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    Meet the first of our two guest judges for the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards: Hollywood interior designer Estee Stanley

    Estee Stanley in LA | Remodelista

    Estee Stanley began her career as a fashion stylist in LA and found a calling in interior design almost by accident. For a stretch she found herself moving houses constantly, and when her clients saw her newly appointed rooms, they started asking for styling help beyond their wardrobes. She's designed interiors for actors Patrick Dempsey, Lea Michelle, Amanda Peet, and Rashida Jones—to name but a few—and though she still works in fashion styling, today she's equally known for her interior design work.

    Estee says she has no one style—she tailors her work to her client's tastes and needs. Still, her designs tend to be global, warm, neutral, and notably understated. Among her many professional ventures, Estee is an editor-at-large at My Domaine and her latest project is Au Fudge, a kid-friendly restaurant currently in the works with business partner Jessica Biel. 

    For more from Estee, visit Estee Stanley Design and follow her at Au Fudge and Estee Stanley on Instagram, and see her work on Remodelista in LA Woman: At Home with Hollywood's Style Guru and Steal This Look: Estee Stanley's Outdoor Patio in LA

    8 Things to Know About Estee:

    Cities I've Lived In: Los Angeles, New York City, Tel Aviv.

    Biggest Design Influence: I pull inspiration from all of my travels, particularly to Europe.

    Last Art Exhibit I Saw: The John Currin exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills.

    Cecily Brown in LA | Remodelista

    Favorite Artist: Cecily Brown and John Currin. (Photograph of Cecily Brown exhibition at the Gagosian via Art News.)

    Favorite Work of Architecture: The Louvre.

    Last Item I Bought for My House: An antique side table with a gray marble top from Brenda Antin.

    Latest DIY Project: Currently renovating my house in the Hamptons.

    On My Wish List for My House: A bigger budget. 

    Interior Design by Estee Stanley

    Estee Stanley in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Estee's own home is a 4,500-square-foot former duplex in LA's Hancock Park that she turned into a single-family space. "I lived in the upstairs apartment and started renovating one room at a time. I added a staircase, ripped out walls, and reconfigured the living room—one project at a time." Photography by Laure Joliet for Remodelista. 

    Estee Stanley in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: A necessity for the dedicated entertainer: a dining room with an informal vibe.

    Estee Stanley in Los Angeles | Remodelista

    Above: Estee's bedroom; "All my lighting comes from vintage sources like 1st Dibs or Obsolete in Los Angeles."

    Estee Stanley Bathtub | Remodelista

    Above: Estee anchors almost every space, including the bath, with either a vintage rug or a vintage light.

    Cover photo of Patrick Demsey's Malibu house via Estee Stanley.

    Calling all professional designers and novice design enthusiasts: Enter your spaces by June 22.

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    Beyond the Wishbone and the Ant (insider shorthand for Hans Wegner's CH-24 Chair and Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 Chair). A new wave of designers is reimagining the classic midcentury Scandinavian dining chair. Here are 10 future classics we're betting on.

    Swedese Chair by Claee

    Above: Designed by Stockholm architects Claesson Koivisto Rune for Swedese, the Rohsska Chair has a solid oak frame and a laminated oak seat and backrest; €825 ($930.55) from Finnish Design Shop. The chair is available in white, black, and lacquered oak.

    My Chair Normann Copenhagen | Remodelista

    Above: Nicholai Wiig Hansen reinterprets the classic shell chair with his molded plywood My Chair for Normann Copenhagen; £154.17 ($238.67) from Nest UK (available in ash and black-stained ash).

    Ikea Esbjorn Black Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Made of black-stained molded beech plywood, the Esbojorn Chair is $89 at Ikea.

    Visu Oak Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Mika Tolvanen, the stackable Visu Chair for Muuto is $279. 

    Afteroom Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The delicate yet sturdy three-legged Afteroom Chair, designed by Menu, is an instant classic; $300 from the Dwell Store.

    Hay Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Jakob Wagner for Hay, the JW01 Chair features a flexible bent-veneer back and molded seat with a black powder-coated frame (also available in solid stainless steel); $325 from A+R Store in Los Angeles.

      Bark Chair Normann Copenhagen | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Squad One, the Bark Chair in black lacquered beech is $420 from Normann Copenhagen.

    Gubi Laminate Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: The Gubi 1F Chair, designed by Poul Christiansen and Boris Berlin of Komplot Design, is made of molded plywood with a steel base. It's $669 from the Danish Design Store.

    Nap Chair by Fritz Hansen | Remodelista

    Above: The Nap Chair, designed by Kasper Salto for Fritz Hansen, is $396 from Switch Modern.

    See more dining room chair picks here: 10 Easy Pieces: Folding Dining Chairs, 10 Easy Pieces: Red Dining Chairs, and 10 Pieces: Wood Dining Chairs for Under $200.

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    We've been following Swedish interior designer Richard Lindvall's work since he concocted a Stockholm Bistro that Doubles as a Museum. His latest trick? Usine, a modern French restaurant invented in a Stockholm building that had been occupied by the Swedish Tax Agency, and prior to that a sausage factory. Lindvall took the space back to its origins—usine means "factory" in French—playing with a vocabulary of humble materials recast as a luxe new rendition of industrial chic.

    Photography by Mikael Axelsson; styling by Em Fexeus.

    Usine in Stockholm | Remodelista

    Above: The 2,000-square-foot space, formerly a warren of tiny rooms, underwent a yearlong transformation. It's now a combination bistro, bar, and cafe. Shown here, the main restaurant with marble-topped tables, bistro chairs, and industrial pendant lighting. (Find industrial lighting sources here, including Rubn of Sweden and Trainspotters in the UK.)

    Usine, a Stockholm restaurant in a former tax agency, designed by Richard Lindvall | Remodelista

    Above: A corner that Lindvall describes as having "an orangerie feeling" features old garden furniture, an olive tree, and an outsized industrial pendant light.

    Usine, a Stockholm restaurant in a former tax office, designed by Richard Lindvall | Remodelista

    Above: Usine showcases a high/low materials palette, from galvanized steel to cognac leather and custom maple millwork.

