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    "You should totally come," began the invitation. Mollie Cohen and Andrew Berman's wedding was held in a historic brick warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on a freshly laid carpet of grass, where they celebrated by holding a giant picnic. They presented each guest with a pair of Vans, and for refreshments there was a fully constructed dive bar and cans of Bud in paper bags with the wedding monogram on them.

    They asked architectural designer Oliver Freundlich to apply that same playful high brow/low brow spirit to their apartment, a Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, duplex in a converted mid-19th century church rectory that Freundlich describes as "a piece of developer crap set in a basement with major light challenges." Not surprisingly, architecture (and some alchemy) comes next. Freundlich—who the couple discovered on Remodelista—runs his own New York firm, Oliver Freundlich Design; we are longstanding fans and unveiled the glamorous eat-in kitchen he designed for actress Julianne Moore, his sister-in-law, in the Remodelista book. During his first meeting with Mollie and Andrew, Freundlich says he flashed a red Vola faucet he thought they'd like and the deal was sealed.

    "Meeting Oliver was like going on a good first date," says Mollie. She grew up in New York and is a buyer for Madewell; Andrew is a carpenter turned furniture designer from Madison, Wisconsin (they met as freshmen at CU Boulder); the couple planned their remodel with Freundlich over takeout burrito design sessions. And nine months of construction later, Mollie and Andrew found themselves living in the apartment equivalent of a lavish picnic, with a teak-paneled bedroom ceiling, a his-and-hers trough sink, tinware-stocked custom kitchen cabinets, and a powder room with a telltale red spigot.

    Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.

    Cobble Hill kitchen by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: The most striking transformation in the duplex is the kitchen, which was formerly a condo-style landlord special tucked into a corner. Now fresh and bright, it's equipped with an island and cabinetry made of moisture-resistant MDF finished with a spray lacquer—and an overall pleasing geometry. 

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: The dining table came from the couple's old apartment (they got it at Future Perfect six years ago) and the lights are remakes of the Dunlop factory pendant from UK firm Trainspotters. The painting, a wedding present, is part of Andrew and Mollie's flag collection, which extends to flag-festooned belt buckles and sneakers. Explains Mollie, "Andrew is a grass-fed, free-range boy from the Midwest. He has always had a hankering for Americana and the freedom it represents."

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: For the couple's dog, Cash, a pet bowl niche was incorporated into the island. Taking his cues from the flag collection, Freundlich applied a palette of white, black, and oak throughout the duplex with artful hits of red. The new floor is plain-sawn white oak lightened with wood bleach "in order to magnify the daylight as much as possible," says Freundlich. It's finished with Monocoat's Natural Oil Finish in Cotton White. Take a closer look at the kitchen in Rehab Diary.

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: "The apartment completely lacked character and detail," says Freundlich. "On the main floor, we reduced a full bath to a half bath and relocated the laundry room, allowing us to create more openness between the living room and the kitchen/dining room. New baseboards, windows, and door trim were also added throughout to introduce clean lines and fresh materials in lieu of sheetrock corners and stock moldings."

    Cappellini's Cuba 25 sectional sofa fills the room and is the equivalent of a one-dish meal: "It was one of our biggest splurges," says Mollie, "but it's the center of the whole apartment, so we felt it was the most important piece of furniture." The rug is from Breuckelen Berber. The oak Nesting Boxes under the TV are Andrew's own design, and can be used for storage and as stools (they come with Richlite or cushioned tops); they're available from Andrew's online shop, Dane Co. 

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: At first designated for bike storage, the space under the stairs ended up becoming a home office. "In such an open plan, it's critical that you have a place to store all of life's junk," says Freundlich. "I realized the underside of the remodeled stair was going to create a warm and inviting space." The chair is an Eames Molded Wood classic. 

    Cobble Hill duplex powder room by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: The powder room has a custom medicine cabinet made of rift-sawn white oak (which matches the apartment's new baseboards and other millwork). The wallpaper visible in the mirror is Flavor Paper's Dia de Dumbo design—toile-style Day of the Dead scenes of Brooklyn. The Vola HV1 faucet is the very model Freundlich pulled out during his first meeting with Mollie and Andrew; it came from New York plumbing supplier AF Supply (see a rainbow of Volas here) and is paired with American Standard's Roxalyn Wall Mounted Sink—"the ultimate high meets low moment in the house," says Freundlich. 

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: The apartment's existing stairs received a total makeover: The treads and risers were reclad with rift-sawn white oak and in place of a generic black metal railing, Freundlich installed two new railings, "one white-painted steel to match the stringer, and one in solid oak mounted to the wall. The idea was to clean up the composition of the stair, making it more of a feature within the open living area."

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: To draw light throughout the reconfigured upstairs, Freundlich introduced double-wide doors with stippled wired glass that lead to the bedroom: "Wire glass is a favorite of mine; it makes the doors feel less slick, more utilitarian." The air vent came from Architectural Grille, a Brooklyn source for patterned metalwork. All the doorknobs are Rejuvenation's Finley model in black porcelain. 

    Picture=rail-Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: A wooden Art Shelf runs along the hall; Andrew created it in collaboration with Matt Hogan of Brooklyn's Reliquary Studio (who also built the kitchen cabinets and teak ceiling, among other things). The ledge hangs from a steel angle bolted to the wall. "Art has been a hard thing for us to decide on," says Mollie. "What's nice about the picture rail is that we can just keep piling on everything we collect. Instead of committing to one big piece, we're constantly adding and changing the contents of the shelf. At this point, it has a lot of nice memories." 

    Master bedroom in Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: "The idea was to keep the bedroom spare and the furnishings low to allow the wood ceiling to soar," says Freundlich. "The pendants dropping from the ceiling add some drama to the height." (There are dimmer switches next to each side for easy on and off.) The metal bed frame is School House Electric's Hamilton Bed, an update of the classic iron bedstead, and the lights are Barn Light Electric's Ivanhoe Dino Porcelain Cord Pendant Light. Andrew built the blackened ash bedside cubes: "We didn't have side tables for a few months, so I'd put my glass of water on the floor. When I woke up, it would be empty, and then I realized our dog was drinking it," says Mollie. "So I badgered Andrew for side tables. He took extra cutoffs from something else he made, and the wall-mounted shelves were his temporary turned permanent solution." They're the prototypes for his No Stand Nightstand; for kindred designs, see 5 Favorite: Bedside Shelves (in Lieu of Tables).

    Master bedroom in Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: The bedroom's crowning glory is its new teak ceiling: "It makes our bedroom feel like a special retreat," says Mollie. The tall, peaked window, a detail dating to the building's origins as a rectory, was painted Benjamin Moore black in a satin finish, detailed with one-inch trim casing to trace its outline, and given a ledge of rift-sawn white oak. The Blackened Oak Bench and Rift-Saw Oak Peg Rack are both made by Andrew and available in custom sizes and finishes at Dane Co. "We wanted hooks to put our clothes on instead of the chair in the corner that collects your weekly wardrobe," says Mollie. (For more on the subject, see Christine's post How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Sanity.) The credenza is from Cappellini and the standing lamp is the Flos Spun Floor Lamp.

    Bathroom in Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: Freundlich kitted out the master bath with one of the most enviable details in the duplex: a custom teak medicine cabinet that has solid wood shelves deep enough to hold rolls of toilet paper. (It was fabricated by Tony Visco of Ivory Build, who also built the desk under the stairs.) The enameled iron double sink is the Kohler Brockway paired with Chicago Faucets. The Subway Tiles are from reproduction specialists Subway Ceramics—"we used a traditional black liner, but located it an atypical height to try to loft the ceiling," says Freundlich. "Subway Ceramics has great accessory tiles, including tile hooks, recessed toilet paper holders, and soap niches, all of which we put to use."

    Wallpapered dressing room in Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: A dressing room stands between the master bedroom and bath. It's wallpapered with doodles of things Mollie and Andrew like—bagels, bikes, high tops, their dog—that they used on their wedding invitation. The wallpaper is from Flavor Paper of Brooklyn, which specializes in custom orders: "We just sent them a PDF and selected a paper type," says Mollie.

    Dressing-room-detail-Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: Mollie and Andrew's mandate for Freundlich: "Clean, simple, warm, functional, and lots of shoe storage." 

