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10 Coffee Tables on Wheels to DIY

Coffee tables can have several purposes in your living room. The top surface is good for giving a home to your current read or displaying your tray of cheese or putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Sometimes it has a bottom shelf to store your laptop and that stack of magazines. Sometimes there is a drawer for remotes and coasters.

While all these things are necessary for a living room, have you thought about how handy it would be if your coffee table had wheels? Suddenly, you can roll it over to your favorite chair across the room or push it out to eat pizza in front of your Friday night flick. Thankfully there are some simple ways to make such a thing without spending a fortune. Take a look at these 10 coffee tables on wheels to DIY for your living room.

You’ve probably seen it floating around the Internet. Attaching some wheels to a pallet is the easiest way to create a coffee table on wheels. Pallets come in pretty standard sizes which are perfect for filling the coffee table void in your living room. (via Delikatissen)

While pallets are basically pre-assembled coffee tables, you can use whatever scrap wood you have laying around from past projects to DIY your coffee table. Just lay a piece of glass on top for a classier feel. (via Plan B)

Maybe you have a living room full of kids that require storage for toys and extra movie night pillows. Make your coffee table on wheels a little deeper so you can store all those movie night essentials and wheel it out of the way come show time. (via Shanty 2 Chic)

Don’t have the time or energy for a big long DIY project? That’s okay. On your next thrifting trip, keep your eyes out for a large antique trunk. Just attach wheels to the bottom and you have a fun and unique coffee table ready to roll. (via The Epoch Times)

Countertops can be found very affordably, especially at places like IKEA. Choose your favorite in a size that will fit in your living room and just put the wheels on the bottom. It’s a great option when you need something a little heavier that the dog can’t throw around. (via IKEA)

Some living rooms aren’t made for large coffee tables. In fact, some don’t even have sufficient storage space. Here’s a coffee table that will give you the surface space you want as well as additional storage on the bottom. Perfect for stashing your little one’s toys and books. (via Mon Makes Things)

Let’s not poo poo the classic coffee table on wheels. With a stained wooden top and large chunky wheels on the bottom, it’s the perfect industrial piece to keep your farmhouse living room updated yet rustic. (via Shanty 2 Chic)

Using stumps as side tables has been a popular rustic trend for a while. But have you ever thought about using them as coffee tables? With wheels on the bottom, they’ll be easy to move around if necessary and the wooden tones will bring some warmth to your space. (via schwartzandarchitecture)

Wheels don’t have to be only for square or rectangular coffee tables. You can use them on round ones too! Build your own or go the easy route and use one side of a giant wooden spool for your round piece of coffee table mastery. (via Twelve on Main)

Concrete is an element that lots of modern decorators look to when styling their homes. Make your own concrete coffee table on wheels, complete with fireplace. Just think about all the cold nights roasting marshmallows from your very own couch. (via Homemade Modern)

 

Source: http://www.homedit.com/diy-coffee-tables-on-wheels/

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Next Wave Natural: The New Way to Do Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

We predicted that natural materials and warmer finishes would rule the kitchen in 2017 (here are our other guesses). One way we’re seeing this natural-material trend play out, thanks in part to the popularity of minimalism, is with unpainted, unfinished wooden cabinets. The casual look combines the sleek style we expect in contemporary kitchens with the natural warmth of wood—just another reason we’re adding “kitchen renovation” to our home wish lists.

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The Danish company Dinesen, makers of beautiful plank wood flooring, decided to use the natural material throughout the entire room, covering both the walls and cabinets. The result is minimalist, yet warm and inviting. See the rest of the room on Bungalow5.

We’ve talked before about the beauty of mismatched kitchens, and the one above from Shoot Factory featured on DecorPad is no exception. I’m now convinced that textured wood below, glass cabinets above, and marble in the middle is the recipe for a flawless kitchen.

