Design

Form Meets Function With Dolly Bookshelf

Form Meets Function With Dolly Bookshelf

C&H readers, you’re probably starting to think I’m obsessed with bookshelves. And you’d be right. After dealing with the odyssey of our salvaged Borders bookcase, I look at all shelving with a newfound appreciation. This latest find? Pure genius. Created by Etsy seller StudioDz, this one-of-a-kind piece combines shelving and […]

Nate Berkus Shows Us How to Mix It Up with Valspar Paint and Lowes

Nate Berkus Shows Us How to Mix It Up with Valspar Paint and Lowes

Last week we attended an amazing event by Lowes and Valspar Paint in New York City. They invited a small group of media to participate in a painting and design demonstration all hosted by celebrity designer and TV personality Nate Berkus. Lowes and Valspar setup an incredible event space in […]

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

Seeking An Inventive Room Divider? Try A Rope Wall!

If you live or work in a large, open space like a loft, one of the biggest obstacles is creating walls and different areas (trust me–I speak from firsthand experience!) And if you’re renting the space, the issue becomes even more challenging because you probably don’t want to invest a […]

Finding a Job in Interior Design

Finding a Job in Interior Design

As a Housing major and a Design Studies minor, I was intimidated by the job market. I knew that Interior Design majors would have more to offer than I would. My job search started in November and I realized right away that I wanted to focus on design through my […]

DuPont Unveils New Zodiaq, Corian Countertop Colors

DuPont Unveils New Zodiaq, Corian Countertop Colors

When you’re creating colors for kitchen surfaces, what better inspiration is there than food? DuPont’s new color collections in Zodiaq quartz surfaces and Corian solid surfaces are inspired by spices and ingredients, respectively. Think of a kitchen infused with the warmth of chicory, or a fresh burst of cilantro. Zodiaq […]

Best Kitchen and Bath from KBIS 2011

Best Kitchen and Bath from KBIS 2011

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) was great this year! Beyond seeing some unique products from the top manufacturers in the country, we spoke to a lot of designers and bloggers who provided us with some real insight to where they feel the industry is headed and what trends […]

On Location at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show KBIS 2011

On Location at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show KBIS 2011

We’re headed to Las Vegas for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (K/BIS) which is the largest kitchen and bath trade show in the country. There are enough sinks, cabinets and appliances to make your head spin. You can follow our experiences at K/BIS on Twitter and Facebook as we’ll […]

ReadyMade Magazine: Behind the Scenes

ReadyMade Magazine: Behind the Scenes

This year our intern, Lauren Chorpening of Iowa State University, had a unique opportunity to visit the Meredith office of ReadyMade in Des Moines, Iowa which isn’t far from her campus in Ames. She received a guide behind-the-scenes tour of the popular DIY magazine/website and sat in on an editorial […]

Trad Home from Meredith and Lonny: A New Digital Magazine

Trad Home from Meredith and Lonny: A New Digital Magazine

It’s great to see new ventures in shelter publishing and when established print publisher Meredith announced they were joining up with digital magazine Lonny to create Trad Home, the design world took notice. After two splashy launch parties in NYC and LA that were attended by a who’s who of […]

Small Space Tips: College Dorm Room Design

Small Space Tips: College Dorm Room Design

Our intern this year, Lauren, is a design student at Iowa State University and she’s done a tremendous job working with us to improve and grow all facets of Charles & Hudson. Lauren lives in student housing (dorms) like thousands of other college students across the country. We asked her […]

How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

How To Transition Between Flooring Materials

Let’s say you want to use different types of flooring in two rooms, but you have a rather open floor plan and the transition is highly visible. Should you scrap the whole project or stick to one type of flooring? Heck, no — it’s all about the transition. We were […]

We’re a ReadyMade 100 Finalist

We’re a ReadyMade 100 Finalist

Remember the stackable and sturdy sawhorse project we built a few months ago? We painted them gold and entered it into the ReadyMade 100 contest. We just got word a couple days ago that our project was selected as a finalist and we’re delighted to see it print in the […]

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

One of the most effective ways to build green is to use salvaged materials. The great thing about salvage is it can be small (a piece of furniture, perhaps) or, in the case of this house, huge! “An entire section of highway” was recycled “in the construction of its core […]

Simple Fireplace Redesign For Less

Simple Fireplace Redesign For Less

A fireplace is the focal point of a living room, so it’s important to have something that doesn’t make you recoil every time it catches your eye. My friends Heather and Neil had this unfortunate reaction when they moved into their 1940s traditional house in Santa Monica. The living room […]

Go Green With Ceramic Tile

Go Green With Ceramic Tile

Flooring, walls, backsplashes–ceramic tile is a popular, versatile material that can be incorporated into a variety of projects. Many styles of ceramic tile are quite affordable, too, making it an ideal choice for the DIY-er on a budget. But who knew ceramic tile could be so green? You’ll breathe easy […]

Trend Watch: Hiding Kitchen Appliances Within Cabinetry

Trend Watch: Hiding Kitchen Appliances Within Cabinetry

Stainless steel, bright colors–today’s appliances are certainly as eye-catching as they are functional. And in some cases, certain appliances can serve as a trophy of sorts; a state-of-the-art refrigerator, perhaps, or my personal holy grail: the KitchenAid artisan stand mixer. Yet an emerging trend is producing an interesting result in […]

Will Living Rooms Disappear?

Will Living Rooms Disappear?

The National Association of Home Builders recently released a special report that details several home features that will likely become the norm by 2015. Green features such as low-E windows and engineered wood products are expected to become more prevalent, a less-than-surprising find given the continually increasing awareness of eco-friendly […]

Ohio’s First Passive House: The Walking Tour

Ohio’s First Passive House: The Walking Tour

In February we were invited to the Passive House in Yellow Springs, Ohio’s open house. Hosted by both the new owners and the building company, the event was a casual, yet incredibly informative adventure. The people at Green Generation Building have been generous enough to share the walking tour here […]