Published at Tuesday, September 26th 2017, 06:15:12 AM by Manya Matveev. 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 Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:29:19 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Dining Room. Swing‐arm sconce. A swing‐arm sconce designed to extend over the table (like the one shown here) is an unexpected alternative to the traditional chandelier, and can work even for renters if you choose a plug‐in version. Because the bulb is exposed, you'll need to use a lower‐watt filament bulb to create that lovely soft glow. But because one low‐watt bulb is not enough to light a room on its own, it is necessary to supplement with additional lighting – try a second sconce, or a pair of lamps atop a credenza.
Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:27:43 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Interior. Work in some caramel leather. Interior designer Brandi Hagen had fun playing with her client's penchant for Western style in this sitting area off the master bedroom. A coffee table upholstered in warm‐colored durable caramel leather anchors a bedroom sitting area. Western prints, a colorful horse painting and a graphic Thomas Paul thoroughbred pillow round out the accessories, while a restrained color palette keeps things from turning too themey.
Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:27:14 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Interior. Create an illusion. Where you choose to use light and dark colors can have a huge influence on a space. In this lofty white room, the ceiling and walls down to the picture rail have been painted black, helping to visually lower the high ceiling for a much cozier mood. Or try painting the end wall of a long, narrow room black to visually bring it forward.
Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:26:58 PM by Manya Matveev. Bathroom. Bidets. The U.S. is known for a love of being uberclean, so it's surprising that we haven't embraced bidets, as they offer a cleanliness we can't get with toilet paper. Beyond cleanliness, bidets save water, because making toilet paper is an incredibly water‐intensive process. And some bidet users increase their shower intervals, saving more water still.
Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:26:39 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Statement chandelier and flowering branches. A gorgeous statement‐making chandelier, like the hot‐pink one shown here, plus tall vases of flowering branches, creates a subtle separation between spaces – perfect for an open‐plan home.
Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:25:47 PM by Rosetta Loreta. 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, September 26th 2017, 06:16:46 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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.