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    Ten years ago, Michael L. Cioffi, a high-powered Cincinnati-based corporate lawyer with a passion for Renaissance history, celebrated his 50th birthday with his extended family by renting a villa in the green hills of the Val D'Orcia in Tuscany. His house had been restored and revived by Rome designer Ilaria Miani, and Cioffi was so impassioned by its ancient-meets-modern minimalism— and by the landscape itself—that he bought his own crumbling villa nearby and put Miani on the job. That was the first of a long series of projects he presented Miani and team with—because gradually Cioffi found himself acquiring much of the all-but-deserted 900-year-old village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, just up the hill from his house.

    Cioffi now presides over a boutique hotel, the Monteverdi, three surrounding rental villas in formerly boarded up 13th-to-16th-century structures, a blue-chip art gallery (and artist-in-residence program), a music festival, and a chapel (where last summer Wes Anderson screened one of his shorts for guests). Oh, and there's a spa opening this July.

    Cioffi's passion project is set up to be sustainable, but he insists he's more interested in creating his own "Renaissance movement for the 21st century" than making a profit. And, he points out, the 10 or so residents who were in the village when he arrived are still there—as are 60 new employees. Take a look.

    Photography via Monteverdi Tuscany.

    The restored hilltop village of Cstiliglioncello del Trinoro in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: This is not a movie set, though it's no wonder that Wes Anderson made the pilgrimage. The hamlet sits atop a hilltop with magical views all around. 

    Hotel Monteverdi

    Hotel Monteverdi in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: The hotel occupies a cluster of 16th-century buildings. Designer Iliara Miani's challenge was familiar to her from years of working in the region: The Val D'Orcia is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and no exterior changes can be introduced. 

    Hotel Monteverdi family suite in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: On the interiors, Miani was able to transform what had been last used as a 30-room pensione into 10 spacious rooms and suites, no two alike. Shown here, the Vergilius Room has twin beds on wheels that can be pushed together or apart. The room can be combined with the adjoining one to create a family suite.

    Hotel Monteverdi custom lights designed by Ilaria Miani | Remodelista

    Above: Miani's custom lights are her 21st-century answer to castle torches. Travel + Leisure dubbed her look "elegant monastic."

    Hotel Monteverdi in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: Owner Cioffi loves luxurious bathrooms and made it Miani's mandate that no two look anything alike, and that each offer sinks and showers with views. Shown here, Suite Sant'Andrea's stone sink original to the structure and clever hanging accessories caddy. The toiletries are made with ingredients from small farms by La Saponaria.

    Hotel Monteverde Il Pozzo suite with 18th century copper bathtub | Remodelista

    Above: The star feature of the Il Pozzo Suite is an 18th-century copper bathtub under the original beams.

    Hotel Monteverdi La Pieve suite | Remodelista

    Above: The Tuscan-farmhouse-inspired La Pieve Suite has a wood-burning fireplace and a king-size bed (Cioffi is tall and decided that king-size should be the norm).

    Hotel Monteverdi La Pieve suite bathroom | Remodelista

    Above: A modern Stone Age sink paired with travertine in the La Pieve bathroom.

    Hotel Monteverdi Suite del Bosco | Remodelista

    Above: Suite del Bosco is intended to conjure "a walk in the forest." The sculptures are Ilaria's "nod to the village farmers who used similar structures to dry grains." All the linens in the hotel and villas are supplied by venerable Italian company C&C Milano.

    Hotel Monteverdi Val D'Orcia suite, ideal for honeymooners | Remodelista

    Above: The honeymoon-ready Val D'Orcia Suite offers an en suite bathtub and sink for two, and heated towel bars

    Hotel Monteverdi restaurant Oreade | Remodelista

    Above: With its rock walls, the hotel restaurant, Oreade, has a cozy subterranean feel (though it's on the first floor).

    Hotel Monteverdi Enoteca courtyard | Remodelista

    Above: A shady terrace extends off the in-house wine bar.

    Hotel Monteverdi's terrace garden | Remodelista

    Above: A terraced garden wraps around the back of the hotel.

    Hotel Monteverdi infinity pool | Remodelista

    Above: There's also an infinity pool.

    Rental Villas

    Hotel Monteverdi garden in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: There are three rentals that range from two bedrooms to six, and each has its own terrace and outdoor sitting area. They start at €6,500 ($6,860) per week.

    Villas at Monteverdi Villa Muri Antichi library | Remodelista

    Above: The six-bedroom Villa Muri Antichi comes with a library in pale greens with original archways. 

    Villas at Monteverdi Villa San Pietro | Remodelista

    Above: The smallest of the villas, the San Pietro, has a compact kitchen.

    Villas at Monteverdi Villa San Pietro bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: One of the San Pietro's two bedrooms. 

    Villas at Monteverdi Amiata Villa | Remodelista

    Above: The three-story Villa Amiata has a fortress-like stone facade.

    The Village

    The road to Monteverdi in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: The road to Castiglioncello del Trinoro.

    The restored village of Castiligilioncello del Trinoro in Tuscany, setting for the Monteverdi hotel and villas | Remodelista

    Above: Most of the stone structures are now part of Monteverdi, but the restoration has avoided a Disneyfied feeling.

    Doorways in the restored village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above L and R: Historic doorways are another reason to come.

    The 12th century chapel at Monteverdi | Remodelista

    Above: The 12th-century chapel, formerly a near ruin, has been fully restored inside and out and now has first-rate acoustics. In addition to church services and weddings, concerts, talks, and performances regularly take place here.

    The cyprus-lined road to Siena from Monteverdi in Tuscany | Remodelista

    Above: The cypress-lined road from the village heading toward Siena. Castiglioncello del Trinoro is located midway between Rome and Florence. It's a two-hour drive from the Rome airport. For more details and reservations, go to Monteverdi Tuscany.

    Planning a trip to Italy? For our favorite hotels, restaurants, and shops, consult our City Guides. Another Tuscan art hub and hotel that we recommend is Villa Lena. On Gardenista, take a look at Sting's Tuscan Vineyard Estate.

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    Milan-based furniture and product designer Antonio Aricò has sawdust in his blood: He grew up in Reggio Calabria, in southern Italy, hammering together his first creations at the knees of his carpenter grandfather and uncle. He's since studied all over the world—product design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, metal and jewelry design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland, and traditional furniture making in Spain. And he's shown his work globally as well. 

    Recently, Aricò was invited by the Triennale Design Museum of Milan to produce an affordable collection for Design Boomart, a Stockholm exhibit that took place in late January. For it, he returned to his roots and came up with Oldways, a group of rustic kitchen accessories fabricated for him by none other than his grandfather Saverio Zaminga.

