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    Once the essential vanity topper, hand mirrors have become almost obsolete—quaint relics to prop on a dresser or cluster on a wall. But for those who like to sit and reflect à la fairy-tale stepmothers and mermaids, hand mirrors are starting to make a comeback in a sleek new guise. These eight are perfect for start-of-the year self scrutiny.

    The Utility Mirror by Good Thing NY | Remodelista
    Above: New York design studio Good Thing makes its Utility Mirror by polishing stainless steel to a mirror sheen and dipping it in industrial rubber for a colorful grip. Available in five colors, they're $50 each.

    The Reflection Hand MIrror from CB2 | Remodelista

    Above: The Reflection Hand Mirror is rimmed in matte black metal and has a sheesham wood handle; $19.95 from CB2.

    Hand mirror by Ladies and Gentlemen Studio of Seattle | Remodeilsta

    Above: The freestanding Maru Hand Mirror by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio of Seattle is backed in brass and mounted on a handle made of brass (shown), copper, or aluminum with a wood core. It's 14 inches tall and available for $325 in the materials shown from A+R Store.

    Artist Sarah Illenberger's Ping Pong Mirror | Remodelista

    Above: Berlin multimedia artist Sarah Illenger's Ping Pong mirror is made of wood and acrylic glass; €120 ($144.82).

    Bo Concept hand mirror | Remodelista

    Above: Another standing design, the BoConcept Hand Mirror has a maple handle and is 13 1/2 inches tall; $29 from BoConcept.

    Wood hand mirror from Brook Farm General Store | Remodelista

    Above: A clean-lined classic, Brook Farm General Store's 9.5-inch-tall Hand Mirror is made in Germany of waxed beechwood; $35.

    Mirror by Hay | Remodelista

    Above: The aluminum Mirror Mirror by Danish design studio Hay is $82 from Finnish Design Shop. It's also available in a round version in copper for $82. And Mjolk in Toronto offers the circular Mirror Mirror in brass for $85 CAD ($72.41 USD).

    Vanity Tray by London designers Brose Fogale | Remodelista

    Above: Ideal atop a bureau or dresser, the Vanity Tray by London designers Brose-Fogale, £120 ($186.55), comes in three color combinations; Fluoro Yellow/Copper is shown here. Brose-Fogale offers a similar Hand Mirror in oak; £35 ($54.43).

     For more shining inspiration, take a look at:

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  • 01/06/15--07:00: High/Low: Marble Wall Clock
  • We may not be able to slow down time, but we can set it in stone. Here are two minimalist marble clocks at very different price points.

    Marble Clock Norm Architects | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Norm Architects of Denmark for Menu, the Norm Marble Wall Clock has hour and minute hands in lacquered brass. It comes in matte white Carrara marble (shown) and green Guatemala marble, and is 11.8 inches in diameter; $269.95 from the Dwell Store. (The clock is also available for $269.95 at All Modern.) 

    Crate and Barrel Marble Clock | Remodelista

    Above: The 12-inch White Marble Clock is $29.97 (marked down from $39.95) at Crate & Barrel.

    Take a look at more of our High/Low discoveries:

    For more wall clocks, see 10 Easy Pieces: Simple Kitchen Clocks and Object Lessons: The Classic IBM Wall Clock.

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    Spotted recently at the The New Craftsmen in London (site of our first UK Remodelista Holiday Market): classically elegant ceramics from Julian Saintsbury, the Wiltshire-based sculptor and designer behind John Julian Design.

    John Julian Design Pedestal | Remodelista

    Above: The matte Porcelain Fruit Stand is £295 ($448.39) from The New Craftsmen.

    John Julian Plate with Laura Carlin Graphics | Remodelista

    Above: The limited edition Ship Bowl is a collaboration between artist Laura Carlin and John Julian Design; £27 ($41) from The New Craftsmen.

    John Julian Design Bowls | Remodelista

    Above: A set of three Porcelain Mixing Bowls is $240 CAD ($203.74 USD) from Herriott Grace in Toronto. 

    John Julian Mortar Pestle | Remodelista

    Above: The white unglazed porcelain Large Spear Mortar & Pestle is $220 CAD ($186.76 USD) from Herriott Grace.

    John Julian Mortar Pestle | Remodelista

    Above: The white unglazed porcelain Medium Ball Mortar & Pestle is $180 CAD ($152.80 USD) from Herriott Grace.

    We're in the midst of a ceramics renaissance. Take a look at more of our Handmade Tableware discoveries:

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    It's a given: At some point in your life you will need a light-emitting fixture (for reading, for cooking, for illuminating a sad corner in your apartment). Bring an industrial edge—and a bit of a manly vibe—to your space with these timeless wall lights.

    Anglepoise Wall Mount Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: From venerable British company Anglepoise, the aluminum Type 75 Mini Wall Light, designed in 2013 by Sir Kenneth Grange, has an adjustable shade and works on a wall or ceiling. Also available in white and brushed aluminum, it's $90 at Y Lighting. A larger Type 75 Wall Light is available for $110.

    Atelier de Troupe Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: Atelier de Troupe, a California lighting studio to watch, makes the Torche Sconce from darkened steel and brass; $575. Read about the design in our post Handmade Elegance in LA.

    Navire sconce by Atelier de Troupe | Remodelista
    Above: Another Atelier de Troupe standout, the Petite Navire Sconce, $525, is part of the Navire Collection inspired by fixtures on old yachts.

    Dyke and Dean Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: Dyke & Dean's glossy take on the classic Anglepoise: the Original 1227 Brass Wall Lamp has brass detailing and a cloth-covered woven cord; £125 ($189.45) from Dyke & Dean. Read about the young Hastings, England–based duo here.  


