ISSUE 7  |  Living Small

7 Tips for Creating a Low-Key Romantic Bedroom with Tricia Rose of Rough Linen

February 14, 2017 4:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

We can always rely on Tricia Rose, the doyenne of Rough Linen, for a bit of bedroom advice; this Valentine’s Day, she tells us how to achieve a low-key romantic bedroom, scented candles not included.

1. Get comfortable.


Above: “I’m assuming your bedroom is already a haven—you created it after all,” Tricia says. “It’s for you, not anyone else, so if the mattress is too soft, the sheets clingy or slithery, the pillows resilient, what are you doing to yourself?” Instead of cotton sheets and pillowcases, put linen on your bed. (After all, this category of textiles is called bed linens for a reason.) Shown above, Tricia’s line in Dusk, a dusty rose shade that’s not too pink. Photo by Kendra Smoot.

2. Remove Distractions


Above: Stow electronics, loose pocket change, and other odds and ends elsewhere (or in your bedside table); your bedroom should be a clean slate. Photo by Kendra Smoot.

3. Personalize Your Space


Above: “Generic is insulting,” Tricia says. In this bedroom, unexpected touches include a ceramic bell by Michelle Quan (for something similar go to Lost & Found) as wall art and a leather tripod stool as a bedside table (we like Portland, Oregon–based Wood & Faulk’s rendition, available through Garmentory). Photo by Kendra Smoot.

4. Don’t Go Overboard with Scent


Above: “Scent is a tricky thing,” according to Tricia. “No point in turning your room into a Bessarabian brothel, unless that is your chosen pleasure, so go gently here. Clean and fresh is a good starting point; start by running a bath with a few drops of essential oils” (or tuck one of Tricia’s Lavender Sachets under your pillow). Photo courtesy of Rough Linen.

5. Size Matters


Above: Ditch the fitted sheet and instead tuck in a flat sheet around the mattress. “Fitted sheets are an excrescence,” said Tricia. “Mattresses are all different depths. Fitted sheets never fit properly and they never look good.” Instead, she suggests, use a big flat sheet—if necessary, buy one that’s a size larger than your mattress—and tuck it tightly around the mattress. Photo courtesy of Rough Linen.

6. Consider a Yin-Yang Palette


Above: Make your bed with a mix of Charcoal and rosy-hued Dusk linens for a yin-yang effect. Photo by Kendra Smoot.

7. Dim the Lights


Above: “A little magic comes in useful, based in the senses,” Tricia says. “Start with lights: candles or strings of LEDs, since you can’t relax if you’re worried about starting a fire in the curtains rather than in your partner’s heart. Either will create a soft and flattering light, which can’t hurt.” Photo by Laurie Frankel.

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ISSUE 7  |  Living Small

We Are Always Moving: Icons of the Small Apartment, Wood Redux

February 14, 2017 8:00 AM

BY Annie Quigley

Finally, an upgrade for milk crates and cinder blocks, the old staples of apartment life: Minneapolis-based We Are Always Moving Industries (WAAM) remakes the classics in lightweight wood. Here’s a look at the collection.

We Are Always Moving Milk Crates

Above: WAAM’s birch plywood Milk Crates are an improvement on plastic, and can be “flipped, stacked, carried, or wall-mounted.” Available in four sizes; from $45.

We Are Always Moving Milk Crate

Above: The Short Long Milk Crate transforms into a small-space shelf when hung from a wall; $65. WAAM also makes a Dog Bowl attachment, a lid with inset bowls for canine companions; $100.

We Are Always Moving Tinder Blocks

Above: Another apartment icon, the cinder block, gets a rethink in Douglas fir—a much lighter material than concrete for stacking and rearranging. WAAM’s Tinder Blocks start at $48.

We Are Always Moving Tinder Block

Above: The Tinder Blocks come in two sizes and two styles: flat top and classic. At two feet tall, the large classic makes a petite bedside table; $60.

We Are Always Moving Sliding Boxes

Above: WAAM’s Sliding Lid Boxes can “stack and stow” and are perfect “on your desk, in your drawer, or even in the car.” Available in two sizes: small, $22, and large, $25.

We Are Always Moving Wine Holder

Above: “Building blocks for adults”: Sturdy Tinder Block Wine Racks hold either two bottles, $32, or three, $36.

We Are Always Moving Berry Boxes

Above: An improvement on “pulpy paper” supermarket fruit boxes, WAAM’s Berry Box holds produce, writing essentials, and other small goods. It’s made of maple and available in three sizes: classic, $32; tall, $36; and wide, $42; a set of three is $105.

