Published at Friday, February 17th 2017, 02:00:18 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Matching the floor stain color is one of the most challenging phases of a project. If you've got original floors and plan to refinish just the kitchen – or are laying new wood floors to match the old for continuity – don't expect a perfect match. Many floors in old homes are made of old‐growth wood, and flooring is manufactured differently now. The natural patina of an old floor also is nearly impossible to match. Companies offering reclaimed wood floors can make that matching process easier.
Published at Friday, February 17th 2017, 02:00:18 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Decorative tile in the kitchen is a great way to express your personality and style, but proportion and scale are critical. Tile is a pretty permanent decision; once it's up, it's expensive to change. You or your designer should do color studies and pattern studies, and look at them alongside photos and samples to be absolutely sure you're making the right choices.
Published at Wednesday, February 08th 2017, 13:03:10 PM by Manya Matveev. Living Room. Natural tones. The fireplace mantel in this living room invites you to sit down and read awhile by the fire. The timber shelving unit ties in with shelving used elsewhere in the room – a nifty trick to prevent fireside storage that looks like it doesn't belong.
Published at Thursday, February 02nd 2017, 19:22:34 PM by Manya Matveev. Interior. Watch out for splinters and nails. You'll need to make sure the wood is properly sanded so splinters won't be an issue. When using wood collected from a demolition, make sure to carefully remove any old nails. The pieces will need to be planed and cut to the desired shapes and sizes also. Unless you have the right tools and machines, this prep work should be done by a professional finish carpenter.
Published at Saturday, January 28th 2017, 21:27:26 PM by Manya Matveev. Interior. Choose the right reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood can come from a variety of sources – shipping pallets, boats, barns, sheds, mills, commercial structures and even your home if you're remodeling. It's possible to score a pile of reclaimed wood for free if you know where to look and can do the legwork.
Published at Monday, January 16th 2017, 23:24:22 PM by Manya Matveev. Interior. Black Sashes. Sashes in interior design refer to the parts of the window holding each pane of glass in place – the frames within the frame. Painting your sashes black is a classic way to create instant drama in a window without adding anything else. It's common in countryside estates but looks perfectly contemporary in a more modern home that isn't the size of an estate.
Published at Friday, January 13th 2017, 20:13:26 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Invest in a blue chip: A case for retro. Anything retro should be considered a keepsake piece of furniture that has the potential to be handed down from generation to generation. The dining table that catches your eye at a market or auction may not be particularly fashionable or even fit into your present decor scheme, but don't let that deter you from buying something of quality and style from another era. It may well prove to be the best investment of all, escalating in value in the decades to come.
Published at Thursday, January 05th 2017, 19:57:55 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Collect and curate interesting details – a giant seashell, a small bust and real art on the walls will add a storied feel. Splurge on a few luxury bath items to display (and use). Stow all unsightly items behind closed doors or in boxes or bins. It's true that if your existing bath fixtures consist of a pink sink and lemon yellow tile, you will be hard pressed to create the black and white palette this look calls for. If you have a bit more time and savings to invest in your bathroom makeover, adding wallpaper or a dark paint color to the upper walls and white paneling below (less pricey than retiling) will go far. If you are considering replacing the sink, having a vintage cabinet or table fitted with a simple sink bowl can be a creative solution. While you are at it, remove that medicine cabinet and hang a pretty mirror instead.