Hanging from great heights or simply hovering above your kitchen island for useful illumination, pendant lights make a statement in any decor. Take this one for example: Reminiscent of a drop of water, this streamlined mini piece brings a splash of contemporary style as it illuminates your home. Its polished chrome finish contributes to its sleek look, while its adjustable wire lets you customize its height to fit your space perfectly. Plus, the glass shade diffuses light from an included 20 W...
Decaffeination of coffee seeds is done while the seeds are still green. Many methods can remove caffeine from coffee, but all involve either soaking the green seeds in hot water (often called the "Swiss water process") or steaming them, then using a solvent to dissolve caffeine-containing oils. Decaffeination is often done by processing companies, and the extracted caffeine is usually sold to the pharmaceutical industry.
A sleek addition to the kitchen island or breakfast bar, this stool lends your space eye-catching style as it creates a place for your guests to kick back. Crafted from metal, it stands atop a pedestal-style base with an adjustable height and swivels functionality, so you can find the perfect angle every time. A low-backed saddle seat wrapped in faux leather completes the look as it offers you and your guests.
Coffee may be brewed by steeping in a device such as a French press (also known as a cafetière, coffee press or coffee plunger). Ground coffee and hot water are combined in a cylindrical vessel and left to brew for a few minutes. A circular filter which fits tightly in the cylinder fixed to a plunger is then pushed down from the top to force the grounds to the bottom. The filter retains the grounds at the bottom as the coffee is poured from the container. Because the coffee grounds are in direct contact with the water, all the coffee oils remain in the liquid, making it a stronger beverage. This method of brewing leaves more sediment than in coffee made by an automatic coffee machine. Supporters of the French press method point out that the sediment issue can be minimized by using the right type of grinder: they claim that a rotary blade grinder cuts the coffee bean into a wide range of sizes, including a fine coffee dust that remains as sludge at the bottom of the cup, while a burr grinder uniformly grinds the beans into consistently-sized grinds, allowing the coffee to settle uniformly and be trapped by the press. Within the first minute of brewing 95% of the caffeine is released from the coffee bean.
Whether your space is classic or contemporary, dry or damp, large or small, this versatile wall mirror is perfect for them all! Proudly made in the USA, this piece is crafted with a manufactured wood frame glass center face that offers a glimpse of your reflection in any room. Since installation cleat hardware is included, this rectangular design is ready to hang vertically or horizontally as soon as it reaches your door.
According to legend, ancestors of today's Oromo people in a region of Kaffa in Ethiopia were believed to have been the first to recognize the energizing effect of the coffee plant. However, there is no direct evidence that has been found earlier than the 15th century indicating where in Africa coffee first grew or who among the native populations might have used it as a stimulant. The story of Kaldi, the 9th-century Ethiopian goatherd who discovered coffee when he noticed how excited his goats became after eating the beans from a coffee plant, did not appear in writing until 1671 and is probably apocryphal.
Somewhere between custom furniture and Ikea is your local or online furniture store. Characterized by nation-wide giants like Rooms to Go, these stores vary in quality but tend to be a bit sturdier than what you might find at Target. Again, you’ll find these pieces are not as unique, but they’re much more affordable, and you often have the advantage of viewing reviews from other customers.
Solid and sturdy, wood tables can easily hold stacks of books, intricate vignettes, tired feet, and food and drinks. But before you kick back with the movie snacks, be sure to treat your table right—wood tables should be sealed to prevent stains, scratches, and discoloration. If your budget permits, opt for a style with inlaid polished stone; it’s virtually stain and scratch-proof.
From coffee to cocktails to holding down the fort, the Belham Living Lamont Coffee Table - Chrome is well prepared for a starring role at the center of your living space. Its basic styling makes it extremely versatile while the tinted glass top and mirrored lower shelf offer a fresh, fashion-forward feel. The steel frame is indefatigable and comes coated in a chrome finish - a look that was big in the 1960s and still feels crisp and relevant today. The tempered glass offers immense strength and shatter-resistance, making this ...
Depending on the color of the roasted beans as perceived by the human eye, they will be labeled as light, medium light, medium, medium dark, dark, or very dark. A more accurate method of discerning the degree of roast involves measuring the reflected light from roasted seeds illuminated with a light source in the near-infrared spectrum. This elaborate light meter uses a process known as spectroscopy to return a number that consistently indicates the roasted coffee's relative degree of roast or flavor development.
