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Object of Desire: Handmade Cast Iron Candle Holders from Sweden

As a California transplant living on the East Coast, I’m still charmed by the concept of “winter.” Yes, the endless gray days and biting winds occasionally get old, and I might secretly wish for a freak-weather event that creates a 70 degree day in Brooklyn—during February—but the promise of a lazy afternoon on the couch or a dusting of snow on a tree bough continues to maintain its magic. One particular activity holds endless fascination for me: decorating the hearth. This can look different fo...
Tags: Books, Sweden, California, Brooklyn, East Coast, Lighting, Candle Holders, Product Discoveries, Vage Gustavsson, Carl Samuelsson Vage, Volta Vienna Take


Current Obsessions: Old-Fashioned Winter

Wallpaper-scrap DIYs, Maine-made furniture, and a few more things we’re noting of late: Above: This weekend’s virtual browsing (or in person, should you happen to be near Oak Hill, New York): recently-opened upstate antiques shop Pidgin. See more at Shopper’s Diary: A Poet-Collector Opens Pidgin in Upstate NY. This midwinter weekend, we’re admiring the moody, dark vignettes in a pair of designers’ Brooklyn loft. One step closer to a new multi-site national park, the first to honor Jewish Ameri...
Tags: Books, UK, Colorado, Brooklyn, Maine, Connecticut, Margot, Denver Botanic Gardens, Design News, Current Obsessions, Oak Hill New York, Arrowhead Mountain, Deborah Bowness, Rosenwald Schools, Jody Guralnick, Scribe Viticultural Society


Uhuru’s Fantastic Fold

In many ways, Brooklyn during the past two decades has evolved from rough to refined. So we’re happy to see Uhuru is still inspired by the urban iconography that yet dominates the borough. Witness the Fold collection, comprised of an end table, bench, and console—each with an intriguing and intricate origami-esque structure. Fittingly, the form is inspired by civic detritus, the shipping straps endemic to Uhuru’s industrial neighborhood: “Organically crushed by trucks, the stra...
Tags: Books, Furniture, Brooklyn, Console, Bench, Brass, Tables, Uhuru, End Table, Brooklyn design, Fold collection, Powder-coated Aluminum, Urban Aesthetic


In a pandemic-scarred Old West, ‘Outlawed’ finds women in peril and fighting back

Author Anna North, whose previous novels include “The Life and Death of Sophie Stark” and “America Pacifica,” was finishing up copyedits on “Outlawed” as the 2020 pandemic swept the country. Set during an alternate history version of the Wild West, the story takes place after the U.S. has been devastated by one. “I remember having a manuscript copy printed out, and I would take it to coffee shops and try to mark it up there,” the Brooklyn-based writer says by phone. “And the last time I took it ...
Tags: Books, New York, California, Sport, Things To Do, West, Soccer, Brooklyn, Wyoming, New Hampshire, North, Vox, Ada, Southern California, U S, San Fernando Valley


Hiding In Plain Sight with Cedar Mills Desperado Guitar Gun Case

Cedar Mills Desperado Guitar Gun Case U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- When I finished my “Hellbreaker” AR-15, I was looking for a gun case that would fit the build. Around the same time, my editor contacted me about doing a review on the Cedar Mills Desperado Guitar Gun Case for AmmoLand. Cedar Mills Desperado Guitar Gun Case If you are not familiar with the movie “Desperado” starring Antonio Banderas and directed by Robert Rodriguez, then you are missing out on some truly epic action. It is a rev...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Brooklyn, John, Antonio Banderas, Robert Rodriguez, Nra, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia, Roger, John Crump, Shooting Industry News, Firearm News, Gun Storage, Franklin Armory, Gun Cases


Scene Stealers: Moody Vignettes in the Brooklyn Loft of the Founders of Ridge House

Last month, Annie shared Brooklyn-based design firm Ridge House’s neo-Gothic restoration in Nebraska. Today, we’re admiring another project by founders Lauren Lochry and Jeff Gillway: the couple’s own Bushwick loft, a space they use as a workshop, showroom, and, of course, home base. Just as the site—its architecture, environment, location, and history—led the design on the Nebraska project, their loft takes inspiration from its Brooklyn setting. “The space is in a converted industrial building,...
Tags: Books, New York, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Paris, Arizona, Portland, Nebraska, Annie, House Tour, Bushwick, Jeff, Clark, Ethan Allen, Lauren, Midcentury