    Photography by F. Zaminga.

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech kitchen utensils made in Calabria, in Southern Italy, at the family carpetry shop by his grandfather, Saverio Zaminga | Remodelista

    Above: "I was inspired by the objects that are always hanging on the walls of my nonno's kitchen, simple wooden designs created in a basic way," says Aricò. His Kitchen Utensils, shown here, begin as drawings that his grandfather then cuts out by hand, no two exactly alike

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech kitchen utensils made by grandfather in Calabria, Italy | Remodelista

    Above: The Utensils are made of beechwood—as are all of the pieces in the collection—and are €15 ($15.87) apiece.

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech wood rolling pins, fabricated by his grandfather in Calabria, in the South of Italy | Remodelista

    Above: His Rolling Pins, €18 ($19) each, are slightly rough to "give a natural texture to the dough."

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech wood rolling pins, fabricated by his grandfather in Calabria, in the South of Italy | Remodelista

    Above: The Rolling Pins hang from leather cording.

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech chopping blocks made by grandfather in Calabria, Italy | Remodelista

    Above: Chopping Blocks—which Aricò describes as "slices of beechwood, instinctively and simply cut"—come in three sizes and range in price from €20 ($21) to €35 ($37).

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech chopping block made by grandfather in Calabria, Italy | Remodelista

    Above: The narrowest Block is sized for serving salumi.

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech cheese graters made the old-fashioned way, from tin cans, by grandfather in Calabria, Italy | Remodelista

    Above: Aricò's Cheese Graters are made the old, resourceful way—by drilling holes in tomato soup cans with a nail.

    Designer Antonio Arico's beech cheese graters made the old-fashioned way, from tin cans, by grandfather in Calabria, Italy | Remodelista

    Above: The Grater, €18 ($19) each, is "simple and spartan, but modern in its shape," says Aricò. 

    Worldwide shipping is available; to place orders, contact Aricò via his website or email

    For more of the rustic look, see:

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    World's most cheerful chair? Here's a roundup of our rattan-inspired favorite swings (with a few fabric options for hammock lovers).

    Take note that natural rattan is best when it's kept in a dry location—perfect for hanging on a covered porch or indoors from a ceiling beam (bring that summer feeling inside). Want to hang a chair from a branch in the garden? Synthetic rattan to the rescue. Several of our selections are made from weather-resistant fibers.

    If you prefer something more horizontal, see 10 Relaxation-Inducing Indoor Hammocks

    Above: The Original Cobble Mountain Chair is handmade in Vermont and has a bentwood frame of locally harvested oak. The $265 price includes two cushions. Photograph via Refinery 29.


    Above: Made in Indonesia of hand-bent rattan, Serena and Lily's Hanging Rattan Chair is suspended by a heavy-duty loop and rope (included). Available in natural or white, it's $450, and a Double Hanging Rattan Chair is $695.

    Above: Anthropologie's Rattan Hanging Chair has a lacquered finish and is intended for indoor use; $598, including hardware.


    Above: The Layla Grace Rattan Hanging Chair will hold up to 180 pounds in weight. It measures 40 inches high by 24 inches deep by 40 inches wide and costs $544.


    Above: Spotted at the Montauk Surf Lodge and the Jonathan Adler–designed Parker Palm Springs, the Single Hanging Swing from Fran's Wicker is handcrafted from a natural-finish rattan and comes with a hanging chain; $358.



    Above: The Two's Company Hanging Rattan Chair is made of natural rattan and measures 40 by 24 by 28 inches; $381 on Amazon.

    Above: From Spanish design team MUT, the Nautica Swing Chair looks like bentwood and comes with a fabric seat. The indoor version is crafted of peeled and tinted rattan, while the nearly identical-looking outdoor version is made of high-resistance aluminum tubing. Contact Expormim for pricing and availability.

    Cuzco hanging chair from Urban Outfitters | Remodesta

    Above: Urban Outfitters' Cuzco Hanging Chair, $198, has a macrame swing and hangs from a loop (hardware not included).


    Above: A Scandinavian classic designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1959, the handmade rattan Egg Chair is designed for indoor use; €1,759 ($1,876) through Sika Design.


    Above: Another midcentury design, the Eureka Hanging Chair by Giovanni Travasa is still being handmade in Italy, and finished with a leather hanging strap. Prices start at $5,925, depending on the finish, at Property Furniture.

    Above: From Ladies & Gentleman Studio, the Ovis Hanging Chair pairs a felted Navajo wool sling (also available in black leather) with a wood and metal frame of either brass or copper; from $2,800.

    Paola Lenti Slide Swing | Remodeilsta

    Above: The Paola Lenti Slide Swing from Italy is made of ash and hangs from stainless steel cables covered with braiding. Go to Paola Lenti to find a dealer near you.

    Need something that will hold more people? Take a look at Gardenista's DIY: Giant Porch Swing. And check out Julie's 5 Favorites: Porch Swings

    And for some real indoor swinging, go to 14 Children's Swings for Indoor Play.

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    This post is an update; it originally ran on Gardenista on August 13, 2013, as part of the Travels with an Editor in Barcelona issue.

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

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

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

    Photography via Ábaton Architects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Above: The mini (but lofty) kitchen.

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

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

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

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

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  • 04/15/15--06:00: Superfolk: Art Foragers
  • Gearóid Muldowney and Jo Anne Butler are the couple behind Superfolk, a design studio specializing in "everyday home goods for people who prefer the wild outdoors." After meeting at art school in Dublin—he has a degree in craft design and she has a masters in architecture—the two headed into the wild themselves. They live and work in Westport, on Ireland's windswept Atlantic coast, where they forage for inspiration in their own backyard. 

    Known for their camp stools, wooden trivets, and earthy pottery, the two have branched out into printmaking. As an ode to their rambles, they've recently created a series of hand-cut lino prints depicting "wild and seasonal foods." First up: three lyrical seaweeds. The new designs are exclusive to Makers & Brothers in Dublin.


    Above: "Our products reflect the character and behavior of the raw materials from which they are made," say the couple. Their prints, including Seaweed Spaghetti, are Japanese ink on 130-gram vellum. They measure 64 by 48 centimeters (24 by 18 inches), and are €78 ($85) each.

    Superfolk is currently refining the prototype for the wood bar frame and plan to offer it in the future. To source similar designs, see 6 Simple Ways to Hang Art.


    Above: The Carrageen Print depicts a red algae seaweed that grows in rocky parts of the Atlantic. "Superfolk products are a tribute to Ireland’s heritage of vernacular object making, playfully referencing a way of life rooted in the land, its animals and its weather," writes Makers & Brothers. "They design and make objects imbued with a poetic optimism."


