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    Take a look at a few things we admired this week.

    Living Area, Open Home in Biarritz via My Scandinavian Home | Remodelista

    Field Trip to Le Point in San Francisco via The Merchant Home | Remodelista

    • Above: Take a tour of Le Point, a bright and minimal women's fashion boutique in San Francisco's Mission District. Photograph by Ali Hartwell
    • A bookshelf that expands to accommodate a growing collection. 
    • Twelve standout examples of black kitchens.

    Kaufmann Mercantile Bronze Corkscrew Wine Opener | Remodelista

    Jen Stagg of WithHeart, DIY Kitchen Reveal | Remodelista

    • Above: Interior designer and blogger Jennifer Stagg recently revealed her DIY kitchen makeover. See the drastic transformation here. Photograph by Veronica Reeve. 

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

    Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @consortdesign

    • Above: A deVol kitchen captured by LA-based interior designers Consort Design (@consortdesign). 

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: decor8

    Read the latest Remodelista posts in our Fall Forecast issue. Don't forget to visit Gardenista to see their week of autumn garden trends

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    Today we're launching a new weekly column, Design News, devoted to keeping you (and us) up-to-date on happenings in the world of design and architecture.  

    Zaha Hadid First Solo Woman to Win Royal Gold Medal for Architecture

    Zaha Hadid | Remodelista

    Above: Dame Zaha Hadid; photo via Architecture Lab.

    British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has become the first woman to win the UK's highest solo architecture honor. The prize, given out since 1848, recognizes lifetime achievement and influence on the field of architecture. In the award's 168-year history, three women have been named as co-recipients: Ray Eames (in 1979), Patricia Hopkins (in 1994), and Sheila O’Donnell (in 2015), each in tandem with their business partner/husbands. 

    London Design Festival Ends Today

    The nine-day annual London Design Festival ends today, bringing to a close hundreds of installations and events across the city. Here are two that will be talked about for a while:

    Curiosity Cloud | Remodelista Design News

    Above: Austrian designers mischer’traxler teamed with Perrier-Jouët champagne to create the “Curiosity Cloud” installation in the Victoria & Albert Museum. The installation features 250 blown glass Lobmeyr bulbs hanging from the ceiling, each containing a tiny handmade insect in one of three species categories: extinct, common, or just-discovered. The insects are motionless from a distance, but come “alive” upon approach. Read more at London Design Festival and Upper Playground

    Faye Toogood Cloakroom | Remodelista Design News

    Above: Designer Faye Toogood created 150 “navigational coats” for festival visitors to wear around the Victoria & Albert Museum. Each coat contained a built-in map to guide visitors to 10 Toogood designs located next to 10 of her favorite museum objects. Read more at London Design Festival.  

    First Jony Ive-Designed Apple Store Opens in Brussels

    Jony Ive Apple Store | Remodelista Design News

    Above: Two rows of stools face a full-height screen showing Apple products and announcements in the new Brussels Apple store. Photo via Tech Insider

    Jony Ive, famed chief design officer at Apple, partnered with Apple SVP of retail (and former Burberry CEO) Angela Ahrendts to oversee the interiors of Apple’s first Belgian retail outlet. The store, which opened on September 19, looks familiar from the outside: it's made of glass, but in this case impressive 26-foot-tall glass panels, some of which are curved. Inside, bright wood-and-white interiors are outfitted with sequoia redwood tables, compartments, and display cases sized to hold only Apple products, and an allée of eight live trees. One new feature: motion-sensing power outlets are hidden behind wood panels until they sense a nearby user and rotate open. Read more at DesignBoom and Wired

    Deborah Berke Named Dean of Yale School of Architecture

    Deborah Berke Darby Lane House | Remodelista Design News

    Above: An East Hampton weekend house by Deborah Berke Partners, designed in 2000. Photo via the architect. 

    Architect Deborah Berke will become the first woman dean of the Yale School of Architecture, succeeding Robert A.M. Stern at the close of this academic year. In addition to holding teaching posts at design school across the country, she has been a member of the architecture faculty at Yale since 1987. For more, see the Yale Announcement and the story at Archinect. (For a sampling of her work, see Deborah Berke Partners in the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.) 

    Etsy Ventures into Manufacturing

    Etsy Workshop | Remodelista Design News

    Above: The two owners of Lithuanian Etsy vendor Feel Felt make leather and felt tech cases by hand. Photo via Etsy

    On Monday, Brooklyn-based Etsy will launch a beta version of Etsy Manufacturing to connect makers of handmade crafts with manufacturing companies. The program resurfaces past debates about whether manufactured goods should be allowed on Etsy at all: the site launched a decade ago with a mandate that all products be handmade, positioning itself as the source for shoppers seeking an alternative to mass-produced goods. Over time, Etsy loosened its policy, and some of the most successful Etsy sellers have relied on manufacturing for some time. Read about other changes that followed Etsy’s $3.5 billion IPO in April, including Etsy Wholesale, which connects sellers with traditional retail outlets. Via The Verge and The New York Times

    More from this week: 

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    This week we're heading into the kitchen, exploring a new design trend: the deconstructed, un-suburban, offhand culinary space.

    The Deconstructed Kitchen Remodelista Issue


    Fire Island House | Remodelista

    Above: In our House Call department, Margot drops in on a Manhattan couple at their weekend house in Fire Island.


    Owen Wall Ceramics | Remodelista

    Above: London's most in-demand ceramicist makes tableware for Lyle's, Bao, and the Clove Club; we'll be paying a visit to his studio in our Tabletop section.


    Heft Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

    Above: In our Kitchens department, Margot visits a Japanese design studio that offers an edited kit for putting together your own space, from hooks to custom sinks.


    Ristorante La Cucina by Archiplan | Remodleista

    Above: In our Restaurant Visit division, we're (virtually) dining at a new spot in Mantua. 


    Buccholz Knife Rack | Remodelista

    Above: We've rounded up our favorite kitchen tools with a rustic edge in our Kitchen Accessories column. 

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    Gaining a toehold in New York is hard enough, but how to find an affordable way out? After more than a decade in their East Village studio, Ann Stephenson and her girlfriend Lori Scacco decided they'd be staying for the long haul and went looking for a weekend place—without a car.

    Ann is a poet and director of sales in the home division of Aesthetic Movement, Lori is a composer/musician (see Lori Scacco) who by day runs the design gallery Donzella 20th Century. Their search didn't take long: They sunk their savings into Far House, an A-frame on the western end of Fire Island that they bought from the family that built it in 1945 from a Gimbel's prefab kit. Working with an island contractor and crew—"a neighbor hooked us up with an amazing team"—and keeping a careful tally to stay on budget, they turned it into the ultimate no-fuss seaside retreat. And it's only a train- and ferry-ride away. 

    Photography by Kate Sears.

    Budget beach house remodel: Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: A raised wooden walkway leads to the house, which is positioned in a lush, two-block-wide community of winding boardwalks with views of ocean on one side and bay on the other. The 32-mile-long island has no paved roads and is car-free other than official vehicles.

    Ann had been part of a classic Fire Island group share 20 years ago and hadn't been back since. "When a friend conjured up an old summer memory," she says, "I was viscerally reminded of what a magical place it is and set out to see what was possible now. Lori and I quickly saw that seasonal rental prices are like down payments on a house, so we shifted gears. We looked at only two properties for sale—as cliche as it may be, when we saw the listing for our A-frame, we knew it was the one. We love its off-kilter roofline, old-school salty rusticity, history (the couple who built it met as children on the island), and even its size." 

    The ultimate budget beach house: a remodeled A-frame on Fire Island belonging to Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco, Kate Sears photo | Remodelista

    Above: Ann and Lori closed on the house last December and were moving in by May. "All it needed was some updating and love," Ann tells us, ticking off a long list of improvements, including removing extraneous crossbeams, introducing a ductless heating and cooling unit in place of old in-the-wall ACs, replacing some windows, and pressure-washing and patching the exterior shingles. Though not winterized, the place—about 410 square feet, including the sleeping loft—is livable from March to November.

    The previous owners had already given the raw wood on the interior a coat of white paint, and the couple completed the process by repainting the entire space down to the raw plywood floor in Benjamin Moore China White (matte finish on the walls, eggshell on the floor). The daybed is a longstanding Remodelista favorite by Mc & Co, and the white linen pillow shams and sheets are from Matteo.

