Bathrooms for Real Men

Why can’t men have a more masculine bathroom?

These days men usually spend a lot of time in the bathroom. We take showers, groom ourselves, relieve ourselves and some of us even take the time to read there as well. It’s a space that’s used for for many different purposes, why can’t we make it our own?  Interior decorating is usually left for the women in our lives to make our spaces look more inviting. Sometimes we just want a bathroom all to ourselves.

We took to the internet to look for some of the coolest bathrooms around that are decorated for the man that has an eye for only the best. Check them out and let us know which ones you like by leaving your comments in the section below. Enjoy!

Dark and Modern

 

Classic and Timeless 

 

3 Modern and Rustic

 4 Old Charm with Modern Accents

 

5 Beautiful Tile

 

6 Minimalist With a Nice View

 

7 Shades of Brown

 

 

8 Ultra Sleek and Modern

9 The Ultimate Masterpiece

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7 Amazing Up-Cycle D.I.Y Projects

The latest trend has been to up-cycle old or unwanted items, and we simply love it! As our drains

are all from up-cycled material. This post shows you how you can take your old ordinary objects that
are laying around the house or garage and turn them into extraordinary every day useful items, that
are sure to wow all of your family and friends.
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1. Pallet + Mason Jars + Candles = Outdoor Chandelier :
 

 2. That Unwanted Dresser Into A Beautiful Couch! :

 3. That Old Sewing Machine Into A New Vanity

 4. A Piano Into A Piano Bookshelf! :
 

 5. An Old Wine Barrel Into A Coffee Table.. or Wine Table? :

6. Your Old Bicycle Into A Vanity :
 
7. The Old Fridge, Turn It Into A New Ice Chest :
 

Inside Tip On Finding The Best Blow-Dryer

 Nothing Quite Like Having A Good Hair Day.. Everyday!

BACK TO BASICS: HOW TO FIND THE BEST BLOW-DRYER

Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to invest in a new tool.

“Basic” may have adopted a negative connotation in recent years, but there’s no shame in seeking advice on theoretically simple sartorial conundrums. In our latest column, “Back to Basics,” we’re here to guide you through life’s most common (and important) fashion and beauty concerns.

Shopping for a blow-dryer can seem daunting. The good ones with high-tech promises and fancy attachments are enticing but expensive. And if you want to find the one that’s not an absolute pain to use, then speed, weight and (of course) results are all of importance. But it’s hard to know which one’s actually going to deliver until you take the plunge and actually try it. We tapped some hair experts — hairstylists Harry Josh and Matt Fugate — for their best blow-dryer-buying advice.

FIRST, IDENTIFY YOUR HAIR TYPE AND WHAT YOU’RE HOPING TO GET OUT OF YOUR BLOW-DRYER.

Don’t assume that the tool your hairstylist uses is definitely going to be the one you’ll want to invest in for home use, says Fugate. “Professionals are looking for something different than the average person, as we’re using our dryers on all hair types. At home, you need to figure out what you’re using your blow-dryer for: Do you want to stretch your hair out? Do you want to create volume? Are you diffusing?” he says. All of those are important factors that can help you narrow down which tool will yield the best results.

IONIC DRYERS ARE GOOD FOR SLEEK STYLES, BUT NOT FOR ENHANCING VOLUME.

Hair texture and type — as well as your desired styling results — will also determine whether or not you’ll want to seek out a dryer that produces ions. “Ions counteract frizz and static, and a blow-dryer with an ion setting will really help women with frizzy, unruly hair achieve a sleeker blowout,” says Josh. But the flip side of that is that it can leave fine hair limp and deflated looking. “If you have fine, straight hair, you amy notice a decrease in body from your blowout, so this setting is really best for women with a lot of pre-existing texture and thickness,” says Josh, whose own eponymous blow-dryer offers an on/off switch so you can toggle between releasing ions or not.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO LOOK FOR WHEN YOU’RE SHOPPING FOR HAIR TOOLS: A WARRANTY — ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE GOING FOR A PRICIER MODEL.

“I’d first look for a warranty,” says Josh. “That way you know you’re getting your money’s worth and that the dryer isn’t going to die after a few months. This is imperative for women who are drying their hair every day.” Josh makes a solid case for investing in a higher-end tool, pointing out that the cheaper models might not hold up well to daily use. “Cheaper models can get cracks in the barrel, give uneven heat or sometimes even give off a smoky smell,” says Josh.

