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    Melbourne designer David Flack turned 30 a few months ago and promptly launched Flack Studio, a two-person office: He's the creative talent and his sister oversees operations.They're now juggling 12 residential and retail projects in Melbourne and Sydney, including this suave remodel: Phase One (living area, bedrooms, and baths) newly complete just in time for the arrival of the owners' first child. Phase Two (kitchen and family room overhaul) on the docket. 

    The young couple, who work in finance and law (and "happen to have exceptional taste," says Flack) bought a Victorian terrace house that had been stripped of all its period details sometime in the nineties. "I would never have denuded such an ornate terrace," Flack tells us, "but instead of reinstating these features, I introduced a contemporary materials palette—gray with flashes of black and brass. The look is simple, cohesive, and masculine: It's subtle yet has a toughness to it."

    Photography by Brooke Holm and Marsha Golemac.

    Flack Studio Australia House | Remodelista

    Above: "If walls could talk, the rooms of this Victorian terrace would tell a story or two about the house's incarnations over its lifetime," says Flack. "The new scheme's backdrop is subtle: Soft taupe and white are complemented by natural, textural materials—including a gray-blond European oak floor—and punctuated with flashes of brass and black steel."  

    The owners came to the project with a few choice pieces of furniture in search of a good setting, including the living room's Poliform sofa, which Flack paired with a Poliform coffee table and Cappellini's faux marble fiberglass Bong Coffee Table. The pleated floor-to-ceiling curtains are Belgian linen from Elliott Clarke. (Scroll down to see Before views of the space.) 

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: British architect Michael Anastassiades's Tube Chandelier of satin brass anchors the room—"it audaciously occupies the corner usually belonging to a standard lamp," Flack says. The brass side table is Cappellini's Gong Lux and the fireplace was already in the room. 

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack of Flack Studio | Remodelista

    Above: Flack's favorite chair in the house is this striped re-edition of a 1934 Gio Ponti design for Rubelli: "classic and masculine with brass legs that echo the lines of the pendant light." The new pale floorboards, he points out, "ensure maximized light." The walls are painted in Linen from New Zealand paint company Resene.

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: A Poliform sideboard, another of the clients' original pieces, displays a vintage "Murano glass, Memphis-style lamp" along with a concrete pipe and other geometric forms.

    East Melbourne residence dining room by David Flack, Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: Without changing the table, Flack dressed up the dining room with linen curtains and Neve Chairs by Pierro Lissoni and Mario Bellini's black leather Cab Chairs from Cassina. The standing light is the Flos Toio.

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: The stairs are custom-stained to match the floorboards and carpeted with a bamboo-and-silk runner by Melbourne custom rug maker Bibi Vero.

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: The master bedroom came with its gray carpet and angular walls, which are painted the same taupe as the living room and dining room. The Charcoal Linen Duvet Cover and Linen Pillowslips are from In Bed of New South Wales, Australia. (For linen bedding in the US, consider Rough Linen.) The light is the Oluce Coupé, a sixties classic by Joe Columbo.

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: In the guest bath, Flack installed a wall-mounted Agape Ottocento Washbasin against a backsplash of honed Bedonia limestone. Like the look? See 13 Noirish Black and White Bathrooms and consider the Alape Bucket Sink from Germany.


    Above: The Matte Black Taps are Australian-made from Astra Walker.


    Above: The sandstone-framed bathtub is from Kaldewei. For a similar towel ladder, see New Bath Hardware from Norm Architects.


    Above: The white subway tiles are set off by dark gray grout. The anodized aluminum shower shelf is from Agape's Sen Accessories line.

    East Melbourne residence nursery by David Flack, Flack Studio Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: The owners' child was born just weeks after Phase One of the remodel was complete. The nursery is painted in Resene's "half-strength Linen" and has a Fiorenza Armchair by Franco Albini from Poliform. Note that all of the house's curtains hang from black steel rails. The ceiling light is Anna Charlesworth's Four Shapes Pendant, "a playful take on a hanging mobile," says Flack.

    East Melbourne residence nursery by David Flack, Flack Studio Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: The nursery's wall of custom cabinetry is made of American oak veneer with a painted finish. "It's a recessive piece," Flack says, "but has a subtle texture with the oak grain showing through." The sliding white ladder is for accessing the top shelves (but may have to be put in storage when the baby enters the climbing stage).

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: A glimpse of the master bedroom's en suite bath: "I wanted the bathrooms to be similar," says Flack. "I only used a handful of materials throughout the house. I think that's the most powerful part of its reincarnation: The rooms fit together as one."

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

    Above: A Duravit sink is set in a counter of honed Bedonia sandstone topped with with a custom mirror and lights trimmed with brass.

    East Melbourne residence by David Flack, Flack Studio Melbourne, Australia | Remodelista

     Above: The matte black faucet is from Astra Walker's Icon Range.

    David Flack of Flack Studio, Melbourne, Australia in the East Melbourne residence he designed | Remodelista

    Above: David Flack is ready for more. The house's remaining rooms are being remodeled this spring.


    Before shot of the East Melbourne remodel by David Flack | Remodelista

    Above: The living room as it was, with white walls and a pine floor—and a more ad hoc look. (The sofa was moved into another room.)

    Before view of the living room of the East Melbourne residence remodeled by David Flack | Remodelista

    Above: Flack's intervention would rely largely on new finishes and furnishings.

    Before view of the dining room of the East Melbourne Remodel by David Flack | Remodelista

    Above: The dining room, before, with white walls and chairs.

    Before shot of David Flack remodel | Remodelista

    Above: The master bedroom and bath as they were—the carpet stayed.

    For more Before & After posts, see:  

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    La dolce vita, it turns out, can be cultivated. Take a look at the Gardenista team's Italian discoveries this week.

    Argentario in Italy, Gardenista's Outbuilding of the week

    Above: A cliffside aerie in Italy is the Outbuilding of the Week

    Flo ceramic vase | Gardenista

    Above: Flo of Bologna, Italy, specialize in Raw and Rustic Planters that make us want to do some repotting. And to prep for the chill, see How to Prevent Cracks in Terra Cotta.

    Pink grass in a garden in Italy | Gardenista

    Above: Landscape architect Cristiana Ruspa creates gardens that "feel painted rather than planted," writes Michelle. Case in point: this Hazy Villa Dreamscape in Reggio Emilia.

    Outdoor kitchen workstation | Gardenista

    Above: From Alpes Inox of Italy, makers of Race-Car-Style Kitchen Appliances, a compact outdoor cooking station with a Japanese iron griddle. Go to 10 Easy Pieces for more Open-Air Kitchens.

    Outdoor sling chairs by Vincent Van Duysen from Paola Lenti | Gardenista

    Above: Made in Milan: Outdoor Furniture from Paola Lenti. The design house's clean-lined offerings include this deck duo by Vincent Van Duysen.

    Go to Gardenista for Garden Ideas to Steal from Italy—and more.