    Budget beach house remodel: Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: A vintage Byer cot—see our recent Camp Cot Trend Alert for sourcing ideas—is paired with a safari chair and ottoman, hand-me-downs from Ann's family with new leather covers. "Getting furniture to Fire Island requires that it be freighted over (or carried by us on the ferry), so this defined many of our decisions," says Ann. "We wanted simple, modular furnishings for ease of transport as well as for seasonal living." The cot and daybed double as the house's guest beds. The rug is an African palm front mat from John Derian.

    Budget beach house styling: Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photos by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above L: Votives at the ready. Above R: Ann and Lori collected vintage Alvar Aalto Stacking Stools from eBay and Etsy—"some Danish, some Swedish from various years"—and use them inside and outside. (See our post on Ikea's Frosta Stool for an affordable lookalike.)

    Budget beach house remodel: Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: The living room opens to a galley kitchen. "Small as it may be, it's where we spent the majority of our budget," Ann tells us. A honed Carrara marble counter with a stainless sink and simple curtained base now stands in place of peeling veneer and an orange sink. The fridge is a Smeg. The marble came from Stone World Imports of Farmingdale, New York, and was fabricated and installed by Gran Marble of West Babylon, New York.

    All-white compact kitchen in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's budget beach house remodel on Fire Island, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: The Swing Gooseneck Spout is a Chicago Faucets classic (since Chicago's handles are interchangeable, the couple chose three-inch Cross-Tapered Square Handles instead of the standard levers). The compact oven—a mere 20 inches wide—is the Summit WEM 110. "The range allows for maximum counter space and because it was affordable, the savings went directly into the Smeg purchase."

    Compact all-white kitchen in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's remodeled Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen's three banks of shelves are built from Ikea $4 Ekby Valter birch brackets painted Benjamin Moore China White. The dishes are a collection of current and vintage Coupe Line pottery from Heath Ceramics. The utensil container is a Michelle Quan Firefly Vase. The brass trivets and coasters and the pitcher (shown in the previous photo) are new designs from Sir/Madam, Aesthetic Movement's tableware line. 

    Compact kitchen and sleeping loft in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's remodeled Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: Opposite the kitchen counter, the couple made use of narrow available space by introducing an Ikea hack—the $129 Rekarne pine console is painted Benjamin Moore China White and fitted with a honed Carrara marble top. To extend sight lines, the existing front door was replaced with a glass-fronted design.

    Peg rail in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's remodeled Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: In several spots in the A-frame, the couple hung poplar Shaker Peg Rails that they ordered to size from NH Woodworking—"we provided the Benjamin Moore paint code and they even painted them for us."

    Shaker peg rail in the compact kitchen of Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: Who knew that peg rails could be so useful in a kitchen? The Hanging Cutting Boards are by Lostine.

    Compact kitchen and sleeping loft in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: Ann and Lori in their entry. The kitchen ladder leads to the sleeping loft.

    Sleeping loft bedroom in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: An Aalto stool serves as a bedside table. The lamp is a vintage Christian Dell for Molitor design—Donzella sells a similar version.

    Indian woven-cotton bedspread by Injiri in the sleeping loft of Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above L and R: The tasseled cotton bedspread is by Indian boutique line Injiri; contact Aesthetic Movement for retailers. The Wool Rug is by MexChic—see more in High-Style Design from South of the Border.

    Budget beach house remodel: Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: Peg rails line the paneled wall outside the house's single closet and bathroom. The White Porcelain Doorknob is from House of Antique Hardware.

    Compact bathroom in a budget beach house remodel: Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, photo by Kate Sears | Remodelista

    Above: The bath was updated with paint. The windows throughout have Belgian linen custom covers with tabs that hang from hidden hooks. "Traditional curtain hardware felt heavy and out of place, particularly since the house gets such immense and beautiful light. The curtain panels can go up with ease, or rest on nearby pegs when not in use, or be put away entirely."

    Tiny bathroom storage: built-in shelves with stacks of white towels in a Fire Island A-frame | Remodelista

    Above: Built-in over-the-toilet shelving.

    Shingled outdoor shower in a Fire Island A-frame | Remodelista

    Above: The house's outdoor space includes a newly shored-up outdoor shower. The towel hooks are Galvanized Dock Cleats from Carolina Boat Outfitters. For more ideas, go to Nautical Hardware: 7 Cleats for Home Use.

    Shingled outdoor shower and shed (with laundry) in a Fire Island A-frame | Remodelista

    Above: A shed with a replaced roof holds a washer/dryer and provides crucial storage. The Steel Wagon is used to transport supplies and luggage to and from the ferry.

    Outdoor biergarten table in Ann Stephenson and Lori Sacco's Fire Island A-frame, Kate Sears photo | Remodelista

    Above: Much of life at the A-frame take place on the deck. Ann and Lori's Roost Biergarten Table and Benches are collapsible for easy stowing at the end of the season. "We can't see the water from our house," says Ann, "but we hear the waves breaking from our deck as loud as can be; it's beyond magical." 

    To see another artful—and budget-conscious—escape from the city, take a look at The Ultimate Houseboat in NYC.

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  • 09/28/15--04:00: High/Low: Dot Wall Hooks
  • A high and low version of Coatrack Dot Hooks, designed by Tveit and Tornoe for Muuto (and yours for $149 at Design Within Reach) or $9.95 at CB2.

    Dots Coatrack set by Muuto


    Dots Coatrack set by Muuto in oak natural

    Above: The Dots shown in natural oak. They come in a set of five hooks.

    CB2 dot coatrack

    Above: A set of three Dot Coat Hooks is $9.95 from CB2.

    Dots Coat rack by Muuto in black and green

    Above: Muuto's dots painted in black and green.

    N.B.: Looking for more comparison posts? See more of our 76 High/Low posts.

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    Throw out all the rules; here are 17 examples of the next wave in kitchen design, which we pegged as an emerging trend in last week's post 15 Interiors Trends for Autumn 2015 (a reader agreed with us: "I'm all over this trend. Perfect looks suburban.").

    The Apartment by The Line in NYC | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen at The Apartment in SoHo, NYC, is composed of stainless steel restaurant components. Photo by Thomas Welch via Selectism.

    Elle Decoration Sweden Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A Stockholm kitchen with a workbench kitchen, via Stadshem via Ems Design Blogg.

    Heft Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen in Japan by Heft Design.

    Swedish Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In Sweden, a modular Bulthaup kitchen via Bolig Magasinet

    Narukuma Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen in Japan with a mix of concrete and wood by Naruse Inokuma Architects.

    Snark Architecture Kitchen in Japan | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen in the Fujimidai house in Hujimidai by Snark Architecture.

    Noodles Noodles Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A modular kitchen from a Berlin company; see more at The New Old-World Kitchen from Noodles, Noodles & Noodles Corp.

    NYC Deconstructed Kitchens | Remodelista

    Above L: Tyler Hays of BDDW was an early adopter of the trend (photo by Ngoc Minh Ngo), as was Ted Muehling (R); photo by Christoph Kicherer via Automatism

    General Architecture Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: An airy cooking space in Scandinavian Simplicity: A Reimagined Swedish Summerhouse.

    Pine Open Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: An open kitchen in a simple, economical 1950s cottage in the Gothenburg archipelago by Johannes Norlander Architects.

    Japanese Open Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A stainless steel open kitchen in Japan by Naruse Inokuma.

    Todos Santos Kitchen by Laure Joliet | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen in Todos Santos, Mexico, photographed by Laure Joliet.

      Monochrome House Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: In his own kitchen, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, a partner in the Copenhagen firm Norm Architects, installed a cooktop set into a workbench for a sense of airiness.

    Hans Verstuyft Kitchen with Box Storage | Remodelista

    Above: Belgian architect Hans Verstuyft opted for open shelving in a kitchen in Antwerp; see more at Sober Luxury in Downtown Antwerp.

    David Charbet UK Photographer Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A farmhouse kitchen from the portfolio of UK photographer David Charbit.

    Vintage Sinks in the Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Two examples of sinks on pedestals or counters via Boro.

    See more Trend Alerts here and head over to Gardenista to see a deconstructed outdoor kitchen in Outbuilding of the Week: A Cookhouse at Kurtwood Farm on Vashon Island.

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    Here at Remodelista, we've had the pleasure of getting to know Hillary Peterson and her stellar line of natural skin care, perfumes, and hair care. Through her Mill Valley, California-based company—True Nature Botanicals—she's joined us for Remodelista Markets, sponsored a Gardenista giveaway, and has always let us pick her brain about her line—why she created it, how it works, and more. If you could chat with Hillary in person like we have, you'd notice two convincing things straight away: her glowing skin and her in-depth knowledge of the science of skin care. Here's a little about how we got so hooked.

    (Take note: Now through October 4, Remodelista readers get 15 percent off at checkout with code REMODELISTA.)