YES, ALL OF THOSE ATTACHMENTS ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING.

“I always recommend using attachments. Many dryers come with nozzles which help concentrate the airflow,” says Josh, who points out that one common misconception is that these nozzles make the blow-drying process take longer. “It actually makes your blow-dry much more efficient,” he says. Fugate also points out the importance of technique when you’re using a concentrator attachment: “I recommend not placing it up against the hair or the brush, since it’ll burn the hair and also cause the motor to fail over time,” he says. Hold it several inches away, pointing in the direction you’re styling the hair, for the best results.

For anyone with curly hair, a diffuser attachment is a must. “Diffusers help distribute the air from the dryer without creating a frizzy mess,” explains Josh.

Curated From Fashionista

Designer Kitchen – All About Black

I’ll Take One! What Do You Think? 

Kitchen of the Week: A Study in Black by Designer Nicole Hollis

October 27, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Meredith Swinehart

Photography by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Nicole Hollis.

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Above: In the studio’s communal staff kitchen, floors are custom dark gray concrete and walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White—the same finishes used throughout the rest of the studio.

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Above: The kitchen has two handmade backsplashes: a row of hand-glazed, glossy black Moroccan Clé tile, and a “bleached metal” steel wall surround—an effect Hollis developed with Oakland’s Chris French Metal “to add depth, interest, and contrast to the space,” she says.

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Above: Two white accents—a petite planter and a salt grinder from Hudson Grace—in a sea of black: a budget-friendly dish rack Hollis found on Amazon, Cutting Boards by Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. from March in San Francisco, and a pair of black Rubber-Coated Soap Pumps and black Rubber Cups from CB2.

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Above: A custom steel kitchen island with Calacatta marble top (from CoorItalia) is one of the few nonblack surfaces in the room. The requisite microwave (it’s a staff kitchen, after all) is hidden in the cabinet just to the left of the sink.

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Above: Direct light reveals how complex the black shades really are, including a Belgian bluestone countertop from Cooritalia. “There is not just one shade of black here, but many,” said Hollis, “as well as a variety of textures. That’s key when you are working with a restrictive palette.”

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Above: Glass jars from Fort Standard hold a variety of loose-leaf teas, perched over a Viking electric range.

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Above: The sink and faucet are both matte black from Blanco. To incentivize plant-watering, Hollis stocked the kitchen with a polished brass watering can by Lee West for Carl Auböck, from the Future Perfect.

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Above: The staff sits at a James Perse dining table surrounded by a mix of designer chairs: Panton, Thonet Era, Tolix Marais A, and Eames Eiffel, plus Prouvé Standard and DWR’s Salt Chair (not pictured). Meals are served on Heath Ceramics tableware. The glassware shown is Flaskwareby Adam Reineck and Yvonne Mouser from Front SF. The loft windows look out over a cityscape toward the Twin Peaks hills of San Francisco.

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Above: The dramatic wall light above the dining table is from Dimore Studio.

A Cheeseboard Never Looked So Glamorous!

 I am a HUGE fan of cheese & black, so this is a must!

New from Normann Copenhagen: A Glamorous Cheese Board in Black Marble

October 27, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

New (and noirish) from Normann Copenhagen: the Pebble Cheese Set, designed by Simon Legald, consists of a smooth, pebble-like black marble serving board and a set of  elegant silcone-handled serving implements.

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Above: The black marble oval serving board has a recessed grip for serving.

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Above, L to R: The Pebble Cheese Plane, the Pebble Cheese Slicer, the Pebble Cheese Fork, and the Pebble Cheese Knife; each is $32 CAD ($24 USD) from the Modern Shop.

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Above, L to R: The Small Pebble Board and the Large Pebble Board; $114 CAD ($85 USD) each.

Curated From – Remodelista

Gothic Design Takes Over Brooklyn

House Call: A Brooklyn Brownstone Goes Gothic

October 28, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow are the sort of creative couple who seem to have numerous design projects going on at any given time (they describe themselves as “creatively restless”). When they set out to remodel their 1910 brownstone two years ago, they came up with a design of their own and hired an architect friend, Michael Almon, to sign off on the plans. Jeff, cofounder of New York–based clothing company Oak, and Jason, a partner at design studio Athletics, have a shared penchant for graphic drama (the two recently launched a fragrance line, Carlen Parfums, with branding that follows suit).

