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    "Each piece begins as a rough concept sketch and is slowly brought to life through a careful alchemy of design work, material sourcing, and production methods," says Susan Connor of her hand-printed textiles. 

    The self-taught designer moved to New York in 2007 and fulfilled a longtime dream to live in a city full of life and diversity—and inspiration for fabric patterns. In 2014, Connor presented her first collection of limited-edition pillows and throws made in her studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Here's a look at her latest work and some of the steps that go into it. 

    Photography by Susan Connor.

    Susan Conner Fabric Printing and Engraving I Remodelista

    Above: Connor's pattern designs begin as intricate hand-drawn sketches, which she then carves onto blocks for hand stamping textural patterns onto fabric. 

    Susan Conner Linen Fabric I Remodelista

    Above: The fabrics have a bohemian, relaxed feel. "My work gives a nod to traditional block-printing styles and techniques, but pushes the boundary of detail achievable with hand-printing," says Connor. 

    Pillows by Susan Conner I Remodelista

    Above: The Ponti Cushion of ivory linen is patterned with a hand-printed geometric design in indigo. All cushions are available in four sizes and come with a 10/90 down insert (10 percent down, 90 percent feathers). A 12-by-18-inch cushion (shown) is $115 from Connor's online shop. 

    In-Lay Pillow by Susan Conner I Remodelista  

    Above: The ivory linen Inlay Cushion has a design inspired by a set of ancient wooden inlaid doors. The cushion is $150, insert included.

    Susan Conner's Throw in Tribe Indigo Chambray I Remodelista  

    Above: The Tribe Indigo Chambray Throw is 72 by 57 inches and can be used as a bedcover, tablecloth, or picnic blanket; $160. 

    Susan Conner Vatta Cushion and Totem Throw I Remodelista

    Above: A linen Vatta Cushion starts at $115 for the smallest size; a linen Totem Throw, with a pattern inspired by ancient tools and jewelry, is $160. 

    Susan Conner at work her Brooklyn Studio I Remodelista  

    Above: Connor at work in her Bushwick studio. "From the start, the vision behind my company has been for my clients to feel as if they are in the studio beside me, in an artistic setting" she says.

    Susan Conner Carvings I Remodelista

    Above: Connor's block carvings: "The goal is to allow the textural details in some of the carvings to become almost a second color, like a wash of texture." When asked what her blocks are made of, Connor told us she'd like to keep that detail her secret. 

    Tablecloth by Susan Conner I Remodelista  

    Above: The Sabine Table Runner is a collaboration between Connor and small-batch design group Mavenhaus Collective

    Pillows and Throws by Susan Conner I Remodelista

    Above: Connor values linen fabrics produced in the US. Sourcing the right fabric to fit the printing technique is essential: "It has to be smooth enough to hold the print, yet soft enough to be comfortable for use in the home."

    Visit Susan Connor to see more.

    Browse more of our favorite artist-designed textiles:

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    To be filed under Eyesore No More: An easy-to-make, minimalist cat scratching post from crafty blogger Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect. It might even allow you to uncloak your furniture and let it go naked.

    Photography via Almost Makes Perfect. 

    DIY minimalist cat scratcher from Almost Makes Perfect | Remodelista

    Above: Madfis created the design for her own pets, Bodhi and Lucy, a brother and sister. "I like my cats like they're my babies," she says. "I even assisted in their birth (from a pregnant street cat that my friend had taken in)." In April, when the cats turned three, she came up with the scratching post as a birthday present. 

    Materirals for making a DIY minimalist cat scratcher from Almost Makes Perfect | Remodelista

    Above: If someone in your house is handy, chances are you already have most of what you need.

    Materials

    • Wood (One piece cut into two. You can have your lumber store do the cutting for you: you'll need one long piece and a shorter piece to serve as the leg.)
    • Wood glue 
    • Miter box or saw
    • Clamps
    • Twisted sisal rope, chemical free and safe for pets, such as T.W. Evans Cordage; 100 feet for $11.58 on Amazon
    • Hot glue gun
    • Staple gun (optional, for stapling the rope in place before you begin wrapping it; hot glue or duct tape also work).

    DIY minimalist cat scratcher in progress from Almost Makes Perfect | Remodelista

    Above: Figure out what size board is best for your cat(s); Madfis notes that hers are on the large size. As you wrap the rope, secure it in place on the underside in two or three spots per row with the glue gun. For step-by-step instructions, go to Almost Makes Perfect.

    DIY minimalist cat scratcher from Almost Makes Perfect | Remodelista

    Above: The completed design; Madfis sprinkled some catnip on top as a finishing touch.

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    Above: It works. 

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    Above: "Proof that they're siblings." Next solution? Go to Living with the Litter Box: 12 Inspired Ways to Conceal the Kitty Loo. And take a look at our gift guides for the Feline Fanatic, Part 1 and Part 2.

    For another DIY project from Almost Makes Perfect, see DIY: A Color-Blocked Wall Clock for $25

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    The days of the space-hogging fridge may be numbered. Under-the-counter refrigerator drawers—almost all of which come with a choice of stainless-steel- or custom panel-ready fronts—are offering a discreet new way to keep things cool.

    The hitch: These designs currently come at a steep cost (that's an understatement). Most often they're used as fridge supplements that hold drinks and fruit and vegetables, and allow the main fridge to be a bit less monstrous.

    Sub-Zero kitchen with integrated refrigerator drawers | Remodelista

    Above: Sub-Zero, the brand best known for refrigerator drawers, offers under-the-counter options (and full-size fridges, too) designed to be integrated into the kitchen cabinetry. Panel-Ready Refrigerator Drawers come in a range of widths, from 24 (same as a standard dishwasher) to 30 inches, starting at $3,955. Separate freezer and ice-making drawers also available.

    Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers from Summit 24-Inch-Wide, 32-Inch-Tall | Remodelista

    Above: Summit's 24-Inch-Wide Triple Drawer Refrigerator has all stainless-steel construction that allows it to be used freestanding or built-in. It's $1,779 with recessed handles (shown) and $1,899 with towel bar handles from AJ Madison. For more details, go to Summit.

    Refrigerator drawers from GE's Monogram Collection | Remodelista

    Above: One of the advantages of refrigerator drawers is that they're cabinet-depth, so they can be tucked in unobtrusively, freeing up other parts of the kitchen. Double-Drawer Refrigerator Modules from GE's Monogram Collection are $2,899 for a set of two with tubular steel handles.

    Refrigerator drawer organization, refrigerator module from the GE Monogram Collection | Remodelisat

    Above: A look inside a Monogram Collection drawer; the compartments and temperatures are adjustable and some Monogram models work as both refrigerators and freezers.

    Two fridge drawer challenges to keep in mind: arranging the contents, can, as one of our readers put it, "require a Tetris-like approach." And most necessitate bending down, making them less than ideal for those with bad knees. 

    Refrigerator drawers from Viking | Remodelista

    Above: The Viking Professional 5 Series 24-Inch, Double-Drawer Refrigerator is made of stainless steel inside and out; $3,139 from AJ Madison. See more at Viking.

