Remodelista

    Above: Périgot describes the object as the "belle, belle, belle" trash bin.

    Perigot for Rossignol Trash Cans at Everyday Needs | Remodelista

    Above: Each trash bin is made by Perigot in France; shown here, the Frisbee Bin in olive green.

    Perigot for Rossignol Trash Cans at Everyday Needs | Remodelista

    Above: A variety of color combinations are also available directly through Perigot for €298, as is a rectangular trash can with two interior bins.

    Shopping for a kitchen garbage can? See our previous posts: Trash Bins from a Cleanliness-Obsessed Nation and The Mercedes of Trash Bins.


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    Look to science labs for the evidence: soapstone is the material of choice for countertops designed to take a beating. Soapstone is a durable and hardworking natural stone that is virtually maintenance free. Too good to be true? We've done our research and test drives (I used soapstone in my Seattle kitchen remodel) and created a soapstone primer to help you decide if this is the countertop material for you. 

    Architect Sheila Narusawa Soapstone Counter, Remodelista

    Above: A soapstone counter defines the kitchen at Harbor Cottage in Maine designed by architect Sheila Narusawa (for more of this project, see our feature A Cottage Reborn in Rural Maine). Image by Justine Hand.

    What is soapstone?

    Soapstone is a natural quarried stone. It's a metamorphic rock that is called soapstone because of the soft, or soapy, feel of its surface, which is thanks to the presence of talc in the stone. Most American soapstone is sourced from the Appalachian mountain range, or imported from Brazil and Finland. There are two varieties: artistic and architectural that are differentiated by talc contact. Artistic-grade soapstone has a high talc content and is soft and easy to carve. Architectural-grade soapstone has a lower talc content (usually between 50% and 75%), which makes it harder—and more suitable for countertop use. It's not as hard as granite or marble, however, and can be easily cut, shaped, and installed. Unlike granite and marble, however, it's typically quarried in smaller slabs, meaning that for counters longer than 7 feet, several pieces (and visible seams) are necessary.

    Soapstone Counter, Remodelista

    Above: A detail of lightly veined soapstone from Brazil. Image by Janet Hall.

    Soapstone Drain Board, Remodelista

    Above: Architectural-grade soapstone can be easily fabricated to include options like an integrated drainboard. Image by Janet Hall.

    Soapstone has three properties that set it apart from other natural stones, and make it a great countertop material:
    1. It doesn't stain. Soapstone is dense and nonporous; it does darken when liquid pools on its surface, but it lightens back up when the liquid evaporates or is cleaned off.  
    2. It can stand up to acidic materials. The fact that soapstone is chemically inert means it's not harmed by lemon juice or cleaners that must be avoided with other natural stone surfaces. That's why it's so popular for use as science lab tops.
    3. It's heat resistant. The density of soapstone makes it an amazing conductor of heat, which enables it to withstand very high heat with no damage. You can put hot pans right on the surface without worry about scorching or staining.  

    Mark Reilly Kitchen with Soapstone Counters, Remodelista

    Above: In a San Francisco kitchen renovation, architect Mark Reilly used soapstone countertops to give a warm feel to the modern space.

    Do soapstone counters need to be sealed? 

    Because soapstone is nonporous, it doesn't need to be sealed or protected. Not only does this cut down on maintenance (see below), the absence of chemicals in the fabrication and ongoing care leads many to consider soapstone an environmentally responsible choice.

    Mark Reilly Architecture Soapstone Counter, Remodelista

    Above: In addition to not requiring any sealer, soapstone stays looking good. Scratches and nicks are part of its character, but bothersome marks can be removed with sandpaper. Image via Mark Reilly Architecture

    Is soapstone available in a variety of colors?

    Soapstone is available in a range of shades on a sliding gray scale, some with blue or green undertones. Each slab is unique and varies from quarry to quarry. The widest variation in soapstone is in the quartz fleck and veining patterns. Some slabs have large but few veins; others have dense veining.

    Soapstone Slabs, Remodelista

    Above: Richly-veined, medium-gray soapstone slabs at M. Teixeira in San Francisco. Image by Janet Hall

    Oiled and non-oiled Soapstone Counter, Remodelista  

    Above: Soapstone naturally darkens with use over time. Architectural grade soapstone can be altered to achieve a dark-charcoal black by applying mineral oil. You can see the result on this slab of soapstone that has been coated with mineral oil on the left, and is in it's natural state on the right. This process can also serve to highlight veining. Image by Janet Hall.

    Made LLC Soapstone Counter and Sink, Remodelista

    Above: MADE LLC a New York-based design-build practice, often chooses soapstone for countertops. "We like to use materials that develop character as they're lived with, becoming increasingly beautiful as they wear in over the years," says founding partner Ben Bischoff. "Soapstone is one we come back to again and again. It's beautiful at the start and becomes even more so as it breaks in with your work patterns." Image via MADE LLC.

    Food Grade Mineral Oil Brooklyn Slate Co., Remodelista

    Above: Food Grade Mineral Oil; $7 from Brooklyn Slate Co.

    To darken soapstone, MADE LLC specifies: "You can speed up the natural darkening process by flooding the material's surface with mineral oil, allowing it to soak in, and then wiping it off. We repeat this process a few times before the client moves in and then provide a bottle of mineral oil that they can use to re-coat as necessary until the surface is completely saturated." 

    Where can you use soapstone?

    Because of its resilience and adaptability, soapstone can be used for much more than countertops; it works well as sinks, fireplace surrounds (thanks to its heat resistance), flooring, and throughout the bathroom. It's also a great choice for outdoor counters and sinks as it's impervious to weather and bacteria.

    Above: A deep soapstone sink at the Terrain store headquarters outside of Philadelphia.

    How do you clean and maintain soapstone counters?

    Low maintenance is the name of the game with soapstone. Soapstone's nonporous quality makes it bacteria resistant, so harsh cleaners are not needed. Simple soap and water cleaning is all that's recommended.

