Guest Picks: 20 Modern Quilts for Kids

Now the holidays are over, it’s time to freshen up things around the home. January is a superb time to take advantage of many White Sales and replace the kids’ bedding to get a bright beginning to the new year. Here are a few of my favourite contemporary vases for children. — Elaina from Fun Finds for Mom


Modern Baby Quilt Half & Half Herb by B Perrino Quilts – $125

This neutral quilt will be ideal in a modern nursery, especially if your little guy’s name starts with an O.


Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse Studio – $360

This Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse is really two quilts in one: glowing triangles on one side and lemony stripes onto the other.

Pottery Barn Kids

Dahlia Medallion Quilt, Pink – $179

My daughter would probably choose this one out of the bunch. Pink and flowers are two of the favorites.


Geometric Quilt, Bricks by B Perrino Quilts – $325

Barbara Perrino creates some really striking vases, such as this clean and simple”bricks” design.


Delft Quilt – $2,850

The gorgeous quilts made by FunQuilts are an investment, for certain, but the good news is that the company also sells quilt kits for people who possess the skills to generate their very own.


Zig Zag Chocolate Quilt

This comfy Zig Zag Chocolate Quilt by Dwell is made of 100 percent cotton.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Run & Fall, Chocolate Queen Quilt

Chocolate brown and blue is one of my favourite color combinations, especially when paired in matters like this fun geometric quilt.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

Swirly Rose Appliqué Quilt

This quilt by Denyse Schmidt is named Swirly Rose, but it reminds me of freshly picked oranges. I could design a whole room .

Haptic Laboratory

New York City Soft-Map – $450

Look carefully and you’ll notice that Soft-Maps are quilted maps of towns and areas around the world, including New York, Paris, London, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. They’re perfect for the urban tot!

SUCH Designs

Wonky Small Homes Quilt Pattern – $10

This is a quilt pattern called”Wonky Little Houses” I love its playful appearance. It was created by my friend (and super gifted artist) Carrie Bloomston.


Quatrefoil Blossom Quilt – $220

This is absolute pinky perfection.


Baby Quilt Orange Boxes by B Perrino Quilts – $125

This is just another great quilt made by Barbara Perrino. It is named Orange Boxes, and it’s sized for a baby.

Serena & Lily

Ruched Quilt – $230

White happens to be my favorite color, so I wouldn’t mind having this unique Ruched Quilt from Serena & Lily in my bed. It is so refreshing!

The Land of Nod

Children Red & White Nautical Striped Quilt Bedding – $129

These bold white and red stripes are at home in a nautical-themed bedroom for children.


Equilateral Triangles Crib Quilt by Carson Converse Studio – $360

If you love Carson Converse’s quilt layouts but are not yet prepared to make the investment, have a look at his smaller stroller quilts and greeting cards also.


Circle Stitch Quilt – $184

This quilt has a genuine bohemian vibe with all its multicolored rings and circles.

The Land of Nod

Kids Dinosaur Bedding Comforter Set – $14

In case you have a dino lover, here is an enjoyable tower of dinosaurs onto a duvet from The Land of Nod. Additionally, there are a few great pillows for your upcoming paleontologist to snuggle up with also.

Chocolate/Chambray Cabin Quilt – $180

These reversible Cabin Quilts from Serena & Lily would be the perfect basic pieces for layering with patterned bedding. The contrasting red stitch on this one is a wonderful touch.

Aqua Diamond Quilt – $180

This Aqua Diamond Quilt from Serena & Lily resembles pure luxury. Additionally, it comes in punch, lilac, pink and citrine.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

On and On Quilt

I think this orange, geometric”On and On” quilt by Denyse Schmidt would look great in a tween boy’s room.

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FHA Credit Score Limits

Loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) have more flexible credit criteria than conventional, non-government guaranteed loans. The FHA started providing an alternative to stringent mortgage loans in 1934, and it continues to aid borrowers with credit challenges to obtain financing from promising to repay lenders if borrowers default. The borrower, co-borrower and co-signer on a FHA loan should meet minimum credit score requirements to qualify.

The Basics

FHA-approved lenders adhere to particular credit guidelines outlined from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Handbook. They consider borrower credit history among one of the four significant factors influencing a borrower’s ability to repay a home loan. A credit score and report shows excessive credit obligations and any past failure to settle debts. A low credit score, delinquent and past due accounts, bankruptcy, and foreclosure are all red flags for lenders. The lender also considers income, assets and other obligations to determine whether the borrower is likely to repay the loan.

Credit Limits

FHA has a minimal credit requirement but not a maximum charge limitation. The highest possible credit score based on the most popular credit scoring program, FICO, is 850, and the smallest is 300. FHA requires borrowers to have a minimal 500 FICO score to obtain insurance. Such borrowers should contribute at least a 10 percent down payment. A borrower with a score of 580 or more qualifies for a loan with just a 3.5 percent down payment.


FHA’s minimum score requirements benefit borrowers who have sufficient assets and income to repay a home loan debt but who would be denied under conventional lending criteria because of terrible credit. FHA insurance allows lenders to make loans to otherwise ineligible borrowers as they’re guaranteed repayment of the debt. FHA loans require an annual mortgage insurance premium that the borrower pays monthlypayments. The increased down payment requirement for borrowers with very bad credit offsets danger for FHA and the lending company.

