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Current Obsessions: Thanksgiving Preparations

London openings, small shifts to make, an artful revamp of the most humdrum household essential, a couple of early holiday sales, and more this pre-Thanksgiving weekend: Above: A corner in autumnal tones from Creative Flow: A Novelist’s Elegant Pied-a-Terre by Colombe Studio. Photograph by Kasia Gatkowska, courtesy of Colombe Studio. Going on at Town House (5 Fournier Street, London): “A Step Inside”, an exhibit of Eleanor Crow’s quiet paintings of London shops, kitchens, interiors, and still lifes; on view now through December 5th. Also open in London: Rose Uniacke’s new fabrics shop at 103 Pimlico Road. Margot and Fan have been…


Shopper’s Diary: Old Faithful Opens a Second Vancouver Outpost

Vancouver’s Old Faithful Shop is named for its reliably well-made household goods and old-fashioned attentive service. Owner Walter Manning was born to his trade: his grandparents on both sides, and their parents before them, all ran general stores that served as community hubs. “I grew up in their backrooms and whether it was hereditary or through osmosis, I didn’t have much of a choice but to follow suit.” Rather than focus on humble basics, however, Walter has an eye for contemporary Japanese and Scandinavian design: furniture, lighting, tableware, and kitchen tools that elevate the everyday. We’ve been avidly browsing his…


Can Minimalism and 5 Kids Co-Exist? A Design Couple’s Child-Friendly, Clutter-Free Home

When most of us see a blank wall, our urge is to cover it—with photos, posters, art, or color. But in the inviting home of Maria and Paul Le Mesurier, the founders of UK furniture company WoodEdit (see our story about it here), there is not a hint of wall art to be found, nor is there much color. “I can never see the point of using lots of different shades of paint,” Maria, who acts as the brand’s creative director, tells us. “Every hour of every day of every season, the light changes all the time, so the white…


How to Install a Utility Sink

Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Fairly advanced plumbing skills are needed to connect the new sink to the existing water-supply pipes and drain lines. Estimated Time 4 to 6 hours In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how to install a utility sink. Steps for installing a utility sink Turn off water Cut section from existing drain pipe and install a new Wye-fitting Assemble PVC pipe and fittings for new drain/vent system Glue drain/vent system to existing vent stack Rough in the PVC trap assembly Set the sink into position, inserting…


10 Easy Pieces: Linen-Slipcovered Sofas

We’ve cornered our 10 favorite linen slipcovered sofas, beginning with the costliest to the most modestly priced. Above: The Geoffrey Sofa is available directly through Montauk online. Above: The IKEA Färlöv Sofa in white starts at $799. Above: The Restoration Hardware Belgian Slipcovered Bench Seat Sofa is $3,595. Above: The Keely Slipcovered Sofa is $2,599 at Crate & Barrel. Above: The Carmel Slipcovered Sofa is $2,950 at Lekker Home. Above: The Montauk Sofa from Montauk is available to order directly through Montauk online. Above: From Serena & Lily, the Norfolk Slipcovered Sofa is $6,798. Above: The Victor 98 Inch Sofa…


2021 Cottage Community: Better Building Products | Ep. 5

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