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I love washed linen napkins. If you're like me and also appreciate frayed edges, then you can DIY six linen napkins for about $15, with no sewing involved. Read on for how to make this happen. • Frayed Edge Linen Napkins The Kitchn Comments have been disabled for this post.
Sometimes simple is best, such as these delicate Forget Me Not vases from French designer Aurélie Richard. Try crafting your own with some basic wooden dowels, beakers and yarn as a way to display single stems beautifully! Or for ordering information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Via Design Milk MORE DIY VASES ON APARTMENT THERAPY: • DIY Inspiration: Painted Mason Jar Vases • DIY Idea: Washi Tape Bottle Vase • DIY Idea: Honey Bear Vase (Images: Aurélie Richard via Design Milk )
Name: Edith Gregson Location: 16th and U Street, NW Washington DC Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 1+ year When I walked into Edith's apartment in Washington DC's U Street neighborhood I felt immediately calm. Her apartment is bathed in soft whites and neutrals but feels neither sterile nor overly beachy. It's a cool apartment but not at all cold. I could tell right away that Edith (who falls in that enviable 20-something age bracket) loves to entertain. Enter House Tour Edith's living room and dining room are comfortable for lounging and chatting but also very elegant and just so pretty. She lights up when talking about her home and her shopping expeditions at the growing number of excellent thrift stores and decorating boutiques in DC. This is the home of someone who obviously gets a genuine kick out of decorating; and that's a good thing, given Edith's vocation as a decorator with a local Washington interior design firm! But somehow the place doesn't look like a decorator's home (or what we imagine a decorator's home would look like!). It isn't overly orchestrated and self-conscious. Each little corner has a special personal touch; and there is a story behind every purchase. But what I really love about this apartment is that Edith is not afraid to mix high and low and old and new; from IKEA to West Elm to designer fabrics and antique gilt mirrors. Enter House Tour Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: I like an uncomplicated and serene style. I never wanted to have my home feel too new or too one dimensional by following a single track, so I tried to show off the fact that pieces have been collected from different places, people, and from different times. I wanted my place to feel calm and understated with a sort of "accidentally sophisticated" feel. Inspiration: The inspiration for my apartment would have to be my boss, Joe Ireland (of J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture & Design ). He is known to pair clean architectural bones with a layering of modern pieces, antiques, and ideally family heirlooms. There were few decisions made that didn't echo a style lesson learned from him, or that he didn't have a hand in....quite literally when it came to installations. The antique bar cart was a gift from him and was something I "just had to have". What can I say, we bring our work home with us :) Favorite Element: I love the tall ceilings and arched windows. Every room in the apartment has a window, so light and air just flood through the space. The curvature of the windows softens the corners and harsh lines of the rest of the apartment. Living on the 2nd floor puts me at about tree level, so I always feel like I'm in an adult tree house, with birds-eye views and greenery all around. Biggest Challenge: When I first moved into my apartment there were a pair of aggressively modern sconces that made the space feel cold and commercial. The angular glass shades and chrome arms made little sense of the existing architecture. Furthermore, they cut up the wall, making it hard to place artwork. I removed the sconces, capped the wires, and screwed plate covers in place. With the sconces gone, I hung two large paintings across the wall and further focused the seating area by putting my flat screen on a funky console from Ruff & Ready (from the old days of the 14th Street neighborhood). What Friends Say: I've heard friends describe my place as feeling like a hotel (semi-dressy white hand towels go a long way apparently). With a fervor for de-cluttering, I've stripped the place of most knickknacks. Everything has a special "landing pad" (the mail sits in a chrome basket and the remotes in a vase with river stones in the base). I think it's the sense of order that make people feel like they're in a hotel. It also creates a great environment for entertaining. The door might as well be a revolving one with friends stopping by for cocktails and "family" dinners. Something about the uncomplicated atmosphere makes everyone able to unwind and relax. Biggest Embarrassment: I have yet to redo the Kitchen. The massive commercial fluorescent rectangle that floats