    Bestlite BL7 | Remodelista

    Above: Another British classic, the Bestlite BL7 Wall Sconce in charcoal black and brass is $399 at Horne. The design is also available in a range of other finishes, including all brass and in black with chrome detailing.


    Zangra wall light in painted steel | Remodelista

    Above: From Belgian design collection Zangra, the Wall Light in Painted Steel is €31 ($36.83). For more on Zangra, go to Belgian Basics Arrive Stateside.

    Flea Market Rx Brass Sconce from Urban Outfitters | Remodelista

    Above: Urban Outfitters' Flea Market Rx Brass Sconce with a porcelain enamel shade and antiqued fitting is $249.

      The shaded wall sconce from OneFortyThree | Remodelilsta

    Above: The made-to-order Shaded Wall Sconce is $95 from Las Vegas–based duo Onefortythree; it's hand-bent steel with a powder-coated finish. (Take a look at Onefortythree's Brass TP Holder.)

    Factory Modern No. 6 Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric | Remodelista

    Above: Inspired by barn lights, the Factory Modern No. 6 Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric is made from hand-spun steel and is available in black, white, and yellow; $159.

    AJ wall sconce by Arne Jacobsen from DWR | Remodelista

    Above: The most elegant of all? The modern classic AJ Wall Sconce by Arne Jacobsen features a shade that tilts up and down. Available in eight colors, it's $946 at DWR. Jacobsen designed the original AJ Lamp in 1960 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen—take a look at the hotel's preserved Arne Jacobsen Suite.

    More ways to get switched on? Go to our Lighting posts, including:

    And go to Remodeling 101 for advice on everything from How to Install Flattering Lighting in the Bath to Electrical Outlet Placement.

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    Add this to our list of design trends for 2015: black tapware in the bathroom. Here are 9 examples of washrooms we love (interestingly, most are in Australia or Belgium).

    Ace Hotel LA Bath | Remodelista

    Above: The Ace Hotel in LA by Commune features black tapware in some rooms. (See Steal This Look: Ace Hotel in LA Bathroom.)

    Scandinavian Bath with Black Tapware | Remodelista

    Above: Industrial and furniture designer Frag Woodall's cabin in Sydney features a Scandi-inspired bath with black tapware. Photograph by Terence Chin via Share Design.

    Whiting Bathroom with Black Tapware | Remodelista

    Above: A bath in Australia by Whiting Architects.

    Amee Allsop Bath with Black Tapware | Remodelista

    Above: In an East Hampton bath, Australian architect Amee Allsop, a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, used a strict palette of black and white (note the clever medicine cabinet with cutout porthole window).

    Nicolas Schuybroek Bath | Remodelista

    Above: Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroeck has perfected a minimalist, graphic approach to the bath.

    Bath with Black Faucets by Rolie + Dubois | Remodelista

    Above: An austere marble sink with wall-mounted black taps by Belgian firm Rolie + Dubois.

    Steven Whiting House Bath with Black Faucets | Remodelista

    Above: A bath in Australia by Whiting Architects.

    Oscar V Belgian Bath with Black Faucets | Remodelista

    Above: Black faucets in Antwerp's Villabouw Oscar V, a partnership between Group Verelst and Paul Vanrunxt.

    Black Bath Faucets | Remodelista

    Above: A bath in Australia by Whiting Architects.

     For more inspiration, browse the Bathrooms in our Photo Gallery and take a look at:

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    Just over a year ago, we brought you the first pieces of Norm Architects' bath collection for Menu—a trash can, toilet brush, soap dispenser, toothbrush cup, and storage vessel—and the group has since expanded. Norm designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn are always spot on, but our favorite of the new bunch? A multifunctional towel ladder. 

    See the first five pieces in The Modern Bath: New Essentials from Copenhagen

    New from Norm Architects Bath Collection for Menu | Remodelista

    Above: A sampling of the Norm collection for Menu includes the towel ladder and the Menu Flip Around Chair; $199.95 at Menu Design Shop.

    New from Norm Architects Bath Collection for Menu | Remodelista  

    Above: The Menu Bath Towel Ladder has a leather handle for hooking to the wall and nonslip feet at the bottom. Shown here in black with dark oak rungs, the ladder is $449.95 at Menu.

    New from Norm Architects Bath Collection for Menu | Remodelista

    Above: Norm Architects calls the ladder "an informal and flexible piece of furniture” that has use beyond the bathroom: Consider it for magazines, scarves, or clothes. The Menu Bath Towel Ladder in white with light oak rungs is $449.95 at Design Within Reach.

    New from Norm Architects Bath Collection for Menu | Remodelista

    Above: For hanging towels in the bath or coats in the front hall: Menu Bath Knobs are available in white, black, and dark oak; $40 for a set of two at Design Public. 

    New from Norm Architects Bath Collection for Menu | Remodelista

    Above: The Menu Bath Knobs also come in brass; $49.95 for a pair at Menu. 

    New from Norm Architects Bath Collection for Menu | Remodelista

    Above: The Menu Towel Bar is made of powder-coated aluminum with a matte finish; $120 in black or white at Design Public. 

    Above: The Menu Toilet Roll Holder has the same rounded edges and gives the appearance of floating off the wall; $69.95 at Menu. 