    Ursine Bar and Plates in Stockholm | Remodelista

    Above L: Stoneware plates with a textured glaze. Above R: Lindvall reports that 48 tons of concrete were used in the remodel—"not only for the floors but also to construct the two bars, reception desk, a large sofa table, and more." 

    Usine, a Stockholm restaurant in a former tax agency, designed by Richard Lindvall | Remodelista

    Above: The bar area is lit by steel pendant lights and neon bars that draw the eye in. The footrests are made of iron piping. 

    Usine, a Stockholm restaurant in a former tax agency, designed by Richard Lindvall | Remodelista

    Above: Cage-like perforated steel sheeting is used as a cornice over the bar. See 7 Favorites: Minimalist Brass Lights for similar hat-shaped pendants.

    Usine, a Stockholm restaurant in a former tax agency, designed by Richard Lindvall | Remodelista

    Above: A niche next to the bar is put to work as intimate seating: a custom raised leather banquette and Tolix stools.

    Usine, a Stockholm restaurant in a former tax agency, designed by Richard Lindvall | Remodelista

    Above: The water station and shelf are built from Valcromat, a colored MDF, detailed with a vintage copper sink and modern copper tap.

      Usine Restaurant Bathroom in Stockholm | Remodelista

    Above: An expansive concrete trough sink in a multi-doored black-and-white bathroom. For more details, go to Usine.

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    Founded by two downtown New York Danes, supermodel Camilla Vest and advertising creative Ricky Nordson, Goods We Love imports a small, exclusive collection of classic and contemporary Danish furniture and accessories. And "to give a sense of how we use our products," says Camilla, her own Tribeca loft—which she shares with her husband, Peder, and their young son and daughter—serves as the showroom. Come browse with us.

    Photography by Thomas Loof and styling by Pernille Vest via Goods We Love, unless otherwise noted.

    Camilla Vest and Ricky Nordson of Goods We Love, a wholesale collection of Danish design | Remodelista

    Above: Camilla and Ricky met in their kids' schoolyard: "You quickly spot a fellow Dane," Camilla says. "I'd been in New York for almost 20 years, and Ricky had just moved here from Copenhagen with his family, so I introduced myself. We discovered we share an interest in home design."

    They founded Goods We Love a year ago, and serve as the US wholesale representatives for their goods, carefully placing them with the right retailers—not unlike, Camilla notes, "the way a modeling agent helps to build a career by accepting the right jobs."

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: The company's best sellers are the OGK Safari Daybed and OGK Safari Chair designed by Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen in 1962 and equally at home indoors and out. They're shown here in Camilla's living area, which she pulled together with the help of her stylist sister Pernille Vest. "Scandinavian living requires a lot of time to achieve a simple yet cozy look," says Camilla. See Trend Alert: 10 Canvas Camp Cots as Instant Daybeds for sourcing. The OGK Portable Chair is $520 at the Dwell Store.

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: A desk in the loft displays, among other things, oak tissue boxes that The Oak Men make in two sizes and a variety of finishes; send Goods We Love a query for sourcing.

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: An oak tray by The Oak Men contains desk essentials.

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: Signature ribbed vases by Lyngby, a revived Danish porcelain manufacturer. The vases made their debut in 1936. The Dwell Store offers Lyngby Vases in matte white and gray in three sizes, starting at $39. Black Lyngby Vases, 9.8 inches tall, are available from The Line for $136. 

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: Camilla mixes Goods We Love pieces with designs she's gathered in her world travels as a model. Here, UK-based designer (and Remodelista hero) Michael Anastassiades's Tube Chandelier hangs over a cluster of Lyngby vases.

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: Contemporary Danish company Base212's tabletop designs: Copper, brass, and chrome bowls with marble lids and white marble Tools Candleholders. The Small Copper Bowl is $79 from Steven Alan Home (and the candleholders are available at the store, too).

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

    Above: A llama throw by Aiayu Home, available at ABC Carpet & Home in New York (but not online). Read about the knitwear company in our post Hello Llama: Eco Housewares from a Danish Design Team.

    Danish design from Goods We Love | Remodelista

     Above: Aiayu Home also makes pastel bedding, sold at ABC Carpet & Home. 

    Camilla Vest and Ricky Nordsom of Goods We Love, photo via Steven Alan | Remodelista

    Above: Camilla and Ricky in their office. Find more retailers for all their lines at Goods We Love. Photograph via Inside Steven Alan.

    Go to our Denmark Travel Guide for more of our finds, including hotels and restaurants, plus the World's Most Beautiful Wood Floors and Stylish Planters from Copenhagen.

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    Johanna Bradford, aka Tant Johanna, founder of the design blog Lovely Life, recently collaborated with her husband on the overhaul of their apartment in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dating from the turn of the century, their building still has most of its original details intact, and the couple made an effort to preserve its charm—without creating a relic. The kitchen, our favorite room, features a daring mashup of romantic and industrial touches, flowery wallpaper, stainless steel drawers, and white square tiles included. "I love to mix new and old interiors; standard and moderate are not for me," says Tant Johanna. 

    Photography by Anders Bergstedt for Entrance via Lovely Life

    Tant Johanna in Sweden | Remodelista

    Above: A glimpse of the kitchen though the entry hall. 

    Tant Johanna Kitchen in Sweden | Remodelista

    Above: Completely remodeled last year, the kitchen has Grevsta Stainless Steel Drawers from Ikea detailed with brass handles. The countertop is white Carrara marble and the walls are covered in inexpensive white square tiles. The sink is an Ikea farmhouse design paired with Ikea's industrial-looking Hjuvik faucet. To bring some softness to the space, the couple opted for open shelving stained in a dark brown.

    Like the look? We recently featured another Stainless Steel Stockholm Kitchen made from Ikea components.

    Tant Johanna Kitchen I Remodelista

    Above: The six-by-six inch wall tiles also serve as the backsplash. A new stainless range and Franke vent hood were installed during the recent remodel. A magnetic knife holder and a stainless steel wine rack lend the space what Tant Johanna describes as a "restaurant look." Note her mix of new and vintage cutting boards and candlesticks. 

    Tant Johanna Kitchen I Remodelista  

    Above: The kitchen feels light and airy thanks to the south-facing window. The chair and table are vintage, and the old cupboard in the corner stores extra dishes and linens. 