“We were seeking light and the illusion of exaggerated space,” on each of the brownstone’s four floors, they say. Other than some structural changes to the parlor floor—closing off a hallway for more square footage in the living room and a gut renovation of the kitchen—Jeff and Jason kept the brownstone mostly intact. Their first order of business? Whitewashing the walls and twice bleaching the parquet floors that were revealed when they ripped up the old carpet.

Photography by Poul Ober, courtesy of Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow, except where noted.
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Above:  The couple painted the interiors a uniform shade of Benjamin Moore’s Super White. “For a space this size, changing paint color from room to room just tends to break the space up and make it feel smaller,” says Jeff. The floors were sanded, bleached, bleached again, finished with a transparent white stain, and sealed with a matte poly finish.

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Above: A sitting area with a pair of Milo Baughman chairs covered in Black Icelandic Sheepskins, an Eric Trine Octahedron Side Table, a block coffee table by Eric Slayton, and a Serge Mouille Three-Arm Floor Lamp.

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Above: The sofa is BoConcept’s customizable Carmo Sofa. The chandelier is by LA-based artist Gary Chapman.

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Above: The kitchen was gutted for a modern wall of Dunsmuir Cabinet fronts and Carrara marble backsplash. It includes a Bertazzoni range, fully integrated Liebherr fridge, and dishwasher behind a custom panel in the kitchen island. About the windows and doors, Jason says, “we had been thinking about the steel windows and doors for a while. Jeff saw someone building a commercial storefront and asked for their info, and that’s who we ended up using.”

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Above: Jeff and Jason first priced out a piece of black marble for the waterfall kitchen island but decided to avoid black marble due to acid staining. After looking around, they discovered the matte black quartzite from ABC Worldwide Stone: “super-low maintenance, super-high drama—in all the best ways!”, they say. The faucet is the Blanco Linus Pullout Kitchen Faucet. A review on it can be found on Armchair Empire.

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Above: The ornamental fireplace mantel was removed for a more minimal look. The Etoile Dining Table and Tsuru Flush Mount III light are both by Materia Designs, friends of Jeff and Jason. The chairs are Tom Kelley’s Salt Chair from Design Within Reach. Photograph courtesy of Pippa Drummond from A Fashionable Couple Remake Their Brooklyn Brownstone with a Sartorial Twist via Dwell.

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Above: Backlighting on the fireplace wall: “Where the drywall would have been run all the back flush to the wall, we just left it shy about two inches and then installed a strip of LED on the back side of it,” Jason explains.

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Above: A Cy Twombly exhibition print bought in Paris, a sconce in the hallway designed by Jeff and Jason, and banister painted in high-gloss black. Photograph courtesy of Pippa Drummond from A Fashionable Couple Remake Their Brooklyn Brownstone with a Sartorial Twist via Dwell.

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Above: The garden floor bedroom has built-in shelving by Wood Management, a Series 116 Drawer Console from Blu Dot in Smoke, and bed from West Elm. Photograph courtesy of Pippa Drummondfrom A Fashionable Couple Remake Their Brooklyn Brownstone with a Sartorial Twist via Dwell.

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Above: The bathroom is finished in 12-by-24-inch irregular stone tile that Jeff and Jason matched to the plaster shower shelf they designed and had built by a contractor sourced from Remodelista.

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Above: The basin faucet is the Atrio Wall-Mounted Faucet by Grohe; the bath’s rain shower is also from Grohe.

Jeff Madalena and Jason Gnewikow are two of four friends who cofounded the Graham & Co. in upstate New York. See our post on the hotel: A New Catskills Getaway, Croquet Included.

Curated From Remodelista

21st Gallery – New Yorks Newest Art Gallery

New York’s Newest Art Gallery

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Emmanuel Babled’s designs at the new Twenty First Gallery.