Expert Insight

Improve your credit score before applying for a FHA loan by eliminating inaccuracies and unpaid collections from your accounts. Such items affect the standard of your loan, specifically the interest rate and your loan limitation. A score below 580 takes more money out-of-pocket at closing and a higher monthly payment over the repayment term. By removing negative accounts and high-balance credit accounts, you also enhance the maximum loan amount. The lender counts fewer monthly obligations, raising the amount you’re able to put toward a housing payment.

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What Colors to Paint Martin Homes

Purple martins are lively, gregarious songbirds native to the U.S.. If you reside in the martins’ breeding range, that includes the eastern U.S. and Pacific Coast from Washington state to Mexico, along with elements of Arizona and Canada, hosting a purple martin colony is a rewarding, long-lasting endeavor. Purple martins have survived with people since Native American occasions and are now almost dependent on human-supplied housing. Even though purple martin houses are readily available for purchase, building your own martin house adds a second level of satisfaction. Whether you construct a martin “apartment house” or offer gourd-type homes, a key contributor to the achievement of your martin housing is the shade that you just paint it.

Paint It White

White is the preferred color for purple martin houses. White offers maximum reflection of sunlight, which keeps the interior of the house cool so that the birds can flourish and increase their young. It is possible to paint the trim, like the roof and the ledges under the doors, another color, but it’s not vital. If you reside in an area that gets high summertime temperatures, you should also paint the roof white.

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3 Buildings Maximize Nature Views

This Seattle artist desired to construct a house in Washington’s San Juan Islands where she could be inspired to do her job for the majority of the summer, but she did not wish to spend the entire time in isolation. Her house needed to have living space space for guests and studio space. Instead of constructing a large two-story house with all the identical water views, the architects split the house into three separate one-story structures. Which minimized the impact on the landscape while embracing every part of it. Presently a studio, guesthouse and chief house make the most of the perspectives of the water, the woods as well as the magnificent present madrona trees on the rocky bluff.

in a Glance
Who lives here: This is a Seattle artist’s summer and weekend residence.
Location: San Juan Islands, Washington
Size: Main house: 1,400 square feet; guesthouse: 650 square feet; studio: 500 square feet

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

“We carefully choreographed the entry order,” states Rick Mohler, of Mohler Ghillino Architects, that worked with project lead Rik Adams on the plan. Upon arrival one experiences a course of discovery, appearing from the woods to obtain the studio and then continuing along to the guest house and main house.

“Her job is more inwardly focused, so the studio’s perspectives are much different than people from the others,” Mohler states. The clerestory windows face north and let in the light in addition to the view of the woods. The studio doesn’t have big views of the water.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

Next one walks past the guest house, which comprises two bedrooms and a bath. The distinct structure provides the guests privacy and enabled the architects to tread lightly on the landscape, nestling the constructions into the website rather than building one big two-story house with all the same views.

Having separate buildings also means that the homeowner may turn the heat off in the guesthouse when it’s not being used.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

“There’s a rhythm along the path, made by the different shed roof orientations,” Mohler describes. Details such as rafter tails beneath these roofs break things up and increase the rhythm.

At the end of the entry order, one arrives in this entry court; it’s shared with the primary house and guesthouse and gets the first glimpse of the water views.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

“We love to utilize corner windows; they tend to open up the space and the view,” Mohler states. Here, near the front door, a corner window cuts diagonally across the primary living space, revealing a dramatic view of the water and Vancouver Island.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

You can see how this operates on the plan. The cap of the program is that the entry-court side; the base is that the water-facing side.

The architects also placed larger decks from your main house, using a narrow deck across the water-facing facade to maximize the views and expand the rooms out.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

“The owner did not mind us pulling back on the website a bit, which enabled us to display the view through the gorgeous madrona trees; this made for much more interesting and lively perspectives,” Mohler states.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

Breaking up the structures also allows the house to float atop concrete piers that are cast directly onto solid rock just below the soil. This meant very little excavation was required and thus there was minimal effect to the website. “The piers also make the house feel lighter inside the landscape,” Mohler states.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

The main house’s magnificent butterfly roof soars toward the skies and opens the structure to southern light and the view off the rugged bluff.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

Windows reflect the view; the trim color matches the grass and the ⅞-inch corrugated sheet metal siding; as well as the roofing and railings mix in with the sky.

Metallic end: Zincalume

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

The front of the main building is all one open living space and comprises the dining room, living room and kitchen. The master suite is tucked into the rear corner (on the left side of this picture), allowing a floating bathtub to feel like it’s from the woods.

Mohler + Ghillino Architects

“Lots of homes are just what we call see machines, with every room focusing just on the same view of the water,” Mohler states. “This website had an unbelievable diverse all-natural landscape, and also we needed to expose the structure to each of the land had to provide.”