    Entry closet in Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: The apartment's entry originally had what Freundlich describes as "a telephone-booth-like closet facing you immediately when you walked in." He replaced it with an open coat area at the far end of the living room defined by a "landing pad" of penny-round tiles in matte black from Nemo Tile. The yellow cabinet is a Cappellini design that moved with the couple from their first apartment.

    Hook and old hanger in Cobble Hill duplex | Remodelista

    Above: The foldout Arrow Hanger in powder-coated aluminum by Design House Stockholm. 

    Cobble Hill duplex by architect Oliver Freundlich | Remodelista

    Above: "Though the renovation includes some luxury items here and there, the overall tone is meant to be low-key and not take itself too seriously," says Freundlich. Bikes are parked right by the front door under an antique framed flag that the couple brought on eBay. It's no coincidence that even the bike colors work in the apartment—Andrew and Mollie always zero in on red and white. 

    Entry with Coco Mats doormat Oliver Freundlich design | Remodelista

    Above: The final newlywed detail: Freundlich inset the entry with a doormat from Coco Mats 'n More affordably customized with the couple's wedding monogram.

    Cobble Hill duplex by Oliver Freundlich floor plan | Remodelista

    Above: A plan of the first floor. Formerly dark and lacking coherence, it's now loftlike, tightly unified, and filled with light. 

    Cobble Hill duplex by Oliver Freundlich floor plan | Remodelista

    Above: The fully redesigned second floor incorporates not only the master bedroom (with en suite dressing room and bathroom), but a guest room, guest bath, and laundry room.

    For more of Oliver Freundlich's work, see Behind the Scenes: 5 Design Lessons from Julianne Moore and Oliver Freundlich Design.

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    This post is an update. It originally ran on March 10, 2014, as part of our Kitchen Composition issue.

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    Known as Handira, Moroccan wedding blankets are hand loomed from sheep's wool and cotton in Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains. As expert on the subject Laura Aviva of L'Aviva Home says: "The blankets are passed from generation to generation; prospective brides and their relatives sew each sequin by hand. It is believed that the blankets have talismanic power and protect the couple from the evil eye." Here's a roundup of bedrooms featuring these glamorous (and potentially marriage-enhancing) throws.

    Erica Tanov Moroccan Wedding Blanket | Remodelista

    Above: Berkeley designer Erica Tanov at home; the wallpaper is from de Gournay ("it's hand painted on silver-leaf silk so it tarnishes as it ages," she says). See more in Expert Advice: Patterns, Prints, and Color—Erica Tanov Explains How to Have It All. Photograph by Michelle Drewes for Mother Mag.

    Moroccan Wedding Blanket Headboard | Remodelista

    Above: Brooke Baker's bedroom via Need Supply, spotted on SF Girl by Bay.

    Moroccan Wedding Blanket Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: A vintage Moroccan wedding blanket via La Casa Decoto on Etsy.

    Lonny Magazine Wedding Blanket | Remodelista

    Above: A Maryam Montague bedroom in Morocco via Lonny.

    Moroccan Wedding Blanket with Black Wall | Remodelista

    Above: A Moroccan bedroom via El Ramia Hamra, discovered on Vosges Paris.

    Black Moroccan Wedding Blanket | Remodelista

    Above: A Moroccan wedding blanket in the Copenhagen bedroom of Rupert Peter Landendinger via BoBedre.

    Pale Pink Bedroom with Moroccan Wedding Blanket | Remodelista

    Above: A sparkly Moroccan bridal blanket as headboard via House to Home.

    For sheets to go with your bedding, take a look at Editors' Picks: 10 Favorite Luxury Bed Linens and Eat, Pray, Love: Luxury Bed Linens for Less

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    Michelle James, a former fashion stylist and jewelry designer, segued into lighting design when she overhauled her turn-of-the-century Brooklyn brownstone in 2010. Unable to find lighting fixtures to fit her exacting standards, she was inspired to create her own using vintage parts (in homage to the history of the house), which she made in her basement workshop. James recently moved her studio into a high-ceilinged, light-flooded space in Red Hook, where she and her team assemble her one-of-a-kind pieces. 

    Photography via Michelle James.

    Michelle James Lighting in Brooklyn | Remodelista

    Above: The showroom area of the new Red Hook studio features several fixtures at various stages of development. "I used Benjamin Moore Simply White and Witching Hour on the accent wall. The antique brass Martini Side Table and the Tangier Bronze Stool are from West Elm; the sofa was a gift from a friend."

    Michelle James Lighting in Brooklyn | Remodelista

    Above: A weighty chandelier made from a mix of vintage glass globes. For a similar design, see the Brilliant Five Globe Fixture with Vintage Jewelry Elements.

    Michelle James Lighting in Brooklyn | Remodelista

    Above: Another view of the reception area. The showroom is open by appointment; for a visit, contact Michelle James Interior and Lighting Design.

    Michelle James Brutalist Sconces | Remodelista

    Above: The Brutalist Wall Sconce with hammered antique brass finish.

    Michelle James Lighting in Brooklyn | Remodelista

    Above: Tools of the trade on display.

    Michelle James Studio Shelves in Red Hook | Remodelista

    Above: Simple pipe and plywood shelving holds a selection of glass elements sourced on eBay and Etsy.

    Michelle James Bedroom Lighting | Remodelista

    Above L: The Brilliant 5 Cube Glass Fixture with Vintage Glass in situ. Above: Glass globes ready for assembly.

    Michelle James Ceiling Fixture | Remodelista

    Above: The 9-Arm Fixture with Vintage Glass Jewelry and blackened and natural brass finish components.

    Michelle James in Red Hook Studio | Remodelista

    Above L: Michelle in her studio. Above R: An Art Deco Chrysler Glass Globe Pendant illuminates a hallway. See more at Michelle James Interior and Lighting Design.

    Take a tour of Michelle's Brooklyn brownstone: At Home with a Brooklyn Fashionist-Turned-Lighting-Designer

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    Lambs & Lions of Berlin are the masterminds behind the San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel, on the Greek island of Mykonos, home to some of the most laid-back luxurious—and romantic—bedrooms we've ever come across. Here are the design elements to recreate your own islands-inspired honeymoon suite. 

    Hotel San Giorgio Hotel Room | Remodelista

    Above: Airy white quarters at the San Giorgio Mykonos Hotel, mosquito net canopy included. All Cotton Mosquito Nets are available from the Mosquito Net Shop starting at $140.29 for a queen size. 

    Hotel San Giorgio Bedroom | Remodelista

     Above: The suite has a Moroccan-inspired look.

    Hotel San Giorgio Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: Hooks come in handy for beach accessories. 

    Hotel San Giorgio Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: A private roof deck for lounging.  

    The Key Elements

    Medina Mirror I Remodelista  

    Above: A handmade Moroccan nickel-framed Medina Mirror is $325 from Imports from Marrakesh (note: the mirror is currently sold out, but more are expected in).

    Detendre Peacock Rattan Chair I Remodelista  

    Above: The Detendre Peacock Chair of rattan in a classic peacock silhouette is $498 from Urban Outfitters. 

    Round Jute Rug in Natural I Remodelista  

    Above: Natural Round Jute Rugs come in 6-and 8-foot diameters, starting at $152 (marked down from $179) at Pottery Barn. 

    Antique Elm wooden stool I Remodelista  

    Above: Elm Wooden Stools made of antique wood are $349.97 each from Bodie and Fou. 

    Stirrup 3 Wall Scones by BTC I Remodelista  

    Above: The Stirrup 3 Aluminum Wall Sconce by UK manufacturer Original BTC was inspired by the searchlight on a toy truck; $885 from Horne.

    skagerak sambito hammock I remodelista  

    Above: The Skagerak Sambito Hammock is $166.60 from Ambiente Direct. 

    Vintage TUrkish Kilim Rug I Remodelista

    Above: Source Vintage Turkish Kilim Rugs from Etsy seller Emily's House London. This one measures 42 inches by 34 inches and is $92.89.


    Silver Lantern by Melrose I Remodelista  

    Above: Antique Silver Decorative Pillar Lanterns by Melrose are $184.99 for a set of two via Amazon. 

    Pewter Bowl by Italian Match I Remodelista  

    Above: A handmade Pewter Serving Bowl by Italian Match is $415 from the Linen Tree. 