    Above: The Dillisk Print captures another red seaweed that's native to the north coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific. 

    See more designs from Makers & Brothers, and for more on Superfolk, read their interview with Makers & Brothers founder Jonathan Legge here.

    Want to make your own prints? Consider Justine's DIY Pressed Seaweed Prints and Easy Leaf Prints.

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    Bring in the outdoors with nature-inspired wallpaper. Here are 13 standout examples: whole rooms and single walls alive with leafy branches, birds, and butterflies.

    Dining room with wallpaper of de Gournay I Remodelista

    Above: A dining room wall featuring hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay, a British luxury interiors company, specializing in wallpaper and more. Photograph via House to Home

    Lou Archell's home wallpaper Willow Boughs pattern I Remodelista

    Above: Lou Archell's dining area is covered in Willow Boughs, a William Morris pattern available at Wallpaper Direct. Photograph via Design Sponge. LA stylist/designer Estee Stanley used the same paper in her Hancock Park Home.


    Above: A wall in Michelle McKenna's London kitchen is dressed up with a Chinoiserie panel from Fromental. Photograph by Emma Lee

    Bedroom designed by Susan-Shaker I Remodelista

    Above: Nature enters a bedroom in New York's Chelsea by way of hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. Interior design and photograph by Suzanne Shaker via 1st Dibs.

    Home of Tiina Laakonen and Jon Rosen I Remodelista

    Above:  A guest bedroom in Tiina Laakonen and Jon Rosen's Hamptons house is clad in Apollo, a midcentury butterfly print by Finnish artist Rut Bryk. Contact Tiina the Store for details about the wallpaper and other Finnish patterns. Photograph by François Halard for T Magazine

    Home of Tiina Laakonen and Jon Rosen I Remodelista

    Above: In another bedroom Tiina Laakonen paired a black version of Rut Bryk's butterfly design with Night of the Skylarks by Birger Kaipiainen. Contact Tiina the Store for purchase information. Tour the whole compound in the Remodelista book. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Dumbo loft Robertson Pasanella master bedroom I Remodelista

    Above: For a master bedroom in a Brooklyn loft, husband-and-wife team Marco Pasanella and Rebecca Robertson covered a master bedroom wall in Cole & Son Woods wallpaper. See more in A Whimsical Family Loft in Brooklyn, Whale Wallpaper Included. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Wythe hotel Wallpaper Cooperage I Remodelista

    Above: Dan Funderburgh, a Brooklyn illustrator, artist, and wallpaper designer, is the mastermind behind Cooperage, shown here in a suite at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn. 

    St Alban Coffee Charleston Wallpaper by Lewis Wood I Remodelista

    Above: At St. Alban Coffee in Charleston, North Carolina, gray paneling is paired with Adam's Eden wallpaper from UK company Lewis & Wood. Photograph via @TheOlive_mj on Instagram. 

    The home of Catarina Skoglund I Remodelista

    Above: Catarina Skoglund's home is papered in classic Josef Frank patterns. See more of her home in our post Steal This Look: An Anglo-inspired Kitchen in Gothenburg. Photograph via Skoglund's Swedish blog Lovely Life.

    Raphael Wallpaper by Sandberg I Remodelista

    Above: Swedish company Sandberg's Raphael wallpaper pattern evokes 18th-century French tapestries. In the US, Sandberg wallpapers and fabrics are available through the Scandinavian Design Center.

    Michelle McKenna London house I Remodelista

    Above: London designer Michelle McKenna's sons' room is papered in Paradiset, a fanciful Josef Frank pattern from Svenst Tenn in Stockholm. Tour the whole townhouse in the Remodelista book and our post The Power of Pastels. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Rebel Walls Wallpaper Bellewood I Remodelista.

    Above: Rebel Walls of Sweden offers wall coverings featuring outdoor scenes. Bellewood, a modern toile, depicts a mysterious forest.

    For more wallpaper inspiration, take a look at:

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    The recipe for how to double a kitchen: Add a wall of folding glass doors, and then blend a terrace and garden into the mix. The owners of a semidetached Victorian in Dulwich, in south London, tried it out; take a look at their results. 

    Photography via JJ Locations.

    Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: When the glass doors are folded back, the garden becomes an instant extension of the kitchen. Concrete flooring blurs the lines between indoors and out. (See Remodeling 101: Polished Concrete Floors.) And if you're experiencing cutting board envy, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Display-Worthy Cutting Boards and Cutting Boards to Covet.

    Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: The tiered garden itself is cleverly divided into two rooms: The lower level serves as a place for barbecuing and lounging and the upper level is a low-maintenance green garden, all of it enclosed by slatted wood fencing. (See Gardenista's Hardscaping 101: Design Guide for Fences for ideas about styles, height, and costs.)

    London indoor-outdoor kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The hub of the kitchen is its minimalist marble island with waterfall edges. (Dreaming of your own marble island? Learn the pros and cons in Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops and take a look at Designer Krista Nye Schwartz's Marble Island and 11 Kitchen Islands Gone Glamorous.) For a similar faucet, consider the Kohler K-6131-3-2BZ Oil-Rubbed Bronze Parq Deck-Mount Faucet

    London indoor-outdoor kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen has plenty of storage seamlessly incorporated above and below the sink and along the back wall. Like the hardware-free look? See Remodeling 101: Invisible Touch-Latch Hardware and Reveal Openings.

    To make a similar clock, go to DIY: A Color-Blocked Wall Clock for $25. Barn Light Electric offers the Wesco Deep Bowl Chain Hung Pendant in a range of sizes.

    Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: The eating area is elegantly set off by a paneled black wall. To link the dark and light halves of the room, the turned wood table is painted tuxedo style. The two wood chairs are classic Ercols, paired with an Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair with Dowel Legs.

    London indoor-outdoor kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Counter seating and an sofa, all in black and white, further blur the lines between indoors and out. For similar stools, consider the Sawkille Co. Oxidized Maple Drink Stool from March in San Francisco. See 10 Easy Pieces: Black Wharf Lights for similar outdoor sconces.

    Working on your own kitchen? Consult our Remodeling 101 archive for advice on everything from counter and cabinet materials to where to place electrical outlets. And get inspired by our Kitchens of the Week:

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    Suddenly surfacing all over: camp-style enameled flatware in graceful, ghostly white. The latest addition to the raging enamelware revival, the cutlery is as versatile as a T-shirt, and equally at home on a picnic and at the dinner table. 

    Quartet Flatware Set from Terrain | Remodelista

    Above: The Quartet Flatware Set from Terrain, $68 for a four-piece place setting, comes in three finishes: enamel (shown here), copper, and stainless steel.

