Daily my email is full of amazing items from all over the world. I don’t have enough time in my week to promote everything, but once in awhile I need to give some very notable shout outs. Here are some of my favorite new products for 2015.
Throws and Pillows from DittoHouse:
This bold collection is perfect for both adult and child spaces. I’m loving the polar bear throw. Add the colorful pillows to your space for a fun pop of personality! This collection offers a selection of cozy, machine-washable pillows and blankets in playful patterns and bold color stories. The yarns in the products are made from recycled cotton; cotton that would’ve ended up in a landfill that has been expertly re-fiberized and spun into new yarns.
Rugs from Oliver Yaphe:
I will take all of these, please! This handmade modern rug collection is seriously my new favorite source for rugs! I’m smitten over the color palettes and patterns. You will find recycled kilims, hand-woven rugs from Turkey and India, hand-knotted rugs in silk with wool, hand-knotted rug in engraved wool and much much more.
Furniture and accessories for babies and children from Dodo Les Bobos.
Dodo Les Bobos, a charming store in NYC, specializes in contemporary design furniture and accessories for babies and children, has a new Winter look book and will be launching an e-commerce site next month. The owner of Dodo Les Bobos, Sasso Sidi Said, is also an interior decorator who provides consultation services.
Hand-painted Moroccan tiles from Fireclay Tile.
New for 2015, Fireclay has simplified tile shopping by offering free design assistance to their customers (online) with the ability to contact in-house consultants by chat or phone. The perks include a free google sketch-up rendering and up to 5 free samplings. Amazing!
Hand picked vintage items from Frankie + Albert.
This six month subscription service gets you hand picked vintage items that are delivered directly to your door! The Frankie + Albert team curated thousands of objects from flea markets and antique shops across the US choosing the best of the best. The site is now open for a six-month pop-up shop that allows people to fill out a short questionnaire about their design preferences and then have hand-picked vintage items arrive at their doorstep monthly. If you receive something you don’t like, you can log on and join the online swap meet to trade with other subscribers.
Imaginative Wallpaper from Sian Zeng.
This new wallpaper collection captures the ethereal beauty of the changing seasons in bold, dramatic designs that will immerse your home with the wonder of each season. Beautifully detailed, wide width wallpapers bring the seasons to life with an artistic mural like feel. I dig it!
Hi friends! Hope your Wednesday is going great. I’m a bit late posting today. It’s been one of those weeks. You know those weeks that leave you a little discontent and a little sad? But not enough to slap you off your feet? Just attempting to get you down? Yeah…these weeks are for the birds. But I’ve learned in my 33 years (almost 34, YIKES) to always trust and walk with my head up high. Things get better over time when we find the courage to soar….right??? Ok, just preaching to myself.
This house tour is NOT for the birds. In fact, it’s a beauty with simple yet elegant details. Susanna Vento is a brilliant stylist. Her work is beautiful and charming.
Images and Styling: Susanna Vento
How many times have you wanted to frame an Instagram that you posted? I have snapped many pictures of my kids for Instagram that I wanted to frame right then and there. Well, now we all can! Instantly Framed is a new app that physically frames your photos from Instagram, Facebook, and your iPhone/iPad in three easy steps: Print. Frame. Ship. They make it easy for you to preserve your treasured photographs right from your phone, ready to display straight from the box. You will receive an archival print on photo luster paper placed behind an acid-free mat in our 12×12” American-made, sustainably farmed walnut wood frame, and includes free 3-day shipping anywhere in the continental US. And it really does come in 3 DAYS!
Use code CISIMPLYGROVE10 to receive $10 off each order. Offer expires April 5th. That’s awesome!
See more here.
If you have some down time today, HÄUSER, the premium lifestyle magazine for exclusive modern architecture and contemporary design, is now be available in the United States for iPad. Published bi-monthly, Issue 2/2015 is FREE for a very limited time, so you should go ahead and get it! It’s packed full of modern trends such as personal robots/smart houses, eco friendly and functional simplistic living. You’ll find amazing living spaces, kitchens, bathrooms and much much more. Download it here.
