Published at Wednesday, September 27th 2017, 12:27:14 PM by Natzu Shimizu. Interior. Here's another green‐accented kitchen, but this hue has more blue in it and creates a nice midcentury modern vibe. You can't go wrong pairing this pretty hue with white and light‐toned woods.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:24 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Retro kitchen and dining nook. This small eating nook would work well in a house with midcentury aspirations. It's plain and simple but has been well decorated with a set of shelves that also acts as a divider. The wall map is a retro classroom touch that can encourage guests to share after‐dinner stories of their world travels. Decorating the area with fun travel posters from faraway places can also encourage the exchange of personal travel stories and tips for future adventures.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:12 AM by Manya Matveev. 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 Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:21:02 AM by Edda Braune. Kitchen. If you're a cook, you know that kitchen messes are bound to happen. Grease and oil splatters and flour sprays often end up on cabinets and counters. Distressed cabinets not only hide those little messes well but also are super easy to wipe down. No matter what you choose for the rest of the home, it's so important for the kitchen to feel relaxed and inviting; it is the heart of the home, after all. Even in a more upscale design scheme, distressed cabinets lend a casual air that can't help but be welcoming.
Published at Friday, October 06th 2017, 08:20:47 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Interior. If you favor cooler hues, try a palette of blue‐grays, then spice it up with hints of hot red. This is a terrific palette for an office or a kid's or teen's bedroom. The grays have a soothing vibe, but the heart‐racing red injects some energy into the space.
Published at Thursday, September 28th 2017, 07:09:15 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bedroom. Find a quiet corner in your home where you can draw the curtains. This daybed with great light control provided by the Roman shades is perfect for a 2 p.m. date with the sandman. Use a light blanket to cuddle up with. You will have a hard time falling asleep if you are chilly. Be careful to not overheat with heaters and blankets, as this may cause you to oversleep. Surround yourself with blue. Blue is associated with tranquility and produces a calming effect. It is good for the mind‐body connection. Think of the sea and the sky and the calming effect of being outdoors. Try to find a space in your home where you feel removed from everything that is going on. Ideally, you want to be away from the noise of TVs, cell phones and the doorbell. This cozy nook feels just like a nest, and curtains provide a visual barrier.
Published at Thursday, September 28th 2017, 07:09:07 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Dining Room. Bump‐out table and globe light. A waterfall‐edge table attached to the wall takes up little floor space, yet has a big presence. Hanging a simple pendant light directly over the table focuses attention on the area and provides a warmer glow than the regular kitchen lighting.
Published at Thursday, September 28th 2017, 07:08:59 AM by Manya Matveev. Bedroom. Interior designer Letitia Holloway of Myers Designs and Debbie Wiener, owner of Designing Solutions, are well versed in this transformation and the complications that come with it. If you're thinking of turning your basement into an extra bedroom, their tips and tricks can help. Insulate. The last thing you want is a noisy – and chilly – bedroom. "Spend a little extra and add good insulation to the walls,” says Wiener. "One good night's sleep and you'll know you spent your money wisely.” Create emergency escape routes. Before beginning construction, check your local building codes to learn what your basement's escape requirements are. The necessary routes can also enhance the room. "Installing large upper windows not only enhances the view but provides a great escape route,” says Holloway. Look for the charm. Save money by leaving beams exposed or the ceiling unfinished – it will give your new cozy bedroom a feeling of distinction. Add visual height. Unfinished ceilings can also help add height to a space, especially when painted a dark color. "Paint the ceiling dark and finish the rest of the room off as you would normally,” says Holloway. "This type of ceiling works with a variety of aesthetics, and the unfinished effect makes it feel higher than a drop or drywall style would.” Benjamin Moore's Baby Seal Black is one of Holloway's go‐to paint colors. Configure your layout wisely. Place the bed against an interior wall in the room. "Exterior walls change temperature, meaning your bed will be cold in the winter and possibly through summer if your basement is below grade,” says Wiener.