A games room is something of a fantasy for many bachelors, and for those of living in poky rented flats, it’s likely to remain just that. However, if you have even a single spare room in your house, there is no reason why you cannot turn the fantasy into reality and create the ideal space for escaping from the daily hassles with some friends. Unless you have lots of unused rooms, choosing the one to use will probably be fairly straightforward (either a cellar or a spare bedroom for most guys), but how should you decorate your new games room?
Most guys don’t lie awake at night dreaming of interior design, and you aren’t going to need to get the thumbs up from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen before you can start filling the space with casino, cue and video games, but you do need to give the layout some thought. Make sure the room has reasonably light-coloured walls, and add a few bits and pieces (say sports flags, trophies and pennants) to give it personality. The lighting needs to be potent enough to see what you are doing, but not so overpowering that it leads to eyestrains and headaches. Finally, think about the seating, as you want this to be comfortable without taking up loads of space – for instance, a two-seater sofa and a couple of armchairs.
You need to be careful that you don’t cram in so many games that you and your mates are unable to move about without squeezing uncomfortably past each other. Both snooker and pool tables are always popular additions, and a lot of people also like to include a card table for casino favourites such as blackjack and poker. However it should be borne in mind that you can play these, roulette, slot machines, baccarat and all other casino games at i-Phonecasino.co.uk as well – and that only requires a phone. There are also other good games ideas, such as a television for video games, and a dartboard, which will give you more gaming options without eating up too much of the space.
One needn’t spend very long on the Kaufmann Mercantile site to see that they’re serious about their product assortment. Everything is high quality, aesthetically pleasing and has a story—one that typically involves handcrafting or generational know-how. No made in China here.
Not only are the product summaries exceptionally thoughtful and informative, but the site’s Field Notes library is a treasure trove of succinct articles on everything from designer Arne Jacobsen to copper care to the history of salt. There’s even a fascinating look into the world of giant pumpkins! Yes, I’m a fan.
Here are some of my favorite KM items of the moment:
This collapsible cot is perfect for overnight guests. Line it with a few sheepskins, throw a sleeping bag over and voile—a cozy guest bed that can go anywhere you have an extra 28” x 77” worth of floor space.
Canvas & Aluminum Collapsible Cot, $159
Made in Italy, this Green Giant of staplers would command serious respect at the office.
Metal Plier Office Stapler, $34.90
These 3-piece nesting bowl sets are made right in Ohio. Their milky green shade is so much more alluring than clear glass or steel, as far as mixing bowls go.
Set of Hand-Pressed Glass Bowls (Jadeite), $64.90
Handcrafted in Japan, this crackle finish teapot is an amazing steal at just $34.95. A great gift idea for Mother’s Day or your next housewarming party invite.
Japanese Ceramic Crackle Glaze Teapot, $34.90
Wooden bath mats are an easy way to add spa charm to your bath—especially when made of fragrant cyprus wood like this one. Also made in Japan.
Japanese Cypress Wood Bath Mat, $29
Long before humorous tote bags were a thing, French net bags were the ultimate reusable market bag. Keep simple tradition alive, in classic natural or sleek black.
French Cotton Net Bag (Black), $10.95
Lately, I have been drooling over Kelly Wearstler’s fabulous Malibu beach house, recently published in Elle Decor. I’m sure the weather is to blame, as I’ve fantasized abandoning the long, cold winter to spend a week in a place like this.
Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu Living Room, from Elle Decor
I have always coveted Kelly Wearstler’s dramatic style. Melding influences spanning the 60s to the 80s, she mixes modern with vintage effortlessly. When you see a Kelly Wearstler room, you KNOW it’s a Kelly Wearstler room, even when she forgoes her signature use of bold color for neutral elements. Inspired by her latest project, I designed a living room that’s easily sourced and friendlier-priced.
When working with a blank slate for a living room, I find that it’s easiest to choose a sofa first – the largest piece of furniture – and design around it. The popular Piazza velvet sofa from CB2 in the perfect neutral shade of greige (i.e., beige and gray) anchors the room. Its soft and wide shape, perfect for leisurely naps, creates the laid back Malibu vibe.
Cb2 piazza storm velvet sofa, $1399
Leather butterfly chairs seem to be ubiquitous as of late. I love this original take on the look – the white leather with contrast stitching somehow nails the fancy-but-casual ideal.
White Leather Butterfly Chair, $229
Pretty much everything in the Nate Berkus line at Target works in this room, like these understated glam studded throw pillows.
Nate Berkus Decorative Pillow with Studs, $20
Graphic black and white prints and sculptural gold pieces on the walls play off the neutral furnishings…
Nate Berkus Starburst Wall Decor – Gold, $28
Society6 Abstract Ink (Black on White), from $15
For lighting, the effortless drama of this linen pendant lamp at CB2 is a no-brainer.
Cb2 linen pendant lamp, $60
These pseudo-nautical rope mirrors are reminiscent of a beach house by the water.