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It’s no surprise that this relaxed kitchen is nestled inside a quaint 1920s storybook-style home in Oakland Hills. If you’re a fan of butcher block counter, this kitchen shows us you don’t have to stop there—extend the look to the cabinets, as well. Tour the rest of this fairy-tale home over on Domino.

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If you’re looking to channel cozy cabin vibes, draw inspiration from this Norwegian kitchen found on Nordic Design. All wood everything looks great with a long horizontal window that seriously improves your view while washing dishes.

Matching wooden cabinets and window frames pull the room together, while clean white subway tiles keep the look fresh. To maintain flat-front cabinets’ sleek appearance, pair them with recessed hardware that blends in seamlessly. Every single room of this home styled by Tina Hellberg for Elle Decoration deserves a spot on your Pinterest board—explore them all on Oracle Fox.

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The reclaimed wood, substantial metal hardware and stainless steel range hood in this kitchen from The Style Files will make fans of warm industrial style happy.

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In this New Zealand home by MRTN Architects featured on Design Milk, pale wood cabinets join forces with black hardware for a striking study in contrasts.

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In this deVOL kitchen, natural slated cabinet fronts sit beside those with a dark wood stain. Consider skipping the hardware altogether and cut holes in the cabinet fronts for a minimalist alternative.

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While your first instinct may be to balance wooden cabinets with crisp white walls, critics of the all-white kitchen will be pleased to see how beautifully jewel-tones complement reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves in Swoon Edition‘s showroom, above.

 

Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/10-beautiful-kitchens-rocking-natural-wood-cabinets-241030

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The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Is No Longer Granite

It seems like just yesterday I was bemoaning the ubiquity of granite, hoping and praying it would go the way of the dodo bird and I’d never have to see its speckled self in a kitchen again. Now, after several years of declining use, the day has come: another surface has officially surpassed granite in terms of popularity. Any guesses as to what the new countertop du jour might be?

It’s quartz, otherwise known as engineered stone. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) reports that while granite is less desirable these days, the use of quartz is on the rise (by kitchen designers anyway. No word on what’s most used by DIYers or people who plan their own kitchens). What happened to change homeowners’ minds?

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If you need a refresher on quartz countertops, here you go: Engineered stone comprises at least 90% of ground up quartz, which is mixed with a binder like resin, then molded into slabs. Add pigment during the manufacturing process and the sky’s the limit when it comes to color. Because it’s made from little leftover bits of mineral, versus mined in whole slabs and shipped around the world, it’s also considered a good environmental choice. It emits negligible radon, although recent reports suggest that building workers can have significant exposure to silica while inhaling dust during cutting and installation, which can lead to silicosis.

Appearance & Style

Silestone’s Eternal Collection, which mimics the natural veining of marble.

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If you want the look, but not the maintenance, of natural materials like soapstone or marble, quartz is an attractive alternative. It used to only be available as a solid color, or flecked, depending on how coarsely the quartz was ground during the fabrication process. If you liked a very minimalist, manufactured look this was fine, but the overall effect was rather cold and impersonal and didn’t resonate with customers. Today, technology can produce quartz with organic-looking variations that resemble real substances found in nature. This makes a huge difference in the look and feel of a room.

Finish & Feel

Silestone Lagoon with Suede Finish

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Engineered stone manufacturers have also expanded their lines to include different finishes. There’s still the standard smooth and shiny quartz you’ve seen for years, but it’s also now available honed or sueded — with a softer, brushed feel — or more pitted like “volcano” rock or concrete. These latest offerings are decidedly less sleek and lustrous, with a warmer and more inviting texture.

Santa Margherita Vulcano Finish

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Maintenance

Quartz’s main selling point is durability: it remains one of the most low maintenance materials around, and is fairly impervious to etching, stains, cracks or chips. (Note that certain finishes might require more daily maintenance. Caesarstone, for example, says that metal marks, fingerprints and other signs of daily living will show more on their honed or concrete finishes.) You don’t need to seal the surface upon installation, or reseal down the road. These surfaces are intolerant to high heat however, so it’s a good idea to use a trivet under any scalding pots and pans.