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    Ever tried to wrangle a fitted sheet into a neatly folded square to slip into your linen closet? Or struggled to stretch a too-small fitted sheet onto an oversized mattress? Molly de Vries of Mill Valley-based Ambatalia has a solution: the furoshiki-inspired bottom sheet. Furoshiki is a centuries-old tradition of knotting squares or rectangles of cloth into parcels for transporting belongings and presents. By applying the principles to bedding, you "simply tie a knot at each corner of a flat sheet and tuck it under the mattress," she says. "The knot will form a pleat at the corner that holds the sheet in place."

    Molly's Furoshiki line of bedding is available in white reclaimed Irish linen sheeting or in natural Texas organic cotton. Stay tuned; she'll be taking orders at the Remodelista Holiday Market in San Francisco on December 12th and 13th; or contact Molly directly at Ambatalia for ordering information.

    Ambatalia Linen Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: The bedding is available in white reclaimed Irish linen sheeting or in natural Texas organic cotton.

    Ambatalia Linen Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: Molly's Fade pillowcases are made from reclaimed white Irish linen and tinted with local plant dyes."They will fade from dark to light over time," she says. 

    Ambatalia Linen Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: A detail of the Fade pillowcase.

    Ambatalia Linen Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: A detail of the furoshiki knot, which can be left as is or tucked under the mattress.

    Learn more about this Japanese art at DIY: How to Wrap a Furoshiki Cloth.

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

    Rust Floor Pillow by Susan Connor for The Merchant Home | Remodelista

    Damien Hirst's New Gallery | Remodelista

    • Above: Take a look at English artist Damien Hirst's new gallery in South London. Photograph by Hélène Binet. 
    • Here are eight bedrooms that double as libraries. 
    • From periwinkle tile and pink counters to a midcentury modern master bathroom.  

    DIY Wooden Door Mat via Lonny | Remodelista

    • Above: Weekend project: Make your own wooden door mat. Photograph by Steph Hung for Lonny. 
    • We'd be thrilled to fold clothes in any of these laundry rooms
    • We're mesmerized by Tracie Cheng's delicate line drawings

    Meyou, Classy cat furniture via DesignMilk | Remodelista

    Above: Could this be the world's most stylish kitty bed

    Instagram and Pinterest Picks of the Week

      Remodelista Instagram Pick of the Week: @bowernyc

    • Above: Our latest Instagram obsession is NYC-based design studio Bower (@bowernyc).

    Remodelista Pinterest Pick of the Week: Jenna Rowe, Art

    • Above: For a little creative inspiration, we're following Sydney blogger Jenna Rowe's Art board 

    For more Remodelista, see our New Glamour issue, and head over to Gardenista to read about Italian Masters.

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    This week in the world of design, an Eames retrospective opens in London, Damien Hirst shares his private art collection, and the Financial Times profiles the world's most annoying buildings. 

    Damien Hirst Opens Newport Street Gallery

    Newport Street Gallery | Remodelista

    Above: In the Newport Street Gallery, a stairway spiral made of cream-colored brick. Photograph via Kennington Runoff

    Artist Damien Hirst has opened an art gallery in the Vauxhill neighborhood of London where he'll be displaying his collection of more than 3,000 pieces by contemporary artists, including opening show artist John Hoyland. The 37,000-square-foot Newport Street Gallery is an all-white, understated space designed by UK architects Caruso St John, who converted a series of Victorian-era workshops into a two-story, six-gallery building. “I’ve felt guilt owning work that’s stored away in boxes where no one can see it," Hirst says. "Having a space where I can put on shows from the collection is a dream come true.” The gallery will be free to the public and exhibit one-artist shows for six months at a time. Read it at The Guardian

    Altruism, Not Furniture, for Dutch Design Students

    In Limbo Embassy Pin | Remodelista

    Above: A pin from the In Limbo Embassy is available for purchase to help support the project. 

    Design Academy Eindhoven, one of the world's premier design schools, chose the occasion of Dutch Design Week to announce that its curriculum will focus more on solving world problems than on designing objects. According to school creative director Thomas Widdershoven, the students "used to make collectables for museums…they now go out into the world. They see crisis and they respond to it." The academy's graduate show last week included a project called "In Limbo Embassy," a mock mobile embassy for migrants. Said the designer, "[We] have the power to create projects around topics that get no attention and make them visible. You can spread a thought and make people think." Read it at Dezeen

    Architecture in Film

    Fogo Island Inn | Remodelista

    Above: The Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. Photograph via Inekehans

    The seventh annual Architecture & Design Film Festival closed in New York last week after screening 30 films from more than 300 submissions from around the world. Films included David Adjaye: Collaborations, a profile of the British-Ghanian architect told through the eyes of clients and public figures, and Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, about a series of striking buildings by architect Todd Saunders on a remote island in Newfoundland. Watch film trailers and learn more at Arch Daily

    Eames Retrospective at the Barbican

    Charles and Ray Eames | Remodelista

    Above: Charles and Ray Eames at work. Photograph via Eames Office

    Charles and Ray Eames—the design duo who seem to never entirely fade from headlines—are again the topic of design chatter with the opening of a new retrospective at London's Barbican Center. The show focuses on the couple's full range of work, beyond furniture and into design theory and film. Pieces on display cover four decades, including collaborations with George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, and IBM. The show is open through February 2016; read more at the New York Times.  

    Inhuman Architecture

    Maxxi in Rome | Remodelista

    Above: The Maxxi in Rome. Photograph by Iwan Baan via Architectural Record

    The Financial Times spotlights "the world’s most spectacular but impractical” buildings—nine structures chosen by FT writers for having “inhuman design.” The selections include Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi museum in Rome for its too-steep walkways and cramped exhibition spaces; the Barbican Center in London for forcing visitors to enter via raised walkways that are hard to find; and the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg for being overly complex—"one of those rare buildings in which you can sometimes see where you want to go but cannot work out a way to get there." Read the full article at the Financial Times

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    We'll be combating impending winter blues with dashes of palest peach, hot pink, and mossy green. Join us for a week of color stories.  

    Color Stories Table of Contents Ryan Roche | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph from La Vie en Rose: An Emerging Fashion Star in Upstate New York.


    Dunja Von Stoddard in Rhinebeck | Remodelista

    Above: In our House Call series, Margot drops in on a Hudson Valley textile artist, unexpected color included.


    Pink and Green Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: Not your mother's pink and green; a roundup of pastel-toned Kitchens.


    Wästberg w153 Île Wall Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: Simply red. We're rounding up the best in crimson accents in Paints & Palettes.


      Terra Cotto Cookware | Remodelista

    Above: Color in the kitchen, in our Cookware shop section.


    Hotel Bachaumont in Paris designed by Dorothee Meilichzon | Remodelista

    Above: Margot visits a new hotel in Paris with subtle color accents, in our Design Travel department.

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    Dunja Von Stoddard describes the remodel of her 1880s farmhouse in Rhinebeck, New York, as "an epic journey of demolition, construction, and reconstruction involving a squirrel-infested wall, jackhammers, and the complete removal of one end of the house."