Return of the Room Divider

I read an article the other day that stated the one design style everyone was saying goodbye to was open concept living spaces, where the kitchen, dining, and living are all one. A major impact of the pandemic is the need for private or semiprivate spaces in shared homes where people can retreat for solitude. When our public schools closed and all the learning went online, my teenage son needed privacy for his classes, so I hung curtains in the open doorway of the downstairs study so he could at...
Tags: Crafts, Brooklyn, Ikea, Joanna Gaines, Coco Lapine Double


Object of Desire: The Up Down Sconce from a Brooklyn Design Studio

We’re currently admiring the Up Down Sconce from In Common With, a Brooklyn design studio. Founded by Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung in 2018, the studio assembles everything by hand, using “materials come from all over the place,” as they say. “We search and search and search for the very best partners, and that’s who we work with, even if that person is halfway around the world. Everything passes through our studio in Brooklyn to be assembled, finished, and perfected by us before it’s sent to you...
Tags: Books, Germany, Brooklyn, Lighting, Sconces, Wall Lights, Wall Sconces, Brooklyn Design Studio, Thomas Hoof Produkt, Makié, NYC Japan, Nick Ozemba, Felicia Hung, Reed Green


Women & Literature: Maya Angelou

Angelou’s creative talent and genius cut across many arenas. One of the most celebrated authors in the United States, Angelou wrote with an honesty and grace that captured the specificity of growing up a young black girl in the rural South.Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, to Bailey, a doorman and naval dietician, and Vivian, a registered nurse, professional gambler, and rooming house and bar owner, Angelou spent her early years in Long Beach, California. When she was three, her pa...
Tags: Books, Featured, Media, California, Washington, America, San Francisco, History, Brooklyn, United States, Arkansas, New York Times, Broadway, Literature, St Louis, Jim Crow


Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: A Modern Garden Kitchen in a Historic Row House in Melbourne

When we last checked in on Anna Pipkorn Skermer and Jane Kilpatrick of Pipkorn Kilpatrick, the Melbourne-based interior designers had just tackled their first big commission: an extraordinarily refined houseboat: see Lake Luxe, Scandi-Style.  Today, we’re spotlighting another nature-centric project of theirs: Kilpatrick’s own indoor-outdoor kitchen in a charmingly tiny Edwardian brick row house in Melbourne’s Fitzroy. To remake the quarters for Kilpatrick and her husband, the duo created a new “...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, Ikea, Melbourne, Hay, Bosch, Kitchens, Elizabeth Roberts, Carrara, Kilpatrick, Kitchen Design, Kitchen of the Week, Eat-in Kitchens, Pipkorn Kilpatrick, Designer Visit, Kitchen Remodels


Pettengill: The Civil War’s Only Hammerless Revolver

Pettengill revolver actions were easily gummed up by blackpowder residue. (Rock Island Auction Co) U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Countless revolver variations found their way into the hands of soldiers, both North and South, during the Civil War. From the diminutive Smith & Wesson Model 1 to the heavy-handed LeMat and everything in between, they all looked very similar to one another. That’s what makes the revolvers designed by Charles S. Pettengill so unique. In an era dominated by single-actio...
Tags: Guns, Navy, US, Revolver, Brooklyn, Missouri, Civil War, Starr, South, Rogers, Nra, Utica, Raymond, Smith Wesson Model, John Moses Browning, Robitaille


Remodelista Gift Guide 2020: 11 Elegant Handmade Kitchen Tools, Woodworker Edition

Raw yet refined; our current favorite kitchen implements from a new wave of woodworkers. (N.B. Their work sells out fast, so in some cases you’ll need to get on a waiting list.) Above: We’re admiring the footed Small Maple Bowl from Victoria, BC-based woodworker Elise McLauchlan; CAD $60. Above: From Kingston, NY-based Blackcreek Mercantile, exclusively at March in SF, the White Oak Tray is ideal for serving drinks, charcuterie, or for holding mail and keys; $900. Above: From Rhinebeck, NY-ba...
Tags: Books, UK, Cook, Brooklyn, Slovenia, Victoria, Rutland, Blue Hill, Rhinebeck NY, Blackcreek Mercantile, Kingston NY, Sawkille, Wooden Spoons, Two Tree Studios, Allison Samuels, Brian Persico


Lovely, Dark, and Deep: An 1800s Victorian House in Nebraska, Restored Down to the Doorknobs

