Published at Monday, April 24th 2017, 22:19:16 PM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. If you're a cook, you know that kitchen messes are bound to happen. Grease and oil splatters and flour sprays often end up on cabinets and counters. Distressed cabinets not only hide those little messes well but also are super easy to wipe down. No matter what you choose for the rest of the home, it's so important for the kitchen to feel relaxed and inviting; it is the heart of the home, after all. Even in a more upscale design scheme, distressed cabinets lend a casual air that can't help but be welcoming.
Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:14:43 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Shagreen, which is made from stingrays, is a super‐exotic choice for wall tile. Sourced from Indonesia, these tiles are used from the by‐products of rays that have been harvested for food. Many shower enclosures look prefab and clunky, but not this one! Besides the modern glass look, this system offers bathers full control of their shower's temperature and volume from outside and inside. Perfect for both young and old, a glowing LED light indicates water temperature, and an alloy valve prevents sudden changes in temperature, preventing a shocking surprise (or worse, a scald). These gorgeous polished pyrite tiles can be mixed and matched with different sizes and colors. Subway tiles have been popular for a while, but how about mirrored subway tiles for a fresh twist? If you want to create a bath fit for a queen, be sure to include this unforgettable "Chrysanthemum" pattern, complete with inlaid mother of pearl. If you crave sleek style in the bath, turn to fashion designer Jason Wu. His new line for Brizo includes this understated glass shelf.
Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:14:04 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Tile mosaic and hammered pendant light. Craft a worldly look with a mosaic of mismatched tiles like the Cuban tile shown here, printed cushions and a hammered silver or copper pendant light. Benches are extra cozy, but a tiled accent wall alone could add oomph to any breakfast nook.
Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:13:47 AM by Manya Matveev. Dining Room. Same chairs, different colors. Take a basic set of matching wooden chairs and put your own stamp on them by painting each one a different hue. The trick here is to choose colors that have the same value (lightness or darkness), like all pastels, all midtones or all bright.
Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:13:22 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 Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:12:50 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Get the balance right. "This is a steam shower, which is why the ceiling is sloped and tiled, the glass goes all the way up to the ceiling and there's a hinged panel that can be cranked open", says Ines Hanl. "The shower has white Thassos marble on the walls and a black marble mosaic on the floor, both of which are inspired by the color scheme in the rest of the bathroom– black and white marble mosaic for the floor and black‐stained cherry cabinetry". Contrast modern and rustic. "This bathroom was part of a renovation in what was originally an old stone gatehouse", says Kelly Solon of Murdock Solon Architects. "We were trying to insert a clean, modern design into a very rustic and visually heavy environment. The frameless enclosure provide a light and airy feel, as well as a contrast to the other materials in the space".
Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:10:43 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Dining Room. Norwegian wood. In this country kitchen, designed by architect Christine Fikseaunet, a simple window seat with an upholstered banquette cushion is paired with a wood table to create a casual dining setting. With the addition of a small screen in the corner of the nook, it also allows for communal television viewing among family members or friends.
Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:10:06 AM by Natzu Shimizu. 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".