    If there is one maintenance issue with soapstone, it may be its softness and susceptibility to scratches and nicks. You can protect the surface by using cutting boards. And the good news is that user-caused imperfections generally can be removed, as mentioned above, with a quick sandpaper buffing. No professional repairs required.

    M. Teixeira Soapstone Countertop and Sink, Remodelista

    Above: An architectural-grade, mineral-oiled darkened soapstone counter and apron sink. Image via M. Teixeira Soapstone   

    How much does soapstone cost?

    Henrybuilt Kitchen, Remodelista  

    Above: Sleek black counters in a Henrybuilt Kitchen with black under-the-counter cabinetry.

    The cost of soapstone is comparable to high-end granite, but less than marble. Prices for soapstone range between $60 and $105 per square foot installed. Factors that effect price include where you live (M. Tiexiera Soapstone in San Francisco estimates $90 to $105 for high quality soapstone), your countertop configuration, the thickness you're after, and any special fabrication. The good news is that soapstone is a one-time investment that will outlive you. 

    Architect Sheila Narusawa Soapstone Countertop, Remodelista

    Above: A wider view of architect Sheila Narusawa's Harbor Cottage kitchen with soapstone counters. Image by Justine Hand.

    Soapstone Counter Recap

    Pros:

    • Non-porous stone means no staining.
    • Little to no maintenance; you won't need to call in professionals for repairs.
    • Despite being a hard surface, soapstone offers a softer feel than other solid stone surfaces.
    • Versatile in its aesthetic, soapstone is as comfortable in a farmhouse-style space as it is in a modern kitchen.
    • Can be used in many different applications from countertops to fireplace surrounds.

    Cons:

    • Available in a limited range of colors: varying shades of gray.
    • Soapstone is quarried in smaller slabs than some natural stones. You can rarely find slabs longer than 7 feet; multiple pieces and seams are required if you have a longer size.
    • Like other natural countertop materials, soapstone develops a patina with use. Unlike harder stones, it's easily scratched and nicked.

    Intrigued by the idea of a soapstone sink? See our Soapstone Sink Roundup.

    Researching new countertops? Read Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertops. And for more specifics on the subject, see our Remodeling 101 posts:


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    To be filed under "Do try this at home": watercolor-splashed Japanese paper lanterns, courtesy of Danish textile and product designer Ditte Maigaard, who runs the Ditte Maigaard Studio.

    To see more DIY products from this inventive Dane, go to Made by Maigaard.

    Regolit Pendant Lamp Shades

    Above: Maigaard bought a trio of "anonymous, cheap" Regolit Pendant Lamp Shades from Ikea ($4.99 each) and created a hanging lamp "made much more interesting with watercolor paint."

    Above: A detail shot of Maigaard's handiwork.

    Faber Castle's Watercolor Paint Set

    Above: Maigaard used standard-issue watercolors; for something similar, consider Faber Castle's Watercolor Paint Set, $8.99 from Amazon.

    Above: The lanterns installed over Maigaard's dining table.

    Here at Remodelista, we have a weakness for inexpensive paper lanterns. See DIY: Ombre Pink Paper Lamp Shade and Five Favorites: Paper Lantern DIYs.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original post ran on March 8, 2013 as part of our Japonesque issue.


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  • 01/21/14--10:00: The Hub for Icelandic Design
  • On a recent trip to Reykjavik, Iceland, we found ourselves spending hours at Spark Design Space, a combination exhibition space and shop founded by Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir, professor of product design at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. 

    Located on a hilltop in the center of the city, Spark happens to be the only gallery in Reykjavik dedicated to showcasing design, and offers a year-round calendar of exhibits. Its companion shop, meanwhile, sells a stream of products from its shows past and present. "We call this our slow shop," says Sigríður who originally started the retail space as an extension of her classroom and a way for her students to collaborate and have an outlet for their work. Textiles, ceramics, small toys, and household goods are displayed in the sunny storefront. Framed posters by graphic designer Goddur—a colleague of Sigríður's at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and a major force in the Icelandic design scene since the 1980s— are stacked along the walls. They became our favorite souvenirs of the city.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Alisa Kalyanova | Remodelista

    Above: Spark Design Space is located in downtown Reykjavik just off Laugavegur street, the oldest shopping street in the city. Photograph by Alísa Kalyanova.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Nomar Parker | Remodelista

    Above: Spark is half gallery, half shop. Shown here, a roll of salmon pink bubble wrap for packing and showing objects. Photograph by Nomar Parker.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Nomar Parker | Remodelista

    Above: A display of necklace-like Sasa Clocks. The color-coded beads hang around a mirrored wheel that turns every five minutes, dropping a bead down the cord. See more from our post, The Hours: Measuring Time with Wooden Beads. Photograph by Nomar Parker.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Nomar Parker | Remodelista

    Above: The Spark shop sells current pieces and past favorites from its companion design gallery. Shelves are packed with items from the Designers & Farmers project, Vík Prjónsdóttir, Goddur posters, handmade sticks by Brynjar Sigurðarson, and perfume by Andrea Maack. Sigríður will ship pieces on request. Photograph by Nomar Parker.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Nomar Parker | Remodelista

    Above: Art books and exhibition catalogs. Photograph by Nomar Parker.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Francesca Connolly | Remodelista

    Above: Scintilla Pillowcases of cotton and silk velvet appliqué sit next to a stack of ceramics by Hanna Dis Whitehead.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, Photo by Nomar Parker | Remodelista

    Above: The gallery's Hanna Dis Whitehead show. Her ceramic mugs, vases, and pots are made of stoneware slip clay and characterized by their prominent handles. Photograph by Nomar Parker.

    Spark Design Space in Reykjavik, Iceland | Remodelista

    Above: Spark is currently collaborating with Textílprentun Íslands on a textile pattern by artist Siggi Eggertsson.

    On the search for the best design galleries around the world? Have a look at the Museums in our City Guide section for more.

