The threshold of our home is in a state of constant chaos. Clothes, shoes, scarves, boots, shoes, hats, backpacks, and whatever else a small child might have brought in from the outside litter the entry. In the near future we will be making the move from our apartment into a small detached rental home (finally!), and one of my goals is to give us the mud area we have always needed. Ikea’s Livet Hemma blog featured these helpful ideas a few days ago. One thing I appreciate from these images, is the idea of different storage hooks, racks, shelves, and bins at different heights. With our children all at different ages, varying the heights and types of storage will help get the most out of whatever solutions we come up with.
Via Ikea Livet Hemma
I love the look of these simple pendant designs from Koskela. Made from powder coated wire frames and woven flex cables, they are available in five color options. Not coincidentally, they are a great match to Koskela’s new Jake Chair which is available in the same color range. To see more of Koskela’s amazing work, visit their website.
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I LOVE these Hex Shingles by Portland Cement Company. Featured recently by Dwell, they are a perfect modernization of the classic shingle. Actually they made me wonder, why aren’t there more shingle styles? Houndstooth anyone? I am not so sure I would want an entire house shingled in these, but maybe an accent area, or some feature walls. Maybe a roof. a whole house though would need to either have a larger scale, or belong to a hive of bees. Does anyone out there have experience with concrete shingles? I would love to know how they perform. Send me an email, or comment on this post.
Anki and Casper, along with their two sons has lived in this home for five years. But when they decided turn it into a family home, they completely gutted and remodel it. Keeping an adapting moodboard throughout the process has helped Anki check if new ideas will blend with what exists.
“Our only vision was to make this a place where we could live. Style came later. As we’ve grown into the house, we’ve mixed practical ideas with a style that makes us smile.”
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The Kaufmann Mercantile is an online store for carefully selected, high-quality products based out of Brooklyn New York. I love their ideals. “Products that outlast you.” They believe well made products should be passed down, and not made cheaply. They have a wonderful variety of goods, at reasonable prices. Pay them a visit here.
All of us are guilty for using our phone right before settling into bed to check an email, or look at facebook one last time. And if you’re like me, your phone may even already double as your bed side alarm. Made of sustainably harvested new-growth beech wood, this alarm dock makes a pretty great looking addition to any night stand. Available in three nostalgic finishes, it’s amazing how well the aesthetic of the iphone fits with the iconic vintage look of the dock. The clock app is available for free whether or not you purchase the dock, but why have one without the other? Your iPhone or iPod’s dock connector can be pulled through it, allowing your device to recharge while docked. Fits iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 and 4S (if your cord/charger set is from an older model, it may not fit the Alarm Dock). Visit Areaware to learn more, and watch a small video.
Pros: Made from sustainably harvested materials, no calling in late because of a power outage, and effectively unplugging your alarm clock and taking it with you when you leave will help reduce your daily power usage (slightly).
Cons: $40.00 USD might be a touch over priced, however it does come with a nice free alarm clock app… Also doesn’t work with older model iphone.