    Keep exploring the bath: 

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    Sausalito, California, tile company Clé has added a notable new name to its collection of artist-designed tiles: the Glasgow design studio Timorous Beasties, best known for its gently subversive wallpaper and textiles. Clé founder Deborah Osburn discovered the work of Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley, creators of Timorous Beasties, several years ago and was “captivated by these masters of the decorative motif and their irreverently elegant revisions of classic Victorian designs."

    Osborn invited the studio to collaborate, and the result is the Rorschach Tile Collection, which integrates classic damask motifs with Rorschach test imagery (think ink blots). Psychedelics for the 21st century? According to Simmons, "These tile patterns are a reversal of the expected: Blotches, splats, and drips are normally regarded as disordered accidents. By recontextualizing the damask and using it as a vehicle to carry Rorschach-esque symmetrical imagery, we've created beauty out of something conventionally repellent. In fact, by interrogating assumptions about pattern this way, we discover a new aesthetic." What do you think? 

    Cle Tiles Timorous Beasties Rorschach collection

    Above: The Sphere Stripe pattern installed in a bathroom.

    Cle tiles Timorous Beasties sphere stripe wall pattern

    Above: The Timorous Beasties' Rorschach Tile Collection is comprised of five designs, each hand lithographed on 12-inch-by-12-inch square limestone or Thassos marble tiles. All patterns are available in Thassos marble for $75 per square foot and in limestone for $60 per square foot. 

    Cle tiles Timorous Beasties vertical stripe wall pattern

    Above: Do you see dragon flies? Vertical Stripe tiles in marble.

    White Moth Circle tile pattern by Timorous Beasties for Clé Tile | Remodelista

    Above: From a kindred Clé collection called Darwin, Timorous Beasties' Wild Moth Circle in marble. 

    Grand Blotch Damask Tile Timorous Beasties | Remodelista

    Above:Grand Blotch Damask in marble. The patterns have been described as "subversive floral abstractions." To view the full line, visit Clé.

    See the Timorous Beasties' Rorschach collection of wall coverings and fabrics in similar patterns.

    For more tile inspiration from Clé and the Timorous Beasties, take a look at:

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

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

    Marble Fireplace Surround, Remodelista

    Above: A roaring wood fire with a sleek white marble surround. Photograph via Hanna Lovgren.

    1. The Sensory Experience

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

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

    Ceramic Gas Logs, Remodelista

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

    O'neill Rose West Side Townhouse Fireplace, Remodelista

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

    2. Heating Efficiency

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

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

    Metalfire Architectural Gas Fireplace, Remodelista

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

    3. Emissions

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

    EPA Heating Source Emissions, Remodelista

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

    4. Cleaning and Maintenance

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

    Wood Burning Fireplace Greenwich Hotel, Remodelista

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

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

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

    Oomen Architecture Gas Fireplace, Remodelista

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

    5. Convenience

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

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

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

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

    6. Cost

    The cost of operating wood-burning and gas fireplaces is relatively low. A cord of wood is anywhere between $200 and $400, depending on your location and the type and condition of wood. Natural gas runs from $0.20 to $0.40 per hour for an average gas fireplace. Variations depend on the BTU rating of your burner. 

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

    Kitchen with Fireplace, Remodelista

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

    Wood-Burning Vs. Gas Fireplace Recap

    Benefits of a wood-burning fireplace:

    • Wood is a renewable fuel source 
    • Offers character to a room
    • Ritual of making and tending a fire
    • Creates an unmatchable ambiance

    Benefits of a gas fireplace:

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

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

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    At our recent Remodelista Holiday Market in San Francisco, I was instantly drawn to French children's clothing line Les Petits Carreaux. The brand, founded by Stéphanie Ross and her Parisian friend and designer Alice Shamreiz, came about one sleepless night when Ross dreamed of a children’s line that reconciles style and comfort—clothing with French allure and a San Francisco spirit.

    "As a mother of a six-year-old boy, I am especially interested in children’s lifestyle trends," Ross says. So last year, frustrated with the children's clothing options in the US, Ross and her business partner Shamreiz launched the first collection of Les Petits Carreaux. 

    Ross had worked as an artistic and communications director in women’s, men’s, and children’s fashion in Paris for 15 years, but after meeting her American husband and giving birth to their son, she and her family relocated to the Bay Area. Before their move, the couple began a yearlong overhaul of their Parisian apartment in the Eighth Arrondissement, near la Madeleine and Champs-Élysées. 

    "We originally lived in one of the smaller apartments on the fourth floor. In 2010, our neighbors across the hall fortuitously asked if we would be interested in exchanging apartments. They were looking to downsize and we had a growing family, so the swap was a win-win," Ross says. "We were particularly thrilled to take over a larger unit that needed lots of TLC but that had all of its historical features intact: ornate moulded ceilings, wainscoting, stained glass in the entry hall, pointe d'hongrie hardwood floors [parquet flooring in a chevron pattern], fireplaces in the salon [living room], dining room, and bedrooms—a true rarity these days, as many Parisian apartments were modernized in the latter part of the 20th century, mainly by stripping out these features and reconfiguring interior spaces."

    Ross's goal was to maintain the flat's integrity by preserving the historical architectural features while accommodating a modern lifestyle by incorporating built-in closets in the bedrooms, installing a contemporary German-designed kitchen, enlarging and redesigning the bathroom with high-end Italian finishes, and creating a small home office. 

    Since moving to the US, the family tries to spend as much vacation time as possible in the flat, and when they are not in residence, they rent it out on a short-term, fully-furnished basis. Go to to learn more. 

