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giveaway: Yolo Colorhouse Design Kits

Yolo Colorhouse wants you to know that their paint is now available in Lowe’s stores on the West Coast, and to help spread the word they are offering one lucky reader some useful things, more on that below. To celebrate the introduction the paint is being offered at a special price, yipee. Go see more about this, and find out which select stores the paint will be available in.

Yolo Colorhouse makes gorgeous zero-VOC paint which means it’s good for you, your home and the environment. They are both Green Seal certified and has a whole bunch of LEED rating points. I first learned about Yolo Colorhouse when we bought our first home and painted every wall, ceiling and door with zero-VOC paint (I would have painted the floors too, but half are already pretty nice and the other half are carpet). Yolo Colorhouse has amazing colors, each one is richly pigmented and seems to spring from nature. I wasn’t surprised to find that the women who founded the company actually started with color, custom mixing it on the spot for clients, and was followed by researching and creating paint that would be healthier for themselves and the dwellings they put it in. They call themselves color nerds! Their designer sensibilities also show in how they present the paint, they sell poster-sized samples of the actual paint which you can hang on the wall of you choice to see how it acts in the light in that space and there is no need to paint a swatch on your wall (something I find perilous and more work than it seems). Or, if you’re getting ready to make some paint choices for your home, you can order a Design Kit which are books of 8×8 samples of all the colors they offer. Which brings us back to the giveaway!

Yolo Colorhouse would like to give a reader both of their Design Kits, each is worth $80. One set contains The Earth’s Color collection and the second contains both The Color of Hope collection as well as the Sprout collection which is a range of lovely pastels suitable for childrens rooms. Each sample card lists three companion colors on the back as well as a note on the color. My favorite, Petal .02, says “Hot lime – full of energy. Try it with black and white – makes for a lively contemporary kitchen or for an accent in a kid’s play room.” Petal .01 reports “Make no mistake, Petal .01 is loud and vibrant. An orange designed to be used sparingly, unless you want to live loud.” Each kit is bound using a metal ring that is easy to unclasp so you can hold up individual samples as needed. In addition to the design kits you’ll get an organic cotton tote bag and a BPA-free water bottle. Excellent, right?

Are you a designer? Or just fixing up your house and anticipating needing some time to obsess over colors? These are meant for you. If you think these Design Kits would come in handy you can enter this giveaway simply by leaving a comment with this post. If you’d like something to chat about (I love reading all the responses) please answer this question: Which color would you paint your ideal kitchen? I think I’d go with a sunny yellow to keep my spirits up during our overcast winter days. You’ve got until Tuesday, June 14th to enter, the fine print applies and the winner will be chosen by the Random Number Generator. Just so you know: This a sponsored giveaway, from a company I like.

Alright, good luck! Done! I’ll be announcing the winning number once I’ve heard back. Thanks so much for entering everybody!

· comments [514] · 06-7-2011 · categories:the home ·

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Design*Sponge » diy project: paper marquee letter lamp.

How expensive is cheap lawn equipment? | Ask MetaFilter. A discussion about brands of string trimmers, which we are also looking at buying. Our old rechargeable one wasn’t powerful enough to make it all the way around the lawn.

Home-Dzine – Make your own designer fractal mirror, via Curbly. I like this idea.

Target’s Limited Edition Home Accessories by Calypso | Apartment Therapy. Something to remember to check out.

· comments [4] · 04-20-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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Debbie Carlos, at Design Mom. Fabulous oversized black and white prints.

Glowing Outdoor Orbs | The Art of Doing Stuff.

Color Block Mountain Painting blog. I like this, and Meg Allen Cole offers very good tips.

Unexpected Favorite: Vintage Drying Rack | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn. This is so cool.

· comments [5] · 04-6-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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A Year in Bed: A Modest Proposal | Apartment Therapy New York. This is more of a note to self to follow up when Maxwell has made it through all 12 beds.

Intrinsic Complexity: Modern Hacked Lighting | Apartment Therapy Unplggd. Create a modern looking pendant for cheap.

I’m looking to buy a new (or very nearly new) king-size mattress. Recommendations for stores, brands, or particular models are much appreciated. | Ask MetaFilter.

Freshly Picked: How to Make a Chandelier. An inexpensive shell-like chandelier, fabulous. Via Design Mom.

Make: Online | Make: Projects – Doortop Stash. A most brilliant way to hide small things in (almost) plain sight in your house that will not be bothered with. Via Erica Mulherin on Pinterest.

How To: Hack an Ikea Frosta Stool Apartment Therapy Videos | Apartment Therapy New York.

My friend, the towel radiator. « Door Sixteen.

· comments [7] · 03-22-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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matsutake: My DIY Bedside Table!. Via Craftzine.