Caesarstone’s “London Fog” in Sharon & Phil’s Bright Australian Home

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Since engineered stone is non-porous, it’s also pretty resistant to mold, mildew or bacteria. Cleaning is easy with only soap and water, or a mild detergent. Silestone does advertise the use of Microban — an additive with antimicrobial properties — in its products, which is something to consider if you don’t like the idea of added chemical substances.

 
Cambria Brittanicca in A Photographer’s Chic, High-Contrast Home

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Cost & Availability

Engineered stone remains one of the more expensive countertop options. Quartz generally runs about $70-100 per square foot installed, depending on location, quality, and what options you choose. IKEA also sells Caesarstone, which is priced between $43 and $89 per square foot, depending on the thickness and quality level. Don’t forget: if you time your purchase with their annual kitchen sale, you’ll also get the 20% discount.

Quartz countertops are easy to source and purchase. Major manufacturers include Cosentino (Silestone), DuPont (Zodiaq), Cambria, Caesarstone, Santa Margherita and Technistone.

Do you have quartz countertops? What’s your experience with this material?

 

Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/quartz-vs-granite-countertops-which-is-more-popular-242008

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The New Kitchen Trends We’re Anxiously Anticipating

We saw so many beautiful kitchen trends in 2016: tons of marble, rich blue and black cabinets, open shelving, and a mix of materials. While we don’t think these things will disappear overnight, we definitely see a shift ahead. If you’re thinking about redoing your kitchen soon, or are just design curious, read on for what you can expect to see more of in the coming year, and why we think that’s the case.

As the heart of many homes, the kitchen is the most personal. It’s our inner sanctum, where friends and family gather for casual meals and conversation. And it’s something we can control. When the outside world seems complicated, unpredictable — and sometimes downright unsafe — creating a warm and welcoming environment seems more important than ever. What does that mean for us this year? This is a big picture look at where kitchens are headed in the near future:

Warmer Finishes

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Subtle, less “look at me” materials will replace sleeker and glossier finishes that now feel too cold. Brushed and plaster walls will add subtle depth and texture. Look for deeper bronze fixtures and lighting to replace brighter metals. New matte finish appliances also leave the shine behind.

Color Shift

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Expect a bunch of new neutrals that work with a wide range of styles, and bring a lot of depth, warmth, and subtlety. Bruised greens, toasted reds, and washed blues are quietly elegant yet still interesting enough to avoid being dull.

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Even untraditional colors for the kitchen, like the yellow and pink above, will have a more earthy bent that feels grounded instead of fanciful.

Simplification

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As people seek comfort, they often look to the past. Expect to see older style kitchens revisited and reinterpreted for modern day homes. Think updated country, British basic, and Shaker — pared-down traditional styles that get to the root of what is necessary and essential, and are effortlessly warm and inviting. They’re not overly decorated, but feel authentic and substantial.

Natural Bent

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As humans and consumers, we are collectively moving towards more sustainable practices and pieces, and kitchen trends reflect this positive direction. In 2017 we’ll see more earthy materials like wood, wicker, cork and clay. Think quality over quantity.

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Above, antique terracotta and belgian black french reproduction terracotta from Clé Tile, part of their brand new collection. The tiles’ rustic surfaces already carry a patina that otherwise comes from age.

 

Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/kitchen-design-trends-to-watch-in-2017-239199

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The Best Home Decor Instas of 2016 (That You Should Totally Be Following)

If you’re like us and love ogling over beautifully curated spaces, Instagram is probably one of your favorite places to look at *all* the pretty home things. And with another year coming to a close, we’ve found 35 of the best home decor accounts of 2016 that will completely make over your Instagram feed. Whether your plan is to remodel your bedroom or upgrade your living room, or you simply love perusing gorgeous ‘grams, these home decor IG feeds won’t disappoint. Scroll on to geek out over the prettiest design deets and give your faves a follow!