    And when her rooms were finally ready to be furnished, Dunja, a textile designer from Vermont, discovered that having "an eye for art and cool things is a very different skill set than conceptualizing the look of a home." Fortunately, she had hired Kathryn Whitman of design-build firm Quatrefoil as her architect, builder, interior design consultant, and voice of reason. "I like to believe that our work together was a collaboration, that the finished design was a meeting of our combined creative minds, although truthfully most of the time Kathryn came up with a brilliant design idea while simultaneously having to reel me in from some crazy notions."

    Three years later, chez Dunja—pronounced "Doonya" ("it's a Slavic name; my hippie artist parents got it from a folk singer they knew")—is the family homestead, studio, and business headquarters she set out to create. And its rooms, we're happy to report, are both well composed and filled with signs that a textile designer given to crazy notions is in residence.

    Photography by Jim Franco.

    Textlle designer Dunja Von Stoddard photographed by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja relocated from Maine to upstate New York with her son, Lars, now four. She calls herself "a maker and modern homesteader" and is shown here with one of her signature designs called Gem. Her online textile shop, Doonyaya—"a phonetic pronunciation of my name with some fun thrown in"—has just launched.

    The House

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: The turn-of-century house received new siding and windows (made by Marvin), plus a 20-foot addition. By the time Dunja came along, the interior had undergone many incarnations and been stripped of original details: "We had to go down to the studs; the project was like building a new house, but trying to imagine what the original builders had in mind."

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: A Scandinavian woodstove—"it sat in my mother's garage for 20 years"—warms the music room (where there's also a piano). Dunya bought her look-alikes of the Hans Wegner Flag Halyard Chair ($1,999; "originals come up on eBay for $20,000") and Serge Mouille Standing Floor Lamp ($399), from France & Son of New York. The pastel drawing is by Dunya's mother, Constance Kheel.

    The room required a lot of structural work: "Sometime during the Reagan administration, the owners decided to build a chimney and fireplace smack in the middle of the space," she says. (Take a Before look here.) Her crew removed the fireplace and drywall, and introduced the built-in shelves and firewood hutch. The flooring was faux-wood laminate over wide pine boards that weren't salvageable—so Dunja's team laid new pine floors throughout: "Oy; that’s all I have to say about that."

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja kept a renovation diary on her blog, Doonyaya, and writes that she hewed to the following rules.

    1. Everything in my home has to be something that I love because life is too short to be surrounded by ugly.

    2. I must strive to fill my home with objects that have associations with people that I like/love/respect or who inspire me.

    3. Every room must have at least one item designed by me as a reminder that I, too, am fueled by creativity.

    The room's centerpiece, the butterfly painting is by Leslie Parke, Dunja's former stepmother: "Every design decision followed the question 'Does it go with the painting?'" The sofa is a George Nelson original that Dunja's mother handed down when the hunt was on—"so now we had midcentury chrome and leather to contend with"—and her designer friend Joseph Foglio supplied the Barcelona Coffee Table. The block pattern on the back wall is trompe l'oeil wallpaper by Deborah Bowness.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's upstate NY house, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja countered the potential coldness of the chrome and leather with a pair of Danish armchairs found on Etsy. The pillow is one of her own designs in a pattern called Brick. The towering light is Blu Dot's Perimeter Floor Lamp.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: A long-ago kitchen fire led Dunja to gut what was there. The new setup has open shelves, soapstone counters, and custom cabinets. The ceramics are by Bennington Potters, a reminder of her childhood kitchen, and Dunja's friend Caroline Wallner of Tivoli Tile Works. Dunja herself is also a ceramist, and she and Wallner are in the process of collaborating on some tiles.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's kitchen in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja loves displaying collections—she contemplated hanging antique dentures over her bed and silver faux antlers in the dining room, ideas that Whitman nixed. The kitchen's wooden spoons are a combination of vintage and handmade finds from Etsy and eBay and local antiques shops.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's dining room in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: The "disco dining room"—Dunja's favorite room in the house—is anchored by a Tom Dixon Mirror Ball Pendant Light over a doctored Restoration Hardware table: "When it arrived, I hated it; the finish was terrible. So I sanded the top and waxed it about 20 times. Then I painted the bottom part."

    Next she introduced hints of hot pink, "because hot pink makes me happy." That's a pair of Bertoia chairs brightened with a powder coating by Etsy seller Cast + Crew of Marfa. Dunja screen-printed the chair pads. She traded a table for the tree print by her friend Zoe Bissell of Formed + Found. "As for the rest of the room," she says, "the motto was 'Paint it white.'"

    Master bedroom in textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house upstate NY house, Jim Franco photo | Remodelista

    Above: Another pink Bertoia chair appears in the master bedroom. A Leslie Parke painting of water hangs over a collection of vintage lights. The rug is Gandia Blascoe's irregularly shaped Blue Dauvine design.

    Master bedroom in textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house upstate NY house, Jim Franco photo | Remodelista

    Above: Dunya and Whitman designed the stained plywood bed frame and had the side tables stained to match. The wall lights are Schoolhouse Electric's Princeton Senior Plug-In Sconce. The painting is by Dunja—she has an MFA in photography from Bard, which is how she got to know the Rhinebeck area. "Having artists for parents—my mother is a painter from NYC and my father is a filmmaker from Berlin—made art and creativity a given," she says. "I never questioned whether I would be an artist or not, the question was what kind."

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: The subtle pattern behind the bed is Walnut Wallpaper's Dune in Silver Beach. The linen bedding is by Matteo.

    Textile designer Dunja Vom Stoddard's house in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja went for "risky blue walls"—Benjamin Moore Twilight—in her home office. The desk is an Arne Jacobsen from eBay: "Most desks are big and imposing. I wanted something with understated personality—like party guest who who speaks only when moved to add something intelligent and thoughtful to the conversation." The orange Swing Lamp is from OneFortyThree of Brooklyn.

    Master bedroom in textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house upstate NY house, Jim Franco photo | Remodelista

    Above: " The idea was to put color in unexpected places," says Dunja of the bathroom. "We chose orange because it's the complement to the blue in the adjacent office, which also has punches of orange in it." The floor and tub surround are a stonelike Italian tile called Unik. The bathtub is from Waterworks. (Working on your own bathroom? Read our Remodeling 101 on the Pros and Cons of Freestanding Vs. Built-In Bathtubs.)

    Textile designer Dunja Vom Stoddard's house in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Located on the third floor, Lars's bedroom is the only room in the house that didn't require extensive reworking. The walls are Benjamin Moore Silent Night. The giraffe came from A.L. Stickle, a beloved old variety store in Rhinebeck.

    Master bedroom in textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's house upstate NY house, Jim Franco photo | Remodelista

    Above: The sink is a Duravit Vero Washbasin and the metal Antler Hooks are by Formed + Found. The striped mirror light is from Schoolhouse Electric.

    The Studio

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's studio in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja's workshop is in a garage/barn that was built in the 1970s. After several years of having her materials in storage, Dunja is newly back to work.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's studio in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: A grid of mounted clipboards display pattern samples and test runs. Dunja learned screen printing in college and rediscovered it years later. 