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New York City art ace Renaud Vuaillat has eschewed tradition with the launch of his latest Manhattan outpost. Opened in May on a tree-lined street in West Chelsea, Twenty First Gallery (21stgallery.com) is set within an elegant 19th-century brownstone adorned with exposed brick, hardwood floors, and original marble fireplaces—the antithesis of the typical white-walled art space. To christen his new-fashioned endeavor, Vuaillat enlisted the French designer Emmanuel Babled, whose showstopping furniture had never before been exhibited in the States. Among Babled’s limited-edition works on display for the venue’s debut was Osmosi, a striking collection of consoles ($65,000), tables, and design objects that fuse traditional artisanship and modern technology by pairing handblown Murano glass with 3-D-cut plinths of Carrara marble. Cutting-edge, colorful, and customizable through Twenty First, the pieces are a fitting prologue to Vuaillat’s new passion project.

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Curated From Robb Report

Decorate Your Home With These 7 DIY Fall Wreaths

 The Holidays Are Around The Corner, Spruce Up Your Holiday Decor!

7 DIY FALL WREATHS TO DECORATE YOUR HOME

There’s something about fall that brings out the inner nester in all of us. What better way to enjoy the cool, cozy days of autumn than with a DIY fall wreath project? We’ve rounded up 15 DIY fall wreaths you can create to decorate your home with this fall.

Let us know which DIY wreath you decide to craft in the comments section below. Happy fall!

7 DIY Fall Wreaths

1. Autumn Burlap Initial Wreath

Personalize this darling wreath from Sophistishe by adding a wood or metal letter.

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 2. $5 Fall Wreath – Dollar Store DIY

Ribbon in a fall leaf motif makes this $5 DIY fall wreath from Horseshoes And Hand Grenades extra festive.

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3. DIY Fall Wreath

If minimalism is more your style, this DIY fall wreath from Family Food and Travel is for you.

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4. Easy Fall Wreath for Your Front Door

The bird on this wreath from More With Less Today gives it Halloween flair while still maintaining a neutral fall vibe.

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This easy DIY fall wreath from Midget Momma will take you all the way through the season, no change of wreath required.

15 DIY Fall Wreaths Midget Momma 2 Remodelaholic

6. Fall Picture Frame Wreath Craft 

The rustic, farmhouse style of this fall wreath from 7 on a shoestring is one of our favorites.

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7. How To Make A Burlap Wreath

from A Grande Life

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 Curated From Remodelista

From Playboy Bachelor to Family Living – Lofts For Everyone

From Playboy Bachelor to Family Living

10 MODERN LOFTS WE’D LOVE TO CALL HOME

While loft living might not be for everyone, others find it dream-worthy. If you want to convert your loft into a place to relax or even live then visit loftera.co.uk to see if you can makeover your empty loft. The wide open spaces paired with high ceilings lead to innovative storage solutions and clever furniture layouts is amazing for some, while others become overwhelmed with the lack of walls. The choice of furniture can make a difference to the look of a room and can be the make or break of its design. Something simple like the size and style of rug or table can impact it massively. Here is a great place to get started if you’re looking for some inspiration. When done well, lofts become the covetable places that any urbanite would love to hang their hat, which led us to search out ten lofts that are doing it right. Take a look.

Photo by Koray Erkaya

Designed by Ofist in Istanbul, Turkey, the Karaoke Loft belongs to a 40-something bachelor who longed for a comfortable space with a focus on natural and neutral materials. Horizontal wooden planks rise from the window wall up onto the slanted ceiling, giving the slightly industrial space a warm, cozy feeling.

Photo courtesy of courtesy of The Saint Martins Lofts

Photo courtesy of courtesy of The Saint Martins Lofts

Once the Saint Martins School of Art has now become the Saint Martins Lofts after a renovation led by 19 Greek Street, who designed the model apartment. The loft-like space features high ceilings and white surfaces to keep the space light and bright. Eclectic furnishings give it a modern, contemporary feel.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Hoppen

Photo courtesy of Kelly Hoppen

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen once called this London loft home, which features double height ceilings underneath a pitched roof with wooden beams. A curved metal staircase and a hanging chair make for bold statements in this large open space.

Photo by SABO project

Photo by SABO project

This Brooklyn loft designed by SABO project was first gutted before rebuilding the interior to become more functional. Dropped ceilings were removed, as were partition walls to open the space up and give it 12? tall ceilings. Mezzanine levels were created and now house additional storage, a closet, and custom cabinets underneath.