This autumn I’ve been taken by the truly old-world interiors by Brooklyn-based firm Ridge House: Their projects are what I imagine spaces might have looked like a century and a half back, not with a kitchen but with a scullery, where the inhabitants would carry a candle to bed—and perhaps have a brass bed warmer to heat the covers before getting in. And fittingly enough, on the shortest day of the year, we’re taking a look at their dark-hued Cameron Residence project, a late Victorian, Queen Ann...
Tags: Books, New York, Craigslist, Sweden, Brooklyn, Italy, Nebraska, Omaha, Lincoln, House Tour, Nassau, Anne, Jeff, Omaha Nebraska, Lauren, Rainer


Current Obsessions: Parcels and Packages

Ahead, things to read, wrap, and make while you sit by the fire (or stay in bed) this weekend: Above: No wrapping paper? No matter. We love the present-in-a-present of furoshiki wrapping for any gift-giving occasion; see Zero-Waste Wrapping: How To Wrap a Furoshiki Cloth for a how-to. Or, a DIY wrapping paper idea: adorning parcels with the scrolling letters that used to be part of penmanship lessons, via Toast and Edinburgh-based bookbinder/paper artist Rachel Hazell. A clever use for extra t...
Tags: Books, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Edinburgh, Toast, Margot, Rachel Hazell, Design News, Current Obsessions, Remodelista, Kai Avent, Eve Kahn, Ella Quittner


Kitchen of the Week: A Parlor-Level Fort Greene Townhouse Remodel for a Creative Family (Luxe Marble Included)

Remodels are sometimes more like surgical procedures—with architects cutting and extracting and stitching with precision so as to completely transform a space without altering its bones. Such was the “series of surgical interventions” required to upgrade the parlor level of a historic townhouse in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, for a pair of creatives with two young sons. The space was divided into small, cramped rooms with little space for the family to be together, work, and—someday, again—entertain, ...
Tags: Books, New York, Brooklyn, Benjamin Moore, Kitchens, Marble, Brooklyn Heights, Vipp, Kitchen of the Week, Brian W Ferry, Fort Greene Brooklyn, Vapour, Kitchen Remodels, Forbo, Brooklyn Townhouse in Pinks Greens, Civilivn


Stacked-Up Book Thoughts; Or What I Read in November

Can it be? This year is almost over, and most of us can't wait to say good-bye to 2020 and hello to new possibilities and a happier new year. November turned out to be a kind of bust of a reading month. The first week was taken up with election news and the last week with Thanksgiving. In between I read and listened to small batch of meh books. Well, some months are like that, I guess. I'm still in the middle of three books: one is a book of essays, one is nonficiton, and the other is a thrille...
Tags: Books, Florida, UK, Hollywood, America, Harvard, Brooklyn, Maine, Tasmania, Harmony, Harper, Cooper, Sandy, Ari, Kieran, Andrzej Sapkowski


Current Obsessions: By Candlelight

We’re putting our feet up after the holiday and enjoying a long weekend in. A few things we’re noting: Above: One of our favorite handmade menorahs for 2020, by Brooklyn ceramic artist Rachel Pots. Introducing our 2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Guide—including special offers for Remodelista readers. The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, is hosting its first-ever online makers market this weekend, with vintage finds plus ceramics, kitchen cloths, tapers, and more by some of our favorite Maine...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, Maine, Morocco, David Adjaye, Queens NY, Margot, Cai Guo Qiang, Isamu Noguchi, Design News, Current Obsessions, Noguchi Museum, Freedom Maine, Obakki, Rachel Pots, Marrakech Nagaland


2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Guide, Including Special Offers for Remodelista Readers

While your Thanksgiving plans may have looked different this year, Black Friday is still going on as usual. We’ve rounded up the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales at our favorite small businesses. Many of the deals mentioned below are exclusively for Remodelista readers. Above: At Flotsam + Fork, Remodelista readers can take 15% off with the code REMODELISTA15 through Sunday, November 29th. Shown here are the Bougies la Francaise Long Taper Candles. (Read more about the store in Flotsam + For...
Tags: Cyber Monday, Black Friday, Books, Japan, Holidays, Minneapolis, California, Toronto, Brooklyn, Holiday Gifts, Decor, Brooklyn Heights, Horne, Portland Maine, Alder Co, Minka