    Print by textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard, Jim Franco photo | Remodelista

    Above: A screen with a design called Arch that's part of Dunja's Pool pattern.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's studio in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja's patterns begin as drawings. "I love how simple the technology for it is," she writes in her blog. "I don’t use computers for any of my images and I try to keep my work as low-tech as possible." 

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard silk screening a print, Jim Franco photo | Remodelista

    Above: Screen printing Gem, the design used on her dining room chairs.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's studio in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Dunja does all her printing and makes her prototypes in her studio. Her pillows and napkins are stitched locally.

    Thread wall storage in textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's studio in Upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: A homemade thread holder.

    Textile designer Dunja Von Stoddard's studio in upstate NY, photo by Jim Franco | Remodelista

    Above: Some just-finished prints. Go to Doonyaya to see more.

    In nearby Hudson, New York, tour cult ceramic artist Paula Greif's Combination Living Quarters and Shop.


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    A new wave of color-blocking takes a minimalist approach with wider streaks of paint and subtle squares of color for a Rothko-like installation. Here is a look at six examples we're partial to.

    Designer Marianne Evennou in Paris | Remodelista

    Above: Interior designer and expert on subdued color Marianne Evennou blends a table into the wall with a border of gray paint on the lower third of the wall in an apartment in Paris.

    Eeje de Coninck Color-Blocked Bedroom in the Hague | Remodelista

    Above: Photograph of the bedroom of designer Hester Worst in the Hague by Eefje de Coninck.

    Remy Meijers Gray Color-Blocked Bedroom Wall | Remodelista

    Above: Interior architect Remy Meijers used pale gray to color-block a bedroom in a remodeled mansion in The Hague. Photograph from History and Modern Glam in The Hague.

    Jen Shalom Brooklyn House Color-Blocked Wall Photographed by Nicole Cohen | Remodelista

    Above: A stripe of navy paint skirts across a closet door in the home of Jen Shalom in Brooklyn. Photograph by Nicole Cohen.

    Benjamin Moore Color-Blocked Paint | Remodelista

    Above: A room painted in Benjamin Moore's Tarrytown Green Regal Select Interior Paint.

    Green Color-Blocked Bedroom in Russia | Remodelista

    Above: A bedroom in green by INT2 Architecture from Steal This Look: A Color-Blocked Bedroom in Moscow.

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    Birthday greetings are in order for New York-based bedding and homewares company Area, which turns 25 this month. The company launched in October 1990, when Swedish designer Anki Spets carted her Swiss cotton duvet covers to a now-defunct trade show in Manhattan, thereby introducing the New World to Scandinavian-style bedding.

    Anki didn't set out to start a bedding company—indeed, Area today offers furniture, kitchen accessories, and clothing—but bedding became the focus because, says Anki, "At the time, there was a huge void in easy-going, good-quality bedding. And someone needed to dismantle the traditional bedroom: Out with curtains and carpets and in with Scandinavian flair." 

    Over the next 25 years, Anki listened to customers and grew Area into what it is today—with admirable philosophies on materials ("longtime favorites do not change"), sales ("think about what’s right for you without any pressure to buy"), even Italian-inspired perfection ("all seams can be beautiful"). "I have no interest in telling people how their homes should look," says Anki. "I am very interested, though, in making great products that are easy to live with and that people will not regret spending money on." 

    To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Area is giving away a $1,500 gift card to one Remodelista reader. To enter, sign up for emails from Area and Remodelista by entering your email address in the box at the bottom of this post by Monday, November 9. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email by November 11. See Official Rules for details. 

    Area Everett and Brick Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: Longtime Area fans will be happy to learn the brand's popular Brick quilts and shams are back, this time in a new woven cotton/linen blend in color pepper, shown here. Prices range from $90 for a Euro sham to $385 for a king-sized quilt. And just in time for colder weather, Area is offering flannel for the first time in a quarter-century: its Everett collection of sheets, duvets, and pillowcases is made of heavyweight, coal-colored cotton. Prices range from $80 for a pair of standard pillowcases to $275 for a king duvet cover.

    Area Perla Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: According to Area, its new Perla collection of washed cotton sateen is the softest fabric the company has ever made. Perla sheets, duvet covers, and pillowcases are available in lightest gray porcelain and a dusty blush color called powder, both shown here. A third option, dark gray slate, is the perfect foil to the lighter hues. Perla bedding is shown here on the Bruno Bed, made of solid American white oak, oil-finished walnut, or FSC-certified ash (shown here); prices range from $3,800 for a full to $4,100 for a king size. 

    Area Perla and William Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: Area's William blankets are made of 100 percent cotton, washed for a velvet-smooth finish, and available in five colors: green, orange, slate gray, steel blue, and a new burgundy for fall. According to Area, the burgundy blanket complements the rich gray and softer tones of the Perla collection especially well. 

    Area Nile Bedding | Remodelista

    Above: Area's Nile collection of duvets, sheets, and pillowcases may be its most luxurious: 100 percent linen in rich, yarn-dyed colors with a subtle sheen finish. The duvet covers are reversible, for a double life before needing a wash. The collection ranges in price from $145 for a pair of standard pillowcases to $550 for a king duvet cover, in beige or gray/brown, shown here. 

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    Above: The Heather line of duvet covers, pillowcases, sheets, and shams is made of soft cotton percale with classic heathered yarns. Shown here (from top to bottom) in gray, natural, coal, and cement, Heather features subtle pleating and flange details for a polished look. Prices range from $45 for a standard sham to $275 for a king duvet cover. 

    For more from Area, visit Stores in New York, Los Angeles, and Austin, and read founder Anki Spets' bedding care manifesto in Linen Logic: 20 Tips for Taking Care of Your Bedding

    Don't forget to enter for a chance to win $1,500 to spend at Area; enter your email address in the form below by Monday, November 9: 

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    There’s an elegant insouciance that we admire in this kitchen in the Netherlands by Dutch textile designer Hellen van Berkel, especially in the nonchalant way the colors come together.

    After graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven with a degree in graphic design, Hellen van Berkel began her career in the fashion industry designing scarves; eventually she launched her own label Studio Hellen van Berkel specializing in the creative use of textiles. Her offbeat color concepts are in high demand, and it’s easy to see why. Here, a look at her kitchen (spotted on Bloesem) and how to source some of its key colors and materials. 

    Photography by Marjon Hoogervorst.

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    Above: Van Berkel uses an array of atypical greens to set a fresh tone in her kitchen.

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    Above: Red accents, including the Red White Vase by Hella Jongerius (€340 from Droog), complement the mix of greens.

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    Above: The Cross-Colors porcelain tile collection comes in Primavera and Oceana.

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    Above: For a similar backsplash, try Mint Green Mosaic Tile from the Daltile Sonterra Collection at Discount Flooring Supply (shown). Another option: 3/4-Inch Brio Color Spearmint Glass Tiles; $4.25 per 1.15 square foot from Mod Walls.