    Fouta Beach Towel from Serena and Lily I Remodelista  

    Above: The Fouta Beach Towel comes in six colors (shown here in midnight); $48 from Serena and Lily.

    French Market Basket I Remodelista  

    Above: The French Market Basket with leather handles is $59 from McMaster and Storm on Etsy.

    Lungi Coral Sarong I Remodelista  

    Above: A cotton Lungi Coral Sarong from India (which also works as a tablecloth and scarf) is $64 from Spartan Shop in Austin, Texas.

    Panama-Hat in natural Seagrass by Clyde I Remodelista

    Above: Clyde's Panama Hat in Natural Seagrass designed by Clyde owner Dani Griffiths and handmade in New York is $211. 

    Greek Worry Beads by Fredericks & Mae  I Remodelista  

    Above: Ideal for adorning walls, Frederick & Mae's 27-inch-long Greek Worry Beads come in several colors and start at $100. See more of their designs in The Ultimate Houseboat in NYC and Good Sport: Summer Games by Fredericks & Mae.

    More summer house inspiration? Take a look at Steal This Look: The San Giorgio Mykonos Bathroom and 12 Mosquito Nets in Bedrooms.

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    Every entrenched industry is getting a dose of disruption these days. And as fans of the little guy, we're all for it. 

    The latest to see some shakeup is the $14 billion American mattress trade—and it couldn't happen to a better brute. News articles in recent years have shone a light on the industry's pain-inducing merchandising tactics. For one, big mattress makers create lines with only slight variations, allowing retailers to claim exclusive offerings and thwart comparison shopping. A recent Bloomberg article calls mattress pricing "almost entirely unhinged from the cost of producing a mattress," noting a former industry insider's insight that "much of the sector's handsome returns are built on customer confusion." And that's to say nothing of pressure from commission-based salespeople. 

    Enter the new mattress disrupters—a growing number of startups trying to take the pain out of mattress shopping by selling online, cutting the commission-based sales, and dramatically streamlining the number of choices (many of these companies offer only one mattress). As the founders of Tuft & Needle note: "It doesn't cost a ton of money to craft a comfortable mattress with quality ingredients. It’s such a straightforward system, you’d think more people would follow it." 

    Lucky for us, they are.


    Casper New Mattress | Remodelista

    Above: New York–based Casper, established in 2013, offers one mattress—10 inches thick and made of cooling latex foam over supportive memory foam. The company, like most, allows customers 100 nights to try out the bed and will come pick it up if you're not satisfied. The mattress is made in the US and ships for free to the US and Canada with an average delivery time of five days. Like all the foam mattresses described here, it doesn't require a box spring, and it ships compressed in a small box that will fit through any door. If you want to try before buying, Casper has showrooms in LA and NYC. A queen-sized Casper Mattress is $850. 


    Yogabed New Mattress | Remodelista  

    Above: Founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2014, Yogabed positions itself as Casper's direct competitor (even publishing a handy chart on its website comparing the two). The company produces one US-made mattress (of memory foam), offers a 101-night trial period, and ships for free in the contiguous US with delivery in about five days. Yogabed stands out by including pillows with every mattress—two pillows for queen or larger—and for its removable, machine-washable cover. A queen-size Yogabed Mattress is $799. 

    Tuft & Needle

    Tuft & Needle New Mattress | Remodelista

    Above: A Silicon Valley startup, the not-exactly-restful-sounding Tuft & Needle launched in 2013 after cofounder John-Thomas Marino dissected his own $3,000 mattress and tracked down every ingredient. "We realized we could source the whole thing for $300 to $350," he says. "When we saw that, it blew our minds." 

    The company's single product is, impressively, the highest-rated mattress on Amazon. It's made in the US of a proprietary blend of foam, is built to order, and ships for free in the contiguous US in approximately seven days. Tuft & Needle recently matched its competitors' 100-day trial period (originally set at 30 days). Note, however, that orders via Amazon are still subject to Amazon's own 30-day return policy. A queen Tuft & Needle Mattress is $600. 


    Leesa New Mattress | Remodelista

    Above: Leesa, founded in 2014 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, offers its own made-to-order mattress fabricated in Pennsylvania. The three-layer mattress (comprised of a base layer of dense support foam, a middle layer of memory foam, and a top layer of cooling foam) comes with a 100-night trial period. Shipping is free throughout the US (including Alaska and Hawaii) and generally takes three to five days. A queen Leesa Mattress is $890. 

    Saatva/Loom & Leaf

    Saatva New Mattress | Remodelista

    Above: Founded in 2010 in Westport, Pennsylvania, Saatva's model departs a bit from the four above: Its mattresses aren't foam and Saatva offers choices. For instance, its cushioned-coil mattresses come in three firmness options, each in two heights—all at the same price. The mattresses are made in the US, are sold online only, and come with a 75-night trial period. The company sells mattress foundations, but notes that Saatva will work with your existing box spring. A queen Saatva Mattress is $899. 

    Earlier this year, Saatva launched Loom & Leaf, a memory-foam mattress competitor to the other upstarts. Available at two firmness options, a queen Loom & Leaf Mattress is $900. 


    Keetsa New Mattress | Remodelista

    Above: Keetsa, founded in San Francisco in 2007, focuses on eco-friendliness (read about its materials and practices here). The brand makes seven mattresses—some out of foam, some using coils, some a mix of both. It also offers optional comfort layers, pillows, box springs, and mattress protectors. Keetsa has showrooms in San Francisco, Berkeley, LA, and New York, and unlike the other brands listed here, has a wholesale arm—in addition to its own online shop, Keetsa is sold by BluDot, Burke Decor, and others. The company offers a 90-day trial period and free shipping within the contiguous US and most of Canada. The most affordable Keetsa mattress—the Plus—is $681.45 for a queen; a queen in the highest-end Tea Leaf Dream is $2,098.95. 

    Luna Sleep

    Above: To be clear, Luna is not a mattress—it's a mattress cover—but it certainly fits in the sleep disrupter category. Set to launch this winter, the Luna turns any mattress new or old into a "smart" bed: It gives each side of the mattress its own temperature-control setting, and learns your bedtime, so the temperature is set before you crawl into bed. Luna tracks your sleep phases and your heart and breathing rates, and can make recommendations (with partner science-based sleep apps) on what's best for your sleep. Luna is also an alarm clock: When you're in the right moment (between cycles of REM sleep), Luna will wake you up. Out of the box, it's ready to communicate with smart home devices, such as the Nest thermostat, and can be controlled via an app on your smart phone or computer. Luna is available for pre-order (with $50 savings) for $199 for the queen size and is expected to start shipping in November. 

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    "Whatever we don't already own, we'll make ourselves." Remodelista directory members Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of design-build firm Hollymount gave themselves this challenge when they moved with their young son to a characterless two-bedroom rental in New York's Chelsea.

    We dropped in on them not long ago—see the DIY New York Apartment—and were particularly taken with their easy, inventive uses of drop cloths and other inexpensive textiles. Case in point: Their cloud-like pillow headboard inspired by Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela's ethereal guest rooms at Les Sources de Caudalie hotel in Bordeaux.

    "All you need are lightweight bed pillows—the cheapest ones from Ikea are perfect—and thumbtacks," Saylor told us. "We spent a lot of time discussing what to do. But when we settled on this approach, we were done in a matter of minutes."

    Photography by Michael A. Muller for Remodelista. 


    • Bed pillows, such as the polyester-filled Slan pillows from Ikea; $1.99 each. N.B.: You need enough to form a grid from mattress top to ceiling.
    • Brass thumbtacks (two per pillow). A pack of 60 Brass Thumbtacks is $1.30 at Home Depot. 
    Total expenses: less than $35.


    Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount DIY pillow headboard (an ode to Martin Margiele), photo by Michael A Muller | Remodelista

    Above: Saylor and Williamson began by measuring their grid: "We wanted the headboard be the width of the bed and extend to the ceiling. We had our hanging bedside lights in place and used the center point between the two as our start point." (The lights hang from Ikea solid birch Ekby Valter Brackets, $4 each. Get more lighting details here.)

    Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount DIY pillow headboard (an ode to Martin Margiele), photo by Michael A Muller | Remodelista

    Above: After steaming the pillows ("they were incredibly wrinkly"), Saylor simply tacked them to the wall in three vertical rows. "We initially planned to ombre the pillows, but ended up taking the simplest approach."

    Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount DIY pillow headboard (an ode to Martin Margiele), photo by Michael A Muller | Remodelista

    Above: The tacks are applied in the top two corners where the stitching meets. The pillows are light enough that the bottom corners are left hanging.

    Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount DIY pillow headboard (an ode to Martin Margiele), photo by Michael A Muller | Remodelista

    Above: To created a tiered effect—and make the grid come out evenly—the pillows are slightly overlapped.

    Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount DIY pillow headboard (an ode to Martin Margiele), photo by Michael A Muller | Remodelista

    Above: No hammering necessary, thumbs do the trick

    The Finished Look

    Ode to Martin Margiela DIY pillow headboard by Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount | Remodelista

    Above: Fifteen pillows and 30 tacks is all it takes.

    Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson of Hollymount DIY pillow headboard (an ode to Martin Margiele), photo by Michael A Muller | Remodelista

    Dream big: All sorts of cushions and configurations work; get inspired by more pillow headboards here. And see more DIY headboards, including a Lace-Like Wallpaper Headboard and 5 Instant Headboards.

    Take a tour of Dale Saylor and Joe Williamson's whole apartment in Rental Rehab. And go to Remodelista Favorites: Our Top 10 Weekend Projects for more DIY ideas.

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    Last month I was helping a friend compile her wedding registry when the topic of monogramming came up. To us, two women who prefer an understated sans serif script to prim calligraphy, the traditional monogram evokes a lost era of conspicuous spending and His and Hers linens. This led me on a search for the modern monogram, embroidered and printed in a distinctively contemporary typeface, and with a sense of subtly. Here are 10 eye-opening discoveries: tableware, bedding, and household accessories that take a new approach to the bespoke.


    March Monogram Tableware | Remodelista

    Above: Meet the quintessential modern monogram: March's new Monogram Tableware line features hand-painted American porcelain, custom-monogrammed before being fired and glazed. The set ranges from $110 for a cup to $332 for a charger.

    Pottery Barn Caterer's 6-Piece Napkin Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Caterer's 6-Piece Napkin Set comes in cocktail and dinner napkin sizes with custom monogramming in contrast thread; $15 for the cocktail set, $29 for the dinner set at Pottery Barn. The napkins coordinate with the Caterer's Table Runner ($24-29) and Caterer's Tablecloth ($45-59).

    Mae Mougin Porcelain Monogrammed Tableware | Remodelista

    Above: Ceramicist Mae Mougin makes custom Porcelain Tableware with subtle monogramming in pale blue; contact Mougin for pricing and more information. Her plates are also available through A'maree's in Newport Beach, Bloom in Sag Harbor, and Lazy Point Variety Store in Amagansett.

    Sferra Modern Monogram Cocktail Napkins | Remodelista

    Above: Sferra's Modern Monogram Cocktail Napkins are made of Lithuanian fine linen detailed with a black or brown embroidered initial; $25 for a set of four at J Brulee Home.

    John Julian Design Monogram | Remodelista

    Above: London sculptor and designer Julian Sainsbury of John Julian Design creates Bespoke Monogrammed Plates. Shown here are custom pieces designed for The Beckford Arms in Tisbury (L) and The Talbot Inn in Somerset (R). (Read about Nick Jones's Talbot Inn in Dine and Recline.) 

    Typographers Linen Napkins | Remodelista

    Above: Typographer's Linen Dinner Napkins have tonal monogramming and a colored hem; $59 for a set of four from Mark & Graham.

    Arne Jacobsen Typeface Cups | Remodelista

    Above: Arne Jacobsen's fonts designed for the signage of the Aarhus City Hall decorates the Jacobsen Typeface Cups, available in every letter of the alphabet; they're $22 each at Fitzsu.


    Restoration Hardware Monogrammed Bath Towels | Remodelista

    Above: Restoration Hardware's Linen-Bordered Turkish Towels can be monogrammed in tonal thread; $31 for a bath towel.


    Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams Tranquility White Monogram Sheets | Remodelista

    Above: Matouk's Tranquility White Bedding is available for mongramming in eight typefaces; $95 for a sham to $390 for a king-sized duvet cover at Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams.

    Household Accessories

    Playtype Initial Print | Remodelista

    Above: Playtype's In Love with Typography Posters are printed on uncoated Pantone-colored paper; €40 ($35.67) each.

    Nanz No. 1228 Monogrammed Knob | Remodelista

    Above: Last week at Legends, the La Cienega Design Quarter annual gathering in LA, Margot and Julie admired the monogrammed hardware at Nanz Company. Nanz's No. 1228 Doorknob has a minimalist profile and can be custom monogrammed; price available on request.

    Monogrammed Coir Doormat | Remodelista

    Above: An idea inspired by the finishing touch architect Oliver Freundlich added to The Ultimate Starter Apartment, Cobble Hill Edition: The Plain Monogrammed Coco Doormat is $49.99 from Coco Mats n More. (Freundlich ordered a Coco Mat with his newlywed clients' wedding monogram on it.)

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    Faye McAuliffe, LA interior designer, blogger, and co-owner with her sister of Bread & Water Catering, planned her Inverness, California, wedding the way she approaches interiors projects: "I went on Pinterest and got super addicted. Then I created mood boards of looks that I liked." Those pins paid off. 

    She married cinematographer Justin Kane and their wedding took place in the Northern California hamlet of Inverness on Tomales Bay, about 40 miles north of SF, where Faye and Justin were able to have both the misty woodland ceremony and waterside celebration they envisioned. And also the crowd: Both of their families live in California and Faye's have a tradition of gathering at her aunt and uncle's in Inverness, "so it made sense to convene in one of the most pristinely beautiful places in the world." In lieu of a team of wedding planners and hired help, the couple and friends and relatives did most of the work themselves, wedding cake included. Faye was happy to relive the day with us.

    Photography by Pascal Shirley.

    The Prep

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: "I wanted our wedding to be low key and to have a magical, woodsy vibe: sophisticated but comfortable and intimate," says Faye, who recruited her aunts and mother for help with the flowers. Shown here, the perfect way to transport just-made boutonnieres.

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: "The flowers were chocolate coreopsis, spray roses, olive branches, white lisianthus, veronica (white with dark tips), dahlias, scabious, heather, wax flowers, sea holly, aster, purple center white anemones, eucalyptus, and several more I don’t remember the names of.  My bridesmaids all got to pick their own flowers for their crowns so each one was quite different.  We took all the petals from the broken and damaged flowers along with dried lavender and put them in brown parchment paper cones for guests to throw when we walked down the aisle after the ceremony."

    Faye McAuliffe and Justin Kane wedding rehearsal in Inverness, CA | Remodelista

    Above: McAuliffe's aunt directs the rehearsal. 

    "Justin popped the question after he graduated with his masters from AFI. We were on a hike in Elysian Park, and he stopped and bent over saying he got a rock stuck in his shoe; when he looked up, he had a ring in his hand and asked if I would marry him. It was so surreal that I kept asking him if he was sure between sobs. Finally I snapped out of it and said yes!"

      DIY Faye McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: Faye and her bridesmaids got ready at the Wee Housie, a 1917 redwood cabin rented via VRBO "as a place to get away from the chaos of the wedding." Guests lodged in area hotels, including Manka's Inverness Lodge. (Planning a trip to the area? See our San Francisco Bay Area Guide for our recommendations.)

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: Moments before the big moment. The wedding dress is an Ivy & Aster design and the veil was Justin's mother's.

    The Ceremony

      DIY Faye McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: "The ceremony took place in the meadow beside my aunt's house which overlooks the bay. I ordered simple wood benches to tie in with the meadow, and my aunt made flower garlands that hung from the oak tree which served as the alter of sorts."

    The Party

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: Arriving at the Launch for Hire, which dates to 1914. Faye and Justin chartered a school bus to deliver the wedding party to the boathouse for the celebration.

    "Booking the Launch for Hire was extremely difficult. Fortunately my aunt and uncle are part of the Inverness community and were able to track down the owners, but it still took months of emails and calls to get a response. That being said, the persistence paid off because it was such an amazing space."

