Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:16:20 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Prepare to combat chills. There's no getting around it – open showers can be drafty, especially in the winter months. Installing a heat lamp and radiant heat bathroom flooring can offset the shivers. Mount a heated towel rack nearby, and you'll be extra toasty as you dry off. Choose an appropriate showerhead. Unless you have a very large buffer zone, a standard showerhead that angles outward can end up soaking your space. Opt for a rain‐style model, which casts water straight down, or a handheld type that allows you to control the position and flow. If you do use a more conventional model, mount it so that the spray hits an opposite wall rather than the shower opening.
Published at Thursday, December 22nd 2016, 20:44:16 PM by Manya Matveev. Interior. This fantastic open kitchen has several shades of warm and cool neutrals with just a small strip of gold. When you use just a tiny amount of a bold color in an otherwise neutral space, be sure to put the color on something that you want to draw the eye to, such as the quartz countertop here.
Published at Friday, December 16th 2016, 17:24:43 PM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Trundle Beds Double Down on Style. I've always been partial to trundle beds. My childhood bedroom had a white iron daybed with a pop‐up trundle underneath, and friends who slept over thought it was the coolest thing to have a "secret" bed that pulled out at a moment's notice. Originally designed as a sleeping pad for servants who remained by the family's side during the night, trundles have evolved into a time‐honored solution for maximizing overnight quarters without taking up undue space. This trundle expands the functionality and spices up the design of a spare, slim guestroom/office. The desk seems as though it would be more useful for storing nighttime reading than for doing actual work – you'd have to sit cross‐legged to type or write. Trundles don't always have to be concealed beneath a bedskirt or behind a drawer front. In this cheery, eclectic bedroom, the bright green of the bed frame is carried to the trundle box beneath, left on display for another jolt of color. Here's another trundle right in the open. I like seeing the tiny hint of royal blue to break up all of the wood. What makes better use of space than bunk beds? Bunk beds with a pullout mattress underneath. This technique works especially well in vacation houses or for families who have relatives and friends visit frequently. Trundles beneath these twin beds double the room's sleeping capacity from two to four – a pretty nifty trick. Alternatively, you could use the trundles for storage. Sleek and elegant, this trundle blends so smoothly with the striated wood frame of the daybed that the handles are the only giveaway it's there at all. A trundle on rails pulls out and slides in smoothly, and it's guaranteed to stay in place. What a great idea!
Published at Tuesday, December 06th 2016, 00:57:03 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Vintage suitcases are the perfect nightstand alternative – they are readily available and full of charm. In my bedroom, my husband's nightstand is four stacked suitcases we've collected over the years. You could easily place a single suitcase on top of a stool, like in the image shown here, and have an equally lovely vignette. Most of us have extra chairs lying around, and if you don't, they are an easy find on Craigslist or at thrift stores and make perfect, casual nightstands. Old trunks make great nightstands because of the instant character they bring to a space, and they're a nice, big storage option for those of us with smaller spaces. Painted to match a room's decor, a lovely drop‐leaf table becomes a spacious nightstand. An adjustable‐height vintage stool like this one is a nice alternative to the traditional nightstand. You can raise or lower the stool to work perfectly in its new function and even have a little room to store books underneath.
Published at Thursday, November 24th 2016, 02:05:24 AM by Edda Braune. Interior. Elegant Moldings. When a client's home has historic character, I never want to cover it up. Shades mounted inside the window frame, paired with eye‐catching trim, allow light control without feeling fussy. If you don't have historic molding, a window is a great place to add some. It's a smaller task than lining a whole ceiling, and you can do it in just one room.
Published at Monday, November 14th 2016, 16:41:17 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. For the modernists out there, you would think picking finishes and fixtures would be easier, with less adornment and fewer decisions to make. For some this might be true, but I find that for others this style can be just as challenging. It's all about restraint and editing, and that's hard.
Published at Tuesday, November 08th 2016, 16:10:22 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. This divided bath by Smith & Vansant Architects features white 3‐by‐6‐inch tiles in both the sink area and the shower area, though each room has its own style of floor tile. The headquarters of Schoolhouse Electric proves that subway tiles and gray grout aren't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Here they're used in an office space that celebrates timeless and minimalist style.
Published at Thursday, November 03rd 2016, 18:02:28 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Dutch blue. Occasionally, one element drives the color scheme. "The owner chose the color to match the delft tiles", says James Crisp of Crisp Architects. "It's actually a faux finish with an overcoat of a black texture".