1. @designmilk: Founded by Jaime Derringer, Design Milk is *the* destination for all things modern. If contemporary design with a hint of eccentricity is what floats your boat, head on over to this account and hit that follow!

2. @homepolish: Once you scroll through this collection of beautifully designed rooms, you’ll be motivated to transform your own. With a plethora of behind-the-scenes studio and design tours to peruse, you’ll have plenty of inspiring picks to choose from.

3. @designsponge: Declared a “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials” by the New York Times, Design Sponge is definitely one to add to your list of decor faves. Run by blogger and author Grace Bonney, this design blog is every creative maven’s dream come true.

4. @jonathanadler: Founded on a commitment to represent the essence of modern American glamour, Jonathan Adler’s promise indeed delivers. Including everything from itty bitty pots to luxe sofas, his collection boasts a timelessly chic style.

5. @lexiwestergard_design: We can always count on this interior designer’s feed for pretty snaps. And now you can too.

6. @theeverygirl_: Are you a creative, career-driven woman? If so, The Everygirl is the account for *you.* Scroll through snapshots of the life you’ve always dreamed of — whether to curb your craving for beautiful spaces or to inspire your next home project.

7. @consortdesign: Cutting edge-meets-classic in this innovative home decor shop and design studio. If there’s one thing you can bet on, it’s that you’ll always find a fresh take on the modern home, following this feed.

8. @em_henderson: We’re big fans of Emily Henderson, and a quick scroll through her feed will show you why. If you’ve got a thing for bright, beautiful and bold pieces, give her ‘gram a follow.

9. @themakerista: Run by Gwen Hefner, a self-proclaimed “jane of all trades,” her blog The Makerista is exactly what its name suggests. Follow this account and expect to scroll through an infinite source of beautiful DIYs and design inspo.

10. @myparadissi: This Crete-born designer, architect and blogger founded My Paradissi after waking up in the middle of the night with an epiphany. Since taking that leap of faith, Eleni has shared her creativity, inspiration and productivity with the world.

11. @athomeinlove: If you’re a fan of a decor style that’s fresh, approachable and full of personality, Aileen Allen’s feed is the one for you. Click on over if you also like handmade elements, pretty color palettes, antiques and quirky details!

12. @jennykomenda: DIY Queen and designer Jenny Komenda can do no wrong. Check out her stories to inspire your next home improvement project.

13. @apartmenttherapy: A harmonious blend of simplicity and luxury, Apartment Therapy is the curated collection of images that’s great for practical inspiration. Check in for daily DIYs and house tours!

14. @sfgirlbybay: Founded on a self-labeled “bohemian modern style,” this decor ‘gram is all kinds of gorgeous. Click that follow button and get an inside look into the everyday life of SFGIRLBYBAY editor Victoria Smith, a SF girl living in LA.

15. @ruemagazine: You couldn’t ask for more than what Rue has to offer. Think: striking design, entertaining tips *and* practical products to make it your own.

16. @thedesignfiles: We love the IG account of Australia’s most popular design blog, The Design Files. Named one of the world’s Top 50 design blogs, this feed will become your go-to for everything from interiors to food to fine art.

17. @the_home_edit: Traditional organizing and design reinvented, The Home Edit is functional interior styling at its very best. This OCD-friendly feed will appeal to your love for all things stylish and thoughtfully organized.

18. @studiomcgee: Say goodbye to winter blues with the bright and beachy aesthetic of Studio McGee. The coolest part is you’ll catch glimpses of the design process, from conception to product picks to the final design!

19. @farmhouseforfour: This kiddie’s room could not be any cuter. Just wait until you see the rest of Lauren Crouch’s dreamy “new-meets-old” farmhouse in Georgia.

