Published at Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 22:25:24 PM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Go large. Small knickknacks can look rather lost and insignificant on a mantelpiece. The solution? Choose chunky, oversized pieces that are guaranteed to make an impact. Here a kind of gothic‐meets‐pop‐art look gives this mantelpiece masses of original style. The hot‐pink letters add a zingy focal point against the gray backdrop and prevent the skull and statues from looking too intimidating.
Published at Tuesday, March 28th 2017, 04:03:21 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Be honest about what is used in this room and make space for it. Do you craft while watching TV? Do the kids use the living room as their playroom? Stop the constant struggle to clean up these items and put them where they "belong". Instead, work in some permanent living room storage space for toys, crafts, games and so on. If you need to make room first, take out items that are not frequently used in the living room. Books that you want to keep but that no one is likely to read again anytime soon could go on shelves in a bedroom, for instance.
Published at Friday, March 24th 2017, 03:36:00 AM by Edda Braune. Living Room. Plantation shutters. These elegant window dressings have become the perfect solution for metropolitan homeowners who don't want sheer curtains but aren't keen on passersby snooping, either. Here their crisp, clean lines and white color add to the room's bright, breezy feel. The other plus, of course, is undeniable curb appeal.
Published at Thursday, September 21st 2017, 02:34:21 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Settle on a shape that will work in most rooms. Round tables look good in compact rooms and living areas that have square dining zones. They also offer flexible seating. If you buy a six‐seater, eight can usually be accommodated at a pinch – the larger the diameter, the more people can be seated. On the other hand, rectangular tables have limited seating spots due to the position of the table legs and because only one person can be seated at each end. However, if you choose a rectangular table with leaves, the table can be extended to accommodate extra guests whenever an event is planned, such as for a family Christmas or birthday party.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:40:37 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Interior. Treat your feet. Luxurious underfoot, artificial grass brings the joy of walking barefoot in the garden without the maintenance of a real lawn. It's perfect for creating a relaxing garden mood on a roof terrace or balcony, where natural turf is impractical.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:40:29 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Interior. This sophisticated bedroom gets a nice punch of color via furniture and decorative accessories in happy shades of coral. Because the coral elements are spread throughout the room, it doesn't feel overly colorful, and your eye is able to move about the space, taking it all in. Additionally, the white elements in the room keep the taupey‐tan hues from looking too muddy.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:48 AM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Some fabulous new products were shown at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show this year. Here are the latest finds for the room we all use, but often neglect – the bathroom! Many of these items can be seen at Chicago's Merchandise Mart Luxe Home showrooms. Ever hear a song you love so much, you wish you could bathe in it? Now, thanks to Kohler and their VibrAcoustic bath series, you can. Just plug in your iPod and let the vibrations of the beats flow through the water. Cast‐bronze sinks have been around for ages, but this modern shape and gorgeous pattern offers a fresh interpretation. This is such a unique marble cut! These vein‐cut tiles are linear and directional, unlike the typical swirled marble we're used to seeing. It's not stone, it's petrified wood! This durable and rare tile would make for a luxurious and warm bathroom. I love the feeling of movement on these hand‐painted tiles. They would make a dramatic accent wall or backsplash. This hand‐carved stone pattern is created by master craftsmen in India using traditional techniques. The sculptural stone panels combine matte and glossy finishes. The overall effect is warm with a luxe touch of movement.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:42 AM by Edda Braune. Interior. Soften it with chalk. Chalkboard paint is an easy and quick way to add some dark drama to a room. It actually creates quite a soft aesthetic, as the paint is incredibly matte. Give it a go – you can always draw some white pictures on it if it's too much!
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:16 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Impress your guests. Marble is a big investment, but without exception marble dining tables are nearly always showstoppers. Tables crafted from quality imported marble are extremely beautiful. Buy without guilt if you truly fall in love with one – marble's timeless appeal will make it a table that is always in fashion – but do be aware that a marble tabletop comes with a couple of drawbacks. First, marble tables of any kind are bulky and heavy. Second, they have to be well looked after, as the marble can crack and stain. To overcome these limitations to buying a marble table as a forever piece, choose a small, round table, which is a lighter choice than most rectangular ones while still being able to seat four to six guests. To avoid stains, keep the table cleared and clean at all times, covering it with a tablecloth or placemats when red wine and foods that can damage marble are on the menu.
Published at Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 09:39:01 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Ensure proper drainage. Not only will you guard against damage from standing water, but you'll also protect yourself from skidding on wet floors. Angle the shower floor slightly so that water flows toward the drain, and think about adding a second drain for doubly effective siphoning. Select surfaces that can stand up to moisture. Even with careful attention to an open shower's design, splashes and steam will escape. Outfit your bath with surfaces that hold their own against moisture: porcelain or glass tile, metal, stone, solid surfacing, engineered quartz and some woods. Avoid fabrics and other materials that are prone to mildew.