Month: June 2019

Sift During 8 Stylish Sandboxes

When it comes to garden playtime, children do not need a whole lot of bells and whistles. Take sandboxes, such as — tots are perfectly happy with a couple primary boards nailed to a square and stuffed using the powdery stuff. You, on the other hand, might like something a little more refined to elevate the appearance of your picture. Have a look at these inventive sandbox suggestions to create a kid-friendly play zone with grown-up allure.

Globus Builder

This arrangement appears simple but packs in quite a bit of function. The benches on each side keep little tushes out of the sand and offer a place for parents to perch also, and the roof shelters children from a lot of sun.

Together with the cover on, this sandbox looks like a detail. However, the cover’s role goes beyond beauty — it also protects the sand from cats or other animals who may treat it as a litter box, and shields it from fall leaves and spring rains.

Exteriorscapes llc

This sandbox is wrapped beneath a arrangement that looks like a child’s own beach cabana. Removable grates on top of the box make it easy to sift out debris and keep out critters.

Agnes Blum

Coupled with sand, a boat-shaped wooden box becomes a playspace which kindles the imagination on multiple levels.

Stout Design-Build

Here’s 1 approach to guarantee a soft landing! Kids can zoom down the slip into a pit of sand that is ready and waiting for playtime.


Though its design is streamlined, this sunken sandbox is oriented along the walkway so thoughtfully that it becomes an essential component of the hardscaping.

Garden design perth

An accomplishment of green design as well as visual appeal, this trio of industrial-size water drums includes a sandy place for teeny-tinies to relish.

This free-form sand pit appears to flow like water along the stones that surround it.

Sandbox Safety
After your sand-filled setup is ready for playtime, follow these ideas to keep little ones safe:

• Replace sand at least one time every year. Old sand may harbor bacteria that lingers throughout the off season.
• Be mindful of the sand you decide on. Some varieties contain crystalline silica, a carcinogenic compound, so look for manufacturers which are marked “silica free.” River or shore sand is generally fine, and businesses like Safe Sand offer great options too.
• Have your sandbox fitted with a pay to ward off pets and wildlife and keep sand warm during rainy days. If sand does get wet, let it dry completely before you replace the cover.
• Aerate sand occasionally using a trowel or rake to test for garbage and other debris.
• Always supervise sandbox playtime, particularly for younger children who may be tempted to taste the contents.

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10 Vibrant Midcentury Modern Living Rooms

Let’s just be honest. As amazing as it is with that gently curving teak and those blank lines, midcentury modern can be a little, well, primitive occasionally. At its best it’s filled with color, art and playfulness. At its worst, it’s a bleak Soviet vibe.

All these midcentury beauties have the ability to do it just right — to maintain their true midcentury cred without sacrificing whimsy, nature and color. In some cases they are downright comfy, proving that midcentury does not have to stick to a lockstep minimalism to be authentic.

LDa Interiors & Architecture

These furnishings possess the clean, simple lines of great Danish modern, but the layered designs and textures in the rugs, pillows and upholstery give it warmth.

Jan Skacelik

The decoration is pure midcentury blue blood, right down to the Saarinen Tulip Chair along with the trio of Nelson lights. But due to the bright white paint along with the marigold-yellow couch, it’s likewise cheery and welcoming.

Dufner Heighes Inc

This chamber is 1950s. Can not you just picture a few sipping martinis on that couch?

Johnson Berman

Clean, simple and uncluttered. But with a mixture of textures and patterns in the rugs and lots and lots of natural lighting.

Hammer Architects

If the 1970s counted as midcentury, then that low-slung living space, built around the gorgeous Fireorb fireplace, would be on the mark.


The midcentury modern version of the cozy cottage, complete with patchwork rug.

SHKS Architects

The pedestal table, the spindle clock along with the Jen Risom sofa seats are midcentury icons. But the room has not gone overboard with its own theme. It seems contemporary.

Even without a great deal of color, this impeccably put-together midcentury room includes warmth. It’s partially because the bones of the Spanish home seem to be much, much older.

Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

A Moebius side table puts the mid century tone here. Nevertheless, the contemporary art, bright accessories and upholstery make the room bright and unique.

Shirley Meisels

Some traditional pieces — including a shag rug! — a minimalist strategy, and a simple tricolor palette give this space a very calm, quiet feel.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

It’s bright, easy and open with the right icons, however, the ceiling is what actually makes it. Nobody did wood and white like the designers of the midcentury.


Another comfy version of midcentury. Rather than sterile and serious, this room seems fun and lighthearted.

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A trestle is the bridgelike structure which can be found behind a tabletop. It consist of two vertical studs, or legs, and a horizontal brace.

Charlie & Co.. Design, Ltd

The trestle with this rustic farm-style table includes a wonderful raw finish, in keeping with the table’s overall look.

