31 May 2010

Stairs: Treads, Risers, and More

I admit, I’ve never thought too much about stairs. When they’re amazing, I can’t help but notice them. Otherwise they sort of just blend in and I take them for granted. Not anymore. We have to pick what we want to do – from the riser to the tread to the stringer. (My new appreciation also comes with new vocabulary).

There are some seriously bold options available, but again, the practical side of me is kicking in. I don’t want to worry about gaps between steps or kids’ fingerprints everywhere. For the large part, I’m choosing safety over aesthetics. With a young daughter (and babe #2 on the way), I just don’t want to worry every time I climb the stairs. And, trust me, there will be lots of climbing.

That being said, there’s no reason I can’t share some photos of some pretty stellar steps.

Above: Photo care of Roger Davies
Below: Photo care of Mike Sinclair
Above: Daily Catch
Below: Oomen Architecten
Above: Photo care of Marie Burgos Blog
Below: Elding Oscarson
Above: Peter Aaron Photography
Below: Light Locations
Above: Photo care of Michael Graydon
Below: Canadian House & Home Magazine

26 May 2010

Floors: Going Wide

We’re starting to make some progress. The framing has started on our house. We’ve selected windows and tiles. We’ve chosen our brick and HVAC system. We’ve bought our kitchen appliances and the layout is being finalized. We’ve now started to talk about floors.

I’ve done previous postings on some looks that I love, but when it comes down to it, we’re going to go with a wide plank, durable wood. We’ve chosen white oak. The stain will be done on site.

If we can get our floors to look anything like the photos below, I’ll be awfully happy.

Above: Christian Liaigre design, image care of Taschen
Below: Pitsou Kedem Architect
Below: Oomen Architecten
Below: Image care of Trendir
Above: Verne

20 May 2010

Kids Rooms: Wallpaper

While I have wallpaper on my mind, I thought I’d share some designs that I think are fabulous for kids rooms.

Above: FermLiving Dotty wallpaper
Below: Sandberg wallpapers


I love the designs and story behind Fine Little Day. Some of the products are designed by Otto, the 8 year old son of founder Elisabeth Dunker. How great is that? (discovered via Design*Sponge)

Below: Designs by Isak

Below: Miss Print

Below: Cavern Home

19 May 2010

Powder Room: Wallpaper

Well, I got my NYC fix. Sadly, I didn’t even make it to the ICFF show – which was one initial reason for going to town. There was just too much going on.

In any event, now that we’re back, I need to finalize our tile selection. I’ve taken a bit of a detour, however. While the master bath and kids bath are squared away, for the powder room I’ve actually opted to not use tile at all. I think wallpaper will add a nice touch, instead. The only issue is that there are so many incredible designs out there – how to choose just one?

I really love the hand-drawn wallpaper collections by Madison & Grow.


Sandberg is a Swedish company that produces beautifully hand-crafted wallpaper.


Also check out the work of designer Rebecca Elfast. Her prints can be seen at Rebelform (or directly below):

I came across these interesting wallpaper design companies on Design*Sponge.
CavernHome_fibonacciCavernHome_HoneycombAbove: Cavern Home
Below: Miss Print

Below: Amy Butler for Graham & Brown

While I could go on, let me leave you with just one other design by Kreme. This hand-crafted “spiral” might be my favourite of all.