    Under-counter refrigerator drawers from KitchenAid | Remodelista

    Above: Under-counter refrigerator drawers incorporate well into kitchen islands. The KitchenAid 24-Inch Stainless Steel Double Refrigerator Drawer is $2,899.

    Under-counter refrigerator drawers from True, 24 inch | Remodelista

    Above: Commercial refrigerator company True offers a residential set of two 24-inch Stainless Steel Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers. Go to True for dealers and pricing.

    Refrigerator drawers made by True under a coffee station | Remodelista

    Above: True drawers with overlay panels situated under a coffee station.

    Under counter refrigerator drawers from Marvel | Remodelista

    Above: Marvel, the North American subsidiary of UK company Aga, makes 24-Inch Built-In Refrigerator Drawers with stainless-steel interiors; $2,999. For more details, go to Marvel.

    Refrigerator drawers from Electrolux | Remodelista

    Above: A pair of Electrolux 24-inch Refrigerator Drawers, tall enough to hold 9-inch bottles and wide enough for serving trays, is $2,549.  Compact refrigerator drawers are also being used in bathrooms to store medications and beauty products.

    Refrigerator drawers from U-Line | Remodelista

    Above: U-Line, longtime makers of beverage refrigerators, offers 24-Inch Solid Refrigerator Drawers, $4,109, that hold up to 90 bottles or 142 cans; each drawer can be set to a temperature ranging from 34 to 70 degrees F.

    Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer Multi-Temp refrigerator drawer | Remodelista

    Above: New Zealand company Fisher & Paykel's refrigerators win our prize for aesthetics (I own a counter-depth Fisher & Paykel ActiveSmart fridge that I love). The brand's CoolDrawer Multi-Temperature Refrigerator Drawer changes from refrigerator to freezer at the press of a button; $2,309 from US Appliance. Go to Fisher & Paykel for full details. 

    Refrigerator Drawers: Perlick 15-Inch Signature Series | Remodelista

    Addendum: A number of under-counter fridges are being made for use in outdoor kitchens (picture a well-stocked barbecue). Perlick, like Sub-Zero, manufactures it products in Wisconsin. Specialists in brewery parts, it offers a collection of refrigerator drawers, including these 15-Inch Wide Signature Series Outdoor Refrigerator Drawers; $3,524 panel ready and $3,649 in stainless steel (shown). 

    Still looking? Go to Remodeling 101 for advice on how to choose the right fridge for you, and peruse Refrigerators to find more options that we recommend, including Compact Refrigerators,  Colored Refrigerators, and Skinny Refrigerators.

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    Good news for renters and rehabbers: Kitchen Walls, a new company out of the Netherlands, has developed a heat- and stain-resistant wallpaper that can be applied to almost any surface, creating an instant kitchen backsplash.

    Made of PVC, the wallpaper is also impermeable to water, "so it's usable behind your stove," they say. "It can be cleaned with warm water and even the most terrible stains, such as grease or tomato sauce, will disappear without effort." What's more, it's not only easy to apply (it comes with a special glue) but also removable—and reusable.

    Kitchen Walls Backsplash Wallpaper | Remodelista

    Above: The Hexagon design is €125 ($136.65) a roll. All rolls are 60 by 300 centimeters (23.6 to 118.1 inches). 

    Kitchenwalls Wallpaper Check | Remodelista

    Above: The Checker design is €125 ($135.65) a roll.

    Kitchen Walls Backsplash Wallpaper | Remodelista

    Above: The Concrete design is €125 ($135.65) a roll.

    Kitchen Walls Backsplash Wallpaper | Remodelista

    Above: The Designers Collection KG003, by Kirath Ghundoo, €145 ($158.50) a roll.

    Searching for backsplash ideas? Consult Remodeling 101: Five Questions to Ask When Choosing a Kitchen Backsplash and 10 Favorites: Black Kitchen Backsplashes.

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    Modern versions of the general store have sprung up all over the US in the past few years. But back in 2009, when Philippa Content and Christopher Winterbourne were setting up shop under the Williamsburg Bridge, they were pioneers. Specializing in hard-to-find household essentials, the couple supplied wood-handled vegetable brushes and Le Corbusier's favorite reading lamp to Brooklynites, many moving into their first apartments.

    They shuttered their shop a few years ago (but kept it going online), and traded life on the urban frontier for decidedly cushier digs in the Hamptons with their two young kids, and chickens, too. Having gotten their bearings, they've just opened Housefolk on Main Street in East Hampton. Catering to a second-home-owning, pleasure-seeking crowd, it's a grown-up version of Brook Farm, but rest assured, says Philippa: "We still follow the same philosophy that beauty and function should go hand in hand." 

    Housefolk, New Housewares Store in the Hamptons | Remodelista

    Above: A woven armchair from Swaziland has been one of the shop's overnight bestsellers.

    Classic well-made housewares from around the world at Housefolk in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: The focus is on everyday luxuries, from well-made baskets to blankets. Philippa and Christopher have international backgrounds—she grew up in northern Maine with a Puerto Rican mother and a Dutch father, he's from London with a French mother and British father—and know where to find household basics made the old-fashioned way.

    Handmade ceramics and wooden kitchen utensils at Housefolk in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: Shelves are stocked with handmade ceramics, including Frances Palmer's terracotta flowerpots and straw food domes from Swaziland.

    Blue-and-white ceramics from Stoke-on-Trent at Housefolk in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: We have our eye on Housefolk's collection of modernized blue-and-white bone china made in Stoke on Trent. A serving bowl patterned with flowers, foxes, and rabbits is $212.

    English creamware jugs and French stool at Housefolk in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: English ironstone pitchers start at $39 for the one-pint size. The swan-necked chair is the Nicolle, a 1933 French design originally made for use in factories and workshops; it's available in seat- and stool-height, starting at $325.

      Modern industrial-style lighting at Housefolk, a new shop in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: In the toiletries corner, industrial modern lighting by Workstead, a Remodelista favorite. Jardins dD'Escrivains of Gras, France, makes the perfume.

    Indigo throws and Michele Quan ceramic bells at Housefolk in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: Indigo blankets, throws, and shawls are a speciality. 

    Housefolk, New Housewares Store in the Hamptons | Remodelista

    Above: The ceramic bells are by Michele Quan. We'd like a stack of the navy-striped white linen dish towels.

    Terracotta pots and lighting by Workstead at Housefolk in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: Baskets from Tanzania and Ghana top a bracketed display shelf.

      Wood-handled kitchen scrub brushes at Housefolk, a new housewares shop in East Hampton, NY | Remodelista

    Above: As evidenced by the brush selection, Philippa and Christopher have remained true to their roots.

    Housefolk, New Housewares Store in the Hamptons | Remodelista

    Above: French stoneware breakfast bowls and lidded storage jars (the smallest with holes is a garlic keeper). See more at Housefolk.

    For Housefolk's California counterparts, take a look at An SF General Store Opens in Venice Beach and Neighbor in Oakland.

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    Our judges have selected the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 12 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 15.

    In the Best Professional Kitchen category, our five finalists are General Assembly, Bates Masi + Architects, Office of Architecture, Merry Albright, and Harriet Anstruther Studio Ltd.