    Location of Spark Design Space in Reykjavik:




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    No longer does "going green" mean a sacrifice in paint or color quality.

    The eco-friendly paint market has grown and evolved: the paints we feature here perform like premium conventional paints (offering good coverage, vibrant colors, durability, and longevity) but without harmful odors, chemicals, or added solvents. For a quick primer on the definitions of paint toxicity and the like, see What is the Greenest Can of Paint? by one of our favorite paint experts, Philip Reno of G&R Paints in San Francisco. One tip: Look for products that are low- or no-VOC in both the paint and the colorant.

    Most of the brands featured offer large painted color cards and/or small sample pots, a low-waste way to test the color in your space.

    arrow & Ball Paint

    Above: Several years ago Farrow & Ball moved its paint to a water-based formula, significantly reducing the solvents in its products to low and zero VOC. Colors are derived from natural pigments, as well as other natural ingredients such as china clay, lime putty, and linseed oil. And the company doesn't use harmful ingredients like ammonia or formaldehyde. The price for a standard gallon of Farrow & Ball Paint is $95 from Farrow & Ball.

    Marston & Langinger Paint Range

    Above: Developed by UK-based Marston & Langinger after the garden rooms company found most paints were too toxic to use for its greenhouses, the Marston & Langinger Paint Range ($75 for 5 liters) offers 72 shades available in matte and eggshell for interiors and in eggshell for exteriors. Marston & Langinger architectural paints are water-based, non-toxic, non-flammable, and virtually odorless—and when dry, are safe for pets and children.

    C2 LoVo Paint

    Above: C2 LoVo Paint is a premium, non-toxic, low-VOC paint with infinite color options. The only pigment system in the United States to use European colorants, C2 Paint can be customized in any color and is available in the full range of Philip's Perfect Colors (see Paints & Palette: Philip's Perfect Colors). More recently, C2 Paints introduced C2 Studio, a low-VOC, value-priced paint available in all 496 C2 colors. Both paints are available at G&R Paints.

    Yolo Colorhouse Eco Paint | Remodelista

    Above: Portland, Oregon-based Yolo Colorhouse offers premium no-VOC interior and exterior paints with a user-friendly color palette. One gallon of Semi-Gloss Interior Paint is $35 from Home Depot.

    Ecotrend Collagen Paint | Remodelista

    Above: Returning to methods used before the advent of petrochemicals, Ecotrend Collagen Paint is a no-VOC, odorless paint that uses collagen (eggshell lining recovered from commercial bakery waste eggshells) as the paint's binder. It is rated very high in coverage.

    Old Fashioned Milk Paints, Remodelista

    Above: Another historic paint formula, SafePaint from the Old-Fashioned Milk Paint Company uses casein (milk protein) as a binder. Both organic and biodegradable, SafePaint is a zero-VOC, newly formulated milk paint designed for use on walls. Milk Paint is environmentally safe and non-toxic (there is a slight milky odor when it is applied, but it is completely odorless when dry). One gallon of Safe Paint for Walls is $45.95.

    Natura Zero-VOC Interior Paint

    Above: Natura Paint is Benjamin Moore's zero-VOC, non-toxic, most environmentally sensitive paint offering. The waterborne paint is available in all Benjamin Moore colors; $56.99 per gallon.

    Mythic Non-Toxic Paints

    Above: Mythic Paint is a non-toxic, ultra low odor paint that provides the durability and coverage you expect from a premium paint, without emitting the VOCs or toxins that can continue to be released into the air for years after application. Made by Auro, a German company that now distributes in the US, Flat Mythic Paint is $43.99 per gallon.

    Eco Paints: Stark Paint by David Oliver | Remodelista

    Above: Stark Paint, with colors by British designer David Oliver of Paint and Paper Library, is a water-based paint with no VOCs in the paint and colorants. All colors are available in three paint finishes: velvet emulsion, porcelain shell, and lacquer gloss. A Sample Pot of Stark Paint is $9.75 each.

    Devine Color Paints | Remodelista

    Above: Devine Color is an Oregon company founded by artist Gretchen Schauffler. The paint is low odor and meets the strictest green standards, requires only one coat, and creates a luminous surface. We especially like the Northwest-inspired palette. Devine Delicate Wall Finish is $59.95 from Devine Color.

    Premium Interior Flat Paint

    Above: A truly sustainable product made from plant resins and mineral pigments, Green Planet Paints are zero-VOC paints that have moved away from petroleum. Available in three finishes (flat, eggshell, and semigloss) and 120 mineral- and clay-based colors. One gallon of Premium Interior Flat Paint is $52.99 from Green Planet Paints.

    Eco Satin Paint

    Above: For exterior or interior woodwork, consider Eco by Fine Paints of Europe, an American-based company that makes its paints in Holland. The Eco Satin Paint is $50 per liter from Fine Paints of Europe.

    Need advice selecting paint shades? See our posts: 10 Happiness-Inducing Paint ColorsArchitects' White Paint Picks, and Architects' Moody Paint Picks. And for even more possibilities, peruse our Palettes & Paints section.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 28, 2009.


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    Perfect for renters, change-up artists, and the pattern shy: Moonish of Brooklyn silk screens geometric designs onto thin wooden wall tiles that hang from magnets. Use them to build a backsplash, headboard, or accent wall—and switch (or remove) the pattern as you please. You can even take the tiles with you when you move.

    The company is the brainchild of Giovanna and Matt Taylor. "I'm from Italy," she says, by way of explaining how a couple formerly in the entertainment world—she worked in film production, he's the lead singer in the band Mammal of Paradise—found themselves silk screening patterns onto plywood in a Brooklyn workshop. After a visit to Giovanna's mother in the "tiled landscape" of Puglia in Southern Italy, the two spent months to developing Giovanna's idea for grout-free wooden wall tiles that require nothing more than magnets to mount. Here are the results.