Main accountable for Rik Adams, with Rick Mohler and Rick Ghillino
General contractor: JAS Design Build

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Homes Away From Home: 10 Charming U.S. Bed-and-Breakfasts

Somehow an experience stops feeling so adventuresome the minute you step inside a plain-Jane, ordinary dinning room. If you are prepared for a trip across the USA, consider another kind of accommodation. Today’s eclectic bed-and-breakfasts are cozy, one-of-a-kind havens for travellers of all ages, budgets and styles. Have a look — a cozy tepee in Washington, a historic farmhouse in Virginia, an ecohouse in Texas or some former college in Illinois may be calling your name.

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1. Veritas Farmhouse
Afton, Virginia

This 1836 farmhouse includes six bedrooms with en suite baths. The Derby Bedroom, shown here, includes a downstairs sitting area; there’s a lofted bed near the top of the spiral staircase.

Downstairs, on the house’s main floor, a gathering area with a pool table and fireplace and a living area for lounging are available to all guests.

A wraparound porch invites guests to lounge with a glass of wine on warm nights. Inside, the home fighter prepares breakfast and private dinners in the communal kitchen.

The home sits at the base of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton, Virginia, in walking distance of the Veritas Winery.

Price: $150 to $250 each night | More information

2. Cherrywood Bed and Breakfast
Yakima Valley, Washington

It is hard to miss the herd of tepees in the middle of rural Yakima Valley, Washington. The B and B is part of this functioning Cherrywood Farm, where apples, pears, cherries and grapes are chosen every year.

Each personal, 20-foot tepee is equipped with a small fridge, a nearby grill, a bed, and a sitting room, an outdoor shower and independent, updated water closets, which makes it an original “glamping” destination.

Pendleton blankets, Southwest-inspired rugs and antlers create an authentic, rustic vibe.

The pet-friendly location also hosts trail rides and wine tours and tastings at local wineries.

Price: $245 per night | More information

3. Park Lane Guest House
Austin, Texas

This unique ecohotel is located in both quirky Austin, Texas. Place in the historic SoCo district, these cottages have been remodeled using recycled and salvaged materials for an eclectic look.

In the garden, a pure pool is surrounded by live oak trees. The Vicky Tiny Texas cottage includes a lofted king bed and a classic pedestal tub in the bathroom.

In the main house’s kitchen, innkeeper Shakti Khalsa sits at the counter using all the inn’s mascot, Olevia.

Khalsa made the kitchen recycled glass countertops and mesquite cabinets. The home still has its own original classic southern pine floors.

The bed-and-breakfast includes four homes — the Carriage House, shown here, using its stained concrete flooring and rock pool deck; the Main House bedroom; the Garden Cottage; along with the Vicky House.

The ecofriendly materials are not the only thing that makes this hotel green. Each morning a natural walnut is made with fresh eggs in the house’s hens — their coop, built from salvaged materials, is shown here. Vegetables and herbs in the Park Lane backyard frequently accompany the meal.

Price: Doubles from $179 | More information

4. Flemish House of Chicago Apartments

This 1892 construction, just steps from Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, was originally built as a single-family row home. Over time it was divided into many flats, although fortunately most of the home’s original features remain.

Wood-paneled walls, fireplaces, inlaid wood floors, moldings and high ceilings all reflect the home’s unique age. The owners have carefully decorated every en suite apartment in a traditional English-inspired Arts and Crafts style.

Though breakfast is served each morning, every apartment has its own remodeled kitchen, complete with utensils and cookware.

Price: $200 to $379 per night | More information

5. Cass House
Cayucos, California

The Cass House is a five-bedroom home and water tower that once belonged to the town’s founder, Captain James Cass.

Each morning breakfast is made in-house, together with locally sourced ingredients, frequently by the home’s organic garden.

Each en room has a special luxury. Some have antique fireplaces; others have sea views; others possess large soaking baths or private terraces.

Price: $175 to $365 per night | More information

6. The Davie School
Anna, Illinois

Constructed in 1910 for the kids of Anna, Illinois, The Davie School served as the local public school before it closed in 1996.

Once the current owners purchased the old school in 2002, they restored and remodeled the historic building to create an 11-suite inn. While every room has all the modern necessities of a hotel, the area still feels as a 20th-century schoolhouse.

First chalkboards and bookcases sit in each room. The hardwood flooring still reveal marks from pupil desks.

Even though the rooms have lots of components from the classroom, they also each have spa baths and upgraded baths.

Price: $100 to $285 per weekend | More information

7. Savannah B&B

Place on a row of 15 brick homes out of 1852, the Savannah B&B fits right in with all the Georgia town’s historic district.

Cottages and guest rooms unite in this bed-and-breakfast. Each room has components from the original arrangement, like the brick fireplace and walls inside this guest area.

Tea, olive and mulberry trees line the courtyard gardens. A communal courtyard in the centre hosts guests for breakfast and afternoon snacks.

Price: $179 to $259 per night | More information

8. Red Caboose Getaway B&B
Sequim, Washington

Even if you’re not a train fanatic, it’s hard not to enjoy this unique bed-and-breakfast in Sequim, Washington. Six renovated cabooses are available for overnight rentals.

Circled around a central duck pond on the home, the Red Caboose Getaway also includes a renovated Zephyr dining car, where breakfast is served every morning.

Each car has a queen bed, gas fireplace, spa tub, TV and other amenities. The enthusiastic innkeepers have contributed the cars individual railroad-inspired topics — there’s the Circus automobile, the Orient Express, Casey Jones and more.