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: The place came well accessorized.

    DIY Faye McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: "I envisioned long communal tables with rustic garlands running down the middle and bench seating," McAuliffe told us. "The tables were arranged in a U formation so that the guests could look out at the breathtaking view of the bay as the sun set."

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: The couple and friends rigged a 20-foot-long nautical rope chandelier to hang over the head table at varying heights. "The rope referenced the beautiful wood boats that were displayed up in the rafters, and the wall of buoys outside."

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: Faye created the menu making the most of the area's bounty: halibut caught the day before, grass-fed local steak, and vegetables and cheeses from the San Rafael farmers' market. The cooking was done by her friend David Wilcox—like Faye's sister, Maeve, Wilcox is an alum of Remodelista favorite Gjelina in LA. 

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: Chef David Wilcox in action in the open kitchen on the back deck. The outdoor setup included oysters "served straight from Tomales Bay with homemade cocktail sauce that guests received as parting gifts. I had to throw in a little kitsch and sent them home with custom beer koozies too."

    Fay McAuliffe Inverness Wedding | Remodelista

    Above: McAuliffe's mother, a baker and French bakery owner, created the final course: a French genoise cake with vanilla pastry cream, French butter cream, lemon curd, and fruit and berries from the farmers' market. "It was decorated with flowers referencing the garlands on the tables."  

    Faye McAuliffe and Justine Kane wedding at the Boathouse in Inverness, CA | Remodelista

    Above: Take a look at Faye's Wedding board on Pinterest to see how so many of the wedding elements and the overall vibe grew out of a collection of images. And see more wedding pictures here and here on Faye's blog, You Are the River. Have a look at Faye's interior design work in our Designer Visit post.

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    Aquatic farmer and champion of native oyster restoration Luc Chamberland opened his own restaurant on Tomales Bay, north of San Francisco—and not far from the boathouse featured in today's wedding spotlight—to rave reviews.

    With the exception of Manka's Inverness Lodge, which lost its restaurant after a fire in 2006, the quiet town of Inverness has long lacked a decent place to dine (ironic given that this is sustainable, farming-friendly West Marin). Much to the delight of locals, Luc Chamberland (who began at Manka's) fulfilled a 20-year dream with the opening of Saltwater Oyster Depot in 2012. To launch his business, he independently crowd sourced the requisite $50,000 for operating costs. The result? An airy, light-filled restaurant offering local oysters, fish, and a seasonally changing menu with accessibly priced beer and wine on tap. In short, a great new Inverness hangout for locals and tourists alike. 

    Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista.

    Luc Chamberland Saltwater Oyster Depot Inverness

    Above: Luc Chamberland behind the bar. Having opened with money raised from the community, he's a big believer in giving back and hosts Closed on Mondays, turning the place over for events that benefit local groups and feature special dinners. In another community-driven gesture, the restaurant also doubles as a wine store of sorts with wine available for retail.

    Luc Chamberland shucking oysters

    Above L: Chamberland shucks a freshly sourced oyster. He encourages local fisherman to bring their catch straight to the kitchen door. Above R: The oysters are plated on sea salt granules resembling ice, a more sustainable way to serve them.

    Saltwater Oyster Depot Inverness California

    Above: Saltwater's pastry chef Stacy Lauer oversaw the restaurant design. The space was formerly a pizza restaurant; Lauer took out the beams to open up the room and reveal the skylights, and added a wall of built-in shelving for storage and wine display. The raw, simple beveled-edge countertop is by Concreteworks in Oakland, with beadboard paneling beneath.

    Nelson Cigar Lamps

    Above L: The zinc-covered plywood tables were made by Eclipse Design in Petaluma. Above R: The Nelson Cigar Lamps are from Y Lighting.

    Black Metal Chairs Saltwater Office Depot

    Above: Lauer sourced the Black Metal Chairs from Overstock; $129 for two.

    Above: Fir wood tables are mixed with zinc-topped tables. On the wall is an installation by local photographer Gwendolyn Meyer.

    Saltwater Oyster Depot Inverness California oysters with mignette sauce

    Above: Fresh oysters on the shell with a mignonette sauce. Chamberland also likes to serve them with freshly grated horseradish.

    Saltwater Oyster Depot Inverness California basket made from sea weed

    Above: Menus sit in a basket made from seaweed, a gift from a local.

    Omega Salvage Saltwater Oyster Depot Inverness California

    Above: The wall sconces are from Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley.

    Saltwater Oyster Depot Inverness California

    Above: The community-minded Chamberland is also involved with Pickleweed Point Community Shellfish Farm, dedicated to maintaining the safety and quality of the waters that support oysters. For more, go to Saltwater.

    Heading to Northern California? Check out our Guide to the Bay Area, including the Oldest Bar in SF. On Gardenista, have a look at Floral Designer Lila B.'s Shop at the Stable Cafe in the Mission District.

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    N.B.: This post in an update; the original story ran on October 16, 2012 as part of our West Marin and Beyond issue.

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    We first spotted Lauren Snyder and Keith Burn's white-tiled kitchen in a house tour on Refinery 29 and were immediately drawn in. We saw it again in indie book Faculty Department, admired the Knife Rack, and had to take a closer look.

    Tucked into their Fort Greene, Brooklyn, home, the kitchen is a complete remodel that the couple designed and managed themselves. Burns is an architect with his own solo practice, and Snyder, who studied interior design, has developed her own design cred through her Brooklyn store and online shop, The Primary Essentials, which stocks well-edited staples for home and pantry from Clam Lab, Fort Standard, and Wary Meyers, among others. 

    Snyder and Burns cook at home often and like to entertain. They lived with the existing kitchen for some time before customizing it to their needs. And, like everyyone, they had to prioritize their desires against their budget. "Our old kitchen was charming but wasn't our style," says Snyder. "We had been in the apartment for a while, so a change felt really good."

    Photography via Refinery 29 and Faculty Department, except where noted. 

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: Snyder wanted the kitchen to feel as open and light as possible, and to have open shelving. She chose ebonized walnut facing on custom cabinets; the refrigerator is hidden behind the cabinet at the farthest right. She and Burns oversaw the project themselves, but hired someone to do the demolition, electrical work, and custom fabrication. 

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: Burns wanted extra counter space, so the pair chose 30-inch-deep counters over the usual 24 inches. Snyder reports: "It's been amazing." The extra depth allows for an additional six inches of counter space behind the stove, allowing room to store tools and ingredients. The countertops are Carrara marble and the faucet is from Grohe; for details, see Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops and High/Low: The Dornbracht vs. Grohe Faucet.

    As for budget, Snyder suggests the most common problem is that people are unrealistic from the start about what they want and what it costs to get it. She says it's critical "to understand all the items that are going into your renovation, and if you're new at this, ask a friend or someone who can help you." Then get estimates for everything, prioritize your spends, and have a reserve fund for the oh-shit moments that occur in any renovation. 

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: Snyder chose white subway tile with white grout for the back wall, and has no regrets: "even the backsplash really doesn't get very dirty—we've had no issues keeping it clean." The cabinet with the wide rail handle hides the dishwasher. The pendant light is from the Brimfield flea market. 

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: Snyder's genius knife storage solution is a magnetic strip—priced at around $10—wrapped around the edges of the glass shelving. 

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: Snyder's tabletop collection includes pieces from Humble Ceramics. The leather-wrapped glasses on the left are vintage. For similarly simple ceramics, browse Tabletop at The Primary Essentials.

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: The steel-and-glass shelving unit was fabricated by a good friend Ben Duarte. (The shaggy cactus on the top shelf is now gone and the shelf holds Snyder's ceramics collection.) Photograph via Ben Duarte Build/Design.

    "In any good renovation, there are things that are worth splurging on and things that are not," says Snyder. Put money into a few key items, such as the counters, she says, and leave the rest standard. The splurges "will shine through." 

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: The pair chose a Bertazzoni range and a hood from XO Ventilation—they found a good deal on the hood, and felt the Bertazzoni was "a really well-designed range at a medium price point." On the storage shelf above the stove is an oft-used Dutch oven from Le Creuset.  

    See the Bertazzoni and others in 7 High-Style Kitchen Ranges and 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding 36-Inch Ranges. And if you're in the market for a new range, read Decoding BTUs: How Much Cooking Power Do You Really Need?

