How a Designer Turned This “Modern White Box” Into a Lively—and Functional—Family Home

Photo credit: Heidi's Bridge
Photo credit: Heidi’s Bridge

From House Beautiful

If there’s an interior designer in New York City who knows how to give a modern, new build apartment a warm personality with a sense of history, it’s Shanti Crawford of Indigo & Ochre Design. With a background in international human rights, Crawford’s “first forays into design were to create income generation avenues for at-risk women,” she says. “It evolved from there, but I’ve always stayed true to my roots through my firm’s focus on socially responsible and sustainable design.” This is reflected Crawford’s colorful, thoughtfully collected, and layered approach to decorating.

So, before her clients—a family with three human daughters and one canine daughter—even closed on this 2,600-square-foot, four bedroom penthouse in Brooklyn, they asked Crawford to lend her expertise as a design advisor. “I was hired before my clients closed and construction was completed to give guidance on the

Read More

On Bringing The Joys Of Travel Home

Restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have not only dramatically altered travel across the globe, they’ve also sparked interest in rethinking the design of the personal spaces where people are now spending more of their time.

Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID, a principal of Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors in Bedford, New York, is an award-winning architect and interior designer. Her extensive portfolio of luxury places to live, work and play are notable for their creative integration of site, form, structure and materials. 

An avid traveler herself, Carol is a highly sought-after speaker, always offering fresh insights on architecture, interior design trends and sustainability. 

Forbes.com spoke to Carol Kurth about the shifts she’s seeing in her industry, how travel can inspire architecture and interior design, and the creative ways—large and small—travel enthusiasts can

Read More

All the best New Year’s deals from Boots, Curry’s, John Lewis, Argos and more

<p>We’ll be on hand to bring you the best deals and savings</p> (The Independent)

We’ll be on hand to bring you the best deals and savings

(The Independent)

‘Tis the season for sales. And if you didn’t manage to snap up a bargain during the Black Friday or Boxing Day bonanza, you’ll be pleased to know the January sales have arrived.

With the lockdown situation as it is for so many of us, we’re predicting that most of the best deals will be online rather than in-store, as people will be shopping from home rather than queuing around the block (remember those days?).

To avoid you spending your whole New Year’s Day scouring the internet for deals, we’ll be doing all the hard work for you, finding the top offers across the event.

Covering everything from tech and home appliances to fashion and furniture, our shopping guides should be your go-to to help ease those January blues.

We’ll be searching for the best deals

Read More

DIY with old fruit and wine boxes! How it all started!

Clever DIY Ideas to recycle old wine boxes | My desired home

 

In our online shop you can find many wooden boxes and crates in different variations from different areas in Germany and abroad. It all started very small as a hobby and what developed from it was never to be expected. In the first few weeks we only sold some of our own old apple crates from the farm. We now have the largest range of old fruit and wine boxes in Germany. If you need more wooden boxes, click here unkrautvernichter-shop.de.

You run a small fruit farm in the largest fruit-growing area in Germany. The small boxes have not been needed for their original task of storing fruit for many years. In the meantime, large boxes with a capacity of 300kg are used almost exclusively for harvest and storage. This simplified the harvest process and, last but not least, reduced the physical strain. Since then, the small boxes … Read More