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Manolo for the Home: House, Home and Lifestyle Advice - Part 97

Spotlight on Molla Space

Molla Space, a Los Angeles based design collective, may be my new favorite shop. Their mission is varied — they want to advance the art of living, provide a platform for designers from all over the globe, aaaaaaand they’re dedicated to finding artful lifestyle implements that embody both form and function.

MollaSpace decor

I’ll call the prices reasonable — the rhino, for instance, costs $40 with a portion of the proceeds is donated to the Japan Committee for IUCN, while a set of three By The Lake cups and saucers costs $18. That’s a downright steal for beautiful and well-designed products for the home.

Feasting Outdoors…While There’s Still Time

The weather where I live has been nice…deceptively nice, in fact. Is this what they call Indian Summer, when it’s t-shirt weather in the middle of October? Whatever you want to call it, we’re suddenly enjoying strolling weather…croquet weather…picnic weather! Who cares if sweatshirts become a necessity once the sun begins to set? My grandparents eat out-of-doors until the trees are utterly naked!

Picnic baskets

Studio LX has four pages of fancy picnic baskets so those of us who have already retired our patio furniture for the winter can still dine outside when the weather gods decide to bless us with a day that is less than frigid. My favorites are the baskets on the upper left and the bottom right, but if none of the baskets above tickle your fancy, there are tons more to choose from.

Playing With Baby

Before you can play with baby, you get to play with all of futurebaby’s stuff, and before you start playing with futurebaby’s stuff, you have to pick it out. Window shopping is particularly satisfying when you have a bun in the oven, as it’s not all that often that one has a chance to buy a whole new set of furniture. Here’s what I am looking at today:

Argington Sahara Crib

The Argington Sahara Crib converts to a toddler bed and a twin bed without missing a beat. As an added incentive, the birch wood in this crib is harvested from birch wood from sustainable managed forests.

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The Ice Man Cometh

As if those sappy, hotel room wall worthy Thomas Kinkade paintings weren’t enough, we can no see first hand what happens when a giant ice man comes and devours an entire Kinkade village.

Thomas Kinkade snowman

Oh, the horror! The horror!

Serious Steal: Vintage Persian Baluchi Sumak Kilim

Kilims, if you didn’t know, are flat tapestry-woven rugs produced in parts of the Middle East. Geometric patterns are the norm, with diamonds and octagons predominating, and lighter colored kilims are more common, though modern-day weavers are getting bolder in their color and pattern choices.


Unlike more expensive collector’s rugs — specifically sought-after pile rugs — kilim tend to be reasonably priced. This particular 3’x5′ rug is only $30 and shipping is free, though it is being sold via eBay so let the buyer beware.

When Flat-Pack Is Problematic

Does this look right to you? Did I assemble my new bookshelves correctly? I kid, I kid. These crazy creations are products of the twisted minds at Studio Proxy.

Crazy bookshelf

The Prince of Siam is crafted from plywood, oil, and semi-transparent white varnish. As much as it looks like one, it is not an Ikea hack.

This one, however, is.

Crazy bookshelf

Low Waist — the brainchild of Roman LindeBaum and Rüdiger Otte — speaks to “functional and aesthetic stereotypes of modern mass production.” Or so I’m told.

I do believe that as fun as these pieces would be to have around the house, they would begin to drive me seriously crazy once I got sick of the wasted bits of space.

The Masuzawa House

One of my new favorite blogs is LittleDiggs, which was pointed out to me by my good friend Sterlingspider. This particular blog is devoted to small spaces, i.e., houses and apartments that are about 500 sq. ft. or smaller, and the accessories that help people live comfortably in dwellings of this size.

One diminutive house featured on the site was designed by Japanese architect Makoto Koizum in 1952 and measures in at a mere 538 sq. ft.

The reason for its tiny size is that after World War II, the housing corporation of Japan would only provide loans to build homes that were no larger than 50 square meters.

If you had the means to build a bigger home, you were perceived as being wealthy and not in need of a loan.

The Masuzawa house was dubbed “the minimum house,” but Makoto Koizumi, who reintroduced the house to the current Japanese market, said this is a misnomer.

“It should be called the maximum house,” he said. “Despite its small space, Masuzawa-san’s creativity made the house seem open and spacious.”

I think I’d feel comfortable in this house if I was single or didn’t have five cats and a baby on the way. Then again, I’m surrounded by a great deal of unused space in my current house, and who’s to say that I actually need all that room?

The Masuzawa House

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Strange Combo

I keep telling myself it shouldn’t be strange. The water from the tap is obviously not going to be water coming from the toilet bowl, but for whatever reason my mind creates strange associations when I look at this toilet-sink combo.

Toilet sinkToilet sink

It’s actually the realization of a really cool idea — saving space and saving water at the same time.

Profile™ is the first of its kind to feature a unique, dual-flush push button and spout arrangement that saves the water normally used when hands are washed in a separate basin. The flush cycle activation controls the flow of fresh water through the basin spout, allowing time for thorough hand washing before the same water fills the cistern tank. Award-winning Smartflush® technology is also built-in for ultra low 4.5/3L flushing.

I’ve lived in some flats that would have felt a lot less cramped with one of these in the bathroom, but…but it’s so odd.

(via LivingHome)