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 Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:05:53 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Wood is tops, but don't discount glass. The advantage of a glass‐top dining table is that it works well with many decor themes. And because it has a reflective surface, it is an excellent choice for a space that might need to look a little lighter and brighter. Glass dining tables are tough, too. Today's versions are made with tempered safety glass, which means the glass resists scratches and heat and won't shatter if knocked. You can also choose glass that is tinted in a range of different colors, even black. Another benefit of a glass table is that you can surround it with versatile seating arrangements, from mismatched dining chairs to multicolored options.
Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:05:44 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Black is always the new black. If you aren't expecting your table to suffer wear and tear, choose the most sophisticated and elegant table you've always dreamed of owning. Black tables are notoriously tricky, especially if they are veneered, because the smallest scratch will show up. If you are the careful type, however, black is super cool and will always be so.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:28:54 AM by Edda Braune. Bathroom. We each have our own idea of what makes a perfect bathroom. It could be a spectacular view from the tub, a spalike ambience, classic English country fixtures, or rich colors and exotic, hand‐painted tiles. Of course for many of us, a complete bathroom overhaul isn't in the cards. No matter what look is calling your name, there are ways to translate the key elements of the style you love into your bathroom without the high price of remodeling. Let's explore some accessible ideas in five dream bathrooms. Even without the massive square footage or fancy designer, you can pull together a gorgeous room with classic, crisp decorator touches that are well within reach. Swap out standard blinds for fabric shades and your bath will suddenly feel like a real room. Upgrade your towels for a fluffy version with contrasting piping or grosgrain trim.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:28:01 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Go for an elegant look. "The inspiration for this bathroom was elegant glamour", says Jamie Herzlinger of Jamie Herzlinger Design. "The easiest way to get elegance into your bathroom is by using a frameless shower, because it keeps the look clean and sleek". Embrace minimalism. "We were looking to have the colors of the limestone tile bounce light around the room and to use few if any noticeable details, in keeping with our firm's philosophy of embracing minimalism", says David Webber of Webber + Studio Architects. Infuse a sense of calm. "I was inspired by the tranquil river and landscape surrounding this home to create a peaceful sanctuary that brought the outdoors in", says Justine Sterling of Justine Sterling Design. "The frameless shower design was key in creating transparency, openness and a sense of calm". Invite nature to be your guest. "This master bath is in a summer home on a lake, and the back of the house faces the woods", says Nora Schneider of Nora Schneider Interior Design. "The shower faces an entire wall of windows overlooking the woods, and I wanted to invite nature in as an evergreen guest".
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:24:46 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Invest in a blue chip: A case for retro. Anything retro should be considered a keepsake piece of furniture that has the potential to be handed down from generation to generation. The dining table that catches your eye at a market or auction may not be particularly fashionable or even fit into your present decor scheme, but don't let that deter you from buying something of quality and style from another era. It may well prove to be the best investment of all, escalating in value in the decades to come.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:24:36 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Want to let in more light? Try adhesive window films for more sun without sacrificing privacy. Replace the standard ceiling fixture with a classic drum pendant light on a dimmer switch. Add a piece of real furniture. An armchair (if you have the room) or a small gleaming wood or marble table is a good choice for the classic bath. Amp up the exotic touches and pay attention to the sensory experience to create a spalike ambience in your own bathroom. Put your overhead light on a dimmer. Everything looks better in soft light. Choose a few beautiful hand‐painted tiles and prop them up on your sink backsplash or hang them on the wall as art. Splurge on nice towels. I suggest supersoft and luxuriously big bath sheets, as well as fringed and knotted hammam‐style towels to hang by the sink.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:24:26 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Soak in the sunset. For this bathroom, Crisp chose a vintage black claw‐foot tub. "Who wouldn't want to relax in a hot bath while gazing into the sunset across the rolling hills?" he asks. Highlight the positive. "Prior to its remodel, this master bathroom had a built‐in vanity and tub surround that started at the entry door by the sinks and was carried all the way around to the shower", says Susan Brown of Susan E. Brown Interior Design. "By using a freestanding bathtub and separate vanities, I knew the space would be opened up yet still feel cohesive with the integration of similar colors and finishes". She adds that "having negative space surrounding the tub gives more emphasis to it as the pièce de résistance of the room. I continued to emphasize that aspect with hidden accent lighting that shines through the onyx tub deck and down onto the iridescent turquoise glass tiles, creating an 'incredible soft glow,' as my client put it".