A Whole Mess of Staples « Manhattan Nest. He upholsters an Ikea bedframe using an army blanket and it come in under $100. My hero.

Design*Sponge » DIY 101: building your toolbox – saws part I.

A Curtain at the Front Door | Apartment Therapy. When we lived in houses where the front door opened directly into the living room I always wanted to hang a heavy curtain over the door, at least to make the room seem cozier and less sidewalk adjacent.

Wall-Mounted Nightstands Round Up | Apartment Therapy.

Is It Still Called An End Table If It’s Made From Lamps? | Apartment Therapy San Francisco.

· comments [3] · 03-14-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

daily photo: Mar. 1st

orange FLOR tiles, mostly out of focus

We finally installed our FLOR tiles so I used them to learn all about the A-Dep (depth of focus setting) setting on my camera. Last time I wrote about these we had samples and we liked one color, but a different texture that the color wasn’t available for. Happily we dithered long enough and FLOR updated their line to include the combination we really wanted, Feelin’ Groovy in Clementine. Now we need a low table and some lighting. At this pace we will be done sometime in October.

· comments [7] · 03-1-2011 · categories:dailyphoto · the home ·

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Stylish Outdoor Lighting: Solar Soji Lanterns | Apartment Therapy Unplggd. Solar!

Museum of Useful Things – 24″ Order Rail. I wish I had found this when I was putting together my kitchen wall stuff.

The top air scrubbing indoor plants from a NASA study. | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest.

Best Vacuum Roundup: Dyson, Miele, Electrolux, Airider… | Apartment Therapy.

Cool Tools: Window Alert. UV window clings that are almost invisible to humans but birds can see clearly, they help stop birds from flying into windows and hurting themselves. Wish we had these when I was a kid, I grew up in a house with giant plate glass windows and birds flew into them often.

swissmiss | Componibili Laundry Basket. A wall mounted flip out bin that would work as toy storage or recycling. We have three Ikea Trones shoe bins that we spray painted white and use as wall mounted recycling bins, they work well, but these Componibili look nicer.

Jordan Ferney | Oh Happy Day!: Removable Wallpaper: The Final Report. Did the wallpaper come down easily? The suspense! Actually, I’m all up on considering removable wallpaper for an entryway now.

Home Projects for Renters: Reversible Wall Decor | Apartment Therapy New York.

Design Happens » Archive » A DIY Grandfather Clock For Under $50. So smart! Seeing great uses of wall decals like this makes me want to throw back my head and curse my orange peel walls. Curses!

· comments [3] · 02-28-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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All Blown Up: How to Create Custom Large-Scale Artwork » Man Made DIY.

shelterrific » vintage lighting love: behind the scenes at rejuvenation.

Before & After: Adding Style to an IKEA Karlstad Sofa | Apartment Therapy New York. Very cool and easy change, they turned an Ikea Karlstad into what looks like a Crate and Barrel Petrie.

How to cut an ENJE roller shade. « Door Sixteen.

Help! My Wall Outlet Moves When I Plug Things In | Apartment Therapy Unplggd. An easy fix to bring a loose outlet flush with your wall.

Brasa Brings the Fireplace to the Tabletop | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.

How-To: Make Your Own Sunburst Mirror For Under $25 » Curbly | DIY Design Community. Via @CapreeK on Twitter.

· comments [5] · 02-16-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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The Designer Pad – The Brick House Project. A renovated and furnished home where they set a $100 limit on each thing. Via A Whole Lotta Nothing.

swissmiss | Coffee Filters.

Cool Tools: Umbrella Patch. Handy kit for fixing a hole in drywall.

Cool Tools: Method Foaming Soap Dispenser. Reusing foaming soap dispensers is easy, we reused one for about five years before we had to replace it (with a prettier Muji version).

Luggage Racks As Pot Racks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn.

Large Wooden Ampersand by Hindsvik on Etsy. Oh yes. Via Making It Lovley.

Shane Powers for West Elm – The Crafts Dept. We saw some of these terrariums last time we were in Portland (the nearest West Elm store) and I loved them.

Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone: Junk Drawer Overhaul: Chargers Made Lovely. We need to do this, our chargers live on our kitchen counter as well.

· comments [4] · 02-4-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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Posie Gets Cozy: Paint and Switch. Two more light gray paint colors to bookmark, Wickham Gray and Stonington Gray, both by Benjamin Moore.

Pharox60 6 Watt Dimmable LED Bulb Daily Find | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.

in the loop – Home – how to: make a bubble wreath.

Rain gutter bookshelves! At Parent Hacks.

Tea & Cookies: Create an Organized Spice Rack? Check. She has great information on what she picked and why, as well as useful links to the other spice organization systems. I still just pile everything into my drawer, but feel the need to at least label them a bit better.