This is really great. It’s got my vote. And thanks for giving cred to Greg Klassen’s excellent work. I'll definitely be trying something like this out. Hopefully it's obvious to folks that those C-channel braces underneath are critical, and that plate glass should probably not be be used as a structural component (despite my doing things like this... - but hey, its 3/4":)
Possession of tableware has to a large extent been determined by individual wealth; the greater the means, the higher was the quality of tableware that was owned and the more numerous its pieces. In the London of the 13th century, the more affluent citizens owned fine furniture and silver, "while those of straiter means possessed only the simplest pottery and kitchen utensils." By the later 16th century, "even the poorer citizens dined off pewter rather than wood" and had plate, jars and pots made from "green glazed earthenware". The nobility often used their arms on heraldic china.
This is exactly the sort of thing I'd like to build to showcase my antiques. Do you have any suggestions for me if I'd like to make another one that's a little more industrial looking (perhaps out of wrought iron)? I don't have much experience in this sort of thing, but I'd like to have one that look as though it came out of an old factory or something like that, to go along with my industrial revolution-esque collection. Any brainstorming would be greatly appreciated!
Seating ensemble feeling empty? This mid-century modern style coffee table is crafted with a x-shaped metal frame that boasts a chrome or goldtone finish for a touch of glam appeal. Up top, the circular tabletop is made from clear tempered glass and supports up to 100 lbs. Measures 36" round to complement your living room without taking up too much space.
There are also several other varieties that you can purchase in this table that are actually a combination of few smaller tables that can fit well into each other when they are not in use or happen to be separate tables that can be easily placed around the living room. These particular type of tables are referred to as the nest of tables and can provide a suitable alternative to just one big table that can be kept in the middle of the room. The nest of tables, in general, are perfect units for homes that have a small living room.
Not all of these plates and bowls would be necessary for one meal. A rice bowl, a soup bowl, two or three small dishes with accompanying foods, and two or three condiment dishes for person would be typical. Various serving bowls and platters would also be set on a table for a typical meal, along with a soy sauce cruet, a small pitcher for tempura or other sauce, and a tea setting of tea pot, tea cups and tea cup saucers.
I thought I was being original, but I was incredibly typical. Millennial “style,” according to one expert, is “all about the mix — new and old, expensive and cheap, DIY and purchased.” “Authentic” in the form of repurposed wood and industrial aesthetic, “modern” with a piece of, uh, mid-century modern, and “individual” with a statement piece: a “Pinterest-worthy green velvet sofa,” as one survey respondent put it.
Other stores have aped the success of West Elm, which is currently poised to become a $2 billion brand and has recently buoyed parent company Williams-Sonoma, whose other brands (Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma) have struggled post-recession. Some of its imitators, like Joybird, have doubled down on the mid-century modern aesthetic, added free shipping, and advertised like crazy on Facebook, effectively positioning themselves as a West Elm alternative; several respondents named it (or “that fake mid-century modern company whose ads are all over Facebook") as where they’d likely purchase their next large-ticket item.
Tables also have historical context. Before the 1700s, most European homes didn’t have much furniture; even the homes of the wealthiest families were limited to one large table (and no couches!). By the end of the century, however, the use and creation of small “occasional” tables ballooned. The sofa table, for example, was designed to host tea or be a great place to write a letter. We do neither today, but we liked the shape of this tall, skinny table, and have kept it in modern day living rooms, though now it usually holds lamps, plants, or decor.
The whole saga is instructive. Pieces like Hezel’s travel swiftly through social networks because they express something theretofore inexpressible, something that many had felt, but lacked the narrative or the gumption to express: namely, that the promise of West Elm furniture — that its purchase was a passkey to adulthood — was false. Or true, but only if you consider “adulthood” as “the everyday reality of getting quietly manipulated by brands and marketers.” West Elm furniture is nicer than most Ikea stuff, but it is not that well-made. My West Elm couch is pilling. My dresser never really closes right. If you own something from West Elm, there’s probably something wrong with it, too. It is not your forever furniture.
Laminate is a man-made product that looks like wood but isn’t. It’s usually made of plastic that has been printed to look like wood. It’s typically a very affordable alternative to higher-end wood tables, but laminate that’s not high end can look very cheap very quickly. It also tends to have very poor resale value and not be as high quality. That said, there was a lot of laminate used during the 60s, and some of the better-made pieces have survived to this day.
Is seating ensemble feeling empty? Try a coffee table! Not only do they anchor your space, but they offer room to stage a display and serve up trays of treats when you find yourself entertaining. This one, for example: with its simple design and clean lines, provides a space to display magazines, hold your drinks, or keep your remote handy. A lower shelf is available for more display space.