    Variopinte enamelware bowl and spoons | Remodelista

    Above: Ideal for eating cereal and doling out jam—no campfire required. Variopinte's bowl and spoons are part of Italian designer Stefania di Petrillo's large enamelware collection. Spoons are €14.95 ($15.95) and Bowls in Green Almond start at €12 ($12.81) from Variopinte. Photograph via DESIGNality.

    Variopinte enameled cutlery | Remodelista

    Above: Variopinte Enameled Cutlery is sold by the piece: Forks and Spoons, €14.95 ($15.95). Knives, €24 ($25.63), Dessert Spoons, €12.50 ($13.35), Salad Server Fork and Spoon, €22 ($23.50) each. Inquire about salt spoons. Photograph via Design Crush.

    West Elm Enamel Flatware | Remodelista

    Above: West Elm Enamel Server Sets, sized for serving, are on sale for $14.99 in navy and $10.99 in gray (marked down from $39). 

    Small Enamel Spoons from Dot & Co in Australia |  Remodelista

    Above: For serving salt: Small Enamel Spoons come in five colors: $32 AUD ($24.57) from Dot & Co. in Australia.

    Enamel Flatware Set from Williams Sonoma | Remodelista

    Above: A three-piece Enamel Flatware Set is $14.95 from Williams-Sonoma.

    Japanese enamel cutlery from Cachette via The Mint List | Remodelista

    Above: From Kaico of Japan, makers of one of our favorite tea kettles, enamel cutlery that's been creating a global splash. It's available at a number of retailers, including Poketo, which sells a Four-Piece Flatware Set for $78. Cachette in France offers the pieces individually and in sets, as does The Mint List in the UK. Photograph via the Mint List.

    Kaico enamel flatware, image via Nest | Remodesta

    Above: Kaico's cutlery can be hung on a wall or strung as wind chimes. Nest sells a range of the pieces individually: White Enamel Forks and Dessert Spoons are $10; Knives are $15; Enamel Salad Spoons are $14.50 each—and there's more. Brook Farm General Store also offers much of the collection. Photograph via Nest.

    Ready to add to your enamelware arsenal? Take a look at:

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    Every room at the Hotel Henriette, newly overhauled by Paris designer Vanessa Scoffier, is a lesson in the transformative powers of paint and a few well-chosen (but affordable) furnishings. It's at the top of our Where to Check In Next list—with thanks to our travel writer friend Emily Mathieson for the tip-off. And in the meantime, we're taking inspiration for our own homes.

    Photography from Hotel Henriette, except where noted.

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: The 30-year-old Left Bank hotel, yards from Les Gobelins metro (and formerly known as the Hotel Résidence les Gobelins), was given a makeover by Vanessa Scoffier of Les Nouveaux Decorateurs. Working on a tight budget and with a directive to make the place feel "both accessible and exclusive," she came up with a look that's "vintage, bohème, and très DIY." 

    Shown here, the winter garden off the lobby (which is still being completed). "From a young age, I've scoured flea markets," says Scoffier, who mixed "every style and époque to make modern with the old." 

    Hotel Henriette Paris breakfast room/restaurant | Remodelista

    Above: The breakfast room's custom wool bench cushions establish the palette Scoffier, a former fashion editor, used inventively throughout—and without ever repeating herself.

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: There are 32 guest rooms, no two the same, but all surprisingly affordable: They start at €69 ($73.75) for a single and go up to €149 ($159.19) for connecting rooms for two to four people. 

    Like the striped quilts? Hedge House sells similar Bedrolls.

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: The remodel took 14 months to complete, and in lieu of introducing expensive millwork Scoffier used plywood and paint. We love plywood, too; see Remodeling 101 and The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood

    This room is a Deluxe Double, 23 square meters (approximately 248 square feet). The bedding was sourced from Bodie and Fou (see more ideas below). Photograph by Hervé Goluza for Glamour France.

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above L: Scoffier created Hotel Henriette's paint colors herself. Above R: Every room has a work area. For similar designs, see 10 Easy Pieces: Desks for Small Spaces

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: Soulful old rattan and brass metalwork are recurring themes. One of Scoffier's best sources: Les Puces du Design, a flea market devoted to 20th-century design.

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: A two-toned double with a mural of mirrors. Find similar Rattan Mirrors from Two's Company. 

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: Another inventive—and easy to replicate—paint job in an 11-square-meter (118-square-foot) Happy Single, the smallest room in the hotel.  (See more multicolored paint jobs in Go Big or Go Home: 10 Geometric Painted Walls.)


    Above: A vintage leather gym mat is hung as a headboard. (Take a look at variations on the theme in 10 Favorites: Vintage Gym Equipment as Decor.) The rope light is the Flax Light by Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma from Thomas Eyck.


    Above L and R: A tiled bathroom in a double room. Note the use of humble bouquets (and occasional floral patterns) to add color and life.


    Above: Palest pink stands up to soft turquoise in a 15-square-meter (161.5-square-foot) Chambre Twin. Photograph via Avenue Lifestyle.


    Above: A headboard made from painted salvaged doors. (Discover more ways to put doors to work in 5 Quick Fixes: Doors as Decor and A Door-Filled Bistro in Bucharest.)

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: Scoffier detailed a room in hot pink paint; no-commitment washi tape also works (see The Power of Pink and Washi Tape as Decor).

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: A low-key tropical look in a junior suite. Find out where to source leafy wallpaper in 13 Favorites: Rooms with Flora and Fauna Wallpaper.

    Hotel Henriette in Paris designed by Vanessa Scoffier | Remodelista

    Above: Tea in bed. For more bedding sources, see Mix-and-Match Linens from France and 5 Favorites: Pale Pink Linen Sheets—or head straight to Merci.

    See more of Vanessa Scoffier's work at Les Nouveaux Decorateurs.

    Hotel Henriette is located on a cobblestone street in the 13th Arr., close to the Mouffetard district.

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    Illustrator Maartje van den Noort and furniture designer Ruben van der Scheer have the haute-bohemian touch. Just about everything in their serene East Amsterdam one-bedroom rental, they either found or made themselves: "We have a classical mirror from the side of the road, crockery I just couldn't leave on the shelves of a secondhand store, thrift shop chests. I think the only new thing in our apartment is an Ikea sofa (from the sale corner)," says Maartje. 

    Photography by Jeltje Janmaat via House of C.

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: The apartment is in a 1918 building situated above a Protestant church and has a small balcony off the living area. Maartje and Ruben's one splurge was their floor, which they made affordable by ordering the wood with three other neighbors in the building and painting it palest green themselves. Their Ikea sale sofa is shown here; an "older woman from the church" gave Ruben the comfy armchair by the window. 