Price: $175 to $195 per night | More information

9. Waypoint House
Berryville, Virginia

This cheerful Virginia house feels warm and joyful both inside and out. Within walking distance of historic Berryville, Virginia, the Waypoint House is surrounded by gardens on a half acre, using a large backyard and patio for guests to enjoy.

The 1884 house spent a lot of its life for a bed-and-breakfast. Even though most of the original details have been maintained, simple but contemporary furniture brought it to the 21st century.

Price: $125 to $225 per night | More information

10. Dwell 912
St. Louis, Missouri

This establishment takes a really contemporary approach to the classic bed-and-breakfast. Attached to a house in St. Louis’s historic LaSalle playground, a personal apartment serves as a bed-and-breakfast for one party.

On the main floor, an open lounge has original St. Louis artwork all around the 13-foot-high walls. A fireplace, artwork library, TV lounge area and dining room can easily accommodate a small group.

Though there’s a full kitchen for those who wish to cook, breakfast is sent to the apartment every morning.

The second-floor bedroom, balcony and bathroom can be accessed via the home’s original wooden staircase, held together with hand-forged claws.

A lush outdoor rear courtyard beckons guests on warm summer days. When the apartment is booked, the hosts also offer an extra third-floor studio in the main home, with many of the very same amenities.

Price: $150 to $175 per night | More information

Have a favorite bed-and-breakfast? Please inform us about it in the Comments.

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Yurts are around, portable tents traditionally used by nomads traveling throughout Asia, created with texture, leather or fabric. They have been developed to be dropped and carried on the backs of camels or yaks. Any domed and round tent can be called a yurt nowadays.

Elad Gonen

The domed shirt of A yurt has a hole in the middle, allowing to escape.

Shannon Malone

A ceiling of beams is compacted by the weight of the fabric. The compression makes the structure rigid.

Elad Gonen

A typical yurt consists of materials which may be removed and reassembled easily and often.

Denise Mitchell Interiors

Modern-day yurts might be semipermanent and constructed to withstand rugged conditions.

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6 Ways to Bring the Richness of Leather Home

Leather has been used for clothing, protection, rugs and furniture since ancient times, and for good reasons: It is easily available, flexible and durable. But leather has come a long way because the cave ages, thanks to modern science. Today both organic and faux leather can be dyed any color, stamped with layouts and treated to be stain resistant. And in the modern design-oriented planet, leather has some genuinely unique uses. Let’s explore some contemporary and traditional ways this older material is being used now.

Walls. This creative application generally ends up being fairly pricey, since one conceal prices approximately $200 (about the lower end of the price scale), and also the typical mask is roughly 50 to 52 square feet.

Cravotta Interiors

Flooring. Leather floor tiles could be glued to a plywood floor with contact cement. Although these one-of-a-kind software are magnificent, they can be tricky to take care of. Leather floors need to be vacuumed with a soft bristle brush and mopped monthly with distilled water. You also have to clean up spills quickly so they do not stain.

Brownhouse Design, Los Altos, CA

Upholstery. Leather couches have come to be a classic furniture staple. While they look magnificent and wear well, leather is cool to the touch in winter and clings to skin in hot weather (think of leather automobile seats and bare legs), meaning it is not the most comfy upholstery option for extreme environments. Stains, including pencil ink, can be hard to remove, too.

Janell Beals – House of Naked

You’ll want to maintain leather a minimum of two feet by a heat source to prevent it from drying out, and keep it from direct sunlight to prevent fading. And don’t use caustic household cleaners to clean leather. Instead, use a mild, nonacidic soap blended with water and use with an up-and-down or side-to-side motion (not in a circle). Clean an area larger than the place, rinse with a damp cloth and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

There is not any guarantee that a place can be removed from leather. When in doubt, call a professional before using any substances.

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Tabletop. When leather is chosen for a tabletop or other oft-used surface, it needs to be protected and maintained to reduce stains, stains and scratches. Dust it frequently with a soft, damp cloth.

To condition the leather, use professional leather goods to ensure a good outcome. Products such as mink oil can darken the leather, so it’s always a good idea to check any product on a small area. Stain protection could be added during the tanning process; look for leather with Scotchguard or another protective coating. Or you could apply surface protection against oil, water and dirt stains later.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

Faux leather. Like leather, faux leather could be stamped to create a thorough pattern that adds style and interest. Although artificial leather is less expensive than actual leather, it does not last as long or wear also.

Frequently, to save on cost, faux leather is applied on either side and rear of a chair or couch while genuine leather is used on the front. The leather is dyed to match the actual deal.

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Woven. When stitched, leather is strong, durable and lasting. But, woven leather will stretch with time and use.

When it becomes scratched and scuffed, woven or unwoven leather could be polished, like you’d polish a pair of sneakers, to restore and restore the look.