    Project 1

    Harriet Anstruther Studio Ltd | London, UK | Clapham Loft Conversion

    Design Statement: "The client’s brief was for full architectural and interior design and decoration service to modernize and refurbish a one-bedroom flat in Clapham. The kitchen was to remain at the heart of the house, designed to celebrate the traditional Edwardian features of the building, whilst fully modernized."

    Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who said: "I love the element of surprise the colored glass pendants bring to this otherwise monochromatic room. The disciplined palette keeps the narrow space feeling light and airy." 

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards


    Project 2

    Merry Albright | Herefordshire, UK | Orchard Cottage

    Design Statement: "Designed and built for a young English/American family who wanted to capture the essence of the quintessential English cottage kitchen, while incorporating elements of the owners' LA background—light, openness, and contemporary detailing. Handmade green oak timbers define the space while painted units and industrial lights punctuate the room."

    Chosen by: Guest judge and designer John Derian, who said: "A winner—a cool space. It's efficient, modern, and in keeping with the house's architecture."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The dark inky blue island provide a dramatic focal point."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Bright white was chosen for most of the kitchen units to contrast with the oak."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Open-plan living, dining, and preparation zones are unified by oak flooring and a muted palette."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Maintaining a view through the space was important, capturing natural daylight from every aspect."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Areas of tongue-and-groove boarding provide texture. The countertop is bespoke Silestone with an induction hob."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Simple, modest, and considered materials and colors all work to give an informality."


    Project 3  

    Office of Architecture | Brooklyn
, NY | Brooklyn Row House

    Design Statement: "Part of a major gut renovation project, this kitchen had to strategically balance budget with design. Economical Ikea cabinet boxes were combined with custom cabinet doors in satin white and walnut veneered finishes, while rich quartzite countertops complement a simple subway tile backsplash to create an elegant, understated space."

    Chosen by: John Derian, who commented: "Perfect and chic. A nice use of stone and a good mix with art."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards  


    Project 4 

    Bates Masi + Architects | Sag Harbor, NY | Elizabeth II

    Design Statement: "Located in the heart of a resort town, this home demanded special consideration of the acoustic sense. The research of sound and how it affects our perception of space informed the details, materials, and form of the project. This design approach led to a more meaningful home for the family."

    Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who noted: "There's something Scandivanian church-like about this space, with the light filtered from above and the use of wood as a design element. This would be a peaceful place to cook and dine."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "A skylight that runs the length of the island floods the kitchen with natural light."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Sliding glass and screen pocket doors allow the kitchen to open to the covered deck."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Randomly spaced cedar boards hang in front of a felt panel that absorbs sound waves."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The spacing between the boards can be acoustically tuned for intimate gatherings or boisterous parties."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Light fixtures designed and built by Bates Masi + Architects."


    Project 5 

    General Assembly | Brooklyn, NY | Micro Kitchen, Maximum Space

    Design Statement: "Major remodel for a tiny kitchen. We kept the existing kitchen footprint, but incorporated custom millwork and built-in appliances to capture every bit of functional space. Using the lines of the beams and columns, we created built-ins in the nooks and crevices and used color to highlight varying depths of the space."

    Chosen by: John Derian, who called the project a "great usage of a small space—simple and chic. It makes sense with the rest of the apartment."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Sink and dishwasher area."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "View from living room and hidden pantry behind dining space."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Stove with niche and ledge."

    Best Kitchen Finalist in 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "We used custom millwork with built-in appliances to make the most of the space."

    Found your favorite? Vote once per day in each of 12 categories across both sites, now through August 15.

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    "We're currently renovating our first home, room by damned room," says photographer/stylist Gem Adams, who, from sunny Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, chronicles her house progress and other creative doings in her blog, Blackbird. Recently accomplished: a budget makeover of the kitchen tackled by Gem and her husband, Nathan Speeden, themselves, with some help from her father. Total budget: $900 NZD ($592.53 USD).

    By way of some background, Gem explains: "For the last ten years, we’ve been legitimate gypsies. I met my husband in 2007 while traveling in the States. He was a mustached, tattooed drummer; it was love at first sight, and we’ve been living in suitcases ever since. In 2011, we finally unpacked in Auckland. The gypsy gods revolted. Since then, we’ve moved eight times, landing in the Hawke's Bay burbs with a house on stilts and a can of whitewash."

    The house dates to the 1970s and came with a kitchen that was basic but far from an eyesore. We think Gem's cosmetic overhaul worked wonders.

    Photography via Blackbird.

    DIY budget kitchen remodel in New Zealand by blogger Gem Adams of Blackbird | Remodelista

    Above: "Although we were lucky to start with good bones, the pennies were very tight," says Gem. "Renovating on a budget is hard in the best of times, let alone when you're living amid the construction, too." Using the existing cabinets, appliances, and windows, she and Nathan gave the room a fresh new look.

    The trickiest parts? "Installing a new countertop, pulling up the faux-wood linoleum floor (to reveal beautiful wood floorboards, a very nice surprise), and learning to tile." The sink came from "the local wrecker's yard" and she bought the faucet from NZ website Trade Me. As for the appliances, the couple kept what was there and transformed the white fridge and dishwasher with chalkboard paint: "All it takes is a quick scuff with wet and dry sandpaper and two coats of paint (blackboard paint tends to stick a lot easier than regular. We don't write on it, but it gives a nice matte finish.")

    DIY budget kitchen remodel in New Zealand by blogger Gem Adams of Blackbird | Remodelista

    Above: A look at the newly exposed wood floors. Gem's father built the wood countertop, and she and Nathan removed all the cabinet doors and repainted them (and the surrounding walls) in Alabaster, a bright white from NZ paint line Resene. After reinstalling the doors, they replaced the existing wooden cabinet knobs with DIY Leather Handles affixed with brass screws. The hanging lights are Industrial Workshop Light Shades, $99 NZD ($65.80 USD) from Kiwi Living. 

    DIY open shelves in a kitchen remodel by blogger Gem Adams of Blackbird | Remodelista

    Above: Nathan and Gem removed the existing range hood and hung shelves in its place—"we now open the window when we cook." They created the backsplash themselves using "cheap white subway tiles and white grout" in an offset brick pattern. (See Remodeling 101: White Tile Pattern Glossary for ideas.) The statuesque espresso maker is an ROK, and the dish towels are from Auckland shop Mavis & Osborn.

    Vintage cutting boards in a DIY kitchen remodel in New Zealand by blogger Gem Adams of Blackbird | Remodelista

    Above: "Most of the accessories are secondhand," Gem tells us. "The clock is from an op shop/thrift shop, and we've collected the cutting boards over the years (some are made by Nathan)."

    Subway tile in a budget kitchen remodel in New Zealand by blogger Gem Adams of Blackbird | Remodelista

    Above: The painted shelves, like the kitchen counters, have exposed wood fronts. 

    Vintage bread bin in a DIY kitchen remodel by New Zealand blogger Gem Adams of Blackbird | Remodelista

    Above: Evidence that a stylist lives here. (The vintage bread bin was handed down from Gem's family.) 

    BEFORE photos of Gem Adam's 1970s kitchen remodel | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen came with basic cabinets, counters covered with stains, a laminate wood-patterned floor, and electric-blue spotlights. The lights were the first things to go—"they came out the second I walked into the house," says Gem. See more of the remodel at Blackbird.