    Photography by Marie-Claire Fresquet for Bel Ordinaire

    Salon in Stephanie Ross's Paris Apartment  

    Above: The living room features one of the four marble mantles. The parquet flooring in a chevron pattern was restored throughout the home and the moulding was returned to its original splendor. The cowhide rug comes from Design Within Reach, and the floor lamp is a Glo Ball designed by Jasper Morrison for Flos. The rattan chair and sheepskin throw were sourced via Bel Ordinaire.  

    Stephanie Ross's Salon in Paris Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: The 243 Volage Sofa and Armchair was designed by Philippe Starck for Cassina, and the original vintage 1960s Coffee Table is by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. "Our living room ceiling is the only original left in the entire building; it was in bad condition so we needed to restore it," says Ross. 

    Stephanie Ross's Bedroom in her Paris Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: A Paper Globe from Geo-grafia, a vintage wooden hand from Luka Luna, vintage glass vases, and a vintage lamp sit on top of a marbled mantel in the living room. The building is an excellent example of 1850s Haussmannien architecture (named after Georges-Eugène Haussmann, an interior city manager assigned by Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, to beautify Paris).

    Stephanie Ross's Bedroom in her Paris Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: French doors connect the living room and dining room. A Sapien Bookcase (sourced from DWR) holds a personal collection of design books bought in San Francisco. "I managed the interior design remodeling process and worked in collaboration with my friends at Bel Ordinaire for the decorative finishes and furnishings," Ross says.  

    Stephanie Ross's Dining Room in Paris I Remodelista

    Above: The dining room features Tulip Chairs by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, accompanied by a harvest dining table found in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (an area of the Sixth Arrondissement of Paris). A Vase d'Avril by Tse Tse sit on top of the dining table, and George Nelson's Bubble Lamp Saucer pendant hangs from the ceiling. "I wanted to have the George Nelson lamps in different shapes all over the apartment," says Ross. 

    Stephanie Ross's Dining Room in Paris I Remodelista

    Above: "The rocking chair in the corner is slip-covered in white fabric from Shabby Chic in San Francisco. I bought it when we had our son to rock him in his bedroom," Ross says. The black-shaded floor lamp is vintage from Bel Ordinaire.

    Stephanie Ross's Bedroom in her Paris Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: "As I didn't want anything on the wall, Bel Ordinaire designed a vertical fabric board that rests on the floor from a Christian Lacroix fabric," Ross says. The black wall lamp is handmade by a Parisian artist. 

    Stephanie Ross Mantel in her Parisian Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: Another marble mantel with vintage glass vases on display. 

    Stephanie Ross's Kitchen in her Parisian Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: "The kitchen was super old, so we decided to renovate it from scratch," Ross says. The contemporary kitchen comes from German company Poggenpohl. A built-in table is accompanied by striped stools designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis. Ceramic plates by Mud Australia from Bon Marché adorn a kitchen wall. 

    Above: "We wanted simple and chic curtains that allowed plenty of light into the flat," Ross says. The linen fabric is from Charvet Editions.

    Stephanie Ross's Bedroom in her Paris apartment I Remodelista

    Above: The dresser was purchased from the Conran Shop in Paris. The chair is Polyprop, designed by Robin Day in 1963 for S. Hille & Co.

    Stephanie Ross's Bedroom in her Paris Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: The linen coverlet and pillows are from AM PM in France. The table lamp and side tables are vintage.

    Stephanie-Ross's Bedroom in Parisian Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: This room was originally their son's bedroom, but when the family moved to San Francisco, they converted it to a guest bedroom. The black rug is from Zinc Details in San Francisco. The table lamp is vintage from Bel Ordinaire. 

    Stephanie Ross's Bedroom in her Parisian Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: The master bedroom has another preserved marble mantel (the vases on top are by Habitat). The mustard-colored bedcover and the pillow in the vintage chair are from Lab Boutique. The clothes hanging on a rack were designed by Ross herself.

    Office in Stephanie Ross's Parisian Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: The orange Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair with a wire base and the Quovis Table in sleek stainless steel are from DWR. The white bookshelves came from Ikea. 

    Stephanie Ross's Entry in Parisian Apartment I Remodelista

    Above: The hallway features a Ruban Noir coat hanger by Pa Design, a midcentury chair, and a white leather pillow from West Elm.

    Linger with us in Paris:

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    On a recent trip to London, I had breakfast at Nopi, star chef Yotam Ottolenghi's restaurant in Soho. He has three other cafe-delis dotted around the city, but this one, located north of Piccadilly (hence Nopi), is a proper restaurant. Designed by Israeli architect Alex Meitlis, the man responsible for all of Ottolenghi's projects, Nopi shares the pristine, all-white interiors of the other outposts, but is elevated by brass accents, including circles used as a recurring motif, from the restaurant's sign to its ingenious napkin holders. For the latter, Meitlis has taken a hardware store staple and transformed it into an elegant table accessory. Better still, the idea is easily—and cheaply—replicated at home. 

    Nopi Restaurant in London | Remodelista

    Above: One of two dining rooms at Nopi. Meitlis is known for drilling down on details: Note the built-in brass hangers. Photograph via Lucy Will Show You.

    Brass napkin ring at Nopi restaurant London | Remodelista

    Above L: The restaurant's brass napkin rings. Above R: Water bottles adorned with brass circles.

    I found brass rings like the one shown here at my local hardware store. Trident makes a solid Brass Ring, two inches in diameter, available via Amazon for $3.80.

    Nopi restaurant London | Remodelista

    Above: The gleaming O's on the exterior.


    Above: Nopi's streamlined, elegant table settings. Photograph via Architectural Digest.

    Brass napkin rings at Nopi in London | Remodelista

    Above L: The napkins are tidily rolled. Above R: Rings anchor the checks.