    Tant Johanna Kitchen I Remodelista

    Above: The most surprising element in the kitchen is its wallpaper, a classic pattern called Pimpernel by William Morris that Tant Johanna playfully layered with a chalkboard and other hangings. The old pine floor was painted a silver-gray from Swedish paint company Nordsjö. The refrigerator and freezer combo are by Gram

    Tant Johanna Kitchen from Sweden | Remodelista

    Above: Menus from the couple's favorite local restaurants hang on the wall. 

    Tant Johanna in her kitchen I Remodelista

    Above: Tant Johanna at work on a flower arrangement. 

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    Back when Tara and Percy of Jersey Ice Cream Co. redid my kitchen on a dime (See Rehab Diary: Dream Kitchen for Under $3,000), we determined that tackling the floor was beyond both our budget and timeframe. So we minimized its dark visage with striped Swedish rag rugs.

    Cut to me washing them every week (or rather, not washing the heavy cotton behemoths even though they were desperately in need). Turns out that the area between the stove and sink is not the best place for a rug. Clearly I had to find another, more cleaning friendly way to cover up my floors.

    Then I remembered the homemade canvas floorcloths that my husband and I had admired in an artist's studio some 20 years ago. I decided to try making my own.

    Photography by Justine Hand for Remodelista.

    DIY Canvas Floor CLoth with Swedish Stripes, supplies 2, Remodelista


    • Heavy-duty cotton canvas. No. 10 (14 oz) Extra-Heavy Cotton Canvas is available at Blick for $17 per yard. To save time, you can also do as I did and buy pre-primed canvas, such as Blick Studio Acrylic Primed Cotton Canvas; $13.25 for one 72-inch-wide yard. (To make a three-by-seven-foot rug, I purchased three yards of Blick pre-primed canvas.) 
    • Acrylic primer or gesso (if you don't buy a pre-primed canvas). Note: The leftover latex primer you have at home may work. But many are a mix of acrylic and vinyl; 100 percent acrylics offer more water resistance and stain protection. Frederix Premium Gesso is available at Blick; $16.31 per quart.
    • Paint roller and tray (if applying your own primer)
    • Liquid acrylic paints (color of your choice). Again you can use leftover latex paint. I used Blick Artist Acrylics in Warm Gray. 
    • Polycrylic Varnish. Minwax Polycrylic Varnish in Satin is available on Amazon for $18 per quart.
    • Double-sided carpet tape. Roberts Indoor/Outdoor Three-Inch Double-Sided Carpet Tape Roll is available at Home Depot; $5 for 15 feet.
    • Several different sized paint brushes
    • Painter's tape
    • T-square and a measuring tape or yardstick
    • Heavy duty scissors
    • Pencil
    • Sharpie
    • Lightweight sandpaper
    • Staple gun or tacks (optional)


    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, measuring fabric, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 1: The beauty of making your own floorcloth is you can customize it to fit your space. After figuring out the size of rug you want, measure and mark the perimeter in pencil on your canvas. Then add three inches more on each side. (These extra edges will be folded under later.)

    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, cutting fabric, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 2: Once you have your measurements, cut the canvas to desired size, remembering to include the extra several inches on each side.

    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, priming fabric, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 3: Using either tacks, a staple gun, or heavy-duty tape, firmly secure your canvas to your work surface so that the edges won't slip while you paint. (You can use a piece of plywood or the floor. If the latter, you may want to put a piece of plastic under it.) Then, if you did not purchase pre-primed canvas, apply one coat of primer over the entire surface of your cloth. Allow to dry.

    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, sketching pattern, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 4: Another advantage of a DIY floorcloth is that you can customize your pattern. Stencils work great, but I wanted a Swedish rag rug look. Using several online images as inspiration, I devised my own striped design. If you're working with an irregular or alternating pattern as I was, I highly recommend that you map it out on a piece of graph paper before attempting to lay it out on your canvas. 

    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, taping pattern 1, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 5: Using your yardstick or tape measure, determine the center of your cloth. Using your T-square to insure a straight line, begin to tape out your striped pattern. 

    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, taping pattern 2, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Above: As my pattern progressed, I quickly realized that I was creating a rather dizzying array of stripes. To ensure that I didn't make any mistakes as I went along, I also drew arrows to indicate which taped areas should be painted and which should be left blank.

    DIY, Canvas Floor Cloth, taped pattern, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Above: My canvas all taped and ready for paint.

    DIY Canvas Floor Cloth, painting stripes, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 6: Using a fairly stiff brush, paint in between your tape. Allow to dry. It may be necessary to apply a second coat.

    DIY Canvas Floor Cloth, tape removed, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 7: Once your paint is dry, remove the tape. Perform any touch ups with your primer.

    DIY Canvas Floor Cloth, varnish, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 8: Apply two coats of varnish with a synthetic fiber brush. If necessary, lightly sand in between each coat.

    DIY Canvas Floor Cloth, applying carpet tape, by Justine Hand for Remodelista

    Step 9: Cut your double-sided carpet tape to the width of one end of the finished cloth. Lay at one end. 

    DIY Canvas Floor Cloth, finishing edges, by Justine Hand for Remodelista  

    Step 10: Fold your edge and secure by pressing down. Trim the corner. Repeat steps 9 and 10 on all four sides. If you have the means and skill, then a sewn edge would be even more secure and would add extra design flare.

    Finished Look

    DIY Canvas Floor Cloth, finished, by Jusitne Hand for Remodelista

    Above: A detail of my completed Swedish striped floorcloth in situ.

    DIY Canvas Rug with Swedish Stripes Remodelista

    Above: The acid test: blueberries. With the help of Bunzo, our rabbit, I tested the new cloth's ease of cleaning. Happily residual berry juice came right up with the wipe of a sponge. (Note: Your floor cloth may look a bit wrinkly at first, as mine did, but it will settle and lie smoothly after a few days.)

    DIY Canvas floor cloth porch

    Above: Another perfect locale for a waterproof cloth: the front porch. 

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    Now trending: the clean-lined, cabin-like kitchen with cabinets and paneling in blonde woods. Ingmar Bergman would approve—and we're on board, too.