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: The focal point of the room is Maartje's patchwork globe light. She made it from fabric scraps—"some pieces are old bed linen from my family"—and the patterned panels are screen-printed with her artwork. Maartje specializes in drawings and paintings of birds and plants—see her portfolio and stationery and print shop at Maartje van den Noort—and the stitched shades are a side specialty she makes on request.

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: The couple bought their midcentury cabinet came from a cabinetmaker who found it in an old house. "It's a bit of a canvas where I put  books with cool covers, presents we want to remember, and pictures," says Maartje. The print of hands and feet—a birthday present to Ruben from Maartje—is by 18th-century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piazzetta. Maartje re-covered the chair, a trash find, in vintage fabric: "I am not an upholsterer, but this one worked."

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: Ruben made their dining table from a door; in the recess where the doorknob used to be, he hid a matchstick with their names on it. Ruben specializes in using Dutch woods and frequently works on commission; to see his designs, go to Ruben van der Scheer. The collection of "adopted chairs" inspired Maartje's collection of Chair Postcards.

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort in her Amsterdam kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: "Our kitchen is a standard Brabantia kitchen—the kind that's as plain, simple, and cheap as possible," says Maartje. "It was placed here five years ago when the whole building was renovated." Ruben customized it with wooden shelves and a triangular extension at the end, next to the coffeemaker.

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: Vintage wallpaper—a thrift store score that they hung themselves—patterns the wall outside the home office. The stoneware lamp was a housewarming gift, a 1970s relic that came with its branch-patterned towering shade.

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: Maartje and Ruben both have studios nearby and share their study for administrative work. The high shelves hold "a little collection of things we found or kept from our childhoods."

    Illustrator Maartje Van Den Noort and furniture designer Ruben Van Der Scheer's Amsterdam apt via House of C | Remodelista

    Above: Another of Maartje's fanciful globe lights hovers like a hot-air balloon over the bed. "Our bedroom is very plain: The curtains are from a thrift store as is the bedding (although I made the duvet cover)." The vintage school poster came from a flea market in Maartje's hometown of Zeeland, the westernmost province in the Netherlands. "It's a place with a lot of water and beach," she says—and one where artists and artful scavengers are born. 

    Some of our favorite rooms have lantern-style lighting. For DIY ideas, take a look at:

    For readymade paper lanterns, see:

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    Darwin would approve. João and Raquel, an artist couple in Porto, Portugal, with a collecting bent and a letterpress studio, have begun reproducing their own versions of antique educational wall charts of flora and fauna—much like the one in today's House Call. Their work looks convincingly like the real thing, only it's much more affordable.

    Vintage-style canvas poster of seaweed made by Etsy sellers Arminho | Remodelista

    Above: João and Raquel make watercolor reproductions of original botanical illustrations that they print on canvas and finish with wooden slats (which come included). They sell their work via their Etsy shop Arminho. Their Seaweeds Canvas Poster, 16.5 by 23.6 inches, is $58.44.

    Vintage-style canvas whales poster by Arminho via Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: The Whales Canvas Poster is available in several sizes, from 16.5 by 12.2 inches (shown above, $37.49) to 24 by 32 inches ($99.24).

    Vintage-style canvas botanical poster by Arminho via Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: João and Raquel's Large Cactus Canvas Poster depicts Opuntia jamaicensis endemic to Jamaica. It measures 23.5 by 35.4 inches; $99.24.

    Vintage-style geology poster by Arminho via Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: A replica of a Geology Educational Chart, 15.3 by 21.6 inches; $55.13.

    Vintage-style canvas poster of camomile by Arminho via Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: For the herbal tea lover? Arminho's botanical illustration of Camomile, printed on canvas that measures 19.6 by 27.5 inches, is $43 (wooden slat hangers not included).

    Take a look at some more of our favorite botanical art:

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    Michelle and crew are taking the First Lady's lead and letting the growing season begin. Take a look at their 19 favorite spring DIYs, the new wicker from Ikea, and upholstered outdoor sofas. Also don't miss: the world's best-looking goat barn.

    Michelle Obama in the White House garden | Gardenista

    Above: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Michelle Obama.

    Ikea's new Nipprig planter baskets | Gardenista

    Above: Currently Coveting: Ikea's New Wicker Collection for Summer.

    Casamidi Altamurra sofa | Gardenista

    Above: 10 Easy Pieces: Best Upholstered Outdoor Sofas.

    Gardenista editors' favorite spring DIYs in their own homes

    Above: Editors' Picks: 19 Favorite Spring DIYs in Our Own Homes.

    Pygmy goat barn in Bavaria by Kuhnein Architecture | Gardenista

    Above: Outbuilding of the Week: An Architect-Designed Barn for Pygmy Goats.

    Browse Gardenista and the back issues archive for more.

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    As the weather warms and we collectively pack away our woolens and turtlenecks, it’s time to rethink the summer ensemble. We figure, the less fabric that touches the skin, the better. Enter the caftan, a style of traditional dress worn across North African regions and adapted by Europeans and Americans for its fluid—and merciful—cut. In the late sixties, the caftan emerged as a modern, effortless uniform: Yves Saint Laurent lounged in the Majorelle Garden in a Moroccan version, and Diana Vreeland wore flowing red silk on her chaise at home and as evening wear.

    The good news: The caftan in making a comeback. The latest versions, while still cut in forgiving proportions, take a more subtle and polished approach that can look as casual or formal as desired. Here are our nine selects for the heat waves ahead.

    Two Caftans from Brooklyn, New York | Remodelista

    Above: Fashion designer Monica Patel-Cohn has led the revival via Two, her line of caftans made in New York of hand-woven Indian textiles and sari fabric. The cotton Black and Peach Temple-Design Caftan is $360. For more from Patel-Cohn, read our post Caftan Chic, by Way of Brooklyn.

    The Elder Statesman White Caftan | Remodelista

    Above: On a luxe note, the Elder Statesman's White Caftan is cut from an ultrasoft pashmina cashmere; $2,150 at Tiina the Store online and in East Hampton. See more of shop owner Tiina Laakonen's curation in our post Rhapsody in Blue: A Finnish Stylist at Home in the Hamptons.

    Acne Studios Cedar Kaftan | Remodelista

    Above: A modernist caftan, Acne Studio's Cedar Kaftan in almost-black navy poplin cotton is $340 at La Garçonne.

    Dosa Aleppo Tunic | Remodelista

    Above: The Dosa Aleppo Tunic has a silhouette borrowed from the traditional caftan. The dress is in a soft, sheer, rice khadi cotton and is $300 from Farfetch.