· comments [7] · 01-7-2011 · categories:links · the home ·

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DIY Glass Bubble Chandelier at Small Notebook.

Design*Sponge » sneak peek: mike and emma of m+e. I wasn’t the only one who immediately wanted to know what paint they used in the living room — Emma responded in the comments and it’s Wedgewood Gray by Aura. Thank you Emma!

Where’s the best place to buy one-off large posters online? | Ask MetaFilter. Asker is looking for services that will print his own images.

Tutorial: Eco-chic Chandelier | i do it yourself™.

How To Create a Quick, Cheap Rug Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy New York.

Friday I’m in love… with our crafty felt rug « Conversation Pieces. Love this! Via Apartment Therapy.

True Up » Digital Fabric Printing Comparison Chart Updated!. Via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

High-Heeled Foot in the Door: DIY Chevron Rug. Wow, a big impact rug made for very little money.

Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business: diy: a mirror from a leaded-glass window. This is beautiful.

shelterrific » strangely appealing: designgrass.

you are my fave: Woven wooden light shades are my fave. I love these.

Best Books for Home Remodel | Ask MetaFilter.

Silver Electrical Cord Kit – Pendants and Lanterns – Cost Plus World Market. Nice, and cheap.

Help me stop my windows from dripping | Ask MetaFilter. Condensation on aluminum frames, a question I have myself.

The Doors « Manhattan Nest. Using fabric to block the view but not the light through the windows in bedroom doors.

· comments [7] · 12-2-2010 · categories:links · the home ·

FLOR carpet tiles

FLOR tiles in six different oranges

We finally bought some lounge-y type chairs for the empty spot in our dining room. I really wanted ones with arms (these chairs we spotted in Vegas would have been ideal) but after looking at every lounge chair I could and finding none that fit into the two categories that were imperative (A: I like them, and B: they are something less than $3000) I gave in and we bought inexpensive armless chairs. (We found them here at Overstock.) They work well because they don’t block the sightlines to the large mirror that leans against a wall off to one side. The mirror is huge and heavy and came into our possession when the people who previously owned this house left it behind. It’s so heavy I suspect we will also be leaving it behind.

our gray chairs

Here are chairs looking really boring.

Now we need a rug to go under the chairs and sort of define the space. We hope it will say “this is where we sit and sip martinis”. Or at the very least “this rug is here so the chairs won’t slide as you go to sit down”. The space is a size that most area rugs won’t work for as we walk through that corner to get in and out of the dining room. So a 5×8 area rug would stick out too far and I’d constantly be tripping on the corner (and dramatically dropping platters of food). A 4×6 rug wouldn’t be wide enough to allow all eight chair legs to rest on the rug. We need a 4×7 rug, so it was off to FLOR to decide on a color.

FLOR paper included in samples that reads Say hello to your FLOR samples

FLOR tiles, if you have not already come across them, are modular carpet tiles about 20″x20″. They are created from recycled or renewable materials where they can, low VOC, made mostly in the US and you can return them to the factory for recycling if you ever decide you no longer need them. If you spill something on one of them you can pick it up and wash it. And, important for our purposes, they can be trimmed to fit the size you need. Neat huh? Read more about the tiles and the company here.

our orange dining room wall

This is our dining room wall color.

I spent three days changing my mind about what color rug we needed. White! It would get dirty too quickly. Gray! Black and white stripes! Teal! Scott pointed out that an orange to go with our dining room wall would work well. The house is oddly laid out and you cannot really stand somewhere and be able to see the area rug and the wall in the same view so the amount of orange hopefully won’t be overwhelming.

six tiles laid out on the floor

Shown above: Fez in Orange, Toy Poodle in Persimmon, Fedora in Cayenne / Toy Poodle in Clementine, Feelin’ Groovy in Orange, Making Waves in Clementine.

We ordered six samples, they come 6″x6″, and I’m very glad we did as they look very different in person than on the website. (This may largely be the fault of my lack of a good computer monitor.)

clementine vs. orange, two tiles left

We narrowed it down to these two, Toy Poodle in Clementine and Feelin’ Groovy in Orange. After seeing them in daylight and at night we’ve chosen clementine as our color, it’s the lighter one above. The colors in the photo aren’t quite right, the Orange looks better up there, so you’ll just have to trust me. Though, I really really wish they still had the yellow-flecked orange they show as a design element at the top of this page:

p.s. The FLOR site has lots of great chairs in their example room photos. I want the violet/magenta ones shown on this page.

After that I need this Martini table from West Elm to hold our martinis. See? Perfect.

· comments [34] · 11-26-2010 · categories:the home ·

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How To Turn IKEA’s Tullsta Chair Into a Designer Piece Home Hacks | Apartment Therapy.