    How True Nature Botanicals Is Different 

    "What goes on your skin, goes into your body." That's one of Hillary's sayings, and one of the reasons she founded True Nature Botanicals—to keep toxins out of her skin care, and therefore out of her body, without exception. On equal par with True Nature's "no toxins" rule is a mandate for superior results for skin. According to Hillary, using a nontoxic regimen doesn't have to mean sacrificing results or forgoing potent antiaging ingredients.

    True Nature Botanicals Pacific Face Oil | Remodelista

    Above: Pacific Face Oil is True Nature Botanicals' most beloved product. ("We've had maybe one return in three years," says Hillary.) It's an everyday moisturizing serum suited for all skin types, packed with kiwi, chia, and rosehip seed oils, all rich in antioxidants and the essential fatty acids that strengthen cell membranes. The overarching concept here is to moisturize from within: "When your cells are healthy, your skin glows," says Hillary; $110.

    Why Safety First

    As a melanoma survivor, Hillary has a deep appreciation for the need to protect skin from the sun. And as a survivor of thyroid cancer, she doesn't lose sight of the health of the overall body. If you're using toxic sunscreen, she reasons, why protect yourself from one kind of cancer while potentially increasing your risk for another?

    Following her cancers, Hillary knew there must be a better way. Today she's on an unrelenting quest for the safest, most effective skincare ingredients known—and not-yet-known—to man. 

    True Nature Botanicals Pacific Soothing Face Oil | Remodelista

    Above: Pacific Soothing Face Oil is True Nature's daily moisturizer for sensitive skin (including skin prone to rosacea). Pomegranate seed oil calms sensitive skin, blue chamomile oil has skin-healing properties, and grape seed oil is naturally hypoallergenic and rich in vitamin F, crucial for healing wounds and calming irritated skin; $110. 

    The Ingredients

    True Nature Botanicals is rightly proud of the fact that they spend up to five times as much on their ingredients as the leading luxury skin-care and fragrance lines. Take seed oils as an example: It is labor-intensive to extract the beneficial oils from tiny seeds such as chia, kiwi, and papaya, but they are loaded with the antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins your skin needs—so True Nature Botanicals uses as much seed oils as required. On True Nature's ingredients lists, you'll notice these highest-caliber ingredients at the top: "Ingredients are listed on any package in order of quantity," says Hillary. "We use as much of the best ingredients as we need to make the most effective products. Here, those ingredients are for results, not for marketing."

    True Nature Botanicals Pacific Balancing Face Oil | Remodelista

    Above: Pacific Balancing Face Oil is the daily moisturizing oil for blemish-prone skin that is in need of antiaging care. Helichrysum oil fights infection and heals scarring, and black cumin seed oil is a natural antibacterial. Avocado and sunflower oils help limit production of sebum, the oil whose overabundance is implicated in acne. Vogue magazine called this formulation "one of the most coveted in the United States." $110. 

    Does It Work? 

    True Nature Botanicals tested its flagship product—Pacific Face Oil—against the world-famous Crème de La Mer. Pacific Face Oil outperformed La Mer in every category, from wrinkle reduction to pore size and facial smoothness. And La Mer users showed a 29 percent increase in clogged pores while using the cream versus no increased congestion with Pacific Face Oil. (Read the results of the clinical trial here.)

    True Nature Botanicals doesn't pull any punches when it comes to antiaging. According to Hillary, retinol is one of the few proven antiaging ingredients, and its safe, non-irritating potency is packed in True Nature Botanicals' Pacific Night Serum with Retinol. 

    One of the most intriguing things we learned from Hillary is that the need to protect against sun damage—both skin aging and skin cancer—doesn't stop once you're out of the sun. A February 2015 Yale University study demonstrates that "UV light can continue to harm the skin and inflict cancer-causing damage hours after exposure and even in the dark." A potential remedy? Applying antioxidants directly to the skin following time in the sun, like those contained in True Nature's Pacific Body Oil. (Read more on the science here.)

    True Nature Botanicals Pacific Mist | Remodelista

    Above: Pacific Mist is a lightweight skin freshener that provides moisturizing marine extracts to the topmost layers of the skin. It's made of antiaging white and green tea extracts and antioxidants sea kelp and sea fennel. The results are plumper, dewy skin—which makes wrinkles harder to see; $48. 

    The People Behind It

    One of the most convincing elements of the True Nature Botanicals approach is the company's all-star advisory board—industry leaders who put their knowledge to work for the True Nature Botanicals cause. Among the product advisors are a Carnegie Mellon professor of green chemistry; a Beverly Hills dermatologist (and UCLA Medical School faculty member) who specializes in the prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers; and the director of spas at world-renowned Auberge Resorts. These advisers aren't figureheads—Hillary has them on speed dial and is quick to ask questions about ingredients, studies, and ideas.  

    True Nature Botanicals Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask | Remodelista

    Above: Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask provides gentle exfoliation using alpha-hydroxy acids, while avocado butter's vitamins and fatty acids calm and moisturize the skin; $90. 

    What We Love

    Several of us at Remodelista are True Nature Botanicals devotees. Here are some thoughts on a few of our favorite products. 

    Remodelista editor in chief Julie Carlson relies on True Nature Botanicals' entire skin care range: "I'm a skeptic when it comes to skin-care products. I've never been one to spring for faddish formulations (the Crème de la Mer craze of a few years ago completely baffled me) or to pay much attention to ingredients. So I wasn't expecting to fall in love with True Nature Botanicals, but after a few weeks of using the line, I found myself a convert.

    We first discovered the products when Hillary brought the line to our first-ever Remodelista Holiday Market in Mill Valley a few years ago. I started out using the Pacific Face Oil and was so pleased with the results that I added the Night Serum with Retinol to my regime. The emphasis on organic, botanical ingredients combined with the efficacy of the products has me convinced (and I've converted more than a few of my friends as well)."

    Gardenista editor in chief Michelle Slatalla is a fan of Pacific Night Serum with Retinol: "My entire daily skin-care regimen consisted of splashing water on my face in the morning—until the day a few months ago when Julie dragged me into a little shop in Mill Valley to meet Hillary Peterson. I left with a bottle of Night Serum with Retinol. After a few days and a few pea-size dabs, I noticed a marked improvement—smoother skin, a better complexion, fewer blemishes. And the other day at one of our editorial meetings, Margot said, 'You look so rested.'"

    Remodelista features editor Meredith Swinehart loves Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask and Pacific Mist: "My skin is clear but tends toward dry and dull—I've come to rely on Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask when I need to hit the 'reset' button. I don’t know how it manages to be both exfoliating and moisturizing, but it does—and leaves my skin feeling rested, not stripped of nutrients. And for my dry, sensitive skin, Pacific Mist is a godsend. A quick spray provides lasting moisture and leaves my skin looking brighter than any makeup ever could—not to mention that it smells amazing.” 

    True Nature Botanicals Moisturizers | Remodelista

    Above: The three True Nature Botanicals Moisturizers, from left, for regular skin, acne-prone skin, and sensitive skin; $110 each. 

    Where to Start? 

    The Pacific Anti-Aging Essentials Duet includes two favorite products—a simple cleanser and moisturizer combination to get you started; $145. The Pacific Anti-Aging Essentials Kit adds the Pacific Mist and Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 for $245. 

    Or visit True Nature Botanicals and click for a skin-care consult; you can call, email, or complete a short questionnaire for guidance on the perfect nontoxic, antiaging skin-care regimen.

    And now through October 4, Remodelista readers receive 15 percent off at checkout using code REMODELISTA.

    True Nature Botanicals Skin Care Line | Remodelista

    Above: A snapshot of the broader True Nature Botanicals line, from left: Pacific Exfoliating Cleanser ($48), Pacific Body Oil ($95), Pacific Mist ($48), Pacific Everyday Sheer Coverage SPF 20 ($58), Pacific Face Oil ($110), Pacific Night Serum with Retinol ($150), Pacific Exfoliating Moisture Mask ($90), Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment ($65), and Pacific Lip Treatment ($68). 

    For more, click to browse the entire True Nature Botanicals Skincare, Hair Care, and Fragrance collections online, and follow True Nature Botanicals on Facebook and Instagram. Don't forget to use code REMODELISTA for 15 percent off at checkout, valid now through October 4. 

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    One of our favorite projects of all time is London architect David Kohn's conversion of a former stable into a house that seamlessly blends past and present, rustic and clean-lined. Today we're spotlighting the stable's compact eat-in kitchen, a soulful layering of wood and white bricks that also has a sense of modernism (thanks in part to a highly covetable midcentury table and set of chairs by Pierre Jeanneret). We've sourced a checklist of products—from a compact refrigerator to a Swedish broom—to achieve a similar look.