    We've been big fans of brass for a while now. For more inspiration, check out:

    And take a look at more of our Design Sleuth posts, including Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Dish Racks and Vintage Cup Holders as Candle Sconces.

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    The desk wastebasket, aka the circular file, is the more refined cousin of the lowly garbage can. Slim, petite, and hardworking, the receptacle has the potential to bring elegance to the office and deserves serious consideration. Here are some of our favorites. 

    Five to Buy

    Steel wastebaskets from Schoolhouse Electric | Remodeilsta

    Above: The classroom Steel Waste Basket, $45, comes in three colors at Schoolhouse Electric.

    Korbo wire basket from Sweden DWR | Remodelista

    Above: From a line of handmade wire baskets used by fishermen in Sweden for decades, the Korbo Bin 18 of stainless steel is $135 at DWR.

    Saito wood wastebasket from Japan, Dwell Store | Remodelista

    Above: A Japanese classic, the Saito Wood Wastebasket is available in three kinds of wood and is $150 at the Dwell Store.

      Oscar Tin Can from the Container Store / Remodelista

    Above: The Oscar Tin Can is $9.99 at the Container Store.

    Norm Wire Bin from Horne | Remodelista

    Above: The Norm Wire Bin comes in powder-coated steel or plated steel in eight colors, including white (shown), brass, chrome, and copper; $69.95 from Horne.

    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 on Thursdays, and have a look at her past lessons on iconic designs, including the Indispensable Stapler and the Classic IBM Wall Clock.

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    The Ludlow Hotel is the latest and largest in Sean MacPherson’s portfolio of boutique NYC properties, and an amalgamation of the lessons he's learned along the way: It has the brick walls and industrial windows of the Bowery Hotel, the compact guest rooms of the Maritime, the super sound system of the Jane, the Parisian sconces and brass bathroom fixtures of the Marlton. And the clubby atmosphere of all of the above. 

    What started as a standard concrete-slab high-rise on the Lower East Side has matured into a grand hotel via the layering of materials. Lots of them. Hallways got paneling, guest rooms received beams and wood flooring, and the lobby and its neighboring lounge and buzzing restaurant, Dirty French, now sport the ceilings of old loft buildings, parged brick walls, wainscoting, and a rich mix of new and vintage furnishings.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC| Remodeilsta

    Above: In the lobby, parged brick walls—brick that's been skimmed with a layer of cement to soften the surface—set off classic wood paneling and a graphic, diamond-patterned front desk custom-made of mahogany. 

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC lobby | Remodelista

    Above: With its Brutalist light fixtures and vintage SeDede Non-Stop sofas that curve around a brick pier, the lounge has a magnetic pull. Small chairs and stools allow for endless configurings.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC lobby lounge | Remodelista

    Above: For instant atmosphere, the limestone hearth comes to life at the flick of a switch. A pair of vintage Milo Baughman sofas reupholstered in shearling creates cozy fireside seating.  Above the limestone mantel, a painting by Robert Loughlin is flanked by Apparatus Studio's Horse Hair Sconces.

    Considering your own fireplace? See Remodeling 101: Wood-Burning vs. Gas Fireplaces.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC bar  Remodelista

    Above: The Torrisi team along with cocktail wizard Thomas Waugh is behind the drinks list at the zinc-topped bar tucked in a corner of the lounge.

    Dirty French, the restaurant at The Ludlow Hotel NYC | Remodelista

    Above: Hot pink poultry roosting above the windows are one tip-off that the menu at Dirty French, though Gallic, is not exactly reverential. Ditto the decor—classic bistro chairs and red banquets are mixed with a lit-up mirror and art curated by Vito Schnabel.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC | Remodelista

    Above: The scene at Dirty French can be viewed in soft focus through a wall of factory windows separating the restaurant from the lobby hallway. Hand-blown globes in a variety of shapes and sizes introduce constellations of warm light.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC Ludlow Room | Remodelista

    Above: Details such as whitewashed beams, wide-board floors, and brass air registers lend character to the new high-rise. By day, the guest rooms, though small, are airy. By night, they expand via a glittering cityscape. Sheepskins, satin quilts, and pleated silk shades add notes of luxury and softness. Custom fittings include the brass pendant lamps (made in Morocco), flat-weave rugs (from India), and mottled curtains (stitched in NYC).

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC tub with a view | Remodelista

    Above: Queen loft rooms come with a rain shower and separate soaking tub with panoramic views.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC | Remodelista

    Above: Brass fittings and classic vanity light bars add dazzle to a white, black, and gray bath kitted out in a materials palette of tile and marble.

    Ludlow Hotel NYC | Remodelista

    Above: A four-poster bed custom-made in Portugal is the centerpiece of each room.

    The Ludlow Hotel NYC | Remodelista

    The Ludlow is at 180 Ludlow Street (catercorner to landmark deli Katz's of When Harry Met Sally fame). 

    Tour Sean MacPherson's Marlton Hotel on West 8th Street in Honey, I Shrunk the Ritz.

    For more New York recommendations, consult our City Guide. Some highlights:

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    We're always on the lookout for well-designed table lamps, and particularly during these dark weeks of winter. Here's a trio of half-moon lamps, all with dome shades and curved arms (in chrome, brass, and steel), at three different price points. 


