Published at Thursday, May 25th 2017, 07:36:10 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. However, as I often remind myself, that's no reason to settle for sloppy sleeping quarters. Here's a step‐by‐step guide to a well‐dressed, pretty and polished bed. If you've got another great tip, share it in the Comments below! Break out the iron. If you're anything like me, you'd rather walk through Death Valley at high noon in a parka than put your iron to its intended use. (Full disclosure: The last time I unearthed mine, it had cobwebs on it.) But pressed linens are crisp linens, so face your nemesis. A standard ironing board is too small to handle sheets with ease – cover an inexpensive folding table, or even a large sheet of plywood, with heatproof foam or batting to give you more surface area to work with. Don't forget the bed skirt and shams while you're at it. Center and straighten the bedskirt. If your bed style doesn't require a skirt, you can skip this step, though you may want to invest in a box‐spring cover if your box spring is exposed. Pull the mattress pad smooth. Nothing ruins bedtime comfort faster than a lumpy bottom layer, and pads are notorious for bunching in the center of the bed. Tuck the fitted sheet tightly. For optimal fit, use an extra‐deep sheet if you have a pillow‐top or an especially tall mattress; otherwise a standard size should work fine. Pull it taut and tuck the edges beneath the mattress. Drape the flat sheet. Now the tricky part begins. Center the flat sheet on the bed, with equal overhang on either side. Align the top edge with the top edge of the mattress.
Published at Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 16:34:32 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Dutch blue. Occasionally, one element drives the color scheme. "The owner chose the color to match the delft tiles", says James Crisp of Crisp Architects. "It's actually a faux finish with an overcoat of a black texture".
Published at Saturday, April 29th 2017, 22:49:02 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. If you're doing tile or stone floors, work on picking those materials at the same time as cabinets, backsplash and countertops. The relationships among these materials is critical. It's tough to mix different types of stone and tile unless you want your kitchen to look like a showroom.
Published at Friday, April 28th 2017, 19:18:44 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. A natural green. "This farmhouse kitchen was envisioned to be a highly efficient working‐living space featuring natural materials that express their own beauty", says Douglas Dick of LDa Architecture & Interiors. "The monochromatic green color palette of the walls and island cabinetry was selected to be visually calming and to enhance the theme of expressing the beauty of the room's natural materials".
Published at Thursday, April 27th 2017, 17:36:09 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Layer your lighting. "In the last five years we've seen a huge change in the way that our clients look at kitchen lighting", notes Heather Moe of Design Moe Kitchen & Bath. "While function is still important, we now layer the lighting to give homeowners an extraordinary flexibility of effect. We routinely have seven levels of illumination: countertop and general lighting, under‐cabinet task lighting, over‐cabinet up lighting, accent cabinet lighting, some supporting sconce fixtures (mounted on walls or on cabinets), ceiling lighting and – to top it all off – a central accent fixture, usually something pretty and eye catching at the room's focal point".
Published at Monday, April 24th 2017, 22:19:16 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Complement the island. This kitchen is in a stately 1920s mansion. "Kitchens in those types of houses were originally only used by the staff, not by the homeowners, and were therefore dark, tiny, impractical in layout, and the space was broken up by a lot of doors leading to the basement, the servants' quarters, and butler's pantry", says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. Her challenge was to create a space that was in keeping with the grand lines of such a home without making major modifications to the available square footage.
Published at Friday, April 21st 2017, 07:49:44 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Depending on what type of professional you hired, or if you are doing your own kitchen, you may start the finishes and fixture selection process from a different jumping‐off point. Rather than picking the cabinet wood species and finish color by itself, and then picking countertops and tile, I like to have my clients work on an overall palette of materials at the same time. Layer the materials and create collages of patterns, textures and colors to see what works best together.
Published at Thursday, April 20th 2017, 03:48:42 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. The laundry room is perhaps one of the most overlooked spaces in the home. It's easy to put it on the back burner because, after all, it's not a room that often gets used for entertaining. Adding character with distressed cabinets might make all that folding feel like less of a chore.