Published at Thursday, June 01st 2017, 16:10:04 PM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. First‐class compartment. In keeping with the warm, minimalist elements featured elsewhere in this California ranch house, this nook has cedar ceilings, Sheetrock walls, exposed timber framing and structural steel windows. The site for the house is edged with mature evergreen trees and opens to a field with views out to the Pacific Ocean. With its panoramic‐size window and glorious outlook to a countryside vista, this sleek dine‐in nook is a stylish way to eat at home.
Published at Wednesday, June 14th 2017, 06:05:48 AM by Edda Braune. Dining Room. Select a dining table made of sturdy stuff. If you want a table to last through years of dinner party wear and tear, choose a table made from a hardwood, such as mahogany, walnut, maple, oak and teak. Tables made from engineered or composite woods, which include plywoods and MDF, are durable and economical but are never as strong as a hardwood.
Published at Thursday, May 25th 2017, 00:51:54 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Since the Victorian era, what we need in the bedroom has changed very little. We need essentially the same pieces – bed, bedside tables, clothes storage. And we like essentially the same aesthetic – comfortable, peaceful, even luxurious. Indeed, we may still find the fabrics and wallpapers of that period attractive. Victorian staples such as freestanding wardrobes, marble‐topped washstands and folding screens can be reinvented for modern bedrooms while still retaining the Victorian feel. Keep reading to learn how to turn a Victorian bedroom into a personal space you'll love spending time in. It's worth noting that Victorian ladies in their country houses often spent the entire morning in bed reading and writing letters. I'm not sure I'd get away with that, but if I did, I would want the finest linen and lace to surround me – just like them. Besides the bed, the wardrobe would undoubtedly be the largest piece of furniture in a Victorian bedroom. The most popular versions had a mirror in the center cupboard and double‐width storage on either side. Traditionally, wardrobes were made of dark varnished wood – a rather large and somber feature for today's tastes. But, you can often pick one up cheaply and achieve great effects by stripping and painting it. Although not always a four‐poster (even though they were popular), Victorian beds often had draperies made from light fabric, with matching curtains on the windows. Matching draperies and window dressing adorn this French‐inspired room, without the four‐poster bed. Note the screen in the corner – these were hugely popular in Victorian bedrooms. Traditionally used to hide unsightly items (or maybe for the lady to dress behind), the screen today serves as a wonderful way to change the contours of the room.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:40 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Enough's enough. Take care not to plan for more shelves than you need. Asian‐style homes tend to display only the most thoughtfully selected items, so simple modern shelves that frame this fireplace top and bottom suit the space perfectly. Consider downlights as a way to give those display items pride of place.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:33 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Kitchen. Mix soft and hard. "My inspiration for hanging this black antique chandelier was to add a sense of sophistication and elegance to the kitchen space", says New Zealand designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design. "It also softens and offsets the hard, solid masculine materials used in the kitchen".
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:50:21 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Living Room. Choose bilevel furniture. Clear surfaces look great – but let's face it, they are hard to keep clear. One way to solve that problem is by picking out coffee and side tables with a lower shelf. You can spread out your stuff when you're home alone, and then stack it up and stash it on the bottom shelf when company comes.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:49:43 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Bedroom. After attending approximately 30 weddings in the last couple of years, I'm approaching the baby‐boom stage of life. And with that come nursery inquires from friends. No matter what anyone's style, age or lifestyle is, I recommend Jenny Lind–style cribs and beds. Their whimsical spool detailing can easily work in a traditional, transitional or eclectic home. A white Jenny Lind crib pops against the nursery's purple flat‐panel wainscoting. Pink paisley pairs with white Jenny Lind single beds to create the bedroom of every little girl's dreams. Thanks to its simple design, Jenny Lind furniture is easy to pair with vibrant patterns. The white crib, chain‐link rug and whimsical Roman shade fabric in this nursery prove just that. A pair of Jenny Lind single beds contributes to the vintage feel of this sporty bedroom. With customized bunting, a white Jenny Lind crib, a pouf and a butterfly mobile, Parker's nursery is bursting with personality. The functional Jenny Lind trundle acts as an extra bed for sleepovers. Featuring Delta's Jenny Lind crib, this nursery is brimming with charm. Stark white bedding makes a contrasting statement as it dresses a classic navy Jenny Lind crib.
Published at Wednesday, September 13th 2017, 19:49:14 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. A classic serpentine chest of drawers holds a crystal lamp, a small sculpture and fresh flowers. Also included here is a small piece of art in dreamy bedroom colors. Art does not have to be hung on a wall. Leaning small artworks against the wall provides a layered look. A step table is a great option beside a bed because it allows layers of surface area. A lamp, books, art, water and fresh flowers all fit on this versatile piece. Notice how the color of the step table adds to the room's palette. A petite tray table with a small drawer has just enough space for a colorful lamp, fresh flowers and a small jewelry box. Boxes of any style are great for holding earrings and necklaces taken off just before bed. This homemade bedside table consists of vintage suitcases on blocks. It's a creative and visual win for this room. Notice that the suitcases are on the low side, allowing for an adjustable lamp and a full view of the window. All the bedside basics fit onto a tray that provides a flat surface. Consider a wall‐mounted table for the tiniest of spaces. There's just enough room for an adjustable lamp, art and an alarm clock. A beautiful white chest of drawers holds a lamp in the center, a plant to the left and an alarm clock. Notice the federal‐style mirror to the side of the lamp, creating a layered bedside vignette.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:30:05 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Living Room. Warm gray. For a contemporary twist, paint the walls around your redbrick fireplace warm gray. A gray that is too cool or flat would not work as well, but with a bit of warmth, gray complements rather than competes with brick.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:46 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Notice also the delicate layers of pattern in the tone‐on‐tone wallpaper. A rod (versus chain) installation creates a crisp and somewhat masculine aesthetic that works very well with these drum shades. This eclectic bedroom stretches the limits of minimalism by blending the pendants into the wall. The result is pure function, as the aesthetic is more about what is not there. Now this is what I meant by "secret weapon." This otherwise simple bedroom is kicked into high gear with these fabulous pendants. When design goes outside the box, magic happens. A guest bedroom is a great place in which to sport a bedside pendant that is unique and memorable. These great pendants look like fancy dinner napkins. The result is a whimsical, one‐of‐a‐kind environment for a lucky houseguest.