    Moonish Co plywood wall tiles | Remodelista

    Above: Moonish wall tiles are made of silkscreened marine grade plywood, which is water resistant. Each "tile" measures 6 by 6 inches, and patterns, such as Arlequin, shown here, are sold in boxed sets of 36 tiles for $256.50 directly from Moonish. Giovanna and Matt screen print the tiles themselves using water-based pigments, and allow customers to select any color combinations from the company's palette. The couple describe their work as "combining the geometries of traditional tile with the warmth and natural patterns of wood in a new format." 

    Moonish Co plywood wall tiles | Remodelista

    Above: The tiles can be applied to any smooth surface; here, a $256.50 set of 1977 - Triangles tiles—enough to cover 9 square feet—decorates a kitchen wall. No glue or grout is needed; the tiles have a magnet on each corner and come with a corresponding square steel "sticker" that's applied to the wall. The couple report that the tiles can be easily cut to size, and if you're okay making a few measurements, you won't need installation help. Once in place, the tiles can be rearranged in different patterns. And when you're ready to remove them altogether, the wall stickers can be pried off using a blade ("the paint on the underlying wall may need a touch up, but in most cases it won't," says Giovanna.)

    Moonish Co wood wall tiles | Remodelista

    Above: B & W - The Victorian creates instant wainscotting on a bathroom wall; $256.50 for a set of 36 tiles. All Moonish wall tiles are available in two finishes: wax (for a matte textured look) and polyurethane (recommended for use in moist areas, such as bathrooms).

    Moonish Co wood wall tiles | Remodelista

    Above: Music - The Fifth, $256.50 for a box of 36 wood tiles.

    , Moonish Co plywood wall tiles | Remodelista

    Above: The Modernist set is $198 for 36 wood tiles, each 6 by 6 inches. Sample tiles for all patterns can be ordered for $10 each.

    Moonish Co plywood wall tiles | Remodelista

    Above: B & W - Tokyo; $256.50 for a set of 36. Delivery for orders is 2 to 4 weeks.

    Moonish Co wood flooring | Remodelista

    Above: Moonish also offers a small line of patterned floor tiles made of 3/4-inch-thick fir plywood. Each is 12 by 12 inches and sells for $26 a tile, including biscuit joiners. See Moonish for more details.

    Looking for ceramic tiles? Peruse our collection of Tile posts, including Can We Now Call Tiles Sexy?


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    Based just north of Paris, interior designer Marianne Evennou believes that houses have souls and are the "carriers of mysteries and stories"; her aim is to "create interior spaces that transcend fashion and trends and are a refuge from the world." For this loft, designed for her friends Helene and Marc, she used a pale gray as a base color and unleashed a subtle combination of aqua, dusty rose, cornflower blue, and Hermès orange as accent colors—an unlikely palette, but we think it works.

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: A velvet upholstered sofa adds a dash of color to the living room, which is painted a cool gray.

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: A polished aluminum Arco Floor Lamp from Flos ($2,950 at the Dwell Store and Y Lighting) adds a dash of glimmer to the space.

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: An LC4 Chaise Longue in cowhide, designed by Le Corbusier ($4,050 at DWR), sits next to a Noguchi Floor Lamp 10A ($450 from Surroundings)

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: A five-arm Serge Mouille light fixture hovers over the dining table; the line is available online at Horne.

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: The dining table is surrounded by a set of Cherner chairs ($749 each at DWR).

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: The living space is divided by interior steel factory windows.

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen features an unexpected combination of dusty pink and steely gray.

    Marianne Evannou Loft/Remodelista

    Above: Evennou painted a wall mural in the bedroom.

      Marianne Evannou Bathroom Loft/Remodelista

    Above: In the bath, a pair of Cone Lamps from Atelier Areti provides illumination (€210 from I/Object in Belgium).

    Marianne Evannou Bathroom Sink/Remodelista

    Above: In the bathroom, a mirror frame painted gray contrasts with the lighter gray of the walls.

    For another example of how Evennou incorporates unexpected colors in her interiors, see Steal This Look: Offbeat Colors in a Bathroom in France. And to see a more neutrally shaded project, go to A Modern Atelier in France, Books Included.


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    What do US-based French designers stock up on during visits home? Tester-size cans of house paints from Ressource Peinture. Corinne Gilbert—whose Brooklyn apartment is featured in our new book—says Ressource offers "a range of gorgeous saturated colors that you can't find anywhere else." Unlike other paint lines that we love, such as Farrow & Ball and its cool English colors, Ressource specializes in joie de vivre shades: unabashedly rich, full-bodied, and sexy.

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above: Ressource offers several palettes from the recent past; The 1970s Colors shown here include Burnt Orange and Purple Ink. On trips home to Paris, Corinne Gilbert stocks up on the company's tester-size cans, which she uses back in New York for decorative painting.

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above L: Ressource is best known for its vibrant shades; shown here samples from the Subtles Patinas group. Above R: The company also offers a collection of  24 different "broken whites".  

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above L: Ressource's Confluence Collection was created by architect designer Robert Gervais and consists of eight shades that he envisioned for his dream cabin situated "between sea and forest." Above R: Confluence colors in a rustic setting. For matte fans, the paints are available in three versions: Matte Powder, Classic Matte, and Matte Silky.

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above: Ressource has eight locations in France, two of them in Paris, at 62 rue de la Boétie, on the Right Bank, and 2-4 Avenue du Maine (shown here) on the Left Bank. It also has 120 distributors in Belgium, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. For details, go to Ressource

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above: A group of 48 shades make up Ressource's 1950's Colors collection. Shades deemed relevant for today were selected from the first ready-to-use paints established by the British Standards Institute in 1955. 

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above: Mismatched bistro chairs are unified by a bright yellow from Ressource. Image via Barnabe Cafe. See Ressource for more.

    Easier to procure paints? Have a look at all the posts in our Paint & Palettes section. And if you're after a pop of color, check out the new Veronica Valencia Lighting Collection from Barn House Electric.


