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    Technology? It's my favorite indulgence. Take a look a handful of gadgets that the stylish Silicon Valley denizen would adore.

    BeoPlay Speaker | Remodelista

    Above: On my personal wish list: a new portable Bluetooth speaker with the sleekest silhouette. The best part? You can sync your Spotify playlists to the device for easy listening. The A2 by Beoplay is available in silver, black, and olive green; $399 from B&O Play.

    Smart Phone Printer Tech Gift Guide | Remodelista

    Above: For the phone photographer in your life, an instant smartphone or tablet printer. The Fujifilm Instax Smartphone Printer is $199 at Urban Outfitters. 

    Chrome Tanned Leather iPad Case from Kaufmann Mercantile, Tech Gift Guide | Remodelista

    Above: Good-looking, durable, and made in America, the Chromed-Tanned Leather Mini iPad Case is $74 at Kaufmann Mercantile. 

    Lumu Light Meter, Tech Gift Guide | Remodelista

    Above: Shoot just like the pros with a light meter for your iPhone. The Lumu Light Meter comes in black and silver; $149. 

    Above: To keep those wires and cords in check, get your techie a compact cord organizer. The Cordito is $40 from Photojojo. 

    Looking for something to get for the French chef or the kid who loves books? Take a look at our other Gift Guides and Gardenista's Gift Guides too.

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    The Gardenista team joined us in LA this week to get ready for Saturday's Remodelista Market at Big Daddy's (come one, come all, this year there's a dedicated Gardenista section). Meanwhile, they've been prepping for the holidays. Take a look at their finds.

    Milo Glass Lampshade, a light and planter, from Lightover of Poland | Gardenista

    Above: In Gift Guide: Editors' Picks, the Gardenista team present their own hearts' desires. Margot would like a hanging light that doubles as a planter.

    Juniper wreath from the Wreath Recipe Book | Gardenista

    Above: Make your own wreath—this one is fashioned from exotic (but easy to source) air plants, orchids, and juniper. Learn how from The Wreath Recipe Book, today's Required Reading.

      Roy Choi's Commissary, a rooftop canteen in LA | Gardenista

    Above: In Restaurant Visit, Cheryl joins the beautiful people and palms at chef Roy Choi's splashed-out greenhouse canteen on a hotel rooftop in LA's Koreatown.

    Birch bark acorn set tree ornaments | Gardenista

    Above: Make room on the tree—in 10 Favorites, Michelle presents irresistible Scandi-Style Christmas Ornaments.

    The DIY living Christmas tree  | Gardenista

    Above: The place for your gilded acorns? How about a Living Christmas Tree that you festoon inside and then plant in the backyard? Allow Justine—whose giant thuja is shown here—to fill you in on the details.

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    Take a look at what's on our radar this week. And if you're in LA, join us today at the Remodelista Holiday Market at Big Daddy's Antiques from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

    Dots Office in NY, Photographed by Nicole Franzen | Remodelista

    • Above: Next week is all about beautifully detailed projects. To prep we've been admiring the lofty New York workspace designed by Sheep + Stone for mobile gaming company Dots. Photograph by Nicole Franzen
    • What do you think about Marsala, Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year? 
    • Burt Reynolds is auctioning off some of his odds and ends, including his Rolodex.
    Wrapping from Rowen and Wren | Remodelista

    Lena Corwin Peace Towel | Remodelista

    • Above: The gift that gives: Lena Corwin is donating $5 from every sale of her new Peace Towel to the Fellowship of Reconciliation, one of America's oldest peace and justice organizations.
    • A bright, white kitchen renovation for $5,000.   
    • Christmas trees with a conscience. 

    la'aviva home indigo | Remodelista  

    • Above: A year in the making, L'Aviva Home has just unveiled the Burkina Collection, indigo textiles designs, including yardage, wallpaper, and table linens, developed in Burkina Faso, West Africa. 
    • Yesterday the largest Starbucks in world—15,000 square feet—opened in the company's hometown of Seattle.
    • Our friends at online magazine Freunde von Freunden invite you to the San Francisco release of their new book, Friends.  

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @lencarella

    • Above: We're coveting everything we see on SF ceramic artist Len Carella's Instagram feed, @lencarella. He'll be selling his wares at the Remodelista Holiday Market in SF next Saturday (12/13) at Heath Ceramics. 
    • We're turning to Sunday Supper's Tabletop Pinterest board for holiday entertaining inspiration. 

    Go to LA Story to catch up on our latest posts, and join Gardenista for some California Dreaming

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    This week we'll be exploring design that straddles the line between useful and luxurious.

    Remodelista Utilitarian Glamour issue December 2014

    Above: A kitchen by Lodder Keukens. Watch for Meredith's Kitchen Design post about the Dutch company on Thursday.


    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Is it time for brick floors to make a comeback? Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House in Connecticut is filled with practical design ideas worth considering. In today's Architect Visit, Margot explores the landmark's lessons in minimalist living. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.


    Maureen Fullam Mirrors | Remodelista

    Above: Atmospheric mirrors created by a New York glass artist. Read about her work in Julie's Art & Decoration post on Tuesday.


    Half-gold light bulb from Anthropologie | Remodelista

    Above: The perfect companion for a wall of mirrors? Look for Wednesday's 10 Easy Pieces: sparkly light bulbs, holiday edition.


    Amica Zen range with wooden handle | Remodelista

    Above: Spotted (and admired): A stately new black range with an alluring wood handle. We predict it's the look of things to come; read about it in Thursday's Appliance post.


      The Furniture Bible by Christophe Pourny, published by Artisan | Remodelista

    Above: Looking for presents for your mate, kids, in-laws, colleagues, and more? Allow us to help. Our Gift Guide series continues up until Christmas. On Friday, Julie presents books for the interiors addict.


    Hugh Randolph Palma Plaza renovation | Remodelista

    Above: In this weekend's The Architect Is In, we're spotlighting Hugh Randolph's clever renovation of an Austin cottage, world's hardest working staircase included. Randolph will be on standby to answer your design and remodeling questions all weekend.

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    Minimalists need medicine cabinets, too. Our visit to architect Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut, was like meeting a movie star: thrilling at first sight, and then reassuringly familiar. There are many lessons to be learned from the 1949 landmark, and quite a few are surprisingly practical and affordable. Granted permission to photograph the house at dawn, we snooped in cupboards and opened closed doors (with the help of a curator), and came away with a list of ideas worth applying to our own far less daring houses.

    Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Set on 49 secluded acres, the Glass House was the first of an eventual 14 structures that Johnson added to the compound, including an underground art gallery; a compact (and much more private) one-bedroom brick house for himself and longtime partner, curator David Whitney; and a red and black asymmetrical gate house he dubbed Da Monsta. Johnson spent 50-plus years living and working on the estate, until his death at 98 in 2005. And all the while, he also orchestrated its seemingly wild plantings, adding and subtracting trees, branches, and tendrils—and directing his crew with a megaphone—to create vistas worthy of a structure with all windows. As Paul Goldberger put it, "The elegantly arranged landscape is as much a part of the house as the furniture."

    The estate, now known as The Glass House, belongs to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and functions as a vital if under-the-radar museum offering contemporary art shows, events, tours (reservations required), plus a Glass House Design Store in downtown New Canaan. And for a contribution of $30,000, you can spend a night in the Glass House. To prepare the place for guests, Crista Bazoian, manager of the shop, went looking for new bedding and found it right here on Remodelista: She ordered an ensemble from one of our favorite sources, Rough Linen. When we heard, we had to take a look, and so did Tricia Rose, owner of Rough Linen, who immediately hopped on a plane from SF to join us. Here's what we discovered.  

    1. Timeless design really can last a lifetime.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Johnson's living room furniture is by his friend Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (The Glass House itself was directly inspired by a model of Mies's Farnsworth house in Illinois.) After seeing Mies's German Pavilion at the International Exposition in Barcelona of 1929, Johnson ordered the furniture for his own New York living room and then used it in the Glass House. Once in place, not a single piece, down to the coffee table's round ashtray and square box, ever changed (since the sixties, though, the stool has sported a cigarette burn left by Andy Warhol).

    Note the intimate placement of the seating for easy conversation and the lounge option (in this house, comfort is welcomed in, if not allowed to reign supreme: "You can feel comfortable in any environment as long as it's beautiful," said Johnson). 

    N.B.: The Barcelona Chair and Barcelona Stool are available from the Glass House Design Store, and proceeds help preserve and maintain the museum. 

    2. There are all kinds of ways to build a wall.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: How to divide a glass cube into living, sleep, and eating quarters? Johnson built dual-function barriers, including a standing painting and a long wooden storage cupboard that sections off the bedroom (and ensures clutter-free living). The cabinet, which also serves as a headboard, holds blankets and bedding, tableware, and household supplies.

    3. Display art at a human level.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Johnson purchased Nicolas Poussin's 17th-century painting, The Burial of Phocion, at the recommendation of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the Museum of Modern Art's first director (Johnson himself served as MoMA's first curator of architecture). The painting shows a landscape that uncannily evokes the pastoral scene on view from the windows. Its ingenious standing display easel is arranged so that the base meets the horizon line outside.

    Painting stand detail from Philip Johnson's Glass House, photograph by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

    Above: Johnson mounted the painting on a board and elevated it on a metal framework, an ideal solution for a house with no walls to hang things on (but, given the painting's sun exposure, not exactly an archival approach). 

    4. Incorporate air space into your room design.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: The interior is just over 1,700 square feet (with 10 foot, 4 1/2 inch tall ceilings), and each part has plenty of breathing room. The seating area overlooks a dining table designed by Johnson and a papier-mâché maquette of Two Circus Women, a sculpture by Elie Nadelman. When Frank Lloyd Wright visited, he reportedly insisted the sculpture was out of place and moved it. After he left, Johnson put it right back. As he explained, "A room is only as good as you feel when you're in it."

    5. Give in to window covers.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Though the Glass House isn't visible from the road, Johnson eventually succumbed to sliding panels to block the sun and prevent interlopers from seeing inside—Yale architecture students were among the many known to appear uninvited for a look around. Johnson's woven window panels are from Conrad, which still specializes in custom sun shades. The ones in the house are similiar to the company's Toksu grass design.

    6. Cover up what you don't want to display.

    Detail of the Glass House kitchen by Philip Johnson, photographed by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

    Above: How to plunk a working kitchen into an eyesore-free, open-plan room? Johnson devised a compact but extremely functional galley—and then he figured out a way to make it disappear. 

    The house's compact, and extremely functional kitchen transforms into a martini bar and buffet, thanks to an ingenious hinged walnut counter that folds on top of the stove and sink.

    Above: Presto chango: A hinged walnut top (with rubber-footed legs) folds down over the sink and stove, turning the space into a martini bar and buffet. During the museum's parties at the house, it's still put to use.

    The Glass House kitchen by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: As for the appliances, Johnson turned to Kitchens by Dean, in New Canaan, for his stainless steel sink, GE fridge, freezer, 24-inch stove, and wooden cabinets—all tidily tucked under the counter. To give the setup unity and an industrial look, Johnson painted it all gray.

    Teema dinnerware at The Glass House by Philip Johnson, photograph by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

    Above: For coffee and tea, Johnson selected the now-classic Chemex coffee maker and Teema collection of pared-down tableware by Finnish designer Kaj Franck—like the Glass House, Franck's ceramics are based on square, circular, and rectangular shapes. Of course, Johnson always kept the wares in a kitchen cabinet when not in use. Read about Teema and where to source it in Object Lessons.

    7. Brick makes interesting, durable flooring. (And it works well with radiant heat.)

    The Glass House herringbone brick floor by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Is it time to rediscover herringbone brick? The Glass House's floor is more indestructible than wood (if not easier on the legs). And it conducts heat well—the house has a hydronic radiant-heat system in which hot water flows through piping under the bricks. Go to Remodeling 101 to learn 5 Things to Know about Radiant Floor Heating.  And see Brick Makes a Comeback for an interesting use of brick in a contemporary remodel, herringbone floors included.

    8. A curve or two is pleasing to the eye.

    Circular fireplace in The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: The house's only fully enclosed room is a brick cylinder that serves on one side as a fireplace. When embers are lit, the room's cross breeze is said to ignite the fire.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: On the other side, the cylinder contains a bathroom conveniently right off the bedroom. "You haven't any straight lines in your body. Why should we have straight lines in architecture?" said Johnson. "You'd be surprised when you go into a room that has no straight line how marvelous it is that you can feel the walls talking back to you, as it were."

    Circular bathroom in The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: The bathroom has a curved wood door and frame (with faint marks on it from Johnson's wheelchair during his last stays in the house).