    For leather pull sourcing, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Leather Cabinet Hardware and see our own DIY video: How To Make a $20 Leather Cabinet Pull for $2.

    Overhauling your own kitchen on a tight budget? Take a look at:

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    Suddenly on the rise: wall-mounted marble shelves. Here are five good choices for the kitchen and bath, from high to low.

    Jaime Hayon Diamante Marble Shelf | Remodelista

    Above: Spanish designer Jaime Hayon came up with the Diamante Marble Bathroom Shelf for Bisazza Bagno. To locate a dealer in the US, go to Bisazza Bagno.

    Michael Anastassiades Marble Shelf | Remodelista

    Above: Michael Anastassiades' T-Square Marble Shelf is, in his words, "a simple shelf, suspended by a strap, in perfect balance." Go to Coedition for ordering information.

    Fort Standard Marble Shelf | Remodelista

    Above: Fort Standard's Small Marble Shelf with brass screws is $275 (available in white Carrara marble or black granite).

    Crate and Barrel Marble Shelf | Remodelista

    Above: The 36-inch White Marble Shelf with Brushed Silver Brackets is $178.95 from Crate & Barrel.

    House Doctor Marble Shelf | Remodelista

    Above: House Doctor's Marble Shelf is $58 from Scandinavian Design. 

    CB2 Marble Shelf | Remodelista

    Above: The 24-inch-wide Marble Wall-Mounted Shelf with brass-finish brackets is $59.95 from CB2.

    Browse our photo gallery for Bathroom Design Ideas. Getting organized? Go to our Shelving posts for more ideas, including 14 Bathroom Storage Tips to Steal for the Kitchen and 15 Life-Changing Storage Ideas for the Kitchen. And, on Gardenista, see 10 Easy Pieces: Garage Storage Units.

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    Me, I love a small kitchen. All your tools within easy reach. People packed around convivially chatting as you prep the meal. It positively thrums with life.

    But in this most utilitarian of spaces, there's a fine line between cozy and cramped. The trick to maximizing your minimal kitchen's full potential lies in how you take advantage of every available inch of space—without having it all look cluttered. Here's how.

    1. Rack it up.

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    Above: This setup by West Elm employs several different kitchen racks to maximize storage.

    Pot, dish, knife—hang racks of every kind. Creating storage in a small kitchen means taking advantage of whatever space is available, no matter how unorthodox. Speciality racks can utilize walls, ceilings, the side of a counter, any vertical surface, freeing up limited cabinet and counter space.

    Nails and hooks also do the trick on a smaller scale; use them to hang things from the rafters, under the cabinets, and at the end of a counter. 

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    Above: A single piece of wood offers easy storage in British Standard's Shepherd's Hut Kitchen. For sourcing, see 10 Easy Pieces: Wall-Mounted Plate Racks.

    2. Nest.

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    Above: Montreal ceramicist Basma Osama specializes in classically shaped, stackable dishware.

    When I lived in New York City, I used to joke with people who were fishing for birthday ideas, "Please don't give me anything that's doesn't stack!" Of course plates are stackable, but also consider where you might economize on space with other nesting dishes and utensils. For example, instead of space-hogging stemware (which you'll rarely use), invest in some stemless Spanish wine glasses. Nesting bowls are an obvious choice. And how about stackable cookware, bake sets, and storage containers? (See 10 Space-Saving Solutions, Nesting Edition.)

    3. Store things in plain sight.

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    Above L: In his ground-breaking London kitchen, chef Alastair Hendy hangs a collection of German scrubbing brushes right over the sink. Above R: In their $350 kitchen remodel, Suzie Ryu and Kana Philip employed open shelving and hooks to keep things within easy reach.

    With her signature peg board, Julia Child was the first (or at least the most famous person) to advocate storing kitchen tools workbench style. Not only useful, the arrangement looks good too. The trick is to invest in quality tools—hang them and you have instant utilitarian art.

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    Above: Architect Sheila Bonnell suspends utensils on the wall next to her stove—but far enough away that grease and splatters aren't a problem. See Kitchen of the Week: A Streamlined Cape Cod Classic.

    4. Cull your culinary gear.

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    Above: How many knives do you really need? This Boxwood Handle Knife by Coltellerie Berti, available at Quitokeeto for $440, could be the one.

    In his best-selling chronicle of life in the kitchen, chef Anthony Bourdain famously declared that cooks need only "one good knife" for all their cutting and chopping. I think his exact words were: "I repeat, one good knife."

    While this kind of discipline might be extreme, it does beg the issue of our American (or is it human?) tendency to over-equip ourselves. In the minimal kitchen, it's essential to consider what you really need, as opposed to want. Do you really have to have different glasses for wine and juice? (Remember those stackable Spanish wine glasses? See 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.) A garlic roaster? Use tinfoil. Separate salad, dinner, and fish forks—Do you live at Downton? Zero in on items like Bourdain's chef's knife that can be used for multiple tasks. 

    See how a family of five does it in Small-Space Living: A Compact Cabin Kitchen and Carmella's 7-Step Plan to Clutter-Free Living.

    5. Invest in the classics.

    Sue Fisher King table setting, Remodelista

    Above: San Francisco shop owner Sue Fisher King sets her table with elegant basics that work for everyday as well as special occasions. See Steal This Look: A Simple Table Setting from Sue Fisher King.

    An extension of the above principles, instead of buying trendy items, invest in classic pieces and tools. Their simple silhouettes and colors keep your kitchen looking clean and organized. And they tend to be multi-use, easily transitioning from kitchen to table, and from every day to formal. For example, good quality linen napkins are fancy enough for a dinner party, but are also perfect for picnics. A white stoneware platter looks equally at home with a pile of corn on the cob or hosting the roast pheasant. A ceramic mixing bowl is equally useful for whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies and for serving your guests a fresh salad.

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    Above: In her newly renovated kitchen by Jersey Ice Cream Co., photographer/blogger Beth Kirby stacks classic Picardie glasses. See The One-Month Makeover: Beth Kirby's Star-Is-Born Kitchen.

    6. Double up your storage.

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    Above: In her DIY kitchen remodel in Brooklyn, Danielle Arceneaux created a storage wonderland over her cabinets by using wine racks to support a simple shelf. See Reader Rehab: DIY Kitchen Remodel for Under $500.

    Take advantage of every inch of height both inside and outside cabinets. For example, many people under-utilize the space below the sink by simply placing items on the cabinet floor. Why not add a low drawer for extra sponge and dish cloth storage and then stack cleaning products on top? And that slot in between the counter and fridge? Stash a cutting board there. Got a spare corner? Build a shelf. 

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    Above: South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida took maximum advantage of the height in her 183-square-foot prefab for two.

    Small kitchen design is a favorite topic around here. For more advice and inspiration, take a look at:

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    Susan Hoff's live/work space occupies two small rooms (a total of 502 square feet) in a nondescript two-story building that she shares with three other artists and a dance studio. Having grown up restoring a 19th-century farm with her family in Illinois, she was equipped to build a sense of comfort and personality into her unorthodox rental in San Francisco's Mission District, where she handcrafts tote bags made from retired sails and spent horse tack. Let's take a look. 