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Energy and Color Aplenty in a Live-Work Lease

Designer Caitlin Wilson lives in and works out of a rental home in a classic building in Philadelphia, and she desired her furniture to represent a timeless look but with a twist. Details like lavish English wrapped arms, tufts and female silhouettes root the distance into a traditional style, but bold colour and pattern options showcase a modern eclectic soul. “My design has evolved from modern to eclectic to a kind of new traditional, and I believe my home reflects this development,” Wilson says.

in a Glance
Who lives here: Caitlin Wilson, husband Brigham and kids Olivia and Penn
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
Size: 1,400 square feet

Caitlin Wilson Design

The foyer of the designer sings a note in Key Largo Green. Wilson bought the mirror out of Joss & Main and hand painted the ampersand canvas. Art from her parents’ collection, digital prints and family photos make up the gallery wall.

Caitlin Wilson Design

A Pindler & Pindler Winston sofa brings you in with its pink colour, a color trim and repeated throughout the room in the accessories. Wilson custom made her curtains to frame her perspectives of Rittenhouse Square and Center City. She wrapped in a brass bamboo coffee table along with a pair of Chinese brass lamps; a Thom Filicia rug ties the room together.

Caitlin Wilson Design

Ikea bookshelves flank one of Wilson’s prized possessions: a camel-colored tufted leather settee with rolled arms, a lavish hand-me-down out of her parents.

Caitlin Wilson Design

A happy arrangement of roses in bloom picks up on the pink colour seen throughout the space, including the final colour layer to the room.

Caitlin Wilson Design

“We moved to Philly to a student budget, so I scored our huge dining table and seats from Craigslist. I reupholstered the seats and wingbacks in my signature fabric, Navy Fleur Chinoise,” Wilson says. Her parents lent their artwork into Wilson and her husband to remind the few of the prior home in California.

Caitlin Wilson Design

Wilson’s home office is a study in pattern and colour. “It is so enjoyable to work here. The room is filled with vibrant fabrics out of my fabric line, so there is this obviously bright and cheerful surroundings,” she states.

Background by Nina Campbell produces a unique backdrop and ties together all the colours in the space. The Roman shades are Wilson’s Jade Byblos fabric. She found the desk on Craigslist, along with the Greek key closets are still an Ikea hack. The Chinese brass lamp originated out of a marketplace in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai.

Caitlin Wilson Design

The designer says that the best thing about working in the home is that she can run her business and raise her family under a single roof.

Caitlin Wilson Design

An Asian-inspired tangerine mirror over a Chinese gold and black silk-screened shoe cabinet echoes the home’s eclectic international style. “Thanks to our travels, our home has a collection of quirky pieces in the Middle East and Asia, which obviously have influenced my fabric patterns,” Wilson says.

Caitlin Wilson Design

Wire baskets shop and organize Wilson’s fabrics without obscuring them entirely out of plain view.

Her office is the hardest working space in the home. With a fulltime helper and also a design intern, it is almost always inhabited by a relative or an employee.

Caitlin Wilson Design

“Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Butterfly is perfect for any little girl’s room,” states Wilson. She had these Roman shades custom made, and she commissioned a java table to make a pint-size desk for her daughter that’s painted in Valspar’s Hint of Mint.

Rug: Rugs USA; pouf: Dubai marketplace

Caitlin Wilson Design

A Laurence Amelie tutu painting out of Bonpoint hangs above daughter Olivia’s art table, from Pottery Barn Kids. “It had been the first piece of artwork we ever purchased,” she states.

Caitlin Wilson Design

In the kitchen Wilson spiced up a wall for Olivia and swapped out the old linoleum for Armstrong Crescendo Marble Gray vinyl tile. “It looks so much like marble and feels great underfoot,” she states. “And the very best thing about it is that you peel off the back and stick it.”

Caitlin Wilson Design

She painted the rear wall with chalkboard paint and wrapped eyeglasses and bulldog clips for displaying artwork. “I DIY’d the leopard seats using a Sharpie on solid cream Ikea seats,” she states.

Caitlin Wilson Design

Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray provides Wilson’s master bedroom with a neutral, subdued backdrop. She made the headboard to showcase her Fleur Chinoise cloth in a berry pattern. Cleft pillows in Coral Fretwork fabric and Berry signature pillow shams out of Wilson’s Garnet Hill collection produce a lavish hotel look. However, accurate to Wilson’s design savvy and what she calls “school funding” roots, the glammed-up nightstands are Ikea hacks, painted grey and with new gold oil knobs.

“A happy family lives in this vibrant and vibrant home,” she states, “and you can see and sense it in most of the small and big things, in most of the larger rooms and quiet corners.”

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Mixed-Use Oregon Home Serves and Charms

Dayna McErlean’s seven-year remodeling project changed a debilitated Portland, Oregon, building to a lively multiuse project. Drawing on her childhood and inspired by her hands on, inventive family, McErlean made four lively spaces — the Yakuza Lounge (a food enthusiast’s Japanese bar), a upstairs living room, a stunning backyard and deck space, and a cabin for rent. Working with a carefully selected team of building consultants, McErlean also integrated a green roof and a water reclamation system. Now, almost a decade later, her converted home in town’s Alberta Arts District, is at the core of a thriving community.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Dayna McErlean and son Bishop
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 1,200-square-foot inside and 1,500-square-foot outside deck; two bedrooms, 1 bath
That’s intriguing: McErlean lives over a restaurant she owns, and lifts out a cabin at the gardens below.