    9. Consider a full-length medicine cabinet.

    Bathroom in The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Sheathed in pale green Italian glass tiles, the bathroom's storage is cleverly tucked into its outsize medicine cabinet. For a similar design, consider Restoration Hardware's Frame Metal Full-Length Medicine Cabinet. Urban Archaeology carries a range of Glass Tiles (but be warned: We've heard that the edges of glass tiles can be razor sharp and require a lot of filing).

    10. Apply texture in unexpected places.

    Bathroom in The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Johnson loved to experiment with materials: He built an open-air Ghost House on the property from chain link fencing; constructed Da Monsta from gunite, a plasterlike swimming pool composite; and applied leather tiles on the bathroom ceiling. True, they're not practical for a small space with high humidity, but because Johnson and Whitney more often showered in the brick house across from the Glass House, the leather has held up.

    Shower drain in The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: The shower has a shades-of-Pompeii circular tiled frame and a curtain on a metal ceiling track.

    11. A bedroom doesn't need much more than a bed.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: A 1927 Mies van der Rohe glass-and-tubular-steel table stands next to a ghost of a bed cloaked in a woven cotton spread that Johnson brought back from a trip to Greece. For simplicity of line, all else, including pillows, is kept in the surrounding cupboards. Johnson's dictum: "Pick very few objects and place them exactly." 

    The windows were sized according to the largest panels of glass available at the time and the lower panels are chair-rail height. Waking up to a snowstorm is one of the biggest thrills. See Bedtime Under Glass for a report by Guy Trebay of the New York Times, who not so long ago got to test out a night at the house. 

    Cabinet detail from Philip Johnson's Glass House, photograph by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

    Above: The cupboards have simple patinated brass knobs.

    Windwo detail from Philip Johnson's Glass House, photograph by Matthew Williams | Remodelista

    Above: The windows are steel-framed and secured with brass hardware.

    The Glass House bedroom with bedding from Rough Linen | Remodelista

    Above: When there are overnight guests, the bed is dressed in its new Rough Linen bedding.

    The Glass House bedroom with new bedding from Rough Linen | Remodelista

    Above: The duvet cover is Rough Linen's Orkney design, paired with the company's Simple Pillow Slips and St. Barts Blue Shams and a white linen Sheet. On arrival at the house, the company's creator, Tricia Rose, immediately whipped the bed into shape. She used her 7 Secrets to Make a Perfect Bed—but refrained from diving in naked.

    12. Layer your lighting.

    The Glass House uplight detail by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Alongside exposed steel I-beams, each corner of the house is lit by canister lights. After moving in, Johnson hired lighting designer Richard Kelly to minimize glare and save him from having to stare at his own reflection after dark. Kelly responded by creating a subtle system of interior up lights and exterior down lights.

    13. Plants make good roommates.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: A spindly pencil cactus brings the outdoors in and keeps the room from feeling chilly. It stands next to a Mies van der Rohe tubular steel and leather desk and Brno Chair. On Gardenista, join our debate about Plants in the Bedroom and learn about Johnson's succulent of choice in the New "It" Houseplant.

    14. Borrow freely from others.

    The Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan Connecticut photographed by Matthew Williams |  Remodelista

    Above: Johnson openly grabbed the idea for an all-glass house from Mies van der Rohe—he even managed to get his built first—and found inspiration all over, from antiquity to the Bauhaus to Frank Gehry's aversion to right angles. He encouraged people to design their own houses and, while doing so, to borrow brazenly: "I got everything from someone. Nobody can be original. As Mies said, 'I don't want to be original. I want to be good.'"

    For more inspiration, browse our Architecture gallery, and if you're looking to hire an architect, consult the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.

    Instant design help? See 11 Zero-Cost Room-Changing Ideas.

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    In celebration of this Saturday's Remodelista Holiday Market in San Francisco, our sponsor DXV by American Standard is offering another chance to win a $500 gift card (in case you missed last week's drawing). The prize money can be applied to any American Standard products, so if you're looking to spruce up your bathroom or kitchen, this is the giveaway that could help jump-start it all.

    There are two $500 gift card giveaways: One will be at the market and available to attendees who enter their name on site (look for the DXV card giveaway). Not in SF? The second card drawing is open to all Remodelista readers in the US. To enter, simply submit your email in the box below before midnight Pacific Time on Saturday, December 13. The winner will be selected in a random drawing and contacted through the email provided; see Terms & Conditions for full details.

    In SF this weekend?  Come see us at our Remodelista Holiday Market at Heath Ceramics (2900 18th Street) on Saturday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit our SF Market Page for full details and a list of participating vendors.

    DXV by American Standard Pot Filler Faucet, Remodelista

    Above: The lucky winners can apply the $500 gift cards toward any purchase of the more than 70 pieces from the new DXV by American Standard line of luxury fixtures and faucets (or any American Standard product), including the DXV Contemporary Pot Filler; $1,095.

    DXV by American Standard Stainless Steel Orchard Farmhouse Sink, Remodelista

    Above: We like the simple apron design of the DXV Orchard Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink; $1,200.

    DXV by American Standard Fitzgerald Pedestal Sink, Remodelista  

    Above: Spruce up a bath with the DXV Fitzgerald 24-Inch Pedestal Sink; $520.


    DXV by American Standard Percy Towel Rail, Remodelista  

    Above: DXV's collection includes streamlined bathroom accessories, such as the Percy 24-Inch Towel Bar shown here in brushed nickel ($216).


    DXV by American Standard, Remodelista

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    Rule No. 1 when stuffing stockings: Nothing inside should be destined for the garbage can. Here are 10 surprises with staying power. 

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: Brass Number Clips by Midori are ideal as bookmarks, paper clips, and recipe tabs. Put them in a bowl on the bookcase for the whole family to use; $18 at Tortoise General Store.

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: This black and white Scandinavian-inspired Ceramic Salt Cellar is handmade in a small family studio in Valencia, Spain; $29.28 on Etsy.

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: Japanese Tenugui cloths are multipurpose workhorses of the Japanese home—put one to use as a dishcloth, handkerchief, or headband; $6 each at Best Made Company.

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: Remember the scene in Father of the Bride when Steve Martin's character snoops in the office instead of minding his own business in the bathroom? Avoid houseguest confusion with these black-and-white enamel WC ($15) and Office ($18) signs from Brook Farm General Store.