    Wray Crescent House in Islington | Remodelista

    Above: Rosy-hued wood in a minimalist London kitchen, complete with classic Aga. Learn about the stove in Object Lessons: The Great British Range Cooker. Photograph via Light Locations

    Emma Lee Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: Flooring, cabinets, and wall paneling in oak from Dinesen of Denmark define a London kitchen designed by software developer and architectural enthusiast Daniel Lee for himself and his family. Tour the whole townhouse in The Uncluttered Life in London and discover Dinesen in World's Most Beautiful Wood Floors. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.

    Johannes Norlander Arkitektur Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A plywood-cloaked kitchen in Gothenburg, Sweden, by Johannes Norlander Arkitektur, via Archdaily.

    Plain English Osea Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The Osea Kitchen from UK kitchen design company Plain English has Dinesen Douglas fir flooring that runs up the main wall, and modern picnic-table seating. Explore the details on pages 186-191 of the Remodelista book, and learn more in Kitchen Confidential: 10 Ways to Achieve the Plain English Look.

    Robertson Rale Kitchen in Australia | Remodelista

    Above: Dale, a long, narrow kitchen in Australia by Robson Rak Architects, was short-listed for the 2014 Australian Interior Design Awards.

    Clouds Kitchen in London | Remodelista

    Above: A Shaker-inspired design by Teddy Edwards in Oxford, England.

    700 Meter Timber Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The precision laser-cut Wiedemann Werkstatten Eight-Meter Kitchen in Munich; see more at A Kitchen Made from Eight Oak Trees.

    Mjolk Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: John Baker and Juli Daoust's Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchen with Hints of Japan in their family quarters above Mjölk, their Toronto design shop. 

    KitoBito Japanese Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A model kitchen in Misaki, Japan, built using traditional joinery techniques applied to modern needs. See Built to Last: Joinery Kitchens by KitoBito of Japan.

    Working on your own kitchen? Get more ideas in our Remodeling 101 posts, as well as:

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    Some of my fondest memories of growing up in southern Sweden include visits to my best friend's summer cottage in Skummeslövsstrand, on the coastline of southern Sweden. The red cottage has an open living area with a stand-alone fireplace, two sheepskin-covered lounge chairs, a small but high functioning galley kitchen, and a bedroom with two sets of bunk beds.

    Now that I live in the US, I understand why the Nordic summer escape is the envy of the rest of the world. But, in truth, you don't have to head to the archipelago to capture the experience: plenty of the best areas are simple and easy to translate.

    Dare to Go Dark

    Black-stained Swedish summer house | Remodelista

    Above: Until recently red was the de facto cottage house color, but lately we've been noticing a trend of summer houses painted or stained in shades of black. Why? Because greenery looks especially great against a dark curtain. So does outdoor furniture. Black is becoming.

    See more of the design shown here in A Modular Danish Summer House and go to Gardenista for Dark Shadows: The Pros and Cons of Painting a House Black and Trend Alert: Black Fences.

    Let Life Revolve Around the Hearth

    Swedish-home-free-standing-stove-by-Swedish Architects-LASC-Studio I Remodelista

    Above: A very popular feature in Scandi summer homes is a freestanding fireplace that heats the entire living area. Not your grandmother's stove, the latest generation of wood heaters offer fuel efficiency and lower emissions, making them both powerful and environmentally responsible. For ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Wood Stoves and Design Sleuth: The Camp Stove for Home and Wilderness.

    Create a Shipshape Look with Paneling


    Above: White-painted shiplap paneling is common in Scandi woodland cabins and coastal cottages as a clean-lined and cozy finishing touch. To learn more, see Expert Advice: The Enduring Appeal of Shiplap and tour Tiina Laakonen's Hamptons House.

    Join the Sheepskin Brigade


    Above: Scandi summer nights get chilly. Layering beds and chairs with sheepskins, that longstanding Scandi touch, adds warmth and lends the austere rooms a vitality.

    Build Beds Wherever You Can 


    Above: A setup that saves a lot of space and works well for visiting crowds, bunks (with under the bed storage) are another Nordic cottage staple: See 24 Built-In Bunks for Summer Sleepovers. This Danish summer house was designed by Norwegian JVA Architects via Archdaily

    Use Shelves in Place of Furniture

    Tiny Bedroom in Swedish Cottage I Remodelista

    Above: Summer cottages are typically tiny with little wiggle room in the bedrooms. Skip the bedside tables and instead use a favorite Scandi device: wall shelving as storage. 

    Bathe with a View  

    Danish summer house outdoor shower | Remodelista   

    Above: Once summer finally reaches the Nordic countries, Scandinavians do as much living out in the open as possible. This Danish house features the ultimate summer detail: an outdoor shower and tub combo. For more plein-air bathing, see our roundup of 29 Outdoor Summer Showers. Photograph via Bo Bedre by Andreas Mikkel Hansen.

    Let It All Hang Out


    Above: Dryers are unusual and unthinkable in Scandi summer places. Shown here, Tine Kjeldsen, founder of Tine K Home, follows tradition and hangs all her clothes to dry on lines. Photograph by Morten Holtum.

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    How does your garden grow? Learn about an under-the-kitchen-counter mini greenhouse, DIY cinderblock planters, horticultural tips from Frida Kahlo, and more this week on Gardenista.

    Urban Cultivator mini greenhouse | Gardenista

    Above: A new meaning for eat-in kitchen: The Under-Counter Herb Garden.

    Surface Design SF potted plants garden | Gardenista

    Above: Small Garden Design: Japanese Serenity on Russian Hill in San Francisco. And for more planter ideas, see DIY: 10 Genius Garden Hacks with Concrete Blocks.

    Rattan chair from Danish designers House Doctor | Gardenista

    Above: 10 Easy Pieces: The Acupulco Chair (this one is by Danish designers House Doctor).

    Carolyn Mullet-designed Red Barn Lane | Gardenista

    Above: Take a look at the work of Carolyn Mullet, Garden Designer and 2015 Gardenista Considered Design Awards Judge. (And learn about how to enter the awards here.)

    Botany in the UK | Remodelista

    Above: Calling all London readers: a Gardenista Pop-Up Market Takes Place at GROW London June 19 to 21.

