Decorating and drinking don’t really go hand-in-hand, but they should. Think of how much easier it would be to feng shui it up in your bachelor pad if you could just look at your interior with some beer goggles? Well, now this Stact Modular Wine Wall we spotted on Uncrate today can help you do both. As easy as lining them up and throwing them in, now all of your favorite bottles can be on display, easy to access and an actual part of your decor. Talk about the most impressive use of function meets design we’ve ever seen. Pick one up for just $95 here.
Who doesn’t love an extreme makeover? Be it a person, a salon or a yard, we’re suckers for a before and after side-by-side and there’s no shame in that. After months major renovations and some vibrant aesthetic touches, Cabana on McClintock is ready for it’s “after photo” so be sure to have a looksie on Facebook or at the Cabana On McClintock website. Warning: even if you’re not in the market for a ultra chic
vacation home apartment, you may find yourself wishing you were. Newly opened bungalows are available now at 1701 E Don Carlos Ave. in Tempe.
It’s no secret we love when we can turn empty bottles of alcohol into some creative home project. This is due in part to our love for recycling and chic home furnishings, but more so because of our excessive drinking habits. We kid, but this DIY project on how to turn empty wine bottles into beautiful lights is no joke. Simply round up your empty wine bottles, soak them and remove the excess glue and get to drilling a small hole in the bottom so you can filter in light strands. Get step-by-step instructions from blog, Taste of Home and then there is no stopping how many of these you can filter through your home. It will give the feeling of an outdoor garden party with beautiful twinkle lights while indoors because let’s face it, that ship has sailed.
We wish there was a better name for this amazing DIY project we stumbled upon this weekend from Boing Boing, but sadly nothing seems to do it justice. This is a bowl made out of melted, plastic army men and it is something you can create all by yourself (or buy from artist Dominic Wilcox, but where’s the fun in that?) Think of it as reliving your favorite childhood pastime of melting them down with a magnifying glass (because everyone did that, right?), but for an actual purpose. The finished product looks amazing and is functional, too. You just need roughly a company of plastic army men, a pyrex bowl, a working oven and a little patience for some hand melting action. To read the full directions visit the website here. At ease.
Sitting in a cubicle day after day can seriously take its toll on the average person. If someone has ever uttered the phrase, “Excuse me, that’s my stapler” you know it’s time to make a change to ensure that your space is one you’ll want to sit in until the apocalypse. Daily Candy recently rounded up the best office accessories filled with adorable trinkets, like a duck shaped tape dispenser, and useful gadgets, like chalkboard file holders, that’ll make you smile. Short of bedazzling your stapler, these will personalize your space and have everyone walk by with envy. Check out our favorites after the jump.
Since spring cleaning, shopping and redecorating are officially in full swing, stylish finds for budget-conscious shoppers like us has become a top priority. Courtesy of Apartment Therapy, the following is a list of exactly that: 10 stylish housewares found around town that will curb your design fix but won’t break the bank.
• Flat Weave Rug: from West Elm for $12.99
• Panel Set: from $20 each from West Elm
• Hand Painted Bowls: for $12 from Sprout Home
• Striped Tablecloth: for $13 from Unison
• Marimekko Shower Curtain: from Crate and Barrel for $19.95
• Ring Vases: from CB2 for $14.95
• Diamond Back Pillow: from House 8810 for $8.
• Clover Pillow: from CB2 for $19.95
• Milk Bottle Drinking Set: from House 8810 for $9.
• Acton Vases: for $4.89 from Z Gallerie
We’ve waxed poetic about modern furniture purveyors Modern Manor before, but since then, we have discovered that Arizona is actually quite a hot destination for one-of-a-kind modern furniture finds. From state-of-the-art custom pieces to contemporary vintage one-offs, below is DLT’s list of the top ten modern and mid-century furniture shops in Phoenix. Whether you’re revamping the living room or just love the thrill of the hunt, take note after the jump:
For the creatively motivated, Pinterest is a great site to visit to fuel those fires of do-it-yourselfyness that we celebrate here. For the rest of us, it’s a great place to go to waste time and pine over such motivation. When we do find something cool and easy to create, we want to share it which is why this Pottery Barn inspired scripted lampshade is here on your screen right now. We love the idea of having your favorite words literally light your way and this project has many different options on how to go about it. The Shabby Creek Cottage recommends buying a new lampshade (obviously) and printing our your words and taping them on the inside of the shade to trace before painting, but the idea of free handing it could add just the ‘write’ amount of personality to make your room unique. Visit the site to get the full details.