There’s so much greatness that goes in to modern spaces. One trend that I have noticed over and over again in modern homes is glass countertops. Glass is easy to maintain, it is not porous, hygienic, and stain resistant material which makes using it as your countertop a perfect decision.
Image: Old Brand New
If you are needing some color in your life, these images should inspire you for just that. I for one love a good dose of pastels. You may prefer a bolder color. Whatever you love, always make sure to mix it with neutral, calm elements. Here are some tips on how to add color in your own home.
1. Add a bright colored rug in your living space.
2. Display a colorful art collage. No need to match the frames or sizes. Have fun with it.
3. Colorful pillows can bring a pop on a neutral piece of furniture.
4. Invest in a color infused piece of furniture. Only one will do the trick.
5. Paint a colorful accent wall.
Image: The Design Files
This apartment shows how just a few simple touches can make a pretty big impact. Instead of displaying 8 pieces of art, display one beautiful, sentimental piece that can shine on it’s own. Or instead of placing all of your books on one bookshelf, display only a handful of books, mixed with a select few accessories. More doesn’t always make something better. Most of the time less is more.
Images: Emmas Designblogg
I have pinned a lot of kitchens over the course of time. Kitchens are the heart of the home so naturally we want them to reflect us in true fashion. The last kitchen that I designed for myself was over 7 years ago. It wouldn’t be want I want today but back then, it reflected me…..though I don’t cook much…hehehe. When I design my next personal kitchen, I already have details in my mind that I don’t want left out. The kitchen above has two toned cabinets, which creates such a fun space. That is most definitely on my list….well, as of right now. A few other elements that I love- patterned tile, marble, sconce lighting ect ect.
What are some of your favorite kitchen details? Does your kitchen reflect you?
This apartment, seen on Fantastic Frank, had me at the living room. Then it had me at the bedroom. And then the kitchen sealed the deal. The simple details mixed with the rich textures and fun art is spot on. Also, anything with brass accents is pretty legit! See the rest of the tour here.
Image: Lobster and Swan
There are a lot of bad bad colors out there. But there are also a lot of inspiring colors that can create a beautiful, modern home. Below are a few of my favorite.
If you are looking for a fresh spin on green, Card Room Green from Farrow & Ball is everything that we love.
It’s all about pink this season. Pink Flamingo from Sherwin Williams is bohemian perfect.
Image: Skona Hem
This vibrant Slate Teal from Benjamin Moore is a great accent color for those who love color.
Image: Design Sponge
Another green that’s making headlines. Use Hunt Club to create a striking space.
Image: Milk Magazine
If you love black but want something more unique, try Railings. It would be an insanely awesome accent wall.
Whenever I happen upon well designed furniture, I feel like I’ve hit the lottery. Especially well PRICED furniture! Without sacrificing convenience or breaking the bank, made in the USA furniture, Greycork introduces these solid wood tables. All of Greycork’s furniture ships fast and free, with free returns and quick assembly. It’s heirloom quality at mainstream price points, with unprecedented convenience.
Shop Greycork here.
I still am loving everything that Ferm Living is producing. The colors and textures are on point. These 3 spaces are all playful yet sophisticated. Ferm Living always creates the best throw pillows. If you are needing some awesome personality in your home, shop Ferm Living.
There are some days that I dream about my bed. Like during those super busy days where you feel like you are being pulled in a million different directions. I’m sure we all have those days, right?? My bed is seriously the most comfy bed ever. There are several layers to my bed. Of course I have the best mattress from Tuft & Needle. On top of the mattress is a pillow top that I purchased from Costco many moons ago. And then there’s my pillows that I scored at a Macy’s white sale. All of these components help create my cloud of a bed. But my most recent bedding addition is the icing on the cake. Introducing Duvation.