Craft/tool station with wall organizer – Craftynest.

Centsational Girl » Blog Archive » How To Paint Perfect Stripes on Walls.

Jonathan Adler Mrs. Godfrey Chair. I LOVE this chair. I cannot afford it.

The Dishrack of Your Dreams | Kohler. Mine too, I hope they start making this to purchase soon.

mirrormirror: Mrs Thomas’s Book of Household Management, DIY fruit fly traps that work.

Space Heaters, Radiators, Heating Pads for Every Size Roundup | Apartment Therapy Unplggd. I’ve decided I cannot go another winter without a small programmable space heater for our bathroom. Or a bathroom remodel. Guess which one is realistic right now.

POSTERHANGER at Textile Arts. This is 60 inches wide so you can use it to hang large pieces of fabric for decorations. I have some fabric hangers from CB2 that are, sniff, no longer available, but work really well to fill a large blank wall with something fairly inexpensive.

the girl in the green dress.: interior design magazine. We’ve been wondering what to put on our bedroom walls to add some color but we wanted something that wouldn’t hurt if it fell in the middle of the night. Felt panels? Perfect.

Design*Sponge » before & after: sarah’s rug + kat’s planters. The painted rug here is very smart.

· comments [9] · 11-17-2010 · categories:links · the home ·

Seattle Ikea: two kinds of hooks, two shortcuts

shortcut goes from mirrors to aisle 62, close to the checkout lanes!

Earlier this week I accompanied Tea on a trip to the Seattle Ikea. She taught me how much you can get done at Ikea in the twenty minutes before closing time and I showed her my two favorite shortcuts.

Shortcut #1: If you head to your right just as you go in the main entrance doors, pass by the entrance to the kids play area and round the corner at the end of that hallway you’ll pop out near the restaurant, thus bypassing the entire showroom half of the store.

Shortcut #2 (my absolute favorite): If you take the official shortcut in the marketplace area with the mirrors and picture frames you’ll go through a hallway and end up in the warehouse just a few rows from the checkout lanes, bypassing nearly the entirety of the warehouse section. This one isn’t a secret, but the sign for it is hard to spot unless you’re looking for it as it’s just out of the sightlines from the main walkway. You come out at aisle 62 so if only need one thing from the warehouse and it’s in, say, aisle 50 you can cut through here and backtrack through the warehouse. It’ll save a bunch of time and will avoid the pinch of going through the section with vases and plant pots (which we call “The Gauntlet”).

These two combined can save a huge amount of time. Especially if you’re only there to eat some meatballs and pick up a new cutting board.

I also noted two Ikea items I’ve been somewhat obsessed over in the last few years.

Vippa hooks, with two screws

Vippa hooks: These are simple metal double hooks, both the angled top and the curved bottom can hold something. Since they are attached with two screws instead of one they won’t eventually loosen and rotate against the wall. (I’m looking at you, Blecka hooks.) When we set up our kitchen storage the Vippa hooks were on the website but the spot for them in the store, conveniently labeled “Vippa”, was empty. For years. I checked the stock at stores all over the world and even had Busywork check on them in a UK Ikea, no luck. (Though I did gain a witness to my madness on this point.) And suddenly earlier this year there they were. So, if you’re looking for a good hook for your wall in a closet or entryway Vippa might be for you. They come in two sizes and I suggest you buy them now before they disappear again.

Grundtal 9-hooks, a loop at one end, a hook at the other

Grundtal hooks: These 9-shaped hooks were the ones I used in my improvised kitchen cabinet handle-as-hanging-bar (about half way down that page). Unlike S-hooks they can’t be pushed off to fall noisily. I get reports from time to time that people cannot find them, but my Ikea faithfully has them in the Grundtal section of the marketplace aisles where the bathroom fixtures are. Grundtal is also the name of storage items in the kitchen section which does or used to carry Grundtal S-hooks, thus the confusion, I think. That and I wouldn’t be surprised to find that my Ikea is the only one in the universe that actually stocks the 9-hooks. If you need some get in touch, I’ll be happy to get some to you.

· comments [9] · 11-4-2010 · categories:the home ·

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Save Energy without Replacement Windows – DIY Life.

Heated….RUGS? » Curbly | DIY Design Community « Keywords: heater, space_heater, rug_pad, rug. I think I want a rug heater, anybody used one? Like it?

DIY Athens Farm Wedding | Once Wed. While the wedding dress is great, I’m bookmarking this for the easy and charming polka dot garland shown behind the sewing machine.

Dyson City DC-26 Multi floor (NOTCOT). It’s so tiny, and it has a retractable cord. I might rethink my proposed purchase of a Miele.

WowWall on Etsy. I like the scale of these wall stickers.

· comments [21] · 11-2-2010 · categories:links · the home ·