    Jesse Kamm Imperial Tunic in White | Remodelista

    Above: At the height of last summer, I noticed a girl in Williamsburg looking cooly composed in one of Jesse Kamm's pullover dresses; it's been on my wish list ever since. The crinkled cotton Imperial Tunic can be worn as a caftan-like dress or over leggings; $470 at Creatures of Comfort (online, and in LA and NYC).

    Horses Atelier Long Smoking Dress | Remodelista

    Above: From Horses Atelier, the Long Smoking Dress in a black crinkled cotton is $298 at Kick Pleat.

    Lemlem Amash Maxi Poncho at J.Crew | Remodelista

    Above: The Lemlem Amash Maxi Poncho is handwoven in Ethiopia by an association devoted to providing economic independence for local weavers; $325 at J. Crew.

    Two Caftans from Brooklyn, New York; White Sheer Cotton Caftan | Remodelista

    Above: Another caftan from Two: the White Sheer Cotton Caftan is $320.

    Isabel Marant Étoile Viola Dress Caftan | Remodelista

    Above: From the consistently bohemian Isabel Marant Étoile, the white cotton Viola Dress with tonal detailing is $365 at La Garçonne.

    For more style inspiration, see:

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    Take a look at a few things we're obsessing over this week.

    AMB House | Remodelista

    • Above: After a week of exploring The Indoor-Outdoor Life, we're admiring a house in São Paolo, Brazil, that blurs the lines between architecture and terrain. Photograph by Leonardo Finotti
    • Catnip for the design-minded. 
    • The world's most attractive water filter is now a water pitcher

    Norden ceramic candles via Fine Life Company | Remodeilsta

    Louis Vuitton Room | Remodelista

    2015 Remodelista Market

    • Above: Mark your calendars: The first Remodelista Market of 2015 will be at the Marin Country Mart on May 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We hope to see you there. (And you might want to stay for dinner.)  Photograph by Jessica Comingore for Remodelista. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @dltxii

    • Above: One of our favorite photographers Douglas Lyle Thompson (@dltxii) shares his world travels via Instagram. 

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Chickpea Magazine

    • Above: Looking for dining room inspiration? Follow Chickpea magazine's Dining board on Pinterest. 

    Catch up on our latest issue, Indoor-Outdoor Life, and head over to Gardenista to browse Gardening Ideas to Steal from Michelle Obama, and More

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    Are you ready for a yellow floor? How about a green refrigerator? Now that we're devotees of the indoor-outdoor life, this week we're broadening our palette. Join us for a celebration of the power and potency of living with color.  

    Primary Colors, Remodelista issue, week of April 20 | Remodelista


    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: At home in LA, Lauren Soloff—today's Designer Visit—goes bold and brave with a contemporary Indian silk rug. "I like to build color from the ground up," she says. Photograph by Nancy Neil.


    Hotel Tivoli in Tivoli, NY owned by artists Brice and Helen Marden, designed by Reunion Goods & Services | Remodelista

    Above: This week's Steal This Look is a soothingly colorful bedroom at the Hotel Tivoli in upstate New York, designed by art stars Brice and Helen Marden in collaboration with Reunion Goods & Services.

    Yellow Painted Floors | Remodelista

    Above: Also on Tuesday, we're rounding up some of our favorite Remodelista bright spots: Watch for Color Stories.


    Pick n Mix lights from Rothschilld & Bickers UK | Remodelista

    Above: Even if you're not ready to fully commit to color, chances are you have a tinted glass pendant light in your future—or at least you'll want one after you see the spectrum of options in Wednesday's Pendant Lights roundup. 


      Gorenje fridge via The Kitchen Hunter | Remodelista

    Above: Isn't it time to let refrigerators break from their chilly white and stainless past—without putting them undercover? In Thursday's Trend Alert, we size up the emergence of the colorful fridge. 


      Bedroom photo by French photographer Romain Richard | Remodelista

    Above: In Friday's Expert Advice column, we delve into sleep-enhancing sheets and bedding (and simple laundry tips and tricks). In the meantime, take a look at 5 Favorites: Pale Pink Linen Sheets and 10 Secrets for a Better Night's Sleep. Photograph by Romain Ricard.

    Head to Gardenista this week for outdoor living and gardening inspiration from Down Under: Ideas to Steal from Australian Gardens, Ikea hack entryway planters, Joost Bakker's Melbourne Garden, and more.

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    After working with paint and pattern all day, a lot of designers like to return home to a restorative palette of neutrals. Lauren Soloff finds tranquility by allowing in a groundswell of color.

    A child of the seventies and eighties known for her invitingly laid-back interiors (she's on board with the macramé revival), Soloff lives with her eight-old-son, Roman, on the ground floor of a 1920s Spanish-style stucco house in LA's Hancock Park. A California convert, Soloff grew up in New York—she has an undergrad degree in art history from Columbia University and went on to study architecture at UCLA, but she soon found herself with so many clients that she left school and has been working ever since. She currently has her own solo practice.

    Soloff and Roman's rental was in move-in condition when they claimed it almost two years ago. "I'm accustomed to doing overhauls, but this project was really just about decorating, which was great," she says. "I like to be very bare bones In my own life." Toward that end, Soloff began with a blank slate by painting every room Benjamin Moore Cloud White. She then layered in texture and color by applying years' worth of collected objects and ideas. The results have an easy, unstudied look—which is exactly what Soloff always aims for. 

    Photography by Nancy Neil, except where noted.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: Soloff's front door opens into the living room, sectioned off from the hall by slatted double doors. Eucalyptus leaves from the Hollywood Farmers' Market sit in a pail from Soloff's friend fashion designer Jenni Kayne's home shop in West Hollywood. The ceramic and twig wall hanging is by contemporary LA artist Heather Levine. Like the Noguchi globe light? Read about it in Object Lessons

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: "That rug is magic; it told me what was going to happen in the rest of the house," says Soloff. A contemporary silk ikat made in India, the design is a one-off from Lawrence of La Brea: "The rug actually belongs to my best friend, and is on long-term loan. It's like clothing—a big statement that's not for everyone; I love it and knew I could live with it."

    Soloff points out that rest of the room is in neutral shades and there's no art on the walls to compete with the floor (though she succumbed to a TV over the mantel—"You know what, it's a living room we really live in. I wasn't going to conceal it.") 

    Lauren Soloff in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above L: Soloff's wicker hoop chair came from the Rose Bowl Flea Market: "If you're going to use color, it's good to balance it out with natural materials: wood floors, oatmeal sheepskin, rattan. It all offsets the way color vibrates." Her George Smith Jules Sofa ("the first real thing I ever bought and now my forever sofa") is upholstered in Belgian linen. Note the linen pillows and paisley throw, both from Nickey Kehoe: "If you ask me, pillows and a throw are not how to introduce a perk of color. I like building color from the ground up."