This little DIY project from P.S. I Made This really struck us as something neat. Matchbooks are something we may all take for granted, but they can act as little tokens from faraway lands, favorite restaurants or a fabulous flea markets that take you back to another place and time. Now you can display your collection in the form of wall art. All you need is a shadow box (or multiple if you want to expand your collection) and push pins. Shove the pins through the matchbooks directly into the shadow box and cover when complete. It makes a great conversation piece so you can tell all of your house guests how well traveled you are. Check out the full post here.
Do you have a couch straight out of the 80’s? Are the trials of vacuuming shag carpet something you are all-too familiar with? Then the Arizona North Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers, the oldest and largest professional organization for Interior Designers) has come to your rescue. During the months of March and April, you can meet with an ASID Interior Designer in your home or business for up to two hours at a reduced rate. Whether you just need help choosing the right color for your walls or some major changes are needed (first things first: get rid of that carpet!), this is your opportunity to get the project started. Plus, hiring a professional interior designer can save you time and money and prevent costly mistakes.
After registering, you will be put in touch with a designer who specializes in your design needs. The designer will contact you to set up a to meet. Appointments are limited. Registration ends March 31 and initial designer consultation must be completed by May 15.
To register or for more info, click here.
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Using more f-bombs than a drunken sailer, FYNCT is our favorite NSFW interior design blog. Click here to check the potty-mouthed design blog for f*ckin’ awesome interior design inspiration and ideas or to say a polite piss off in the comments to those with nicer homes than yours.
A eco-friendly and super easy way to add a little life to your home is the Woolly Pocket Living Wall Planter. Made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles here in the United States, the soft-sided pockets are breathable, brightly colored, modular and a fun way to grow indoors. Used for a single garden or hanging out with a crowd, the Woolly Pocket makes a great gift for all, even the garden-impaired.
Perhaps “craft table” is too specific of a term, but this do it yourself table from the Thrifty Decor Chick would be pretty handy for all your crafting tools…if that’s your thing. We also think it would be handy for shot glasses and bottles of alcoholic beverages so you could create a nice little bar storage for whatever room in your house could use a little sprucing, but it’s really up to you. By using cube shelves and a slab of whatever wood or laminate you happen to have lying around, you could have a shmancy table in hours. Just follow the directions from Thrifty Decor Chic here and DIY-away.
Just in time for spring shopping, local favorite Scottsdale Jean Company has relocated to The SHOPS at Gainey Village, giving shoppers 8,000 brand-new sq. ft of men’s and women’s designer jeans, tops and casual wear. Celebrating their Grand Opening this Thursday, February 9, the store will also feature the full line of Kiehl’s skin, hair and body care products, a full sunglass shop, a customer lounge area and a children’s playroom. “It was time for a new home for Scottsdale Jean Company after more than six years at our current location,” says owner Steven Koeppel. “As a destination retail establishment, our customers seek us out for our unbeatable selection and unparalleled customer service, featuring experts trained in finding the right size and style for any body type.” The Company will also soon unveil a new website that will emulate the in-store shopping experience.
If designer duds aren’t enough reason to spend an entire day at the Village, perhaps the area’s assortment of chic new shops and contemporary eateries will be. Opening in the former Bloom space in January, local restauranteurs Jerry Tingle and Chef Brian Fierstein’s Cask 63 American Eatery & Wine Bar offers eclectic American cuisine, an excellent wine menu and relaxed outdoor seating – great for taking a break between shopping destinations such as furniture showroom Kreiss; handcrafted clothing, accessory and houseware boutique A Cool Breeze, and del Adora, the Valley’s go-to source for luxury linens and bedding. At their second location, del Adora allows clients to choose from a huge selection of luxury fabrics to customize their homes, also offering a sumptuous collection of bath accessories, towels, fragrance and skin care products.