20. @monikahibbs: Known for her distinctively clean aesthetic, Monika has curated a collection of images so beautiful it’ll inspire you to remake your own account. Check out her white, airy feed for a lifestyle inspired by fashion, beauty, design, family and all things beautiful.

21. @justinablakeney: Rich colors and worldly patterns make up this dreamy decor blog. Satisfy your appetite for the bohemian aesthetic with this account’s eclectic blend of colors, patterns and plants.

22. @_grits: We would trust this Jacksonville designer with any room in our house. Nicole knows metallic gold accents make for a stunning space.

23. @designlovefest: Run by designer, blogger and DIYer extraordinaire Bri Emery, designlovefest is the Instagram feed you didn’t know you needed in your life until now. Follow for whimsical decor inspiration to guarantee a charming and colorful home.

24. @simplygrove: This account appeals to all you creatives with an appetite for design eye-candy. Click on over to see all the *magic* behind the transformed spaces by interior stylist Kristen Grove.

25. @mrjasongrant: Here’s a feed that can be summed up as laid back, relaxed, casual and quintessentially *Australian.* Rather than over-styling homes, Jason Grant prefers to reflect the owners’ personalities in a very authentic approach.

26. @amberinteriors: Functional *and* beautiful spaces are this residential design firm’s game. Throw in a cute kitty and pup here and there, and you’re left with a follow-worthy feed.

27. @witanddelight_: Bright whites and fresh florals make up this delightful decor feed. If you’re drawn to clean, cute and curated, Wit & Delight is the ‘gram for you.

28. @katemarkerinteriors: We can’t get enough of this studio’s fresh and classic interior design style. Think: “The perfect mix of old and new, creating a timeless look that is fresh and original.”

29. @heatherbullard: Love the cozy, chic look of Country Living interiors? Then give their contributing editor a follow!

30. @thedesignchaser: As a writer and stylist, Michelle Halford’s strength lies in creative expression. Her feed features mostly white interiors with hints of pastel.

31. @hunted_interior: Created to inspire readers hunting for their own style and looking to accomplish it on any budget, the Hunted Interior is one of the top decor blogs to follow. Check out their beautiful feed for home decor tips, DIY projects and other creative decor ideas.

32. @cococozy: Speaking of interior design guru Jonathan Adler, this is one of his favorite interior design blogs! From luxury pillows to painted floor tiles, this collection of chic home accessories doesn’t mess around.

33. @greyandscout: If you’ve got a taste for elegance, indulge yourself by following this feed. It’s full of classy neutrals and midcentury modern elements.

34. @onlydecolove: Think white, white and more white. Katerina Dima’s distinctive Scandinavian/Nordic design is minimalist decor #goals at the very least.

35. @joannagaines: This is the feed of Joanna Gaines, designer, shop owner and lover of making old things new. Her simple, fresh and timeless style is great inspiration for a one-of-a-kind space.

Source: http://www.brit.co/best-home-decor-instas-of-2016/

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Dezeen’s top 10 classic furniture designs reissued in 2016

With interest in mid-century furniture showing no signs of slowing, 2016 has seen a boom in design reissues, from the pioneering creations of the Danish modernists to the icons of Le Corbusier. For our review of the year, deputy editor Rima Sabina Aouf has selected 10 of the best.

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Borne Béton lamp by Le Corbusier

Le Corbusier, one of the most important pioneers of modernist architecture, originally created the Borne Beton lamp in 1952 to illuminate walkways at his Unité d’habitation de Marseille.

Italian lighting design firm Nemo reissued the lamp in 2016, making it available in both a large outdoor version and a smaller desktop size.

Read more about the Borne Béton lamp ›


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Tube Chair by Joe Colombo

Italian furniture brand Cappellini claimed it was rescuing Joe Colombo’s Tube Chair from the pages of design books when it rereleased the piece earlier this year.