    Frida Kahlo house | Gardenista

    Above: 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Frida Kahlo, including letting art influence life.

    Philip Johnson Glass House woods, New Canaan, CT | Gardenista

    Above: Glass House Landscape: A "Permanent Camping Trip" for Architect Philip Johnson—a companion post to our 14 Lessons in Minimalism from the Glass House.

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    I love vintage treasure hunts, especially if it's a local estate sale curated by our friend Roy Dudley. He has 20 years of antiques dealing and appraisal experience, and it never fails—I usually end up walking out with an object or two.

    This time around, it was all about a gilded settee (the rest of the crowd ignored it). It was ugly—very ugly—but for some reason it called out to me. I was attracted to the shape, the size, the proportions. Unfortunately, my husband wasn't interested.

    That evening I went on an online search for reupholstered French-style settees, and Brandon's interest was piqued. I reminded him that we had a bolt of vintage ticking fabric (we bought ten years ago) from a weekend estate sale in Copenhagen stored in our closet (are you sensing a pattern?). 

    The next day I left a $300 bid on the settee, and a week later Dudley called to declare me the winner. Here's how we transformed the outdated piece into something new and fresh looking.


    Before Photo Izabella's Settee I Remodelista

    Above: The French gilded settee was upholstered in a glam 1950s fabric. My husband's job was to remove the fabric and the brass nailheads, a tedious job that pays off in upholstery savings. To our surprise, we discovered that the settee was stuffed with horsehair and the springs were hand-tied in leather, which means it could date back to as early as the 1850s.


    After photo of Izabella's upholstered settee I Remodelista

    Above: Here's the settee in its new incarnation. Once we removed the gilding, we decided to leave the wood bare in its natural state. 

    After photo of Izabella's settee I Remodelista

    Above: Our upholsterer was very precise and detail-oriented when she laid out the fabric. She had to join two pieces of fabric, and the seam is flawless, considering the fabric is striped (which makes it more difficult to work with). Note the double-pipe blue linen trim. 

    After photo of Izabella's Settee I Remodelista

    Above: The back is upholstered in the same solid blue fabric as the double piping. 

    Scandi Vintage Pillows in Ticking Fabric I Remodelista.

    Above: The vintage ticking fabric we used was handwoven on a loom (originally pillow covers shown above), hence its characterful imperfections.

    After photo of Izabella's Settee in Library I Remodelista

    Above: The settee now resides in our library, with a Ranarp reading light from Ikea. 

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    Ina-Lill and PA Ovin, natives of Gothenburg, Sweden, discovered the beauty of encaustic tiles on a trip to Morocco several years ago. In 2006, the couple founded Marrakech Design, focusing on traditional Moroccan tiles. More recently they've enlisted designers Mats Theselius and Glen Baghurst and architects Claesson Koivisto Rune to reinterpret the classical Arabic geometry of traditional Moroccan tiles through a Scandinavian lens. 

    Casa Tiles from Marrakech | Remodelista

    Above: The Casa design by Claesson Koivisto Rune is available in a range of colors, shown above in marine and bone. The first CKR collection was launched with three patterns in 2012; this past January the company launched five new patterns

    Pink Tile from Sweden | Remodelista

    Above: The newest addition to the Marrakech Design collection: A carpet-like geometric pattern by Glen Baghurst, an Australian designer who divides his time between Malmo (his filmmaker wife is Swedish) and Sydney, Australia.

    Pink White Tiles Sweden | Remodelista

    Above: A detail of the dusty pink tiles. ("They have a matte finish that I believe softens interiors and gives a warmer feeling," Baghurst says.)

    Glen Baghurst Tiles in Pale Pink | Remodelista

    Above: Detail shots of the tiles.

    Herringbone Chartreuse | Remodelista

    Above: The Herringbone pattern by Mats Theselius in chartreuse and milk. Go to Marrakech Design to see more and for buying details.

    Find Tiles of all sorts in our archive, including 10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Patterned Tiles in Black and White (and Beyond) and Trend Alert: 5 Minimalist Graphic Ceramic Tiles. Renting your place? Consider DIY Tiles for Commitment-Phobes

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    Read on to find out what piqued our interest this week.

    Greek Island House via Dwell | Remodelista

    Remodelista Considered Design Awards Winners will receive $200 to Kaufmann Mercantile, Japanese Porcelain Bowl with Lid | Remodelista

    Eileen Gray House Restoration via Arch Daily, Eclectic, Art | Remodelista

    FvF Singapore Print | Remodelista

    Above: Currently eyeing: Prints shot by Freunde von Freunden's contributors; shown above, Singapore by Robbie Lawrence.

    Bubble Lights by Alex de Witte | Remodelista

    Above: Bubbles that only look like they might burst. Photograph via Ignant.

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @aubriepick

    • Above: We're following along with photographer Aubrie Pick (@aubriepick) as she travels around Italy. 

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Camille Styles, Wanderlust

    • Above: Blogger Camille Style's Wanderlust board has us dreaming of a jaunt. 

    For more Remodelista, see our Scandinavian Blues issue and don't miss Gardenista's week of Modern Landscapes

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    We're celebrating urban living indoors and out (and also tipping our hats to fathers this week by taking an appreciatory look at manly design the world over).

    Platt Dana Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: An apartment on Sutton Place, overlooking the Queensboro Bridge in NYC, renovated by Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory members Platt Dana Architects.


    Nate Cotterman Dimple Glass | Remodelista

    Above: Just discovered: tumblers, bowls, sconces, and more by an LA glass artist. Watch for today's Tabletop post.


    Mat Collishaw, white paneled living room, Camberwell, London | Remodelista Mat Collishaw, kitchen, Camberwell, London | Remodelista

    Above: Artist Mat Collishaw lives in a converted pub in Camberwell, London. Stay tuned for Tuesday's House Call.


    FD Style Kitchen Tools | Remodelista

    Above: On Wednesday, Julie presents dark and handsome Kitchen Tools.

    Project M+ Flynn-Howe kitchen in LA | Remodelista

    Above: Architects share their go-to kitchen faucets in this week's 10 Easy Pieces. (Shown here, A Cool and Confident Kitchen in LA by Project M+.) 


