Published at Wednesday, April 05th 2017, 00:18:37 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. For the modernists out there, you would think picking finishes and fixtures would be easier, with less adornment and fewer decisions to make. For some this might be true, but I find that for others this style can be just as challenging. It's all about restraint and editing, and that's hard.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:42 AM by Manya Matveev. 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, 08:05:29 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Divide and conquer. "Given that the design for this bathroom placed the shower in the center of the room, with the vanities on either side, a frameless glass enclosure was the best way to keep the space open and airy", says Shelly Amoroso of Amoroso Design. "I understand the need for a couple to have separate vanities, but hey, you would miss a lot of funny banter and together time if you couldn't see each other". Turn toward the light. "I changed the layout of this bathroom quite a bit by turning the shower area 90 degrees from its position on the long wall to sitting under the window", says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. "This had a massive impact on the visual aspect of the space. All of a sudden, a rather dark, train‐compartment‐like room became somewhat grand in appearance, and we didn't even need to enlarge the window. And the gray stone is balanced with lots of openess and light".
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:08 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. By contrast, this classic kitchen with walnut cabinets and a marble tile backsplash has less ornamentation than the previous one, but it's still all about the series of small choices: the simplicity of one cabinet finish and wood species, the decision to run the marble tile all the way to the ceiling and match the same marble on the countertops. By way of a series of small choices, this kitchen reveals its personality and says, "This is who I am: I'm classic, warm, and earthy".
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:04:39 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Chesterfield sofa. It's an ongoing favorite in fashionable bars and boutique hotels, and no wonder. With their clean lines and comfort, button‐backed chesterfield sofas are truly timeless, and look as good in a modern warehouse apartment as in a grand country abode. The classic version comes in tan leather, but for a sumptuous update, I love the raspberry‐pink and pewter‐colored velvet numbers here.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:04:22 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. The Greek‐key‐patterned pillow above combines many of the elements used in the room. It's a classic print that has a modern, graphic look. The pewter beading detail and champagne color bring in the gray‐brown tones used throughout the room.
Published at Saturday, September 16th 2017, 19:27:17 PM by Manya Matveev. Living Room. Low profile. The position and shape of this great fireplace call for shelving that enhances its sleek design. The low‐set shelves echo the rectangular fireplace and provide a platform on which to display stylish pieces.
Published at Saturday, September 16th 2017, 19:27:05 PM by Manya Matveev. Living Room. Chesterfield sofa. It's an ongoing favorite in fashionable bars and boutique hotels, and no wonder. With their clean lines and comfort, button‐backed chesterfield sofas are truly timeless, and look as good in a modern warehouse apartment as in a grand country abode. The classic version comes in tan leather, but for a sumptuous update, I love the raspberry‐pink and pewter‐colored velvet numbers here.