    Above R: A steer skull—"I've always wanted to have a Georgia O'Keefe moment"—hangs over an Indonesian chest in the dining room where Soloff hides "tea sets and Tiffany wine glasses—all my fancy stuff I'm never going to use." The rusty boat propeller is one of the many sculptural objects displayed as art.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: Soloff grew up in a house filled with cacti and African baskets—"that period really resonates with me." Her mosaic table came from LA antiques gallery Lawson Fenning

    Lauren Soloff Dining Room in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A perk of the job: Clients and friends give Soloff things they can't use anymore, such as her farmhouse dining table. The wicker globe light came from Rewire and was inspired by the lights in the dining area at Soho House in LA. Yes, that's a bona fide sixties macramé planter.

    Designer Lauren Soloff in her LA dining room, photo by Michelle Drewes |  Remodelista

    Above: Soloff in a vintage dress sits in front of French windows that overlook her front yard. Photograph by Michelle Drewes.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: A midcentury sideboard is playfully propped with a toy sailboat and pieces from Soloff's ceramics collection: a "vintage Italian sixties drippy pitcher" and a vase by LA potter Adam Silverman. (See his pendant lights in Something Old, Something New: The Evolution of a Beverly Hills Home.) Soloff's vintage Thonet chairs were another hand-me-down. 

      Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: The vintage kitchen, with its tiled countertops, is Soloff's favorite room in the house: "I love to cook; it's admittedly makeshift—I'm still looking for a kitchen table—but it's clean and airy and nice to be in." A lava-glazed yard sale vase holds pincushion flowers; the wooden spoon canister is by Humble Ceramics. The red-framed print is a vintage David Smith Whitney Museum poster that Soloff bought in bad shape—"broken glass, water stains"—and salvaged. 

    Lauren Soloff Kitchen in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen's cabinetry is original and only required fresh white paint. "I've tried a lot of whites and Cloud White is my go-to. It's not too cool or too warm, too blue or too yellow. Art looks fantastic on it. And it reflects light beautifully." (See more options in 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' White Paint Picks.)

    Hanging from the ceiling: another Noguchi Light and a ceramic bell by Michelle Quan (see 5 Five Favorites: Bohemian Modern Ceramic Bells).

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: "I'm not a fan of open shelves because stuff gets so dirty on them unless you use it every day," says Soloff. "Glass cabinets for me are so much smarter, because I get to display all my Heath and other ceramics." An Adam Silverman turquoise bowl sits on the counter.

    Lauren Soloff Bedroom in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A still life—"it's just a Flemish copy, but I liked it"—sits next to a La Chamba covered pot that Soloff uses at dinner parties. Learn about the black pottery in Design Sleuth.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen came with its freestanding Viking range: "It's changed my cooking game," says Soloff. "Admittedly, this isn't the most practical setup, but I love the way the stove looks on its own." Read—and weigh in on—our Remodeling 101 debate: The Viking vs. Wolf Range.

    Kitchen still life from designer Lauren Soloff's LA house | Remodelista

    Above: A stovetop collection: Heath Ceramics, a vintage Jens Quistgaard pepper mill, and a ceramic salt bowl by Materia Lumina.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: A giant dream catcher—a souvenir from a mother-son trip to Tulum, Mexico—hangs over Roman's bed. The embroidered pillow is by Coral & Tusk.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: Roman loves to draw and has a vintage drafting table that came from Soloff's grandparents with a pharmacy light. The chair is the Eiffel Shell Side from Modernica. Roman's bulletin board—"to encourage him to hang things on it instead of the walls"—is just propped on a chair. "I call it a California lean," says Soloff.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: In Soloff's room, a curious wooden bowl on a tripod serves as a clothes catchall.

    Lauren Soloff Los Angeles House | Remodelista

    Above: Soloff and Roman keep small travel souvenirs—"things you want to hold on to, but don't want cluttering counters"—in a glass cloche from a client. (Source a similar one in 10 Easy Pieces: Glass Cloches.)

    Lauren Soloff Bedroom in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Soloff says she's been dreaming of her all-white bedroom since childhood—perhaps complete with her sixties-style ceramic wall hanging by Heather Levine. Soloff had her white linen bed frame made by her upholsterer, and she uses classic Tolomeo Desk Lamps as bedside lighting propped on a stump and a chair. The sheepskin throw—"its an Octo Pelt inherited from a client"—is paired with a Flokati Rug. "I just wanted the necessities and very little else; the room forces me to declutter."

    Soloff specializes in residential interior design; contact her via her website.

    Take a tour of Soloff's friend Kathleen Whitaker's Echo Park house in A Minimalist LA Jewelry Designer Goes Maximal and on Gardenista explore Whitaker's Garden Oasis Indoors and Out.

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    A roundup of basket-weave pendant lights that telegraph summer.

    MCM Mykonos Romain Ricard | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of pendant lights in a MCM Mykonos villa. Photograph by Romain Ricard.

    Seagrass Market Pendant from Restoration Hardware | Remodelista

    Above: The bell-shaped Seagrass Market Pendant, handwoven from natural wicker with a whitewashed finish, is $169 from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child.

    Made in Mimbre Lights | Remodelista

    Above: Pendant lights from Made in Mimbre; see details and more from the line at Wicker Made Modern from Chile.

    Ikea Wicker Pendant Light | Remodelista

    Above: The classic rattan Leran Pendant is $149 from Ikea.

    Nipprig Woven Light | Remodelista

    Above: The Nipprig Bamboo Shade is $24.99 from Ikea.

    Pacifica Pendant Lamp Crate and Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: The Pacifica Pendant Light; $199 from Crate & Barrel.

    Basket light at Merci Paris spring 2015 | Remodelista

    Above: A giant basket light in the spring display at Merci in Paris; inquire about pricing.

    For more ideas, browse our Lighting gallery, including:

    For summery woven fiber poufs, see Channeling the Laid-Back Look with L'Aviva Home.

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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 witty wallpaper and textiles. Clé founder Deborah Osburn discovered the work of T.B. founders Paul Simmons and Alistair McAuley 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? 

    Timorous Beasties Rorschach vertical stripe by Cle | Remodelista

    Above: The Timorous Beasties' Rorschach Tile Collection is comprised of five designs—Vertical Stripe is shown here in marble. All patterns are hand lithographed on 12-inch-by-12-inch square limestone or Thassos marble tiles; the Thassos marble tiles are $75 per square foot and the limestone tiles are $60 per square foot. 

    Timorous Beasties for Cle Tile, Grand Blotch Damask pattern | Remodelista

    Above: Grand Blotch Damask in marble.

    Cle tiles Timorous Beasties sphere stripe wall pattern

    Above: Sphere Stripe. The patterns have been described as "subversive floral abstractions."