McClellan Architects

A contemporary trestle table with banquette seating fits well within this contemporary space.

lilach shahaf

This trestle table works well within this clean-lined dining space, but it would fit into a more traditional design too.

Cary Bernstein Architect

The simplicity and stability of trestle construction is a good match with Amish furniture.

Rachel Reider Interiors

This trestle table dark-stained oval table top matches the curves of this built-in bench seat.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

While most trestle tables feature a single trestle, here they double up to support a table at a sawhorselike manner.

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Layout Calendar: May 24–June 14, 2012

Play Home in a Time Space in Brooklyn or get crafty at Chicago’s Randolph Street Market Using a DIY workshop. Whether scoring the great antique wood carving or sussing out the newest modern product is something, our roundup of events has something to you.

West Architecture Studio

TOUR — June 9–10, 2012
Modern Atlanta Home Tour

Among the modern homes selected for this year’s self-guided Modern Atlanta home tour, curated by AIA Atlanta, are a farmhouse inspired by Edward Hopper paintings and the modern live-work area of TaC Studios. See how a number of the designers efficiently incorporate sustainable materials and green construction practices with digital technology. Designers include Dencity, Lightroom, Plexus R+D, Clark & Zook and West Architecture Studio (photograph).

Hours: 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Price: $35; $25 students. Purchase tickets online

EXHIBIT — May 25–Aug. 26, 2012
“Playing House”
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, New York

See how four modern artists changed eight period rooms to bridge the past and current. Betty Woodman decked outside a dining room (photograph) with color-saturated ceramics and paintings; Mary Lucier set up video which plays right on the antique furniture Ann Agee altered a artist studio and Anne Chu attracted nature inside via mixed media.

Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; closed Monday and Tuesday
Price: $12 suggested contribution

MARKET — May 26–27, 2012
Randolph Street Market
Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago

The Randolph Street Market is home to four indoor-outdoor markets, including the popular Chicago Antique Market. Shop for that special vintage brooch at Modern Vintage Chicago or some handmade present at the Indie Designer Industry. Take in the spring sunshine around the grounds, learn how to sew at a DIY demonstration from The Sewing Maniac, get urban farming information from the Urban Canopy and visit hundreds of other sellers.

Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: $10 at the gate, $8 in advance; $5 students, $3 in advance. Purchase tickets online

FAIR — June 7–17, 2012
Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair
Olympia Exhibition Centre, Grand Hall, Olympia Way, London W14 8UX

The Olympia fair draws a large audience of celebrities and other fine art and antiques fans looking for high-caliber pieces. Lectures on topics in the “Trophies of this Russian War” into midcentury cloths are also on the program. See the full schedule

Hours: June 7, 12, 14: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; June 9–11, 13, 15–16: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; June 17:
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: #55 Record day; #10 single entrance; #18 entrance for two; #8 students and seniors.Buy tickets online

SHOW — June 11–13, 2012
Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

Hear from former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and catch up on design trends, products and interior design concepts for homes, offices, healthcare providers, resorts and institutional spaces at this design exposition and conference. Take your choice from more than 120 CEU-accredited conventions and see what neighborhood design students and emerging designers are around in a special student exhibition.

Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: Expo is free with preregistration, $25 onsite; CEU conventions are $55 with preregistration, $65 onsite. Register online

EXPO — June 5–7, 2012
E3: Electronic Entertainment Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles

Whether you’re eagerly awaiting another Half-Life setup or you’re working on your own hit video game, E3 is the place to be if you’re in the electronic entertainment industry. Play games soon to appear on screens in living rooms and home media centres, capture demos of new products and watch the most up-to-date in groundbreaking interactive technologies for computers, video game consoles and handheld devices.

Hours: Tuesday, 12–6 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: Open to commerce and business professionals only. Register online

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Guest Groups: Silliness in the Kitchen

For me, cooking isn’t always fun. But, there are particular times when things get somewhat frustrating, and by frustrating that means anything related to baking (for me, anyway). Regardless of our culinary flaws, we should never take anything too badly. Another deflated self — errr, souffle? I believe that it’s time to get some comic relief! I’m a firm believer in playing along with your meals. Here are my favorite picks for whimsical and marginally over-the-top fantastical kitchen accessories.
— Kristin from The Cuisinerd


Glove And Hate Oven Glove Pair – GBP 24

I’m becoming a bit tough love on my (lack of) success in carbonated. These certainly need to make a permanent appearance hanging out of my kitchen countertop.

Tea Rules The World Sugar Bowl And Creamer By Takae Mizutani And Sons – $71.88

Is it the golden detailing or the simple fact that there is a unicorn? OK, it is certainly the fact that you is a unicorn. I’m obsessed!