The SHOPS Gainey Village | 8787 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ |
No matter how you look at it, there are never enough outlets for everything that needs to be plugged in…or at least they’re not in the right place. So when your phone/iPod/camera can all be charged by a USB, it makes sense that you can use a wall plug in for such important devices and double (quadruple) up on the functionality. That’s why this DIY project from Apartment Therapy is practical. We’re not going to give you electrical advice, but we are going to direct you to the website to read the important steps to making your living space USB friendly and functional.
Scottsdale’s new establishment The Saguaro Hotel may be Arizona’s freshest and most vibrant place for a weekend respite. More destination than staycation, the hotel, which was designed by New York-based architectures Stamberg Aferiat, is a vivid tribute to the colorful sights and animated settings of the Southwest, with a color palette of tangerine, buttery yellow, magenta and bright, rich green. If the atmosphere and welcoming spa isn’t enough to bring you out, however, perhaps the restaurants will – most notably, modern Mexican eatery Distrito, the sibling of Iron Chef’s Jose Garces’ celebrated Philadelphia dig of the same name.
Stemming from the hotel’s southwestern shades, the delicious interior design of Distrito is energetic and contemporary, based upon the brilliant, spirited hues of Mexican culture. Designer Jun Aizaki, who hailed from Brooklyn, New York’s Crème Design Collective, was inspired by the landscapes of the region and created the restaurant’s interior to feel both traditional and fresh. A colorful skull feature by the lobby entrance, for example, is celebratory of Mexico’s Day of the Dead; a backlit resin bar counter with butterfly embeds, a mosaic felt ball feature wall resembling bright gumballs and a woven flat elastic screen wall at the banquettes are novel, modern and invigorating. Clothespin chandeliers and table tops sprinkled with pink and gold glitter add a further funky edge to the restaurant’s style. Guests can order Hamachi tacos fresh off the skillet, a variety of Barbacoa, margaritas from over 100 varieties of tequila at the margarita bar and the tortilla and guacamole station, where tortillas are made-to-order on a quilted stainless steel food-vendor-style post, are authentically delicious by chef’s design.
Distrito at The Saguaro | 4000 Drinkwater Boulevard | Scottsdale, AZ | 480-970-4444
Maybe it’s our desire to spend lazy days curled up on the couch that is inspiring all of these DIY Pillow posts, but it also could be that these ideas are great and pillows are an affordable way to change a room without buying new furniture. Double props when you can make them yourself and use what you have. This Quote pillow is from the charming DIY blog Wit & Whistle and is inspired by a similar, pricier one ($149) from Vivaterra, but encourages creativity in picking a quote all by yourself. You just need a blank pillow, a ruler, a letter stencil, a pencil and a fabric marker to turn your couch into a literary oasis. Follow all the directions here. Maybe write a little love note to your Valentine this year, quote your favorite song or line from a movie. The ideas are endless.
Image via Wit & Whistle
What do you get when you mix an accessories designer, an architect and an Al Beadle condo remodel project? You get a “fashterior” aka a unique and quirky modern space inspired by fashion (btw – we just coined that word). Equally intriguing as the space itself is the owner Jennifer Paige Boonlorn, the accessories designer behind Soul Carrier, a unique brand that takes interesting materials, like recycled seat belts, and turns them into fashion accessories.
Jennifer’s remodeled Beadle Box, on the southside of Camelback, is a product of her passion for fashion, modern design and her friendship with architect Bob Wilkinson “I worked with Bob Wilkinson to completely renovate my Beadle Box. Bob and I were college friends, and I was his first client after he left Construction Zone last year to form his own company Worksite,” says Jennifer. »READ MORE
Before your roll your eyes at the thought of another reality show that “fixes” someone’s home, we promise this one is worth watching. This new show brings us everything we love about reality television – a young, stylish and beautiful OCD star, whose perfectionist tendencies has led her to build a successful organizing empire in Style Network’s new show, The Amandas, airing on Monday, January 30 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
The star of the show, Amanda LeBlanc is a mom, wife, business owner and Hurricane Katrina survivor. Just to give you an idea, when we think of Amanda, we think of the movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It” mixed with Martha Stewart with a sprinkle of Bree Van de Kamp topped with “The Devil Wears Prada.” Intrigued yet?