Louise Lakier

The Yakuza Lounge occupies the whole first floor of the contemporary multiuse building. Upstairs is McErlean’s and Bishop’s house, which can be obtained by a metal side terrace. The building is located in Galvalum, along with the street scene is welcoming to pedestrians, with inviting boutique storefronts, trees, bike parking and potted plants.

McErlean worked with a team of consultants — such as an engineer, a contractor, an excavator and a sculptor — to make her dream house. Implementing them individually allowed her the freedom to provide her own suppliers and investigate alternate building strategies.

Metallic gate: made by David Hurley, fabricated by Rob Roy, Recychedelic

Louise Lakier

The kitchen island is set on wheels. The countertops are black granite, along with the kitchen cabinets are made of Plyboo which McErlean scored at a reduction as a result of minor defects. The corner post was salvaged in the first building, and the cupboard pulls are custom. The stove backsplash and surround are steel panels fabricated and set up by David Bertman. McErlean’s clay mug and teapot collection is set from the steel board.

Casters: John W. Negus

Louise Lakier

Louise Lakier: What or who inspires your own personality?
Dayna McErlean: My late mother and father and also the way they led their lives. I grew up at a huge 15,000-square-feet open house built by my father and brothers. I watched them build the nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom house from the age of 3 and remember running around on long, steep boards of wood until the stairs were built. My father built it so all his seven children can each have their own bed and toilet. My mother decorated the whole home herself and that I remember she used fabric as background.

A 30-foot bridge split the boys’ rooms in the girls’ rooms, along with my parents’ room situated at the head of the bridge like a toll house. My father moved to Staten Island from Brooklyn in the early ’60s when they building the bridge, therefore I always wondered if the Verrazano Narrows Bridge inspired the bridge in our property. It was just an amazing, magical place to grow up, and that I believe my parents would be pleased to see what I have created today.

Living furniture: Era Classic

Louise Lakier

The curved metal walls attract you in on top of the entry stairs. A coat closet is supporting the chalkboard-painted plywood panels. The cove lighting system at the back part of the house was conceived by Andee Hess of Osmose Design and installed by “Sandy” Alexander Mills along the ceiling truss joists to make a beautiful amber glow.

LL: What was your biggest splurge?
DM: The carpets. I have a passion of fibers and weaving, and also to me the carpets were a huge functional indulgence of art which would create comfort that surrounds both of us.

Louise Lakier

Works Architecture made the shelving and custom built desk in the living room, and Rob Roy of Recychedelic made and installed it. The lamp is out of Mexico and belonged to McErlean’s parents.

The furniture is also an eclectic mixture of contemporary pieces and family heirlooms from her childhood home in Staten Island. She recently splurged on reupholstering the couch.

LL: Inform me about the art onto the fireplace.
DM: The publish onto the fireplace is a lifetime drawing/collagraph publish that I created when I was studying at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 1991. The printing plate is made of cardboard, coated with flooring tile glue and drawn into with a chopstick as it was drying. I covered it with matte medium to seal it up it, then handed it through the press.

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LL: What is your decorating philosophy?
DM: Clean lines, soft tones and beautiful textures. Warm indirect lighting in addition to plenty of natural plants and light.

LL: Is there a story behind the bedspread you created for Bishop?
DM: My childhood friend Alex Bush had these duvet covers in her homemade by her “big grandma” in Hungary when we were growing up. The duvets had a big opening at the center to match the comforter in, and that I remembered them fondly. I looked around but couldn’t find them so I asked Sara at Whipstitch to custom make you. She made all my draperies.

Light fixtures: Frank Gehry, from Era Classic

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In the master bath, a freestanding bathtub sits on a custom made base constructed from glulam beams and metal.

The shoji panels were a collaborative project. McErlean sourced the paper from neighborhood lamp manufacturer Lam Quang, along with the metalwork was custom made by Kenneth Wright of Rocketworks Design. The French doors open wide for indoor-outdoor dressing table.

LL: Do you have a favourite designer?
I have two — R.M. Schindler and Shigeru Ban. I love Schindler’s inventiveness of lifestyle and space — his furniture, bed baskets, fireplaces, sliding panel doors which open up whole rooms to backyard living rooms. His tilt-up concrete construction and the simplicity of design, scale of chambers and notion of studio living where married couples live communally but have their own creative living area is brilliant!

I have a fantastic love for fibers and paper, therefore Ban’s work fascinates me. The vast openness and resourcefulness of the temporary housing he creates out of his paper tubs is amazing.

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The flat lateral support ribs of the curved metal wall serve a double purpose as shelving. Containers, artwork and jewelry are saved and hang out of the wall on magnets.

LL: What can’t you live without?
DM: My bathtub. My favourite thing to do in the home is dance with Bishop and take bathrooms.

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McErlean’s closet was what is now Bishop’s room. When Bishop was born, she built her closet to her bedroom. She lined the walls of the bedroom with built-ins, additional closet rods and shelving, and covered the walls with fairly damask fabric curtains. The chandeliers were salvaged from a nearby pub. “It feels like I’m sleeping in a boat’s berth,” she says.