    Pierre Jeanneret Chairs in an English Kitchen by David Kohn | Remodelista

    Above: Kohn's kitchen is evidence that rustic and modern can happily coexist in a compact space. For a full tour of the project, see A Stable Reborn in Rural Norfolk.

    The Basics

    Benjamin Moore "Steam" White Paint | Remodelista

    Above: Benjamin Moore's Steam Paint is a color that appears quite yellow on a swatch, but on the wall is a very neutral white: not too yellow, not too blue. It's the white that was used at couture kitchen store March in San Francisco and is a close match to the white paint on the stable's brick walls; $36.99 per gallon of Ben Interior Paint.

    Viking Professional 30-Inch Pro-Style Induction Range | Remodelista

    Above: The Viking Professional Series Pro-Style 30-Inch Induction Range is $8,059 from Elite Appliance. For more Kitchen Range options, visit our Shop section.

    Avanti Built-In Outdoor Compact Refrigerator | Remodelista

    Above: The small kitchen features a compact under-counter refrigerator; the Avanti Built-In Outdoor Refrigerator works inside and out and has an extra-long power cord and casters for portability; $689 at Best Buy. For more ideas, see our recent post 10 Easy Pieces: Compact Refrigerators.

    Churchman's Kitchen Pillar Taps | Remodelista

    Above: The traditional Churchman's Kitchen Pillar Taps are £112 ($170) at Bath Shop 321. Tap Shop 321 has the Churchman's High Neck Kitchen Pillar Taps faucet for £58 ($88).

    Universal Fireclay Farmhouse Apron Sink from Waterworks | Remodelista

    Above: The Universal Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink features a convenient offset drain; $1,475 from Waterworks. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.


    Pierre Jeanneret 1958 Armchair | Remodelista

    Above: A highlight of the kitchen is the pair of vintage V-Type Chairs designed by Pierre Jeanneret in 1958-59. The chairs have a black-stained teak frame and a caned seat and back. They're available in the armchair version for (gulp) $10,000 each through midcentury dealer 1950 and many other sellers on 1st Dibs.

    West Elm Upton Dining Chair | Remodelista

    Above: We found a vastly less pricey stand-in at West Elm; the Upton Dining Chair with an upholstered seat and caned seat back; $254.

    Midcentury Danish Modern Teak Dining Table from Midcentury LA | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen table is another Jeanneret teak design, the PGI University Dining Table, from 1950. It's hard to come by, and pricey, but an alternative period piece, minus the tapered legs, can easily be sourced from a flea market or vintage dealer, such as Midcentury LA, whose restored vintage Danish Teak Dining Table, shown here, is $900.


    Small English Pot Holders in Suede Fabric from March | Remodelista

    Above: Large and Small Suede Pot Holders in English Toast are $22 and $18.50 at March.

    Fern NYC Amoeba Cutting Boards | Remodelista

    Above: From Fern Handcrafted Furniture in New York's Hudson Valley, the Amoeba Cutting Boards are a set of three boards made from locally sourced slabs of maple, black walnut, and cherry in three different sizes; for pricing and information, contact Fern.

    Bialetti Monka Espressor Maker from Amazon | Remodelista

    Above: The classic Bialetti 6800 Monka Express Stovetop Percolator is $20.25 for the three-cup size from Amazon. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: Stovetop Espresso Makers.

    Revere Copper Bottom Whistling Tea Kettle | Remodelista

    Above: From World Kitchen, the classic Revere 2 1/3-Quart Copper Bottom Kettle is $23.51 on Amazon.

    Weck Glass Storage Jars from Heath Ceramics or Schoolhouse Electric | Remodelista

    Above: A set of six small glass Weck Jars is $27 at Heath Ceramics. The jars are also available from Schoolhouse Electric, starting at $4 per jar.

    Murchison Hume Large Glass Bottle Dishwashing Liquid | Remodelista

    Above: Cleaning products from Australian company Murchison-Hume are now widely available in the US. The Heirloom Dishwashing Liquid, in a large amber glass bottle, is an eco-friendly solution said to improve the condition of your wastewater as it drains; $21 from The Line.

    Galerie Half Antique Wooden Serving Trays | Remodelista

    Above: A variety of antique Wooden Serving Trays and Bowls are available at Galerie Half in LA; contact for pricing and availability.

    Model One Radio by Tivoli Audio, Wooden Radio | Remodelista

    Above: Featured in the Remodelista 100, the Model One Radio, designed by Henry Kloss for Tivoli Audio, is $149.99 from Lumens.

    Swedish Broom from Objects of Use in the UK | Remodelista

    Above: From Swedish company Iris Hantwerk, which employs visually impaired craftspeople, the Swedish Broom has a birch handle and palmyra fiber brush; £18.50 ($27) at Objects of Use.

    Our Steal This Look column appears every Tuesday morning; click here to browse past posts. For another kitchen featuring white-painted bricks, see An Architect-Designed Compound in Shanghai. For more rustic cutting boards, have a look at British Roots: Hampson Woods' Curvy Handled Serving Boards.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on February 25, 2014, as part of our Winter Break issue.

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    East London–based Owen Wall, an honors ceramics graduate of the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, got his start producing tableware for Michelin-starred Shoreditch restaurant the Clove Club. He's gone on to work with Lyle's, Bao, and other favorite dining spots (and he's poised to make a splash across the pond; recently, the Future Perfect in NYC picked up his line). 

    Owen Wall Ceramics | Remodelista

    Above: Ceramic plates for Elliot's Cafe. "I'm inspired by the modern crafted looks of Japan, Sweden, and Denmark," Wall told the Financial Times

    Owen Wall Green Yellow Plates | Remodelista

    Above: Stacking plates for the Clove Club.

    Owen Wall Plates for the Clove Club | Remodelista

    Above: James Lowe, chef and co-owner of Lyle's, told the FT: "The plates Owen has made for us are plain but interesting upon closer inspection. Which is similar to our food. It looks simple, but if you delve a little deeper, you'll find there's a lot to it."

    Owen Wall at Future Perfect | Remodelista

    Above: The Future Perfect in NYC has recently started carrying Wall's Greenware Line. The Shallow Bowl is $56 and the Green Plate is $64. The Koya Pouring Bowl is $51 and the Moon Plate is $68. 

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    Proof that it pays to wander: This past June, on the last day of a quick trip to Berlin, I rounded a corner in the Mitte and made my favorite discovery of the week: Laden, a just opened (that morning) cafe and furniture showroom with a lush vegetable garden out back. A collaboration between the Lokal restaurant team and furniture makers Buchholz Berlin, Laden is a showroom for Buchholz's rustic tables, stools, cutting boards, and wooden bowls, as well as a cafe serving flatbreads, wine, and afternoon coffee. 

    Katja Buchholz, the architect and designer behind Buchholz Berlin (she's also worked in the Berlin office of David Chipperfield), had been on the hunt for a location to showcase her line of furniture and accessories made from "regionally available materials," as she says, when she discovered the space. "Our wood is sourced locally and we use bio-tanned leather from the Bavarian alps and recycled metal from a local metal worker." Pieces are available to buy right off the floor or to order; see the range at Buchholz Berlin

    Photography by Dirk Lange, unless otherwise noted.


    Buchholz Shop in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: The cafe is located in a 1780-listed building; the design team unearthed original wall murals of the Ballhaus during the renovation.

    Buchholz Berlin Cafe | Remodelista

    Above (L to R): A simple counter where lunch is served; a rustic tabletop; photographs via Anne Li West.

    Buchholzber Cafe in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: A table set for lunch.

    Buccholzberlin Cafe in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: A vintage copper trough serves as a wine cooler.

    Buchholzber Cafe in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: Double doors open directly onto the vegetable garden.

    Buchholzberlin Garden in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: The rustic outdoor dining table is surrounded by a suite of folding Piana chairs, designed by David Chipperfield for Alessi; $225 each at Design Within Reach. Photograph via AnneLiWest Berlin.

    BuchholzBerlin Wine Garden | Remodelista

    Above: Five raised garden beds made from domestic oak planks are planted with kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, chard, and fennel, which appear on the daily menu.

    Buchholzberlin Garden in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: Vegetable harvesting. Photograph via AnneLiWest Berlin.


    Buccholz Table | Remodelista

    Above: The Sauener Forestry Table starts at €2,590 ($2,902).