    Lauren Snyder's Brooklyn Kitchen Remodel | Remodelista

    Above: The couple's dining table sits opposite the now open kitchen. 

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    Newly discovered, and currently at the top of our wish list: Cantine tableware, a collection of updated 1950s French dinnerware in a palette of seaside colors. Featuring a combination of glazed and unglazed surfaces, the pottery is made by Jars Ceramistes in the South of France, stoneware specialists since 1857.

    Cantine tableware collection from Jars ceramics in the South of France | Remodelista

    Above: Ceramics with the power to transport. Jars' Cantine designs are modern interpretations of midcentury silhouettes. Each piece is hand molded and glazed in a proprietary 17-step process. 

    The Canteen collection by Jars France from North London shop Future and Found | Remodelista

    Above: Jars specializes in "grand feu" firing, which vitrifies the clay and results in chip-resistant wares in exceptionally rich colors. North London shop Future and Found, where we first came across the line, offers the lipped Cantine Dessert Bowls, shown here, for £13 ($20.46) each and Cantine Plates for £15 ($23.61). They're available in two colors: chalk and zinc.

    Canteen collection cereal bowls by Jars pottery in France from Future and Found in London | Remodelista

    Above: Cantine Cereal Bowls are £11 ($17.31) each. All of the wares have glazed interiors and partially glazed exteriors with a two-tone look. They're dishwasher and microwave safe.

    The Canteen collection cups by Jars of France from North London shop Future and Found | Remodelista

    Above: Sized for water, wine, and espresso, Cantine Cups are £7 ($11) each.

    The Canteen collection pitcher and cups by Jars of France from North London shop Future and Found | Remodelista

    Above: The Cantine Jug is £25 ($39.35)

    Canteen  collection serving dishes by Jars of France from Future and Found in London | Remodelista

    Above: Cantine Serving Dishes are £32 ($50.37). 

    Williams-Sonoma offers a selection of Jars Cantine ceramics, including a Jars Cantine 16-Piece Dinnerware Set for $384.95 (marked down from $427.80). Didriks and Terrestra carry a range of other tableware by Jars. Go to Jars Ceramistes to see more and to find shops around the world that sell the wares. 

    More everyday favorites? Take a look at 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses and Object Lessons: Iconic Cafe Ware from Duralex.

    On Gardenista, see The Ultimate Indoor/Outdoor Tableware.

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    Hidden in the middle of LA's Koreatown office buildings and karaoke bars is Commissary, a produce-focused restaurant co-owned by renegade chef Roy Choi, who got his start selling street food. It's perched on the second-floor roof deck of The Line Hotel, a place with fastidiously curated amenities (a Poketo boutique in the lobby, another Choi eatery Pot, custom Linus Bikes, a roof-deck pool)—and yet Commissary manages to trump them all. Its big attraction? A 1,700-square-foot greenhouse designed by Sean Knibb of Knibb Design, potting tables included.

    Photography by Art Gray.

    Above: "My idea was to capture the feeling of a working greenhouse, without looking overly staged or themed." Enter a masterful mix of vintage pieces (including the potting table turned communal dining table) and organic materials (the driftwood chandelier and webbed John Vogel Chairs) that are punctuated with machine-age accents: industrial stools, fans, exposed ducts, and a chrome espresso machine.

    Above: The greenhouse overlooks the hotel pool.

    Commissary is the sophomore collaboration between Knibb and Choi. They had worked on transforming a derelict IHOP in Culver City into hot spot A-frame, which was Choi's first restaurant after building his Kogi BBQ Taco Truck empire. 

    Above: Ivy, ferns, and cyclamen hang from the lofty ceilings. "The mix of plants changes monthly; we rotate the plants around the hotel," says Knibb. 

    Above: Communal tables are surrounded by topiaries, cascading ivy, and palms. 

    Above: The eight-seat bar serves cocktails made from farmers' market ingredients. Pimp's Cup (not a typo) is a mix of rhubarb, cucumber, shiso, and ginger. Gin & Juice comes served with your choice of fresh-pressed beets, carrots, watermelon, or pineapple juice.    

    Like the look of the striped wood? See Trend Alert: 10 Rooms with Color-Washed Wood

    Above: Barware and alcohol are put on display in flea market wooden crates. 

    Above: The concept behind this tableau: "simplicity and utilitarianism, as if the gardener left them behind," says Knibb. That explains the garden hose at the end of the bar.

    Above: Vegetables are the star but the menu is far ranging. 

    Wedding, anyone? The Line Hotel has a Party Department on standby. Take a look at the guest rooms in our post Concrete Chic.

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    Beyond the big-box stores: our favorite independent shops with wedding registries (interestingly, several are owned by husband/wife teams).


    March Wedding Gift Registry | Remodelista

    Above: A selection of registry items at March picked by Julie and Sarah.

    Our favorite kitchen store in SF also has a wedding registry; go to March for more information. N.B. This coming Sunday, May 17, March is hosting an all-day Bridal Event, with an 11 am to 12:30 pm gathering and an afternoon session from 1 pm to 2:30 (R.S.V.P. required). Experts like Traci des Jardins of TDJ events and Cynthia Warren Calligraphy will be on hand to discuss all facets of wedding planning, from wine selection to floral design; plus, Sarah Lonsdale and Julie Carlson of Remodelista have curated a registry, which will be on display. Join us!


    Norm Dinnerware from Fitzsu | Remodelista

    Above: Norm Dinnerware from Fitzsu.

    Fitz and Su Sazama founded Fitzsu, with a focus on contemporary design, shortly after getting married and "becoming disappointed that there was no single store offering the modern design pieces we wanted." Brands include Alessi, Holmegaard, Vipp, and When Objects Work. To date, Fitzsu has hosted more than 1,000 registries from all over the world (see an album of photos here).

    Food 52

    Food 52 Spice Grinders | Remodelista

    Above: Hand-turned Wooden Spice Jars from Food52.

    Good news for Food52 fans: The site is launching a wedding registry in June, offering everything you need for the kitchen (and more). Go to Food52 for details. 

    Kaufmann Mercantile

    Mason Cash Ceramic Bowls | Remodelista

    Above: A starter kitchen essential: Mason Cash Mixing Bowls from the UK. 

    NY online retailer Kaufmann Mercantile stocks a good selection of household essentials: everything from German-made household brushes to Orrefors crystal. See their Wedding Gifts and Wedding Party collection and sign up at the shop's Universal Gift Registry.


    Hawkins Glassware from Horne | Remodelista

    Above: Recycled Glassware from Hawkins NY.

    Founded by Ryan Walker and Alissa Parker-Walker, a husband/wife team who met in college, Horne offers a well-curated selection of "thoughtful modern design essentials" from all over the world, plus a Wish List feature for the newly betrothed. 

    Heath Ceramics

    Chez Panisse Dinnerware from Heath | Remodelista

    Above: The Chez Panisse line by Heath Ceramics.

    Husband/wife team Cathy Bailey and Robin Petravic, the proprietors of SF-based Heath Ceramics, offer a range of dinnerware options for the modernist as well as flatware from UK legend David Mellor; register here.  


    Malle Trousseau | Remodelista

    Above: The 43-piece Malle W. Trousseau, available at MoMA.

    The MoMA Store stocks a good selection of household wares, including the ultimate starter kitchen set from Malle Trousseau, and has a wedding registry. N.B. We especially like the Heritage Kitchen collection, featuring classics such as the Chemex Handblown Coffee Maker and the trio of Swiss Vegetable Peelers


    Apparatus Tea Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Shift Teapot and Cup & Saucers by Apparatus Studio of NYC; photograph via La Gent.

    Scotti Sitz, the proprietor of one of our favorite LA stores, is a genius at sleuthing out hard-to-find pieces by global design stars such as Michael Verheyden, Piet Boon, and Vincent Van Duysen. Garde also offers a Gift Registry.

    ABC Carpet & Home

    Astier de Villatte Adelaide at ABC Carpet & Home | Remodelista

    Above: Astier de Villatte designs. Photograph via Balletti Design.

    Located in the Flatiron District of NYC, ABC Carpet & Home offers among other things an extensive range of Astier de Villatte ceramics (a favorite with brides everywhere). 


