Daydreaming of a Summer getaway? (So are we.) While we can’t help you get out of town, we can share our favorite bookmarks. So find a sunny spot and check out the most inspiring interiors, projects, and products we spotted this week.
Today, we’re sharing a neutral and warm New York apartment, a light-filled London home, and a stylish abode in Northern California. We’re also highlighting our favorite new products, businesses leading the way in banning plastic bags, and an inspiring design yard sale.
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New York In Neutrals
Some high school friendships fade over time, while others..lead to amazing interior design projects. Such is the case in this New York apartment, when homeowner Clayton Orrigo asked his longtime friend Gabriela Gargano of Grisoro Designs to give the space a complete overhaul. And that she did, knocking down walls and giving the home a whole new layout and feel that’s natural, modern and perfectly welcoming. Steel casement doors, honey-colored wood cabinetry, a massive white brick fireplace are just a few of the pieces that set this place apart- and show that friendship can be ideal for creating beautiful spaces.
Design For Justice
The design world is doing its part to help aid in the fight for equality and justice for the Black community. Created by a group of students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Design Yard Sale features original works and donated items by designers,(ranging from art to sculpture, objects, and clothing) with all net proceeds going towards two organizations fighting for racial equity and justice – the Bail Project and Colloqate Design. The sale continues through the end of July, along with a weekly auction of well-known designers’ work. You can also make a direct donation here.
Light-Filled London Living
Adding lot of light and modern moments was the brief for this renovation of a London home. And thanks to skylights and a large rear addition full of windows, that’s exactly what architects Fraher & Findley did. They also created a Tsubo Niwa, an enclosed Japanese style garden directly off the kitchen, providing a hit of greenery, and a quiet place to reflect (we could all use one of those these days). But our favorite space has to be the bathroom – with a massive skylight, claiming green paint and traditional style tub for soaking away all your worries.
Making Plastic Bags A Thing Of The Past
100 billion single-use plastic bags are used in the US each year. But one initiative is hoping to change that. Beyond The Bag is a multi-year collaboration across retail sectors that aims to create new design solutions to help phase out today’s single-use plastic retail bag. Target, Wal-Mart, and CVS are all founding partners and are helping select ideas from entrepreneurs and designers to then test- and hopefully use, in their stores.
Want to learn about more ways you can be eco-friendly? Check out our post Reduce Your Waste: 4 Easy Ways You Can Be More Environmentally Friendly
A Home With A View In San Francisco
When you have a home with incredible views (like a sweeping vista of the San Francisco Bay) it’s important to make sure your interiors don’t steal the spotlight. And designers JDP Interiors made sure of that when designing this gorgeous home, by utilizing minimal color, low slung furniture, and simple, clean lines. With an open floor plan that seamlessly connects the kitchen, dining area and living space, along with floor to ceiling windows, the space also makes you feel far away from the city right outside the door.
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Our Favorite Products Of The Week
We’re keeping things light, airy, and easy with our favorite products of the week. On Monday we kicked off our Modern Glam project reveal, and among the many stylish items we used, we love these simple and stylish pieces. A linen textured pillow can bring a summery feel to your sofa, while a marble lamp is a classic addition to any nightstand. To give your plants a graphic punch, try this totem-style planter, or opt for a sculptural vase to liven up a console table or bookshelf.