Ahh, dorm living. For many a college student, sharing a 15 x 15 space with one window is an unavoidable reality of the higher learning experience. But your room does not have to be a dull, lifeless crash pad! It can be a warm and inviting space where everyone wants to hang out. And for the first time ever, you don’t have mom and dad’s silly rules to abide by — go buck wild! Make your dorm room your own little spot of heaven on earth, dangit. Here are 30 dorm room decorating tips we’ve culled just for you students who are headed back to school this month. Keep reading »
Okay, so it may not be an entire Missoni-designed condominium tower, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t impressive: renowned Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta was given carte blanche to design a 1,400-square-foot suite in Chicago’s Park Hyatt Hotel. The Lake Suite by Bottega Veneta boasts a master bedroom, separate living and dining areas, a kitchen, an office, and two bathrooms, all decorated in their trademark understated, unfussy luxury. Of course, the room wouldn’t be complete without touches of the brand’s signature woven leather, which embellishes the furniture drawn from their home collection. The press release states that the “warm and light” palette is composed of signature Bottega Veneta neutrals, “like pergamena and noce.” Pergamena and noce! Imagine that. [Refinery29, Park Hyatt Chicago]
Sure signs you’re in a responsible grownup’s apartment: there’s an actual bed frame, not just a mattress and a box spring; there’s the good, soft, thick kind of toilet paper in the bathroom; and there is a set of coasters on the coffee table. Everyone knows cup rings scream “stuck in adolescence.” Project the air of maturity we know you possess to all future house guests with this chic and earthy set of clay and glass coasters by potter Kelly Brooks. Pretty and functional, hooray!
Closets mean different things for different people. If you’re Carrie Bradshaw, it’s a sanctuary and shrine. If you’re a slob, it’s your cleaning quick-fix that houses any assortment of junk. And if you’re someone who lives in a cramped studio apartment in Chinatown, then you probably don’t have a closet, so for you it represents envy.
For workout fiends, your dressing zone could also be your home gym thanks to a company called Process that creates “fitness furniture”–aka wardrobes that open up to reveal bars that allow you to stretch, do crunches, or perform pull-ups. The design is kind of cool, but we’re not so sure we’d be down with sweating in such close proximity to a pile of newly dry cleaned cashmere sweaters. Process also makes a table that doubles as exercise bars when you turn it over … which might actually come in handy for the studio apartment crowd. What do you think? Cool idea or no? [InventorSpot] Keep reading »
Bloods go high-brow: Artist Dana Park Weiser pays tribute to classic gang hand signs with her sculpture series, “Throw ‘Em Up.” [Lost in a Supermarket] Keep reading »
At long last, the Plaza Hotel has opened up its Eloise-themed suite designed by Betsey Johnson. The New York Times has the scoop: It’s done up in two-toned pink stripes, has custom fabric with Eloise-y phrases (“Charge it, please”), a princess-like bed, and a few dolls and toys. It will only cost you about $1,000 a night, and “to add an adjoining room for grown-ups, the nightly rate begins at $2,045.” For grown-ups. At least kids still get the under-12 discount. Keep reading »
It’s always fascinating to take a peek into the homes of the fashionable, because they’re normally great eye candy. Here’s a look at French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld‘s Paris apartment, which is shockingly stark. Sheesh, we knew Parisian women were all about wearing classic black and being reserved, but Roitfeld’s home takes the idea to extremes with super minimalist decor, a color palette so bland you could be watching a black and white movie, and boxy modern furniture. It’s definitely a high-concept way to deck out your home that some might call the epitome of chic … but would a touch of color kill ya? You’re in Paris, for Chanel’s sake!
Would you like to live in an apartment decorated like this? Check out a few more images after the jump. [Oak Blog] Keep reading »
Some airlines are trying to keep their customers out of the bathroom by making them pay to use the loo (cruel!). Lufthansa’s restrooms, on the other hand, might just be the best part of the aircraft. The German airline has just refurbished its first class cabin, adding a lavatory that rivals our own with sleek fixtures, a minimalist, streamlined design and even a spacious changing area. We wonder if the nice, roomy facilities will aid in expanding the membership of the Mile High Club? Lufthansa has to be aware of the risks, right? C’mon, there’s even a couch in there! You make it too easy! [Core 77] Keep reading »
Jean Paul Gaultier decorates an apartment in Paris with his signature nautical stripes. Dizzy yet? [00 o 00 Blog] Keep reading »