Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Photo by Liz Fish
Gary Chang is an architect in Hong Kong, which is easily one of the most densely-packed cities in the world. He lives in a 330 square-foot tenement apartment that once housed himself, his parents, his sisters, AND a tenant when he was younger. Now that he's got the place to himself, he's made a few changes...
You have to watch the video to get the full impact. Using moveable walls and hideaway furniture, Gary's apartment has 24 different configurations. Move a wall, bam, there's the kitchen. Move it back, drop down the sofa -- there's your living room. Flip up the couch and pull down the bed -- bedroom. They guy even has a SCREENING ROOM with a HAMMOCK. It's incredible.
The apartment's footprint is small even in terms of environmental impact. He installed floor-to-ceiling windows with an amber tint to bring warm light into his place, and mirrors and shiny metal further reflect the light to brighten up the whole space. He says he almost never has to turn on the electric lights.
I hope this guy brings his small-space skills to the U.S. I'd love to live in his "transformer domestic" apartment. It's the closest I've seen to the Fifth Element apartment!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
From Habitually Chic and Apartment Therapy
From Small Furnish and Design*Sponge
From Apartment Therapy and Domino
Friday, April 23, 2010
My current favorite bag, my favorite shawl, and my favorite JOKKMOKK chair
From Aesthetic Outburst
From Domino via This Is Glamorous
From Apartment Therapy
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This chair from Overstock looks like the iMac of folding chairs (remember when they came in different candy colors?). These would look great in a young, funky, colorful room with a metal or metal-and-glass table.
I think this one, also from Overstock, is gorgeous! Although I like its natural wood finish, one might say that it looks too much like a patio chair (which it is). A coat of white paint and a colorful cushion would take care of that nicely.
It may not look like it, but yes, this one folds up. It's of sturdier wood and has a bit of padding, so it may take up more storage space than the others, but it still takes up less room than a non-foldable chair!
This one's my favorite -- I'm in love with bamboo chairs these days, and this one is so cool and exotic.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
A fabric wall from Apartment Therapy
The fabric wall in my office; though it looks fine, it's the staples at the top and the bulletin board that're keeping it up
1. Measure your wall 2. Purchase your fabric -- go with something lightweight like a cotton (mine is a linen blend). Take into consideration how wide the fabric is, and ensure that you have enough fabric for some overlapping. 3. Cut your fabric into panels. I suggest tacking them up on the wall in order to get the length as well as to match the pattern if you have one. 4. Draw a pencil line on your wall where the seams will be between panels. You'll match up the fabric to this line to ensure your panel is straight. Fabric stretches and shrinks and moves, so it's good to have an unmoving guideline. 5. Make your starch mixture: add 1/4 cup cornstarch to 1/2 cup water in a large pot on the stove. Heat and add another 4 cups of water slowly. Stir the mixture to get the lumps out and make sure that it is evenly heated, and keep stirring until it thickens slightly. Allow to cool. 6. Dip the fabric into the mixture until it is soaked through. 7. Staple the fabric to the top of the wall, then smooth it down, sticking it to the wall. Use a roller brush to both smooth it out and also to apply extra starch where needed. Use staples or thumbtacks to pin down the edges as you go. 8. Allow to dry completely. 9. Using a craft knife, cut a seam where your panels overlap. You should be able to pull away the extra strip of fabric from the top panel easily, then carefully reach under the top panel and pull the extra strip from the bottom panel. Reseal the seam with starch. 10. Trim the extra fabric from the top, bottom, and sides of the wall.Of course, I recommend doing a smaller wall for your first project, and bribe or blackmail a friend into helping you. I know I would still have an ugly white wall without my mother's help. I knew that she thought my idea was crazy, and I could tell she was getting frustrated with me and with the project, but she never gave up. She saw I needed help, and she came through for me. And even though I didn't really contribute much, I still liked the feeling of working on a project together with her, just like that mission model in the fourth grade. Thank you, Mommy! For more information on starching fabric to your walls, check out these links:
Rental Decorating - The Quick Fix Fabric On Walls Apartment Therapy: LA - How to Make Removable Fabric Wallpaper Apartment Therapy: Chicago - Flickr Finds: Meg and Ross's Updated Bathroom Ruche - DIY Decor from Ruche's Lookbook eHow - Homemade Wallpaper Paste How About Orange - Starched Fabric Decal Experiment The Artful Crafter - Applying Fabric To Walls Using Starch
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The entryway; the metal magazine holder was salvaged from the lobby of a sound recording studio that went out of business
The sitting area, framed by the sectional and bookcase
A sleek, stainless steel kitchen. The IKEA storage boxes above hold things like out-of-season clothes and camping gear. Limited cabinet space means more things have to be out on the countertop, so Megan picked her appliances to go with the black-and-steel scheme.
The print was something Megan had seen in a gallery downtown, and was later gifted to her by a friend
Though she doesn't have much time for it now, Megan's a fantastic artist; she did the painting that hangs above her desk
Gorgeous. Imagine waking up there every morning!
The painting was done by a friend of a friend, and the tin skeletons and clay skulls were picked up while traveling. The dresser (and matching nightstands) are original mid-century, from her grandparents.
Old school "skyscrapers"...
... Plus actual skyscrapers.