Fred Flare

Dollhouse Brush And Dustpan Set – $15

I’m having a hard time thinking that this beautiful lady will not immediately pop into life and help wash crumbs like Mrs. Butterworth. She is delightful!


A di Alessi Paradise Bird Milk Jug – $32

I’m afraid if I buy this milk jug I might have morning discussions with it on cereal. Heck, that really sounds fantastic!


Dino Salad Servers – GBP 18.95

What did the dino salad fork say to another dino salad ? You know there’s a joke in there someplace. These are beyond enchanting.


Banana Josephine Timer By Stefano Giovannoni For Alessi – $54

Who better to tell you when the frozen pizza is more prepared than a monkey wearing banana rings?


Showtime Vase two – $267

I love everything about this vase, largely it looks like a Teletubby room suit. I need so badly to get a tulip poking from the chest pocket.

Gretel Home

Beater Whisk – $18

These candy-colored whisks could cure the bluest of days. So will the brownies you make together. Now my only trouble is that color to select! They are absolutely gorgeous.


“Paper Boat” Table Top Serving Set – $25

How playful are these boat serving dishes? The little spoon oars! The salt and pepper buoys! Tabletops never seemed so fun.


Distortion Candlestick – $24

This candlestick immediately sends you on a magical carpet ride to Alice In Wonderland. I love every little quirky bend into it!


Animal Wine Stopper – $24

Giraffe bottoms are the black and clearly my first pick for corking wine. I can not quit laughing.

Fred Flare

Buddha Butter Dish – $26

Buddha Butter? Try saying that five times fast.

Rare Device

Crow Bottle Opener – $29

This bottle opener is modern, sleek and with purpose, but nevertheless provides a giggle. I believe this is as magnificent as it’s silly. Who has a bottle to open? I need to put this birdie to do the job!


Boston Warehouse Brandon Green Veggie Peeler – $9.95

Have you got 10 lbs of sausage looking at you needing peeling? Something tells me that this feisty little lady might make that job a bit more entertaining.

Rare Device

I adore this trivet so much, I would hate to cover this up with a hot pot. It is cheerful, lively and even shaped like a smile.

Boston Warehouse

Toucan Can Opener – $19.99

It is wonderful how just a little play with color can transform a regular object. Having trouble prying open that tin of tomatoes? Toucan take action!

Boston Warehouse

White Octopus Dish Scrubbers – $17.99

I’m a firm believer that putting eyes on any inanimate object is instantaneous comedy. This octopus scrubber is no exception.

Donna Wilson

Use My Beehive Tea Towel – GBP 11.20

Washing dishes might be the least favourite activity in the kitchen. This is probably the final towel I’d use for the task, as it’s just too adorable. Showcased hanging around the oven door it’s!

Gretel Home

Crushed Glass – $14

I have started a collection of small”paper cup” glasses in my cupboard. This crushed version may need to join the ring. I love it!


Goldfish Egg Cup By Stefano Giovannoni – $30

There is not any limit to my amusement with egg cups. This one wins not only the color, but also the ability to make a fish look like a manga character. I will take five.

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Sourcebook: Romantic Style

Style embraces the side of design. Soft textures and colors, a tiny glimmer of light from candles and antique mirrors and, of course, florals all will include a romantic touch to your property. Whether you employ this to one room (might I suggest the bedroom? ) ) Or your entire house, you are going to be feeling more amorous in virtually no time.

Related: So Your Design Is: Romantic

Urban Outfitters

Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover – $149

For intimate linens, look no further than cascading ruffles. Ruffles work on curtains bedding and table linens.

• Locate this duvet cover, curtains and more at Urban Outfitters.
• Search for shower curtains and other ruffled finds at Rian Rae.


Arched Mirror  – $750

Smoky or classic mirrors add a feeling of history in addition to glamour. They are not just for hanging on the wall — attempt leaning mirrors or perhaps mirrored furniture.

• Browse the many antique mirror options at Horchow.
• Try these Crate & Barrel mirrors at a grid.
• There are lots of antiqued choices at West Elm.


Large Whitewashed Directoire-Style Chest – $699

Whitewashed wood provides a romantic touch to furniture and accessories alike. The worn patina pairs well with ruffles and other female touches.

• See more whitewashed furniture in Wisteria.
• Get mirrors and other amorous bits at Anthropologie.
• Decorative whitewashed wall decoration from Z Gallerie will match any intimate space.

Ballard Designs

Mercury Glass Candleholder – $15

Candlelit dinners are a cliché for a reason: Candlelight is only more amorous than bulbs. Even if you’re not using candles for light, a romantic room requires them to your own mantel, buffet, dresser or dining table.

• Check out these candlesticks from Ballard Designs.
• Find lots of antique-inspired designs in Candelabra.