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    One of the UK’s last remaining glassworks, Rothschild & Bickers make hand-blown, colored-glass pendants that sparkle like jeweled baubles, too tempting to resist—even for the color shy.

    Rothschild & Bickers Pick-n-Mix Colored Glass Pendants, Blue and White, Hertford, UK | Remodelista

    Above: Though they're made using traditional glass-blowing techniques, Rothschild & Bickers' Pick-n-Mix glass pendants have a contemporary look; £295.

    Rothschild & Bickers Pick-n-Mix Colored Glass Pendants, Hertford, UK | Remodelista

    Above: The Pick-n-Mix Collection comes in the company's full range of signature colors. For added embellishment, fabric-covered cords (known in the UK as "flex") are available in a wide palette, including neons and herringbone patterns.  

    Rothschild & Bickers Pick-n-Mix Colored Glass Pendants, Hertford, UK | Remodelista

    Above: And for the color shy, why not start gradually with clear glass pendants while experimenting with colored cords?

    Rothschild-Bickers-Vintage Light-Remodelista.jpg

    Above: With the Vintage Light, Rothschild & Bickers play with a fringe-festooned traditional shape; £380.

    Rothschild & Bickers Pick-n-Mix, Colored Flex, Hertford, UK | Remodelista

    Above: The rainbow range of cloth-covered electrical cords available to accompany fixtures. For more details, see Rothschild & Bickers.

    Need advice selecting the right pendant for you? See our recent Remodeling 101 post, How to Choose an Overhead Light Fixture. Know what you need? Have a look at our favorite pendants in our 10 Easy Pieces roundups: Glass Pendant Lights, Black Pendant Lights, and Silver Pendant Lights.  


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    When I was introduced to the work of Mexican architect Luis Barragán, I couldn’t understand why anyone would think of modern architecture as a cold discipline.

    Looking back on my architecture training, one of my fondest memories was artist Lauretta Vinciarelli's graphic arts class, where she asked a roomful of Columbia undergraduates to render Barragán's captivating work on paper. Fifty pink Prismacolor pencils later, I was on my way to becoming an architect.

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Above: Barragán developed his own take on modernism, with the use of vivid colors and textural contrast as shown here in the Caudra San Christobál stables designed in 1966. Photograph by Steve Silverman on Flickr.

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Above: At the Caudra San Christobál stables, there is a sequence of horse pools. Photograph by Steve Silverman on Flickr.

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Above: Barragán is regarded as one of the most important architects of the 20th century; his buildings are especially memorable for their mastery of space and light. Photograph via Zero 1 Magazine.

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Above: Barragán was also a landscape architect; his sculptural forms and bright colors accentuate the natural surroundings.

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Architect Luis Barragán's Caudra San Christobál Stables | Remodelista

    Above: Water features are a common theme in the architect's work. Photograph from the Luis Barragán foundation.

    For more inspiration, have a look at our Architect Visits, including 10 Houses Made from Shipping Containers and On the Road: Hank Bought a Bus.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on March 23, 2012 as part of our Color Coded issue.


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    Seeking color-saturated luxury bath linens? Portuguese company Abyss & Habidecor is the go-to source (just ask the geniuses at Seattle shop Totokaelo). Abyss & Habidecor began as a partnership between boyhood friends 30 years ago in Northern Portugal, and is split into two departments. Abyss focuses on bath robes and towels, while Habidecor handles bathmats and larger rugs. All bath linens are available in a range of colors—60 different pigments to be exact—and manufacturing is environmentally conscious and focused on an efficient use of natural resources.

    Totokaelo Art-Object in Seattle Photo by Inward Facing Girl | Remodelista

    Above:  On a recent trip to Seattle, Washington, Julie spotted Abyss & Habidecor towels at Totokaelo's Art-Object. Shown here, a stack of bath mats and white towels in different patterns and colors. Photograph by Inward Facing Girl.

    Habidecor Medium Reversible Mat in Blue | Remodelista

    Above: The Medium Reversible Mat in Alpine Blue is $160 at Totokaelo.

    Habidecor Dolce Bath Mat in Spotted Print from Art-Object | Remodelista

    Above: The Small Dolce Bath Mat has a metallic gold-spotted pattern with a non-slip backing;$134. The Medium Dolce Mat is $176 and the Large Dolce Mat is $232.

    Habidecor Dolce Bath Mat in Spotted Print from Art-Object | Remodelista

    Above: Abyss & Habidecor use a mixture of techniques from hand tufting to high-tech weaving; the Dolce Mat is an example of both.

    Habidecor Bath Mat in Blue Streaks from Art-Object | Remodelista

    Above: The Large Pigment Mat measures 27 by 47 inches and is made from a rich ombre of blue combed cotton; $220.

    Totokaelo Art-Object in Seattle Photo by Inward Facing Girl | Remodelista

    Above: Towels in navy blue (see below) and Medallie gold. Photograph by Inward Facing Girl.

    Abyss Hand Towel in Navy Blue from Art-Object | Remodelista

    Above: The Super Pile Hand Towel in a deep navy blue; $36 each from Totokaelo. The design is also available from in hand towel and bath towel sizes from Anthropologie.

    Above: The bath towel is detailed with rounded twill edging in the same shade of blue.

    Adding more color to the bathroom? See our previous posts: on Fluoro Brights in the Bath and A Berlin Bathroom as Art Installation.


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    Hidden on a pristine beach in the Oaxaca surf town of Puerto Escondido, Hotel Escondido is the latest addition to a roster of Mexican boutique hotels created by Grupo Habita (which also owns the Hotel Americano in New York). Escondido follows the same formula as the others: small scale, good design, and just a touch of luxury. In this case that translates to guest quarters in 16 beachside palapas with air conditioning and private pools. For outdoorsy types, there's surfing and birding. A hotel beach club and underground bar also await.