Originally produced by Flexform in 1969, the chair has an ultramodern design and flexible modular construction that led Cappellini to see a place for it in contemporary interiors.

Read more about the Tube Chair ›


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AV72 chair by Arne Vodder

Danish modernist Arne Vodder is usually known for his work with wood, but this 1972 chaise longue was his first use of a metal frame.

Furniture brand Erik Jørgensen has now rereleased the AV72, which has a slimline shape that follows the natural contours of the body.

Read more about the AV72 chair ›


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PK52 desk by Poul Kjærholm

Influential Danish designer Poul Kjærholm first created these tables in 1955 for classrooms at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, where he lectured.

It was among a number of designs to be rereleased in 2016 by Carl Hansen & Søn, which launched several variants of the desk, including options with a single drawer and square side table.

Read more about the PK52 desk ›


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Chair 300 by Joe Colombo

While Cappellini reissued one of Italian industrial designer Joe Colombo’s most iconic pieces, the Tube Chair, Danish design brand Karakter could not stop at just one item.

It released several of Colombo’s “futuristic” designs, including the gently smiling Chair 300, the cubic Pouf stool and the arched Domo wall light.

Read more about the Chair 300 ›


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CH22 lounge chair by Hans J Wegner

Another product to be reissued this year by Carl Hansen & Søn is Danish designer Hans J Wegner’s CH22 lounge chair – one of the first pieces the designer created for the furniture company.

The CH22 lounge chair was first released in 1950, alongside the more iconic CH24 – also known as the Wishbone chair or the Y Chair.

Read more about the CH22 lounge chair ›


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FJ 136 chair by Finn Juhl

Furniture manufacturer Onecollection relaunched this 1956 chair, which played an important role in the proliferation of Danish design.

Finn Juhl originally created the FJ 136 chair for British entrepreneur C W F France, whose business strategy was to develop high-quality furniture for export that could be produced at an industrial scale and flat-packed.

Read more about the FJ 136 chair ›


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Bunny chair by Józef Chierowski

New brand 366 Concept is rereleasing Polish-designed chairs that were once a common sight in the living rooms of the formerly Soviet Bloc country.

The brand began making the 366 easy chair – designed by Józef Chierowski in 1962 – two years ago, and this year added a second classic design, the Bunny chair, whose legs meet in an inverted, rabbit-ear-like “V”.

Read more about the Bunny chair ›


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My Own Chair by Flemming Lassen

Danish architect Flemming Lassen only created one of these chairs back in 1938, when it was made for the yearly Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition in Copenhagen. It subsequently sat in the architect’s home

Now By Lassen has released the chair, which features a separate winged back and seat that the brand says was “considered too progressive, even for the modernists of the time, to be put into production”.

Read more about My Own Chair ›


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Panthella Mini by Verner Panton

While not technically a reissue — a white version of Danish designer Verner Panton’s 1971 Panthella floor lamp has been in steady production — this year saw lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen introduce a mini desktop model.

It may be shrunken in size, but the Panthella Mini fulfils a hitherto unrealised part of Panton’s original design, using a shade made of metal instead of acrylic.

Read more about Panthella Mini ›

 

Source: https://www.dezeen.com/2016/12/07/ten-best-classic-furniture-design-reissues-2016-review/

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10 irresistible kitchen counters

While planning a kitchen, it is essential to ensure that the kitchen counter is practical alongside being visually appealing such that it fits the needs of the household perfectly. Various counter styles, materials & colors are employed by the kitchen planners to fulfill the practical utility of the kitchen design.

Today homify brings to you a list of 10 great kitchen counter designs that, though entirely different from one another, share one aspect—all of them are loaded with functional elegance and provide that perfect space to prepare your food, grab a quick bite or simply sit & enjoy a warm cuppa with your loved one.

Have a look at these inspiring ideas that will surely make you say I WANT THIS!