Ada and Darcy

Custom Made Chippendale Bamboo Carver Chair – AUD 650

Floral rolls in cloths and backgrounds add a romantic air. If you are not in the market for new furniture, reupholster a piece you already possess in a flowery fabric.

• Get this chair at Ada and Darcy.
• Source amazing ecofriendly floral fabrics at Rubie Green.
• Attempt the fantastically bold florals in Furbish.

Farrow & Ball

Calamine Paint

For paint colors in a romantic residence, stick to airy and soft colors such as this pink. Pastels, hot grays and even shades of white could be romantic.

• Attempt this pink: Farrow & Ball Calamine.
• For a cool tone, go with Sherwin-Williams’ Light French Gray.
• For a hot neutral, use Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee.

Pottery Barn

Capiz Flower Pendant – $199

Pretty lighting is a superb way to add a romantic feel to the space. You will want lots of soft lighting throughout your house so you may correct it if the mood strikes. Look for delicate details, floral themes and crystal.

• Get this and other romantic lighting in Pottery Barn.
• You will find lots of elegant options at Layla Grayce.
• Lamps Plus includes feminine table lamps.

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Rule: No Dogs Allowed?

ers love their pets as much as — and sometimes more — than their houses. Pet guardians frequently treat their dogs as part of the family; for a lot of people, dogs are truly man’s best friend.

But not all homes welcome pooches and other critters, and hosts can be set in a difficult position when someone brings a dog to a party or arrives unannounced with a fur ball tucked inside a handbag. Some individuals can’t risk infection from animals; a few have furniture that’s too delicate for a rambunctious, chew-happy creature. There are allergies to take into account, or maybe there’s another creature in the house that seems aggressive or fearful around outside pets.

No matter the motive, the Emily Post Institute’s position is apparent about the”no dogs allowed” rule: You should remain upfront with your guests until they arrive. But if you are caught off guard by a furry friend on your doorstep, then know there are ways to honor your home and those inside without offending your guest and their four-legged friend.

The Brick House

Provide a chair. If your guest isn’t staying for an extended quantity of time and the dog poses no health or safety risks to anyone in the house, it really wouldn’t hurt to offer the pet a warm, comfortable seat in the house –preferably one that you are prepared to receive a little bit of dog hair on or one that’s simple to clean…

Kerrie L. Kelly

… like this particular leather bench. If Fido has a collision and you catch it early, just wipe off the mess with a couple paper towels and mild soap.

Permit some researching . Dogs are territorial and may want to explore the new terrain that is your residence. Let them. The sooner they sniff out every nook and cranny, the sooner they’ll calm down and feel comfortable in their environment.

This polished concrete floor would make both host and pooch pleased: Their paws can slip and slide on the surface, and scrape marks are easily lost in the design.

Dewson Construction Company

Those with mild wood floors may be warier of dog scrapes than those with darker floors; consumer appytrails says within this floor ideabook her pooch’s scrape marks blend well with dark oak floors, whereas scrape marks on her light maple floor showed from day one.


Provide outdoor access. Unless your four-legged guest is a lethargic dog like an English bulldog or a readily winded pug, he or she may prefer to stay outside, especially if it’s cooler or much more breezy than the inside.

gregory lens

Be ready for some digging around several hedges and bushes — it is just dirt. But if the dog leaves a smelly gift, it is absolutely fine to ask the guardian to scoop up the poop in a plastic bag. The Emily Post Institute says that as long as you ask politely, the guardian most likely won’t mind in any way.

Phil Kean Designs

Request the guardian to keep the dog leashed outside (weather permitting). As with all things, it is your house. If the dog is barking too much or for too long, then maybe it is ideal to move on the get-together to a neutral setting beyond your home.


Remember that if it is your furniture, then it is your call. This sectional probably looks like a large, inviting marshmallow mattress to your dog. It is up to you to allow the dog’s guardian know if you’re not comfortable with having dogs around the furniture or rugs. Though pet hairs will lift off easily in the cowhide rug in the image above, dog urine stains are an entirely different issue. Best to roll up the carpet until the dog leaves if you are not willing to hazard cleaning up following an crash.

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Crypton-treated furniture …

KuDa Photography

… and stain-resistant microfiber on some thing like this Ligne Roset Togo sectional make excellent options for homes that are expecting all sorts of company. Crypton and microfiber stop moisture, stains and germs from entering the fibers, allow for easy stain removal and come with cleansers that eliminate pet odors easily.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Provide a cure. Interior designer Martha O’Hara says this fantastic Dane was combined for the entire photo shoot as long as snacks kept coming his way. Just as you’d provide young children and their parents a beverage or a bite, why not provide Fido a couple treats so he’ll be cooperative?

Tell us: What can you do when guests come back with pets? When family and friends come for an extended period, do you allow them bring their pets insist on a dog sitter?

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