    Buchholz Berlin Hocker Stools | Remodelista

    Above: The Tripod Stools are €90 ($101) each; buy three or more and you get a discount. 

    Buchholz Ash Tray | Remodelista

    Above: Prices for the Ash Trays start at €59 ($66).

    Buchholz Cedar Board | Remodelista

    Above: The Cedar Board-a-Porter is €49 ($55).

    Buchholzberlin Bowls | Remodelista  

    Above: Prices for Beech Wood Bowls start at €9 ($10).

    Laden, located at 20 Joachim Strasse, in the Mitte district of Berlin, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon until 8 p.m. For more ideas, see our Insider's Guide: 14 Don't-Miss Restaurants, Coffee Shops, and Cocktail Bars in Berlin.

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    When industrial designer Catherine Bailey and product designer Robin Petravic took over the reins at Heath Ceramics in 2003, the company was most noted for its iconic dinnerware. Since then, the Sausalito-based company has helped put tile firmly on the map, taking what was once considered mostly a functional material and helping it become a major element in interior design today. We sat down and discussed the merits of tile. 

    Photography copyright by Mariko Reed.

    Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic Heath Ceramics | Remodelista

    Above: Catherine Bailey, Robin Petravic, and their dog, Oliver, in the Heath Ceramics factory in Sausalito.

    Remodelista: When you bought Heath in 2003, what was your general perception of tile?
    Catherine Bailey: I was already interested in tiles before Heath. When I lived in Portland, OR, I would go to Pratt & Larson and there was a room full of tables with tiles and I’d mill around and buy tile with no place to put it, just thinking someday I’d like to do something with it. 
    Robin Petravic: Prior to Heath, I never really thought about tile too much. It was this functional thing then, and I wondered why people weren’t doing anything more with tile.

    Farmshop Restaurant Tile Makes the Room | Remodelista  

    Above: A wall of Heath's copper green tiles at Farmshop Restaurant in Marin, designed by Commune Design.

    RM: When did your perception of tile change?
    CB: A lot of tile was happening in the eighties with everything in a grid and that got stuck in people’s heads. We saw the shaped tiles that we make at Heath with such wonderful depth and texture—while they were different, those shaped tiles felt right and represented tile as a very clear design element. Focusing on that was a way to open people’s mind to the possibilities of tile and that became more interesting to us.
    RP: This was an amazing installation at the Maritime hotel in New York, the Matsuri restaurant [now closed] with green Heath oval tiles that covered a massive wall that spanned the space from end to end. It was part of the architecture.
    CB: Also the Pasadena Norton Simon Museum built in 1973, which used Heath tiles with a really unique lava-like glaze. No other material would be as wonderful, and it’s aged so well. From far away it’s great, but when close up it’s an amazing glaze and you can really see it’s a handmade material.

    McKenzie House Tile Makes the Room | Remodelista  

    Above: Three-dimensional diamond and bow tie Heath tiles define the kitchen in classic midcentury style in this Southern California home designed by Maurice McKenzie and Stacey Chapman Paton.

    RM: What should people know about tile?
    CB: You have to realize it’s not wallpaper. You’re putting it in for life or at least 20 years so you should think of it differently. It should meld in with the architecture of the space, it’s not a covering. You should really consider if you are doing something too showy or too of-the-moment. It’s not a fashion statement. It should become part of the building. In the book we have tried to show examples of older tiled buildings that have aged. Good quality tile will age well and can patina nicely.

    RM: How do you think the tile industry has changed over the past decade?
    RP: There’s been a shift in tile. The only choice used to be Home Depot or depressing tile show rooms that were really undesigned and uninspiring and overwhelming. Now there is so much access to inspiration of what you can do with tile such as on websites like Remodelista.

    Wanzenberg House  Tile Makes the Room | Remodelista  

    Above: Yellow tile around a farmhouse sink in the upstate New York home of Alan Wanzenberg.

    RM: How has the use of tile changed in recent years?
    RP: Tile used to be used to make an environment antiseptic. Everything would be covered in a bathroom and all the corners would be rounded in bullnose and it would look a little soul-less. In the book we show a lot of ways to use tile. For example, New York architect Alan Wanzenberg uses wood trim around the tile in his laundry room. Using bullnose there would have ruined it.

    Butterfly House Tile Makes the Room | Remodelista  

    Above: The tile in this shower designed by San Francisco–based John Maniscalco Architecture uses pattern to define the space. 

    RM: The importance of grout?
    CB: Grout is a serious decision and there is a much broader way to look at it. It’s a major part of the design, whereas it’s still often treated as the afterthought of the installation. If you do it wrong it’s hard to fix it.
    RP: Think about the spacing of the tile. Do you want it to be about the shape of the tile and the texture of the tile? What do you want to accentuate? Do you want the grout to recede or stand out in the background? When you have such a range of color and glazes, you don’t want too many elements.
    CB: It’s important to think of lifestyle, too. For our lifestyle we could never think of using a light colored grout on floors as we have these giant slobbery dogs, so we went with the darkest grout we could find. 

    RM: Unlike paint you can’t really test grout and tile, right?
    CB: On some big jobs we might suggest a client make a board with grout and tile and they’ll test it in the space. That’s a bit much on a residential job, but you can take the actual grout powder and wet it a little—grout gets slightly darker when applied—and put it right on an extra tile. You can hold it up and see them together.

    Roddick House Tile Makes the Room | Remodelista  

    Above: A fully tiled wall in the salvaged kitchen of the Roddick's London home by Maria Speake of Retrouvius.

    RM: Observations on how European and American tile differs?
    RP: We’ve basically noticed that with American houses, the approach is often to gut it all and do everything new—make it all straight, pristine, and clean. In Europe we saw that people worked with the inconsistencies of the building. The Roddick house in London [featured in the book] has so much character. The walls aren’t straight and there’s character in the way the tile layers with the old wood cabinetry in the kitchen. In current American design there seems to be less interest to work with elements that are old, and sometimes that can mean some of the soul and character of a building is lost. 

    RM: Thoughts on the future of tile?
    CB: There’s a lot of technical, mass-produced stuff going on with tile that’s aesthetically interesting, pristine, and precise, and technology has given rise to a lot of cool stuff like print. Right now there’s a lot of engineering in imperfections to make it look like it’s handcrafted, but it’s fakery. It looks pretty good until you get close. That’s not as interesting to us. What we love and appreciate is the lack of control in the process of firing glazes and embracing that. It is expensive to make tile the way we do it at Heath—but with our approach, tile has more character, richness, and depth, which can do wonders for the larger design of a space. The world of inexpensive tile will continue to grow, but there’s also a renewed appreciation for the tile we make and how we make it.

    Chiselhurst House Tile Makes the Room | Remodelista

    Above: Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture juxtposes bright yellow tiles in a geometric pattern with a clean white interior in this Los Angeles bathroom.

    RM: From your travels, what has been your most blow-away tile experience?
    CB: Portugal in general is so exciting. Robin said it best when he wrote on Instagram, “The Portuguese use tile the way stucco is used in LA.” They love to tile every little crazy place on the exterior with patterns. It’s fun. Also the tile museum in Lisbon is super-thoughtful and inspiring, and we never tire of the Eastern building and Union Station in downtown LA. And Gaudi in Spain…there’s so much good stuff.

    RM: What do you wish people would understand about tile?
    CB: Tile is one of these elements of design that you can make yours. There are so many options from variations in colors, shapes, and finishes. It can be overwhelming, but you can really make it yours.


    Above: Tile Makes the Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics by Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic, published by Ten Speed Press is available from Amazon for $22. 

    For more on the interiors featured in the book, see these posts:

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    When it comes to rental appliances, we're partial to the European style of installing your own kitchen gear—investing in a good oven and refrigerator and taking it with you from one rental to the next. By that logic why not bring your own sink, cooktop, and counters with you too? Here are 10 recent finds in the area of modular kitchen workstations.

    Vipp Kitchen Island Module | Remodelista

    Above: Danish company Vipp makes an Island Module that can be assembled with various front cabinets, a sink, and gas burners in the worktop; $34,300 at Vipp.

    March Work Table | Remodelista

    Above: The March Work Table is built of white oak and steel and can be customized with leather accessory boxes, a wine rack, or an ash basket. The worktable is $15,180 with accompanying components starting at $900.

    Dirk Biotto ChopChop Modular Kitchen System | Remodelista

    Above: German industrial designer Dirk Biotto's ChopChop is a well-thought-out storage kitchen worktop. Contact Dirk Biotto for more information.

