Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:11 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Color is cool but beware the trendy hue. Today's on‐trend shade is tomorrow's fashion fail, so choose wisely. Classic colors, such as the primaries (red, yellow and blue), usually have staying power, mainly because they are so unapologetically basic. Red is a very popular color, especially in homes that have a subtle Asian theme, as red is a color traditionally associated with celebration, and this will work even if the home is minimalist and modern.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 06:08:27 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Budget box. Make the most of a breakfast nook by installing a complete compartment that keeps diners out of the way of the cooking action in the kitchen. Additionally, those on a budget will benefit from copying the style of the boxed‐in nook pictured here. Inexpensive wood can be painted white to make the area bright. To add value, choose a more expensive tabletop and treat it with a good sealant oil to keep it looking good with use.
Published at Thursday, May 25th 2017, 07:36:10 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Find a quiet corner in your home where you can draw the curtains. This daybed with great light control provided by the Roman shades is perfect for a 2 p.m. date with the sandman. Use a light blanket to cuddle up with. You will have a hard time falling asleep if you are chilly. Be careful to not overheat with heaters and blankets, as this may cause you to oversleep. Surround yourself with blue. Blue is associated with tranquility and produces a calming effect. It is good for the mind‐body connection. Think of the sea and the sky and the calming effect of being outdoors. Try to find a space in your home where you feel removed from everything that is going on. Ideally, you want to be away from the noise of TVs, cell phones and the doorbell. This cozy nook feels just like a nest, and curtains provide a visual barrier.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:38:16 AM by Edda Braune. Bathroom. Magic mirrors for bedroom and bathroom. While the world waits for the inevitable advancements in glass technology, there's still much that's being accomplished with regular glass. Smart mirrors, or interactive mirrors, are the first application for smart glass technology, because they don't need to be transparent. Using existing two‐way‐mirror technology, smart mirrors can function in your home like regular mirrors but optionally display information right on the surface of the mirror. One of the better visions for what’s possible with a magic mirror was conceived by, of all organizations, The New York Times. Yes, the Times has its own R&D lab, which tries to figure out how people will get news and information in the future. Apparently, they’ll get it in the bathroom, according to its concept video. The interface for all this breathtaking home technology is just like the evil queen’s technology – magic glass plus voice command and artificial intelligence. The glass surfaces conjure up information and ideas, video feeds and communication, all appropriate to the context of the user's intent.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:37:31 AM by Edda Braune. Bathroom. Tie everything together. "We wanted to revamp this bathroom without doing a costly remodel," says Beth Dotolo of Pulp Design Studios. "By using this European trellis wall covering we were able to give the space a completely new look and tie together the existing finishes".
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:16:32 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, September 19th 2017, 07:16:23 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. We each have our own idea of what makes a perfect bathroom. It could be a spectacular view from the tub, a spalike ambience, classic English country fixtures, or rich colors and exotic, hand‐painted tiles. Of course for many of us, a complete bathroom overhaul isn't in the cards. No matter what look is calling your name, there are ways to translate the key elements of the style you love into your bathroom without the high price of remodeling. Let's explore some accessible ideas in five dream bathrooms. Even without the massive square footage or fancy designer, you can pull together a gorgeous room with classic, crisp decorator touches that are well within reach. Swap out standard blinds for fabric shades and your bath will suddenly feel like a real room. Upgrade your towels for a fluffy version with contrasting piping or grosgrain trim.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:16:14 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Being water wise can cut your utility bills, reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems, and contribute to a more sustainable water future. The bathroom is the place to start since it's the water hog in your home, accounting for more than half of the indoor water you use. Check out these water‐wise plumbing fixtures that don't compromise style or function. To find water‐wise fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense, a partnership program with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is an independent organization that reviews plumbing fixtures for water efficiency (among many other jobs). Their certification, or approval, is given to fixtures that are at least 20 percent more efficient without compromising performance. The average bathroom makeover with WaterSense fixtures saves 7,000 gallons of water annually. That's enough water to wash six months worth of laundry.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:16:06 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bedroom. Interior designer Letitia Holloway of Myers Designs and Debbie Wiener, owner of Designing Solutions, are well versed in this transformation and the complications that come with it. If you're thinking of turning your basement into an extra bedroom, their tips and tricks can help. Insulate. The last thing you want is a noisy – and chilly – bedroom. "Spend a little extra and add good insulation to the walls,” says Wiener. "One good night's sleep and you'll know you spent your money wisely.” Create emergency escape routes. Before beginning construction, check your local building codes to learn what your basement's escape requirements are. The necessary routes can also enhance the room. "Installing large upper windows not only enhances the view but provides a great escape route,” says Holloway. Look for the charm. Save money by leaving beams exposed or the ceiling unfinished – it will give your new cozy bedroom a feeling of distinction. Add visual height. Unfinished ceilings can also help add height to a space, especially when painted a dark color. "Paint the ceiling dark and finish the rest of the room off as you would normally,” says Holloway. "This type of ceiling works with a variety of aesthetics, and the unfinished effect makes it feel higher than a drop or drywall style would.” Benjamin Moore's Baby Seal Black is one of Holloway's go‐to paint colors. Configure your layout wisely. Place the bed against an interior wall in the room. "Exterior walls change temperature, meaning your bed will be cold in the winter and possibly through summer if your basement is below grade,” says Wiener.
Published at Tuesday, September 19th 2017, 07:15:58 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Be well read. "My client had seen a wallpaper at a hotel with a book pattern that she loved," says designer Angela Gutekunst. "So that led me to this classic Brunschwig & Fils paper for her powder bath that worked beautifully".