Published at Sunday, October 08th 2017, 19:10:17 PM by Rosetta Loreta. Kitchen. The warmth of orange. It's a pretty bold choice for a kitchen, but when you hear architect Mark English talk about this room's color palette, it makes perfect sense: "The home is sited on a hill with a 270‐degree, long‐distance view toward the east and northeast. The color of the light coming into the house tends toward gray and bluish tones, so the orange was used to counteract the coolness of those tones. The island and upper cabinets are 'pieces' that can be seen from adjacent rooms, and I wanted to highlight them. The regular base cabinets and full‐height cabinets are meant to be background elements".
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:29:03 PM 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 Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:27:46 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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).
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:26:17 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Decide which furniture to keep. As you are going through the room, note which pieces you want to keep and which will be sold or given away. But before buying anything new, consider updating existing furniture with fresh paint or knobs, and look around the rest of the house (including in the attic and the basement) for forgotten treasures. Shop for new items. Look for pieces that can also be used in a first apartment (or dorm room) to get the most bang for your buck. Small side tables, cushions, throw blankets, lamps, and small‐scale armchairs will all be most welcome in those first digs away from home. Go on a "cool junk" hunt together. Make a date to hit a flea market or antiques and collectibles fair to see what you can find. Bring cash (only as much as you want to spend), measurements of key areas and a dolly or cart to carry home your finds. Wire storage lockers like the ones shown here are superversatile – use them for everything from shoes and scarves to craft supplies and books. Incorporate photos of friends. One of the downsides to taking mostly digital photos is that we tend to print photos less often. As part of this project, be sure to give your teen the opportunity to have some recent pictures printed – some to frame and others to tape up in a rotating display. Japanese masking tape (also called washi tape) comes in a mind‐boggling array of colors and patterns, is easily removable from most surfaces and can be used in tons of ways (like in the photo display seen here). A set would make a lovely gift for your teen when this project is complete. Try a small DIY project.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:26:05 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. This navy and pink room belongs to the youngest daughter – who was 3 at the time. Keim wanted to design a space that would reflect the girl's sweet and energetic personality and fit the style of the rest of the home. Keim and the girl's mother both fell in love with the wallpaper, which dictated the rest of the room's style and color palette. The client trusted Keim, so she was given a lot of room to experiment. While she played around with color and pattern, she carefully choose the furniture so that it would last each girl into her teens and beyond. "I would use those pieces!" she says. The family's 10‐year‐old daughter loves turquoise, so Keim chose a complementary shade of peachy‐orange to help it stand out. "As with most jobs, I take their favorite color and make it the accent color," says Keim. "It usually pops more that way." A custom headboard, grass cloth wall covering, patterned pillows and classic lamps add visual texture and depth to the vibrant space. The tree bookcase was especially exciting for the daughter, and she also loves the special pencil set on her desk. The vintage chair was reupholstered in scraps from Keim's showroom for an eclectic, one‐of‐a‐kind piece. The girls share a large study, a playroom and closets outside of the bedrooms, so Keim didn't have to integrate a lot of storage or play space into these rooms.
Published at Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:25:44 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. 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 Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 21:25:13 PM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. With a new school year upon us, now is the perfect time to give that teen lair an overhaul – and hopefully eke out a bit of quality bonding time in the process. To make this a successful decorating experience, it helps to keep an open mind about your teen's creative direction. Recognize that he or she has good ideas, and at the same time set clear limits that work for you (a project budget, paint but not wallpaper etc.) for results that will make both of you happy in the end. Start an ideabook and create a floor plan. Gather inspiration images and collect the best in an ideabook on Houzz. Just looking at all the images together should help clarify what your son or daughter wants. Once you have the general style nailed down, sketch out ideas for the new floor plan. A taller‐than‐average bedside table can do double duty as a desk – a great space saver in a small room. Also, think about adding a focal point over the headboard. A quirky sculpture, artwork or a pretty textile are all good choices. Just be sure anything that could fall on the bed is very well secured and not too heavy. Think about color and lighting. Once you know the look you are after, it's time to think about paint. Use extra‐large paint swatches or get sample‐size amounts to try out colors directly on the wall before buying enough for the whole room to avoid a misstep. Lighting can instantly make the biggest change in a room, so now is also the time to create a lighting plan. Add ambience with café lights strung across the ceiling, install a dimmer switch for an overhead fixture and don't forget proper task lighting for the homework area.
Published at Monday, September 11th 2017, 18:21:57 PM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bedroom. I love the inventive way a screen has been used here. It's a hugely flexible item, too; if bought cheaply in poor condition, it can be creatively re‐covered in wallpaper or fabric. The brass bed often appeared in Victorian bedrooms. If you like the design but the finish feels a little too traditional, then get out your paintbrush. White makes for a soft and romantic aesthetic, or go for a bold and contrasting color choice to get a more eclectic look. Bedside tables were seldom matching, as this was not the era of uniform bedroom sets. Try using one plain table, covered with a tablecloth or lace, and an antique table or old military chest for the other side. Traditional Victorian bedrooms also had a washstand – a free‐standing piece of furniture with a marble top, a bowl and a water pitcher. Put a washstand to good use in your en suite. They can even be converted to hold modern plumbing. Fixtures and fittings in a Victorian bedroom would have been much the same as in the rest of the house, including architectural moldings and a fireplace, of course. Many houses have had fireplaces taken out or blocked off, but the recesses make for great storage, and the mantel is ideal for a mirror. While open fires can be messy in a bedroom, consider a gas alternative for a convenient and clean flame. Pure indulgence and, in true Victorian style, the perfect spot for an armchair. Finally, don't be a slave to your Victorian bedroom. You can keep all the traditional features and throw in some glamour and contemporary pieces for a gorgeous eclectic look. I'm sure Jane Eyre would approve.