New Classic: Jamaica Bar Stool

Are you trying to find a contemporary bar or counter stool that will amp up your house’s style? Get to know the Jamaica bar stool. Originally designed by Pepe Cortes for a disco in 1991, the Jamaica bar stool has moved to several homes and accommodated with ease. Its shape recalls a classic tractor seat, while the chrome-plated tubular structure and polished seat give it a contemporary look. This merging of new and old is a good lesson in how to make a design stand the test of time; 20 years after its still a top choice among designers.

BAAN layout

The polished aluminum chairs are a fantastic match for glossy metal countertops. The light track and the stools have a great relationship as well: The stools deliver the substance all the way down to the ground; the mild track lifts it up toward the ceiling.

Mark Brand Architecture

Likewise, the stool balances out the amount of metal in the room when there are stainless steel appliances and vent hoods.

Webber + Studio, Architects

This kitchen uses a lot of metallic finishes. The bulk of them are matte, although the stools, hardware and a couple of accent pieces are glistening.

Webber + Studio, Architects

Not only are those stools light, but they also have a visually light silhouette. This makes them a superb choice for this light-filled and open living space.

In the larger context of the open floor plan, the stools connect to the metal construction of the Brno chairs and the Platner table.

Dunlap Design Group

The stools swivel 360 degrees, so you can take them for a twist or twist 180 degrees to make a graceful dismount.

ZMK Group, Inc

Due to its light weight, a single stool could be dragged around to where you need it in the present time.

Birdseye Design

While outdoor use isn’t recommended for those stools, they’re light enough to carry outside temporarily as soon as the weather is fine.

Design Within Reach

Jamaica Barstool | DWR – $769

The Jamaica stool can be found in bar (32″) and counter (28.25″) stool heights.

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Cortes Jamaica Low Stool by Knoll – $719

Additionally, it is offered in a fun small low version that doesn’t only swivels but rolls on casters.

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Stair Flair: Staircases Unlike Any Other

If your home contains two stories, a basement, or whatever requires the shifting of floor amounts, it is likely that you will need a staircase. There are some ways to do it : you can choose the everyday traditional staircase, or you can make a statement using an original staircase which will make your neighbors envious. Of course, generally, this takes you to be in the preliminary stages of a new structure or in the midst of a renovation, so perhaps you can just tuck away these thoughts for future usage. But if you are in the place to take creative staircase actions, consider these hints to literally and figuratively bring your staircase to the next level.

Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers

Create a branch. Do not twist your neck : this divide staircase instantly warrants a double-take.

House + House Architects

Vary the width. Many staircases are as broad at the top as they are in the bottom. Rather, look at building your staircase with varying widths to create for an interesting ascent and descent.

First Vision Limited

Get creative with the rail. There are not any principles that stair railings be installed parallel to the staircase. These vertical rods add the security of a rail and an unexpected visual accessory.

Nic Darling

Or, install a stair wall. For maximum security, outfit your staircase using a wall. The cut-outs really are a fun addition and maintain the staircase from feeling too entrapped.

Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

Paint them. Here is a simple and cheap means to bring a unique splash to your staircase: paint! This lime green color is playful and cheery, and the perfect entry for this diverse landing.

Siller Stairs

Create your own distinctive layout. Like anything, stairs also could be personalized to the unexpected style of your dreams. This semi-spiral staircase is as much of a sculptural piece as it is a functional one.

Jensen Architects

Pick something out of the ordinary for the actual stairs. At the end of the day, the staircase are just horizontal boards which can be made from an assortment of materials. These wood blocks are a excellent rustic match for this modern home.

Martin Fenlon Architecture

Or, think concrete stairs to get an unconventional modern appearance.

David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

Add an unexpected stair landing. Instead of extending your staircase all the way to the ground, disrupt them with an entertaining landing. Install drawers for extra storage.

Tile the stair risers. Add a graphic element by boosting your stair risers. Pick unique patterns to create your ascent up the staircase continually surprising. Consider adding vertical stripes down your staircase to make it appear longer and add personality.

Zack|de Vito Architecture + Construction

Mix it up. Wood staircase? Or stainless steel stairs? Why not! When rustic meets contemporary it equals a chic combination filled with feel.

DIN Interiorismo

Back-light the staircase. To get a staircase which glows day and night, add back-lighting beneath the staircase. No need to get a night-light for this look!

Go for the glass. To get a staircase which seems to just vanish, look at using glass. Just be sure you have the belly to get walking up and down them!

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Give Your House Some Natural Curiosities

Hundreds of years back when explorers discovered new species of fauna and flora, they couldn’t whip their iPhones, take a snapshot and mail it back home. They really had to study said plants and creatures, draw them bring back specimens and have them symbolized by hand, whether in painting or drawing. Because engraving plates were created, many of these prints are still in circulation and add organic beauty to homes all over the world.

J.Banks Design Group

Soft greens and hot browns are improved by a Natural Curiosities turtle print.

