Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:52:52 AM by Edda Braune. 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 Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:48 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Composting toilets. Composting toilets, which use little or no water, are ready for the mainstream with smart systems that can look like conventional toilets (save for missing the water tank). Manufacturers like Clivus Multrum and Sun‐Mar offer centralized systems that have remote tanks for the waste. The tanks can be sized so that minimal attention is required.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:42 AM by Edda Braune. Interior. Black Sashes. Sashes in interior design refer to the parts of the window holding each pane of glass in place – the frames within the frame. Painting your sashes black is a classic way to create instant drama in a window without adding anything else. It's common in countryside estates but looks perfectly contemporary in a more modern home that isn't the size of an estate.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:16 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Bump‐out table and globe light. A waterfall‐edge table attached to the wall takes up little floor space, yet has a big presence. Hanging a simple pendant light directly over the table focuses attention on the area and provides a warmer glow than the regular kitchen lighting.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:01 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Magic mirror reflects current technology. Another mirror concept coming soon to homes can be found already in stores. A specially made full‐length mirror superimposes clothing on your reflection, creating the illusion that you’re wearing the selected item of clothing. It’s an easy way to cycle through a large number of garments without wasting time trying them on. One example is the EON Interactive Mirror, which has already been installed in mall clothing stores.The system uses Microsoft’s Kinect technology, which was created for gaming and repurposed for retail marketing. As you can see, the illusion is pretty good.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:38:46 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Be inspired by your travels. "The perfect way to incorporate my client’s love of his Hawaiian travels into his traditional Craftsman bungalow master bath was to create a spalike focal point with this freestanding nickel‐lined copper tub", says Emily Gibson of Gibson Gimpel Interior Design. "Although the style is completely different from the Polynesian bungalows he enjoys on his vacations, the tub evokes the unique and relaxing atmosphere of the luxury hotel that he experiences every day in his Dallas home". Take an artistic approach. "I think to really make a freestanding tub work, you need space, which is often not available in a standard bathroom, says Jim Zack of Zack/deVito Architecture + Construction. "These clients were very hands on and selected this tub themselves, but we were also thinking about the other materials in the bathroom. The sculptural quality of the stone and the craftsmanship of the stonework is amazing, and this tub has a very sculptural quality to it which is enhanced by placing it on a plinth".
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:38:34 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Stow extra toiletries and supplies under the sink or in bins or a nearby closet, reducing visual clutter. Decant frequently used items into pretty containers, or at least remove the unattractive outer packaging. Borrow accessories from elsewhere in your home. For instance, cake stands, dessert plates and teacups all make beautiful organizers. Use a fabric shower curtain, not plastic. Remove the standard‐issue mirrored medicine cabinet in favor of a pretty mirror, plus sconces.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:38:16 AM by Edda Braune. Bathroom. Bathroom faucets. Getting a faucet with the WaterSense can reduce your sink's water flow by up to 30 percent. Doing so will save the average home 500 gallons of water annually. You can also add an aerator to bathroom taps. An aerator decreases water flow while maintaining or even increasing water pressure by mixing water with air. And regardless of how much water comes out of your tap, don't forget to turn off the faucet while shaving or brushing teeth.