    Photography by Dalilah Arja  for Remodelista.

    Susan Hoff makes bags out of reclaimed sailcloth and old horse tack | Remodelista

    Above: Susan spent her childhood horseback riding on her grandparents' farm in Illinois. In college, she took up sailing and spent a semester on a schooner in the Caribbean as a part of a Sea Education Association program. She studied art at Colorado College, where she picked up her sewing skills. The bags, her most recent venture, "are a marriage of the two biggest passions in my life, sailing and horseback riding."  

    Before arriving in San Francisco in 2010, Susan found her live/work quarters on Craigslist. An uncommon occurrence in today's impacted rental market, Susan signed the lease on her first day in the city. "Originally I only rented half of the studio space; enough room for a small sewing table and a stack of sails," Susan says. Since then, she's also rented an additional room as her living quarters. 

    Living Space

    Susan Hoff's Bedroom in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: Down the hall from her workspace, and directly across from the dance studio, Susan's 238-square-foot bedroom is a calm respite in the middle of a communal building. The community kitchen and bathroom are next door. 

    Susan Hoff, Live/Work Space in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: A 10-foot-wide area next to Susan's bed serves as the living room. Like most things in her space, the sofa cushions and pillow covers are Susan's own creations and are made out of sail cloth. 

    Susan Hoff, Live/Work Space, Sail Cloth Curtains and a DIY curtain rod | Remodelista

    Above: Susan used boat rope to secure an old sail as the curtain in her bedroom which creates a soft, diffused light. She made the bracket and dowel from spare wood she had lying around. 

    Susan Hoff, Live/Work Space in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: Seashells and surfboard wax sit neatly on an antique credenza. 

    A tour of designer Susan Hoff's live/workspace | Remodelista

    Above: Another sail cushion made by Susan tops a midcentury teak recliner.

    Susan Hoff's San Francisco Live/Work Space | Remodelista

    Above: Next to the sofa, a surfboard and tote bags made by Susan are stored on a wall.

    Susan Hoff, Live/Work Space, Dried Seaweed | Remodelista

    Above: A bundle of dried seaweed hang from a simple sconce.

    Susan Hoff's Live/Work Space, Bedroom | Remodelista

    Above: An architect who had previously occupied the bedroom built a corner nook to separate the bed from the living area.

    Susan Hoff's Bedroom with custom shelf | Remodelista

    Above: Books and souvenirs from Susan's travels are perched on a shelf in the nook. 

    Work Space

    Susan Hoff's Live/Work Space in San Francisco's Mission District | Remodelista

    Above: In the 264-square-foot studio a few steps from her bedroom, Susan is a one-woman band: she executes everything from drafting and cutting patterns to sewing each bag in this space. Go to Susan Hoff to see her designs.

    Susan Hoff, Live/Work Space in San Francisco's Mission District | Remodelista

    Above: When Susan first moved in five years ago, she only rented the studio space, so she built a tiny loft where she slept. It's now her storage area. 

    Susan Hoff Bags in her San Francisco Studio | Remodelista

    Above: Susan's bags and layers of horse tack that will eventually become tote handles hang along a gray wall. 

    Susan Hoff's Live/Work Space in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: Opposite the gray wall, sewing patterns and extra materials are stored in a cube shelf that doubles as a divider separating Susan's space from the artist's studio next door.  

    Susan Hoff's Live/Work Space in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: A beachy vignette.

    Seeking more rental inspiration? See Sarah's Refined Rental in St. Helena and Life in a Tiny Apartment, Brooklyn Edition.

    Looking for more workspaces? Take a look at The Unplanned Designer's Loft in Brooklyn and Kelly Lamb's Glamorous LA Art Studio

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    Based in Montpelier, in the south of France, Thibaut Malet is a young artist with a penchant for wood. "I love handcraft and especially woodworking," he says. "I think design should optimize space and minimize the use of materials, from packaging to the final form. I try to conceive simple objects that are easy to dismantle and move."

    Thibaut Malet Bicycle Rack | Remodelista

    Above: The single Bike Hanger 3 is €350 ($383.93). The Bike Hanger with Two Supports is €450 ($493.63).

    Thibaut Malet Bicycle Rack | Remodelista

    Above: "The BH3 Bike Hanger is foldable and is based on the ladder principle," Malet says.

    Thibaut Malet Bicycle Rack |Remodelista

    Above: Detail shots of the bicycle rack, which is backed with cork to prevent damage to the wall. See more at Thibaut Malet

    Interested in more bike storage ideas? See 10 Favorites: Indoor Bicycle Storage and The Bike Shelf.

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    Ready to venture into a bean tunnel? How about hanging a backyard canopy and pulling up a lounge chair? This week Gardenista is all about unearthing the good life.

    DIY bean trellis vegetable garden tunnel | Gardenista

    Above: The DIY Bean Trellis.

    Green and purple string beans from a DIY bean trellis | Gardenista

    Above: They look good closeup, too: Purple Pole Snap Beans grown from Tennessee heirloom seeds.

    Best Edible Garden: Gardenista Considered Design Awards Finalist 2015 Rob Maday

    Above: The voting is on now through August 15: Vote for the Best Edible Garden (and More) in the Gardenista Considered Design Awards.

    Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' | Gardenista

    Above: Expert Advice: The 10 Best Hydrangeas to Grow Right Now—or Anytime.

    Serena & Lily jute rug | Gardenista

    Above: 10 Easy Pieces: Indoor-Outdoor Jute Rugs.

    DIY aloe vera sunburn relief | Gardenista

    Above: DIY: A Soothing Sunburn Cure (with a Secret Ingredient).

    Canopy in a cafe in Japan | Gardenista

    Above: Simple Summer Style: 10 Garden Ideas for a Backyard Canopy.

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    Husband/wife owners Rupert and Carrie Blease (he's a Brit, she's a Californian) met in the kitchen of Michelin two-star restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, England, more than a decade ago. They spent a few years in NYC (he in the kitchen at Per Se and she at Blue Hill) and then moved to San Francisco, where they worked in local establishments before striking out on their own.

    Their newly opened restaurant, named after the couple's favorite UK pub (and Rupert's father Stanley), has "British and European influences," the chefs say, and interiors by Boor Bridges Architecture (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory). Artisan-made flourishes include a felted wool wall hanging by Ashley Helvey, black ceramic lights by SF potter Mel Rice Ceramica, and birch tables made in Los Angeles by Brandon Munoz. 

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: The light-flooded dining room has a poured and polished concrete floor. The Nordmyra Birch Dining Chairs are from Ikea.

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: A view of the lofty dining room from the mezzanine level.

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: An accent wall is painted pale gray; the tables were custom made by Monkwood Studio of LA.

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: Small plates and cocktails are served at the standup bar, including lemon verbena olives in cut-glass bowls (see No. 2 in Remodelista's Top 15 Interiors Trends of 2015).

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: Industrial materials such as raw steel contrast with clean Scandinavian-looking elements.

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: A plasterwork detail.

