Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:52:52 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. An assortment of books. One of the most enjoyable pastimes when visiting someone else's home is rummaging through their book collection. Whether you have a full wall of shelving or a slender cabinet or case, stock it with a variety of reading material that appeals to all tastes: mysteries, bestsellers, nonfiction, short stories and more. Don't forget to add bedside lamps or reading lights, as well as a cushy spot in which to curl up. A folding luggage stand. This hotel‐inspired touch saves guests from having to squat all the way to the floor to rifle through their suitcases. Stash it in the closet when you're not expecting company or leave it open as a design detail. Here it takes the place of a bench at the foot of the bed. Piles of pillows. Some like them flat, some like them fluffy. Some prefer down, while others sneeze at the mere thought. Keep an assortment of pillows on hand to satisfy guests' individual tastes. And while you're at it, invest in a couple of good blankets (one light, one heavy) and the best bed linens you can afford. Hooks and hangers. Unlike you, your guests don't have a designated spot in your home to tuck away purses and hang car keys. Make it easy for them by mounting hooks and wall racks (might we suggest the Eames Hang‐It‐All?). And make sure that there are plenty of coat hangers in a closet or an armoire.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:00:26 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Kitchen. White on white. This kitchen is in sync with the overall design of the house. "It's part of a new French‐inspired home on South River in Annapolis, Maryland", says Brad Creer of Bradford Design. "The wife wanted an all‐white house both inside and outside, including the furniture. The only other colors are the limited use in some of the accents. And the only nonwhite space in the home is the husband's large barroom, which has a dark wood finish".
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 06:00:10 AM by Manya Matveev. Living Room. Dusty blue. Like warm gray, dusty shades of blue work well with most tones of red brick, complementing rather than competing with them. In this kitchen a brick oven is surrounded by dusty blue painted cabinets, a warm cherry island counter and chandeliers for a bit of sparkle. Pale dusty‐blue walls look stunning in this bedroom around a brick fireplace. Off‐white trim and distressed white furniture looks richer than pure white.
Published at Friday, September 15th 2017, 05:59:48 AM by Manya Matveev. 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 Thursday, September 14th 2017, 18:32:16 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 Thursday, September 14th 2017, 18:30:39 PM by Natzu Shimizu. 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, September 14th 2017, 18:29:49 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. I love the inventive way a screen has been used here. It's a hugely flexible item, too; if bought cheaply in poor condition, it can be creatively re‐covered in wallpaper or fabric. The brass bed often appeared in Victorian bedrooms. If you like the design but the finish feels a little too traditional, then get out your paintbrush. White makes for a soft and romantic aesthetic, or go for a bold and contrasting color choice to get a more eclectic look. Bedside tables were seldom matching, as this was not the era of uniform bedroom sets. Try using one plain table, covered with a tablecloth or lace, and an antique table or old military chest for the other side. Traditional Victorian bedrooms also had a washstand – a free‐standing piece of furniture with a marble top, a bowl and a water pitcher. Put a washstand to good use in your en suite. They can even be converted to hold modern plumbing. Fixtures and fittings in a Victorian bedroom would have been much the same as in the rest of the house, including architectural moldings and a fireplace, of course. Many houses have had fireplaces taken out or blocked off, but the recesses make for great storage, and the mantel is ideal for a mirror. While open fires can be messy in a bedroom, consider a gas alternative for a convenient and clean flame. Pure indulgence and, in true Victorian style, the perfect spot for an armchair. Finally, don't be a slave to your Victorian bedroom. You can keep all the traditional features and throw in some glamour and contemporary pieces for a gorgeous eclectic look. I'm sure Jane Eyre would approve.
Published at Thursday, September 14th 2017, 18:28:33 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Different stripes, same color. If you want something a bit spicier, try pairing your striped sofa with chairs upholstered in another striped fabric, but in the same hue. Varying the width of the stripes is easier on the eye, so aim for a mix of wide and narrow.