Consider the Humble Rocker
Rita St. Clair
The Edo rocker by Thos. Moser
The chair may be the most designed and redesigned piece in the entire lexicon of furniture.
Although historically not all cultures used chairs as seating, today they are virtually universal. Yet the most interesting thing about seating is that seldom do two people agree on the comfort of a specific chair.
I am looking for a comfortable chair for occasional use in our family room; currently the room has contemporary upholstered seating.
We would like to add a wooden or "un-upholstered" chair, and everything that we have seen is either too small or uncomfortable.
The so-called occasional chair is usually small and not used for lounging; however, uncomfortable is not a good definition for any chair.
Since I do not know what, if any, specific task the chair is to serve why not look at a rocking chair? They are usually wooden and comfortable. There are not many contemporary or modern designed rocking chairs, but every now and then we see one in a designer showroom. And I must say they attract a lot of attention.
You may be interested in the chair pictured, which is made by Thom. Moser.
This company offers a number of interesting lines of wooden furniture, which appears more crafted than manufactured. It has recently introduced this new contemporary rocking chair as part of the Edo collection inspired by Japanese design.
It's quite an interpretation of the classic rocking chair.
You might even consider a more traditional ladder-back design rocking chair.
Those of us who remember the Kennedy years saw the president comfortably seated in the
Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden
One of the many joys of spring is the return of hummingbirds. These small birds migrate across the Gulf of Mexico and travel as far north as Canada. Dining on flower nectar and small insects, they follow the progression of blooming plants as spring progresses. If your garden lacks the floral enticements hummingbirds crave, a feeder will also do the trick.
The House Cleaning Cheat Sheet
Nancy Kalish - Ideas That Spark
Feel like you never stop cleaning? A University of Michigan survey found that Americans scrub their houses an astonishing average of 17 hours a week. The good news: 'Such drudgery is totally unnecessary,' says Jeff Bredenberg. Follow his tips to make short work of your housework.
Filling the Memory Bank
Catherine R. Kelly - Ideas That Spark
Many people have pictures of their most precious memories -- vacations or birthday parties -- shoved into a junk drawer or lying around on a computer, waiting for someone, anyone, to look at them. These photos tell the story of your family, and yet there they sit. But creating a fun and unusual display that puts your photos front and center is totally worth your while.
10 Great 'Green' Home Improvements for 2010
Energy-efficient features are a key attraction for today's home buyers. Nearly 90 percent of buyers consider heating and cooling bills important, and more than 70 percent wanted high-efficiency appliances. To assist consumers considering making these upgrades, a number of experts compiled this list of 10 Great Green Home Improvements for 2010.
Cleaning Naturally Improves Indoor Air Quality
Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer
From bleach to grease-busters to deodorizers, there are plenty of chemical cleaners out there to tackle your dirtiest, grimiest, bacteria-laden situations. However, many of those cleaning products contribute to indoor air pollution and poor health. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural cleaning solutions that will keep you and your family healthy and squeaky-clean ...
Paralyzed in Search for 'Art'? Just Go with 'Decoration'
Rita St. Clair
I've seen plenty of strange collections in the course of my career. Some were more attractive than others, but in every case they expressed the personality and passions of the collector. And because of the commitment that went into assembling them, many of these unusual collections were more interesting than the pieces of art someone acquired
Clever Way to Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen
Rita St. Clair
I'm trying to figure out how much space will be needed for a table and chairs in a small kitchen that's about to be renovated. Kitchen and furniture stores give all sorts of answers to my questions about these measurements, so I'm hoping there's some general formula I can follow. And can you offer some suggestions for making the space look larger?
A visit to an historic home, or at least a look through a book on traditional American and European interiors, may well upset the assumption that the only appropriate design in these circumstances is a conservative design. Our ancestors often devised eclectic looks for their homes rather than following strict formulas. That's partly because they seldom had easy access to the type of furnishings they were expected to use. They had to improvise -- and the results were never dull
Banquette Seating Maximizes Efficiency and Comfort
By Rita St. Clair
Don't assume that an attractive design featured in a magazine can be applied only in a space of similar dimensions. Good ideas can often be adapted to rooms much larger or smaller than the original. Functional issues may have to be addressed of course, trickier -- and crucial -- is the question of scale
Traditional and High Tech Can Coexist in Kitchen
By Rita St. Clair
We're planning to redo the large kitchen of a home in a rural area with an informal interior design. My wife and I both enjoy preparing food with our "armada" of kitchen appliances, but we're wondering how all those digital widgets will look in a rustic setting.
Making Country Kitchens Contemporary
By Rita St. Clair - Design Line
Wondering how to proceed with a kitchen renovation? Here are a few suggestions you might not get at your local kitchen supply store.
Installing Kitchen Cabinets a Tall Order for Do-It-Yourselfer
Ask the Builder by Tim Carter
Do-it-yourself cabinet installations can range from simple to extremely difficult.
Limestone Kitchen Countertops Stand Test of Time
Ask the Builder by Tim Carter
Limestone countertops rank right at the top of my take-your-breath-away countertop contest. I love granite tops because of the deep color and some of the magnificent crystals, but the buff shades of limestone mixed with the fossils create a classic look that will generate unending compliments from all who see the stone in your new kitchen.
From Common to Customized ' Add Value With Architectural Details
Architectural Details Increase your Home's 'Wow' Value & Selling Value
Customizing your kitchen, baths, master bedroom or any other room with architectural details is a simple way set your home apart and increase the "wow factor" of those particular rooms and in turn the selling value of your home.
Island Innovations: Make the Most of Your Kitchen Space
Home Innovation Tip & Kitchen Islands
"The kitchen island has become the icon of the modern kitchen ' the 21st century equivalent of the old-fashioned hearth," says architect Duo Dickinson for This Old House Magazine. "It's easy to understand why - kitchen islands work."
Kitchen Color Trends and Tips - Interior Design and Decorating
Kitchen Decorating Tips & Advice
Every homeowner knows that the kitchen is the perfect place to please the palate. But it can also be the perfect place to add character with the color palette. When remodeling the hub of your home, choosing the right colors is an important part of the decision making process. But how do you choose colors that are compatible with your space and your taste?
- Spa-Like Setting for Your Bath Room
- Shades, Raised Platform May Improve View in Awkward High-Rise Rooms
- Ceilings Do Not Always Have to be White
- Custom Cabinetry Can Solve Difficulties
- Repurpose Small Spaces with Custom Built ins
- How to Block Glaring Sun but Not the View? That's a Tall Order
- What to Do With a Wall of Windows
- Japanese Solution for Storage
- Home Makeover Requires Careful Thought to Succeed
(Readers with general interior design questions for Rita St. Clair can e-mail her at rsca(at)ritastclair.com.)
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