    Kaiser Luxus Table Lamp I Remodelista  

    Above: Designed by Christian Dell, a metalwork teacher at the Bauhaus, the Kaiser Idell Luxus Table Lamp was first commercially produced by Gebrüder Kaiser & Co. in 1931. In 2011, Fritz Hansen brought the classic lamp back into production. Made in Denmark, it features a patented swivel joint that adjusts the angle of the light and is now available in five colors; $863 from DWR


    Shelter Table Lamp by Bo Concept I Remodelista  

    Above: The Shelter Table Lamp from Danish company BoConcept has a brass arm and black metal shade and base; $299. 

    Half Moon Desk Lamp West Elm I Remodelista

    Above: West Elm's Half Moon Desk Lamp has a plated metal shade and arm in an antique bronze finish, and a white marble base; it's currently on sale for $89.97 (marked down from $179).

    Take a look at more High/Low lamp options: 

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    Countertop microgreens and mini meadows, anyone? For the new year, Gardenista is starting (extra) fresh. Read Michelle's forecast: the Top 10 Garden Design Trends of 2015.

    Steal This Look Office Space Inside Greenhouse | Gardenista

    Above: A workspace in a greenhouse? Yes, please. Learn how to Steal This Look—and inexpensively source botanical prints like these. Conservatory not required.

    Reviving Soup by Lindsey Love of Dolly and Oatmeal | Gardenista

    Above: If you've been craving soup for supper, Lindsey Love has the one: Her Delicious Detox: Tumeric-Miso Soup takes only 20 minutes, and it's so healthy, it just might make up for weeks of carousing. Go to Garden-to-Table Recipes for the full reveal.

    Labware plant stands | Gardenista

    Above: Glass Flasks "R" Us: We love to use labware as vases and tabletop tableaux. In this week's 10 Easy Pieces, Michelle rounds up standout examples and where to buy them.

    Katleen Roggerman DIY wardrobe with planter | Gardenista

    Above: Today on Remodelista, we're featuring 10 Portable Clothes Racks—and we also have our eye on this DIY Portable Closet, inset planter included.

    Cellars Hohenort in Cape Town, SA by Marie Viljoen  | Gardenista

    Above: It's the warm season in Cape Town right now. For an armchair getaway, allow Marie to show you around a Hotel with a Five-Star Garden (and quite a guest list too).

    Tiny terrace garden kitchen | Gardenista

    Above: "With a potted plant and a folding chair, you've got a garden," says Michelle. In Small-Space Gardens, she presents 11 Simple and Satisfying Tiny Terraces.

    Gardenista's most popular post of 2014? See 9 Secrets to Growing Succulents Indoors. And for more, go to Gardenista.

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    Fewer clothes and the perfect place to hang them. Sound familiar? Fortunately, a slew of well-designed clothes racks have surfaced of late. Here are 10 in wood and metal ideal for the closet-challenged and for renters (you can take them with you).

    Moormann Clothes Rack | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Nils Holger Moormann, the untreated ash and loden Lodelei Wardrobe is €624 ($739.66) from Dopo Domani.

    Douglas and Bec Garment Rack | Remodelista

    Above: A rack with storage shelves, the made-to-order Blonde American Ash Garment Rack is a collaboration between New Zealand design shop Douglas & Bec and Auckland furniture maker Sam Orme-Gee. Prices start at $1,190 NZD (about $1,000 USD) for a two-shelf rack (shown above).

    March Clothing Rack Industrial Metal | Remodelista

    Above: The made-to-order Patinated Steel Clothing Rack is $1,500 from March in San Francisco.

    House Doctor Clothes Rack | Remodelista

    Above: The Industrial Clothes Rack by House Doctor is £850 ($1,285.45) from Uniche Interior Furnishings in the UK.

    Norm Toj Coat Rack | Remodelista

    Above: Normann Copenhagen's Toj Clothes Rack is made of ash with a powder-coated steel bar and shelf in either white or gray; $510 from Normann Copenhagen.

    Nomass Clothes Rack | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Anonym Design, the foldable 360 Degrees Foldable Garment Rack from Nomess in Copenhagen is made of solid ash; go to Nomess for ordering information.

    Locust Storage Rack from Urban Outfitters | Remodelista

    Above: The 4040 Locust Industrial Storage Rack from Urban Outfitters is $498.

    Egon Coat Rack | Remodelista

    Above: The Egon Coat Rack is available in solid oak or ash; £675 ($1,020.80) from Liam Treanor.

    Ikea Stuva System | Remodelista

    Above: A freestanding closet built using components from Ikea's Stuva System, which starts at $79.99 for the bench (shown center).

    Ikea Turbo Closet Rack | Remodelista

    Above: The Turbo Rack from Ikea is $44.99.

    For more storage, take a look at:

    And for wardrobe curation advice, go to:

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    Take a look at what's on our radar as we head into 2015.

    Alexandria House Kitchen via Arch Daily | Remodelista

    • Above: Next week we're spotlighting kitchens, including this ultra-sleek (and small) design in Alexandria, Australia. Our favorite detail? The polished concrete floors. Photograph by Justin Alexander. 
    • Rue Magazine sits down with Christina Weber of SF linen company Studio Patro to talk daily routines and favorite clothing. 
    • Thermo cups for the heat-loving minimalist. 

    DIY Coffee Table by A Beautiful Mess | Remodelista

    The Loft in Amsterdam | Remodelista

    • Above: Great minds? Amsterdam's version of The Line in NYC is The Loft, a showroom staged for living.
    • A handy desk accessory
    • Miranda July's endearing vignette on how to cope with daily distractions. 

    DesignLoveFest Closet Makover | Remodelista

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @halfhitchgoods

    • Above: We're following Half Hitch Goods (@halfhitchgoods), a Web store and roving shop. 
    • Looking to declutter and rearrange your space? Check out LA designer Erika Reitman's Organization and Storage board on Pinterest. 

