Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:11:04 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Keep a thoughtfully edited book collection. Books can be one of the great pleasures in life – staring at an overburdened bookcase with tomes spilling onto the floor is not. Aim to keep only the books you love and those you will read again, and let go of the rest. Your living room will thank you.
Published at Wednesday, March 29th 2017, 22:26:39 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Barn red. Blackburn Architects notes that this kitchen is a "project that salvages a historic German‐style bank barn that fell into serious decay and readapts it into a private family entertainment space".
Published at Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 04:03:21 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Metallics. Gleaming silver, burnished bronze and shiny gold work as neutrals, and do a brilliant job of livening up a dull room. If you feel your space needs a bit of a boost, try pairing your striped sofa with a metallic leather pouf, sculptural metal coffee table, wire chair or gleaming silver pendant lamp.
Published at Friday, March 24th 2017, 03:36:00 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Crystal chandelier. It might be all about low‐slung pendants and marquee lights right now, but a crystal chandelier is never dated. More than a mere light, it adds instant sparkle, glamour and just a smidgen of grandeur to any space. Even a budget model – as opposed to an original French rewired antique – gives that extra je ne sais quoi. Don't automatically choose bronze, by the way. The jewel‐like version here perks up a plain ceiling and echoes other colors in the room.
Published at Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 22:25:24 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Leather club armchair. Fancy the private members' club look? Then opt for a classic, deep‐seated leather armchair like this one; the more battered, the better. Buy secondhand for extra lived‐in character, or source a vintage‐look piece about town (feather‐filled cushions offer an added slouch factor). Prettify it with a floral cushion, then sit back and relax with a cuppa (or glass of port).
Published at Tuesday, March 21st 2017, 23:54:49 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome, not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home, you'll still need a spot to make school lunches, pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse, you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement, garage or workroom with a few portable tables, standalone shelves, storage crates and folding chairs.
Published at Monday, March 20th 2017, 12:10:36 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. The small choices in this kitchen include sleek appliances, noninvasive lighting, and a flat‐planel door style on the cabinets. Two more signature elements: the full‐height glass backsplash and the waterfall‐style island countertop.
Published at Saturday, March 18th 2017, 08:48:03 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. The warmth of orange. It's a pretty bold choice for a kitchen, but when you hear architect Mark English talk about this room's color palette, it makes perfect sense: "The home is sited on a hill with a 270‐degree, long‐distance view toward the east and northeast. The color of the light coming into the house tends toward gray and bluish tones, so the orange was used to counteract the coolness of those tones. The island and upper cabinets are 'pieces' that can be seen from adjacent rooms, and I wanted to highlight them. The regular base cabinets and full‐height cabinets are meant to be background elements".