ISSUE 7  |  Living Small

Sponsored: Enter to Win One of Four Judy Ross by Garnet Hill Prize Packages

February 17, 2017 10:00 AM

BY Remodelista Brand Team


This content was produced as advertising by Remodelista in collaboration with Garnet Hill. 

New for spring: The Judy Ross Textiles collection by Garnet Hill, launched yesterday, February 16. Judy Ross is a New York–based artist and textile designer who has been creating fabrics and other designs for high-end homes and hotels for more than two decades. Her colorful, fanciful designs start with a painting or hand drawing, including each piece in her exclusive new collection by Garnet Hill. Read on for a look at the new line of bedding, bath, and rugs, and shop online at Garnet Hill.

To celebrate the launch, Garnet Hill is giving Remodelista readers the chance to win one of four Judy Ross by Garnet Hill color-themed prize packages—in silver, coral, indigo, and yellow, each described below—plus a $100 Garnet Hill gift card.

To enter, visit Garnet Hill. The contest is open to US residents only, and winners will be selected once a week for four weeks now through March 16. Visit Garnet Hill for details and official rules.


Above: The silver bedding package includes a Brushstroke Matelassé Coverlet ($228 for king size), two Shams ($68 each), Brushstroke Supima Percale Bedding ($228), and an Elements Pillow Cover ($128), plus a $100 Garnet Hill gift card, for a total prize value of up to $820.


Above: In addition to a $100 Garnet Hill gift card, the cheerful coral prize bundle includes an Elements Flat-Weave Runner ($398), a Wool Throw ($148), and an Elements Pillow Cover ($78) for a combined total value of $724.


Above: The indigo bedding set is valued at up to $820. It includes a Brushstroke Matelassé Coverlet ($228 for king), two Shams ($68 each), Brushstroke Supima Percale Bedding ($228), and an Elements Pillow Cover ($128), plus a $100 Garnet Hill gift card. 


Above: The yellow prize package for the bath is a $502 value—it includes a Fauna Bath Rug ($68), a Fauna Ottoman ($198), a Fauna Beach Towel ($48), and a Fauna Linen/Cotton Shower Curtain ($88), plus a $100 Garnet Hill gift card.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at Garnet Hill, starting today through March 16.

ISSUE 7  |  Living Small

5 Favorites: The New Portable Flat-Pack Bed Frame

February 17, 2017 8:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

For the nomadic apartment dweller: easily assembled (and disassembled) flat-pack bed frames that make moving a bit less onerous. Here are five from around the world.


Above: The Kickstarter-funded Floyd Bed Frame consists of three parts: birch veneer wooden panels that slot together, steel supports, and fastening straps. The twin is $489; the queen is $589; and the king is $699.


Above: New York designer Craig Stover offers DIY instructions for building his flat-pack Trestle Nomadic Bed Frame design; to download, go to Craig Stover.


Above: Designed by Uwe Bruderle, the birch plywood Bett Gurtbett Weiss Flatpack Bed Frame is held together with a ratchet strap and is €765 ($815) from Magazin in Germany.


Above: Designed by Stephan Jecker, the Simplon Bed is made of two powder-coated solid steel beams (available in green or white) with plywood slats and can be quickly assembled and dismantled; the single size is €490 ($522) and the double is €690 ($735) from Magazin.


Above: From German designer Nils Holger Moorman, the Siebenschlafer Bed is made from interconnecting European birch plywood slotted together (there’s even a companion dog bed). Several sizes are available; prices start at €1,260 ($1,342) for the Single Siebenschlafer Bed from Smow.

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9 Small-Space Ideas to Steal from a Tiny Paris Apartment

February 17, 2017 8:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

Paris architect Philippe Harden likes to work on a human scale. Paying close attention to “materials, proportions, and colors that let you feel good,” he creates rooms that are minimalist but also intimate and tailored for living. Case in point: this one-bedroom apartment in an Art Deco building close to the Eiffel Tower that Harden remodeled for a man who works in publishing.

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, the architect reorganized the 592-square-foot space: The former kitchen was turned into a TV room, a closet became the kitchen, and the bedroom fireplace got replaced by a wardrobe—all of which now revolve around a central living area with a new hearth. Join us for a look at the many ways Harden artfully makes the most of every inch.

Photography courtesy of Philippe Harden.

1. Paint a recessed area a darker shade to create depth.

Small Paris apartment living room with fireplace niche designed by Philippe Harden

Above: The living room’s new feature wall has a gas fireplace and shelf tucked into a niche. Harden painted it a space-enhancing green-black that references the 1930s heritage of the building (and was also inspired, he says, by the bold tones of Adolph Loos’s Villa Müller in Prague, which he visited last year).

Framed by Farrow & Ball Wimborne White walls, the niche, painted in Farrow & Ball Green Smoke, gives the room added depth and visual interest. “Green is complementary with the brown wood of the floor,” notes Harden. “Dark colors are interesting because they change color according to the different moments of the day.”