Amanda, and her trained team of organizers “The Amandas”, change lives and attack client’s projects including NeNe from Housewives of Atlanta, one room at a time. However, dealing with Amanda’s perfectionism isn’t always easy, as you’ll see in each episode. In one scene, Amanda finds a smudge on a window and literally can’t concentrate until it’s gone.
We had the pleasure of getting an exclusive with Style Network star on how to keep our desert digs organized in 2012: »READ MORE
Sorry for the total shock and complete reworking of your daily Desert Living Today routine, but DIY Fridays has changed days. Before you panic, take a look at this awesome DIY project we found by literally googling “awesome DIY projects.” Sure, it took a little hunting, but for all the closet cleaning we know you’ve done in the past weeks, here is a project for those clothing articles you know you can’t sell and just can’t stand to part with. Clothes pillows are just that, pillows made out of your old clothes! Sweaters, sparkles, sequins and even graphic tees will add a personal touch to whatever room and will “funkify” the space in the best way possible. Get the 10 easy steps to make these amazing pillows here.
Image via fayedodgeszombie.com
Brightly colored pillows brighten up a bed, chair or sofa in an instant. We loved these shag pillows by V & Co. the sense of accomplishment we know you’ll enjoy after sewing such fine pillows yourselves. So drag out that old Singer and let your friends and family sing your praises when they see a couple of these chic shag pillows on your couch or favorite chair. For complete project details, click here.
Local award-winning interior design company Est Est, offers their simple tips on how to update your home for the holidays.
Stick to one theme and keep it congruent with the overall design scheme of your home. Try different, simple color combinations like white and silver or red and gold, and avoid mixing them all together which can create too busy of a space.
Some decorations never go out of style and often bring back warm, holiday memories. Adding the family stockings, sparkling white lights, and plenty of candles help to fill the room of holiday cheer. Think twice before discarding an heirloom wreath and try adding a decorative bow, or sprigs of holly berries to add a refreshing look to an old decoration.
Think outside the box and completely change the look of your room by rearranging the furniture to create more intimate spaces around the fire place or tree. Creating these spaces make for wonderful memories when opening up presents or enjoying a cup of hot cocoa with family and loved ones.
We’ve assembled a view modernist ideas from around the web to update your home for the holidays. Check out our picks after the jump:
Pretty amazing. The 20 foot tree from the London Design Museum is a mess-less, recyclable Christmas creation. No need to worry about pesky ornaments or watering the darn thing. The Design Museum calls the creation by Giles Miller bespoke (aka super fancy) and smaller versions of the trees are available for purchase from the museum shop. Place your order by December 9 to ensure it makes it across the pond in time for the holidays. Click here for more information.
Decking the halls is so much easier when you actually have halls to deck, but to all of us living in a 900 square foot world, delusions of winter wonderland grandeur are just a little out of reach. But hey, at least not having a chimney to hang your stockings with care is not a problem thanks to this great idea from Earth First. The do-it-yourself “mantel” is easy to accomplish and your ROI is tenfold if you consider all of the envious looks from friends and winter visitors. Just find a branch, spray paint it your desired hue and hang whatever holiday inspired ornaments your see fit. Twinkly lights? Dancing reindeer? Dreidels? The branch has no preference and will compliment any room desperately seeking a little holiday cheer.
The holidays are a special time of year for giving, holiday cheer and togetherness. But of course, with all the “togetherness” of family and out of town guests at your house, a new home for the holidays may be on your Christmas list.
The new showroom of WestHill Designs, a Tui Lifestyle Authorized Dealer, can make your new home for the holidays simple with their turn-key furniture and design packages delivered to your door before Santa slides down the chimney this year. In just 2-3 weeks, a 22 piece set from their pre-designed room collections will arrive to outfit an entire room, down to the mattress in bedroom ensembles. WestHill offers 12 furniture collections starting at $13,775 with packages that include Frette Sheets, artwork, porcelain accessories, china and additional accessories and design services to further personalize your rooms. Clients of the Tui Lifestyle furniture have included Francis Ford Coppola and Jennifer Lopez, and if it’s good enough to outfit Jenny’s block, we think it’s worth checking out.
WestHill Design Showroom | 15330 N. Hayden Rd. Suite 105 | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | 480.339.5944