    Sebastian Cox for Devol Kitchens | Remodelista

    Above: Our Kitchen of the Week is made of bandsawn beech fabricated in a 16th-century English mill.


    Palladian Hotel in Seattle with Interiors by Nicole Hollis | Remodelista

    Above: At the end of the week, we're checking into a suave new Hotel in Seattle by designer Nicole Hollis.

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    Beatrice Valenzuela first hit our radar when we discovered her chic and under-the-radar shoe line. (She also designs jewelry and bags, which she sells in her online shop, and is the founder and co-curator of the Echo Park Craft Fair.) Raised in Mexico City, Beatrice lives in a colorful Echo Park cottage with her partner Ramsey Conder, a fellow designer, and their two young children.

    Good news for travelers: The couple recently renovated an aesthetically challenged neighborhood cottage for short-term rentals, recently listed on Airbnb. For the design, they opted to create a white canvas of sorts, "a tranquil backdrop with bursts of color and texture," as they say. "It's important to us that when people visit our neighborhood we can offer a similar experience to our own home. I love cooking, so the kitchen is outfitted for a cook. And the garden is full of California native and the scent of sage."  Here's a first look.

    Photography by Nancy Neil.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: The front (and back) door are painted a mustard shade. The couple contacted their color consultant, Teresa Grow from Madison and Grow, to help them choose the Dunn Edwards exterior semigloss DEA Pirate's Gold.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: Ramsey designed the modular built-in sofa in ash and brass. The seating is covered in French military canvas with striped cushions from Heather Taylor Home. The hanging basket above the sofa is from a village in the jungle six hours from Puebla, Mexico, and is available via Beatrice Valenzuela.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo Park house | Remodelista

    Above: A view into the kitchen from the dining room. The lighting fixtures, along with most of the furniture, were designed by Ramsey, who works with his own fabricators in Los Angeles. 

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen has a white farmhouse sink left exposed beneath. (Beatrice has the same in her own home.) She says, "We find it's an opportunity for all the unconsidered details to be visible in a beautiful way." The brass shelf brackets and hooks throughout the house were designed and produced by Ramsey. On display are Burnished Clay Pottery and Talavera Pitchers from Puebla, Mexico, which Beatrice sells online.


    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: Unlacquered brass is used in both the kitchen and bathroom; the faucet was sourced from Newport Brass. Ash was used throughout the kitchen: "It's long-lasting and has a very delicate light color and grain pattern," they say. They sealed the counter with linseed oil, but look forward to seeing a patina develop over time.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen's Moroccan Cement Tiles are from Badia Design in North Hollywood. In the foreground, brushes hang from a pair of Ramsey's hooks

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: A custom kitchen table and bench by Ramsey, lit by one of his fixtures. 

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo Park house | Remodelista

    Above:  A splash of color in an all-white bedroom with custom curtains by Heather Taylor Home woven on looms in Chiapas, Mexico. 

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: A weaving by Beatrice of cotton, sisal, and raw wool hangs in a second bedroom. The built-in wooden side table is made of reclaimed old-growth Douglas fir with Ramsey's brass screws.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: Moroccan Tile in the bathroom from Badia is paired with brass fixtures.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela and Ramsey Conder Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: An ash daybed is piled with black and indigo cushions purchased on a trip to a remote village in the mountains near San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

    Beatrice-Valenzuela Echo-Park house | Remodelista

    Above: Beatrice in her new rental in Echo Park. The house sleeps five and is available for two-night-minimum stays: Go to Airbnb for details.

    Beatrice Valenzuela Patio in Echo Park | Remodelista

    Above: The outdoor dining area.

    Check out our posts on Beatrice and some of her Echo Park neighbors (and friends): 

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    Spotted and coveted last weekend at The Gardener in Berkeley: glass carafes by LA artist Nate Cotterman. Cotterman earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007 before moving to LA, where he works as a gaffer (glassblower) for Joe Cariati Glass, among others, while running his own studio. Here are some favorite pieces from Nate Cotterman Glass.

    Nate Cotterman Glass Carafes | Remodelista

    Above: Flow Decanters come in seven distinct forms and are $135 each. They're also for sale at The Gardener.

    Nate Cotterman Dimple Glasses | Remodelista

    Above: For a collaboration with ceramic artist Lesley Anton, Cotterman created a set of custom drinking glasses.

    Nate Cotterman Dimple Glass | Remodelista

    Above: Dimple Glasses are $80 each.

    Nate Cotterman Glass Bowls | Remodelsita

    Above: Handblown glass bowls; contact Nate Cotterman Studio directly for ordering information. 

    Nate Cotterman Piano Table Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: The Piano Series was "inspired by vintage design and refined by modern aesthetics." The Piano Table Lamp is available with a black waxed finish and an ivory shade (shown here) or a polished brass finish and gray shade; $1,400.

    Nate Cotterman Light Switch Detail | Remodelista

    Above: The Piano Table Lamp has a three-stage dimmer.

    Piano Sconce by Nate Cotterman | Remodelista

    Above: The Piano Sconce is $900.

    Halo Sconce by Nate Cotterman | Remodelista

    Above: The Halo Sconce is $900.

    We're mad for glass: a few of our favorite studios include Malfatti Glass, Maureen Fullam, and Esque.

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    On now: The Annual Summer Sale at ABC Carpet & Home, running from June 14 through July 19. All furniture, rugs, lighting, bed, and bath are on sale at ABC Carpet & Home locations in Manhattan and Florida and online at With deep discounts of up to 60 percent off, it's time to stock up on summer entertaining essentials (and take the leap on big-ticket items like handmade rugs). 

    Remodelista readers, don't forget to Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card by June 21 to shop the sale online. 

    We had the chance to browse the sale early and find our favorites.

    ABC Carpet & Home Summer Sale 2015 | Remodelista

    Above: ABC's Ripple White Dinnerware is an organic interpretation of traditional dinnerware shapes, named for subtle ripples in water. Regularly priced at $35 to $60, the glazed porcelain collection is on sale for $24.50 each for the cup and mug; $31.50 each for the bowl and side plate; and $42 for the large plate. Shown here in white, it's also available in Gray and Dark Gray

    ABC Carpet & Home Summer Sale 2015 | Remodelista

    Above: The Irving Place Full Sleeper Sofa is made of sustainably harvested wood and upholstered in 100 percent linen. Inside, its springs are wrapped in fibers then tucked in an envelope of down and feathers for comfort. Made in the US, it's available in Deerfield Charcoal for $2,399 (down from $3,995). 