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    Above: On Our Table's solid walnut Knife Shelf, a dual-purpose knife rack and wall shelf, is $125 CAD. It measures 24 by 4 by 1.75 inches. For more, see our post A Cut Above: Handmade Knife Storage.

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    Above: From the Color Cord Company, the Red Pendant Light Cord is $25. See more in our post Design Sleuth: Mix and Match Lighting from Color Cord Company.

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    Above: The Samuji Cutting Board in ash or rowan wood is $140 from Steven Alan.

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    Above: Red accents can be worked in with linens like the Red Chef's Tea Towels, $12.84 each from Amazon.

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    Above: Van Berkel's kitchen counters are made of a black hardwearing composite material; for something similar, consider Nocturne from Corian.

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    Above: A majestic Elk Antler Mount rides high on van Berkel's kitchen wall; $219 from Roughing It in Style.

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    Above: Still life paintings like the ones van Berkel hangs on her kitchen walls are available at reasonable prices on Etsy.

    A little bit of colored tile can go a long way; seeking more inspiration? See 510 images of Colored Tiles in our Photo Gallery of rooms and spaces.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 6, 2012.

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    Dosa designer Christina Kim has an affinity for fuzzy pink sponges that she picks up at bodegas in Mexico. She's the one who taught us this lesson: Humble kitchen accessories in bright colors can make your heart sing. 

    Happiness from a scrub brush? More than you can imagine. The Scandinavians have clearly been onto this for some time: Nearly all of our favorite tools for use in and around the sink come from Sweden and Denmark.

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    Above: A longtime Remodelista favorite, the Normann Copenhagen Washing Up Bowl & Brush is newly available in mint; $87.50.

    Iris Hantverk Washing Up Whisks | Remodelista

    Above: From Flotsam + Fork, Iris Hantverk's Mexican-style Washing Up Whisks are made in Sweden by visually impaired craftspeople; $11.99 each.  

    Vaxbo Sweden kitchen cloth | Gardenista

    Above: Absorbent, quick-drying Växbo Linen Dishcloths from Sweden come in 22 colors and are pretty enough to leave lying around; 103 KR ($11.91). This one is in Michelle's kitchen—read about her remodel in The Death of the Dining Room

    Hay Denmark Porter Paper Towel Holders | Remodelista

    Above: Hay of Denmark's Porter Paper Towel Holders are made of ash and come in four finishes; $48 each from Huset.

    Mr and Mrs Clynk table brush and dustpan from Andre Jardin | Remodelista

    Above: Clear the crumbs with the Mr and Mrs Clynk Epousette + Ramasse, a brush and pan from Andrée Jardin of France, €28 ($30.66). Also see the company's New Must-Have Chopping Block and Vegetable Brush Set.

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    Above: For mop day: Xala's Drop Bucket comes in pale green, navy, yellow, and red with contrasting metal handles; $25 each from Neo-Utility and $59 NZD ($38.57) from Everyday Needs in Auckland, New Zealand. See more of the Antwerp design company's everyday goods in our post Belgian Basics with a Fairytale Twist. Photograph via Everyday Needs.

    Pink Scrub Brush from DotComShop | Remodelista

    Above: Pine meets pink: Pantry Design's Scrubbing Brush is £3.95 ($6.17) from the DotComGiftShop.

    Green scrub sponge by Casabella at Crate & Barrel | Remodelista

    Above: Christina Kim alert: The Casabella Green Scrub Sponge is $1.95 at Crate & Barrel. To see the sponge at Dosa headquarters that started our obsession, go to page 69 of the Remodelista book.

    Dish Scrubbers: Rice of Denmark Washing Up Brushes from Trosta Home | Remodelista

    Above: Wooden Washing Up Brushes by Rice of Denmark come in three color combos; £1.99 ($3.11) each at Trosta Home.

    Tea Towels by Hay | Remodelista

    Above: Scholten & Baijing's Tea Towels from Danish design firm Hay are available in a range of patterns and bright colors. Made of a cotton mix, they're $32 for a set of two at A+R.

    Find more kitchen essentials in our Domestic Science archive, including Precision Trash Bins, Display-Worthy Brooms, and 10 Favorites from the French Scullery.

    N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 30, 2015, as part of our Global Color issue.

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    Pretty in pink (or pale green or robin's egg blue): a roundup of kitchens that mix pastels to great effect.

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    Above: A kitchen in the Netherlands via Vt Wonen.

    Pink and Green Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen in Rotterdam by Dries Otten.

    Emma Persson Pale Green Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A Scandinavian kitchen via Emma Persson. See more at Steal This Look: A Mint Green Kitchen from a Scandinavian Stylist.

    PInk Blue Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A mix of pastels in a Danish kitchen via Boligcious.

    Heidi Lerkenfield Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A kitchen in Scandinavia. Photograph by Heidi Lerkenfeldt.

    Dries Otten Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A cubist kitchen by Dries Otten (see more at Kitchen of the Week: A Color-Blocked Kitchen in Belgium).

    Sky Blue Accent Wall Kitchen | Remodelista

    Above: A sky blue accent wall in a Berlin kitchen by Karhard Architecture & Design.

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    Above: A pale blue backsplash with olive green cabinets in a kitchen by French architect Philippe Harden.

    For more color inspiration, see The Power of Pastels: A Color-Blocked Family Loft in France.


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    When it comes to color in the kitchen, we think it better not to overthink it. Start with a color you're instinctually drawn to, one you find yourself pinning again and again, and pick a large appliance in the same. Here is a multicolor splash of options in quality ranges you can rely on.

    Blue Star Open Burner Range in Gray | Remodelista

    Above: The Blue Star RCS Open Burner 36-Inch Range is available in 750 colors and textures. It can be custom configured through Blue Star directly.

    Lacanche Chassange Range in Yellow | Remodelista

    Above: Lacanche's Chassagne Range, shown here in yellow, is 43.5 inches and is available in nine other colors; $9,200 at French Ranges.

    Redfyre Electric Cooker in Green | Remodelista

    Above: The Redfyre Electric Range Cooker comes in six different colors. It's sold in the UK and Ireland through Redfyre dealers.

    Big Chill 36-Inch Pro Range in Green | Remodelista

    Above: The Big Chill 36-Inch Pro Range in Basil is $2,995 from Big Chill.

    Smeg Victoria Aesthetic Range in Cream | Remodelista

    Above: Smeg's Victoria Aesthetic Free-Standing Dual Fuel Range in glossy cream is available directly through Smeg.

    Viking Professional Dual Fuel Range in Cobalt Blue | Remodelista

    Above: The Viking 36-Inch Professional 7 Series Dual Fuel Range with six sealed burners in Cobalt, Apple Red, Burgundy, Graphite, Black, or stainless steel is $10,739 at AJ Madison.

    Aga Cooker in Duck Egg Blue | Remodelista

    Above: The classic Aga Cooker in two, three, and four oven models is warm at all times; available in White, Pistachio, Pearl Ashes, Heather Gray, Duck Egg Blue, Dark Blue, Cream (shown), Claret, British Racing Green, Black, Aubergine, and Pewter at March in San Francisco.

