Imagine a space just nine steps from the main stage at the Oscars. What comes to mind is frazzled nerves.
Now just take a look at the peaceful space AD100 architect David Rockwell has created for the Architectural Digest Greenroom.
The open and airy feel is inspired by contemporary urban lofts. Rockwell wanted a luxurious feel based on how people live, and so the room uses a mix of new and vintage furnishings. While the palette is mostly neutral to calm those frazzled nerves mentioned earlier, he has also used bright colored accents.
Susan Sarandon collaborated with Rockwell on several of the room's graphic elements. The 86th annual Academy Awards mark the 12th consecutive year that Architectural Digest is producing the backstage lounge for presenters and honorees, and Rockwell has previously designed sets for the Academy Awards in 2009 and 2010.
Many pieces used in the AD Greenroom come from New York based Hudson Furniture, and are designed by Barlas Baylar who is known for his unusual combinations of materials. Take a look at Hudson Furniture's Oscar collection here.
Can you really use a 3D printer to print out your own furniture? Yes, if you like experimenting and challenging a "traditional perception of esthetics."
German company BigRep is making its first printer available in April-May 2014. This printer at $39,000 is priced much lower than what is already available. Along with the lowest price, it also has the biggest print bed of consumer models.
BigRep was founded by two artists Lucas Oehmigen and Marcel Tasler (CCO) in 2013. Feeling the need for such a printer when working with his own sculptures, Oehmigen started experimenting. The resulting large format printer generated so much interest, that he and Tasler invested two years in developing an affordable large format 3D printer. That is how BigRep ONE came into being.
"With the BigRep ONE, professional users now have the opportunity to quickly create and print out their planned object, be it a chair, a structural element or a model house, in a format a bit larger than one cubic meter (49 cubic feet). They can print it directly from their own computer or, in the near future, have it printed at the nearest BigRep 3D service provider," says Tasler.
Interested? Watch a demonstration here.
A Delaware furniture store was recently told by the Delaware Attorney General's office to pay pay $1,000 per offense for a total of 23 such offenses. The Amish Mill came under investigation after numerous complaints by frustrated customers, and the office found that "the bad faith was manifest."
The store charged $5.99 in hidden fees if customers called to check on the status of their orders. If somebody posted negative comments online, they got slapped with an additional $85. This, after some customers had waited as long as 14 months to get their furniture after making deposits.
Not surprisingly, the owner also received a Cease and Desist Order from the AG's office subjecting him to stiff penalties if he continues those undisclosed fees or keeps customer deposits for undelivered furniture.
Lane Furniture and CPSC are urging consumers to search their homes for recalled cedar chests from Lane. The "Lane" and "Virginia Maid" brand cedar chests were manufactured between 1912 and 1987, and are often handed down as heirlooms, or sold at used furniture stores.
Most recently, two young siblings died when they suffocated inside one of these chests. The latch cannot be opened from inside unless the chests have been repaired using the repair kits that Lane has made available to consumers.
If you think you have a chest similar to the one pictured above, it is of utmost importance that you contact Lane toll-free at (800) 327-6944, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT. You may also contact them through Lane's website to order the free replacement hardware. Have the chest's serial and style numbers ready when you call. These can be found on the outside bottom or back of the chest.
Think of Lilly Pulitzer, and color and a playful sense of style come to mind. Her furniture line reflected that playfulness and whimsy too.
Her own personal home furnishings are no different. The pieces include neo-classical Italian, Chinese, and Persian furniture, and many of these items from her estate are going to be auctioned off this coming weekend.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is handling the auction of almost three hundred lots of Lilly Pulitzer's furniture, art, and accessories. The actual sale takes place on February 22nd at 11:00AM EST, while previews were held this weekend and from February 17 to 21. The auction will be held at Leslie Hindman's new West Palm Beach auction facility, located at 1608 South Dixie Highway.
The Presidents Day weekend is a good time to shop for furniture. Some merchants are even offering free delivery.
It is a three day weekend, and that gives you enough time to measure, investigate your options, and decide.
Here's a fun way to try your luck at winning a $100 gift card from Pottery Barn: participate in their #PBLOVEIT Instagram giveaway.
First off, you need to follow @potterybarn on Instagram. Then, you tag a photo of any Pottery Barn item that you love with #PBLOVEIT. For bonus entries you may also follow @potterybarnkids and @pbteens. Every entrant can have up to two bonus entries. You have till midnight Valentine's Day to enter, in this case it is 12:00am PST.
There will be 5 randomly selected winners for $100 gift cards each, and since they will be notified through comments on their Instagram photo, make sure to check back. For more details, the official rules are here.
Jim McIngvale is giving $7 million in refunds to customers who participated in his Pigskin promotion.
On Sunday nightthe Seahawks trouncing the Broncos in a pretty one sided Super Bowl game, winning by one of the biggest margins ever. But there were other winners too, maybe all cheering on the Seahawks from their brand new, freshly delivered furniture.
Gallery Furniture was delivering furniture up until the fourth quarter, McIngvale told the local ABC channel. This was the sale to end all sales: buy over $6000 worth of furniture and get your money back if Seattle won. The team was picked in a coin toss before the promotion.
Case goods, mattresses, sofas and loves seats flew out of the store. The rest is history.
"As far as financially, we didn't do well," he told ABC. "But we did a great job building the brand and delighting customers and if we do that, the business will continue to grow."
Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston, lost over $600,000 in a gamble a couple of weeks ago. McIngvale, also known as Mattress Mack, ran a promotion asking customers buying at least $5000 worth of products to correctly guess both winners of the NFC and AFC championship games. If both of their teams won, they got their money back.
Enough customers guessed Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks that he ended up returning over $600,000.
For Super Bowl, he has another "Pigskin Pickup" promotion lined up. All customers who spend $6,000 or more in the store, and have their merchandise delivered by 5 P.M. on Super Bowl Sunday will get a full refund (minus tax, services and delivery charges) if the Seahawks beat the Broncos. Customers can buy in store or online. Winners can collect their refunds at the Refund Party on February 23, or at any rate, redeem them by March 14.
Super Bowl XLVIII is just a few days away, and most of us don't plan to watch it alone.
Have you seen how New York City turned Times Square into a space for watching the game? Many of us will be doing that in our homes too. It's usually a mix of friends and family, and to make it easier for everyone to watch with ease, one of our favorite HGTV designers, Genevieve Gorder, shared some tips.
- Safety first. Specially when kids are part of the mix, make sure that your TV is placed securely, either on cabinetry that is meant to support it, or mounted on the wall with a good quality mounting system such as one from Sanus
- Think about how you want the area to function. Since the layout of a room dictates how people behave in that space, make sure your layout fits the flow of the party you want to throw
- Mount your TV above a fireplace to create a warm and inviting space. Now you can watch the game as though you were at the Meadowlands, the only difference is you'll be nice and warm
- Create a multipurpose accent wall in the room with your TV
- Wall mounts make it really easy to extend, tilt or swivel your TV so that everyone gets a good view