    Alessi Tonale Dinnerware at Didriks | Remodelista

    Above: Alessi Tonale DInnerware at Didriks.

    Boston resource Didriks sells top-of-the-line kitchen and tableware brands from all over, including local favorite Simon Pearce. Didriks has locations in Cambridge and Newton Lower Falls, plus a well-established online registry.

    Go to our Tabletop & Dinnerware, Flatware, and Glassware archives for more suggestions. And for present ideas, browse our Gift Guides.

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    Coming up on three years ago, my husband James and I celebrated our wedding at Barberry Hill Farm, down the street from where I grew up in Connecticut. On what surely was the hottest day of the year, we gathered friends and family to declare our love, eat a farm-grown feast, and dance the night away.

    I always say that a little bit of luck, very kind neighbors, and extremely generous friends and family were more responsible for the day than I was, but in case you're embarking on summery outdoor wedding planning of your own, here are my best tips for ensuring the day goes smoothly, simply.

    Photography via Reading My Tea Leaves, except where noted.

    Embrace Rusticity

    Above: James and me and some very free-range chickens.

    If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, embrace the idea that there will be bugs and weather and dust to contend with. That’s half the fun! (Just plan accordingly.) I had a simple cotton dress made to wear on my wedding day, and I chose flat oxfords that I knew would keep me upright while navigating rocky New England farmland.

    Let the Setting Set the Tone

    Above: Mason jars strung up with bailing twine and filled with flowers from the farm.

    A wedding in the middle of a beautiful outdoor space doesn’t need much more than blue sky and green grass for decor. The day before my wedding, my dad and I lashed together cedar poles and strung them up with glass bottles to make a backdrop for the ceremony in front of Barberry Hill's rows of zinnias and sunflowers.

    We used bailing twine to string up Mason jars filled with flowers along the fence posts. Simple white tablecloths and jars filled with a rainbow of flowers from the farm dressed up the plywood-topped folding tables. On the morning of the wedding, my sisters cut Queen Anne’s Lace to tuck into Kraft paper place cards that we set on top of white cloth napkins—and that about sums up the decorative elements we added to the scenery.

    Work with the Seasons

    Above: Zinnias at Barberry Hill Farm in Madison, Connecticut. (See 12 Tips for Growing Cutting Flowers from Barberry Hill Farm for ideas on how to grow your own.) Photograph by Erin Boyle.

    Let the time of year guide the majority of your decision-making.You might really love peonies and asparagus, but if you’re planning your wedding for July or August in New England, you will be hard-pressed to find them. Don't drive yourself crazy with a pre-determined color palette or menu. Work with what’s in season instead.

    Zinnias and raspberries and cornflowers and Queen Anne’s Lace were growing in abundance when we got married, so we used those in our flower arrangements. A few days before the wedding, James and I sat down with our caterer and worked out the menu based on what was fresh that week, and at dinner we gobbled up ripe peaches and tomatoes and fresh-caught fish.

    Consider Basic Amenities

    Above: Roosevelt Dime playing an acoustic set during our wedding ceremony.

    You'll need to think at least a little about boring things such as electricity, plumbing, and basic amenities for an outdoor wedding. We asked our band to play an acoustic set during our ceremony and borrowed our caterer’s quiet generator to run speakers for the reception (he used it to power his kitchen-on-wheels and power strings of lights).

    We also needed a portable toilet to accommodate guests. We didn’t rent a super fancy one—though rest assured that such options abound if you decide you want to go that route—but we did stick a bouquet of flowers in there and make sure that it was clean. 

    Have a Backup Plan

    Above: White tablecloths and wooden benches under a canvas tent.

    It doesn't have to be an entirely new location, but if you're planning an outdoor wedding it's wise to have a backup plan in case the weather doesn't cooperate. It might be a barn that you can move into in case a storm blows in, or a tent that you rent to dine under in case there's an evening shower.

    For me, planning a simple wedding also meant relying a bit on luck. I didn't want to expend a huge amount of resources—of either time or money—to make sure that every last element of the day would go off without a hitch, so I embraced a little quirkiness (and said a little prayer to the rain gods).

    Go Without

    Above: The long driveway at Barberry Hill Farm that served as an impromptu dance floor. Photograph by Erin Boyle.

    The wedding industry will tell you that you need about a million things to pull off an outdoor wedding (or any wedding). But if you are willing to go without something "necessary," you often can save time, stress, and most important, money. We didn’t want the expense of renting a dance floor for our wedding, so our guests danced under the tent on a patch of dusty, gravely driveway. No one batted an eye. Everyone danced. Even my grandmother.

    Ask for Help

    Above: A nearby field of Queen Anne's Lace. Photograph by Erin Boyle.

    When planning a wedding—or any large event—you’re much better off putting some things in the hands of capable hands of professional (or familial) helpers. I had visions of making every single tabletop bouquet at my wedding and picking my own Queen Anne’s Lace from a nearby field on the morning I got married. But I realized pretty quickly I would need to delegate. I left the bouquet making to the very capable Kelly Goddard of Barberry Hill Farm and enlisted my sisters to cut buckets of Queen Anne’s Lace in my stead.

    Skip the Minutiae

    Above: Simple greens might be all that you need to set a pretty scene. For more ideas, see Foraging a Midsummer Tabletop. Photograph by Erin Boyle.

    Your guests will remember the moment that everyone got up to dance. They’ll remember the kind words that your dad spoke about your brand-new husband. They might remember the super delicious blackberry margarita that they sipped before dinner, but the tiny hand-painted signs, the labored-over party favors, the custom-printed somethings or other, will largely go unnoticed. Allow yourself to just skip some altogether. Exactly no one will notice except for you, because you’ll be breathing easier.

    Borrow What You Can

    Above: Borrowed glass bottles hanging from cedar poles at our wedding.

    Our caterer, the very talented Jonathan Rapp of the River Tavern in Essex, Connecticut, has been doing farm dinners for years now, and we benefited tremendously from his expertise (and supplies!). He made his own rustic benches to use at his farm dinners, and we borrowed those even though there was some discussion about whether they’d be comfortable enough for all of our guests. At the end of the day, ease and savings won and we even used the same benches as makeshift pews for our outdoor ceremony. Similarly, I hadn't planned on making this cedar backdrop until a few days before the wedding, so we called in a favor and a friend of my mom's dropped off a box full of vintage bottles for us to use.

    Buck Tradition

    Above: James and me on our wedding day.

    Weddings often get complicated because we have an idea of what they're supposed to include. Allow yourself to stray from tradition a little bit. Choose what feels right for you, but don’t feel as if you need to choose everything just because you read it on a checklist somewhere.

    James and I decided to simplify our wedding by not having a traditional wedding party (which also meant forgoing all of the planning decisions that go along with that). Ditto a bridal shower. Ditto a wedding cake. Ditto escort cards. Ditto favors. (I could go on, but you get the idea.)

    For more of Erin's ideas for celebrating outdoors, see:

    And don't miss seeing Erin and James's first New York apartment and reading her small-space survival guides: Life in a One-Room Apartment, Brooklyn Edition and Expert Advice: 10 Tips for Living in 240 Square Feet.

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    Michelle and the Gardenista crew stand ready with petal confetti to celebrate the season. And to make sure all goes off without a hitch, they've been presenting DIY bouquets (wedding flowers for $20, anyone?), the year's best backyard landscaping ideas, and straight-from-the-garden natural remedies for allergies, sunburn, bug bites and more. We'll be in the kitchen making nettle tea.

    Louesa Robuck foraged bouquet | Gardenista

    Above: DIY: Louesa Roebuck's Wild (and Edible) Bouquets.

    Kugel Gips House on Cape Cod | Gardenista

    Above: The Sheltering Sky: 10 Ideas to Enhance Your House with a Roof Overhang.

    Nettles | Gardenista

    Above: First Aid Kit: 5 Essential Healing Plants for Summer, including nettles, shown here, for a hay-fever-busting tea.

    Deer-proof fencing | Gardenista

    Above: Stylish deer-proof fencing and the 10 other Best Backyard Landscaping Ideas of 2015.

    Foraged bouquets | Gardenista

    Above: 15 Favorites: How to Forage for Wedding Flowers and Bride on a Budget: DIY Wedding Flowers for $20.