Photo by Hunting for George

Photo by Hunting for George, via Gravity Home

Housewares brand Hunting for George collaborated with Melbourne design studio Grazia & Co on a collection of signature lifestyle products. That led to them furnishing a gorgeous, light-filled loft with all the timeless goods.

Photo by Fran Parente for Casa Vogue

Photo by Fran Parente

Part time New Yorker Hussein Jarouche, who’s a Brazilian artist, enlisted Ana Strumpf to design his Chelsea loft to feel like home despite only being there four times a year. The loft is filled with an eclectic mix of artwork and design objects to give it a fun and quirky vibe.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Behun

Photo courtesy of Kelly Behun

Kelly Behun has a way of creating spaces that have an understated glamour, which is the case of this New York City penthouse. Instead of the all-white space appearing cold and sterile, it feels cozy with its layers of rich textures and framed city views.

Photo by Luc Roymans Photography

Photo by Luc Roymans Photography

The Belgian studio Graux & Baeyens Architecten renovated a factory outside of Kortrijk into this loft full of curvy walls and light wood tones. The extra tall ceilings and massive windows keep the interior bright, and the rounded brick ceilings are a nod to the building’s former life.

Photo by Daniel Talonia

Photo by Daniel Talonia

Design42 Architecture renovated this loft in downtown NYC to maximize its modest space. Since the square footage is limited, they built up to create additional living areas while adding plenty of extra storage options throughout.

Curated From Design-Milk

Clean Up In Black – The Best of Black Soaps

 Clean Up With Black Soaps!

10 Favorites: The Best of Black Soap

October 25, 2016 8:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Essential for the noirish bath: black bar soap: Here are 10 favorites, ranging from Seattle-made Blackbird soap inspired by the Mount St. Helens eruption to a soap evoking “the feeling of drinking a fine scotch in a wood-paneled den.”

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Above: Maria Evora Black Cameo Soap is $11.74 from Small Flower on Amazon.

binu-binu-black-shaman-soap-2-768x520Above: The Binu Binu Shaman Black Charcoal Soap is made with charcoal, lavender, cedar wood, and clary sage; $18 from Binu Binu.

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Above: A box of three bars of Caswell-Massey triple-milled Onyx Soap (a blend of coriander, black pepper, and tobacco). Contact Caswell-Massey for pricing and availability.

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Above: The Joya No. 6 Black Soap has a scent of vetiver, amber, and cedarwood and comes with a black soap dish to match; $48 on Amazon.

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Above: Sort of Coal’s Kuro Soap for face and body is made of Japanese charcoal; $25 at Sort of Coal.

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Above: Duke Cannon’s Big Ass Brick of Soap emits a “masculine scent of bergamot and black pepper”; $9 per bar directly from Duke Cannon.

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Above: The Erno Laszlo Sea Mud Soap is $45 on Amazon.

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Above: In Japan, the sea bream is associated with good fortune. Welcome Soap, made by a 120-year-old Tamanohada soap factory, is a good house gift. It has a brown sugar scent; $45 from C.O. Bigelow.

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Above: Activated Charcoal Soap handmade in Michigan with a mix of natural oils and activated charcoal is $6.50 from Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy.

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Above: From Spanish company Magno, two bars of glycerine La Toja Soap are $7.75 on Amazon.

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Above: The Detox Soap from Pearl+ is found in the bathrooms at the Ace Hotel in Portland, Oregon; New York; and Pittsburgh; $8 each at the Ace Hotel Shop.

For more in soap, see our post The Return of Soap on a Rope, Plus 7 to Buy.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 27, 2013.

Curated From Remodelista

10 Dramatic Black Dinnerware PIeces

10 Easy Pieces: Dramatic Black Dinnerware

October 26, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Annie Quigley

Every home should have a set of Basic White Dinnerware, but we think everyone should have a stack of pitch black plates on hand too. Ideal for moody dinner parties and striking when displayed on white shelves, think of black dinnerware as white dinnerware’s dark alter-ego. Here are our 10 favorite designs.

march-christiane-perrochon-slate-greyAbove: Slate gray Stoneware Plates by Christiane Perrochon are handmade in Italy; $155 for salad plates via March; dinner plates are currently out of stock.