    Votive candleholders by Jacob Jensen from Canoe | Remodelista

    Above: The two-inch-tall, four-inch-wide Votive Candleholders by Danish designer Jacob Jensen act as prisms, refracting light as their tea candles burn. Available in four colors, including amber and clear shown here; $20 each at Canoe.

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: Reusable Stainless Steel Straws are dishwasher safe and come with a bristle brush for cleaning; $12 for a set of four at Schoolhouse Electric.

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: The Iris Hantverk Knob Dishbrush is handmade in Sweden of oil-treated birch and horsehair; $32 at Fjørn. 

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: A shot glass or a measuring glass, the Small Measures, Anchors Aweigh is marked on the side with teaspoons, tablespoons, and ounces. It's made in the US by Anchor Hocking; $10 each at Guideboat.

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: Striped Soap from Wary Meyers of Portland, Maine, is made of pure vegetable glycerin. Available in five scents, including Sea Air shown here, it's $15 per bar at General Store. 

    Stocking Stuffers for the Design-Minded Recipient | Remodelista

    Above: Waxed Cotton Shoe Laces are made in the US and come in three lengths, starting at 22 inches. Also available in red and orange, the flat laces are $8.90 a pair at Kaufmann Mercantile.

    Still more people to buy for? See:

    And for more stocking ideas, check out last year's 10 Stocking Stuffers to Outlast Christmas Morning.

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    Who: Northern California furniture designer Alice Tacheny founded her studio only two years ago. She specializes in simple, clean-lined pieces that she makes in her workshop or in collaboration with Bay Area craftspeople. 

    What: Tacheny's line has recently expanded to include what she dubs “a small collection of useful and beautiful objects” for the home.

    Insider Scoop: Tacheny never formally studied design. The biblical studies major took a woodworking course after college graduation and honed her design skills at Blu Dot, in Minneapolis, and later at Target. 

    Alice Techeny bench and pegs |  Remodelista

    Above: The Platte Bench, $2,000, with a walnut top and solid brass legs, and Teddy Hooks (see below).

    Alice Tacheny teddy hook | Remodelista

    Above: Teddy Hooks with maple pegs and leather loops for stowing scarves and accessories are $34 each.

    Alice Tacheny furniture | Remodelista

    Above: The Tilde Dresser in walnut with brass pulls; $9,600. Displayed on the top right is one of Tacheny's cast concrete and brass partitioned Headlands boxes that start at $100.

    Alice Tacheny furniture design | Remodelista

    Above: An Alice Tacheny ensemble, including a Tasche Wall Pocket of leather, $120, and a Platte Table of walnut and brass, $1,200.

    Our SF Market is this coming Saturday, December 13 at Heath Ceramics. If you'd like to see who else is joining us, check out our Remodelista Market page.

    The event is free and open to all, but if you RSVP ahead of time, we'll enter you in a drawing to win one of four prizes: 
    • A signed copy of the Remodelista book
    • A $500 gift certificate from Big Daddy’s Antiques
    • A seasonal bud vase set from Heath Ceramics
    • A gift certificate from Terrain 

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    Last week we featured the Cliffside Home of creative couple McShane and Cleo Murname of Project M+. Today, we're revisiting their exquisitely simple, blue-and-white-tiled master bath—and lingering long enough to investigate all the key elements. 

    Photography by Mimi Giboin.

    Murnane House Bathroom in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Sun from a skylight streams across bathroom walls tiled in Thassos marble, which is known for its luminous shades of white. 

    Project M Plus Murnane House Bath | Remodelista

    Above: The couple paired the marble tile with encaustic cement floor tiles that have an international pedigree. 

    Murnane Sink in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A custom marble-topped vanity is propped with handmade ceramics and a piece of driftwood from Lake Michigan used as a soap dish. The cabinet's metal knobs came from Liz's Antique Hardware in LA. The mirror is also custom.

    Murnane Sink in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The vanity has an undermount nickel oval sink. The Thassos marble counter was made from a remnant supplied by the installer. Considering marble for your own home? Get the lowdown in Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops

    The Tiles

    Thassos White Marble Subway Tiles I Remodelista

    Above: The tub and shower area are surrounded by Thassos White Marble Subway Tiles; $16.99 per square foot from Stone Center Online via Amazon. 


    Above: The floor is in cement encaustic Dandelion Blue Tiles, designed for Swedish Marrakech Design by Claesson Koivisto Rune, a multidisciplinary architecture firm based in Stockholm. The pattern was inspired by Japanese lacquerware and textiles and comes in hexagonal tiles that measure 20 by 23 centimeters each and are 16 millimeters thick. They're are sold in boxes of 12 (0.414 square meter). A box is SEK 672 ($89) and the price per square meter is SEK 1,625 ($215), including VAT. See more Moroccan Tiles designed by Rune.

    Fixtures & Faucets

    Neptune Amaze Oval Freestanding Soaker Tub by Produits Neptune I Remodelista  

    Above: The Neptune Amaze Oval Freestanding Soaker Tub by Produits Neptune is available in two models. The 60-inch-long version is $1,517.25 from Decor Planet.

    Native Trails Bath Sinks Brushed Nickel finish I Remodelista  

    Above: The undermount hammererd Oval Brushed Nickel Sink by Native Trials is $748.50 from Amazon.


    Avalon-Single-Handle-Wall-Mounted-Vessel-Lavatory-Faucet-Trim I Remodelista  

    Above: The sink, bath, and shower are fitted with Avalon faucets and fixtures in polished nickel by California Faucets. The Avalon Single-Handle Wall-Mounted Vessel Lavatory Faucet Trim, shown here, is $198 from Wayfair. Learn more about the Avalon Series on the California Faucets site. 


    Portugese Bath Mat I Remodelista

    Above: The white Portuguese Bath Mat is $75 from A Detacher in NYC (but currently sold out). The same Bath Mat is available in small, medium, and large from Ozzie Mozzie Nets & Bed Linen in Australia starting at $39 AUS ($32.25 USD), and Bitters Co. of Mount Vernon, Washington, offers a Portuguese Cotton Hand-Knotted Mat for $60. See 5 Envy-Inducing Bath Mats for more options. 

    Turkish Hand Towel by DokumaAtelier I Remodelista  

    Above: The couple use Turkish Hand-Loomed Towels of cotton and bamboo, 35 inches by 70 inches, from Etsy seller Dokuma Atelier; $28.50 each.


