Scandinavians in New York City have their own underground circuit of home-away-from-home hangouts. One of our favorites celebrates contemporary Danish design and classic Scandi open-faced sandwiches.
"Lagom," a Swedish term meaning "just the right amount, not too much and not too little," is testimony to the Scandinavian desire to keep things simple, moderate, and effortless. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite Scandinavian kitchens that embody this ideal.
Our kitchens, like our favorite meals, tend to be a mix of subtle influences borrowed from places near and far. This week, we're focusing on a different country or region each day (first up, Scandinavia), and presenting standout kitchen designs and accessories.
Long, narrow spaces with limited access to natural light are a perennial urban problem. This weekend Melissa Baker and Jon Handley of New York's Pulltab Architecture talk to us about the innovative ways in which they fully transformed—and brightened—a downtown New York apartment. The two will be available for the next 48 hours to answer any and all questions. Ask away!
Recently, as I've faced the current California drought, I've become concerned—make that obsessed—with conserving water. There are plenty of obvious solutions at home (think low-flow toilets and showerheads), but there are also no-cost, small, daily steps that are easy to implement. It's not rocket science, but it does take convincing the rest of the family to jump on board. Here are 21 to try.
Michelle and her team offer their favorite low-cost tips and tricks for kitting out your outdoor space, including 10 garden hacks featuring concrete blocks, recycled bedsprings as modernist garden sculptures, and a garden made almost entirely of salvaged wood.
If you've ever eyed the houses on Abbot Kinney, in Venice, California, and fancied moving in, now is your chance. The just-finished Casa Shelter Half, a two-bedroom bungalow with a casual, easy-living vibe, stands ready to rent. Surfboards are available for catching some waves on the beach nearby.
As you might have noticed, we're obsessed with the Dot Coat Hooks from Scandinavian design house Muuto. A few days ago, while walking the aisles of my hardware store, I came across a similar-looking raw wood knob and made a command decision to try them out in my kitchen as cabinet pulls. Here are the results (what do you think?).
Until recently, you couldn't find an American-made wooden clothespin (the last manufacturer in the country closed down in 2002). But several small producers are now making sturdy, handsome hardwood clothespins designed to last a lifetime.
Our friend Timothy Dahl of online design magazine Charles & Hudson is a DIY demon. One of his greatest triumphs was the transformation of a dingy utility room into a dazzling white laundry space, finished just in time for the arrival he and his wife's first child. Read on to hear how Dahl pulled it together and learn how to create a similar look.