2. Choose versatile furniture pieces.

Small Paris apartment living room with fireplace niche designed by Philippe Harden

Above: For the furnishings, the owner requested modernist icons, including a Noguchi coffee table, Eames Walnut Stool, and Eames Lounge. To make these pieces work well together—with maneuvering space—Harden pulled apart the Eames lounge chair and ottoman to create two seating opportunities. The standing lamp in the foreground is the Ella from Caravane.

Harden’s advice for arranging a room is to do it by instinct: “Forget about the rules; think with your feelings.”

3. Position a round dining table in an unused corner.

Small Paris apartment living room with Saarinen dining table and built-in shelves, designed by architect Philippe Harden

Above: How to fit a dining table into a small living room? Neatly tucked into a corner, a round Saarinen Tulip Table is a lot less imposing than a rectangular dining table, and gives the room a dual purpose without feeling crowded.

4. Keep sight lines unobstructed.

Small Paris apartment living room with Saarinen dining table and windows with pocket shutters, a design by architect Philippe Harden

Above: Eames Side Chairs with see-through bases that reference the Eiffel Tower keep the corner looking airy. So do the windows; Harden was able to forgo window treatments thanks to pocket shutters.

5. Use mirrors to enhance a sense of space.

Small Paris apartment living room with fireplace niche designed by Philippe Harden

Above: A flea market mirror in the niche adds dimension, as does the vintage Roger Prigent fashion photograph hanging outside the new kitchen.

6. Unite spaces by using a single flooring material.

Small Paris apartment with streamlined compact kitchen designed by Philippe Harden

Above: In the streamlined kitchen, Harden installed a new floor stained to match the apartment’s existing wood floor and create coherence.

He also introduced subtle color and texture: The backsplash tiles are Zelliges from Emery & Cie and the cabinets are two-toned: The lower cabinets are painted Farrow & Ball Mouse’s Back, a neutral stone color (as is the wall outside the room), and the upper are Farrow & Ball Old White.

7. Install wall sconces whenever possible.

Small Paris apartment TV room with Art Deco wall sconces, a remodel by architect Philippe Harden

Above: Sconces take up less space than floor lamps, and some, such as the TV room’s 1960s Art Deco design, pattern the wall with light. They’re by Belgian architect Jules Wabbes, reissued by J.J. M. Wever & Ducré. Another space saver: The Bruce Sofa by Zanotta doubles as a guest bed.

8. Use pocket doors.

Small-space solution: A pocket door. This example is in a small Paris apartment remodeled—and lined with built-in bookshelves—by architect Philippe Harden

Above: Doors require swing space; they also add to the visual busyness of a room. For a tidy division between the bedroom and living room, Harden installed a pocket door. “Keeping connections open allows perspective and gives a sensation of larger space,” says Harden.

Another graceful detail worth noting: The living room’s built-in bookshelves turn the corner and continue in the bedroom. The shelves are evenly spaced and sized to fit the owner’s literature collection; his art books go in the living room niche.

9. Splurge on luxe materials in the tiniest space.

Marquina marble tiles in a tiny bathroom with shower and Alape glazed steel countertop sink by Paris architect Philippe Harden

Above: Square footage gained for the living room meant the bathroom had to be tiny—but not uncelebrated. In a small space, you can splash out on materials because not a lot are required. Harden lined the walls and shower with natural marquina marble tiles and the sink top with marquina marble. The sink is glazed steel—”which allows for a very thin contour”—and is from Alape. The overhead light is a DIY, made “from spare parts: a glass globe and brass tube mounted by our work crew; it’s inexpensive bespoke.”

Floor plan by architect Philippe Harde, St Dominique 592-square-foot Paris apartment

Above: The floor plan details the allocation of space—and the way Harden was able to carve out the addition of a TV room by relocating the kitchen. The compact bathroom is situated on one side of the fireplace, which is flanked on the other by a WC.

Take a look at another Philippe Harden small-space design, The Perfect Paris Pied-à-Terre, Ikea Kitchen Included.

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Trending on Gardenista: Seeing Green

February 17, 2017 6:00 AM

BY Remodelista Team

This week on Gardenista we’re brightening our palettes with a green-tiled Parisian cafe, a verdant Jamaica getaway, an edible garden how-to, and more. Here’s what caught our eye this week.

Interior of Peonies Flowers and Coffee in Paris

Above: In Paris, a new cafe and flower shop sells loose, romantic bouquets alongside coffee; see Shopper’s Diary: Peonies in Paris.

Hindo Potting Bench Ikea

Above: We’re admiring Ikea’s new Hindö Potting Bench for storing small essentials for the garden.


Above: In our Outbuilding of the Week department, Meredith drops in on A Sardinian Guest House in the Trees.

Puebco Japanese Rubber Bucket

Above: Inspired by the courtyard of a Paris boutique, Alexa rounds up her favorite recycled rubber plant pots in this week’s 10 Easy Pieces.

Art Luna Wine Barrel Planter

Above: We’re planning our spring kitchen garden thanks to Ask the Expert: 5 Tips to Design a Beautiful Edible Garden.

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