    Boffi Mini Kitchen Cart | Remodelista

    Above: Boffi's Mini Kitchen Cart has a built-in mini refrigerator, storage compartments, and sockets for electical cords. Contact Boffi for retailer information.

    Barnstaple Oak Kitchen Dresser from Habitat in the UK | Remodelista

    Above: The Barnstaple Oak Kitchen Dresser is a mix of lacquer and oiled wood with three drawers and a cubby system for small items; £1,200 ($1,818) at Habitat.


    Above: A kitchen island from Alpes Inox features a five-burner gas cooktop, a sink, and drawers. Read more about it and more modular kitchen pieces at Race-Car-Style Appliances for Compact Kitchens.

    Katrin Arens Worktable | Remodelista

    Above: Katrin Arens, a German in Italy, designed a wooden kitchen workbench. Contact Katrin Arens directly for more information.

    CPH Square Travel Kitchen from Denmark | Remodelista

    Above: Danish company CPH Square's Travel Kitchen in a range of colors and customizable styles. The workstation is on wheels but has all the necessary hookups. For pricing and information, contact CPH Square.

    Metalco in Vitto Stainless Steel Kitchen Table | Remodelista

    Above: The In-Vitto 120 Stainless Steel Kitchen by Metalco in Italy is a powder-coated kitchen trolley with a stainless steel sink and double burner cooktop. For pricing and shipping information, contact Metalco.

    Bulthaup Kitchen b2 Workshop | Remodelista

    Above: From German kitchen design house Bulthaup, the b2 Workbench, a modular kitchen island with the option of including a cooktop, one of three widths of sinks, and a worktop. For more information, visit Bulthaup.

    Igtek Outdoor Steel and Wooden Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Michelle Villa for Lgtek Outdoor, the Steel and Wood Outdoor Kitchen is best for in-between indoor/outdoor spaces or kitchens that open onto patios. For more information, visit Archiproducts.

    For more modular kitchen ideas, see our posts:

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    There’s an Arthur C. Clark quote that gets used way too often about how the best technology is indistinguishable from magic. I will not quote the quote because it’s quoted all the time in Silicon Valley, where I work. But you get the idea: Great technology fills us with unbridled, slack-jawed, how’d-they-do-that awe.

    That’s pretty much how I feel about my dishwasher.


    The Miele is the best piece of technology in my home. It is as fast, silent, and discreet as a ninja assassin, if ninjas killed dishes. Also, I love how it’s so endlessly adjustable, detachable, customizable and economic in its lines and power consumption. Oh, and the Miele’s top rack for silverware? Jesus wept.


    My wife and teenage daughter, however, don’t see the Miele as great technology. They think it really is magic. 

    How else is one to explain the quasi-mystical way they load the thing? They think the normal rules of physics go out the window when the dishwasher door is open: Water can suddenly penetrate glazed dishes and glassware as if these solid objects were riddled with intergalactic wormholes. Anything can be put anywhere in the Magic Dishwasher! Martini glasses can be jammed in the silverware tray, god help us. And, why not pile up plates on bowls, glasses on pots, and pots on roasting pans, all of it on each other, like so many clowns in the circus. The dishes will come out, sparkling clean. Like, magic!


    Why do my wife and teenage daughter, who are so much smarter, more logical and math-y than me, think they can put a large cooking pot on top of three filthy bowls that recently held stew? Why doesn’t my wife get that the stew bowls will be just as grotty at the end of the wash cycle as they were when I finally pried them from her freeloading friends’ hands, after they “dropped by on a lark” at dinnertime?

    When I woke up this morning, I did not set out to mansplain the rudiments of dishwasher loading, to them or anyone else. But, on behalf of husbands and fathers everywhere—to whom dishwasher duty inevitably falls—it’s time to tell the loved ones with whom we cohabitate that the dishwasher is not a Hogswarts Sorting Hat. It is a beautifully engineered machine that works only as well as the people tending it.

    So here are some simple rules. Go ahead and print them out. Or tell your husband to.


    1. Keep your apples with your apples and your oranges with your oranges. All other rules about Dishwasker Stacking stem from this simple concept. It starts in the drying rack, where all your forks go with all the other forks—right down to salad forks going with salad forks and dinner forks spooning against dinner forks. Put all your spoons in a separate area and the knives in their own ghetto, too. This will not only allow for proper spacing, it’ll make it easier to put cleaned items away later. Similar sized bowls are clustered on the ground floor, as are dinner plates and salad plates. (For similar tableware, consider the Hand-Pressed Jadeite Plates from Kaufmann Mercantile; prices start at $19 for the smallest size.)


    2. The juice cups, which we use for all beverages, go on the top right. That’s because they are short, and you can fold down that clever secondary shelf, where you can stack six demitasses side by side.

    3. The big dinner plates go on the main level, either in the center (American style) or on the right center side (a la mode). I am OK with either so long as you put one plate in each rack slot; do not stuff two into one slot because NO WATER WILL GET THROUGH.

    4. Sorry for yelling.

    5. The sandwich plates go on the same level as the dinner plates, but in the rack space in the front that runs perpendicular to the dinner plate racks. Please, please, please: Do not waste the big rack space on little items like salad plates.


    6. Do not put your favorite outsized serving plate that you got at a yard sale in the main rack. It is too high and will prevent the dishwasher’s arm thing-y from rotating, and water will just drip from it, forlornly and nothing will get clean. I mean, honestly, you could run it like that from now until Trump gets elected pope and NOTHING WILL GET CLEAN.

    7. Sorry for yelling.

    8. Yes, it is a dishwasher, and yes, there is a drought in the west, but some things, such as filthy stew bowls, need a quick rinsing before being dishwashed. I don’t care what the salesman told you.

    9. Heavy-duty stuff, such as Thanksgiving Day roasting pans, and my precious bone-handled knives need to be cleaned by hand.

    10. Ignore the different mode settings; they are not for you.


    11. That said, if you put a fully shuffled deck of cards in the silverware rack and run the machine in Express mode, the cards will reshuffle themselves by suit, in ascending numeric order. No clue how this works, but it blows my mind every time.

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    There are times when I'll set out on a half-hour-long pilgrimage for a single loaf of my favorite bread (no errand in New York is ever easy). The investment of time and money (it's an artisanal loaf) is so much that every bit should be savored. I wrap the unsliced portion in a linen towel but recently I've noticed the crust goes soft so I've been taking note of appealing bread bins. It turns out, a bin with a wood component allows for just the right amount of breathability; here are five I've noticed lately.

    Above: Cape Town's Pedersen + Lennard wood and powder-coated-steel Breadbin has a recipe stand when flipped open; $54 directly from Pedersen + Lennard.

    Iris Hantverk Large Bread Box | Remodelista

    Above: From one of our most trusted cultivators of utility goods, Iris Hantverk, comes the Large Birch Bread Box. The simple, slatted box is £60 ($90) at Tea and Kate in the UK, who will gladly ship abroad.

    Cubo Deluxe Bread Bin | Remodelista

    Above: From Berghoff in Belgium, the Cubo Deluxe Bread Box has a rubber wood bottom, a stainless steel cover, and can store two loaves of bread; $110 at Berghoff.

    John Lewis Round Bread Bin | Remodelista

    Above: The John Lewis Round Bread Bin is perfect for that sort of rounded country loaf. It's made in beech and is £35 ($53 USD) at John Lewis.

    Plain Wood Breadbin | Remodelista

    Above: The Plain Wood Bread Bin is made of sustainable birch ply and according to the designers, it can hold several loaves, even misshapen ones. Pair it with a slatted wood Breadboard to better allow the bread to breathe in the bin. The bin is £85 ($128) at Ella's Kitchen Company.

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    Hipster Tokyo real estate company R-Real Estate specializes in "old but attractive edgy spaces." After consulting in the design of countless remodels, the team founded R-Toolbox, an offshoot business designed to make the move-in process easy by supplying urban denizens with exactly what might they need, whether that's a hand-forged brass bracket or an entire stainless steel kitchen. Run by a team of eight, including an architect, designer, and craftsman, R-Toolbox offers DIY workshops on shelf-building and other basics in its just-opened Shibuya-ku showroom, and will send over a work crew on request. 

    "In the mainstream market in Japan, home design solutions tend to be very packaged and homogeneous. But recently there's a desire for original spaces and craftsmanship," says company spokesperson Atsumi. "That's why we provide the 'toolbox' for people to edit their own spaces." Here's a small sampling from the R-Toolbox arsenal. American real estate firms, we hope you're taking notes.