    Ilve Nostalgie Gas Range in Burgundy | Remodelista

    Above: The 30-Inch Ilve Nostalgie in burgundy with chrome trim is $5,849 at AJ Madison. It's available in seven different color options paired with brass or chrome.

    La Cornue Chateau 120 Range in Pistachio Green | Remodelista

    Above: La Cornue's Château 120 Range in Almond Green (among 27 other color options) is available through authorized La Cornue dealers.

    Bertazzoni Six Burner Gas Range in Red | Remodelista

    Above: The Bertazzoni Six-Burner Free-Standing 36-Inch Gas Range from Italy is $6,399 at AJ Madison. Check out more of our picks in red at 5 Favorites: Red Range Roundup.

    For more kitchen appliances, see our posts:

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    We first learned about French designer Elodie Laléous and her bed linens and furniture collection a few years back. This year she decided to open up a brick and mortar store of Lab Boutique, a new home goods shop located in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris (in the neighborhood South Pigalle). Laléous moved to Paris in 2005, and after completing her studies at the IFM (Institut Français de la Mode), she landed a job as a visual merchandiser for Chloé and later moved on to work for A.P.C. "I decided to work for brands that I love and share their values. Their collections are functional, comfortable, and timeless—a philosophy I believe in for my own brand," Laléous says. Lab boutique offers French bed linens, Kvadrat wool cushions, baby linens made from Liberty of London's cotton lawn, home goods from Hay, and enamelware by Austrian Riess. Here's a glimpse of the newly opened Lab Boutique in Paris. 

    Photography by Aurélie Deglane via her blog Lili in Wonderland.  

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    Above: The Lab Boutique storefront is painted a dark navy blue (Laléous's favorite color). The vintage bike was added as a friendly invitation to come say hello.

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    Above: "Our bed linens are sewn in France and come in our very own exclusive colors," says Laléous. Made from 100 percent linen, the bedding is yarn-dyed (won't wash out) and very soft. The fabric is weaved in Lithuania, and the pieces are sewed in Cambrai (north of Paris). The Linen Duvet (shown in Stone Blue) is offered in several colors, comes in four sizes, and costs €82.50 ($91). The Coussin Kvadrat Damier Corail (a coral check cushion made from Kvadrat fabric mixed with Lab Boutique's own linen) costs €49,17 ($54.25), the Indigo Pillow Case comes in two sizes and costs €27.14 ($30), the Liberty Babylon Cushion (floral pattern cushion) costs €29.17 ($32), and the Light Pink Linen Quilt costs €132.50 ($146). The Wooden Olive Board is made in Tunisia and the Navy Socks come from Portugal. In the bedroom, painted in Farrow & Ball's Down Pipe, a wall was built to separate the space from the living room to make it feel like a real home. 

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    Above:  The hanging aprons, made by Lab Boutique, are worn by the staff. A bright Hay Lounge Chair and a Liberty Chive Cushion is placed in a living room corner. "When I discovered Hay, I immediately fell in love with their designs—their products are high quality, functional, minimal, and come in great colors. This chair was first designed for the Copenhagen university," says Laléous. On the table sits one of Elodie's favorite picture books: A Year of Mornings: 3,191 Miles Apart by American photographers Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. The floral wallpaper (a Remodelista favorite) is Sandberg's Raphael Blue. "In France, home textile stores are quite boring, so I wanted to show that decorating with textiles can be very modern, too. The idea of the store is that everything is for sale, not only the textiles, but also the wallpaper," Laléous adds.

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    Above: The accessories (a ruler, kaleido trays, notebooks, a wooden spinning top) on the desk are by Hay. The vase is made by Lenneke Wispelwey, a Dutch ceramist. "The String shelving system is functional, takes minimal space, and looks beautiful in any room," adds Laléous.

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    Above: On display, the Lab Boutique Linen Bedding Collection (duvet covers, fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillow cases) in different colors. Custom sizing is offered and costs an additional €10 ($11). The bright colors (Indigo, Mustard, Coral) are inspired by the work of Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perrian. Lab Boutique also offers Custom-Dyed Linens in Farrow & Ball Colors (the Black/Navy Duvet Cover comes from their Hague paint color).

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    Above: The kitchen is made from Ikea shelving and a vintage buffet sourced online from La Petite Brocanteuse. The wooden shelves were custom built. The kitchen cabinets are painted in Down Pipe and the walls are painted in Parma Gray, both colors by Farrow & Ball. "Our walls are very tall at the shop. To make the store more cozy and look like a real flat, we kept a white band at the top of the walls. I really love the two-toned walls, it reminds me of my school. I realized they used to do that a lot in the sixties," says Laléous.

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    Above: The Olive Dishes are made in Tunisia, and the Enamelware is by Austrian company Riess.

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    Above: The enamel sink and the vanity are vintage and found from La Petite Brocanteuse. The shower curtain and hand towel are made from a Japanese cotton/hemp fabric, featuring a selvage edge in red and navy. "Our collection is inspired by fashion and this is a good example of the bridge I make between home textiles and fashion: A selvage edge is used on A.P.C. denims and visible when you roll up the pant leg," says Laléous. The Morocco-made cement tiles are designed by a small new French company called Bahya, and the wall color is Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball. 

    For more on Paris, make sure to check out:

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    We admit it; we're a bit phobic about the color red. Here are 11 rooms that are making us think about adding a dash of blood red to our interiors.

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    Above: Designer Ryan Roche's upstate NY has subtle touches of red, including a Hella Jongerius Red White vase and a fireplace brush dyed red. Photo by William Waldron for Vogue.

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    Above: A bold red floor in a Netherlands house. Photograph by Jansje Klazinga.

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    Above: In a minimalist penthouse in Athens, Ese Studio punctuates a monochromatic sleeping space with a red Gomitolo Wall Clock by Diamantini & Domeniconi. 

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    Above: Vintage wicker pieces by Egon Eiermann. See more at Back to the Future: Furniture Designs by Egon Eiermann.

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    Above: In an all-white dining room in NY, a graphic artwork adds a dash of color; via Ensemble Architecture.

    Rosa et Al Townhouse in Porto, Portugal | Remodelista

    Above: A bedroom at the Rosa et Al Townhouse in Porto, Portugal, via Yatzer

    Wästberg w153 Île Wall Sconce | Remodelista

    Above: The Wästberg w153 Île Wall Sconce in red. Photograph via Wästberg.

    Hotel Esencia in Tulum | Remodelista

    Above: A simple white bedroom at Hotel Esencia in Tulum with a stripe of red.

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    Above: For the truly bold: An installation by artist Jessica Stocholder at MoMA PS1. See more at Go Big or Go Home: 10 Geometric Painted Walls.

    See more color ideas at The 8 Best Red Exterior House Paints, and check out all our picks in our Red palette section.