    Go to A New Start  to read our latest issue, and see what the editors at Gardenista have been up to in the new year. 

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    Have you ever met a kitchen that didn't stand ready for an upgrade of some sort? Whether yours could use some new accessories, an appliance update, countertop makeover, or full overhaul, stick with us. By popular demand, we'll be celebrating kitchen design all week.

    Remodelista table of contents January 2015 Kitchen Secrets

    Above: Actress Julianne Moore's formal eat-in kitchen features cabinets of blackened, rift-sawn European white oak. See more of the Oliver Freundlich design in the Remodelista book and Behind the Scenes: 5 Design Lessons from Julianne Moore. Congrats on last night's Golden Globe Award, Julianne. Photograph by Matthew Williams.


    Parsons Green Before and After | Remodelista

    Above: Today through Thursday in Rehab Diaries, a young couple chronicle their London two-story row house remodel from start to finish. First up: the hopes, dreams, and Before shots.


      Potato masher from Flotsam and Fork | Remodelista

    Above: Until recently, only vintage kitchen wares seemed to be entirely plastic-free. Margot is happy to report that wood-handled Kitchen Tools and Accessories are back.


    German steel waste bins from Manufactum | Remodelista

    Above: Looking for the Mercedes of garbage cans? Watch for Julie's latest find in Wednesday's Trash Bins post.


    Made a Mano Lava Stone Countertop, Remodelista

    Above: In Remodeling 101, Janet explores an intriguing new countertop material from France that's starting to make a real splash.


    Indigo clamp by Layer x Layer | Remodelista

    Above: Now sprouting: A tree-like helping-hand for keeping tools within reach without cluttering tabletops. Read about the dip-dyed clamp in Izabella's Storage & Organization report.

    Elizabeth Roberts' Brooklyn loft design | Remodelista

    Above: It works as an everyday kitchen, a test kitchen, and a show kitchen for filming. On Friday, we're spotlighting an Elizabeth Roberts' Loft Design for a cookbook author and artist.

    Get more kitchen ideas from Gardenista; Michelle and crew are out and about exploring the Cook's Garden all this week. 

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    Meet Isabel and George Blunden and their 1,100-square-foot fixer-upper in London. She's a travel editor, he's in media, and for their first remodel, they decided to completely gut the interior of their tiny Victorian railway cottage, working with just a building team. For the next four days, Isabel will be chronicling their design journey. First up: The Before shots and the big plans.

    The House, Before 

    When we bought our terraced house in southwest London, our first place together as a married couple, it was barely bigger than the flat that we had just sold. Financially, in the crazy London housing market, this was perhaps not the most savvy decision. But the idea of owning our very own little building, having tiny gardens in the front and back, plus a roof, four walls, and a front door that belonged to us and only us, was irresistible. We told ourselves: The key really was not how much space we had, but how well we could use it.

    Photography by Jonathan Gooch for Remodelista.

    Isabel and George Blunden Portrait | Remodelista

    Above: Isabel and George Blunden at their new front door. 

    The terraced Victorian railway cottage had been a rental property for the past decade. Every cost- and corner-cutting renovation and bad decorating decision that could have been made had been made. There was pebble dash on the front facade (every other house on the street still has its lovely, original brickwork), rotting timber window surrounds and PVC casements in place of the original stone and wood, and an awkward L-shaped back extension that had to go. That was just the start. Aesthetically discouraging elements included flimsy doors, the sort of unlovely metal door handles you see in schools, cheap orange pine laminate floorboards, and an overload of spotlights absolutely everywhere—the sitting room ceiling looked like a Heathrow runway at night. The house was a bit sad and unloved. But we could see beyond all of that.

    The Ground Floor

    Dining Area looking toward outdoor patio of Isabel and George Blunden London Renovation | Remodelista

    Above: The front door opens to a combination living room and dining room.

    Awkward L-Shaped Kitchen and Small Patio Space in Isabel and George Blunden London Renovation | Remodelista

    Above: It was absolutely standing room only in the kitchen—and if the dishwasher or oven were open, it awkwardly trapped you on one side or the other. We longed for a bright, sociable household hub filled with friends and family—and not a cheerless corner that the cook was banished to.

    Awkward L-Shaped Kitchen in Isabel and George Blunden London Renovation | Remodelista

    Above: Structurally, the galley kitchen was the main problem. Situated in the aforementioned extension that intruded into the tiny back garden, it was a dark, narrow space that was blocking natural light to the rest of the downstairs and impractical to use.

    Stand alone white fridge next to wood cabinets in kitchen of Isabel and George London renovation | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen also took up the only sunny corner of our northwest-facing garden. It created a dead zone by the plastic sliding back door that was too small for a dining table but big enough to feel like a dreadful waste. Downstairs there was also a loo that was unnecessarily large and cut straight across the middle of the living space, and under the stairs was a big storage cupboard, fantastic for filling up with junk, but not a great use of that part of the house. We could see that we didn't have to extend the structure to give ourselves more room. With the benefit of hindsight, employing an architect at this point might have helped with storage issues and squeezing the most out of our new home. But we were full of energy and enthusiasm, and we wanted to do it ourselves.

    Exisiting Condition plans of Isabel and George Blunden London Renovation | Remodelista

    Above: Plans mapping the existing conditions of the two-story house. On the first floor, note the way the kitchen juts out awkwardly in the L-shaped extension and the powder room interrupts the middle of the space.