    R-Toolbox Tokyo stainless steel sink-cooktop | Remodelista

    Above: The Minimalist Stainless Steel Sink and Cooktop—"well suited to the rental property"—can be ordered in a range of lengths.

    R-Toolbox Tokyo sink | Renodelista

    Above: The skinny, stainless steel Mini Kitchen "omits extra things" and is recommended for offices and studio apartments.


    Storage cabinet from R-Toolbox | Remodelista

    Above: R-Toolbox's Larch Plywood Hanging Cupboard has sliding doors available in six colors and is fitted on the inside with a center shelf. It comes in three sizes, starting at ¥32,000 ($265.78).


    Brass cabinet pulls from R-Toolbox, Tokyo | Remodelista

    Above: The Square Bar cabinet pull, ¥4,968 ($41.26), comes with or without a base plate. 

    Brass shelf brackets from R-Toolbox of Tokyo | Remodelista

    Above: Made by a small factory in Osaka for R-Toolbox, Shelf Brackets are available in two sizes in brass, iron, and three types of stainless steel. These large brass brackets are ¥3,300 ($27.41).

    Metal towel bars in a range of finishes from R-Toolbox Tokyo | Remodelista

    Above: The same Osaka team produces these hand-forged Greedy Towel Racks in two thicknesses and a range of metals; length made to order.


    Reclaimed gym flooring from R-Toolbox | Remodelista

    Above: The R-Toolbox offerings extend to wood flooring and tiles. We especially like the salvaged American Gym Flooring with its original colored lines "woven randomly for a fun look."

    Complete Kitchens

    Stainless steel kitchen from R-Toolbox Tokyo | Remodelista

    Above: A Minimalist Stainless Steel Kitchen. The kitchen is produced by a small metalworks factory. "Our team designed it," says Atsumi, "and to minimize price, this product is just folded and brushed stainless plates." 

    Stainless steel kitchen from R-Toolbox Tokyo | Remodelista

    Above: So far, R-Toolbox sells its designs in Japan only, but international shipments are available for certain products, and the company hopes to extend its reach.

    Stainless steel kitchen from R-Toolbox Tokyo | Remodelista

    Above: A more elaborate Stainless Steel Frame Kitchen is also available to order, details are customizable. Go to R-Toolbox to see more, including a Black Frame Kitchen.

    For Japanese lighting that we have our eyes on, take a look at Flame by Kenichi Kandatsu, in our post A Japanese Lighting Company Embraces the Dark Side.

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    Part art project, part problem solver, the Go-Go Kitchen in writer/activist-designer Jennifer Nix's Sausalito, California, home pairs cast-off cabinetry with energy-efficient appliances, sends gray water into her garden, and stands ready to roll. The experiment—which Nix created in collaboration with sculptor and fellow ModNomad Studio founder Jeff Smith—has attracted so much interest that the art collective is now taking commissions, and Nix hopes its website will become home base for the salvaged kitchen community.

    Photography by Anna Lee-Fields.

    The Go-Go moveable kitchen from ModNomadStudio | Remodelista

    Above: "The drought and housing crisis here in the Bay Area were both on my mind as my husband, Steve Leonard, and I moved from Brooklyn, New York, to our two-unit 1880s fixer-upper cottage in Sausalito, California," writes Nix in the ModNomad Studio blog."We wanted to be part of some solutions here in Marin County." The two moved into the smaller unit, a 550-square-foot studio, and immediately ripped out its "ugly and oversized" kitchen to create a bedroom. After living with a sawhorse-and-plank cooking setup in the main room, Nix learned what's essential and what's extraneous. The Go-Go was born out her desire to come up with an adaptable, portable, eco-conscious solution that offers a departure from "the tyranny of the typical built-in kitchen."

    The moveable kitchen: ModNomadStudio's Go-Go Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Constructed over the course of two very productive weeks, scavenging for parts included, the Go-Go incorporates a vintage Craftsman steel tool chest, a wardrobe found on Craigslist, salvage yard marble, and leftover plywood, oak, and ipe wood from work done on Nix's rental house and a friend's deck. She chose to spend her money on state-of-the-art compact appliances and a new stainless sink for "a meeting of the rustic and the modern."

    Casters, a Jeff Smith signature detail, enable the design to travel. In lieu of a range, the kitchen has a Breville Smart Oven, which toasts, bakes, roasts, and has a time-saving convection option.

    The moveable kitchen: ModNomadStudio's Go-Go Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The tool chest holds utensils, flatware, and plates. The counter is topped with Heath Overstock Tiles in chartreuse purchased from the company's Sausalito factory store. (For more inspiration, read about architect Ian Read's Budget Remodel with Heath Tile Seconds.) 

    The moveable kitchen: ModNomadStudio's Go-Go Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen is neatly divided into three work areas. Cooking is done on a two-burner Ramblewood Green Induction Cooktop with a built-in fan.

    The design, while not intended for catering to a crowd, is adaptable. And as is, Nix points out, it works well for studios, guest houses, garages turned into apartments, and offices. "I hope it can offer people an easier way to get a kitchen installed in some extra space they might want to rent out. And later they can roll the kitchen somewhere else, sell it, or turn it into an outdoor kitchen—so there's no waste."

    Portable Kitchen: The Go-Go Kitchen by ModernNomad Studio | Remodelista

    Above: Open storage is incorporated on one end, and a wheeled set of True 24-Inch Under-Counter Refrigerator Drawers (not shown) have since been added to the sink end. The sink is Vigo's 23-Inch Stainless Steel Single Bowl Undermount with a Grohe faucet (see our High/Low: Dornbracht vs. Grohe Kithen Faucets). A third ModernNomad, Kurt Norstad, hooked up the Go-Go to water and electricity, and collaborated on the design of the gray water system. "We called on the expertise of Laura Allen of Greywater Action and her very thorough book, The Water-Wise Home," says Nix. "The system includes an actuator and diverter valve that allows me with the flip of a switch to send kitchen water to either the sewer or the garden."

    So far, the kitchen has lived in two different spots in Nix's living room, and the Sausalito cottage has become ModNomad's HQ and live/work studio. Nix and her cohorts are at work on new ways to "bring art, design, and activism together." Stay tuned for more of their instigations.

    We're longstanding fans of another kitchen collection on wheels—see Race-Car-Style Appliances for Compact Kitchens. Looking for under-counter fridge drawers? Go to our recent 10 Easy Pieces roundup. 

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    Since our Berlin Bound issue, we've been trolling for good-looking kitchens in Berlin with storage ideas to steal; here are our findings.

    1. Think modular.

    In Europe, it's not uncommon to rent a flat with no kitchen; tenants often buy their own modular components and take them with them when they move.

    Naber Modular Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: German kitchen brand Naber offers a furniture system designed by Bureau Kilian Schindler based on five modules: work surfaces with integrated range, sink, butcher block, storage rack, and technology tower. Ideal for apartment dwellers who can take the system with them when they move.

    Noodles Kueche Modular Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A modular kitchen by Noodles, Noodles, and Noodles comprises components you can pack up and take with you.

    See a range of soup-to-nuts modular options in Good Kuchen: 9 German Kitchen Systems and Bella Cucina: 8 Modular Italian Kitchen Systems.

    2. Keep cooking utensils within reach.

    FvF, Erik Spiekermann's Berlin Apartment | Remodelista

    Above: German company Rosle pioneered the concept of the Open Kitchen by offering adaptable stainless steel modules that allow you to keep utensils in easy reach. Photograph of Erik Spiekermann's Berlin kitchen via FvF

    3. Use wooden crates as storage.

    Berlin White Kitchen with Wood Crate | Remodelista

    Above: Spotted in several Berlin kitchens: wooden crates as storage. For something similar, consider the American-Made Poplar Wood Crates from Kaufmann Mercantile; available in three sizes (prices start at $29). 

    Noodles Corp Kitchen in Berlin | Remodelista

    Above: A modular kitchen by Noodles, Noodles, and Noodles Corp.

    4. Consider built-ins for seating.

    German Fitted Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Built-in seating and modular elements make sense for Berlin apartment living; shown above, a custom kitchen by Rainer Spehl

    5. Think outside the box.

    Work Chop Block German Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Dirk Biotto created the ChopChop kitchen for ease of use by the elderly and physically impaired.

    Caspar Sessler Kitchen Table | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Moritz Putzier as a graduation project, the Cooking Table won a German Design as Best Newcomer 2015.

    Essential Raw Kitchen by Peter Klint | Remodelista

    Above: The Essential Raw Element kitchen by craftsman/carpenter Peter Klint features customizable smoked oak trays and grates that slide in and out to create customizable open shelving.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 8, 2015, as part of our Berlin Bound issue.