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    What happens when two friends from the music industry try their hand at interior design? If this northwest London kitchen is anything to go by, they come at it with personality and flair. Toni Halliday, lead vocalist and lyricist for alternative rock group Curve, initially hired former music friend turned interior designer Rachel Aspland of RZ Living to help with refurbishing her home in the London neighborhood of Queens Park. A few years later, the pair decided to collaborate and design Aspland’s Victorian terraced house in neighboring Kensal Rise.

    Anything but timid and understated, the kitchen is an unusual mix of color, materials and lighting. The designers describe it as a “blend of contemporary Victoriana mixed with flashes of Williamsburg industrial chic.” We say “cozy family kitchen by day and fantastic party space by night.” Looking forward to the invite.

    Photography courtesy of British Standard Cupboards.

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    Above: The kitchen consists of one long space with an island for cooking and gathering in the middle. Natural light floods through large skylights and tall, metal-framed glazed doors, which lead out to the garden. The doors are a custom design and were manufactured by Mosterd Sierhekwerk, who are based in the Netherlands.

    Ochre painted kitchen cabinets on polished concrete floor with fifty hanging bulbs in ceiling, British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: Fifty bulbs dangle from the exposed ceiling joists above and add softness to the polished concrete floor. See Remodeling 101: Polished Concrete Floors for more.

    Ochre painted kitchen cabinets on polished concrete floor with fifty hanging bulbs in ceiling, British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: The designers used British Standard Cupboards to run the entire length of one wall in the kitchen.

    Ochre painted kitchen cabinets on polished concrete floor with fifty hanging bulbs in ceiling, British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: India Yellow and Pointing by Farrow & Ball were used to create the two-tone paint scheme. Carrying the India Yellow above the work top creates a visual and graphic datum line across the working side of the kitchen.

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    Above: Aspland integrated a freestanding open Fruit and Vegetable Pantry with Pullout Racks into the British Standard cabinets by removing the top of the existing unit so that it could fit under the worktops of the kitchen.

    Vintage open pantry pull-out shelving, British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: The vintage graphics on the rustic racks bring tactility and visual interest into the kitchen.

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    Above: A modern Commercial-Style Kitchen Faucet contrasts with classic brass bin cabinet pulls. See more styles in 10 Easy Pieces: Bin Pulls in Brass.

    Two toned color scheme using India Yellow by Farrow and Ball with British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: The cabinet countertops are Reclaimed Iroko Hardwood Laboratory Tops salvaged from schools and supplied by Retrouvius.

    Two toned color scheme using India Yellow by Farrow and Ball with British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: The horizontal effect created by the two-tone paint scheme breaks up the scale of the wall and provides a framed background for artwork and objects.

    Assorted bulbs hanging from exposed ceiling joists, Ochre painted kitchen cabinets on polished concrete floor with fifty hanging bulbs in ceiling, British Standard Cupboards, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: "At nighttime when all of these 50 lights are dimmed, the room becomes a very special, magical place," Aspland says. "The lights give flexibility to the space. Large parties and small intimate dinners work equally well." The Made for You Simple Light fittings are from Urban Cottage Industries and the Grey Cables and Edison Teardrop Filament Bulbs are from Mullan Lighting.

    Reclaimed Iroko Laboratory Countertops, Tony Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above L and R: The reclaimed laboratory tops come with a texture of scratch marks and a history of graffiti.

    Vintage industrial coat rack and bench, Toni Halliday, Rachel Aspland | Remodelista

    Above: A Vintage Coat Rack/Bench creates a practical mudroom-like space just outside the kitchen.

    For more kitchens with British Standard Cupboards, see:

    Christine is also the writer of the new lifestyle and wellness blog My Contents Have Shifted—A Fabster's Musings on Being Fifty and Beyond

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    On our wish list: Terra Cotto, Milanese architect Stefania Vasques's colorful, angular clay cookware line. Made of fireproof terracotta known for its heat-diffusing properties, the pots can be used on stovetops, in ovens and microwaves, and over flames; they're also fine in the dishwasher. We like their matte colors and Russian-Constructivist-style geometry.

    Photography via Unison Home, except where noted.

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    Above: Vasques designed the Terra Cotto line for Italian cutlery company Sambonet (now a division of Rosenthal). There are nine oven-to-table casseroles in five matte glazes; each comes with a terracotta recipe booklet. Photograph via the FonQ, which offers the line in the Netherlands and Belgium.

    Matte green modern terracotta cooking and serving dish from Terra Cotto | Remodelista

    Above: The 9.5-inch-tall, 5.5-quart Terra Cotto Sage Green Conical Saucepot with Lid is $150 from Fitsu. Unison Home of Chicago also offers the line, though it's currently sold out. Other US retailers include Rodale's and Bliss Home

    Matte glazed terracotta cooking and serving dish from Terra Cotto | Remodelista

    Above: The 3.5-inch-tall, 4.25-quart Terra Cotto Casserole in Nutmeg is $135 from Sambonet. 

    Matte yellow modern terracotta cooking and serving dish from Terra Cotto | Remodelista

    Above: The 3.75-inch-tall, 6.25-inch-wide Terra Cotto Saucepot in Saffron is $115 from Rodale's.

    Modern terracotta cooking and serving dish from Terra Cotto | Remodelista

    Above: Each pot has a dark glazed interior for easy cleaning. The four-inch-tall Terra Cotto Oval Casserole is $170 from Sambonet.

    Italian modern cast iron casserole from Sambonet | Remodelista

    Above: Sambonet has also begun offering a capsule collection of the designs in cast iron. This Terra Cotto Cast-Iron Casserole in Saffron is $115. Photograph via Sambonet.

    There's more on the stove: Take a look at 6 Elegant Cookware Lines, Italian Edition, and the World's Most Beautiful Dutch Oven.

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    Spotted (and admired): brightly colored side tables—some that function as both stool and table. Here's a look at our recent favorites.

    Karimoku New Standard Collection in Pink Wood | Remodelista

    Above: Made in Japan by Karimoku, the pink-washed Cocktail Table is $995 at Scholten & Baijings. For more information on the designers, see our post Geometric Japanese Furniture with Sustainability in Mind.

    Martino Gamper Arnold Circus Stool in Orange | Remodelista

    Above: Martino Gamper's Arnold Circus Stool is an angular side table (shown in orange) made in New Zealand from recyclable plastic; $230 NZD ($155 USD) at Everyday Needs.

    Max Lamb Last Stool in New Colors | Remodelista

    Above: Another stool as side table, Max Lamb's Last Stools are soon to arrive to Discipline, a new design retailer out of Italy, in new colors. Contact Discipline for pricing and availability.

    Enoki Side Tables by Philipp Mainzer | Remodelista

    Above: Designed by Philipp Mainzer for e15, the Enoki Side Table is available in unexpected color combinations with marble or wood tops. They're £645 to £955 ($984 to $1,457) at Via Duct in the UK.

    Ana Kras Slon Pedestal Table in Ochre | Remodelista

    Above: Model and designer Ana Kras's Slon Pedestal Tall Table from her Slon line for Matter Made is $1,900.

    Above: Inspired by the shape and color of fisherman's floats, Pinch Design's Float Table is $1,686 in various colors at the Future Perfect.