1. Leveled with panache

Installing a double level kitchen counter is a smart way to neatly demarcate functional spaces. As depicted here, this double level counter has the dark granite surface on the top to serve as work space for preparing food, etc. and the lower wooden top level to serve as a convenient breakfast table. This allows for seamless functioning in the kitchen space.

2. Homespun grace

Who said modern is only about shine & glitter? Kitchen counters are extremely flexible spaces that can be unique & dazzle in uncomplicated charm as well, as long as it brings an aesthetic air into the kitchen.

This beautiful rustic style kitchen is replete with modern essence in its homely feel. The brick & wood detailing of the counter is refreshing with its close to nature vibes and complements the contemporary accents brilliantly.

3. Sassy for small

When in a house with small spaces, it is up to the smart design to make the most of it while defining functional spaces. As in the image, two entirely independent spaces can coexist in absolute harmony without mixing. The elegant kitchen counter packs a stylish punch, doubling up as the kitchen table as well. The adjacent jazzy dining space can be very conveniently incorporated within the kitchen to make it a big space for social dining when you have family gatherings.

4. Compact charm

In this narrow kitchen low on dimensions, style and utility exist in copious amounts. Apart from the glossy granite top below the white kitchen cabinets, there is a pop up wooden kitchen table with round stools and high wooden counter/ table with squarish high stools lit up with industrial lights. These wooden features provide additional space for placing items & decor, and also for a cozy meal or beverage. Compact yet visually sound, these elements make the kitchen look far from cluttered.

5. Singularity of basic allure

The graceful kitchen island boasts of a unique personality in this eclectic style kitchen. The raw appeal of the chic wooden counter works well with the black floor planks and adds a striking contrast to the modular flavors of the white kitchen elements. The bouquet lighting shines brightly on the wooden accents to make its versatility dazzle—counter, kitchen table and storage solution, all rolled into one. Impressive indeed!

6. How about a 2-in-1?

This vibrant & radiant modern kitchen defies its size in functional exquisiteness. A true example of a clever idea to overcome space crunch, this wide wooden board attached to the body of the burner counter doubles up as the kitchen table & the dining table for the integrated dining area. Based on convenience it could be used either way, or simply as an extension of the kitchen counter itself when required.

7. Opulent pizzazz

Black is beautiful, and this mosaic tiled counter proves it magnificently. Complementing the luxurious accents of the house, the kitchen boasts of dazzling lavishness with the wonder of white, metallic luster, subtle woody warmth and clear radiance adding to the sinful black details.

8. Magic of mellow

Employing wood for kitchen elements is a smart way of adding heartiness to the space alongside being a really creative way to add softness & textures. This is because wood is quite flexible and can be worked easily to have a delicate natural finish. A wooden kitchen counter lit by the golden glow of pleasant lighting is a true visual treat with its beautiful features highlighted in all their glory, just like the counter-kitchen table shown here.

9. Let those creative juices flow!

Imagination is key to novelty and this industrial kitchen is a lively endorsement for that. Creative designs are a reflection of the designer’s thought & character that he/she puts on paper and executes. This adjustable convivial kitchen counter imparts a cheery air of playfulness to the kitchen, oozing with practicality as a counter as well as a kitchen table. Fantastic space optimization bathed in creativity, isn’t it?

10. Simplistic clarity

The uncomplicated charm of this minimalist kitchen wins your heart with its functionality. The simple sober wooden counter top in this white kitchen bears a tranquil essence of subtle style. The counter functions as a narrow table as well, where you can relish a hot cup of tea and cupcakes while enjoying a chit chat.

Source: https://www.homify.com/ideabooks/1788634/10-irresistible-kitchen-counters

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20 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong in the Kitchen Your Entire Life

Are you scrambling eggs, making chocolate chip cookies, and measuring pasta the right way? It might not seem obvious, but there are plenty of basic things you could be doing the “wrong” way in the kitchen. These 20 hacks will make you a serious cooking pro if you’re not already. Keep reading to learn every cooking shortcut and tip that will save you time, stress, and sanity in the kitchen.