in the center of the ceiling doesn't exactly have that "wow" factor....or not the "wow" factor you want. I've covered the light switch with a vintage metal mirror and have hung a small pendant from the ceiling as a quick fix. It helps distract the eye from the scary truth and gives warmer lighting than the fluorescent fixture would. Proudest DIY: I purchased my dining table and chairs from Miss Pixies a few years ago. The lines were great, the table expanded with additional leaves, and the whole set (table, 2 arm chairs, and 4 side chairs) was only $325.00...gotta love the Pixie! One problem: The chairs were upholstered in a fabric that looked like a bad shirt from a Hawaiian luau...yikes. And the table top was painted white. So, I borrowed a sander from a friend and went to town the on table top. I had hoped to rough up the painted finish to then paint it black, but I found beautiful wood veneer beneath. Upgrade! After a few days of sanding, I used a satin polyurethane to seal the wood. The chairs have been reupholstered in a cream fabric from Hines, which is dangerous considering the amount of red wine and bourbon consumed at that table. The trick is, I scotch guard the fabric a few times a year (3-4 coats each time). The table legs and chair frames are black, which has proven to be great since I can touch up any nicks or scratches with a black sharpie. The entire set has been transformed and has withstood the test of time... and friends :) Biggest Indulgence: The chandelier, from West Elm, was my biggest indulgence. It just needed to happen. The existing fixture was too small for the space and looked sad. The dining table has always been the center of celebrations with friends, so I knew I needed to step it up and create an ambiance that would make people want to gather around. The fixture can be seen from the moment you walk through the door and seems to visually pull people into the space. While the chandelier demands attention, it is still neutral enough to keep the space feeling airy and bright. Best Advice: Move into your place and LIVE there before going crazy with designing/decorating your space. No matter how convinced you are that you want a certain sofa or have a focused game plan for a layout, the way you actually live in a space can be very different than what you project before moving in. Furthermore, pay attention to the dimensions of a room and the scale of furniture (especially in DC). I originally planned to have two additional chaises in my living room....the space could never have held that amount of furniture without feeling like a furniture show room. Dream Sources: Ochre and Pucci are my dream sources. They're modern and streamline but still playful. They produce pieces that are simple but not sterile. Ochre boasts beautiful chandeliers that can be seen at Bar Dupont (their Arctic Pear chandelier, I think). Enter House Tour Resources of Note: PAINT & COLORS • No info available on this, but it's probably a warm white from Benjamin Moore. ENTRY • Paris prints LIVING ROOM • Ikea Kivik sofa • Pillows designed and made by JD Ireland with fabric from J. Lambeth. • Arm chairs from Miss Pixies • Green urn compliments of a George Washington University pottery class. My one item not worth throwing out. • Console from Ruff & Ready • Coffee table- heirloom • Antique chest from a Paris flee market • Family paintings re-framed by Paula at Framesmith (the best Frame shop in the city!!) • Miss Pixies arm chairs from 7 piece dining set DINING ROOM • Miss Pixies dining set • West Elm Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant white • Ikea dressers as buffet • Stag sculpture from Good Wood . This is probably my favorite item in the house! I originally bought it to use to hang jewelry in my bedroom, but I liked it so much I decided it deserved a more prominent spot in the home. • Mirrors from Good Wood and Paris flee market • Bar cart from Good Wood • Column from Ruff & Ready "> Ruff & Ready • Cloisonné vases from Good Wood • Silver hammered bowl from Bloomingdales • Vintage records from Miss Pixies and a Birthday gift from a clever friend who was well ahead of the style scene back in high school. KITCHEN •Ikea barstools • Ikea cabinet for barware BEDROOM • One nightstand is Ikea and the other is from Ruff & Ready . I added new hardware to both to make them relate. The one from Ruff & Ready was sanded and painted white and I added pieces of a cut dowel to the feet so that it matched the height of the Ikea dresser. It's all about the details! • West Elm table lamps • Ikea mirrors and bookcases • Family heirloom marble clock • Framed fabric scrap- a DIY move from a low key Sunday with too much time on my hands. Enter House Tour Thanks, Edith! (Images: LINK "> Lauren Ackil Photography ) • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE: Check out past house tours here . • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form . • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form .