    Ana Kras Slon Push Top Tall in Pale Blue | Remodelista

    Above: Another table by Kras for Matter Made, the Slon Push Top Tall Table in pale blue; $1,900 at Matter.

    Slowood Studios Modernist Stool | Remodelista

    Above: Open tables with colorful tops by Slowood Studios are inspired by both Bauhaus and De Stijl design. The Small Stool acts as a side table and is $295 at Hawkins New York.

    For more ideas to shop, see our posts:

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    Elizabeth Roberts and the team at Ensemble Architecture, DPC, specialize in recasting Brooklyn's classic dark and narrow townhouses for 21st-century living. Their latest project, converting a neglected three-apartment building back to a single-family dwelling, is filled with clever design ideas—a wood-fired kitchen grill and color-coded bedrooms included. We're taking notes for our own remodels.

    Photography via Ensemble Architecture. 

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    Above: "The building had had a lot of wacky modifications over its 125-plus years. Inside, only the basement apartment was habitable; it was a real train wreck," says Conor Sheridan, who made the leap-of-faith purchase with his wife, Cristin Frodella (she's Google's global head of education marketing and he's a creative at Ogilvy & Mather and a father of two from his previous marriage). The gut renovation was spearheaded by project architect Josh Lekwa, who told us, "The brief was to create a bright and open setup for Cristin and Conor and their growing family. They wanted a very comfortable, livable house with as much light as as possible, an open plan, and a sense of fun." 

    The Italianate structure is 20 feet wide by 40 feet deep; the gut renovation involved taking down every wall on the parlor floor, allowing the living room to flow through to the dining area and kitchen. "This required a bit of work since the original wall dividing the living room and stair hall was structural," says Lekwa. "We replaced all the joists on the floor above to eliminate the need for any columns or beams."

    As for the fun directive: A projector was mounted on the ceiling so movies can be screened on the wall next to the original fireplace, which is now back in working order.

    Brooklyn townhouse remodeled by Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: A steel-framed window wall fabricated by Optimum Window floods the main floor with light. The existing stair with mahogany handrail and newel was restored to original condition. The dining table is the Bola Ping Pong Table and the chandelier, like the one in the living room, is Apparatus Studio's Compass design of brass detailed with calfskin: "We had to make sure it was high enough to avoid ping-pong balls," says Lekwa.

    The new floor is plain-sawn white oak, unstained and finished with Bona Naturale, a sealant that has an untreated look.

    Brooklyn kitchen with a steel-framed window wall in a townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: "Conor and Cristin are avid cooks and a great kitchen was at the top of their wish list," says Lekwa. "We came up with a solution where the counter and the island are oriented parallel to the back facade rather than the usual configuration where the counters run parallel to a party wall. This enabled us to give the cooks a view from the sink to the garden and from the range into the living area—no one has to stand facing the wall." The tiled wall, formerly a fireplace, holds a wood-fired grill and firewood niche. 

    Brooklyn townhouse kitchen remodeled by Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: "The bulk of our budget went into the kitchen: opening up the rear wall, converting the fireplace to a wood-burning grill, and venting the pro gas range in the island (I couldn't bear the thought of an underpowered electric drop-in, so we had to work some tricky venting into the kitchen plans)," says Conor. The range is a 30-inch Capital Precision Series II with a Faber Scirocco Downdraft Vent concealed in the island. The hanging lights are Rejuvenation's Haleigh Wire Dome pendants. The built-in fridge is a Leibherr and the rolling ladder is from Putnam Ladder (see 5 Favorites: Rolling Ladders in the Kitchen.)

    Brooklyn kitchen with steel-framed windows in a townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The custom cabinets were fabricated by Wood Mode and feature the company's Sturbridge Recessed doors painted on site in Benjamin Moore Silent Night. The counters are honed Blue de Savoie marble and the polished nickel bridge faucet is by Rohl (see it and other options in 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' Go-To Traditional Kitchen Faucets).

    Grillworks grill in a remodeled kitchen by Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Heath tiles in New Midnight #6 surround the custom grill from Grillworks, "an amazing piece of equipment designed for restaurant kitchens," says Lekwa. "The crank enables you to adjust the position of the grilling surface above the wood fire." Conor, a former restaurant cook, reports they use it all the time: "For our first Thanksgiving in the house, we're looking forward to grilling a 20-pound spatchcocked turkey."

    Two-toned hot pink and white bedroom in a Brooklyn townhouse remodeled by Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: As a low-commitment way to introduce color, the kids' bedrooms have two-toned walls. The wood-framed windows throughout are from Lepage Millwork.

    Pink color-blocked bedroom in a Brooklyn townhouse by Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: More color is supplied by Laine + Alliange throw pillows.

    Brooklyn master bath in a townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Lucifer, a cement tile from Mosaic House, patterns the master bath, which has its original marble mantel. The tub is the Toulouse from Victoria + Albert with Newport Brass floor-mounted Chesterfield faucets in polished nickel. (See more modern freestanding tubs here.)

    "The master bath was our other splurge," says Conor. "We wanted a big, beautiful tiled room with a gorgeous tub. For everything else, we went with simple, affordable fittings and finishes."

    Brooklyn kitchen with steel-framed windows in a townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The custom sink console is honed Nero Marquina marble and polished nickel with Newport Brass Astor faucets in polished nickel. The mirror and sconces are from Restoration Hardware. The shower is paved with black cement tile from Mosaic House and fitted with two Rohl Exposed Thermostatic Showerheads.

    Brooklyn color-blocked bedroom in a townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The children got to pick their own room colors. The flooring is the house's original pine subfloor.

    Schumacher Aviary wallpaper by Saul Steinberg in a bath in a Brooklyn townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: In the kids' bath, Schumacher's Aviary wallpaper, a reproduction of a 1950s design by Saul Steinberg, is paired with a custom vanity and Restoration Hardware Astoria Flat mirrors. 

    Black-and-white bird-patterned wallpaper in a Brooklyn townhouse bathroom by Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: Honed Carrara marble and Kohler Purist chrome faucets.

    Brrooklyn townhouse remodel by Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The kitchen opens to a balcony that leads the newly resurrected garden. The ground floor has a separate apartment, a rental that helps pay for the remodel.

    Brrooklyn townhouse backyard designed by Mary-Helen Attwood of Edible Petals and Elizabeth Roberts/Ensemble Architecture | Remodelista

    Above: The backyard, formerly "a jungle of knotty trees and collapsing walls," according to Conor, now has bluestone pavers and horizontal cedar fencing. Lekwa and the team at Ensemble collaborated on the design with gardener Marie-Helene Attwood of Edible Petals: "We designed the hard surfaces and Marie-Helene created the plantings. The site originally sloped from the rear down toward the house. We built retaining walls and fences, and created a level terrace for outdoor entertaining."

    Go to Elizabeth Roberts Design/Ensemble Architecture, DPC, to see more of the team's work, including:

    And read Roberts's real estate advice: 5 Deal Breakers when Buying a Place in the City.

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