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    We've had our eyes on the Neverending Glory lighting collection from Prague-based designers Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus for a while now (we first spotted them at the Line in SoHo, in New York City). Made from handblown Bohemian crystal glass, the collection comprises five pendants inspired by the outlines of iconic chandeliers from "the world's most eminent concert halls and theaters: La Scala in Milan, Palais Garnier in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and the Estates Theater in Prague."

    The Line in NYC Lasvit Pendant | Remodelista

    Above: At the Line in SoHo, a row of Neverending Glory chandeliers hangs above the dining table. "We wanted to look at classical chandeliers from a new perspective and preserve the effect of their nobility," the designers say. "We attempted to achieve big emotions through minimal forms." Photograph by Carolina Engman for Fashion Squad.

    Palais Garnier Chandelier | Remodelista

    Above: The Neverending Glory Palais Garnier Light is 20 inches in diameter and 22 inches high; $2,560 from the Line.


    Crate and Barrel Glass Pendant Light | Remodelista

    Above: The glass Eve Pendant Light with polished nickel accents is 13.75 inches in diameter and 20 inches high and is made in India; $199 from Crate & Barrel.

    See more High/Low products here, and shop all our pendant lights here.

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    Though Parachute's luxury bedding was inspired by a trip to Italy, the company is headquartered in Venice, California. All design happens at the company's LA headquarters, and the beachside locale has left an indelible mark on company culture. (Heading to LA? Browse Parachute founder Ariel Kaye's favorite spots in Venice on the Parachute Blog.) 

    Just north of quirky Venice lies Malibu—more than 20 miles of prime coastline along California Highway 1 backed by the Santa Monica Mountains. Parachute chose Malibu as the appropriate setting for its first video, offering up an idea of the perfect California day, Parachute style.

    Before you watch, don't forget to enter to win a complete bedding set giveaway from Parachute by entering your email address by Thursday, October 7: Enter here

    Shop the look: 

    Parachute Bedding Separates | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute's signature bedding set is the Venice—named after the LA neighborhood—and includes a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and two pillowcases (one case for twin sets). Venice Percale and Venice Sateen sets both start at $199. For the mix-and-match look shown here, choose separates instead: a Percale Duvet Cover in white ($169 for queen), Percale Fitted Sheet in slate ($60 for queen), and Percale Pillowcases in white and slate ($50 per pair). 

    Parachute Linen Blend Stripes | Remodelista

    Above: A limited-edition offering, Parachute's Linen Blend Duvet Set includes a cotton/linen duvet cover and two shams; $249 for queen. This breathable fabric is perfect year-round and comes in two striped hues: sand (shown) and sea.

    Parachute Down Duvet Insert | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute Duvet Inserts are available with two kinds of filling: The Down Duvet is made of premium European white down and available in two weights—lightweight and all-season, starting at $239 for the twin size. The hypoallergenic Down Alternative Duvet starts at $179 for twin. All Parachute duvets are made in the US.

    Parachute Down Pillows | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute's just-launched pillow line includes soft, medium, and firm pillows in standard and king sizes. The Down Pillow ranges in price from $69 to $139, and the hypoallergenic Down Alternative Pillow is priced from $59 to $89. For decorative pillows, pick Parachute's affordable Feather Euro Insert for $29. All Parachute pillows are made in the US.

    Parachute Blanket in Malibu | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute offers Cashmere Throws in five colors, including the Striped Cashmere Throw in granite and light fog shown here; $299.

    Parachute Cashmere Throws | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute's Solid Cashmere Throw is available in desert sand and pebble gray, made from 100 percent cashmere yarn spun in Scotland; $299.

    Parachute Lavender Candle | Remodelista

    Above: The scents of Parachute candles are drawn from the outdoors: Fireside smells of amber, vetiver, and musk; Lavender includes hints of eucalyptus. Made in the US of natural soy wax, each is available in a glass ($24) or a travel tin ($12). 

    Parachute Tote in Malibu | Remodelista

    Above: Parachute beach gear includes the Palm Tree Tote Bag (shown) and another with the phrase "Everyone Wants to Sleep with Us." The Sleep With Us Tote is available in canvas, poppy, and indigo; $25. The Palm Tree Tote is available in poppy; $25. 

    Parachute Beach Towel | Remodelista

    Above: The Palm Tree Beach Towel is made in Italy of two-ply Egyptian cotton for maximum absorption; available in navy; $49. 

    Parachute in Malibu | Remodelista

    Above: A Malibu sunset closes the perfect California day. 

    Don't delay: Your email address is all that's required to enter the Remodelista + Parachute complete bedding giveaway. Enter here by Thursday, October 7.

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    Limited to an urban-sized toolbox? We've rounded up our favorite tools, including classic hammers, mini screwdrivers, and a compact tape measure, all ideal for handling everyday household tasks.

    Estwing Hammer | Remodelista

    Above: Everyone home needs a hammer, and this one will last a lifetime. Made by a century-old Illinois company, the Estwing Leather Handle Claw Hammer is solid steel with a bound and lacquered leather grip. It's $32 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

    Wood Handled Mini Screwdriver Set | Remodelista

    Above: Mini screwdrivers are among the most frequently used items in my urban toolkit (stowed in a presentable lidded basket in my sunroom). The Wood-Handled Mini Screwdriver Set includes three Phillips and three slotted screwdrivers. Made in Michigan (with handles carved in Maine and blades forged in Massachusetts), the set is $25 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

    Rosewood Compact Tape Measure | Remodelista

    Above: Only two inches square, the compact Rosewood Tape Measure extends for up to 6.5 feet, and tucks easily into a handbag or a desk drawer. It's $16 at Spartan.

    Everyday Carry Tool Set | Remodelista

    Above: A mini toolkit for those on the go, the EDC (Every Day Carry) Tool Kit features a pry bar, screwdrivers, tweezers, and lighter, all on a titanium key ring; $54 at Kaufmann Mercantile.

    Hammer Screwdriver Combo, Remodelista

    Above: A great office companion, the Hammer Screwdriver Combination Tool is a four-in-one tool that can be configured as a hammer, a Phillips screwdriver, and two flathead screwdrivers. The handles are solid brass and the heads are tempered steel; $22 at Schoolhouse Electric.

    Brass Calliper Gauge Tool | Remodelista

    Above: A tool I never knew could be so useful until I borrowed one from my woodworking son: the Small Brass Calliper Gauge is great for small and precise measurements when a tape measure is too clumsy; $8 for the 100 millimeter/four-inch size at Esslinger.

    Telescoping Tool Kit | Remodelista

    Above: Lengthen your reach—and your ability to find things that fell behind the washing machine—with the Telescoping Tool Set. It includes a magnetic pickup tool, a mirror tool, an alligator clip tool, and a lighted magnetic pickup tool perfect for dark corners; $20.99 at Restoration Hardware.

    Apollo Hammer Tool Set | Remodelista

    Above: The Apollo Precision Multi Hammer is a 9-in-1 multi-tool geared to household. It includes a hammer, nail puller, screwdriver, pliers, small saw blade, knife, and files; $14.41 through Amazon.

    Areaware Household Tool Set | Remodelista

    Above: From industrial designer Jonas Damon, the Wood Tool Set consists of a bright LED flashlight, level, ruler, and screwdriver (with interchangeable Phillips and flathead bits), all made of beechwood; $95 from Bobby Berk Home.

    Burgon & Ball Lambfoot Knife | Remodelista

    Above: Could this be the ultimate utility knife? The Burgon & Ball Lambfoot Knife is a tempered, high-carbon Sheffield steel knife strong enough to trim lamb's hoofs. The four-inch blade folds into a rosewood handle; £25.95 ($39.50) at Burgon & Ball.

    Gimlet Hand Drill | Remodelista

    Above: Power drills can be overkill for simple household drilling needs. As an alternative, consider French-made Gimlet Hand Drills, made from annealed metal with a sturdy machined flute that bites into wood and drywall; $16.95 for the set of seven at Garret Wade.

    Merchant MIlls Sewing Kit, Remodelista

    Above: An indispensable household toolkit for repairs that require stitching, the Merchant & Mills Sewing Kit contains pins, needles, measuring tape and scissors. Known as a tailor's roll, it is $65 at Ancient Industries.

    Looking for a place to stow your gear? See 10 Easy Pieces: Stylish Toolboxes. And for Garden Tools, Gardenista has you covered—urbanites, have a look at Erin's DIY: Toolbox for a City Gardener.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 8, 2014, as part of our issue called The Handywoman.

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