    Lord Stanley in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: Black ceramic lamps by SF's Mel Rice Ceramica

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: A custom concierge desk by Boor Bridges.

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: The communal table on the mezzanine level. 

    Lord Stanley Restaurant in San Francisco | Remodelista

    Above: The Felted Wool Wall Hanging by Ashley Helvey is made from wool sourced from Decatur Island wild sheep shorn by Nich Hance McElry. 

    Lord Stanley is in SF's Russian Hill.

     See more of our favorite Boor Bridges restaurant projects at Architect Visit: Sightglass by Boor Bridges Architecture and The Mill: A "Bright and Messy" SF Cafe

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    Our judges have selected the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 12 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 15.

    In the Best Amateur Living/Dining room category, our five finalists are Osnat Gad, John Ferguson, Brigitte Gfeller, Taliah Lowry, and Kitty Jacobs.

    Project 1

    Kitty Jacobs | Sheffield, MA | Gallery and Living Space

    Design Statement: "A vernacular barn form houses both a gracious contemporary home and an American folk art gallery in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. We designed the building to meld our business, selling museum-quality folk art, with our penchant for informal entertaining." Photography by Allan Baillie.

    Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who said: "A wonderful, expansive living space to showcase art. I admire the way this couple has seamlessly combined their life and work—and also incorporated the vast surrounding landscape into their design."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Early bedsprings hang above the fireplace. Folk art graces the living room and adjacent dedicated galleries."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "All the furniture is solid cherry upholstered with Holly Hunt fabric."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The sofas, steel cubbies, and dining table were all designed by the owners and crafted by local artisans."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The living room/gallery overlooks a bluestone terrace and wildflower meadow. Radiant heating is installed under the cement floor of the two-story space."


    Project 2

    Brigitte Gfeller | Hudson, NY | Living/Dining Room

    Design Statement: "This 1800s Italianate Victorian was carefully renovated with harmony, tranquillity, and balance in mind. Old details include beautiful woodwork and a functional pocket door. New additions include waxed oak floors, new ceilings, and a Morso woodstove on an inlaid tempered glass plate. New wooden windows keep the old charm and add insulation."

    Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who had this to say about the project: "Rustic and tranquil without veering into quaint territory. The placid palette and repeating wooden elements play a lovely duet."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The dining room has an old farm table, new schoolhouse-style chairs, and a Workstead chandelier."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "An old African wood door rests on the mantel."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The Morso woodstove and built-in bookshelves in the living room."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Organic goose-down sofa and Workstead lamps."


    Project 3

    John Ferguson | New York, NY | Living Room

    Design Statement: "I just buy what I like, trying for the most part to avoid recognizable design icons (no Eames!)."

    Chosen by: Guest judge and designer Estee Stanley, who said: "This home feels very cohesive and well thought-out. It's not all over the place. It's simple and elegant."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "I am a big fan of Brazilian midcentury design—and Paul McCobb."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The view from the sofa."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Every house should have a cactus (this one is a Euphorbia)."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Around the corner, one of my wife's many desks."


    Project 4

    Taliah Lowry | Maui, HI | Magnolia

    Design Statement: "Home sweet home. A mix of many styles that I love—beachy, modern, eclectic with a twist. Outdoor/indoor living at its best."

    Chosen by: Estee Stanley, who said, "I love the vibe of this home. It's airy and cozy but at the same time really tranquil and beautiful."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards


    Project 5

    Osnat Gad | Southampton, NY | House by the Lagoon

    Design Statement: "I am a jewelry designer. My house was destroyed by Sandy and I built a new 3,600-square-foot home with new FEMA guidelines. The house is a modern modular home, 10 boxes and a separate garage. It is magnificent: open plan, 10-foot-tall ceilings, and windows that face the water."

    Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who said: "A case for open living. To me, the pale wood floor and window wall make the space. The minimalist furnishings look like a continuation of the plantings outside."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Living room facing kitchen."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Living room fireplace."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Dining room with a view."

    Best Amateur Living Room Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "View from kitchen."

    Found your favorite? Vote once per day in each of 12 categories across both sites, now through August 15.

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    Here's a look at a few things we loved this week.

    Wo & We Lighting Designer Flat | Remodelista

    Learn how to dye indigo with Graham Keegan | Remodelista

    • Above: Los Angelenos: Learn how to dye with indigo in an upcoming workshop hosted by textile designer Graham Keegan.
    • A new exhibit dedicated to Heath Ceramics' Alabama Chanin line opens in San Francisco this weekend. 
    • With cantilevered cutlery you'll never have to put another fork directly on a table.

    Biznaga Chair Pouf from MARCH SF | Remodelista

    • Above: New from March in SF: Wicker poufs made in Oaxaca, Mexico. 
    • Recent brush fires in California have us looking at a ways to protect property from a nearby blaze. 

    DIY Faux Ceramic Napkin Rings from Almost Makes Perfect | Remodelista

    • Above: For the summer table: DIY faux summer napkin rings

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: More and Co

    • Above: Portland, Maine, shop More and Co. (@moreandco) is on our Instagram radar. 

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Beth Kirby

    • Above: We're exploring the 13,000-plus pins on photographer/food blogger Beth Kirby's Dwell board

    Catch up on the latest Remodelista posts in our Simple Life issue, and see Gardenista's week dedicated to The Simple Outdoor Life

    Vote daily for your favorite finalists in the Remodelista Considered Design Awards | Remodelista

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    By popular request: a week devoted to the wonderful world of color.

    Global Color Issue | Remodelista

    Above: A subtle summer tablescape via More & Co.

    Monday 

    La Soufflerie Candlestick Holder | Remodelista

    Above: In Household Accessory news, Julie discovers a line of blown glass from France (plus the power of jewel-toned candles). 

    Tuesday

      Designer and upcycling specialist Cabin bedroom within Alvaro Catalan de Ocon's live/work quarters in Madrid | Remodelista

    Above: Margot heads to Madrid to visit a colorful home/workshop in our House Call series.

    Wednesday

    Hella Jongerius Rug for Danskina | Remodelista

    Above: For Wednesday's 10 Easy Pieces column, we round up our favorite color-blocked rugs.

    Thursday

    Fantastic Frank Mint Green Accent Wall | Remodelista

    Above: Meredith presents 10 inspirational rooms with painted accent walls in our Palette & Paints department. Photograph by Tom Leighton. 

    Friday

      Andree Jardin Utility Closet | Remodelista

    Above: For our weekly Domestic Science installment, Margot picks our favorite colorful kitchen utility accessories.

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    Our friend Jo Craven (a UK Vogue contributor) takes us on a tour inside Marianna Kennedy's kaleidoscopic world in Spitalfields, London.

    Originally from Canada, Kennedy moved to Spitalfields 20 years ago, after she completed art school in Dublin. Over the past two decades, she's applied her energies to renovating her 18th-century Huguenot silk weaver's house back to how it was intended to be, using muted colors from Holkham Linseed Paints on the walls. As her friend Tash Aw says, "Everything here feels ancient but looks new." Throughout the interiors of the four-story house—a combination live-work space and showroom—Kennedy's own handmade lacquered tables, lamps, and mirrors appear like rainbow-hued quotation marks.

