Published at Wednesday, April 05th 2017, 00:18:37 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Picking bar stools and tables and chairs for an eat‐in kitchen usually comes at the end, but this is also important, so don't just mail it in at this point. Think about adding patina and texture through vintage pieces if you can find them. And don't forget about items like decorative plate racks, artwork and area rugs or runners. Small touches like this can add much character to a newly remodeled kitchen.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:09:08 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bedroom. Decide which furniture to keep. As you are going through the room, note which pieces you want to keep and which will be sold or given away. But before buying anything new, consider updating existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs, and look around the rest of the house (including in the attic and the basement) for forgotten treasures. Shop for new items. Look for pieces that can also be used in a first apartment (or dorm room) to get the most bang for your buck. Small side tables, cushions, throw blankets, lamps, and small‐scale armchairs will all be most welcome in those first digs away from home. Go on a "cool junk" hunt together. Make a date to hit a flea market or antiques and collectibles fair to see what you can find. Bring cash (only as much as you want to spend), measurements of key areas and a dolly or cart to carry home your finds. Wire storage lockers like the ones shown here are superversatile – use them for everything from shoes and scarves to craft supplies and books. Incorporate photos of friends. One of the downsides to taking mostly digital photos is that we tend to print photos less often. As part of this project, be sure to give your teen the opportunity to have some recent pictures printed – some to frame and others to tape up in a rotating display. Japanese masking tape (also called washi tape) comes in a mind‐boggling array of colors and patterns, is easily removable from most surfaces and can be used in tons of ways (like in the photo display seen here). A set would make a lovely gift for your teen when this project is complete. Try a small DIY project.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:08:46 AM by Edda Braune. Bathroom. Composting toilets. Composting toilets, which use little or no water, are ready for the mainstream with smart systems that can look like conventional toilets (save for missing the water tank). Manufacturers like Clivus Multrum and Sun‐Mar offer centralized systems that have remote tanks for the waste. The tanks can be sized so that minimal attention is required.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:08:21 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bedroom. Since the Victorian era, what we need in the bedroom has changed very little. We need essentially the same pieces – bed, bedside tables, clothes storage. And we like essentially the same aesthetic – comfortable, peaceful, even luxurious. Indeed, we may still find the fabrics and wallpapers of that period attractive. Victorian staples such as freestanding wardrobes, marble‐topped washstands and folding screens can be reinvented for modern bedrooms while still retaining the Victorian feel. Keep reading to learn how to turn a Victorian bedroom into a personal space you'll love spending time in. It's worth noting that Victorian ladies in their country houses often spent the entire morning in bed reading and writing letters. I'm not sure I'd get away with that, but if I did, I would want the finest linen and lace to surround me – just like them. Besides the bed, the wardrobe would undoubtedly be the largest piece of furniture in a Victorian bedroom. The most popular versions had a mirror in the center cupboard and double‐width storage on either side. Traditionally, wardrobes were made of dark varnished wood – a rather large and somber feature for today's tastes. But, you can often pick one up cheaply and achieve great effects by stripping and painting it. Although not always a four‐poster (even though they were popular), Victorian beds often had draperies made from light fabric, with matching curtains on the windows. Matching draperies and window dressing adorn this French‐inspired room, without the four‐poster bed. Note the screen in the corner – these were hugely popular in Victorian bedrooms. Traditionally used to hide unsightly items (or maybe for the lady to dress behind), the screen today serves as a wonderful way to change the contours of the room.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:42 AM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Sally's bedroom growing up was a whirlwind of pink wallpaper, floral textiles, frilly curtains and precious dolls. In typical Draper fashion, it was girly but still simple and refined. Now that Sally is getting into her tweens and teens, her rebellious side is starting to pop up.Sally's bedroom growing up was a whirlwind of pink wallpaper, floral textiles, frilly curtains and precious dolls. In typical Draper fashion, it was girly but still simple and refined. Now that Sally is getting into her tweens and teens, her rebellious side is starting to pop up. Sally may be a a girly girl for at least the beginning of her tween years, but as she starts to develop her own style (and delves into the wild style of the early '70s), bold patterns and color may start to make an appearance in her room. Pale pink walls can be replaced with a vibrant (but tasteful) lavender, and a bright pink duvet can cover up the old floral bedding. A graphic rug gives this bedoom the final dose of that great mod style.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:29 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Dual‐flush toilets. Toilets consume far more water than any other indoor fixture, accounting for 30 percent of most homes' indoor water use. Dual‐flush toilets, increasingly common in homes, are an easy way to cut water use without compromising effectiveness. A dual‐flush toilet differs from standard models with two flush options: one for liquid waste, which uses less than a gallon of water, and a second for solid waste.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:08 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Purple passion. This project was for a cooking school in Denver, but there's no reason you can't import purple into your home kitchen. "Katy Hume, the chef and owner of Stir Cooking School, has a contagious personality, and we wanted her vivacity to be portrayed within the design", says Momoko Morton of Naka Designs. "The interior therefore needed to be vibrant and rich in color".
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:04:39 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Different stripes, same color. If you want something a bit spicier, try pairing your striped sofa with chairs upholstered in another striped fabric, but in the same hue. Varying the width of the stripes is easier on the eye, so aim for a mix of wide and narrow.