    Having come across plenty of similar properties during the course of our long house hunt, we had an idea of what could be achieved by shifting a few walls around, opening up rooms, and allowing light to flood through, all of which would give the place a better, more functional flow. It wasn’t a case of increasing square footage, we just had to repurpose the spaces. We plotted and planned the internal layout without an architect or designer. Our surveyor and our builder both chipped in with ideas and suggestions on what would and would not be possible.

    Proposed plans of Isabel and George Blunden London renovation | Remodelista

    Above: The proposed changes on both floors. In the kitchen, the plan was to knock down the old extension and flip the room 90 degrees—the point was to make the space feel bigger but preserve our precious sliver of outdoor space. On the second floor, fortunately, less fancy footwork was required.

    The Second Floor

    Despite the fact that there were no structural changes upstairs, we were still dreaming big, including a complete bathroom renovation. With three bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs, we had a fair amount of space but very little storage. For now though, we have scaled down our new bathroom ambitions until a later date. Here's a tour of what we were working with.

    Exposed sub-floor on stair landing of Isabel and George Blunden London renovation | Remodelista

    Above: What flooring to add? Fortunately, we didn't have to decide right away.

    Bedroom with vintage wardrobe and mirror in Isabel and George Blunden London Renovation | Remodelista

    Above: Lacking closets, where to stow our clothes? We set our sights on fitted wardrobes.

    Closet Overflow in Office of Isabel and George Blunden London Renovation | Remodelista

    Stay tuned: Tomorrow, I'll take you through our under-construction adventures.

    Can't resist a good Before and After? Have a look at:

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    Rowan McLachlan and Saan Davidson of Rowan & Saan work out of a shop in Kyneton, in the Macedon ranges near Melbourne. They use a combination of silversmithing, blacksmithing, and jewelry techniques, hand forging hardware with hammers and anvils. "Our work naturally leans toward qualities of wabi sabi," they say. "We aim to make products that are nice to hold, touch, and study, that are understated, simple, and celebrate everyday life." 

    Rowsaan Kitchen Hook | Remodelista

    Above: The Brass Kitchen Hook is $38 NZD ($30 USD) at Everyday Needs.

    Rowsaan Pulls | Remodelista

    Above: A studio tableau via The Third Row.

    Rowan Saan Circle Hook | Remodelista

    Above: The Circle Hook is $95 AUD ($77.45 USD) from Mr. Kitly.

    Rowsaan Cabinet Pulls | Remodelista

    Above L: The Brass U Handle is $52 AUD ($42.34 USD) from Rowsaan. Above R: The Cup Handle is $32 AUD ($26 USD) from Rowsaan.

    Rowsaan Curved Hook | Remodelista

    Above: The Brass Curved Hook is NZD $50 ($39.21) at Everyday Needs.

    Rowsaan Kitchen Hook | Remodelista

    Above: Brass kitchen hooks via The Third Row.

    Rowsaan Ring Handle | Remodelista

    Above: The Ring Handle is $52 AUD ($42 USD) from Rowsaan.

    Rowsaan Pulls | Remodelista

    Above: Tools of the trade via The Third RowTo see more, go to Rowsaan.

    For more room-changing Hooks and Hardware, consider:

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    Better known in just about every other room, sconces work wonders in the kitchen. From Jacobsen to Jielde, here are our picks for the best black industrial examples: Think glamour and visibility

    Gray Kitchen with Bestlite Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: The Bestlite Wall Lamp BL6 is $579 from Horne. Photograph by Heidi Lerkenfeldt.

    Kitchen with Black Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: The Lampe Gras Model 214 Wall Lamp ($580 from Design Within Reach) in a Melbourne kitchen by Australian firm Hecker Guthrie.

    Mantua Kitchen with Potence Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: In photographer Federica Bottoli and architect Vittorio Longheu's Family House in Mantua, Italy, a Prouvé Potence Light ($1,795 from Design Within Reach) provides illumination. 

    Serge Mouille Sconce in Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A Serge Mouille Two-Arm Wall Sconce ($5,200 from Design Within Reach) in a kitchen photographed by Ricardo Laguiole for Serge Mouille.

    Kitchen with Black Sconces | Remodelista

    Above: For similar sconces, consider the Barn Light Mini Eclipse Wall Sconce ($149) from Barn Light Electric. Photograph by Frida Ramstedt via Trendenser.

    Kitchen with Scissor Sconces | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of vintage scissor sconces in a kitchen by Mark Lewis; for something similar, consider the Industrial Scissor Articulating Wall Lamp ($175) from Long Made Co. on Etsy, or the Morgan Black Sconce ($179) from Crate & Barrel.

    Space Exploration Kitchen with Black Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: The winning kitchen in last summer's Best Professionally Design Kitchen in our Remodelista Considered Design Awards was Space Exploration's Brooklyn loft kitchen featuring vintage scissor sconces. 

    Emma Waight Kitchen with Black Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: Mercury-glass-lined lampshades in stylist Emma Waight's country kitchen in West Sussex, England. For sourcing ideas, go to Steal This Look: English Country Kitchen

    Black Jielde Lamps in Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In a kitchen via Plitka in Romania, a trio of Jielde Signal Two-Arm Wall Sconces; $390 each from Horne.

    Black Prouve Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: Paolo Rizzatto's 1973 Model 265 Wall Light for Flos is $1,425 from Hive Modern. 

    Bo Bedre Kitchen with AJ Sconces | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of black Arne Jacobsen AJ Wall Sconces ($946 each) from Design Within Reach in a kitchen via Bo Bedre.

    For more sourcing ideas, see last week's 10 Easy Pieces: Classic Black Metal Sconces.

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