    ABC Carpet & Home Summer Sale 2015 | Remodelista

    Above: The Form Teak Table is made in Indonesia of Javanese teak sourced from locally owned plantations. The warm wood top features carefully preserved imperfections for a rustic look. Available in two sizes, the eight-seat table is on sale for $1,039.20 (down from $1,795), and the 10-seat is $1,199.20 (down from $2,095). 

    ABC Carpet & Home Summer Sale 2015 | Remodelista

    Above: The Irving Place Petal Pink Dining Chair is upholstered in cotton and has hand-carved maple legs whitewashed to match the upholstery. Inside, the chair is stuffed with soy-based foam and eco-friendly fibers wrapped in cotton ticking. Made in the US, it's available in in-stock colors Ferris Petal (shown) and Ferris Opal, on sale for $599 (down from $995). (Eleven special-order colors are also available, on sale for $845.75.)

    ABC Carpet & Home Summer Sale 2015 | Remodelista

    Above: Inspired by traditional Moroccan rugs, this Textured Wool Rug is woven by hand in Pakistan from 100 percent wool. Its dark brown diamond pattern against ivory evokes the styling of Berber rugs. Originally $8,000, the 13-by-17.5-foot rug is on sale for $5,600.

    Don't forget to Enter to Win a $500 Gift Card by June 21 to shop the ABC Carpet & Home Summer Sale online.

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    All our friends in LA's Echo Park are abuzz about their new favorite hangout, Ostrich Farm, chef Jaime Turrey's restaurant debut (he formerly manned the popular Monsieur Egg pushcart). Turrey specializes in cooking over a live fire, and his results have been earning rave reviews, but what grabbed our attention is his wife Brooke Fruchtman's homemade dining room design.

    Photography by Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest, unless otherwise noted.

    Brooke Fruchtman and chef Jaime Turrey, owners of Ostrich Farm in LA | Remodelista

    Above: "We were looking for a space for many years—even, I think, before we really took the idea of opening our own restaurant seriously," says Brooke, shown here, with Jaime (the two met when she sold him a pair of boxing gloves at a yard sale in SF) and their kids. Brooke left her longstanding job as an associate vice president at LACMA to design the restaurant and run the front of the house. Located on West Sunset, Ostrich Farm is named for a railway that once ran down the boulevard. Photograph by Sally Peterson.

    Ostrich Farm in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The restaurant occupies a long-vacant space formerly occupied by a pupuseria: "It was painted many, many shades of purple with an abandoned lot in back, windows that had been covered up, and a disco ball dangling from the ceiling. I actually regret not keeping that disco ball," says Brooke.

    Envisioning a bright neighborhood restaurant, "something cool and casual," she turned to friends who own fabrication studio/vintage house Style de Vie for the custom work, including the tufted banquettes and wood-topped tables. "It was so comforting to have a team we trusted because this process was totally new to us and we were working on an extremely tight budget." Photograph by Elizabeth Daniels.

    Ostrich Farm in LA | Remodelista

    Above: The bar stools and marble bar are also the work of Style de Vie. The Thonet Era Armchairs are from DWR: "I’m obsessed with rounded back chairs," says Brooke. "Even though these are so wide we probably sacrificed a seat or two in an already small space, it was worth it. In fact, I love them so much, I bought them in white for our house. I think they're a great deal."

    As for the wall hangings, they're Indian block-printed cotton scarves by Remodelista favorite Block Shop (see Lily and Hopie Stockman's Wearable Paintings). Brooke says she extemporaneously tacked them up the day Ostrich Farm debuted "and now cannot imagine our space without them." Photograph by Elizabeth Daniels.

    Ostrich Farm in LA via DesignLoveFest | Remodelista

    Above L: The restaurant's lights are the work of Doug Newton of Nightwood in New York: "I was searching for an embarrassingly long time for the perfect brass sconces that have a handmade quality," says Brooke. Above R: The restaurant's Fiddle Leaf has a snake-charmer-style DIY coiled rope container: "It's just a lot of rope hot glued together." (Learn all about the Fiddle Leaf Fig at Gardenista.)

    Ostrich Farm in LA via DesignLoveFest | Remodelista

    Above: The tables have a soft wax finish and are set with simple glassware (which the couple sourced on Remodelista). For similar tumblers, see 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.

    Ostrich Farm in LA via DesignLoveFest | Remodelista

    Above L: "Our stemless wine glasses evoke the casual vibe we're going for," says Brooke. Above R: The heavy linen napkins—all 300 of them—were stitched by the family's nanny.

    Ostrich Farm restaurant in LA via DesignLoveFest | Remodelista

    Above: Ostrich Farm is at 1525 W. Sunset Blvd in Echo Park, LA. See more at @ostrichfarmla on Instagram.

    Check out more local favorites in our LA City Guide, including the Covell Hotel and LA's Best Source for 20th-Century Antiques.

    And take a look at An LA Cliffhanger, a house owned by Cleo and McShane Murnane of Project M+ design, who are Ostrich Farm regulars.

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    Spotted on Freunde von Freunden: a monastic gentleman's bedroom in the San Francisco home of Nir Stern. The son of two architects, Stern moved from Tel Aviv to the Bay Area to study architecture but found himself in the tech world doing interface design.

    He designed his home, a renovated Victorian situated on a hill in Noe Valley, in collaboration with architect James Hill. We especially like the guest room, which features custom pieces mixed with antique furniture of the sort you might find in a tailor's shop. 

    For more, read the interview by Kelly Lynn Waters in Freunde von Freunden.

    Nir Stern's apartment shot by Freunde von Freunden

    Above: The black-and-white chamber has an iron bedstead. Photography by Hanh Cooley for Freunde von Freunden.

    Nir Stern's apartment shot by Freunde von Freunden

    Above: Bedside essentials and a custom scissor-arm reading light.

    Nir Stern's apartment shot by Freunde von Freunden

    Above: A pair of pocket doors open into the guest bedroom.