    Wedding apps | Gardenista

    Above: 10 Easy Pieces: Wedding Planning Apps. Planning your own outdoor nuptials? Also take a look at 11 Wedding Ideas to Steal from Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere.

    Go to Gardenista's Wedding Season issue to see more.

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    Just right for the wedding season: floaty, sheer white tablecloths with an ethereal look.

    White Sheer Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: For a floaty linen tablecloth, consider the open-weave Fjord Linen Tablecloth from Belgian company Libeco. The 67-by-128-inch size is $269 at Didrik's (other sizes also available). Photograph via Lundia in Finland.

    Sunday Suppers Cheesecloth Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: Sarah admired a table draped in cheesecloth a while back; see Steal This Look: Sunday Suppers Table Setting

    Society Limonta Sheer Linen Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: From Italian company Society Limonta, one of the oldest textile manufacturers in Europe, the Jour White Linen Table Cloth is 118 inches long and 67 inches wide; heirloom priced at $910 from March in SF.

    Anthropologie White Linen Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: The Linen Ruffle Farmhouse Tablecloth from Anthropologie is $268 and measures 108 by 69 inches.

    Terrain Cut Edge Linen Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: The 58-by-98-inch Cut-Edge Washed Linen Tablecloth from Terrain is $108.

    Rough Linen White Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: Tricia Rose's Smooth White Linen Tablecloth is available in a range of sizes; prices start at $130 for the 60-inch-square size.

    West Elm Linen Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: West Elm's Belgian Linen Tablecloth is made of lightweight Belgian flax; prices start at $79 for a 60-inch-square.

    Looking for more springlike tabletop ideas? See Tablescapes: A Mother's Day Setting with Bash Studio and DIY: Natural Turmeric-Dyed Tablecloth.

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    Remember the candle-wax covered Chianti bottle? It’s become almost obsolete thanks to today’s drip-proof candles. But as we discovered last weekend at the Remodelista Market in Marin, California, when there are candles and tablecloths, telltale splashes and puddles have a way of getting left behind. 

    As a lifelong creator of these after effects at parties—in my defense, I ask you: Who can resist holding wax to flame and watching it liquefy?—I’ve had to figure out what to do the day after. In the first of our Domestic Science Tips series, here’s how to remove wax from fabric.

      Melted Candle Martin Margiela | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph of Martin Margiela's Candle Holder via Totokaelo.

    Using a blunt knife gently scrape off what you can.

    Scrape Wax Off Table Cloth with Blunt Knife | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph via Woman's Day.

    Tip: To speed removal, put the fabric in the freezer for about 30 minutes or so. Wax lifts off more easily when it’s frozen. Alternatively, set a hair dryer on low heat and hold over clinging wax until it just starts to soften. That, too, eases removal.

    Next, assess the situation and take one of the following actions:

    Iron out the puddles.

    Using an iron to blot candle wax from a tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph via wikiHow.

    A remedy that’s been around at least since Mrs. Beeton published her Book of Household Management in 1861: On an ironing board, sandwich the wax-infused section of the cloth with brown paper bags, kraft paper, paper towels, or other absorbent materials and briefly hold an iron on a low-heat setting over the section to blot out the melted wax. Do this in stages, refreshing your blotting paper as you go, until the wax is removed. Two tips: To protect your iron and ironing board, use layers of blotting paper. If the wax stain is on the surface only and your fabric is thick, you can simply flip it and iron the underside, using blotting paper under the wax only.

    Apply the hot water treatment.

    Hario Kettle Wax Removal from Tablecloth | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph via Coco Lapine Design.

    Stretch the wax-splashed section of tablecloth over a collander using a rubber band around the bowl's edge to hold the fabric taut. Place in a sink and pour boiling water over the area to melt away the stains. Tip: Pouring the water from a height speeds the flow.

    Discovered other ways to rid tablecloths of wax? Share your finds in the Comments section.

    Go to Domestic Science to see more of our household remedies, including the only two ingredients you need to keep your fridge smelling fresh. And did you know that vinegar deters ants? It's one of Sarah's 10 Ways to Use Vinegar in the Home

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    Here's what's been catching our attention this week.

    Peo Olsson Summer House | Remodelista

    • Above: In preparation for next week's ode to warm-weather living, we're visiting a summer house on the coast of Sweden. 
    • Take a ride in a roving cafe

    Piet Hein Eek Old Windows Cabinet at The Future Perfect | Remodelista

    Food52 Soapstone Burger Press | Remodelista

    • Above: Soapstone for the chic burger chef
    • America's steepest rental: Seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and the longest residential pool in California for $750,000 a month.

    Lonny, John Robshaw's Connecticut Home | Remodelista

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @blackdovelifestyle

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Schoolhouse Electric

    • Above: We got lost in LA interior designer Kim Winkelman's Bedroom board

    For more Remodelista, see our Wedding Party issue, and head over to Gardenista to see their take on the Wedding Season

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    Spring, the season of rebirth, is a pulse-taking moment, a chance to look at what's new and interesting in the world of design. 

    Spring Awakenings Issue Cover | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph via Sophie Bahai.


    Sogie Buhai in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Meet the banquette-size picnic table and interiors that sway seventies. Later today, we're paying a House Call to LA's jewelry designer of the moment. Photograph via Rip + Tan.


    Michelle McKenna Bathroom in London | Remodelista

    Above: Trend Alert: Grandmotherly floral tiles are looking fresh in bathrooms of all sorts. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.


    Leather Folding Chair | Remodelista

    Above: A love match of late: raw-tanned-leather-and-wood lounge chairs. In Wednesday's 10 Easy Pieces, Julie rounds up our favorites. 


      Epoch FIlms in Los Angeles Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Rough and refined—a glimpse of this week's Kitchen of the Week. Photograph by Laure Joliet.


    Grain Design | Remodelista

    Above: The couple behind Grain Design live and work on Bainbridge Island amid an artful mix of prototypes and hand-me-downs. Stay tuned for Friday's Designer Visit.

    Watch for the first signs of summer on Gardenista this week.

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    Part of a charmed group of creatives who float between LA and NYC, Sophie Buhai is a former fashion designer (remember Vena Cava?) who lived in NYC for almost a decade. Not too long ago Buhai moved back to LA to launch Sophie Buhai, her new jewelry/home accessories line. Interesting fact: She designed some of the pieces during a residency at Villa Lena in Italy; "it was like an international art camp," she told Frederick Vercruysse. "Paradise!"

    Her Spanish-style 1932 bungalow in Silver Lake, which she shares with her husband, a lawyer, is furnished with finds from Palm Springs estate sales, as well as hand-me-downs from her parents and her own sculptural pieces. Join us for a tour.

    Sophie Buhai Silver Lake House | Remodelista

    Above: The living room opens onto an outdoor patio. Photograph via Rip + Tan.

    Sofie Bahai in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Buhai's living room is anchored by a set of 1970s Tobia Scarpa sofa and chairs (inherited from her parents). Photograph via Vogue.

    Sophie Bahai Vases | Remodelista

    Above L: Buhai's Ikebana Vase is made to order in LA; $350. Above R: The Wide Glass Vase by Mark Pavlovits is $900.

    Sogie Buhai in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A triangular mirror reflects a Matisse drawing (see No. 10 in our Top 15 Interior Trends of 2015).

    Sophie Bahai Pillows and Totem | Remodelista

    Above L: The 30-inch hand-carved Totem Sculpture is $675. Above R: A trio of tonal linen 26-inch-square Stacking Pillows is $350.

    Sogie Buhai in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Buhai's bright white bedroom is minimally furnished. Photograph via Refinery29.

    Sophie Buhai in Silver Lake | Remodelista

    Above L: A detail of a built-in marble sink. Above R: A view into the bath. Photograph via Sophie Buhai.

    Sogie Buhai in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A cantilevered shelf serves as a mini vanity. Photograph via Sophie Buhai.

      Sophie Bahai Workspace in Silver Lake | Remodelista

    Above: Buhai's simple workspace, where she dreams up her designs. Photo via Refinery 29.

    Sogie Buhai in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: An extra-long, Donald Judd–inspired outdoor dining table.

    Join us for more tours of fashion creatives at home:

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