Posts Tagged ‘room divider’

Furniture makers of Middle Earth

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Every time I see this Todd Merrell Antiques magazine ad, which I find weirdly compelling, I invariably end up at his website and am suddenly transported into some dark Middle Earth underworld, where I feel I might be asked to retrieve an amulet with the help of a talking dog with eyes as big as saucers or something. Normally, dark, blocky, pseudo-primitive  furniture doesn’t appeal to me, but this particular …read more

DIY: paint your linoleum floor white

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

When I moved into this typical 1930s apartment in Vancouver’s east side in 1999, the first thing I did was paint over the kitchen’s dingy gold linoleum flooring. The linoleum was the worst thing about that apartment. Everyone always says not to paint linoleum – or any surface you walk on, for that matter – but the painted floor turned out to be durable, easy to deal with and gave …read more

Pole shelving – turn this ugly example into something better

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Yet another 60s DIY project from The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. While the bookshelf directly above is cringe-worthy (almost in the “so bad it’s good” category, but not quite), it could be very mod if it were updated and re-made properly with more attractive materials. One advantage of pole shelving is that unlike wall-mounted shelving (previous post), you can bring it out from …read more


Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Just a few blocks up the road from my studio is the workshop of Vancouver’s Molo Design. You’ve probably seen their accordioning softseating or their softwall room dividers which are now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. A few times a week Molo’s unmarked shopfront morphs into a new fantastical environment while they test or photograph new pieces, and I always check it as …read more

1960s DIY projects – geometric wall treatment, vertical lanterns

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Here are two quite beautiful DIY projects from the 60s, both found in The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Greystone Press, 1970. Most of what you find in the book is a bit kitschy, but these two ideas seemed brilliant. The instructions are a little minimal, but a pair of fairly resourceful people could probably figure them out. Caption for the white relief wall treatment above: “Cover a …read more

Wooden pony walls.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

    Granted these are already amazing spaces, but wooden pony walls can work in smaller spaces also. They divide up space, provide housing for pipes and wiring (and even storage), and warm up the room considerably. Farmhouse in the Dordogne from the Style Files; red bed/pony wall combination by photographer Edina van der Wyck.