We are all aware that small things can make a world of difference. This is also true in the kitchen, where time spent cooking often needs to be “spiced up”. One way to achieve this is to constantly reinvent the space you work in visually. You can choose to add some colorful tiles above the sink, hang an original looking pendant lamp to change the mood of the room or move some of the furniture around. But as I pointed out before, this post is about the little things. Which is why for today we gathered a few ideas on how to revamp your kitchenware. Most of the designs below are DIY projects and each costs less than $50 to implement in your home. Enjoy! “ This post is part of an ongoing series presented by Lowe’s . Never Stop Improving. “ #1. Custom-written plates We found this inspiring set of plates over at Brooklyn Limestone ; the creative mind behind it envisioned a decor for Halloween, centered around the work of Edgar Allan Poe. But the idea can be taken further and used for various events. How does it work? Take a few plates, a porcelain pen and some masking tape to use as guide when writing. Then start copying the text of your choice on the rim of the plate, or doodle something connected to the event. An adhesive stencil in the middle can do wonders. The result is fantastic, wouldn’t you agree? #2. Rainbow Painted Wooden Utensils If you have some free time on your hands and feel like adding some color into the kitchen, this idea is easy to implement. By using regular non-toxic craft paint, the wooden forks and spoons in your home can become part of a… rainbow. You can hang the partially-colored utensils on the wall or place them in a drawer-either way, they will be very easy to reach . #3. Drawing Simple Patterns for a Modern Design Porcelaine 150 markers can be of great help when revamping your kitchenware. In the two examples above, the drawing of two simple patterns led to a surprising looking table set. No talent required, no artistic inclination whatsoever, just a simple and clever idea which can completely turn around a dull series of plates and mugs. The set can be bought from IKEA; after drawing, baking the dishes for 35 minutes at 300 degrees is recommended to make the design permanent. #4. Knitting Your Way Towards a Great Looking Table Set Do you like knitting? Then check out these original tiny “clothes” which may not serve any major practical purpose (they do help with a better grip when the cup is hot, though), but look pretty as a picture. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make your own “cup cozies”. And when you are done with that, go further and envision something similar for your teapot as well. Wood and glass go great together, so why not use wood in order to spice up the glass items in your kitchen? We found these canisters for sale here if you are interested, but we believe that with a little effort, the idea can be successfully implemented at home. Even if it means buying some stickers with a wooden pattern and gluing them around the surface of the jars. Okay, we admit this tableware set does not look too friendly, but it made us smile nevertheless. Besides, it is not for everyday use- just for those times you need to scare someone off. Like on Halloween. Seen on Martha Stewart , the Eyeball Tableware set can be easily replicated at home. All you need is eyeball clip art , clear drinking glasses and plates, a flat brush and glue. before after We found this cool and easy to implement DIY project here and thought it would be a good addition to this post. In this case the process of revamping meant wiping the tray, sanding it and taping it off with painters tape in two stages. The result is a modern looking tray with an eye-catching chevron pattern. #8. Bring on the Cathrineholm Style! Cathrineholm enamel cookware stands out due to a lovely lotus pattern and bold colors. Although the Norway company closed in 1970, its products are still sought after today and some of them can be bought online here . But why not take this idea and improvise on regular plate sets? Display the resulting items near a color-contrasting wall like in the photo above for a magic visual effect. If by now you got used to painting plates, here is an alternative use for them! By hanging irregular-shaped groups of plates in your kitchen or even in the living room (see example above), you get a fun wall decorations characterized by a high level of originality. Works great in a traditional or eclectic space, wouldn’t you agree? #10. Tea Pots and Mugs as Flower Pots Our final tip for the day is adding a fresh touch to your home by making a fun transformation. Use several teapots and mugs to create great flower arrangements. Whether you choose the simple version- placing some flowers in a cool set of coffee cups, or the slightly more difficult idea- painting some mugs or teapots in vivid colors, the effect is always spectacular. Know any other interesting kitchenware revamp projects with a twist? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Born on June 8, 1967 Frank Lloyd Wright is not only one of the world’s greatest architects, but he was also the most prolific, controversial as well as inspiring. He was a writer, an art collector a philosopher as well as a visionary and these all inspired his approach to his craft. He is widely known for four styles of building. He conceived of the Prairie Style which was born out of his belief that we needed fewer, larger rooms which flowed more easily, his antithesis to the rigid Victorian era architecture. From there the Textile Style was born, which led way to the Organic Style and then the Usonian Style. His belief that buildings should be made from the land and benefit the land inspired most of his work. These beliefs, avant garde for his time, are still practiced and revered today. 