    Photos via Grupo Habita

    Bedroom of Hotel Escondido in Mexico with Blue-Green Painted Striped Floor and Thatched Palm Roof, Remodelista

    Above: Federico Rivera Río of CHK Arquitectura designed the interiors using a largely neutral palette with accents of Mexican-inspired color.

    Bedroom of Hotel Escondido in Mexico with Thatched Palm Roof and Painted Blue Striped Floor, Remodelista

    Above: The floors of each palapa are inlaid with tropical hardwoods. We love the way the painted striped floor defines the space around the bed—it's something to try at home.

    Natural Decor at Hotel Escondido in Mexico, Remodelista

    Above: The rooms have a modern rustic look, with simple furniture and local finds on display.

    Palapa Thatched Palm Roof at Hotel Escondido in Mexico with Plunge Pool and Orange Outdoor Furniture, Remodelista

    Above: Though the palapa rooftops are a nod to traditional Oaxacan design, each 375-square-foot hut is equipped with modern luxuries, including air conditioning, polished concrete baths, and private decks with plunge pools.

    Lap Pool Sunken in Beach at Hotel Escondido in Mexico, Remodelista

    Above: Set directly in the sand, a 50-meter pool and wood deck run parallel to the ocean.

    Patio at Hotel Escondido in Mexico with Wood Outdoor Bench and Orange Accents, Remodelista

    Above: Though the hotel has a restaurant and "acoustically isolated" hidden underground club, the property is tranquil and sparsely populated—at least so far.

    Rocky Outcrop at Hotel Escondido in Mexico, Sunbathing Lounge and Surfboard, Remodelista

    Above: An ideal spot for apres-surf lounging.

    Thatched Palm-Roof Hut at Hotel Escondido in Mexico with Cactus and Surfboard, Remodelista

    Above: The small town of Puerto Escondido is known for world-class surfing, and nearby opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and birding await. 

    Below: Hotel Escondido's location on Oaxaca's Pacific coast. Visitors fly into Puerto Escondido Airport or Huatulco Airport, both of which have flights from Mexico City. For rates and booking information, visit Hotel Escondido.

     

    Read about the other Grupo Habita hotels in Mexico in A Midcentury Classic Is Reborn in AcapulcoHotels & Lodging: Hotel Condesa DF in Mexico, and Hotels & Lodging: Hotel Azucar in Veracruz


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    Here’s a true story of our age: When Etsy, the digital storefront specializing in the handmade and vintage, was looking to furnish their headquarters in Dumbo, Brooklyn, they shopped the makers on their own site. What did they find? Colorful, hand-crafted, welded metal and wood furniture with a certain whimsical utilitarian appeal by SAWhomeBK, the Etsy shop set up by furniture maker Sawyer Devuyst. And his studio's bricks and mortar location is—Brooklyn, where else?

    Photography courtesy of SAW Home.

    SAW Home, Gatsby colored metal tables | Remodelista

    Above: The Gatsby Collection includes a Kitchen TableCoffee Table, and Dining table. They're made from powder-coated, hand-welded steel frames with white oak tops; $625—$1,100.

    SAW Home, Etsy headquarter stools | Remodelista

    Above: The Front Stools that populate Etsy Headquarters in Dumbo, Brooklyn, have a dip-dyed look. They're 18 inches tall, 15 inches wide, and $375 each.

    SAW Home, Etsy headquarter stools | Remodelista

    Above: The color of the powder-coated, dip dyed foot detail of the Front Stool can be customized.

    SAW Home, Clinton Coffee Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Clinton Coffee Table is made of blackened steel and white oak with vintage crates; $875.

    SAW Home, Wythe Hotel side table, Brooklyn | Remodelista

    Above: The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg was one of the first to find and commission pieces from Devuyst. The result was the Wythe Side Table; $325.

    SAW Home, Wythe Hotel side table | Remodelista

    Above: The Wythe Side Table is made of powder-coated, hand-welded steel. It's shown here mint; custom colors are also available. (Alexa seems to remember that when she stayed at the Wythe Hotel in November, her table was red!)

    Sawyer Devuyst Portrait with Wythe Hotel Side Table | Remodelista

    Above: Devuyst learned his craft as an apprentice to an architectural metal fabrication shop in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. When the metal fabrication shop fell on hard times and let him go, Devuyst set up SAW homeBK on Etsy, and was recently selected as a member of Boom Brands 2013 by New York Magazine.

    Have a look at more of our favorite Brooklyn finds: Reincarnated Furniture by Nightwood, The Primary Essentials, Shark Tooth, and Ceramics by Paula Greif. And of course, there's also The Brooklyn Flea.


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    Suddenly everywhere: color washed wood surfaces in interiors: paneled walls, flooring, furniture, table tops. We're onboard.

    Coloring Table Nagasaki/Remodelista

    Above: The ColoRing Table by Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects.

      Beijing Modern Bedroom/Remodelista

    Above: The home of Gu Qi, a furniture designer in Bejing, features a color-washed wall; via Daily Dream Decor.

    Green Stained Kitchen Floor Remodelista

    Above: In the kitchen of London-based food maven Anissa Helou, a portion of the floor is washed in green; via Design Sponge.

    Color Washed Table/Remodelista

    Above: A "ghosts of blue" tabletop via Norwegian blog Loppelilla.

    Yellow Ombre Wallpaper Remodelista

    Above: Wallpaper from Dutch company Eijffinger creates the illusion of color-washed wood paneling; see more at Instant Ombre for Your Walls.

    David Kohn Architect White Washed Walls/Remodelista

    Above: Wood-paneled walls are washed in palest gray in David Kohn's Norfolk Stable.

    Moonish Wall Tiles/Remodelista

    Above: For the commitment phobe, DIY Wall Tiles from Moonish.

    Fritz Hansen Chair Color-Washed Room/Remodelista

    Above: A concrete wall washed in shades of gray to create the illusion of wood paneling; photo via Fritz Hansen.