Storing Lemons

You can say goodbye to moldy lemons in your fridge thanks to this ingenious hack for keeping them fresh for up to three months. All you need is a bowl of water.

Roasting Potatoes

The best roasted potatoes are boiled in salted water and roasted in the oven for a perfectly soft interior and supercrunchy exterior. The other secret ingredient — whole-grain mustard — takes their flavor to the next level.

Cutting a Lime

Cutting a lime in half barely gives you any juice . . . and that’s because that’s not the proper way to cut it.

Scrambling Eggs

Protein, including eggs, hates heat. If you’ve always ended up with overcooked and rubbery scrambled eggs, you’re probably cooking them too quickly at too high a heat. Low and slow is the only way to go for soft, custardy scrambled eggs.

Making Peanut Butter Cookies

You only need four ingredients (peanut butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla) for perfect peanut butter cookies.

Draining Pasta

Almost every time you make pasta, you should save about half a cup of the pasta water before pouring the rest down the drain. The salty, starchy liquid that the pasta cooked in becomes a crucial part to achieving a silky, cohesive sauce in most pasta dishes like carbonara, cacio e pepe, and garlic white wine pasta.

Wasting Spoiled Wine

Don’t toss your spoiled bottle of wine! You can easily save it by swirling a (clean) penny around in a glass of the wine.

Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re not adding salt to the top of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, you’re doing it wrong. A sprinkling of good-quality flake salt completely transforms the flavor of chocolate chip cookies and immediately elevates them.

Making Fettuccine Alfredo

One-pot fettuccine alfredo might actually change your life. There’s no need to make the cheese sauce in a separate pan when the pasta can be cooked in the liquid for maximum flavor and easy cleanup.

Filling Your Muffin Tin

A spring-loaded ice cream scoop will be your key to evenly portioned cookies and cupcakes.

Making Mashed Potatoes

Since you’re already adding heavy cream and butter to your mashed potatoes, you should actually be cooking the potatoes in the cream and butter. Chef Tyler Florence’s mashed potatoes will convince you there’s no other way to make them.

Cooking Bacon

Sizzling bacon on the stovetop only results in greasy splatters and painful burns. You should roast bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with foil so that the bacon cooks evenly and the cleanup is effortless.

Forgoing Lemon Zest When You Don’t Have a Microplane

Don’t have a Microplane? Get citrus zest anyway by peeling the skin and chopping it up.

Making Burgers

You’ll never buy ground beef again once you learn how to make burgers from sirloin tips rather than ground chuck. The flavor and texture are far superior to store-bought ground beef.

Mincing Garlic

Peeling and mincing garlic is one of the most tedious kitchen tasks, and knocking it out with your Microplane is so much easier and more efficient.

Complicating Chicken

All you need for the best-ever oven-baked chicken is salt — seriously.

Measuring Spaghetti

Perfectly measuring spaghetti can be stressful — it’s easy to end up with too much or too little. Turns out the secret to a perfect portion of spaghetti lies in the kitchen tool you’re already using to make it.

Making PB&J Sandwiches

Who says eating peanut butter and jelly for lunch as an adult is unacceptable? You can elevate the classic sandwich by using a combination of creamy and crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, strawberries, bananas, marshmallow fluff, jelly, and honey.

Making Quesadillas

Eating quesadillas is messy. Make them dip-friendly and a lot more fun to eat by making quesadilla roll-ups instead of flat quesadillas.

Tossing Eggs After They Go Bad

If you’re not going to finish all your eggs before they go bad, freeze them! Fresh eggs will last about five weeks in the fridge but up to six months in the freezer. The simplest way to freeze eggs is by dividing them in a muffin tin. Freeze until they are solid, transfer to a resealable freezer-safe plastic bag, and store until you’re ready to use.

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