Published at Thursday, May 25th 2017, 07:36:10 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. A bedroom is a very private space. Hotels know this and add a beautifully wrapped chocolate on the bedside table for that personal touch. The bedside table can tell a lot about a person. I love decorating these spaces because they are so personal. Bedside tables are important because they're the last thing you see when turning in for the night and the first thing you see when you wake. These small, intimate spaces have to pack a visual punch, by adding color and texture. At the same time they serve practical needs, like holding our alarm clocks and eyeglasses. They come in all shapes and sizes, different colors and styles. I've been asked many times about accessorizing these spaces. Here are some ideas for what I call the bedside vignette or, in simple terms, nightstands and the stuff we put on them. This is the area where you can really make a statement with lamps. I find that square lampshades, or round lampshades that are 14 inches or less in diameter, work best against a wall. Drawers are always great for storing things you need but don't want to get up for. I love this alternative lighting detail instead of a table lamp. A hanging chandelier on either side of the bed provides beautiful symmetry and frees the nightstand for other personal accessories. A pendant works just as well as a chandelier visually. The light wattage is lower, though, so I suggest using a pendant light in combination with can lighting. Stacked books look great with their colorful binding facing the room and are also good for elevating alarm clocks. This beautiful vignette is perfectly balanced with a lamp, family photos, fresh flowers and a candle.
Published at Thursday, April 27th 2017, 17:36:09 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Accent the cabinets. "Our homeowners wanted a hint of sophistication yet wanted to play up the farmhouse look in the kitchen", says Amy Krieger of Oakley Home Builders. "The white cabinetry is accentuated with the use of crystal chandeliers. These glamorous fixtures add elegance while keeping with the theme of the kitchen".
Published at Thursday, May 25th 2017, 20:55:07 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Same chairs, different colors. Take a basic set of matching wooden chairs and put your own stamp on them by painting each one a different hue. The trick here is to choose colors that have the same value (lightness or darkness), like all pastels, all midtones or all bright.
Published at Monday, March 13th 2017, 01:26:10 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. I’ve always wanted a freestanding bathtub. I'm not really sure why. There's just something so appealing about all the different sizes and shapes and how they sit so independently in a room and seem to virtually say, "Look at me". And now these designers have given me 16 more reasons why I need to get one. Take advantage of the view. "I must admit that the homeowners drove the decisions for these tubs", says James Crisp of Crisp Architects (see next photo also). "The real inspiration is the view. If a master bath has a separate shower and room for a freestanding tub strategically positioned to enjoy a great view, the big question is why not?" This tub is from Waterworks.
Published at Sunday, March 12th 2017, 03:05:29 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Diner table and cool wallpaper. To get this quirky, charming look, tuck a classic diner‐style table up to a corner banquette backed with a wall covered in fresh, modern wallpaper. The combination of a corner banquette (to maximize seating) and printed wallpaper (to add depth) is great for small spaces.
Published at Friday, March 10th 2017, 21:37:45 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Solid neutrals. You can't miss with a pair of armchairs upholstered in natural linen and a light rug. Mixing patterns with the throw pillows brings a bit of interest to the room, but keeping them in the neutral range means they will all go effortlessly together.
Published at Thursday, March 09th 2017, 23:12:19 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. Soften it with chalk. Chalkboard paint is an easy and quick way to add some dark drama to a room. It actually creates quite a soft aesthetic, as the paint is incredibly matte. Give it a go – you can always draw some white pictures on it if it's too much!
Published at Monday, March 06th 2017, 12:17:41 PM by Edda Braune. Interior. Shades of purple are thought to have a calming effect, so they are a smart choice for a bedroom. Mix small hits of pinks and purples with larger swaths of warm whites for a pretty, soft and soothing sleeping space.
Published at Friday, February 24th 2017, 22:33:25 PM by Edda Braune. 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 Friday, February 17th 2017, 02:00:18 AM 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.