    Greyscale Timber Whitewashed Wall/Remodelista

    Above: Timeline Wood in Los Angeles offers a "design alternative to reclaimed wood"; the company uses new wood and stains it in varying shades to create distressed-looking flooring and siding.

    Color Washed Stairway/Remodelista

    Above: A staircase stained yellow in the Member's Reading Room of the Grazer Kunstverein by London artists Celine Condorelli and Harry Thaller, via Domus.

    Interested in more color ideas? See Half-Painted Walls in Bold Colors.


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    Here at Remodelista, we have often been (accurately) accused of a predilection towards the monochromatic. That said, we are not averse to mixing prints and patterns in a myriad of colors, it's just that it takes a certain talent. That knack is one that our friend designer Erica Tanov puts to good use: with effortless aplomb, Tanov incorporates multi-patterned prints in charming colors in both her clothing and home collections. We asked her for tips on how she does this—and how we, too, can pull off the look.

    Erica Tanov Bedding Pinwheel/Remodelista

    Above: Embroidered sheets with a checkered quilt and pinwheel pillowcase from Erica's 2013 collaboration with artist Emily Payne. Photo by Erica Shires via Popsugar.

    Remodelista: How do you go about mixing print and patterns in your home design collection?

    Erica Tanov: There are no set ways or hard and fast rules and it differs from each collection. My current bedding is called the Bookprint collection. I had collected some vintage leather-bound books and inside the end papers are these incredible patterns. I took four of them that I thought somehow all worked together and played around with scale and color. It's very intuitive for me. The prints are graphic and very different, but by mixing the patterns and keeping a similar color palette and scale it all seems to work. 

    Erica Tanov Fabric Inspiration/Remodelista

    Above: Erica's journals, the source of her inspiration for Bookprint.

    Erica Tanov Bookprint collection- Remodelista

    Above: Swatch samples from Erica's Bookprint collection.

    RM: How do you translate this into a home?

    ET: If you are unsure of how to mix things then stick with one element like color. You can mix a floral in that color with an ethnic print and then a pattern print, all in the same color. If you're scared to use a lot of color, keep it monochromatic and bring in patterns in different scales. Right now I'm working with artist Lena Wolff. We've taken an eight-point star pattern from a simple dahlia motif and created an abstract print. We've also taken half of it and used it on the borders then played with scale. Although the pattern looks different, it all comes from the same original motif. It's a natural palette with black, ivory, and sepia and then I brought in a pop of bright coral. It's not about color, but more about graphics and scale. It just feels right.

    RM: Tips for a minimalist like me on integrating color, and pattern into the home?

    ET: I'm not a minimalist myself, but my home is pretty much a natural palette against which I love introducing pops of color. I feel a shock of color stands out more against a neutral background. 

    Erica Tanov living room with Beni Ouarain rug. Photograph Kelly Ishikawa for Anthology magazine

    Above: The living room in Erica's home with a Beni Ouarain rug and hits of pink. Photograph by Kelly Ishikawa for Anthology Magazine.  

    RM: Any advice on how to work with a patterned rug? 

    ET: It depends on the space. I love tribal rugs, such as the classic Turkish prayer rugs—they work almost anywhere. I have a Beni Ourain Moroccan rug and I love to introduce ethnic items to a super-clean room, to add something rough hewn to the mix—it's a great combination. 

    RM: Favorite Wallpaper?

    ET: De Gournay's Chinoiserie collection. It's hand painted with tarnished silver and is so gorgeous. It's like artwork.

      Erica Tanov Bedroom photograph by Leslie Williamson-Remodelista

    Above: The bedroom in Erica's bedroom with a wall covered in hand-painted wallpaper from de Gournay's Chinoiserie collection.

    RM: How do you make wallpaper work?

    ET: I used the de Gourney wallpaper in my bedroom as a beautiful backdrop and the rest of the room is white. I like to wake up to white so I only wallpapered the wall behind my bed. The pattern creates warmth and beauty in the room and I can see it as I walk in.

    RM: Favorite shade of paint?

    ET: I've just been asked to decorate a designer suite at the Sir Francis Drakem a San Francisco Hotel. I love white, but in a hotel room you want to feel more romantic, sexy, and warm. I'm thinking of a rich gray that is soothing and beautiful, something like Benjamin Moore's Nocturnal Gray, a deep gray with a bit of blue. 

    RM: Your favorite white?

    ET: I've used a lot of Benjamin Moore's Super White. It's a nice white without being too cold. Farrow and Ball's Slipper Satin is also beautiful.

    Erica Tanov Home Interior

    Above L: Erica Tanov in her Berkeley home. Above R: Her upstairs hallway covered in Dryden and Wilde Carnation wallpapers by Osborne and Little. Photographs via Martha Stewart.

    RM: How did you come up with the contrasting wallpaper in your hallway?

    ET: It's by Osborne and Little. So much of the house is white that I wanted something bright, but not in a room we're in all the time, so I did the whole hallways in pattern and color. One is flocked forest green with a bohemian royal pattern and the other is a green citron with metallics in a large deco pattern. I didn't follow any of my own rules, but I love the pattern, color and bigness.

    RM: Colored towels or white towels?

    ET: I am a white towel person; that's what I prefer to use, but have a bunch of colorful towels by Layla that my kids use. I love opening the linen closet and seeing the patterns. 

    Erica Tanov 2013-14 Collection

    Above: A striped coat from the Erica Tanov 2013-2014 Collection.

    RM: Stripes versus florals?

    ET: I like them together—it's almost safer than mixing a bunch of florals. But that doesn't mean any stripe goes with any floral. Graphic stripes with classic feminine florals could work if they're all done in bright bold colors. 

    To see more of Erica Tanov's designs, have a look at our previous posts: The Ultimate California Romantic and Bohemian Luxury in Marin.


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    This past week while most of the country was in a deep freeze, Michelle and Erin visited a trio of tropical gardens, looked into lei-making, and designed a tropical floral arrangement. Maybe it's time for a vacation?

