A Slow and Soulful Renovation: Heather Shaw’s Victorian Home in Toronto
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by Alexa Hotz
18h ago
Revisiting the interiors of Toronto-based artist Heather Shaw of Pi’lo is particularly special to me as her house was the first interiors post I wrote at Remodelista when I joined the editorial staff in 2011. Over a decade later, the space is just as appealing, a testament to the timeless quality of handmade, carefully chosen, and minimally executed design. Located in downtown Toronto, the 1880s Victorian is made up of four floors: a basement, parlor floor, second floor, and third (addition). The parlor floor is decorated with handmade items and framed ephemera by Shaw herself. Pi’lo is Shaw’s ..read more
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Quick Takes With: Kai Avent-deLeon
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by Remodelista Team
2d ago
Kai Avent-deLeon is, as she says, “a mom and owner of Sincerely, Tommy and Che, a vegan eatery”, and we’ll add that she’s also a tastemaker, an entrepreneur, and a woman of all trades. We’ve been taken by Kai’s singular style since we first toured her Bed-Stuy apartment, then her next BK place (which features in The Low-Impact Home book), and her mobile home-turned-clean-lined sanctuary in upstate New York. For our first-ever Quick Takes column, Kai shares the best flowers to bring to a party, the ultimate bed sheets, and her simple swap for better lounging. You’re invited to dinner. What’s y ..read more
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Current Obsessions: Inching Towards Spring
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by Remodelista Team
3d ago
Of note this first weekend of March: chic rain gutters, Americans in Paris, and a flower workshop—plus something new coming tomorrow to Remodelista and Gardenista. Read on… Above: Palette inspiration for the transition from winter into spring? Photograph by French + Tye, courtesy of The Modern House, from A Pair of Artists’ Humble Bungalow Gets a Japandi Makeover. Attention, UK readers: Anyone for a wax flower workshop? (“If I was in London, I’d definitely go to this,” says Alexa.) “There is something about the last few weeks before the vernal equinox—a deep, twitching desire to tend, and to ..read more
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Remodelista Reconnaissance: A Handmade Ceramic Basin
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by Fan Winston
4d ago
Last month, I wrote about a thoughtful, eco-conscious remodel in Melbourne, Australia (see Retrofit Over Rebuild: An Architect and Interior Designer’s Sensitively Restored 1970s Home). The original home was hand-built—and so, too, were many of the elements inside the home, from the furniture-quality kitchen cabinetry to this hand-thrown ceramic basin I can’t stop thinking about. Here’s what I unearthed about the artful wash bowl. The Sighting Above: The handmade basin, atop a handmade vanity, in the handmade home of Brad Mitchell and Kerli Valk, the founders of Nüüd Studio. Photograph by  ..read more
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In Snowdonia, A Pair of Artists’ Humble Bungalow Gets a Japandi Makeover
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by Fan Winston
4d ago
Artist Richard Zinon learned pottery in Japan, and carpentry, painting and sculpture in Italy; he’s also a trained chef who has worked in restaurants in different countries. Is it any wonder then that his little bungalow, nestled deep in Snowdonia National Park in Wales, would be a paean to artfulness and craftsmanship? Zinon and his partner, Nuria Maria, a fellow painter, treated the 1929 structure like a blank canvas, deftly filling it in with design references to their travels while showcasing the beauty of natural materials. At 689 square feet, the two-bedroom home is small, but it feels o ..read more
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The Brass Tacks: Bespoke Fixtures “That Don’t Cost the Earth”
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by Annie Quigley
5d ago
Welcome to our new (ish) column, The Brass Tacks, in which we highlight the tiniest but mightiest details in the house: good-looking hardware, hinges, and fixtures. Julie recently alerted us to Francone Bespoke Taps in the UK, founded by Italian Paolo Francone, who, upon relocating to London, “became obsessed with traditional British style and the provenance behind classic Anglo-American design.” The company firmly believes that made-to-order, artisan-crafted hardware should be achievable. “You really can enjoy bespoke, completely customized, beautifully finished products without them costing ..read more
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Cheap and Chic: 7 Ikea Pieces Designers Use (and Love)
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by Remodelista Team
6d ago
For decades, Ikea has been churning out stylish, minimalist furniture and accessories that come with affordable price tags. Because of this, the Swedish brand is a favorite among new homeowners, cash-strapped renters, and, yes, even professional designers. Katie Zimmerman, owner and principal designer at Zimmerman Interiors, in Bowling Green, KY, says one of the best things about Ikea furniture is that many of its pieces are customizable. “Whether it’s adding a new coat of paint or swapping out hardware, there are plenty of ways to make these pieces your own,” she says. “This not only allows y ..read more
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10 Easy Pieces: Minimalist Shower Fixtures
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by Alexa Hotz
6d ago
We like the idea of a barely visible shower. In particular, a minimalist shower fixture lends itself well for monastic, museum-like, or architectural spaces (case in point: the bathroom at Jørn Utzon’s Can Lis in Mallorca, Spain). Here are our the top options that we’ve unearthed. Above: The Vola Thermostatic Shower Set (5471R-081ST) is the aforementioned fixture at Can Lis in Mallorca. It’s available in 14 finishes for $6,375 at Quality Bath. Above: The Gessi Wall-Mounted Adjustable Showerhead Flessa is available in five finishes; $2,850 at George’s Kitchen & Bath. Above: The Grohe Rai ..read more
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Little Luxuries: Monogrammed Linens for All Over the House
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by Annie Quigley
1w ago
For when a special touch is called for—as a gift, or for yourself—consider the embroidered, monogrammed wares from Volga Linen, makers of fine linens for the bed, table, and beyond: Above: A treat for the bed: The Small Frill Edge Pillow can be monogrammed in a variety of styles for £12 a character or £30 a word. It’s £80, feather insert included. Above: And for the kitchen, a luxe upgrade for the humble tea towel: The Stripe Kitchen Towel in Turquoise is made from “inherently robust” and “fast-drying” linen. A set of four is £40; monogramming extra. Above: The Small Diamond Stitch Pillow i ..read more
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Object of Desire: Luxe Candles in Shades of Giorgio Morandi
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by Julie Carlson
1w ago
Named for an ancient burial ground dating back to the 6th century AD, where the oldest conserved beeswax candles north of the Alps were found, Oberflacht is a candle making operation in Baden-Baden Germany founded by an “aesthetic design visionary and a specialist in  interiors, vintage furniture and artisanal objects,” as they say. “It all started with our desire to create a hand-dipped, black taper candle in the blackest black possible. To achieve the purest color, we realized we needed to find a unique formula for dyeing the naturally yellow beeswax.” The duo has since added an assortm ..read more
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