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Above: Black Apilco Dinnerware from Williams-Sonoma’s Reglisse collection has a matte black finish and is scratch resistant. A set of four dinner plates is $131.95, a set of bowls is $99.95, and a set of small wok salad plates is $119.95.

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Above: Iittala’s Teema Collection by Kaj Franck features exclusive colors each year; this year they’re offering deep black Dinner Plates; $26 each from All Modern.

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Above: A black tablescape on a budget: Ikea’s Dinera line includes matte black Dinner Plates ($12.99 for four), Salad Plates ($9.99 for four), and Bowls ($9.99 for four).

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Above: The Kali dinner plate set from Tracie Ellis’s Aura Collection is easily stackable; $99 for a set of four Kali Dinner Plates and $69 for a set of four Side PlatesBowlsCups, and Serving Bowls are sold individually.



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Above: These Black Porcelain Plates are handmade in Jaffa, Israel; $22 each from 1220 Ceramics Studio on Etsy.

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Above: The Coupe dinnerware set is available in Onyx from Heath Ceramics ($94 for a Three-Piece Set and $155 for a Five-Piece Set).

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Above: CB2’s Moonrock Dinnerware is made with a “copper-like reactive glaze” for a “stippled effect” and has organic edges; $9.95 per Dinner Plate, $7.95 per Salad Plate, $7.95 per Bowl).

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Above: Flat Black Dinner Plates by Felt & Fat have a sleek, low profile; $52 per plate from The Commons).

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Above: Ceramicist Alex Marshall’s blue-gray glaze reads as gray-black; $36.99 per Side Plate and $49.50 per Dinner Plate from All Modern.

Curated From Remodelista

Six Easy Steps To Painting Popcorn Ceiling! – How To

Easy Do It Yourself, In Only Six Steps!

How To: Paint Popcorn Ceiling

Give that tired textured surface a fresh new coat with these steps.

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The popcorn effect—so called for its resemblance to America’s favorite fluffy snack—is the result of loose particulate materials mixed into paint and applied to a surface, usually with a sprayer. A common treatment for ceilings from the 1950s through the 1980s that offered a bit of noise reduction, popcorn ceilings lost appeal in the late 20th century, largely because the aggregates used often contained asbestos, now banned as a carcinogen. Plus, the texture proved to be a formidable dust catcher, difficult to clean and repair. Many property owners with popcorn walls and ceilings are left asking themselves ‘does my business need an asbestos survey?’ which is not an ideal situation for anyone.

Since removing a popcorn ceiling is messy at best, and a costly headache if asbestos is indeed involved, you may have decided to live with one in your home. But rather than grin and bear it, why not paint it? A fresh coat will instantly lend a lighter, brighter look sure to open up the room. Though not an especially challenging project for the DIYer, painting a popcorn texture properly requires certain tools and techniques. Read on for details, and you just might learn how to paint popcorn ceiling into good favor once again!

MATERIALS AND TOOLS
Ladder
Painter’s tape
Plastic sheeting
Drop cloths
Dust mask
Protective eyewear
Flathead screwdriver
Feather or microfiber duster
Vacuum with dusting brush attachment (optional)
Paint
Angled paintbrush
5-gallon bucket with screen
Long napped roller cover (3/4-inch nap)
Paint roller with extension handle

STEP 1
Prep your room carefully, since the texture of a popcorn ceiling is bound to cause a good deal of splatter when you roll on paint. Tape plastic sheeting around the walls and cover the floors with drop cloths. Also cover and mask any ceiling fixtures with plastic and painter’s tape.

How to Paint a Popcorn Ceiling

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STEP 2
Prep the ceiling edges to ensure you’ll be able to achieve a neat edge where the ceiling meets the wall. Don your dust mask and protective eyewear and, using a flathead screwdriver, gently scrape about 1/4 inch of the popcorn surface off the ceiling all along the edges. One of my friends who works in construction was telling me how he used his boom lift hire in Melbourne to get to his high ceilings to achieve this effect.

If your house was built before 1977 (the year asbestos was banned from textured ceilings), get the ceiling tested first to ensure it’s safe to work on. If it contains asbestos or lead, you’re better off leaving it alone, or having professionals handle the work.