Handmade Hanukkah: 5 Favorite Menorahs for 2020

Handmade ceramic menorahs feel just right for this year. Here are five versions, some charmingly wonky, all ready to celebrate Hanukkah starting on December 10—and also to be enjoyed whenever candlelight is called for. Above: Brooklyn ceramic artist Rachel Pots attaches nine hand-thrown vases together to form her signature menorahs. “The bottles that make up the Ceramic Menorah  [$160] remind us of the single oil bottle or cask from the story of Hanukkah,” she says. Her Judaica line is availabl...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, Gift Guides, CAMDEN Maine, Maris, Judaica, Michele Quan, Candle Holders, Holiday Decor, Virginia Sin, ANK Ceramics, Gift Guide 2020, Rachel Pots, Bari Ziperstein, Judaica Standard Time


Before and After: A Couple’s DIY Cabin Upstate, Redone During Quarantine

With all this time spent inside, there’s been a return to tinkering away at little projects: baking a loaf of bread, say, or stitching a quilt. Or, if you’re like Yi-Mei Truxes and her husband Gray Reinhard, renovating an entire upstate cabin by hand. “I first stumbled upon a listing for the cabin about six years ago on Airbnb and was immediately struck by the incredible views,” says Yi-Mei. “I had never seen anything like it. We ended up staying there for an autumn weekend with a group of frien...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, Cto, House Tour, Gray, Concrete, Tom, Upstate New York, Barclay, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Portola, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Cottages & Cabins, Downsville


Kitchen of the Week: A Clever Kitchen Built from Affordable and Recycled Materials

How to create a spacious, affordable—and memorable— kitchen in a small apartment destined to be rented out and then sold? Architects Ruth Mandl and Bobby Johnston of CO Adaptive in Brooklyn were still getting their firm off the ground back in 2014 when this commission came their way. They set out to make use of reclaimed materials—they dubbed the project The Recycled Content Apartment—and have since built an eco-minded practice around creative retrofits. We think their solution for the kitchen s...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, House, Philips, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Kitchens, Plywood, Ruth, Mason, DIY & Remodeling, Architecture & Interiors, Kitchen Design, Kitchen of the Week, Cobble Hill Brooklyn, Small-Space Furniture


Handmade, Small-Batch Finds at Every Price Point to Gift This Season, via Wescover

In search of extra meaningful gifts to give this year? Instead of venturing to in-person markets or ordering from big-box stores, navigate over to Wescover, where you can connect with (and order from) “Creators” worldwide—all virtually and from home. The online marketplace has wares any appreciator of design will be thankful for: prints by independent artists, ceramics and housewares by small-batch makers, and furniture and lighting by local designers—all handmade, personal, high-quality, and su...
Tags: Utah, Books, California, Oregon, India, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Gifts, Brooklyn, Gift Guides, Holiday Gifts, Crater Lake, Sponsored Post, Kaya, Linton, Mary Mar Keenan


Industrial Revival: Atlas Repurposes a 1920s Abandoned Factory into a Creative Hub

“Deciding to restore the original windows was more-or-less a decision to compromise on energy-efficiency,” says Joseph. “We offset that by buying into a solar CSA, and currently all of the energy consumed by the building is solar generated.”As more and more city mice head for the hills, a rustic Brooklyn has emerged in the scenic Hudson River towns north of NYC. But industrial Newburgh, across the Hudson from happening Beacon, has until recently never been part of that scene. A once-booming indu...
Tags: Books, Atlas, Brooklyn, States, Industrial, Hudson, Jones, Shelving, Thomas, Josh, Brooklyn Heights, Joseph, Hudson River, Julie, NEWBURGH, Remodel & Renovation


Upstate Update: A Writer’s “Layered,” Eclectic Catskills Farmhouse, Three Years In

When we first featured the Catskills farmhouse of writer Lisa Przystup, it was the summer of 2017; the first solar eclipse in a century was about to take over the sky and cast little moon-shaped shadows on the ground; and Lisa and her husband, musician Jonathon Linaberry, then Brooklynites, had just found an 1800s farmhouse on a hilltop in Delhi, New York, to serve as their weekend escape. It became their weekend project, too: painting nearly every interior surface creamy white, DIY-ing a brass ...
Tags: Books, Brooklyn, House Tour, Lisa, Upstate New York, Portola, Jonathon, DIY & Remodeling, Remodel & Renovation, Jenni Kayne, Palo Santo, Farmhouses, Rip Tan, Lisa Przystup, Jonathon Linaberry, Catskills Farmhouse of Two Brooklyn Creatives


Before & After: A 2,500-Square-Foot Pre-War Brooklyn Apartment Opens Up by Relocating the Kitchen