World Market Connor Rope Mirrors , from $30
Matching side tables in a dark shade add symmetry and break up the lighter colors in the space.
Ennis Side Table, $140
Wearstler-ize it with sculptures in varying sizes.
Set of 2 Aragonite Obelisk Towers (Peru), $43
A soft, oversized pouf in place of a hard top coffee table makes the room feel softer and more relaxed.
Safavieh Pin-Striped Large Beige Cotton Fabric Poof Ottoman, $185
The typical Kelly Wearstler room has a graphic rug that ties it all together. There are plenty to choose from in Safavieh’s affordable line of plush rugs on Overstock. This gorgeous retro-classy square rug is a winner.
Safavieh Retro Grey/ Ivory Rug (6′ Square), $135
If you love Kelly Wearstler like I do, this beachy living room captures her essence. Stay warm!
Furnishing a space is always first priority, but choosing what artwork to display is equally important. Switching out your art is also one of the easiest ways to change the feel of a room. Sculpture takes that one step further, a bonus design element that adds another dimension to any space.
I must admit I thought I had enough with the taxidermy trend, but then I discovered the White Faux Taxidermy shop on Etsy. I could spend hours looking through their whimsical (and reasonably priced) designs. Unconventional animals in an endless array of colors make for the ultimate wall sculpture.
Hang this jackalope in white and gold over an entryway.
Jackalope with Gold Glitter Antlers, $65
Go nuts with this hot pink unicorn.
Magical Pink Unicorn Head, $100
Or go with the black resin faux bison head for a totally cool look.
Black Resin Buffalo/Bison Skull Head, $60
Your lonely desk is begging for this pair of sleek black onyx obelisk sculptures. They remind me of the object in Led Zeppelin’s Presence, if you’re into that sorta thing.
Handcrafted Onyx ‘Black Towers’ Obelisk Sculptures, $50
Some sculptures can also be hung from the ceiling, adding another layer to an often overlooked area. The Guggenheim museum shop carries a nice selection of mobiles, which remind me of Alexander Calder’s kinetic sculptures.
I’m partial to the Futura Mobile, designed by Ole Flenstead in 1970 to “resemble sick black planets in harmony with their smaller, orbiting red moons.”
Futura Mobile by Flensted @ GuggenheimStore, $75
The kid at heart will love the LED Prey Model construction toy. With 16 buildable bug models in one kit, have a blast rebuilding your light up sculpture whenever you feel like it. This thing looks like fun for all ages, but displays like a piece of art suitable for grownups.
LED Prey Model Kit, $40
If you have a sculpture you’re especially proud of, maybe it deserves its own pedestal. I like this Reflection Pedestal from ZGallerie (they also happen to have a nice selection of sculptural pieces). Place it in an empty corner for instant pizazz and an interior design-y feel.
Reflection Pedestal, $130
No matter your taste or style, there is a sculpture out there for you. Get creative, don’t be afraid to get a little weird, and most of all, have fun!
(and send me a pic when you hang your new Tiffany blue moose head)…
originally posted on ibby.com
posted by Dolly
on 2014.02.25, under DIY
Ever since I saw the James Turrell show at the Guggenheim in New York last Fall, I’ve had lighting on the brain. Turrell’s masterful shaping of light has made me look at the possibilities of art and design in a whole new way. Wowed by his light installations, I started looking into alternative lighting for the home.
James Turrell reminds me that light can be 3-dimensional, so I’ve found some amazing Turrell-inspired lighting below.
Thanks to updated designs, we no longer need to settle for generic Christmas lights. I previously posted about the Restoration Hardware fab-orific light garland in my Double Duty Holiday Décor Guide, but bulb string lights are also a fave of mine. I’m sure you’ve seen these pop up a lot lately, from restaurants to outdoor events to rooftop terraces, the bulb string lights add vintage romance instantly. It’s like Paris in a box (of lights).
PartyLights.com Bulb String Lights, $25-35
The dioder LED light set from Ikea offers the most versatility when it comes to designing with light. Position these color-changing light strips virtually anywhere – under the bed, above cabinets, under a desk, behind a tv, for a futuristic look.
Dioder LED Light Set, $40
Designed by Peter Bristol, the Corner Light is the perfect embodiment of multi-dimensional lighting. Although a pricier alternative, it’s such a minimalist statement piece that you won’t need much else to complete a room.
Peter Bristol Corner Light, $550
Sconces are often overlooked when it comes to lighting, yet there are a boatload of sconce light designs just waiting to be noticed. I like this Caged Edison Sconce. Screw in a different light style whenever you feel like it for a whole new look.
Overstock Caged Edison Sconce, $90
Neon signs are the perfect choice for 3-dimensional décor, they provide a unique source of light while doubling as wall art. Search “neon sign” on ebay to see a hearty selection of affordable neon delights, or get one custom made.
eBay Neon Signs, from $20
For the commitment-phobe, fake it with this color changing dvd. Just hit play to transform your TV into a James Turrell light installation.
Color Light Changing DVD from designboom, $30
originally posted on ibby.com