    Ikea Mandel Planter I Remodelista  

    Above: The planter on the sink is from Potted in LA. The Mandel Planter, $2.99 from Ikea, has a similar look.

    Fog Linen Striped Trays I Remodelista  

    Above: Fog Linen's Linen Tray: Grey Thin White Stripe comes in three sizes and is made from linen covered in a ply resin. Prices start at $18 from Fog Linen.

    Folded Cups by Villarreal Ceramics Remodelista  

    Above: The porcelain cups on the tray are Folds by Villarreal Ceramics. Contact Vanessa Villarreal for availability and pricing. 

    Sachajuan Shampoo Normal Hair I Remodelista  

    Above: Sachajuan Shampoo, purchased by the couple at Broome Street General Store in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, is available online at Barneys New York for $24.

    Ray Ban Eyeglasses Original Wayfarer Frame I Remodelista  

    Above: No longer just sunglasses: Ray-Ban Eyeglasses in the original Wayfarer frame are $81.95 from EZ Contacts; prescription lenses can be added. 

    For more bathroom inspiration, browse our Photo Gallery. And here are another three baths to steal:

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    Some of our favorite tableware comes from Astier de Villatte in Paris; now we can add soap dishes to the list.

    Astier Villatte Soap Dish from Nickey Kehoe | Remodelista

    Above L to R: The Sobre and the Aphrodite Ceramic Wall Soap Dishes can be wall mounted to free up valuable sink space. They're handmade in Paris from black terracotta with a glossy white glaze.

    Astier Villatte Soap Dish | Remodelista

    Above: The Sobre Ceramic Wall Soap Dish is 6 inches wide, 3.5 inches deep, and 4 inches high; $125 from Nickey Kehoe.

    Astier Villatte Soap Dish | Remodelista

    Above: The Aphrodite Ceramic Wall Soap Dish is 6 inches wide, 3.25 inches deep, and 4 inches high; $135 from Nickey Kehoe.

     See more by Astier de Villatte in Shopper's Diary and Astier de Villatte and Commune de Paris.

    Go to Soap Dishes for more ideas, including 10 Easy Pieces: Best White Soap Dishes.

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    The challenge: to convert an old farm dwelling in the Loire into a modern, light-filled home—with minimal intervention. French firm Septembre Architecture accomplished this by executing subtle and discrete interventions: major overhaul not necessary. By matching the delicate color palette found in the original construction materials, the designers masterfully bridge old with new.

    Photography by Linus Ricard via This Is Paper

    Natural wood cabinets in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: The white walls in all the rooms form a backdrop to a palette of soft, natural shades. In the kitchen, new materials are introduced through the light wood cabinets, open shelving, and Polished Concrete Floor.

    Polished concrete floors and painted white ceiling beams in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: In the living area, by opening up the ceiling to the full height of the house, the architects were able to create a mezzanine level.

    Polished concrete floors and painted white beams in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: Vestiges of the original construction can be seen in the wood ceiling lintels.

    Stone walls and polished concrete floors on mezzanine of Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: On the mezzanine, the simple, lightweight detailing of the metal rails contrasts with the heavy wood beams and stone walls of the original house.

    White bedroom and old exposed wood beams in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: The exposed beams are celebrated in the sparsely decorated bedroom. 

    White bedroom with old exposed beams in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: The existing roofline in an upstairs bedroom is left intact.

    Natural wood door cut in shape of roof slope in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: The silhouette of the door follows the roofline.

    Double sink, welded metal vanity in Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: In the bathroom, double sinks stand on a lightweight metal vanity.

    Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: From the exterior, there is nothing to suggest the modern renovation on the interior.

    Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: The farmhouse sits comfortably in the context of its surrounding village.

      Ground floor plan of Renovated French stone farmhouse in Loire, France by Septembre Architects, Photograph by Linus Ricard | Remodelista  

    Above: A plan of the first-floor remodel.

    In Paris, Septembre Architecture created A Place for Everything in a 900-Square-Foot Loft for Four. Interested in a height-of-style French farm rental in the mountains? See Follow the Sun: Villa Solaria in France

    And on Gardenista, get inspired by 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France

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    Think our Remodelista Markets cater solely to the female shopper? Think again. Here are some genius gifts for the discerning male browser (and husband-in-tow) that will be at our fete in SF on Saturday.

    Million and Clark handcrafted yew knife set | Remodelista

    Above: Founded by a husband and wife team, Million and Clark operates out of a workshop on California's North Coast. Their pieces are made from salvaged and domestic wood; we especially like their Yew Knife Set, which features a high carbon steel blade and costs $275 for the pair.

    Flint Rucksack | Remodelista

    Above: A Silicon Valley techie by day, Matt Katsaros spends his spare time making goods for his line, Flint. Matt began sewing and making things in high school; he started by putting pockets on T-shirts and has never really stopped. He'll be selling some of his latest bag creations, including a waxed canvas backpack and tote that he dyed himself (he has his own indigo fermentation tank). Shown here is his Rucksack in a heavy waxed canvas for $325.


    Above: Tea for the thinking man? Nicholas Weinstein studied herbal medicine and owns Oakland's Homestead Apothecary; he'll be selling his signature teas (including this Brain Booster tea for $9), tinctures, and scents, which, he says, increase memory and overall brain functioning. 


    Above: Leonard Koren will be at our market signing his own books, including the thinking designer's favorite: Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. Already own a copy? Check out his most recent publication, Making WET, The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing—a look back at the cult magazine he founded in LA in the 1970s. Imperfect Publishing publishes all current Leonard Koren titles. 

    Check out our Gift Guides for more holiday ideas, including:

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    The oldest known calendar was constructed in Scotland in the eighth millennium, but it wasn't until 1592 (and several adjustments later) that the familiar Gregorian calendar was introduced in Italy. Today, a calendar is more likely to be printed on paper than carved out of stone, and the challenge of organizing numbers and fonts into an easily readable chart has proved to be catnip for graphic designers over the years. Several notable talents from around the world have risen to the task by creating classic (and future classic) typographic calendars. Here are some timeless examples.

    Five to Buy


    Above: San Francisco design firm Studio Hinrichs creates an annual Typography Calendar featuring 12 familiar and revival typefaces, each accompanied by a description and history. The calendar is 12 by 18 inches; $29 at Mark and Graham.

