Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:11:12 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Upholstered chairs at the ends. This is perhaps the most popular way to shake up a set, and with good reason – it nearly always looks great. Choose matching side chairs for the long sides and put matching upholstered armchairs at the ends.
Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:04 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Problem‐solve with a versatile shape. Ovals are the new oblongs. Similar to a rectangular dining table, the oval dining table is elongated to work in a narrow room but visually seems to occupy less space because of its rounded corners. Oval tables also have the benefits of a round table in that they provide a cozy and intimate setting but can usually seat more people.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:38 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Traditional brown furniture, Moroccan rug. A redbrick fireplace is quite traditional, and the tones tend to go well with dark wood furniture and rich leather. But if you want to shake things up a bit, try rolling out a fluffy Moroccan‐style rug beneath it all and paint the walls a pale shade of "greige". The creamy tones work with the brick and leather, while giving the traditional style a current twist.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:14 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Antique and modern accents pay tribute to tailoring. The globe is an 18th‐century sewing table, and the framed piece above is a shirt made out of a folded map of London. Dittmar designed custom bedding and pillows to conjure the crisp look of ties and pocket squares. From show house to your house: If you're stuck in a decorating rut, try playing with a theme in one of your bedrooms. It can be something bold – like a sports‐theme kid's room – or something more subtle, like Dittmar's design. But by giving yourself a path to follow, you'll have less trouble deciding on what pieces to use. The amazing art installation in this bathroom is by artist Michele Pred, who uses airport‐confiscated scissors and knives in much of her work. The design team worked with Pred to create a specific installation for this space – a bathtub full of silver scissors snagged by the Transportation Security Administration.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:03 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Oversize art. If you have a large expanse of brick to cover – a fireplace that reaches all the way to a high ceiling, for instance – artwork is a great way to break it up. As long as your brick is not a really bright red, most artwork should work with it. If you are unsure, try bringing a clear photograph of your fireplace with you when you're looking for art, and check if you can bring the piece home on a trial basis before committing to buy it.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:27:46 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Neutrals with texture, blue and red. Grass cloth wallpaper and burlap shades add texture and warmth, helping a redbrick fireplace settle into the space. Wood furniture close to the darkest tones in the brick also helps. Larger amounts of blue in a rug and pillows, and just a dash of red, make for a classic nautical look.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:26:17 PM by Manya Matveev. 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 12th 2017, 21:26:05 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Don't overcrowd the space. Attic bedrooms are generally tighter spaces, and if there are sloped ceilings, the room can feel claustrophobic with too many furnishings. Add only what you need – less is definitely more in this case. Consider a two‐tone paint job. "Painting is always tricky when working with an attic space, as the walls are often shortened and the ceiling space is greater than in most rooms,” says Heron. "For a cozy feeling, consider painting the walls a different color than the ceiling.” Or trick the eye by using all one color. "If you want the space to feel more spacious, paint the ceiling and wall the same color, but keep it to a light neutral or white,” advises Heron. Nix the overhead lights. "Forget pot lights in the attic,” says Heron. "Opt instead for table lamps or wall sconces; uplighting is a great way to play up a dramatic roofline".
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:25:44 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Do it for Mom. "The idea for this beautiful tub really came from my client Susan", says Colleen Mahoney of Mahoney Architects. "She wanted her master bathroom to include a freestanding tub where she could feel that she was getting away from all of the demands of her daily life – a place with a sense of sanctuary and quiet. The tall ceilings and suspended chandelier contribute to the sense of luxury. In a busy mom's life it's good to have a place to escape". Give your guests the best. "This bathroom is situated within a dormer gable on the top floor of a large house, and it receives infrequent use", says Dennis Budd of Gast Architects. "When the bathroom door is open, the room’s position adjacent the open central stair’s upper hall landing allows occupants to view the tub, dormer windows and decorative full‐height tile wainscoting as they ascend to the roof level".