Inspired by an amazing bedding experience at a boutique hotel, Jennifer Russell wanted the same experience at home. In a moment of inspiration, it occurred to her that there was a better way. Simply stated, she has redesigned the classic duvet cover to include two side openings, rather than a single opening. This results in a much easier application, saving time and frustration. Plus you can reach all four corners – no more ties. With the intent of sharing this easier application with others, Jennifer created Duvation.
This duvet sleeve is made in the Americas – invented and designed in the U.S. and is constructed with great pride and attention to detail in South America. It features quality Peruvian pima cotton percale, which is wonderfully smooth to the touch. Like, incredibly smooth! It has brought my bed from ordinary to luxurious. And it has made life much easier. The two sided openings cuts my bed making time in half.
Duvation is the best investment for your bed! Believe me. Shop here.
Cable Knit Throw, Sconces, Sheets.
Hope you’re having a great weekend thus far! I wanted to highlight a couple products that I can’t get enough of. Mostly because both of them are more than just products. They are extending hope to a lot of people around the world. It just takes one person to start a movement and these peeps have done just that.
This beautiful basket (seen above) that I styled in my living space is from To The Market. To The Market showcases handmade goods made exclusively by proud and passionate artisans who have overcome the perils of abuse, conflict, and disease. By assisting local partners around the world in bringing these goods “to the market,” they take an active role in equipping the survivors they employ with economic independence, while raising awareness of the challenges that they face. Shop all of their amazing products here.
The CAUSEBOX is a pretty rad concept! It has $150 worth of socially conscious products that you receive every 3 months, in exchange for $49.95. With that $49.95, you are giving $7 every quarter to the charity of your choice. Check out the CAUSEBOX here.
And here it is…One of my favorite projects to date. I am thrilled to reveal this farmhouse bathroom renovation. Alongside Kohler, I designed a fresh, modern bathroom that is the perfect fit for a 1920’s farmhouse, which is lucky enough to be owned by my close friends, the Kren family. Kohler had a huge part to play in this space. The Kohler Tailored Vanity Collection is a brilliant concept. You can create the vanity of your dreams, on the comfort of your sofa. There are five distinct vanity styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary, that each yield a sharp statement. I chose the Jute 60″ floating Vanity in Walnut Flax, paired with the solid white vanity top. My favorite detail about the Jute vanity is how streamlined it is. It’s like having a gorgeous piece of furniture in your bathroom.
The homeowner made this rustic tub shelf in his woodworking studio. It’s a perfect solution to hold all of your soaps and potions. And it’s a lovely detail in the bathroom.
I chose to do classic subway tiles with a modern twist by using dark gray/black grout. The darker you go, the more striking it will become. And cheers to not having to bleach your grout!
Now let’s talk about this Kohler faucet. The Karbon faucet is a modern masterpiece! It literally took my breathe away when I first saw it in person. My favorite part is the integral sprayhead that provides both laminar flow and spray functions at the touch of a button.
Hexagon tiles are a major trend right now. Black hexagon tiles are borderline perfection. We got these particular tiles off of Overstock for a steal of a deal. Pair them with white grout for a fantastically awesome look. And for the shower, we chose a black penny tile with the same white grout.
If you are needing decorative items for your bathroom, you can’t go wrong with plants, jars marble objects and white towels. The homeowner also made this raw wood ladder to display towels on.
I love displaying barn style lighting in modern spaces. And the cage just makes it industrially amazing.
The homeowner had some great postcards that we used as art. We also pulled jars and plants from other rooms in the house to keep the budget cost low.
Photography: Kirsten Grove
Next week I’ll be talking a little more about the vanity storage details that will blow.your.mind.
This house tour is deeply rooted in scandinavian design. The simple neutral tones and textures throughout this home create a relaxing yet stylish space. And I love all of the simple art and pattern choices!
See the entire house tour here.