    Above: The classic Formosa Perpetual Wall Calendar was designed in Germany in 1963, and adorned many a post-Kennedy American kitchen, including my own. It's made of PVC and is 12.4 square inches; $250 at Horne. (Note: The example shown is in Italian, but Horne sells an English version.) 


    Above, top and bottom: The single-page Postalco Wall Calendar was designed in Tokyo by a transplanted New York designer. Measuring 18 by 22 inches, it presents the entire year, with room for long-term planning and notes (see detail, above). It's available at General Store for $24, and in the UK at General Good for £15.


    Above: The Stendig Wall Calendar was designed in 1966 by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli (who also designed the New York City subway signage) and was immediately added to the collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The Stendig is 48 by 36 inches, and is available at Schoolhouse Electric for $36.


    Above: Snug Studio of Germany creates another notable broadsheet. The Memo Calendar in pink on pink is 23 by 33 inches. It's $25 via the firm's Etsy shop, as well as at Snug Studio for €19.90 ($24.50).

    Object Lessons columnist Megan Wilson is the owner of Ancient Industries and the curator of the Remodelista 100, a collection of essential everyday objects presented in the Remodelista book. Watch for her column every Tuesday, and have a look at her past lessons on iconic designs, including The Indispensable Desk Stapler and The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair.

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    Beyond the Edison bulb: 10 lightbulbs for adding a note of glamour. They're the easiest way to create instant atmosphere for a holiday party.

    Design House Stockholm Fixture with Plumen Bulb | Remodelista

    Above: The Plumen 001 Original Lightbulb is $29.95 from Crate & Barrel.

    Diamond Light Bulb | Remodelista

    Above: Swedish designer Eric Therner's Diamond Bulb is on sale for €33 ($40.84), marked down from €40, on his online store.

    Starry Light Bulb from Anthropologie | Remodelista

    Above: The Small Starry Sky Bulb features miniature bulbs set inside a glass globe for a twinkling effect; $8 from Anthropologie (a large size is $14).

    CB2 Cut Glass Light Fixture | Remodelista

    Above: The Cut Glass Halogen 40W Lightbulb (above R) is $7.95 from CB2.

    Atelier Crenn Light Sculpture | Remodelista

    Above: The handmade Hanging Half-Orb Lightbulb by Dylan Kehde Roelofs of Portland, Oregon, is $395. It's shown here in situ at restaurant Atelier Crenn in San Francisco.

    Plumen Designer Light Bulbs | Remodelista

    Above: The Plumen 002 Bulb is $29.95 directly from Plumen.

    Glass Beaded Light Bulb Cover | Remodelista

    Above: A delicate glass bead cover masks a bare bulb; for something similar, go to Lumiere SF on Etsy.

    Lee Broom Light Bulb | Remodelista

    Above: UK designer Lee Broom's full-lead, hand-cut Crystal Bulb is $175 (also available in a frosted version for $175) at A+R in Los Angeles.

    Lampe Phy | Remodelista

    Above: Paris designer Philippe Daney's Lamp Phy is €103 ($127.46) from La Redoute.

    Anthropologie Gold Tipped Light Bulb | Remodelista

    Above: The Half Gold Lightbulb from Anthropologie is $6.

    Go to our Photo Gallery to peruse hundreds of Lighting finds. For outdoor holiday light inspiration, see Gardenista's 10 Easy Pieces: Tasteful String Lights and DIY: A Holiday Light Display.

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    As flattering as candlelight and equally atmospheric, New York artist Maureen Fullam's mirrors are made the centuries-old way, by hand applying layers of silver leafing to the back of a piece of glass. The process, known as verre églomisé or reverse gilding, involves three separate layers of silver leaf—"it's a crazy process; if you touch the pieces, they'll disintegrate, so you have to apply them individually with a special tiny brush made of badger hair," says Fullam. Intervals of drying, burnishing, and buffing are followed by antiquing, sealing, and framing. From start to finish, each batch of mirrors takes a week to complete. Call it hard-earned flash.

    Photography by Don Freeman, unless otherwise noted.

    Maureen Fullam Mirrors | Remodelista

    Above: A collection of Maureen Fullam Mirrors at Egan Day in Philadelphia, including one in aqua glass. Sold individually, some of the designs have beveled edges or convex shapes; all are finished with blackened metal edges that form a minimalist frame. Inquire for details. Photograph via Egan Day.

    Maureen Fullam Mirrors | Remodelista

    Above: A custom 24-by-40-inch mirror at Chris Lehrecke in Hudson, New York. Fullam's studio is located in a nearby Hudson Valley town; she often works with architects and designers, and stands ready to take special orders; contact her at Maureen Fullam.

    Maureen Fullam Mirrors | Remodelista

    Above: An assortment of small mirrors at Chris Lehrecke; $350 to $500 each. A range of Fullam's designs are also available at August in Los Angeles, Alder & Co. in Portland, Oregon, and Patina in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    Maureen Fullam Coasters | Remodelista

     Above: Mirrored coasters with beveled edges at Chris Lehrecke; $250 for a set of four circles or squares. 

    Maureen Fullam handmade mirrored ornaments | Remodelista

    Above: Faceted crystal ornaments at Chris Lehrecke. Each is four inches long and has a wire hanger; inquire about pricing. Fullam's Silver-Leafed Teardrop Ornaments are at August for $125 each. To see more, go to Maureen Fullam.

     Ready to surround yourself with romantic mirrors? See:

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    Who: Motivated by a desire to have a positive social impact, Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley founded online shop The Citizenry. Alums of the world of brand planning and consumer product redesign, the duo work with local artisans around the globe to create fair-trade home goods with “a soul and a story." 

    What: Each season the Citizenry features a new collection sourced from a distinct corner of the world. So far, they've worked with artisans in Peru, Argentina, and Uganda to create a small, thoughtfully designed line of goods. Ten percent of the proceeds are channeled directly back to the artisan communities they work with through an entrepreneur development grant.

    Insider Scoop: The Remodelista SF Market is the first time Nance and Bentley will be selling their goods in person. They'll be showcasing their popular Palermo Butterfly Chair (see below), as well as their newly launched Noche blanket and special edition La Nieve throw, which was made in a holiday batch of only 25. 

    The Citizenry wooden block planters | Remodelitsa

    Above: Adia Planters are hand-carved from single blocks of mugavu wood by a group of 15 artisans in Nakawa, in the Central Region of Uganda; $65 each.

