before and after photos of the recently completed remodel and addition in Hollywood Hills.
Large format porcelain tiles are growing in popularity – fewer grout joints means easier installation and maintenance, and a clean, luxurious look. And while most manufacturers opt for a natural stone look, the Italian company Ceramica Fondovalle offers Dream – a design that creates a wallpaper effect but with all the advantages of stoneware, i.e. water resistance, long life, and easy to clean.
The romantic beauty of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley has inspired many writers, artists and composers. Dramatic cliffs overlook the meandering river below; idyllic small towns with cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, and Gothic churches appear around each river bend; hill top castles surrounded by terraced vineyards invite you for a glimpse into history and medieval architecture. The whole area was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2002 for the unique combination of geological, historical, cultural and industrial reasons.
The whimsical Giant Collection by Anglepoise made its North American debut earlier this year. The “Original 1227 Giant” lamp was first commissioned in 2005 by the Roald Dahl Museum and Society Center as a humorous reference to the beloved Anglepoise desk lamp used by Dahl in his writing hut. The lamp generated so much interest that it was soon put into volume production.
Stumble Upon Coffee Table and Stumble Upon Sofa by Alessandro Isola
“If you look down you may see a crease, a fold or a wrinkle in the carpet for instance. Signifying a movement or activity that happened on the surface of that very floor space. Highlighted as a small furrow, ridge, or crease on a normally smooth surface, caused by crumpling, folding, or shrinking. This usually causes a slight annoyance and is firmly pulled straight.” Instead, in 2014 the Italian-bord architect Alessandro Isola introduced the Stumble Upon Coffee Table and Stumble Upon Sofa, magnifying the imperfection until folds are large enough to offer a functional surface with a playful visual twist.