Squishy Seating

Most of the time, when it comes to furniture, we have to choose between chic and comfort. No one wants something utterly boring, but if you go with the uncomfortable beauty, you’re stuck with a chair you don’t actually want to sit in.   Lucky for us, New Colony Furniture kept this in mind when designing their innovative wooden chairs.  They may look like high-end pieces of designer furniture - and they’re even made of materials that sound horribly rigid, like cement and Swarovski crystals – but each chair is [... more]

An Industrial Chic Luminary

This Decker Table Lamp ($365) from Southern Lights Electric in Nashville, Tennessee adds an industrial element to any space. This handmade product has a solid wood base that is felt-lined to prevent scratching surfaces. Also featuring a turnkey socket for easy operation, the lamp’s exposed cord creates an effortless look to the piece. The arms are made of steel and brass and are fully adjustable, reaching and moving in a variety of directions and positions. Each lighting project made by Southern Lights Electric is handmade and packed [... more]

Flexible Foreshadowing

A creative book-storage solution, this unique shelving system morphs into different shapes depending on how you arrange your books. Called Chuck, the shelving, which consists of six flexible wood planks and two stainless steel locking collars, looks like an ordinary wall shelf at first glance. But as you begin to add books, it takes on wave-like shapes that turn the system into an art piece. Thanks to its skillfully designed combination of flexibility and stability, Chuck won the 2014 Red Dot Design Award for furniture and is [... more]

A Most Beautiful Flashlight

If you’re like us, you hide your flashlight in a drawer, under the sink, or on a shelf in the laundry room. Then, when the power goes out, you fumble around in the dark trying to locate it. Well, no more. The sleek and attractive Trioh! Flashlight demands a place out in the open, making it more accessible in times of need. This device serves three functions: as a standard flashlight, as an emergency light (it automatically turns on when the power goes out), and as an [... more]

Pretty Plasticware

Those plastic spoons collecting dust in the back of your pantry take on a whole new and striking purpose with this DIY Spoon Flower Mirror project. With just a few simple steps, you can create a surprisingly elegant mirror. Just break the tops off of the spoons, hot glue them to a circular piece of cardboard, spray-paint the spoon tops, and attach a small mirror to the center. Since you’re creating this wall art yourself, the color is completely up to you. The finished product looks more [... more]

Light-Years

Philips recently introduced an LED light bulb that can last up to 20 years. Yes, you read that right…20 years! The LED A Shape bulb saves not only consumer energy (which would otherwise be spent replacing multiple light bulbs in the lifespan of this one bulb), but also saves $130.62 in energy costs. According to tests performed by Philips, the average life span of one bulb is 22 years if it were to be left on for 3 hours every day. The opaque orange bulb emits a [... more]

Rock and Roll Chair

German furniture designer Markus Krauss created the perfect seating to enjoy with your loved ones. The Sway is a visually light rocking chair whose unique design allows for multiple seating arrangements, including a lounge chair for one or a chair for two or three. Handmade with a powder-coated steel frame and a padded and upholstered cushion, the Sway features a patented “telescope” mechanism that locks it into a stationary position. But be warned: This type of ingenuity isn’t cheap. The flexible chair will run you more than [... more]

A Personal Touch

If you want to find a real-life Aidan from Sex and the City, head to Atlanta, Georgia. There you’ll find Kendrick Anderson, who creates custom furniture from his own self-named shop. While studying English literature in college, Kendrick became transfixed with the idea of building a table. With no personal experience in woodworking, he looked to his family’s history—his grandfather owned a sawmill/lumberyard and his father builds custom homes. After that initial piece, Kendrick realized woodworking was in his blood. He says his inspiration comes from a [... more]

A Family Affair

Woodworker Randy Cochran has been building furniture for more than 40 years. From his first commissioned piece in 1972 to the signature rocking chairs produced at his Wood Studio in Arley, Alabama, Randy’s work exemplifies the best of fine woodworking. He opened the studio in 1986 after spending some 15 years designing and building furniture as a hobby. Working with individuals and professionals alike, Wood Studio builds high-quality furnishings for both residential and commercial projects. Randy’s sons, Keith and Dylan, graduated from Auburn University and help operate [... more]

Shelve the Discussion

Where do you keep your favorite reading material, book lovers? Unless you have a private library, the stacks of books that you accumulate can overtake your living spaces. Organize your collection of bestsellers with a fun and creative bookshelf. Imaginative options range from whimsical sayings to geometric shapes. One product labels the shelves “Has been read” and “Will be read” to keep your tomes separated. Another spells out the word “Read” in massive letters, which you fill in with your reading collection. Books add culture and entertainment [... more]

Trend Alert: Origami

The ancient art of transforming paper into intricate figures, origami has now taken hold of the home design world. Furniture designers inspired by the simplicity and grace of origami shape, fold, and mold materials, including steel, into beautiful chairs, sofas, tables, wall hangings, lamps, and even curtains. The elegance of the origami pieces combined with the functional practicality ensures that this trend will be around for years to come. Our favorite piece, the Origami Sofa Bed from Cattelan Italia, offers a sleek alternative to the traditional futon.

Going Bold

Using red in your home’s design seems daunting, but the color heightens senses and, depending on the shade and context, can set a room’s mood. When thinking about bringing the color into your own home, consider these tips: Use red on all walls to add intimacy to a room, or just paint one accent wall to transform the proportions of a narrow room. Create an inviting atmosphere with red accents, including chairs or drapery. Establish the mood of a room by carefully choosing the other colors in [... more]

Raise the Bar

With summer months fast approaching, it’s time to get your backyard entertainment-ready. We suggest starting with the North Beach Bar ($978), one of our favorite new outdoor pieces. Created by Modern Digs Furniture, the bar consists of an aluminum frame wrapped by a woven synthetic material that’s been UV-treated to withstand the elements. The North Beach Bar’s six built-in shelves store various items, making it not only stylish but also functional. And the item comes in one piece, meaning no assembly needed. So what are you waiting for? [... more]

How Low Will You Go?

A mattress on the floor brings back memories of your first college apartment when the luxury of owning a bed wasn’t in the cards. Now, the minimalistic look has made a comeback and not just with the young 20-somethings. It appeals to all demographics for its low, understated profile and elemental comfort. Some like the simple elegance of the mattress on the floor because it takes up very little space, making the room appear larger. The problem we’ve noticed, however, is finding a nightstand the appropriate height. [... more]

Just Add Paint (Or Stain)

Give your old furniture a modern makeover by adding fun, colorful paint! You can create a one-of-a-kind piece by simply painting just the drawers or adding geometric or floral patterns. My favorite technique is not painting the entire piece, leaving some of the character of the wood to show through. Another idea is to use multiple wood stains to give it more dimension. My approach to this project would be to photograph the piece, then play around with the color choices and patterns in Photoshop to get [... more]

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