Published at Friday, September 22nd 2017, 03:12:50 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Graywater reuse. It's a little crazy that we use potable drinking water to flush our toilets. Aqus is a simple system that routes used sink water (graywater) through a filter and disinfectant and into any nearby toilet tank for use in flushing. Being water smart couldn't be easier.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:42 AM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Don't overcrowd the space. Attic bedrooms are generally tighter spaces, and if there are sloped ceilings, the room can feel claustrophobic with too many furnishings. Add only what you need – less is definitely more in this case. Consider a two‐tone paint job. "Painting is always tricky when working with an attic space, as the walls are often shortened and the ceiling space is greater than in most rooms,” says Heron. "For a cozy feeling, consider painting the walls a different color than the ceiling.” Or trick the eye by using all one color. "If you want the space to feel more spacious, paint the ceiling and wall the same color, but keep it to a light neutral or white,” advises Heron. Nix the overhead lights. "Forget pot lights in the attic,” says Heron. "Opt instead for table lamps or wall sconces; uplighting is a great way to play up a dramatic roofline".
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:29 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Bring in natural light. "A frameless shower gives the illusion of openness. The less metal, the less you notice that a wall is dividing the space", says Alison Causer of Alison Causer Design. "In this master bath I really wanted the natural light to reach every corner of the room. Since we used dark, natural stone on all four walls, we really needed to keep the light moving around the room". Maximize the view. "This home has a sophisticated and subdued palette with walnut casework throughout", says Kerry Ellis of Benning Design Associates. "It also has stunning views, which is why we decided to keep the master bath, and shower, so open".
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:05:08 AM by Manya Matveev. Kitchen. Matching the floor stain color is one of the most challenging phases of a project. If you've got original floors and plan to refinish just the kitchen – or are laying new wood floors to match the old for continuity – don't expect a perfect match. Many floors in old homes are made of old‐growth wood, and flooring is manufactured differently now. The natural patina of an old floor also is nearly impossible to match. Companies offering reclaimed wood floors can make that matching process easier.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:04:39 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Living Room. Crystal chandelier. It might be all about low‐slung pendants and marquee lights right now, but a crystal chandelier is never dated. More than a mere light, it adds instant sparkle, glamour and just a smidgen of grandeur to any space. Even a budget model – as opposed to an original French rewired antique – gives that extra je ne sais quoi. Don't automatically choose bronze, by the way. The jewel‐like version here perks up a plain ceiling and echoes other colors in the room.
Published at Monday, September 18th 2017, 08:04:22 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Lots of white. Just as with floral upholstery, if you have a bold stripe that is threatening to overwhelm your room, try whiting it out with crisp white walls and white slipcovered furniture.
Published at Saturday, September 16th 2017, 19:27:17 PM by Manya Matveev. Living Room. Perfect symmetry. Just because you love minimalist design doesn't mean you have to go without when it comes to storage. This unit combines ample space in the lower cabinets with plenty of display space above. The natural timber contrasts nicely with the tiles wrapping around the fireplace surround. For a polished and professional‐looking finish, custom‐made cabinets are often the way to go. The cabinets work so well here because they align precisely with the top of the fireplace.
Published at Saturday, September 16th 2017, 19:27:05 PM by Manya Matveev. Living Room. Same material, different patterns. The weight and texture of a fabric is key – choosing a similar type of fabric for accent pillows, poufs and chairs can help make your striped sofa fit in. For example, in the space shown here, a rough, textured striped sofa is accented with a few equally nubby pillows and a kilim pouf. If you have a fine linen sofa, try pairing it with cotton voile pillows; a velvet sofa would call for something thick and luxurious, like wool (or more velvet).