    Diamanta Throws The Citizenry | Remodelista

    Above: The weavers of Huancavelia, in the Peruvian Andes, make the Diamanta Throw from 100 percent baby alpaca wool; $135.

    The Citizenry leather covered Butterfly chair | Remodelista

    Above: Based on the 1938 original, designed by a trio of Argentine architects, the Palermo Butterfly Chair is handcrafted of saddle leather by the Palermo Leather Workshop; $650. (Read about the history of the Butterfly Chair in Object Lessons.)

    Zua wooden lamp The Citizenry | Remodelista

    Above: Another design made by a collective in Uganda's Nakawa area, the Zua Lamp is hand-carved from mugavu wood and comes with an Edison bulb; $175.

    Check out the work of some of our other SF Holiday Market sellers:

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    Every architect—and architecture devotee—has a library of treasured design books lovingly built up over time. Here are five welcome new additions to the shelves.

    Hans Wegner Just One Good Chair by CHristian Holmsted Olesen | Remodelista

    Above: A chair is like a mini building, which explains why we architects are obsessed with seating. In his quest to "design just one good chair," midcentury Danish designer Hans Wegner created more than 500 of them. Wegner: Just One Good Chair by Design Museum Denmark curator Christian Holmsted Olesen documents the process; $50.56. UK readers can find the book on for £45.

    Cover of Small Thoughts and Projects, Carl Turner Monograph, Small shed like building in overgrown lot | Remodelista

    Above: Building Design Architect of the Year 2013 Carl Turner's monograph Small: Thoughts and Projects ponders the delivery of low-cost buildings that have a high impact; $20.90. In the UK the book is available through for £14.05.

    Le Corbusier Le Grand published by Phaidon | Remodelista

    Above: With over 2,000 images and documents, many previously unpublished, Le Corbusier Le Grand is the definitive book on arguably the greatest architect of the 20th century—a must-have for every architect's library; $41.89. UK readers can find the book on for £29.14.

    Midcentury Houses Today published by the Monacelli Press | Remodelista

    Above: Philip Johnson may have put New Canaan, Connecticut, on the architectural map with his Glass House, but he wasn't the only modern architect paying homage to the Bauhaus in this leafy suburb. Midcentury Houses Today documents the legacy of architectural masters such as Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, Eliot Noyes, and Edward Durell Stone, who left their mark in New Canaan, and, most interestingly, the book looks at how these houses are lived in today; $40.90. In the UK, the book is available through for £52. 

    John Sohn Architect by Margaret RIchardson and Mary Ann Stevens | Remodelista

    Above: Architect of the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sir John Soane's own home in Lincoln's Inn Fields is on the tour of every architecture student who comes to visit London. Originally published in 1999 and newly back in print this year, John Soane, Architect: Master of Space and Light explains the genius behind this 18th-century innovator; $47.98. Readers in the UK can find the book at; £36.

    More ideas? See Gift Guide for the Architect 2013 and Gift Guide for the Architect 2012.

    And on Gardenista, go to Gift Guide: Best Books for Garden Lovers.

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    Anahi in Paris is a place of interesting juxtapositions: An Argentine chef serves Argentine food—with ingredients sourced entirely from France. It's owned by a man who's all about authenticity—but meanwhile he's developing three dozen shops and restaurants in the neighborhood. The interior still sports its original tiling, with cracks patched with gleaming copper and chairs gilded in bronze.  

    Anahi was founded by two sisters 20 years ago as an authentic Argentine restaurant in the Marais. When they retired, the pair sold to a French businessman named Cédric Naudon—to say he has an ambitious plan for the Marais is an understatement. Naudon is developing La Jeune Rue, his vision for a design-oriented neighborhood full of sophisticated shopping and dining experiences. He's creating or overhauling almost 40 restaurants and shops in the Marais, and Anahi is his first. 

    To redo Anahi, Naudon hired Barcelona-based designer Maud Bury, a former editorial stylist for World of Interiors and a Philippe Starck apprentice. Bury's has transformed Anahi into a glamorous dining room while preserving its existing architectural features—an Art Deco ceiling, frescoed windows, cracked tiles. To address the tiles, Bury repaired them with grout made of copper leaf. The result is both compelling and chic: Anahi is resolutely glamorous while charmingly falling apart.

    Photography via Yatzer and Anahi

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Framed black and white photos of the restaurant's original owners adorn the walls.

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Among his many changes at Anahi, Naudon shifted the Argentine menu to include only ingredients grown in France, roasted in a charcoal oven.

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The building dates from the early 20th century, as evidenced by subtle frescoes at the top of each window. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Dining chairs are capped in solid bronze. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The copper leaf grout will oxidize over time for a subtle effect. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The Art Deco ceiling is painted glass. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: At night the dining room is almost entirely lit by candles. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: A green velvet curtain blocks the chill at the entrance. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: The Anahi space was once a charcuterie. Gilded meats at the rear of the restaurant are a nod to the restaurant's former life.

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: In the enclosed back dining room, aging white tiles were swapped for solid bronze ones. This room is heavily lit, and the effect is magnified by the metallic wall tiles.

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Tall antique church candelabras line the windows facing out to the street. 

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Copper-patched broken tiles next to minimal, modern artwork.  

    Anahi Restaurant in the Marais in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: According to Zagat, Anahi is "the kind of place 'to meet models' and other local fashionistas."

    Get lost in Paris. See:

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    Bedrooms have evolved: During waking hours, many now double as dressing rooms, workspaces, libraries, and even exercise studios. All this adds up to a conundrum when it comes to lighting: Soft, ambient light is needed to create a relaxing retreat, while brighter, more-focused light is a necessity for tasks. What to do? Lighting designer Thomas Paterson, founder of London– and Mexico City–based Lux Populi, offers his tips.

    Francesca Connolly Bedroom Lighting, Remodelista

    Above: No single fixture can serve all bedroom lighting needs; what's needed is a combination of gentle ambient light and controlled task lighting. This use of multiple sources, as shown in Remodelista editor Francesca's bedroom, is known as light layering. The hanging light is the Taraxacum S2 Pendant Lamp designed in 1960 by brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and still in production  (Take a complete tour of Francesca's Brooklyn town house in the Remodelista book.) Photograph via Steven Harris Architects

    What's the simplest way to light a bedroom?  