LL: What would you call your own style?
DM: My style is “it-is-ness” — it’s the finessing of space. I get really inspired by what is there and how it can be improved. I’m affected by the project at hand, space and what resources I have to work with. It is what I make it.

I consider my house my sculpture, and I have pushed and pulled it into its current form and will keep doing so. So long as I own it, it will always be a work in progress.

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The deck railing is custom made out of frosted glass panels closed out of shower doors.

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The outside decks provide an additional 1,500 square feet of space. McErlean made outdoor play areas for Bishop by covering segments with turf grass.

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Granite implanted in stainless steel containers provides privacy from the street. The containers are from Coastal Farm.

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A synopsis of the cabin along with also the gardens from the top deck.

LL: Do you have any nicknames for the building/garden compound, like “The Bishop Building”?
DM: I always called it “The Lynch” through evolution. I’ve noticed that the staff calls it “The Kuz,” and it is sort of stuck.

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Outdoor seating in the backyard on a bed of oyster shells. The slanted roof over is a green roof.

LL: What advice would you offer to other homeowners?
DM: Construct your dreams and don’t listen to the naysayers. People thought I was mad. They couldn’t see my vision until it was eventually implemented, and then they were inspired. But till then they said things like, “I don’t envy you” and “Why are you building this here on the 72 bus line the moment it goes on the California coastline?”

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Ann Baker has been the the original landscape architect, also Anne Cullerton provides ongoing maintenance and layout.

LL: What do you want to do with your house next?
DM: Build cantilevered plant holders off the structural steel columns in the living room. David Bertman is designing them and they will stretch out, sort of like trees.

LL: What are you currently working on today?
DM: A small commissary kitchen for hire named Dash. It is about 12 blocks away on Northeast 42nd.

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McErlean received two separate grants in the city of Portland to construct her green roof and water reclamation system. The rain reclamation tank resides beneath the bamboo forest at the conclusion of the entrance walkway and holds up to 2,500 gallons of water. Overflow runs into a giant trench drain along the bottom of the restaurant chairs, concealed with river stone. The toilets, hose bibs and sprinkler system all function with graywater.

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The outside bathing area includes an outside shower, a spa and a chilly soaking bathtub. Both tubs are produced with embedded river stone which provides a pure foot massage and mixes well into the backyard.

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The Kuza Garden Cabin blends beautifully into its surroundings with an ivy-covered exterior. Available for short distance remains, the cabin was initially a drop. The walls, roof, concrete flooring and carriage doors are first to the 1920s construction.

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McErlean along with her son Bishop up onto a roof. What started as a remodeling project in 1999 has contributed to the community with its vibrant restaurants and restaurant, where McErlean hosts a myriad of events, like children’ happy hours and neighborhood dinners benefiting homeless youths at de:ear.

LL: What was your proudest homeowner second?
DM: The day that I brought my newborn son Bishop Valentine, home from the hospital and walked around our property. Talking to him and showing him around, I realized I’d built this house for both of us just like my father had done for me and all my siblings. It was a magical moment when I could see my dream had come true. I wish my parents could have been there to talk about it with me.

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When a few with three boys purchased this house, it was a typical Mediterranean-style Miami house, with closed-off rooms, windows covered panes and a lot of clutter (see “before” images here). “My customers wanted to open up the house,” says Karina Donadel, lead designer in DKOR Interiors. “The wife loves very minimal contemporary, while the husband needed to make sure it still had heat.”

Meeting the couple’s needs meant a gut renovation which involved tearing down walls, using transparent and translucent glass to raise the natural light and incorporating natural textures and finishes to add heat to whitewashed walls. At the exact same time, the designers and the customers had to create a house that could stand up to boys ages 2, 6 and 4 and grow with the family. Now, “people are shocked when they walk through the door and find out how contemporary the interiors are,” states Donadel.

in a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and three boys
Location: Aventura, Florida
Size: 4,500 square feet; 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths
That’s intriguing: A dining table custom created to accommodate extended family was long, the house needed to be expanded.

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This striking wall is actually not a slab of stone, but rather a massive picture covered in acrylic, made by artist Alex Turco. “You can order these in any dimension, and they are completely waterproof, so you can use them in the shower or as a backsplash as well,” explains Donadel.

The warm timber is a green product named Havana Strand by Plyboo, and it wraps up across the ceiling, offering a warm contrast to the ceramic flooring, which continue through the first floor.

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The layout moved some chambers opened the floor plan. Beyond front foyer, the house opens into this living and dining space. It had been extended out the back beyond the column as part of the renovation, because the customers had a dining table that could seat 14 people.

“The customers entertain all the time,” states Donadel. “My client is like Martha Stewart; she always has a beautifully set table” Donadel differentiated the two spaces with a dramatic change in floor texture. The dining room floor is raised and has light underneath the stage.

Stone wall: Vena Grigio limestone; chandelier: Atlantis Suspension Light, Tarzani

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The artwork draws the eye upwards and fits the space perfectly. “We had something bold that could resist the scale of this wall,” states Donadel. “Each panel of this triptych is 60 inches by 60 inches.”