Nile Voyage Turtle 1 – Natural Curiosities – $2,240

The bewitching turtle print seen above remains available for purchase. The turtle was discovered by Scottish Explorer James Bruce while investigating the Nile River in 1768; the image has survived for hundreds of years.

Vendome Press

Katie Ridder used classic Swedish bird prints from this glowing green dining room wall.

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Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc..

This proud pelican adds personality to the toned-down coastal design of the living room.

J.Banks Design Group

Spying an alligator or a crocodile for the first time must have been quite a jolt to explorers. This majestic creature is a superb choice over this console.

Brian Watford Interiors

Pressing leaves and flowers is a tradition which continues today. Finding classic styled pressed plants are always a true coup at the flea market.

Lisa Benbow – Designs that are Garnish

This 8-legged creature from the deep would be a perfect match over the headboard, and is the very interesting thing in the room.

Cristi Holcombe Interiors, LLC

More fascinating and bizarre sea creatures pack a layout punch, like the jellyfish represented from the Languishing Drifter prints.

Emily A. Clark

This informative article is peppered with pictures of oceanographic curiosities. The group works well together due to the black, black, white and deep blue colour palette.

Liz Williams Interiors

Sweet botanicals in equal frames and mats produce a gorgeous composition within this entryway.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

These dimmed botanicals play off the floral upholstery onto the dining seats.

Shell prints are another genre of character paintings and drawings. These colorful plates are improved with gilded frames.

Phoebe Howard

Vintage bird prints topped with tortoise shells add subtle coastal design for the home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Zuniga Interiors

Those explorers I said in the intro brought back original specimens when possible. Continuing this spirit, fan-shaped pieces of coral have been matted and framed. This works especially well with another organic sculptural components on the adjacent shelves.

American Flamingo Giclee Print by John James Audubon

Back in 1820, John James Audobon took a boat down the Mississippi River, which prompted many of his Birds of America drawings and watercolors. Because he tracked a topnotch foreign printer, his work survives today. One of the most famous prints, this proud flamingo, is a traditional image that brings a lot of attention.

Natural Curiosities

Lord Bodner’s Octopus Study Triptych Print – $3,550

This octopus triptych from Natural Curiosities makes a a large impact on a wall.


Cabinet of Natural Curiosities – $119.95

Back in the 18th century, Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba amassed an unbelievable collection of specimans and commissioned examples of them. A wonderful way to enjoy gorgeous renderings of fauna and flora is simply leaving a copy of the Cabinet of Natural Curiosities out on the coffee table. I love to leave mine studying a page for a few days and then flipping to a new one.

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Avoid These Bathroom Remodeling Trends At All Costs

Whether you’re updating your bathroom for your family’s convenience or because you’ve decided to place your home on the market, you’ll do well to consider current trends, because an old-fashioned bathroom can actually scare potential buyers.

To get the most out of what you’ll be investing into your Berkeley painting contractors project, make sure to follow the right trends, and avoid fleeting styles that will leave your bathroom outdated in just a few years.

Here’s a rough guide of trends to avoid if you’re looking to update your bathroom soon.

Oversized Tubs

While aesthetically pleasing, large bathtubs are very expensive and impractical because they take up a lot of space. So, unless your Berkeley painters project has an unlimited budget and you have a sprawling space to work with, you’ll be much better off opting for a high-quality shower instead.

Tacky Colors

Avoid dated colors like avocado, salmon, maroon and mustard. These can really put off potential buyers when it’s time to sell your home. Instead, use the 70/20/10 rule to combine timeless colors like pale teal, grey and charcoal to create a calming and light-filled space. Basically, you’ll make sure that 70% of the bathroom is covered in the lightest shade of the three, followed by 20% of the second lightest, and 10% of the most vibrant shade in the form of room accents.


While light colors have a way of making a room feel more spacious than it is, a white-on-white color scheme may not be a good idea for the bathroom. For one, the maintenance of the floors alone would stop most people from purchasing a home with a white bathroom. The good news is that you can still get the same effect by incorporating an assortment of neutral colors like light grey or beige.

Nickel Finishes and Subway Tile

Although they were once very popular, metal finishes like nickel, as well as subway tile, are rapidly going out of style. Trends are now moving towards black finishes and brushed-gold, which are both very modern and stylish choices. On the other hand, geometric designs and large-format tiles are the way to go if you want to create interest, especially in a large space.

Extra Bathrooms

If you’re looking to get a return on investment from adding an extra bathroom, then think again. In fact, statistics show that adding an extra bathroom in the home will, at best, give you a 53.6% ROI. So, unless you intend on staying in the same house for a long time, and you are adding the extra bathroom for your own convenience, you’re probably better off investing that money elsewhere.  


Before you start that Berkeley painting project, think about the long-term value of the updates you’re about to make, and opt for timeless trends instead of fleeting ones. Simple additions like elegant knobs on the cabinets, a new hand-held shower, towel racks and faucet handles can be a great way to enhance the look of your bathroom without breaking the bank. You can also add wall-mounted light fixtures on the sides of your vanity, as well as other new light fixtures.