    Overall ambient light is the first step. “The most robust way of lighting a bedroom in general is a surface-mounted ceiling light,” advises Paterson. This type of fixture offers soft, diffuse light throughout the space. “The effect is a bit flat sometimes, but as part of the mix, it's a great way of lighting a space simply, cheaply, and effectively,” he says. 

    A dimmer for your primary light is ideal: “Bedrooms sometimes need to be really bright, such as when you're getting up early and want to wake up fast, or when you're packing a bag, or cleaning. But, of course, they don't always need to be,” says Paterson. 

    Glass Pendant Bedroom Light via Lifestyle and Design Online, Remodelista

    Above: Emily and Shane Pribble (who chronicle their home improvements on Lifestyle and Design Online) use a ceiling-mounted glass pendant as the primary light in their bedroom.

    Do ceiling can lights work? 

    In a word: rarely. “Downlights [cans] on bedroom ceilings are a terrible solution most of the time,” says Paterson. Why? “You lie in bed looking up into them, the glare and the guts. That's why they're especially to be avoided directly over the bed. And downlights never really add atmosphere; they just light the floor.”

    Tracie Ellis House Bedroom, Remodelista  

    Above: Not just for dining rooms, chandeliers can add drama and ambient light in a bedroom, as seen in a room at the Ellis House in Australia's Kyneton, in Central Victoria. Photograph by Sharyn Cairns for Ellis House.

    How effective are standing lamps for lighting a bedroom? 

    A big floor lamp that provides lots of light up out of its top can work wonders in a space. Look for lamps with dense shades on the sides so they primarily light up and down, rather than sideways.

    Santa & Cole Tripode Floor Lamp, Remodelista  

    Above: The Santa & Cole Tripode Floor Lamp features a large shade and a cleverly hidden cord with a dimmer switch; $1,050 at Y Lighting.

    What about wall lights?

    One of Paterson’s favorite techniques for lighting a bedroom is to wash a wall with light. Recessed ceiling wall-wash fixtures, such as the WAC Tesla Wall-Wash Light, are effective without being distracting. Most often Paterson selects the largest white wall in the room, but not the wall with the bed. “The light bounces off the wall softly into the room, but it also lets you light art and decoration on that wall.”

    Any special tips for lighting artwork in a bedroom? 

    Paterson recommends using a couple of spotlights or a picture light, both of which can add great depth and contrast to a bedroom. “But be careful with placement,” he advises. “When lying in bed, you don't want to be looking up into these spotlights.”

    What's the best way to illuminate a bedroom workspace? 

    “Although most of us aspire to having a bedroom for the sole purpose of sleep, bedrooms are where our kids do their homework, and where we go to get away from the noise in social spaces,” says Paterson. The best solution for lighting? Desk lamps. “They can add atmosphere even when the desk is not in action.” Paterson often uses banker’s lamps.

    A Bedroom in Studio Ilse's The Apartment, Remodelista  

    Above: A reissued Snoopy Table Lamp by the Castiglioni brothers from 1967 tops the Studioilse Writing Desk in the bedroom of The Apartment, a Copenhagen gallery. See Mastering Warm Minimalism: Ilse Crawford in Copenhagen for more.

    What are the options for bedside lighting?

    Bedside lighting is the most flexible part of the equation. It's fun to select and easy to change. Consider table lamps, wall-mounted lights, pendants, and adjustable task lamps. They're typically placed on either side of the bed and are usually matching. To determine the optimal height and type suited to your needs, read our Bedside Lighting Primer

    Bedside Pendant Lamp from the Veda House Studio Bedroom, Remodelista

    Above: A simple bedside pendant light in the bedroom of the Veda House Studio in St. Louis. 

    What about night-lights? 

    Light and sleep are not a good match (see How to Achieve Total Darkness in the Bedroom and Why It Matters). But finding your way safely in the dark to get to the bathroom or to a crying child is important. “New technologies make it easy to hide a soft light under a bed, table, or skirting, softly lighting the floor—and then, thanks to a motion sensor directed away from the bed (so it doesn't turn on when you move in bed), you have light to find your way whenever you get up," says Paterson. 

    Motion Sensor Night Light, Remodelista  

    Above: An LED Battery-Operated Motion Activated Night-Light is $14.91 at Amazon.

    How best to light a closet?

    Whether your closet is a large walk-in or a tiny cubby in the corner of the bedroom, you want light that is bright enough to illuminate not just you but also your clothing selections. Overhead lights are a good solution that offer overall bright and flattering lighting. Consider adding ceiling lights close to your hanging rods and upper shelving so you can see what you pick to wear (but not so close that the light presents a fire hazard). And if you have a full-length mirror, consider an overhead light positioned above where you stand.  

    Chalet by Bergdor Agency, Remodelista  

    Above: A serene bedroom in a 200-year-old chalet remodeled by Zurich's Bergdorf Agency for Concepts and Communication. Learn about the bedside lights in Design Sleuth: The Tolomeo Light Takes a Turn

    Looking for lighting in other rooms? Read our Remodeling 101 primers:

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    Here's a breakthrough we like: electrical outlets with built-in USB ports that offer charging straight from the wall—and leave bulky adapters behind. A simple upgrade and your electrical outlets will catch up with the times, allowing you to charge a phone (and other devices) without taking up plug space with a blocky adapter. Think of it: If every outlet had one of these, you'd never be at a loss for a charger.

    Leviton USB Duplex Outlet at Desk, Remodelista

    Above: USB electrical outlets have the ability to charge up to two USB-powered electronic devices at once, leaving the regular outlets free for additional power needs (including other tech devices using their adaptors). These outlets are equipped with circuitry that recognizes the device plugged in and outputs the appropriate power. 

    Power2U USB Wall Outlet, Remodelista

    Above: Newer Technology's Power2U AC/USB Outlet features spring-loaded safety shutters; $15 each via Amazon.

    Leviton USB Outlet Configuration Options, Remodelista

    Above: Leviton USB Charger Outlets come in a variety of configurations, including the Leviton USB Charger Duplex Receptical (far left), which has two vertical USB ports; $20.99 (cover plate sold separately) via Amazon.

    Power2U USB Wall Outlet, Remodelista

    Above: Upgrading your old-school outlets with USB-compatible ones is easy. Designed to fit in a standard wall box, installation requires little more than a screwdriver, wire stripper, and a trip to the breaker box (or call an electrician). Ars Technica offers a detailed Step-by-Step Installation Guide.

    Find outlets unsightly? See:

    And, read our primers for strategies on electrical outlet placement:

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