How to do a home kitchen remodel on a budget: compromise on the big decisions and splurge on the details (Case Study)

We remodeled our own personal kitchen on a below-average budget ($119/sqft) using IKEA cabinets and Walnut Studiolo leather drawer pulls and handles. During the process, we learned that a few big design compromises kept us on budget and schedule, while freeing us up to splurge on a few important design details (that are now our favorite features!). We also share a few tips we learned to make DIY kitchen planning easier. All in all, we managed to come in under budget and on schedule thanks to careful planning and a willingness to compromise. Here’s how:… Read More How to do a home kitchen remodel on a budget: compromise on the big decisions and splurge on the details (Case Study)

Bicycle Reunion! The bar wraps from our installation videos meet again – how did they hold up?

When we were filming the installation video for our new bar wrap, the Coil Leather Bar Wraps, earlier this year, we realized the exact same bikes from our previous videos were all together in one place, after 6 or 7 years! How did the leather hold up? … Read More Bicycle Reunion! The bar wraps from our installation videos meet again – how did they hold up?

FAQ: A word about padding or cushioning handlebar wraps for wrist and finger pain

Wrist and finger pain and numbness during cycling is real and can be a challenge for some cyclists. The intuitive solution would seem to be adding padding or cushioning to handlebars, but most bike experts agree that padding and cushioning handlebars is often not the only – or even a good – solution for the problem. … Read More FAQ: A word about padding or cushioning handlebar wraps for wrist and finger pain

In the store: tips for spotting craftsmanship details and leather quality

How can you tell if it’s good quality is when you’re looking at it in a store or from a photograph online? Can you tell what kind of leather it is, and if it’s recoverable when you’ve found a hidden gem at a thrift store? In this post, we’ll discuss observable design details so you can make informed decisions. … Read More In the store: tips for spotting craftsmanship details and leather quality

Holiday Cocktails: 3 Hot Toddy Recipes from the Walnut Studiolo Family

Here at Walnut Studiolo, we know all about blustery winter days. Our home on the North Oregon Coast is rainy, windy and gray for much of the year. Dramatic storm surges, gushing waterfalls and crashing surf make for gorgeous seaside visits followed by cozy drinks back home with friends.… Read More Holiday Cocktails: 3 Hot Toddy Recipes from the Walnut Studiolo Family