    Nir Stern's apartment shot by Freunde von Freunden

    Above: A compact sewing station is just off the guest room.

    Scissor arm pharmacy sconce light

    Above: Robert Abbey's Bruno Scissor Arm Pharmacy Sconce includes a "pin-up kit" with cord and cord cover for plugging into a standard outlet; $236 from Lumens.

    A white, vintage Ironrite Health Chair

    Above: Stern has a pair of vintage ergonomic Ironrite Health Chairs; available in white for $420 each from Factory 20. For more about the chairs, see An Ergonomic Factory Chair Turned Collector's Item.

    Brother Sewing Machine with computerized stitch panel

    Above: The Brother CS600i Advance 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Hard Case is $147.81 from Amazon.

    Taxidermy jackalope mounted head

    Above: Source a taxidermy mounted Jackalope for $129.99 from Cabela's, or a more robust version from San Francisco's Paxton Gate for $325.

    Benjamin Moore Super White Paint

    Above: Benjamin Moore's low- and no-VOC paints in Super White (L) or Decorators White (R, photograph via House Beautiful). For more white paints, see our post: 10 Easy Pieces: Architect's White Paint Picks and Remodeling 101: How to Choose the Perfect White Paint.

    Cast iron door knocker from eBay seller Hard2Shop4 | Remodelista

    Above: Source a vintage or reproduction Deer Head Door Knocker on eBay or an Animal Head Knocker on Etsy. The eBay example shown here is from Hard2Shop4.

    Sofie Refer Mega Bulb Pendant Light

    Above: Sofie Refer's Mega Bulb Pendant is designed to show off the globe-shaped G40 light bulb through a layer of transparent glass; $289 from A+R.

    Hans Wegner Valet Chair

    Above: The Valet Chair, a 1951 design by Hans Wegner, is available through PP Mobler; inquire about pricing. For another option, see Bedroom Secret: A Valet Keeps Clutter at Bay.

    Millbrook Iron Bed from Restoration Hardware

    Above: The Millbrook Iron Bed from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child is available in a twin ($459, marked down from $549) and a full size ($551, marked down from $649). For more ideas, see Design Sleuth: Modern Iron Beds.

    Matteo Home Ida Quilt in white cotton

    Above: Matteo Home's Ida Quilt is made from garment-dyed, diamond-quilted linen; $595 for the queen size.

    Laboratory Stainless Steel Storage Cabinet from Restoration Hardware

    Above: The Laboratory Stainless Steel Storage Cabinet is built of hand-welded stainless steel with zinc hardware and bullet hinges; currently on sale for $875 from Restoration Hardware.

    Cora Carafe

    Above: The Cora Carafe is a hand-blown glass cylinder with its own cup, which doubles as a lid; $9.95 from CB2. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Bedside Water Carafes.

    N.B.: Looking for more bedrooms ideas to steal? See hundreds of Steal This Look posts in our archive, including:

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    We asked Brooklyn DJ, blogger, and design aficionado Myles Tipley, to clue us in: What do (cool or wannabe cool) dads really want? He immediately supplied us with his own wish list for Father's Day.

    Myles and Lindsey Tipley and son Henry in Brooklyn, photographed by Christelle de Castro | Remodelista

    Above: Myles with his wife (and fellow DJ) Lindsey Tipley and their three-year-old, Henry, in Williamsburg. Myles blogs about "vibes and stuff" at Myles Henry. Photograph by Christelle de Castro

    Commune Book | Remodelista

    Above: "The design books I've been wanting are Commune: Designed in California ($37.66), Modern Originals: At Home with Midcentury European Designers, $35.71, by Leslie Williamson, and photographer Paul Barbera's Where They Create ($34)."

    Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Scotch | Remodelista

    Above: "Can't go wrong with this: Lagavulin 16-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch"; $106.99 from BevMo. Photograph via Tomorrow Started.

    Hand Blown Decicio Whiskey Glasses | Remodelista

    Above: "And as the perfect companion, I'm into these smoky Hand-Blown Whiskey Glasses." Made by a small glass studio in Seattle, they're $32 each and $118 for a set of four from Food52.

    Japanese incense holder from General Store in Venice CA | Remodelista

    Above: "To add a mellow vibe to my work setup, I have my eye on a Japanese Ceramic Incense Holder ($32 each from General Store). And, to go with it, Stussy's Kuumba International Incense Pack ($15)."

    Bravado 3 eau de cologne from Saturdays Surf NYC | Remodelista

    Above: "I really don't wear cologne, but I like this one—sort of a natural scent, and not too overpowering." Bravado 3 by Baxter of California is $85 from Saturdays Surf.

    Kiehl's Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap | Remodelista

    Above: "One of the best parts of being married: There's always fancy soap in my house. This is one of my favorites." Kiehl's Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap with oat bran and pumice is $15 a bar from Kiehl's.

    Oliver Peoples sunglasses from Gentry | Remodelista

    Above: "It's the perfect time of year for a new pair of sunglasses. I've been eyeing Oliver People's MP-2 Matte Black ($450) from Gentry."

    Maiden Noir Sneeze Ball | Remodelista

    Above: "I'm a hat guy, so there are always about five new ones that I want. I love this Ball Cap collaboration between Maiden Noir and Sneeze Magazine. A play on an Oakland A's hat, it's just so good"; $45 from Maiden Noir. "And here's another I have my eye on: the Navy Ball Cap ($95) with a suede rim from Gentry. I usually cheap out on myself and would never spend that much for a cap, but my wife would splurge on it."

    Insta 210 Instant Film Camera from Opening Ceremony | Remodelista

    Above: "I've been into this instant film camera lately. We actually already own one and have started using it to take photos of friends we have over for dinner; our guest shots all go up on a board." The Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera is $92 from Opening Ceremony. Lisa Leone photographs from hvw8 | Remodelista

    Above: "My wife and I have been trying to buy original pieces of art for each other. I love these 1990s photos by Lisa Leone." Go to HVW8 gallery to see more and inquire about pricing.

    For more ideas from Myles, take a look at his DJ-Approved Home Stereo Equipment and DIY: $65 Laundry Closet.

    Gardenista suggests you consider a DIY Hanging Orchid for Father's Day.

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