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Editors’ Picks: 11 Scandi Storage Must-Haves

We asked our editors to choose their favorite stylish Scandi storage tools (beyond Ikea)—and they delivered with a collection of proven classics they have in their own homes, as well as new finds they can’t wait to get their hands on. Here, their 11 favorites. N.B.: Featured photograph courtesy of Juli Baker, from O Canada: Mjölk’s Renovated Scandi-Style Cabin on a Lake. The Hay Enamel Tray Above: Margot loves her Enamel Tray by Hay; $25. “Hay’s designs are clean-lined and practical but have a joie de vivre about them, perhaps because they don’t shy from color,” she says of the…


LA Stories: A Rudolph Schindler Apartment in Silver Lake, Lovingly Restored (and Now Ready for Stays)

Here’s a story of a home that’s truly a labor of love. Manola Court (also known as the Sachs Apartments) is a 16-unit residence  designed by one of the forefathers of Modern architecture, R.M. Schindler. In 2013, it was purchased by Paul Finegold and his wife, Gitu Bhavnani, who tasked architects and friends Tash Rahbar and Scott Strumwasser, of Enclosures Architects, with updating the building with modern conveniences while honoring and restoring Schindler’s original vision. Phase 1 of the project, which involved the restoration of five apartments, began in 2015. Tragically, a couple years later, Bhavnani passed away from TEMPI…


Ask This Old House Goes to Salt Lake City

After the presentations and Q&A, there was ample time to relax, mingle, and grab a bite. Insider Brian Miller (right) and his wife Mary Wilde-Miller (center), chatted with AskTOH production assistant Makayla Townsend (left). The two came from Murray, UT, where Mary teaches first grade and Brian is a contractor—"No offense to Richard, but my first love was framing," he says.Brian started watching This Old House with his grandfather, who was in the construction business. Mary also enjoys the shows, and in particular gets ideas for DIY projects and home improvements from Ask This Old House. Naturally, the two had a…


Remodeling Wisdom: 10 Budget Backsplash Hacks

When the kitchen remodeling budget is tight: 10 ideas for finessing the backsplash issue. 1. Glass Above: An artist’s studio kitchen is full of creative and inexpensive remodeling ideas: The backsplash is a sheet of painted glass, salvaged from an old project and glued in place. A round industrial magnet serves as a utensil holder. Photograph by Kim Lightbody, from Kitchen of the Week: A Glassmaker’s Imaginative Studio Kitchen in London, DIY Ikea Hacks Included. 2. Chalkboard Paint Above: Designer C.S. Valentin’s apartment features a kitchen backsplash fashioned from slabs of wood painted with chalkboard paint. Photograph by Jonathan Hökklo, from…


Kitchen of the Week: A Cost-Conscious Kitchen in Sweden

Since Christmas 2015, Maria Förstberg, a librarian and weaver, has been living in a home tailor-made for her in Linköping, in southern Sweden. The structure, a pair of gabled volumes clad in corrugated aluminum looks much like a child’s drawing come to life, and is the work of her son, architect Björn Förstberg, and his partner, Mikael Ling. It was Förstberg Ling‘s very first project. Originally dreamed up as an entry for a sustainable housing exhibition in Linköping—planned back in 2013 and opening this September—House for Mother instantly became a Pinterest sensation. We’re especially drawn to the double-height, plywood-clad kitchen, which overlooks a living area complete with a…

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