1. “The architect must be a prophet… a prophet in the true sense of the term… if he can’t see at least ten years ahead don’t call him an architect.” Frank Lloyd Wright was clearly a man ahead of his time. The design of many of his homes once seemed light-years ahead of their time, and people often had trouble understanding his vision, yet almost all of our modern construction puts to use the ideals he thought to be so important. Frank Lloyd Wright Portrait Photo 2. “Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” Frank Lloyd Wright first became known for his Prairie Style of architecture which incorporated low pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, a central chimney, and open floor plans which, he believed was the antidote to the confined, closed-in architecture of the Victorian era. From there he went on to establish the Textile style which took on an even more linear approach, combined with influences from Mayan architecture, this would lead the way to what, perhaps, Wright is best known for Organic Architecture which drew from natural resources combined with the influence of Japanese architecture. The Organic style then led way to the Usonian style. It is clear to see how each style has grown and evolved from its predecessor. The Frederic C. Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright 3. “There should be as many (styles) of houses as there are kinds (styles) of people and as many differentiations as there are different individuals. A man who has individuality has a right to its expression and his own environment.” The works of Frank Lloyd Wright have a uniquely individual style. Of his varied styles, no two homes or buildings look alike. Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio oak park 4. “A building should appear to grow easily from its site and be shaped to harmonize with its surroundings if Nature is manifest there.” It should be noticed that the buildings the architect built in the Middle Western part of the United States are vastly different in nature, style and material than the buildings he designed in Arizona, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania. Each style is as unique as the make-up of the land is different. Frank Lloyd Wright’s own home in Arizon, Taliesin 5. “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” Nowhere is this more apparent than in his Organic Architecture. Perhaps this is most especially true of the home Fallingwater, where house and land truly have merged to become one. Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright 6. “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” Frank Lloyd Wright built according to his vision of what the future would be. He saw the need for homes to be more fluid, more open, more livable, and less restrained. He foresaw the need to build from the earth and for the earth. His architecture both documented a time in history and yet managed to push the envelope with his modern philosophical approach to the future of building. Fallingwater Details 7. The following was told to Mike Wallace, American newscaster and television reporter, in 1957: “ I’d like to have a free architecture. I’d like to have an architecture that belonged to where you see it standing, and was a grace to the landscape instead of a disgrace. And the letters we receive from our clients tell us how those buildings we built for them have changed the character of their whole life, and their whole existence. And it’s different now than it was before. Well, I’d like to do that for the country. ” And he most certainly did. Mike Wallace didn’t understand the term organic and Wright had to explain that this term meant from nature, that organic architecture was indeed a natural architecture. Today, fifty-five years later, we finally understand what the architect spoke of so passionately half a century ago. Taliesin West House 8. “The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built.” Wright stood for clean lines and simplicity. He believed that a well built building complemented it’s environment and surrounding. He disliked the intricate detail and fussiness of the architectural styles that preceded him. Walter H. Gale House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright 9. “Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.” Architecture is perhaps the truest documentation of how a civilization has lived and evolved. Art tells the story of a moment in time. Architecture tells the story of a past, a present and a future. We take from it, evolve, grow and move forward. Look at today’s modern houses. Look at their straight lines, their wide open spaces, the lower roofs and how they seamlessly are integrated with the varied geographies and landscapes. No doubt we see a little bit of Frank Lloyd Wright in each of these edifices. Jacobs House by Frank Lloyd Wright 10. “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important contribution to architecture as well as to the arts and society is arguably The Guggenheim Museum in New York City. In this building a history of people, of time, of art and of architecture are all united. In this modern edifice that will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, art, science, nature, architecture and anthropology co-exist peacefully. In this building, Wright pioneered trends that architects today continue to embrace. A true visionary, Wright was an architect of his time, well ahead of his time. Guggenheim Museum New York Frank Lloyd Wright was a visionary and controversial. He was famous for his beliefs and convictions. His ideals, words and foresight continue to be used as inspiration for all artists and artisans today. Looking at today’s modern buildings, can’t you see the Frank Lloyd Wright influence? Which ones do you think bear the most striking similarities?