STEP 3
Use a feather or microfiber duster—or your vacuum with the soft bristled dusting brush attachment—to banish dust from all nooks and crannies so that it doesn’t speckle the paint you apply to the popcorn ceiling.

STEP 4
Pull out the paint! Popcorn and other textured surfaces require more paint to achieve full coverage, so plan to use twice as much of the supply as you would on a flat ceiling.

Cut in around the ceiling edge with an angled brush. Load the brush with plenty of paint but apply with a light touch. Once the textured aggregate gets wet, it tends to peel off, so don’t overwork any area; just gently apply paint and move on. Plan to do a second coat if you don’t get full coverage in one pass of painting a popcorn ceiling.

STEP 5
Since you won’t want to be bending to refill your roller more than necessary to paint popcorn ceiling, use a long napped roller cover to load on plenty of paint in one swoop. And, rather than a roller pan, get the sort of 5-gallon bucket with a screen or grid—that’s what pros rely on to ensure the roller is sufficiently loaded with paint. Load the roller fully, and apply to the ceiling in one direction only. Make just one pass.

STEP 6
Allow the first coat adequate time to dry per the manufacturer’s recommendation, and then roll a second coat, again in one pass only but in a direction perpendicular to the first coat. These two coats will give you the most even uniform coverage across the whole ceiling—minimum overhead for maximum color refresh.

Curated From – Bob Villa

Grohe Brothers To Step Down – Hansgrohe & Axor – Industry News

 Major Shakeup With Industry Leader Hansgrohe!

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Philippe and Richard are to leave their management roles at Hansgrohe SE, the company their grandfather founded 115 years ago.

Richard, who is deputy chairman of the executive board, and his brother Philippe, vice-president of design management, will hand over their duties at the German bathroom company at the end of October.

The two will remain shareholders, allowing them to remain “closely connected” to Hansgrohe and to Axor, the company’s designer brand.

“After more than 24 years in various positions at Hansgrohe SE, the time has come for me to withdraw from the operative side of business and to support the brands and Hansgrohe exclusively from a shareholder position,” said Philippe Grohe.

“Both my brother Richard and I will stay closely connected with Axor and Hansgrohe, and obviously my interest for design and culture will keep me close to the community.”

In a statement, the company said that the overall ownership structure of Hansgrohe SE will not change.

Thirty-two per cent of the shares will still be held by the family of the founder’s son Klaus Grohe – including Phillipe and Richard. American majority shareholder Masco Corporation retains 68 per cent of the shares.

Hansgrohe SE was founded by Hans Grohe in 1901, in Schiltach, Germany. It releases products under two brands: Hansgrohe and Axor, which collaborates with leading designers to develop innovative bathroom products.

Nendo has previously created a surreal furniture installation combining showers with a series of lamps for the brand, while Philippe Starck designed its Organic Tap, which uses half as much water as regular taps.

Curated From DeZeen

Carl Hansen’s Limited Edition “Black Collection” – Interior Design

The Last Chair Is To Die For, Being Dark Has Never Been This Awesome!

Dark Shadows: The Limited Edition Black Collection from Carl Hansen

October 25, 2016 6:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Danish brand Carl Hansen has been playing around with the classics, reintroducing dormant designs from midcentury masters and updating classic pieces with new fabric options and black frame finishes. Here’s a roundup of new offerings from the Black Collection via Skandium in London (the collection is available until November 30).

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Above, L to R: The Black Edition CH07 Shell Chair, the Black Edition CH445 Wing Chair, and the Black Edition CH25 Chair.

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Above: The chairs can be ordered upholstered in handwoven fabric from Mourne Textiles.

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Above: The Black Edition CH25 Chair has a black-stained frame and black cord seat.

Curated From Remodelista

Kloof Road House – #ModernMondays

The South African architectectural firm of Nico Van Der Meulen completed one of my personal favorites at the foot of a nature reserve in Johannesburg South Africa. The Kloof Road House, as it has now come to be known is a distinctive property which was designed with the priority being to create and enhances a family oriented environment. Black morphed cladding wraps around the whole house turning into a modern sculpture.

Designed by: Werner van der Meulen 

Location: Bedfordview, Johannesburg, South Africa

Awards : ArchiLovers 2015 Best Project

 

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