October 15, 2013

An Eclectic Kitchen


My parents’ kitchen is quite dated, and every time I visit, my mother proceeds to ask me no less than fifteen questions about how I’d refresh the space. Would you add pendants? Should we get rid of the built-ins? Paint the wood? And I’ve always fired off millions of answers, always lamenting that yes, those built-ins must be painted white. Must, must, must. But now that I’ve spotted the above kitchen, I have a feeling my answer will differ greatly…

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October 14, 2013

Amy Whitworth – Qubis Haus

When I was a girl, my most prized possession was a Better Homes dollhouse.  It was a modern home with a contemporary design and the attention to detail – the kitchen even had ice cube trays and silverware – spoke to my 8-year-old sensibilities.

Now that I have children I always have my eye out for toys that are fun and functional.  And since I have a fairly small house, my sensibilities include multifunctional pieces with good design that will stand the test of time.


Enter British designer, Amy Whitworth’s QUBIS HAUS.  Constructed from birch plywood, this innovative take on the doll house is also a functional coffee table.  For those of us who live in small spaces, this is just the answer to large-scale toys that take up more room than they’re worth.

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The table comes with modular walls that can be inserted at various points to create interior spaces.  The walls feature beautifully designed graphics or you can create your own with the chalkboard option – which comes with its own chalk.

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Going beyond the transformative nature of the entire piece, the most special feature has to be the modular furniture.  Each set is comprised of magnetized wood pieces that allow you to create your own custom designs.




With grooves for an iPad, the coffee table becomes even more functional – if you even thought that was possible.

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Rounding out a perfectly planned set of multi-purpose pieces is this chair/doll house.  What a perfect solution for a kids’ room that lacks in space.




A mom herself, Amy understands the importance of having these imagination boosting pieces in her home.  With such innovation at their fingertips, one can only imagine what her own kids will come up with someday!

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The Qubis Haus was a winner of the Southbank Centre’s Boost Product Design competition.
images via Qubis design and If it’s hip, it’s here.

October 11, 2013

Warm Modern


Modern design is often thought of as cold or harsh. That need not be the case. If you are a fan of modern light filled rooms with simple clean lines, you can also enjoy a space that is warm and comfortable. Introducing a neutral palette of warm tonal whites, paired with mid value woods can create a welcoming and relaxing environment.



“In the Italian Alps, in the heart of South Tyrol, architects Vudafieri Saverino Partners designed a modern house which thanks to a thoughtful choice of materials and colour combinations blends seamlessly into its surroundings and proves warmly welcoming, reinterpreting the spare, almost monastic spirit of the typical buildings of the region. ”


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October 10, 2013

Bedroom DIY: Wood Paneled Wall

I love a good headboard in the bedroom but this idea takes it up a major nothc – an entire wall of wood. This fab bedroom is totally elegance meets rustic and it’s definitely all style. And these days it’s easy to create this idea as a DIY. Using wood panels from a local hardware store or vinyl decals that look just like wood, creating your very own wood panel wall is easy to achieve.

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October 9, 2013

Bright Idea: A Fancier Shower


Let’s face it – every homeowner has dealt with a less-than-desirable shower curtain at some point. But for a space you utilize daily, why should your bathroom be a room you dread? The good news: a simple $20 investment can make all the difference in creating a bright, bold and inspired spot to house all of those great ideas you come up with in the shower…

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