    Ace Hotel Panama/Gardenista

    Above: Did you know that there's a new Ace Hotel in Panama? Designed by Commune, no less? Makes us want to get on a plane, now.

    Walker Warner Hawaii House/Remodelista

    Above: Michelle took a tour of a breeze-filled Walker Warner-designed house on the Big Island of Hawaii inspired by the great ocean camps of Old Hawaii.

    Kathleen Whitaker Echo Park Garden/Gardenista

    Above: If you liked the interiors of Kathleen Whitaker's Echo Park, LA, house (see A Minimalist LA Jewelry Designer Goes Maximal), you'll love her gardens.

    Courtney Klein Garden/Remodelista

    Above: And closer to home, Michelle dropped in on Courtney Klein's Mission District garden, a backyard oasis with a tropical feel.

    Michelle's Fiddle Leaf Fig/Gardenista

    Above: And don't miss Michelle's 7 Secrets: How to Save a Dying Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, in which she attempts to resuscitate her pet fig tree. That's the fiddle leaf fig in better days, above, when Michelle wrote about 10 Tips for Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig. Hint, she broke one of her rules. 


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    Run by artists (and sisters) Amy and Noelle Mills, Paper Mills of Oakland, California, is an entirely handmade operation, specializing in wallpaper designs with nods to Matisse and Picasso. What's more it's a green enterprise: based in live/work lofts on the edge of East Oakland, the company sources local materials, uses water-based paints, and works with recycled renewable paper. We particularly like their floral patterns, which remind us of the Bloomsbury group's painterly walls at Charleston.

    Photographs by Alexa Hotz.

      Paper Mills Wallpaper/Remodelista

    Above: A trio of Paper Mills' botanical designs by Amy and Noelle Mills, who are both printmakers. "Noelle and I studied art together and wanted to continue the dialogue," says Amy. They carve their patterns on huge sheets of rubber and hand print their papers one block at a time on a very long table.

    Paper Mills Havana/Remodelista

    Above: Palmy Little Havana is one of Paper Mills' most popular designs. It comes in seven color combinations.

    Paper Mills Olivia Wallpaper/Remodelista

    Above: Olivia, a leafy pattern with a wide repeat.

    Paper Mills Pablo/Remodelista

    Above: Pablo, a floral ode to Picasso, comes in five colors "studies." Paper Mills stands ready to adapt patterns to meet clients' needs and also offers custom designs. The company sells its designs through a number of showrooms across the country and abroad, including in the UK, Japan, and Russia. For information, see Paper Mills.

    Ready to embrace pattern? Have a look at all our Wallpaper posts, including DIY: An Economical Wallpaper Alternative and DIY: Wallpaper Headboard.


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    A set of brightly colored wire baskets has us asking ourselves: is there anything better than a giant catchall?

    The baskets are by Gaurav Nanda of LA design studio, Bend Goods, the same studio responsible for one of our favorite wire chairs and a set of animal-friendly trophy heads. Nanda, a former car designer, and his team hand bend iron wire into each structure before the wire is sandblasted, primed in an anti-rust zinc formula, and finished with colorful powder coating.

    Neon Red Wire Storage Baskets from A+R Store in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Each basket is available in a tall (18 by 10.5 inches) and wide size (22 by 6 inches). The Oversized Baskets are $250 each from A+R Store in LA; shown here in bright red.

    White Wire Storage Baskets from A+R Store in LA | Remodelista

    Above: An added benefit of investing in a basket from Bend Goods is the knowledge that each piece is made in Los Angeles and its materials can be repeatedly recycled down.

    Neon Yellow Wire Storage Baskets from A+R Store in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The lemon yellow Oversized Basket in a wide size fits nicely on open shelving in the kitchen.

    For more on the designers visit Bend Goods directly and see our previous post on their chairs, Bertoia-Inspired Seating, by Way of LA.


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    Leave it to Commune Design, the team behind the new Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, to make stained glass look cool. It's just one of the many details at the hotel's LA Chapter restaurant to admire.

    In its 87-year history, the hotel's Spanish Gothic 13-story structure has served as the United Artists Theater, as headquarters for Texaco, and most recently as a Christian ministry center (complete with giant neon "Jesus Saves" sign). Now the building has been reborn as the latest outpost of the Ace Hotel, anchoring a formerly barren stretch of Broadway, with a restaurant from the team behind Greenpoint, Brooklyn, hotspot Five Leaves. We're plotting a visit.

    Photos by Laure Joliet for Remodelista,

    Ace Hotel Los Angeles Exterior/Remodelista

    Above: The restaurant's exterior includes cafe seating for sunny days.

    Ace Hotel Los Angeles Restaurant/Remodelista

    Above: Commune unleashed an array of patterns—checkerboard included—in their design for LA Chapter.

      LA Chapter at the Ace Hotel Overview/Remodelista

    Above: A bird's-eye view of the dining room.

    LA Chapter Dining Room/Remodelista

    Above: The ambience is reminiscent of the grand cafes of Europe (and NYC).

    LA Chapter Window Banquette/Remodelista

    Above: A banquette overlooking the urban street scene.

    Ace Hotel LA Bar/Remodelista

    Above: Stained glass panels subtly reference the building's past life as a Christian ministry center.

    Above: A detail of the abstract stained glass panels.

    LA Chapter Restaurant Ace Hotel Stools/Remodelista

    Above: The Haas Brothers contributed the pencil drawings on the walls.

    LA Chapter Restaurant Stool Detail/Remodelista

    Above: Throughout the restaurant, brass details add a touch of glimmer.

    LA Chapter Banquette/Remodelista

    Above: A corner banquette upholstered in green leather.

    Last week we did a Steal This Look on the hotel's bathrooms; stay tuned for more posts on the hotel (up next: the lobby and rooms). And to learn more about Commune, see Designer Visit: Q & A with Commune in LA.


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