Image via Oregon State University
Back in 2009, a group of scientists at Oregon State University were testing new materials to be used in tech advancements. What they found instead was a surprising, brand-new shade of blue when they heated manganese oxide and a cocktail of chemicals in a furnace to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Aside from its obviously gorgeous, vibrant hue, the color compound contains properties that make it energy-efficient, super safe, and long-lasting. Why should you be excited about this now? Licensing agreements have only just come to terms, meaning the new shade of blue will hit marketplaces soon. Read more »
Summertime begs for backyard gatherings, whether you’re drinking coffee in the sunshine on a lazy Sunday morning or entertaining your crew for a cookout. Spruce up that outdoor space that you’ve managed to neglect since late October by testing out these doable patio upgrades — all it takes is a Saturday afternoon’s worth of elbow grease. (You got this.) And once it’s all said and done, your friends will fancy you an everyday Martha Stewart; plus, your neighbors will thank you a million times over. Here are seven simple ways to step up your patio game this summer: Read more »
If you’re thinking of putting your house up for sale (or if it’s been sitting on the market for a hot minute), maybe it’s time to hire a painting crew. A recent study by Zillow Digs goes against pretty much all realtors’ advice ever, revealing that painting your kitchen an unconventional color could actually make it sell for a whole lot more — but not just any color. Read more »
It seems like every few months there’s a home design trend that breezes in, captivates us, and then trickles down to the masses, slowly making its way to the interiors of a 7th grader’s locker at school. (Chevron, I’m talking to you.) That’s why designer Rex Rogosch, owner of R Squared Design, steers his clients away from trends when doing a big remodel. He always asks, “Do you like this because it’s trendy, or because you truly like it and you’ve always liked it?” Home remodels should be built to last, in Rex’s point of view, which is sound advice from a designer.
If you do want to incorporate trendy elements in your home, more power to you! We’re onboard as well. But it makes much more sense to do so in a non-permanent, inexpensive way — ya know, just in case you change your mind about that massive chevron accent wall. Here are five ways to update your home for 2016 that won’t break the bank (or any drywall). Read more »
Parisa and her father in their Manayunk showroom. | Photo by Lauren McGrath for phillymag.com.
Manayunk may not be the hippest neighborhood in Philly anymore (that honor belongs to Fishtown), but that doesn’t mean it’s not home to a few hidden treasures.
One such treasure—a magnificent Persian rug showroom—belongs to Parisa Abdollahi, owner of Parisa Rugs and Décor in Old City, and it seems decidedly out of place along the banks of the Schuylkill.
“It’s kind of like Ali Baba’s secret cave,” she chuckles as she leads us into her private collection of roughly 3,000 antique Persian rugs. She’s definitely not wrong. Read more »
If you haven’t heard, Old City has an amazing home design studio, Millésimé. Walking into the two-story showroom is like waltzing onto the infinitely cooler, European version of an HGTV set. They’ve got ultra-mod lighting fixtures, luxe couches with upholstery to die for, and sleek shelving units that will make you want to want to burn your flimsy IKEA FJÄLKINGE on the spot. Millésimé is the area’s exclusive carrier of Ligne Roset—the full collection is fresh off the boat from France and every bit as chic as you’re imagining.
Jinous Kazemi is the woman with impeccable taste who’s running the show, and we picked her brain on the biggest home design trends that are about to blow up. (She ordered a showroom full of dusty pink and soft blue inventory months and months before Pantone ever named their colors of the year, so I’d take her word for it if I were you.) Read more »
Oldest trick in the book: Use lip gloss as blush. | iStock/Marccophoto.
- So we all know the conditioner-as-shaving-cream beauty trick, but did you know you can use red lipstick as concealer for your dark circles? True life. Check out these nine little-known ways to use your favorite makeup products, and start paring down that makeup kit. [Byrdie]
- We’ve covered laundry woes and ways to avoid them, but sometimes no matter how hard we try, things shrink and stretch past the point of no return. Here are five clothes you should buy slightly oversized and four items you should buy a little small to compensate for the inevitable laundry room alterations waiting to happen. [Pure Wow]
- After an interesting assortment of fashion-related job postings went live on Amazon’s careers site last week, many believe an Amazon-designed clothing line may be on the horizon. [Refinery 29]
Plus: How to save, strategize, and shop for your dream designer handbag.
This week, there’s a new brand in the DIY home decor scene, and we’re obsessed: Guys, meet Wallsome. Founded by Keith Leaphart, owner of the Philly-based design and print firm Replica Creative, the brand specializes in taking gorgeous images (such as these) and formatting them into high-res, customizable wallpapers. The best part? These transformative wall designs are crinkle-resistant, removable, and can be repositioned as you see fit. (In other words: Your security deposit is safe and your landlord a happy camper). Read more »
Stevie and Isadora rockers, $1,650 each. | Photos by Steve Mitchell, Abstract Studios.
A few years back, when I was shopping for rocking chairs for my son’s nursery, it seemed to me that the vast majority of rockers and gliders were either simply ugly — hard and wooden and forbidding-looking — or just a bit ubiquitous, in a pastel, overstuffed, Pottery Barn sort of way. I always suspected that there was something really special out there, some beautiful, special chair around which I would build a room, a chair I would keep forever, but I never really found it. Until now, that is, with the discovery of Philly-based Rocker Refined, which makes the most gorgeous rockers (and wingbacks, and ottomans, and cribs) that I’ve ever seen. Read more »