We Are Always Moving Berry Box

Above: The “wide” Berry Box holds larger fruit.

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ISSUE 7  |  Living Small

Artful Clothes Hangers from Iko Iko in Los Angeles

February 14, 2017 6:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

I can never tell whether those closet storage solutions from big-box stores—the hangers with belt clips and velcro and loops—are actually useful or overcomplicate the situation. What I can tell is that I find them depressing to look at everyday.

I like the Zen approach to closet organization. Case in point? Handmade steel hangers from Iko Iko as an artful solution to hanging scarves, pants, and odd-shaped accessories.

Iko Iko Handmade Steel Clothes Hangers

Above: The hangers are handmade in LA from steel with a clear-coat finish.

Iko Iko Handmade Steel Clothes Hangers

Above: The Iko Iko Shirt/Dress Hanger is 17 inches long; $40.

Iko Iko Handmade Steel Clothes Hangers

Above: The Iko Iko Pant Hanger is a continuous loop for hanging folded pants or skirts; $40.

Iko Iko Handmade Steel Clothes Hangers

Above: The Iko Iko Round Towel Hanger can be used in the bath for hand towels or in the closet for scarves and accessories; $40.

Iko Iko Handmade Steel Clothes Hangers

Above: The three hangers, each designed for a different use, were made to mimic line drawings.

For more on clothes hangers, see our post 11 Favorites: Display-Worthy Clothes Hangers.

ISSUE 7  |  Living Small

Steal This Look: A London Efficiency Kitchen on a Budget (Plus, It’s for Sale)

February 14, 2017 4:00 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Our kind of efficiency apartment: a 451-square-foot one-bedroom flat in London designed with plenty of built-in storage and hidden utility closets. The tiny open kitchen is constructed of sustainable cross-laminated timber, concealed Smeg appliances, and Corian countertops. (Bonus points: The apartment is part of the Spruce Apartments in Barret’s Grove by architect Amin Taha and is listed for sale on The Modern House.) Here it is, along with some ideas for re-creating the look.

Amin Taha Spruce Apartment Kitchen in London

Above: A Corian-lined cubby set into the raw timber cabinetry.

Amin Taha Spruce Apartment Kitchen in London

Above: A detail of the sleek cooking area.

Amin Taha Spruce Apartment Kitchen in London

Above: A wider view of the kitchen shows how the space opens into the living room.

Faucets & Fixtures

Brizo Solna Single Handle Pull Down Spray Kitchen Faucet

Above: The Brizo Solna Single Handle Pull-Down Spray Kitchen Faucet in white is $401.76 at eFaucets. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: Pull-Down Sprayer Faucets.

Blanco Precis Super Single Bowl Sink in White

Above: The Blanco Precis Super Single Bowl Sink in white granite is $342.74 at Amazon.

Wall Storage

Ikea Grundtal 23-Inch Stainless Steel Rail

Above: Ikea’s Grundtal 23.25-Inch Stainless Steel Rail is $7.99. The shorter Grundtal 15.75-Inch Stainless Steel Rail can be linked to the other lengths from Ikea for a more custom look; $6.99.


BlueStar London Flat Series 24-Inch Under-Cabinet Hood

Above: The BlueStar London Flat Series 24-Inch Under Cabinet Wall Hood is $3,138 at AJ Madison.

Smeg 4-Zone White Induction Cooktop

Above: The Smeg 4-Zone White Induction Cooktop measures about 23.6 inches wide; $2,518 at Whitfords.

Smeg Electric Tea Kettle in Red

Above: The Smeg Electric Tea Kettle in Red is $129.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Another option is the KitchenAid 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle in Empire Red for $99.13 at Amazon. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Electric Kettles.

Smeg Retro 2-Slice Toaster in Red

Above: The Smeg Retro 2-Slice Toaster in Red (shown) is $149.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond. The KitchenAid 2-Slice All-Metal Toaster in Empire Red is $49.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.


Magis Tavolo XZ3 Round Table in White

Above: The Magis Tavolo XZ3 Round Table is $1,029 at Hive Modern.

Ikea Raskog Bar Stool in Blue

Above: Ikea’s Råskog Blue Bar Stool is $34.99.


Ikea Ribba Frame in White

Above: The triptych Ribba Frame in white is $9.99 at Ikea.

Normann Copenhagen and Anne Lehmann Illusion Tea Towels

Above: The Illusion Tea Towel, shown in green, by Normann Copenhagen and Anne Lehmann is $18 at A+R Store.

Ikea Bittergurka White Plant Pot

Above: The Bittergurka Plant Pot is a compact, powder-coated steel planter for the countertop; $9.99 at Ikea.

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