Dubbed “Brooklyn’s Champs-Élysées” by the New York Times, Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights is a grand thoroughfare that counts among its architectural gems Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum—all within a half mile of each other. Nestled among these landmarks are elegant pre-war apartment buildings, like Turner Towers, Brooklyn’s first residential high-rise and where we discovered this impressive renovation by Frederick Tang Architecture. Like many pre-war a...
Tags: Books, California, Chicago, Brooklyn, Lighting, Prospect Heights, Barbara, Frederick, Midcentury, Brooklyn Museum, Mosaic House, Vola, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Bathroom Faucets, Antiques & Vintage


Simple Utility: Foraged, Hand-Bound, “Generational” Brooms, Made in Canada

There’s something calming and comforting about sweeping a room clean. And a broom looks rather autumnal, too, when hung from a hook. That’s why we have been admiring, this week, brooms and brushes by Prairie Breeze Folk Arts Studio, helmed by Winnipeg, Canada-based broomsquire Amina Haswell. “I see broom-making as an art when done correctly,” Amina tells June Home Supply. And indeed: These are some of the most artful handmade brushes and brooms we’ve seen. Take a look at just a few of the brooms...
Tags: Books, Canada, Brooklyn, Manitoba, Amina, Winnipeg Canada, Utilitarian, Cleaning Products & Supplies, Brooms & Dustpans, Product Discoveries, Prairie Breeze Folk Arts Studio, Amina Haswell, Traditional Handmade Corn Broom, Handmade Whisk Corn Broom


Freedom of the Press: Inside Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee’s Georgetown House

Ben Bradlee, the famed Washington Post editor and bon vivant—played by Tom Hanks in The Post and Jason Robards in All the President’s Men—probably wouldn’t recognize his old Georgetown residence. Remodeled in an elegantly succinct style that’s far more European than preppy, it’s still nonetheless his kind of place: the double living room is designed for hobnobbing, the dining table stands ready for a crowd, and every room is filled with family mementos, a pair of water skis included. What’s more...
Tags: Post, Books, New York, Washington Post, Stanford, White House, Berlin, Los Angeles, Tom Hanks, Brooklyn, New Hampshire, Denmark, Jfk, Istanbul, Human Rights Watch, Kennedy


Current Obsessions: Design After Dark

Of note this weekend: Above: Photo by Justine Hand from Falling Leaves: Justine’s Spooky-Elegant DIY Table Setting—perfect for a late-autumn dinner in. Margot is poring over Pidgin, the brainchild of Kostas Anagnopoulos of Aesthetic Movement. The new shop is open today and tomorrow from 10-6 in Oak Hill, NY. More info via @thisispidgin. (Take a peek, too, at the couple’s own apartment.) Now at Picture Room in Brooklyn: cut-outs by Chioma Ebinama. Margot likes these braided bricks by San Franci...
Tags: Books, San Francisco, Brooklyn, New England, Justine, Margot, Oak Hill, Design News, Current Obsessions, Justine Hand, Kostas Anagnopoulos, Picture Room, Chioma Ebinama Margot, Llane


It Takes Two: A Pair of Brooklyn Heights Apartments Reconfigured Into One, by Shapeless Studio

Lately I’ve spent a quite a bit of time in my tiny apartment fantasizing about how much space we’d have if we could somehow merge with the flat next door. It’s something all city-dwellers dream of, especially these days: pushing out a few walls and getting more room. That’s what a pair of creative professionals recently got to do in real life, in a Civil War-era building in Brooklyn Heights: seamlessly combine two warehouse-like units into one cohesive, serene space, with help from Shapeless Stu...
Tags: Books, New York City, Brooklyn, Mia, Benjamin Moore, House Tour, Plaster, Robert, Andrea, Brooklyn Heights, Sandy, Madera, Clinton Hill, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, REBECCA ATWOOD


How sneaking out to a concert at Disneyland led Lenny Kravitz into a life in music

By Julie Cantrell Let Love Rule is more than just a book or an album title, it’s become the mantra of Grammy Award-winning musician, Lenny Kravitz, a mega-star who rocked the world into the new millennium with a style all his own. Kravitz has long been recognized for breaking norms and inspiring others to be true to themselves. But that walk didn’t always come easy for the man whose life was a dance between two extremes from the start. Born the son of Sy Kravitz, an NBC news producer of Russian-...
Tags: Books, Music, Nbc, California, White House, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Beverly Hills, Manhattan, David Ritz, Upper East Side, Disneyland, Lenny Kravitz



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