Floors throughout the house are covered in Kerlite, which is a very thin porcelain. “This is a superb product which arrives in 48-inch by 48-inch by one-sixteenth-inch pieces. Although we didn’t do it here, it could be laid atop existing floors,” states Donadel. “It is very durable, easy to maintain and it’s a seamless appearance.”

Artwork: Blue Movement, commissioned through Art Design Resources; dining table: two foundations by Minotti with custom glass top

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After the more open plan brought in a contemporary feel, Donadel had to add in the heat. “We cozied up the space with a careful balance of substances,” states Donadel. “Using very clean sharp lines keeps things from looking cluttered.” Case in point: To keep it clean lined as possible, the glass railing you visit upstairs has a support system concealed within the floor.

Here, a sharp line between a limestone wall and more Plyboo wood differentiates the two floors. The timber proceeds up the wall and across the ceiling. “The element of wrapping is a significant one we carried through the house, to give things continuity,” explains Donadel.

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The previous photo shows the translucent doors which mark the entry for this workplace. Donadel added them to provide privacy yet still let in light from the living space. She also designed custom cabinetry to make sure that the room worked for everybody, as the whole family uses this room for work, crafts and crafts.

Pops of yellowish within the shelves and cubbies add a few bright color to the space. Dashes of colour like this can also be used in many of the other rooms.

This staircase was closed off and included a closet they didn’t need, therefore it had been gutted and opened up. The wall was reinforced to encourage the floating risers. A glass railing and also the open risers continue the open topic, and the circular stone sculptures create a strong contrast to each of the right lines.

Stairs: Bella Stairs; sculptures: Michael Dawkins Home

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This former bedroom now acts as a comfortable family gathering spot. The whole wall on your left has been covered by a custom built-in storage system which holds movies, games and press equipment. Additionally, it has a full size bar such as storage for wine and wineglasses and a refrigerator.

“It had been very important for my client to have a place for all, thus we planned out the storage quite carefully,” states Donadel. Like the workplace, pops of chartreuse split the long storage wall.

Sofa: Arravanti; java table: Pool Coffee Table

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The kitchen used to end at which the first group of cabinets finishes, and the breakfast room had a big wall unit blocking the windows. A pop of green is provided by the Panton chairs and plays off the vibrant foliage seen in the backyard. “We designed the house to bring in as much of the outdoors as possible, from expanding windows and bringing in plants,” explains Donadel.

The cabinets continue the subject of blending natural textures, in such a case glass and walnut, and the backsplash is white back-painted glass. “The pendant lamps would be the very first thing that my client and I picked out on our first shopping trip together,” states Donadel. “We didn’t know where we were going to utilize them, but we knew we needed to have them”

Kitchen created by Mia Cucina; Bertoia counter stools: Knoll; Saarinen kitchen table: Knoll; Panton kitchen chairs: Vitra

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Donadel took this downstairs bath and turned it to a cabana toilet by replacing an existing window with a door that contributes to the lawn. “This space is transitional between the landscape and the house, so that I used ceramic tile which resembles wood, pool towels and those interesting ferns,” she states.

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The extension in the dining area below supposed the master bedrooms gained a certain length. “We had to break up the long walls and include a softness, thus we made three sections down the side that the bed is on,” Donadel states. The wall composition alternates between wood veneer and fabric-upholstered panels.

The storage system on the opposite wall mirrors the three sections as well and contains a desk, a press centre, dresser storage and even a refrigerator.

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This bath continues a wrapping theme, with the Vena Grigio stone stretching round the floor, around the tub, up the wall and to the shower stall (look carefully; this image was taken from within the shower stall, which can be covered in a pebbled tile).

The stone contrasts using a ceramic backsplash behind the vanity. “The backsplash is a ceramic matrix which has a slight shimmer that adds only a little glitz,” states Donadel. This can be representative of this subtle glamour that’s woven through the house.

In accordance with being a place for all, the habit vanities have built in hampers. Even some of the light is built in. “We chose a mirror with integrated illumination for a very clean appearance. We didn’t wish to mess up the wall with separate sconces,” she states.

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This bedroom has been shared by the two youngest boys, and making it interesting was the most important matter to Donadel. While function was brought in by lining desks and beds together opposite walls, fun was brought in through brightly patterned and coloured MDF panels, that continue the wrapping element seen throughout your house.

She also included an area rug made up of Flor tiles, which can be replaced in case of any harm.

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“We wanted to keep this tub minimal and clean, but not institutional,” explains Donadel. A exceptional wall made up of white stones embedded in grey resin adds natural texture, interest and gloss.

Natural light streams in thanks to its crystal clear glass shower enclosure. “We extended the glass to the ceiling so it didn’t create an extraneous line,” she states.

Tile: Riverstone, Artistic Tile

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The boy’s area is cool, futuristic and fun. It gets plenty of bright blue colour from painted Inhabit textured wall flats, an FL/Y pendant lamp and an Eero Arnio Ball Chair. The wrapping motif is continued from the floor up the wall and round a part of the ceiling. The occupant’s favorite thing? The glowing green headphones.

“My customers were very fearful, but their entire trust let’s accomplish this job together,” states Donadel. Their leaps of faith resulted in a unique and gorgeous house that works for their loved ones. Donadel is currently working on altering the lawn. We look forward to watching it when it is done.

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