    Kennedy’s heroine is midcentury Irish designer Eileen Grey: "She had just a few clients who were very particular," she says. "Not many people work that way anymore." Kennedy does, though. "We make things in small collections, and when they’re sold, they’re gone," she says.  

    The tour continues: Explore Kennedy's roof garden on Gardenista.

    Photography by Kristin Perers.

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    Above: Kennedy in her showroom. The window panes are covered in book cloth fabric from her husband Charles’s bookbinding business, which he operates on the top floor.

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    Above: Kennedy's series of gilded mirrors is called Fetters of Gold. Made of platinum glass, which is colored, the frames can take up to a year to create. They are first hand carved of cherry wood after a drawing by Kennedy, and then gilded by Izzy Tennant, sister of supermodel Stella. Kennedy's first collection was exhibited at the Galerie Chastel-Maréchal in Paris and sold out to private collectors.

    Marianna-Kennedy-Spitalfields-house-showroom-workshop-branches-yellow-book-cover-fabric-blinds-lime-resin-Cawdor-lamp

    Above: The Cawdor Lamp (standing in front of yellow Book Cloth Blinds) has a story behind it: Kennedy counts Isabella Cawdor as one of her good friends and asked to borrow a lamp from the family castle in Scotland (yes, as in Shakespeare and Macbeth) to replicate in resin.

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    Above: Red Book Cloth Shades in the sitting room add warmth to the neutral tones.

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    Above: The book cloth fabric Kennedy uses for her blinds.

    Marianna-Kennedy-Spitalfields-dining-room-blue-book-cover-fabric-blinds

    Above: Kennedy's dining room is adorned with an assortment of her colored Resin Candlesticks and Lamps. In this room, she selected blue book cover fabric for her blinds.

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    Above: In Kennedy's sitting room, one of her own hand-painted signs hangs over the mantel.

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    Above: Kennedy's signature jewel-colored Resin Lamps and wood carvings gathered on one of her lacquered tables. The lamps are available at Ben Petreath for £495 ($768.41).

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    Above: Jewel-colored panes of glass light up a dark stairway.

    Marianna-Kennedy-Spitalfields-house-private-office-hand-painted-black-signs

    Above: In her private office, the hand-painted signs are a humorous nod to the various shades of black.

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    Above: A catalogue of Kennedy's show in Paris, "Plus Léger Que L’Air," and antique carved fruit sit on a crimson lacquered table with griffin feet.

    Marianna-Kennedy-Spitalfields-house-master-bedroom-yellow-lampshade-black-painted-bedframe-hand-painted-sign

    Above: Kennedy designed the black four-poster bed in the master bedroom. More calls to action are printed on specially designed horsehair bags (chef Nigel Slater uses his for vegetable shopping in the market); this one is embroidered with the message "Dites-Moi," which means "Tell Me," while the hand-painted sign on the wall says the same in Italian.

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    Above: The entry to Kennedy's home, showroom, and workshop. Photograph by Christine Hanway.

    To see Marianna Kennedy's rooftop retreat, visit A Roof Garden in Spitalfields. And find out more of her secrets in Style Counsel: The Schoolmarm Look with Marianna Kennedy.

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    Just as colors evoke places, paints from around the world speak in irresistible foreign accents. At least we think so—which explains why admiring the offerings from stylish, far-away paint companies is a favorite pastime around here. True, we're unlikely to be able to bring a quart home, but we love looking.

    Join the club: Here are some of our favorites from the Remodelista greatest-hits archive (and several of these brands now have US vendors).

    England

    Konig Colours Eco Paint | Remodelista

    Above: Konig Colours: A New Line of Eco Paints from England's First Family of Design.

    Favorite English Paint Lines, Ecos Organic Paint | Remodelista

    Above: Ecos Paints from 5 Favorites: British Boutique Paint Companies.

    Precious Earth linseed oil paint | Remodelista

    Above: Back to Nature: The Appeal of Linseed Paints

    Annie Sloan Chalkboard Paint | Remodelista

    Above: Instant Patina: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

    Marston Langinger Exterior Eggshell Paints from the UK | Remodelista

    Above: Marston-Langinger's Luxe Line of 84 Exterior Colors.

    Favorite English Paint Lines, Plain English, Adam Bray | Remodelista

    Above: From Plain English: Bespoke Color Created by an Accidental Decorator.

    Australia and New Zealand

    BioPaints New Zealand | Remodelista

    Above: BioPaints from 5 Boutique Paint Lines from Down Under.

    Sydney Harbour Paint Company Fan Deck | Remodelista

    Above: Sydney Harbour Paint Company was founded as Porter's Paints in Australia and has showrooms in New York and California. (LA designer Amanda Pays swears by Sydney Harbour Paints—take a look at her LA Laundry Room.)

    Murobond paint chips from Australia | Remodelista

    Above: DIY: Paint Chip Mural from Murobond.

    France

    Ressource paints from France | Remodelista

    Above: The Unbuttoned Palette: Ressource's Sexy Paint Colors from Paris.

    The Netherlands

    Amsterdam glossy orange door and shutters | Remodelista

    Above: Replicate the Glossy Doors of Amsterdam Using Fine Paints of Europe. The company's imported-from-Holland paints are available in the US; after reading our post about its Dutch Door Paint Kit, I used it on my own front door and love the results.

    Switzerland

    Le Corbusier paint colors from kt.Color of Switzerland | Remodelista

    Above: Every architect's dream: kt.Color of Switzerland's hand-mixed pigment paints, particularly the company's colors licensed from Fondation Le Corbusier. The collection includes his 17 variations on white. These paints come at a cost: A Fan Deck alone (of 81 hand-painted Le Corbusier color samples) is €400 ($438.96).

    Sweden

    Kalklitir Lime Wash Paint Colors, Remodelista

    Above: Remodeling 101: Limewash Paint. These are available in the US—see Justine's DIY Project: Limewashed Walls for Modern Times.

    Go to Palette & Paints to explore more of our favorites, including:

    Need to paint your house? Go to Gardenista for help choosing the right color.

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    This post is an update; it originally appeared on April 24, 2015, as part of our Primary Colors issue.

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    Our judges have selected the finalists, now you choose the winners. Vote for the finalists in each of 12 Considered Design Awards categories, on both Remodelista and Gardenista. You can vote once a day in each category, now through August 15.

    In the Best Amateur Bath Space category, our five finalists are Daniel Meigs, Elizabeth Norris, Taliah Lowry, Zachary L., and R. McDaniel.

    Project 1

    Daniel Meigs | Nashville
, TN | Modern Bathroom Remodel

    Design Statement: "After discovering some extensive water damage, I decided to renovate my second bathroom. This was a new endeavor—I'd only managed basic home repairs before. YouTube, a couple of home repair books, and my local hardware store were my keys to success."

    Chosen by: Guest judge and Bright Bazaar founder Will Taylor, who said: "I admire how great this turned out, especially given the small budget, restrictive space, and that Daniel carried out the work himself—bravo! The handmade brass sconce adds a touch of elegance to the all-white scheme."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "This Ikea sink, vanity, and mirror fit our budget and add interesting lines."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Espresso wood stain against white and light gray tones helps this small space feel open."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "I found this handmade sconce on Etsy."