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

    Above: From a kindred Clé collection called Darwin, Timorous Beasties' White Moth Circle tile.

    Timorous Beasties Rorschach collection Cle tile

    Above: Omni Splatt in marble. To view the full line, visit Clé. Also see the Timorous Beasties' Rorschach collection of wall papers and fabrics in similar patterns.

    For more tile inspiration, take a look at:

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    For the working nomad: The Unique Space is a communal workspace in LA's Arts District housed in a converted historic factory. Founder Sonja Rasula, a media maven turned entrepreneur and interior designer, created the Unique Space to offer the city's creatives a "fresh, inspiring co-work space" with communal kitchen, private meeting rooms, and a library and lounge. Rasula oversaw the design, using "locally made furniture, wallpaper, and other one-of-a-kind details." Prices range from $35 for a drop-in day to $350 per month for a full-time membership.

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The cooperative kitchen features a white-painted brick wall.

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above L and R: A Palermo Blue enamel-cast iron sink by Jonathan Adler for Kohler adds a dash of color to the kitchen.

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: The main space features a Joshua Tree photographic mural. (For photographic wall mural sources, see Rebel Walls of Sweden and Deborah Bowness's Great House Wallpaper.) 

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A row of school chairs. Source vintage Heywood Wakefield and similar designs via Etsy sellers.

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above L: A closeup of the Joshua Tree mural. Above R: Communal work tables.

    Unique Square Workplace | Remodelista

    Above: A rented studio space.

    Dining Room at Unique Space | Remodelista

    Above L: Mismatched seating at the stretch limo of Parson's tables. Above R: A fiddle leaf fig tree in the entry. Rooms at the Unique Space are available to rent for events.

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A lounging area.

    The Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above L and R: Bronze accents. 

    Unique Space in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of midcentury outdoor chairs softened with sheepskins. The Unique Space is located at 1275 East 6th Street, just east of downtown LA.

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    When art stars Brice and Helen Marden took over the Hotel Tivoli, the Wall Street Journal likened the project to Martin Scorsese deciding to run a diner. Julie recently checked in for a night. She returned beyond impressed—and ready to channel their fearless way with color (French's Mustard yellow, included). 

    Hotel Tivoli in Tivoli, NY owned by artists Brice and Helen Marden, designed by Reunion Goods & Services | Remodelista

    Above: The Mardens remodeled the 10-room hotel in collaboration with designer Laura Flam and her colleagues at Reunion Goods & Services of NYC. Take a tour in our post The Artists' Retreat: Brice and Helen Marden's Hotel Tivoli. "The place is an extension of the Mardens' lives," Laura told us. "They're into color and surprisingly open to risk."

    Here's how to re-create this bright bedroom—with thanks to Laura for sharing all the details. The Roman shades (which have concealed blackout shades that can be pulled down at night), she reports, were made by Timshell Rivers Studio of Brooklyn: "They also provided the fabric (they represent very nice and moderately priced mills)." 

    Parsons Bed from Room & Board | Remodelista

    Above: Room & Board's Parsons Bed comes in five sizes and 14 colors (Blossom, shown here); $999 for queen size.

    White Pickstitch Matelasse Quilt from Serena & Lily | Remodelista

    Above: Serena & Lily's white Pickstitch Matelassé Quilt is $258 for the full/queen size. It's also available in natural, navy, and aqua.

    Berg Throw from DWR | Remodelista

    Above: The Norwegian lamb's wool Berg Throw, designed by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll and made in Norway by Røros Tweed, is 79 by 53 inches; $375 from DWR

    Piet Hein Eek bedside table from The Future Perfect | Remodelista

    Above: The hotel is filled with art and interesting objects made or collected by the Mardens, such as Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek's Bedside Table in Scrapwood. It comes in a matte or high-gloss finish (with six coats of water-based lacquer); $535 from The Future Perfect. (See more of Hein Eek's scrap wood designs here.)

    Grasshopper Lamp designed by Greta Grossman from DWR | Remodelista

    Above: A 1940s design classic reissued by Gubi, the Grasshopper Lamp by Greta Grossman, comes in six colors; $875 at DWR. The room's other bedside light is a vintage design from eBay.

    AA Airborne Butterfly Chair | Remodelista

    Above: There are a lot of butterfly chair options out there: See Object Lessons. "I always buy butterfly chair frames vintage from eBay. They have the right patina and new reissues sometimes have some subtle design changes that aren’t as nice as the original," says Laura. "I buy Butterfly Chair Covers from Circa50 in Vermont. Amazon and a bunch of others also offer them, but Circa50 sells them in a few sizes and has a simple guide to help you measure which vintage size you purchased to buy the right cover for it." 

    We also like longstanding French manufacturer AA Airborne's stitched canvas butterfly chair covers. They are waterproof and come in 15 colors; the Basque Red cover (shown here) is €126 ($135.24), marked down from €251 ($269.40).


    Dusty Pink Throw Blanket from My Blue Meadow on Etsy | Remodelista

    Above: From Etsy seller My Blue Meadow, this machine-knit Pale Dusty Pink Throw Blanket of 100 percent natural linen yarn is $45.90.

    Moroccan Tuareg Mat from Kelly Behun | Remodelista  

    Above: Helen Marden gathered the Tivoli's Moroccan rugs during her travels and from Imports from Marrakech in New York's Chelsea Food Market. Laura notes that Tuareg rugs, such as the one pictured next to the bed, "tend to be very pricey when they're in large sizes." This mid-20th-century Moroccan Tuareg Mat of straw and leather, 10 by 7 feet, is $3,000 on 1st Dibs from Kelly Behun Studio. "Pieces of bigger rugs are less expensive," adds Laura. "I personally stole this look for my own house by buying a mat from an African importer at a flea market. Small ones pop up on eBay too sometimes."

    Benjamin Moore Bistro Blue | Remodelista

    Above: The hotel's old wood floors were given a purple cast with Benjamin Moore Bistro Blue paint. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove and the gray window trim is Brice Gray, a mix of an undisclosed Benjamin Moore gray that Brice himself doctors with cadmium orange oil paint. 


    Vintage flatweave klim from J&D Oriental Rugs via 1st Dibs | Remodelista

    Above: A Vintage Moroccan Flatweave Kilim, 5 feet 4 inches by 13 feet 3 inches, is $5,500 from J&D Oriental Rugs via 1st Dibs. Source much less expensive options via Etsy seller Art of Vintage Souk

    Explore the rest of the hotel in our post The Artists' Retreat: Brice and Helen Marden's Hotel Tivoli.  And to go Reunion Goods & Services to see more of the firm's work.

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