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8 Economical DIY Rattan Projects Featuring Readymade Cane and Ikea Furniture

Phase Two of the now raging Rattan Revival: crafty sorts the world over are making use of readymade rolls of woven cane, Ikea furniture, and other basics to create their own take on the trend. Here are eight standout projects, all easy enough to tackle yourself (or to get a handy someone to make for you). N.B. Cane is a part of the fast-growing rattan plant; we use the two terms here interchangeably. Headboard Above: Copenhagen-based interior stylist and writer Caroline Bahrenscheer of the blog September Edit created this floating Rattan Headboard for her own bedroom. As a frame, Caroline used Ikea’s Ivar…


Ranch Redux: A New Life for a Mid-Century Gem in San Diego, Courtesy of Studio Shamshiri

Here’s a project that masterfully combines some of our favorite styles—Scandinavian, Japanese wabi-sabi, and California mid-century—to great effect. It’s the work of Studio Shamshiri founder, Pamela Shamshiri, long admired in the industry for her exacting eye and tastemaking sensibilities. “We look for an emotional link or common attitude between the eras we’re referencing,” she told us in a 2015 Remodelista interview (back when she was a founding partner at Commune Design). “You can’t combine any two movements, they have to complement each other and relate in ethos.” That interplay between the different design traditions has created a home that feels…


Desert Dream: An Architect-Designed, Off-the Grid Cabin in Joshua Tree

It is bitterly cold in the Northeast this week, and I plan to stay indoors as much as I can, drinking hot tea, snuggling with my dog, and researching trips to warmer destinations. On my list: this solar-powered guesthouse in Southern California designed by Cohesion Studio. Joshua Tree Folly sits on an abandoned homestead in the town of Twentynine Palms, just outside Joshua Tree National Park. It’s the brainchild of architect Malek Alqadi, who, after years of working at a firm and designing private residences for Hollywood VIPs, decided to strike out on his own. In stark contrast to the…


Kitchen of the Week: Ikea Meets Semihandmade in a Shell Pink Beach House Kitchen

Of all the trending alternatives to icebox white in the kitchen, pink doesn’t exactly rank at the top of the list. Still, we’ve encountered several kitchens of late that use blush tones to great effect: see, for instance, A Plaster-Pink Kitchen in Bath, England, Two Young Architects Think Pink in LA, and Urban Tropical in London.  These designs all telegraph a notably cheery vibe thanks to their pastel palette—and the same can be said for this compact galley in a 1959 house in Solana Beach, in northern San Diego County. San Diego interior designer Michelle Salz-Smith and her team at Studio…


10 Easy Pieces: Media Consoles and Sideboards

If you’re not able to hide the television in some way, you can always improve the look of the giant black void with a good piece of furniture. Here are our favorite media consoles and sideboards for resting beneath a wall-mounted television or to support one directly. Above: From UK designers Pinch, the Lowry Sideboard is made up of various sizes of solid wood fins. It’s available in natural cherry, natural oak, white oiled oak, or natural black American walnut. On the higher end of the spectrum, the sideboard is $16,800 at The Future Perfect. Above: The Copenhagen Media Cabinet…


Druid’s Hall: A Nature-Worshipping Guesthouse in Northern California

We’ve long been captivated by Margaret Grade and Daniel Delong’s distinctively moody guesthouses in West Marin, California. In addition to Sir & Star at Hotel Olema, Manka’s Inverness Lodge, and Manka’s Boathouse, the two are the proprietors of Druid’s Hall, once the former meeting hall of the United Ancient Order of Druids. Like Sir & Star at Hotel Olema, Druid’s Hall is located in the hamlet of Olema (in fact, it’s just a half block away from Sir & Star). The couple bought the property in 2014 and have since updated it while maintaining its foothold in the past. They’ve…

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