    Project 2

    Elizabeth Norris | Nantucket, MA | Nantucket Modern Bath

    Design Statement: "I wanted a spacious bathroom with lots of natural light. I love the juxtaposition of the organic stone flooring and the clean modern tub. The large sliding barn doors frame the tub and allow the space to be open to the master bedroom."

    Chosen by: Will Taylor, who said: "This space feels sophisticated but not ostentatious. I like the 'hidden' barn doors that blend into the white walls, and the marble room divider helps to create intimacy in such a large space. There's a good mix of textures between the rough stone tile and clean marble and bathtub."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "A modern master bath."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Double sliding barn doors offer privacy or an open space."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "A marble backdrop. The room opens to the outdoor shower."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Two wall-mounted vanities keep the space clean and modern."


    Project 3

    Taliah Lowry | Maui, HI | Home Sweet Home

    Design Statement: "A selection of my bathrooms throughout three dwellings on our property that we have remodeled or built over the last few years."

    Chosen by: Will Taylor, who had this to say about the project: "I was very impressed by Taliah's ability to make (seemingly) effortless design statements in each of these spaces. The palm wallpaper looks divine paired with the clawfoot tub and hexagonal tile. In the boys' powder room, it was an inspired decision to have the piping on display in front of the mix-and-match blue tiles. It would have been so easy to hide the piping and leave the tiles clean, but by not doing so it actually makes an otherwise simple scheme all the more interesting and structural to look at."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Antique ship bathroom."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Powder room."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "En suite."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "Boys' powder room."


    Project 4

    R. McDaniel | Los Angeles, CA | Studio Green Powder Room

    Design Statement: "Part of a complete remodel of a 1940 home. I strived to preserve the vintage quality. This powder room is tiny—4.25 feet by 5 feet—and triangular. It has one small window with dappled light. I decided not to fight the dark. All the bathrooms were retiled with hexagonal tiles."

    Chosen by: Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson, who said: "The daring dark, dark green paneling, brass faucet, and glass pendant evoke a gentleman's club loo. And the tilework makes it feel very jaunty."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "A Newport Brass faucet, eBay towel bar find, and LiveAuctioneers vintage French mirror."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "I added the chair rail paneling and painted it Studio Green from Farrow & Ball." 

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "American Restoration Tile in a custom pattern that I based on one of A.R.T's designs."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The pendant light was in an upstairs hall when we bought the house."


    Project 5

    Zachary L. | Toronto, ON | Rowhouse Renovation

    Design Statement: "The remodel of a typical Toronto row house bathroom on a budget. The tight space was visually opened up through the use of glass, natural light, mirror, and white walls. A mix of modern and traditional elements updates the bathroom while honoring the history of the home."

    Chosen by: Julie Carlson, who commented: "The gray and white tub on a tile carpet is such a winning combo. It's a cleanly linear setup that also has a subtle soft touch."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The clawfoot tub, original to the house, was restored and reglazed."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The frameless shower, though compact, was finished in glass to open up the space."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "The modern floating vanity adheres to the theme of lightness throughout the bathroom.The porcelain countertop and sink feature rounded corners and raised edges as a traditional counterpoint."

    Best Bathroom Finalist in the 2015 Remodelista Considered Design Awards

    Above: "A few whimsical botanicals add life and warmth to the space."

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    Saint Petersburg firm INT2 Architecture designed this townhouse in Moscow with guidelines of "brevity" and "large planes of color," while keeping the contrasting details pale. Scandinavian influence meets midcentury simplicity in the bedroom, which is split down the middle with a stripe of matte green paint. Get the look with the following key elements.

    Green Color-Blocked Bedroom in Russia | Remodelista

    Above: The green continues from the walls onto the ceiling and floor. Photograph via INT2 Architecture.

    Green Color-Blocked Bedroom in Russia | Remodelista

    Above L and R: Clean lines and textured materials define the design. Photographs via INT2 Architecture.

    Key Elements

    Benjamin Moore Nile Green Paint Color | Remodelista

    Above: Benjamin Moore's Nile Green 2035-30 Ben Interior Paint is $37.99 for a gallon. For a matched look, select a flat or eggshell finish and for more verdant paint colors, see our post 10 Paint Picks: Jade and Celadon Green.

    Room & Board Hudson Bed | Remodelista

    Above: The maple Hudson Bed is $1,399 for queen size at Room & Board. Alternatively, Ikea's Malm Bed Frame in birch is $179. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Essential Wooden Beds.

    Another Country Side Table One | Remodelista

    Above: The Side Table One by Another Country is £259.25 ($403.33).

    Compass Table by Matthew Hilton for SCP | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Matthew Hilton for SCP, the Compass Table has adjustable beech trestles and a white laminate top. It can be used as a desk/working table or dining table; $1,538 at The Future Perfect. Room & Board's Moda Desk, $499, is another white laminate and wood option.

    Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Chair | Remodelista

    Above: Arne Jacobsen's Series 7 Chair in natural veneer is $628 at Design Within Reach. A similar chair on the other end of the pricing spectrum is the Peppermill Dining Chair in Modern Oak; $79 at West Elm.

    Jaga Wall-Panel Strada Radiator | Remodelista

    Above: Jaga's slim Strada Radiator can be custom ordered in different colors. For more, see Remodeling 101: Wall-Panel Radiators.

    Shades and Sheets

    Linen Cotton Roman Shades at West Elm | Remodelista

    Above: West Elm's white Linen/Cotton Roman Shade with Blackout Liner is $199 to $219, depending on the dimensions.

    Sand Beige Cotton Duvet Cover from Merci in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Merci's Sand Beige Cotton Duvet Cover (top) is €159.90 ($177.27) for the queen size. Mix with the Feather White Cotton Fitted Sheet (middle), €94.90 ($105.21), and the rectangular Feather White Cotton Pillowcase, €19.90 ($22.06) each.

    Lighting & Accessories

    Horsfall & Wright White and Natural Wood Pendant Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: The White and Natural Wood Pendant Light is £49.95 ($77.71)  from Horsfall & Wright, but is currently being restocked; contact Horsfall & Wright directly to be added to the waiting list. Similar designs, the Booi Pendant by Standard Socket, and the Hombre Pendant by Damm, are both available at Horne.

    Mulig Clothing Rack from Ikea in Black | Remodelista

    Above: Ikea's simple Mulig Clothes Rack in black (also available in white) is made of steel; $9.99 each. Find more options in our 10 Easy Pieces posts on Metal Clothing Racks and Wooden Clothing Racks.

    West Elm Industrial Table Lamp | Remodelista

    Above: West Elm's Industrial Task Table Lamp comes in seven finishes; the polished nickel is $99.

    Home Decorator's Collection Floating MDF Shelf from Home Depot | Remodelista

    Above: The Home Decorator's Collection MDF Floating Shelf in black is $12.98 at Home Depot.

    Skultuna Brass Flower Pot at Artilleriet | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Monica Förster for Skultuna, a small Brass Flower Pot is 798 SEK ($92) at Artilleriet. Read more about the planters in Brass Tacks: Luxury Flower Pots from Sweden on Gardenista.

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